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Secretarybird

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Secretarybird is the  large bird of prey that lives in the Sub-Saharan Africa. Secretarybird usually inhabits savannas and open grasslands which enable fast identification of the potential prey. Other than that, secretarybirds can be found in semi-deserts, forests and farmlands. Secretarybirds are threatened by habitat loss due to increased agriculture and urban development. Luckily, number of secretarybirds in the wild is large and they are not on the list of endangered species.

 

Interesting Secretarybird Facts:

  • Secretary bird can reach 4 to 5 feet in height and 5 to 9 ½ pounds of weight.
  • Upper part of the body is grey in color. Bottom side of the body and flight feathers are black. Facial skin is orange-red in color, and the beak is bluish-grey. Long, erect black feathers form crest on the back side of the neck.
  • Researchers used to believe that name “secretarybird” originates from 19th century when male secretaries wore quills in their wigs (similar in appearance with crest of secretarybird). More likely, name “secretarybird” originates from Arabic word “saqu ettair” which means “hunter-bird”.
  • Secretarybird has wingspan of 7 feet. These birds rarely fly even though they are proficient in the air. They fly with the help of warm air currents to preserve energy.
  • Secretarybirds have extremely long legs that are covered with scales. Scales prevent injuries that may result from the movement across the rough terrain.
  • Unlike other raptors, secretarybirds look for the food by walking on the ground. They can travel a distance of 20 miles each day.
  • Secretarybirds are carnivores (meat-eaters). Their diet consists of snakes and other reptiles, insects and rodents.
  • Secretarybirds apply two methods to kill their prey. They will either stab the prey with the beak or stomp the victim until it is dead. Secretarybirds swallow the prey in one piece.
  • Secretarybirds are territorial animals. They occupy territory of around 19 square miles.
  • Secretarybirds are loud animals that produce croaks, whistles, groans and clucks. They vocalize during the courtship, when they are threatened or as a sign of aggression toward other males.
  • Besides humans, natural enemies of secretarybirds are hawks, large snakes and carnivorous mammals.
  • Mating takes place throughout the whole year and reaches the peak during the spring and summer. Female produces couple of broods per year when the food is abundant.
  • Both parents build nest out of the sticks and leaves. Nest is usually 8 feet wide and located on the acacia tree. Female lays 1 to 3 eggs that will hatch after incubation period of 42 to 46 days.
  • Both parents take care of the eggs and young chicks. Secretarybirds regurgitate swallowed food to feed their chicks. At the age of 40 days, young birds will start to eat small animals. They will leave the nest for the first time at the age of 12 weeks.
  • Secretarybird can survive up to 20 years in captivity.

 

HIMALAYAN TREKKING EXPEDITION TO EVEREST BASE CAMP NEPAL

Mount Everest is one of the most recognizable mountains in the world. Every year hundreds of people attempt to reach its summit. People from around the world are captivated by its height – some 8848 meters above sea level – and the adventurous, driven, mountain climbers who take it on embody the physical and mental extremes that test human capabilities.

In 1865, Waugh proposed that the Royal Geographical Society should name the mountain after his predecessor George  “Everest” because it was too difficult to pronounce its Hindi name.

The Nepalese call the mountain Sagarmatha, or “goddess of the sky”, whereas the Tibetans call it Chomolungma or “mother goddess of the universe”.

It is to Be led by a Highly experienced  Mountaineering Leader and supported by well experienced Guides and  Friendly Staff.

 

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Dates  : 11th  April to 25th April 2015.

Type of Trek   : Moderate  to  Tough

Highest point             : 18200 ( Kalapathar)

Focus  : Culture, Mountaineering, Trekking, Ecology, photography , Mt              g                                                                        Everest view and other big peaks.

DAY 01: 11th April 2015

Arrival Kathmandu. you will be met by our support staff and transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu. Remainder of the day can be spent resting, shopping and sightseeing. You are on your own for the evening.

 

DAY 02: 12th April 2015

This morning, with our Kathmandu tour guide will meet us. Today we will be taken on tour to Durbar Market and the Monkey Temple, TIMS card  and return to the hotel for the afternoon where you will be on your own for relaxing, last minute shopping, packing etc.

DAY 03: 13th April 2015

06:00hrs we meet in the lobby for coach transfer to the airport for our 40-minute flight to Lukla. Upon arrival we will meet our sherpa team ( if you choose sherpa service), for today’s journey to Phakding.

 

DAY 04: 14th April 2015.

Early morning starts in the Khumbu Valley. Rise around 7, bags packed and ready for your porters to collect from your rooms. Breakfast around 7:30 and on the trail at 8. this days trek is to Namche Bazaar

 

Day 05: 15th April 2015

No rush this morning. No need to pack as you will spend one more night here. Today is acclimatization day. You will trek only 1 hour up to the Sherpa villages of Kunde and Khumjung.  Or visit the world famous everest view hotel. Acclimatization walk is very important at this stage

 

Day 06: 16th  April 2015

Back on schedule with the 7:00 start. Today you will find to be very exciting as you officially make your journey up the Everest valley. Walking for about 5 hours directly underneath majestic peaks with Mt. Everest in the distance , we break at tengboche

 

Day 07: 17th April 2015

Just as amazing as sunset is from this location, so is sunrise. Be sure your camera is loaded during your time in Tengboche.  Today we trek to dingboche

 

Day 08: 18th April 2015

Today take in the acclimatization hike  so have a relaxed day

 

Day 09: 19th April 2015

The trail climbs to Phalang Karpa at 4340 meters then Dugla (lunch stop) at 4620 meters before reaching Loboche at 4930 meters.

 

Day 10: 20th April 2015

Trek for a few hours and reach Gorekshep and rest for the day.

 

Day 11: 201st April 2015

Up early 3:30 am as we head to Kalapatthar for  the beautiful  view of  Mt Everest with the glow from rising sun.  Get back to gorek shep  and  after a small rest break head to the  Everest Base camp  we return to Gorek shep and  relax .

 

Day 12: 22nd April 2015

Today retrace our tracks back to Lukla. Our first stop is Pheriche, stay in a lodge.

 

Day 13: 23rd April 2015

Trek to Namche Bazaar. We are warming up now and the air is getting richer which seems to energize everyone. Upon arrival in Namche enjoy Cappuccino and fresh baking at the local bakery. A nice treat after several days on the dusty trail

 

Day 14: 24th April 2015

Trek to Lukla-stay in a lodge and enjoy a farewell dinner from the Everest region.

 

Day 15: 25th April 2015

Fly to Kathmandu- end of trek.

 

Day 16

Buffer Day

 

Day 17 end of the expedition , good byes  and drop off at the airport.

 

One can extend the stay and explore  KTM  and around, do some adventure activities etc.

 

Cost : 42500/- excluding taxes

 

 

 

Age Group

16  And above

 

Minimum number of participants

06

 

Cost Includes

  • Accommodation. (Guest house, Home
  •        stay, Camping).
  •  Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg).
  •  Trek equipments (Sleeping bag,
  •        mattress, Kitchen & dinning tent,
  •        crampon, utensils, tent).
  •  All necessary permits and entry fees.
  •  First aid medical kits.
  •  Mountaineering qualified &
  •        professional trek Leader, guide and
  •        Support staff.
  •  Transport from Kathgodam to
  •         Loharjung and return.
  •  Staff Insurance.

 

Cost Excludes:

  •  Any kind of personal expenses.
  •  Food during the transit. Or travel
  •  Insurance.
  •  Mules or porter to carry personal
  •       luggage.
  •  Anything not specifically mentioned
  •       under the head.
  • Porters can be arranged to carry        your rucksack approx 250/- per bag, per day.

Cancellation Charges:

Up to 24 Days             :- 95% of cost will be refund.

Between 14-24 Day    :- 70% of cost will be refund.

Between 14-10 Days  :- 50% of cost will be refunded.

Less than 10 Days      :- No refund

 

  • No Refunds on cancellations   , or not attending the event or if the Participant has to leave During any point of the event.
  • No refunds will be made if the program gets cancelled due to Unavoidable  circumstances out of the control of the organizers like Natural calamities,  bundh’s, strikes , etc.
  • Non-Indians will have to bear extra cost wherever applicable .
  • Registration Form, Risk Certificate & Packing list, will be emailed and a Detailed pre-briefing on the Expedition will be done to All Confirmed Participants.
  • Book with Full amount or 15,000/- Before August 23rd and the balance by 5th September. Payments Details on request.

Register now:

Contact   Sunand Sampath

Mobile:  +91 9448476683

Email:  contact@iquestindia.com

Website:  www.iquestindia.com

Few interesting facts on Mt Kilimanjaro…

Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest summit at 5895 meters tall (19,341 feet). Kilimanjaro is a giant dormant stratovolcano, famous for its glacial cap and wide biodiversity, particularly its cloud forest. Montane ocotea forests cover the wet southern slope, cassipourea and juniperus forests on the dry northern slope, and subalpine Erica forests at the highest elevations above 4000 meters

1. A German missionary by the name of Johannes Rebmann is considered to be the discoverer of Mount Kilimanjaro in 1848 when he explored the lower scopes and sent the Royal Geographical Society his findings, including a description of a snow-capped summit. The experts of those times doubted the real possibility of a snow-capped mountain situated near the equator.

2. In 1889, the very first successful summit occurred and it took about six weeks in comparison to today when an average climber can do it in five or six days.

3. Many of the camps located on the mountain commercialize beer.

4. The mountain stretches 5,895 meters into the sky, making it the world’s tallest free-standing mountain and at the same time, the highest point in all Africa.

5. The snow caps are rapidly diminishing. In comparison to 1912, it lost over 80% of its mass mostly because of the climate changes (global warming). By 2020, it is estimated that they will be entirely gone.

6. On June 29, 2009, eight blind climbers made it to the top of the mountain in a struggle to raise money for 52 blind children in Arizona.

7. The first person to climb the mountain in a wheelchair is South African Bernard Goosen. He did it twice; first in 2003 and it took him nine days and the second time in 2007 when it took him only six days.

8. Author of the legendary Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, famed humorist Douglas Adams, ran up to the mountain dressed in a rhinoceros suit.

9. The mountain is in fact a massive strato-volcano, formed by repeated lava flow. It has three volcanic cones, two of them being extinct while the third one, Kibo, is the highest point on the mountain and is dormant.

10. Justin Timberlake, Kenna and Lupe Fiasco are planning to climb the mountain to raise awareness for the worldwide water crisis.

11. There are six different ecological systems on the mountain, as follows: cultivated land, rainforest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and arctic summit.

12. On the lower scopes coffee is grown and is considered a major export.

13. Famous writer Ernest Hemingway wrote a short story where he captured the beauties of the mountain in the following passage describing the mountain “…as wide as all the world, great, high and unbelievably white in the sun”- he named it “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”.

14. The vast majority of the porters are hired from villages that are near the mountain. They earn between $3 – $6 / day (without tips). They carry almost all the luggage on their heads.

15. Per year, more than 20,000 people try to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

16. Climbers can take up the mountain by following one of the six established routes.

Marangu Route is considered to be the most popular one.
17. Each year, almost 10 people die trying to climb the mountain.

18. A porter from the very first successful summit lived up to see the 100th celebration of the climb. He was 118 years old at that time.

19. The oldest person that successfully climbed the mountain was Valtee Daniel, aged 87.

20. It is approximated that out of every 1,000 tons of water that trickles down the mountain, 400 are directly from ice caps.