Questions & Answers
Since your adventures are in the Himalayas, how do you prepare for the altitude? Well, we don’t. Believe it or not, we don’t achieve high altitudes, in fact, we’re often quite low. Kathmandu is lower than Denver at an altitude of just 4,500 feet. We drop down to near sea level for the first few days and most tours never get above 9,000 feet. Our Ascent to Muktinath adventure is the only high-altitude trip. The high point is 12,000 feet, although we’re only above 10,000 feet for half a day.
What vaccinations do I need for Nepal? We’re not doctors, so this isn’t a good question for us. We suggest speaking with your own physician and consulting with the CDC’s website. It’s worth pointing out, the CDC is a cautious bunch and often recommends more vaccinations than most people feel is prudent.
Will it be cold? No, far from it. The temperatures near the Indian border are always very high. All of our trips include at least three days in the lower regions with high temperatures ranging from 85ºF to 95ºF. For the teams headed to Muktinath, some nights might dip into the low 40ºF range, but most trips will involve moderate temperatures between 65ºF an 80ºF.
With regard to weather in general, we recommend packing for rain, sun, hot, and cool weather. In season’s past, one week our trip experienced rain and cold temps, while the trip a week later endured high temps and dry dust. The Himalayas are always extreme.
What safety measures do you have in place? Your health and safety are top priorities. Our medical and safety officer works closely with our ground teams to ensure emergencies, big or small, are addressed. To that end we travel with a comprehensive array of communication tools including two-way radios, multiple mobile phones, satellite SOS texting devices, and an Inmarsat satellite mobile phone. We know the locations of medical facilities along our route and have rescue resources on standby. The best asset we have is –– caution. We limit risk right down to the food we serve as prepared by our professional field cooks with decades of expedition experience.
Why is Ripcord Rescue or other travel insurance required? Nepal is a developing nation with limited resources. It’s often not enough to have just insurance as a means of reimbursing rescue expenses. The real challenge is getting rescued––at all. For that reason, we have partnered with Ripcord Rescue and Travel Insurance. They are the world’s leading providers of remote rescue services backed by RedPoint Resolutions Insurance. If something happens, they have a rescue team and a dedicated helicopter in Kathmandu. If need be, they’ll escort you from the scene of an accident, all the way to your home medical facility. For riders on motorbikes, we require this level of rescue service. It is the only way to ensure we can coordinate our own rescue in remote locations. For travelers in the SUV, we still recommend Ripcord, but other services like Harbor Travel Insurance also meet our standards of safety and service. Please do not under estimate the limited resources in Nepal.
Will my travel insurance through my job, credit card, or other service be enough? Likely not in a major emergency. Insurance is designed to reimburse expenses incurred during a rescue and the subsequent treatment. They will not help facilitate a rescue and there are limited rescue resources in Nepal.
Is Nepal a safe place to travel? Absolutely. The people of Nepal are the most kind, friendly, and hospitable in the world. You are far more likely to get hugged than mugged. Crimes against tourists are exceptionally rare. Almost unheard of.
Is it safe to eat the food? Yes and no. Food health is sketchy in parts of Nepal and traveler’s tummy is all too common. For that reason we are very careful with our selection of hotels and restaurants. It’s also why we travel with our own team of skilled and experienced cooks. They help ensure you stay well fed…and healthy.
How much luggage should I bring and what should I pack? We can help refine your luggage loads, but for the most part you won’t need to bring much. And probably shouldn’t bring much.
Why did you chose to use a chlorine maker as your preferred technology? We spent nearly two years vetting technologies before landing on the MSR SE200 Community Chlorine Maker. The low cost of operation, no need for maintenance, and ability to disinfect water quickly and easily made it our top choice. It can also be used to help quell the outbreak of infectious diseases, another primary reason people in Nepal get very ill.
Choosing the right technology for the conditions is challenging in itself, but we also ensured the solutions we provided were compatible with local customs and lifestyles.
Can my kids come on a trip? Of course. We only offer one consideration. Nepal is a third world country and not all younger kids will understand how to process the poverty they encounter. Plus, the days are long, the travel schedules not what they’re used to, and overall the ability to cope with such a unique environment can be stressful for some kids. Use your best judgement and be honest with your child’s readiness for this type of experience.
Can you help with the fundraising? Have no fear, it’s easier than you think. More than 60% of our team members more than double their goal. The average donation amount is $113. We can help, but your friends and family will likely want to see you succeed and they’ll throw money at you.
Does the money raised all go to the cause? Yes. We don’t have much in the way of overhead, but we have some. We do not maintain a central office and none of our staff receives a salary. We have expenses, some quite large, but they all count towards getting the maximum amount of assistance to the largest group of people. A portion of our proceeds are re-invested to ensure our organization grows to help even more people.
Are the donations tax-deductible? Yes. The Clean Drink Fund is a registered 501(c)3
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