About Ice 8000
International Climbing Expeditions (formerly Himalayan Guides) was started in 1989 to give climbers who wanted to mountaineer in the Greater Ranges a chance to join expeditions and at a reasonable cost.
At that time there were few expeditions to Himalayan peaks open to mountaineers from outside the exclusive groups of 'international mountaineers' who dominated expedition climbing. These groups predominantly climbed new routes or made first ascents.
The chances of most mountaineers being invited to join a Himalayan expedition were remote. To organise one oneself was a formidable task often taking years to arrange.
International Climbing Expeditions (as Himalayan Guides) set out to change this and to make access to high altitude expeditioning available, by assuming the beaurocratic and logistical responsibilities required to organise and run these expeditions successfully.
To date we have been involved in:
These expeditions were on 10 of the 14 8000 metre peaks in Tibet, Nepal and Pakistan.
Apart from 8000 metre peaks we climb Ama Dablam each post monsoon (over 130 climbers have summited with us), which is a beautiful mountain and a great introduction to Himalayan climbing.