variety of foods available throughout the expedition is excellent
considering our continued isolation. When we are at altitude
the routine may vary somewhat according to the conditions and
facilities available variable and obviously the days will be
longer (7 to 10 hours), however there is ample supply of good
food whether it is a packed lunch or a formal picnic.
In the evening the people usually gather in the mess tent into
chart before retiring by 9.00-9.300 p.m. for a good night’s
Experienced Himalayan Holidays Pakistan Guides lead the expedition.
They are experienced mountaineers and have guided many expeditions
in the area. Likewise, the cook and his crew have a great deal
of experience in working in the mountains. Finally, there will
be many porters ready to carry all our supplies for the trip
duration (We can pick up little or no supplies en route).
ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS
When we ascend above 2500 meters our bodies have to acclimatize
to the decreasing amount of the oxygen available. To allow our
bodies to adjust Himalayan Holidays has structured its treks
so that you ascend slowly, allowing acclimatization to occur.
However, during the acclimatization process, you may experience
some of the following symptoms:
1. Head ache
3. Disturbed sleep
4. Loss of appetite/nausea
5. Shortness of Breath
8. Swelling of the hands an face
All Himalayan Holidays Guides have extensive first aid training
and we urge you to communicate with the group guide at all times
should you have any symptoms of the above. The only cure for
Acute Mountain Sickness is to descend.
Please note that your group guide has ultimate responsibility
and may ask you to descend if symptoms persist.
should be sturdy and of good quality to handle the rugged moraine
conditions. Leather is the most suitable or, for people who
prefer lightweight boots, leather boots that have Gore-Tex or
Sympa-Tex waterproofing should be worn. They should be well
broken in and the correct fit. You should have a second pair
of walking shoes for easier terrain and/or for around camp such
as runners. Continuous days of moraine walking and river crossings
wear cheaper and lightweight shoes out quickly. They result
in foot problems (e.g. blisters) that may spoil your holiday.
You need proofing wax and brush (if you have all leather boots)
and lightweight walking shoes or runners.
- corduroy or canvas, secured with Velcro and studs and a hook,
- very useful for river crossings and around camp
– 3 pairs lighter weight and at least 2 pairs thick wool
or polypropylene (Thorlo brand or similar are ideal) Note -
this is assuming you wear one pair at a time Underwear
- 3-4 changes
- 2-3 cotton T-shirts preferably with collar, and 1 long sleeved
- lightweight cotton - for sun protection around neck
- essential if you intend to wash at streams
it should be rate for four-season use, approx• temperature
rating -10 to 15 degrees. Large daypack or small rucksack- minimum
45-litre capacity, with an effective waist harness and comfortable
- with 100% UV and infrared protection (ensure that prescription
glasses also have the same level of protection from the sun).
or small torch with spare alkaline batteries and globe
Basic first aid kit
- blister protection, medication for bad stomach upsets, throat
lozenges and mild painkillers e.g. Aspro, Panadol. Sewing kit,
penknife, Sun block and lip salve-ample supplies for the trip
– comb, soap, facecloth, toothbrush, paste, shampoo, small
- 2x litres minimum, Nalgene or Sigg brand
- additional comfort on long treks; reading material, cards,
scrabble etc, especially for any extended. Bad weather we may
Camera and film
Notebook and pen
A sweet treat for the group from home (optional) e.g. chocolate
or sweets - well received by the other members!
- 2/3 firs - ensure you have both, warmer and lightweight clothing
for extremes of temperature and weather conditions. Being a
Muslim country, clothing should be long and baggy for both men
and women whilst in cities and generally whilst on trek.
- long sleeved top and long johns, polypropylene or, chlorofibre
two tops are useful for evening and daywear.
- Polarfleece, Thinsulate or wool for evenings around camp.
Lightweight wool jumper
- A good intermediary layer
Thicker wool shirt/jumper or Polarfleece jacket/pullover
- must be completely waterproof, not shoe proof, Gore-Tex is
ideal. It must fit comfortably whilst wearing warm clothing
and wearing your rucksack. It must have a hood, zipper flap
and storm cuffs and come down over hips.
- preferably with zip-through legs so they may be• easily
- 1 pair thermal gloves (polypropylene or chlorofibre) and 1
pair Dachstein preshrunk wool; Mitts or thick wool or fleece
gloves; Alternately a thermal pair of gloves with a Gore-tax
pair of mitts which have a fleece liner Waterproof mitts
Wool or polar
- fleece hat and thermal balaclava; Sunhat/visor
WHAT YOU CARRY
You should consider carrying with you extra warm clothing, a
rain jacket, at least a litre of water (2 1itres at times),
film and camera gear, valuables and any necessary medical toiletry
items such as lip-eze or sun screen lotion.
A spacious rucksack (minimum 40 litres) with a good waist harness
and shoulder straps makes trekking far more enjoyable.