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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 July 5, 2019

    5 Reasons Why You Should Always Be Yourself

    5 Reasons Why You Should Always Be Yourself

    When it comes to being yourself, there can be a lot of pressure from the outside world as it tries to influence who you are. Living in a society that is constantly developing, it’s important for you to always be yourself from the inside out. When you deeply know yourself and the boundaries that you have set, you are more likely to experience a fulfilling and rewarding life. Without knowing yourself and establishing those boundaries, you can easily be pushed around and end up on a dirt path.

    “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” – Matthew 7:13-14

    You have the option of taking the path that is broad or taking the path that is narrow. You can either conform to what life wants you to be, or have the courage to remain true to yourself throughout the years. It’s definitely a challenge to have a strong sense of self when we are constantly getting distracted and being influenced by the media and society’s way of life. But if you want to reach your fullest potential in life, it all starts with being yourself.

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    Why should you always be yourself?

    Because you will:

    1. Live in alignment with your values and beliefs. Being yourself is all about knowing what you believe in and the values that you live by. When you are not yourself, you will take on the values and beliefs of others. This is when you start conforming to other people’s expectations and way of thinking. When you know your values and why you do what you do, you will live according to your own values and beliefs.
    2. Establish your own identity. When you are able to have a solid foundation of being you, you are establishing your own sense of identity. No matter what happens in your life, you will always know who you are. There will be times where you may feel lost or distracted, but if you have your own identity you’ll be able to get back on the right path. Without establishing your own identity, you may easily conform and lose yourself.
    3. Build courage. It takes a great amount of courage when you decide to take the path that goes against the crowd. The reason why the majority of people take the broad path is because it’s easy. It’s easy to just follow the crowd. It’s more of a challenge when you stay true to yourself and establish your own identity. This challenge of always being yourself takes courage and inner strength. No matter what comes your way, you’ll know how to handle it.
    4. Establish boundaries. When you are always yourself, you know what your limits are and the boundaries that you have set for yourself. When people cross your boundaries, you will know. But if you don’t establish boundaries, people may very well walk all over you and take advantage of you. If you are always yourself and you establish boundaries, you are more likely to be aware when people start taking advantage of you. Create and establish your boundaries.
    5. Find focus and direction. When you are always yourself, you are more likely to have focus and direction in your life. Imagine someone who is constantly conforming to other people’s expectations. Do you think this person has focus and direction? I don’t think so. When you stay true to who you are, you are more likely to know the goals you want to accomplish and how to go about accomplishing them. You are able to stay focused and know which direction to take in order for you to accomplish your goals.

    No matter what you experience in life, the only person that will always remain constant is you.

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