Avg: 2.7 from 6 votes
|Type:||Snow, Alpine, 3800 ft (1152 m)|
|FA:||Tenzing Norgay, Charles Evans, Charles Wylie, Alf Gregory|
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|Shared By:||Evan Ratzan on Jan 25, 2015|
Eventually, well above high camp you reach a very short ridge traverse of a few hundred feet before you hit glacier, snow, and hard pakced alpine ice which probably varies in its initial altitude depending on the season. From here, you can tie in and alpine simul-climb up to 5800m (~19,000ft) crossing crevasses along the way. At this point, you reach a an open plateau and there is a tall steep headwall ~1000ft of moderate snow that guides will typically put fixed lines on to gain the false summit and then top out. In recent years, a large crevasse has formed in the headwall many people around, but it can be negotiated.