Health & Fitness
Expedition members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the expedition leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.
Level of experience required
The climbing route on Mount Himlung is not an especially technical climb, yet prospective climbers should be well versed in the use of crampons and ice axe. Your guide will assist team members to develop the additional techniques required for the climb such as fixed rope work etc. What is imperative before you arrive is a very good level of fitness and stamina for the climb.
Climbing at very high altitudes is very demanding and team members must be prepared to carry all their own clothing and equipment on the mountain and contribute to expedition tasks such as cooking at camps on the mountain. If need be, we can arrange a personal Sherpa for those who need assistance with load carrying so please arrange this with us during the booking process.
If you put the work into your training, the rewards will be significant and you will certainly gain a substantial insight to the world of high altitude mountaineering. The climbing days will be between 6-8 hours with a longer day on summit day (10-14 hours) including the descent back to a lower camp that day.
The outcome of the expedition will be determined by three factors. The first is Weather and Snow Conditions. Next is the logistical approach taken by the expedition leaders and the strategies employed to embark on a summit bid. The final factor is your own preparation in the months prior to the expedition and how you perform whilst the expedition is underway. You will need to embark on a training program that will prepare you, both physically and mentally, for the climb. You must make it a priority to commit the time and energy to your training to ensure you are ready for the rigours of the expedition. You don’t need to be superhuman, but you do need to be strong and have good cardiovascular fitness.
Every step of the way, our office staff will be there to answer your questions. If they can’t, they will be happy to put you in touch with one of our Senior International Guides who can answer what questions you may have.
What you carry
We have the luxury of porter support during the trek. Each day you will carry your daypack containing; rain jacket, fleece, sun block, water, snacks, trekking poles, small personal first aid kit, camera and a few extra personal items. At higher elevations you add in a warm hat and gloves.
Once on the mountain you will be carrying 15-20kg in weight, depending on how much personal gear you take, but this is all part of the process of expedition climbing on Himlung.