Expedition Logistics

For anyone undertaking an expedition at any level, logistics should be considered at the very onset of planning. It develops along with all the other aspects of expeditionary planning. Undertaking an expedition specifically in the Himalayas becomes an even bigger task owing to the scarcity of information, bureaucratic hurdles, the remoteness of the actual peaks, hiring of liaison officers, et al. We know that getting to wild and remote places, achieving objectives and returning successfully requires robust systems, planning, and a flexible approach

 

Expediency The word expedition derives from the Latin expeditus (unimpeded). In its English verb form, expedite, it simply means to process a task in a quick and efficient fashion. At the heart of an expedition is an ethos of expediency—fulfilling the logistics efficiently with as little fuss as possible. Above 14000ft has provided logistical support for the last 20 years -  in corners of the Himalayas still viewed only by a chosen few while keeping the core ethos of expediency fully intact.

 

Utilising skills derived from years of planning, supporting and executing high-level expeditions in the remotest terrains - we aim to support expeditionary travel with solid practical advice, quick online pre-expedition support, a reliable and experienced on-ground team, and a comfortable base camp.

 

Expedition Logistics are wide ranging. We take care of mountaineering permits, city hotels, transport to the road head, IMF briefings, liaison officers, cooks, porters, base camp guides, and base camp infrastructure. We take seriously the privilege the comes with exploring truly remote parts of the earth. Our staff members are well versed with and practice Leave No Trace principles on all our trips.

 

Over the last 20 years we have worked with leading Alpinists from all over the world and provided logistical support to some of the most audacious climbs on earth. A few of the climbs we have worked on have also won the coveted Piolet d'Or:

 

  • Mick Fowler and Victor Saunders  climbing the Sersank North face - Awarded the Piolet d’Or, 2016
  • Marko Prezel Hayden Kennedy, Manu Pelliser and Urban Novark climbing the East face of Cerro Kishtwar- awarded the Piolet d’Or, 2015
  • Mick Fowler and Paul Ramsden climbing the Kishtwar Kailash - Awarded the Piolet d’Or, 2013
  • Mick Fowler and Paul Ramsden climbing the Shiva Peak - Awarded the Piolet d’Or, 2012
  • Alex and Thomas Huber and Iwan Wolf climbing the Shivling (Shiva’s Line) - Awarded the Piolet d’Or, 2000

 

Other Alpinist that we  have worked with also include some legends like: 

 

  • Fred Beckey
  • Jack Tackle 
  • Kitty Calhoun
  • Jay Smith
  • Renny Jackson
  • Jeff Shapiro
  • Kei Tanaguchi

 

Some of the more remote peaks that we have worked on are Barnaj, Nanda Devi East, Hathi Parbat, Brahma, Arjuna, Kishtwar Kailash, Kishtwar Shivling, Gupta Peak, Chilling, Cerro Kishtwar, Meru, Satopanth, Chaukhamba, Bhagirathi, Mt Mahinadra, Neverseen Tower, Shivling, Arwa Spire, Rimo, Saser Kangri to name a few with Alpinists from all over the world.

 

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Some of the best Alpinists in the world trust us with their expeditions!

Don’t just take our word for it watch what they have to say.

Mick Fowler and Victor Saunders with Devraj at Base Camp - Sersank (6050m)

Himalayan veterans Mick Fowler and Victor Saunders teamed up again after 29 years to climb the unclimbed North Buttress (ED 1100m) of Sersank (6050m) in the Pangi valley of Himachal Pradesh. Above14000ft is proud to have organised the whole logistics for this expedition. They set off on the climb on from BC on 28th Sep 2016 and returned back to BC 8 days later via a new route.

Paul Ramsden enjoying his high bivy on Kishtwar Kailash - 6451m

In 2013 Himalayan Legends Mick Fowler and Paul Ramsden teamed up again to make the first ascent of Kishtwar Kailash's South west face. The peak is located in the Darlang valley on the Himachal - J&K border. They won their 2nd Piolets d'Or for this climb.

Above 14000ft was their chosen agency to handle all their logistics upto base camp and we have always been super proud to have been associated with you guys.

Brotherhood of the rope - Urban Novark, Manu Pelliser and Hayden Kennedy on Cerro Kistwar - 6173m

In 2015 Manu Pellissier, Hayden Kennedy, Marko Prezelj and Urban Novak attempted the first ascent of the East face on Cerro Kistwar (6173m). They named the Route they climbed "Light Before Wisdom (5.11 WI 6 M6 A2 1,600 meters)". in 2016 they won the Piolets d’Or. This is Marko's 4th Piolet d'Or and Hayden's second.

Above14000ft is proud to have been the logistics operator for this expedition.

Kitty Calhoun and Renny Jackson traversing the Stegosaurus, Chilling II, Zanskar, India

In 2015 American legends Kitty Calhoun, Jay Smith, Renny Jackson and Jack Tackle attempted the first known ascent of Chilling II a peak in the remote interiors of Zanskar and almost on the border of Kishtwar. This is a picture of Kitty in the lead opening the route while Renny is in the background belaying her.

Above14000ft is proud to have been the logistics operator for this expedition.

Enjoying a quite breakfast at Base Camp of Chilling II - 2015

In 2015 American legends Kitty Calhoun, Jay Smith, Renny Jackson and Jack Tackle attempted the first known ascent of Chilling II a peak in the remote interiors of Zanskar and almost on the border of Kishtwar. This is photo is a reminder from one of the days when it was quite and they were all enjoying a nice leisurely breakfast and having fun at Base Camp.

Above14000ft is proud to have been the logistics operator for this expedition and to have hosted them.

American Alpinist Jeff Shapiro and Christopher Gibisch on the summit of Brahmma

Enjoying a summit moment together. In 2016 American Alpinists Jeff Shapiro and Christopher Gibisch made the first ascent of a peak called Brahmma in the remote Kishtwar area of Jammu and Kashmir. No other alpinists had been in the area for more than 20 years.

They chose Above 14000ft as their agency to handle all their logistics upto base camp in this remote area and we have been super proud to have been associated with you guys.

Slovenian Alpinist Marko Prezelj takes a break for a photo moment on his climb - Cerro Kistwar 2015

In 2015 Himalayan legend Marko Prezelj along with friends Manu Pellissier, Hayden Kennedy and Urban Novak attempted the first ascent of the East face on Cerro Kistwar (6173m). They named the Route they climbed "Light Before Wisdom (5.11 WI 6 M6 A2 1,600 meters)". in 2016 they won the Piolets d’Or. This is Marko's 4th Piolet d'Or and Hayden's second.Above14000ft is proud to have been the logistics operator for this expedition.

If you have a project in mind, we would love to work with you and help execute it on the ground.