Health & Fitness
AC provides a dedicated doctor for the whole team as standard. Most other teams use a generic medical provider whilst our doctor is there primarily for you and your teammates. The doctor will monitor your overall health throughout the expedition and our medical equipment and provisions are there to provide for your healthcare needs.
Ample resources will be on call to support each and every climber, not just the first team or fittest members. Remember, this is an expedition led by guides whose job it is to look after your interests. This should not be confused with a "professionally led" expedition where often you may be buying a place in a team with fewer support services and led by climbers who are attempting the summit primarily for themselves. There are also “Sherpa led” expeditions where you are placed in the hands of a Sherpa for the climb. This can seem alluring, especially when some expedition operators will encourage completely inexperienced climbers to join so they can fill their available spaces, but too often these expeditions have over 20 members! Most Sherpas are not trained in medical techniques and are often reluctant to act effectively in situations requiring urgency. This is where the skills and experience of your western guide become invaluable. Too often expedition members find out the deficiencies of their guides/operators when things begin to go wrong which is usually too late.
What it takes to climb Nuptse
No climb at very high altitudes is ‘easy’. We are operating in an extreme environment that we need to treat with respect and caution. However, to be successful, we must also know when to ‘push’, and when not to.
Prospective members on this expedition must be robust and prepared for the rigours of altitude; essentially come prepared for hard work and physical output. However, we must also know not to push too hard but operate at the level just below our aerobic threshold so we can save our energy for the summit attempt. In other words, we must ease our way up the route leaving our reserves for when we need them.
Appropriate prerequisites would be ascents of peaks such as Denali or Aconcagua. Strong technical climbers who are used to lugging big loads into remote locations would find the transition to high altitude eminently doable. Climbers must be confident on crampons and be conversant with snow and ice techniques. Rope skills such as rappelling, belaying and ascending ropes are imperative skills also.
On this climb, we carry our own personal gear between camps, with sleeping bags carried by our Sherpa team on camp move days. Additional Sherpa support is available for those who desire it but at all times we will carry our own kit for each day such as a jacket, water camera etc. On summit day we will climb with the support of our Guides and Sherpas. We are running this as an oxygenless climb but some climbers may elect to use bottled oxygen for an additional cost.
What you carry on the mountain
We have the luxury of a strong Sherpa team that will carry all the team equipment and food on the mountain. They will also carry your sleeping bag for you between camps on camp-move days. This will leave you with a lighter load on our camp-move day but it is still worth keeping your equipment to the necessities only.
Ensure your backpack is large enough to fit all your gear into as well as cameras, mittens, food, water bottles and glasses/goggles etc. Generally, a pack of around 80 litres will carry all your kit. On the most part, we will be able to carry a good portion of our gear ahead to a higher camp, to be followed by another small load when we move up to stay at that camp.
When you leave Camp 3 you will be wearing down clothing in your pack. As it often warms up during this day you may have to strip down and stow down gear in your pack.
Additional Sherpa support is available should you want all your gear carried on camp move days. This is an additional cost so please enquire early if you want this facility to give us enough time to arrange the hire of the extra Sherpas.