Peculiarities of trekking in the Himalayas

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Peculiarities of trekking in the Himalayas

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1. The main feature is the height. So, classical trekking to Everest base camp starts at 2860m (Lukla) and reaches 5400m in EBC. As a rule, on the second day of the journey, travelers reach Namche Bazaar at an altitude of 3440m. This is exactly the height at which altitude sickness often manifests itself - headache, indigestion, nausea, lack of appetite, etc. Healing from a serious "miner" can only be downhill. If the symptoms are not very significant, you can not go down. And to walk slowly and without a backpack, up and down the hills, and spend the night as low as possible.

2. All popular Himalayan trekking routes are well equipped. Quite wide trails are laid, high-quality bridges across turbulent rivers. In the villages there are many hotels and loggias (guest houses for tourists), restaurants are often found along the way (in the understanding of a Westerner, eateries, but with quite edible, fresh, and sometimes even tasty food), and grocery stores. Therefore, many attributes of a mountain hike in the mountains of the post-Soviet space, such as a tent, kilograms of provisions and kitchen utensils, disappear. The weight of a backpack can be about 8-12 kg, which is quite within the power of even a novice tourist. If you have more backpack weight, but there is no desire to carry heavy loads, you can easily hire a local Sherpa who will gladly carry your load for 5-10 dollars a day.

3. The temperature difference is 20-30°, both between day and night, and at the beginning / end of trekking. Below, everything blooms and smells sweet (subtropics), above - snow and stones. Therefore, the puff will be a wonderful and easy addition to your clothes. Don't forget to take a sleeping bag. Downy is the best choice, but any cheap option will do. The fact is that there are warm blankets in the loggias, but there is no bed linen, or it has not been washed for several months. At worst, you can do without a sleeping bag, but then you have to sleep dressed, which is not very conducive to a good rest.

4. Popular Himalayan trails are quite safe. On the trail you will constantly meet normal locals. Up and down like ants carrying heavy loads. There will also be caravans of horses, mules, or yaks, exotic for Europeans, raising dust in a column. And of course, a huge number of travelers from all over the world. It is hard to go astray, although there are not so many signs. In addition, all routes have detailed maps and descriptions.
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