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You have longed to get out and climb a mountain or do an extended trek to high altitude and you read about acclimitisation. It may all sound very complicated but what is it.
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?
Under the dizzying heights of several peaks of almost 8000m, lies the famous Annapurna circuit, one of the more popular hikes in Nepal. With enough spare days in your pocket you can head out on this trail for anything from 12 to 21 days, or even more, with vast mountain vistas in sight, stunning valleys … Continue reading A Himalayan Sandwich – Best times for the Annapurna Circuit
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?
Most people will have bought the bulk of their gear and buying gear for others can be tricky. And add to that the cost of gear so it really depends on what they already have plus your budget! If you have an open budget then a good down jacket can never go wrong. In truth, … Continue reading What do you buy someone who is planning to climb Kilimanjaro?
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.
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