Quito, Ecuador (PRWEB) April 23, 2013
The first teams of this year’s climbing season have already made their way up to the Basecamp of the world’s highest mountain: Mount Everest. April to May is the high season for the Everest conquerors, when hundreds of people try to catch a good weather window to reach the earth’s highest summit.
The Danger of Being Inexperienced
Lately there have been a lot of shocking reports about “hobby climbers” heading for the summit of Mount Everest. The German mountaineer Ralf Dujmovits published a photo showing hundreds of people in a snake line on their way to the summit. That weekend four of them died in difficult conditions. The experienced climber described the scene as “absurd” and “ridiculous” as some of the tourists should never have been allowed on the mountain, due to lack of fitness, acclimatization and skills.
The Mount Everest isn’t the world’s technical most demanding mountain, but the highest, which brings hazards like the great altitude, low dropping temperatures, sudden climate changes and falling ice peaks. And it’s adding to the danger, if the climber is not fit enough or hasn’t spent enough time for acclimatizing to the incredible altitude. Too little experience in climbing is one of the biggest dangers while trying to conquer the summit.
Preparation Climbs in the Andes
To be in the best shape, the training before getting to the Everest must start about 6 to 12 months in advance. An intense and focused exercise program is needed, where one should not only train one's body, strength and fitness, but also one's mind. Climbers at the Everest have to be able to endure extreme long days (up to 16 hours) of tough physical activity without the possibility of resting. On top of that they’ll be pushed to and beyond their physical as well as mental walls.
Facing those kinds of conditions, it is of great importance to gain as much climbing experiences as possible.
Many mountaineers improve their climbing skills and get prepared for the Mount Everest in other parts of the world like South America, which offers the “Avenue of Volcanoes” with many options for climbing.
Many expeditions are lead by the best experts from Ecuador, to train and acclimatize the climbers. Even renowned mountaineers like Rhys Jones, a world record climber, take the advantage of climbing the Ecuador’s windswept Andes as a preparation for the majestic Everest. Together with tour operator Gulliver Expeditions Ecuador, they climbed and acclimatized for more than two weeks in the height of the Andes.
Ecuador, Latin America’s best-kept secret, offers astounding snow-capped volcanoes, which are the best training for soon-to-be Everest-conquerors. It “offers the extra benefit of an excellent and easy access to high altitude, and a big variety of mountains, which is very attractive to climbers”, said Jones. In Ecuador, it is possible to reach breath-taking heights, higher than the Everest Base Camp, in just one day of climbing.
Gulliver Expeditions now added a special 14 days acclimatization and climbing program to their offers for climbers from all over the world, to educate and instruct them in high altitude mountain climbing and to help the physical and mental toughness.
Given those advantages, Jones states, the beginner friendly mountains in the “Avenue of the Volcanoes” offer a “perfect practise for the summit day in the Himalayas.”
Andes Base Camp Quito
Ecuador’s capital Quito is located in the midst of the “Avenue of the Volcanoes”, which makes it the perfect base camp for all kind of climbing tours in the Andes.
The unique colonial old town of Quito offers the best hotels to get prepared for or to recover from a climbing experience. Hotel Patio Andaluz is the biggest colonial hotel in the old town and offers the best and most luxury service to their guests.
About Gulliver Expeditions
Gulliver Expeditions, Quito based tour operator and agency, specializes in adventure travel Ecuador, including climbing and hiking tours in the Avenue of the Volcanoes and the highlands. They also offer cultural sightseeing, biking tours, horseback riding, jungle trips and once-in-a-lifetime cruises to the Galapagos Islands, as well as tailor-made itineraries for trips across the whole country.
Every one of Gulliver's Ecuador tours intergrates high-quality, personalized service, competitive prices, high standards in safety procedures as well as professional, qualified guides.
For more information contact Gulliver on http://www.gulliver.com.ec or mail to info(at)gulliver.com.ec.
About Hotel Patio Andaluz
Hotel Patio Andaluz Quito, an elegant Boutique hotel, located only 150 meters (490 ft.) from the Independence Plaza, offers a particular surrounding in the center of the Colonial borough of Quito, the first city declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978.
Offering comfort, elegance and outstanding quality, guests from all over the world will be delighted with warmth, traditional value and a unique experience of Ecuador.
For more information, please visit http://www.hotelpatioandaluz.com or mail to info(at)hotelpatioandaluz.com.