Hiking In Himalayas

Hiking in Himalayas

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine you are walking through a rainforest , untouched for thousands of years or following an alpine track with mountain ranges above and valley’s below. You are in a pristine World Heritage Area, where the water runs crystal clear, remote from all civilisation save for your walking companions and guides equipped with knowledge, skill and friendly smile.

 

Don’t imagine it – live it!

 

Global Expedition Club will make this experience a reality for thousands of hikers from around the world each year. We have a range of all inclusive guided treks across the Himalayas, Andes, Africa, Europe, China, India and South East Asia. Just visit www.ravieverest.com

 

Each trip offers a truly unique hiking experience with magnificent landscapes of the range of mountains and its eco-system. Walk at your own pace, in your own time, safe in the knowledge that a guide will always be behind you, offering as little or as much assistance as you need.

 

 

Manni Stones

 

You need only to carry your personal belongings, and if you follow our advice your pack shouldn’t weigh more than 8 kg. Accommodation on our multi-day walks is provided in our budget or private lodges, with three course meals, some with hot showers, flush toilets and warm beds. Our walks include all transport from and back to the airport or starting point and hikers  are accompanied by our knowledgable guides who put your welfare and safety as their first priority.

All you need to do is decide which trail or packages is right for you.

 

 

 

Some of the hiking and trekking techniques.  Tips and tricks for hiking hydration, water bladders, keeping feet happy, avoiding aches and pains – as well as how to get out on the trail quickly.

 

1.   TAKE SOME SHORT BREAKS AND A TEN MINUTE BREAK FOR EVERY HOUR 

 A break of ten minutes helps remove the metabolic waste products that build up in your legs while hiking. Take a break at least every hour. Sit down and prop your legs up. Eat some food, drink some fluids, and take this time to enjoy and appreciate the view. These efficient breaks can recharge your batteries. In the long run, breaks will not slow you down.

 

2.  Hydration

How much should I drink to stay hydrated? Everyone is different, and is also depends on the temperature and level of  exertion… but a general guideline is 4 to 6 ounces every 20 minutes or so. Better to sip a little frequently than a lot every few hours (this is where a hydration bladder comes in handy).

Headaches, dizziness, or difficulty in concentrating can signal dehydration while anxiety, a weak or rapid pulse, and clammy or hot, dry skin point to serious dehydration.

 

 

 

 

3.   Awareness of Trail, Risk and Hazards

 

Prepare to gather information about the mountain and the trail. Read all signs at trailheads to learn about fire, lightning, bear activity, etc. Understand the distances you are covering and become familiar with your map. At all junctions, read the signs carefully and make sure everyone is together making the correct turns.

 

4.  Use a proper Boots & Socks

 

Hiking Boots and Hiking Shoes
Hiking boots are the most important part of your hiking gear. The right footwear will carry you farther, faster and safer than any cheap pair of casual shoes will. Plus, your feet and legs will feel a lot better at the end of the day as well.

Clean, condition, and waterproof your boots. This will help them last longer and keep your feet dry. You can clean dust off your boots with a damp rag.

 

High Quality Hiking Boots

 

Using two layers of socks can substantially reduce your chances of getting blisters. A thin polypropylene underlayer, with a wool blend on top will be very comfortable. If you sense a “hot spot” of rubbing after a while, immediately put a piece of moleskin over the spot to absorb the rubbing and keep your feet happy.

 

5.  Warm Your Clothes at Night

 

Be prepared for weather to change fast up on the mountains. Many mountain mornings can be cool, even in the summer. Consider putting your next day’s clothes in the bottom of your sleeping bag at night so they will be toasty warm when you put them on in the morning. This practice is good especially when we are planning summit push in cold midnight or early morning.

 

6.  Pacing, Timing and Schedule 

 

Pacing your self is important in having a good, satisfying and interesting hiking journey. Always plan the journey and give enough time for coming back. Coming back is always the hardest especially if it’s going back upwards. Also as courtesy, give uphill hikers the right of way. Also be prepared for wrong pacing or timing and bring headlamp for emergency in case end up hiking in the dark or in bad weather.

 

 

 

 

7.  Yak, Mules and Hikers (MULES HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY).

There are many logistics partners and in the himalayas, we use Yak and Mules to carry our load to base camp or our destination. All along the journey, we will encounter them on the trails especially on narrow bridges or trails with narrow path.  Always ensure safety for yourself, other trail users, and mule riders. Some recommendation :-

  • Step off the trail on the safe side or uphill side away from the edge.
  • Follow the direction of the wrangler.
  • Remain completely quiet and stand perfectly still.
  • Give enough space and time from the last Yak or Mules.

 

 

YAK

 

 

8.   No Food, No Fuel, No Fun
EAT OFTEN AND DON’T FORCE FLUIDS.

Eat more than you normally do, ensuring you eat before, during, and after your hike. No matter what the temperature, you need water and energy to keep going. Every hour hiking in the himalayas can be likened to the physiological equivalent of shoveling wet sand. Plan accordingly when determining how much food and water you should consume during your hike.

Keeping yourself cool while hiking in the canyon takes a large amount of energy (food). Food is your body’s primary source of fuel while hiking in the canyon. You need to eat about twice as much as you normally would to meet your energy needs while hiking in the Grand Canyon. Salty snacks and water or sports drink should be consumed on any hike lasting longer than 30 minutes.

Small snacks often will keep your energy level up rather than waiting for a big lunch meal after you’ve emptied your body’s reserves. Keep a small amount of surplus food ready, just in case.

Your best defense against illness and exhaustion is to eat a healthy breakfast, and eat regularly throughout your hike.

  

 

 

 

Vortex Model (Bolle) at Mount Denali