Expeditions are amazing journeys. They are adventurous and thrilling. Now, what causes the trip to be so exciting are the numerous challenges that the tourists, in this case the climbers, need to pass through. Expedition is an activity that is exclusive to only the experts because it involves a lot of risks and even deadly ones. So many climbers have fallen sick and hurt in terms of climbing the mountain, and few have even perished in the process. One of suh climbers was Francys Arsentiev. Her story is probably one of the most tragic ones out there. Despite knowing about fallen climbers like FrancysArsentiev, the alpinists from all around the world still want to reach the top. They feel as if the mountains are calling them for a climb.
Now, there are so many mountains around the world, but the most popular ones are the top ten highest peaks in the world. It is the ultimate desire of individuals to reach the top of these giants. They might start with a short one, but in the end, everyone wants to get their hands on the big ones. Out of the ten tallest mountains in the world, eight of them happen to be in Nepal. So, it makes sense for the country to be one of the most preferred mountaineering destinations in the world. It is the ideal destination especially for the climbers who are looking to set some kind of world record in climbing, as the tallest ones happen to be here. If you’re an alpinist, you need to undergo these thrilling and adventurous expeditions in Nepal. You’ll definitely be amazed at it.
Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world, and as a result, it receives the highest number of climbers annually, more in comparison to other eight high thousanders. The mountain is situated at the border of Nepal and Tibet, and so, there are two major routes to climbing Everest. The first one is the North Col, which happens to be at the side of Tibet, and then there is South Col, which happens to be at the side of Nepal. Altogether, it takes around 65 days to reach the top of the peak and back. The journey includes trekking, climbing and acclimatization.
Kanchenjunga Expedition allows you to climb Mt. Kanchengua. It is the third highest mountain in the world. For quite some time, it was regarded as the tallest mountain. In the mid 19th century, Everest was discovered, and the title was taken away from it. Kanchenjunga is actually a massif with 5 peaks on top of it. The massif happens to be at the border of Nepal and India. Altogether, the Kanchenjunga Expedition lasts for a duration of 52 days, however, the climbing period is only 28 days long. Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is a crucial part of the expedition journey.
Annapurna is the 10th highest mountain in the world. Now despite the fact that it is way back in the top ten list, Annapurna is considered as the deadliest mountain in the world. It has the highest death rate among all the peaks in the world. Now, there are geographical reasons for why climbing on the peak is so dangerous. However, the main reason is the lack of support of the sherpas; there aren’t many here to help the climbers. Annapurna Expedition is a 56 days long journey, and during this time, the climbers spend around 35 days climbing the mountain.
Located in the eastern part of Nepal, Makalu is the 5th highest mountain in the world. Makalu Expedition is a journey that lasts for a duration of 60 days, and during this time, the climbers spend around 32 days attempting to climb the peak and make their way back to the base camp. The journey starts with a trek that takes you from a small village called Chichila to Makalu Base Camp. During the journey, you make your way through the beautiful Makalu Barun National Park. This initial trek is crucial as it helps climbers’ bodies to acclimatize to the cruel altitude.
Situated in the western part of Nepal, as a part of the Manaslu Conservation Area, Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world. The mountain is the one that is most preferred by the Japanese expedition teams. They believe for the mountain to be of their own. The first successful ascent on the peak was accomplished by a Japanese climber known as Toshio Imanshi. He was accompanied by GyaltsenNorbu, a Sherpa. It happened in 1957, and the team was led by Maki Yuko. It takes 46 days to climb the mountain, with 28 climbing days. Besides expedition, Manaslu region can also be well covered with Manaslu Circuit Trek package.
Researching about the expedition journeys must break climbers’ hearts, as there are so many stories that depict the real side of these mountains. From a distance they might appear grand and majestic, but it’s a well known fact how cruel they can be. FrancysArsentiev fell prey to the harsh weather and geography of the peak. She was forced to spend around 4 days in the Everest Death Zone, and it is the very thing that started the chain reaction which would ultimately result in her death. If there is one thing that the story of FrancysArsentiev teaches us, it’s that the mountaineers need to be at their best when it comes to climbing the peak. One tiny mistake and they might not get to complete the journey and return home safe. Sad but true!
FrancysArsentiev’s story revolves around Everest. There are numerous others that revolve around other peaks discussed above. Now, one should not let these stories demotivate them, or plant the seeds of fear in them. The best thing to do here is to take a lesson from them, and use it during the expedition. If you’re a climber, you should definitely try these adventurous and thrilling expeditions in Nepal, and during that time, make sure to take all the precautions and be at your best. Everyone wants to see a climber succeed at taming that white giant of a beast