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 mission to 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 & Condition” 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 a final number of team members.
5 - What fitness level is required for climbing?
Climbing requires certain preparation. Due to the nature of the landscapes within high-altitude environments, you need relevant experience, a high level of physical fitness, technical skills, and mental grit.
6 - 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.
7 - What equipment will be provided during the expedition?
All communal equipment that includes high-quality ropes, tents, stoves, and heaters are 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.
8 - 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.
9 - What food will be served during the expedition?
All king of meals is served during our expedition by our professional chefs at base camp and on the higher camps.
10 - Is communication with our 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.
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.
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.
I had an excellent experience with these guys. They had a stellar Ama Dablam basecamp, a solid group of Sherpas, and great food. I'll be using them again on future climbs.
Simply the best in the business.
We climbed Lobuche East, Manaslu, and Everest with SST. The quality of guidance, Sherpa support, training, and service was second to none.
Due to Covid, we had to combine our Lobuche and Manaslu expeditions, normally this would be a huge logistical nightmare for any other company, SST have the team size, logistic support, and experience to make this happen…. All of this was also done during the lockdown. We were in a unique position being a national team, we could isolate ourselves before travel and upon arrival in Nepal, we had no fixed timeline to meet and had the use of a military aircraft for travel so SST presented this to the Nepalese Government who agreed to use us as the test case and allow us to climb in autumn 2020 and see if it would be possible to open the Khumbu for the spring 2021 season.
Both Lobuche and Manaslu were a huge success, the basecamp and higher camp setup were fantastic, the staff was amazing throughout and it made us look forward to Everest.
Everest was even better, the training, trek, and climbing were fully supported, we didn’t have to ask for anything, SST fixed the ropes to the summit and planned our climb perfectly, and we were the first team to the summit on the first day of the first weather window… couldn’t have planned it any better. We felt fully supported and safe throughout!
We went for an all-inclusive package so booked all of our travel, insurance, kit and equipment, full basecamp and climbing service included, as well as a full 90-minute documentary made by their climbing camera team.
Overall an amazing company that I would thoroughly recommend to everyone, their experience, skills, reputation, and connections within all levels of government mean they can provide what others can’t…. Don’t always believe the hype around other companies…. They’re almost always on an SST permit, using SST Sherpas and base camp staff and use SST to set up their base camps, etc… around 50% of climbers on Everest in 2021 were on SST permits.
NO OTHER COMPANY CAN DO WHAT THEY DO!!!