In a climbing group, it is common that one or two people turn around on the mountain due to altitude sickness, exhaustion or a variety of other matters. We often get asked what happens to the rest of the trekking party – specifically, whether they must also discontinue their climb. Absolutely not!
Each group will have a lead guide, a number of assistant guides depending on the party size, and lead porters – all of whom are able to escort climbers down. Therefore, when a person cannot continue their ascent, one of the staff members will accompany this climber while the lead guide takes the group to the next destination. The remaining party is unaffected and continues their climb as scheduled.