Top 10 Best Facts you should know During the Trekking and Climbing in Himalayas

TOP 10 BEST FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW DURING THE TREKKING AND CLIMBING IN HIMALAYAS

01. Greetings

Starting with the custom greetings. The standard form of greeting in Nepal is “Namaste”; pronounced to perform Namaste, join your palms together pointing your fingers upward hence bowing a little and saying Namaste in a polite and respectful manner. Travelers greet with Namaste if came across or to start a conversation.

02. Solo ascent without oxygen

Reinhold Andreas Messner, was the first person to make the solo ascent of Mt. Everest without supplemental oxygen and also was the first climber to ascend all fourteen peaks over 8,000 meters (26,000 ft) above sea level.

03. The legend of Yeti

People believe that Yeti inhabits in the Himalayas of Nepal. It is a mysterious ape-like creature taller than an average human similar to the North America’s Big Foot. We can also assure you that yetiwouldn’t look as cute as the picture if they ever exist.  What really interesting is, Sir Edmund Hillaryhimself led an expedition in 1958 to find the Yeti. Sadly, it did not succeed.

04. Sun Protection items: Do not skip

When you trek up into the mountains, it is wise to carry strong sun protection. As you advance higher the sun becomes stronger, so good sunscreen cream is highly recommended. Not only your face, your hands, and neck need equal protection, slather enough sunscreen on your exposed neck and back areas. Long sleeved sports shirts offer good protection for your arms. A wide brimmed trekking hat is also a good option if you are allergic to sunscreen creams.

05. Sunglasses- Protect your eyes from Dust and UV Rays

Did you know that you could be bombarded with a heavy amount of UV rays up in the mountains? The ultraviolet light radiation can lead to short-term loss of vision and long-term exposure to these harmful rays can be harmful to your eyes. There is also a lot of dust that might blow up with wind storms which may make you suffer from dust and various other allergies. So keep a good quality sunglass with UV protection at reach.

06. Medical Kit

Imagine getting scratched by sharp rock jutting out in the trails, or getting bitten by some random dog in China or suffering that persistent headache in the mountains. A well-packed compact medical kit will be essential, get a small airtight plastic box and throw in some band-aids, disinfectant/sanitizer, roll-up bandage, some pain relievers like aspirin/Tylenol, Cipro, Amoxicillin and you have a mobile medical kit ready to pop-up anytime you have a problem. Rehydration packets, anti-flu powders should be on the list too.

07. The Wind, dust, waterproof multipurpose Jacket will leave you high and dry

Himalayan terrain has unpredictable weather. Most trekkers face the sudden wrath of Mother Nature, sudden afternoon rainfalls, and dust storms are common, a multipurpose jacket with the hood that protects you from the wind, rain and dust are a necessity.

There is a long list of other things you will have to lug around when you go on an adventure into the Himalayas. The items on the list above are carefully selected with suggestions from various trekkers, who have visited this region. So give it a thought and pack accordingly, it will make your vacation better, enough said! Happy Trekking!

08. Headlamp: A better alternative to handheld torches

Consider the fact that you will be spending your nights in teahouses or small lodges in the mountains, while you are on a trek. These guest houses are located in areas where frequent power-outages are a common problem, so handy headlight can be extremely useful. Headlamps are easier to carry, more compact than handheld torches and will keep your hands free for other things. Good compact headlamps offer more battery life, brighter bursts of light and are waterproof.

09.The Wind, dust, waterproof multipurpose Jacket will leave you high and dry

Himalayan terrain has unpredictable weather. Most trekkers face the sudden wrath of Mother Nature, sudden afternoon rainfalls, and dust storms are common, a multipurpose jacket with the hood that protects you from the wind, rain and dust are a necessity.

There is a long list of other things you will have to lug around when you go on an adventure into the Himalayas. The items on the list above are carefully selected with suggestions from various trekkers, who have visited this region. So give it a thought and pack accordingly, it will make your vacation better, enough said! Happy Trekking!

10. Cash or Paper Currency

Of course! Most travelers these days carry ATM/Debit/Credit cards or prefer other methods of cashless payments, but please keep in mind that when you are trekking in the remote Himalayan trails, your cards are basically useless. Even today, most restaurants, hotels, travel agencies and teahouses in the Himalayan region prefer cash payments. Imagine yourself trying to pay for a yak ride with your debit card at 12000 feet in the mountains! So be sensible and carry some paper cash with you, just in case.


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