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LOGISTICS and GENERAL ARRANGEMENTS

In Kathmandu

In Kathmandu, you will be met at the airport and transported to our 4 star hotel near the main tourist area, Thamel. At the hotel you will be met with a welcome drink and receive a briefing from your expedition leader, Andrew Lock. That night we will enjoy a welcome dinner where we can begin to build the important bonds necessary for a high performing team.

On the day following your arrival, the entire team will attend a mandatory expedition briefing at the Nepal Ministry of Tourism.

We will also have time to complete any last minute equipment purchases in the high quality gear stores nearby.

Meals

In Kathmandu, breakfast will be included at our hotel, while lunches and dinners can be enjoyed at the numerous quality restaurants in the vicinity.

Once on the trek and for the duration of the expedition, all meals are included in the service package.

Snacks and alcoholic drinks are at the members’ expense.

Trekking to Base Camp

We start our journey by flying from Kathmandu to the mountain airstrip at Lukla village, one of the world’s most renowned mountain flights. From there we commence trekking towards Everest basecamp. Over 10 days, we stage our approach carefully to ensure appropriate acclimatisation, stopping for rest and additional acclimatisation as appropriate. We will stay in good quality village lodges and eat meals prepared by our trained staff.

Base Camp

Our base camp is among the most luxurious at the mountain. Climbers are provided with individual mountain tents fully equipped with insulated mattresses. The camp and all tents are erected by our logistical support team, prior to our arrival.

We will have a heated and carpeted dining tent equipped with electric lighting, battery recharging facilities, music, books and games.

While Everest’s basecamp is covered by a local mobile phone service, it can be intermittent so we shall also have satellite phones available for all team members to use at cost.

Basecamp Kitchen

Our professional kitchen is staffed by a trained head cook ably supported by a team of highly experienced expedition assistant cooks. All kitchen staff have been professionally trained in western food preparation and the strictest hygiene standards.

Our menu is varied and designed to meet international tastes. Meals are hearty and nutritious and enhanced by an array of appetizers, snacks and hot drink mixes. We use local fresh produce and meats complimented by a selection of imported foods and nibbles.

High Altitude Camps

High quality mountain tents are used at camps above basecamp on a two person per tent occupancy except at the highest camp where there will be three people per tent for warmth, safety and to reduce the loads of our Sherpas. All high altitude food, stoves and cooking gas will be transported to the camps by our strong Sherpa team. Members are only required to carry their own personal gear during the expedition.

We have a fixed kitchen/dining tent at camp 2 which is permanently staffed by a trained cook to ease the burden on team members.

Weather forecasts

The expedition will utilise a proven Himalayan weather forecasting service for up to date information throughout the expedition.

Communications

All climbing team members, climbing Sherpas and guides will be issued with two-way radios to be carried at all times on the mountain. We will also have a base station radio in our base camp and at camp 2, which will be monitored at all times when members and Sherpas are on the mountain.

There will be access to satellite phone communications at Base Camp.

Medical

Andrew and our Sherpas are highly trained in medical and technical rescue, and carry medical and rescue equipment with them at all times on the mountain.

We provide medical oxygen, portable altitude chambers and comprehensive medical kits at base camp. The higher camps also have medical kits and we also ask that all climbers carry individual micro high altitude medical kits at all times above base camp. All climbing members and climbing Sherpas wear a personal avalanche beacon above base camp.

As partners with the Himalayan Rescue Association's (HRA) Everest Base Camp Clinic, our entire team of climbers, guides and Sherpa has unlimited access to the Clinic and consultation with their full-time doctors.

Environmental Impact

Andrew Lock Adventures promotes ‘Leave No Trace’ ethics in the outdoors.

Excess packaging is removed from food and equipment prior to departure to minimize waste and we carry all our trash and unused supplies off the mountain.

Biodegradable bags are provided to all team members to ensure proper human waste disposal.