I have had a dream of doing a trip like this ever since I read about Euart Grogans exploits back in the colonial times, when trips like this were funded by the National Geographical Society. In fact 2 of my dogs are named Shackelton and Nimrod.
How hard is it to hike to Everest Base Camp compared to Kilimanjaro? Most people think Everest Base Camp is higher than Kilimanjaro but surprise surprise, it is not. Base camp of Everest (or rather Kala Pathar – the little hill you climb up above base camp) is actually 5545m, whereas Kilimanjaro summit is 5895m.
Well for a start the three passes trek is incredible and if you can do all three then do. Each pass has its own difficulties. Renjo is a long slow pass and more of a ridge than a pass itself. It is spectacular and more remote than the other two as it goes via the … Continue reading Between Cho La, Kongma La, and Renjo La, which pass is more difficult?
To access Tibet you need three permits, a Tibet Travel Permit, Aliens’ Travel Permit, and then tourists also need a Frontier Pass (or Border Pass) Then, if you want to trek above Everest Base Camp, e.g. trekking to Advanced Base Camp (ABC, at an elevation of 6400 meters), Rongbuk Glacier, etc., you will have to apply for another permit, a Mountaineering License issued by China Tibet Mountaineering Association.
Let's face it - it can get pretty icy on the mountains when wind chill combines with high altitude temperatures hit. So here are a few basics to remember.
Altitude is much like elevation only it refers to the distance measured above a specific planetary point, and in most places, this is the distance above sea level. So if we live at the sea, how do we train for high altitude? Getting technical about O2 and altitude At sea-level, the concentration of oxygen in … Continue reading How can I train for High Altitude Climbing?
I am often asked which is better, Mera Peak or Island Peak and although there are similarities and differences, it is hard to judge one over the other. So let us look at what makes them similar.
Kilimanjaro, the Inca Trail, Everest Base camp or a simple short hike on local trails. We all dream of these amazing places and for some of us, turning those dreams into a reality is like a brand new lease on life. But there are essential things to remember when buying your first hiking boots. Stick … Continue reading 5 Things to Remember When You Buy Your First Hiking Boots
We are often asked which is the better of the two treks, Everest advanced base camp from Tibet (north side) or Everest base camp from Nepal (south side). It really is not an easy question to answer as it all depends on what you are hoping to get out of the trek. Advanced Everest Base Camp - 6340m Tibet … Continue reading Everest Base Camp or Advanced Base Camp Trek – which is best?
The start of one of the worlds longest mountain bike descent trails to Kathmandu in Nepal at 1800m, begins high on the vast Tibetan landscape, in Lhasa at 3680m above sea level. Growing in popularity, this trail traverses Tibet through stark, isolated, yet awe inspiring scenery. Following the old famed Silk Road, the trail detours … Continue reading Lhasa to Kathmandu on a Mountain Bike