Nepal’s highest trekking peak

Mera Peak

Mera Peak is one of the most alluring trekking peaks in Nepal as it involves a culturally stimulating journey thorugh remote picturesque villages and forests, followed by a gentle climb the summit.

Mera Peak is perhaps best known because it is Nepal’s highest trekking peak and successful summits are rewarded with a spectacular panorama of five 8,000m peaks.

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Difficulty Level Low ?
Fitness Level Medium ?
Duration 24 days
Elevation 6,476M / 21,246FT
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Moving up to Mera La - Dean Staples

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Camping at Tangnag - Dean Staples

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Trekking ever higher towards Base Camp - Mark Morrison

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Summit celebrations

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Trekking through the Rhododendron jungle

From Apr 23 to May 16, 2019
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$5,800 USD $
From Sep 24 to Oct 17, 2019
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$5,800 USD $
  • Overview

    • Ideal first Himalayan climb
    • Challenge yourself at altitude!
    • Nepal’s highest trekking peak


    The climb of Mera comes at the end of a week-long trekking and acclimatisation programme designed to give you the best possible chance of an enjoyable yet successful journey.

    The trip initiates in Kathmandu where we make preparations and enjoy the diversity of this ancient city before embarking on a flight into the town of Lukla in the Khumbu Valley, the entrance way to the Everest region.

  • 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.

  • Dates & Prices

    Dates 2019

    Trip 1: Pre-monsoon April 23 – May 16, 2019
    Trip 2: Post-monsoon September 24 – October 17, 2019

    Pricing Schedule 2018/2019

    The cost of the expedition ex Kathmandu, Nepal is US$5,800 per person.

  • Payment Conditions

    Inclusions

    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Nepalese Government peak royalty fees
    • All trek organisational requirements
    • All trekking permits
    • Airport transfers in Kathmandu
    • Air transport and accommodation in lodges or tents ex Kathmandu
    • All group equipment for trek (tents etc.) and emergency medical supplies
    • All trek staff, including Western and Sherpa guides, porter support
    • Transport of 20kg of personal equipment
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner ex Kathmandu
    • Access to AC’s satellite communication facilities
    • Regular expedition dispatches to our website for families and friends back home to follow the expedition's progress
    • 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, gifts, alcohol (we supply boiled water for drinking)
    • Other charges at lodges/tea houses such as laundry, showers, internet access or battery re-charging
    • Entry visas for Nepal (obtain 30-day tourist visa for Nepal on arrival into Kathmandu)
    • Personal clothing and equipment
    • Personal travel insurance / trip cancellation insurance / rescue insurance 
    • Excess baggage charges for the flights to/from Lukla
    • Any rescue costs or costs of early departure from the expedition
    • Gratuity for guides and Sherpas

    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 remitter's account.

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

    We will send you receipts for all payments.

    All prices are subject to change.

    Deposit

    A deposit of US$500 is payable to secure a place on the expedition trek.

    Balance

    The balance is payable 60 days prior to your 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 60 days prior to your trip commencement date. An expedition trek member may then cancel his/her participation on the following basis:

    • Cancellations outside of 60 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit.
    • For cancellations made within 59-30 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the full fee.
    • For cancellations within 29 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

    Mera PeakThe Expedition Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Mera Peak Expedition.

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

    Mera Peak Expedition Trip Notes

    Team Membership

    For the Mera Peak climb we will take a maximum of 12 people hence spaces are limited.

    Our Guides

    The expedition leader will be scheduled approximately six months out from the trip start. All of our trip leaders to Himalayan peaks have extensive experience at high altitude and a proven record of safety, success and compatibility.

    Dave McKinley Web ProfileDave McKinley
    Expedition Leader Trip 1, 2017

    The expedition leader for our pre-monsoon departure is Dave McKinley, a multi-talented IFMGA guide with a wealth of guiding experience. Based in Twizel, New Zealand, Dave's guiding has taken him around the globe, and his notable summits include Everest, Lhotse, Manaslu, Denali, Aconcagua and Lobuche to name a few.

    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.

    Level of Experience Required

    This trip offers highlights of non-technical climbing at moderate to high altitude, and even though it is not technically difficult, the climb incorporates a lot of the components of the higher expedition peaks. An ascent of Mera Peak is regarded as the ideal introduction to Himalayan climbing.

    Whether you’ve climbed mountains before, or you just have aspirations to experience Himalayan expedition life, this introductory trip will enable you to truly savour the realities of expeditioning and many a Mera Peak climber has been inspired onto other high mountains.

    The climbing is low angle and involves the use of two camps on the mountain before making the attempt at the top. You will be supervised and supported by your qualified western guide who will teach you the necessary skills while experiencing this fantastic and safe adventure.

    Difficulty Rating

    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

    On the trek into Base Camp you will carry a small daypack with your rain jacket, camera, water bottles and snacks. Bring trekking boots for the walk and some spare shoes for relaxing during the evening. In addition, you should have your own small personal medical kit to care for cuts, blisters etc.

    On the mountain, we have the luxury of a strong Sherpa team that will carry most of the team equipment, food and ropes. You are expected to carry your personal gear. 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. See our Fitness Training Programs for information on how we can help you prepare for the expedition.

    History

    The first ascent of Mera Peak was made by J.O.M Roberts and Sen Tenzing on 20 May 1953, using what has now become the standard route from Mera La. A subsequent ascent didn’t occur until 1975, when French climbers Jolly, Baus and Honills climbed the North Peak.

    Food

    Food will be of the highest standard possible, given the remoteness of the situation. We will take meals in lodges and teahouses along the trail and will supplement this with some of our favourite imported snacks and coffee! On the mountain we usually have MREs (Meals, Ready-to-Eat) which are significantly tastier than freeze-dried food, as they are real food vacuum sealed and ready to heat and eat! We are able to accommodate most dietary requirements but do please inform us in advance.

    Clothing & Equipment

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

  • Itinerary

    Day  
    1 Arrive Kathmandu
    2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu
    3 Fly to Lukla (2,860m/9,383ft), trek to Paiyu (2,750m/9,020ft)
    4 Trek to Panggom (2,800m/9,815ft)
    5 Trek to Najing Dingma (2,820m/9,250ft)
    6 Cross the Surke La (3,030m/9,940ft) and continue to Cholem Kharka (3,550m/11,645ft)
    7 Rest Day/Acclimatisation hike
    8 Trek to Khola Kharka (4,200m/13,800ft)
    9 To Khote (3,700m/12,140ft)
    10 Trek to Tangnag (4,250m/13,940ft)
    11 Rest day/Acclimatisation hike
    12 To Mera Base Camp / Khare (4,800m/15,750ft)
    13 Acclimatisation and fixed ropes training day 
    14 Move to Mera La (5,200m/17,060ft)
    15 Climb to High Camp (5,800m/19,030ft)
    16 Summit bid (6,476m/21,246ft), return to Base Camp (4,800m/15,750ft)
    17 Contingency day
    18 Trek to Khote (3,700m/12,140ft)
    19 Trek to Thuli Kharka (4,200m/13,800ft)
    20 Trek to Chutanga via Zatrwa La Pass (4,600m/15,100ft)
    21 Trek to Lukla
    22 Departure day Lukla
    23 Day at leisure in Kathmandu or Lukla contingency day
    24 Depart Kathmandu - Trip ends

    You will be met from your flight into Kathmandu by our staff then we all congregate at our hotel for a comprehensive briefing for the trip. This also provides an opportunity to check personal equipment. There are plentiful stores with trekking equipment available for purchase so anything forgotten is soon replaced.

    On the day following your arrival and after our preparations are finalised, we make the best of our opportunity to visit some of the incredible sites in the Kathmandu valley when we visit Monasteries and sacred sites. A quick walk up the steps to the Monkey Temple always gets the blood flowing!

    Our flight to Lukla comes very early in the morning to make the best of the stable morning weather patterns and before long we are enjoying the scenic wonders of the Himalaya as we begin our trek to Paiyu. Initially, we head down the valley, away from the popular and often busy Khumbu Valley and Everest region to Paiyu and Panggom. Now we can we enjoy the isolated, rarely visited villages before crossing the Panggom La and down through the Rhododendron jungle.

    Over the next few days, we trek up through the phenomenal virgin forest, climbing above the treeline to a series of alpine lakes, before descending once more to the valley which opens up give us amazing views of the surrounding mountains, including our objective, Mera Peak. Although strenuous at times, our acclimatisation is greatly aided by this foray above 4000m.

    Tangnag is a great place for a rest day and an opportunity to take in the surroundings. From here we head off for an acclimatisation hike up towards the Base Camp of one of Nepal’s most challenging trekking peaks, Kusum Kanguru.

    We depart Tangnag to climb up the valley and through lateral moraine and grassy meadows to Mera base camp which is a small village called Kharre, 4800m. As we ascend, some of our climbing route will come into view, looking much easier than the south face we’ve been walking around.

    We utilise some time at base camp for further preparations including revisions and instruction in the use of climbing harness, crampons and axe. We’ll practice travelling roped up and prepare our mountain equipment. The route we take is reasonably straightforward, but it is preferable to learn the techniques in a comfortable environment. There is sometimes one small portion of fixed rope near the summit, so instruction will be given in this technique also.

    We move up to a snow covered camp on the Mera La saddle at approx 5,400m. Making the final approach to the summit reveals an amazing panorama of the highest mountains on earth: Makalu (8,481m) and Everest (8,850m), looming over peaks like Baruntse (7,129m), Chamlang (7,319m) and Nau Lekh (6,360m).

    We aim to make the summit early to mid-morning and return to base camp that afternoon/evening.

    After the climb, we descend to Mosom Kharka and the next day have a short walk through the forest to Tashing Dingma and climb up to Thuli Kharka the following day. We then have an early start for our crossing of the Zatrwa La pass. Depending on conditions we may fix a rope on the steeper section and care is required if there has been recent snowfall. We descend to Chutanga and then the next day have an easy walk into Lukla for our flight to Kathmandu and a celebratory meal back in the lively city. The following day the trip finishes and your guide will coordinate airport drop offs for your flight home.

  • 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. This World Heritage listed wildlife reserve protects over 932km² of wilderness and is home to a raft of different wildlife. While there you will have the opportunity to see one-horned rhinoceroses, monkeys and deer. 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. Please contact us for more information.

    Personal Sherpa Guy Cotter

    Additional Sherpa Support

    We offer a service giving members the option to have their gear carried on ‘camp moving’ days, so all you have to carry is your jacket and water bottle and items required for the day. This option is popular with those who have difficulty recovering after a carrying a heavy load at altitude.

    Personal Sherpa

    This option provides you with the assistance of a very experienced and dedicated Sherpa who will support you for the duration of the expedition above Base Camp. Your Personal Sherpa will climb with you each day while you are climbing on the mountain as your climbing partner and generally assist you throughout the expedition all the way to the summit. When on the mountain, you would share a tent with your Personal Sherpa and he would supervise cooking duties. Our Sherpa guides are very experienced with multiple Himalayan ascents under their belts, and are friendly and supportive companions along the way!

    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. Contact us or see our specialty Film and Photo Services page for more information.

  • 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
    • Medical Evacuation and Rescue Insurance

    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.

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

    Adventure Consultants can also assist with purchasing polar cover for Antarctic expeditions and if interested in this, please contact RipCord directly for a specialised quote.

    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

      The following is to serve as a helpful guideline on our Himalayan Trekking Peaks Expeditions. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!

      info@adventure.co.nz
      US: +1 866 757 8722 (Freephone from North America)
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

      Please note you will be emailed a set of 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.

    • Choosing a Provider

      How long has Adventure Consultants been in operation?
      Adventure Consultants started in 1990 and we have been guiding internationally ever since. You can read more on the history of Adventure Consultants here.

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

    • Food, Accommodation & Facilities

      What sort of hotels do we stay at in the city?
      Our climbers usually 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 a rooftop swimming pool! A perfect place to begin and end your trip.

      What showers and laundry facilities will be available on the expedition?
      Hot showers are available in some of the lodges during the trekking phase for a small fee. We advise people to bring wet-wipes for the impromptu wash in between available showers. Some lodges also provide a laundry service for a small fee.

      Please note than on the Dhaulagiri Circuit and Dhampus Peak there are generally no showers available, although a bowl of hot water will be available for washing most days. Most days also start with a 'hot face towel' delivered to your tent or dining table. Likewise, no laundry facilities are available due to the lack of drying opportunities.

      What food will be available?
      You’ll get breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, plus ample hot and cold drinks. We can cater for vegetarians 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 treat 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 camp, our well-trained cooks prepare high quality Western food as well as popular local dishes and we usually bring a few treats from New Zealand such as Kiwi bacon, cheese and salami, fresh coffee and yoghurt. Once on the mountain, we typically focus on MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) which are real food, freeze-dried and vacuum sealed. Please indicate any specific dietary requirements you may have on your application form. We are happy to accommodate those with specific diets.

      What are the lodges like? Can I have my own room or tent?
      We book tidy, clean, modern lodges using 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 you like, at an added cost. Our standard trips are based on shared rooms, usually twin-share and sometimes triple-share.

      In camps, you will be sleeping in a high-quality mountain tent, shared with one other climber. You will be greeted each morning with a cup of bed tea, served by our smiling cook staff. Evening meals will be served in our comfortable dining tent. A single supplement is available – please contact our office to enquire.

    • 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 Kathmandu 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 and 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 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 you can make changes to your tickets or you run the risk of losing your ticket, if we do have to cancel the trip.

      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.

      Where do we meet? Will I be picked up?
      You should fly into Kathmandu International Airport (KTM) and an Adventure Consultants guide or representative will be there to pick you up off your flight. 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 to 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. For most nationalities, a visa can either be obtained on arrival into Kathmandu or can be issued online prior through Nepal's 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.

    • Clothing & Equipment

      Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?
      Once we have received your application, we will email out your Reference Notes which include detailed equipment lists. Any questions you have after reading through this can be directed to our designated Equipment Coordinator, who can assist you by recommending and sourcing a range of suitable clothing and equipment via our gear retail service.

      Do I really need all the equipment on the equipment list?
      Yes, these lists have been carefully prepared. 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 -15°C. Blankets are generally not available so pay careful attention to the bags we recommend. We suggest buying a sleeping bag big enough to allow you to wear extra clothes in if it is especially cold. Sleeping in a warm hat can also 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 PACs (Personal Altitude Chambers) with us. A trekker or climber with mountain sickness is placed inside the 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.

      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 should be no need to take preventative medication before or during your trip.

      You need to bring any medications you regularly use (don’t forget to tell us about them), plus extras. 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 -10kgs/10-20lbs. 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, ranging 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 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 or visit our Private Customised Expeditions page.

    • Health & Fitness

      What kind of physical condition should I be in for the expedition?
      We cannot recommend enough being fit prior to the expedition as this will make all the difference to your enjoyment and success. Focus on pack carrying on steep and varied terrain, aiming to carry 5-10% more than the maximum expedition pack weight you will carry (approximately 10-15kg/20-30lbs).

      Endurance training is also important as you will have to be able to trek, carrying a light pack for 4-6 hours on most days. Summit day(s) can be 10-14 hours long, so do fit some longer days into your training also.

      Add back-to-back days of pack carrying in the weeks and months prior to your departure. This can be in the form of overnight backpacking or with the first day on stairs or in the gym, building up to the maximum altitude gain required on summit day (check your itinerary for this information), and a second day of flatter, outdoor walking with a lighter pack.

      How do I know this is the right trip for me?
      We offer trips to suit all levels of ability and ambition, from your first mountain experience to extreme ascents and everything in between. To help you navigate the choices available, our trips are graded by both the level of physical exertion and the level of skill required, allowing you to find your perfect expedition match. These ratings are displayed in the icons at the top of each expedition page, with a further explanation available by clicking on the accompanying question mark. A full run-down of the categories can be found on our Difficulty Ratings page and our team is more than happy to discuss your experience to find the right trip for you.

    • Communication & Electronic Devices

      Will there be any access to a satellite phone? If so, what will 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?
      Many of our treks and climbs 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?
      Many of the lodges have power available with typical Asian plugs (two horizontal prongs) and offer recharging for a fee. We can cater for special power requirements at an extra cost or advise on the purchase of a suitable personal solar charging system - please enquire with our office.

    • Insurance

      What insurance do we need to get?
      On all of our international expeditions, you will require 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 developing medical services. In the unlikely event that 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 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.

      What is trip cancellation insurance?
      We recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance to all our expedition and trek members. You should purchase the insurance upon sign up for your expedition or at the very least when you pay the balance payment. 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 self, etc..

    • Fees & Payments

      Can I pay by credit card?
      We can accept both the trip deposit and balance payment on credit card. Please note that there is a 3% fee for all card transactions. Please contact our office or visit our online payment system.

      What is included in the cost of my trip? Does it include airfare?
      Please see the 'Payment Conditions' section above for the inclusions and exclusions for this particular trip. There is also a downloadable pdf document in the 'Trip Notes' section above. International airfares are not included in the trip price. We can, however, recommend excellent travel agents with whom we have worked 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-to-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 the trip is to contact our office or complete our online booking form (click 'Book Now' below). Your deposit can be submitted by bank transfer (please see 'Payment Details' in the 'Payment Conditions' section above) or via our secure online payment system.

      info@adventure.co.nz
      US: +1 866 757 8722 (Freephone from North America)
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours

    • 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. Please contact our office for more information.

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

      Remember photos are wonderful records of your expedition but keep 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.

  • Dispatches

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Dale West I

If people are serious about safety, hope to experience the optimum for their chosen trip and want to give themselves the best chance to successfully meet their goals, AC is the only choice.
Mera Peak, 2016

Dale West
Australia
Craig Lockhart

I think AC is extremely professional at all levels from the support provided leading up to the trip, the ease of contacting the NZ office and quick responses through to the guide and support team (Sherpas, Porters) on the trail. AC is also well respected in Nepal and you see this through the interaction with the local communities.
Mera Peak, 2017

Craig Lockhart
Australia
Diane

Tents were terrific, very roomy for 2 and withstood winds at High Camp. Food terrific so much choice it was really amazing. Amazing camp sites and some nice lodges in which we ate meals.
Mera Peak

Dianne Walker
Australia