- Train hard then train some more. 360 gives you guidance on training in the brochure. Have a look, adapt it to suit you but do not skimp on the training. Multiple days walking with a pack of 6 -8 kilos is a must prior to leaving.
- When on the expedition eat as much as possible even when you don’t feel like it. Food is fuel and you will need this energy. Then top up with snacks.
- If you can, practice winter climbing before you head out (especially the use of jumars and crampon techniques.) It will be time well spent.
- Carry enough in your hand luggage to hike for a few days, and especially your trekking boots! You never know how good this call might be. It’s rare but sometimes bags take a detour.
- Be prepared to hurt, the rewards are amazing! It’s so tough but so worth it. Keep going. On the rest day at Dingboche, in my own mind I was seriously considering not attempting the third and final summit and I was totally at peace with that. But I was encouraged to go for it and I’m so glad I did. I reached the top…. but even if I hadn’t it’s better to try than wonder what if…
- Don’t forget to enjoy every summit and every moment. Sit and look around. It’s the best feeling you will ever have, and you need to bank this as best you can. The summits of course, but also when on the trek itself. It’s indescribable. Just WOW.
Do you need to brush up on your winter mountaineering skills? Join us in the Pyrenees in January & February 2020. For details, click here.
Our next Khumbu 3 Peaks expedition is 11 October – 08 November 2020. For more info or to book, click here.
Photo credit: Stuart Shipp, expedition leader