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HELLO & WELCOME. Congratulations on signing up and welcome to the challenge briefing pack for Everest Base Camp! We're very excited to be organising this trip; an enjoyable and challenging trek to the base of the world’s highest mountain. This briefing pack has been put together based on feedback from thousands of previous challenge participants, and should provide you with all the information you need to begin preparing physically and mentally for your challenge of a lifetime! Everest is the stuff of legend. From its first successful ascent in 1953 by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, to the thousands of failed and successful attempts since, it is the epitome of a challenge. This natural wonder is situated between Nepal and China with the border running right across the precise summit point of this great mountain at 8,848 metres above sea level. Our trek takes us up the Nepalese side of the mountain from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, the nation’s capital, to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar. From there, it winds through beautiful valleys, dense forests and across glacial rivers with spectacular views of Everest emerging from the clouds. We complete our challenge at Everest Base Camp situated at 5,364 metres above sea level. This challenge is truly amazing and many previous challenge participants have returned home feeling as if they have changed their lives for the better, but please remember that it is an adventure challenge in a mountainous environment. This means that it is not glamorous or comfortable and you will find it tough. Don’t expect nice fluffy pillows or flushing toilets as there won’t be any that’s all part of the challenge! If you have any questions, would like some friendly advice or just need some reassurance, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the Really Wild Challenges team on 0131 553 1743 or email info@reallywildchallenges.com.

The Really Wild Team


GENERAL INFORMATION.

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A TYPICAL TREKKING DAY.

You will be woken at around 7:30 most mornings ready for breakfast around 08:00. After breakfast you fill your water supplies and start trekking as a group. Everyone treks at their own pace and there are plenty of opportunities for short breaks and photo opportunities. We stop for a hot lunch en route at a tea house and continuing through the afternoon to the next night’s accommodation. Depending on the pace of the group, you will finish the day’s trek in the mid to late afternoon, giving you plenty of time to rest and recover. In the evening dinner is eaten communally and your guide will brief you on the next day’s trek.

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ABOUT YOUR ACCOMODATION.

In Kathmandu we stay in a simple, but comfortable, centrally located hotel. During the challenge you will be staying in shared rooms in simple teahouses. The facilities in the teahouses will be very basic. Unfortunately there are no en-suite facilities but each participant will have a single bed with mattress. Be prepared for the fact that you may not be able to shower every day and toilets along the route, where available, may be ‘long drop’ toilets rather than the western facilities you are used to!

ABOUT FOOD.

Almost all meals are included within the cost of the trip, and special dietary requirements can be catered for as long as you have informed the Really Wild Challenges team in advance. Food varies from day to day but a typical breakfast on trekking days might consist of tea, porridge, tsampa porridge, eggs, rice and bread. Lunch will typically be served along the trekking route as a hot meal, consisting of dhal bhaat or boiled rice with a specially prepared lentil soup with side dishes of vegetables and curry. Dhal bhat in the mountains is very nourishing; it is a light and healthy hiking food. At dinnertime we try to provide varied meals which are simple but wholesome and we hope they exceed people’s expectations. For trekking days we recommend people also bring their own favourite snacks, to keep their energy levels up, such as cereal bars, biscuits, chocolate, fruit gums and carbohydrate gels. You may also buy snacks along the route however these will get increasingly expensive as you move further in towards Everest Base Camp. Food in Nepal has many different styles and much of the cuisine is a variation on Asian themes with hybrid Tibetan, Indian and Thai origins. Vegetarians need not worry – there are almost always vegetarian dishes available. Contact with Europeans has introduced loaf bread, cheese, pastries and ice cream, as well as restaurants serving dishes like pizza, catering originally to tourists but increasingly to local people too. Nepalis have also taken to ramen noodles as fast food that can be prepared much more quickly than traditional dhal bhat.


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ABOUT DRINKS.

Whilst on the trek you will be supplied with purified drinking water daily at breakfast, and again at the lunch stop, that will be safe to drink without any further treatment. You may carry your water in bottles although we do suggest bringing a platypus/camelback water carrier. It makes it a lot easier to stay hydrated during trekking if you don’t have to stop frequently to reach for a water bottle in your backpack. We recommend that no alcohol should be taken during your trek as it causes dehydration, and can affect an individual’s ability to complete this strenuous challenge. When staying in hostels and guesthouses in Nepal, we strongly advise that people purchase bottled water and not drink from the taps. Soft drinks will be available for purchase at some of the villages and tea shops during the trip. We would recommend that you avoid drinks containing ice and use safe water for brushing teeth to avoid the risk of stomach upset. In Kathmandu, and other Nepalese towns, alcohol is available to purchase in bars, hotels, restaurants and supermarkets with little restriction. Popular lagers include the locally produced Everest and a variety of western brands.

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CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT.

Please see the full list of suggested clothing and equipment for more details on what you will need to bring. This is aimed at individuals who have not undertaken a multi-day trek before. Experienced trekkers will know what personally works best. It is worthwhile remembering that you are likely to encounter a range of climatic conditions during your trip. Please ensure that you wear your trekking boots on the outbound flight as, in the event that any luggage loses its way en-route, you will still be able to take part in the trek! Walking boots should be fully broken in throughout your training. If you don’t break in your boots before departure then you can expect to rapidly develop a blister which can ruin your trek!

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ABOUT LUGGAGE.

Due to the nature of our trek, we will be supported by a team of porters who will carry our luggage. There are new rules governing the weight limit for the flights to Lukla. You may now have 10kg in your main luggage and 5 kg in your hand luggage. In line with our responsible tourism policy, and to minimise the burden on our porters, we ask that you have less than 8kg of clothing and personal items packed for the trek. A holdall or duffel bag is ideal for your main pack, but suitcases are not suitable. You may carry additional items in a daypack, such as water, snacks, camera, waterproof etc. However we recommend that this weighs no more than 6kg. We provide secure, locked storage at the hotel before your trek so you don’t have to take all your belongings along.For guidance on international airline baggage rules refer to the airline’s website.


RESPONSIBLE TOURISM. Really Wild Challenges are fully aware of the social and economic issues that are associated with tourism in a developing country such as Nepal and we only work with local ground operators who are ethically responsible and who support community tourism projects. Welfare of the porters is a top priority and our local partners are monitored to ensure standards are adhered to. You also play an important role in ensuring that the impact associated with an overseas challenge is responsibly managed. You might like to consider some of the following as useful guidelines. •

Litter: Our policy is to carry out all non bio-degradable rubbish. Bio-degradable rubbish should be left in the appropriate containers/bags at the camps. Please do not leave apple cores and banana skins behind on the ground.

Detergents/showering: Please bring eco-friendly traveller’s shampoo and soap and use them sparingly.

Toilets: Whilst trekking there will not be toilets between camps so please bring some toilet tissue in case you are caught short. Bear in mind that at altitude even tissue paper can take a very long time to biodegrade. Please use the official toilets at the camps where possible. In hotels and guesthouses in Kathmandu and elsewhere in Nepal, there are usually bathrooms with western-style showers and toilets although the hot water supply can be erratic.

Plants/wildlife: Try not to damage plants that you see on the trail. Any wild animals you encounter should not be fed or disturbed.

Souvenirs: Try to buy locally made crafts that support local skills and avoid buying items that exploit or threaten endangered wildlife species (e.g. ivory) or ancient artefacts. These probably won’t be anywhere near as ancient as the vendor makes out anyway!

Bargaining: Haggling is all part of the fun when buying souvenirs in Nepal but try not to be overly aggressive over sums which are relatively small. It may not be much to you but it is someone else’s living! Besides, a broad grin and a sense of humour when negotiating are far more likely to get you the discount you want!

General tipping:Tipping in hotels, bars and restaurant in Nepal is not expected, but of course it is always appreciated! Please see the next page for more advice on tipping.

Beggars: Beggars in Nepal are rare but please do not hand out money to them. Giving to a local charity is more effective and reduces expectations and reliance.


MONEY MATTERS. Tipping All staff on our Everest Base Camp treks are paid a fair wage for their efforts. Nonetheless, they do work very hard to make your trip special and, if you feel that they have provided an excellent service, then you may wish to consider a tip.To make tipping straightforward and transparent we would recommend that you give your tip contribution to a nominated person in your group who can then hand it over to your head guide. Typically around US$100 from each individual in the group would be a good guideline, but feel free to give more or less should you feel it is appropriate. You may be asked directly by individual guides or support staff for gifts or tips. We would ask that you politely decline, as this can create tensions amongst the ground support staff and unrealistic expectations of future trekkers. Tipping is accepted (and appreciated in tourist restaurants. Your loose change (or 5% is acceptable in cheaper places; around 10% is fine in more expensive restaurants. Cash and Currency The official unit of currency is the Nepali rupee (Rs) which is divided into 100 paisa. Standard Chartered Bank has ATMs in Kathmandu and Pokhara; you can get cash advances on both Visa and MasterCard 24 hours a day, though these machines may not take cards that run on the Cirrus system. Other banks, such as the Himalaya Bank, also have ATMs, but some only accept local cards. Major credit cards are widely accepted at mid-range and better hotels, restaurants and fancy shops in the Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara only. To avoid your bankcard being blocked by your bank’s fraud department, we would strongly recommend that you get in touch with your bank before you depart to inform them of your travel plans. Away from major centres, changing a Rs 1000 note or foreign money is likely to be very difficult, if not impossible. Bring enough money for the whole trek and don’t count on being able to change Rs 1000 notes except in Namche Bazaar and Jomsom. It is always a good idea to keep a stash of small-denomination notes with you as, even in Kathmandu, many small businesses - especially rickshaw and taxi drivers - simply don’t have sufficient spare money to allow them the luxury of carrying a lot of change. Shopping Kathmandu is a great place to pick up some bargains before heading home, with a thriving artisan crafts scene. Items that are of particularly good value include clothing, handicrafts, paintings and homewares. There is also a great range of genuine mountain gear available. However be aware that the items for sale in some of the markets may carry well-known branding but may not be the genuine article!


STAYING SAFE. Nepal is generally a safe and hassle-free country outside of certain urban areas, and your chances of experiencing any trouble as a tourist are slim, but simple common sense should be used at all times.Avoid wearing flashy jewellery, and keep your money and other valuables well hidden. Avoid external money pouches, dangling backpacks and camera bags. When bargaining or discussing prices you should not do so with your money or wallet in your hand. Do not wander around at night, particularly in urban areas including central Kathmandu – always use taxis. Be sceptical of anyone who approaches you on the street asking whether you remember them from the airport, hotel, etc. Keep the side windows up in vehicles when stopped in traffic and keep your bags out of sight (e.g. on the floor behind your legs). Dos and Don’ts: • Only exchange money using authorized banks or money changers. Insist on a receipt when changing money and check this receipt for any discrepancies • Be wary of approaches by strangers- no matter how friendly they seem! • Try to learn some Nepali; people will really appreciate it and it will also give you the opportunity to get to know them a little better. • Keep your money and passport in a safe place at all times. • Don’t purchase any sea-shells or animal skins e.g. snake-skin. • Don’t become involved with drugs of any kind.The penalties for smuggling, possession and use are VERY severe. Convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines, irrespective of nationality. • If you want to sample the nightlife in Kathmandu, or other urban areas in Nepal, we would suggest going out in a larger group and always take licensed taxis after dark - and never alone! FCO advice The Foreign and Commonwealth office (FCO) helps British nationals stay safe abroad by offering straightforward travel advice, top tips and up-to-date country information to help you plan your holiday. They also provide travel advice for specific countries including the areas of a country that may be risky to visit, what the likelihood of terrorist activities are, and any health issues that you should be aware of.The information is updated regularly so, by selecting the country you plan to travel to, you can make sure that you are properly informed before you travel.You can view their specific travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk.


STAFF & GUIDES. All our challenges are locally led. This means that there are no western guides or doctors with your group. Instead we have selected top-class local guides who have years of experience in successfully guiding groups through the Himalaya to Everest Base Camp. The guides we use are not only trained in emergency response and wilderness first aid, they also have an amazing in-depth understanding of the areas we trek through and the history of the Himalayas. We believe that this ethical approach boosts local employment, reduces unnecessary overheads, and gives you the opportunity to really get the most out of your trip!


VACCINATIONS & MEDICAL. ‘Fit for Travel’ is a website that provides information for people travelling abroad (www. fitfortravel.nhs.uk). However, we suggest that all participants seek professional medical advice regarding required vaccinations for Nepal from a travel clinic or GP by providing them with full itinerary details (if you plan to travel independently after trekking to Everest Base Camp to other parts of Nepal don’t forget to tell them that too!) We recommend you visit your GP as soon as possible to discuss your travel plans. Every one of our guides carries a comprehensive first aid kit but please bring a personal first aid kit containing basic items such as plasters, aspirin, etc. as it is not possible to provide medical supplies for everyone in the group. If you are taking regular medication, please ensure you carry written details (type/ strength/dose), and ensure you carry additional stocks, splitting them between your main luggage and hand luggage. A dental check-up is worth having before you travel as altitude can affect existing dental complaints.


HEALTH & FITNESS. Whilst on the trek we can be so focused on our goal of getting to the end that we sometimes forget the simple ways that we can look after ourselves. Here are a few suggestions to keep you healthy on your challenge; •

Hydration is extremely important- drink plenty of water while trekking. The colour of your urine is a good indication of hydration. It should be light and clear in colour. Keeping energy levels up is also going to help on strenuous trekking days. Heat and tiredness can cause loss of appetite but it is important to eat at all mealtimes. Even if you are not feeling hungry or are nauseous try and eat something, even if it is just a cereal bar.

Sunburn is a major issue on the trek during the summer months (May-September). The right protective clothing such as wide-brimmed hats and long-sleeved tops helps. A buff or similar can be invaluable for protecting your neck. Apply sunscreen every day, even if it looks overcast, to avoid being caught out.

Trekking poles are a great way to look after your knees as they absorb a lot of the pressure and provide stability on steep ascents/descents.

If you are feeling unwell at any point during your time in Nepal, please tell someone straight away even if you think it is something minor. We want to try and make sure that everyone remains fit and healthy whilst trekking and even minor ailments can become major problems if not dealt with quickly.

Getting in Shape

HEALTH

Many trekkers set themselves the goal of improving their fitness before departing to Nepal. It almost goes without saying that, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the whole experience of trekking to Everest Base Camp. The longer trekking days in particular will require a combination of physical fitness, will-power and relative strength. It is difficult for us to provide a detailed fitness training programme as it very much depends upon your starting point. However, any programme should incorporate the following elements: • Aerobic training: Jogging, walking, cycling, swimming and gym sessions will help to build up your general level of fitness. Build up your schedule steadily with it peaking towards the time of departure. Make sure you wind down your training a couple of weeks before you travel so that your body has time to rest in preparation for the trek.


Strength training: Weights are a good way to build strength and strong legs will push you up the steeper sections of the trek. If you are a member of a gym, get one of the instructors to devise a programme for you.

Flexibility: This can be improved by a programme of stretching exercises which will help to avoid niggling injuries. For something different try Pilates or Yoga classes.

Anaerobic training: Everyone has an anaerobic threshold and shortly after reaching what feels like a point of exhaustion our natural reaction is to stop or decrease the intensity of whatever exercise we are doing. However, raising the threshold with intense interval training can really help increase your strength and stamina, and ultimately help you carry on beyond the point of exhaustion on summit day. A gym instructor or personal trainer will be able to devise a programme to help raise your threshold.

Getting a few long walks in as part of your training programme is highly recommended. If some steep hills are included, great! On these longer walks, make sure you break in the boots that you will be wearing and get used to carrying a full day pack.


ALTITUDE & ACCLIMATISATION. The highest altitude you will each on this trek is around 5390 metres above sea level and because of this, it is important that you understand the effect altitude may have on you. The air becomes thinner (i.e. less oxygen) the higher you go, which means the body has to work harder to maintain the supply. The body responds in various ways to needing more oxygen: •

You breathe faster and more deeply. Your heart rate speeds up in order to maintain oxygen in your tissue and vital organs.

Your body excretes more bicarbonate in the urine and creates more red blood cells. Frequent urination may be a sign that your body is acclimatising well, but making significantly more red blood cells takes a week or two and won’t make any real difference on trips such as this one.

In order to prepare your body for the affects of altitude, you will need to take some time to acclimatise. The acclimatisation process can be helped by the following:

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Walk slowly! There is plenty of time within each day’s schedule so there is no rush. The mountain guides will deliberately set a slow pace.

Sleep is important so the body has time to adjust. Avoid coffee and alcohol and have enough layers to be warm at night.

Drink plenty of water. Adequate hydration is essential to allow the body to regulate its chemical balance.

Eat small amounts of food often, even if you don’t feel hungry.

You may wish to consider the option of taking Diamox (Acetazolamide)which can work (but not always) as an effective drug to speed up acclimatisation. However, before using Diamox, you must consult a doctor and fully understand the pros and cons. Its main disadvantage is that it is a diuretic which could potentially interrupt your sleep and will therefore require you to take on more water to counteract this.


NOTES ON ALTITUDE SICKNESS. The most common altitude-related problem is called ‘Acute Mountain Sickness’ or ‘AMS’. ‘Acute’, in this context, simply means that the onset is sudden. Symptoms for mild AMS, or even moderate AMS, may disappear if the sufferer rests or ascends no further. For severe AMS the victim must descend. Understanding and recognising whether AMS is mild, moderate or severe is important. Being open about how you feel is equally important. Complications often arise as a result of a person hiding their symptoms as they feel they are letting the group down or don’t want to be seen as ‘weak’. The most common symptom of mild AMS is a headache (which should respond to over-the-counter painkillers) with at least one other symptom e.g. feeling nauseous, lack of appetite, insomnia and lack of energy. Mild AMS is bearable and affects most people who trek to Everest Base Camp. Moderate AMS differs from mild AMS as there is likely to be vomiting, the headache does not respond to pain relief, and there may be a shortness of breath even after rest. Moderate AMS can be unpleasant and needs monitoring. Some sufferers may have to stop at this point. Severe AMS differs again. Sufferers will experience the loss of muscular co-ordination and balance, and possibly an altered mental state (confusion/aggression/withdrawal). It may be a sign of, or lead to, rare but major complications in the form of an oedema (pulmonary or cerebral). Severe AMS is treated by immediate descent and suitable drugs. If a trekker shows worrying signs of AMS our guide will closely monitor that person and, if the symptoms worsen, they will be taken to a lower altitude immediately. In extreme cases we will evacuate the trekker to Kathmandu.


KIT. We have used our years of experience of organizing Everest Base Camp treks to draw up these lists. Please note: both lists should be used to check off items that you bring. Please try to keep your total weight of equipment on the mountain to no more than 8kg in your porter’s bag (duffel/soft bag). Be aware that you will be carrying an extra 6kg in your day pack/rucksack. Try to test out your kit before you leave, particularly your hiking boots, daypack, and sleeping bag/mat (if applicable). This will reveal any manufacturing faults and ensure they are suitable and comfortable enough for your challenge.


KIT LIST. In the lists below we’ve indicated which items are essential and which are optional, as well as which items you can hire locally from ouroverseas staff upon arrival in Nepal – prices are listed in local currency. If you would prefer to hire kit before departing the UK, please contact Trek Hire on 01483 209559 or visit www.trekhireuk. com. Alternatively, if you would like to purchase kit, we work closely with Cotswold Outdoors and can offer all of our participants a 15% discount off the full retail value of current stock items. You can use this discount in-store or online at www. cotswoldoutdoor.comby quoting the Really Wild Challenges Participants Affiliation Code; AFRWILDC-D6.

ESSENTIAL ITEMS. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Sleeping bag (Seasons 3/4) Thermal Hat Wide brimmed hat Sunglasses (must cover eyes completely) Scarf Water bottle 2 x 2liters (for example Nalgene bottles, as they can resist boiling water to freezing water) CamelBak or Platypus (water bladder) Waterproof Jacket (Gore-Tex or similar with hood) Fleece x 2 (one heavy weight and 1 lighter) Shirts x 2 (NOT COTTON – synthetic materials and specialized hiking tops are best) Thermal Gloves (a thin inner glove that can fit inside the waterproof out glove) Waterproof outer glove / mitten Thermal underwear Lightweight trousers x 2 (NOT JEANS) Waterproof trousers Socks x 6 (proper hiking sock are best) Waterproof hiking boots (worn in) Spare shoes for in camp – trainers are fine Headlamp + spare batteries Sun cream > factor 25, preferably 40 Small towel Medication (list the medication you take or intend to take) Kit bag – preferably soft (so that we can put it in our custom designed porter bags easily). Porters carry this. It is highly recommended that you put all items in a large plastic liner, or even separate out in a few plastic bags to keep everything 100% dry. Day rucksack (around 30 liters for waterproofs / water and any other essentials when walking day to day)

OTHER (LIST) • Insurance details (reference and telephone number) • Emergency contact number


SUPPLEMENTARY LIST. (NON ESSENTIAL ITEMS) These listed items are simply things that could make your hike more comfortable or items that are not seen as essential. • • • •

Air mat/Thermarest – for a more comfortable sleep Walking Poles (very useful on descents and helps reduce stress on knees) x 2 Gaiters (keep out small stones and water) In rucksack water carrier – Platypus, CamelBak etc. The tube leading to your mouth should be insulated otherwise it will freeze on way to the summit. • Gel activated hand warmers (for summit bid, but please note that there is a growing litter problem near the summit due to people discarding these once used. Please put the used ones back in your bag if you’re going to use them!) • High energy bars: you should keep eating all day long; energy bars are a valuable addition to the three nutritious meals that we will provide you with on the mountain! • Water flavoring: we boil, filter and then water purification tabs should be added by us or clients (you are provided with 2 liters of bottled water from the start, carried by crew and then we source water from mountain streams which are usually very clean indeed, but none the less we make sure that the water goes through 3 steps to make sure you don’t get stomach upsets due to contamination. • Wet wipes, antibacterial: great addition • Poncho: great for the rain forest section. Alternatively an umbrella is also great –the preferred option of guides • Personal first aid kit: we provide first aid kit but you may like to bring your own, especially if you are allergic to certain drugs, or want added items. Knee supports, sanitary towels, sun block (listed in essential items), blister treatment, oral rehydration sachets and talcum powder are all potential items you might like to bring with you. • Cordial or other water flavouring (this will mask the iodine taste that results from our purification methods). • Plastic bags – to separate dirty laundry and as a failsafe if you do not have a rucksack cover. • Playing cards • Pencil & paper for the trip log! • High-energy bars and snacks for the final ascent, especially as appetite can be suppressed by high altitude. • Ear - plugs. • Pocket - knife. • Spare contact lenses* and/or glasses and/or dentures.

NOTE: *It is a very good idea to wear your boots on the plane and hand carry your outer shell / waterproof jacket. These items are really essential! *Also, if you are taking medication then this should also be carried in person.


AIRLINE BAGGAGE WEIGHT GUIDELINES. When leaving the UK we strongly recommend that you wear your hiking gear, including your boots, and take as much as possible in your hand luggage, especially a full day’s spare clothing. This is to ensure that, in the unlikely event your bags do not arrive at your final destination, you are still able to make a start on the challenge whilst we relocate any missing baggage. Airline luggage allowances vary and you should check on the airline’s website for details of your allowance. Your hand luggage should not exceed 6-10kg with maximum dimensions of 56x45x25cms (correct at time of press – please confirm with your airline). Please make sure you pack your rucksack/kit bag yourself and do not, under any circumstances, take any items through customs that are not yours or that you have been asked to deliver for someone else. Keep all cash, flight tickets, passports and house keys in your hand luggage. For the most up-to-date air travel hand luggage rules, please refer to the UK government’s website; http://www.direct.gov.uk.

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VISA APPLICATION GUIDE. Please note that, whilst we endeavour to ensure that the information below is accurate, the Embassy sometimes changes its visa guidance at short notice. We therefore recommend that, in addition to reading our guidance below, participants visit the Nepalese Embassy’s website. We suggest applying for a 30-day, multiple-entry visa before arrival in Kathmandu. Tourist visas are normally processed within 48 hours from the submission of the visa application form to the Embassy. Telephone enquiries regarding PASSPORTS/TRAVEL DOCUMENTS/VISA times Monday - Friday (15:00 to 17:00hrs) Telephone enquiry number (02072291594 Extension 24 & 26) Visa section opening and closing times Monday - Friday (10:00 - 12:00hrs) Requirements Duly completed Visa application form. Valid Passport (with a validity of a minimum period of six months). One passport-size photograph. If applying in person at the embassy, please bring cash for the visa fee. If applying by post, please enclose postal order or bank draft made payable to 'Embassy of Nepal' for the visa fee. If applying by post, please enclose a Self-Addressed Envelope with (recorded delivery) stamp with the application. Visa applications made in person need 24 hours processing time. Application by post may take up to two weeks to be processed. Note: If you are applying from Iceland, Ireland or Malta, you must send a bank draft payable to the Embassy of Nepal for visa fee and to cover the postage charge. Important Information 1. Once the visa is issued, it will not be amended or revalidated, and visa fees will not be refunded. 2. Personal cheques and credit cards are not accepted for visa fees. 3. Visitors may also obtain tourist visas at the following arrival points in Nepal: Tribhubhan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu Kakarbhitta Birgunj Belhiya, Bhairahawa Nepalgunj Dhangadi Mahendranagar Kodari


Visa fees at arrival points: 15 days=$25, 30 days=$40, 90 days=$100. If applicant wishes to obtain visa on arrival, two passport-size photographs should be presented. 1. Nationals of the following countries must apply for a tourist visa through Nepalese Embassies as they cannot get visas on arrival at the entry points of Nepal mentioned above: Nigeria Ghana Zimbabwe Swaziland Cameroon Somalia Liberia Ethiopia Iraq Palestine Afghanistan 2. Travel Document holders should apply for a tourist visa at the Nepalese Embassy. 3. Please send your application as per the requirements mentioned below to Consular Section, Embassy of Nepal, 12 A Kensington Palace Garden, London W8 4QU. Entry validity: Six months from the date of issue. The validity of visa dates is counted from the date of arrival in Nepal. A tourist visa can be extended from the Department of Immigration and Pokhara Immigration Office for a total of 120 days. An additional 30 day visa may be granted on reasonable grounds from the Department. Over the course of a visa year, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal more than a cumulative 150 days. Non-Residential Nepalese Visa: 1.If any foreigner of Nepalese origin residing in foreign country wishes to reside, or conduct business or a profession, study, or teach any subject in Nepal, a non-residential Nepalese visa may be issued to him and of his family. 2.An application in the format under Appendix 3a may be submitted through the Nepalese mission located in the foreign country, or directly to the Department for the visa pursuant to Sub-rule (1). 3.The visa pursuant to Sub-rule (1) may be issued for up to 10 years at one time, and such visa may be extended as per necessity. 4.The format of a non-residential Nepalese visa shall be under Appendix 3b.


INSURANCE. It’s something we all buy that we hope we never have to use, but please remember that picking the right policy for this challenge event is a vitally important decision. All challenge participants must have appropriate travel insurance in place before departure. We would recommend that you purchase cover at the earliest possible opportunity so that if the worst happens, and you are not able to participate in your challenge, then at least you may be able to reclaim some of the costs you have incurred. If you are purchasing your own policy then please note that many policies do not cover you if you are above 5000m or if you are participating in some water sports. Please check policy wording carefully before you buy! We work in conjunction with Campbell Irvine. Their adventure travel policy will cover all activities on this challenge. We will require a copy of any policy you purchase and, if we do not receive this prior to departure, your place on the challenge will be cancelled. Please send us a copy to info@reallywildtravel.com.

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CONTACT US. For emergencies during UK office hours please call +44 131 553 1743 For emergencies outside UK office hours please call +44 208 798 0080


THE LANGUAGE. In Nepal, as in most countries, a little effort with the language goes a long way! Nepali is widely spoken although, in the more remote parts of the Himalayas, you might find people who only speak one of the 122 indigenous languages of Nepal. Don’t worry about communicating with your guides. They speak excellent English but they’d be more than happy to help you brush up on your Nepali! Hello, Good Morning, Good Evening - Namaste Good night - Shubharaatri Yes - Ho No - Hoina Thank you - Dhanyabaddd Good - Raamro Bad - Naraamro How are you? - Kechha? I am fine - Tthikchha. And you? - Timilaai? Tapaiikonaamke ho? - What is your name? Meronaam (name) ho - My name is (name) Right - Daayaa [tira] Left - baayaa [tira] Straight - Sidhaa North - Uttar South - Dakshin East - Purba West - Pashchim Near - Najik Far - Taadhaa 1 - ek 2 - dui 3 - teen 4 - chaar 5 - paa-ch 6 - chha 7 - saat 8 - aatth 9 - nau 10 - das I’m Sick - ma biramichu I need a doctor - Malaaiddaaktarchaaiyo. Take me to the hospital - Malaaiaspataallagnus. Where is the pharmacy? - Ausadhipasalkahaa~ chha?

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