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Information for Trekking

Trekking Group Size

Trekking to any region in Nepal is arranged for any number of people except the trekking in restricted areas such as Mustang, Manslu Circuit trekking, Nar Phu trekking, Upper Dolpo trekking and Kanchanjunga trekking. We need at least two trekkers to apply for the trekking permit for the restricted areas.   The maximum number in the group will be 16 pax. for all trekking regions.  If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we split the group and arrange trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Trekking in Nepal is mostly in the mountains hiking over the hills and mountains on rugged trail, crossing small steams and rivers on suspension bridges and crossing over the high passes mainly in high altitude trekking. The normal itinerary for all trekking will be hiking for 6 – 8 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking before coming for the trek. Technical skills or use of crampons are not required for trekking in Nepal.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and they need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. However, Ang Rita Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. In the trekking accommodation will be arranged at standard tea houses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. We arrange member tent, dining tent, toilet tent, mattress for camping trekking.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner ) during Everest base camp trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Sherpa food, Tibetan food to  all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian.). Unlike other trekking companies, Ang Rita Trek allow trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious  and good food for the  trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking. Our experienced cook prepares varieties of hygienic and fresh food at the camping sites for all camping trekking.

Accimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Ang Rita Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ).  If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS. Himalayan Rescue Association in Mananag provide treatment for any health problems including AMS.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for trekking in Nepal. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing:

  • T – shirts
  • Hiking shorts
  • Undergarments
  • Full sleeves shirts
  • Long light weight cotton pants
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
  • Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof shell jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat
  • Sun hat
  • Lightweight gloves.
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal).

Foot Wear

  • Hiking boots
  • Light and comfortable camp shoes
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks.
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Accessories:

  • Down Sleeping bag
  • Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter )
  • Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time )
  • Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag )
  • Water bottle
  • Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries
  • Trekking poles
  • Personal medicine box
  • Sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Books, dairy, pen, walkman and any other game instruments

Toiletries and Personal Hygiene:

  • Quick drying small towel
  • Toothbrush / paste
  • Soap
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Sun block for lips
  • Tissues / toilet rolls
  • Wet wipes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking groups in most of the trekking  regions for  years.Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Ang Rita Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips.  Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

Ang Rita Trek is firmly believes that roles of porters are significant in arranging the trip smoothly and successfully. We are strongly committed to the porters’ rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, spring and the autumn are the best seasons for trekking in Nepal. The best time for high altitude trekking is from mid March to May in the spring season and from September to November in autumn season. For low altitude trekking it is good to trek from March – May in the spring season and from September to December in autumn season. Trekking in upper Mustang and upper Dolpo which are in rain shadow can be done from April – October. Trekking in Autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. The beginning of spring season is sunny and has clear weather but gradually gets hazy from mid April. We get some rain and thunderstorms in May.

Information for Trekking Peak Climbing

Climbing Group Size

We normally organize climbing on any trekking peaks for any number of people above two pax. However, we organize private peak climbing trip even for one pax with extra cost. The maximum number of members in the climbing group will be 8 pax. If the group consists of more than 8 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, and necessary number of climbing guides for the group. We arrange one porter between two members to carry the luggage during the trek and provide more porters to take the members climbing equipment and camping equipment directly to Island peak base camp.   This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member’s illness on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Majority of trekking peaks are non technical such as Island peak, Mera peak, Lobuche East peak, Parchamo peak, Pokalde peak, Naya Kanga peak. These are more popular trekking peak for trekkers to test their climbing ability in high Himalayas.No previous climbing experience is required to climb these peaks. However,   mountaineering skills will be an asset to climb these peaks. What is required is the good physical fitness, strong will power, ability to tolerate harsh conditions. Kyajo Ri peak, Kusum Kangaru peak, Chulu peaks, Singu Chuli, Cholatse are more technical peaks and require high level of climbing experience. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking and preparing for the climbing.  It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in hiking on the high altitude and reaching to the summit of the peak.

The climbing guide of Ang Rita Trek will have a demonstration of using gears as well as the basic skills required for climbing such as ascending and descending on ropes safely at the base camp. The climbing guide makes the fixed line on the difficult sections and assists the climbers in every aspects while climbing.  It is highly recommended for the climbers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trip. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution on this trip.

Travel Insurance

Members need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Ang Rita Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The members will have to share washing and toilet facilities. Ang Rita Trek can arrange rooms with attached bathroom in some places in the trekking with extra cost for the separate groups. For this kind of arrangement, the request should be made at least four months prior to the trip date. We make camping arrangement at base camp of trekking peaks. Two members of the same sex will have to share a tent at the base camp and the high camps.

Meals

Members are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner ) during Everest base camp trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Sherpa food, Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian.). Unlike other trekking companies, Ang Rita Trek allows members to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking. As we make the camping arrangement at the base camps, our cook prepares delicious food for the climbers and we arrange high food above the base camp during the climbing period.

Acclimatization

Anyone can get altitude sickness while trekking and climbing in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Ang Rita Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekking and preparing for the climbing  peaks. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).  If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS. Khunde clinic (above Namche ) and the clinic run by Himalayan Rescue Association in Pheriche provide treatment for any health problems including AMS.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for trekking as well as climbing trekking peaks in Nepal. While choosing the equipment one needs give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking and climbing equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing. Weight limit ( 15 kg including the hand carry ) for the flight to Lukla is another aspect to consider

Personal Climbing Gears:

–    Plastic boots
–    Crampons
–    Harness
–    Tape Slings / prussic  ( two )
–    Karabiners ( 2 unlock, 2 lock )
–    Joomer (  Ascender / decender )
–    Gaiters
–    Ice axe
–    Helmet

Group Climbing Gears ( Ang Rita Trek provides group climbing gears )

–    Climbing ropes
–    Snow bars
–    Ice screws
–    Ice hammer

Clothing:

–    T – shirts
–    Hiking shorts
–    Undergarments
–    Full sleeves shirts
–    Long light weight cotton pants
–    Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
–    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
–    Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker
–    Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
–    Fleece jacket or pullover
–    Waterproof shell jacket
–    Down jacket
–    Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat
–    Sun hat
–    Lightweight gloves.
–    Heavyweight gloves for climbing

Foot Wear

–    Hiking boots
–    Light and comfortable camp shoes
–    Thin, lightweight inner socks.
–    Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Accessories:

–    Down Sleeping bag
–    Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter )
–    Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time )
–    Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag )
–    Water bottle
–    Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries
–    Trekking poles
–    Personal medicine box
–    Sunglasses with UV protection.
–    Books, dairy, pen, walkman  and any other game instruments

Toiletries and Personal Hygiene:

–    Quick drying small towel
–    Toothbrush / paste
–    Soap
–    Face and body moisturizer
–    Sun block for lips
–    Tissues / toilet rolls
–    Wet wipes
–    Feminine hygiene products
–    Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All the climbing guides who lead climbing trips on trekking peaks through Ang Rita Trek are experienced and well qualified. Their in-depth knowledge local culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream to stand on the summit of the peak and make memorable event in your life. Although our Sherpa leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate climbing trips in the Himalayas. Most of our climbing guides have successfully climbed Everest and other 8000m. peaks and trained by legendary climber Mr. Ang Rita Sherpa, the chairman of this company.

Porter Care

Ang Rita Trek is firmly believes that roles of porters are significant in arranging the trips smoothly and successfully. We are strongly committed to the porters’ rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for climbing trekking peaks are Spring ( March – May ) and Autumn ( Mid Sept. – mid Dec. ).  Trekking and climbing in Autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December, Flights to Lukla will be frequently disturbed during the monsoon season (June – mid Sept.). However, for those who can afford extra spare days in Kathmandu before and after the trekking and climbing for the flight to Lukla and back can plan their trip in beginning of September as well as the trail will not be so crowded.

Information for Expedition

Expedition Group Size

We organize expedition on  for any number of people in Nepal and requires at least two members for the expedition in Tibet. The cost of the expedition for both the logistic support and guided expedition will be high if the group consists of less than four climbing members. The maximum number will consist of 15 climbing members in one group.

Travel Insurance

Climbing members need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the climbers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Ang Rita Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking and expedition staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the climbing. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis for the areas where tea houses are available and we make camping arrangement where lodges are not available. We give preference to the clients for the lodge accommodation or camping arrangement as they wish for the trekking part.

Meals

Members are provided with three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking to base camp. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Sherpa food, Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian). Unlike other trekking companies, Ang Rita Trek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotels / lodges in the trek. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the members for them to get enough energy for the hiking and climbing. Our experienced cook prepares hygienic and fresh food during the trekking if camping arrangement is made for the expedition.

Base Camp Arrangement

We arrange fully equipped base camp setting including spacious dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, member tents, chairs, tables, kitchen equipments including all cooking and catering utensils.   We provide individual member tents at the base camp with mattress for comfort of the members. We provide high tents as required to use above base camp if the arrangement is made for the group for the guided expedition.  Our trained and experienced expedition cook prepares varieties of fresh and nutritious food from local to continental, Chinese, Indian food at the base camp during the expedition. Our cook will make sure that the members get high energy food required for the climbing.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing and climbing gears are necessary for trekking and expedition. While choosing the equipment we need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking and climbing gears that you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain.

Clothing

1. Two sets polyprop shirts.

2. Two sets light weight shirts.

3. One heavy weight shirt.

4. One fleece jacket.

5. One wind jacket.

6. One down jacket.

7. One pair down pants.

8. One pair light weight trousers.

9. One pair heavy weight trousers.

10. One pair fleece trousers.

11. one pair of wind pants.

12. Two sets polprop longjohns.

13. Underwear.

14. One pair shorts.

15. Two pairs light weight gloves.

16. one pair heavy mitts.

17. One pair down mits.

18. One pair ski gloves.

19. One sun hat.

20. One heavy weight warm hat.

21. One head band.

22. Four pairs light weight walking socks.

23. Six pairs climbing socks.

Footwear

1. One pair plastic climbing boots.

2. One pair sport boots.

3. One pair gaiters.

4. One pair super gaiters.

Climbing Equipment

1. Harness.

2.Two plain karabiners.

3. Two screw lock karabiners.

4. One descender .

5. One pairs ascenders.

6. Two tape slings.

7. One ice axe.

8. One pair of crampons.

9. One head-lamp with spare bulbs.

10. One pocket knife.

11. A pair of sun glasses.

12. One pair ski goggles.

13. One pee bottle.

14. A large pack.

15. A day pack

Sleeping

1. Two sleeping bags ( one for Base Camp and other for high camps).

2. One foam mat.

Miscellaneous

1. camera.

2. One repair kit.

3. One personal first aid kit.

4. Two sun and lip creams.

5. Two water bottles.

6. Head lamp batteries.

Trek and Climbing Leader(s) and Staff

The trekking and climbing guides at Ang Rita Trek are the Sherpas from Khumbu region. Their in-depth knowledge about  the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity,and their hospitality contribute to the success of the trip. Although our Sherpa leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. All climbing guides of AngRita Trek  are locally employed and are mostly trained by legendary Everest hero, Mr. Ang Rita Sherpa who climbed Everest forten times without supplemental oxygen. All our climbing guides have gained their experience by successfully summiting Everest and other 8000m. mountains. Safety is the prime concern in the expedition and all our climbing Sherpas give high priority for the safe climbing.

Porter Care

Ang Rita Trek is firmly believes that roles of porters are significant in arranging the trip smoothly and successfully. We are strongly committed to the porters rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Climbing Season

The best season for climbing most of the mountains are in spring season ( April – May ). However, Manaslu is climbed in post monsoon season ( August – September ). Some mountains such as Pumori, Baruntse are preferred in post monsoon season. Expedition from Tibet to climb Cho Oyu and Shishapangma ere arranged in both spring ( April – May ) and post monsoon ( August – September ) season.