7000 Peaks Expeditions
A 7000-meter summit is ideal for soaking up the atmosphere of the high Himalayan altitudes. Physically, it is an altitude that can be reached without additional oxygen. An expedition to the height of 7000 meters is essential for mountaineers who one day want to attempt the ascent of an 8000-metre summit or even Everest. Through such an experience who will acclimatize your body to the very high altitude, familiarize with the logistics, the role of the expedition sherpas and the local team, the safety measures put in place, and focus on your preparation. Understanding these different elements will boost your confidence for a future ascent of an 8000-meter summit, or on the contrary, will make you give up going higher.
One of the great things when talking about such an experience is that few groups only undertake this kind of expedition in general. Furthermore, the majority of the 7000-meter peaks we offer are in remote areas. Therefore, trekking to the base camp is already a great adventure in itself. You will discover a wide variety of landscapes, pass through centuries-old villages, and immerse yourself in fascinating cultures.
Discover our 7000 Peak Expeditions experiences and contact us for any further information or for a private 7000 Peak Expedition. We are happy to advise by phone or email.
Why with us?
DISCOVER WHAT WE PROPOSE, so that you can set off without apprehension!Learn More
- Small-Group of only 4-6 participants
- Highly experienced and technically skilled new generation expedition Sherpa Guides, experts in their field, and helpful and humble
- 1 expedition Sherpa for 2 participants
- Latest updates for weather forecasts, powerful solar charging, route tracking, and communication
- Ultra-modern, high-performance collective mountain equipment and material
- Warm and comfortable base camp with delicious fresh food
- A collective pharmacy with medicines for the high altitude, oximeter, and oxygen, in case of emergency
- An informative pre-departure meeting and valuable advice from the WILD YAK Team
- Mountain equipment to rent from WILD YAK for the duration of the Expedition
- Last but not least, Swiss quality logistics
Expedition material list
One of the first things to do before going for an expedition in the Himalaya is to organize your personal climbing material.Learn More
One of the first things to do before going on an expedition in the Himalayas is to organize your personal climbing material. This can be exciting to collect if you are familiar with them. And it can be a little stressful if you don’t know the requirements of high altitude expedition’s material. There will be many questions while choosing the right equipment, brand, and sizes.
So to make it a little more comfortable for our clients, we have developed a booklet about your material with some tips, which we sent by email after the booking.
Last but not least, for the sake of convenience for our guests, we have personal climbing gear for rent for the time of the Expedition, such as climbing boots, down suits – jackets and sleeping bags.
Why we are different
We have years of experience and great expertise in conducting and organizing such expeditions thanks to the co-founder of WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS, Norbu Sherpa.Learn More
1. DISCOVER WHY/HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT
- The same philosophy between WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Switzerland and WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Nepal
Most foreign outdoor agencies have to collaborate with a local company based in Nepal to operate their travel and adventure trips. We have seen clashes between the foreign agency and the local company due to different price deals, philosophy, and mindset in numerous cases. This is especially problematic when it comes to last moment changes in logistics, services, or in emergencies, where rapid decisions are necessary.
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Switzerland and WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Nepal stand for the same company philosophy: Small Groups, High Quality, and Personalised Services. Last but not least, the well-being of our guests is always the primary objective of both companies. We thus appreciate any decision taken during the trip in favor of our guests!
- The expertise of the founders and the WILD YAK Team
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ founders Andrea Sherpa-Zimmermann & Norbu Sherpa have climbed Mount Everest and numerous other 8000-meter peaks around the Himalayas. Besides climbing, they are active trekkers and have explored many parts of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Ladakh, Sikkim, Pakistan, and the Alps.
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS thus reflects the perfect combination between Andrea’s Swiss quality focus and her husband Norbu’s 18 years of experience, as well as his numerous local contacts, to be part of the company’s most significant assets. Thanks to Norbu’s roots, and Andrea’s curiosity about the traditions and culture of the local populations, each journey is a unique experience in itself!
2. SMALL GROUPS
What is the experience like?
To be part of large groups can be fun, but also a big challenge not only for the tour operator but for the participants themselves. Imagine yourself in a group of more than 8 to 15 members in a challenging environment. Some days you have to struggle not only physically, but it might become a mental challenge too. There are enhanced risks of misunderstandings, which might make the dream journey turn into a nightmare.
How it should be:
We believe that a holiday has to be a holiday: no worries, no ego, no rush. Let’s live a unique experience. Dream, Explore, and Discover!
Throughout our extensive experience, organizing expeditions and treks, we found that the core of a successful trip lies in having small groups—our motto: 4 to 6 participants for better understanding, collaboration, and flexibility. You fully enjoy your holiday, and the local team feels more connected and devoted to the entire group. Real Team Spirit grows day-by-day among the participants and our WILD YAK Team.
3. GUIDANCE ON PREPARING YOUR TRIP
Instead of standard travel packages without proper advice or information, apart from general information about what is included in the package price, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will provide you with all the necessary information and sound advice for an optimal preparation of your stay.
For this reason, we believe that your journey begins with excellent preparation. We will cater to your needs based on our experience, providing you with regular advice and tips, including recommended training schedules. Whether by Skype or other means, Andrea and Norbu are happy to address personally all of your queries.
Besides, depending on the kind of customized trip, the group size, and your availabilities, Andrea and Norbu can set up workshops and pre-departure meetings (in Switzerland in person or remotely). We provide you with specific guidance about physical and technical training, taking into account your own experience and requirements. Once in Kathmandu, we meet for a final check of your equipment and a briefing.
4. EXPENSIVE MATERIAL FOR RENT
Every adventure in the Himalayas has hidden costs. Your dream is to climb at high altitude? The equipment necessary to do so is very particular, and the costs of acquisition can touch the sky. In reality, a significant amount of equipment is necessary for your personal gear and the cost of your journey. However, you might never again need or use some of this gear.
To minimize your Himalayan journey’s expenses, we offer such expensive equipment for rent to our guests at a very reasonable price. We offer expedition boots, down-suits, warm down jackets, and other climbing material, for example. Thanks to our expertise, we provide the renting of only high-quality equipment.
5. HIGH-QUALITY SERVICES, PRIVATE TRANSPORT, NO HIDDEN COSTS
Is the description of the Trip that you are interested in is complete? In particular, does the information about the accommodation, the local staff, and the on-site logistics correspond to the price details? Do you think that the information provided is clear enough to book your trip?
We are committed to our standards of high quality and fairness with the services we provide to you. We focus on superior services, private transportation, and of course, our skillful Guide and Sherpa Team. Last but not least, no hidden costs.
6. GIVING BACK TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
After the death of 14 climbing Sherpas at Everest in 2014, Andrea and Norbu established the non-profit humanitarian organization “The Butterfly Help Project” (“BHP”) to support the climbing Sherpa community. Besides, Norbu and Andrea experienced the epicenter of the 2015-earthquake that massively affected some of Nepal’s regions. Through their organization, they started to build new schools. They could build two schools, Shree Janajyoti Secondary School and Shree Palep Primary School in Nepal, for more than 500 children. And the Third School is under construction in the south of Nepal.
Andrea and Norbu’s social responsibility is going further through BHP; they also support the schooling of five Sherpa Kids in the Everest Region, four in the Kanchenjunga region, and 2 in Kathmandu. BHP is also helping preserve the precious Sherpa culture of Ghunsa village by appointing a cultural teacher in the School. Finally, to encourage the kids and the aforementioned schools, Andrea and Norbu Sherpa are providing benches, school equipment, clothes, stationery, and cultural equipment.
The seeds of the next project with regards to an Apple Plantation in Norbu’s region.
7. OUR WILD YAK TEAM
The WILD YAK Team members are carefully selected according to their expertise in a particular environment and individual aptitudes. Our Team is thus highly experienced, qualified, respectful, and supportive.
Frequently asked questions
1. What kind of mountaineering experience do I need to have to join a 7000-meter expedition ? 2. Who will lead the expedition? 3. Will the climbing route be secured?Learn More
1. What kind of mountaineering experience do I need to have to join a 7000-meter expedition ?
It is essential to be in a very good physical shape, as well as to be autonomous in mountaineering.
We would further encourage a previous experience on a 6000-meter peak.
2. Who will lead the expedition?
The Sardar (our most experienced climbing Sherpa Guide and the leader of the climbing Sherpa team) will be leading the Team.
He will be assisted during the time of such expeditions by our climbing Sherpa team.
3. Will the climbing route be secured?
Yes, some of the technical parts of the climbing routes in the 7000-meter peaks that we propose will be secured by our climbing Sherpa Team.
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