Nepal, the land of mountains is one of the hot favorite trekking regions which are extremely famous among carefree backpackers who wish to feel the real essence of adventures. But a tragic event closed down the trekking region with the Thorung La Left leaving more than 40 people dead. The outcome of the Cyclone Hudhud was that Nepal’s most comfortable trekking route was closed down.
The routes are now again open with mountainous region of Nepal is still very safe and is still suitable for trekking. Accidents do occur as it is unavoidable. These accidents do not demoralize trekkers and every year nearly 100,000 trekkers visit Nepal every year.
Well in aftermath of the disaster, blame game was played as many blamed the Nepali authorities while the Nepali Authorities blamed trekkers. However before proceeding to the trekking adventure, there are certain factors which should be carefully monitored to enjoy an excellent trekking adventure.
Calculating the risk
Before you wish to take the trek, carefully arrange the trek properly. The Annapurna Circuit Trek climb offers one of the most exclusive challenging environments on earth. The highest point on the Thorung La is at a height 5416 m above the sea level.
Often when you cross the pass, you may suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). That is the reason why the crossing of this pass should be well spread over four or five days. At the high altitude and on the final stages, there are limited handfuls of teahouses.
Now in the proper weather, the climb here is no more risky than simply taking a walk in the mountainous area. It is very necessary to take the right precaution if you want to avoid the danger of hanging from a rope.
As a precautionary measure, the Nepali Government has promised to effectively create a better warning system. So it is mandatory for the trekkers to carry a GPS navigation system along with a local guide to make the trail safer.
Spread general awareness to avoid any sort of danger.
Paying Respect to the weather
One of the biggest hurdles which one has to face while trekking on the mountains is to face the fury of the weather. It is better to organize campaigning plans when trekking in the Himalayas. Take appropriate rest and travel as it stops you from falling ill.
Suppose the weather turns bad, then what should one do? It is always better to check and recheck forecast about the local weather as well as to get it confirmed from local people. The best possible season for trekking with fine weather is October to December and March to April.
But storm can still occur at any time in the Indian Ocean affecting the weather in the Nepal Himalaya. Now if the weather starts to deteriorate, rush to the nearby shelter because hypothermia may happen anytime if you are exposed to rain, cold and wind.
Dressing for trek
It is very necessary to appropriately dress for severe weather condition. The golden rule for survival is to stay dry and warm. So it is better to wear layers of clothes to ensure and increase insulation. It is best to bring insulated jacket to reduce the loss of heat. Moreover bring decent gloves as well as waterproof boots to prevent getting affected by frostbite.
When you are even above the snowline, you may feel warm after all the process of climbing up. But as the sun goes down, the temperature lowers down and at time wear the clothing you have.
Always carry a survival bag which has a sleeping bag which will help to keep your the body temperature when you are outdoors without a proper shelter. Never underestimate the importance of a shelter when you are out trekking.
Another piece of advice which will surely help you is that never wait for an emergency to arrive to look for a shelter. Whenever you are trekking, always keep a proper note of the lodges you pass a well as the nearest shelter to your location so that you may rush there in case of emergency,
Emergency Food and water
On an average a human being can survive without proper food for nearly eight weeks but without water, death takes place from dehydration in just three to five days. Always carry a proper water purification system with iodine tablets to convert any possible water into safe drinking water. When it is the question of food, carry with you high-fat and carbohydrate snacks s well as energy bars.
Always rely on local people when you wish to get the best possible advice. It is much safer to travel with a safe and experienced guide. Always have a back up when you are trekking. Carry a map and a compass or a proper GPS device to know your route properly.
Never fix a schedule
Schedule should never be fixed. If you stick to a particular plan irrespective of conditions will surely lead you to trouble. If you wish to enjoy a beautiful as well as safe trek then spare a few days into your trekking schedule.
Per year nearly 100,000 trekkers visit Nepal Himalaya and only few people face trouble due to the lack of proper preparation and precautions. Enjoy the most beautiful landscapes on earth and get closer to nature.