Mountaineering is an outdoor sport that involves hiking or climbing to reach the highest point of the mountainous region. However, there is a vast difference among other outdoor sports and mountaineering. With the victory of reaching the summit of the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest(8848m) in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, mountaineering become more popular all over the world. Whenever it comes mountaineering, Nepal is the ultimate destination for all the mountaineering enthusiasts. The eight-thousanders of Nepal, including the world’s highest Mount Everest, Mount Kanchenjunga, Mount Lhotse, Mount Makalu, Mount Cho Oyu, Mount Dhaulagiri, Mount Manaslu, and Mount Annapurna lures thousands of mountaineers all around the world. Besides, there are other 326 peaks opened for mountaineering in Nepal. Mountaineering in Nepal is without a doubt, one of the adventurous and exciting things to do anywhere in the world.
Although the expeditions to climb Mount Everest grabs all the attention and popularity, there are other peaks as well, which are being climbed regularly. Depending on the altitude of the peak, some of them require a climbing permit from the Nepal Mountaineering Association. Others may simply require the other forms of permit to enter the specific region.
Whether you are an experienced mountaineer, who had years of practice conquering the mountains, or a novice seeking an opportunity to explore the less trodden regions and peaks of the world, there is no better place for you than Nepal. Conquering the peaks of Nepal, you will get spiritual and physical satisfaction. All you need is the courage, strength, and endurance to cope with any situation that you may encounter while climbing. Mountaineering involves walking through a variety of terrains. Sometimes you may have to travel on snow and ice, which requires the technical knowledge of equipment also. If you are planning to climb the peaks that involve challenges, then you should initiate only if you have enough experience, climbing skills, and proper equipment. Before attempting any climb, make sure you are fit enough to endure anything that comes up on your way.
When we talk about services of Mountain climbing in Nepal, by the 1960s Nepal Trekking and Mountain Industry were well established with the private companies. These companies used to provide all the arrangements, including the guides and porters. Today also you can see many companies involving in mountain climbing and serving many mountaineers. They prepare you mentally and physically by giving you various training. Further, you should not have to worry about the equipment and supplies that you may need while climbing.
Best time for Mountaineering in Nepal
For mountaineers keen on evaluating their skills in the higher altitudes of Nepal, the pre-monsoon offers a wonderful journey. Although the visibility might be obstructed with the pending monsoon, the weather remains better at the higher elevation. In some areas higher up, one can indulge in climbing in early autumn also. Winter brings cold with short days and spring may leave you with the seasonal snowstorm, it is better to skip mountaineering during this time.
Is it necessary to hire a guide for mountaineering?
Regardless of your climbing experience, it is always recommended to go on a mountain trip with a licensed mountain guide. The trained guides know the area very well. They are aware of all the possible challenges and knows how to deal with them. They can handle all the arrangements for the trip and above all, they assure you and your group’s safety.
Equipment required for mountaineering in Nepal:
Harness (designed for mountaineering)
Mountaineering Helmet (to protect from rockfall).
Camping items: 4-season tent, sleeping bag (check climate conditions), backpack.
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