TLDR: Because its much harder that way and the extra altitude of the Himalayas makes it that much more difficult.
Alpine style refers to mountaineering in a self-sufficient manner, thereby carrying all of one's food, shelter, equipment, etc. as one climbs, as opposed to expedition style (or siege style) mountaineering which involves setting up a fixed ...
alpine style remains relatively rare in the Himalayas
Actually, as far as I can tell from the current climbing literature, alpine style climbs in the Himalaya are relatively common these days. Expedition style climbs (at least the only ones that attract any attention) are now mostly for paying customers with guides. I suspect there are also still private ...
Yes, for Har-ki-doon trek you need a local forest permit.
Hiring a guide is not a mandatory thing, but recommended. The guide will take care of campsites and arranging food at a fair bargain.
First things first.
You can book a cab from Dehradun to Sankri villege. On the way you would pass through a place called Naitwar (Tagged Netwar on google maps). The ...
In all of these cases it's because they are Endorheic, which is a fancy way of saying that they have inputs but no outputs. The salt that is carried down by the precipitation is trapped in the lake with no where to go and so over time, the lakes become saline.
Endorheic lakes are usually in the interior of a landmass, far from an ocean in areas of ...
I would add that I did Jiri to EBC in Feb 1992 (the coldest time of year?) and found it to be cold (4 season sleeping bag) but manageable. I am just re-reading my diary from the time - and the noticeable thing is that the cold is mentioned quite a lot - but my 'whining about the cold' is ALWAYS related to wind. So make sure you have windproof gear handy to ...
There's an inn/tea house/lodging at Gorak Shep. It's about 2-3 hours walk from the base camp.
In 2004, when I was there, most of the villages and lodgings on the way to Everest had, at the very least, the possibility of a "hot bucket" shower, which is basically a closed room where a person with a bucket of hot water can clean themselves. I don't remember if ...
It depends on the nature of the deficiency. The most common form, red-green colorblindness, isn't a problem: I'm not aware of any situation where color coding is used to convey safety-critical information. On the other hand, if you've got rod monochromacy, climbing mountains is probably a bad idea.
Milam glacier falls under the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve limits. In case you want to enter a national park limits, you will need a permit from the forest department. Additionally, since parts of NDBR fall under the protected areas act, you'll need a protected areas permit to enter the Milam glacier section. The PAP can be obtained from the MHA, Dehradun. ...
I did this trek in 2012 on a guided tour organized by IndiaHikes. There was a large flood in 2013 in Uttarakhand which, from what I've heard, affected the trek significantly and made it harder.
As to your question, a few pointers:
The trek itself was relatively easy back in 2012. If I was more familiar with trekking in India, I might have done it without ...
I don't know whether e.g. mountain guides for expeditions are accepted if they have color vision deficiency. But as a participant I don't think this is a no-go criteria. There were guys with asthma and other serious medical limitations going on 8000+ and Mark Inglis made it on the Everest with two artificial legs.
I don't know what you suppose of a ...
According to the Himalayan Journal, it was July 14th, 1985.
(7233 m -23,730 ft)
Wilkinson and Fotheringham 14 July
From east via
EXPLORING 'THAT VALLEY'-TERONG
by HARISH KAPADIA
Keeping the scope limited to India:
It is worthy of noting that the climate in western Himalayan region is pretty much defined and heavily influenced by what happens in southwest during it's monsoon season (from June to September) and by that in western systems (from November to March).
The names marked with an asterisk (*) are states in India I'll be ...
So after spending about a month in the Himalayas and climbing a small peak, I can offer some insights on this.
Do note that this applies only to those Himalayan (sub)ranges that are subject to the Indian subcontinent's monsoons.
Pre-monsoon (=post-winter) the slopes still have the snow/ice deposited over the winter. The sun's heat has not ...