Frequently Asked Questions
1 - How can I get a visa to travel to Nepal?
You will need a valid visa to travel to Nepal. You can get a “VISA” to Nepal through the embassy or other diplomatic missions in your country. You can also get a visa at the entry points to Nepal or at the airport. Please make sure that the passport is valid till the expedition ends. You will also be responsible for any kind of visa requirements. And also, do not forget to carry some passport-size photos with you while traveling to Nepal.
2 - Do I need to apply for my climbing permits?
No. All the permits will be arranged by the Seven Summit Treks team after validating a climber’s attempt to climb a definite peak or a route.
3 - Will I need to arrange my insurance?
Yes, insurance is necessary for all our expeditions and trekking. You are responsible for getting the proper insurance for the trip. Please make sure your policy covers medical as well as rescue evacuation costs. You can find more details about insurance in the “Terms & Conditions” section and the “Travel Insurance” section as well.
4 - How much does it cost for guiding services?
After you submit an inquiry through email, we will work closely with you to understand the objective and provide you with an estimated cost for the service you require. Other advertised pre-planned trips already have associated cost details, after communicating we can adjust this cost based on the final number of team members.
5 - What is the best time of year to climb Makalu?
The best time of year to climb Makalu depends on a variety of factors, including the weather, the condition of the mountain, and the goals of the expedition. Typically, the climbing season on Kangchenjunga runs from April to May, when the weather is relatively stable and the snow is firm. This is the time when most expeditions take place, as the conditions are generally more favorable for climbing.
6 - What fitness level is required for climbing Makalu?
Climbing Makalu is a physically demanding activity that requires a high level of physical fitness. Climbers need to be in good physical condition, as the climb involves long days of physical exertion at high altitudes, where the air is thin and there is less oxygen available to sustain the body.
7 - How difficult is it to climb Makalu?
Makalu is considered to be a difficult mountain to climb due to its high elevation, technical climbing routes, and challenging weather conditions. The mountain is located in the Himalayas, which are known for their extreme altitude and harsh weather, and the Northeast Ridge route to the summit of Makalu is steep and technical.
8 - What will be the condition of accommodation while climbing?
All accommodations are included throughout the trip. Before you reach a base camp, you will be staying in a hotel in a city like Kathmandu, and while traveling through more remote areas we always choose the highest quality lodge and tea house available. At base camp, our accommodation is also of the highest quality and comfort according to the program we tailored for you.
9 - Is communication with the home country possible while on an expedition?
Most sections of the trekking routes have mobile coverage. At base camp, we will provide you with full facilities, including Wi-Fi, VHF, or satellite phones which are available throughout the expedition for emergency or common use.
10 - What equipment will be provided during the expedition?
All communal equipment that includes high-quality ropes, tents, stoves, and heaters is provided. You will be responsible for your equipment like clothing, crampons, harness, helmet, etc. a list of full essentials that are required for the expedition will be provided upon request during the time of booking.
11 - Will the expedition cost include travel?
All domestic transport costs that are mentioned in the itinerary will be provided. This excludes international flights to and from the destination country. It is your responsibility to manage these details according to the itinerary.
12 - What food will be served during the expedition?
All kind of meals is served during our expedition by our professional chefs at base camp and on the higher camps.
13 - How long does it take to climb Makalu?
The length of time it takes to climb Makalu will depend on several factors, including the route being taken, the climber's experience and ability, and the weather conditions. A typical expedition to the summit of Makalu can take anywhere from six to seven weeks.
GradingBelow the different grades shown in the chart are explained in more detail.
- Easy (E): Climb requires one-day climbs, or a multiday climbs with non-technical elements.
- Moderate (M): Either a serious one-day climbs, or a multiday climbs with some technical elements. Requires an average level of physical fitness.
- Difficult (D): Multiday climbs with some moderately technical elements. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.
- Hard Difficult (HD): Multiday, Highly technical climb. Requires high level of physical fitness and stamina.
- Very Difficult (VD): Multiday, Extremely technical climb. Requires very high level of Physical fitness and stamina.
GradingBelow the different grades shown in the chart are explained in more detail.
- Light: Light walking and generally level hiking that is good for most fitness levels. During these trips, hill-walking experience is desirable.
- Moderate: Trek has various types of moderate to difficult terrain, including rough trails and normally 3 to 5 hours a day. Requires an average to above average fitness level.
- Moderate+: High altitude treks above 3000 meters or in fairly difficult terrain- normally 4 to 6 hours a day. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.
- Extreme: These high altitude treks or passes are known to be the most strenuous and has difficult terrain and conditions. These treks may require a degree of mountaineering skills and you capability of carrying on normally at an altitude of 4000-5600 meters. Daily walking is 5-8 hours approx.
Our first co-operation was in 2013 in Pakistan with Arnold Coster expeditions and Sevensummittreks towards the Gasherbrum. After that, we continued to work together on expeditions towards Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Manaslu (winter), and AmaDablam. For me, SST is a very professional company with a lot of experience and knowledge. We have full confidence in their capabilities and appreciate their flexibility. I would like to thank them for all those years of cooperation and I look forwards to new adventures in Nepal and Pakistan.
I have been on many expeditions in Nepal over the years, most of them I organized with friends and used Seven Summit Treks only for their base camp services with great service! This year none of my friends were available to climb in Nepal in the Autumn season so I contacted SST and decided to sign up for the Mera Peak and Baruntse expedition. SST organized everything and provide me with a personal climbing Sherpa for the entire trip. Throughout the entire trip, everything was taken care of by SST, including lodging, tea houses, and meals. At Baruntse base camp I had a nice private tent and the cook and kitchen staff always had smiles and cooked great meals. My Sherpa (Jangbu) was great and we became close friends and climbing partners. Jangbu was always there with a smile, a very strong climber, always wanting to help in any way he could. There was plenty of time to decide how and when we were going to make a summit push based on the weather. We had fantastic summit days on both peaks and finished the trip crossing the Amphu Labste pass into the Khumbu Valley staying each night in nice lodges with all meals included. I would highly recommend using SST for any expedition that you want to go on. Thank you Seven Summit Treks for a great trip and your attention to detail!!
Mohamed H. Al Khalifa
Seven summits are the best! Very professional highly recommended and fun people to work with.. 👏
My wife and I had an amazing experience with Seven Summits for the Everest Base Camp Trek. The company was extremely hospitable with a welcome dinner on day 1, including an introduction to our guide. Speaking of our guide, Phurkitar, he was simply brilliant. During the trek, he was very patient as both of us went through physical and emotional tiredness, and he ensured we reached EBC without any major issues. In addition, he helped cater to my vegan and my wife's vegetarian diets throughout the trek. Cannot compliment Phurkitar enough for all his efforts.
Would readily book with Seven Summits again.
These guys are the real deal. Incredibly professional and helpful; I genuinely couldn’t imagine hiking to base camp any other way.
Seven summits planned everything, lodging, flights, and meals. All I had to do was show up and hike. My bag got lost on the way into Lukla (the airlines' fault not Seven Summits) but these guys (Sherpa Chhepal) organized a personal porter to bring my pack up to us since we’d already started our trek.
Not only did Chhepal square away a porter but he did even more digging and got my bag on a helicopter instead. I had it first thing in the morning; it was incredible. When I was heading back to Kathmandu once we were finished, I realized I had time to catch an earlier flight if I could get out of Lukla on time. Well our flight was delayed but Seven Summits squoze me on a helicopter, got me to KTM, and I started making my journey home an entire day early because of that.
Besides being super knowledgeable, helpful, A+ customer service, and everything else, these guys were just cool to hang out with. Made a lot of friends and would recommend Seven Summits to anyone in my circle.