Mountain Climbing in for the Serious Mountain Climber: Reach the Summit of Happiness

There are different hobbies that people enjoy during their free time. Trekking, going out for a trip to some picturesque place, hiking, etc. are some of my favorite. Climbing mountains is also enjoyable, and something that takes a lot of practice on smaller hills and mountains.

Once you are ready to take your mountain climbing to the next level, there are a number of world famous beautiful mountains to which people go for climbing. Let us see some important mountains and how the people prepare for them.

Mountain Kilimanjaro of Kenya

Mountain Kilimanjaro of KenyaKilimanjaro is Africa’s world famous mountain. Any tourist who visits Kenya should never forget to visit this mountain. The specialty of Kilimanjaro Mountain is that before you see the actual sunrise, you will see two false dawns. False dawn means the twilight that you see before actual sunrise. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful sights to see. The height of this mountain is 5895 m. at a distance; its summit looks milky white because of the deposition of ice. It is really a sight to see.

Mount Kilimanjaro is actually a combination of three distinct volcanic cones. They are Kibo (5895 m), Mawenzi (5149 m), and Shira (3962 m). Among these, Kibo is in dormant state now and could erupt at any time in future, whereas the other two are already extinct. The last time Kibo burst out was probably about 150,000-200,000 years ago. Even though there are chances that it can erupt at any time in future, at present it is quite safe to climb it. So if you go to Kenya, don’t forget to climb it.

Himalayas of Asia

Himalayas of AsiaHimalayas is the tallest mountain range in the world, which has a number of tall mountains which are above 8000 m in their height, including Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. There are more than a hundred mountains which exceed 7200 in height. So if ever you want to have a mountain climbing adventure in your holidays, don’t forget to visit this mountain range. The significance of Himalayas can be understood from the fact that the highest mountain peak outside Asia, the Aconcagua of Andes, is just 6961 m.

The name ‘HIMALAYA’ cane from the fact that this mountain range is covered by ice all the time. The Sanskrit word for ice is Hima. Three important rivers, namely Ganga (Ganges), Sindhu (Indus) and Brahmaputra have their origin in Himalayas. They are the perennial rivers which feed the majority of north Indian regions. The mountain range spreads through five countries namely Bhutan, Nepal, India, China and Pakistan. A climbing of the mountains of Himalayas would be a great experience to remember in your life.

While going out mountain climbing, you have to keep a few things in your mind. That is as you increase in elevation, the availability of oxygen decreases. So it is very difficult to breathe. You may need to carry oxygen cylinders along with you. If you are suffering from diseases like asthma, heart disease, breathing problems etc, it is better to avoid climbing too high. But, if you are still interested, go to a doctor and get his advice before climbing. If you take all the necessary precautions, mountain climbing will be a very happy experience for you.

Hiking with Family: Have a Happy Journey!

family hike in the woodsGoing out for a trip with family members is an important way of getting relaxed. This is very important especially in the life of those people who are working in banks and the software industry. Workloads can be heavy in such fields and it is very important to get relax and exercise. Otherwise a man could become completely mad. Going out with family members provides a lot of relaxation of the mind.

There are a large number of places where one can find peace by going for a hike along with family members. They include national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, zoos, temples, falls, bird sanctuaries and many other beautiful places.

Before going out for such trips, it is necessary to make some important arrangements. Otherwise your trip will turn out to be miserable. Here are some arrangements that are to be made in advance. Let us consider them in detail.

1) Set a time table well in advance. If you are in a government job or any other similar job, you have to make arrangements for leaves well in advance. Decide your departure and arrival dates exactly. Decide your mode of transportation, i.e. whether by train, bus or flight in advance and make arrangements for it, such as ticket reservation in advance etc.

2) Consolidate enough money in your bank account. It is always better to keep money in your account and draw whenever you need it in ATM rather than carrying huge amount of money while traveling. Traveling with heavy cash is always risky as you may be subjected to theft, pick pocket or robbery. This is yet another most important advantage of banking system.

3) Know about weather conditions of the place you are visiting in advance and select your clothes according to it. If it is a cold place, keep your jerkin, sweater, rugs and other woolen clothes with you. If weather is too hot, keep cotton clothes with you. If it is rainy, don’t forget to carry raincoats and umbrellas with you.

4) If you or any other family member is suffering from disorders like heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure, special care is needed to taken. Keep necessary pills, insulin injections and other medicines etc always ready with you. Sometimes diabetes patients may undergo sudden drop in blood glucose level in their blood. In such cases, it is necessary to drink some sugar solution to avoid reaching coma stage. So keep sugar also ready with you.

5) Have a first aid kit along with you. This is yet another important thing you should never forget. While in tour outside, there are always chances of getting oneself injured due to some accidents. So a first aid box is a must and should.

6) Make a list of places to see in your trip. There are always chances of missing some important places while you are on a tour. Making a complete list of all places you want to visit in advance avoids this problem and prevents you from regretting for having left out some important place after returning back from the tour.