photo: Milor Kaldani , Kolia (the horse) and students from Germany on day 1
Most people choose a 3-day option for climbing Mt.Layla (4008m). From my extensive experience with groups of various ages and fitness levels I must stress that this is NOT an easy task. However I don't remember anyone who gave up and turned back!
The first day involves an impressive elevation gain of 1800m. Early morning start and lunch break at Lashira make all the difference.
Yet, the most help comes from those local horses each of whom will carry up to 3 backpacks.
Initially some people consider this help as some way of getting around the challenge...
They always change their mind soon after leaving the village. Even going light is not easy!
Saving energy for the next (summit) day is imperative. Moreover you enjoy the landscape without excessive sweat!
Some groups choose to hire horses even for return trip! But this is completely optional.
How to book this horse service ?
I will do this for you and will negotiate the lowest rate.
Note for animal lovers (all of us are!)
Although this whole job is far from easy, horses are always treated well and given frequent breaks . At least once all the load is completely removed for total rest and relaxed grazing .
photo: Kolia is grazing at Laldesgalar meadows
Some important tips:
Ice axe is a symbol of mountaineering while boots are it's foundation.
photo: two pairs of mountain boots that serve me since 2014 and they will likely carry on for few more seasons
There are several factors to consider when choosing boots for mountaineering.
Thinking about how technical the climb is as well as the terrain and length of approach before purchasing a boot will all help you achieve the right balance between protection, safety, and performance.
Comfort is an important factor when choosing a mountaineering boot. Discomfort leads to pain, blisters and a greater risk of accident. A semi-rigid or rigid sole and more durable upper take some getting used to, and they will certainly not provide as much comfort as a flexible boot or shoe. However, these features are there for a reason, so don't risk replacing them for flexible boots or trekking shoes just because these are more comfortable as these would not offer the same level of performance in particular when using crampons .
In the Caucasus you will need a footwear for those situations when an approach shoe isn’t enough and that super stiff mountain boot is too much .
Below are some models suitable for both approach and mountaineering.
Some useful tips:
You are welcome to send me pictures of the boots you consider
and I will help you to make a good choice.