Our next goal is to complete the booking with ET. The voucher from LS only means that you paid LS some money. The voucher needs to be used to pay ET for a spot on their Oct 20 trip. Right now, ET knows nothing about you. The deadline for completing this is Feb 14, as it says on my voucher and I confirmed with ET. (It is NOT Feb 19 or 30 days.)
I am asking that we complete the ET booking this week for the following reasons:
- there is nothing else to be decided unless you want to choose any of the 3 options I mentioned or any of those listed on ET's booking form. We can discuss these if you have any questions.
- questions usually come up when we start filling out a form
- some people will be out of town or out of country for most of the time remaining until Feb 14 and I would like to help out if I can before you leave. No reason you can't complete it today:-)
- I may be out of town next week with limited contact for most of the time remaining until Feb 14 and again would like to help out if I can before I leave.
See the Booking section (under Preparation) below for more information.
Zig's action items
- The ET voucher redemption form we will be using is at https://www.encounterstravel.com/voucher. Irene found this on the LS voucher and ET confirmed that this is the one to use. It is one page. Have your passport and LS voucher number handy. All add "Part of Zig's group" in notes on voucher redemption form.
- All except for the following 5 are planning on extra pre-trek day in Kathmandu: Bill, Paul, Kathryn, Bret, Irene. Those 5 will fly out of LAX a day later (20 Oct) than the rest of the SLC people (19 Oct). Let me know if I am not correct regarding your plans as I will confirm this with ET. If applicable, add "Extra pre-trek day in Kathmandu" in notes on voucher redemption form.
- The follow-up email you will receive from ET asks that you complete and return a Traveller Information Form which includes personal info, your contact info, emergency contact info and travel insurance info. In the downloads page there is more Nepal info, a training guide and a Trekking Tour Application. I will confirm whether this application is to be completed and returned. Would be good to review our current fitness and experience and training plans.
At a later time, we may want to share contact cards so that someone else has necessary info in case you become sick or injured. (Avoid digging through your stuff for it.)
- ET wants to keep us together in one trekking group, so we would be 16 rather than usual 12 max. ET said,
"Please ask each person to type in the notes box ‘Part of Zig’s group’ and I can make sure you are all placed in the same private group."
- We are trying to use a single contact person to communicate with ET to keep everyone on the same page. Feel free to send questions to Zig and he can put them together.
- Nathan found that the Global Alert's Preferred travel insurance looks like a good deal. Good place to see and compare most of the travel plans is insuremytrip. Fill in some questions and then get a list of plans and rates to compare.
- Ensure that you have enough days on your travel insurance to cover the time you leave home (18 Oct for some of us) until you return (may want to push it out to 10 Nov)
- Paul and Kathryn will probably purchase the InsureAndGo USA gold and silver insurance policy. About the same price as Global Alert Preferred and includes 150% of cost for trip interruption coverage (last minute return home airfare likely to be more pricey than regular airfare) but doesn't cover financial default of the tour operator.
- Travel Insurance from Encounters Travel
CDC Health Information for Travelers to Nepal includes immunization recommendations and
Healthy Travel Packing List.
Record your immunizations on a World Health Organization "yellow card" for quick reference.
SL County International Travel Clinic: see pages 6-7 of the fee schedule.
- Hep A immunizations: $73 Davis County Health, $47 SL County
Hep A typically is long lasting so if you have had your series in the last 20 years, you are likely ok. You can also get titers done to check to see if you need a booster or not.
- Typhoid only lasts a few years depending on type so you may need to get boostered even if you have had it before.
- Rabies: most health depts should have it, just call beforehand. It is a series of 3 vaccinations spaced apart by a few weeks (can't remember exact timing, I got mine a number of years ago). It is expensive - for all 3, it was a bit over $500. Stay away from strays no matter how cute they are.
- Malaria, from ET:
There are no real issues with mosquitoes when you do the Everest trek. You may get a few mosquitoes in Kathmandu, but there is no malaria risk there. Higher up it is generally too cold and high for mosquitoes to be a problem at all. I do recommend that you take the advice of the CDC as they always have more up to date information on vaccination requirements but generally there would be no risk of Malaria on this tour.
mosquitoes in Nepal
- Visa: $40 paid on arrival in Nepal . If you don't mind mailing your passport to the Nepali embassy in D.C. you can obtain a visa in advance. Most convenient may be to complete the visa application form in advance and bring it with you.
- passport photo for visa application
- WHO "yellow card" (see above)
Oct 20 - Day 0: Depart LA
Oct 21 - Day 1: 10-hour layover in Doha, Qatar
Oct 22 - Day 2: Fly to Kathmandu
Oct 23 - Day 3: Fly to Lukla and Start Your Trek
Oct 24 - Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Oct 25 - Day 5: Free Day
Oct 26 - Day 6: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
Oct 27 - Day 7: Tengboche to Dingboche
Oct 28 - Day 8: Free Day
Oct 29 - Day 9: Dingboche to Lobuche
Oct 30 - Day 10: Lobuche to Gorak Shep
Oct 31 - Day 11: Everest Base Camp
Nov 1 - Day 12: Lobuche to Lukla
Nov 2 - Day 13: Lobuche to Lukla
Nov 3 - Day 14: Lobuche to Lukla
Nov 4 - Day 15: Final Days in Kathmandu
Nov 5 - Day 16: Final Days in Kathmandu
Nov 6 - Day 17: Kathmandu to Doha; 8 or 12 hour layover; then fly to LA
Nov 7 - Day 18: Arive in LA
- Maps do not correspond exactly to our itinerary, but do include the relevant locations.
- Net Lukla to Everest base camp is 7300 feet and 38 miles. Nine days going up due to acclimatization and 3 1/2 days down.
- One-way elevation profile to scale with walking distance.
- One common piece of advice for those in the Everest region is to be on higher ground when around yaks and other animals, as they can knock people off the mountain if standing on the downhill edge of a trail.
- Q: If a person falls one day behind, would they need to turn around or they could try to catch up during an acclimating day?
A from ET: We wouldn’t really allow 1 passenger to fall behind. When operating treks such as this (which we have many years of experience in doing) the guide will always lead the group at the pace of the slowest member to ensure everyone stays together. We would never allow a group member to leave the group and trek alone for safety and security reasons.
What not to do in Asia
- Regarding gifts for children, the ET site says: "Begging is supposedly illegal in Kathmandu, but it does go on. A firm ‘No’ is enough to get the message across. In recent years there has become a growing trend among the children to beg for pens, money etc, don’t encourage them by giving! You can speak to your trekking guides and our local staff in Nepal about more suitable ways to support local communities."
- current exchange rate:
- Mike Dege will investigate best deal for exchanging currency.
Remember, climate is a minimum 30-year average; weather is whatever you get!
To send an email to our group use the email address (munged to prevent spammers):
wmc-nepal at wasatchmountainclub dot org
Participant status, emergency contacts, and resource contacts. Corrections to Zig Sondelski.
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