Often misinterpreted as an easy climbing mountain, Kilimanjaro offers multiple routes with difficulty fluctuating between being for the casual mountaineer and more experienced ones. With its main peak reaching 5,895 meters (19,341 feet), the climb is nothing to be taken lightly.
Swedish climber Fredrik Sträng departs Skardu, Pakistan on the road to Baltoro. He arrived in Paju on 22, June at approximately 6:30 pm local time.
In our last Dispatch, Swedish climber Fredrik Sträng was in Skardu, Pakistan battling permit issues and hiking the area.
We are excited to report that the permit issues have been ironed out after 5 patient days of waiting for the LO to arrive in Skardu and meet the team. Sträng left Skardu on 20, June and commenced the ride to Askole followed by the trek to Baltoro Glacier.
If you’ve just made the mad dash to the top and succeeded, or even if you didn’t, you may be looking for some relaxation. An 8-hour trek from Everest Base Camp can get you to Hotel Everest View just 30.9 km. (19.2 mi.) away; here enjoy food, relaxation and the best view any hotel boasts.
Cultures around the world have folklore tales that go back as long as their people have been in existence, some of these talk about Earth’s creation, others, about the meaning of native food and natural remedies; on of these is the story of Chhaang, a native Himalayan drink popular in Tibet and Nepal that is used to cure the Mountain Cold or Khumbu Cough.
France, a country with glorious history, indulgent cuisines, unparalleled romance and a top-level mountaineering community; this is where we all want to go. If you’re here, you’re probably looking to do some climbing on Mont Blanc or somewhere in the Alps, which feature some of the best ice climbs during peak season. While you’re here, be sure to check out the cuisine, and this guide in our Travel & Culture column will prepare you for what you’ll encounter if you’ve never gone there before. (See our Explore/Europe column for more great articles about this region.)
Sherpas, quite simply put, are the people of the mountains, a native Nepalese race of remote village people who have, over time, moved their settlements to elevated locations near the base of the Himalayan Mountains. They serve as guides on Himalayan expeditions and as porters, transporting the equipment of climbers and expedition groups up to the mountains from nearer villages like Lobuche.