Q.What is the minimum and maximum group size on the expedition?
- We prefer to have a minimum of 2 clients and a maximum of 15 on each team because it can be better controlled, delivering good services and good taking care of clients. But if anybody wants to do a private trek on his/her own, we can organize such an expedition as well.
Q. Is a private trip available?
- YES, private trip available, we also offer a trip for family members, office staff team, and team build from friend-to-friend. For this kind of trek & climb, the itinerary can be re-arranged and the date will be customized.
Q.Do I need any previous experiences to participate in the Expedition?
- To participate in our expedition, either an experience required or it depends on the difficulty of the climbing trip. We have clearly explained it on the experience and fitness section of each expedition trip. Please have a look at that and still if you do not satisfy yourself or have more questions, please inquiry us.
Q.Who will be the climbing guide?
- We have a team of Government licensed Sherpa Guides who can speak English and French fluently, who is best known for this industry due to their multiple times Mt. Everest and other 8000-meter peak summiteers. Very experienced, technically and physically fit, well known about the first aid, local cultures, and traditions, and always very caring to the clients.
What about the assistant climbing guides (Climbing sherpa)and their ratios to the clients?
- We also have a bunch of good English speaking assistant Sherpa climbing guides, who are also called “Climbing Sherpa”. Multiple times Mt. Everest and other 8000m summiteers, good with first aid kit, local cultures, trained and always helpful to the clients. Our normal ratio of assistant guides is 1:1. This means, 1 Sherpa for 1 climbing members, and the ratio of the climbing Sherpa also depends on the difficulty of the mountain. Please have a look at the service included section of the particular expedition trip. Many of the trekking agencies offer very fewer ratios of trek assistant guide to making 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 in the right place and on right time.
- For the 7000m expedition 1:2.This means 1 Sherpa for 2 Climbing members.
Q.Why do we go on Guide Expedition?
- Many reasons might make a guided expedition worthwhile even for experienced climbers. Sherpas are well known for mountaineering all over the world and they are the real heroes of the big mountains' expedition especially for 7,000-meter and 8,000-meter mountains. If you have good and experienced Sherpa guide then your successful summit is guaranteed and we are committed to providing well-experienced Sherpas for our expeditions. On guided expedition, you will be always good taken care of in terms of your local transport, confirming hotels, required flight, reliable logistic arrangement, checking the number of evening snacks, ensuring reliable support, overall transports, permits, visas, team members, gear, etc. These will save your time and energy for the part that 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 Churen Himal Treks’ Sherpa Guides and staffs are there for YOU!
Q.What about the allowed weights?
- We can offer various kinds of logistic services such as base camp logistics, advance base camp logistics, and full board logistics. So if you are on either base camp or advanced base camp logistics, there is the restriction on the weight to take with you to the mountain. Whereas on full board logistics, there are indeed no restrictions as we provide you with the complete services. Normally regarding gears, we separate them into 2 parts and then pack it. We separate trekking gears and climbing gears and trekking gears go into the duffle bag whereas climbing gears in the barrel or hard duffle bag. Because sometimes, we have to send climbing gears straight to the base camp rather than take on the trek unnecessarily.
Q. Can I just take limited services?
- YES, we can provide limited services as well, as explained above. We have options of base camp logistics, advance base camp logistics, where we supply your required logistic services only. For TIBET expeditions, we have options like an advance base camp logistic and full board; whereas for Nepal expeditions, we have base camp logistic and full board logistic. Therefore, you have to tell us clearly about your requirements.
Q.What do I expect for meals?
Types and quality of the meals also depend on trekking areas. Everest, Annapurna & Langtang areas offer various type of meals whereas Kanchenjunga, Manaslu & Mustang areas offer fewer varieties of meals often Nepali meals “Dhal Bhat” which is Rice, curries & Lentil, fried rice, noodles, etc. In Everest & Annapurna areas, you will get a 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.).
The 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 on Everest trek, where we assured the quality and hygienic meals and good accommodation PLUS, during camping at base camp and higher camps, we are committed to providing the best meals, best tents, and complete logistics.)
Our cook and kitchen staff 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 to it.
Q.If I order snacks while on the trek, (separate from 3 meals a day), who will pay for it?
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.
Q.What’s the accommodation like?
- We normally use The North Face tent and provide either single or twin shared tents based on requirements with form sleeping mattress to each client. And sharing basis tents for the higher camps.
Q.Does the participant has to bring a personal first aid kit?
- YES, we advise our climber to bring a personal first aid box based on your requirements. And we also organize and carry a group first aid kit, and if you run out or don’t have the required medicines, you can have access to our medical kit and it can also use for our local staff.
Q.What if I get sick or have an accident?
- 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-advice to aware of AMS, first aid qualifications and kits, emergency communications, evacuation plans, your travel insurance cover, and our pre-preparation and medical advisors.
Q.Does the participant need to obtain proper travel Insurance? Any advice and recommendations!
- Our most of the trek & climbing trips go 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 cover 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
Q.How can I obtain a Nepal Entry Visa?
- There are two ways to obtain a 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 labelled for visitors without a visa. An entry visa costs (currently) USD 125, which is valid for 90 days. For shorter trips, a 30-day visa currently costs USD 50 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).
Q. Is local Simcard useful while on trek?
- Unless you don’t mind communicate, local sim (Ncell) does work pretty good while on a trek as well. You can buy a local sim card very easily at most of the cybercafé in town or better on your arrival day at KTM airport, you can buy it free of cost at the airport, just go with your copy of passport and a photograph.
Q.How can be safe from altitude sickness?
- 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 several '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 several management strategies in place should they be required and the very mild headache on and above 4000m is considered as normal but you have to always care and consult with your trek guide in such cases.
Q.I have some medical issues; can I participate in the trek?
- We advise 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 options like an easy or moderate trek or some tours.
Q.If I am unable to complete trek & climb, is there certain refund from cost?
- This will be as per booking terms & conditions but normally NO refund.
Q.What should I bring for the Expedition?
- We can provide you with a complete list of gears upon your booking of the trip but generally climbing boot, crampon, harness set, ice axe, good trekking/hiking boot, Sleeping bag, down jacket, daypack, layers of breathable clothing for day and night, etc.
Q. Is any climbing gear available on hire?
- If you are doing one of our 6,000m expedition then you can hire some of the climbing gears in KTM trekking and gears shop, but especially for 7,000m and 8,000m expeditions, we strongly suggest bringing well-reputed branding gears in good condition, brands like Millet, La Sportiva, Mountain Hardware, etc. and this stuff are not available on hire.
Q.Do I have to tips for the local staff?
- Tipping is a kind of motivation factor for our local staff and on our treks & expedition. The local people 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 several clients in the team, we advice appropriate tips in trip notes and tips are sometimes best administered by the Sardar, Cook and sometimes with assistance from the Trek & Expedition Leader.