When people think of mountaineering, they think of distant lands. Walking is one of the most popular activities in the adventure travel industry, which is expanding with the increase in the number of retirees with disposable income. More adventures are available now than ever before!
Everest Main Camp comes to mind as one of the hike most climbers dream of. It is a great idea to see Mount Everest up close in person. Why is “walking” different from “walking”? The word walk means more distance with more supplies in a place farther away from your land. Travel time is usually a few days and usually lasts 7 to 10 days. Due to the distance, it is necessary to use closed animals such as llamas or mules to carry items.
In some countries, such as Nepal and Africa, the use of porters is acceptable. The hiking business, which includes hiking companies with guides and porters and other support staff such as bus drivers and fourth instructors, is an important part of some foreign economies. I was surprised that even in the Alps the mountain guide is very much alive. The guide company may have vans to transport guests to the trails and support hiking while moving through the mountains. The driver of the van accompanies the hiking group, as it usually reaches the turning point of the day on the trail, which is close to the mountain hut or the lodge where the group can stay overnight. The next morning, the trend is reversed and the guide spends breakfast with his clients. This van is used to transport guests to the walkway for the next few days to the next turning point, where the process is repeated.
In remote parts of the world like Nepal. The guide is in charge of a group of guides along with the porters who carry the “suitcase” of the customers on this journey. A suitcase is something a customer takes home when they walk, such as sleeping bags, extra clothing, cosmetics, and miscellaneous items that everyone carries with them on long walks in the states. In the case of Nepal, we are naturally concerned about high altitude and how it affects customers who may live at sea level.
This guide is fully aware of the various medical problems that can occur at altitude. Mild dizziness, nausea, weakness and headache. Sometimes the only treatment is to go down or stay at the same height to feel better. This may happen after a good night’s sleep. Sometimes some medications, such as aspirin, or in more serious cases, may use stronger medications to reduce symptoms. In severe cases, a person who really has altitude sickness should be transported to a lower altitude with a carrier, and after controlling the symptoms, he can collect them to join the main group.
But logistics and altitude effects are just a few of the problems that occur when walking in distant lands! What about just getting to the walking area? Airplanes are carried out and airports are closed. During a recent trip to Argentina, the airport was closed for three days due to unrest. We were going to take the bus to the sidewalk to meet our guides, but even the buses were full. We found the bus but it was so full that we had to sit well on the back wheel. This trip will be 36 hours straight – too much for my body, I can assure you! So, we went back to the hotel and waited another day. The demonstration ended with government intervention, and we moved backwards and met with our guides. After four walks in the rain at an altitude of 10,000 feet, we met our climbers at the main foothills. It continued to rain for days. But we were ready with Gortex complete rain equipment and it was worth every penny. Thus, political instability and the weather almost knocked a whole trip off the line. We also always have travel insurance. This was really helpful when we faced a similar situation in Thailand when government protesters closed the international airport. We were stuck in Bankcock for seven days, but we were at least comfortable, and we finally got our passenger insurance benefits, which we always paid for but never used until then.
Walking in distant lands can be an exciting adventure. But some pre-trip planning goes a long way. Read your destination. Having a good language and customs is good. Medical examinations, obtaining visas and passports pave the way. Just getting to your footpath can be quite an adventure. Don’t Forget Your Travel Insurance – You Might Need It One Day!