Choose your mountain first, according to your capabilities and abilities.
To get a zest of lengthy, steep climbing at high altitude, beginners should
consider starting with a non-technical "walk-up". The adequately
steep snowy peaks need basic skills and particular equipment to climbing
safely. It requires hooks, ice axe, safety fittings, and a rope to link the
It is important to decide weather you are interested in climbing a peak or
high-altitude trekking and the hazards involved in the tour as well as your
Consult the doctor to determine your physical condition and take proper
medical precautions as per the doctor's advice.
All the medicines that one may require and other basic surgical equipment
should be taken along with you. High-altitude survival techniques, Proper
mountaineering directions and first aid techniques should be taken into
Before you tackle the big mountains, you'll need to test your skills on
The first most essential skill the perquisite of mountaineering is your
physical fitness that will tell you the amount of fun you will be driving
while climbing. Before challenged climbing, workout routines should be
frequent and rigorous. To maintain your cardiovascular fitness, try walking
with a loaded haversack, running, biking, swimming, climbing of stairs and
cross-country skiing. For upper-body strength, try push-ups, pull-ups,
sit-ups, and indoor climbing.
Acquire the skills of mountaineering from an experienced mountaineer or
certified guiding service. If you are going for your first climbing go for
basic mounting techniques that includes signals, belaying, anchor systems,
and climbing protection, basic rope management, useful climbing knots, and
most important, basic wilderness survival.
Ambitious peak-beginner with better rock-climbing skills might try to start
with steeper, more technical and less snowy beginner mountains.
Beginner-peak climbs typically take one or two days, there are climbing
schools offering multi-day mountaineering courses with their climbs.
With a couple of technical beginner peaks under your belt, try going for
much harder expedition peaks, that needs longer walks and minimum of a week
At the top of the mountaineering pyramid are the Himalayan giants that
exceed 8,000m /26,246 feet in altitude, of these majestic mountains, only
Everest are constantly served by commercial outfitters, which accommodate
The equipment requisite for mountaineering are climbing rope, ice axe,
stiff-soled over-the-ankle boots, warm clothing, energy food and drinks,
survival gear, and at least one partner. Depending on the mountain and its
conditions, you also might need hook for drawing along; a helmet; slings;
safety that can be adopted on rock, ice, or snow; an avalanche beacon; a
chest harness; hammer, tent, sleeping bag and rucksack. You can get all
these equipment from climbing shops or can taken on rent.
Other requirements include extreme winter clothing and oxygen- if
necessary, are normally provided by the outfitter.
Most of the equipment is normally supplied by Indian Mountaineering
Foundation in Delhi or from the tourism offices of state governments. If you
have booked your tour with any adventure tour operator, then all the
necessary equipments are provided by the operator. There are more than 300
mountaineering clubs in India and can also be contacted for your
Anchor or Protection: A fixed support on the
mountain terrain that holds the weight of a climber while falling or
Belay: Various techniques used by a rope
climber to have a control while descending.
Carabiner: A metal snap-link used for
attaching the rope to an anchor.
Crampons: Metal boot attachments with numerous
spikes that render adhesive friction on slippery snow and ice.
Rappel: A controlled slide down through
Sling: Nylon tubular webbing with its ends
either fastened or professionally sewn together making a loop used to attach