Arriving Into Nepal and Time Spent Before Your Climb

Arrival

Arriving Direct to Kathmandu International Airport

Assuming climbers are able to obtain competitive flight fares all the way into Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) this is almost always the best means of reaching us and getting into position to begin your climb or safari. During the process of booking with us we will request your flight details and will sENd one of our drivers to meet your flight. Our driver will usually be wearing a black Team Mount Everest T-Shirt and carrying a placard with the name of the main correspondent representing your climb group.

Once in the driver’s vehicle the transfer to your hotel typically takes some 20 minutes. The distance from the airport to Hotel Buddy in Kathmandu is 5.3km.  

Eventualities on Arrival

Luggage Delays. It is unfortunate that climbers often face the issue of their luggage not arriving on their flight due to potential connection failures at airports like Amsterdam or Heathrow. To mitigate this, it is crucial to carry essential and irreplaceable items in your carry-on baggage. We highly recommend wearing hiking boots during the flight since they are difficult to replace. Generally, delayed luggage tends to arrive within 24 hours of your arrival, although delays of 3 or 4 days have been known to occur.

If you have a climbing expedition scheduled for the day after your flight and encounter missing equipment, you will need to improvise and find substitutes. In such a situation, please provide a list of the missing items to your driver during your transfer to the hotel. We will make every effort to locate replacement items and have them delivered to you the following morning. If required, the start time of the climb may be postponed by a few hours, but this should not pose any significant disadvantages.

In the event that luggage delays result in additional expenses, please ensure you obtain a receipt as these costs are typically covered by travel insurance. It may also be necessary to request a letter from your climb coordinator to verify the circumstances that led to the claim.

Late Drivers. Occasionally, a driver may be delayed but this is extremely rare, happening perhaps 3 or 4 times a year - either because of a puncture en route to the airport, because of an unfortunate accident, or because of a flight delay for a previous scheduled pick-up. Where however this does occur we ask you to call your climb coordinator as soon as you have scanned the entrance and have assured yourself that our driver is definitely not there. In this event we will usually be able to contact a reserve freelance driver based at the airport and will arrange for him to find you quickly. 

Pre-Climb Everest Base Camp Briefing

If you check into your hotel before 18:00 on the day prior to your climb, either your guide or an assistant guide will visit your hotel at 18:00 to provide a briefing. It is expected that you have already familiarised yourself with the information available on our website, so the briefing will not be overly time-consuming. Nevertheless, you are encouraged to ask the guide any questions or request additional information that could assist with last-minute preparations or alleviate any concerns you may have.

If you arrive too late to have a pre-climb briefing or if you have chosen to stay at a hotel outside of Kathmandu, your guide will only brief you on the morning of your climb or during your bus journey to the mountain. The guide will exercise discretion in determining the appropriate timing. It is important to note that if you already know in advance that you won't be able to attend a pre-climb briefing, it is advisable to discuss any concerns or questions with your climb coordinator before travelling to Nepal. This is because the guide will not have an opportunity to inspect your gear or replace any items, as doing so could result in delays in commencing the climb.

Your Everest Base Camp Kit Hire

During the booking process, you might have been offered the option to rent equipment for your climb. If you have chosen to hire gear, typically, the guide will provide you with the equipment during the 18:00 briefing on the day prior to your climb. However, there may be exceptional cases where this arrangement is not feasible. In such situations, the equipment will be handed to you when you are picked up the following morning. If this occurs, there's no need to overly concern yourself about fitting the equipment into your bag. Your guide will find a way to carry the gear if there isn't enough space in your holdall or backpack when you make final adjustments just before commencing the climb.

MOEV 801
April 2024

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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SESH 1501
March 2024

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

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SESH 801
March 2024

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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SESH 1601
February 2024

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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SESH 1001
February 2024

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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IRPR 1401
December 2023

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy in Kathmandu for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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JORE 1401
December 2023

Day 1: On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Hotel Buddy for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, once you've passed through Immigration and retrieved your luggage, please look out for your Team Mount Everest driver carrying a placard with your name who will transfer you to Kathmandu Marriott Hotel for overnight on bed and breakfast basis.

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At high altitudes, it is common to experience acute mountain sickness (AMS). Approximately three-quarters of individuals at elevations above 3,000 metres can expect to encounter mild symptoms. The occurrence of altitude sickness depends on various factors, including elevation, rate of ascent, and individual susceptibility. During the normal process of acclimatisation, many people may experience mild symptoms of altitude sickness. It is important to understand that the mild discomfort accompanying this adaptation is considered normal and acceptable.

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Once you have cleared Immigration and collected your baggage upon arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, please keep an eye out for a Team Mount Everest driver holding a sign with your name. The driver will transport you to Hotel Buddy in Kathmandu, where you will spend the night on a bed and breakfast basis.

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A BMI (Body Mass Index) calculator is a tool used to estimate an individual's body fatness based on their height and weight. It provides a numerical value that indicates whether a person is underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese. The BMI calculation is based on the principle that a person's weight should be proportionate to their height. To use a BMI calculator, you input your weight and height, and the calculator calculates your BMI by dividing your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in metres. The resulting BMI value is then compared to standard ranges to determine the person's weight category. While BMI is a useful screening tool, it doesn't directly measure body fat percentage or consider factors such as muscle mass or distribution of fat. It serves as a starting point for assessing an individual's weight status and can be a helpful tool in monitoring overall health and weight management.

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We don’t operate out of Kathmandu, but when we collect you we ask you to sign a declaration and conditions of participation. Let us know if you wish us to email this to you.

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