20th September 2019

Beginners Guide to Peak Climbing in Nepal

Sports are necessary for the physical fitness and mental boost of our body, mind and what better sports than peak climbing. Nepal has the top 8 world’s highest mountains spread over the vast Himalayan range. Thousands of people from around the globe visit annually for peak climbing in Nepal.   
While peak climbing seems to an exciting challenge, it is for sure, not an easy task. It is quite a difficult task, and there are no guarantees things might go smooth and planned. There are a lot of factors that need to be taken care of before one can officially head for peak climbing. Some of the essential guides for beginners are listed below.

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1. Acquiring Certification

Certification is a highly crucial part of the journey of peak climbers. The government issues accreditation to those who are willing for peak climbing after conducting some interviews and test. Moreover, different mountains have different difficulty levels and vary in a large number of factors. Hence only those peaks should opt for climbing for which the government has officially declared them safe. Another yet essential point to keep in mind is to make sure that the company with which you are going with must also have proper license and certification for peak climbing.

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2. Gearing Up with Essential Equipment

Before planning the journey, be concerned about the weather. Assume when you will go somewhere, what will be the condition of weather. Keeping that in mind, pack your stuff with the necessary trekking and climbing equipment to make sure you don’t face any problem once there. The weather conditions are quite cold and harsh due to the immense height and altitude of 6,000 m and above. Therefore everything essential useful tools, equipment, first aid medicines foods should be packed.

3. Proper Company and Guide

You need to plan for the journey very wisely. Select a location where you can move smoothly, and after that, the next step is to acquire a guide. The task of peak climbing is dangerous, especially for less experienced people, which is why the highly trained and experienced guide is necessary. The primary factor to keep in mind is that the company or guide with which you are going must be certified as mentioned in the above point. As it ensures precaution and safety of entrusting your life in the hands of another person.

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4. Choosing the Right Time and Place

Even though the temperature on top of peaks is pretty much cold throughout the year, still one should make sure the time right for peak climbing. Generally, people in this area tend to climb from March-May. The danger of avalanches increases due to the heat of summer, and months of September to October. After that, the condition worsens, and it becomes too cold to do peak climbing. Moreover, choosing peaks which are easier to climb would be much wise for beginners. A tip in this aspect could be to avoid fast winds and snowstorms during peak climbing.

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5. Motivation and Determination

Last but not the least guide to mountain/peak climbing is proper motivation and determination. Peak climbing is a highly challenging task and is not for the weak of heart. Hence, only people that have active minds and can face harsh environments with patience and courage should opt for peak climbing. Since you wouldn’t keep complaining about every difficulty, you encounter on the journey where in most cases is no halfway back.

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