It's a good strategy that will broaden your perspective and adaptability, essential qualities for the varied conditions Everest presents.
While Everest might be your ultimate quest, you'll enjoy climbing Kilimanjaro too. For starters, it is rightfully dubbed the 'Roof of Africa' because it's the highest peak of the continent, followed closely by Mount Kenya in the neighbouring country, Kenya.
Mont Blanc in the Alps is the highest peak in Western Europe at 4,809 metres (15,777 feet). Climbing Mont Blanc is a must-try before you even think about Everest.
Picture scaling the highest peak in the Alps, and it's not just about height – it's about getting those climbing skills sharpened up. We're talking real-deal ice climbing, using crampons, and getting the hang of high-altitude life.
Mont Blanc is a high-altitude training ground to give you a taste of what to expect on Everest, from unpredictable weather to the importance of acclimatisation.
It's demanding, sure, but it's the kind of challenge that builds your endurance and prepares you mentally for the tougher Everest expedition.
With expert Sherpa guides and trekking teams, you're in safe hands, whether you're a solo traveller joining an open group or trekking with companions.
While the climb doesn't involve technical climbing, physical fitness and stamina are essential. Accommodations are typically in teahouses, offering basic lodging and meals, with hotel stays in Kathmandu.
Mount Toubkal, located in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, is the highest peak in North Africa, and a notable adventure before you climb Everest.
It rises to an elevation of 4,167 metres (13,671 feet) and offers a challenging yet accessible trekking experience.
The climb to the summit is non-technical, which means it doesn't require specialized mountaineering skills or equipment, so it's suitable for experienced hikers and those with good physical fitness.
The trek starts from the village of Imlil and can be completed in two to three days. As such, Mount Toubkal is a perfect short adventure to get used to higher attitudes without committing to longer expeditions.
As you ascend, you'll pass through remote villages and have the opportunity to experience the rich Berber culture.
The landscape varies from lush valleys to rocky mountain passes, culminating in stunning panoramic views from the summit.
Hiking Machu Picchu before attempting Everest offers valuable acclimatisation and altitude experience.
While Machu Picchu is not as high as Everest Base Camp, it still sits at a significant altitude (around 2,430 metres or 7,970 feet). Trekking here allows your body to start adapting to higher elevations, a crucial aspect of a successful Everest expedition.
In terms of physical conditioning, the treks to Machu Picchu, such as the Inca Trail or the Salkantay Trek, involve several days of continuous walking over varied terrain. This helps in building stamina and physical endurance, both of which are key components for the demanding Everest climb.
Additionally, our Peru treks require mental strength, preparing you mentally for the rigors of more demanding expeditions like Everest.
The journey to Machu Picchu also provides experience in remote trekking. It takes you through remote areas where you learn to be self-sufficient, adapt to different conditions, and understand the logistics of trekking in isolated regions.
These are invaluable skills for any high-altitude expedition. Moreover, understanding and respecting local cultures is an important aspect of any expedition, and the experience in Peru sets a good precedent for the cultural sensitivity required in Nepal.