FAQ Category: MOUNTAIN FAQS

What kinds of foods do Nepalese eat?

The main food that Nepalese eat is “dal-bhat and tarkari” which is rice, lentils and curry (spiced of course to taste). This is the staple of any Nepali diet and they it is usually eaten at least twice a day! Some other great Nepali foods are roti and momos—fried or steamed, veg or buff (yes,…

What kinds of restaurants are there in Kathmandu?

There are literally dozens of great restaurants where you can eat Italian, Mexican, Indian, American or Nepali foods. As you eat dinner at the local restaurants, you can watch the mountains, you can see traditional dancing and singing, or you can watch a movie along with food.

I’ve never been to altitude before. What should I worry about in going there?

Nothing ! Going to altitude is a pleasurable experience providing you don’t ascend too quickly. Do pay attention to changes in your functioning; monitor how tired you are and your recovery time from an activity. If you’re not doing so well, don’t raise your sleeping altitude until you are feeling better. If this doesn’t work,…

Is good physical fitness protective for altitude illness ?

No. Individuals may experience more altitude illness because they can go higher more quickly. Fit people find it easier to enjoy activities at altitude. They should not try to compete with high altitude natives such as Sherpas, who are in their element.

What is a good pace at altitude ?

One that does not exhaust you allows you to walk all day without extreme fatigue. A common beginner mistake is to walk too quickly and make frequent rest stops. Follow a rate of activity that does not require you to rest every fifteen minutes or half an hour. Learn the rest step for climbing: Advance…

What is the safe daily rate of ascent at altitude ?

No rate is safe for all. Published itineraries for groups going to high altitude on commercial to private trips will be too fast for perhaps 10 to 20 percent of the participants. Not raising the sleeping altitude more than 1000 feet (300 meters) a day above 10,000 feet (3050 meters) is offered as a safe…

Are men more likely to get altitude illness than women?

More victims are male, but more men go to altitude. Women tend to breathe more at altitude than men suggesting they may be less susceptible to HAPE. Menstruation in women is probably not a risk factor for getting altitude illness. Also they are less macho and more silent and goal oriented. Men and women are…