The Expedition Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Himlung & Saribung Expedition via the Mustang region.
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Himlung & Saribung Expedition Trip Notes 2020
For the Himlung expedition we will take a minimum of 6 people and a maximum of 12 people, hence spaces are limited.
The Himlung and Saribung Expedition is being organised and run by Adventure Consultants and will be operated to the same high standard we have for all our expeditions. Adventure Consultants expedition staff, along with the operations and logistics team at the head office in New Zealand, provide the highest level of backup and support to the climbing team in order to maximise your chances of success. This is coupled with a very strong expedition guiding team and Sherpa contingent, who are second-to-none in the industry.
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. Our international guiding staff are the best in the industry. You will find the Adventure Consultants mountain guides companionable and strong expedition leaders with considerable abilities and a willingness to see you achieve your goals. The number of guides is determined by the team size but the normal ratio of guides on Himlung is 1:6. and the ratio of Sherpas is 1:2.
We have a legendary group of Climbing Sherpas, many who have been with us since 1992 and who operate in a harmonious atmosphere of cooperation and commitment to the expedition and its members. They are very experienced mountaineers who have dozens of ascents of the highest peaks in the Himalaya between them. They are enthusiastic, motivated and regarded as amongst the strongest and most cohesive group of Sherpas operating in the Himalayas. They are a humble yet friendly group of people and their contribution to the expedition is most impressive.
Our cooking staff are very well known for the sheer quality of the cuisine they produce. The array of food and the variety they present is phenomenal especially when considering they are doing all this from a kitchen that is moved on each day of the trek!
We have been developing and training the personnel within our Sherpa team for many years and they are an integral part of the Adventure Consultants Team.
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-Brittingham, Client Liaison
Amelia has been with Adventure Consultants since October 2017 in the role of Client Liaison. Having spent many years working in the ski industry, Amelia brings a wealth of experience to her role.
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.
Level of Experience Required
The climbing route on Mount Himlung is not an especially technical climb, yet prospective climbers should be well versed in the use of crampons and ice axe. Your guide will assist team members to develop the additional techniques required for the climb such as fixed rope work etc. What is imperative before you arrive is a very good level of fitness and stamina for the climb.
Climbing at very high altitudes is very demanding and team members must be prepared to carry all their own clothing and equipment on the mountain and contribute to expedition tasks such as cooking at camps on the mountain. If need be, we can arrange a personal Sherpa for those who need assistance with load carrying so please arrange this with us during the booking process.
If you put the work into your training, the rewards will be significant and you will certainly gain a substantial insight to the world of high altitude mountaineering. The climbing days will be between 6-8 hours with a longer day on summit day (10-14 hours) including the descent back to a lower camp that day.
The outcome of the expedition will be determined by three factors. The first is Weather and Snow Conditions. Next is the logistical approach taken by the expedition leaders and the strategies employed to embark on a summit bid. The final factor is your own preparation in the months prior to the expedition and how you perform whilst the expedition is underway. You will need to embark on a training program that will prepare you, both physically and mentally, for the climb. You must make it a priority to commit the time and energy to your training to ensure you are ready for the rigours of the expedition. You don’t need to be superhuman, but you do need to be strong and have good cardiovascular fitness. See our Fitness Training Programs for information on how we can help you prepare for the expedition.
Every step of the way, our office staff will be there to answer your questions. If they can’t, they will be happy to put you in touch with one of our Senior International Guides who can answer what questions you may have.
Each of our trips is individually rated according to its physical and technical difficulty, displayed in the icons towards the top of each trip page. You can click on the accompanying question mark for additional descriptions and the full run-down of our grading system is available on our Difficulty Ratings page.
What You Carry
We have the luxury of porter support during the trek. Each day you will carry your daypack containing; rain jacket, fleece, sun block, water, snacks, trekking poles, small personal first aid kit, camera and a few extra personal items. At higher elevations you add in a warm hat and gloves.
Once on the mountain you will be carrying 15-20kg in weight, depending on how much personal gear you take, but this is all part of the process of expedition climbing on Himlung.
Food will be of the highest standard possible, given the remoteness of the situation. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirements. During the trek to Base Camp we will be dining in Lodges and at tent camps. At camps we will be eating in the dining tent where food will be prepared 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 energy gels, muesli bars, chocolate and/or candy to supplement the snacks that we have.
Accommodation and dining during the trek will be in lodges where you will be accommodated in dormitories or twin rooms. Mattresses are provided but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag. Each lodge has a large lounge and dining area where trek members can congregate to share meals, socialise or simply relax by the fireplace. Some even have showers, internet, battery re-charging and laundry services available for a small fee. So please bring soap, shampoo, shavers, a towel, ‘wet wipes’ etc.
When you are at Himlung Base Camp you will be camping in tents.
Clothing & Equipment
Expedition members will be sent a list detailing all necessary clothing and equipment to be individually provided.