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Find answers to frequently asked questions about climbing in Nepal such as visa, trip grade, fitness level, a typical day, accommodation, food, etc. (Peak Climbing Questions/Answers – 6000 m Peaks)

Q. Is this adventure right for me?

Climbing a 6,000-meter peak is not difficult for those trekkers and who have some Ice ax experience, walking on a fixed rope and using crampons above the snow. The steep about 45º snow climbing and ice-climbing that can be required entices artisans to test. If you are considering climbing a 6000m peak, there are several questions that you need to ask yourself and be truthful about your findings. Am I physically fit enough? Am I technically capable of handling the expected terrain? Am I mentally competent of the hardship associated with high altitude expeditions?

Q. Is there any age limit for climbing the 6000m peak?

In Nepal’s Himalayas, people under the age of 16 are prohibited from climbing 6,000-meter high mountains. This is a recent change in Nepal.

Q. What is food and meals description?

On popular trekking trails, we use lodge/guesthouse (teahouses); These lodges will often provide set menu meals including soups, noodles, rice and dishes. On specific 6,000m trekking routes, tea houses and guest houses may be limited or unavailable. In these cases, accommodation will be through tents, and our staff will provide the means. In these instances, meals will be prepared en route with a canister stove or natural fire. While at base camp, our expedition cooks will prepare meals. Above base camp, food will be prepared by our climbing Sherpa. Above the base camp, we always supply high altitude food that meets the needs of our customers.

Q. Who will lead me during the base camp and climbing period?

An authorized, prepared and experienced climbing Sherpa guide will lead the 6,000m trek to the top 6,000m above base camp. Our team can be led by a licensed leader or a professional mountaineering/trekking guide. Depending on the size of the group, most trekking peaks will be guided by a single climbing Sherpa guide, while our climbing Sherpa guide is also a government licensed trekking guide.

Q. Do I need travel insurance?

Yes, All trekkers and climbers should purchase adequate travel insurance, including a helicopter emergency evacuation plan. Insurance is not expensive compared to the cost of evacuation during the trip. Without travel insurance during your trek or climb, you will be financially responsible for all costs of your evacuation and treatment. These bills can be thousands of dollar.

Q. Where can I get travel insurance? What type of insurance should I have?

You need to get your travel insurance policy before you leave your home. Your insurance should cover high-altitude mountaineering, mountain rescue, and helicopter transport to a medical facility. Before purchasing a package on these types of policies ensure that the policy covers helicopter evacuation from remote mountain location and will pick you up in a fully equipped medical transport helicopter. Read more about insurance

Q. How much time is usually required to climb a 6000m peak?

Timing requirements vary for different peaks and a variety of weather conditions. Generally, it takes 15-25 days to reach Everest when most of the 6,000m high mountains reach Kathmandu. This time may vary depending on approach, peak location, and altitude.

Q. What is included in the adventure Trekking peak?

On our website, please click on Cost Inclusions, a table where you will find a list of everything included in your campaign. If you have any questions, please contact AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions at info@alpinetrav.com.

Q. Which is the best season and month for an Peak expedition?

Spring and autumn are the best seasons for climbing in Nepal. Especially September-October and April-May are the best months. The 6,000m peak climbing season in Ladakh, India runs from 15 June to August.

Q. What kind of food can I expect at high camps?

In the high camps, we utilize freeze-dried packaged foods. They offer a variety of high-quality flavors and are easy to prepare at altitude. Your personal climbing Sherpa will melt sufficient ice for hot water, tea, coffee, and various juices. At high camp and camp one, it may be possible to ferry fresh food from base camp.

Q. Do climbers need a visa to enter Nepal?

All foreign visitors, except Indian citizens, are required to obtain a Nepal visa. These visas are usually easy to obtain upon arrival at the airport. China, some African countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan are more difficult and usually require more time. Since the spring of 2015, Nepal Immigration has implemented a computerized automated visa system, making the arrival immigration process faster and easier. For the Tibet expedition you will need a two-week single entry visa on arrival and a two-week single entry visa on departure, which will cost US$ 25.00 per two weeks. Most of the 8,000m Himalayan expeditions will be longer than 40 days, so we advise you to get a three month multiple entry visa which will cost US$100.00. If you are leaving Nepal within 24 hours, you can request a free transit visa.

Q. What kind of accommodation should I expect during the trip?

In Kathmandu we provide you with your requested category of hotel accommodation and will send you to a quiet part of Boudha or by Swyambunath Hotel Vajra. During the trekking we provide tea house accommodation, and camping at base camp and above camps.

Q. What climbing equipment do I need to climb a 6,000m peak?

Please click on the climbing equipment list where you will find the recommended climbing gear list. If you need further information please contact us at info@alpinetrav.com We recommend purchasing down gear as well as fleece and Gore-Tex jackets from the brand quality such as North face, Ozark and Marmot. During an 6000m peak climbing we advice that you use either La-sportiva climbing boots for 6000m or brand climbing shoes. Your personal gear is one of the major factors for a successful summit opportunity. Make sure to invest in high quality first hand equipment. You will also be required to have basic climbing gear such as a helmet, ice-axes, crampons, climbing and trekking boots alpine style harness (Black Diamond Alpine Bod), ascender device. The info pack for your personal expedition will contain details.

Q. How to acclimatize for a 6000m climb?

There are many options for customization during your 6000 meters expedition. If you have time we always advise to try some base camp, or view point before starting trekking to climb the peak. Most of the 6,000 meters climb will be an acclimatization period where you will reach base camp and high camp.

Q. What is the best way to prepare for a campaign on the 6000M?

The 6000 meter peak is a tough category of trekking where physical and physical efforts are required with some aspects of climbing. Excellent physical condition is required. Many of our customers are cyclists, runners and fitness enthusiasts for climbing the 6000m peak. Some of these customers ride a bike 30 to 40 kilometers, run a marathon. If clients are participating in these or similar fitness efforts, the next step will be to ramp your training.

Q. What kind of weather should I expect during my climb?

Our expeditions are scheduled in spring and autumn, with the climbing window scheduled for the monsoon transition period. This allows us to summit bid when the wind stops at 6,000m peaks for a few weeks before the monsoon changes direction. The difference between the spring and autumn campaigns is the change in temperature from cold to warm and from warm to cold, respectively.

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