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ALTITUDE SICKNESS

Sometimes people get sick at high altitudes, such as in the mountains. This is called mountain sickness or high-altitude sickness. Contrary to common belief there are no specific factors such as age, sex, or physical condition that correlate with susceptibility to altitude sickness. Some people get it and some people don’t, and some people are more susceptible than others. Lack of oxygen causes high-altitude sickness. As altitude increases, the air becomes “thinner,” which means less oxygen is in the atmosphere. You get less oxygen in your lungs with each breath, so the amount of oxygen in your blood declines. All people can experience mountain sickness, but it may be more severe in people who have heart or lung problems. Symptoms usually begin within 48 hours of arriving at high altitude. The higher the altitude, the greater the effects. People can notice effects when they go to an altitude of 2.500 to 3.000 meter. If you have heart disease (such as heart failure) or lung disease (such as emphysema), you may have symptoms at lower altitudes.

Symptoms include: Headaches, breathlessness, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, inability to sleep, swelling of the face, hands and feet.

Both heart rate and breathing rate increase as the body tries to send more oxygen to its tissues. At very high altitudes, body fluid can leak into the brain (called brain or cerebral edema) or into the lungs (pulmonary edema). Both these conditions can be serious or even life-threatening.

Here are some tips:

  • Give your body time to adjust to the altitude.
  • Avoid strenuous activity for the first day or two.
  • Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Avoid alcohol, tobacco and sleeping pills.
  • Eat high-carbohydrate foods (such as pasta, potatoes and bread).
  • Drink coca tea or chew coca leaves

If you have a heart or lung condition, consult your physician before going to high altitude. He or she can tell you whether your condition will let your body adjust to the lower oxygen in the atmosphere.

Peru

Travelers should have their passport valid for at least six months beyond their departure date. Whenarriving by air, you might be asked to show a return ticket or open-jaw onward ticket. Upon arrival, immigration officials may only stamp 30 days into a passport though the limit is 180 days. If this happens, explain how many more days you need, supported by an exit ticket for onward or return travel. With a few exceptions, visas are not required for travelers entering Peru. Tourists are permitted a 183-day, non-extendable stay, stamped into passports and onto a tourist card called a Tarjeta Andina de Migración (Andean Immigration Card). Keep it – it must be returned upon exiting the country. If you will need it, request the full amount of time to the immigration officer at the point of entry, since they have a tendency to issue 30- or 90-day stays. If you lose your tourist card, visit an oficina de migraciónes (immigration office; www.digemin.gob.pe) for a replacement. Information in English can be found online. Extensions are no longer officially available. Anyone who plans to work, attend school or reside in Peru for any length of time must obtain a visa in advance. Do this through the Peruvian embassy or consulate in your home country. Carry your passport and tourist card on your person at all times, especially in remote areas (it’s required by law on the Inca Trail). For security, make a photocopy of both documents and keep them in a separate place from the originals.

Top adrenaline passionately believes the mountains are there for everyone to enjoy, but must always be respected and protected. On expedition, we are considerate and committed to preserving the natural wonder these majestic environments hold.

We are all too aware of the destructive nature many commercial expeditions have had on the mountains and the knock-on effects to the communities within them. This is not our way, Top Adrenaline strongly believes and follows ‘Clean as you go’ and ‘Leave no trace’ policies and insists all its climbers and guides comply with the environmental rules, regulations and guidelines.

All team members are well-trained and educated in the environmental issues regarding mountaineering and climbing, from the proper disposal of garbage. In addition we actively operate with a Recycle, Re-use & Improvisation (RRI) approach to expedition equipment whenever appropriate.

OF THE HIGHEST STANDARDS

ON THE HIGHEST PEAKS.

Safety & security

Safety will always be our number one priority. The environments we operate in demand it. Your welfare and wellbeing form the foundations of our planning and decision-making throughout any expedition.

Controlling the controllable

Your safety on the mountain begins well before you reach basecamp. In the planning phase of any expedition we build infrastructure that allows us to be completely self-sufficient: if it’s controllable we control it. This is key to attaining and maintaining our industry-leading strategy for success and safety.

Our self-sufficient approach maximises our options, agility and responsiveness, while eliminating the uncertainty that comes when relying on other teams to achieve your objective.

Guided by the best

All our expeditions are led by our elite team of highly-qualified trekking and mountain guides.

This helps immensely when it comes to building and maintaining safe and dependable supply chains and infrastructure in the region. Our guides understand how things operate on a local level, and have earned the respect and loyalty of their communities. Ultimately, this ensures you get a guiding team that can deliver the safest, best informed and most professional climbing experience possible.

The most important thing is safety – for every person on the mountain, not just your own.

looking out for everyone

Our team has a history of taking care of everyone on the mountain. In short, our concept of being in the mountains is to take care of our loved ones, to avoid any emergency that may arise. In conclusion there is no one on the planet that you would rather have with you in an emergency.

LIVE, EXPERIENCE AND DREAM ADVENTURE

Sharing our knowledge

to build your skillset.

Training

We believe the mountains are there for everyone to enjoy, and that even the best of us can gain from the shared knowledge of others. With every expedition, our aim is for you to develop your skills, to grow in strength, and push always a little higher.

Sharing our knowledge, developing your skills

Although many clients come equipped with the necessary skills and experience,  and the team remain passionate about sharing the knowledge that has allowed them to succeed as record-breaking mountaineers. They and our team of top adrenaline guides don’t just lead – they work with you to develop your skills, proficiency and confidence, encouraging you to climb with an increasing self-reliance over the course of your time with us.

Our local guides also carry with them invaluable native knowledge, often handed down through generations of climbers in their families.

Training

framework

Our training development is based around four key pillars:

Skillset

Each expedition requires differing levels of mountaineering skill. Throughout the planning phase, we will work with you to identify areas that may need attention and further support. From guiding a beginner through the basics of snow and glacier travel, or camp craft at high-altitude, to helping experts learn more efficient climbing techniques, we can help you develop your skills, under the watchful supervision of the top adrenaline team, no matter what your previous experience level.

Fitness

It may sound obvious, but all climbers must be in excellent physical shape to tackle the rigours of their chosen expedition. We’ll lay out a structured plan of regular, challenging exercise in the months prior to departure to ensure you can perform at the high levels required for multiple days at altitude. We’ve developed a unique working partnership with the The Altitude Centre, whose groundbreaking approach flips the normal acclimatisation process on its head, allowing you to develop the required fitness levels faster. We’ll actively encourage sharing updates on your progress, so we can evaluate your performance. If necessary, we’ll offer further advice, information and planning on how to get you where you need to be.

Self-awareness

A key component of top adrenaline’ own, hugely-successful approach to training is to increase an individual’s ability to understand their own mind and body – and crucially, how each performs under the stress of increasing altitudes. A stepped approach to this process allows you to gradually build confidence and achieve invaluable self-awareness. This ability is of the utmost importance when making judgements and decisions on higher mountains, with their ever-changing, hostile environments. Self-awareness that will not only help you achieve your goals, it will also help you stay safe.

Mindset

Mindset underpins top adrenaline company whole approach – not just to mountaineering, but to life. As their record-breaking individual and team achievements have proved, by consistently applying a determined and positive attitude, you really can achieve a new possible. Their infectious, optimistic energy runs deep in Top Adrenaline DNA, and is naturally passed on to each individual within an expedition, strengthening the whole. Our team will work with you in gradually building a belief system to help you aim that little bit higher, and push through every step on the mountain towards your goals.

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Before any expedition program commences, we will naturally require complete insight into your current skillset and past achievements. If there are shortfalls within your abilities and experience, we can collectively discuss alternative opportunities and/or provide a training support plan to help you achieve your future goals.

LIVE, EXPERIENCE, ENJOY THE ADVENTURE

TREKKING

– Backpack 45 liters
– Bag to load on the donkeys
– Head torch (with spare batteries)
– Sandals
– Well-worn in hiking boots
– Down jacket
– Rain jacket or poncho
– Fleece or warm pullover
– Comfortable clothes (quick dry, merino)
– Trekking trousers
– Long thermal underwear (merino)
– Warm socks
– Cap, gloves
– Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen (min factor 40)
– Hiking poles
– Sleeping bag -10° comfort
– Toilet paper and wet wipes
– Personal medication travel kit
– Water bottle and water purification pills
– Extra Snacks (your favorite chocolate)
– Extra money

CLIMBING

– Backpack 65 liters
– Head torch (with spare batteries)
– Well-worn in mountain boots
– Sandals
– Down jacket
– Rain jacket or poncho
– Fleece or warm pullover
– Comfortable clothes (quick dry, merino)
– Trekking trousers
– Long thermal underwear (merino)
– Warm socks
– Cap, gloves
– Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen (min factor 40)
– Hiking poles
– Sleeping bag -20° / -25° comfort
– Waterproof jacket and trousers (Gore-Tex)
– Very warm and waterproof gloves (Gore-Tex)
– Mountain goggles
– Crampons
– 2 ice axes
– Helmet
– Harness
– Carabiners
– Water bottle
– Toilet paper and wet wipes
– Water purification pills
– Extra Snacks (your favorite chocolate)
– Extra money

Missing something? We can provide you with everything you need for a great expedition, just let us know how we can help.

Huaraz weather conditions are heavily influenced by its location at 3080 meters above sea level. Located in a valley surrounded by snowcapped mountains, the Huaraz weather conditions are the perfect example of the weather you can find in many of the highland towns in Peru.

April to October: Cordillera’s dry season offers the best trekking and climbing conditions.
The dry season is marked by clear sunny days and cold nights due to the lack of clouds. This also makes it the best season for trekking and climbing as the views become even more spectacular and the night skies filled with stars. Rain can occur but is very limited and mainly concentrated at night in this season. By the end of the dry season the vegetation can become somewhat browner as the drought has had its toll. During the day you can expect blue skies pretty much of the time. Since we are close to the equator and very high up, the sun can be very strong so always bring sun protection block, a hat and sunglasses. It is comfortable to trek in shorts and t-shirt. However when the sun goes in it can get cold very quickly so always have a warm jacket, fleece and long pants close at hand. You also need a good 4-season sleeping bag at night and a warm jacket, woolly hat and scarf.

December: A relaxed postseason atmosphere.
Some years the rain can start as early as October. However usually we just get a couple of heavy showers each week and the rest of the time it is sunny or overcast. The rain just lasts for a couple of hours and dries up pretty quick. Good gear for rain is recommended.

January to March: Wet and rainy, but appropriately geared trekkers enjoy the silence.
In the wet season, Huaraz weather is as you would expect is quite wet. In the beginning of the wet season this will be mainly during the day, but by January and February these showers can last for almost all day. In the beginning and end of the rainy season, the sun does shine often and views can be equally spectacular due to the clouds playing through the highest peaks. In this season the nights are less cold but due to the rain the temperatures can drop rapidly now and then. The wet season can last until the end of March. January, February and March are at the height of the wet season. During these months you can expect rain at any time. Bring good waterproof clothing, pack your sleeping bag within several plastic bags, and bring sun protection block and a good hat. In fact prepare for just about all four seasons in one day. Huaraz is generally very quiet during these months.

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