Kathmandu: We stay at the famous 5-star Hyatt Hotel on a sharing basis, including breakfasts, in order to optimize the preparation for this present Himlung Expedition. All dinners are served in excellent restaurants in town where you can enjoy various types of cuisine, from the typical Nepali, Thai, and even steaks and Italian meals. Each restaurant has been screened by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS representatives to ensure that it is of suitable quality for our guests.
The individual beverages, except at Base Camp, are on each participant's own charge.
During our Campsite Trekking: According to our itinerary, at some specific defined places, we settle a campsite and enjoy the meals prepared by our kitchen team. The tents are provided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS on a sharing basis. Single tent can be requested but are charged extra cost (upon request at your booking). Each member has to bring his/her own sleeping bag, we provide you a thick mattress with a extra thin isolation tent mattress.
Considering the roughness of the landscape and the hygienic conditions, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS provides the team with its own cook, kitchen tent, sleeping tents, dining tent and toilet tent with the necessary staff to serve us delicious dishes and drinks. You can enjoy espresso coffee, a selection of teas, as well as Italian, Tibetan and local cuisines. Packages lunch are given on some days.
For our clients’ convenience, considering the remoteness of the region, WILD YAK EXPEDITONS provides the lightening for the dining and kitchen tents and solar batteries charging facilities at disposal of the participants.
In some places, we stay in the lodges (small traditional mountain guesthouses) that are recommended by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS as per defined itinerary destination. Please be aware that single rooms are not available.
Many lodges serve a variety of cuisines such as continental, Indian, Tibetan and local cooking. Please note that the beverages are on each participant’s own charge, except coffee and the selection of teas that are served for breakfast and in the afternoons upon your arrival, as well as some special snacks provided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS.
Base Camp: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ Base Camp is comfortable, warm and well organised. Each participant has an individual extra double large tent where one can almost stand to change the clothes (about 165cm high). Light, insulation from ground and an extra large thick mattress with soft pillow are provided for each individual tent.
Our triple skin base Primaloft dining tent is heated at evening and the ground is insulated and topped up with a Tibetan carpet. Our kitchen is hygienic, clean and equipped with modern utensils and stoves. Likewise the shower tent is facilitated with hot gas system, shampoo, shower gel, body lotion and mirror. The toilet tent is big enough to render a high altitude toilet comfortable, equipped with toilet paper and fresh Odinel. A water bucket with soap and hand sanitizer is at your disposal besides the dining tent. Similarly, a store tent and communication tent will be set up, depending on the number of participants.
During this Expedition, you can enjoy various kinds of food, from the typical Nepali food to all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, European, Indian, Japanese etc.) The Team can also enjoy cakes and cookies, along with varieties of drinks, among others, hot chocolate, coffee and fruit juice. Fresh vegetables, fruits and meat are supplied as regularly as possible from our Kitchen. On request, for higher camps, a freshly cooked hygienic food or a packed food (as per condition) can be provided from our Kitchen Team as well as drinks and snacks.
Lights and Generator: Base Camp is equipped with a powerful generator (with less noise but strong power for the high altitude) and a solar recharge system.
Your safety is of supreme concern while traveling with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. For safety our major aspects are:
- 1 Nepali UIAGM Mountain guide for the Group
- 1 Climbing Sherpa for 3 participants
- WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' Team consists of strong new generation climbing Sherpas who are highly trained and skilled in mountaineering, educated, have numerous experiences of high altitude climbing, are fluent in various languages and last but not least, friendly and supportive
- Full time Base Camp Manager for the logistic
- We are flexible and supportive being a small group of Mountaineers compared to other big outfitters which consist of more than 10 climbers in the team
- A radio set per 3 participants during the ascent
- First Aid medical box, including oxygen bottle with mask and regulator for emergency
- 24/24 hours high altitude consultant in case of emergency
- Satellite phone (personal communications on each participant's own charge)
- A 24-hour service based radio station at Base Camp
- Weather forecast
- Fixing lines by the Sherpa Team, where necessary
- 1 day workshop at Base Camp
- 1 day workshop before going to the final Summit push which consists mainly of giving advice for appropriate handling of the personal things which may be effective during the ascent and the way to cooperate with his/her own Sherpa on the ascending day
- WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is associated with the local Helicopter Rescue companies
- Last but not least, pre-expedition meeting in Switzerland and advise on how to prepare a 7000-meter Expedition
The success of this Expedition depends on both the personal condition of each participant and the experience of our Team. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ team has been carefully selected according to their experience in the specific environment and personal aptitudes. Our team is thus highly experienced, skilled, trained, courteous and helpful.
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ is proud to support our local staff by providing them with a fair salary, encouraging them to take mountaineering workshops, wilderness first aid training, environmental preservation courses, garbage management, team leadership, and language refreshers on a regular basis.
Our UIAGM Mountain Guide and his role: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ UIAGM Mountain Guide is a professional licensed mountain guide by the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA), along with mountaineering experience in guiding around the Himalaya. He is always ensuring your safety and is checking your needs throughout the climbing and monitoring as well symptoms of high altitude sickness. Our Mountain Guide leads you to the mountain, giving you interesting information about mountains, technics, culture, traditions and landscapes. He is also helping as interpret with the local population. He plays a vital role in taking care of the clients’ needs, supervising the staffs/ porters and assuring the safety requirements. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will be frequently informed about the Group throughout the Climbing.
Our Climbing Sherpa Team: the number of Climbing Sherpas is depending on the size of the group of participants to this Expedition. Our climbing Sherpa team is a professional qualified team with great experience in guiding at high altitudes in the Himalaya especially on numerous high mountains of the Himalaya and have deep knowledge about the culture and traditions of this part of the Himalaya. It is the Climbing Sherpas' role to fix all the tents and the rope at the necessary part of the mountain and, assist you all the way to the Summit.
Our Kitchen Team: plays a vital role during the entire Expedition. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' Cooks are specialized, experienced and trained in outdoor cooking at high altitudes, respecting the fundamental principles of hygiene and proper management of the base camp and its surroundings. The Cook's role is also to manage the Base Camp in the absence of the Leader/Sherpa Team. Different types of cuisine and bakeries are served during the climbing period. Our Kitchen Team ensures also that the garbage is properly managed and the campsite is kept clean after its use.