I left Rome in rush, just barely finished packing. I really didn’t have time to think through of what’s ahead of me. Taking care of all details took away all my worries about the challenge I will be facing soon – trekking through the Himalayan mountains for the whole month. It is a bit scary to try to think about it (since I am going there on my own, just with a local guide and porters). I will eventually meet up with some people who will be trekking as part of the same group. However, I feel happy and excited to follow my dream, my dream of Himalayas – seeing the highest mountain in the world with my own eyes!!!
Here is some tips for people who want to have a similar adventure.
Do not plan your expedition at the last minute. It is very stressful and expensive to do so. I did it for the second time… But would not do this again… You need at least a month to get your trip organized.
I had to do all my preparations in London as I could not find basic things I needed in Rome. Going to Mera Peak takes similar preparations as those for going to a 8, 000 meter peak. You need all winter expedition equipment and gear. Few examples:
– boots to fit crampons (I got Scarpa Vega boots but the best ones is Sportiva Spantik, twice more expensive than my Scarpa boots).
– 5 season sleeping bag (at least 800 fill) and high altitude (-4.5)
– down jacket (Rub brand is pretty decent but make sure it’s 750-800 fill)
– Gloves and Mitts (Make sure it’s goretex, double, Mamouths brand is pretty decent)
– thermals/ base layers – some people recommend synthetic as it dries faster. However, Thermals made from Merino wool are very nice as you can wear them for a long time and not smell bad…
These are just few tips on basic items you would need if you would consider going to a similar expedition. Advance planning would save you some money as mountaineering equipment is really expensive. If you order online, you can get some discount. Also, shops don’t have everything and in all sizes as not too many people are buying that stuff. However, they can always order and have it for you in few days.
– one more tip, don’t look for the brand..