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Preparation for climbing Mount Everest

Climbing Mount Everest is one of the greatest adventures that a person can embark on. Reaching the summit of the world’s highest mountain is an achievement that will be remembered for a lifetime. However, the journey is not an easy one, and it requires months of physical and mental preparation.

Health and fitness

The importance of health and fitness going on a big mountain expedition cannot be overstated. Having a fit and healthy body is essential for a successful and safe expedition. The first step to getting your body and mind ready for a big mountain expedition is to start a regular exercise routine. This should include both strength training and cardiovascular exercises. Strength training helps to build muscle and improve endurance, while cardiovascular exercises help to improve aerobic capacity and increase overall fitness. Additionally, regular stretching and Yoga can help to improve flexibility and reduce injury risk. Please contact us for specific training plan recommendations.

It is also important to pay attention to diet and nutrition. Eating a balanced diet will provide the body with the necessary nutrients to fuel your journey. Hydrating regularly is also essential to keep the body functioning smoothly. Finally, it is important to recover. Sleep helps to promote both physical and mental wellbeing, so make sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night. By engaging in regular exercise, eating properly and getting enough rest, you can ensure that your body and mind are in the best possible condition to take on the challenge of a mountain expedition.

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Mental Preparation

Climbing Everest requires both physical and mental strength. Besides enduring harsh weather conditions, high altitude, and isolation, climbers must remain calm and focused. Mental preparation is as important as physical training for a successful climb. To achieve this, climbers can meditate or practice mindfulness to cultivate a sense of calm and focus. Visualizing themselves reaching the summit and overcoming obstacles can help build confidence and resilience.

Technical Training

Don’t underestimate the demands of an 8000er. You will need time – months of training for your physical fitness, build up your endurance and technical climbing experience. Climbing lower peaks will help you to get familiar with your equipment, rope handling and different types of terrain. Our expedition trainings in the Monte Rosa range (Europe) or Mount Hood area (US) are a perfect preparation. It’s for all who want to get a taste of expedition air and train for an 8000er. Learn different ice, snow and rock techniques, camping on a glacier and melting snow while climbing some of the most beautiful 4000ers in the Alps.

High altitude experience

Climbing lower expedition peaks like Aconcagua (6.962m) or Dhaulagiri VII (7.246m) will help you getting used to the effects altitude and high camp life. You will learn how your body responds to the hypoxic environment in high altitude and how your performance is affected. We are also offering a tailor-made expedition preparation program to face 8000er expeditions perfectly prepared at the end of the journey. Our preparation program can be individually tailored to your personal requirements and combined with a mountaineering training plan.

Furtenbach Adventures has years of experience in high-altitude mountaineering and therefore knows exactly which requirements have to be met for an expedition to Mount Everest in order to climb it successfully and safely.


→ Check out our overview page to see which options we offer on Everest.

→ How much does it cost to climb Mount Everest?

Please contact us if you would like to speak to us about your individual preparation.



FAQ Mount Everest Training

Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the highest mountain in the world. Whether you are planning to climb Mount Everest or are just curious about the facts and stories surrounding the summit, we have compiled everything you need to know here. We hope that this site will help you prepare for your adventure on Everest or simply satisfy your interest in this fascinating mountain.

If you have any further questions, feel free to send us an email.

How long does it take to train for Everest?

Training for Mount Everest typically takes several months to a year or more, depending on the individual’s starting level of fitness and experience. It is recommended that climbers engage in a comprehensive training program that includes both aerobic and strength training, as well as altitude training, to prepare their bodies for the rigors of climbing at high altitude. Climbers should also work with a qualified coach or trainer to develop a customized training plan that takes into account their specific goals and physical capabilities.

How fit do you need to be to climb Everest?

To climb Mount Everest, you need to be in excellent physical condition. Climbing at high altitude puts a tremendous strain on the body, and climbers must be able to endure long days of hiking and climbing while carrying heavy packs. They must also be able to maintain focus and mental clarity in challenging and potentially dangerous situations. It is recommended that climbers have previous experience with high-altitude mountaineering and have successfully summited other peaks before attempting to climb Everest.

Can a beginner climb Mount Everest?

Climbing Mount Everest is not typically recommended for beginners, as it requires a high level of physical fitness, technical skill, and experience with high-altitude mountaineering. While it is possible for a beginner to train for and successfully climb Everest, it is highly unlikely without significant prior experience and training.

Can I climb Mount Everest with no experience?

It is highly discouraged to attempt to climb Mount Everest with no prior experience. Climbing at high altitude is incredibly challenging and requires a significant amount of physical and mental preparation, as well as technical skill and experience with mountaineering. Climbers without prior experience are at a much higher risk of injury or death, and attempting to climb Everest without proper training and experience is not recommended.



Furtenbach Adventures Everest expeditions:

Our Mount Everest Classic and Flash™ expeditions, on the north and south side, take place in the months of April to May. The exact schedule depends on regulatory requirements, the weather and snow conditions as well as the progress of security work along the route. In addition, the schedule of other groups is taken into account in order to avoid any potential traffic jams.

Adventure Factor couragous
Experience / Emotion breathtaking
Fitness / Struggle pleasurable
Risk low
Comfort expedition style


  • preparation training for further expeditions
  • up to 2 expeditions as training
  • guaranteed optimal training condition for Everest ascent

Trip dates:

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The Everest Training program can be tailored to your personal needs. The Expedition Preparation Course is obligatory for all participants, as basic techniques for high-altitude mountaineering are learned.

You can plan the further course of the training program yourself. The duration of the entire training therefore depends on your chosen expeditions.

You can choose from the following expeditions: 

Expedition Training

Learn the most important basic techniques of Expedition mountaineering in the Monte Rosa Massif: various techniques with crampons and ice picks in ice, firn and snow, rope and safety techniques, cooking and bivouacing in the height, as well as tent construction on snow and ice. Here you will learn everything that is necessary for your further expeditions.

You can find information about the exact itinerary here.


  • Experienced mountain guides will prepare you for your first expedition
  • we adjust the exact program to the performance Level of the participants
  • just as you pass by, you collect up to 8 four-thousand-metre peaks
  • a night at the highest hut in Europe

Kilimanjaro 5.895m

At the beginning of our ascent to Kilimanjaro via the Machame route we hike through the lush vegetation of the mountain forest, which later turns into grassland, before a high alpine landscape and last remnants of snow and ice at the summit shape the landscape. The slightly longer Machame Route offers the best form of altitude acclimatization due to its path, which constantly goes up and down, and therefore the best chances to stand on top of Uhuru Peak.

You can find information about the exact itinerary here.


  • Ascent via the most beautiful of all routes – the Machame Route
  • High camp equipment, porters, guide
  • Safari or Zanzibar extension optional
  • free choice of date – even for solo travellers
  • Partner at KPAP (Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project)
Kilimanjaro Summit

Denali 6.190m

Denali is the highest mountain in North America, the highest northern mountain and at the same time the coldest mountain in the world. Majestically the Denali rises above the Tundra of Alaska. A truly overwhelming sight over the ice world, which quickly makes you forget the effort of the ascent.

You can find information about the exact itinerary here.


  • Highest peak of North America
  • Wild beauty of Alaska
  • Technical moderate mountain
  • 1 guide : 2 climbers – ratio

Aconcagua 6.961m

The Aconcagua is the highest moutain in America and separates Argentinia and Chile. For the Incas, the mountain rising out of the beautiful landscape was of great importance; the temple of the Incas.

You can find information about the exact itinerary here.


  • The highest mountain of the American continent
  • Modern infrastructure in basecamp
  • Local partner with over 40 years of experience in organizing Aconcagua expeditions
  • Route ‘Polish Traverse’ on request!

Dhaulagiri VII / Putha Hiunchuli 7.246m

A really reawarding mountain in a rather undiscovered beautiful region of Nepal. The 7,246m high ascent is particularly suitable for the first 8,000m and can also be climbed in winter with touring skis or snowshoes.

You can find information about the exact itinerary here.


  • A fantastic alternative to Mustagh Ata
  • 1 sherpa each 2 members
  • IFMGA mountain guide
  • High camp equipment
  • Small group

info  General Information

Weather and conditions on the mountain can lead to itinerary and/or route changes. Climbers take part in the expedition at their own risk and individual responsibility. Furtenbach Adventures assumes no liability for accidents, damages or loss of materials.

If you are not sure that taking part in an expedition like this is the right thing for you, feel free to contact us on Tel +43 512 204134 or e-mail [email protected] for a personal consultation.

This package in general is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

language   Entry Requirements

Swiss or EU citizens:

Nepal: When entering the country, you need a passport with a validity of at least 6 more months and a visa (available at the airport upon arrival, depending on the duration of your stay from 25 to 100 USD, bring a passport photo)

Information on recommended vaccines and health regulations:

More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

https   Insurance possibilities

We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance) For this journey, the Global Rescue Signature Travel Insurance is suitable. The price of the insurance depends on the trip and the personal data of the traveller. We happily make you an offer after booking or upon request.

To cover search and rescue costs in the mountains, we ask our expedition participants to take out a “medical only”-membership at Global Rescue. This membership can be concluded here before departure: Further information are provided after your booking.

work  Equipment

Unless specified otherwise in the detailed program, all high camp equipment will be provided by us. Following your booking we will send you a detailed equipment list. We will be happy to advise you personally during the selection and purchase of required equipment. With years of expedition experience, we know what has proved its worth and what not.

insert_chart_outlined   Difficulty / Technique

The ascent always lies in the participant‘s personal responsibility, while led by the mountain guide and expedition leader. Participants must be able to move safely and independently in mixed terrain (rock, snow, ice) and – if required – independently build rope teams under the guidance of the mountain guide. Cooperation, camaraderie and support on the mountain increases the chances of success for all. The guide is there to provide guidance for the whole group, the possibilities for him to respond to individual needs is limited. It is imperative that participants adhere to the instructions and decisions made by the mountain guide. Regardless, each participant must know their own physical limits, and be able to make a timely decision to turn back.

For expeditions offered by us, unless otherwise specified in the detailed program, the following is required of participants: independent getting on and off the fixed ropes on cliffs, snow, ice and firn snow slopes, as well as the independent use of crampons and ice axes in mixed terrain. On climbing passages, as well as very dangerous and exposed places, fixed ropes are attached by mountain guides and by the Sherpa team.

perm_identity   Physical fitness

A key success factor in expeditions is being in good shape. Train in the months before the expedition! Several hour climbs with a backpack and around 1000 meters per day should not be a problem for you. You have to carry your own personal equipment on the mountain, unless an optional personal Sherpa is booked. The porters are available for the group and set up the high camp and insure the route. We will gladly provide individual advice on how to best prepare yourself mentally and physically for an expedition!

local_hospital  Health

We recommend that each participant undergoes a medical examination prior to the expedition. Good health is a prerequisite for participation. Particularly important is a visit to the dentist because previously unnoticed dental problems can become quite acute due to the sudden change in pressure conditions in higher altitudes.

landscape  Experience

We are very familiar with the charm and attraction of an eight-thousander! However, we want to make certain that you can ascend safely, come back alive, and be able to enjoy the expedition while on it and not afterwards. Therefore, in order to participate in our eight-thousander expeditions, you must already have collected some experience at high altitudes and mountaineering. When booking, please let us know which heights you have already reached and which high mountains you have climbed. If you are a newcomer, no problem, we offer a bespoke program aimed to train you for reaching your desired destination.

In order to participate in our seven-and six-thousander expeditions, you should have at least some experience on the four-thousander peaks of the Alps or other mountain ranges. Our offer for newcomers applies here as well, we can train you to become prudent and safe high altitude climbers!

We offer a special introductory weekend for all those who want to learn about – or refresh their knowledge of – all the skills and techniques needed on an expedition. More info here.

payment  Payment

Deposit Payment is made less than eleven months prior to the end of the trip and is a maximum of 20% of the price. The balance must be paid no earlier than 20 days prior to departure. Please find more information regarding the payment in our GTC.

directions_run  Right of withdrawal

The traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract at any time by paying the according cancellation fee stated in the General Terms of Conditions of Furtenbach Adventures GmbH.

The following fees apply for cancellations on the part of the client prior to travel:

until 30 days prior to departure…………………………. 30%
29 – 20 days prior to departure…………………….. 40%
19 -10 days prior to departure…………………….. 70%
9 – 4 days prior to departure………………………… 80%
from the 3rd day prior to departure (72 hours)………100%
on the day of departure………………………………… 100% of the tour fee.

For expeditions to 7000 and 8000 meter peaks the following fees apply for cancellations on the part of the client prior to travel: until 3 months prior to departure 50%, within 3 months prior departure 100%.

The tour operator will be released from the contract if the specified minimum number of participants is not achieved and if the customer has been notified about the cancellation in writing within the following periods: until 20 days prior to departure.