Flight delay: Flight to remote mountain airstrip like Lukla, Syangboche. Manang and Jomsom may be delayed because of weather or technical reason. Often in the fall and winter season delay is due to early morning fog that would delay take off until 10am. The delay in the spring could be because of wind and in the summer cloud and wet airstrip. This delay disrupts subsequent flights to this remote STOL (Short Take of and land) airstrip. However you must be at the airport at least 1 hour before departure and do not leave airport until your flight departure is announced. Member flying to and from Pokhara should also make note of the delay due to weather condition specially during winter and Monsoon season.
Note: Chronic flight delays to and from Lukla and Jomsom have been greatly reduced due to the operation of new airlines in this sector. Since October 1992 flight frequency has been increased. The shortage of aircraft used to be deterrent factor even when the weather conditions permit flights at late hour. There are as many as 10 to 15 flights a day. If you have returned earlier than your schedule or flight has been canceled those whose flight was cancelled before you would get priority. If the delay continues on for several days the only possibility is to charter helicopter; the cost is very high - US$350 to $450 per person on sharing basis (direct payment to helicoper). Normally a helicopter cannot carry more than 4 persons at one time. At time flight from Lukla to Kathmandu has been chaotic. However we do our best to get you out of Lukla airport.
Airticket Reconfirmation: Normally international air ticket / e-tickets do not require reconfirmation. If you have doubt please contact our representative for further information. Do not change your confirmed schedule of your onward journey; if you do, it will be at your own risk.
Emergency: In the event of illness or injury, either the Sirdar (trek guide) will arrange to send someone for assistance or transport the ill person to a nearest hospital, airstrip, or road head for evacuation to Kathmandu. The Sirdar and tour leader has complete authority and responsibility in such a situation. It is up to the individual member to decide whether his assistance is required or continue the journey depending upon the situation. The only guideline in such condition is common sense. Make sure to cover emergency evacuation by insurance valid outside your country before you travel.
High Altitude Sickness: If you have not experienced walking in high altitude region before you may feel uncomfortable with headache, nausea, and lethargy. Even if you have previous experience it is not a guarantee that you are immune. Even if you are in good physical shape you should slow down your walking pace as you trek above 4000 meters. Experience and statistics has shown that this measure has reduced likelihood of getting altitude sickness. This is neither an assurance nor a guarantee but caution to ask you to be prepared emotionally. In case you get altitude sickness you should be prepared to retreat to lower camp.
Most fatal cases of altitude sickness (pulmonary edema) resulted from people pushing themselves beyond their capabilities when they were severally affected by altitude problem. Usually altitude problem does not occur below 3600 meter, however at least one extra day should be allowed if you have flown direct to that altitude.
Caution: Trek above 3500 meter elevation requires at least one extra night at that altitude and slow down pace of walking as you go higher up for better acclimatization of your body. Do not rush!
Insurance: We strongly recommend that you be insured against accident, emergency evacuation, loss of or damage to baggage and personal effect, and trip cancellation due to personal or family health/illness, etc. This insurance policy is generally not available in Kathmandu. Emergency and medical insurance are now available in Kathmandu. (For detail check with us).
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