Makalu – 8,463m/27,765ft

Mount Makalu, Himalaya, Nepal

Makalu – 8,463m/27,765ft

Mount Makalu, Himalaya, Nepal

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$15,999.00

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Nepal
Makalu
Expedition
8,463m
40 Days or 35 Day Special Program
2 – 12
10th April – 20th May 2022
10th April – 15th May 2022
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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

Mount Makalu is the fifth highest mountain on earth raising at an elevation of 8,463 meters above the sea level.

It is located in the Mahalangur Himal 19km southeast of Mt. Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border in Makalu-Barun National Park.

The name “Makalu” is derived from a Sanskrit word “ Maha and Kala” which means “Big Black”. As it's named, it is the mountain having four sharp ridges forming a perfect pyramid of rock and ice on the top.

The Everest summiteers take Makalu as evidence of reaching the summit of Everest if anyone presents a photograph having Makalu in the background, as Makalu is visible from the Everest summit.

Makalu was first climbed on 15th May 1955 by a French expedition team members Jean Couzy and Lionel Terray. A few days later, the other seven team members reached the summit.

Makalu 40 Day Itinerary Overview

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DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Extreme Difficulty

Full-day hikes in heavy snow (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 5,000 feet) on many days. Requiring extreme fitness. 

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Anjan Rai

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EXPEDITION DOSSIER

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Makalu Expedition
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35 Day Special Program Makalu Expedition
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DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Extreme Difficulty

Full-day hikes in heavy snow (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 5,000 feet) on many days. Requiring extreme fitness. 

Speak With Our Customer Relationship Manager For More Details

Anjan Rai Expedition Manager

Anjan Rai

Customer relationship Manager

Mobile: +977-9823338761
Office: +977-1-5909982
Email: Rai@thamserku.com

PRICE AND SERVICE – OPTION 1

Makalu Expedition (35 Days)

$15,999 USD per person (tax inclusive)

Price based per person (maximum 12 members)

This price includes the following charges:

GOVERNMENT AND RELATED CHARGES

SERVICE IN KATHMANDU

SERVICE DURING TREKKING

BASE CAMP SERVICE

SERVICE AT HIGHER CAMPS

CAMP I, II, III AND IV

This price does not include the following charges:

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?

ITINERARY

- DAY 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu

You will be met at the airport and taken to the hotel to relax.

- DAY 02 - In Kathmandu

Free day in Kathmandu for equipment preparation, attend government briefing and arrangement of documentation needed for the expedition.

Welcome dinner will be at a Le Sherpa restaurant

- DAY 3 - Fly to Tumlingtar and drive to Num (1550m)

Depending on your flight time, after breakfast you will be transferred to Kathmandu domestic terminal for 35 minutes flight to Tumlingtar. From Tumlingtar Ariport you will take a 4 hours’ drive towards Khandbari to Num. The drive is not a pleasant one as it’s on off-road, rocky, muddy and bumpy.

- DAY 4 - Trek to village of Seduwa (1530m) - 6 hours

The trek starts with a couple of hour’s steep descent to the bank of the Arun River and after crossing the suspension bridge you start a steep climb to Seduwa passing through bamboo forest and small teahouses.

- DAY 5 - Trek to Tashigaon (2065m) – 6 hours

In the Arun valley you continue through the bamboo and rhododendron forest and the fields of small hamlets up to the Sherpa town of Tashigaon (2.180 m), the highest permanent settlement in the valley.

- DAY 6 - Trek to Khongma Danda (3500m) – 7 hours

Leaving Tashigaon, you climb uphill through dense forest and lushly blooming rhododendron trees to the small mountain pasture of Kauma La (3560 m), at the foot of the high passes to the Barun valley.

- DAY 7 - Rest and acclimatisation day at Khongma Danda

Today as part of the acclimatization to cope your body with the altitude, you hike up to an elevation of 3,900 meters to Khongma-La. After breakfast at the hotel, start ascending on the stone steps through the rhododendron forest to reach the Khongma-La. After spending 15-20 minutes, retrace the same route down to the lodge for a hot lunch. Afternoon is on your own either to relax or to explore.

- DAY 8 - Trek to Dobato (3860m) – 7 hours

After leaving the steep forest you enter the high alpine landscape with shrubs and pastures. Many walls with prayer stones and flags, as well as ice-cold, deep blue lakes make for a scenic setting in front of the gigantic mountain massive of Makalu. With traversing the double passes of Shipton La (4170 m) and Barun La (aka Tutu La 4080 m) for the first time we surpass 4000m of altitude. A long descent takes you down to the jungle clearings of Dobato (3860 m) or Mumbuk (3520 m) above the densely wooded valley floor of the Barun river valley.

- DAY 9 - Trek to Yangle Kharka (3690m) – 5 hours

A pleasant descent through the rhododendron and pine forest and thickets of shrubs down to the Barun River is followed by a long traverse alongside the stream, at last crossing over a wooden bridge to the high pastures of Yangle Kharka (3690 m) on the other side.

- DAY 10 - Trek to Langmale (4420m)

Behind a wild valley end, we leave the timberline behind us and camp on the high pasture of Langmale surrounded by numerous impressive six and seven thousand meter high peaks.

- DAY 11-12 - Trek to Hillary BC/Makalu Basecamp (4800m)

Today you will reach the historic Makalu Basecamp also known as Hillary Basecamp passing the uninhabited pasture of Sherson (4650 m) in a short Day. This will give you time for a short stroll through the vicinity with spectacular views on the West Ridge of Makalu in the afternoon. You will spend a couple of nights at the base camp.

- DAY 13 - Trek to Makalu Advance Base Camp (5300m)

An arduous ascent will take you up to the advanced basecamp (ABC). Following the side moraine of the glacier, you finally cross the stream of ice and scree to the other side. Steep slopes, covered with big blocks of rock, are obstructing the way up the side valley of the Chago Glacier. Beware of rockfall and to lose the at times hardly visible path amongst the scree! On a small hill right at the tongue of the Chago Glacier, you reach ABC at 5300 meters.

- DAY 14-41 - Climbing period

  • Rest day – Puja – climbing training
  • First Rotation
    • Climb to camp I (6100m)
    • Touch Camp II (6600m) and descend to Advance Base camp
  • Rest day at Base camp
  • Second Rotation
    • Climb to camp I (6100m)
    • Climb to Camp II (6600m)
    • Touch camp III (7400) and descent to Camp II (overnight)
    • Descend to Base camp
  • Rest and prepare for the summit push
  • Summit Push
    • Climb to camp I (6100m)
    • Climb to camp II (overnight) – start at 5 am
    • Climb to Camp III (overnight) – start at 9 am
    • Climb to Camp IV – start at 4 am – reach by 1 pm – rest for 6 hours – start for summit at 8 pm
    • Climb overnight at reach summit around 6-7 am and descend to Camp IV
    • Descend to Camp II
    • Descend to base camp
  • Packing and clearing the Base camp after summit

Note - Be advised that the mentioned activities during the climbing period are a tentative plan. The actual planning of the summit is made at the base camp by your climbing guide. The activities may change because of the unstable weather conditions in the Himalayas and also your level of fitness. We advise you to book a Flexi flight and allow extra days in case if you need for the summit push.

- DAY 42-47 - Retrace the trial to Num and drive to Khandbari or Chopper in Optional

After the expedition is over, retrace the same route to Num passing Yangle Kharka, Dobato, Khongma, Tashigaon and Seduwa, and drive to Khandbari.

Note - In case of time shortage for the summit attempt, you can save 6 days by booking a chopper from the Makalu Base Camp to Lukla Airport or to Kathmandu. You can also save some money if you took a chopper to Lukal and take Lukla-Kathmandu flight.

- DAY 48 - Drive to Tumlingtar Airport and fly to Kathmandu

Early morning drive from Khandbari to Tumlingtar Airport. Fly back to the Kathmandu. After 35 minutes of flight, our representative will be waiting for you at the domestic airport to take you back to the hotel where you can enjoy your chilled beer and warm shower.

- DAY 49 - Free day in Kathmandu for official documentation and collect the certificate

Free day in Kathmandu for official documentation, closing briefing by the government and collecting certificate if successfully reached in the summit. Farewell dinner and celebration at Piano Piano restaurant at Nomad Hotel. 

- DAY 50 - Final Departure

Depending on your flight time you will be transferred to the airport. The airport check-in is 3 hours before the departure time and the hotel checkout time is noon. In case your flight is late evening please let us know if you require half day use of the hotel.

ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT INFO

 

MOUNTAINEERING GEAR CHECKLIST (7000m to 8848m)

Bodywear

  1. Down Suit - Recommended Absolute Zero Over suit by Mountain Hardwear, or Ulvetanna Suit by Berghaus, or The Himalayan Suit by The North Face, or the Expedition Suit by Rab. 
  2. Down Jacket and a pair of Down Salopettes - Recommended Absolute Zero Parka and Absolute Zero Pants by Mountain Hardwear, or by Rab. - not very bulky
  3. Waterproof Jacket and Over trousers that goes over your alpine boot
  4. Balaclava - Recommended The North Face A3543 Unisex Wool Balaclava or similar covering nose and face
  5. Long sleeve Thermal shirt and Trousers - Recommended anti-sweat
  6. Fleece Jacket and Trousers - Recommended Patagonia, or The North Face, or Mountain Hardwear

Hand wear

  1. Liner gloves - thin and warm
  2. Down mitts - Recommended The North Face, or Marmot Expedition mitt, or Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Mittand.
  3. Mountain Gloves - Recommended water & windproof
  4. Gore-Tex Primaloft Glove - Recommended the North Face, or Mountain Hardwear.
  5. Smartwool Mountaineering Socks (2 pairs - new)
  6. Ultra-Soft Running / Hiking Socks (2 pairs - new)
  7. Mountaineering boot Recommended La Sportiva Olympus Mons Evo or Millet Everest GTX
  8. Alpine boot - Recommended La Sportiva Men's Nepal EVO GTX Boot or similar

Climbing equipment

  1. Climbing helmet - Recommended Black Diamond
  2. Ski Goggles with UV protection and anti-fog system
  3. Headlamp - Recommended Black Diamond & Petzl
  4. Spare batteries - Recommended Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries
  5. Harness Set
    1. Lightweight Harness - Recommended DMM Super Couloir, or Black Diamond Couloir Harness, or Mammut Ophira 3 Side climbing harness
    2. Ascender (Jummer) - Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
    3. Abseiling device - Recommended Black Diamond ATC Guide Bley Device, or Petzl GRIGRI 2 Grey Belay, or Descent Device D14BG
    4. Screwgate Carabiners (2 X large, 2 X small sizes) - Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
    5. Bent Gate Carabiners (2 medium sizes) - Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
    6. 6 mm rope - Recommended 2 meters UIAA tested
    7. 6 mm rope - Recommended 5 meters UIAA tested
    8. 1 X tape sling - Recommended 120 cm UIAA tested
  6. Dynamic 8.9 mm rope (single rope) - Recommended 2 m UIAA tested
  7. Classical Alpine ice-axe - Recommended (70-90 cm) Petzl, or Grivel Air Tech, or Black Diamond
  8. Crampons that fits Mountaineering boots - Recommended Grivel G-12 New-Matic Crampons

Other equipment

  1. 55-65 Liter Rucksack - Recommended POD Black Ice, Crux AK47 (extendable) and Crux AK57
  2. Base Camp Duffel – XXL
  3. 2 X 5 season sleeping bag with compression bag - Recommended North Face and Mountain Hardwear
  4. 2 X 5 season foam sleeping mat - Recommended 72 x 20 inches (20 x 5 x 5.5 inches folded) and weigh around 14 ounces
  5. Swiss Army Knife with a multi-tools system or leathermen
  6. 1-litre stainless steel thermos - that works in extreme weather condition

TREKKING GEAR CHECKLIST(2000m to 5000m)

Headwear

  1. Sun Hat/Normal cap
  2. Fleece or woollen hat
  3. Earmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
  4. Sunglasses with UV protection
  5. Buff Scarf / thin face mask

Handwear

  1. Fleece or woollen thin gloves
  2. Gore-Tex mitten gloves

Bodywear

  1. Gore-Tex Jacket
  2. Gore-Tex Pant
  3. Hiking pant
  4. Fleece trouser and jacket or warm jumper - Recommended not thick but warm enough that fits inside the Gore-Tex pant
  5. Anti-sweat T-shirt
  6. Thermal inner trouser
  7. Down jacket with hoodie

Footwear

  1. Trekking boots
  2. Hollow Out Outdoor Slipper
  3. Trekking socks (4-5 pair)
  4. Snow Gaiter

Other equipment

  1. Sleeping bag (comfort rated - 15 ºC)
  2. 30 Liter Rucksack with cover
  3. Large size Duffel Bag with padlock
  4. Headlamp with spare batteries
  5. Water bottles 1 Liter
  6. Thermos
  7. Basic First Aid Kit including antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

Washing Kit & Toiletries

  1. Waterproof washing kit bag
  2. Towel - medium size
  3. Washing soap, towel, tooth pest, toothbrush etc.
  4. Sun Lotion Enough +30SPF (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  5. Handwash & sanitizer
  6. Toilet paper (you can buy this in the lodges)
  7. Wet tissues

Optional items

  1. Trekking poles
  2. Trainers or similar for use in the lodges
  3. Shorts
  4. Baselayer leggings
  5. Gaiters
  6. Sleeping bag liner
  7. Pillowcase
  8. Earplugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring)
  9. Camera
  10. Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  11. Repair kit – (e.g. needle, thread, duct tape)
 

ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTATION INFO

Required Documents:
  1. Scanned copy of the main page of the passport
  2. Scanned passport size photograph
  3. Confirmed airline ticket
  4. Proof of COVID vaccination both dose 1 and dose 2
  5. A copy of medical insurance including COVID insurance of up to $5000 coverage
  6. Fit to join the expedition letter from personal Doctor
  7. Completed Bio-data form (the form will be emailed prior the expedition)
We recommend that you photocopy the main pages of your passport, your airline ticket, itinerary, insurance policy and credit cards. Keep one set of photocopies with you, separate from the originals. Leave one set of copies at home with family or friends. It is also worth taking some extra passport photos with you. Medical preparation/Travel Insurance and Safety Guidelines Every expedition members are required to have comprehensive travel insurance. This covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalization, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. Remember to bring a copy of your insurance policy with you or send us the scanned copy.
  • Apart from having travel insurance and being in generally good health, some pre-holiday health preparation is advised. We strongly recommend you visit your doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental checkup is also highly recommended before departure.
Emergency Contact
  • Dawa Sherpa (Expedition Manager): +977-9801333616
  • Anjan Rai (Expedition Manager): +077-9823338761 
  • Office Hours only: Thamserku Office: 00977-1-5909982
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YOUR MAKALU EXPEDITION DATES WILL BE ON

10th April - 20th May 2022

YOUR MAKALU EXPEDITION DATES WILL BE ON

10th April - 15th May 2022

AGREEMENT OF PRICE AND SERVICE

Makalu Regular Program Expedition - 40 Days

Travel Dates: 10th April - 20th May 2022

Expedition Cost: $15,999 USD per person (tax inclusive)

Deposit Required: $4,000 USD per person (tax inclusive)

This price includes the following charges:

GOVERNMENT AND RELATED CHARGES

✔ Makalu climbing royalty fee of $1,800 USD.
✔ 1 X Government liaison officer with flight, accommodation, meals and wages.
✔ Garbage deposit fees.
✔ Makalu-Barun National park fee.
✔ Route fixing charge for higher camps to the summit.
✔ Summit certificate from Department of Tourism after the summit.
✔ Weather forecast report from Switzerland.

SERVICE IN KATHMANDU

✔ International and Domestic Airport Transfer.
✔ 4 nights in a preferred hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
✔ Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
✔ Return flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar.
✔ Transportation from Tumlingtar Airport to Num, and Numb to Khandbari to Tumlingtar Airport after expedition.
✔ 2 x Thamserku Duffel bags per member.

SERVICE DURING TREKKING

✔ 15 nights’ accommodation in a local lodge on full board (breakfast, lunch & dinners).
✔ Hot water for drinking purposes.
✔ Emergency Medical Kit and Oxygen during the trek.
✔ Porters to carry trekking and expedition gear.
✔ Assistance of Guide and Sherpa during the trek.

BASE CAMP SERVICE

✔ Single tent per member with comfortable mattress & pillow.

✔ Tents for climbing and kitchen crew on twin sharing basis.
✔ Kitchen, dining, shower and toilet tent.
✔ Additional Communication Tent for groups upto or more than 8.
✔ Solar Panel / generator for light and battery charging.
✔ Gas heater for warming the dining tent.
✔ 3 meals a day, snacks and unlimited tea and coffee on request.
✔ Internet facility depending upon the network provider & group size.

SERVICE AT HIGHER CAMPS

CAMP I, II, III AND IV

✔ Brand new tent North Face/Ozark/Red Fox on twin sharing for members and climbing crew.
✔ Total 7 bottles of POISK oxygen – 4 for members, 2 for Sherpa & 1 for emergency.
✔ Latest Mask and regulator for members and Sherpa & one extra for emergency.
✔ High Altitude food (B, L&D) for members and climbing crew.
✔ Enough Epi gas, gas stove and cooking pot set for CI,CII, CIII and CIV
✔ 1 x satellite for emergency and walkie-talkie for a member, Sherpa and basecamp.
✔ Group safety equipment, i.e. extra rope, carabiners, ice axe, ice screw.
✔ Porterage of personal and group camping equipment.
✔ Transportation charges for supplying fresh meat, fruits and vegetables to the Base Camp.
✔ Expedition Crew Allocation & Cost
✔ Climbing Crew: Expedition Manager/Climbing Guide and 1 personal Sherpa (1:1 ratio) for the summit.
✔ One High Altitude Cook for a group size 6 or above
✔ One Cook and required number of kitchen porters at the basecamp.
✔ Porters to carry camping equipment and supply food from Lukla to Basecamp.
✔ Equipment, daily wages, carrying bonus and medical insurance for climbing crew/Sherpa.
✔ Equipment, daily wages, and medical insurance for Kitchen crew and porters.

This price does not include the following charges:

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?

❌ Summit bonus of USD $1000 for climbing Sherpa once you make a summit attempt from Camp IV or USD $500 if dropped from Camp IV.
❌ Unexpected increment in the royalty fee/climbing permit.
❌ International airfare and Nepal visa fee.
❌ Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
❌ Extra hotel nights in Kathmandu.
❌ Personal travel, medical and rescue insurance.
❌ Medical evacuation charge if required.
❌ Personal trekking and climbing gears.
❌ Tips for climbing Sherpa and Kitchen team at basecamp.
❌ Service besides mentioned in inclusions example - extra oxygen, Sherpa and porters.
❌ Other personal nature expenses i.e. alcoholic beverages and self-ordered hot drinks during the trek.

AGREEMENT OF PRICE AND SERVICE

Makalu Special Program Expedition - 35 Days

Travel Dates: 10th April - 15th May 2022

Expedition Cost: $15,999 USD per person (tax inclusive)

Deposit Required: $4,000 USD per person (tax inclusive)

This price includes the following charges:

GOVERNMENT AND RELATED CHARGES

✔ Makalu climbing royalty fee.
✔ Makalu-Barun National park fee.
✔ 1 X Government liaison officer with flight, accommodation, meals and wages.
✔ Garbage deposit fees.

SERVICE IN KATHMANDU

✔ International and Domestic Airport Transfer.
✔ 4 nights in a five-star Resort in Kathmandu with breakfast.
✔ Both way flight from Kathmandu Tumlingtar Kathmandu.
✔ 2 X Thamserku Duffel bag per member (90L & 150L).

SERVICE DURING TREKKING

✔ Accommodation on full board.
✔ Accommodation at Yeti Mountain Home on full board.
✔ Hot water for drinking purposes.
✔ Emergency Medical Kit and Oxygen during the trek.
✔ Porters to carry trekking and expedition gear.
✔ Assistance of Guide and Sherpa during the trek.
✔ Helicopter ride to Makalu Base Camp and back to Lukla.

MAKALU BASE CAMP SERVICE

✔ Tent on twin sharing with comfortable mattress.

✔ Tents for climbing and kitchen crew on twin sharing basis.
✔ Kitchen, dining, shower and toilet tent.
✔ Solar Panel / generator for light and battery charging.
✔ Gas heater for warming the dining tent.
✔ 3 meals a day, snacks and unlimited tea and coffee on request.
✔ Internet facility depending upon the network provider & group size.

SERVICE AT HIGHER CAMPS

CAMP I, II, III AND IV

✔ North Face/Ozark/Red Fox on twin sharing for members and climbing crew.
✔ High Altitude food for members and climbing crew.
✔ Enough Epi gas, gas stove and cooking pot set for CI,CII, CIII and CIV
✔ 1 x satellite phone for emergency and walkie-talkie for a member, Sherpa and basecamp.
✔ Group safety equipment, i.e. extra rope, carabiners, ice axe, ice screw.
✔ Porterage of personal and group camping equipment.
✔ Transportation charges for supplying fresh meat, fruits and vegetables to the Base Camp.
✔ Expedition Crew Allocation & Cost
✔ Climbing Crew: Expedition Manager/Climbing Guide and 1 personal Sherpa (1:1 ratio) for the summit.
✔ One Cook and required number of kitchen helpers at the basecamp.
✔ Equipment, daily wages, carrying bonus and medical insurance for climbing crew/Sherpa.
✔ Equipment, daily wages, and medical insurance for Kitchen crew and porters.

This price does not include the following charges:

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?

❌ Summit bonus of USD $1000 for climbing Sherpa once summit attempt is made from Camp II or USD $500 if dropped from basecamp.
❌ Oxygen, mask & regulator.
❌ Unexpected increment in the royalty fee/climbing permit.
❌ International airfare and Nepal visa fee.
❌ Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
❌ Extra hotel nights in Kathmandu.
❌ Personal travel, medical and rescue insurance.
❌ Medical evacuation charge if required.
❌ Personal trekking and climbing gears.
❌ Tips for personal climbing Sherpa ($500), Kitchen crew ($200) & porters ($10/day).
❌ Service besides mentioned in inclusions example - extra oxygen, Sherpa and porters.
❌ Other personal nature expenses i.e. alcoholic beverages and self-ordered hot drinks during the trek.

PERSONAL DETAILS

PASSPORT DETAILS

EMERGENCY CONTACT

MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Bio-Data Form of Team Leaders/Members

Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation

Department of Tourism
Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu, Nepal

Note: This form is required by the Department of Tourism in Nepal.

Service Agreement and Terms & Conditions

Price Guarantee:

Once the deposit has been paid, the price of services agreed is guaranteed.

Cancellation/Curtailment/Postponement:

The deposit is non-refundable except owing to cancellation by Thamserku Expedition in which case the deposit will be refunded in full.

In the event of cancellation by Thamserku Expedition not more and not less than the full amount paid is to be refunded.

Should there be less than minimum participants on the expedition, we reserve the right to cancel or transfer you to our collaborative partner having the same expedition.

In the event of cancellation by the client/s, only in exceptional circumstances might the deposit, or a part of the deposit, is refunded on a ‘good-will’ basis. Under no other circumstances will the original deposit be refunded.

In the event of postponement by a client/s once the deposit has been paid, 75% of the deposit paid can be reallocated to a subsequent date (fixed or unfixed) within a 12 month period from the date of postponement advice. In this case prices are subject to review.

If an any time prior to the agreed date of the commencement of services the client/s wishes to change or modify the programme then the altered services/dates/prices can be adjusted (upwards or downwards) without penalty subject to feasibility of the preferred replacement programme. Once the contracted programme has begun no refund will be made. The client/s’ recourse is to his/her/their insurer and any consideration by Thamserku Expedition would be made only by a director of Thamserku Expedition and only under extreme circumstances.

Once the full payment has been made, the below cancellation charge applies:

  • From 45 days to 30 days: 25% of the total cost
  • From 29 days to 15 days: 50% of the total cost
  • From 14 days to 7 days: 75% of the total cost
  • Less than 7 days or no show: 100% cancellation charge

Service Information

The company will provide the member the climbing services as per the agreed program and price. Below are the services included in our full board package/or part of the service agreed.

Accommodation

The company pays for the total number of nights mentioned in the specific terms & conditions of the contract. The member should pay any extras such as mini-bar or laundry at checkout. The member would pay directly to the hotel any additional night to the number specified in the contract.

Nights scheduled in Kathmandu are in a good quality hotel, on a bed & breakfast and single room basis.

During the trek, the accommodation is in lodges on a single/shared room basis (2 people) depending on the situation. In exceptional circumstances, a tent can be used as accommodation.

Twin-shared rooms or tents are always same gender unless requested otherwise.

Note: When the group of members is lodged in tents at Basecamp, the cost of any night that a member would decide to spend in a lodge (as well as the corresponding meals), even for health reason, should be paid directly by the member to the lodge.

Meals

The company covers the cost of breakfast, lunch and dinner outside Kathmandu on the following basis:

  1. The member will choose meals provided in the lodges on the menu. Tea is free of charge for the member. However, any other drinks (including water bottle), snacks or food outside breakfast, lunch and dinner is payable directly by the member or the lodge.
  2. Meals provided in Base Camp will be prepared by our team of cooks and offer a variety of food.
  3. During longer treks or during long climb, a lunch bag or snacks will be provided to the member (instead of a meal).

Member’s equipment transportation

The company will arrange the transportation from and to Kathmandu of up to 1 or 2 duffle bags during the trek up to Base Camp. The company is not responsible if the member has made a mistake in wrongly packing some equipment.

For carry to/from high camp, the member will carry his personal equipment (e.g. sleeping bag, inflatable mattress, down jacket an incase if he/she has problem then the personal Sherpa will help to carry the equipment).

Guiding services

The company will provide the necessary staff (trekking and climbing Sherpas) in appropriate number and experience to support safely the member during the climb.

During the trek, one or two Sherpas will travel with the group of members at any time (trekking Sherpas).

During the progression above Base Camp up to the higher camps, the number of Sherpas (Climbing Sherpas) will be defined according to the size of the group and the security requirements. Any group of clients will be accompanied by at least one Climbing Sherpa. The attention of the member is drawn upon the fact that this contract is not a “guided” climb in the sense that a “Guide” (or Climbing Sherpa) would not stay on a 1/1 basis with the member over the whole climb but during the summit period members will be provide with 1:1 Sherpa.

The company staff will have a first aid emergency kit to assist the member in case of injury during the trek or the climb as well as a satellite phone and radios during the climbing part of the expedition. A hyperbaric chamber will also be available at Base Camp.

The contract is aiming to put the Member in the best conditions to succeed into climbing the mountain designated in the specific terms and conditions.

Training

Before starting the climb above Base Camp, the company’s staff will organize a training session to review the techniques required by the climb.

Information of the Member

The lead Sherpa will provide a periodic brief of information to the members (as a group information) related to the organization of the climb and schedule for the following days.

Documents Information

The member has to provide all the information required by the company to proceed the booking, reservation and permits.

  1. Scanned copy of the main page of the passport
  2. Scanned passport size photograph
  3. Confirmed airline ticket
  4. Proof of COVID vaccination both dose 1 and dose 2
  5. A copy of medical insurance including COVID insurance of up to $5000 coverage
  6. Fit to join the expedition letter from personal Doctor
  7. Completed Bio-data form below (Department of Tourism of Nepal)

We recommend that you photocopy the main pages of your passport, your airline ticket, itinerary, insurance policy and credit cards. Keep one set of photocopies with you, separate from the originals. Leave one set of copies at home with family or friends. It is also worth taking some extra passport photos with you.

Terms & Conditions for services provided by Thamserku Expedition

By completing and signing this booking form I/We (known here as the client/s) are agreeing with Thamserku Expeditions to the following Terms and Conditions. 

  • General:
    1. The information provided to me directly by the representative/s of Thamserku Expeditions and/or as contained on the website (www.thamserkuexpedition.com) is intended to be a fair representation of prevailing conditions and circumstances while, at the same time, intending to convey a required level of flexibility and adaptation by both parties to these terms.
    2. The expedition price for both the main and any additional (supplementary) service/s will have been mutually agreed prior to the commencement of the service to be provided.
    3. The agreed payment will have been made in full prior to the commencement of the services to be provided.

Payment/Cancellation/Curtailment/Postponement:

Refer to program, price and service agreement 

Liability

Liability of the Company

The Company would be liable of a failure in the performance of the Contract only if such failure is due directly to a negligence of his staff.

Exclusion of liability by the Company

The Company is not liable of a failure in the performance of the Contract for any other reason, in particular but not only, if the failure is due to:

  • The Member himself/herself,
  • Or, a third party,
  • Or, any other unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond the Company’s control. Concerning the provision of domestic flights/transportations, the Member recognizes that he/she has been informed that Nepalese Airlines Companies/transportations are all on the black list of the European Community due to the insufficient supervision by the public authorities. The Expedition Services listed in the Contract might include a domestic flight/public transport with a Nepalese Company. The Member accepts that the Company will not suffer any liability in case of any damage incurred during a domestic flight/transportation.

Maximum amount of liability of the Company

The liability of the Company is limited to two times the price paid by the Member for the climb Services.

Medical preparation/Travel Insurance and Safety Guidelines

  • All Expedition participants are responsible for maintaining good health and strong physical condition.
  • Every expedition members are required to have comprehensive travel insurance. This covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalization, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. 
  • We strongly recommend visiting a doctor to discuss health requirements for your trip and obtain “fit to join” Expedition letter. Some vaccines need to be administered a few weeks before departure so allow plenty of time. Obtain a certificate of vaccination and carry this with you on this trip. A dental checkup is also highly recommended before departure.
  • By accepting the contract,
    1. You declare that you are in the appropriate physical and mental conditions to participate to the expedition described in the specific terms & conditions.
    2. You accept that the risk incumbent to the activities can affect you and you understand that they cannot be eliminated.
  • Travel Insurance & Emergency Details:

    As strongly recommended by Thamserku Expedition, the client/s agrees to effect what they consider to be adequate Travel Insurance to cover their person and their personal effects for the duration of the expedition(s).

    The client/s must be satisfied that this insurance will fully meet personal expectations and requirements.

    1. A photo-copy of the client/s’ travel insurance will be provided to Thamserku Expedition by the client/s.
    2.  The client/s emergency contact details (i.e., next of kin) will also be provided.

    Legal Compliance:

    The client/s agrees to comply with all legislation, visas, and immigration, customs and foreign exchange regulations; should there be any contravention by the client/s of the law of Nepal, Thamserku Expedition shall have the right to require the client/s to leave the expedition without recourse to refund.

    Dispute/Claim Resolution:

      1. The Laws of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal shall govern the Contract
      2. In the event of a claim against Thamserku Expedition by the client/s the cause and the degree of the claim must be brought to the attention of Thamserku Expedition management at the first possible opportunity.
      3. The parties submit all their disputes arising out of or in connection with this Contract to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal in Kathmandu
      4. Should it be a claim for compensation it is mutually preferred that any settlement be agreed while the client/s remain in Nepal and every effort is to be made to this end.
      5. In the event of issues unable to be settled in this timeframe then at least an agreed route for terms and criteria of settlement should be agreed and recorded.
      6. In the last resort matters and subject to Nepalese Law with jurisdiction in Nepal.

    Client/s Assumption of Risk and Guarantee:

    The client/s is aware that the mountaineering expeditions under the arrangements of Thamserku Expedition Pvt. Ltd and its subsidiaries, associates or agents, carry an inherent risk of injury or death. In particular, climbing in the Himalayas includes specific risks such as very high altitude and icefall climbing which may be exceptional compared with the client/s everyday norms. 

    Our objective is to reduce this risk to the lowest possible level. However, a risk of accident remains; triggered by event such as, but not limited:

    1. Rock fall, avalanche, serac fall as well as earthquake risk.
    2. Travel by aircraft, car, coach, jeep or any other means of conveyance.
    3. Accidents or illness in remote regions with little or no medical facilities and/or without means of speedy communication and/or evacuation.
    4. Accidents caused by the forces of nature.

    Member’s Obligations

    Security

    The Member must follow strictly the instructions given by the company’s staff, in particular to the punctual for the start of any treks or climb and to respect the safety instructions at any time. The non-respect of instructions given by a Sherpa to the member may be considered as a serious breach of the contract due to the risk of injury or death not only to the member but also to other members and company’s staff. As such, such situation can lead to the termination of the treks or climb for the Members by the Lead Sherpa.

    Training

    The member has to participate to any training session organized by the company’s staff during the course of the climb.

    Behaviors

    Because the climb is organized around a significant group of people, a good behavior of each member and staff of the company towards each other is essential to avoid problems during the trek of climbing period. The member endeavors to have a respectful attitude to other team members and to the company’s staff at any time. A serious behavior problem by the member can lead to the exclusion of the trek or climb without any refund. 

    Information to the Lead Sherpa / Climbing Sherpas

    The member will inform the lead Sherpa or any climbing Sherpas about any information related to his condition or the evolution of his condition that might affect his performance on the climb.

    Rescue Helicopter

    The Member accepts that a Climbing Sherpa can call for a rescue helicopter in case of life threatening situation for the Member even if the approval of the Member’s insurance company is not obtained. In such situation, the Member accepts to support all related costs and to indemnify the Company or any cost resulting of the rescue.

    Gear

    The Member should be equipped with a climbing gear suited for the climb. The Lead Sherpa or his representative will check the gear in Kathmandu before the start of the trek to Base Camp. If essential article are missing, the Member will be asked to make the purchase before the trek.

    Miscellaneous

    Airline Responsibility

    The air carrier will not be held responsible for any act, omission or event while the passenger is not on-board the designated aircraft or terminal conveyance. Passenger/Airline contracts stand in effect while the passenger is on-board each participants aircraft. This applies to all carriers.

    Language

    The language of communication between the Company’s staff and the Member is English. If the Member is not sure of his/her understanding of instructions or information given by the Company’s staff, he must immediately inform the Lead Sherpa or a Climbing Sherpa. The Company cannot be held liable if the Member’s actions resulted from a misunderstanding of instructions and/or information given by the Company staff.

    Image Rights

    The member agrees that the Company staff might be taking photographs and/or sound and/or videos recordings of the Member during the Climb for advertising, promotion, communication and training purposes on all types of media supports including, but not limited to, in brochures, films, website (in particular social networking) and newspapers. The Members grants full image rights related to the above throughout the world in perpetuity to the Company. Any and all of the Image Rights shall be freely assignable by the Company.

    In consideration of the above, and as part of the payment for the right to participate in such mountaineering expeditions and treks or other activities and the services arranged by the aforementioned company and its subsidiaries, associates, agents and employees. I/We have and hereby assume all the above risks and will hold Thamserku Expedition blameless, and will defend them against, any and all liability actions, causes of actions, suits, debts, demands and claims of every kind and nature whatsoever which may hereafter arise out of or in connection with the trip or participation in activates arranged by the aforementioned company and its subsidiaries, associates and agents. This agreement shall serve as a release and as my stated assumption of risk and as guarantee by myself on behalf of myself and my heirs, administrators, executors and all members of my family including any minors whether accompanying me or not.

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