OUR WILD YAK TEAM
The success of this Journey depends on both the personal status 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 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 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.
Our Climbing Sherpa (assistant guide): has a government license but must work as an assistant guide during some time to become a company approved guide. He assists our Sherpa Guide with all essential duties, ensuring the safety and checking that the performance of the group runs smoothly. He accompanies and supports our Sherpa Guide during the climbing period of the peak.
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.
Note: In some places where the porters usually replaced by yaks, it is the responsibility of the yak driver ("yak man") to ensure that the transportation of material carried in an appropriate manner.
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
In Kathmandu: we stay at Tibet International and Yak & Yeti hotels on a sharing basis, including breakfasts. Depending on availability, single rooms can be booked upon request at an additional cost. 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 screen by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS representatives to ensure that it is of suitable quality for our guests.
Transportation: all transportations in Kathmandu are by private vehicles. Flight to Lukla and back, are by two engines planes, Otter Aeroplane.
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 Namche and Gokyo in order to fully enjoy your rest day 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 a campsite for the Island Peak climbing, installing dining and kitchen tent and enjoy the meals prepared by our Kitchen Team. Sleeping tents are provided on a sharing basis with a mattress individually.
To make your stay comfortable in the campsite, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS offers the lightening for the dining tent and solar batteries charging facilities.
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Team is constituted with some of the best Sherpa mountain guides in the Himalaya. Its co-founder Norbu Sherpa has himself climbed seven times Mount Everest and is a summiteer of numerous other 8000-meter peaks. The company WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is seriously dedicated and focused on the climbing security features and quality services.
A team of 2-3 qualified and experienced Sherpa Guide secures the ascent route by fixing ropes in the technical parts of the mountain, where necessary.
A basic mountaineering exercise is usually conducted at the Base Camp before climbing. Our Sherpa Team is then guided you to the summit, and way back.
Weather reports regularly forwarded during the climbing period and as well while crossing the pass, in the event of the unstable weather situation.
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 used 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 our Sherpa Guide on a regular basis and the route will be secured by our Sherpa Team by using the necessary technical gear for 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 by our Sherpa 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 Sherpa Guide will try to ensure that the Journey 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.