The summit of the Mera peak is the highest point 6476m among the trekking peak around the kingdom of Nepal. It's one of the popular trekking Peak and It's also known as the basis Mountaineering training peak before to go for the big mountains.

The ascent of the Mera peak isn't technical as comparison to Lobuje east peak, Mt Amadablam, Mt Tutse, Mt. Teng Kang Pouche etc. The view of Nepal's Himalayan range from the summit of mera peak is unbelievable & that you never expect before your trip to Mera peak. You will have views of Mt Makalu, Mt Amadablam, Mt. Everest…

 

Expedition Highlights

  • Trek from the forests and fields of Nepal's middle hills to the alpine environment
  • Climb to the glaciated summit of Mera Peak 6476 metres above sea level
  • Our experienced guides are there to ensure your safety and enjoyment
  • View the Himalayan giants – Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho-Oyu & Kanchenjunga
  • Develop high altitude expedition experience and skills
  • Meet, trek and climb with the friendly and famous local Sherpa people

 

 

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: Fly to Lukla begin trek to Paiya
We catch AN early morning flight to Lukla and start our trek to Paiya when landing at the Tenzing-Hillary airdrome in Lukla. we tend to walk on a jungle path, cross a bridge over the Handi Khola and reach Surke Village. From here we tend to continue moving south and cross the Chutok La pass before reaching the tiny settlement of Paiyan, conjointly called Chutok.
 
Day 03: Trek to Pangom 
We descend for a jiffy and reach alittle bridge. From here the path is slippery till we have a tendency to cross the Kari La pass. we have a tendency to practice bush and bamboo forests on a slim trail. On today’s trip we have a tendency to conjointly get to be in awe of the Dudhkoshi natural depression. we have a tendency to continue our trek to Pangom Village whose settlers square measure obsessed with farming and commercialism.
 
Day 04: Trek to Niumso  
We will walk on a gentle path, pass a mani and reach Shibuche. we've lunch here. we have a tendency to continue our trek on a downhill path before crossing a bridge over the Hinku Khola. we have a tendency to go through Gai Kharka or a grazing space and reach Niumso when a short while. 
 
Day 05: Trek to Chetra Tenga forest camp 
We descend to Surkie La pass and cross it and continue walking downhill for a jiffy. Then we start ascending. Our path then passes through Phokte Village, Chalem Kharka and Danda Kharka. we tend to conjointly experience bamboo forests. once Danda Kharka, it's AN uphill walk till we tend to reach Panch Pokhari.  Next, we tend to walk on a zigzag path before reaching Chetra Tenga.
 
Day 06: Trek to Khote 
We walk towards the north on the most path to Mera Peak. when walking on a path next to the the Majang Khola, we have a tendency to merge with another path that moves aboard the Hinku Khola. Our path moves straight ahead towards Tashing Ongma that has seasonal tea outlets. we have a tendency to continue our trek and cross the bridge over the Sanu Khola before reaching Kothe.
 
Day 07: Acclimatization day in Khote 
Day 08: Trek to Dragnag 
We trek on the ridge of the Hinku Khola within the shadow of Mera Peak. we tend to take lunch at Gondishung, the summer herders' settlement within the geographic region of the Hinku Drangka. on the far side Gondishung, we tend to pass a 200-year-old Lungsumgba Gompa wherever we are able to notice Mera Peak written in rock in conjunction with its route to succeed in Mera. a brief walk takes us to Dragnag, that may be a summer grazing space with primitive lodges and outlets.
 
Day 09: Hike to Kusim-Kanguru Ri, Tragnag 
Day 10: Trek to Khare or Dig Kharka
We follow the Dig ice mass to Dig Kharka, that offers spectacular views of Charpate Himal. The path climbs through moraines to the snout of the Hinku Nup and Shar glaciers, and so climbs a lot of steeply to Khare. From here, we will see the northern face of Mera Peak which is able to be an incredible expertise. when lunch we will hike in and around Khare.
 
Day 11: Training at the base of Mera la, Khare
Our rise leader can facilitate us polish our basic rise techniques and demonstrate the most effective ways that to use our rise gears just like the piolet, harness, ascender rise boots and crampons. The coaching will embrace learning the most effective rise technique with the rope.
 
Day 12-13: Summit Mera Peak 
Day 14: Spare summit day 
There is no guarantee that we'll have favorable weather on our planned day for the summit. Therefore, in this day and age is about aside as a contingency just in case we tend to ar unable to summit the Mera on the specified day thanks to weather conditions or the other out of the blue reason. However, if the trip goes swimmingly, in this day and age won't be needed.
 
Day 15-17: Trek to Lukla 
Day 18: Fly back to Kathmandu 
Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu    
Day 20: Departure home

Introduction

The summit of the Mera peak is the highest point 6476m among the trekking peak around the kingdom of Nepal. It's one of the popular trekking Peak and It's also known as the basis Mountaineering training peak before to go for the big mountains.

The ascent of the Mera peak isn't technical as comparison to Lobuche east peak, Mt Amadablam, Mt Tutse, Mt. Teng Kang Pouche etc. The view of Nepal's Himalayan range from the summit of mera peak is unbelievable & that you never expect before your trip to Mera peak. You will have views of Mt Makalu, Mt Amadablam, Mt Everest, Mt Cho Oyu, Mt Kanchengunga, Mt Lhotse and other superb views. In order to reach on the summit of Mera peak, first of all you must be physically fit and need to be acclimatized with the Himalayas climate then there is no dough to reach on the summit.

2nd day at Khare is your ice & climbing training days before to attempt Mera Summit. Our expert Sherpa guide teach you about the climbing skills, use of personal climbing gears like ice axe, crampon, climbing boot etc and of course ice walking training as well.

This trek & climb trip is organized on camping accommodation basis and trekking approach/route to base camp is quite than main Everest trail. We promise you to provide one of the finest services through our honest, hard working, sincere and experienced sherpa staffs.

On Arrival in KTM & Necessary Preparations

On your arrival in KTM at Tribhuban International Air port, our air port representative will be stand by just front of arrival gate holding the office board please try to catch the board holder man. We will take you to Hotel, short briefing for the next day's plan. If this is your first time in Nepal, will organize a city tour next day morning takes 3-4 hours. In the late afternoon we go through your personal climbing equipments in order to make sure that you have got the full set of gears on good condition. Evening will be the time for Dinner, Introduction with your Sherpa staff. 3rd day is for final preparation and pack up.

If you want more days in KTM for preparation then we would like to request you to arrange your arrival in KTM accordingly.

Trekking Approach to Base Camp

Our approach to base camp trekking begins with a spectacular mountain flight to Lukla (gate way of Everest region). Once we reach there, it takes us couple of hours to manage the porters and start walking through Forest camp – Khote – Tagnag. At Tagnag include a day for rest and acclimatize. And on the acclimatize day, we will take you Kusim Kaunguru Ri which gives you benefit to gain the high altitude. Similarly we continue trek to Khare which also includes rest and acclimatize day plus here we do basic mountaineering skills training in order to be re fresh with climbing gears. After playing with climbing gears at Khare, we continue to Mera La and high camp of Mera. Now starts the climbing part.

While doing acclimatization, this also gives us the chance to explore the many different areas and good views of stunning mountains.

Climbing of the Peak

After properly established of the High Camp and all our supplies are in place, if good weather prevails we move towards to the summit of the peak. We have to start early morning for the summit attempt and continue climb/walk and attempt to reach the summit before mid-day. After the summit, they retreat back all the way to Khare. Mera Peak climbing doesn't includes technical climbing however need fit physical fitness and will power to climb the peak. It's about 8/9 hours climbing up to the summit of the peak and decent to the Khare and some time it depends on weather. It doesn't includes risky climbing on ridge of the mountain, it's just tough walking on ice glacier on 60° slope and need about hundred meter fix rope.

Expedition Highlights

• Trek from the forests and fields of Nepal's middle hills to the alpine environment
• Climb to the glaciated summit of Mera Peak 6476 metres above sea level
• Our experienced guides are there to ensure your safety and enjoyment
• View the Himalayan giants - Mt Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu & Kanchenjunga
• Develop high altitude expedition experience and skills
• Meet, trek and climb with the friendly and famous local Sherpa people

The Attractions

A trek to Mera Peak takes you from the forests of Nepal's middle hills to the alpine environment, culminating at 6476m on the glaciated summit of Mera Peak. The trek through the remote Hinku valley to Mera is a wonderful wilderness experience. We pass pristine forests with banks of strawberries and raspberries. We rest under huge magnolias, discover straight and massive blue spruce and marvel at the enormous variety of rhododendrons.

The views from high camp and the climbing day are truly spectacular. Mount Everest, Lhotse and Makalu (three of the world's five highest peaks) surround you while Cho Oyu, Kanchenjunga and a multitude of intervening glaciers and smaller peaks complete the scene.

Is it right for me?

A Mera Peak trek and climb is accessible to experienced trekkers. The climbing phase of the expedition is predominantly low-angled glaciated terrain. Crampons are used for maximum grip, and harnesses and ropes are used for maximum safety. Your porters assist all the way to Base camp and sometimes above the BC, and there is Sherpa support to high camp (we often camp above the snowline) and on to the summit.

Fitness

We have developed an itinerary (longer than many other operators) that should enable all members of the team to safely reach the summit and complete the trip in good spirits!

You will need to be able to walk for 4-8 hours a day with a daypack.

We are generally early abed but you might want to hang around and chat with your fellow trekkers, staff or local people or play a game of cards. Rest days normally involve a part-day hike to a place of interest or viewpoint as well as some relaxation time.

Depending on your general level of fitness you may benefit from a training regime in the lead up to the trek.

Experience

This trip introduces you to high altitude trekking. A spirit of adventure and a willingness to stretch your horizons are what you'll need. Some experience of hiking will be an advantage.

Why go with Arun?

Our style

On this Mera peak climbing your trip leader will be a qualified Nepalese trek/climbing guide. They are there to ensure your trip a wonderful, fun and safe experience.

Your accomplished and friendly trip guide will help you to enjoy and appreciate the cultural, and natural attractions of the region. They will assist with daily arrangements as you eat in and stay in the tents. The package uses a steady acclimatisation program and allows time for bad weather along the way, giving participants the maximum chance of success.

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

Our climbing sherpas and guide will do all the fix lines on mountain and will train you about the basic knowledge of mountaineering (Types of knot, jumer climbing, abseiling, teach you the proper usage of climbing gears.)

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: Generally along the regular trekking areas we have our own clean and spacious camp sites. We always try to camp away from the crowded site to a cozy solitude premises. Each and every client will have their own tent unless there are couples or they wish to share the tent. Tents are all equipped with mattresses and a ground sheet for preventing cold.

Our professional cooks prepare three time meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner). They are well trained & educated of hygienic variety and have broad knowledge to cook different dishes, like Mexican, Indian, Chinese and Italian and all are prepared to Western hygiene standards to keep you healthy. If someone prefers to have pure Nepalese food will be served during the treks. Nepalese food include Daal (pulse) bhat (rice) Gudruk ko tarakari (dried vegetables curry) is the special one. Please remember that Maxican & Italian dishes prepared in typical way.

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 trekking, offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views, and also best season for peak climbing. Recommended season for Climbing Mera peak.

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 Climbing Mera peak.

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.

Although Travel in Nepal can be organized throughout the year, October through May is considered to be the best months for trekking.

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 Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 bills is not easily available.

Banking

Banks are open between 10:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M., Sunday to Thursdays and between 10:00 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 6476m/21246ft 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

• Conservation/national park fees and all govt. taxes
• Mera peak Climbing Permit 
• 4 (four) nights 3 STAR hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
• Round trip Domestic airfares and domestic airport tax
• All airport/hotel/airport transfer
• An Experience head Sardar/Guide. 
• Trained Cook and Kitchen boy(s)
• Require number of porters 
• All camping gears 
• Best quality tents single / twin sharing with sleeping mattress
• Group dinning tents with table and chairs
• Kitchen tents and Toilet tent 
• EPI gas with stove for high camp
• All meals quality and hygienic (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
• All hot drinks (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, juice)
• Available high food
• All necessary Climbing hardware gears including Climbing ropes
• Complete first aid kits
• Gamow bag for medical purpose
• Oxygen with mask regulator set for emergency/medical purpose
• Satellite phone for emergency call purpose / personal call will be charged $ 3 per minute
• Insurance of all local team members 
• Equipment for porters 
• Half day world heritage sites tour.

Services exclude

• Medical/personal high risk insurance, 
• International airfares, 
• SUPPORT CLIMBING SHERPAS 
• Personal climbing gears, 
• Major meals in Kathmandu, 
• Cost of personal expenses & 
• Tips to the local 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-MeraPeak
Altitude - 6476m/21246ft
Grade - difficult
Activities - Mountain Climbing
Trip Duration - 20
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$ 3,250
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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