What is the minimum and maximum group size on the trek?
Is private trip available?
- We prefer to have minimum 2 clients and maximum 15 on each team because it can be better controlled, delivering of good services and good taking care of clients. But if anybody wants to do private trek on his/her own, we can organize such trek as well.
Do I need any previous experiences to participate this climbing trip?
- YES, private trip available, we also offer trips like, honeymoon trip, family members, office staff team, friend-to-friend climbing trip etc. For this kind of trek & climb, itinerary can be re-arranged and date will be customized.
Who will be the climbing guide?
- To participate on our peak-climbing trip, previous mountaineering experience is not mandatory but you need to be physical fit and mentally prepared. If you do one of our challenging trek would be much more helpful to you and also, you must have to go through the training session as suggested based on the trip.
What about the assistant climbing guides and their ratios to the clients?
- We have a team of Government licensed Sherpa Guides who can speak English fluently, who are best known for this industry. Very experienced, technically and physically fit, well known about the first aid, local cultures and traditions, and always very caring to the clients.
Will I have to carry a lot of weight?
- We also have bunch of good English speaking assistant guides, who are also called “Climbing Sherpa”. They are very knowledgeable about first aid kit, local cultures, well trained and always helpful to the clients. And our normal ratio of assistant guide is 1:3. Which means, 1 trek Sherpa guide, guides 3 climbing members during the climbing. Many of the trekking agencies offer very less ratios of trek assistant guide to make the cost very cheap, but this can bring a lot of risks on the trek and maximum chances of not receiving required assistant by the clients on the right place and on right time.
What about the maximum allowed weight?
- Our main goal is successful and safe trip. Therefore we will have porters, horses, and yaks to carry the heavy loads. You have to pack most of your gears in the duffle bag and that will be carried by porters/yak and what you have to carry is your daypack, recommended 45L to 55L with about 7 kg including your water for the day. If the trek is camping, then all camping equipment, kitchen equipment and food will be carried by the porters/yaks and you can walk with the above recommended daypack.
Who carries the duffle bag and daypack?
- GEARS, we often separate them into 2 parts, Trekking gears and climbing gears. Trekking gears maximum allowed weight per client is 12 kg in a duffle bag.
- Whereas climbing gears such as boot, crampon, jumar, ice axe etc., will be collected from every client and pack separately in a barrel or hard duffle bag because some time, we have to send climbing gears straight to the base camp rather to take on trek unnecessarily.
What should I pack on duffle bag and on daypack?
- Duffle bag will be carried by the porters and daypack will be carried by the trekkers himself or herself
Is local Sim useful while on trek?
- All the main heavy gears will be packed in the duffle bag including sleeping bag, down jacket etc. you can pack only very personal items in the daypack, such as water proof jacket and pant, a warm jacket, thin a pair of gloves, water bottles, extra running shoes, a top to bottom complete set of cloths to change with the wet cloths, sun cream and some very personal items.
How will be the toilet facilities en route during the trek?
- Unless you don’t mind communicate, local sim (Ncell) does work pretty good while on trek as well. You can buy local sim card very easily at most of the cybercafé in town or better on your arrival day in KTM airport, you can buy it free of cost in the airport, just go with your copy of passport and a photograph.
What do I expect on meals?
- Please don’t expect toilet facility as at your home and if you are doing one of the climbing trip combined with teahouse trek, it depends where you are going for trek, like if you are going in Everest area, pretty good toilet facility is available, normally common toilet on each floor. But if you are going to the remote area like Kanchenjunga area, toilet will be fixed outside of the main building and made by wooden. We advice always to keep your personal t… paper during the trek. On the camping trek, we provide toilet tent and Sherpa staff will put this tent away from the track, camp and water resources.
- Teahouse Trek: Types and quality of the meals also depends on trekking areas. Everest, Annapurna & Langtang areas offer various types of meals whereas Kanchenjunga, Manaslu & Mustang areas offer less varieties of meals often Nepali meals “Dhal Bhat” which is Rice, curries & Lentil, fried rice, noodles etc. In Everest & Annapurna areas, you will get menu to choose your meals or some examples given below:
Egg, porridge, cereal, toast with jam and honey, pancake etc.
: Nepali traditional meals “Dhal Bhat with curry”, spring roll with some additional French fries, rice with chicken curry Indian style or some time we can have packed lunch etc.
: generally start with soup (vegetable, mushroom, chicken etc.).
Main meal is one of the many Asian or European dishes and the dessert will be apple pie, mix fruit etc.
(We are very careful about using the lodges throughout the trek; therefore we have very selected lodges, where we assured that, quality and hygienic meals)
If I order snacks while on trek, (separate from 3 meals a day), who will pay for it?
- Camping Trek: Our cook and kitchen staffs will prepare the best, hygienic and quality meals as much as possible. And either we use chemicals or boil the fresh vegetables before serving them. We believe in quality meals so we are committed on it.
What do we expect accommodation on trek?
- Generally we provide 3 meals a day with tea/coffee, so snacks order will be extra to be paid by the clients not from our package.
- On teahouse trek, it is always twin shared room throughout the trek. You must have to prepare your personal sleeping bag with liner and inflatable mattress. The beds in the lodges are wooden with few inches of form mattress and clean Blankets. But if you are going on a trek where lodges are just trying to develop itself, then often there will be lower quality of accommodations and in some places, tent with your personal sleeping bag and mat might require.
(We are very careful about using the lodges throughout the trek; therefore we have very selected lodges, where we can get nicer and better accommodation)
What is the provision for drinking water during the trek?
- Camping Trek: We normally use Ozark tent and provide either single or twin shared tents with form mattress to each client.
Does participant have to bring personal first aid kit?
- On our teahouse based trek, we have been using SteriPen or some liquid to purify the tap water and make it safe for drinking. SteriPEN harnesses the brilliant power of ultraviolet light to make water safe to drink. It’s the same technology used by leading bottled water manufacturers as well as major cities in the U.S., Europe and Asia to purify. Just for incase, we keep some water purification tablets as well and we advice to all our trekkers to keep some tables for your personal use in case if we run out. But where as on our camping trek, we provide boiled water during the trek period. We strongly advice to all our clients, don’t drink water direct from the tap during your stay in the cities, please buy bottle water.
What if I get sick or have an accident?
- YES, we advice to our trekkers to bring your personal first aid kit based on your requirements. The company will also send a group first aid kit with the guide incase if you run out or doesn’t have the require medicines, and you can have access to our medical kit and it can also use for our local staffs.
Do the participants need to obtain proper travel insurance?
- Despite the best precautions, people do sometimes fall ill, develop symptoms of AMS. Our guide will manage your care keeping in mind what's best for you and the rest of the group. Our precautions include pre-advices to aware from AMS, first aid qualifications and kits, emergency communications, evacuation plans, your travel insurance cover and our pre-preparation and medical advisors.
How can I obtain Nepal entry visa?
- Our most of the treks are challenging and takes you to the remote area of Himalayas. Therefore for your safe travel, insurance is mandatory; you must have to obtain maximum coverage travel insurance which must covers, emergency evacuation, medical treatment expenses and repatriation. And check either your policy covers up to the height that you are going to ascent? And climb with using the climbing gears, rope? Please have a look travel insurance.
How can be safe from altitude sickness
- There are two ways to obtain Nepal entry visa, either you can apply at Nepal visa Consulate office in your town or nearest town to you, otherwise you obtain it on your arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuban Int’l airport. Regarding the visa fee, you need USD, Euro or AUD cash (preferably the right money) and a passport photo, a completed application form (available in the arrivals hall) and need to go to the counter labeled for visitors without a visa. An entry visa costs (currently) USD $125, which is valid for 90 day. For shorter trips, a 30-day visa currently costs $50 USD and 15 days visa fee is US$ 30 (if your trip is not more than 15 days so get 15 days visa and pay less).
I have some medical issue; can I participate on the trek?
- AMS, Acute Mountain Sickness is the body reacting to the stress of high altitude. It is a concern for trekkers in the high altitude trekking. As per our experiences, it can be seen above 3000m of altitude. Exposure to high altitude can lead to a number of 'normal' physiological reactions as well as mild to extremely serious illness and even to death. We take the risk of AMS seriously and work hard to avoid and minimize it. We monitor our trekkers and climbers in how to take care of themselves and each other and what to look out for.Our treks are designed with relatively slow acclimatization schedules including some rest days with hiking days. And we have medications and number of management strategies in place should they be required and the very mild headache on and above 4000m is considered as normal but always you have to careful and consult with your trek guide in such cases.
If I am unable to complete trek & climb, is there certain refund from cost?
- We advice to consult with your doctor and get approval from the doctor for the fitness for the trek and send it to us. If you are not fit then better you can look for other option like easy or moderate trek or some tours.
What should I bring?
- This will be as per booking terms & condition but normally NO refund
Is any climbing gear available on hire?
- We can provide you complete list of gears upon your booking of the trip but generally plastic mountaineering boot, crampon, harness, ice axe, good trekking/hiking boot, daypack, layers of breathable clothing for day and night, trekking pole etc.
Do I have to tip to the local staff?
- YES, most of the climbing gears are available on hire in KTM including plastic mountaineering boot, crampon, ice axe etc. If you want to hire the plastic boot, you must have to inform us your foot size in an advance so that we can get good size boot for you. Sometime during the peak season, it’s difficult to get the right size boot.
- Tipping is kind of motivation factor to our local staff and on our treks & expedition. The local people really appreciate being rewarded directly by the clients for doing a good job. This encourages them to work hard and perform their duties to a high level of quality. Depending on number of clients in the team, we advice appropriate tips in trip notes and tips are sometimes best administered by the Sirdir, Cook and some time with assistance from the Trek & Expedition Leader.