Please see details under the ‘equipment’ heading on the website.
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.
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.
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.