Hike the Himalayas

17/02/2012

As daunting as it sounds, if you enjoy a hike, why not take it further afield? There are several tour operators who offer a variety of packages, for a holiday with a difference. If you’re bored of the typical two weeks on the beach, why not try the Everest Teahouse Trail?

This tour takes you to see some of the most spectacular scenery in the Himalayan Mountain, and is named the Teahouse Trail as hikers stay in traditional Sherpa family-run teahouses along their 8 day trek, through the Dudh Kosi and Khumbu Valleys and a climb to the village of Namche Bazaar. Peaks you can expect to see include the Ama Dablam (6856m), Lhotse (8512m) and Mount Everest (8848m).

When looking up tours abroad it’s wise to check if the tour operator is ATOL Protected and to take out insurance in case of any medical mishaps, travel issues, or if the tour falls through or any problems occur. Whenever going abroad, take extra precaution especially if going on an activity based holiday. When packing for a trek abroad, the important thing is to pack lightweight, quick dry, versatile items. When choosing your backpack, look for one with compression straps, to help hold the items in your bag in place, but also reducing the volume of the bag and strain on your shoulders and back. A medium backpack between 30 – 45 litres would serve you best, and make sure get the right fit dependant on height. A backpack fits you correctly if the weight of the bag rests onto your hips.

You’ll want to keep your water bottle to hand, so look for a backpack with a water bottle pocket, or pack a lightweight bottle with a karabiner to clip onto your bag. Or considering purchasing a hydration pack for yourself. Since most backpacks aren’t waterproof and weather at a higher altitude can be quite damp, a backpack liner is a must. Importantly you will also need somewhere secure to store your passport and valuables also. Making the right preparations and taking the right equipment can make sure you have the experience of a lifetime.