A FAQ of sorts
Here are answers to some questions I asked Sumit.
Q1 -What is the name of the trekking company we are dealing with?
A1 The company We will be obtaining our Permit from is called Highland
Excursion which is the company I used to work for before I came to
Australia. Some of the guys on our trek will be from that company but
directly hired by me but we will be using their insurance. I am
Leading a Trek for an Australian Company Called World Expeditions in
Q2 -Are you runnng the September/October trek for this company?
A2 October trek I am leading is For World Expeditions.
Q3 -Will you be working for the company on our trip or just being a
participant like me? (I dont mind, just wondering:)
A3 I will neither be working for a company nor a participant. I will
be working for myself independently for you guys.
Q4 -Could you give me a break down of what the 'facilitation services'
fee covers? (its a lot higher than I paid for my last trip)
A4 Facilitation charges covers me and whoever else involved in
organising the trip in kathmandu their time $$. + US$ 100 per peak to
make a permit as we won't be using their service afterwards. All the
communication charges in Kathmandu to organise the trip. Staffs
equipment and medicines.
Q5 -Who is our official group sirdar? We do need one don't we? Will
that be you or one of the climbing sherpas?
A5 I will be your official group sirdar as I am on NMA (Nepal
Mountaineering Associations book).
Q6 -Do we need to pay extra for proper gear (clothing, etc) for the
porters and climbing sherpas? or is that already covered in the base
A6 No you don't need to pay any extra for Poters gear or anything
while on the trek. Only thing you will be asked to pay if you wish is
the Tipping at the end. Which we recomend $3 per trekking day which
will be divided between the staffs equally at the end.
Q7 -Does the company follow the IPPG guidelines?
A7 Yes the company and me will follow the IPPG guidelines and bit
more. I am one of the founding member of IPPG and also world
expedition is one of the biggest doner to their clothing bank. I also
also donate and volunteer for Porters Progress Group (which is
american organisation) seems to be bit more active and involved in all
matters concerning porters rather then just making them look like they
Q8 -Are the ropes listed under group equipment proper climbing ropes
or static line for fixed ropes?
A8 I have two sets of 9.8 dry treated alpine ropes which we will be
using as our main rope, and all the static line neccesary. Depending
on the group size I may have to ask you to bring a coil of rope but it
could be easily organised in kathmandu.
To answer your question yes all the ropes are included static as
well as main rope.
Q9 -What sort of tents are supplied?
A9 It will be free standing dome shaped tent in excelent condition. If
you are after brand it will me mix of Marmot and Kathmandu.
Q10 -What is included in the medical kit? Is it basic first-aid items
or more extensive with altitude drugs, etc?
A10 First Aid kit I take to the mountain is what we called Extensive
Wilderness Kit, which will be designed for large group for a long
duration of time. which will include very healthy supply of general
antiseptic medicine for wound care and large veriaty of
antibiotics(ciprofloxacin, amoxicillin, metronidazole, tinidazole and
erythromycins.)alttitude medicines ( Diamox, nifedipine(adalat) and
Plus all the normal once like panadol, ibubrufen,anti diarrhoea +
nausea, ORS etc..
It is recomened for the Trekkers to bring thier own little personal
kit, if they wish.
I hope this will answer most of your questions but yes feel free to
ask more if you have any. It is great that you think we will get
enough people. I really hope it will happen, I think it is good have a
few just doing the walk, it will keep the group balanced, not too
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