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Annapurna Tilicho Trek

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Annapurna Tilicho Trek

GEC Annapurna – Tilicho Trek 

 

 

 

Annapurna Tilicho Lake View

 

 

 

Introduction

 

Annapurna Tilicho Lake Trek is more challenging compared to the normal ABC (Annapurna Base Camp Trek) and we get to view some incredible mountains standing on different faces such as Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV , Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak. The best of all will be the stunning world highest Lake Tilicho which is located at 4919 meter altitude in the Annapurna Range. The lake is formed by the melting glaciers from Mount Annapurna and Throng-La Pass.

 

Throng-La Pass is the high pass located at altitude 5416 meter and will be the most highest point hikers will reach on this trek.

 

 

Thorong-La Pass on Annapurna Trail

 

 

This trek stars from Besisahar passes through Marsyangdi River, with massive view of the Mount Manaslu and Mount Himal Chuli in the West. The trek also provides cultural exposure with massive diversity of the ethnics group and all members get the chance to spend some time during our stay at the tea house.

 

 

Itinerary

 

Day 01:    Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
 
Day 02:    Drive to Beshishahar Syange
 
Day 03:    Trek to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft), 5-6 hrs walk
 
Day 04:    Trek to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft), 6-7 hrs walk
 
Day 05:    Trek to Pisang (3,200m/10,496ft), 5-6 hrs walk
                  Evening visit upper Pisang for the Tibetan style of houses and
                  monastery with panoramic view of the Annapurna range and valley.

Day 06:    Trek to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft), 4-5 hrs walk
 
Day 07:    Acclimatization day at Manang (3,500m/11,482ft)
 
Day 08:    Trek to Khangsar( 3 hours walk)

Day 09:    Trek to Tilicho Base Camp

Day 10:    Hike Tilicho lake 5200 m take picture and back to Khangsar
 
Day 11:    Trek to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft), 3-4 hours walk
 
Day 12:    Trek to Throng Phedi (4,400m/14,432), 3-4 hrs walk
 
Day 13:    Trek to to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft) via Throng La
                 (5,416m/17,765 ft), 7-8 hrs walk
 
Day 14:    Jonsom
 
Day 15:    Fly back from Jomsom to Pokhara
 
Day 16 :   Fly from Pokhara to Hathmandu & overnight
 
Day 17:    Departure from Kathmandu
 

 

Includes and Excludes

 

Please email to ravigecm@gmail.com or ravieverest8848@gmail.com for more details on the above trek.

 

 

Annapurna Range of Mountains

 

 

Deuter Bag Pack

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Deuter Bag Pack

Deuter Backpacks

 

 

Ravi leading the Group using Deuter Guide 35+ Backpack during summit push on Mount Kinabalu in September 2017.

 

 

 

Hiking and Outdoor activities involve carrying all necessary equipments, food and water depending on day trips or overnight trips. To carry everything during the hiking, climber must have a reliable and the right size of backpack with them.

For Mount Kinabalu Climb in 2017, I use Deuter Guide 35+ Backpack and the colour of my choice is Kiwi Emerald.

 

Oxygen at Death Zone

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Oxygen at Death Zone

Oxygen at Death Zone

 

 

 

Oxygen support at Death Zone

 

 

Most of the 8000 meter peak expedition will be using Oxygen Support at Altitude 7500 meter above and the zone above 7900 meter is called Death Zone. Its not easy getting providing supplemental oxygen at Death Zone with strong wind condition and extreme temperatures is not simple. We faced many problems with extreme drop in temperature and most equipment attached to supplement oxygen get frozen and  prevent the delivery of the right amount of oxygen at the extreme situation. Sometimes we increase the intake to stay warm and there are times, too much and wastage of that precious gas and when too little or finish, climbers can die frozen. 

 

Most the Oxygen Bottles (made in metal cylinder) are placed in the bag pack and supple using rubber tube to mask covering the climber’s mouth and nose. An adjustable regulator attached to the top of the cylinder controls the oxygen flow to some type of reservoir where it is delivered as the climber inhales. A complicated valve prevents a climber’s exhale from going into the reservoir.

Training for Hiking

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Training for Hiking

Training for Hiking

 

 

 

 

 

Training Schedule Basic 9 -12 Week

 

Many people go for hiking and trekking to enjoy the beautiful back country and mountain sceneries. An early preparation will help hikers to achieve a good fitness level to enjoy their hiking journey and also to avoid injuries.

 

All hiking journey involve endurance and strength challenges but many people forget about the cardio challenges. Cardio challenges is the most important part in preparation as it involve safety. Cardio challenges happens especially when weather changes suddenly or when a members get into trouble and the team decide to support.

 

 

 

At GEC, we recommend all hikers to pay attention to all aspects of preparation equally from “Endurance” to “Endurance and Strength” and slowly move on to a balance complete readiness (Endurance, Strength, Cardio). We also recommend a slow down of training activities especially on the final week and recover well before starting the hiking journey.

 

Week 1-3

 

Endurance

 

Doing indoor and outdoor running for 3 times a week covering (5-10 km) for long burn performance and endurance readiness. Increase the distance weekly to reach 10-15 km per week.

 

Cardio Fitness

 

Recommended to do 100 meter short burst power run for cardio exercises. Each session (5-10 runs) with breaks of 3-5 minutes.

 

Strength

 

Visiting the gym for strength training especially on alternate days with focus on leg muscles, shoulder muscles and abdomens for core strength. Recommended 2 Days per week with 1 hour per session. Strength training actually increases the endurance of your muscles.

In fact, resistance exercises not only help to tune up an out of shape nervous system and increase the activation of motor units within your muscles, but also helps increase their overall endurance.

 

Types of Strength Trainings

 

  • Lunges
  • Squat
  • Push-Up
  • Calf Raise
  • Goblet Squat
  • Pallof Press
  • Dumbbell Row

 

 

 

 

Week 4-6

 

Endurance

 

Running on road or Indoor Gym running for 3 times a week covering distance of 10-15km per week. Can alternate or add on Road cycling of 20–30 km distance per week especially on hill road. Training must be increased weekly for effective endurance workouts. Can add 1 day of high intensity exercise with high output but less weight (e.g. speed hiking).

 

Cardio Fitness

 

Recommended to do 100 – 200 meter short burst power run 2 times per week for cardio exercises. Each session (5-10 runs) with short breaks.

 

 

Strength

 

Visiting the gym for strength training especially on alternate days with focus on leg muscles, shoulder muscles and abdomens for core strength. Recommended 2 Days per week with 1 hour per session.

 

 

 

 

Week 7-9

 

Endurance

 

Road running or Indoor Gym running for 3 times a week covering distance of 15-20km per week. Can alternate or add on Road cycling of 25–35 km distance per week especially on hill road.

 

Cardio Fitness

 

Recommended to do 100 – 200 meter short burst power run 2 times per week for cardio exercises . Each session (5-10 runs) with short breaks.

 

Strength

 

Visiting the gym for strength training especially on alternate days with focus on leg muscles, shoulder muscles and abdomens for core strength. Recommended 2 Days per week with 1 hour per session.

 

 

Training for Hiking in Himalayas

Happy Diwali (Deepavali)

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Happy Diwali (Deepavali)

Happy Diwali (Deepavali) 

 

 

 

Deepavali – Festival of Lights

 

 

One of the most significant festivals in Indian culture, Diwali or Deepavali, the festival of lights, sees millions attend firework displays, prayers and celebratory events across the world every autumn.

 

The festival is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains for a variety of reasons, although the main theme which runs throughout is the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.

 

 

 

 

The festival usually falls between the middle of October and the middle of November, although this is decided upon by the Hindu lunar calendar. While each faith has its own reason to celebrate the festival, one of the most popular stories told is the legend of Lord Rama and his wife Sita returning to their kingdom in Northern India from exile after defeating the demon king Ravanna in the 15th century BC.

 

 

 

 

To celebrate, houses are decorated with candles and colourful lights, while families feast and share gifts.

Bolle at Mera Peak Expedition 2017

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Bolle at Mera Peak Expedition 2017

Bolle at Mera Peak Expedition 2017

 

 

 

 

Bolle 6th Sense at Mera Peak, Nepal in April, 2017 

 

 

 

 

 

Suunto Traverse Amber

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Suunto Traverse Amber

Suunto Traverse Amber

 

 

 

Suunto Traverse Amber

 

 

Suunto Traverse – is a watch for trekkers and hikers.  With attractive design, they also offer high performance with many advanced features such as compass, barometer, GPS tracking and GPS navigation.

 

 

 

 

 

The Suunto Traverse will be a great companion for outdoor  enthusiasts who need a top-quality timepiece for their adventures. This watch can also be considered as the best from Suunto based on the specifications and images which includes great elegant design, superb functionality and GPS capabilities.

 

 

Suunto Traverse on Mt Kilimanjaro route to the summit

 

 

I recommend Suunto Traverse for the following activities :

 

1.  Hiking
2.  Mountaineering
3.  Trekking
4.  Walking
5.  Backpacking
6.  Climbing

 

 

 

In a simple way, this watch gives me a sense of security when I’m backpacking alone up in the mountain around the world, and from my point of view, this is exactly what it supposed to do.

 

 

 

Suunto Traverse Amber at Mount Kinabalu Summit

 

 

The Suunto Traverse is using a GPS antenna in the ring which makes the watch look more elegant and another advantage is that this watch is very light for the functionality it offers – it weighs only 80 grams. For more information, refer to  http://www.suunto.com/sports-watch-collections/Suunto-Traverse-Collection/.

Salomon Trekking Boots – Authentic LTR GTX

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Salomon Trekking Boots – Authentic LTR GTX

Salomon Trekking Boots

Authentic LTR GTX

 

 

 

Salomon Trekking Shoes – AUTHENTIC LTR GTX®

 

 

 

I was using the latest Hiking and Trekking Shoes – Salomon Model – (AUTHENTIC LTR GTX® ). Since May, 2017, I have been using this hiking shoes for 7 event (tropical hiking and alpine trekking) starting from (Mount Gangshika – China, Mount Damavand and Mount Alam Kuh in Iran, Mount Kinabalu in July, Mount Fuji in August, Mount Kilimanjaro in August and lastly Mount Kinabalu in Sept).

 

 

 

 

 

The Salomon Hiking Boots – Authentic LTR GTX is a fantastic hiking and trekking that delivers a lightweight, comfortable feel and classic leather style. But the above hiking trips makes me feel that the boots have so much to offer.

 

The first time I use the Salomon trekking boots – Authentic LTR GTX was at Mount Gangshika, China in May 2017 and followed by another 6 more hiking and climbing around the world. This pair of Salomon trekking shoes feels incredibly light compared to the normal trekking shoes and very supportive. The Clima-shield waterproof technology help keep my feet protected and dry and provides the comfort and support that I need for rough, rocky and snowy trails.

 

 

 

Waterproof Trekking Boots

 

 

The shoe was good for the first part of the trekking on rough and rocky trail. I also tried the Contragrip outsole which performed very well on rocks especially at Mount Kinabalu, Borneo.

 

 

Salomon Boots and Contragrip on granite rocks on Mount Kinabalu Summit

 

 

I am very comfortable with their Die Cut Orthilite insole, gusseted tongue, and injected EVA. The Boots also had a protective leather toe cap that efficiently protects the foot from accidental rocks kicking, whilst the heel has Salomon’s signature rear Heel Strap. I found the self-locking ankle eyelets fantastic at keeping my foot securely in place, reducing heel lift considerably. The High cut profile provides increased ankle support, stability, & protection.

 

 

 

 

On the snow trail at Mount Gangshika, I found the waterproof level is reasonably good.

 

 

At Mount Gangshika, China

 

 

Mount Kinabalu, Borneo

 

Mount Kinabalu – Things To Bring

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Mount Kinabalu – Things To Bring

Things to bring for a comfortable Mount Kinabalu Climb

 

 

 

Kinabalu Equipments

 

 

 

Beside physical and mental preparation, all climbers to this highest peak in Malaysia, Borneo must also be well prepared in proper apparels and complete equipment. A good readiness will help climber to have an enjoyable and safe trip to the summit and descend safely to Kinabalu Park.

 

 

 

 

 

Mountaineering is a nice and rewarding passion in health improvement and stress reducing environment but at the same time, also dangerous if not well prepared or trips that are not well organized. In any high mountain around the world, we are bound to face challengers especially due to weather change. In Mount Kinabalu, the weather change will increase the level of challengers faced by climbers.

 

During our various climbs since 1990, the average temperature range at Kinabalu Park, Panar Laban and summit is changing very fast and inconsistent. Now-days, the average temperature at Panar Laban is The average temperature range at Kinabalu Park is 18 – 25 Cel and on rainy days, can reduce to 12 – 20 Cel. On the summit, we have faced almost 0 Cel on rainy days but on normal days, its about 8 – 15 Cel.

 

 

 

Bolle 6th Sense at Mount Kinabalu

 

 

 

The trail from Timpohon Gate to Panar Laban is sunny and warm until Layang – Layang Hut, where we are exposed to open sun, clouds, wind and mist. From here, we always ask our climbers to be prepared for rapid weather change and pay attention to the weather change. The weather change at Mount Kinabalu is depending much to wind condition on that day.

 

Things to do and bring for climbing Mount Kinabalu for ALL WEATHER condition.

 

 

First thing to do is to study the weather condition for the climbing period. Having some knowledge on the extreme weather condition will help climbers to be well prepared.

 

Day 1. Climbing from Timpohon Gate to Panar Laban which is usually warm and sunny.

 

  • Lightweight apparel like Quick-dry t-shirts (Short or Long Sleeve) and hiking pants (short or long). Long-sleeved shirt and long pants provide sun and insect protection, and help to reduce abrasions when slipping and falling on rocks.
  • Sun Hat or Cap.
  • Trekking shoes still in good condition.
  • Waterproof Bag-pack (30 – 40L size) or with Rain Cover.
  • Drinking Water – 1.5 liter.
  • Snacks – chocolates, nuts, biscuits, sweets, and energy bars.
  • Trekking Poles (1 pair).
  • Personal Toiletries.
  • Change of warm clothes upon reaching Panar Laban especially during raining season. Can also use for sleeping and to stay indoor in Panar Laban Huts.
  • Dry bags to keep all your clothes and electronic items safe during raining season.
  • Rain / Waterproof Jackets and Pants. Ponchos can help.
  • Trekking Socks.
  • Sunglasses – Bolle
  • Sun Block and other necessary protection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2. Climbing from Panar Laban to Summit at 2.30am in the morning. The weather is usually cold and sometime windy with low temperature.

 

  • Warm Jacket (Down Jacket)
  • Waterproof Jacket (Breathable)
  • Waterproof pants or warm pants.
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Warm Base Layer / Long Sleeves T-shirt
  • Warm socks
  • Trekking Shoe – A good & reliable Trekking Shoes.
  • Sunglasses – with polaroid effect.
  • Head-lamp with new batteries.
  • Beanie for cold temperature and Cap for sunny weather during descend.
  • Balaclava
  • Warm Gloves if possible with waterproof effect.
  • Normal Gloves to avoid Rope Burn during descending.
  • Drinking Water – 1 liter.

 

Other items ….can make your trip better.

 

  • Personal Medication – painkiller, paracetamol or altitude sickness tablets.
  • Toilet tissue papers.
  • Sunglass, sunblock lotion, SPF lip balm, plasters
  • Camera with waterproof bag.

 

Please do you equipment checklist and check the weight of bag pack after packing all stuffs into your bag pack. Should you find the items are heavy, we always recommend climbers to use porters. The travel luggage can be left behind at Kinabalu Park Registration Counter for a chargeable fee.

 

 

 

Bolle Sunglasses to protect my eyes from the Sun and Heat Reflection from the Granite Rocks

 

Mount Kilimanjaro – Lemosho Route

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Mount Kilimanjaro – Lemosho Route

Mount Kilimanjaro – Lemosho Route

 

 

 

Mount Kilimanjaro – Lemosho Route

 

 

The Lemosho Route is one of the most beautiful trail to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa Continent and also one of the World Seven Summit. In the beginning, all climbers to Mount Kilimanjaro were using the 2 main trail   – the Marangu (Coca Cola) route and the Machame (Whiskey) route.

 

 

Lemosho Route

 

 

Mount Kilimanjaro becomes a tourist attraction and climbing location for many people around the world especially with their Safari attached to all Trekking Packages. So to avoid the environmental impact due to large groups of climbers, Kilimanjaro park authority created more trails to African’s highest peak to distribute climbers to more areas of the park. The routes were thoughtfully designed to improve acclimatisation for the climbers by incorporating longer distances, longer times on the mountain and shorter elevation gains and Lemosho Route is a good example as the success rate for reaching the summit on this route is high. 

 

Lemosho offers beautiful landscape and a joyful journey. We offer a 7Days (6 nights) on the mountain for a better altitude acclimatisation and maximum chances of reaching the summit. Some operators organised the Lemosho Route  as little as six days (five nights) on the mountain. But its dangerous and climbers can go into Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). To avoid AMS, we recommend a package for 7Days (6 Nights) and we also offer a more relaxed itinerary with extra dayson the mountain  called “Self Development Program” suitable for Executive and Managers. 

 

 

 

Beautiful Morning Sunrise

 

 

Kilimanjaro Package – Lemosho Route : 9 Days 8 Nights (7 Days on Trek)

 

 

Itinerary

 

 

 

Day 1 :   Direct arrival at Mountain Inn. Overnight at Mountain Inn, Moshi (Dinner)

 

Day 2:    Start climb at Lemosho Glades (2100m) through the forest zone.  Overnight at Mti Mkubwa Camp (2780m)     (B / L / D)

 

Day 3 :   Continue through the forest, stteply climbing into the heather & moorland zone, crossing the Shira Ridge & descending

                into the Shira  Plateau. Overnight at Shira Two Camp (3500m)     (B / L / D)

 

Day 4 :   A slow paced hike across the Shira Plateau. Overnight at Shira Two Camp (3900m)      (B / L / D)

 

Day 5 :   Continue trekking east past the junction for Oehler ridge & then south- east towards Lava Tower.  Overnight at Baranco

                Camp (3960m)   ( B / L / D )

 

Day 6 :   Enter alpine desert zone & climb up the sleep Barranco Wall. Overnight  at Barafu Camp (4650m).

 

Day 7 :   Around mid-night, to summit to Stella Point (5740m) & to Uhuru Peak  (5895m) . Descend via Barafu Campsite & then  

                into the heather  moorland. overnight at Mweka Camp (3080m) (B / L / D)

 

Day 8 :  Descent through forest zone of the mountain to Mweka Gate (1680). Transfer to Moshi. Overnight at Mountain Inn,

               Moshi (B / D)

 

Day 9 :  Check-out Free & easy (Breakfast)

 

 

 

Mount Kilimanjaro summit in winter season

 

 

Includes 

 

  • 2 nights’ accommodation at Mountain Inn on half board basis (sharing)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) conservation fees (entry fees)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park compulsory rescue fees
  • Kilimanjaro National Park camping fees
  • KINAPA trained & certified English speaking guide/s
  • KINAPA trained & certified porters
  • KINAPA trained & certified cook / chef, utensils, cutlery, crockery etc
  • All meals on the mountain on full board basis
  • Camping chairs, tables, dining tent
  • Four or three season light dome tent per two passenger sharing
  • 1 transfer from Moshi to Nalemuru Park Gate per group
  • 1 transfer from Nalemuru Park Gate to Moshi per group
  • Safe & luggage storage at Mountain Inn while on trek
  • Boiled drinking water on trek (from first camp onwards)
  • Basic first aid kit per group

 

 

Excludes 

 

  • Tips / gratuities.
  • Flight (will advise in due course – go by group).
  • Transfer to / from airport.
  • Additional transfers from park gates to Moshi.
  • Extra night’s accommodation at Mountain Inn.
  • Personal mountain equipment such as sleeping bag, walking poles etc.
  • Specialized equipment such as Oxygen cylinders, portable toilets etc.
  • Helicopter Rescue (Available at GEC).
  • Flying Doctors Emergency Evacuation membership.
  • Beverages such as soft drinks, alcohol etc. and water on first day of trek.
  • Items of personal nature.
  • Additional day for acclimatisation.

 

 

Mount Kili covered by snow along trail