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Sep
19
asked How to grade a trek?
Sep
18
answered Is caffeine helpful or hurtful when backpacking?
Sep
17
comment How dangerous is a band of coyotes to a lone, unarmed human?
@DonBranson Well that's my point, it harms the wildlife as well. It's not just about us all the time you see.
Sep
16
answered How can I boost morale on long backpacking trips?
Sep
16
comment How dangerous is a band of coyotes to a lone, unarmed human?
Good point about running away! Running away from any predator is a prey behavior. It's true even in case of a domesticated dogs!
Sep
16
answered How dangerous is a band of coyotes to a lone, unarmed human?
Sep
16
answered Speed hiking how do I to calculate it?
Sep
10
answered Splitting up weight hiking as a couple/mixed gender group
Sep
10
comment Sleeping solutions when camping with dogs?
+1 for the 'wander around you' part! I have had my dog lick my face when asleep. I woke up with a start thinking that some wild animal was tasting me up before gulping me down its throat!
Sep
4
comment Trek-able peaks in the himalayan range
Yes. Even I've heard about the altitude part in case of EBC. Thanks for the information on Gokyo Ri. I'll surely do some research before jumping to either Mera peak or Island peak! Who knows, it might turn out to be Gokyo Ri for all I know!
Sep
4
comment Trek-able peaks in the himalayan range
I have heard contradicting views on this. Many EBC trekkers I met during the Stok trek told me that no part of EBC is difficult. Including Kala patthar. And many of these trekkers did say that Stok was much more difficult. But yes, I agree about the altitude part and the view that you can get. Thanks for the information!
Sep
3
comment Trek-able peaks in the himalayan range
@PersianCat Both Yes and No. Yes because, all the mentioned ones are in the Himalayan range. No because, the Himalayan weather is very very unpredictable. Also, each mountain has its own characteristics. Conditions vary from one peak to other even in terms of snow/avalanches/crevices. The best would be to view each mountain in isolation and work with it.
Sep
3
comment Can the Swiss Alps be hiked in the winter?
I agree, heavy snowfall is a killer when it comes to orientation and avalanches. Long distance hiking requires agreeable weather. Winter, my friend, is not one of those agreeable ones!
Sep
3
comment Trek-able peaks in the himalayan range
Thanks for the valuable inputs. I was targeting Mera Peak or Island Peak in Nepal. Although both require some mountaineering skills, they are basic. Regarding EBC/Annapurna/Kanchenjunga base camps, the only problem is, they are not "summits". I also read about "Aconcagua" : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aconcagua. But I'm worried about the cost!
Sep
2
comment Trek-able peaks in the himalayan range
Thanks for the info! I'm planning to travel to Nepal next year. I hope to do it on a budget :D
Aug
30
comment Trek-able peaks in the himalayan range
Stok is difficult if you take a route other than the traditional one from Stok village to Stok base camp. We went through Shang->Shang Phu->Gangpoche->Manokarmo->Basecamp... Summit climb anyway is pretty difficult with a straight trek of around 12 - 14 hr.
Aug
30
comment Trek-able peaks in the himalayan range
Also, in the group with which I did the Stok Kangri trek, there were around 4 EBC trekkers. They did mention that EBC was easier than the route we took for Stok Kangri.
Aug
30
comment Trek-able peaks in the himalayan range
I've heard of the EBC trek. But the only reason for me still not being sold out on it is that the trek itself is pretty crowded. That way, Stok was relatively crowded as well, but the saving grace is that it's still a peak climb and many people opt out of it.
Aug
29
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Aug
29
comment Trek-able peaks in the himalayan range
Also, how is Nepal in terms of cost? In India, I know that unless you are a local, it's pretty costly. Are there other peaks in Nepal that you know of?