Frequently Asked Questions about India and Satopanth
On this page you will find answers to frequently asked questions about the trip. Our trip file offers further details on the trip, gear lists and more and we welcome you to download it or ask for us to send it to you by email.
What skills do i need for this climb?
This climb will require you to have solid skill on snow and ice and be prepared for roped and fixed line travel. Most of our members will also have experience to 5000m or above.
How do i join the trip?
You will need to visit our on-line booking page and fill in the form to begin the process. A deposit of 1000usd will then hold your place on the trip for you. We accept deposits by bank transfer, money order, bank check and credit card. In some cases we can accept personal checks from US and Australian members.
What equipment do I need for this climb?
You can visit our gear list page for general guidelines on clothing, technical gear, medicine and sundries. We will also send out a specific gear list for this expedition upon booking the trip and work hard with you to ensure you have appropriate gear for the expedition.
How do I apply for my visa to India?
You will likely need a 6 month single entry visa and officially of the "X Mountaineering" type. Please speak with us about getting your visa as this rule seems to be sometimes enforced and sometimes not and we will help you to have the best visa possible to avoid any delays in Delhi. Remember that the India activates the visas as soon as they add it to your passport, NOT WHEN YOU LAND IN DELHI. We highly recommend waiting until 2 months before your trip start date to apply for you VISA. You will need several addresses in India for the visa and we will provide you with two of our contact.
Who will our guide be for the trip?
The guide for 2009 September will be Chris Szyimec who is one of our most experienced and well respected guides . You can read more about Chris and our other guides on the staff page.
What kind of food will we be eating on the trek and at base camp?
We will have a full menu of Indian and western food on the expedition and ensure that you have good tasting and nutritious food through out. If you have special dietary needs or concerns please let us know.
What food do I need to bring for the high camps?
As on all FTA trips you are asked to bring your meals for the high camps and we estimate approximately 10 days worth of food including breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can purchase nearly everything you need in India though we recommend any freezedried foods or special gels/bars to be brought with you.
Can I get single supplement?
We can provide a single room and personal tent for the entire climb. Please enquire when you book the trip for the lastest cost for this. As of March 2009 the fee was 285usd.
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