Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Please ask many and we will answer all. Thank you very much !
Should I tip the staff?
Lodging in hotels before and after the trip and at tea houses is typically dual occupancy. Private rooms are available for a small fee. For climbs, each member will have their own three person tent at base camp. Above base camp, members will share tents (typically two climbers in a three person tent).
Full-coverage insurance is essential, because it not only covers mountain climbing, but also travel to and from the mountain. This could cover you for lost bags, a car accident on the way to the airport, etcetera. BEFORE PURCHASING, BE SURE TO REQUEST A COPY OF THE POLICY AND BE SURE TO READ AND UNDERSTAND IT.
Please enclose proof of insurance with your final team-membership payment. If you are one of the unfortunates who come from a country where such insurance is not available, we will accept an authorization letter and your credit card. You must be covered for travel, full domestic rescue, helicopter (where available) and international rescue and repatriation expenses. NO CREDIT CARD AUTHORIZATION = NO EXPEDITION MEMBERSHIP.
Most of our members are now using a company called Global Rescue, https://ss.globalrescue.com/partner/summitclimb which offers "rescue-only" as well as a standard travel policy, such as InsureMyTrip.com , CSAtravelprotection.com , or TravelInsuranceDirect.com.au .
Here are some other options our members have used successfully:
https://www.ingleinternational.com/ (with "sports rider" coverage)
(Get the "Adventurer Plus Pak". This Pak is required to receive medical and evacuation coverage for mountaineering and a rental allowance in the event your gear is lost. To receive this benefit, your policy and Pak must be purchased within 21 days of initial trip deposit.
http://www.snowcard.co.uk/ Mountaineering up to 5000m covered on Extreme Adventure package and up to 7000m guided only on Pro adventure Package. Insurance policies available from this website can only be used by uk & channel islands residents
http://www.hccmis.com/ (with sports rider added on)
http://www.dogtag.co.uk or https://www.dogtag.com/ (outside of the UK)
Here is the suggested template for the medical letter
To Whom it may concern,
I herewith certify that I have examined "your full name as on passport" , and find him/her to be in good enough health to join expeditions in Nepal where conditions of high altitude mountaineering, cold weather and reduced oxygen content of the atmosphere prevail.
Date of Signing:
Doctor's Printed Name:
The best way to handle excess baggage is to bring it with you together on your flight. Then you will have no cargo clearance charges and hassles with the customs officials in the cargo department, who are always more stringent than the customs officials at the passenger flight arrivals terminal.
Before booking your ticket, checkout the airline’s website or ring them on the phone to discuss their excess baggage options.
You may wish to request their "sport baggage allowance". Many airlines allow it for free, and often provide this for golfers, bicyclists, surfers and skiers. Quite often they extend it to climbers. Some of our members have had good luck bringing a ski bag or a golf bag for free, and filling it with climbing equipment. Before arranging cargo shipping, ring your airline and explain what mountain you are climbing/trekking (best to say Everest for name recognition) and need to bring extra warm clothing/equipment, etcetera, If they don’t go for that, than ask if they offer free transport of skiis or golf clubs.
Also, airlines sometimes allow you to carry extra bags when you fly for a reduced charge, when you arrange it all in advance, which is called “unaccompanied baggage”.
Another option: Many airlines offer you a chance to bring an extra bag(s) of 20-30kg / 50-70 pounds, at a fixed charge, usually $200-$250 per bag.
Yet another idea, some airlines allow you to upgrade your luggage from 20 kilos to 30 kilos, 50-70 pounds, for a nominal charge of $95 (Qatar Airlines for example) which can be a very good deal.
WARNING: They might not give the same allowance on your return flight to your home country. Be sure to check this and request it if not already given, or you could incur high baggage charges when coming home. The documentation of this allowance may take the form of a letter from the baggage officer at the airlines, or the allowance may be printed on the ticket itself (the best form of documentation by far).
If you do arrange cargo shipping, its not difficult but takes more time, and more paperwork and more money. You will need to arrive a few days early in Kathmandu to pick up your cargo shipping at the airport. We cannot pick it up for you. You have to go yourself. Always put your own personal name and expedition name on the first two lines, as this will clarify that you are personally using these items for climbing and they are not the property of our local agent, nor are they for resale in Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will personally go to the Customs Hall (near the airport) in the morning and go through a one day process and pay the fees required to clear your cargo through Nepal Customs. So, if you are planning to ship cargo, be sure to arrive in Kathmandu on a weekday (M-F) before the scheduled beginning of our expedition, so you don't miss any critical team orientation meetings, etcetera. IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PACKING LIST FOR CARGO SHIPPING: If you have thoughtfully filled out the packing list with amounts stated minimally at point of origin, its mostly used equipment (all tags and packaging removed) and personal food, and everything is for your personal use during the expedition only, and you say you will take the rest back to your country after the expedition, your fees payed to the Nepal Government should be very small indeed.
So here is the address you would write on your cargo:
Your First and Last Name: ie: "John or Jane Doe"
Everest Nepal International Expedition
Care of: Everest Parivar Expedition
Murari Sharma and Deha Shrestha
Mobile: +9779851023985, +9779851091456
You will have to request shipping times and charges from your local agent as we don't know the details from your country.
Base camp and service treks: Tibet ABC trek, K2 Base camp, EBC Nepal, Remote Nepal Service Trek, Deboche project
What is the difference between a base camp trek and a service trek?
Trekking Peaks: Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Elbrus, Island Peak, Mera Peak, Lobuche East, and Pastore Peak
Even the most fitpeople on earth will get sick if they climb too high too quickly.
In order to climb at extremely high elevations without suffering from altitude illnesses, it is crucial to follow an intelligent (slow) acclimatization schedule. Accessing these mountains and acclimatizing properly a long process. However, those wishing to shorten a trip by a few days can consider using a helicopter on parts of the approach or descent for many of our climbs.
• If you are in good shape from regular exercise, it is likely you are already more than prepared to enjoy this trek. Here are some fun training tips below.
• In the beginning, to see how you handle the training, and to avoid muscle strains that could slow your training down, you may wish to use shorter more frequent but less taxing workouts, and take more rest. After you get "up to speed" as it were, you could increase the rigour. Older walkers, please take note of the latter. Also remember that swimming and bicycling are a fun and excellent form of training because they do not put stress upon your joints. Thank you.
• In order to train well for your trip you should work toward exercising several times a week for about 30 minutes each time.
• Adequate rest and a well balanced diet are also essential to avoid injury and illness before the trip. You should sleep at least 8 hours per night, and eat 3 nutritious meals a day. Please be sure to drink lots of water, at least 3 litres per day.
• Utilising both gym equipment and the great outdoors will provide more balanced exercise. You should try to accomplish at least half of your workouts outside. This could include walking, running, and cycling, but above all should be fun. Walking up and down hills, stairs, or bleacher stands with a small pack weighing 5 Kilos/10 pounds is also good preparation for trekking.
• We want you to arrive for your expedition in top shape, so please make your workouts fun, take plenty of rest and do not over-do it.
• For further info about training, please take a look at www.UphillAthlete.com , they even offer coaching, as do www.SummitCoach.org .
How are 8000m peaks different than other climbs?
Climbing Mount Everest takes 60 days. Here is details
Arriving in Kathmandu- The trip begins in the ancient and colorful city of Kathmandu, and the staff will personally meet your flight at Tribhuvan airport. You stay in a comfortable, simple, clean hotel, and sample some of the tasty Nepalese, Tibetan and Western-Style cuisine, at minimal expense. During our free day in Kathmandu, we shall finalize arrangements, and take some time out for trinket hunting, with planned visits to explore the 17th century splendors of the Monkey Temple, the Durbar Square and old Kings Palace, as well as the ancient city of Patan
Trekking to Basecamp - Early the following morning we fly to Lukla at 2,850 metres/9,400 feet., where we meet our yak drivers, and porters. If there is time, we will trek to Monjo (2,650 metres/8,700 feet), and spend the night. For our full-service members, the cost of this expedition includes one of the most beautiful treks in the world.
We will continue our trek up to Namche Bazaar (3,450 metres/11,300 feet), the capital of the Sherpa Kingdom. Here we rest for a day to acclimate, then proceed up to Deboche (3,750 metres/12,300 feet) for a night, then to Lobuche (4,950 metres/16,200 feet), where we have another acclimatization day. Finally, we make the last trek to basecamp at 5,300 metres/17,400 feet.
Climbing Everest- After resting, organizing, and training in basecamp for a day, we will begin our climb. We start with a day hike through the awe inspiring Khumbu Icefall, followed by a trip to the plateau of the Western Cwm, for our first glimpse of Camp 1, at 5,800 metres/19,000 feet. We return to basecamp for a tasty dinner, prepared by our skilled cooks.
High Camps- Through the following weeks, we will climb up and down the mountain, exploring the route, establishing camps, and carefully and safely building our acclimatization level.
From camp 1 at 6,000 metres/19,700 feet, the route traverses the flattish bottom of the Western Cwm, to 6,200 metres/20,300 feet where camp 2 is located.
Camp 3 is on the head wall of the Lhotse face at about 7,200 metres/23,600 feet. To reach camp 3, we must negotiate the Lhotse Face. The Lhotse face is a steep, shiny icy wall. The face itself is not extremely technical, but is arduous considering the altitude increase. It gets less difficult as acclimation continues through the weeks going up and down between camps.
The South Col, camp 4, is the highest camp and at 8,000 metres/26,200 feet, it is a windy and cold place. We take our time, climbing up and down to acclimate, which gives us the best chance to ascend in safety and maximize our opportunity to reach the summit during the "weather windows" which generally open in May. There are typically snow on the ledges to walk down on, interspersed with rock, along with some fixed rope. There’s a little short slope on reliable snow which leads to the top of the Geneva Spur. The route turns hard to the left onto the snowfield that leads to the top of the Yellow Bands.
Summit Day - The route to the summit winds through snow ice and rock fields, at a 10 to 50 degree angle. These slopes are not considered technical, but there is exposed rock here in the spring, and lines are often fixed. Fixed rope is often placed on the small vertical pitch of the 12 metre/40 foot, high Hillary step, and the summit lies directly above. The summit sits at the top of the world.
Truly the most classic route on the world's most classic mountain.
Going Home - After packing up all of your equipment, supplies, and rubbish, you will make the return trek to Lukla. The following morning, you are up early, and fly back to Kathmandu, where you can enjoy a hot shower and a grand Nepalese western-style feast. In Kathmandu, you can have a day to relax, celebrate, tour the valley, write postcards, and do a bit more shopping, before heading home.