Wednesday, 17 October 2012 17:15

Everest Base Camp October 2012 Report

Team Everest Base camp on route from Dublin airport. Everyone is excited. The journey to Nepal has begun. Follow the team below as we send updates on Facebook and web site www.patfalvey.com as we here from the team below. Enjoy the beauty, the culture, the colour, the landscape and how the team feel as they trek through the Himalaya. Share journey with your friends.

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If you are interested in trekking, full details here trek to Everest Base Camp please see our Itineray and options.

October 2012 Group as follows:

Joe and Concepta Lillis; from Quilty. Mick Howe, Milltown Malbay. Mike Corry and Davy Fitz, Six mile Bridge. Locky o Loughlin and Darran Ward. Ennis. Emer McCarthy, Wicklow. Pat kelly; Doonbeg. Pat McGrath ; Quin. Jeff mcInerney ; Newmarket on Fergus. Caroline Langrell and Brian Kavanagh; Gorey. William Shortall; Cashel. Liz Ruth: Wexford. Helen O Donnell; Carrig On Suir. Helene Philion and Jean Maltais: Quebec, Canada.

Pat Falvey Group Leader Reports below, newest 1st

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fitness

Jumping for joy. All the team are more relaxed today and had their morning workout which is the highest group fitness class in the world at 14652 feet under the instruction of Darren Ward of Fitness Solutions Ennis County Clare. It was a tough work out with only 60% oxygen. Then they had to do a 7 hour walk. To sign up for Darren's new altitude Fitness class.Www.fitnesssolutions.ie and for a trip of a life time www.patfalvey.com

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Thursday 25th October 2012

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Success 100% to Everest Base Camp 2012

It was a great attempt by all the team. It was hard, lots of the team suffered but all persisted and achieved a dream of going to Everest, following in the footsteps of those early adventures in a landscape where the mountains reach to the shy in every direction you look. Where the sherpa culture is evident at every turn. We are now descending for celebrations and should be in Kathmandu on the 30th October the long walk out now begins. Well done to all the team. People not tagged on Facebook which also reached base camp. The Quebec connection Jon Maltais, then from Clare Davy Fitz who caught a sliotar hit by Cork's own Pat Falvey. Also from Clare pat Kelly as well as Helen o Donnell from Tipperary. If you know other friends of theirs please share.

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Sunday 21st October 2012

Picture: The Buddhist Monks at Tengboche Monastery are an intriguing spectacle as they go about their daily routines.

The trek to Base camp continues as we live amongst the Sherpa people and learn about their culture.

All of the team went to the monastery for afternoon prayers. For all including me it was a spiritual experience that move all of us. The chanting, the drums and horns sent a vibration out throughout the valley. The team were very tired after a strenuous push from Namche Bazar as we weaved our way along the track to our new high point of 3860 meters as we walked along spectacular landscape where the mountains reached to the shy. Everest summit ahead and many more of the highest mountains in the world surrounding us. To the indigenous people who live beneath these it is obvious that the ground and the mountain we are traversing is the abode of their gods.

Some of the team are feeling the effects of the altitude but all are coping well and the experience is overwhelming all of the team as we follow in the footsteps of those early adventures.

Route Description: Easy trekking with a descent then rising through steep forested pathways to Tengboche. A short trek down to Deboche again in forested area.

Also on trek outside names below not on face book. Davy Fitz, Helen O Donnell, Pat Kelly, and Jean Maltais.

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Saturday 20th October 2012

Days three and four - Namche Bazaar (3440m):

We are now three days in and we are having an It is acclimatization rest day in Namche. Yesterday was a hard push for the team and some were suffering from altitude related problems but the rest day has sorted all of that and all the team are feeling great today. Tomorrow we move up to Tengboche and all the team can't wait to start moving again. Namche is no more than a village, this is Sherpa capital and trading post between Tibet and Nepal has two museums, several internet cafes, and two pizza houses and three cafes (locally known as bakeries), so there is much to keep us occupied during our stay here.

Report: Pat Falvey

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Kathmandu to Lukla flight. Classified. Exciting. Wednesday 17th

We are now boarding one of the worlds most interesting and fearful flights. We will make our way through the foothills in a small 20 seater Donnier aircraft. at times you feel the wings are going to touch the mountains at either side, some of the passes are only hundreds of feet below you and the you make a fast turn to the right for Lukla to a runway that goes uphill. It is frightening but thrilling. we are now at the start of the trek. I have done this flight about 40 times and like all of the team I have always been fearful. But the journey is worth doing.

All of the team safely landed in Lukla. From there they will trek to Phakding - then Namche Bazaar (3500m) Thursday.

Irish Adventure based film makers, Image Now Films ( Dublin) and Pat Falvey Production (Kerry) achieved a new world record of filming from a helicopter on K2 the second Highest mountain in the World to near on 8000 meters which is known to climbers as The death Zone.

'The Summit' film crew reach a new altitude record for aerial filming in a helicopter. Flying to an altitude of 23,500 feet (7,162m) on K2, Nick Ryan operated the Cineflex camera system mounted to the Pakistani Army Ecuriel helicopter, filming aerial footage of the shoulder above camp 4 and the Serac. Stephen O'Reilly in the backup helicopter reached an altitude of 25,000 feet (7,620m) from where he photographed the mountain.

The Summit: A film about the deadliest day on the worlds most dangerous mountain. The story of the death of 11 climbers on the ill-fated 2008 expedition to the summit of K2.

An epic journey, starting in Islamabad, the crew which consisted of Nick Ryan (director/producer), Stephen O'Reilly (Production manager/Camera), Mike Wright (Camera/Aviation engineer) and Nisar Malik (Pakistan co-ordinator), drove up the Karakorum Highway with 400kg of equipment to Skardu.

With the co-operation of the Pakistan Army aviation wing (5th Squadron), they flight tested the Cineflex equipment on Friday 22nd July and carefully observed the notorious weather patterns around K2. Monday the 25th was selected as a flight date, and the crew left the base at Skardu at 7.00am on the 50 minute flight to Paiju and then on to K2 where the mountain was completely clear, enabling the filming of some incredible aerial footage on the Cineflex Hi-Definition system (used extensively in the BBC series Planet Earth).

On behalf of all our production team we want to congratulate Nick and all on the ground in Pakistan for their amazing commitment and dedication of creating the final sequence of shots for our new film "The Summit"

This week we commemorate Ger's and Rolf's  passing three years ago. May the R.I.P. Their friendship and love are still with us all of us that had the privilege of being part of their amazing lives..

Nick, was very emotional when speaking to him over the weekend as he gave account of this amazing feat,

"We were incredibly lucky to get the weather to see the mountain, as mostly you will see either the top or the bottom of it but not both. The light was fantastic, and winds low enough for safe flight and allow us to reach such great altitudes. The pilots are amongst the very best in the world and their knowledge of the region enabled this incredible journey. Their assistance and collaboration on the planning of the mission was fantastic. After three years of studying K2 in photos and video, to actually cast your eyes on the mountain was quite a moment. The shear scale of the mountain is breath-taking. To look down on the slopes of the south-east face and realise the climbers who never made it back are still resting there, was an emotional experience for me."

We are all delighted and are looking forward to seeing some spectacular footage from K2.  Nick  goes into the final stages of putting all the content together over the coming months and from what I have seen so far, the film is going to be gripping in it's telling an amazing story.

"The Summit " is a story of the struggle of man against the mountain. The cost of living in the god foresaken place known to climbers as the "death zone" the heroic events of a day that cost the lives of 11 climbers that struggled in the thin air of the worlds 2nd highest mountain K2.

For the 1st time ever the events are reconstructed by the unsung heroes of mountaineering history the talented Sherpas.  Told through the featuring of interviews by those on the mountain on that ill fated day.

It will tell of Ger McDonnell a young and talented Irish climber who was

the first Irishman to summit K2, the worlds most treacherous

mountain on the 1st/ 2nd August 2008. He was killed on the descent

whilst attempting to rescue TWO Koreans and Sherpa Jumik.

 

Pat Falvey

Executive Producer

 

Image Now Fims (Dublin) and Pat Falvey Production (Kerry) due for

Film release end 2011 early 2012.

TV Release 2013

DVD Release Late 2013.

 

This film is done in association with The Irish Film Board, RTE and The BBC

 

 

 

 

 

In Memory Of Ger McDonnell and Rolf Bae: This week we remember our good friends Ger McDonnell and Rolf Bae who died on K2 2nd August 2008. From their family and friends we have lost two great lovable people. Our thoughts are with their families.

Thoughts of Ger and  Rolf

I just cant believe that three years have gone by since Ger McDonnell and Rolf Bae have passed away on K2,  has had a hugh effect on my thinking of the risks we take especially when it goes to those that we leave behind., our families in particular,  yet we as adventurers would not be who we are unless we follow our dreams and passion. I want to take this opportunity  to say thank you to all of those that we love that understands the passion that we have or had as adventures.

This week I celebrate all the good memories of working, climbing and adventuring with two of the most gentle climbers I have known.

I think about their families and how much they miss them.

I have lost 14 friends on high altitude mountains over 8000 meters, but none has effected me as much as the death of Ger and Rolf.

They are gone to a more heavenly place, they are missed and yes their memory continues on in those of us who knew them. May they R.I.P and never be forgotten.

Pat Falvey

 

 

Published in Expedition News

Irish Adventure based film makers, Image Now Films ( Dublin) and  Pat Falvey Production (Kerry) achieved a new world record of filming from a helicopter on K2 the second Highest mountain in the World to near on 8000 meters which is known to climbers as The death Zone.

'The Summit' film crew reach a new altitude record for aerial filming in a helicopter. Flying to an altitude of 23,500 feet (7,162m) on K2, Nick Ryan operated the Cineflex camera system mounted to the Pakistani Army Ecuriel helicopter, filming aerial footage of the shoulder above camp 4 and the Serac. Stephen O'Reilly in the backup helicopter reached an altitude of 25,000 feet (7,620m) from where he photographed the mountain.

The Summit: A film about the deadliest day on the worlds most dangerous mountain. The story of the death of 11 climbers on the ill-fated 2008 expedition to the summit of K2.

An epic journey, starting in Islamabad, the crew which consisted of Nick Ryan (director/producer), Stephen O'Reilly (Production manager/Camera), Mike Wright (Camera/Aviation engineer) and Nisar Malik (Pakistan co-ordinator), drove up the Karakorum Highway with 400kg of equipment to Skardu.

With the co-operation of the Pakistan Army aviation wing (5th Squadron), they flight tested the Cineflex equipment on Friday 22nd July and carefully observed the notorious weather patterns around K2. Monday the 25th was selected as a flight date, and the crew left the base at Skardu at 7.00am on the 50 minute flight to Paiju and then on to K2 where the mountain was completely clear, enabling the filming of some incredible aerial footage on the Cineflex Hi-Definition system (used extensively in the BBC series Planet Earth).

On behalf of all our production team we want to congratulate Nick and all on the ground in Pakistan for their amazing commitment and dedication of creating the final sequence of shots for our new film "The Summit"

This week we commemorate Ger's and Rolf's  passing three years ago. May the R.I.P. Their friendship and love are still with us all of us that had the privilege of being part of their amazing lives..

Nick, was very emotional when speaking to him over the weekend as he gave account of this amazing feat,

"We were incredibly lucky to get the weather to see the mountain, as mostly you will see either the top or the bottom of it but not both. The light was fantastic, and winds low enough for safe flight and allow us to reach such great altitudes. The pilots are amongst the very best in the world and their knowledge of the region enabled this incredible journey. Their assistance and collaboration on the planning of the mission was fantastic. After three years of studying K2 in photos and video, to actually cast your eyes on the mountain was quite a moment. The shear scale of the mountain is breath-taking. To look down on the slopes of the south-east face and realise the climbers who never made it back are still resting there, was an emotional experience for me."

We are all delighted and are looking forward to seeing some spectacular footage from K2.  Nick  goes into the final stages of putting all the content together over the coming months and from what I have seen so far, the film is going to be gripping in it's telling an amazing story.

"The Summit " is a story of the struggle of man against the mountain. The cost of living in the god foresaken place known to climbers as the "death zone" the heroic events of a day that cost the lives of 11 climbers that struggled in the thin air of the worlds 2nd highest mountain K2.

For the 1st time ever the events are reconstructed by the unsung heroes of mountaineering history the talented Sherpas.  Told through the featuring of interviews by those on the mountain on that ill fated day.

It will tell of Ger McDonnell a young and talented Irish climber who was

the first Irishman to summit K2, the worlds most treacherous

mountain on the 1st/ 2nd August 2008. He was killed on the descent

whilst attempting to rescue TWO Koreans and Sherpa Jumik.

 

Pat Falvey

Executive Producer

 

Image Now Fims (Dublin) and Pat Falvey Production (Kerry) due for

Film release end 2011 early 2012.

TV Release 2013

DVD Release Late 2013.

 

This film is done in association with The Irish Film Board, RTE and The BBC

 

 

 

 

 

Published in Current Projects

Article taken from 'CORKABOUT' Website posted by Billy Lyons


Born Free, the new exhibition by Cork born artist Philip Gray, was opened by adventurer Pat Falvey in a packed Cork Vision Centre yesterday evening.

Falvey’s speech, with a Follow Your Dream theme, was gripping. And Gray himself, who has followed dreams, was on something of a mission as he urged local people to pull together.
Philip Gray, and Pat Falvey (right)

And his theme was neatly (wrong word, I suppose!) illustrated by one of the highlights of the interactive evening. Attendees (in their hundreds) were invited to paint a random mark onto a large blank 5’ x 4' canvas. Philip then transformed this canvas in a live painting demonstration into a unique finished piece on the night.

Ken Buckley of Buckley Fine Art (who organised the show) told me the finished painting will be presented to the City of Cork and will hang in Cork Airport with a plaque recording the names of all the amateur daubers. "Together we can make a difference" is the title of the work and every daub or doodle was followed by a donation to the Simon Community to add some real meat to the hopeful title.

Just goes to show there are many people out there in the city and county, at all levels, willing to get up and give something to get this area back on its feet. The more we pull together, the further we will go.
Making a mark!

Gray: “My extreme journeys into the unknown bring new challenges that push the boundaries of my mind, body and soul.  These voyages of discovery, sometimes dangerous, are a stimulus to drive me forward creatively and explore new worlds of emotional expression.  With these explorations of seldom travelled places, I have found a new source of energy that I attempt to translate into visual form. “

Gray is probably best known for his “extreme art” and you can find out more about him and his work (underwater, close up to volcanoes and on the highest mountain) here at http://www.philipgray.com


Much of the work at the current show, which runs until January 27th, is from his trip last year to Everest. The paintings are big, reflecting the subject but, almost always, there is a figure in the vast landscape. All of us are figures in our own landscapes. All born free. Only some follow the dream.

skills weekend for Island Peak at Pat Falvey's Mountain Lodge in Kerry.

This weekend has seen all of the Hope Foundation team do their final preparation for their Everest Challenge and their climb beyond base camp to the beautiful 20,000 foot peak of Island Peak right in the heart of the Himalaya.

The weekend presented them with the final skills training required for the glaciers, head wall and narrow ridges that they will have to negoatiate to reach their objective of summiting Island Peak.

They went through, gear, cramponing with 12 spikes attached to their boots, ice axe training, including the art of falling, ice axe arrest, fixed rope techniques for dummaring up a 600 foot head wall and crossing the mountains narrow ridge. They also learnt the skill of abseiling for descending the exposed head wall as they retreat to base camp.

Their course was carried out at Pat Falvey school of Mountaineering at the mountain lodge at the base of Irelands highest mountains in Kerry and practised they skills on the steep head walls of the Gap of Dunloe as well as climbing along the narrow ridges of Coimin Na Peiste Ridge, the Big Gun and Cruach Mhor in what was demanding weather conditions.

Their was also gear review and the importance of team work on challenging mountain.

This weekend was attended by. Teena Gate head of news 98fm : Jenni Kavanagh actress in Fair City, Rob Ross RTE presenter: George McMahon actor: Philip Grey extreme artist: Rosaleen Thomas hope foundation: Ed O Donnell support team: David Walsh Support team.

The weekend was facilitated by worlded renowned adventurer Pat Falvey with his technical guides Con Moriarty and trekking guide Tony Nation.

See courses training

world Adventures Lots of new adventures coming up in the next twelve months as we expand our programs throughout the world.

 

157 thousand viewers tuned in to TV3’s Midweek programme to watch adventurer and explorer Pat Falvey and Teena Gates, Head of News at Dublin’s 98FM discuss the forthcoming Hope Challenge 2010 when Pat leads a group of celebrities to Everest Base Camp, and maybe beyond. The program was hosted by Collette Fitzpatrick.

Teena joins Jenny Kavanagh who plays Cleo in Fair City, RTE TV Presenter Rob Ross, Extreme Artist Philip Graye, actor George McMahon and a support team, to battle it out against the elements and walk to the highest frontiers of the planet.

The added challenge of Island Peak beckons for some members of the team who make it beyond Base Camp and the ever present risk of altitude sickness  to tackle an ice-wall and a difficult ridge climb.

TV3 viewers were astounded to hear that perhaps the most unlikely member of the team, Teena, had lost 10 stone in the past year as part of a battle back to fitness and tough preparations for the challenge ahead. The radio journalist got a similar reaction when she returned to her desk at 98FM, with the top Dublin station inundated with phone calls and texts from listeners offering support and donations for the challenge.  The team head off on September 30th and they are passionately appealing for support for their campaign to raise funds for the Hope Foundation and street children in Calcutta.  You can follow the team’s progress and make a donation on the Hope Foundation website www.hopechallenge2010.com

The TV3 programme link is here: http://www.tv3.ie/shows.php?request=midweek

or view it here:

TV3 8-9-10 Pat Falvey & Teena Gates HOPE Foundation

Thursday, 10 June 2010 12:43

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

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Trip:
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Altitude:
4,000m/13,123ft
Route:
KTM - Pokhara - Macchapuchare - Annapurna - Poon Hill
Date:
Between March and Oct are best
Duration:
12 Days total - Land only
Grade:
Trekking – Easy to Moderate
Price:
Please contact us for prices

The Annapurna Sanctuary is “high glacial basin lying forty kilometers directly north of Pokhara, Nepal's second city.” This oval-shaped plateau sits at an altitude of over 4000 meters, and is surrounded by a ring of mountains, the Annapurna range, most of which are over 7000 meters. With the only entrance a narrow pass between the peaks of Hiunchuli and Machapuchare, where run-off from glaciers drain into Modi Khola River, the Sanctuary was not penetrated by outsiders until 1956. Because of high mountains on all sides, the Annapurna Sanctuary receives only 7 hours of sunlight a day at the height of summer. The unique combination of heights and depths in the Annapurna Sanctuary give rise to an extraordinary variety of ecosystems. The south-facing slope are “covered in dense tropical jungles of rhododendron and bamboo”, while the north-facing slopes, in the rain shadow, have “a drier colder climate similar to that of the near-by Tibetan Plateau.”

This beautiful trek mixes easy to moderate trekking on pathways through stunning local villages full of colour and charm. Overall a great short to medium trek in the stunning Annapurna Sanctuary.

Overview

Our adventure first takes us to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, also known as the City of a Thousand Temples, and where every other day is a festival. Kathmandu is home to over 500,000 Nepalese, living a humble life in this vibrant city, the starting point for many expeditions to the Himalaya. It was once a Mecca for the drop-out Hippie generation of the 60’s. However, today, Kathmandu has returned to its former ways, a place alive with the traditions and cultures of its many ethnic peoples. While here, we visit some of the famous Temples of the Hindus and Buddha’s.  We saunter through the busy streets and markets of the Thamel in the old region of the city and experience at first-hand the hustle, bustle, sights, sounds and smells whilst mixing with the locals of this lively, cultural city.

Each day’s trek is more spectacular then the day before as we make our way deeper into this mountainous wonderland of a Shangri-La. Mountains project like massive pillars from the deep, river-gorged valleys. We make our way along narrow paths etched from the steep hillsides in a mystical world of mountains. This is the heart of the most beautiful and inspiring mountain range in the world, the Himalayas ‘home of the snows’. They stretch in a great arch across Asia, 150 miles wide and 1700 miles long, from Indus in the west to the Brahmaputra in the east. All along the length of the Himalaya, its mountain tops are revered by the people of the valleys below as the place of their gods. You are in a place that for centuries has been the setting for epic feats of exploration and mountain climbing.

The area of Annapurna is famous for its possibilities of trekking and is considered to be the most famous and popular trekking destination in all of Nepal.This area region is mainly famous for beautiful mountains such Annapurnas,Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Machhapuchre, There are three major trekking routes in Annapurna Region: to Jomsom Muktinath , to Annapurna Sanctuary (Annapurna BaseCamp), and a circuit of the Annapurna Himal itself. About two-thirds of thetrekkers in Nepal visit the Annapurna region. The area is easily accessible, hotels in the hills are plentiful, and treks here offer good scenery of both high mountains and lowland villages. Pokhara is also a good starting place for shorttreks of one to four days, such as Ghorepani Trekking, Ghandruk Trekking andothers. Mustang is also geographically a part of the Annapurna region, but treks to Mustang are subject to special restrictions.

The entire sanctuary was held as sacred to the Gurung people, the only people to inhabit it before the 20th century.They believed it was the repository of gold and various treasures left by the Nāgas, the serpent-gods known in India. The sanctuary was believed to be the home of several deities, from Hinduism and Buddhism as well the older animistic gods. The peak of Machapuchare at the entrance was believed to be the home of the god Shiva, and the daily plumes of snow were thought the smoke of his divine incense. Until recently, the local Gurang people forbade anyone from bringing eggs or meat into the Annapurna Sanctuary, and women and untouchables were prohibited from going there as well.

In recent years, the number of trekkers to the Sanctuary has increased substantially, in part because the Sanctuary forms the base of one of the major routes to the peaks of the Annapurna range. The Annapurna Sanctuary is now part of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, which places restrictions on number of outside travelers, gathering of firewood, and domestic animal grazing.

Route

Kathmandu - Pokhara - Macchapuchare - Annapurna - Poon Hill

See Itinerary for further details

Grade

Grade is: Trekking - Strenuous

This trek is suitable to walkers & hillwalkers and can be achieved by a beginner with training. A good level of fitness and experience on mountain trekking is recommended prior to departure. You will enjoy your trip a lot more if prepared well. Easy to Moderate going on good tracks that most fit people should be able for. Most days will require 4 to 7 hours walking excluding acclimatizing days and a climb day. We also run Fitness assessments and Hill-walking weekends that are ideally suited for those who need a little more preparation, please go to our Training Courses section. We recommend these options to ensure a good level of understanding of the requirements for the upcoming trek and remeber to contact us if you have any queries or need advice.

Acclimatisation
At Irish & Worldwide Adventures we have agreed to allow for acclimatisation or rest purposes. It is worth spending a bit extra to stay safe and achieve your goals. The pace is key to preventing *AMS. The group will be monitored by the guides at all times for symptoms of the effects of altitude. Only if these symptoms persist that a person should get advice or will be advised to decend. (*Acute Mountain Sickness)

Prices

Please contact us for prices. Groups are based on a minimum of 4. We can check availability on dated groups if you are interested as an individual.

Guides

Our highly experienced trekking guides have been working with us in Nepal for over 20 years. They will provide you with all information and help during the trek. On selected 'Guided from Ireland' trips (or on request for groups over 4) a guide will escort the group from Ireland. The guide will also arrange the porters role with your bags and any issues that may arise.

Info on Porters

We at Irish and Worldwide Adventures ensure that all our agents in every destination value and treat their employees including porters with respect and ensure their working rates and conditions are adhering to the local employment and Health and Safety guidelines. We have built up a good relationship’s with all of our operators to ensure the welfare of their guides and porters is priority. For more guidelines and information on porters please go to our 'Porter guidelines' (link) in the righthand menu. Bags acrried by porters are not to exceed 25kg in weight.

Itinerary

Here is a sample daily Itinerary, on booking you will be issued a more detailed version. We can also customise the itinerary to your needs if required.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek:
DAY 1: Kathmandu. Fly to Pokhara
DAY 2: Trek to Landrung
DAY 3: Landrung to Chomrong
DAY 4: Chomrong to Dovan
DAY 5: Dovan to Macchapuchare Base Camp
DAY 6: Macchapuchare Base Camp to AnnapurnaBase Camp
DAY 7: AnnapurnaBase Camp - afternoon descent to 'Bamboo'
DAY 8: Retun to Chomrong
DAY 9: Chomrong to Ghandrung
DAY 10: Ghandrung to Ghorepani
DAY 11: Poon Hill - then trek out to Pokhara
DAY 12: Pokhara - afternoon flight to Kathmandu

Preparation

Preparation, Passports / Visa's

Preparation - We have selected a walking weekend to help you adjust to the goal of the trek. The weekend has two walks with advice and techniques for clothing and gear given also. On the Saturday we will climb one of Irelands highest peaks during a day hike and on Sunday morning early we will go on a night hike simulating the requirements on the summit day of a trek which takes you out of your comfort zone prior to the real thing. This method allows your body and mind to adjust to the challenge ahead. For more info on this fitness assessment weekends and day walks, go to our Irish training section. If you are a total beginner to walking/hillwalking then a 12 month training program is recommended.

We suggest a training program of at least 6 months to comfortably trek to 4000-6000m.

Months 1-2, this should include fortnightly hillwalking for 3hrs+ with a small/medium pack of weight of 5-10kg approx.

Months 3-4, this should be increased to include longer days (6hrs+) and pack weight of 10kg approx. Attend our Free meet day!

Month 5, Two days walking back to back twice giving 4 days total. Example: Saturday 7hr & Sunday 6hr = 13hrs walking. Avoid injuries at all costs!!

Month 6, Continue with some walking but reduce to lower peaks and durations of 4hrs, avoid injuries at all costs!!

Passport / Visas
You will need a valid full passport, please ensure it has at least have six months before expiring before we leave. Before applying for Visa please check dates on passport. Please bring 4-passport photos for visas at departure.

We will need to get a visa and this can be got on entry.

Gear

For general wear on trek: cotton pants, t-shirts and if you have light thermals these will be ideal.

  • One pair of trekking boots for trek. These boots can be used for good wear also. If you have a hillwalking pair of boots you can also bring them.  If you like comfort we recommend boots with extra insulation in sole around 150euro with vibram or similar sole.
  • Four pair of warm trekking stockings. (Thorlo or similar)
  • Adjustable ski poles: these take a lot of pressure off the body and makes walking less tiring. Some use two spring loaded ones as it takes 36 ton of pressure off you knees per day as well as allowing you to have a crutch to lean on when you are tired.
  • Thermal under-wear heavy gauge: 2 Tops and 2 bottoms. Dryflo etc.
  • 1 fleece or pile jacket. Windproof is good.
  • Wind and water proofs (Gortex or similar): Top jacket and bottoms.
  • Sleeping bag range to -5/-15C degrees make sure it packs small.
  • Also for sleeping it is important to bring an insulating sleeping mat. I usually bring a Thermarest full-length non-slip. There is insulating mattresses provide on trek but for extra comfort bring a Thermarest.
  • 1 Water bottles with wide neck and 1 with narrow neck (Nalgene or similar) or one Platypus container, the platypus is ideal for trekking as you can stay hydrated by drinking from a tube as you walk.
  • Gloves: 1pair of thermal and 1 pair over gloves or mitts, no harm in bringing spare sets.
  • Headtorch, Petzl with spare batteries and bulbs. I cannot stress the importance of this to have in good working order. (New LED versions are also lighter and smaller)
  • Peak hat for the lower regions to protect your head from the sun. (bandana or neck gaiter also)
  • Ruck sack 30 liters daypack for mountain to carry your camera food and day gear.
  • For traveling, 70-100 liters rucksack or strong gear bag- this will also do to give to porters on trek to carry your general gear.
  • Optional for night up high for cold, a light down top or extra fleece.
  • Personal first aid and medicine kit. (All our guides will have these for emergencies only)
  • UV sunglasses – Cat. 3 or Cat. 4 recommeded if there is a lot of time in or near snow.
  • 2 x Earplugs pairs – If you have an inside pocket in sleeping bag, leave one there fulltime.


    Miscellaneous items:
    Sun-block (very important and use it!!)
    Backpacking towel and general toiletries.
    Insect repellent
    Extra Clothes for travelling and/or socialising.

    Tips on Gear- Make sure your boots are well broken in. For the mountain, a layering system works best to allow you to cool down or warm up with ease - Tshirt or thermals, shirt or warm top, a good fleece and good heavy-duty waterproofs if you intend doing more treks in future. Gloves and hats are vital. Bring waterproof gear that is made of breathable material. You can use a normal 3 season sleeping bag. If you tend to get cold very easily, you can add in a sleeping bag liner. Remember that sleeping bags work on trapping layers of air so wearing clothes in your bag doesn't help. If you wear contact lenses take plenty of saline and comfort drops as the paths are dusty. Also glasses are essential for summit night as temperature and altitude may effect eyes if contacts worn. Common first aid complaints are headaches, dehydration, stomach bugs, diarrhoea, sunburn and occasional mouth ulcers. Looking after yourself with plenty of fluids, rest and enjoying the gentle ascending pace will assist in avoiding these. Your personal first aid kit should contain treatments for these minor aliments. Please get advice from your GP before departure. Money can be left in the Hotel safe. All currency can be easily changed to local currency in the cities you will be staying in. The only money you will need to carry for your treks will be to cover porter and guide tips and bottled water if you choose to purchase. (Hotels offer Launderette facilities if you wish to wash clothes following trek otherwise there is no opportunity to wash clothing. Digital cameras will cope fine with the conditions if you keep them warm close to your body where possible especially on summit morning or when reaching you highest day, otherwise batteries can run down. Spare batteries are a must.

    Published in Asia
    Thursday, 10 June 2010 10:28

    Rolwaling Trek & Ramdung Peak

    Trip: Rolwaling Trek & Ramdung Peak Altitude: 5,925m/19,439ft Route: KTM - Barabise - Pheriche - Kala Patthar - Basecamp Date: Between march and may, then Sept to Oct are best Duration: 29 Days total - 2 Days Rest/Acclimatisation Grade: Trekking – Strenuous Price: Please contact us for prices Ramdung peak lies in the upper Rolwaling area, Ramdung is one of a cluster of peaks around the Yalung La, a pass giving access to the upper Rolwaling from the south, via the Khare Khola. Although the mountain, by it normal route of ascent, is straightforward, its virtues lie in its magnificent position and splendid summit panorama that ranges from Langtang to Everest and provides a splendid view of Gauri Shankar and Menlungtse. This beautiful trek mixes moderate trekking on pathways through stunning local villages full of colour and charm with steeper streuous trekking and snow trekking to reach Ramdung Peak. It also crosses some glaciers requiring the group to be roped up. Overall a great long trek with a high altitude peak and everything else that surrounds this trek as you ascend and descend in the Rowaling region. The peaks in the area were first explored by Scottish Himalayan expedition, led by Bill Murray in 1952, when three of the peaks near the pass, Yalung Ri (5,630m/18,471ft), Chhugyima Go (6,259m/20,534ft), and Ramdung were climbed. In 1955 the peak had its second ascent by members of the Merseyside expedition. Since then Ramdung has been climbed numerous times is an ideal summit for groups wanting to trek and climb in the still little visited Rolwaling Himal area.The trek starts from the busy bazaar of Barabise on the highway to Tibet. Leaving the civilisation behind our trek head towards in the tranquility of the mountains, alpine forest of rhododendron and magnolia amidst the hidden land of Rolwaling Valley. The trek leads to the last village of this area Rolwaling at Beding. Journey continues farther east to scale the 5,925 meter Ramdung Peak. The climb is not technically hard, but it is certainly challenging on account of the altitude and the peak's remoteness. Ramdung offers an excellent view of Everest, Melungtse and Gaurishankar and array of other snow peaks.

    Overview

    Our adventure first takes us to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, also known as the City of a Thousand Temples, and where every other day is a festival. Kathmandu is home to over 500,000 Nepalese, living a humble life in this vibrant city, the starting point for many expeditions to the Himalaya. It was once a Mecca for the drop-out Hippie generation of the 60’s. However, today, Kathmandu has returned to its former ways, a place alive with the traditions and cultures of its many ethnic peoples. While here, we visit some of the famous Temples of the Hindus and Buddha’s.  We saunter through the busy streets and markets of the Thamel in the old region of the city and experience at first-hand the hustle, bustle, sights, sounds and smells whilst mixing with the locals of this lively, cultural city. Each day’s trek is more spectacular then the day before as we make our way deeper into this mountainous wonderland of a Shangri-La. Mountains project like massive pillars from the deep, river-gorged valleys. We make our way along narrow paths etched from the steep hillsides in a mystical world of mountains. This is the heart of the most beautiful and inspiring mountain range in the world, the Himalayas ‘home of the snows’. They stretch in a great arch across Asia, 150 miles wide and 1700 miles long, from Indus in the west to the Brahmaputra in the east. All along the length of the Himalaya, its mountain tops are revered by the people of the valleys below as the place of their gods. You are in a place that for centuries has been the setting for epic feats of exploration and mountain climbing. The Rolwaling region is a valley which contain several small villages and Beding, the largest town in the area. Access to the valley and the mountains of the range is made on foot through an established trail system starting at Charikot (80 km east of Kathmandu). A western style trek from Charikot to Beding will normally take seven to ten days.The preferred approach to enter the region is to walk in from the bus terminus at Dolakha (near Charikot), about 7 hours from Kathmandu. The trail is very well defined and used by porters and shepherds going up to the summer kharkas or grazing pastures at Beding. There was a customs check at Jagat where the climbing permit was vaguely inspected. The last habitation is at Na (4180m). From here on in it can and will snow at any time so patience is required )which also will help with the essential acclimatisation). The Tsho Rolpa is an awesome ice lake held back by terminal moraine. The unmarked route goes along the Trakarding Glacier, then climbs steeply up onto the Drolambau Glacier. The scenery is tremendous every inch of the way! On the east side of the glacier is a range of mountains well over 6000m. The Teshi Lapcha La goes through these mountains by the footslopes of Patchamo. The descent on the other side is steep and very rough through boulder fields. Sometimes the trail is difficult to find until you reach Thyangbo Kharka, a very lonely dwelling on the route to Thame, and thence on to Namche Bazaar. From Kathmandu, over the Teshi Lapcha and down to Lukla airstrip took 18 days, before the interminable wait for a flight back to Kathmandu. It is possible to reverse the route but the climb up to the pass from the Solu Khumbu is very steep and long. The essential acclimatisation days in this wild terrain would be uncomfortable and frustrating and higher up, there is danger from falling rocks loosed off by the sun as it works its way around.

    Route

    Kathmandu - Barabise - Beding - Ramdung - Charikot See Itinerary for further details

    Grade

    Grade is: Trekking - Strenuous This trek is suitable to most experienced hillwalkers and can be achieved by a beginner with training. A high level of fitness and some experience on high mountain passes or ridges in snow is recommended prior to departure. You will enjoy your trip a lot more if prepared well. Moderate going on good tracks that most fit people should be able for. This trek is mostly strenuous due to its duration and alitude gain, experienced trekkers may find it moderate. There is 2 climb days in the itinerary for summiting Ramdung and at least 1 day of glacier travel which you will be briefed and basically trained on during the trek. Most days will require 4 to 7 hours walking excluding acclimatizing days and a climb day. We also run Fitness assessments and Hill-walking weekends that are ideally suited for those who need a little more preparation, please go to our Training Courses section. We recommend these options to ensure a good level of understanding of the requirements for the upcoming trek and remeber to contact us if you have any queries or need advice.Acclimatisation At Irish & Worldwide Adventures we have agreed to allow 2 extra days for acclimatisation or rest purposes. It is worth spending a bit extra to stay safe and achieve your goals. The pace is key to preventing *AMS. The group will be monitored by the guides at all times for symptoms of the effects of altitude. Only if these symptoms persist that a person should get advice or will be advised to decend. (*Acute Mountain Sickness)

    Prices

    Please contact us for prices. Groups are based on a minimum of 4. We can check availability on dated groups if you are interested as an individual. Land Only Inclusions * Airport transfers * Local transportation * Hotel Accommadation B&B 4 nights (min. 3 *) * Park fee’s (€10-€20) * Camping, Meals & boiled water on mountain * Guides, Porters & Cooks Land Only Exclusions * Fully escorted from/to Ireland * Flights from/to Ireland * Nepal Visa (€20-€30) * All transfers * Meals en route before and after trek * Bar Bills & laundry * Travel Insurance * Extra's for porterage taken on

    Guides

    Our highly experienced trekking guides have been working with us in Nepal for over 20 years. They will provide you with all information and help during the trek. On selected 'Guided from Ireland' trips (or on request for groups over 4) a guide will escort the group from Ireland. The guide will also arrange the porters role with your bags and any issues that may arise. Info on Porters We at Irish and Worldwide Adventures ensure that all our agents in every destination value and treat their employees including porters with respect and ensure their working rates and conditions are adhering to the local employment and Health and Safety guidelines. We have built up a good relationship’s with all of our operators to ensure the welfare of their guides and porters is priority. For more guidelines and information on porters please go to our 'Porter guidelines' (link) in the righthand menu. Bags acrried by porters are not to exceed 25kg in weight.

    Itinerary

    Here is a sample daily Itinerary, on booking you will be issued a more detailed version. We can also customise the itinerary to your needs if required. Rolwaling Trek: 1. Kathmandu to Barabise 2. Barabise to Kabre 3. Kabre to Dolangsa 4. Dolangsa to Tinsang La Pass 5. Tinsang La Pass to Bigu Gompa 6. Bigu Gompa to Chilankga 7. Chilangka to Bulung 8. Bulung to Gongar 9. Gongar to Simigaon 10. Simigaon to Gyalche 11. Gyalche - Rest Day 12. Gyalche to Kharka 13. Kharka to Beding 14. Beding to Na 15. Na - acclimatization day 16. Na to Yulung Base Camp 17. Yulung Base camp to Yulung La 18. Rumdung Peak 19. Yalung La - Sangma Kharka 20. Sangma Kharka to Tshobug 21. Tshobug to Tarkarding Glacier 22. Glacier Training 23. Na 24. Na to Donang 25. Donang to Simigaon 26. Simigaon to Suri Dovan 27. Suri Dovan to Ratmatey 28. Ratmatey to Dolakha or Charikot 29. Kathmandu.

    Preparation

    Preparation, Passports / Visa's Preparation - We have selected a walking weekend to help you adjust to the goal of the trek. The weekend has two walks with advice and techniques for clothing and gear given also. On the Saturday we will climb one of Irelands highest peaks during a day hike and on Sunday morning early we will go on a night hike simulating the requirements on the summit day of a trek which takes you out of your comfort zone prior to the real thing. This method allows your body and mind to adjust to the challenge ahead. For more info on this fitness assessment weekends and day walks, go to our Irish training section. If you are a total beginner to walking/hillwalking then a 12 month training program is recommended. We suggest a training program of at least 6 months to comfortably trek to 4000-6000m. Months 1-2, this should include fortnightly hillwalking for 3hrs+ with a small/medium pack of weight of 5-10kg approx. Months 3-4, this should be increased to include longer days (6hrs+) and pack weight of 10kg approx. Attend our Free meet day! Month 5, Two days walking back to back twice giving 4 days total. Example: Saturday 7hr & Sunday 6hr = 13hrs walking. Avoid injuries at all costs!! Month 6, Continue with some walking but reduce to lower peaks and durations of 4hrs, avoid injuries at all costs!! Passport / Visas You will need a valid full passport, please ensure it has at least have six months before expiring before we leave. Before applying for Visa please check dates on passport. Please bring 4-passport photos for visas at departure. We will need to get a visa and this can be got on entry.

    Gear

    For general wear on trek: cotton pants, t-shirts and if you have light thermals these will be ideal. One pair of trekking boots for trek. These boots can be used for good wear also. If you have a hillwalking pair of boots you can also bring them.  If you like comfort we recommend boots with extra insulation in sole around 150euro with vibram or similar sole. Four pair of warm trekking stockings. (Thorlo or similar) Adjustable ski poles: these take a lot of pressure off the body and makes walking less tiring. Some use two spring loaded ones as it takes 36 ton of pressure off you knees per day as well as allowing you to have a crutch to lean on when you are tired. Thermal under-wear heavy gauge: 2 Tops and 2 bottoms. Dryflo etc. 1 fleece or pile jacket. Windproof is good. Wind and water proofs (Gortex or similar): Top jacket and bottoms. Sleeping bag range to -10/-20C degrees make sure it packs small. Also for sleeping it is important to bring an insulating sleeping mat. I usually bring a Thermarest full-length non-slip. There is insulating mattresses provide on trek but for extra comfort bring a Thermarest. 1 Water bottles with wide neck and 1 with narrow neck (Nalgene or similar) or one Platypus container, the platypus is ideal for trekking as you can stay hydrated by drinking from a tube as you walk. Gloves: 1pair of thermal and 1 pair over gloves or mitts, no harm in bringing spare sets. Headtorch, Petzl with spare batteries and bulbs. I cannot stress the importance of this to have in good working order. (New LED versions are also lighter and smaller) Peak hat for the lower regions to protect your head from the sun. (bandana or neck gaiter also) Ruck sack 30 liters daypack for mountain to carry your camera food and day gear. For traveling, 70-100 liters rucksack or strong gear bag- this will also do to give to porters on trek to carry your general gear. Optional for night up high for cold, a light down top or extra fleece. Personal first aid and medicine kit. (All our guides will have these for emergencies only) UV sunglasses – Cat. 3 or Cat. 4 recommeded if there is a lot of time in or near snow. 2 x Earplugs pairs – If you have an inside pocket in sleeping bag, leave one there fulltime. Miscellaneous items: Sun-block (very important and use it!!) Backpacking towel and general toiletries. Insect repellent Extra Clothes for travelling and/or socialising. Climbing on Ramdung A climbing gear list will be supplied on enquiry. Tips on Gear- Make sure your boots are well broken in. For the mountain, a layering system works best to allow you to cool down or warm up with ease - Tshirt or thermals, shirt or warm top, a good fleece and good heavy-duty waterproofs if you intend doing more treks in future. Gloves and hats are vital. Bring waterproof gear that is made of breathable material. You can use a normal 3 season sleeping bag. If you tend to get cold very easily, you can add in a sleeping bag liner. Remember that sleeping bags work on trapping layers of air so wearing clothes in your bag doesn't help. If you wear contact lenses take plenty of saline and comfort drops as the paths are dusty. Also glasses are essential for summit night as temperature and altitude may effect eyes if contacts worn. Common first aid complaints are headaches, dehydration, stomach bugs, diarrhoea, sunburn and occasional mouth ulcers. Looking after yourself with plenty of fluids, rest and enjoying the gentle ascending pace will assist in avoiding these. Your personal first aid kit should contain treatments for these minor aliments. Please get advice from your GP before departure. Money can be left in the Hotel safe. All currency can be easily changed to local currency in the cities you will be staying in. The only money you will need to carry for your treks will be to cover porter and guide tips and bottled water if you choose to purchase. (Hotels offer Launderette facilities if you wish to wash clothes following trek otherwise there is no opportunity to wash clothing. Digital cameras will cope fine with the conditions if you keep them warm close to your body where possible especially on summit morning or when reaching you highest day, otherwise batteries can run down. Spare batteries are a must.
    Published in Asia
    Monday, 05 October 2009 16:46

    Philip Gray has arrived in the Himalayas

    Philip Gray takes his Extreme Painting to Nepal 16/10/09      
    Reports back from our guides in Nepal tell us that Philip's trek has got off to a great start. With beautiful weather, he left for Lukla (2800 meters) on the 13th. Landing at Lukla is an aviation treat, as the plane negotiates onto the 25 degree inclined thin graveled airstrip, which has been cut out of the shoulder of a Steep ridge above an impressive gorge which has been cut through the valley by the Dudh-Kosi river.
    Philip left Lukla with his guides and Porters and spent his first night in the Everest region in Phakding, a village situated at the edge of the Dubh Kosi.
    On the 14th, Philip set off northwards along the Dubh-Kosi River, known locally as “milky river” as the water flows from the mightiest glaciers in the world down through this narrow valley creating a milky white look to the river. The group crossed the river many times and experienced the thrill of walking across exciting narrow steel tension bridges. Views of many of the surrounding mountains, in particular the jagged ridges of Kusum Kangguru (one of Nepal’s most beautiful trekking peaks) was clearly visable.
    At the convergence of the Bhote Kosi and the Imja River into the Dubh Kosi, the team had to negotiate a huge suspension bridge before a steep tracked two and a half-hour ascent to their nights destination- Namche Bazaar. On route Philip should of got his first sight of the world’s highest mountain. Mt Everest.
    Yesterday was an Acclimatization day. At 3440 meters, Namche is the commercial center of the Kumbu and the Sherpa people. This thriving town is situated in a natural amphitheatre carved out of the site of a hill, which protects it from ravaging storms. It is the main trading post for those Tibetans wishing to trade with Nepal.It was only 350 years ago that the Tibetan people migrated here to the Khumbu over the high passes from the north and settled in these hostile hills. They were called “The Sherpa people” meaning ‘men from the east’. They cultivated the land to grow potato and barley from the steep hillsides and formed remote villages like Namche.
    The group trekked for a few hours uphill for 400 meters to Thame, Khunde or Kumjung before descending for a relaxing evening in Namche.
    Today sees Philip and team leave Namche Bazaar, making their way uphill to gain a track leading Northeast. This meandering track brings you into the heart of the greatest mountains on this planet as you round the top of the ridge above Namche, confronted by a magnificent backdrop of Ama-Dablam 6856 meters, Kangtega and Thramserku (The mountain of ten summits). In the distance, Mt Everest protrudes its head above the great wall of Nuptse and Lhotse one of the last great-unsolved climbs.
    After two hours, the team will descend to the riverbed of the Imja River for lunch before making a long ascent to the famous Buddhist monastery at Tengboche (3860 meters) This is a very special mystical place and it is said that hundreds of years ago a Lama from Tibet flew over the Himalayas and left his hand and footprints on rocks here at Tengboche and it is here where the monastery was built. But ever since this visit the area has being considered sacred and there is a ban on harming any living creature. Because of this the forest surrounding the monastery abounds in wildlife. After visiting the monastery, the team will descend through the forest to their campsite for the night at Deboche.     



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