Some wise words from one of the greatest to set foot on the Mountain.
“A lot of people ask me – which 8000m peak is hardest to climb?
“My answer has been always Everest from the South Side.
“If you remove all the sherpa guides; forget Lhoste wall, you will struggle to go through the Khumbu Icefall.
“Despite of huge Sherpa manpower, it’s still very risky and dangerous. You have to climb though the famous Khumbu ice fall, then pass though the Death Valley of Western-cwm, then climb the vertical #lhotse wall then to the summit of Everest.
“Also, I see a lot of climbers claiming solo Everest ascent using the motorway that the Sherpas had trail blazed, using the same fixing lines, some even use the tents set by other climbers.
“Come on guys, you can lie to the rest of the world, but you can never lie to yourself.
“Now here comes the debate about with or without O2?
“If you are climber setting the fixed lines on bottled Oxygen, with a flow rate of 0.5 per litre at 8000m or if you are a climber just following the path that’s been already trail blazed. Setting fixed lines and trail blazing on an Oxygen flow rate of 0.5 per litre is way HARDER.
“I have been there and done it all.”
Nirmal Purja MBE