I’ve decided on a tour, what do I do next?
Book Online with the form here, with the required deposit. Trek and Tour deposits are $700 per person, Summit expedition deposit requires $1,500 and Everest Summit expedition deposit is $10,000.
What is the best way to book flights?
We recommend booking your tour through one of these travel agents. They have booked flights for our tours before and are familiar with many of the details that are often overlooked.
Tracy or Nancy at
Holiday Northwest Travel
3010 77th Ave SE Suite #101
Mercer Island WA 98040
PHONE: (206) 232 8989
FAX: (206) 232 1375
3123 Eastlake Avenue East
Seattle WA 98102
Phone: 206 223 3600
1 800 766 3601
Fax 206 204 2129
Please tell then you are booking with International Sherpa Guides when booking your tickets.
Do I need a Visa for the country where the tour takes place?
More than likely, yes. Once you have booked and placed a deposit, we will deliver information about Visa requirements. For international travel, please make sure your passport will be valid (not expired) for the duration of your travel.
Do I need Travel Insurance?
We recommend travel insurance for all our travelers. This protects you and your family against loss during your trip and is well worth the extra expense so you rest easy. We suggest Travelex. When applying with them, please enter the following agent code 47-0110. You can apply online in just a few minutes. By clicking here: http://www.travelexinsurance.com/quote/?nc=1 and enter the following code number: 47-0110 OR
Do you have a suggested Packing List for your tours?
Yes. Each tour is different though, so once you have registered and paid a deposit, we will send your specialized packing list and other helpful information to help you prepare.
What shots or medication are required?
Both your trip origin and trip destination are factors in determining your own personal inoculation and medication requirements. Please consult your medical professional or local clinic at least 1 month before departure to determine your pre-travel needs.
Is safety a concern?
We’re trusted by North America and Europe clients because we have a good track record and operate in cooperation with governments of the destination countries. We update our information with governments of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India and can offer informed advice to our customers. You are the most important part of our tours and we make sure to work safely whenever possible. As with traveling to any foreign country, standard travel caution and common sense should be with you at all times.
Can you tell me more about High Altitude Oedema and Altitude Sickness?
High Altitude Oedema
Oedema (the build up of fluid in various parts of the body) is thought to be caused by a rapid ascent to altitude without allowing the body to acclimatise. There is no known medication to either prevent or cure oedema, the only preventative measure being a slow approach to altitude. There are two forms of oedema that may strike at high altitude, viz. High Altitude Cerebral Oedema and High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema.
High Altitude Cerebral Oedema (HACE) is the gathering of fluid on the brain. This causes severe headaches, hallucinations (usually denied by the sufferer), disorientation and a loss of co-ordination. It is very much akin to being drunk and suffering from a hangover at the same time!
High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema (HAPE) is the gathering of fluid on the lungs. Symptoms being extreme exhaustion, shortness of breath and rales (gurgling breath). Very often these symptoms are also accompanied by a chesty cough producing a frothy, blood tinged sputum. On lying down the sufferer feels suffocated as fluid in the lungs enters the windpipe preventing the passage of air.
Both forms of oedema are very dangerous. If suspected there is only one course of action available: immediate and rapid descent to a lower altitude. Sometimes as little as 300m (1000ft) descent can ‘cure’ the sufferer completely. However returning to altitude causes a relapse and is not advised under any circumstances.
A complete first aid kit is always a good idea when travelling in Africa. Listed below are only a few drugs that should help combat AMS and are a must on Mount Kilimanjaro. This is by no means the definitive list on mountain medicine.
|Drug Type||For||Drug||Side Effects|
|Mild diuretic||Prevent or reduce symptoms of AMS||Diamox (acetazolamide)*||Dehydration, tingling in fingers & toes, change in taste, loss of apetite, drowsiness.
Diamox is a sulphur drug only available on prescription. Consult your physician before use.
|Anti-diarrhoea||Stop/prevent diarrhoea||Imodium Lomotil||None Blurred vision, fatigue|
|Pain killers||Cure headaches, fever, mild pain||Aspirin
|Rehydration Salts||Prevent dehydration, replace lost body fluids||None|
|Throat lozenges||Cure sore throat||Thirst|
|Sun block||Prevent sunburn||High factor (SPF 30+) sun block||None|
*Diamox, a drug designed for glaucoma patients, seems to help prevent AMS (though there is still much medical debate as to its benefits). It is not a ‘miracle drug’ and does not ensure prevention of AMS. Diamox should be taken 72 hours before the beginning of your climb. It should not be used in conjunction with aspirin or drugs containing Ibuprofen.
I have other questions!
Please Contact us! We’re happy to help you get ready for your next adventure!