Uncrowded Himalayan classic

Cholatse

The challenging South West Ridge of Cholatse is a hidden gem of the Himalaya and a solid mountaineering objective for experienced climbers.

Nestled between the Khumbu and Gokyo Valleys in Nepal's Everest region, Cholatse is a spectacular peak with steep soaring lines on every aspect. Our expedition acclimatises first on Lobuche East, before moving to the challenging alpine style climb of Cholatse.

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Difficulty Level Very High ?
Fitness Level High ?
Duration 32 days
Elevation 6,440M / 21,128FT
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A climber takes in the immensity of Cholatse - Guy Cotter

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Cholatse from Gokyo Ri - Caroline Ogle

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On the summit of Lobuche East, our Cholatse acclimatisation climb - Mark Morrison

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The aesthetic ridgeline of Cholatse just begs to be climbed - Anthony Baldry

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Trekking to Pangboche, Lhotse & Ama Dablam dominate the view - Charley Mace

From Oct 21 to Nov 21, 2018
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$12,500 USD $
  • Overview

    • A technical 6,000m snow/ice ascent
    • Spectacular exposure on an aesthetic route
    • Uncrowded Himalayan classic


    Our line up the South West Ridge involves climbing steep snow and ice pitches linking two camps that we place alpine style on our way to the summit. We acclimatise on Lobuche East before crossing the Cho La to our Base Camp beneath the mountain.

    The route ascends through snow slopes leading to a crux section on rock. Once past the difficulties, the climbing culminates in a steep and superb ridgeline that plateaus onto the summit dome.

  • Why AC?

    Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to high altitude expedition climbing. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition to offer our climbers the best possible chance of success.

    We employ strong and specialised Expedition Leaders and Sherpa staff who are recognised as some of the most pre-eminent mountaineers in the industry.

    Many operators make statements about their services that are intentionally designed to mislead or avoid addressing important issues. The reality on the mountain is that unless you have a strong and experienced leader with sufficient Sherpa staff in support, the chances of summiting are dramatically reduced. Expeditions that are operated by local staff, with no qualified and experienced western guides, are generally not able to offer you a legitimate level of safety or success. These expeditions have the highest ratio of accident and frostbite injury on trips which may seem cheap at the time when booking but the long term effects make the price difference irrelevant.

    The AC approach to making expeditions work for you is reflected in the quality and safety of the expeditions we run along with our consistently high success rate.

  • Payment Conditions

    Inclusions

    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Nepalese Government peak royalty fees
    • All trek organisational requirements
    • All trekking/climbing permits
    • Airport transfers in Kathmandu
    • Air transport and accommodation in lodges or tents ex Kathmandu
    • All group equipment (tents, ropes, kitchen, radios etc.) and emergency medical supplies
    • All trek staff, including western Guides and Sherpa guides, cooks and porter support
    • Transport of 30kg of personal equipment
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner ex Kathmandu
    • Access to our satellite telephone for outgoing calls
    • Dispatch webpage updated throughout the trip for friends & family to follow
    • dZi Foundation support for their “revitalize a village” programme – likely to include support for a Nepalese child’s education for a year.


    Exclusions

    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Air travel to and from Nepal
    • Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
    • Purchases of bottled water while on the trek, gifts, alcohol (we supply treated water for drinking)
    • Other charges at lodges/tea houses such as additional meals or snacks, showers, internet access or battery re-charging
    • Entry visas for Nepal (suggest getting a 90 day tourist visa for Nepal on arrival into Kathmandu)
    • Personal clothing and equipment
    • Personal travel insurance / trip cancellation insurance / rescue insurance
    • Excess baggage charges over the 30kg limit for porterage and the domestic flights to / from Lukla
    • Cost of satellite telephone calls
    • Any rescue costs or costs of early departure from the expedition
    • Gratuities

    Account Information

    All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account:

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    1 Willis Street
    Wellington
    New Zealand

    for the account of Adventure Consultants Limited

    Account # 1000-594771-0000
    Account Type: US Dollars
    Swift Address: BKNZNZ22

    Note: All bank transfer charges are for the remitters account.

    We can also accept your deposit by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex), and your balance payment by credit card plus a 3% credit card fee.

    Deposit

    A deposit of US$1000 is payable to secure a place on the expedition.

    Balance

    The balance is payable 90 days prior to trip start date.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Once you have paid your deposit your trip is confirmed, subject to payment of the balance of fees owing 90 days prior to your trip commencement date. An expedition member may then cancel his/her participation on the following basis:

    • Cancellations outside of 90 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit.
    • For cancellations made within 89-60 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the balance payment fee.
    • For cancellations within 59 days of the departure date a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.

     

    Trip Cancellation Insurance

    Team members should take out private insurance if they wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical, personal or other reasons. This is called Trip Cancellation Insurance and can be obtained from your normal travel agent.

  • Trip Notes

    CholatseThe Expedition Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Cholatse Expedition.

    You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:

    Cholatse Expedition Trip Notes

    Team Membership

    For the Cholatse Expedition we will take a minimum size of 6 people, and a maximum of 8 people hence spaces are limited. With 8 people there will be two Adventure Consultants guides and 3 or 4 Climbing Sherpas.

    Our Guides

    The expedition leader will be scheduled approximately six months out from the trip start. All of our trip leaders have extensive experience at high altitude and a proven record of safety, success and compatibility. The number of guides is determined by the team size but the normal ratio of guides to members is 1:4. You will find our Guides companionable and strong expedition members with considerable power and willingness to see you achieve your goals.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Amelia Crofut-BrittinghamAmelia Crofut-Brittingham, Client Liaison

    Amelia has been with Adventure Consultants since October 2017 in the role of Client Liaison for European and Himalayan Operations. Having spent many years working in the ski industry, Amelia brings a wealth of experience to her role.

     

    AC Team 2016 Landscape

    Your Health

    Expedition members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician to receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the expedition leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.

    What You Carry

    We have the luxury of a strong Sherpa team that will carry the team equipment, food and ropes on the mountain. There may be times where you contribute to the task of pushing the route forward and this may involve step plugging, rope carrying and assisting with some of the loads where necessary. However, we’ve ensured we have a strong team to fix the route and establish camps so you do not get overly tired from the route preparation and get a good chance to reach the summit. It will really help to ensure you are not overloaded and think hard about what is necessary to include in your personal kit as you are expected to carry your own gear.

    When you put all your gear into a pack it still amounts to between 18-25kg so the load is not insignificant and you must come prepared for the high level of physical output. This reinforces the need to take just the right amount of equipment with you on the mountain and to ensure you are ‘pack fit’ before you arrive on the expedition.

    Food

    Food will be of the highest standard possible, given the remoteness of the situation. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements. In the Khumbu Valley we will be dining in Lodges and at Base Camps we will be eating in the dining tent and cooked for by our expedition cook and support crew. Our camp equipment and ample, nutritious meals are always the envy of other groups along the way! We do recommend that you bring some of your favourite snacks like muesli bars, chocolate and/or candy as well as energy gels and electrolyte drinks that you are used to using.

    Clothing & Equipment

    Expedition team members will be sent a list detailing all necessary clothing and equipment to be individually provided.

  • Itinerary

    Day   
    1 Arrive Kathmandu
    2 Gear Checks
    3 Fly to Lukla (2,860m). Trek to Phakding (2,610m)
    4 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,407m)
    5 Acclimatise and sightseeing Namche Bazaar
    6 Namche Bazaar to Phortse (3,680m)
    7 Phortse to Pangboche (3,930m)
    8 Pangboche to Pheriche (4,240m)
    9 Pheriche Rest Day
    10 Pheriche to Lobuche East Base Camp (4,800m)
    11 Rest and Preparation Day
    12 Move to Lake Camp (5,400m)
    13 Move to High Camp
    14 Summit bid on Lobuche East (6,119m). Return to Base Camp.
    15 Contingency Summit Day
    16 Rest/Prep Day
    17 Cross Cho La (5,420m) to Cholatse Base Camp (5,000m)
    18 Rest and Preparation Day
    19 Carry to start of route, fix lines
    20 Climb to Camp 1 (5,700m)
    21 Rest Day
    22 Carry to Camp 2 (6,000m)
    23 Move to Camp 2
    24 Summit Day (6,440m)
    25 Contingency Day
    26 Descend to Base Camp
    27 Contingency Day
    28 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,407m)
    29 Trek to Lukla (2,860m)
    30 Lukla to Kathmandu 1st possible flight day
    31 Lukla to Kathmandu 2nd possible flight day
    32 Depart home

    The 32 day expedition commences on the 21st of October, meeting in Kathmandu, and on day three we fly to Lukla at the doorstep of the Khumbu valley. The expedition team will stay at Sherpa lodges whilst we are trekking in the valleys on the way to each of the climbing objectives. On each of the mountains we will establish a Base Camp where our kitchen crew will cater for us. At mountain camps members will cook their own food, which we will import from New Zealand to ensure the usual high standard of fare you will be accustomed to on our expeditions.

    On our trek up the famous Khumbu valley we will try and avoid the busy direct trekking route to Everest Base Camp by staying on the western side of the valley after Namche Bazaar.

    After arriving at Lobuche Base Camp we will rest and prepare loads and meals for the mountain, plus revise some rope fixing and fixed rope safety. We will then move up to a high camp on Lobuche East on a small expanse of grass and rock above a deep blue lake. Then it’s early to bed for an alpine start the following morning.

    Our early start (around 2.30am) sees us climbing the South East Ridge which is a mixture of snow and ice. Where necessary, we fix ropes along the route. Steady climbing will bring us to the far eastern summit.

    From the top we are well rewarded with superb views across to Ama Dablam, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Nuptse, Changtse (in Tibet) Pumori, Gyachung Kang, Cho Oyu and of course Cholatse. Then it’s time for our descent, all the way back to our Base Camp.

    After the ascent of Lobuche East we program a rest day, then climb up and over the Cho La (pass) and descend to Cholatse Base Camp. One of the guides and two Sherpas will have come direct to here and set things up for your arrival. They will have also climbed to Camp 1 to get established on the route.

    After a rest day (if needed), members will carry loads up to Camp 1, and assist with establishing Camp 2. The climbing will be steep mixed climbing. Once Camp 2 is established we’ll have a rest day at either Camp 1 or Camp 2. We will work as a team (Members, Guides and Sherpas) to establish fixed ropes above Camp 2 to the start of the summit ridge.

    Summit day will start very early, arriving at the top of the fixed ropes at dawn. We will then pitch and fix the low angled, but exposed summit ridge. This will be difficult terrain that is known to have sometimes variable conditions. The summit day will require maximum fortitude and the entire team will be contributing to the outcome with commensurate rewards! We will retrieve our ropes on the descent, arriving back at Camp 2 late in the evening. The next day we’ll return to Base Camp, removing all our equipment from the mountain.

    After Cholatse the expedition returns down-valley to Namche Bazaar, where we languish in the comfort of the lodges and the next day it’s onwards to Lukla for the flight back to Kathmandu.

  • Add Ons

    C Rutherford 01237City Tour

    Experience the sights of Kathmandu with a qualified English speaking guide. See some ancient temples nestled within the city, places that have remained the same for centuries. But don't just see them; get a valuable insight from a knowledgeable local guide. You will be amazed. Kathmandu has more surprises than you can imagine.




     

    caro DawrikasLuxury Hotel Upgrades

    Kathmandu has a wealth of accommodation options.  On our standard expedition departure we stay at a good, western standard, mid-range hotel but if you feel you would like to upgrade to luxury style, we can assist with booking alternative hotels.

    Just a few hours drive from Kathmandu is the beautiful Himalayan region of Langtang National Park. We offer two week long pre-acclimatisation trips to either the Langtang or Gosain Kunda lakes area. An ideal opportunity to pre-acclimatise prior to your Himalayan expedition. Contact our office for more detail.

    C Rutherford 2595Langtang - 7 Day / 6 Night Trek                                                                               

    Day 1 - Drive to Shyabrubesi (1,550m)
    Day 2 - Trek to Lama Hotel (2,380m)
    Day 3 - Trek to Langtang Villages (3,430m)
    Day 4 - Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m)
    Day 5 - Trek to Kyanjin Ri (4,770m) and return to Lama Hotel
    Day 6 - Back to Shyabrubesi 

    Langtang Sophie WardGosain Kunda - 7 Day / 6 Night Trek                                 

    Day 1 - Drive to Dhunche (1,950m)
    Day 2 - Trek to Thulo Shyabru (2,200m)
    Day 3 - Trek to Shing Gomba (3,584m)
    Day 4 - Trek to Gosain Kunda (4,381m)
    Day 5 - Trek back to Shing Gomba
    Day 6 - Trek back to Dhunche
    Day 7 - Return to Kathmandu

    Chitwan Rhino Kasara ResortChitwan National Park

    Chitwan National Park is one of the major draw cards in Nepal outside of the Himalayas themselves. This is a World Heritage listed wildlife reserve that protects over 932 square kilometres of wilderness that is home to a raft of different wildlife. While there you will have the opportunity to see one horned rhinoceroses, monkeys and deer, and if you are really lucky you might even see a Royal Bengal Tiger. Since you are in Nepal, why not stay a little longer and experience this gem. For more information check out our Chitwan page. 

    Tiger Mountain Lodge Pokhara Camilla RutherfordPokhara and Tiger Mountain Lodge

    Perched 1,000 feet above the Pokhara Valley with a spectacular Himalayan backdrop, Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge provides a perfect haven, the essence of tranquillity. This side trip is ideal for guests pre- and post-expedition, or for those wishing to take day walks exploring local communities, bird-watching, gentle exercise, or just to relax in a typical Nepalese rural setting. For more information check out our Pokhara page.

    We are also able to offer Privately Guided Expeditions where you have the services of a top AC western guide as well as your own Sherpa support team to work exclusively with you on the expedition to ensure your needs are best met. AC have been fortunate to work with many privately guided groups over the years with exceptional results.

    Trekking Option for Non-climbing Family and Friends

    Your family or friends may wish to join you on your Expedition but may not like the idea of actually climbing a mountain. We can arrange for them to accompany you on the trek.

    Additional Sherpa Support

    If you feel you want additional Sherpa support to carry equipment for you then please contact the office to discuss pricing for this option. We can arrange for a personal Sherpa to carry for you throughout the expedition or for occasional carries where necessary. We are not in a position to arrange the employment of additional Sherpas once on the mountain, so if you think you may be interested please contact our office well in advance of the trip start date.

    Personal Communications & Personal Tent on the Mountain

    You may also like to talk to us about other options such as personal communication systems (own BGAN satellite connection and laptop at Base Camp), or the provision of a personal tent on the mountain.

    Film your Expedition

    Have a cameraman join your expedition and document the entire thing! Choose from a variety of options for different budgets. You could have a full colour book and short film, or a full documentary for television. Your trip is the trip of a lifetime; why not keep it to show your friends and family

    For more information on additional services, please contact our office.

  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Adventure Consultants recommends the following travel insurance and rescue insurance options, although this is only just a start! Once you book on a trip with AC, your Client Liaison will help you by sending through advice on your options;

    • Travel insurance
    • Trip interruption
    • Trip cancellation
    • Rescue / Evacuation / Medical insurance

    COVERMORE INSURANCE

    CoverMore LogoIndulge your spirit of adventure, but protect yourself against all of those unforeseen events that can occur prior to or whilst on your trip with Adventure Consultants. Together with CoverMore Insurance, Adventure Consultants are now offering advice and assistance in purchasing CoverMore policies. With quality travel insurance cover, comes peace of mind and the freedom to venture around the world with confidence, in the knowledge that you will have the support and assistance of CoverMore, if you need it.

    Adventure Consultants highly recommends the Options Plan as this gives you the highest level of cover and benefits available. This includes cover for trip cancellation and amendment which protects your travel investment, medical and dental emergencies, lost luggage/personal belongings and travel delay, amongst other things.

    You can tailor your cover further by adding on winter sports, annual multi-trip cover, scooter riding and working holidays to name a few.

    Why CoverMore?

    • They provide cover where others won’t. e.g. terrorism scares, natural disasters, civil unrest and redundancy.
    • Protect your travel investment by choosing cancellation/interruption cover that meets your needs.
    • The option to increase your cover on valuable luggage items such as cameras and laptops.
    • Adventure Sports Cover for a variety of activities. Trekking is automatically covered, provided that reasonable care is taken, and you are not using ropes or other mountaineering equipment.
    • Free Global SIM card.
    • 24 hour emergency medical and travel assistance centre that is staffed by specialist doctors, nurses and case managers. This now includes the new Travel GP service, allowing you to talk in person to an Australia-based GP.


    Who and what trips is the policy suitable for?

    • Non-New Zealand residents travelling inbound to New Zealand – suitable for cover when travelling around New Zealand, but mountaineering or climbing is excluded.
    • New Zealander's travelling outbound on a trekking adventure e.g. Everest Base Camp Trek, Khumbu Trek, Kilimanjaro, Tour du Mont Blanc Trek and Mustang Horse Trek.


    For more information or assistance, please contact your Client Liaison at Adventure Consultants. Policies can also be purchased directly at CoverMore.

    RIPCORD RESCUE TRAVEL INSURANCE

    Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance Logo webRipCord is the leading medical evacuation program offering elite evacuation and rescue services. With their new partnership with TravelEx, they can also now provide the benefits of a traditional travel insurance product with their just released, RipCord Rescue Travel Insurance™. This is specifically designed for the adventure enthusiast with unique trip cancellation/interruption, medical expense, sporting equipment and other coverage benefits to protect your financial investment.

    RipCord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, an elite team of special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliate physicians, paramedics, nurses, former intelligence officers and other medical/security experts comprising the most experienced team in the industry. They will rescue you from the field wherever your emergency occurs and evacuate you to your home country hospital of choice.

    RipCord rescues you from the field if you have an emergent medical condition that will result in significant permanent injury and/or death, but does not require hospitalisation.

    Tusker Trail founder, Eddie Frank, describes his experience with Redpoint Resolutions’ RipCord Travel Protection:

    “We [Tusker Trail] only have one or two evacuations a year and they occur because of life-threatening emergencies. Emergencies that are immediate and now. There is zero room for hesitation or error. Redpoint Resolutions founders Ted Muhlner and Tom Bochnowski are two guys who understand commitment. When they say they’re going to do something, they do it. I chose their Ripcord Travel Protection program for my climbers and trekkers because Tom and Ted come from the military, where your word and your handshake mean everything. Tom Bochnowski joined me on our recent Kilimanjaro Climb for Valor. During this climb two of our climbers suffered high altitude emergencies. Tom worked hand in hand with me to ensure the successful helicopter evacuation of the two climbers. Redpoint’s Stanford Medicine-affiliated physician Avi Patil, who was also climbing with us, assisted me with critical medical decisions that helped prevent a bad outcome. The teamwork and the level of care and commitment provided to my climbers and me during these recent evacuations has only further cemented my team’s partnership with Redpoint and their RipCord Travel Protection program. After more than 39 years and 51 successful climbs, recommending RipCord for my climbers is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.” - Eddie Frank, Tusker Trail

    RipCord are proud to partner with Adventure Consultants to provide RipCord’s industry leading rescue, evacuation and travel insurance coverages to its clients.

    Check out their latest promotional video or click here to learn more.

    GLOBAL RESCUE MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

    Global Rescue SnipAdventure Consultants also recommends the rescue evacuation and security membership/services provided by Global Rescue, which provides transport from the point of illness/injury back to your home countries hospital of your choice. TotalCare provides real-time access to medical information and coming soon, this includes urgent card and speciality consultations from some of the world’s health physicians at the Elite Medical Group and John Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.

    Recently Global Rescue has released a new travel insurance product, the Signature Travel Insurance option. This has no height limitation and gives comprehensive cover for trip cancellation/interruption, medical and dental expenses, delays, lost luggage as well as optional add-ons to ‘cancel or interrupt for any reason. This is currently only available to US Residents.

    Click here to find out more about this insurance cover which covers climbing and is thus suitable for many of our expeditions.

  • FAQ

    • Expedition Documentation

      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 sort of hotels do we stay at in the city?
      We stay at the Hotel Radisson in Kathmandu. Only 15 minutes walk from the tourist centre of Thamel, the Radisson is situated in a quiet location and boast a fitness centre, sauna and steam room, three restaurants, a bar, café and Kathmandu’s only rooftop swimming pool! A perfect place to begin and end your trip.

      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 or tent?
      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. On the mountain you will share a tent with one, or sometimes two other climbers.

    • 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. Before your expedition you will receive a “final details” letter. This will let you know the time and place to meet your guides. An AC representative will meet you at the airport; the first of many team briefings will take place on the evening of Day One. Please do not book to depart before the scheduled final trip itinerary day.

      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.

      Do I need to get a visa? 
      Yes and for Nepal expeditions, these can either be obtained on arrival into Kathmandu or can be issued online prior through the Nepal visa online system. Be sure to have the suggested USD amount in cash for your visa application and have a passport photo for your arrival in Kathmandu. Currently, a 40-day visa costs $40 and 90-day visa costs US$100.

      For expeditions to Tibet, visas are processed in Kathmandu following your arrival. Do make sure that your passport has at least six months validity and more details on this process are included in your comprehensive set of reference notes, which will be emailed out to you upon sign up.

    • Clothing & Equipment

      Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?
      Once we have received your application we will post out a set of Team Reference Notes which includes an assortment of information including detailed equipment lists. Any questions you have after reading through this will be directed to our Equipment Coordinator. They can assist you in preparing for the trip as well as recommend and source a range of clothing and equipment suitable for the climb via our gear retail service.

      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 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.

      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 -20°C/-4°F. 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.

    • Acclimatisation & Oxygen

      Will there be any oxygen carried on the expedition? Is this included in our expedition fee?
      Most of our expeditions take oxygen as a medical backup. We also take PAC chambers with us (Personal Altitude Chamber). A trekker or climber with mountain sickness is placed inside the PAC chamber and it is inflated around them. It increases the air pressure and any altitude related illness is usually immediately fixed. The climber then feels better and can usually walk down to lower elevations to recover.

      On Nuptse there is the option to use bottled oxygen if you wish, at an additional cost. Climbers wanting oxygen would adopt our standard expedition package that provides you with 2-3 litres of oxygen per minute for the summit day above Camp 3 and 0.5 litres per minute for sleeping at Camp 3 before leaving. This is sufficient for an ascent of Nuptse, although we can arrange for a Max Ox option should you want that option (4 litres per minute climbing and 1 litre per minute sleeping).

      What altitude medication will be available on the expedition? Do we need to take tablets before/ during the trek?
      All our guides carry extensive medical kits including various medications for altitude illness. If you have a previous history of altitude illness then discuss this with us and your physician, otherwise there is no need to take preventative medication before or during your trek.

      You need to bring any medications you regularly use (don’t forget to tell us about them) plus extra. Also bring a small first aid kit including a blister kit and mild headache medication for the normal altitude headaches.

      How much weight will we carry on the expedition?
      You will carry your day pack with warm clothes, water, snacks, sun block, camera and whatever else you need for the day. Generally it will be light, 5 to 10kgs (10 to 20 pounds). On summit day(s) you will add your down jacket, technical climbing gear (which you will be wearing most of the time) and heavier gloves.

    • Guides, Sherpas & 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.

      Can my friends and family join me on the trek into Base Camp? 
      Yes, this is possible on some of our expeditions so if interested in exploring this option; please do enquire directly with the Adventure Consultants office.

      Can I contact other climbers or guides for this expedition?
      Yes, we encourage that. Perhaps there is someone in your area that can become a training partner, perhaps they can help you source some hard to find gear. The bottom line is that it’s a good idea to have some contact with folks that you will share this experience with. We respect the privacy of each team member and check with each person before releasing any contact details.

      I would like to arrange a private trip, is this possible?
      We are happy to arrange a private group trip and we have run many successful private trips and expeditions including summits of 8,000m peaks such as Gasherbrum 2 and Kanchenjunga, all of the Seven Summits and remote destinations such as Antarctica. Some clients enjoy the added privacy and schedule flexibility that a private expedition allows, so you can hike and climb at your own pace and enjoy the mountains on your own terms. There is no specific group size, but obviously larger groups are more cost effective. Please contact the office for more information.

    • 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 do you train for a trip like this?
      We have specific ideas around training and great book suggestions to help you along. Please look over our training page for details. If you require more information please contact our office and we will be happy to put you in touch with one of our senior guides for a consultation and we can also link you with our training coach to design a training programme for you.

    • 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?
      The Maoist problem which partly crippled the economy of Nepal for the past decade garnered major international interest. The Maoists have now formed part of the Nepalese government and there is a comprehensive peace agreement in place so 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.

    • 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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Claudia Lopez

I have always recommended AC… Specially to people looking to climb the bigger peaks. Knowledge, logistics and experience are the paramount of my recommendation along with the importance of the great Sherpa Team. AC excels and I won’t go climbing with anyone else.
Lhotse, 2016

Claudia Lopez
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