Frequently Asked Questions
· Route and Accommodation
What difficulties might I encounter at high altitudes?
Altitude sickness can occur when you climb quickly to high altitudes (generally above 10,000 feet/3,048 meters) and result in headache, tiredness, nausea, dizziness, and/or shortness of breath. If symptoms worsen and are ignored, altitude sickness is potentially life-threatening.
https://www.webmd.com/a-to- z-guides/altitude- sickness#3
I am an experienced hiker but I am not that excited about carrying all my own equipment. Of course, I understand that I will need a day pack with basic layers, rain gear, food, snacks, etc. Will we be carrying the equipment ourselves (sleeping bags, extra clothes, etc.)?
I have only rarely shared accommodations with anyone other than my wife - how will the accommodations be determined? Is there the possibility of paying extra for a single supplement?
In most of the lodges, we will be staying this will be possible, however, we can’t guarantee this for all lodges as we are traveling in a busy season and are facing high occupancy rates. Hikers who are interested in single rooms will be charged an additional $150 for their registration fees.
Are we going to have free time for shopping?
Yes. You will have time to shop for hiking equipment in Katmandu and in Namche Bazaar. You can find every piece of gear you need in either town. The advantage of shopping in Kathmandu is lower prices, and the advantage of Namche Bazaar is avoiding excess weight on the flight to Lukla (don’t overdo it! The same 15KG weight restrictions apply on the flight back to Kathmandu!).
· Health, Physical Effort
I’d love to go on this trek, and see it’s rated “strenuous”. How fit do I have to be?
The trek is physically demanding and involves 6-10 hours of hiking each day. The high altitude means we have to work harder. With that, with proper preparation, anyone who is a) in good health, b) exercises regularly, and c) loves to hike – can do this trek.
What vaccinations do I need for travel in Nepal?
Courses or boosters usually advised: Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Typhoid. See: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/nepal
What difficulties might I encounter at high altitudes?
· Food Arrangements and Kashrut
Do I need to bring my own snacks?
What kind of food are we going to eat? Is it Kosher?
For those who are interested in a Kashrut arrangement, we have solutions which are adequate for the mountain situation, such as cooking in our own utensils and adding some dried food, please let us know if you’d like to hear more, we will do our best to accommodate to your needs.
· Equipment, Currency, and Visa
Do I need a visa for Nepal?
What equipment will I need? Can any items be rented?
Check out our detailed recommended equipment list.
Do I need currency from Nepal or are dollars okay? What dollar denominations should I bring?
If you have a chance, change a small amount of money to Nepalese rupees. If not - don't worry, you will have an opportunity to do so in Nepal (at the airport or the hotel). The current rate is approx. 117 rupees to the dollar. Many places will take dollars (bring small denominations). In Thamel (the tourist center of Kathmandu), many stores will take credit cards. You should have at least 200$ in cash (in USD or Nepali currency) with you in the mountains, as the ATMs sometimes don’t work in Lukla and Namche Bazaar.
Will I have the opportunity to charge my Phone? Should I bring a digital camera with an extra battery to take pictures?
There is electricity at the lodges where we'll be staying, and you'll be able to charge your phone. However, after Namche Bazaar the lodges charge 3-6 USD for each item you required You might want to bring a digital camera as well. Power banks are very helpful.
Should I bring my own sleeping bag?
While it is possible to rent a bag, it’s recommended to bring your own high quality sleeping bag and liner.
Will we be able to wash our clothes at any point during the trip?
· Registration Fee Payment and Fundraising
What is the best way to donate from the US?
For donations from Canada and the UK jgive is the best option for tax-deductible contributions.
Where can I find information about Tevel b’Tzedek and how should I present Climb for Justice to my supporters?
Once you complete your registration, you'll receive an email with a Media Kit containing all the information you need to present Climb For Justice and Tevel b'Tzedek. If you need more information please visit our website at www.tevelbtzedek.org and don't hesitate to ask for guidance!
I have never done any fundraising before and don’t even know where to start. Do you provide any help?
Don’t worry if you’ve never fundraised before. We’re with you all the way.
We've made fundraising and media kit just for you - it contains lots of practical tips, and plenty of resources to help you reach your target.
Once you get the ball rolling it almost contiguous- people want to get involved and you’ll be surprised who ends up supporting you!
What happens if I don't reach my fundraising goal?
How and when I pay the registration fee?
2. Western Union
We'll send you an email with the bank account details as we get closer to the payment deadline.
What is the best way to fly to Nepal?
If you are traveling from other countries you have more options for travel through the Gulf countries, which are also convenient and competitive. We do not recommend flying through India as the layovers ten to run long and a visa is required to leave the airport.