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GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE AREA

 

- In mountains of over 6000m high mountain expedition equipment is needed, for temperatures at night generally fall to between -10/-20°C at 5500m: a good sleeping bag, tends able to withstand strong winds, mittens, boots with liners, a good first-aid kit (specific products for altitude sickness)...

- The atmosphere is extremely dry. Your nose, lips, skin and mucosa suffer a great deal, and it is best to use strong protection and moisturising cream, and if possible, some cream for humidifying inside your nose.

- There is no need to say that if at altitude it is extremely important to drink a lot of water, in this area the need is multiplied due to the very low humidity of the environment (3-5 litres of water per day, depending on the body weight). Empty plastic bottles may also be useful for storing water in the camps.

- It is recommendable to use handies (walkie-talkies) to be able to communicate with those who have to collect us and/or a satellite telephone for making calls in the event of need.

- Water is scarce, and virtually everywhere there is only the odd stream in certain places; the water in the lagoons is contaminated with heavy metals.

- The stoves which work with “white petrol” and will be more useful and practical, are easy to obtain and work very well in conditions of cold and altitude.  The ones that work with gas are more sensitive to cold, and it is difficult to find spares in the area.

- If you have never been to the area, you'll be surprised that peaks which seem very close and accessible and in the end are long distance away.  The distances are immense, and the European eye is not used to measuring them on this scale; after doing 3 or 4 peaks, you will know what I mean, and in the end you will measure things with a greater balance.

- The weather is usually stable in the mornings with more or less constant wind, which generally blows up in the afternoon.  After January, there may be storms some afternoons, which can leave small quantities of snow.

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