Mt. Manaslu was first climbed in 1956 by a Japanese expedition. Its name comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa, meaning 'intellect' or 'soul'. This is the same word that is the root of the name of the holy lake Manasarover near Mt kailas in Tibet. Just as the British considered Everest to be there mountain, Manaslu has always been a 'Japanese' mountain.

Mt. Manaslu, 8163m, the eighth highest mountain in the world, is located about forty miles east of Annapurna I. It is one of the popular among the 8000m Peak for climbing in the Himalayas of Nepal and especially for Japanese Climbers.

Short Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel
Day 2: Sightseeing, necessary preparation for expedition 
Day 3-12: Drive to Arughat. Trek to Manaslu Base camp.
Day 13- 37: Climbing Period for Manaslu. 
Day 38-43: Trek back to Arughat.
Day 44:  Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 45: Extra and shopping day in Kathmandu
Day 46: Fly back home.

Expedition Highlights

  • Experience 8th highest peak and and technically easy but physiologically challenging climb
  • Stunning views of some of the highest mountain on earth including Mt. Everest, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, and many more.
  • Climb shoulder to shoulder with some of our veteran climbing sherpas who have at least climbed Everest few times.
  • Test of skills and physiology for Everest attempt in the future.
  • Experience your first 8000m climb on relatively safe route
  • Test for psychological endurance
  • Explore the Sherpa villages, meet the Sherpa people, and witness the unique Buddhist cultures by visiting some old monasteries.

 

 

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu & transfer to hotel 
After finishing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) obtain your bags and appearance for our representative with a Arun Treks display panel at the gate. you may be then transferred to your Hotel. Once sign up, you may visit HGT workplace, meet your trekking guide likewise as different participants and do final preparation for the trip. Later within the evening there'll be a welcome dinner which can introduce you to the Nepalese food culture.
 
Day 02: Prepare Expedition 
Take rest, inform, and create a look tour to Kathmandu's World Heritage Sites. we have a tendency to create a guided tour to a number of UN agency World Heritage Sites within the Kathmandu vale. The day also will be for finalizing office work and alternative necessary arrangements. you may be conjointly briefed on the character of expedition, instrumentation and team composition. you'll conjointly create your minute shopping for of non-public things. 
 
Day 03: Briefing in Ministry of Tourism
 
Day 04: Drive Arughat via Dhading  
From capital of Nepal to Dhading Besi concerning three hours is snug drive but from there to Arughat for one more four hours the drive are going to be on dirt road. nightlong Tented Camp accommodation with full board are going to be at Arughat.
 
Day 05: Trek to Sotikhola
This trek can follow the Budi Gandaki watercourse nowadays toward its purpose of origin takes concerning six hours to steer. we tend to pass the village of Morder and Simre to succeed in Arkhat watercourse. when Arkhat watercourse, we tend to ascend slowly toward Kyoropani. You camp nowadays close to the confluence of Soti watercourse a perfect place to require a water bathtub. long Tented Camp accommodation with full board are going to be at Soti Khola.
 
Day 06: Trek to Machhakhola 
The path descends slowly till you climb once more to mountain ridge to Almara; pass the forest path to hit Riden Gaon. The vale here cuts into another aspect of the watercourse to enter Budi Gandaki. At Lambesi, the path follows right down to the sandy river bottom of Budi Gandaki. among in 5-6 hours walk you camp tonight at Machha Khola at Tented accommodation with full board.
 
Day 07: Trek to Jagat
After crossing Machha Khola (River) and Khrola besi, there's a thermal spring known as "Tatopani". The path follows wooded space once this toward Dovan. Below Dovan, there's an enormous fast at Budi Gandaki. because the elevation will increase, the rapids and therefore the scenery undergoes a whole transformation. At Jagat, there's a police check-post wherever the stop of your trekking allow is placed. nightlong Tented Camp accommodation can set at Jagat for these days.
 
Day 08: Trek to Ukawa 
 
Day 09: Trek to Ngyak 
 
Day 10: Trek to Namrung
After crossing Machha Khola (River) and Khrola besi, there is a spring called "Tatopani". the trail follows woodsy house once this toward Dovan. Below Dovan, there is a colossal quick at Budi Gandaki. as a result of the elevation can increase, the rapids and so the scenery undergoes an entire transformation. At Jagat, there is a police check-post where the stop of your trekking permit is placed. long Tented Camp accommodation will set at Jagat for recently. 
 
Day 11: Rest & acclimatize at Namrung
 
Day 12: Trek to Sama village 
From here we have a tendency to clamber across the boulders to emerge onto a ridge commanding the in depth pastures and fields of Samagaon (3,541m). Samagoan was the initial Base Camp for Manaslu, tho' these days it's simply a staging post, and not occupied for the mainstay of the expedition. we'll move our masses from here to ABCs, and operate from this camp once everyone seems to be acclimatized.
 
Day 13: Trek to Base Camp
We have the choice of walking up to Pungey Gompa and therefore the hill behind it, or heading all the far to Base Camp. If there has been lots of rain, there is some tough stream crossings to induce to Base Camp. it's sited in an exceedingly well-protected location on moraines, spacious and flat with area enough many groups.
 
Day 14- 36: Climbing Period 
 
Day 37: Base camp - Sama village  
Day 38: Sama – Namrung  
Day 39: Namrung - Philim village  
Day 40: Filim –Machakhola  
Day 41: Machakhola – Soti  
Day 42: Soti - Arughat 
Day 43: Arughat drive to drive to Kathmandu 
Day 44: Kathmandu 
Day 45: final departure
 
 

Introduction

Mt. Manaslu was first climbed in 1956 by a Japanese expedition. Its name comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa, meaning 'intellect' or 'soul'. This is the same word that is the root of the name of the holy lake Manasarover near Mt kailas in Tibet. Just as the British considered Everest to be there mountain, Manaslu has always been a 'Japanese' mountain.

Mt. Manaslu, 8163m, the eighth highest mountain in the world, is located about forty miles east of Annapurna I. It is one of the popular among the 8000m Peak for climbing in the Himalayas of Nepal and especially for Japanese Climbers. The mountain's long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions. Possible avalanches in bad weather, crevasses and slippery snow make this mountain a little distinct from other mountains in Nepal. Normally 4 high camps are established to attempt the summit. This mountain considers as avalanche and crevasses risk between Camp I & Camp II has crevasses and avalanche threat from Camp III to Camp IV are notable in climbing the peak.

A very famous climber in the field of mountaineering expedition, Reinhold Messner made the fourth ascent of Manaslu as a member of a Tyroleam expedition that climbed the peak from the Marsyangdi valley in 1972.

HW Tilman and Jimmy Roberts photographed Manaslu during a trek in 1950, but the first real survey of the peak was made by a Japanese expedition in 1952.

A Japanese team made the first serious attempt on the peak from the Buri Gandaki valley in 1953 when another team followed in 1954, the villagers of Samagaon told them that the first team had been responsible for an avalanche which destroyed a monastery, and refused to let the 1954 expedition climb. The expedition set off to climb Ganesh Himal instead.

Despite a large donation for the rebuilding of the monastery, subsequent Japanese expeditions, including the one that made the first ascent in 1956, took place in an atmosphere of animosity and mistrust. The second successful Japanese expedition was in 1971 there was South Korean attempt in 1971, and in April 1972 an avalanche which resulted in the death of five climbers and 10 Sherpas ended the second South Korean expedition. This mountain is good choice to those climbers who already made a successful attempt to one of the 7000m peak of the Himalaya and looking forward to climb Mt Everest on next attempt.

Climbing Routes Descriptions

• Manaslu is the 8th highest peak in the world in the remote Gorkha region of Nepal.

• Manaslu is a new challenge, but we found that we can be just as successful as on Cho Oyo, and in our opinion, this is a better training mountain for Everest than Cho Oyo.

• The trek to Base Camp (4,665m) takes about 8/9 days from Kathmandu and is up a steep path passing through rhododendron trees adjacent to spectacular hanging glaciers and rugged icefalls. The Base Camp is in a comfortable position on rock, which is protected from strong winds, but because of its particular location is susceptible to daily snowfalls as the valley cloud happens to condense at this altitude.

• There is a short walk of one hour over loose rock to the snout of the Larkya glacier, where we will make crampon point. It takes 2–3 hours to climb through the sometimes quite broken glacier to Camp 1 (5,500 m). This may require being roped in traditional glacier travel mode, although it may be possible to fix all potentially dangerous crevasse areas. The method of travel may change during the course of the expedition depending on snow conditions. Camp 1 is situated in a comfortable col.

• From here, we climb up towards a massive icefall, but in fact pass underneath this to gain a steep snow slope that will be fixed with rope up to Camp 2 (6,300 m), which is situated in one of the sheltered hollows produced by the series ice cliffs on the route. This is a strenuous day, taking approximately 5–6 hours.

• We put four camps on Manaslu, so the trip from Camp 2 to Camp 3 (6,700m) is not quite so strenuous at 3–4 hours and travels through a series of snow shelves before ascending a steeper snow slope to reach a large col with spectacular views of the surrounding peaks.

• From here, the route goes directly up the steeper northeast slopes, passing through a series of short ice bulges to reach an upper snow slope, which leads to a traverse to Camp 4 (7,300m), 4–5 hours.

• The summit, which has been elusive since Samagon, is deceptively close. However, it is still a long day up rolling snow slopes, with short, steep sections at times, and this could be in deep snow. Just below the true summit, at 5–6 hours, there is a comfortable place to stop and is where many people do stop. It is the intention to have enough rope, oxygen and time to push a fixed line up the last corniced, unstable ridge, so long as this is safe at the time. Although this is only 50m vertically and 150m horizontally, this will take about one to one and a half hours, return.

• The descent is fast and easy, reaching Camp 4 in 1–2 hours. It is best to return to Camp 2 on the same day, another 2–3 hours for a well-earned rest. With a late start from Camp 2, it is possible to be back at Base Camp for a late lunch.

• It will take 1–2 days to clear the mountain of camps before the descent to Samagon, we must allow for 5 - 7 days of duration to trek back to KTM. If by Helicopter from Sama Goan to KTM, it takes 1 ¼ hour flight directly back to Kathmandu is an exhilarating experience.

Expedition Highlights

• Experience 8th highest peak and and technically easy but physiologically challenging climb
• Stunning views of some of the highest mountain on earth including Mt. Everest, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, and many more.
• Climb shoulder to shoulder with some of our veteran climbing sherpas who have at least climbed Everest few times.
• Test of skills and physiology for Everest attempt in the future.
• Experience your first 8000m climb on relatively safe route
• Test for psychological endurance
• Explore the Sherpa villages, meet the Sherpa people, and witness the unique Buddhist cultures by visiting some old monasteries.

Is it right for me?

Fitness

To participate in this expedition you must be a very fit and active winter-walker-climber in good health. Prior to joining our group, please see your doctor and obtain the necessary permission and advice, as well as medications for travel in extremes of altitude, and also for exotic locales.

Experience

Previous mountaineering experience is required to at least 6000m. You will also need to be very determined. Dhaulagiri is a non-technical peak with the possibility of a ski descent for VERY strong skiers. Ski touring in the area near ABC is also possible (and a fun way to acclimatise).

To succeed you will need to be extremely fit and have a high level of endurance. You don't need to be fast but you need to be steady and strong. Mental toughness plays a large role as does the ability to relax and let your body acclimatise.

Why go with Arun?

Our style

On this Manaslu expedition, your expedition leader will be a qualified Nepalese mounaineering guide. They are there to ensure your expedition a wonderful, fun and safe experience.

Your accomplished and friendly expedition guide will help you at all time to climb this mountain safely. Measurement of safety is our foremost priority.

The expedition will be well planned, well led, and well resourced with good quality food, transport, equipment, first aid and communications.

The expedition itinerary is well planned, well led, and well resourced with good quality food, transport, equipment, first aid and communications.

Accommodation and Food

In Kathmandu: We will be staying at the Shanker Hotel (4 star). This charming historic palace has a huge peaceful garden with a pool and is just on the edge of the main tourist area, Thamel.

It is safe and clean and well staffed, and is a safe place to leave your clean town clothes and other gear when you are in the hills. There are many restaurants in Kathmandu catering to western tastes as well as plenty of local Dahl Bhat (rice and lentils) shops at very reasonable prices.

On the Trek: We will enjoy full camping style service (cook, kitchen hands, morning tea to your tent door, camp sherpas to help with equipment, porters, yaks etc). Some of our head cook has been with us since 1995 and has picked up Thai curries, Italian pastas and a whole host of other dishes, which are very welcoming at the end of a good days trekking. We also have cooked breakfasts and cooked lunches where possible.

On the Mountain: We will use specialised mountaineering tents for our brief stays up high. Food will be prepared by your guide and Sherpas and will be more basic than you might expect at home.

When to go?

Autumn season (Sept-Nov) being the best season for climbing peaks, offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views, and also best season for peak climbing. Recommended season for Manaslu Expedition.

Summer months (June-September) of the year which coincides with monsoon begins in mid-June and drains in mid-September making travel wet and warm. The mountain views may not be at their best as rain clouds and haze over hang the mountains occasionally obscuring the enchanting views. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation.

Spring season (March-May) is the expedition season and the best time for climbing the high peaks. It is mildly warm at lower elevations but occasional haze mars beautiful view of mountains. At higher elevations over 4,000 meters the mountain views are excellent and the temperature is quite moderate even at night. Recommended season for Manaslu Expedition.

Winter season (December-February) is noted for cold weather with occasional snowfall at higher elevations. Again, excellent views are common. These months are popular and ideal for trekking for those who are well equipped or who remain at lower elevations below 3,000 meters. Most of the hotel owners will come to the lower altitude cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Currency

The unit of the Nepalese Currency is Rupee. One Nepali Rupee is made up of 100 paisa. Nepali Rupee notes come in Rs. 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000. Coins come in paisa 5,10,25,50 Rs. 1, 2, 5 denominations. Paisa coins are not currently used for common transactions.

Foreign currency, and traveler cheques, can easily be exchanged at banks or authorized agents. In Kathmandu banks have money exchange counters, which are quick and convenient.

MasterCard, Visa and American Express are accepted at all major Hotels, Travel Agencies, Restaurants and Stores. Only the first two though, are currently accepted at banks for money advances. As from august 2000 ATM services are available in Kathmandu.

In the cities, and specially while trekking, change for Rs500 and Rs1000 bills is not easily available.

Banking

Banks are open between 10:00 A.M. to 2:30 p.m., Sunday to Thursdays and between 1 0:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays. Closed on Saturdays and national holidays. Some Banks in Thamel, Kathmandu are open till late.

Travel Insurance

We recommend cancellation insurance to protect your investment. We require participants to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses, Chopper evacuation and repatriation. Please ensure that your chosen policy provides cover for the activities (trekking and mountaineering with ropes and guides) and in the localities in which you will travel (Nepal, to elevations up to 8163m/26781ft above sea level).

You may already have your own policy but if not you will need to put something in place. Your nationality will determine what options are available to you to cover this trip. For example the British and New Zealand Mountaineering Clubs provide cover for locals; Australians can look into Insure for less with the appropriate extensions to the standard policy. Whatever policy you take out, you must ensure that is covers the activities you will undertake on this trip.

Services Include

• Mt. Manaslu Climbing Permit 
• 4 (four) nights 3 STAR hotel in Kathmandu on single room BB basis 
• Drive in & out to the road head. 
• Necessary number of porters/yak to carry the Expedition load 
• Liaison officer charge 
• One head Sardar (Selected from the entire team crew)
• Cooks and Kitchen boys. 
• Private tent at Base camp with mattress 
• Dinning tent at BC 
• All necessary kitchen gears 
• High quality high Altitude tents for high camps 
• Toilet & shower tent at base camp
• All necessary climbing hardware gears except personal climbing gears
• All meals at Base camp & high camps 
• Quality high altitude freeze dried food & individual packet food 
• EPI gas with burner for high camps 
• Walkie-talkie set with radio base 
• Satellite phone in payable basis (per minute $ 3) 
• Solar panel/generator with accessories at base camp for power supply and recharging purpose 
• Gammow/PAC bag at base camp 
• Oxygen with mask set for medical purpose 
• Daily wages, equipment bonus of staff + LO 
• Insurance of local team members + LO 
• All airport transport 
• Post celebration meal in Kathmandu 
• Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu

Services exclude

• Insurance of member 
• Visa & visa extension fees 
• Personal climbing equipment 
• Cost of emergency evacuation 
• Summit bonus of Climbing Sherpa 
• Tips for the staffs

Illness & Evacuation

Most of our adventures in the Himalaya take us to remote regions of high altitude. We always take our time to acclimatize properly and we allow for additional rest days. While most people may experience minor ill effects from high altitudes, there are some who have persistent symptoms, which require return to a lower altitude or emergency evacuation. Adjusting to a new diet can also take some time.

All clients are required to have travel insurance covering emergency rescue, usually by helicopter. We must stress that this kind of evacuation occurs in a life or death situation only. Rest and/or descent to a lower altitude are the best remedies for most illnesses experienced out on the trail. Circumstances differ, and the head guide with regard to treatment and itinerary will evaluate each situation. Considering the ill person condition, if helicopter evacuation required then just co ordinate with your guide, he can talk to us, we will arrange the fastest evacuation system immediately. We will work with you to accommodate your needs and requests to the best of our ability. There are small, limited health clinics in some areas, hours of operation dependent upon the season. Additional costs incurred in cases of illness are not the responsibility of mine or will be charged as extra cost.

 

 

Trip Code - ATE-ManasluEx
Altitude - 8163m/26781ft
Grade - difficult
Activities - 8000m Expeditions
Trip Duration - 45
Trip Best Season - Spring/Fall season
Group Size - size logo(12 Maximum) (Flexible for private groups)
Start/End at - Kathmandu, Nepal / Kathmandu, Nepal
Destination - Nepal
Departure Date - N/A
Cost - US$ 18,500
Hotel Info - N/A

Personal Clothing etc
• Travel/town clothes (can leave extras in hotel in KTM)
• Sun hat suitable for snow conditions
• Sunglasses: Category 3 or4, glacier type, UV & polarized are best
• Snow goggles (as for skiing)
• Warm (fleece/wool) hat or beanie
• Fleece scarf or neck gaiter AND balaclava
• 1-2 pairs of thermal liner gloves
• Windstopper fleece gloves
• Heavy mitts with waterproof shell (note: mitts not gloves)
• T-shirt/long-sleeved shirt
• 2 Thermal tops
• Fleece jacket or pullover mid weight
• Fleece jacket heavy weight
• INCL Mid-heavy weight down jacket
• Rain and wind-proof jacket, preferably Gore-Tex
• Rain and wind-proof pants (best with full side zips)
• Trekking shorts&/or long pants lightweight
• 1-2 Thermal long pants
• Fleece long pants, mid weight
• Several pair's socks and underwear
• Trekking boots – we suggest strong leather boots
• Warm boots for camp (e.g. sheep skin boots) *Optional but great!

Other Personal Gear
• Sun screen, zinc cream and lip balm
• Wash kit (small personal toiletries, nail clippers and pack towel)
• First aid kit and blister kit
• Personal medicines including your usual medicines
AND 1 course each of (usually available in Kathmandu):
• Respiratory antibiotic (e.g. Amoxycillin)
• Gastrointestinal antibiotic (e.g. Ciprofloxacin)
• Gastro treatment (e.g. Imodium)
• Mild pain killers (e.g. Aspirin/paracetamol/ibuprofen)
• Throat lozenges
• Altitude medication (e.g. Diamox)


Personal Equipment
Day pack 70L - 85L
• Down suit
• One sport millet shoes
• Water containers: minimum 3L: e.g. Nalgene wide mouth bottles 1L + bottles or bladder another 2L capacity
• INCL Foam sleeping mat
• An extra sleeping mat (*recommended; e.g. Thermo-Rest or Ridge Rest
• 1 Summit down sleeping bag for high camps
• INCL Sleeping bag for base camp and trek use
• Water-proof bag for sleeping bag (e.g. dry bag or robust plastic bag(s))
• Head lamp (we suggest Black Diamond with LED), spare batteries
• Pee bottle — wide mouth Nalgenes are good *Optional
• Crampons Alpine style with rapid-fix bail type to suit your boots (e.g. Black Diamond Sabretooth)
• Gaiters (for snow) appropriate to your plastic & trekking boots
• Adjustable trekking pole(s)
• Ice axe: one only, 65-75cm in length
• Climbing harness with a belay loop, adjustable leg loops
• Belay/Abseiling gear: e.g. Black Diamond ATC
• Ascender e.g. Petzl expedition ascender
• 2 Non-locking carabineers
• 2 Locking carabineers (wide gate preferred)

Group Equipment Supplied
INCL Group medical kit (for altitude illness, trauma, reserve antibiotics); emergency oxygen and portable altitude chamber
INCL Satellite phone (pay for air time used: USD /minute)
INCL Sleeping tents, dining tent, all cooking and eating equipment & food on trek/climb
INCL 240VAC generatorat BC to recharge camera batteries
INCL Barrel or duffle bag for transporting personal gear by Yak and truck
INCL Climbing ropes, fixed safety ropes
INCL Snow anchors, ice anchors, rock anchors, v-thread cord

NOTE: You must have all of the above personal gear, clothing and equipment. It may be possible to buy some extra equipment (If forgotten) but don't rely on it.
R: This item is available to rent
INCL: This item included in package

 

Arun Trek's trip web pages, and pdf info packs have lots of info about each specific adventure (search for your adventure here). You may also like to look at our photo galleries or videos for a taste of adventure, or download a wallpaper to inspire you at your computer. This page has answers to some more general Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) about climbing.
As all of our mountain climbing adventures begin with a trek, you might also like to look at the Trekking FAQs.

If you have other questions, please ask our friendly team, by email, phone, and skype.
Q) Can I really climb a mountain? Do I need to have climbing experience? How can I climb Mount Everest? Can I climb the seven summits?
A) The level of experience and skills required depends on your particular goal (search for your adventure here). We suggest that people undertaking a first climb should have had at least overnight trekking experience. For those who wish to take on a technically difficult, remote or extreme altitude mountain we'd expect participants to have appropriate experience and skills. Some ideas for preparing for climbing goals are given at the bottom of this page.

Q) Why go on a guided expedition?
A) There are many reasons that might make a guided expedition attractive even for experienced climbers. These include someone else taking care of all those details (including thing as diverse as booking and confirming hotels, checking the number of evening snacks, ensuring reliable support, transport, permits, visas, team members, gear, etc etc etc etc). This saves your time and energy for the part that really matters - working on achieving your goal. The high levels of support and experience aim to give you the best possible opportunity to succeed, a high level of risk management, and the Arun leaders and staff are there for YOU!

Q) What type of people comes along?
A) Climbing expeditions usually attract people in their twenties to fifties. Participants tend to be seeking a good quality, safe, well supported, good value and enjoyable adventure rather than the lowest cost.

Q) How fit do I need to be? Will I have to carry a lot of weight? Should I be able to do 100 chin ups?
A) The fitter you are, the more fun you (and your companions) will have. You will find guidance on preparing for your expedition on each adventure's web page (search here), our info packs and trip dossiers. A minimum level of fitness would have you being able to walk all day on uneven, hilly ground, carrying your day pack, and be able to get up again the next day. Many climbs will require a higher level of fitness and strength so you can carry heavy gear to high camps and really exert yourself on summit day.

Q) What gear is provided?
A) Included are individual sleeping tents for the trekking phase of most climbing expeditions, with dining and kitchen tents. On the mountain participants share serious, proven mountain tents. Climbing teams are equipped with emergency communications and first aid equipment as well as more prosaic things like climbing and cooking gear. There is a detailed gear list for each adventure which outlines what we provide as well as what you should bring. (Search here for specific adventures and download the info pack.)

Q) What's the food like?
A) Food arrangements are specific to each adventure, but you get three meals a day while on the track. In cities included is breakfast and, depending on the trip and the nature of the activities may also cater for lunch and dinner for the group. In the Himalayas the kitchen staffs have been training for years and work magic over gas or kero stoves in their kitchen tent.
While trekking the cooks prepare a varied menu of wholesome, tasty and plentiful food using fresh ingredients where possible. A trekking breakfast in the Himalayas usually includes cooked foods e.g. eggs, tomatoes, cereal or porridge, toast & spreads and fruit and a selection of hot drinks.
Lunch is often soup and a packed lunch, or a cooked lunch. Dinners are generally soup, a main meal (one of many Asian or European style dishes) veges, and a dessert (fruit to custard to baked apple pie!) Drinking water: will be provided at camps (collected with care, filtered, treated with chemicals and/or boiled), and at lunch time where possible. It is wise to carry a small amount of purifying chemicals (e.g. Iodine or chlorine) with you, in case you happen to need water at an odd time. In the developing world care should be taken to avoid untreated water and potentially contaminated foods like uncooked salads and some fruit. Bottled water is available in cities, but of course you can treat tap water in your own bottle too.
On the hill we eat easy to prepare food, often prepared by the team with assistance from guides and staff: freeze-dried foods, crackers, soups, snacks etc. On big mountains it is often a challenge to eat, so we provide foods to tempt your appetite and give you sustenance.

Q) Who will be responsible for my safety?
A) The short answer - you! All participants are expected to behave in a responsible manner, taking due care of themselves and others. Your expedition leader is responsible for the group including participants and staff. He or she will advise, manage and assist everyone, sometimes with the support of an expedition first aider or doctor, and will be assisted by guides, sherpas, and you and your climbing colleagues, all of whom will have roles to play.

Q) What if I get sick or have an accident?
A) Despite the best precautions, people do sometimes fall ill, sprain something or develop symptoms of AMS. Our expedition leaders will manage your care keeping in mind what's best for you and the rest of the group. Precautions include first aid qualifications and kits, emergency communications, evacuation plans, your travel insurance cover and our pre-preparation and medical advisors.

Q) What about altitude sickness?
A) AMS Acute Mountain Sickness (or altitude sickness) is the body reacting to the stress of high altitude. It is a concern for trekkers in the Himalayas and elsewhere above about approximately; say (is that enough vagueness!) 3,000m. Exposure to high altitude can lead to a number of 'normal' physiological reactions as well as mild to extremely serious illness and even death. The treks are designed with relatively slow acclimatisation schedules, rest days and alternative options. And there are medications and a number of management strategies in place should they be required. Don't be unduly concerned, but please talk to us if you have questions.

Q) I don't have much time, can't we do it quicker?
A) The adventures are designed around what we feel is the optimum itinerary, which incorporates adequate time for the suitably fit participant to do the climb comfortably; flexibility for weather, illness, unforeseen delays; time to enjoy the experience, your climbing colleagues and staff; learn about your surroundings if you wish; and, for altitude adventures, a fairly slow acclimatisation regime to minimise the risk of altitude sickness and maximise your chance of reaching your goals. All while also trying to minimise your time away from home. We would generally not recommend shorter itineraries (such as those used by less scrupulous operators) unless you were genuinely prepared to turn back if you (or your travel companion) becomes affected by AMS. If you really don't have the time available, we can perhaps suggest an alternative itinerary or goal that will work for you.

Q) My friend would like to visit, but isn't really interested in climbing...
A) Your friend, spouse, family, colleagues may like to join you on the trekking phases of the expedition, and could stay in Base Camp or Advanced Base Camp, depending on the trip, when you are on the hill. If they want to accompany you to our base city (e.g. Kathmandu) we can easily arrange extra accommodation, and places on our day tours, but we may also be able to arrange a series of day trips, a short relaxing trip into the country-side, scenic flights above the Himalayas, wildlife safaris and so on. Ask us for ideas, or suggest your own.

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