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Khumbu Discovery • Guided Trek

Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery • Everest Region

Details

Length:

14 days in Nepal

Trekking Season:

Spring & Fall

Trekking Grade:

Cost

$2300

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.

We offer various trekking options throughout Nepal. Mountain Gurus founder has guided trips to Nepal since 1993. He believes Nepal is one of the best places on Earth to walk in the mountains. Please read more about our Nepal treks.

Sherpa Lodge Trek • 14 days

We offer our classic Sherpa Lodge trek during the spring and fall trekking seasons. Our 14-day Sherpa trek overnights at the Hotel Yak & Yeti in Kathmandu as well as The Beyul Hermitage + Farm in Chhuserma and very best family owned tea house lodges while trekking in the Khumbu. Plus we have the option of taking a day hike to Ama Dablam Base Camp.

Sherpa Luxury Lodge Trek • 14 days

We’re now offering a luxury version of our Sherpa Lodge trek (14-days in Nepal). This luxury trek stays at the Hotel Yak & Yeti in Kathmandu (4 nights), The Beyul Hermitage + Farm (luxury lodging and farm stay 1 night), the Yeti Mountain Home resort lodges (4 nights) & Everest Summit Lodges (1 night). Alternate itinerary versions of this trek can be arranged on a private basis. We also offer a longer version of this trek to Everest Base Camp.

Trek Overview

Nepal is a country known for its friendly faces, amazing Himalayan landscapes and fascinating cultural discoveries. Our Khumbu Discovery trek is a magical journey that will lead you into the very heart of the Everest Region. This adventure allows you to experience some the most fascinating places within the Khumbu Valley. Gaze at the remarkable Nuptse wall with Mount Everest towering high above, explore Sherpa farming villages steeped in traditional Buddhist culture, visit the famous Tengboche Monastery and walk in the foot steps of legendary mountaineers such as Sir Edmond Hillary. Our Discovery programs offer shorter itineraries and are designed for trekkers limited on time or seeking a shorter experience. This trek makes a great first Himalayan experience for new or experienced trekkers and is sure to excite the adventurer within you.

“I had a great trip. Kili and his Sherpa staff took very good care of me. My guide, Dorjee, was great. I plan on using Mountain Gurus in the future and will recommend you guys to others.” Fall 2009 Rick S

“Wow, Thanks for a wonderful experience, you guys are the best. Nepal was amazing and the guides were simply terrific, I’d travel with Mountain Gurus anywhere.” Spring 2009 Ann B

Khumbu Discovery and Tengboche Monastery • 14 day trek

Our Sherpa Lodge trek begins in the historic city of Kathmandu, known for its fascinating Nepalese culture and ancient temples. We tour some of the cities famous world heritage sites including Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and the always favorite Swayambhunath “the Monkey Temple“. We overnight at the historic Hotel Yak and Yeti located near Thamel where you’ll have a chance to shop and explore Kathmandu’s famous tourist district.

The flight to Lukla provides amazing views of the terraced Nepalese landscape and Himalayan giants including the crown jewel Mount Everest. Once in Lukla we’re welcomed with a cup of tea and meet our gracious Sherpa staff. The trek takes us along the banks of the Dudh Koshi River passing small Sherpa villages laden with prayer flags and Mani stones. We carry light packs as porters carry all of our heavy trekking gear. You soon arrive in legendary Namche Bazaar the main trading center of the Sherpa people and gateway to the Khumbu Valley. As we walk the stone paved streets browsing the local souvenir shops one can’t resist stopping by the local bakery for coffee and slice of pie.

The next day offers amazing Himalayan views as we begin the long traversing descent across the Imja River and trek up to Tengboche. We tour the historic Tengboche monastery and with luck meet the famous Rimpoche. The same evening we watch sunset over the Everest Lhotse massif from Deboche. The following morning we trek to Pangboche traditionally known as the last year round Sherpa settlement and visit the oldest monastery in the Everest 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.

Our journey now takes us to the villages of Phortse and Khumjung where we enjoy Sherpa hospitality and tour the Sir Edmund Hillary School. We begin our slow descent to Monjo retracing our path to Lukla. After saying farewell to our Sherpa staff, we return to Kathmandu where you’ll have a chance to relax, shop and further discover Nepal’s ancient city. Then depart for flights home or continue on with a safari to Chitwan national park and Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge.

Chitwan Jungle Safari • 3 day extension

Enjoy two nights at Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge and Tent Camp situated deep in the heart of the Chitwan National Park. Explore the jungles of Nepal’s Terai on elephant back and try your luck at spotting a rare tiger or rhinoceros.

Sherpa Homestay • 1 day extension

Stay an additional day with our Mountain Gurus guide Naga Dorgee and his family. This is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself within the Sherpa culture and its traditional way of life.

Everest Base Camp • 18 day trek

Our trek to Everest Base Camp is truly one of earth’s most remarkable adventures. For most trekkers, the very thought of seeing Mount Everest from Kala Patar or standing at the base of the Khumbu Icefall is a dream come true. Our trek allows more time for acclimatization increasing your chance of completing the trek.

Private or Custom Departures

Mountain Gurus is able to arrange private or group departures for any dates or custom itinerary. For those short on time or not interested in exploring Kathmandu we offer trek only options. We’re also able to arrange private luxury treks on a custom basis. Please inquire for details.

Helicopter Service in Nepal

Over the past years helicopter service has become much more reliable and affordable in Nepal. Using helicopters effectively can help shorten itineraries, reduce backtracking and increase access to places like Lukla when weather is moderate and fixed winged aircraft is unable to fly. It’s even possible to fly out of Everest Base Camp.

The Beyul Hermitage + Farm

This mountain paradise offers expansive vistas, the joy of Sherpa hospitality, and the ability to wander and enjoy their lush gardens, farms, hills, woodlands, creeks, and waterfalls. This secluded luxury Farmhouse located along the old Hillary trail, takes trekkers a short walk from the bustle of the main Everest trail by providing the best of both worlds. Nima Sherpa, the BEYUL’S gracious host, owner and amazing chef who grew up in the Solukhumbu mountain community, has a deep love for his Sherpa culture. He delights his guests with stories about his mountain climbing and trekking experiences. Over 90% of the seasonal local organic food comes from the farm, local community gardens and surrounding villages. Please inquire for details.

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Itinerary

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


Sherpa Lodge Trek

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

Day 2 • 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. In the late afternoon we will have a trek orientation and equipment check. (B, L, D)

Day 3 • 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. (B, L, D)

Day 4 • 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. (B, L, D)

Day 5 • Namche Bazaar • 11,300ft
We begin our day with an acclimatization trek above Namche Bazaar to Sunrise Point and the Everest View Hotel. 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. (B, L, D)

Day 6 • Tengboche Monastery • 12,850ft
As we leave Namche 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. (B, L, D)

Day 7 • 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. (B, L, D)

Day 8 • Phortse • 12,500ft
After breafast we tour the oldest monastery in the Everest region, located in the upper village of Pangboche. We trek the high traverse towards Phortse with breath taking views of 6000 meter peaks of Kangtega “The Snow Saddle“ and Thamserku. Once in Phortse we enjoy this traditional and less travelled Sherpa farming village. (B, L, D)

Day 9 • Khumjung • 12,400ft
We depart Phortse quickly descending to the Dudh Koshi River, then crossing to Phortse Tenga. The route climbs again to the Mong La and traverses back to the main Khumbu trail and up to 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. (B, L, D)

Day 10 – 11 • Monjo • Lukla
Over the next two days we descend to Lukla. (B, L, D)

Day 12-13 • 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. (B)

Day 14 • Depart
Transport to Tribhuvan International Airport for flights home. (B)


Kathmandu Tour

Day 13 • Kathmandu
An optional day is scheduled for exploring Kathmandu. A day tour of Kathmadu’s historic World Heritage sites including Bhaktapur, Patan and Chagunarayan is recommended.

Day 14 • Depart
Transport to Tribhuvan International Airport for flights home.


Sherpa Homestay

Day 11 • Chheplung
Stay an additional day with our Mountain Gurus guide Naga Dorgee and his family. This is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself within the Sherpa culture and its traditional way of life. Naga’s quaint lodge is situated in the lush farming community of Chheplung just thirty minutes walk below Lukla. Relax and enjoy his wife’s fantastic cooking and two lovely children.

Day 12 • Kathmandu 
After saying farewell to Naga Dorjee and his family depart to Kathmandu on an mid-morning flight.


Chitwan Jungle Safari

Day 13 • Kathmandu
An optional day is scheduled for exploring Kathmandu. A day tour of Kathmadu’s historic World Heritage sites including Bhaktapur, Patan and Chagunarayan is recommended.

Day 14 • Chitwan National Park
We transfer to Kathmandu’s domestic airport for our morning flight to Bharatpur Airport. We check into our comfortable jungle lodge, shower and relax before our first elephant foray into the jungle.

Day 15 • Chitwan National Park
Enjoy a full day of wildlife viewing via elephant back, dugout canoe and nature walks with the park’s naturalists. This area is famous for its wildlife (it is elusive!) but a large part of the enjoyment here is being on an elephant and lumbering through the jungle. Keep your eyes open for the one-horned rhino, wild boar, langur monkeys and, of course, the very elusive Bengal tiger.

Day 16 • Kathmandu
We are up early for a final outing into the jungle before flying back to Kathmandu. The late afternoon and evening are free to explore on your own in Kathmandu.

Day 14 • Depart
Transport to Tribhuvan International Airport for flights home.


Bangkok Tour

Day 1 • Arrive Bangkok
Airport transfer to Old Bangkok Inn. Evening walking tour of old Bangkok and Kao San road.

Day 2 • Bangkok
Tour of Bangkok’s historic Grand Place, the temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho and Wat Arun ~ Temple of Dawn. River boat and canal tour on the Chao Phraya. Enjoy famous Phad Thai lunch at Tip Samai and dinner near the river at Khin Lom Chom Saphan. Overnight at Old Bangkok Inn.

Day 3 • Arrive Kathmandu
Transfer to airport for morning flight to Kathmandu.


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. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

Details

Land Cost

14-day Sherpa Lodge Trek
Includes Hotel Yak & Yeti, The Beyul Hermitage + Farm,
Price per person: $2300 (based on minimum of 2 trekkers)

Single Supplement: $300

Chitwan National Park Safari: $1200


Deposit and Payments
$700 deposit includes reservation fee, due with application.
Balance due 90 days prior to departure


Services included
Sagamartha NP entrance fee
Round Trip Domestic airfare – Kathmandu – Lukla
All scheduled land transportation in Nepal
4 nights Hotel Yak and Yeti accommodations in Thamel, Kathmandu (5 star)
9 nights Tea House Lodge
Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
Scheduled meals during the trek
Professional guide
Porter service
Baggage transport (limited to 20kg – 44lbs)
All group equipment for the trek (including emergency oxygen)


Services not included
International airfare – USA – Kathmandu
Non-scheduled meals
Snack food during the trek
Personal gear
Trip cancellation insurance
Medical and evacuation coverage
Staff gratuities


Additional Services
Personal Porter Service
Cultural Dinner in Kathmandu
Sherpa Homestay
Chitwan National Park extension
Jiri Trek extension
Private luxury lodge treks

Gear List

Discovery Trek • Nepal

Head and Face:
• Warm Synthetic/ Wool hat: One that covers the ears.
• Sun Hat or Baseball cap
• Sunglasses: Essential eye protection at altitude.
• Sunscreen: SPF 40 or more.
• Lip Balm: SPF 20 or more.
• Bandanas: Tied around neck they give good sun protection.
• 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: Three synthetic shirts for trekking. Three cotton shirts for camp and lodges.
• Rain Jacket w/ hood: Rain and high wind can be common. GORE-TEX© or
waterproof nylon that has been “seam sealed”.
• Insulated Synthetic or Down Jacket: Medium weight

Handwear:
• Mediumweight Synthetic gloves: One pair (WINDSTOPPER© is recommended)

Lower Body:
• Quick Dry Hiking Shorts: One pair. Good for hiking at lower elevations in the mountains.
• Long Underwear Bottoms: One pair. Synthetic, no cotton
• Pile/Fleece Pants: One pair that fit loosely and comfortable. Optional
• Shell Pants: Bring a good pair of rain/wind pants of GORE-TEX© or waterproof
nylon that has been “seam sealed”. (full side zips)
• Trekking Pants: Synthetic, comfortable to climb in and provide good warmth on
cool misty days, dry fast and prevent sunburn. Schoeller© fabric is recommended.
• Undergarments: Enough for the duration of the program.

Footwear:
• Lightweight Socks: Two pair of synthetic liner socks to wear under medium socks.
• Trekking Socks: Four pair synthetic medium weight
• 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.
• Sport Sandals or Camp Shoes: These are to wear in camp or lodges.

Sleeping:
• Sleeping Bag: Mountain temperatures can get below zero degrees Fahrenheit
so bring a warm bag(rated to 0 degrees Fahrenheit).

Packing and Backpack:
• Frameless backpack: One lightweight small size (2500-3000 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 15 and 20 pounds.
• Duffle/zip Bag: One large size, transporting gear via yaks or porters (8000-9000 cu in)
• Duffle/zip Bag: One small/medium size, store non-mountain gear during the trek.
• Travel locks, nametags, and contact information written directly on the duffels.
• Bags: (2) large plastic bags (2) large Ziploc bags (2) stuff sacks
• Passport with two extra photos (photo for the Nepal Entry Visa)

Climbing Gear:
• Trekking poles: adjustable and collapsible, optional

Drinking:
• Water Bottle: Two, one liter wide-mouth plastic bottles. NALGENE©
• Water Treatment: We recommend you bring one 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
• 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.

Travel Information

International Programs • Nepal

Program start time & location: begins and ends in Kathmandu

Visa/Entry Information: A passport and visa are required. American citizens may obtain a visa prior to travel or purchase a 30-day single entry Tourist Visa: USD$40 upon arrival 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.

Rental items include: Ice Axe, Crampons, Harness, Helmet

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.