Mountain Climbing doesn’t have to cost a fortune
Climbing a big mountain is always a huge task and people think that it is expensive but what if I told you that it is possible to do it for less than 500 bucks ?
Of course you would have to fly to Nepal first and know exactly where to go and how much to pay for services but this article explains you how you can climb a mountain in the Lang Tang region for less than 500 usd. For way less..
For the first, it is not needed to apply for a mountain specific permission (which normally costs up to 500 usd for 1-4 persons )from the Nepal Mountaineering association for mountains that are less than 6000m high (20 000 FEET).
It is also not needed to bring any technical equipment to climb this mountain, alhough it never hurts to have an ice-axe with you on the climb to you can be certain that you can properly self-arrest.
The mountain is called Kyanjin Ri and its elevation is 4773 (15659 FOOT) meters above sea level.
What you need to do is to get the Langtang national park permission from Kathmandu, get the TIMS (Trekker Identification Management System) ON THE SAME RUN FMOR NEPAL TOURIST BOARD.
- – NATIONAL PARK ENTRY 50 DOLLARS
- – TIMS CARD 20 DOLLARS
- – BUS TO SUAPROBESI 8 DOLLARS
- – BUY SNACKS IN ADVANCE 30 DOLLARS
- – HOUSING AND EATING ALLOWANCE 10 DOLLARS PER DAY
- – 7 DAYS WALK-IN / 3 DAYS WALK-OUT
TOTAL = 208 DOLLARS
-GUIDE WOULD BE BETWEEN 10 TO 20 USD PER DAY
-EQUIPMENT FROM KATHMANDU (CLOTHES ARE ESPECIALLY AFFORDABLE
– WATER PURIFICATION TABLETS (10 FOR 0,60 USD)
-HYDRATION SALTS (10 CENTS PER PIECE)
Trek from Syabru Besi to Kyanjin Gompa.
From Kyanjin Gompa, you will start ascending the Kyanjin Ri mountain, it is easy because there is only one trail and it is easy to find. There is a fake peak before the actual peak.
WATCH OUT FOR THESE!
EVERYTHING DURING THE TREK WILL BE EXPENSIVE but remember to ask for discounts.
The Nepalese people tend to always ask higher prices from the foreign tourists so make sure to haggle.
CHARGING YOUR PHONE CAN BE 5 DOLLARS AND FOR THE WHOLE BATTERY-PACK, 10-20 DOLLARS. AVOID THIS TRAP BY BRINGING YOUR OWN BATTERY PACKS TO NEPAL.
NORMALLY THE TEA-STALL OWNERS TRY TO MAKE YOU PAY A SMALL FEE FOR THE ROOM (2-3 DOLLARS) BUT IT IS POSSIBLE TO AVOID IT BY MAKING A DEAL, THAT IF YOU EAT DINNER / BREAKFAST, ALL-IN-ALL FOR 10 USD, THEN THE ROOM WILL BE FREE.
If you hire a guide, make sure to keep to the acclimatization formula below to be sure to avoid altitude sickness. Many Nepalese service providers ascend directly as high as possible in order to save time and then when someone gets trouble with the high altitude, they order an airlift ( and get a high commission, naturally ) and the customer has to pay up to 4000 dollars if you don’t have an insurance.
If you want to be safe, get an insurance that covers a helicopter rescue.
REMEMBER TO ACCLIMATIZE PROPERLY BECAUSE THE TREK TO LANG TANG REGION IS IN HIGH-ALTITUDE AND MANY PEOPLE ASCEND FASTER THAN THE 400 M IN ALTITUDE PER DAY ABOVE THE 2000M MARK.
THIS MEANS THAT IF YOU PLAN TO REACH 4800M ALTITUDE, IT SHOULD TAKE AT LEAST 7 DAYS SINCE THE START TO BE SAFE. If you know you can ascend faster, go ahead.
HIGHEST PLANNED ALTITUDE: 4800 M
FORMULA.: ( 4800 – 2000 ) / 400
= 2800 / 400 = 7 DAYS
IF YOU REACH THE TOP ON THE 7TH DAY, YOU SHOULD BE PROPERLY ACCLIMATIZED.
THE ONLY WAY TO HEAL ALTITUDE SICKNESS IS TO DESCEND IN ALTITUDE.
There is a saying that climb high, sleep low.
THE RULE FOR DRINKING WATER ON THE MOUNTAINS: 1 LITER / KM IN ALTITUDE.
You lose so much water while breathing so that is why YOU HAVE TO DRINK A LOT OF WATER EVEN IF YOU FEEL YOU ARE NOT THIRSTY. it is safer to drink more water than less water…
-AT 3000M MINUMUM 3L PER DAY
-AT 6000M MINIMUM 6 L PER DAY
ALSO NOTE THAT THERE IS A FAKE PEAK BEFORE THE ACTUAL PEAK.
P.S. THIS AREA WAS DAMAGED HEAVILY DURING THE LAST BIG EARTHQUAKE, WHICH MEANS THAT TREKKERS WHO GO THERE ACTUALLY GIVE A VITAL BOOST TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY.
Now you know how to climb a mountain of a similar altitude to Mont Blanc in France for less than 500 dollars.