Himlung & Saribung

Himalayan Expeditions

Please note you will be emailed a set of Team Reference Notes upon registration. This extensive booklet includes detailed information to assist in the planning of your trip; from travel and medical advice to equipment lists and photography tips.

The following is to serve as a helpful guideline on our Himalayan Expeditions.  Please feel free to call or e-mail if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!

CHOOSING A PROVIDER

How long have Adventure Consultants been in operation?
Adventure Consultants started in 1990 and we have been guiding internationally ever since.

A few outfitters ‘claim’ to have the same level of experience and prestige with that of Adventure Consultants. In this league, what makes you the first choice for your climbers?
We are renowned for the quality of our service and strategy applied to our expeditions. Our reputation is attributed to our meticulous planning and logistics coordination done by our head office. Once on the ground in Nepal, you can expect to be well looked after by our guides to that you can relax and enjoy climbing in this amazing country.

FOOD, ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES

What showers and laundry will be available on the expedition?
We offer shower facilities on all our high altitude expeditions and these will be made available as often as possible. On the trek, many lodges offer hot showers for a fee and while at Base Camp, we will often set up a dedicated shower tent. We advise people to bring wet-wipes for the impromptu wash in between available showers. When in Nepal, most of the days in Base Camp also start with a 'hot towel' delivered to your tent or dining table.

Hot water is sometimes available to wash clothes on rest days and some of the lodges provide a laundry service for a small fee.

Would you let us know what food will be available?
You’ll get breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as snacks, and ample hot and cold drinks. We can cater for vegetarian as well as many other special diets as long as we are informed of this prior to the trip. All of our expeditions provide excellent local and western food! If you have any special treats that you like, we encourage you to bring some along.

What is the food like?
When staying in the lodges, expect local food such as dal bhat as well as western-style dishes such as pizza or yak steak.  When in Base Camp, our well-trained cooks prepare high quality ‘western’ food as well as popular local dishes - don't be surprised to see sushi, nachos and pad thai on the menu as well as Kiwi bacon, cheese and salami, fresh coffee and yoghurt. Please indicate any specific dietary requirements you may have on your application form as we are happy to accommodate for those with specific diets.

What are the lodges like?  Can I have my own room?
We book tidy, clean, modern lodges - the best that are available in each village. They are well known locations to us and we have a good relationship with the lodge owners. We can book private rooms for you if that is a preference at an added cost. Our standard trips are based on shared rooms, usually twin-share and sometimes triple-share.

TRAVEL

What is the best way to get to Nepal?
Regular flights operate into Kathmandu via Bangkok, Doha, Hong Kong, Singapore and Delhi. 

Do I need to arrive the day before the trip starts? And when should I book my flight to leave?
No, our trip programmes all have an arrival day and a departure day built into them. You are welcome and encouraged to arrive a bit earlier to explore your arrival and departure city, if you have the time.

My travel agent says I can just get an ‘e’ ticket (electronic ticket) and will not need to be actually issued a physical ticket.
'E' tickets are the standard practice these days and are now acceptable in Kathmandu. Do ensure that you print your itinerary and have your booking number with you, as this allows our local agents to assist with changing your return flight plans if need be, while you are in the mountains.

When should I book my ticket?
Generally we ask you to wait until 90 days prior to your trip start date to ensure your trip has met the minimum numbers and will operate. If you see a good deal and want to book your flights, then ensure that you can make changes to your tickets or you run the risk of losing your ticket, if we do have to cancel the trip. In such situations, we are usually able to help you book on to an alternate departure, either with us or another operator.

Can I get a cheap ticket online?
The problem with these tickets is that you usually end up having to pay quite a lot more, if you have to make any changes to your ticket. Some of the places we go to aren't straightforward and we highly recommend using a travel agent for such travel, as there are many intricacies that they can help you with. In the long run they save you money! We use professional travel agents for all our staff and guides' travel bookings to our expedition and trek destinations.

Where do we meet? Will I be picked up?
Our Nepal expeditions fly into Kathmandu International Airport (KTM) and an Adventure Consultants guide or representative will be there to pick you up off your flight on the scheduled arrival date. If you are arriving before the scheduled trip start date, we can often make arrangements for a pick up, although taking a taxi is generally the easiest form of transport before your trip starts.

What if I am arriving early or departing late?
Adventure Consultants can make reservations for you and can often make recommendations for attractions that you can enjoy while waiting for your trip to begin. Please let our office know your specific plans as we love to pass on Kathmandu sightseeing tips.

CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT

Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?
Yes, you will get be sent a personal clothing and equipment list once our office has received your trip registration form and deposit.

Do I really need all the equipment on the equipment list?
Yes, these lists have been carefully prepared and please bring everything on the list!

How warm do we need our sleeping bags to be? Will there be extra blankets available if required?
This will be clearly stated in your recommended gear list. It will depend on where you are going but in general, you will need a sleeping bag warm enough for you in conditions that can be as cold as -20oC/-4oF. Blankets are generally not available so pay careful attention to what bag we recommend. We suggest buying a sleeping bag big enough to allow you to wear some clothes in, if it is especially cold. Sleeping in a warm hat can greatly improve a bag's warmth.

GUIDES, SHERPAS & EXPEDITION TEAM MEMBERS

How many guides/ Sherpas will be assigned to our group?
A ratio of climbers to western guides is stated on each trip’s web page in the downloadable ‘trip notes’. Sherpa guides are assigned depending on the size of the group and type of expedition.

Who goes on your trips?
Our climbers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, countries and skill levels. From those seeking skill development, to those seeking assistance with the world's highest mountains or purely adventure, we provide courses, expeditions, treks and guided ascents for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts.

I would like to arrange a private trip, is this possible?
We are happy to arrange a private group trip to the destination of your choice and we have run many successful private trips and expeditions including summits of 8000m peaks such as Manaslu and Kanchenjunga, all Seven Summits and remote destinations such as Antarctica. There is no specific group size, but obviously larger groups are more cost effective.

HEALTH & FITNESS

What kind of physical condition should I be in for the expedition?
We cannot recommend enough in regards to being fit prior to the expedition as this will make all the difference to your success and enjoyment. You should be comfortable climbing at altitude while carrying a pack for 4-6hrs on most climbing days.  Summit day will be longer, often 10-14hrs.  Contact us for specific advice regarding training for your climb.

How heavy will my pack be?
We will move our personal gear up the mountain in stages, but typically our packs are 30-60lbs / 14-26kgs.

COMMUNICATION & ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Will there be any access to a satellite phone? If yes then what would be the charges for usage?
Yes, most of our expedition guides take satellite phones and you are welcome to use these at US$3 per minute. Most often, your guide will post daily dispatches on the AC website in which your friends and family can follow your progress.

I want to contact my friend or relative, who is on one of your trips, how can I reach them?
On many of our climbs, we send daily internet dispatches and we receive updates from our guides, while they are in the field. The best place to reach a loved one is through our office.

Will there be any power source for charging batteries, etc. available throughout the expedition? What voltage requirements?
We take solar panels and sometimes battery power packs on our expeditions. Our first priority is to charge our radios, satellite phones and expedition electrical equipment. There is usually enough power to then charge your personal electrical equipment.

At the Base Camp we will also have a 12V electrical re-charging system, so do bring 12V car-chargers for any electrical items that you wish to recharge.  Please remember that we cannot charge items in Base Camp that do not have a 12V cigarette lighter adapter, so please check that your camera takes batteries or can plug in with a 12V cigarette lighter charger. We can cater for special power requirements at an extra cost or advise on purchase of a suitable personal solar charging system - please enquire with our office.

During the trek in, many of the lodges also have power available with typical Asian plugs (two nail like horizontal prongs) and offer recharging for a fee.

INSURANCE

What insurance do we need to get?
On all of our international expeditions, there is a requirement for each expedition member to have insurance to cover any personal or medical mishaps that may occur before or during the expedition. Click here for more information on Expedition Insurance.

Do I need evacuation insurance?
Yes, it is very important. Many of our expeditions are in remote places with no roads and third world medical services. In the unlikely event you get sick, you want to get to good medical care ASAP.

Who do you recommend for insurance?
Coverage varies based on your nationality and the trip that you are taking with us.  When you have booked on for a trip with us, we will send you comprehensive information on various insurance options which will serve as a good starting point for obtaining the best coverage available for yourself.

What is Trip Cancellation Insurance?
We recommend to all our expedition and trek members to buy trip cancellation insurance upon sign up for your expedition or at the very least, at the same time as you pay for your flights (and the balance payment) for the trip you are going on. It is very important to buy trip cancellation insurance (in addition to your evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance) as it is not unknown for people to have unforeseen circumstances that force them to cancel their trips for reasons such as family illness, injury to one’s self, business issues, etc.

FEES & PAYMENTS

Can I pay by credit card?
We can accept the trip deposit payment on credit card, and we add a 3% fee to accept the balance payment by credit card for your trip. Please contact our office or visit our secure credit card page to send us your credit card details - your card is not charged at the time as we process this here in our office and not via an online payment system.

What is included in the cost of my trip? Does it include airfare?
Each specific trip page on the website has a section as well as a downloadable pdf document with exactly what is and what is not included on the trip. International airfares are not included in the trip price. We can however recommend excellent travel agents whom we have worked with in your country should you require help with arranging your international airfare.

Why are you sometimes more expensive than other operators?
Many of our trips are very similar in price to our competitors. Some companies even wait for us to set our prices and use ours as a guideline!! Some of our main selling points, which sometimes do cost more are; internationally qualified western guides, proven dependable local operators, small group sizes and safe client:guide ratios, quality equipment and high summit success rates, among other things. You do get what you pay for which is why we stand out from the rest. Many clients come to us after failing on one of our competitors ‘cheaper’ trips.

How do I sign up for a trip?
The best way to reserve your space on a trip is to call our offices or complete our online booking form. Return this with the trip deposit either through a telegraphic transfer (information is on our trip notes downloaded from the specific trip page) or by using our secure credit card page. Phone our New Zealand head office on +643 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:30pm PST + 19 hours) or Freephone 1-866-757-8722 from North America.

PHOTOGRAPHY

I love the photographs in your brochure and on your website, are they for sale?
Yes, our images are available for licensing or purchase.

What is the best equipment for photography in Alpine environments?
There is an extensive section in our reference notes, which are sent out on receipt of your trip registration form and deposit, explaining about photography in the mountains.

Remember photos are wonderful records of your expedition but keep your camera gear simple and light to best enjoy the trip you are on.  Disposable and digital cameras are the lightest weight, but all cameras have maintenance issues that need to be carefully considered before bringing them to high elevations.

SAFETY

What about the Maoists in Nepal?
Of major international interest in Nepal is the Maoist problem which partly crippled the economy of the country for the past decade. Now the Maoists have formed part of the Nepalese Government, there is a comprehensive peace agreement now in place and we hope the troubles of the past are put behind the Nepalese people. Our sources in Nepal keep us up-to-date with the political situation and if there are significant changes, we will be sure to advise you. Throughout all the years of the Maoist issues in Nepal, there has never been a threat to tourists and travellers visiting Nepal and we have continued operating there without a break.

EMPLOYMENT

I want to become a mountain guide, where do I start?
Those with limited experience generally start by taking an alpine climbing course and then go out and climb for a few years. You generally should have at least 5 years of climbing and/or teaching/guiding experience. You need avalanche and medical training and then you can apply to do a NZ Mountain Guides Course or the equivalent in your country, aligned with the IFMGA. Check the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association web pages for a complete description.

 

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