Trekking in the Himalaya
Trekking in the core of the Himalaya
TREKKING IN NEPAL, BHUTAN & TIBET
The mystical Himalaya has lured the world for an adventure since the early 19th century. The trekking originated because the explorers had a keen interest in measuring the mountains and sketching the maps. But later gradually it became famous as an adventure holiday. Himalaya is the most exotic trekking destinations in the world due to its vast diversity in the landscape. Standard trekking begins at 800 meters elevation and touches 5500 meters altitude. Hence due to variation in the height, the scenario, people, culture, and agriculture are different each day, which makes entire trekking fascinating and exciting.
Besides nature, numerous studies have shown that trekking can bring various personal benefits, physically, mentally, or spiritually. To get away a couple of days from civilization and go trekking in nature can be a life-changing experience.
DIFFERENT KINDS OF TREKKING IN NEPAL, BHUTAN, & TIBET
There are two ways to organize a Trekking: one is a “lodge” style and the other is a “camping” style.
The “lodge” style essentially consists of eating and staying in lodges, small traditional mountain inns. Some treks in Nepal such as the Everest base camp trek, Gokyo trek, Manaslu trek, Nar-Phu trek, Mustang trek are famous.
While a “camping” style means trekking with a local team which mainly consists of a trekking guide, a kitchen team (cook – kitchen boys) and porters. The WILD YAK Team sets up the camp and the kitchen team prepares and serves delicious meals. The participants sleep in tents and take their meals in the mess tent in the middle of the wilderness.
The WILD YAK Team is committed to organizing responsible and original treks in both styles. The trekking programs mentioned below are outlined by professionals with the utmost care for our participants, locals and nature.
Our initiative for Trekking with confidence
We are experts in organizing small groups of 4 to 6 participants for Trekking to the Himalaya.Learn More
We are experts in organizing small groups of 4 to 6 participants for Trekking to the Himalaya. Our core values are teamwork, exchange between participants and the WILD YAK Team, and respect for each other to achieve a common goal. Therefore, we focus on everyone’s safety, and in particular provide our guests with the highest quality services throughout the entire Trek.
For safety, good ambiance, and flexibility, we focus on:
- 4 to 6 participants per group
- 1:1 (1 porter per participant)
- First Aid Kit with an Oxygen bottle*, mask and regulator, as well as an oximeter (Oxygen and pulse measurement device) as part of the emergency kit
- Weather updates, in particular for the crossing of the high passes
- Modern and reliable means of communication
- Reliable tie with the helicopter rescue companies for emergency (Nepal)
- Experienced, qualified and competent new generation Wild Yak Team of Trekking Guides, speaking both English and major European languages, such as French or German
- Warm down jacket and sleeping bag for renting
- Last but not least: Swiss Quality services
*For Trekking above 3,500m (11,482ft)
Please follow the detail information concerning the particular trekking experience that you are interested in.
Why with we are different
The long-term experience and expertise of the co-founder, Norbu Sherpa, makes definitely a difference, when one knows the difficulties of the high altitude.Learn More
1. DISCOVER WHY/HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT
- The same philosophy between WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Switzerland and WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Nepal
Most foreign outdoor agencies have to collaborate with a local company based in Nepal to operate their travel and adventure trips. We have seen clashes between the foreign agency and the local company due to different price deals, philosophy, and mindset in numerous cases. This is especially problematic when it comes to last moment changes in logistics, services, or in emergencies, where rapid decisions are necessary.
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Switzerland and WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Nepal stand for the same company philosophy: Small Groups, High Quality, and Personalised Services. Last but not least, the well-being of our guests is always the primary objective of both companies. We thus appreciate any decision taken during the trip in favor of our guests!
- The expertise of the founders and the WILD YAK Team
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ founders Andrea Sherpa-Zimmermann & Norbu Sherpa have climbed Mount Everest and numerous other 8000-meter peaks around the Himalayas. Besides climbing, they are active trekkers and have explored many parts of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Ladakh, Sikkim, Pakistan, and the Alps.
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS thus reflects the perfect combination between Andrea’s Swiss quality focus and her husband Norbu’s 18 years of experience, as well as his numerous local contacts, to be part of the company’s most significant assets. Thanks to Norbu’s roots, and Andrea’s curiosity about the traditions and culture of the local populations, each journey is a unique experience in itself!
2. SMALL GROUPS
What is the experience like?
To be part of large groups can be fun, but also a big challenge not only for the tour operator but for the participants themselves. Imagine yourself in a group of more than 8 to 15 members in a challenging environment. Some days you have to struggle not only physically, but it might become a mental challenge too. There are enhanced risks of misunderstandings, which might make the dream journey turn into a nightmare.
How it should be:
We believe that a holiday has to be a holiday: no worries, no ego, no rush. Let’s live a unique experience. Dream, Explore, and Discover!
Throughout our extensive experience, organizing expeditions and treks, we found that the core of a successful trip lies in having small groups—our motto: 4 to 6 participants for better understanding, collaboration, and flexibility. You fully enjoy your holiday, and the local team feels more connected and devoted to the entire group. Real Team Spirit grows day-by-day among the participants and our WILD YAK Team.
3. GUIDANCE ON PREPARING YOUR TRIP
Instead of standard travel packages without proper advice or information, apart from general information about what is included in the package price, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will provide you with all the necessary information and sound advice for an optimal preparation of your stay.
For this reason, we believe that your journey begins with excellent preparation. We will cater to your needs based on our experience, providing you with regular advice and tips, including recommended training schedules. Whether by Skype or other means, Andrea and Norbu are happy to address personally all of your queries.
Besides, depending on the kind of customized trip, the group size, and your availabilities, Andrea and Norbu can set up workshops and pre-departure meetings (in Switzerland in person or remotely). We provide you with specific guidance about physical and technical training, taking into account your own experience and requirements. Once in Kathmandu, we meet for a final check of your equipment and a briefing.
4. EXPENSIVE MATERIAL FOR RENT
Every adventure in the Himalayas has hidden costs. Your dream is to climb at high altitude? The equipment necessary to do so is very particular, and the costs of acquisition can touch the sky. In reality, a significant amount of equipment is necessary for your personal gear and the cost of your journey. However, you might never again need or use some of this gear.
To minimize your Himalayan journey’s expenses, we offer such expensive equipment for rent to our guests at a very reasonable price. We offer expedition boots, down-suits, warm down jackets, and other climbing material, for example. Thanks to our expertise, we provide the renting of only high-quality equipment.
5. HIGH-QUALITY SERVICES, PRIVATE TRANSPORT, NO HIDDEN COSTS
Is the description of the Trip that you are interested in is complete? In particular, does the information about the accommodation, the local staff, and the on-site logistics correspond to the price details? Do you think that the information provided is clear enough to book your trip?
We are committed to our standards of high quality and fairness with the services we provide to you. We focus on superior services, private transportation, and of course, our skillful Guide and Sherpa Team. Last but not least, no hidden costs.
6. GIVING BACK TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
After the death of 14 climbing Sherpas at Everest in 2014, Andrea and Norbu established the non-profit humanitarian organization “The Butterfly Help Project” (“BHP”) to support the climbing Sherpa community. Besides, Norbu and Andrea experienced the epicenter of the 2015-earthquake that massively affected some of Nepal’s regions. Through their organization, they started to build new schools. They could build two schools, Shree Janajyoti Secondary School and Shree Palep Primary School in Nepal, for more than 500 children. And the Third School is under construction in the south of Nepal.
Andrea and Norbu’s social responsibility is going further through BHP; they also support the schooling of five Sherpa Kids in the Everest Region, four in the Kanchenjunga region, and 2 in Kathmandu. BHP is also helping preserve the precious Sherpa culture of Ghunsa village by appointing a cultural teacher in the School. Finally, to encourage the kids and the aforementioned schools, Andrea and Norbu Sherpa are providing benches, school equipment, clothes, stationery, and cultural equipment.
The seeds of the next project with regards to an Apple Plantation in Norbu’s region.
7. OUR WILD YAK TEAM
The WILD YAK Team members are carefully selected according to their expertise in a particular environment and individual aptitudes. Our Team is thus highly experienced, qualified, respectful, and supportive.
Frequently asked questions about Trekking
* How should I prepare for Trekking? * How long can be the daily stages?Learn More
- How should I prepare for Trekking?
You do not need to be an elite athlete to come for trekking in Nepal. Physical activity on a regular basis, preferably focused on endurance, is, however, essential to appreciate your journey to the Himalaya fully.
- How long can be the daily stages?
The length of the daily stages will first depend on the trekking you have selected. A trekking day can last from 2 hours to 8 hours with the crossing of passes above 5000 meters, for example.
- Which is the maximum altitude during the trekking?
The maximum altitude will again depend on the trekking you have selected. The average of our trekking is organized at a maximum height of 5000 meters (16,404ft). However, some of our trekking, like Saribung Trek, cross a pass above 6000 meters (19,685ft).
Material – personal equipment
One of the first things to do before going for a trekking to the Himalaya is to organize your personal equipment and material.Learn More
One of the first things to do before going for a trekking to the Himalayas is to organize your personal equipment and material. This can be exciting to collect if you are familiar with them. And it can be a little stressful if you don’t know the requirements for such journeys. There will be many questions while choosing the right equipment, brand, and sizes.
To make it a little more comfortable for our clients, we have therefore developed a booklet with some tips, which we sent by email after the booking.
For the sake of convenience for our guests, we also rent personal gear for such trips, such as sleeping bags, down jackets, etc.