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8000m Expedition is the highest mountain expedition in the world. There are 17 mountains found so far and located in Nepal Himalaya. Those 8000m mountain can be approached in a month to 45 days to summit from their base camp including return to the base camp. Generally 8000m mountains are between 8091m to below 8848.86m. The climbing permits for these peaks can be obtained from Department of Tourism in Nepal and Tibet Mountaineering Association in Tibet in co-ordination with Trekking and Mountaineering agencies like us.
There are no restrictions to obtain climbing permit. Anyone with appropriate fitness and skills can attempt an 8000m mountain. However we require accepting the booking for 8000m climbing, who have at list 6000m – 7000m previous climbing experience. The climbers have Basic training & knowledge about ice and rock climbing, can ascent and decent in fixed line and proper use of Ice axe and crampons. For adventure climbing always require good physical fitness and not suffering with existence patients. Here we have to say for 8000m climbs one needs to have an appropriate level of climbing experience. So climbing permit are the legal document and authorization to climb mountain from government of the particulars countries.
Snowy Horizon Treks and Expedition operates 8000m expedition in spring and autumn seasons exceptionally we may operate such expeditions in winter too. We operate mountaineering expedition offers a great introduction to 8000m climbing in a quality and safe environment. 8000m climb is a serious physiological undertaking with snow ridge climb and some simple ice-climbing. It is considered by many 8000m climbing enthusiasts a pre-requisite for attempting Everest expedition. There is no other 8000m climbing or mountaineering experience required, but high level of endurance fitness will be require to start 8000m expedition. Previous 6000m or 7000m experience is fully supportive and confidence you for climb. Snowy Horizon will provide guided preparations for you. So, if you have good health, physical fitness and ice and rock climbing experience this will work.
Our climbing Sherpa guides are experienced and highly qualified live in high mountain region and growing above 4000m elevation. We provide extensive training to our staff in technical climbing as well as little spoken English, customer relationships and Mountaineering Outdoor First Aid. So apart of professionalism you can expect warmth and genuine hospitality of Sherpa and Nepali culture. The expedition going to be lead by professional and government license holder high mountaineering qualified guide who have previous summit success of particular 8000m expedition and 3 attempts.
Our high altitude Sherpa climbing guides are qualified through training with NMA, TAAN or NATHAM and have many years of experience and are highly skilled in all aspects of Mountaineering in Nepal and hold a Nepal Government License and Mountaineering Association Accreditation and Summit Certificates for Nepal Himalayan peaks. Government Licenses are displayed in our office. Our main objective is to provide quality of service with experience climbing staff where you have maximum enjoyable and unforgettable trips. Our first priority is for safety and secure Mountaineering. For that you always need experience climbing Sherpa guide. With our background in climbing and mountaineering logistics services, we understand requirements of independent climbers and employ climbing guides. Everest Summiteers certified by Nepal Mountaineering Association and have certified skills in First Aid, Altitude/Mountain Sickness prevention, treatment training and Rescue Protocol training.
To climb high elevation peak the health and fitness is a paramount criteria. The level of fitness required is proportional to 8000m elevation and route difficulty and length.
A licensed, trained and experienced Climbing Sherpa Guide will lead you while climbing 8000m mountain above Base camp. Below base camp and on trekking route will be lead by licensed Sirdar or professional mountaineering/trekking guide.
Yes Snowy Horizon representative will waiting for you in International airport with your name card. Once you arrive in Kathmandu we will transfer you to the hotel. We monitor time of your arrival and we will be there on-time. All you need to do is to collect your luggage, clear customs and proceed to the outside of the terminal. Kathmandu International terminal is very small. Once you come outside the building you see your name displayed by our representative, who will transfer you to the hotel.
Yes, all climbers are required to purchase adequate Travel Insurance, which include helicopter emergency evacuation. Insurance is not expensive comparing to the cost of expedition and potential cost of evacuation. Please contact or search the proper international insurance companies which are authorized and offer the required insurance policy.
You need to obtain your travel insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Your insurance should cover adequate search & rescue and evacuation cost for mountaineering in particular elevation where you go with necessary medication. Please contact or search the proper international insurance companies which are authorized and offer the required insurance policy.
Spring and autumn are the best seasons in Nepal, and in general September/October and April/ May are the best months among the year in Himalaya. However, in Pakistan Mountains are always open for climbing in rainy season like June, July and August.
There is no legal requirement to join the climbing group to climb mountain but Tibet mountaineering association generally require minimum 4 person to issue the climbing permit. However, climbing solo is an expensive as well as unsafe practice in 8000m mountain. It is recommended to hire the guide even for simple routes and join with group is more safe, secure and have better summit opportunity.
It varies for different peaks and weather condition. Generally most of 8000m peaks require 25-30 days to summit from the advance base camp summit and return. The access time varies also and depends on mountain location and elevation. The weather condition in the mean time will also allow taking few more days or less.
Children below 15 Years are Restricted for 8000m climbing in Himalaya. Similarly it is not allow climbing Tibet Mountain below 18 years. Above age is without limitation.
On popular trekking trails we will stay in lodges/ guest houses and the meals will be cooked for you with menu meals often available including soups, noodles, rice, and chosen dishes. Some 8000m trekking routes are with limited tea house and limited choice. Similarly, some remote trekking routes are without tea houses and thus our staff will provide you camping accommodation with 3 meals. In the expeditions our professional cooking team will prepare all 3 meals for you in Advance base camps. Above the base camp our climbing Sherpa guide will prepare you high altitude prepared meal with soups and hot drinks.
It all depends on the area. With most of the trekking routes having local VHF Phones; increasingly more places get mobile coverage of varied capacity; in remote communication is not available or very limited so the only option would be a satellite phones. Above the back and one climber to another we always provide radio set for expeditions.
At high altitude your cardio-pulmonary system is affected by low oxygen density and you can suffer from general breathing difficulties to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well as your skin is susceptible to sunburn if not protected by cloths or sun block. The AMS is preventable through appropriate trekking pace and undertaking acclimatization.
In the 8000m peak expedition, equipments, food, and climbing and personal gear will be delivered by jeep, truck and flight till available place and height. Afterwards, we will use Yaks/porters or mules to reach at base camp or high camp. When you use full board service with us, we provide personal climbing Sherpa guide (1:1 ratio or as per demand) your personal climbing Sherpa guide will take your camping gears and food to camps 1, 2, 3 and 4 (as required), setup your tents and prepare your high altitude food. If you share climbing Sherpa service you will be expected to contribute by carrying light load to high camps. If you use base camp logistic service only, then you have to manage and carry the food, equipments, tents, climbing gear by your own and open the route too. There will be zero responsibility with us for above Base Camp if you are using our base camp service facility only.
We employ trained high altitude expedition cook. In the kitchen we attempt to provide tasty, nutritious and healthy food. There will be lots of emphasis on carbohydrates, which is needed as a source of energy and they are also much easier to digest. We will attempt to provide fresh vegetable as much as possible. Cook will have a wide range of culinary repertoire and expedition members are encouraged to request their personal favorites to promote good appetite and consumption of adequate amount calories despite general high altitude lack of appetite. Different flavors of tea as well as coffee, snacks, juice and hot water will be available 24 hours.
In high camps we use freeze dry packet food from USA, UK or different countries. They offer variety of flavors, good quality and tasty meals. Your personal climbing Sherpa climbing guide will also melt sufficient ice for hot water, tea, coffee and verity of juice. In camp one, it is also possible to supply food from base camp. Just warm it and can eat.
The Advance Base Camp is always located at the glacier moraine and it is protected from landslides and avalanches. Camp 1 and 2 are also very safe location however camp 1 location has to be chosen wisely because some parts are prone to heavy snow accumulation during heavy snowfalls. Camp 3 is located below yellow bands and on a steep slope potentially prone to micro avalanches and sloth with fresh snow conditions.
All foreign visitors except Indian nationals are requiring Nepalese visa. We have on arrival visa service for most of the countries except, Some African country, Afghanistan and Pakistan. These years, Nepalese Immigration has introduced online computerized automated visa system making arrival Immigration process fast and convenient. You can go to the link https://www.immigration.gov.np/ and get updated visa granting policy information.
Yes you require Tibet Permit to enter Tibet and we will arrange that with Chinese Embassy during your preparation period in Kathmandu. So we are collecting your visa with assistance of climbing permit. So you do not need main land china visa which does not work in Tibet. So, this visa only issue when you have climbing/travel permit authorization in Kathmandu.
We will take a jeep to Kerung the Tibetan boarder, from where our partner the Tibet Mountain Association (TMA) will provide transportation by jeep and hotel accommodation in Kerung and Tingri on the way to the Chinese base camp and back to the border. After 2 days acclimatization rest it will take 2 days trekking to arrive to the advanced base camp with the luggage carried by yaks to and from the ABC.
Yes the climbing permit is included in the package and we will organize the permit, visa and transport service from border to the base camp provided by CTMA (China Tibet Mountaineering Association). CTMA has the monopoly for the service as the Chinese government imposes strict control over foreigners travelling through Tibet.
In Kathmandu we provide required category hotel accommodation which may locate in quiet part of city centre Thamel. In Tibet CTMA provides transport and accommodation service between the border and the base camp. The accommodation in Tibet is better than in Nepal. However, due to CTMA monopoly we have absolutely no control and choice over that. As part of the service they will provide only bed and breakfast on Chinese style. During the travel you may have to pay the bill of your lunch and dinner as well as beverages you used.
As per our previous experience, we advise you to have 2 sleeping bags during expedition, eligible for -20-25°C in ABC and one is for high camps -30-40°C. There are blankets available at trekking trail however you may use -20°C sleeping bag in the lodges at Kerung and Tingri if you feel uncomfortable with blankest provided by the hotel.
Snowy horizon will provide thick quality base matt in the base camp and advance base camp but we request you to curry down filled Thermal rest style of airbed for the high camps.
Please click on climbing equipments list, where you will find recommended climbing Gear List. If this information is not sufficient for you please e-mail us info@snowyhorizon.com. We recommend you to purchasing down gear as well as fleece and Gore-Tex jackets from the brand quality such as North face, Ozark, Marmot. In 8000m expedition we advice to use One sport millet or La-sportive climbing boots, personal gear is one of the major factor for mountaineering for successful summit opportunity. in personal gear for trekking, climbing and mountaineering due to innovative design and high quality manufacturing equivalent or better, for Himalayan use, to leading western brands. You will also require basic climbing gear such as helmet, Ice-axe, crampons, climbing and trekking boots and following climbing hardware: alpine style of harness (Black Diamond Alpine Bode), ascender device, rappel device, minimum 4 karabiners (2 locking and 2 non-locking) and 4 Prussic loops (2 long and 2 short). Your info pack will contain details.
There are few options to acclimatize some 6000m trekking peak before departure for 8000m expedition. Some of our clients take advantage of our Mera peak, Lobuche peak, Island peak and Pisang peak climb scheduled in spring and autumn just before departure for the expedition. This will give you acclimatization to 6000m peak, which is equivalent to the altitude between camp1 and camp 2 on most of the 8000m peak. If you don't have time or resources you will acclimatize during the trip from the border to the base camp. Most of the 8000m expedition, you will be ascend and descend several time to camp 1, 2 & 3 before summit. So you will have auto 6000m and 7000m experience of same mountain before summit. We “Team Snowy Horizon” always provide services as per the requirements of our clients and suitable for their experience.
The risks during the 8000m climb are potential to develop AMS, gastric problems or physical injury such as bleeding or frostbites. Team Snowy Horizon maintains programs and procedures to prevent and avoid all the above. We always have appropriately equipped and up-to-date First Aid Kit with trained staff who knows how to use it effectively. We require each group member have valid Travel Insurance, which allows Medievac in case of emergency. We treat AMS, gastric issues, bleeding and frostbite. If required we activate emergency evacuation. There is no helicopter rescue available in Tibet and all rescues are to be done by Jeep and Manpower and by Manpower and Helicopters are used in Nepal. There are some risks associated with nature’s disaster such as snowfall, landslide blocking the path and potential earthquake. We have developed western style and quality emergency and evacuation procedures to ensure safety on our expedition, which includes double back-up communication-channels to our office in Kathmandu to assists you with any emergency. In case of road block during to massive landslide or earthquake we will evacuate the expedition members via plane through Lhasa and helicopter from Nepal Himalaya. Such a case is considered emergency evacuation due to natural disaster and the price of airfare or helicopter should be covered by your travel insurance.

Acute Altitude Sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to a decreasing amount of oxygen in the bloodstream. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen is available for the body to carry on normal functions. This is caused by the decreased partial pressure of Oxygen, a difference between external and intercellular pressures.

Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 3000m meters (9,842ft) but this is different for everyone - there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at the altitude thus it is vital you monitor your own health. In principle, higher cardiovascular fitness decreases susceptibility to AMS. Symptoms of AMS may be mild and subside/go away after a day's rest, or if it ignored it could lead to serious health issues including death. All biking adventure participants are required to purchase adequate Travel Insurance, which doesn't exclude helicopter emergency evacuation.

Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following:

  • Headache
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of appetite
  • Disturbed sleep or drowsiness
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid pulse
  • Swelling of hands, feet & face

Symptoms generally associated with more severe Acute Mountain Sickness include:

  • Bluish discoloration of the skin (cyanosis)
  • Chest tightness or congestion
  • Confusion
  • Cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Decreased consciousness or withdrawal from social interaction
  • Grey or pale complexion
  • Inability to walk in a straight line, or to walk at all
  • Shortness of breath at rest

At high altitude, all people will experience some of the above symptoms in a mild form. If the body is unable to adjust to altitude these symptoms will persist and, if they are left untreated, altitude sickness may progress to High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). Edema means simply fluid accumulation in your interstitial body tissues. Both HACE and HAPE can be fatal if ignored.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HAPE (fluid in the lungs)?

  • Breathlessness
  • A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva
  • Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue
  • Low fever up to 38°C/100°F
  • Severe fatigue, progressing to coma

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HACE (fluid in the brain)?

  • Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
  • Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage

Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness - it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by:

  • Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body
  • Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates
  • Drinking plenty of water; the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine
  • Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion
  • Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600m above 2,400m
  • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT?

Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for AMS is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages.

Our guides have training and experience in AMS symptoms recognition, prevention and treatment. The guide will monitor your all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS. We ask you to cooperate with the guide by reporting any above described symptoms and allow your guide to undertake appropriate and timely action such as take a rest and have a drink or snack, help you to carry your day pack or change a pace, take extra day rest or descent if necessary.

Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest medication such as Ibuprophen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.

With severe cases of AMS our guide will contact our Kathmandu office and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.

Cho Oyu expedition is a very serious physiological undertaking with some technical aspect. You should be in general good physical shape to start with. Generally our customers for Cho Oyu expedition are bike riders or recreational runners and many test themselves with occasional 10km city fun runs or 50km mountain bike rides or 100km road rides. Considerable number of clients have at some stage completed marathon run. You don't need to be competitive just to be able to complete run or ride within average event time. If you completed one of the above within last 6 months you are well pre-qualifying and ready for Cho Oyu expedition. If you are in a good shape, the only thing you have to do now is 3 month ramp-up before the adventure. You should aim to jog three to four times weekly trying to get your 10km within 1 hour or 100km road ride within 5 hours, which will mean that you can sustain continuous exercise. To prepare for that you should preference outdoor step training or riding hills minimum twice a week. The more hills and steps you manage to get in, the more enjoyable the ride will be and you will also get more benefits out of the adventure. There is section of 10m ice cliffs from where you need to be able to rappel with confidence. We offer rappel clinics in Australia, so please contact us about it.
The adventure is scheduled during spring and autumn with the climbing window scheduled for monsoon change period, where wind stops at 8000m for a week or so before the monsoon changes direction. Please check average temperature and precipitation in Tingri here. The difference between spring and autumn expedition is change of temperatures from cold to warmer and from warmer to cold respectively.
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When you arrive at base camp, our staff set up the camp and you will be resting and preparing for proper acclimatization.  Once all of the climbers, climbing Sherpa guide and base camp staff have worship (Pooja) at base camp, our Climbing Sherpa guide will open the route and proceed to fix the Camp one.  After supply, the food and needed equipment by Sherpa guide you will be taken to acclimate at camp 1 for overnight. According to your physical fitness and reaction of your body, our Sherpa guide may hold another night at camp one and next day hike up to camp 2 and descend down to base camp. Similarly, our high altitude Sherpa guide will open the route fix camp 2 and then supply gears, equipment, and meals. Afterward, you will be acclimatized likewise. If it requires and the weather condition seems good, they will allow you to sleep one more night at camp 2 and return back to base camp via camp one right for rest. Similarly during your rest and recovering time at Base camp, our Sherpa guide will open the route for camp 3; fix the camp/line and supply food, oxygen, the equipment they will come back to base camp and waiting for the summit push.

 After your camp 1 and 2 acclimatization, our climbing Sherpa guide will check the weather forecast, group fitness, and recovery condition. If upcoming weather reports, your physical fitness, and Sherpa guide condition allow them to decide for summit push then, they start and planning for the summit push. On the summit plan, you will be going to sleep camp 1, 2, and 3 before summit days. On the last night, you will be resting till 01:00 am at camp 3. Your climbing Sherpa guide will prepare dinner before sleep. Early in the morning our staff going to boil the water, prepare a light breakfast, and starting your mission of the summit. Some strong climbers start to summit push from camp 2 and may plan to return at camp 2, however, we will not advise you to plan to summit from camp 2 in general. Hence, Team Snowy Horizon always fixes camp 3 at Cho-Oyu before the summit unless you deny it on your own.  After the summit, we plan to come down at camp 2 but if you are unable to continue our climbing Sherpa prepare food and water for you at Camp 3. The next morning clean camp 3 and 2 and descend down to camp 1 and next day at Advance base camp.

In case of some unforeseen circumstances due to any reason like bad weather, group physical fitness, accident, incidence we have to return back to base camp before summit push and cancel the summit plan. If we still have climbing duration, better weather conditions and climbers are interested in re-try, we will provide you with one more opportunity to attempt the summit push. However, in our previous experience, more than 98% of climbers are either succeed or give up the trip after the first try.