|Peak climbing in Nepal
Imja Tse (Island Peak)
At closer examination, the Himalayan mountaineers’ story is not only about Everest and Nepal’s seven other summits above 8,000m. It is about the challenges of peaks that only by the extreme standards of the Himalaya are ‘lesser’. These are the peaks on which ‘the greats’ cut their teeth and their first ice-steps and from which they learned the awesome truths of the High Himalaya.
Here are three such peaks. If they are three of the better known, it is because each combines a relative accessibility with a call for courage and care in something like equal ration and - in a kind of contract - in return, presents high adventure and pure wonder.
Were it to be assumed that perhaps you are not climbing in preparation for yet greater heights, you would surely then be doing so for the best of all reasons - that is for your own personal challenge and for its own sake.
Altitude & Attitude - There is of course one dramatic difference between these and the highest of all peaks. Affordability. Most likely you are well aware that all 8,000m expeditions in Nepal are huge, big production ‘big ticket items’, whereas these peaks here – still pretty major mountaineering expeditions – offer exceptional value, probably at no more than the price of a pampered holiday!