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abbybradley   , 28

from Los Angeles


Training to Climb Mount Everest

Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world - and it goes without saying that it is a doozy to climb. If attempting the summit is on your bucket list, you are going to have to train pretty hard to get there. Below are a few of the mountains you can climb to work your way up to this epic undertaking.

Mount Fuji

This hike is very easy, requiring only about a day to make the climb. During the climbing season, from July to September, even the most novice of climbers can make it to the summit. If you are already further into your training, you can attempt the summit during off season, when the weather is below zero. The mountain has a number of climbing huts where you can sleep a few hours before summiting in time to view the sunrise!

Mount Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is great because it also covers one of the seven summits (and is also one of the tallest of the seven summits to boot)! Kilimanjaro is a long hike, lasting five to seven days, and will start to introduce you to high altitude hiking. At almost 5900 meters, the air at the top of Kilimanjaro has about half the oxygen at sea level and you will definitely feel some altitude sickness. Other than that, Kilimanjaro is a fairly easy climb (no crampons, crevasses or ice walls here), requiring about only two months of training before the attempt. You will also have no worries about finding food or a place to sleep on the way up.

Mount Hood

This mountain is a relatively easy way to get some experience with the ice axe and crampons. After Mount Fuji, Mount Hood is one of the most-climbed glaciated mountains. There are hikes for everyone, from the very beginner to the very difficult for those who want to really test their mettle.


This is the first stop on the road to advanced high-altitude climbing, and is also another one of the seven summits! Many make the mistake of thinking that Aconcagua is an easy climb, but its high altitude will take down over-confident hikers. It is the tallest mountain outside of Asia at almost 7000 meters and will take about 20 days to complete.

Cho Oyu

Ready to tackle an 8000 meter? Cho Oyu is the place to start. Considered the easiest of the 14 mountains over 8000 meters and a fairly safe climb, Cho Oyu gives you exposure to real high altitude trekking. You will need around six weeks to complete this mountain. Still, don’t be fooled by Cho Oyu. It may be the easiest of the 8000-meter peaks, but it’s still one of the tallest mountains in the world. No one really knows how they will fare above 8000 meters and the weather can turn at any moment. On top of this, frostbite is very common and, yes, people have died on the mountain. Don’t be surprised if you can’t make the summit on your first try.

Even if you never make it to Everest, it’s guaranteed that the above climbs will make for a number of once-in-a-lifetime travel stories – all without the danger Everest presents. After all, the death rate is about 6.5% of those who reach the summit.