Mount Everest  –  50 Amazing Records, Facts and Extremes

Mount Everest has captured our imagine and tested the limits of human endurance and capability. Here are just a few of the many firsts and records set on the mountain both by man and nature. If you think we missed some important ones let us know and we will add them to the list! Climbing Facts and Records Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit in 1953 for the first time. A Swiss team failed to reach the summit of Everest in 1952 just 250m short of the summit. Sir Edmund Hillary was also the first man to reach both of earths poles as well as the summit of Everest – aka “The three poles.” Willie Unsoeld and Tom Hornbein summited via Everest’s West Ridge in 1963 one of the most difficult routes possible. The last time that a season went by without anyone reaching the summit was 1974 Reinhold Messner in 1978 became the first to climb Everest without oxygen. Peter Hillary, son of Edmund Hillary, scaled the peak in 1990 making Edmund and Peter the first ever father and son combination to climb the mountain. Yuichiro Miura made the first septuagenarian summit in 2003. The same […]

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High Altitude Sickness and Everest Base Camp

One of the major challenges facing trekkers heading to Everest Base Camp or any other high elevation trek in the Himalayas is dealing with the potential threat of High Altitude Sickness. The primary cause of High Altitude Sickness is a decrease in the amount of available oxygen with altitude. To ensure you have a safe trek it’s important to be aware of this potentially life threatening condition and its symptoms. Everyone is susceptible to High Altitude Sickness and it is just as likely in physically fit persons as those who are unfit. This article is worth a read even if you have been to high elevations before without symptoms. Cause of High Altitude Sickness The primary cause of High Altitude Sickness is that amount of available oxygen in the atmosphere decreases with altitude. While the percentage of oxygen (21%) in the atmosphere remains constant the density of the atmosphere decreases so that the available oxygen when you take a breath becomes less. The decrease in density of the atmosphere is not linear and that density decreases more rapidly with increasing altitude so that the impact of going from 10,000 to 20,000 feet is not as significant as going from 20,000 […]

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Nepal’s Greatest Trekking Peaks

Ready to take you’re trekking to the next level? The Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) has designated 33 trekking peaks that can be tackled without an expedition permit. All of the trekking peaks are less than 7000m (22965 Feet) and most can be summated by anyone with a moderate experience level in mountaineering for a relatively small fee. Want to go above 7000m? You will need to pay quite a bit more as these peaks qualify as expedition peaks. Actual skill levels required for climbing trekking peaks vary quite a bit. Some of the designated peaks require significant mountaineering or climbing skills and others are just physically challenging and don’t require any particular mountaineering skill. Keep in mind that Yala Peak (5520m) which of all the trekking peaks has the lowest elevation is still almost as high as Kilimanjaro (5895m) in Africa or Denali (6194m) in North America. Tackling any trekking peak is a serious endeavor and requires proper acclimatization, equipment and physical conditioning. Here is quick overview of just a few of the 33 trekking peaks in Nepal.   Island Peak (6160m) Island Peak or Imja Tse named for floating its appearance of floating like a ship in a sea […]

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Alternate Trekking Routes to Everest Base Camp

The trek to Everest Base Camp is the most popular in Nepal drawing upwards of 30,000 visitors a year for its incredible mountain views, excellent trails and comfortable tea house style trekking.  Here we present a few options for those wanting to visit Everest Base Camp but at the same time get off the beaten track. These treks offer a sense of the undeveloped side of Nepal and the Himalayas that most travelers miss entirely on the traditional route. Traditional Everest Base Camp Trek This is the traditional trekking route that is travelled 95% of the time and takes about 10 days. It starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and then follows the Dudh Kosi River past Phakding to Namche Bazaar. After taking a rest day at Namche you get the first great views of Everest as the trek continues to Tengboche.  The trek then follows the course of the Imja Khola to Dingboche. Climb the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and stay at Lobuche before making the final trek to Gorakshep (5164m) and Everest Base Camp. See More   Three Passes and Everest Base Camp This one gets our vote as one of the best treks […]

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Touching the Clouds!  Nepal's 8000m Peaks

Flying back to Delhi from Kathmandu I sat mesmerized as I watched clouds float far below the giant peaks of the Himalayas. It’s hard to consider these mountains without reflecting on the geology and wondering why almost all of the worlds tall peaks are in Nepal. The Himalayas are a result of the collision between the Indian plate and the Eurasia plate that began somewhere around 50 million years. The resulting mountains are an unprecedented landform both today and in terms of historical geology.  The Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau combined are one of the most extreme expressions of mountain building on the planet in the last 500 million years.  Nepal is the place to go as it’s the present epicenter of this uplifting event and its home to 8 out of 10 of the world’s tallest peaks. The only other 2 peaks in the top 10 are in the Karakoram of Pakistan.  To be fair of these 8 peaks several straddle the borders of India and China but however you look at it Nepal has a clear claim to housing the greatest concentration of the world’s tallest peaks not only today but probably in the last hundreds of millions […]

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