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Why is the "alpine style" of climbing not as popular in the Himalayas?

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 ...
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Why is the "alpine style" of climbing not as popular in the Himalayas?

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. ...
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What makes some of the lakes in the Himalayas saline?

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 ...
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Trekking Har ki doon (India): Permits and Guides

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 ...
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What temperature to prepare for on Everest base camp trek?

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 ...
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How much would a base camp shower cost in the Himalayas?

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,...
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Use of high altitude (8000 M) boots at lower altitudes (6500 M)

An 8000m boot can certainly work for lower elevation objectives, but there will be drawbacks. There is nothing magically different about 8000m vs 6000m, other than this being a common terminology ...
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Do I have to have a guide for the Milam Glacier trek in India?

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 ...
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RIMO III (elevation: 7,233 m, coordinates, 35°22′31″N 77°21′42″E): first ascent date?

According to the Himalayan Journal, it was July 14th, 1985. Rimo III (7233 m -23,730 ft) Wilkinson and Fotheringham 14 July NE ridge From east via South Rimo glacier....
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Do I have to have a guide for the Milam Glacier trek in India?

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 ...
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Himalayan mountaineering - pre-monsoon vs post-monsoon

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 ...
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Himalayan mountaineering - pre-monsoon vs post-monsoon

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 ...
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