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Basecamp to Camp One

A slow climb amid heavy rock fall, through the Khumbu Icefall.

Also in Xizang, China

Alpine Climbing Extreme

8 km
1.2 km
4 m
Low Point
5.3 km
High Point
6.5 km
Basecamp to Camp One Map

This is a popular alpine climbing route which is generally considered to be extreme. It's extremely remote, it features extreme exposure and is typically done in an unknown time of year. From a low point of 5.3 km to the maximum altitude of 6.5 km, the route covers 8 km, 1211 vertical metres of ascent and 4 vertical metres of descent. You'll need ice axe, bivy kit, crampons, glacier kit and 2 ice axes to complete it safely.


From basecamp, the route to Camp One goes through the Kumbu Icefall, which is extremely challenging can take many days.



Long, committing and complex routes with difficult and sustained climbing on rock/ice and challenging route finding throughout. TD upwards.

Extreme Exposure

4 out of 4

The majority of the route is "no fall" terrain.


4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Equipment required

  • Ice axe
  • Bivy Kit
  • Crampons
  • Glacier kit
  • 2 Ice Axes

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