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International Trekking

International Mountaineering

Steep & Deep staff are available to support or help organise overseas mountain expeditions worldwide.
Members of our staff team hold the full International Mountain Leaders Carnet usually backed up by Mountain Instructor qualifications gained here in the UK.
We can supply qualified professionals to lead parties on high altitude treks and on mountainous expeditions worldwide. The slide show above gives a snap shot of our travel adventures.

Everest Region & Base Camp Trek 2014
Following on from a number of successful overseas trips (High Atlas - Morocco, Mallorca, mainland Spain and the European Alps) Acclimbatize / (Steep & Deep) are planning something more ambitious for autumn 2014!
Daryl recently visited Nepal in an attempt to climb Ama Dablam in the Khumbu Valley (Everest Region) in November 2012.  
The expedition this autumn served in part as a feasibility study for taking out an independent team of up to 12 team members in 2014 on a spectacular high altitude journey through the Sagarmartha National Park.

The intended journey itself will negotiate a number of high passes and famous trekking summits such as Kala Patar 5600m - by comparison Mont Blanc the highest mountain in the European Alps is 4808m.
The trek to Everest Base Camp is without doubt one of the most famous in the world. It takes you into the heart of the Nepalese Himalaya, with awe-inspiring views of many of the world's highest and most beautiful mountains.
The trek will be designed to ensure you have adequate time to acclimatise comfortably, thereby enjoying the experience to the full.
The expedition will aim to strike the perfect balance between inspirational mountain environments and authentic cultural experiences. The impression that this experience aims to achieve will last with you for many years into the future.

Team Composition
The expedition will be planned and led by an experienced International Mountain Leader (Daryl Godfrey). Daryl’s (IML) qualification is strongly underpinned by the UK Mountain Instructor Award (MIA) and the Winter Mountain Leader (WML) qualifications.
Whilst qualifications and experience are expected requirements, having a good track record at high altitude combined with the right temperament to lead an expedition group in to serious mountain terrain are also essential to achieve both expedition success and enjoyment.

Aside from contributing to the enjoyment and well-being of the expedition members, our role will be to co-ordinate ‘in country’ services such as transport, porters, guides, cooks, accommodation and deal with any unexpected problems.

To that end, we will provide an assistant leader (Sam Mitchell) who will be able to act with autonomy, this adding dimensions of versatility and flexibility to the expedition throughout. Sam is a highly experienced mountaineer with UK based qualifications.
Leaders hold current mountain first aid certificates and have experience of dealing with mountain related medical conditions.

The leadership team will be supported by a ‘Sirdah’ who co-ordinates the Nepalese support team. This team will consist of excellent guides, porters and cooks. The local Nepalese team will know the region very well and ensure that you are kept well nourished and cared for. The food in Nepal is of impressive quality.
The team of porters will carry most of your personal gear – leaving you to enjoy the trek with a light day sack.
Experience Required
The anticipated 20-day Everest Region Trek is suitable for keen walkers who are able to walk for between  4 – 6  hours in a day, with a light rucksack.
Some of the days are will be quite long, and of course the walking feels more strenuous at altitude. The route will vary between established and uneven trail with sections of steep rocky ascent, even ice and snow patches especially on the higher ground and final sections to Everest Base Camp.
The area is not deemed to be a high risk for natural disaster (unforeseen circumstances notwithstanding).

Training Weekend
Anyone wishing to join the expedition will be invited to join us in Scotland for a complimentary winter skills training programme, where the techniques for crossing more challenging terrain can be honed.
The weekend will also provide opportunity to discuss personal equipment, acclimatisation, fitness, visas, inoculations and any other topics relative to the trip.

At this stage we anticipate the in country cost to be around  £1700 - £1950 depending on numbers
This is not a standard Everest Base Camp Itinerary and will deliberately be going ‘off piste’.
Service includes:
4 nights accommodations in Kathmandu in tourist standard hotel (Hotel Manaslu or Tibet), with breakfast. Based on a twin sharing basis.
All meals and lodges during the trekking period.
Airport transfers and all local transportation.
Guided city sightseeing tour.
Domestic flight to Lukla (return flight)
1 English speaking guide and necessary porters with their daily wages, domestic flight and insurance,
National Park fee and all other necessary permits.
Celebration meal at the end of the trek at typical Nepali restaurant.

Service does not include:
International airfare to and from Kathmandu – around £600 return
Major meals during Kathmandu stay (lunch and dinner).
Personal trekking gear such as a sleeping bag and clothing.
Travel insurance with helicopter evacuation (if needed),
Tips and gratuities,
Airport departure tax, alcoholic expenses and expenses of purely personal nature such as telephone, laundry ect...

Interest should be emailed or made by telephone at your earliest opportunity.


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