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)
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.