Am I ready for the Himalaya?
TEN FAVOURITE QUESTIONS
- Day pack and shoes? The pack, with a capacity of about 25
litres, should fit comfortably. You will need to carry only the daily
neccessities such as water bottle (1litre), camera, personal toiletries,
and extra clothing as dictated by the weather. Your hiking shoes, or
light weight boots, should be well broken in. They will be like your
best friend on the trek!
- How far do we walk each day? This is best measured in time
- about 5 to 6 hours for each full day (or 12-15 km) in hilly terrain.
In the morning we walk from 8-11 am and in the afternoon from 1-3 or
4 pm. A 1/2 day or full day for rest is planned for each trek over 8
days in length.
- Can I walk by myself? Yes. All we ask is that you stay behind
the lead guide. Notify the trek leader if you wish to explore during
the mid-day break or while at the evening campsite.
- If I need help on the trail can I get it? The local staff are
both our guides and helpers. Their first priority is our safety. For
a small fee, they will assist with day bags if requested.
- What will the trail be like - are there bridges? Most of the
trails that we follow are centuries old. Because of the rugged nature
of the Himalaya, there is more exposure to heights as the grade is steeper
than that of our mountains. Where the trek follows rivers there will
be bridges as the trail will often reverse sides. The bridges are constructed
with cables, wire, and plank and are strong enough for heavily laden
- What about the tents and sleeping bags? Tents, pads, are provided.
Tents are designed for double occupancy. Bring your own sleeping bag
with a rating -10 C. We recommend that you bring an air mattress.
- What is the food like? Food is simple and nutritious with an
emphasis on carbohydrates and local vegetables. Some chicken and meat
will be served. Our cooks are known for their excellent soups, hot porridge,
dal bhhat (rice and lentils), pasta and a surprising ability to bake
a cake! The water is thoroughly boiled and purifiers are not needed.
- What will the weather be like? Spring days are warmer and longer
but the air is hazy at lower elevations. The fall is colder at night,
the days shorter, but views are clearer. Both periods are dry. These
are highest mountains in the world, and exceptions to the norm can happen.
Temperatures can range from +27c to -10c.
- Staff gratuity? It is traditional to award a gratuity to each
of the staff at the end of the trip. This gratuity is part of your land
price. Extra clothing gifts are encouraged.
- How fit do I have to be? As long as your lifestyle is active
and you are in good health we have a trek that will suit you. Refer
to the ETC self-assessment form. Specific
pre-trip training is recommended. A positive mental attitude is as important
as good health.
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BC V6K 1E3 | p: (604) 731-7650 | fax: (604) 731-7635
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