Climb Three Peaks in One Expedition

Three Peaks Nepal

Island Peak 6,189m/20,305ft
Pokalde 5,806m/19,048ft
Lobuche East 6,119m/20,075ft

Our Three Peaks Nepal Expedition provides an ideal progression and excellent introduction into Himalayan mountaineering. The expedition climbs a host of classic peaks at, or around 6,000m in a relatively short timeframe, allowing climbers to develop skills and learn about their own performance at altitude as they go. An achieveable expedition for anyone new to climbing with a keen sense of adventure and desire to learn more about high-altitude mountaineering.

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Difficulty Level Medium ?
Fitness Level High ?
Duration 26 days
Elevation 6,189M / 20,305FT
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Trail to Pangboche - Charley Mace

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Looking towards Island Peak from above Dingboche - Caroline Ogle

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Team on the summit of Pokalde 5,806m - Charley Mace

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Rappelling off the summit of Lobuche East 6,119m - Charley Mace

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Contemplating summit views - Steve Moffat

From Nov 10 to Dec 05, 2018
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$7,100 USD $
  • Overview

    • Three moderate-altitude summits in one expedition
    • Learn a lot about high-altitude climbing
    • An ascent of three of Nepal's most popular trekking peaks provides an ideal progression and gives you an excellent introduction to Himalayan mountaineering.


    This trip offers an opportunity to partake in a journey that covers a lot of terrain and enables you to make multiple ascents on peaks of moderate elevation. The journey has many visual highlights with stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks of Everest, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam and many, many more.

    Initially, we trek into the Khumbu to acclimatise and then we tackle Island Peak. This ascent has an element of technical involvement that introduces you to glaciated climbing and fixed rope climbing. We move camp to the base of our next objective, Pokalde, which is straightforward and consolidates your skills. Lobuche East is a little more technical with more fixed rope and slightly more exposure. The high camp is dramatic with exceptional views across the valley towards Ama Dablam, especially at sunset when the peaks turn pink as the sun sets into Tibet.

    This lodge-and-camping-based trip allows you to enjoy the Nepalese culture while providing very achievable climbs for anyone in good shape with a desire for high adventure.

  • 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 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 Guide(s) and Sherpa guides, cooks & porter support
    • Transport of 20kg 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 boiled water for drinking)
    • Other charges at lodges/tea houses such as additional meals, showers, internet access or battery re-charging
    • Entry visas for Nepal (suggest getting a 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 porterage and the flights to / from Lukla
    • Cost of satellite telephone calls
    • Any rescue costs or costs of early departure from the expedition
    • Gratuities

    Account Details

    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 and balance payments by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex), plus a 3% credit card fee.

    Deposit

    A deposit of US$500 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

    Three PeaksThe Expedition Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Three Peaks Nepal Expedition.

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

    Three Peaks Nepal Expedition Trip Notes

    Team Membership

    For the Three Peaks Expedition, we will take a maximum of 12 people hence spaces are limited.

    Our Guides

    The expedition leader is generally 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. You will find our Guides companionable and strong expedition members with considerable power and willingness to see you achieve your goals.

    charley maceCharley Mace
    Expedition Leader 2017

    Charley lives in Colorado and has been climbing all of his life. He is one of America's most respected and successful Himalayan mountaineers with ascents of five 8000 metre peaks; Everest, K2, Manaslu, Gasherbrum II and Cho Oyu.

    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 an opportunity to partake in a journey that covers a lot of terrain and enables you to make multiple ascents on peaks of moderate elevation. Participants should have a background in basic mountaineering or a history of physical exercise that can be applied to energetic trekking and the moderate altitude mountaineering that defines this expedition. Instruction in mountaineering will be provided to ensure the requisite skills are gained prior to the climbing commencing.

    Each ascent involves a modicum of technical climbing at times where the use of crampons, ice axe and fixed ropes will be encountered.

    What You Carry 

    We have porter support for the whole expedition. Each day when trekking you will carry your day pack 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.

    We also have the luxury of a strong Sherpa team that will carry most of the team equipment, food and ropes on each of the mountains. 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.

    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 tent 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 personal favourite snacks like muesli bars, chocolate and/or candy to supplement the snacks that we provide.

    Accommodation

    The expedition 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 peaks and we will establish base camp and high camp where our kitchen crew will cater for us.

    Clothing & Equipment

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

  • Itinerary

    Day  
    1 Arrive Kathmandu
    2 Gear checks and sightseeing (if time permits)
    3 Fly to Lukla (2,860m), trek to Phakding (2,610m)
    4 Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
    5 Acclimatisation day and sightseeing Namche Bazaar
    6 Namche Bazaar to Khumjung (3,780m). Ascend Khunde Peak (4,200m), overnight in Khumjung
    7 Khumjung to Pangboche (3,985m) via the Mong La Pass (3,970m)
    8 Pangboche to Dingboche (4,410m)
    9 Rest/acclimatisation day
    10 Dingboche to Chhukung (4,730m)
    11 Climb Chhukung Ri (5,550m)
    12 Chhukung to Island Peak Base Camp (4,970m)
    13 Summit bid on Island Peak (6,189m)
    14 Rest day/Contingency day and/or move to Chhukung
    15 Chhukung to Pokalde High Camp (5,500m)
    16 Climb Pokalde (5,806m). Descend to Pokalde High Camp
    17 To Lobuche Base Camp
    18 To High Camp on Lobuche East (5,400m)
    19 Summit Bid on Lobuche East (6,119m), return to Base Camp
    20 Rest day/Contingency day
    21 Lobuche Base Camp to Pangboche
    22 Pangboche to Namche Bazaar
    23 Namche Bazaar to Lukla
    24 Lukla to Kathmandu flight
    25 Contingency Lukla flight day
    26 Depart from Kathmandu, trip ends

    PLEASE NOTE: The itinerary may change at any time and that factors such as weather, team member health, logistics etc. will no doubt create some change in the actual dates of the program.

    To enhance your 'Nepal experience' and to explore more of the region we also offer an additional trekking option after the ascents. Cross the Cho La Pass and explore the impressive Gokyo Valley (add 4 days).

    This trip offers an opportunity to partake in a journey that covers a lot of terrain and enables you to make multiple ascents on peaks of moderate elevation. Participants should have a background in basic mountaineering or a history of physical exercise that can be applied to energetic trekking and the moderate altitude mountaineering that defines this expedition. Instruction in mountaineering will be provided to ensure the requisite skills are gained prior to the climbing commencing.

    Each ascent involves a modicum of technical climbing at times where the use of crampons, ice axe and fixed ropes will be encountered.

    This journey has many visual highlights with stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks of Everest, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Ama Dablam and many, many more.

    Island Peak, referred to by the local Sherpa people as Imja Tse – an ‘island in a glacial sea’, is an exciting and popular peak involving climbing on snow and ice on the upper sections. The view from the summit towards Ama Dablam and the south wall of Nuptse / Lhotse is awe-inspiring.

    Energised from the ascent of Island Peak, we turn next to Pokalde Peak. A pretty hike takes the team to a spectacular high camp near some alpine lakes, high on the Kongma La Pass and one of the most picturesque locations in the entire Himalaya. Directly across the valley lies Ama Dablam, the jewel of the Khumbu valley and one of the wonders of Nepal. The climb to the top of Pokalde from this camp is not so far as for Island peak, but on cresting the 5,806m (19,049ft) summit you are blessed with eye-boggling panoramic views around the upper reaches of the Khumbu and Imja Khola valley systems.

    Lobuche East is an ideal progression. Lobuche East is a little more technical, involving the ascent of long snow/ice slopes of moderate angle. The climbing is protected by fixed rope that our guide and Sherpa team will fix prior to the ascent. This mountain is a little more alpine in nature and involves slightly more exposure than the previous two climbs making it a great peak on which to finish the trilogy. The high camp is dramatic with exceptional views towards Cholatse, Taweche and Ama Dablam, especially at sunset when the peaks turn pink as the sun sets into Tibet. We climb to the far eastern summit on the summit ridge, a subsidiary of the high peak. These are very do-able climbs for anyone in good shape and with a desire for high adventure.

  • 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 trekking peak 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 has 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 a 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 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?
      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 facilities will be available on the expedition?
      On these expeditions 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

      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 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 MRE’s (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 for 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 trekker. 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 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 practise 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 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 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. 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 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.

      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, 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.

    • 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 enjoyment and success. Focus on pack carrying on steep and varied terrain, aiming to carry 5-10% more than the maximum pack weight of 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; either 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.

    • 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?
      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 nail like horizontal prongs) and offer recharging for a fee. 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.

    • 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 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 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 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 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 and balance payment by credit card and this does however incur a 3% card fee. Please contact our office or visit our secure credit card page to send us your credit card details.

      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 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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23 Nov Jet Lloyd and Pemba Sherpa descending from 6000m

A well-oiled machine… AC clearly pride themselves on effective organisation and client care even under the most challenging conditions. At all times I felt an effective, pre-emptive organisation system was in place; this would be impressive in NZ and quite a feat in Nepal.
Three Peaks Nepal, 2017

Norman Ragg
New Zealand
Ama Dablam Caro

I made some great friends, learnt a heap of new skills and had an experience of a lifetime. Thanks AC.
Three Peaks 2017

Christopher Douglas
NZ