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Khumbu Trek

This stunning trek visits many different parts of the beautiful Khumbu Valley, treks all the way to Everest Base Camp and climbs Kala Patar.

We offer this incredible journey in both the pre- and post-monsoon seasons, with the post-monsoon known for clear autumnal weather and the pre-monsoon for spring flowers.

Our guides and Sherpa friends will offer you an insight into the Sherpa homeland and their way of life. The trek includes an optional traverse of the moderately severe Kongma La pass which has unsurpassed views of the peaks in the Everest region.

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Difficulty Level Low ?
Fitness Level Low ?
Duration 24 days
Elevation 5,554M / 18,222FT
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Visit Everest Base Camp - Rene Schwaller

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Trek through rural villages - Charley Mace

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Cross the Kongma La - Mark Austin

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Mount Everest viewed from Kala Patar - Suze Kelly

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Trek the timeless trails of the Khumbu - Kunga Sherpa

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Travel with the Island Peak team to Base Camp - Kunga Sherpa

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Trekking below the majestic Ama Dablam - Mark Austin

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Rhododendrons in full bloom in the Khumbu - Suze Kelly

From Oct 15 to Nov 07, 2018
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$4,200 USD $
From Oct 18 to Nov 10, 2018
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$4,200 USD $
From Apr 26 to May 19, 2019
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$4,200 USD $
From Oct 15 to Nov 07, 2019
Departs from Kathmandu, Nepal
$4,200 USD $
  • Overview

    • Visit many different parts of the beautiful Khumbu Valley
    • Trek all the way to Everest Base Camp and climb Kala Patar
    • We initiate the journey with an exciting insight into the traditions and religions in Kathmandu.


    We initiate the journey with an exciting insight into the traditions and religions in Kathmandu. Step back a few hundred years with visits to the bustling and exciting monasteries including the famed Monkey Temple.

    From here a short flight takes us into the Khumbu Valley and gateway to Mt Everest. We trek through fields passing by ancient villages and forests, eventually moving into the high mountain regions. We stop for two nights in Namche Bazaar, hub of the Sherpa homeland and bustling with activity. We continue with the trek up the valley towards Mt Everest climbing to Kala Patar (18,221ft/ 5,554m), the most famous viewpoint for seeing Everest from close quarters.

    The trek includes an optional traverse of the moderately challenging Kongma La pass which has unsurpassed views of the peaks in the Everest region, and travels alongside the Island Peak Expedition team.

  • Why AC?

    Because we want you to remember this trek for being so much more than just a hike, we at Adventure Consultants have taken enormous pleasure in planning a fusion of all the best components that we know make this a truly memorable experience.

    We are renowned for our quality of service and the strategy applied to our treks. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination.

    We have a philosophy of investing in every trip to offer our trekkers the best possible experience.

    We employ strong and specialised trek leaders and Sherpa staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams and the best back-up and support available. This includes nutritious and ample quantities of food, comfortable base camp facilities, reliable communications systems and the necessary medical back up. Our staff are the most affable western or Sherpa guides working in conjunction with our excellent cooking teams, to promise you an experience of a lifetime!

    Many of our team members come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our level of service and proven experience. Others return because they know we do our very best to make our trips safe and successful.

  • Dates & Prices

    Dates 2018

    Trip 2: October 15 - November 7, 2018 (post-monsoon)
    Trip 3: October 18 – November 10, 2018 (post-monsoon)

    Dates 2019

    Trip 1: April 26 - May 19, 2019 (pre-monsoon)
    Trip 2: October 15 - November 7, 2019 (post-monsoon)

    Pricing Schedule 2018/2019

    The cost of the Khumbu Trek ex Kathmandu, Nepal is US$4,200 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 the trek (tents, kitchen etc.)
    • All trek staff, including western and Sherpa guides, porter support
    • Transport of 15kg of personal equipment
    • All meals after departing Kathmandu and before arriving back in Kathmandu
    • Back up Medical services


    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 or alcohol.
    • Entry visas for Nepal (suggest getting 30 day tourist visa for Nepal on arrival into KTM)
    • Personal clothing and equipment
    • Personal expenses whilst trekking such as laundry, showers, internet use
    • Personal travel / trip cancellation insurance
    • Excess baggage charges for the flights to / from Lukla
    • Any rescue costs

    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

    Khumbu TrekThe Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Khumbu Trek.

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

    Khumbu Trek Trip Notes

    Team Membership

    For the Khumbu Trek we will take a maximum of 12 people hence spaces are limited.

    Our Guides

    We employ strong and specialised Expedition leaders and Sherpa staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams, the best back-up and support available. The expedition leader will be scheduled approximately six months out from the trip start. The 2017 guiding team includes:

    Matt ChessorMatt Chessor
    Lead Guide Trip 1

    The expedition leader for our April departure is Matt Chessor. Born in Australia, Matt is now based in Rossland, Canada. He started alpine climbing in 2000, at age 16, largely to facilitate ski mountaineering. He began guiding in 2008 and is now a fully certified IFMGA Mountain and Ski Guide. He has both climbed and guided several of New Zealand's highest mountains.

    Matt guided our Ama Dablam expedition alongside lead guide, Lydia Bradey in 2013 and in 2014 he summitted Cho Oyu (8201m) guiding alongside lead guide Steve Moffat.

    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

    Trek team 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 trek leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality.

    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.

    Preparing for Your Trip

    Although the Khumbu Trek is straightforward, you must train prior to departure to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. While the trek is achievable you need to be prepared to hike for the full 14 days for around 4-5 hours on hilly terrain, with some hill climbs of around 600m elevation gain, with over 3000m elevation gain in total.

    Training should include regular walking on hills, in combination with swimming, light running or biking and gym work to develop strength. For more information read our AC Blog article 'Fit to Trek', visit our Fitness Training Programs page, or check out our Training Peaks Uphill Athlete 12 Week Everest Trekking Training Program.

    What You Carry

    We have the luxury of porter support during the trek. Each day 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.

    The Altitude

    A robust acclimatisation program has been incorporated into our itinerary to allow the best opportunity for our body’s to adjust to the reduced atmospheric pressure when travelling high in the Himalayan Mountains. We have included rest days at the relevant elevations to allow our bodies to adjust to the thin air and we carry sufficient medication to deal with most altitude related problems. Experience has shown us that good hydration, rest days at significant elevations and good base fitness help avoid any significant problems during this expedition.

    Nonetheless, you will feel the effects of the high altitude. For people who have not previously been to altitude this can sometimes be a cause for concern but please do not worry about this as your guides are trained to assist you through your acclimatisation programme.

    Symptoms you may experience include; mild headaches which are similar to the sensation of wearing tight sunglasses for too long. These ‘pressure’ headaches, as they are known, are usually relieved by drinking more water, rest and pressure breathing (blowing out through pursed lips). Should symptoms persist, they can be relieved by Panadol, Ibuprofen, Excedrin, Tylenol or similar. Taking the time after arriving at a ‘new’ elevation is vital to allow your body to adjust. People who can’t sit still, drink excessive alcohol, or rush around, usually adjust at a slower rate than others.

    The feeling when you get to a new altitude has been compared to having a mild hangover. It is important to remember to walk slowly and do not try to keep up with any locals!

    We include ‘active’ rest days as part of our acclimatisation programme. By taking a gentle walk on rest days to a slightly higher elevation we exercise the principle of ‘climbing high, sleeping low’, which aids our acclimatisation greatly.

    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 during the trek we will be staying and dining in Lodges and at Island Peak Base Camp we will be staying in tents and eating in the Adventure Consultants mess tent. Our base camp equipment and ample, nutritious meals are always the envy of other groups on the mountain!

    Accommodation

    Accommodation and dining during the trek will be in lodges where you will be in dormitories or twin rooms. Mattresses are provided but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag. Each lodge has a large lounge and dining area where trek members can congregate to share meals, socialise or simply relax by the fireplace. Some even have showers, internet, battery re-charging and laundry services available for a small fee.

    Clothing & Equipment

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

  • Itinerary

    Day  

    Meet in Kathmandu, team briefing

    Gear check, optional sightseeing Kathmandu Valley

    Fly to Lukla (2,860m/9,383ft) and trek to Phakding (2,610m/8,563ft), 3hrs

    Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,286ft), 5hrs

    Sightseeing in Namche Bazaar, possible day walk to Khumjung (3,780m/12,402ft) and Khunde (3,840m/12,598ft)

    Trek to Phortse (3,950m/12,959ft), 5-6hrs

    Trek to Pheriche (4,270m/14,009ft), 5-6hrs

    Rest day

    Trek to Lobuche (4,940m/16,207ft)

     

    10  Rest day

     

    11 

    Trek to Gorak Shep (5,160m/16,929ft) 3hrs, climb Kala Patar (5,554m/18,222ft) 3hrs

     

    12  Trek to Everest Base Camp (5,300m/17,400ft) and return to Lobuche

     

    13  Trek over Kongma La Pass (5,535m/18,159ft) and on to Chhukung (4,730m/15,518ft), 9hrs

     

    14 Rest day

     

    15  Chhukung Ri ascent (5,550m/18,209ft), 6hrs

     

    16  Trek to Island Peak Base Camp (4,970m/16,300ft) 3hrs, return to Chhukung, 2.5hrs

     

    17  Explore the valleys above Chhukung with a climbing Sherpa

     

    18  Rest/Contingency Day

     

    19  Trek to Pangboche (3,985m/13,074ft), 3-5hrs

     

    20  Trek to Namche Bazaar, 5hrs

     

    21  Trek to Lukla, 7hrs

     

    22  Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu

     

    23  Contingency day

     

    24  Trip ends

     

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

    From Kathmandu, we fly into Lukla, the gateway to the Upper Khumbu. This is the heart of Sherpa country and we get to enjoy genuine Sherpa hospitality in beautiful and well-kept lodges that we have carefully chosen during the years we have been visiting this region. There's nothing quite like sitting back after a good walk to enjoy some of the world's most spectacular scenery while sampling the local food and beverages.

    We make our way slowly up the valley, stopping for a couple of days in Namche Bazaar to enjoy the markets and to explore the local villages. We can make a day trip to Thame, the last outpost on the ancient trading route over the Nangpa La, a pass between Nepal and Tibet. We may also visit Kunde, with its Himalayan Trust Hospital.

    Then it's on through the high Sherpa villages of Pheriche and Lobuche to Gorak Shep. Taking our time is important as it gives us ample opportunity to take in all the sights as we acclimatise to the high altitudes.

    A climb of Kala Patar rewards us with exceptional views of Mount Everest and its neighbours, Nuptse and Lhotse. The next highlight is a visit to Everest Base Camp itself.

    After our 'Everest Experience' we trek to the Base Camp for Island Peak via a high alpine pass, the Kongma La and on to the village of Chukhung in the Imja Khola Valley. The pass crossing provides some of the best high-altitude views anywhere in the Himalaya! For those who would like a couple of easier trekking days, the option is available to hike around to Chhukhung via Pheriche and Dingboche with a staff member and there is also the option to camp at Island Peak Base Camp.

    The Khumbu Trek concludes with a relaxed trip back down to Lukla and a flight back to Kathmandu. We provide the most affable and experienced western guides working in conjunction with our excellent Sherpa friends, to promise you an experience of a lifetime!

    NOTE: This trek runs alongside our pre and post-monsoon Island Peak expeditions, making this a perfect trip for friends, couples or families who want to share an adventurous journey without the need to both be climbing the mountain.

    There is also the option to extend the trip by including a side trip to the Gokyo Valley.

    Team members meet in Kathmandu, the capital of the Kingdom of Nepal. We are greeted at the airport by our Kathmandu representatives, who whisk you through the thriving city to your hotel.

    Once everybody has arrived we have a team meeting where introductions and the trip outline are completed. You will be briefed on the trip preparations and we can sort out any queries you have. We then have a welcome dinner at one of our favourite Kathmandu restaurants together with the group.

    Your guide will advise you on good shopping and the better restaurants to visit while you are in the city. There are plenty of shops and entertainment to suit all tastes. From excellent bookshops to mountain bike hire, souvenir shopping and bars; Kathmandu’s retail fraternity is waiting to meet you!

    We have a full day in Kathmandu when we can sort out any equipment problems you may have, but don’t worry if you have forgotten something, there are plenty of good outdoor shops in the city.

  • Add Ons

    Sadhu Kathmandu Camilla RutherfordCity 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

    Gokyo CoverGokyo Extension

    Trek over the challenging Cho La Pass to visit the Gokyo Lakes region. This is a highly recommended extension for fit and experienced trekkers.

    An early start sees the group going over the 5,380m pass by late mid-morning (fantastic views back to Ama Dablam and of Cholatse) and then descending off the steeper side of the pass into boulder fields and trails with a more remote feeling to them. By the end of a superb day’s Himalayan trekking we reach the small village of Dragnag. The next day we cross the Ngozumpa Glacier and after a couple of hours reach Gokyo for a well-earned rest. There are options to climb Gokyo Ri (5,357m) later on or trek further up valley to view some of the stunning Gokyo lakes (of which there are five).

    We then begin the trek out from the Gokyo region with a beautiful day of trekking to Machermo, before re-joining the main trail at Namche Bazaar. The trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla is a long day before the early morning flight back out to Kathmandu on the last day. Departure flights from Kathmandu need to be scheduled for the following day. Costs for the Gokyo Extension are US$450 per person. For more information contact our office.

    Chitwan Rhino Kasara ResortChitwan

    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 Treks 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.

    Have a camera man 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 Insurance

    Adventure Consultants recommends the following travel insurance insurance options for trekkers, 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

    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?

    • Purchasing CoverMore is a quick and easy process.
    • 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.

  • FAQ

    • Trek Documentation

      The following is to serve as a helpful guideline on our Himalayan Treks. 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 trekkers?
      We are renowned for the quality of service and strategy applied to our treks. Our reputation is attributed to the 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 through 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 boasts 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 trek?
      For our lodge-based treks, hot showers are available in selected lodges for a small fee. We advise people to bring wet-wipes for impromptu washes in between available showers. Some lodges also provide a laundry service for a small fee.

      Please note that on the camping-based Dhaulagiri Trek there are no showers or laundry facilities 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. 

      What food will be available?
      You’ll get breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, as well as ample hot and cold drinks. We can cater for vegetarian as well as many other special diets as long as we are informed prior to the trip. All of our treks provide excellent local and Western food! If you have any special treats that you like, we encourage you to bring some along.

      What is the food like?
      When staying in odges, expect local food such as dal bhat as well as Western-style dishes such as pizza or yak steak. We usually bring a few treats from New Zealand such as Kiwi cheese and salami and serve fresh coffee with breakfast.

      On the Dhaulagiri Trek, our cook team will prepare a range of tasty dishes in the camps. Please indicate any dietary requirements that you may have on your application form and we are happy to accommodate those with specific diets.

      What are the lodges like? Can I have my own room?
      We book tidy, clean, modern lodges - the best that are available in each village. They are well-known locations to us and we have a good relationship with the lodge owners. We can book private rooms for you, at an added cost. Our standard trips are based on shared rooms, usually twin-share and sometimes triple-share.

      On the tent-based Dhaulagiri trek, 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 Kathmandu if you have the time. Before your trek, you will receive a “final details” letter. This will let you know the time and place to meet your guide(s). 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 60 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 please ensure that you can make changes to your tickets or you run the risk of losing them if we do have to cancel the trip. In such situations, we are usually able to help you book on to an alternate departure, either with us or another operator.

      Can I get a cheap ticket online?
      The problem with these tickets is that you usually end up having to pay quite a lot more if you have to make any changes to your ticket. Some of the places we go to aren't straightforward and we highly recommend using a travel agent for such travel, as there are many intricacies that they can help you with. In the long run, they save you money! We use professional travel agents for all our staff and guides' travel bookings.

      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 pickup 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.

    • Clothing & Equipment

      Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?
      Once we have received your application we will email out your Team Reference Notes which include an assortment of information including detailed equipment lists. Any questions you have after reading through this will be directed to our Equipment Coordinator, who can assist you in preparing for the trip as well as recommending and sourcing a range of clothing and equipment suitable for the trek 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 conditions as cold as -10°C. Blankets are generally not available so pay careful attention to the bag 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 greatly improve a bag's warmth.

      How much weight do we carry on the trek?
      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 at 5 to 10kgs (10-20 pounds).

    • Acclimatisation & Oxygen

      Will there be any oxygen carried on the trek? Is this included in our trek fee?
      Most of our treks take oxygen as a medical backup. We also take PACs (Personal Altitude Chamber) with us. A trekker 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 trekker 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 your physician and let us know. 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 extras. Also, please bring a small first aid kit including a blister kit and mild headache medication for the normal altitude headaches.

    • Guides, Sherpas & Team Members

      How many guides Sherpas will be assigned to our group?
      A ratio of trekkers 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 trek or expedition.

      Who goes on your trips?
      Our climbers and trekkers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, countries and skill levels, ranging from those seeking skill development to those seeking 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 a trek?
      We cannot recommend enough being fit prior to the trek as this will make all the difference to your acclimatisation and, ultimately, your enjoyment. For most treks, you should be comfortable walking up to 6 hours with a light pack.

      Please note that for the Mustang trek, the trekking is of only moderate difficulty as we can ride the horses on most of the trail apart from steep descents and the occasional exposed section. Participants must be of reasonable health and capable of walking/riding for about 4-6 hours a day. 

      Please also note that are some longer days on the Dhaulagiri Trek as we ascend Dhampus Peak.

      Training should include regular walking on hills, in combination with swimming, light running or biking, and gym work to develop strength. Check out our Fitness Training Programmes page for more information.

      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 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 trek?
      For lodge-bassed treks, many of the lodges have power available with typical Asian plugs (two nail like horizontal prongs) and offer to recharge for a fee. 

      On the Mustang Trek, charging facilities may be more limited and you may wish to consider bringing your own personal solar charging system.

      On the Dhaulagiri trek, mains voltage charging will not be available. Although we do carry a 12V power supply, this is primarily for recharging the satellite phone so we recommend you bring your own personal sized solar panel and battery pack if you have multiple devices. If your equipment has a cigarette lighter type car charger, bring that and you can plug it in to charge. We do NOT recommend bringing rechargeable digital cameras as they tend to run out when power is not available. Use cameras with replaceable batteries and we recommend lithium batteries. 

      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?
      Each trek member must have travel insurance covering medical evacuation and repatriation, with no exclusions pertaining to trekking. This should provide adequate cover in the event that any mishap occurs and an expensive evacuation is initiated. We do also highly recommend that you purchase a standard comprehensive policy to include cover trip cancellation (in the event of an injury or mishap prior to your trip start date), delayed flights, lost luggage, etc..

      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. Our recommended providers are found on our Travel and Rescue Insurance page. When you have booked on a trip with us, we will also send you more comprehensive information on various insurance options.

      What is trip cancellation insurance?
      We recommend that all our trekkers buy trip cancellation insurance upon sign up for their trip or at the very least, at the same time as their flights and balance payment are settled. 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 trip for reasons such as family illness, injury to one’s 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 trek 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 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.

  • Dispatches

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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
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