WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' PHILOSOPHY
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is focusing on group sizes of 4 to 6 participants for this Trekking Peak because our experience has found this to be the best way to have a successful trip while providing excellent services. Furthermore, it creates a pleasant ambiance within the group, including an exchange of cultures and traditions with our team and local guides.
Last but not least, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS focus on small groups permits more flexibility and support to the participants individually.
The success of this Journey depends on both the personal condition of each participant and the experience of our Team. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' team carefully selected according to their expertise in the particular environment and individual aptitudes. Our Team is thus highly experienced, skilled, trained, courteous and supportive.
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 Sherpa Guide is a professional mountaineering Guide with experience in conducting in high altitude around the Himalaya, including first aid training and in-depth knowledge of the local flora, fauna and general environment preservation. He is ensuring your safety and is ensuring that everything is running accordingly to the program. He plays a vital role in taking care of the participants' needs, supervising the staff and assuring the safety requirements and leading the members all the way through the trekking and during the climbing period, providing you with interesting information about the mountains, the culture, and traditions of this part of Nepal. He also makes sure that the rubbish properly managed, and the route is kept clean throughout the whole Trip. He will further help as the interpreter with the local population. Though WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is in charge of the booking of the majority of the lodges, it is the Guide responsibility to ensure that the lodges are convenient and the food of good quality. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will frequently be informed about the progression of the group during the trekking/climbing experience. Guide and assistant guide will secure the necessary technical parts of the peak for climbing and support the group while climbing.
Our assistant Climbing Sherpa: he also has a government license but must work as an assistant guide during some time to become a company approved Guide. He assists the Guide with all the essential duties, ensuring the safety and checking that the performance of the group runs smoothly. Accompanying and supporting the guide during climbing of peak. He is equipped with an emergency first aid kit and walks along with the clients to monitor the group.
Our Kitchen Team: is composed of a cook and kitchen boys (depending the number of participants). Its role is to provide excellent food to the members, by respecting the fundamental principles of hygiene and ensure that the campsite is comfortable. The kitchen boy(s) is/are assisting the cook by cleaning the dishes, getting the water and ensuring that the campground is kept clean. The Cook manages the campsite while the participants are on the mountain.
Our Porters: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS has its own reliable porters. It is their responsibility to carry your luggage during the trekking with proper handling standards.
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is very concerned about the porters. We support and respect the porters' rights and have high standards to make sure that they treated well. We pay them a fair salary, including a bonus and providing them with good food allowances, clothes, shoes, sunglasses and medical insurances.
In some places where the porters are usually replaced by mules, it is the responsibility of the mule driver ("mule man") to ensure that the transportation of material is done in an appropriate manner.
ACCOMMODATION & MEAL
Kathmandu / Pokhara: We stay at high standard Hotels on a sharing basis, including breakfasts. Depending on availability, single rooms can be booked upon request at an additional cost. All dinners 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 screen by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS representatives to ensure that it is of suitable quality for our guests.
Transportation: All transportation in Kathmandu are by private vehicles. Flights to and from Pokhara, are by two engines planes of about 70 seats.
During Trekking: We stay in the lodges (small traditional mountain guesthouse) that are recommended by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS as per defined itinerary destination and program. Please be aware that single rooms are not available. Though there are blankets available at the lodges, we recommend bringing your sleeping bag. Showers are available at the majority of the lodges. Please note that majority of the toilets are common in the lodges, except in few of them where we provide you with attached rooms (if available), in particular at Manang and Jomsom in order to fully enjoy your rest days with a shower.
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 charge, except the coffee and the selection of teas that served for breakfast and in the afternoon upon your arrival, as well as some special snacks provided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. Lunch packages are also available some specific days.
Base Camp: According to the present program, we settle campsites for the Chulu Far East Peak, installing dining and kitchen tent and enjoy the meals prepared by our Kitchen Team. Sleeping tents are provided on a sharing basis with a single mattress individually.
To make your stay comfortable in the campsites, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS offers the lightening for the dining and kitchen tents and solar batteries charging facilities.
Your safety is of supreme concern while traveling with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. In the case of emergency, the group has a four (4)-litre oxygen bottle with a mask and regulator, along with a first aid kit and a 24-hour medical assistance by a high altitude medical team of doctors.
Our Sherpa Guide is also outfitted with communication means, only to be use in emergencies. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS also works with the national helicopter rescue airlines.
To minimize risks, in particular during the crossing of the higher passes and the climbing period of the Peak, weather forecasts are provided to the Guide on a regular basis and the route will be secured by our Sherpa Team by using the necessary technical gear or fixing the rope and assisting the Group of participants all the way to the summit and back.
Please note that the above-mentioned itinerary information is purely indicative and can likely to modified during the trekking-climbing by our Guide, who has the authority to make such changes if it is deemed necessary (due to safety concerns, etc.). Every effort will be done to keep to the scheduled itinerary. However, as this is an adventure travel in remote mountain regions and at high altitude, we are not able to fully guarantee it as it is necessary to take into consideration each situation as it occurs and consequently to adapt the program in its best way. Elements such as weather conditions, health conditions of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, among others, can all contribute to changes in the scheduled itinerary.
Our Guide will thus try to ensure that the trekking runs according to the foreseen plan to the benefit of all the participants, but we thank you for being prepared to some flexibility and comprehension if so required.
Please check the degrees of difficulty while choosing a Trip with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. The majority of the itineraries proposed in our Programs are in remote areas of the Himalaya and at high altitude, mostly higher than the Alps. A good physical condition is necessary to appreciate the whole richness of this adventure.
Note: Please be aware that for this Journey, the participants must have experience with the handling of crampons and glacier walk.
Pre-training before trek and climb
Trekking is good for everyone! A daily walk in a beautiful landscape with a consumption of significant volumes of water, chatting with local people and understanding the culture, observing your body limits, all combine to make many healthier your body and mind than they ever have been before.
Before your embark for your Peak trekking and climbing, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS recommends a regular aerobic exercise including some stretching exercises for a couple of hours per week. Ideally, you should concentrate on cardiovascular fitness, building an excellent stamina and undertake a bit of strength training to be more efficient in the mountains. It is worth to go for at least once a week for a 3 to 4-hour hike, which familiarizes already your body to sustain the long-time effort in the Himalaya. The fitter you are, the faster and more easily you will get the trail, acclimatize and enjoy the trekking days.
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS proposes a simple grading system that gives you a first idea of the difficulties of the Journey for which you might apply and enables you to determine which is the best for you.
CHULU FAR EAST TREKKING GRADE: Moderate
A moderate trekking grade takes into account the following factors:
- An altitude up to 5500 m above sea level
- An average trail inclination of about 30%-45%; some sections may consist of loose, sandy, gravel ground and boulders
- An average of 400 to 800-elevation ascent a day (especially when crossing passes)
- The capacity to walk comfortably on glacier moraines
- A trail, which may be rough paved, loose dirt, slippery, in landslide area, icy or snowy (in some parts you might be assisted by the guides)
- The aptitude for walking at least 4-7 hours per day (longer days when crossing the passes 8 to 9 hrs)
- It requires the following skills from each participant:
- A good stamina, to be able to walk for several hours at a sustained walking pace in a high altitude environment during several subsequent days
- You are familiar with assessing obstacles and hazards along the trail, walk confident (depending on the trail conditions, you may need some help in certain sections, especially while crossing the passes)
- You can carry a small personal backpack up to 4 kg
CLIMBING GRADE CHULU FAR EAST: I
- Fitness required good body strength, good stamina, and efficiency at altitude, right mental attitude and prepared to deal with the demanding situations of the high altitude
- Technical Skill: Basic climbing knowledge should be confident in glacier walking with a crampon, abseiling and ascending devices use, able to walk together in same rope
- Climbing experience: at least 4000-meter peak climbing expertise in the Alps
- Strength: Should be able to carry a 3 to 5 kg backpack and climb in the high altitude environment
- Climbing distance between Camps: 4 to 6hrs
- Summit distance overall: 9 to 10 hour from last camp and back to camp.
- No of Higher Camps: 1 camp
- Degree of objective danger: Low
- Vertical Sections: less and short sections (25/35 degree)
- Ice climbing: rarely short sections
- Mix Ice and Rock Climbing: Rarely some sections, but may use hands to cross some boulder
- Altitude: 4,500 meters to 6,000 meters elevation