The mountaineering challenge to climb the Seven Summits​

7 Summit Treks

The Highest Mountain on each Continent

The 7 Summit Treks represent the highest point on each of the seven continents. It has become a goal for climbers to climb 7 Summit Treks around the world and around 416 people have met the goal as of 2016. See the list at this link. However, as in most things in mountaineering there is controversy.

From a geology viewpoint, there are only 6 continents on the Earth: Africa, Antarctica, Australia, Eurasia, South America and North America. Europe is considered a peninsula of the Eurasia continental platform and is not a true physical continent. However, from a political perspective, Europe is considered a continent thus Elbrus (18,513’/5642m), located on the border with Asia in southern Russia represents Europe and not Mont Blanc (15,771’/4807m) which lies in the Alps on the border of France and Italy.

Then there is the competition between Australia’s Kosciuszko (7,310’/2228m) and New Guinea’s Carstensz Pyramid, aka Puncak Jaya (16,024’/4884m) both located on the Oceania continent – which is not really a continent but a region of the south west Pacific that includes Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and many other islands.

Dick Bass the first 7 Summitter, choose Australia as one of the 7 continents and Kosciuszko as it’s mainland high point. However Canadian Pat Morrow, who was competing with Bass to finish the 7 challenged Bass’s summit of Australia’s Mt. Kosciuszko as the highest peak in Oceania saying that Carstensz Pyramid on Irian Jaya (Papua) in Indonesia’s New Guinea was the true highpoint for the Australasian continental mass. Italian Reinhold Messner jumped in and agreed with Morrow. Today Carstensz is considered one of the seven but some 7 Summiteers try to bag the lower Kosciuszko to meet both the Bass and the Messner lists.

7-Summit-Treks
1Travel
2Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport
3Get Ready / Preparation
4Drive to the Machame Gate
5Machame Gate – Great Rift Valley
6Great Rift Valley – Barranco Wall
7Barranco Wall – Karanga Valley
8Karanga Valley to Barafu Hut
9Barafu – Kilimanjaro Summit – Mweka Camp
10Mweka Camp – Gate (Descend) & transfer to the hotel

MOUNT ELBRUS (5642m )

1 Arrival at Mineral Vody Airport & Transfer to the Hotel (2,300m)

2 Acclimatization hike up to cable car station Cheget-3 (3000 m) on Mt. Cheget or Terskol Peak (3150 m)

3 Drive to the Azau Glade (2350m) – Cable car station and reach to Hut by Cable Car (3800m – 4100m)

4 Acclimatization hiking up to “Skaly Pastukhova” (“Pastukhov’s rocks”) (4700m)

5 Day of relaxation (rest day in Refuge/Hut)

6 Summit day (Ascending Mt. Elbrus 5,642m and back to Hut)

7 Reserve Day (Attempt Elbrus if previous day was failure)

8 Drive to Mineralnye Vody for the flight to Home Land (Final Departure)

ACONCAGUA (6961m)

1 ARRIVAL AT MENDOZA AND TRAVEL TO HOTEL

2 TRAVEL TO PENITENTES

3 – 4 BEGIN TREK TO PLAZA ARGENTINA (BASE CAMP)

5 REACH TO THE BASE CAMP: CAMPING

6 REST DAY: ACCLIMATIZATION / CAMPING

7 HAUL LOADS UP TO CAMP 1 : ACCLIMATIZATION / CAMPING

8 REST DAY: ACCLIMATIZATION / CAMPING

9 MOVE TO CAMP 1 : CAMPING

10 HAUL LOADS UP TO CAMP 2 (CAMP GUANACOS) : ACCLIMATIZATION / CAMPING

11 REST DAY CAMP 1: ACCLIMATIZATION / CAMPING

12 MOVE TO CAMP 2 : CAMPING

13 HAUL LOADS UP TO CAMP 3 / CAMP COLERA : CAMPING

14 REST DAY CAMP 2: ACCLIMATIZATION / CAMPING

15 MOVE TO CAMP 3: CAMPING

16 SUMMIT DAY

17 DESCENT TO BASE CAMP

18 REACH PENITENTES

19 RETURN TO MENDOZA

20 – 21 BACKUP DAYS.

1 Arrival In Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel (1,350)
2 Rest day in Kathmandu: Tibet Visa Preparation
3 Tibet Visa Issue and Expedition briefing
4 Rest In Kathmandu
5 Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,650m)
6 Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse (3,800m)
7 Drive from Shigatse in Old Thingri (4,300m)
8 Acclimatization and Preparation day in Old Thingri
9 Drive from Old Thingri to Chinese Basecamp (5,100m), Via Rombuk Monastery
10 – 12 Day 10 – Day 12 : 3 more Nights Stay in Chinese Basecamp (5,100m)
13 Trek from Chinese Basecamp to Intermediate Camp (6,200m)
14 Ascend from Intermediate Camp to Advance Basecamp (6,500)
15 – 51Day 15 – Day 51 : Climbing Period [Adv. Basecamp – Mt. Everest Summit (8,848m) – Adv. Basecamp]
52 Descend from to Advance Basecamp to Chinese Basecamp
53 Cleaning up Basecamp and Prepare bag pack
54 Drive back from Chinese Basecamp to Thingri
55 Drive from Thingri to Kerung
56 Cross the border and drive to Kathmandu (Overnight stay at Hotel)
57 Leisure day in Kathmandu City
58 Transfer to International Airport for final departure

Mt. Kanchenjunga expedition 2020

Until 1852, Kanchenjunga was assumed to be the highest mountain in the world, but calculations made by the British Great Trigonometric Survey in 1849 came to the conclusion that Mount Everest (known as Peak XV at the time) was the highest and Kanchenjunga the third-highest.

If you want to cover 7 Summit Treks here is the list:

  1. Everest, Nepal – 29,035’/8850m
  2. Aconcagua, Argentina – 22,902’/6960m
  3. Denali, Alaska – 20,320’/6194m
  4. Kilimanjaro, Africa – 19,340’/5896m
  5. Elbrus, Russia – 18,513’/5642m
  6. Vinson, Antarctica – 16,067’/4897m
  7. Carstensz Pyramid, New Guinea – 16,023’/4884m
  8. Mt. Blanc, France/Italy – 15,771’/4807m
  9. Mt. Kosciuszko, Australia – 7,310’/2228m
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