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How to Trek Mount Everest

How to Trek Mount Everest

Since the 1920s, Mount Everest has been a captivating adventure for many. Since the day it was first conquered, this mountain has been a challenge for many. Reportedly, many individuals, both men and women, tried to summit this peak and lost their lives.

That was past! Today, this peak is very much in the range of ordinary people-attempting to reach highest peak of the world. Despite avalanches and earthquakes, many people continued to make efforts to climb the top of the world in a bid to show that they can achieve any impossible act of courage and determination.

Mount Everest is 8,848 meters high and still poses one of the greatest challenges to many who have been fancying the ultimate challenge of their life.

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    Why do people like to trek?

    Mount Everest is not just the highest peak of the world, which attracts climbers and visitors. On the way to the peak, one gets views of the breath-taking scenery and also to experience the Sherpa culture. The monasteries on the way present to Westerners a unique look at the history of the religion of this region and how it was practiced.

    Apart from the natural beauty and experiencing the history of the religion, a personal sense of achievement is also one of the reasons which attracts many young travelers to try to experience the excitement and thrill of trekking to the highest peak in the world.

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    It is however, always prudent to know what you need to do and don’t do if you are planning to conquer the highest peak of the world.

    Following is the list of dos and don’ts if you are planning for the trip.

    1. Decide what type of trekking you want.

    There are routes both gentle as well as wild, fulfilling the needs of every type of trekker. If you just want to enjoy trekking for the sake of trekking, you should decide beforehand which trek you will be exploring. If you are someone who likes thrill and excitement, chose the Manaslu trek as it is challenging and probably the most difficult trek.

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    2. Safety first.

    Mount Everest is one of the most difficult peaks in the world. Always make sure that you have the right equipment, adequate food, camping stuff and all other required material to keep you safe and secure during your climb.

    3. Choose the right and less volatile season.

    The ideal time to climb Everest is from March to May and September to December. So if you start planning now, you will have good time available to properly plan for the trip as March is just around the corner.

    4. Save up about $11,000 first.

    Climbing Mount Everest was a costly affair; however, expenses are coming down. In 2014, Nepal Government slashed the cost from $25,000 to $11,000. However, it may not be the complete cost as you may need other facilities which will cost you more.

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    5. Consider hiring a guide.

    Requiring a guide is a must, especially for new travelers as there have been many incidences of disappearances of trekkers and even death. There are many services—both offered by government as well as private services which offer affordable and cost-effective guided tours and Everest-trekking services. A trekking company is actually necessary as it can arrange many things for you; besides, trekking companies know different points which are not normally known to lone travelers, like the original trek which British expedition took in 1953.

    6. Add another destination to your trek.

    If you plan and prepare well for your trip, you will also notice that trekking is not just limited to Nepal or Mount Everest. If you negotiate well, guide services can actually offer you trekking in Kashmir and Burma also in same price. Placing an extra trekking option during your journey can make your overall trip better.

    7. Don’t pack too much stuff.

    Whether your journey is short or long, it is always advisable to pack lightly. The ideal weight of your entire luggage should not be more than 10 kg, though you can manage up to 15 kg if you are physically fit and active. While packing, always consider your physical health and endurance level before you leave for the trekking. There are however, porter services also.

    Considering the challenges ahead during trekking, it is always important to ensure your safety first. If you are a first time trekker, it is better if you chose less difficult treks and build your skills over time. Always start trekking with experienced trekkers and go in teams rather than going solo or in pairs.

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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