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Trekking above 6000m+

Having trekked in the Atlas mountainins and then Kilimanjaro earlier this year, I'm interested in tackling something higher, (possibly in the Himalayas). All of these treks/climbs appear to involve progressively more specialised equipment and experience of using an Ice Axe/Crampons, (which I have yet to gain). Can anyone advise as to the best way to prepare for a trek of this nature and which elements of kit are best purchased or hired etc...??

Hi,If you want to give a 6000m Himalayan peak a go, then I can suggest Stok Kangri (trip code TGP) or Mera Peak (TNB).  Neither of these climbs require previous ice axe or crampon experience (though if you did get some, this would be better for you).  Both offer amazing treks up to the top of 6000m peaks in the Himalaya.  All the mountaineering equipment can be hired locally.  Other than keeping yourself in good shape and aerobically fit, there's not a lot of preparation you can do to prepare for the altitude!  If you've summited Kilimanjaro you should be ok with it as there is ample time for acclimatisation.  You can get ice axe and crampon experience with the UK - for example, there's an ice wall in the Ellis Brigham shop in Covent Garden.  Feel free to contact me direct if you've any further questions.

Steve Mullerworth

I did Mera Peak a number of years ago without having prior skills, though on looking back there was a degree of risk that you don't think about after half a night's sleep on a glacier at 5800 metres and -13 Celsius. Get good gloves (two trip members got frost bite) and a balaclava. Also, I did it as a four week trip, which really helped with acclimitisation - but if you were ok on Kilimanjaro...

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