Published Date: April 21, 2015
Explore new limits and push beyond boundaries! Climb your First Mountain!
There are different ways to enter the world of mountaineering. It doesn’t necessarily start with attending a climbing school/camp, or doing indoor wall and rock climbing. If you choose your peaks carefully, you can begin by starting with the easier peaks to build the technical skills from expedition to expedition.
Advice for Trekkers Entering the World of Trekking Peaks
The term Trekking Peak is in itself somewhat misleading, as trekking peaks actually involve mountaineering of varying degrees of technical difficulty. A trekking peak could be described as a trip which consists mostly of trekking as well as a couple of days mountaineering. Trekking peaks usually involve ascending a glacier to a high camp followed by a summit day with some technical climbing. Mountaineering expeditions require a different set of skills as well as technical climbing equipment. You may have to walk roped together across a glacier, cross a snow field wearing crampons, ascend a steep slope clipped into a fixed rope, or climb a vertical ice wall using the front points of your crampons and an ice axe.
Besides whatever methods you have to become physically and mentally prepared for the challenge, we have given you some homework to do:
1. Research the mountain: Find out as many details as you can about the technical parts of the climb. Some describe Mera Peak trip as a “walk-up”. While Mera Peak is a reasonable choice for novice climbers, it is no ordinary walk that reaches 6476 meters elevation! Don’t try to climb anything too difficult too soon. Choose the appropriate level of technical difficulty.
2. Research the Company: While some people play it safe and pay the price to go with an international company and expatriate guide, it is worth your while to question anyone who says that only an expatriate guide can give training and help you through the technical challenges. That isn’t to say you should just go with any adventure travel company that is selling the particular trip. Some shady Nepal-based companies have tarnished the reputation of the local companies. You should check out which companies have a great reputation for having qualified and experienced guides who will support you to make your summit dream come true.
3. Hope for Favorable weather: This seems easy, but it is important that you are mentally prepared for the lack of control you will have over this factor. The snow and glacier conditions vary from year to year. You book the trip at the ideal time, but the weather may affect the difficulty of the expedition, or even keep you from an attempt. It’s part and parcel of mountaineering.
I did the above mentioned trip in December 2016. The trip was perfectly planned and everything went smoothly. The itinerary allowed for perfect acclimatisation, especially having two nights at Island Peak Base Camp. Tashi, the trekking guide for the trip picked me up at the airport and helped me through…Lukas
A friend and I worked with Annapurna Foothills Treks to be guided trekking on the Annapurna circuit from Besi Sahr over the Thorong La pass to Jomsom, with a guided climb of Chulu West on the way. Our trekking guide Dawa was outstanding all the way to Pisang, and provided…Craig
Our 14 day Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp trek, guided by Tashi was an outstanding experience. We enjoyed his local knowledge while making the trip a joy. From the trip's booking to departure from Nepal, all aspects of the trip were carefully organized and well executed-something we appreciated very…Kathy