WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS' PHILOSOPHY
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is focusing on group sizes of 4 to 6 participants only for this Everest Expedition because our experience has found this to be the best way to have a successful Journey while providing excellent services. Furthermore, it creates a pleasant ambiance within the Group, including an exchange of cultures and traditions between you and our local Team.
Last but not least, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ focus on small groups permits more flexibility and support to the participants individually.
ACCOMMODATION & MEAL
Kathmandu: we stay at the famous Hyatt Heritage Regency 5-star Hotel on a sharing basis, including breakfasts to prepare the best for the present Everest 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 until Everest Base Camp are on each participant's own charge.
During our Trekking: 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. Though there are mostly blankets available at the lodges, we recommend taking your own sleeping bag. Please note also that in the majority of the lodges the toilets are common. Showers are available in some of the lodges.
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.
The individual beverages until Everest Base Camp are on each participant's own charge.
Everest Base Camp: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ Everest Base Camp is comfortable, warm and well organized. Each participant has an individual extra double large tent (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 (by heater) 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 are at the guests' disposal. 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 the number of participants. Radio, Internet, phone and batteries charging facilities are part of our Everest Base Camp.
During the 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.). Fresh breads, cakes and cookies at Base Camp, 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 Team. 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: Our Everest Base Camp is also equipped with a solar charging system and a powerful generator for high altitude (less noise but more power in the altitude).
SPECIFIC SAFETY FEATURES FOR MT EVEREST EXPEDITION
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS believes in a high level of security while operating its Expedition to Mount Everest and provides accordingly the Expedition members with all the necessary means in order to optimise their chance to summit Mount Everest.
- 1 personal climbing Sherpa Guide per Expedition member
- 1 extra climbing Sherpa Guide per 2 Expedition members
- WYE climbing Sherpa Guides Team, our climbing Sherpas are all Everest summiteers, strong, advanced mountaineering and rescue trained, experienced and qualified with the handling of Oxygen, mask and regulator, friendly and supportive
- Full time Base Camp Manager for logistic services and emergency
- 7 high UK brand new quality oxygen bottles per member
- 3 high level oxygen bottles per Sherpa
- 6 additional oxygen bottles for emergency
- We are flexible and supportive being a small group of mountaineers compared to other big outfitters which consist often of more than 10 climbers in the team
- 1 radio set per member while in the mountain
- The Expedition is equipped with a satellite phone
- A 24-hour service radio station at Base Camp and ABC
- We are member of the helicopter rescue
- Weather forecast from 2 different countries
- 24-hour high altitude medical consultant for emergency or sickness cases
- Pre- acclimatisation training
- A 3-day workshop at Base Camp practicing walking in ladder and high camps tricks and tips of gear management, radio use and guidance for mental preparation
- A 2-day workshop before going to the final Summit push which consists mainly of giving advice for appropriate handling of personal things which may be effective during the climbing, handling of oxygen and mask regulator and the way to cooperate with the own personal Sherpa on the day of ascent
OUR WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS TEAM
The success of this Everest 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 the experience of each of its members in the specific environment and their personal aptitudes. Our Team is thus highly experienced, skilled, trained, courteous and helpful.
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ is proud to support its local staff by providing it with a fair salary, encouraging it to take part in mountaineering workshops, wilderness first aid training, environmental preservation courses, garbage management, team leadership, and language refreshers on a regular basis.
Our Climbing Sherpa Guides Team: is a professional qualified team with great experience in guiding at high altitudes in the Himalaya, in particular on Mount Everest or other 8000-meter peaks. It is assuring the safety requirements but it will also help as an interpreter with the local populations. The Sherpa Team follows the members during the climbing periods. It fixes the tents, the ropes in some essential parts of the mountain and assists you during your ascent days for the summit push. Each member of the Everest Expedition has one personal climbing Sherpa during the entire climbing period. Furthermore, one extra climbing Sherpa is at disposal of 2 participants for the transport of the collective material (tents, cooking stove, food, ropes).
It is also providing you with interesting information about the mountains, the culture and traditions of this part of the Himalaya. Our Sherpa Team makes sure that the rubbish is properly managed and the different Camps are kept clean throughout the whole Expedition.
Our Kitchen Team: plays a vital role during the entire Everest 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 role of the Cook is also to manage the Everest Base Camp in the absence of the Sirdar.
The Kitchen Team is setting up two further kitchens besides Lobuche camps and Everest Base Camp, namely in Everest Camp 1 and Camp 2 at above 6000 meters (above sea level).
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.
Our Porters: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS has it own reliable porters. It is their responsibility to carry your luggage during the trekking until the Base Camp of Everest 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 are treated well. We pay them a fair salary, including a bonus and providing them with good food allowances, clothes, shoes, sunglasses, rescue and medical insurances to improve their conditions of life.
During this Everest Expedition, yaks are used to carry heavy loads. It is then the responsibility of the yak driver to ensure that the transportation of your material is done in an appropriate manner.