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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most common queries we receive. If we have made any omissions and you wish to add to this list, or if you would like to find out more about our services, contact us for more details.

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Do I need special travel insurance for the trek?

You must have individual travel insurance to take part in the trek. We will not accept you on the trip unless this is in place 8 weeks prior to departure. You will need insurance that your insurance covers you for the type of activity and altitude of your trek. The policy must include suitable cover for rescue and repatriation and emergency medical expenses. Your insurance details are requested on the booking form, however this can be arranged at a later date.

How warm does my sleeping bag need to be?

They should be rated within the -15C comfort zone. From the night upwards it is not unusual to experience frosty nights and a good night sleep is important to giving you the best chance to do this trek. 3 season sleeping bags can be enhanced by using on inner silk
sheet (or similar). The idea is to be as comfortable and warm as possible for the night and ensuring plenty of sleep for the arduous days ahead. It is important to remember that down sleeping bags work by your own body heating the down that's inside the bag. Once you have warmed up the bag the down will retain the heat and ensure that you sleep at body temperature. For best results it is best to wear as little as possible when inside your sleeping bag. You could also wear a set of thermals in their bag. It is important for the bag to trap the heat. By wearing multiple layers of clothing your clothing will trap this heat and your bag will not function properly.

I have food allergies; can these be catered for?

Absolutely, please inform the office of any allergies or intolerances and we will ensure that these are taken into account on the trek.

Should I take a Down jacket?

They are highly recommended and are worth their weight in gold on summit day. They will be warm during the evenings around camp as well as essential for summit night. A layer system comprising of several layers of base layers, fleeces, jumpers and a thick coat will suffice on most summit nights prior to the high camps but nothing beats the efficiency of a good down jacket (esp when topped with a water proof layer).

What do the porters carry? Is there a weight limit for my bags?

Your porter bags should be a "duffel bag" or rucksack variety and should not be a suitcase or hard bodied metal case. They should weigh around 15 kg when packed for the trekking phase of the trek. This weight limit is ample and usually everybody can plan to take only enough clothes and equipment needed for the mountain. Please bear in mind that on top of your load, porters will also have to carry a share of the food, kitchen equipment, camping equipment and their own survival gear. It is important to follow your supplied kit list carefully. This will ensure you are carry the right amount.

What happens if I am unable to summit due to ill-health or altitude sickness?

Your expedition leader is constantly monitoring your health. Unfortunately though, some people do get sick or struggle with the altitude. In this situation your leader will discuss options with you from an early stage. Should it become apparent that you are unlikely to be able to summit you descend accompanied by one of our experienced local staff. As this is outside the itinerary you would need to meet any additional costs incurred as a result.

What happens if there is a problem on the trek?

In the vast majority of cases of emergency rescue the problems can be attributed to altitude and if so the solution is immediate descent to lower altitudes. Our local mountain crew are all experienced in dealing with any problem that might arise. Our guides are highly experienced and trained in wilderness first aid and can handle most emergencies to the highest level of competency. Additionally, we ensure that external assistance is also
available if required. This could include access to helicopter rescue. It must be understood though that this kind of rescue can take hours or days to reach an incident as we are operating in remote locations.

What should I carry inside my daysack?

A daysack is worn at all times during the trek. The content of this is mandatory and should include: a fleece (for when taking breaks or weather changes) a full set (top and bottom) of waterproofs, hat and gloves. Also include sufficient water for the day, snacks, camera equipment, personal medication and a head torch.

Where does the drinking water come from?

It is essential to your health that you drink as much water as possible. This is why there is always a fresh supply of water for you to top up your drinking bladders. This is local water taken from taps, watering holes or streams and then purified on your behalf. We always ensure that our drinking water is 100% bug free.

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