Final­ly tak­ing that long-dis­tance trekking trip? Here are some tips on essen­tial items you might need to pack for a mul­ti-day trek.

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Your Pack: Adven­ture-wor­thy packs must be tough enough to sur­vive more than beat­ings from air­port con­vey­or belts; it should thwart the ele­ments atop rusty bus­es, endure inad­ver­tent stomp­ings by curi­ous locals, and wel­come myr­iad abus­es by fare-hun­gry cabbies—all while keep­ing your pre­cious belong­ings safe and sound. For a trekking trip, you’ll prob­a­bly want one sol­id back­pack­ing bag, one tough enough so that you can trust it any sit­u­a­tion, but also one that will be light­weight. No one wants to trek the 12 days to Ever­est Base Camp with an unnec­es­sar­i­ly heavy pack.

Clothes: Today’s trav­el and expe­di­tion clothes are not just pieces of tough mate­r­ial: your clothes are sun­screen, bug repel­lant, and a cool­er for your core. They should have mois­ture wick­ing prop­er­ties and be able to be worn to din­ner, the office, or on a steam­ing jun­gle trek. No trav­el kit is com­plete with­out light­weight clothes. It’s high­ly rec­om­mend­ed for long-dis­tance treks that you pack a small num­ber of clothes that can be worn across mul­ti­ple days. Qual­i­ty over quantity!

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Footwear:  The footwear you bring on trekking trips should be durable and com­fort­able, prefer­ably high-top hik­ing boots that can be worn for long-dis­tances. In recent years, how­ev­er, many long-dis­tance hik­ing afi­ciona­dos have tak­en to more pared down footwear. It’s not an uncom­mon sight to see some­one hik­ing the PCT in a pair of per­for­mance hik­ing shoes that don’t go any high­er than their ankle. What­ev­er you choose, make sure you’ll feel com­fort­able trekking many miles over mul­ti­ple days with your cho­sen footwear. Pro-tip: Pack mole­skin pads and duct tape. These will save your life if blis­ters start to arise. 

Sleep­ing: These are often high­ly trip spe­cif­ic, but chances are if you’re going on a mul­ti-day trek, you’ll be doing it in the warmer months. This means you’ll want to bring a light­weight sleep­ing bag and sleep­ing pad, and depend­ing on if you’re on a guid­ed adven­ture or not, a tent. It’s impor­tant that these items pack down tight­ly. You don’t want to lug around that huge hand-me-down sleep­ing bag you use for car camp­ing on a long-dis­tance trek.

Acces­sories: Many of these will often be spe­cif­ic to your trip, but the essen­tial trekking acces­sories range from bear spray to band-aids. What­ev­er your trip may be, we rec­om­mend you thor­ough­ly research what exact­ly you’ll need on the trek. More often than not, you’ll want a head­lamp, a water bot­tle, and a pock­et knife. As far as extra­ne­ous acces­sories, you might want to bring a book or Kin­dle: no one likes being tent bound for a day with noth­ing to do but twid­dle your thumbs.

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Why Anna­pur­na Base Camp?
It’s no secret that the Himalayas are the most icon­ic moun­tains in the world. The rich his­to­ry of these moun­tains has always been a huge pull for me and final­ly see­ing them was like com­plet­ing a life­long dream. We chose Anna­pur­na Base Camp as an alter­na­tive to Ever­est because we want­ed some­thing a lit­tle more off the beat­en path. In the end it did not disappoint.

Pack­ing Essentials
Obvi­ous­ly, you’re going to want a real­ly sol­id pair of hik­ing boots or shoes. These will be your go-to footwear for essen­tial­ly the entire trek so they should be com­fort­able and durable. Beyond that, the usu­al hik­ing neces­si­ties and a healthy amount of snacks should get the job done.

Tell us about Ace the Himalaya
I’m kind of a skep­tic when it comes to guid­ed trips, but Ace the Himalaya is no joke. Our guide San­tosh was one of a kind, a true man of the moun­tains who was born and bred in the Himalayas. His com­mand of the region and the his­to­ry made our expe­ri­ence all the better.

Some High­lights?
The sim­ple act of wak­ing up know­ing that all I had to do that day was hike to the next place I was going to sleep, that was some­thing I could get used to. The small inter­ac­tions we had with locals–how friend­ly they were, and how excit­ed they were to share this place with us–were real­ly some­thing special.

What made the trip so special?
I went into this trip think­ing it would be an amaz­ing way to expe­ri­ence nature like I nev­er had, walk­ing amongst the largest moun­tains in the world. Stand­ing in the basin of the Anna­pur­na Sanctuary–which sits at almost the same ele­va­tion as the high­est point in the con­ti­nen­tal US–only to have moun­tains ris­ing up all around you, was absolute­ly aston­ish­ing. But, what I did­n’t real­ize was how much of a cul­tur­al oppor­tu­ni­ty this trip would be; the Nepalese peo­ple were so friend­ly and wel­com­ing, it made our expe­ri­ence all the more worthwhile.

Where do you want to go next?
Japan, I can’t wait to get a taste of some of that amaz­ing pow­der. Plus the sushi sounds pret­ty good.


For more infor­ma­tion on book­ing a trek to Anna­pur­na Base Camp, check out our Clymb Adven­tures page here. 

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hiker hunterHunters and hik­ers can coex­ist peace­ful­ly dur­ing hunt­ing sea­son. All it takes is a bit of under­stand­ing and respect on both sides.

If you’re a hik­er, chances are hunt­ing isn’t exact­ly on your radar. If you’re a hunter, how­ev­er, hik­ers and oth­er peo­ple who are recre­at­ing while you’re try­ing to fill your tags are ever-present in your mind for safe­ty purposes.

Here’s how both par­ties can stay safe and friendly.

Know the Area Well

With the inter­net at your dis­pos­al, there’s not much you can’t dis­cov­er by research­ing. For hik­ers and hunters dur­ing hunt­ing sea­son, it can be an invalu­able resource to deter­mine where to go and what pre­cau­tions to take.

For Hik­ers:

If you’re plan­ning to hit the trails, check to see if and when hunt­ing is allowed in the area. Try to avoid areas where hunt­ing is heavy dur­ing sun­rise and sun­set when vis­i­bil­i­ty to low. Be cour­te­ous when you encounter hunters.

For Hunters:

Check to see if any pop­u­lar hik­ing trails run through your unit. Keep an eye out for hik­ers and oth­ers recre­at­ing in the out­doors. Be cour­te­ous if you encounter any non-hunters.

Stay Vis­i­ble

Dif­fer­ent states have reg­u­la­tions for hunters and the types of col­ors and cloth­ing they’re required to wear dur­ing spe­cif­ic sea­sons. How­ev­er, for hik­ers who stray into hunt­ing units, there are no spe­cif­ic regulations.

That said, if you plan to hike, snow­shoe, or back­coun­try ski dur­ing hunt­ing sea­son, make sure you are vis­i­ble. Where bright col­ors and bright hats. Orange and hot pink will catch hunters’ atten­tion because these are reg­u­la­tion hunt­ing col­ors in most states.

Leash Your Pets

Play­ing with your pet in the great out­doors is a joy but it can be dan­ger­ous dur­ing hunt­ing sea­son. Though very unlike­ly, your dog could be mis­tak­en for an ani­mal by a hunter. Not to men­tion, if your dog is prey-dri­ven, they might chase away elk, moose, or oth­er ani­mals that hunters are try­ing to track.

Best prac­tice when hik­ing with your ani­mal dur­ing hunt­ing sea­son is to keep them leashed or to hike off-leash where hunt­ing is not tak­ing place.

Be Respect­ful

For Hik­ers:

Regard­less of your views on legal hunt­ing, under­stand that hunters are out pur­su­ing their pas­sion in the wilder­ness just like you. If you see one, say hel­lo and look out for one anoth­er. Also, keep in mind that hunters have paid a lot of mon­ey and invest­ed con­sid­er­able time to pur­sue their game. Try to inter­fere as lit­tle as possible.

For Hunters:

Under­stand that hik­ers have just as much right to be in the wilder­ness as you do, in fact they may even be an asset since avid hik­ers often know their areas extreme­ly well and can tell you where the ani­mals might be. Talk to them, let them know if there are any oth­er hunters in the area, and be cour­te­ous always.

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Why Peru, and Why the Salka­n­tay Trek in Particular?
Valen­cia Trav­el Cuz­co via The Clym­b’s Adven­ture appealed to me because the Salka­n­tay Trek, a 5‑day trek through the Andes, is regard­ed as one of the best treks in the world. Cap­ping at 15,253 feet, this ancient and seclud­ed trail is locat­ed in the same region as the Inca Trail that leads to Machu Pic­chu. Explor­ing this region had long since been on my buck­et list so when the oppor­tu­ni­ty came up I quick­ly jumped on it.

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Pack­ing Essentials?

Beyond the hik­ing essen­tials (sun­block, hik­ing poles, cam­era), I couldn’t do with­out bug repel­lant. Trav­el­ing through an array of micro­cli­mates, I wore warm clothes to pro­tect me from the cold con­di­tions. After trekking along­side glac­i­ers in the morn­ing I had to quick­ly delay­er when we reached the jun­gle, expos­ing myself to bugs that were in search of dinner.

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Trip High­lights?
The goal had been to reach Machu Pic­chu, but in hind­sight the most mem­o­rable part of the trip took place on day 2 of the trek. That morn­ing, my guide Fabi gave me a pep talk about the chal­leng­ing route that entailed gain­ing 3000 ft of ele­va­tion with­in 3 miles to reach the Salka­n­tay Pass. Mak­ing it to the pass, which is set­tled between mas­sive moun­tains and glac­i­ers, was tru­ly epic. To the left stood Tucarhuay and to the right Salka­n­tay. I felt the crisp air of the moun­tains and was grate­ful to stand at the top admir­ing the beau­ty of the Andes.

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What Made this Trip so Special?
Along the Salka­n­tay trail I had the priv­i­lege to be greet­ed by the many locals of the coun­try­side. I was enam­ored by their kind­ness and gen­eros­i­ty. It was a real hon­or to jour­ney along this ancient and sacred path.

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Where Do You Want to Go Next?
There are so many amaz­ing places to see, but South Amer­i­ca keeps lur­ing me in. I would love to climb Aconcagua, which stands in the heart of the Andes wedged between Chile and Argenti­na and peaks at 22,841 ft. Aconcagua is the high­est moun­tain in both the West­ern and South­ern Hemispheres.

Want to share your Clymb Adven­ture sto­ry? Email stories@theclymb.comwith trip high­lights and 3–5 images for a chance to be featured.


For more infor­ma­tion on book­ing a trip, check out our Clymb Adven­tures page here.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/emmabishop/albums/72157643399225483Mera Peak is one of the most allur­ing trekking peaks in Nepal as it involves a cul­tur­al­ly stim­u­lat­ing jour­ney through remote pic­turesque vil­lages and forests—followed by a mod­er­ate climb to the sum­mit. It is per­haps best known because it is Nepal’s high­est trekking peak.

The Himalayas are get­ting atten­tion. The media fren­zy around Mount Ever­est seems to build in inten­si­ty every year, and the trek to Ever­est Base Camp is now avail­able on Google Earth. But even as the spot­light shines ever-brighter on Ever­est, many trekkers and climbers remain unaware of oth­er acces­si­ble climb­ing options in the Himalaya.

Mera Peak is less than 20 miles due east of Ever­est, but because it is nes­tled in the Makalu-Barun Nation­al Park, it receives only a frac­tion of the atten­tion. At 6,476 meters, it’s clas­si­fied as a trekking peak, and the climb is so straight­for­ward that for guid­ed clients, no pre­vi­ous expe­ri­ence is necessary.

For most climbers the trip begins in Kath­man­du, where teams can make final prepa­ra­tions, orga­nize gear, and explore the ancient city. When the weath­er allows, they catch a tiny plane into the town of Luk­la, which is nes­tled at the base of the Khum­bu Valley—the entrance to the Himalaya.

The Approach
From Luk­la, climbers were his­tor­i­cal­ly faced with three options to gain access into the Hinku Val­ley: cross the high-alti­tude Zwa­tra La Pass (which can be chal­leng­ing ear­ly in the trip, before climbers have accli­ma­tized ful­ly), approach by heli­copter (which until very recent­ly have been hard to find and very expen­sive), or take a cir­cuitous route that wan­ders far to the south (which makes the trip quite long). Today most climbers opt to take a heli­copter across the pass, which saves time and lets teams focus on a grad­ual acclima­ti­za­tion trek up the beau­ti­ful upper Hinku Valley.

As climb­ing teams make their way up the val­ley, they trek through the two tiny towns of Khote and Thag­nak. Lush rhodo­den­dron forests, shy herds of moun­tain goats, and glacial rivers dot the trail. After a week, give or take, teams reach Khare, a tiny moun­tain vil­lage at the very base of Mera Peak.

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In Khare, most climbers refresh their skills with cram­pons, ice axes, and ropes, which can be nec­es­sary to move up the moun­tain. High camp is nes­tled in a shel­tered spot on the breath­tak­ing Mera La Pass (5,415 meters), and climbers typ­i­cal­ly spend one night enjoy­ing the view before mak­ing an ear­ly morn­ing alpine start to the climb.

The climb itself is a straight­for­ward glac­i­er walk, and most teams hope to be approach­ing the sum­mit pyra­mid some­time in the mid-morn­ing. The final push can be steep and icy, so most teams opt to fix ropes for added safety.

The view from the sum­mit is breath­tak­ing. The snow-capped Himalayan sky­line extends in every direc­tion, and on clear days climbers can see five 8,000-meter peaks: Mount Ever­est (8,848 meters), Lhotse (8,516 meters), Cho Oyu (8,201 meters), Makalu (8,463 meters), and Kangchen­jun­ga (8,586 meters). The descent to Khare, where most climbers spend the night, takes between 2 and 5 hours.

The Trek Out
From Khare, most climbers choose to descend quick­ly to Luk­la to catch flights back to Kath­man­du, where they can enjoy a hot show­er, a real meal, and soak in the sights.


For more infor­ma­tion about trekking adven­tures in Nepal, check out the Clymb Adven­tures page here.

Hap­py Tues­day, Clym­bers. Hope­ful­ly you’ve been able to get out there and enjoy some of this snow. But late-sea­son pow­der isn’t the only thing caus­ing a buzz in the out­doors right now. All over the coun­try, thru-hik­ers are mak­ing final prepa­ra­tions to wend their ways down the nation’s gru­el­ing tran­sect routes, such as the 2,627-mile Pacif­ic Crest Trail and the 2,178-mile Appalachi­an Trail.

As you read this, many of these would-be titans of trekking are pro­cras­ti­nat­ing from work, map­ping trail dis­tances and sort­ing out drop points in their minds. Soon, en route to vic­to­ry, they’ll pass through mul­ti­ple states and over hun­dreds of demor­al­iz­ing moun­tains. They will encounter beast aplen­ty. Of course there’s snow in the moun­tains, but it kin­da makes you want to strap on the back­pack and go for a hike, does­n’t it?

Just because you’ve com­mit­ted to ride out win­ter for all it’s worth does­n’t mean you should miss out on an oppor­tu­ni­ty to gear up for next sea­son’s adven­tures. Today’s events  cel­e­brate the would-be thru-hik­er in us all by fea­tur­ing an assort­ment of gear, tech­ni­cal appar­el, and acces­sories for light­weight trekking down any trail.

Trekking Essen­tials: Scott Williamson knows a thing or two about being light of foot on the trail. In 2011, the 39-year-old tree climber from Truc­k­ee, Cal­i­for­nia set a new speed record on the Pacif­ic Crest Trail (PCT), trekking over 2,627-miles from Cana­da to Mex­i­co in just 64 days. Whether tack­ling the PCT or a week­end camp­ing trip in the back­coun­try, today’s trekkers are push­ing bound­aries, sac­ri­fic­ing tra­di­tion­al dis­tance-trek com­forts for the light­est loads. Sleep­ing pads are get­ting small­er. Hard-boiled eggs and kiel­basas are falling vic­tim to dehy­drat­ed foods and light­weight sub­sis­tence snacks. Alu­minum trekking poles are trump­ing heavy walk­ing sticks. Look­ing to light­en your load as you gear up for a new sea­son on the trail? We’ve got you cov­ered. Today at The Clymb, we’re offer­ing a wide selec­tion of Men’s and Women’s Trekking Essen­tials, includ­ing packs, poles, camp­ing pads, microfiber tow­els, tech­ni­cal appar­el, footwear, shel­ters, ham­mocks, eye­wear, knives, and more.

Tool Log­ic: Let’s be hon­est with our­selves. Moth­er Nature is real­ly more like an old­er sib­ling. She doesn’t want to hurt us or force us into help­less sit­u­a­tions from which there is seem­ing­ly no escape—but she will do either at the slight­est provo­ca­tion. Head­ing into the great out­doors is like tres­pass­ing in said old­er sibling’s bed­room. The door is open but BEWARE. Tool Log­ic makes light­weight com­pact tools, knives, and flash­lights to sur­vive what­ev­er fall­out you incur—from hav­ing to smash out a win­dow to access locked-in keys, to need­ing super-bright LED light­ing to sig­nal a res­cue chop­per. Today on The Clymb we’re offer­ing a wide selec­tion of inno­v­a­tive Tool Log­ic mul­ti­pur­pose res­cue tools, sur­vival cards, and key rings fea­tur­ing all sur­vival neces­si­ties, from blades to mag­ne­sium fire starters. Pro­tec­tion from noo­gies not included.

Did you know? In the film 127 Hours, James Fran­co is using the actu­al cam­corder Aron Ral­ston clutched through­out his death-defy­ing ordeal in Blue John Canyon.

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