Altitude acclimatization

1st acclimatization rule: increase altitude gradually
2nd acclimatization rule: consume lots of liquids
3rd acclimatization rule: avoid alcohol, smoking and using sleeping tablets
4th acclimatization rule: use preventive medicines
Acetazolamide or Diamox®
Ginkgo biloba extract
Garlic soup
5th acclimatization rule: avoid overexertion
6th acclimatization rule: don’t go trekking alone
7th acclimatization rule: don’t climb higher even if you are only suffering from mild symptoms of altitude sickness
8th acclimatization rule: descend immediately if your altitude sickness symptoms get worse
9th rule: never leave anybody alone with signs of altitude sickness
10th acclimatization rule: dress warmly when trekking

To make sure that you return from trekking in the Himalayas in Nepal with a lot of happy and unforgettable memories, it is vital that you’re aware of the altitude acclimatization required by the human body in mountain conditions. By observing a tried and tested altitude acclimatization regime about which I’ll tell you below, you’ll succeed in avoiding altitude sickness which can not only provide you with unpleasant moments, but could also force you to change your trekking plans. → click to continue

Foods to be enjoyed on an Everest Base Camp trek

What is definitely worth tasting on the Everest Base Camp Trek?

At some point during the Everest trek and during your time in Nepal, I definitely recommend tasting the traditional Nepalese food Dal Bhaat which is made from boiled rice with a special sauce and vegetable. There are many variations on the Dal Bhaat filling and its taste will depend on the landlady’s ingredients. Dal Bhaat is eaten with your hands. It’s a nourishing, natural and tasty food. → click to continue

Eating during an Everest Base Camp Trek

by alberts on May 23, 2012

Eating during an Everest Base Camp Trek

Eating while trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas

When planning a trekking route in the Nepalese Himalayas, it is important to know how you can get a regular meal. And just as importantly to know how to eat in accordance with your body’s needs in mountain conditions.

If you’re heading off on one of the most popular trekking routes – the Everest Base Camp trek, Gokyo trek or Annapurna Circuit trek, there is no need to give special thought to hiking food. → click to continue

Trekking lodge food - Daal Bhaat

Trekking lodge food: Breakfast

When staying overnight at trekking lodges, we have an early breakfast at around 8:00-9:00 so that we can resume our trek by about 10:00. Breakfast starts with a large intake of fluids. Usually this is tea which helps you to wake up and your voice to return to normal if it has become hoarse due to the overnight cold. → click to continue

Best Pictures of Mani Rimdu festival

by alberts on December 26, 2011

#1. Best Pictures of Mani Rimdu festival in Tengboche Monastery: old Buddhist woman

Buddhist woman in Mani Rimdu festival Tengboche → click to continue

Best Pictures from Kala Patthar

by alberts on December 25, 2011

#1. Best Pictures from Kala Patthar: view over Lhotse (8,516 m) from Kala Patthar (5,545 m)

Lhotse from Kala Patthar → click to continue

Best Pictures from Gokyo Ri

by alberts on December 25, 2011

#1. Best Pictures from Gokyo Ri: view over 3d Gokyo lake from Gokyo Ri (5,357 m)

View to Gokyo 3d Lake from Gokyo Ri → click to continue

Food for an Everest Base Camp Trek

by alberts on December 20, 2011

Food in Everest Base Camp Trek

What food should you take with you when setting off on an Everest Base Camp Trek?

When heading to Nepal, you should remember that it’s a completely different world with different traditions. Many foods and products that people are used to in industrially developed countries will not be available in Nepal at all or only rarely so. This particularly applies to mountain regions, where due to expensive logistics, only the most necessary products are provided, as well as products that can be transported easily and which have a long shelf life. This though is why we head to Nepal, to discover the local culture and traditions! → click to continue

Trekking Accommodation

by alberts on December 11, 2011

Everest Base camp trekking


If you’re used to carrying your own gear in a backpack, you’ll be amazed at the apparent luxury of a trekking camp in Nepal. Although you’ll be sleeping on foam mattresses placed on the ground, you’ll be assigned a roomy A-frame or dome tent that comfortably accommodates two people and their gear. Meals are served family-style on a table as you sit in a chair inside a dining tent. The camp staff have their own tents near the kitchen facilities and kitchen boys race back and forth to the dining tent acting as waiters. If there’s no permanent toilet near the camp, the staff dig a hole and set up a toilet tent. → click to continue

Drinking water on an Everest Base Camp Trek

by alberts on September 21, 2011

Drinking water on an Everest Base Camp Trek

Drinking water during a trek

At the start of the trek, even though the altitude in the mountains is quite low – 1,600-2,000 metres (Annapurna Circuit trek), it is important to get used to consuming fluids and water regularly and in large quantities. This is necessary to ensure a successful acclimatisation process, in order to avoid the symptoms of altitude sickness while you’re trekking. → click to continue