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Mountaineering is infinitely more than climbing the mountain itself. It's true that the climb itself is the highlight of the trip and it's a huge release when all the elements come together and you end up standing on the summit enjoying the view. This is the moment that most videos show - and it's absolutely amazing.
Mountaineering is just so much more than that one moment on top of the world. It's preparation and training, it's the journey to the mountain, it's culture, it's beauty, it's doubt, it's tenacity, it's exhaustion and in the end it's excitement, unity, pride and an experience you'll never forget.
Climbing a mountain is a big project and it doesn't matter if you climb Gran Sasso in Italy (2,912moh), Toubkal in Morocco (4,167moh), Kilimanjaro (5,895moh) or the Himalayan majesties like Island Peak (6,189moh), Mera Peak (6,476moh) or Mount Everest itself (8,848moh). All climbs require preparation and thoroughness. And all climbs involve risk, which it is important to be fully aware of.
This is, of course, where we recommend you let us organise your climb for you. It's always an advantage to have someone on the team who has done the trip before and can advise on what preparations are needed to reach the goal. And that's exactly what we've been practising a lot.
The possibilities are many and we always recommend gaining some experience before tackling the peaks of the Himalayas, for example. A good beginner's peak is Mt. Toubkal in Morocco, where you get a taste of what it's like to be above 3,000m and what it's like to hike upwards for many days in a row to finally reach your goal.
Technically, it is also possible to climb Kilimanjaro, Mera Peak and Island Peak as a beginner, as the climbs themselves are not technically difficult. However, it is now an advantage to have a good idea of what the project entails. As mentioned, it is also the journey to the mountain itself that is challenging and this is very much the case in Nepal.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about mountaineering.
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