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Medical & Personal Responsibility:
Medical Health—Travel Vaccinations & Other Medication
All participants in this Himalayan Trek will be requested to have all the necessary vaccinations for India, have malaria medication organised and bring adequate supplies of any existing medication. If you choose not to take shots or medication or prefer to use alternative medications that is your personal choice and can bear no responsibility for this decision.
We would request that participants please do not apply to this organisation for details of the correct vaccinations for this trip as we are not in a position to give out this kind of medical information. You will be requested to attend your own GP or a travel medical specialist in this regard.
We would ask all participants in the Trek to be aware that you are responsible at all times for your own health and safety and the safety of your personal possessions. We cannot accept responsibility for any injury, loss or damage that may be suffered by you during the course of your trip. You should be fully vaccinated and bring with you any medications prescribed by your doctor. Also, you are expected to take sensible precautions if the weather is very hot. If you have any medical condition that may affect your health on the trip we would request that you get clearance from your GP before signing up.
While we have done all we can to ensure the best conditions possible for your trip, we cannot take responsibility for conditions, facilities and weather in Himalayas which are often not what we are used to in Ireland
It is the participants responsibility to organise their own travel insurance for the entire trip.
Costing and payment plan
The cost of this trip is €2,250
Departure date 17th August 2015
Payment of €950 to be made by March 2015
Balance of €800 to be paid by 1st July 2015.
Each participant must submit a Registration Form, a Deposit of €500 & a Photocopy of your Passport plus two passport photos to secure a place on this trip.
The following installments of funds are requested for the trip:
Deposit €500 as soon as possible to reserve a place.
Installment of €950 by March 2015 (not incl. deposit) for flights & insurance
Balance €800 by August 2015
Once we have received the registration form and deposit. A place will then be reserved for you and you will receive further information on: fundraising, itinerary, gear, fitness and training etc.
International and domestic flights, all airport transfers, all food during trek, all accommodation and camping, tour guides, trekking guides, all ground transportation as part of the itinerary, sightseeing, permits, trekking equipment, trekking crew with pack animals.
Deposits will not be refunded. Any further payments made may be refunded.
What is covered in the cost of the trip?
The cost will cover: international and domestic flights, all airport transfers, all food during trek, all accommodation and camping, tour guides, trekking guides, all transport in India, sightseeing, permits, trekking equipment, trekking crew with pack animals.
How long is the trip?
17 days in total. 6 days trekking.
It will NOT cover:
Visa for India (€52 for Irish passport), vaccinations and malaria tablets, single room supplements, changes to flight return dates, any insurance requirements, any off-itinerary activities.
How far will we walk each day during the trek?
The group will spend between 5-7 hours on each walk. Good fitness is required but these are flexible walks aimed at people of varied fitness levels. Our experienced tour guides will accommodate all members of the group so participants can progress at their own pace. You won’t need any special equipment (apart from good boots, gaiters, day bag, shoes, and a trekking pole can be helpful).
Will be carrying my own bag?
No. You only carry your small day bag with water and camera etc. Big bag will be carried by yak & porter.
Who will be participating?
The group will comprise of approximately 10-20 people of all ages, backgrounds.
What type of food is served during a trek?
On the TREK we provide three tasty, plentiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and western dishes and served in a restaurant tent.
Breakfast consists of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereal followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread.
Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads.
Dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals.
We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and iodine treated water are provided for washing.
Special dietary requirements can always be catered for, please state this on the registration form.
Tea House Treks:
On the Tea House treks we provide standard breakfast, lunch and three course dinner, tea or coffee will also be included with each meal. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most tea houses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy packaged water (bottled mineral water) from local lodge and shop en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
How much money do I carry?
As your wish, we don't recommend anyone to carry too much cash, card is the best source. You can use your cards and withdraw any amount from ATM. We suggest around €100 in case.
There will be electricity to charge battery ?
Not in high mountain while trekking you have to have extra battery for 9 days trek.
What about security during trekking?
Security of our clients is the foremost important for us. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. Our guides hold licenses issued by the Nepal Government. But we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings. You are on ‘camping trek’ please do not leave your bags unattended at any time for your own safety. Take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite. At night, put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on ‘Tea house arrangement, you will be sleeping in local tea house. You have to take sensible precautions yourself at all times. Never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.
How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
On camping trek, our staff will boil and cook meals treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. On trek, you will be able to buy safe hot drinks in the tea house. We recommend you to bring water purification pills. On the trail, water from the streams is safe if away from settlements.
How should I dress during a trek?
The clothing you bring will need to allow for both warm days and the chill of the nights. While trekking during the day at lower altitudes, lightweight trekking trousers and T-shirts are recommended. It's always a good idea to carry a waterproof jacket and some warmer clothing with you though as mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable. For the cold nights, thermal underwear, a warm fleece jacket and even a down jacket will help to keep you warm.
*We provide all participants with a t-shirt for our Himalayan trip with the Irish flag.
**Good shoes are of great importance**
They must be sturdy and comfortable. For higher altitude treks where you may have to tread snow for long hours, good boots are essential.
In view of local customs, try not to wear too skimpy or revealing clothes. Your reception by locals can vary greatly on the way you dress.
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