Please see details under the ‘equipment’ heading on the website.
LUGGAGE WHILE TREKKING
For the duration of the trek, your main baggage will be carried by porters, leaving you free to enjoy the trek carrying just a day-pack containing water bottles, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket etc. We recommend packing the gear you will require for the trek into a duffle bag or large rucksack. The weight of the duffle when packed should be 12-15kgs. It is also worth bringing a smaller, lockable bag (you can buy one in Kathmandu) for clothes or other items that you will not need during the trek; you can store this bag in the hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu free of charge.
Nepal’s domestic airlines have a weight allowance of 15kgs per passenger. Excess weight is chargeable at USD1 or more per kilo depending on sectors.
There are no official immunisation requirements to enter Nepal but as vaccination requirements change frequently, we would suggest you consult your doctor about inoculations at least two months prior to the start of your trip. It is worth considering getting jabs for Hepatitis A and B, tetanus, typhoid and polio.
The main health consideration at high altitude is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as headache,lethargy, nausea and difficulty sleeping, but these symptoms should lessen within a few days as your body adapts to the thinner air.
For more detailed information regarding altitude, read the information in the ‘Altitude’ heading on our website.
We take altitude very seriously and out itineraries have been designed to allow for safe and proper acclimatisation.
On every trek, we carry a medical kit with standard prescribed medicines along with a user’s manual which you can consult regarding symptoms and treatment. Taking any medicines is at your own risk; we do not accept any medical liability as our staff are not doctors and not qualified to prescribe medicines.
If you have ever suffered from altitude sickness, or have a heart or breathing complaint, we highly recommend you consult your doctor about your suitability for trekking in high-altitude areas before booking.
We suggest that you bring a personal medicine kit that contains pain-killers, cold and cough medicine and something for diarrhoea, nausea and fever. Nasal ointment and throat lozenges are useful for people sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions.
RESCUE / EVACUATIONS / INSURANCE
In the rare event of serious sickness or injury, the member in question will be rescued by helicopter. As the person to be evacuated is liable for all expenses incurred as a result of evacuation, please make sure that this is covered by your insurance before embarking on the trek. If emergency evacuation/helicopter rescue is not covered by your insurance but you still want to or must go ahead with it, you will be personally responsible for meeting these costs after getting back to Kathmandu. Note that a rescue mission will not be carried out unless there is a guarantee of payment from a third party: your insurance company, your trekking company or your embassy.
To organize a helicopter rescue, ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform our office of the need for evacuation. You must give us the name of the sick person, the reason for the evacuation and the exact location from where the helicopter can airlift the sick/injured person. Once a helicopter has been requested, you must stay at the location you gave over the phone; it can take up to 24 hours or longer to be rescued due to the need for payment guarantees and the situation of the weather. DO NOT leave the location given over the phone EVEN IF you begin to feel better.
CARE FOR PORTERS AND STAFF
We run our treks in accordance with the guidelines of the International Porter Protection group (IPPG – www.ippg.net). All our staff and porters are sufficiently insured and provided with adequate high-altitude clothing and equipment suitable to the conditions likely to be encountered on each trek.
The wonderful environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population densities and growing numbers of trekkers threaten the beauty of Nepal. Expedition Himalaya is extremely conscious of the environment and we aim to minimise our impact as far as possible.
As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats, we do not have camp fires and use kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way, opting to take showers instead in those lodges that offer solart-heated showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.
Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear littered with trash. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy.
SAFETY IN TREKKING
Safety is always the first priority in course of trekking and mountaineering. One should be extra cautious when it comes to safety of himself and his group. There are many types of safety in trekking; here are some of the aspects of safety in trekking:
Physical safety: It includes safety of body, safety in trail from any physical attacks or one’s misbehavior. A trekker should be conscious about his and his teams’ safety. In the purchased package of visit, the travel or trekking organization is responsible for the safety of the trekkers. In case of solo trek, sometimes trekkers could encounter wild animals or criminal minded peoples. We have heard much news where tourists were looted, physically harmed and even killed in course of trek. Thus it is suggested to know and understand the trail completely before travelling. In case of solo travel, one must make up his mind and carry enough equipments and gears to overcome any kinds of physical safety related issues.
Financial safety: It includes the safety related with money. One should estimate his daily expenditure and emergency expenses before the trek. In the peak season where there will be crowd of tourists in the destination, the hoteliers may charge excessively high amount for accommodation and when there is no one to complain or report, you become helpless. Thus to be safe from these type of problems, one should be financially safe.
Gears and Equipment’s safety: It is suggested to buy and use only the standardized gears and equipments. If the gears fail to work in high altitude where you have no options to buy new or repair it, life may come in threat. Thus to avoid such problems, one must buy and use internationally certified brands of gears and equipments.
ETHICS IN TREKKING
One must follow the rules or ethics of the destination while trekking. Not all destinations across the world have same values and rules. So, one must be flexible with the local laws and ethics of trekking.
- One must strictly follow the Dos and Don’t Dos of a destination. For e.g. the birds in the forest should not be fed. Photographs should not be taken in the places where it is prohibited.
- One must not influence on the destination, its culture, tradition, costumes and values in any
- One must not harass any females, locals or other trekkers during the trek. It not only creates problem for the group of trekkers but ruins the name of whole
- One should not knowingly disturb other trekkers in teahouses by playing music loud or creating unnecessary problematic
- One should be very cautious about the waste produced by them in a destination. The waste should not be thrown
- Cutting trees and hunting wild animals is strictly prohibited in most of the trekking destinations. Thus the trekkers should be cautious about