We encourage climbers of all ages to consider joining our team.
The youngest summiter we have had on Shishapangma was 26.
The oldest summiter we have had was 69 years old. We notice that people who are older may need more rest, acclimatization, and a careful attention to nutrition and hydration, and they can certainly benefit from a personal sherpa if not at least a "quarter-share" sherpa. Any one of any age should gain from being helped by these hard-working stalwarts, and the older you are the more likely the benefit.
We don’t want to sound pessimistic, rather we strive for realism, but there may be a certain debacle in encouraging climbers who are older. All of us, no matter what age, race, or gendre, can push ourselves beyond our limits and "hit the wall", become exhausted, etcetera. Let's face up to it, the "wall" might come up a bit more rapidly for those of us who are a bit older, than for the youngsters in our midst. Its important to be well trained physically and mentally, and know how to maintain one's health and stamina throughout the climb, whether its climbing up, preparing meals and drinks and filling water bottles in the camps, taking good care of oneself on summit day, or climbing safely back down the mountain. Sometimes its good to have an extra hand round, like a personal sherpa, who will carry the load and remain focused on you and your health, nutrition and hydration.