How do I start?


If you’ve never hiked before, it’s just like anything else. Start slow and try things out. By starting with shorter distances, you’ll get to learn yourself and how you can plan for longer hikes, based on your own needs. How far can you walk in a day? How far do you walk in hour? How much food do you need? Is there anything in your pack that you can get rid of? Something that is worth a little extra money in your opinion? How much can you carry? How easily do you get cold? A good idea is to make some notes before and after your hike. That will make it easier to remember how it was until the next time.

Basically you start like this,

1. Choose where and how far you want to hike. Read about finding a trail here.

Where will you start and where will you go? Are you going in a loop, meaning that your start and finish point is at the same place, or are you going from point a to point b? How do you get there/from there? How far is it?

2. Estimate how long your hiking will take from how far you’ll walk.

How long will you be out, a day or more? Where can you camp or take a break? Have in mind that it takes much longer to walk a stretch in nature than on a street, especially if you have a heavy pack.

3. When you know how far you’ll go and how long you’ll be out, you can start planning what you should bring. Read more about packing here.

4. Tell someone that you’re going on a hike, where you will go and how long you’ve planned to be out for.

5. Get out and hike!

Start with a day trip. Then you won’t need anything more than comfortable well used shoes, clothes by weather and a bag with a warmer sweater/jacket, a raincoat/poncho, water, snacks and some food if you want. Take what you have, you don’t have to buy anything new for this. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and choose, if possible, a day with good weather. If it’s your first hike, don’t over do it and walk to far. A walk in the woods is way harder and takes longer than a walk in town.

Day trips is a good way of getting experience before you set out on a longer hike. You’ll find out what speed you are keeping, how far you walk in an hour and how much extra energy you need meantime. Get yourself a map over the area and learn how to read it in a safe condition. You can also get a compass and learn that as well. Ask in the store if they can show you how to use it right.

First camping night. When you feel like it’s time to try a longer distance and spending one night outside, your pack will immediately start to grow. Now you’ll need someplace to stay, something to sleep in and someway to make food. And more and heavier stuff needs a bigger pack. See if you can borrow a pack from someone in your family or from a friend. Some stores even rent out there packs or you can buy one second hand. Wait a while to make more expensive purchases until you know what you want from the products.

First multiple days hike. A multiple day hike isn’t that much different than a hike with just one night out. The difference would be the size of your packing, since you’ll need more food. But you also need to plan your hike more carefully. Mark your day marches on your map and where you plan to camp. Then you won’t have to worry about that on the trail. But of course you can decide to camp somewhere else if you find a really good spot along the trail. It’s just good to have a plan before you get out. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and make sure you have a plan b, just incase something unpredictable should happen. If you’ll be going deep into the wilderness, especially if your hiking in the mountains, you should do a risk analysis over the area and check so there’s no restrictions where and when you’ll be hiking.

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I dit it! Lobuche Peak, 6119m ✔️❤️ One thing that I've learned through my adventures is how much of our physical strength that is actually mental. We think that we can't do something and therefor we can't. We give up before we have even tried. If we only would dare to try we would be surprised how much we're actually capable of.

One thing that I really wanted to do during my trip to Nepal was climbing a mountain. I picked Lobuche Peak at 6119m, just around the corner from Everest. I had never climbed such a big mountain before, but I really wanted to give it a try.

Unfortunately, 5 weeks before my trip started I had to go through surgery for cervical cell changes. It was not a big thing, but I was told I wasn't aloud to do any kind of training the before my trip in order for my body to heal properly.

This was of course devastating for me. To be able to handle the lower amount of oxygen over 6000m I was in the middle of a really intense workout schedule.  Now I had to stop.

I asked myself what should I do. Should I cancel the plans of climbing the mountain and forget about my dream? I decided not to. I wanted to see how far my own will could take me up the mountain even if I wasn't in the best physical shape.

And this morning I got the answer - my will took me all the way to the top! Such an amazing feeling standing there realizing how much I'm actually capable of, just if I put my mind to it! 💥
The view from this mornings climb to Kala Patthar, 5550 m, was totally amazing! A 360 view over all the peaks around during the time of sunrise. 
In this pic: one of my absolute favorites, Ama Dablam. ❤️ A good advice for all of you planning doing Kala Patthar yourself: dress warm and don't forget extra warm socks and gloves. It's freezing before the sun hits you (which might take a while since it rises behind the highest mountain in the world)!
I made it!!! 💟
All the way from Jiri through the Nepalese jungle, up and pass Lukla and finally through the rocky landscape to Everest Base Camp at 5364m! This i did all on my own, without any help from porters or guides or even the company of friends. 12 days, 182 km and I don't now how many meters of altitudes in total. Feel so proud and happy right now! ❤️💪 But my adventure isn't over yet. Tomorrow I will climb Kala Patthar and the day after that I'll head up to Lobuche high camp from where I will attempt to summit the over 6000m Lobuche Peak! Check out my Instagram story feed to see how it goes! 😘
Today I felt the altitude in a bad way for the first time. After reaching the village of Lobuche my head started aching real bad, but after some rest, water and a short hike up to higher altitude and then back down again I felt much better! It's amazing how your body can adapt if you just gives it time. ❤️
Pic from the short hike with rests of the Khumbu Glacier in the background.
Tomorrow I'm heading up for base camp! 🏔️
Today I walked higher than I ever been before, up to 5090m! Everything went well (even though it was hard) and it feels very good since Everest Base Camp is "only" about 274 m higher!
Now I'm back in Dingboche at 4400m. The hike today was part of the acclimatizing process where you slowly expose your body to higher altitudes. By going up, then back down again your body will find it easier next time you go higher.
Pic from the top of the climb today with views over Ama Dablam.
Today's hike up to Dingboche was very different than the hike yesterday. The clouds were low, the rain kept pouring down and the huge mountains that's surrounds me did not show all. But it was still so beautiful!
As the trail kept getting higher and higher, the landscape changed as well, from green rhododendron forests to rocky and sandy with less and less vegetation. It certainly feels that I'm getting higher. Now at 4400m I'm close to higher than I ever been before.
These guys are so strong. I sometimes struggling with my 15 kg+ back pack (even though I start to get use to it by now) but the porters here carry well over 50 kg, often walking in just plain sandals.
It makes me think about how worried we westerners are about weight and that we have "the right" kind of gear. It seems pretty clear that what you have works just fine - so don't let the lack of proper gear stopping you from getting out in nature!
Getting up early is definitely something that will be rewarding at the Everest Base Camp Trek. You will get clear skies = beautiful views before the clouds comes in, the temperature will be cooler and you can also get the trail for yourself if you're lucky!
Today's hike up to Tengboche was really something else, this is hiking at its best! ☀️
The Everest Base Camp Trek is hiked by tens of thousands each year. The trail between Jiri and Lukla only by a thousand. And it really was something else. I didn't meet many hikers at all, but one of the days I was happy to get company by this cutie. She followed me for hours before she suddenly decided to go back to where she came from. A man told me she use to follow hikers to make sure they not get lost. ❤️

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