The longest and most difficult expedition of the 'Alpari: On Top of the World' project – climbing Mount Everest – gets started on April 9, 2012. Before heading for the peak, the Alpari team of Lyudmila Korobeshko, Ivan Dusharin and Maksim Shakirov will first spend 59 days in Tibet getting themselves acclimated to the altitude and weather conditions they will be facing.
The team's goal: make a unique traverse of Everest. According to the itinerary, the team will first climb Changtse, the mountain's north peak, after which they will ascend the North Col (7,100 m) before taking on the main peak (8,848 m). This extremely difficult path will challenge the team enormously. As with any attempt to climb Everest, the main problem the team will face is the considerable effect high altitude has on the human body. Above 7,000 meters, the situation is acute and time spent at this altitude must be kept to a minimum. Even entering this zone is a serious matter and any climber who does so must be physically and psychologically prepared.
We hope that the long acclimatization period in the Himalayas as well as the experience of the team's recent climb of Aconcagua and Kilimanjaro will help them handle the extreme conditions on Everest. Base camp is at an altitude of 5,100 meters, meaning that the peak is just 3,748 meters away! But these are without question the most unyielding, tortuous and unpredictable three thousand plus meters of the whole project. Get the latest updates and check out photos from the expedition on the