A team leaves Aconcagua base camp

This step is all about altitude experience above 6000m / 19,600′ while improving efficiency in building camps, and generally finding comfort existing at altitude. Climbing a 7000m peak like the ones listed below has a challenge all in its own and is necessary to moving higher on The Road to Everest in a safe manner. You’ll want to make sure your body is able to handle acclimatizing on a big peak while taking on back to back days of movement, culminating in a long push for the summit. A successful stage 3 will give you confidence to move higher.

These peaks don’t have to be technically difficult, but they do have to be reaching into thin air. While a technical peak like Ama Dablam is a dream for some climbers, finding out how you handle days of movement at high altitude is the ultimate goal of this stage. While some may find the technical challenge provides an aesthetic goal it can also help with fixed-line training and the finer points of crampon work which is crucial for an attempt on an 8000m peak in the Himalaya.

We recommend climbing at least 1 of the following in stage 3: Aconcagua, Ama Dablam, Lhakpa Ri, Ojos del Salado