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Everest • Guided ascent of the Southeast Ridge

Khumbu Icefall, South Col approach

Details

Length:

60 days in Nepal

Climbing Season:

Spring

Climbing Grade:

Cost

$39,000

Climbing Grade: Advanced

This climb requires a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain above 8000 meters. Class 5.6 rock climbing is required. Excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Climbers must provide climbing resume including high altitude experience.

Climbing Grade: Advanced Intermediate

This climb requires a high level of climbing proficiency on steep, exposed and technical terrain at high altitude. Class 4 ice or 5.8 rock climbing is required. Excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Climbers must provide climbing resume including high altitude experience.

Climbing Grade: Intermediate

This climb requires snow and ice climbing skills with proficiency on steep and icy terrain. Strong backpacking and excellent physical conditioning is requisite for this expedition. Prior climbing experience is required. High altitude experience is beneficial.

Climbing Grade: Advanced Beginner

Prior climbing experience is beneficial. Basic snow and ice climbing skills are introduced during the program. Above average physical conditioning is requisite for this climb. No high altitude experience is required.

Climbing Grade: Beginner

No prior climbing experience is required. Strong hiking skills and good physical conditioning are requisite.

Trekking Grade: Easy

No experience required.

Trekking Grade: Moderate

This trek requires 4-6 hours of hiking per day with a small pack. Elevation gains of 1000-2000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and good physical conditioning are requisite.

Trekking Grade: Strenuous

This trek requires 6-8 hours of hiking per day with a small pack. Elevation gains of 2000-3000 feet per day. Strong hiking skills and great physical conditioning are requisite.

If you have further questions about our climbing or trekking grades; or about your qualifications for a particular expedition, trek, climb or course, please contact us.

Join our Everest expedition or climb through the Khumbu Icefall to Camp 2

Seven Summits - Mountain GurusIn 2017, we’ll be returning to climb Mount Everest. We offer a small team high of quality experience with IFMGA/UIAGM trained Sherpa guides. Contact us directly for more information about our 60-day full service Everest Expedition. Stay tuned to our expedition dispatches on the MG blog or MG Facebook. We plan to post dispatches every few days during our two month expedition to the worlds highest peak with hopes to summit around mid-May.

Join the expedition and trek to Everest. Our 18-day Expedition Trek joins our Everest summit team to Base Camp. The Expedition support trek allows for two nights at EBC and more acclimatization along the route. We also offer the option to climb Island Peak or Lobuche Peak following the trek.

In addition, we’re offering a luxury version of our 17-day Sherpa guided trek, this luxury trek stays at the Hotel Yak & Yeti in Kathmandu (3 nights), The Beyul Hermitage (luxury lodging and farm stay 1 night), the Yeti Mountain Home resort lodges (4 nights) & Everest Summit Lodges (1 night), plus one night at Everest Base Camp with our Expedition climbing team.

Lastly, we continue to offer our classic Sherpa guided trek (17-days in Nepal) which stay in the very best family owned lodges and the Hotel Yak & Yeti while in Kathmandu. Please visit EBC trekking for more information.

If you’d like to do more climbing. We offer Everest Camp 2 and Khumbu Icefall climb as well as the trekking peaks and Gokyo pass options. We hope to see you in Nepal.

The highest mountain on earth and considered the premier guided climbing challenge, Mount Everest was first summited by Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmond Hillary in 1953. At 29,035 feet Everest is one of the fourteen eight thousand meter peaks and is known by the Sherpa as Sagamartha “Head of the Sky”, or the Tibetans as Chomolungma “Mother Goddess of the Universe“. The mountain is approached from the South Side via the renowned Khumbu Icefall and Western CWM or from the North Side via Tibet’s Rongbuk Glacier and the North Col. Mount Everest while not posing substantial technical climbing difficulty, does require a high level of climbing proficiency on steep and exposed terrain at high altitude.

Everest - Mountain Gurus

Everest Expedition • South Side Summit Climb

Mountain Gurus proudly offers a world class fully supported Everest climb. Kili Sherpa based in Kathmandu handles all the logistics for our expeditions. Kili takes great pride in managing our ground operations, working with our skilled team of Sherpa guides and expedition staff. Each of our mountain guides have extensive experience on Mount Everest with multiple summit climbs.

“The end-to-end logistics of planning an 8000 meter climb can be very daunting. I really have Mountain Gurus to thank for coordinating all aspects of my successful Everest expedition.” Spring 2011 Brian D

Our South Side expedition begins in the historic city of Kathmandu, known for its fascinating Nepalese culture and ancient temples. We fly to Lukla and trek along the Dudh Koshi River until arriving in legendary village of Namche Bazaar, the main trading center of the Sherpa people and gateway to the Khumbu Valley. Over the next week we’re rewarded with amazing views of the Himalaya before arriving in Everest Base Camp at 17,700 feet. The climb ascends through the Khumbu Icefall with its seracs and crevasses, using fixed ropes and ladders prepared by our Sherpa climbing team. The classic South Side route climbs to Camp 2 via the Western CWM, then to Camp 3 high on the Lhotse Face and finally to the wind swept South Col where we place our final Camp 4. Summit day starts early climbing the Southeast Ridge assisted by oxygen to the Balcony (27,500ft). We continue to the South Summit (28,500ft). From here we traverse the exposed ridge for a few hundred meters before reaching the Hillary Step and then to the summit of Mount Everest.

Everest Expedition • North Side Summit Climb

Mountain Gurus provides guided expedition services on the North Side of Mount Everest. The classic Northeast ridge is approached via the North Col from Tibet.

Flight Schedule: USA – Bangkok (BKK) – Kathmandu (KTM)
Expedition begins and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal

Our Everest itinerary remains flexible. We seek to gain adequate acclimatization managing our exposure on Everest and within the Khumbu icefall. We have the option of climbing Lobuche Peak prior to our climbing rotations. The team also has the option of utilizing helicopter service during the trekking phase of the trip.

**We recommend flying on Thai Airways from Bangkok to Kathmandu. Optional sightseeing tour and group dinner in Bangkok before arriving in Nepal.**

Day 1 • Arrive Kathmandu
Transfer airport to hotel. Our expedition begins in the historic city of Kathmandu, known for its fascinating Nepalese culture and ancient temples. The hotel is located in the popular Thamel district jammed with restaurants and shops selling Nepali handicrafts. Overnight Hotel Yak & Yeti

Day 2 • Kathmandu
We have an expedition orientation and equipment check. This will be followed by dinner in one of Kathmandu’s fine restaurants. Overnight Hotel Yak & Yeti

Day 3 • Kathmandu

After breakfast we begin our tour of Kathmandu’s world heritage sites. Among them we visit Durbar Square a complex of palaces, courtyards, Hindu temples and home of the Living Goddess, Kumari Ghar. Next we visit the always favorite Monkey Temple known as Swayambunath, situated on a small hill which offers panoramic views of the city and very curious monkeys. As time allows we’ll visit the temples of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. Overnight Hotel Yak & Yeti

Day 4 • Phakding • 8,700ft

We transfer to Kathmandu’s domestic airport for our morning flight to Lukla. The views from the twin-engine Otter are nothing less than remarkable, providing amazing scenes of the terraced Nepalese hillside and Himalayan giants including the crown jewel Mount Everest towering in the distance. Once in Lukla we are welcomed with a cup of tea and meet our Sherpa staff. The trek into the Khumbu region begins with a few hour walk until we reach Ghat and cross a short bridge connecting the two sides of Phakding and the small village of Chhuserma. Overnight Beyul Hermitage + Farm

Day 5 • Namche Bazaar • 11,300ft

The trek continues along the banks of the Dudh Koshi crossing the “Milky River“ many times as we pass small Sherpa farming villages laden with prayer flags and carved prayer stones known as “Mani Stones“. We carry light packs as porters carry all of our heavy expedition gear. After entering Sagamatha National Park, the trail climbs steeply through the forest giving us a chance of seeing our first glimpse of Everest before arriving in Namche Bazaar the main trading center of the Sherpa people and gateway to the Khumbu Valley.

Day 6 • Namche Bazaar • 11,300ft

We begin our day with an acclimatization trek above Namche Bazaar to Sunrise Point. Here we’re rewarded with a spectacular view of Mount Everest rising above the massive Nuptse face with Lhotse and the distinctive Ama Dablam in sight. On the way down we explore the lively village of Namche with its interesting trekking shops and street merchants selling an assortment of Tibetan wares. As we walk the stone paved streets one can’t resist stopping by the local bakery for a cup of coffee and slice of pie. We spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the fresh mountain atmosphere. On Saturday mornings, a local market is held in the center of the village which allows for interesting people watching.

Day 7 • Khumjung • 12,400ft
We trek above Namche Bazaar to the Syangboche airport and then continue to the Everest View Hotel. Then a short hike back down the ridge to the village of Khumjung. After lunch we visit the Sir Edmund Hillary School. We can also visit the nearby village of Khunde for those interested in exploring further.

Day 8 • Tengboche Monastery • 12,850ft

As we leave Khumjung our trekking route follows the steep hillside high above the Imja Khola. Magnificent views of Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku increase with every step. We descend to the river, crossing it and begin the steep climb to Tengboche, regarded by many as the hardest day of the approach trek. The afternoon is spent touring the historic monastery considered the spiritual heart of the Khumbu region and residence of the famous Rinpoche revered by Buddhist’s. The route drops to Deboche a quite village situated among conifer and rhododendron forest where we spend the night.

Day 9 • Pangboche • Ama Dablam Base Camp • 15,000ft
Our trek continues through rhododendron forest until crossing another suspension bridge high above the Imja Khola. The route climbs the sheer valley to the village of Pangboche traditionally known as the last year round settlement in the Khumbu region. Ama Dablam meaning “mother’s charm box“ offers nothing less than spectacular views. After lunch some in the group may want to venture to Ama Dablam Base Camp at 15,000 feet. We have the chance to meet and receive a blessing from Lama Geshe near to upper Pangboche monastery. Overnight Highland Sherpa Lodge

Day 10 • Pheriche • 13,950ft

Our uphill trek enters the alpine climate zone and our route forks to Pheriche. Upon reaching the village of Pheriche, we visit the Himalayan Rescue Association’s Trekkers Aid Post. Overnight Himalayan Hotel

Day 11 • Pheriche • 13,950ft

Rest and acclimatization day. In the morning we can climb the ridge above Dingboche to 17,000ft for views of Makalu, the world’s fifth highest peak. Overnight Himalayan Hotel

Day 12 • Lobuche • 16,100ft

We leave Pheriche following the river while passing yak herding grounds. Following the lateral moraine, we cross a glacial stream of the Khumbu glacier and ascend to Dughla. The trail climbs the terminal moraine of the Khumbu glacier and passes stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We follow the trail to Lobuche with remarkable views of Nuptse and Pumori as well as other surrounding peaks coming into view. Overnight Eco Lodge

Day 13 • Gorak Shep • 17,000ft • Kala Patar • 18,192ft

We trek out of Lobuche following the moraine of the Khumbu glacier. The route enters dry glacier and meanders glacial ice and debris until we reach the final outpost of Gorak Shep. In the afternoon we trek up Kala Patar, merely a high point on a ridge leading to Pumori. This vantage point allows for amazing views of Mount Everest. We’ll wait for the alpine glow to descend on the peak making for remarkable photographs of the world’s highest mountain and descend by headlamp. Everest, known by the Sherpa as Sagamartha meaning “Head of the Sky“ or the Tibetans as Chomolungma “Mother Goddess of the Universe“.

Day 14-39 • Everest Base Camp • 17,600ft
We settle into Base Camp and spend the next few days acclimatizing, organizing gear and getting acquainted with expedition life. We also include two days of fixed rope and ladder training in the lower Khumbu glacier. We usually do an additional hike to Pumori Camp 1 for acclimatization before heading into the icefall. We participate in the expedition Puja ceremony important to our Sherpa staff before beginning our climbing rotations. Over the next three to four weeks our ascent of Everest follows a logical acclimatization schedule of equipment carries and alternate rest days as our climbing team establishes a series of four camps on the upper flanks of the mountain.

Khumbu Icefall to Camp 1 • 19,500ft
We climb through the icefall with its seracs and crevasses while using fixed ropes and ladders prepared by our Sherpa climbing team. Camp 1 is located at short distance above the icefall.

Western Cwm to Camp 2 • 21,000ft
Camp 2 is located on a moraine below Everest’s spectacular Southwest Face.

Lhotse South Face to Camp 3 • 23,500ft
Camp 3 is perched high on the Lhotse South Face. We sleep at Camp 3 for one or two nights before heading down to Base Camp to rest before our summit attempt.

Day 40-43 • Everest Base Camp • 17,700ft
We spend the next week resting and preparing for our summit attempt. We may opt to descend to a lower elevation within the Khumbu Valley to assist in preparing ourselves for the challenge of climbing the world’s highest mountain.

Day 44-54 • Summit Attempt 
We make our summit attempt before the summer monsoon weather arrives. The climbing window is typically between May 10-20th. Depending on the climbing season extra time is scheduled for a possible second summit attempt.

Yellow Band and Geneva Spur to South Col Camp 4 • 26,300ft
We climb to Camp 2, then to Camp 3 where we begin sleeping on oxygen and finally to the wind swept South Col where we place our final Camp 4.

South Col to the Summit of Mount Everest • 29,035ft (8,850m)
We leave Camp 4 early, climbing the Southeast Ridge with oxygen to the Balcony (27,500ft). We continue to the South Summit (28,500ft). From here we traverse the exposed ridge for a few hundred meters before reaching the Hillary Step and then onto the main summit. Once at the top of the world we share in the excitement of our accomplishment. We have enough time for summit photos and then make our way down the mountain and back to Camp 4 at the South Col.

Day 55 • Pheriche • 13,950ft
We head down the glacier and enter the lush and beautiful Khumbu Valley, surrounded by spectacular snow capped peaks. Upon reaching the village of Pheriche, we visit the Himalayan Rescue Association’s Trekkers Aid Post. We have the option of returning back to Lukla via helicopter.

Day 56 – 58 • Namche Bazaar • Lukla
Over the next three days we descend to Phunki Tenga, Namche and Lukla.

Day 59 • Kathmandu 
After saying farewell to our Sherpa staff we depart to Kathmandu on an early morning flight. We spend the afternoon resting and exploring the Thamel District. The day remains flexible depending on the desires of the group. There are many opportunities to tour Kathmandu’s world heritage sites. Pashupatinath Temple one of the most famous Hindu temples in Nepal, the Buddhist temples of Boudhanath and the temples in the city of Patan south of Kathmandu are recommended. Some in the group may simply want to relax and shop in Thamel. Overnight Hotel Yak & Yeti

Day 60 • Depart
Transport to Tribhuvan International Airport for flights home.


Itinerary Notes: Mountain Gurus makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the particular needs of the group. Please request a detailed itinerary for a list of scheduled and non-scheduled meals.

Land Cost

Price per person: $39,000 (based on 1 climber w/ Sherpa guide)
Price per person: $59,000 (based on 2 climbers w/ American guide)
Price per person: $95,000 (based on 1 climber w/ American guide)

IFMGA/UIAGM Certified Sherpa Guide: $8000
Lobuche Peak Climb: $1200

*Additional charges for helicopter service


Deposit and Payments
$10,000 deposit includes reservation fee, due with application.
$10,000 due 120 days prior to departure
Balance due 90 days prior to departure


Services included
Sagamartha NP entrance fee
Climbing permit and icefall fee, Liaison officer
Round Trip Domestic airfare – Kathmandu – Lukla
All scheduled land transportation in Nepal
4 nights Hotel Yak and Yeti accommodations in Kathmandu (5 star)
Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
Tea House Lodge trek and single tented accommodations at Base Camp
Expedition leadership from American mountain guide
Professional English-speaking Sherpa climbing guide, high altitude porters
Base Camp coordinator and expedition cook and staff
Dining tent w/ gas heater and hot shower, toilet tent
Solar charging, communications
Scheduled meals during the expedition
6 Oxygen bottles, mask and regulator, Top-out system
Porter and Yak service
Baggage transport (2 duffel bags 20kg – 44lbs)
All group equipment for the expedition (including tents, stoves, group climbing gear, fixed ropes)


Services not included
International airfare – USA – Kathmandu
Non-scheduled meals
Helicopter service
Communication charges
Snack food during the expedition
Personal gear
Trip cancellation insurance
Medical and evacuation coverage
Summit bonus for climbing Sherpa
Staff gratuities

8000 Meter • Everest

Head and Face:
• Warm Synthetic/ Wool hat: One that covers the ears.
• Heavyweight Balaclava
• Sun Hat or Baseball cap
• Sunglasses: Essential eye protection at altitude. Bring a high quality pair designed for
mountain use. Attachable side shields are necessary, glacier glasses. Plus an extra pair
• Ski Goggles w/ 100% UV protection
• Sunscreen: SPF 40 or more.
• Lip Balm: SPF 20 or more.
• Bandanas: Tied around neck they give good sun protection.
• Climbing Headlamp: Bring plenty of batteries.

Upper Body:
• Upper Body Layers: We recommend you have three warm layers for the upper body.
Items must be made of synthetic or pile. Make sure all layers fit comfortably
over each other and supply good insulation. A good combination is a long
underwear top, a sweater, and a pile jacket. Cotton items do not provide
adequate insulation and are completely useless when damp.
• Synthetic Fleece Jacket and/or Pullover: Medium weight
• Shirts: Two synthetic shirts are best for trekking. Two or Three cotton shirts
for camp or lodges. Two or Three synthetic long sleeve shirts for climbing.
• Hard Shell Jacket w/ hood: Snow and high wind can be common. GORE-TEX© or
waterproof nylon that has been “seam sealed”.
• 8000 meter Expedition Down Parka or Suit with insulated hood: 700+ fill down
• Insulated Synthetic Jacket or Vest: Medium weight
• Wind Shirt: A nylon wind shell (not waterproof)

Handwear:
• Lightweight Synthetic gloves: Two pair (capilene is recommended)
• Heavyweight Synthetic gloves: One pair (WINDSTOPPER© is recommended)
• Shell Gloves w/ insulated removable liner: One pair
• Expedition Shell Mittens w/ wrist straps: One pair

Lower Body:
• Quick Dry Hiking Shorts: One pair. Good for hiking at lower elevations in the mountains.
• Long Underwear Bottoms: Two or Three pair. Synthetic, no cotton
• Heavyweight Long Underwear Bottoms: One pair. Synthetic, no cotton
• Pile/Fleece Pants: One pair that fit loosely and comfortable. These are
essential to be worn over the long underwear bottoms. (full side zips)
• Hard Shell Pants: Bring a good pair of rain/wind pants of GORE-TEX© or waterproof
nylon that has been “seam sealed”. (full side zips)
• 8000 meter Expedition Down Pants or Suit: Outer shell must be windproof DryLoft©
• Trekking/Camp Pants: Two pair for light trekking or camp
• Climbing Pants: Synthetic, comfortable to climb in and provide good
warmth on cool misty days, dry fast and prevent sunburn. Schoeller© fabric is recommended.
• Gaiters: One pair of high gaiters to keep dirt and snow out of boots.
• Undergarments: Enough for the duration of the program.

Footwear:
• Double Plastic Climbing Boots w/ high altitude liners or Millet Everest
• Insulated Overboots: Not needed if using Millet Everest
• Lightweight Socks: Four pair of synthetic liner socks to wear under heavy socks.
• Trekking Socks: Three pair synthetic medium weight
• Heavyweight Socks: Four pair of synthetic socks to wear for warmth with climbing boots.
• Hiking Boots or Trekking Shoes: One pair medium weight hiking boots/shoes large enough
to be comfortable with one liner sock and one heavy synthetic sock.
• Camp Shoes or sandals: These are to wear in camp or lodges.
• Down Booties (optional)

Sleeping:
• Sleeping Bag: Mountain temperatures can get below zero degrees Fahrenheit
so bring a warm bag (rated to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit).
• Sleeping Bag: Second bag for base camp (rated to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit).
• Sleeping Pad: Two pads, one closed-cell foam pad and an inflatable THERMA-REST© pad.

Packing and Backpack:
• Backpack: One lightweight medium size (3500-4000 cubic inches) comfortable pack with some
support, adequate to carry personal gear. The pack should fit properly and have a
good waist belt. Carry gear between 35 and 50 pounds.
• Trekking Backpack: optional for trek.
• Duffle/zip Bag: Two large size, transporting gear via yaks or porters.
• Duffle/zip Bag: One medium size, store non-mountain gear during the expedition.
• Travel locks, nametags, and contact information written directly on the duffels.
• Bags: (5) large plastic bags (5) large Ziploc bags (2) stuff sacks
• Passport with three extra photos (photo for the Nepal Entry Visa)

Climbing Gear:
• Trekking poles: adjustable and collapsible
• Ice axe w/Leash: 70cm recommended
• Crampons
• Alpine Climbing Harness w/ adjustable leg loops
• Carabiners Non-locking: Two lightweight (BD Hotwire)
• Carabiners Locking: Two large pear-shaped, screw gate
• Ascender: Left or right handed
• Prussik Cord: 40 feet, 6mm perlon
• Rappel/Delay device: Figure 8 recommended

Drinking:
• Water Bottle: Three, one liter wide-mouth plastic bottles. NALGENE©
• Water Bottle Insulators
• Water Treatment: We recommend you bring two bottles of “Potable Aqua” or a “Polar Pure”,
crystal iodine in a bottle, to treat drinking water.
• Water Flavoring: Lemonade, Tang, Gatoraid, etc.

Personal Health and First Aid
• Small personal first-aid kit and medications
• Plastic bowl, insulated mug, and Lexan spoon
• Personal Items

Gear: A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort, it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

International Programs • Nepal

Visa/Entry Information: A passport and visa are required. American citizens may obtain a visa prior to travel or purchase 30 day multiple-entry visa ($40), or 60 day multiple-entry visa ($100) before arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

Health & Immunizations: Immunizations are not required for entry into Nepal.

Flight Travel Information: USA – Bangkok (BKK) – Kathmandu (KTM)

International Departures: Our itineraries reflect the date and time you’ll need to arrive in country for a particular program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the countries, destination city. When booking your flight you’ll need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. It’s easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you’ll need to arrive.

Meals and Food: All meals are provided as per meal schedule. (see itinerary for meal schedule)

Gear: A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your program will be sent to you in the pre-departure packet upon reservation. For your safety and comfort it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

Frequently Asked Questions

Even the most experienced climbers have questions and if this is your first time on an Expedition, Trek or Northwest Climb you’re sure to have them. We provide information about such things as travel dates, itineraries and required equipment throughout our website. However, if you can’t find the answers you seek anywhere else, we try to provide them here!

Travel & Insurance

When do I need to arrive and depart?

International Departures: Our itineraries reflect the date and time you’ll need to arrive in country for a particular program. Mountain Gurus programs begin and end in the countries, destination city. When booking your flight you’ll need to account for travel time and crossing the international dateline if needed. It’s easiest to give your booking agent the day and time you’ll need to arrive.

Domestic Departures: Regarding Northwest programs our itineraries reflect the date and time the program begins at a particular start location (North Cascades NP, Olympic NP, etc.). When flying to Washington State you’ll likely need to arrive the day before the climb begins in order to meet the group at the program start location. In regards to your departure flight, our return time to the program start location is often unpredictable. We suggest a hotel reservation for the night of the last day and plan to return home the day after the end of the program.

What if I want to arrive early or depart later than the program? Mountain Gurus can assist in arranging accommodations before or after the program. Our Operations Director can recommend things to do if you desire.

Will a Mountain Gurus agent greet me at the airport? For International programs depending on your arrival time, we coordinate ground transportation. We either greet you at the airport or arrange transportation to your hotel. In most cases the program formally begins the morning after arrival day.

Do you recommend trip cancellation insurance? Mountain Gurus highly recommends purchasing of trip cancellation and travel insurance. This comprehensive travel insurance provides coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delays, medical expenses and emergency assistance.

Do I need any other insurance? Make sure you provide yourself adequate traveler’s medical and evacuation insurance for coverage should you have a problem during the trip.

Should I have concerns when traveling internationally? We recommend registering with the United States Department of State when traveling anywhere internationally. Registration is voluntary and is your sole responsibility. Also, the United States Department of State maintains a travel Warning/Alerts list for most countries around the world. www.travel.state.gov

Experience and Fitness

What are climbing and trekking grades? Mountain Gurus provides climbing and trekking grades to help our client choose which programs are best suited for their experience level, knowledge of climbing and overall physical conditioning. Mountain travel can be extremely challenging yet profoundly rewarding. We offer programs of various skill levels and difficulty. Regardless which program you choose we expect our clients to be physically and mentally prepared for the demands of the journey.

Can anyone participate on your MG programs? We feel that anyone in reasonably good physical fitness should be able to join us on many of our programs. Mountain Gurus guides will introduce basic trekking and climbing skills needed during the course of the program. Remember your ability to participate in the program is largely dependent upon your overall health and fitness. An expedition, trek or climb shouldn’t be taken lightly and we encourage you to prepare for it by physically conditioning yourself for the strenuous aspects of the program. We strongly advise anyone who is considering a climb with Mountain Gurus, who may have a medical condition or medical history that may affect their performance, first consult with their physician. If you have further questions or concerns please contact us and our Operations Director can discuss which program is best suited for you.

Domestic & International Programs

How can I find out about necessary visas or entry requirements for the country I am visiting? Mountain Gurus will send you all necessary visa information contained within our pre-departure package. In most case American citizens can obtain a visa upon arrival. It is your responsibility to send in all pre-required visa applications and associated fees. In addition most countries maintain websites that provide all necessary information and application forms.

How can I find about necessary immunizations for the area where I am traveling? As part of your itinerary, we’ll provide you with current recommended/required immunizations for the country where you are traveling. You can always consult the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov

Can I hire an additional porter? On International programs Mountain Gurus can arrange hire of a personal porter if desired for an additional cost. Please notify MG in advance if you’re considering a personal porter.

Can additional gear or clothing be stored during the program duration? In most cases additional items can be stored at the hotel or with our ground operator.

What type of accommodations can I expect?

Hotels: During our stay in international destination cities you can expect to stay in high quality hotels. When available we opt to stay in smaller boutique style hotels that provide a friendly atmosphere and high quality experience.

Camping or Lodges: When camping we provide our clients with high quality mountaineering tents. Depending on the expedition or climb clients participate in setting up tents and help in establishing camp as well as participate in cooking. On Treks and Tours, Mountain Gurus provides our clients with a fully supported experience, your tent will be set up and waiting when you arrive in camp and you’ll be greeted with hot water and a cup of tea. Destinations like Nepal we often opt to stay in high quality lodges (also known as Tea Houses) as an alternative to camping. Due to our local knowledge we choose from the finest lodges available which provide great food and a friendly warm environment.

Do you provide single accommodations? International programs that include hotels, a single room supplement is available for an additional cost if desired. For those traveling alone who do not wish to pay an additional cost for a single room, we will pair you in a room with another same-sex team member. In the event another team member of the same sex is not available for room pairings, you will be assigned a single room. During Northwest climbs single tent accommodations are not available.

How heavy a pack do I need to carry?

On Northwest programs you will be required to carry a portion of the group gear and food, in addition to your personal gear. This should be taken into consideration when deciding what you should bring. Be prepared to carry between 40-65 lbs. depending on the length of the program and group size.

For International programs pack weight varies greatly depending on the type of program. On our fully supported Treks and Tours you will only be expected to carry a small to medium sized day pack with each trekking day’s necessary clothing and essentials. 15-30 lbs. Expeditions will be required to carry a portion of the group gear and food in addition to your personal gear. 40-65 lbs. On fully supported Expeditions we utilize high altitude climbing porters which greatly minimizes the need to carry group gear. 35-50 lbs.

Private and Custom Programs

I have a group of family/friends/colleagues and we have specific dates we would like to climb. Can you customize a program for us? All of our programs can be run on a private basis. The beauty of a private program is you climb what you want, with who you want, when you want. We’ll take care of the entire program. We are also able to provide you with a custom itinerary depending on your interests. We may require a $100 non-refundable deposit for custom program planning which will be applied towards your program cost at the time of reservation.

Equipment

Does Mountain Gurus rent equipment? We do provide limited rental gear on our Northwest programs. All rental gear is limited and needs to be reserved and paid in advance. See Northwest Climbs and Courses for details. Currently we do not rent any equipment for international programs. Also, many local climbing and outdoors stores rent gear for reasonable rates.

Where should I buy equipment? We can help you find a local climbing and outdoor shop where you can purchase the equipment you’ll need.

General

Is it customary to tip your support staff or mountain guide? On international programs where we utilize support staff (porters, cooks, kitchen staff, etc.); it is Mountain Gurus practice to take a group tip and divide it among the support staff. Tipping of Mountain Guides for a job well done is always appreciated.

How can my family get in contact with me when I’m on a on a Mountain Gurus program? After your application and deposit are accepted; you will be provided with a detailed itinerary which will include hotel and ground outfitter contact information for your program. Due to the nature of the wilderness areas we travel it is likely you will be out of contact during the duration of the program. Telephone and internet access is available in some destinations at you own expense.

What if my spouse, family or friends don’t climb; can they still join me on safari? We would be delighted to make arrangements for non-trekking family and friends to join you after the climb. We suggest you extend your safari a few days to take advantage of Tanzania’s remarkable wildlife parks and diverse landscape.

Can my son or daughter join me on the program? What’s the minimum age requirement? Possibly, we would prefer to talk with you about the program you’re interested in and see if it’s an appropriate choice for someone under the age of 18. We accept participants 16 years or older on our regularly scheduled trips, accompanied by a legal guardian.