Peak Climbing FAQs
Peak Climbing FAQs - This page contains links to important documents and attempts to answer some of the more commonly asked questions.
* When is best time to Climbing?
The climbing season is different from the trekking season: April to June and September-October months are the best season. However, March, July and August month are also possible.
* What is the skill level of this climb?
Climbers should have some training course, experience and must be mentally prepared to deal with strenuous situations at high altitudes.
* What is the physical conditioning level needed for this climb?
Climbers must be in excellent physical condition. Summit day can be 07-12 hours long.
What types of documentation and photographs do I need to provide?
Expedition trek members will need to provide 4 passport-photographs for trekking permits and a copy of their passport bio-data page.
* Will I be sharing a tent or lodging with other climbers?
During the trek and climb we will be lodging in teahouses or tents depending on the village. Team members will be either sharing a teahouse room or a tent.
* How much will my pack weigh?
During the trek and climb team members will only be carrying gear and supplies for the day. At no point do we carry camping gear or equipment for overnight. During the trek daypacks will weigh no more than 20 lbs. and during the climb the packs will weigh no more than 30 lbs.
* What will the meals on the expedition be like?
Meals in the mountains consist of a diet rich in carbohydrates because our bodies do not process fat and protein efficiently at higher elevations and to compensate the increase in caloric need that high altitude climbing involves. We try to make meals and breakfast varied and as normal as possible. During the trek we will be served meals in the teahouses but prepared by our own staff. Meals during the trek and climbing period will typical meals such as rice, pasta or potato dishes along with vegetable and egg dishes. During lunches we will also have a cooked meal. Above base camp climbing food mainly consists of dried meals such as pastas or rice.
*How is drinking water treated?
During the trek we will provide unlimited amounts of boiled water at mealtimes. Team members can fill up water bottles at meals. Bottled water can also be purchased in teahouses at additional cost. Water that can be treated is nearly ever present along the trekking route and in base camp water will be boiled.
* What is Nepal Mountaineering Association?
Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) is a non-governmental, non-profit and non-political organization working as a National Alpine Association of Nepal to promote mountain tourism, climbing sports, protect mountain environments and preserve and promote cultural heritage of mountain people. It is the only national alpine club authorized to issue climbing permits for 33 mountain peaks of Nepal. It was established on November 1, 1973.
* What do you mean by NMA peaks?
NMA peaks refer to those 33 mountain peaks of Nepal for which Government of Nepal has authorized NMA to issue climbing permits. The peaks have been categorized as Group A and Group B.
* What is the fee structure for NMA peaks?
The fee structure for NMA peak is as follows.
Group [A]: 1-7 Members US$ 500 + US$ 100 for each additional climber up to 12 person.
Group [B]: 1-4 climbers US$ 350 + US$ 40 for each additional climber up to 12 persons.
Garbage Deposit: Garbage Deposit for all the 33 NMA Peaks US$ 250.
* What is my chance of successfully reaching the summit?
In the world of mountaineering, there are no guarantees in reaching the summit. There are many uncontrollable and unpredictable elements in mountaineering. We will strive to manage as many of these as possible and provide each client with a summit attempt.
* What gear do you provide?
We provide individual sleeping tents for the trekking phase of most climbing expeditions, with dining and kitchen tents. Our climbing teams are equipped with emergency communications and first aid equipment as well as more prosaic things like climbing and cooking gear. There is a detailed gear list for each Nepal Adventure Point which outlines what we provide as well as what you should bring.
* What happens if I get sick?
In the event of illness or injury, your leader/guide with the approval of leader will arrange to send someone for assistance or transport the ill person to a nearest hospital, airstrip, or road head for evacuation to Kathmandu.
* Does your company rescue the helicopter?
For serious medical emergencies when a patient can't walk or be carried out, our leader/guide delivers the rescue message with full name, sex, passport number and nationality of the sick person then helicopter will be at the rescue spot within couple of hours which can be arranged by Nepal Adventure Point. Once you send for rescue request there is no way you can cancel it. You must wait for the helicopter at the place or point from where you have asked to be rescued. Once the helicopter takes off, you are liable for the costs even if it doesn't find you.
* What will happen if someone on my expedition get sick, will I lose my summit opportunity?
Client safety is our number one priority. If an expedition member gets sick, it is the guide’s responsibility to assess what resources will need to be called on for a safe evacuation. If conditions allow, one guide can escort down an expedition member. If conditions do not allow, you may be required to participate in a group evacuation. Mountain Professionals will make every effort to provide a summit attempt for every team member.
* What do I need to know about altitude related illnesses?
Climbing at altitude is different for every person. Some people will be affected by altitude at 8,000 feet others at 20,000 feet. Mountain Professionals guides have a regimented acclimatizing schedule, which each client will be required to participate in. Although we take every measure to ensure each clients health at altitude, there are risks involved. For more information on risks, please see our liability waiver for details.
* Who will be responsible for my safety?
Your expedition leader is responsible for the group including participants and staff. He or she will advise, manage and assist everyone, sometimes with the support of an expedition first abider or doctor, and will be assisted by guides, Sherpas, Nepal Adventure Point’s staff, and you and your climbing colleagues, all of whom will have roles to play.
* Who is the expedition leader?
Nepal Adventure Point is led by experienced, capable, first-aid qualified and personable leaders. On Himalayan climbing adventures your leader will have specialist experience in climbing expeditions. Our leaders are supported by friendly, competent and local staff: trained and qualified Climbing Sherpas and cooks and support staff. We have helped our senior staff to build their skills and competencies through formal and informal training and immersion in our high-quality well-led adventures and encourage them to keep learning and growing.
* What is the range of tipping in Nepal?
Although tipping is not customary and is entirely optional, it is expected by people who will take care of you during your travels. Our Leader/Guide will pass round a collection for tips for the local operator team as a way of saying thanks you for a job well done. The amount is a purely personal decision but on average is around for tipping drivers and local guides would range from US$ 1-2 per person per sightseeing day depending on the quality and length of the service, for porters during the trekking portion of your trip, the recommended amount is US$ 3-5 per person per day; ask your tour leader/Guide for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your Nepal Adventures Point tour leader did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. Even though the amount to tip is entirely a personal preference; as a guideline US$ 5-7 per person, per day can be used.
* How book this trip? How to join this expedition?
To book and join the any expedition, you are requested to fill application and forward along with your climbing resume and deposit for the trip. We charge 20% of the total trip cost, which is non-refundable. Then we will send you a comprehensive trip itinerary after booking. If you require more information please contact us at; firstname.lastname@example.org