Trekking and Mountaineering: The Himalayan Region

The Himalayas are undoubtedly the mightiest mountain ranges humankind ever had the privilege to witness. The Himalayas are spread wide covering the borders of many countries like India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and Pakistan. The mountains pose a great challenge for trekkers and hikers. The Himalayas offer great opportunities to solo trekkers as well as family trekking groups. You can opt for gentle treks as well as a challenging trekking session. With so many people seeking to conquer these mountain ranges, accommodation facilities have flourished over time.

Following are some tips that one can find beneficial before going for trekking the gigantic Himalayas.

Choose when to go carefully

 The time of trekking plays an important part for an individual’s safety. The mountains are situated in the north with high altitudes and can have extreme weather conditions which should be kept in mind. Do your research.

Acclimatize yourself with the weather

When you actually reach your destination and are ready to scale the mountains, stop. Yes, you need to stop and remain in place for at least 24 hours to aid your body in acclimatizing itself to the unknown weather. I can perfectly understand your unwillingness to make a stop even before the trek has started but acclimatizing is a subtle process. Your body needs to prepare itself for the high altitude and low oxygen.

Wear suitable clothes

Protection and safety are your first priority. Arm yourself with thick and layered clothes to prevent extreme cold affecting your health. Apart from clothes, one should be prepared with additional equipment like suitable shoes, poles, thermal bottles and so on.

Be aware of yaks

Yes, you heard it right. Yaks are the native animals up there in the Himalayan region. Beware of them. They are usually not harmful but that does not mean they won’t protect themselves from any potential threats.

There have been lot of mishaps that have been publicized about the trekking and mountaineering. However, this activity is one of the most enjoying activities that anyone can ever do. However, by abiding the above suggestions, you can go and enjoy these interesting activities around the Himalayan range. 

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