Whether or not you are planning to hike into and out of Bigu, we strongly recommend that you discuss with your doctor the conditions you will face on this adventure, including:
- High altitude: On the way to Bigu, we will reach an altitude of 10,000 feet in the jeep, 11,000 for those who are hiking. In Bigu, we will be staying at about 8,000 feet. Your doctor may recommend that you have medications to help with altitude sickness.
- Potential for dehydration: Being at high altitude can also cause dehydration if you aren’t careful. And on the hike, you should carry two bottles of drinking water for yourself.
- The physical challenges of the hike: It is a long, often strenuous hike. We will be able to divide into two groups if needed – one that takes the more direct route (about a 6-7 hour hike) and one that takes the less-steep, meandering “road” (about an 8 hour hike). The trail can be challenging with steep parts intermixed with less difficult treks across open meadows. We begin the hike at about 8200 feet, hike up over a pass at about 11,000 feet, back down to the river (7200 feet) before making the final uphill trek into Bigu (at 8200 feet). Here is a profile of the hike route: