GENERAL QUESTIONS / PERMIT QUESTIONS / HEALTH & SAFETY / GUIDING QUESTIONS
When is the best time to go trekking in Nepal?
You can trek and travel across Nepal throughout the entire year. However to get the most out of your trek when the weather is the most pleasant it is recommended to come either in autumn (October - Dec) or in the spring (mid-March - April - May).
What are the accommodation facilities like while on a trek?
If you are doing one of the two main trekking routes - Annapurna & Everest - you will find plenty of tea-house style hotels and lodges along the way with cozy rooms, bedding and hot showers. Most tea houses even offer en-suite bathrooms if required. If you are trekking in a more of a remote area like the far-west part of Nepal, Dolpo etc.you may have to arrange for your own tent. These can also be rented easily here in Nepal.
Can I travel independently or do I need to hire a guide?
You are free to do do both, it's entirely up to you whether you decide to hire a guide. However there are some trekking routes where for safety reasons hiring a guide is pretty much necessary.In other areas such as the Upper Mustang, Manaslu, and Kanchenjunga a special permit compulsory. A guide will make your trip a lot less easier - not all locals speak English, sometimes just ordering a bus or a domestic flight can be challenging, or when any medical/emergency situation occurs during the trek and help os needed - these are some of cases when having a guide is going to make all the difference. Plus considering the small cost involved for getting a help along the way it should be an easy decision to make.
What is the transport like in Nepal?
Overall Nepal has a decent transport infrastructure. There are two national airlines that operate internationally - Nepal Airlines & Himalayan Airlines. These airlines also offer domestic flights within the Nepal. Regarding ground transportation, all major cities and trekking starting points are connected by road with a good bus connections - however due to heavy congestion and difficult mountain terrain please note that journeys take slightly longer time. In certain more remote areas of the Himalayas there is the options of renting a jeep.
What is the quality of the food like in Nepal?
Considering vast majority of the food here in Nepal that is being served is locally grown it is all organic and as pure and natural as it gets. There is alway plenty of vegetables, rice and dhal on offer as well as some other more western-like dishes in the lodges along the way so there is something for everyone.
Are there always hot showers available while trekking?
The answer is mostly yes. Most of the tea-house style hotels offer hot shower powered by solar panels. However the further up you get along the trek the lower the standard of accommodation gets as it is too difficult to carry items up the mountains with no road system. Therefore sometimes there might be an option of cold showers/heated water buckets.
How about the internet, Wi-Fi, and phone service?
In big towns like Pokhara and Kathmandu there will be plenty of options to get online and have a good mobile service coverage. Once in the mountains it changes slightly - not all hotels offer wi-fi and the service connection does drop occasionally. There is the option of purchasing a credit for a mountain wi-fi provider which works well in the Himalays however this option is very costly.
What kind of charging pin do I need?
Nepal has widely used two pin socket. If you carry an adapter with two pins (European standard), it should mostly work.
How many kilos can one porter carry?
A fair load for one porter is recommended to be between 20-25 kg.
Can my guide help me to carry some of my items?
Yes, our guides unless most other guides working in the mountains offer this help to their clients. They can help you with up to 7 Kilos of your belongings if needed.
What is better trekking route to take - the Annapurna Base Camp or the Everest Base Camp?
This is a difficult question to answer as both treks are different and it depends on what are people looking for - Annapurna is diverse, Everest itself is legendary. Comparing the two is somewhat unfair. One thing for sure is they are both outstanding.
Why should I chose one of you as my guide?
We are a team of well experienced professionals with many years of practise in the travel and trekking industry. Our guides are qualified, legally certified, well trained and are experts in the region due to frequent visits and research. Our number one priority is to ensure you have the best experience you can possibly get while trekking in the Himalayas. We pride ourselves on showing our clients the most authentic Nepal with the most off-the-beaten trek routes we can making sure you get to discover and be amazed and charmed by this beautiful country and to fall in love with this place just as we have done.
Are there any other trekking routes available apart from the Annapurna Base Camp and the Everest Base Camp treks?
Yes, there are many others routes with different lengths of stay and difficulty level to chose from such as:
Manaslu circuit trek
Poon hill trek
Kanchenjunga Trek etc.
Is it allowed to use a drone?
Yes, you can use your drone camera, however you will need to register it with the concerned authority of Government of Nepal.
What are the trekking permits I need?
If you are trekking outside Experienced permission region, you need a TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System) card costing with a guide $10, without a guide $20 as a one off payment. Further more you will need to pay a national park entry fee costing roughly $20-$50 again as a one off payment. Also please make sure to bring two passport photos with you (these can be done here in Nepal if needed).
WHAT TO WEAR QUESTIONS
What is the weather like in the Himalayas? Do I need a rain cover, raincoat, or Gore Tex?
The weather in Nepal changes frequently and is pretty much unpredictable. Also depending on the season you travel but generally speaking during the main seasons - spring and autumn - it is pleasant during the day and cold in the evenings. There is always the possibility of a rain so it is t’s always good to have a rain cover, Gore-Tex jacket and trouser, raincoat and most important a good pair of Gore-Tex boots.
Can we buy these in Kathmandu or should we bring from home?
You can buy every trekking equipment in Kathmandu, Pokhara or even in Namche. Compared to western prices you even save money if you buy these things here. There is also the option of hiring pretty much anything you may need.
Do I need trekking poles?
Trekking poles are a fantastic help when going downhill and we would recommend to get a pair, however it is not a necessity.
What do you suggest we pack from home?
We would recommend bringing the following:
1. A pair of good trekking shoes (with Gore Tex)
2. A 1.5l thermo-bottle
3. A book for the evenings
4. Interested in photography? Make sure you have a good DSLR.
5. UV protective eyewear
7. A fast-drying towel
Do I need a down jacket and a sleeping bag?
Yes, if you are going to trek over 3000m height it's better you have own down jacket and a sleeping bag.You can buy or rent these in Kathmandu.
Do I need extra jacket and trousers?
Yes, it's better you have an extra coat. You can wear a warm fleece jacket inside your down jacket. A woollen pair of trekking trousers is good idea to bring too.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
How safe is Nepal as a place for travellers?
Nepal is undoubtable a very safe place for travellers with minimal and extremely low crime rate. The Nepali people are very friendly, always happy to help and treat guests and visitors in general like their friends always looking to help out. You can enjoy without any external disturbances. The local people are renowned for their kind and friendly nature making this the ideal place even for a single female traveller.
Is tap water safe to drink for me?
We would not recommend to drink tap water. We would suggest for you to bring water drops (Piyush), tablets or radiate it to make it safe and drinkable.
Do I need to get trekking insurance?
It is the wisest idea to be insured. We suggest to get this organised prior the trek before you arrive to Nepal with your own insurance company.
What is the Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?
AMS is a high altitude sickness which happens when people trek too fast with a proper acclimatization. Fatigue, nausea, and breathing problems are some of the symptoms. However, if trekked properly in an adequate rate with well planned acclimatization and good hydration, there is a mere chance of this happening.
What are your precautions for this?
First and foremost, we try to gain height slowly giving time for the body to adapt the raising altitude. We also carry Diamox and we like to remind our clients clients to drink plenty of water while out trekking.
What happens if someone gets AMS?
First of all we hike downhill to lower altitude, we offer a medicine and if the person is still not well we can call for a rescue doctor/helicopter depending on location.
How do you manage emergency rescue service?
In these cases we make contact with the rescue service providers like Himalayan Rescue Organization, Security personnel, and rescue agency to get help. Even if there is the situation where a helicopter rescue is needed, we make direct contact with the rescue team and get rescued as soon as possible. The cost will then have to be managed through your insurance company.
How much insure myself for?
If you are trekking in the Everest region, a helicopter company picks up you with hourly rate and altitude meter. Helicopter rescue costs $2000 - $2200 per hour.
What are your specialized services?
We are some of the most specialised and experienced trekking guides in the area. However besides trekking we also offer city sight seeing tours (Kathmandu valley, Pokhara, and Lumbini). Other experiences and tours we can arrange for you include a trip to the jungle in Chitwan, cultural touring, rafting, bungee jumping, mountain biking and kite paragliding.
What other help do you offer apart from guiding?
We can help with arranging all your required permits, domestic ticketing, hotel reservation and care for your safety all resulting in making this to be the most memorable and enjoyable trip for you.
What is includes in your guiding cost?
We have included our all transportation, food, accommodation, equipment, and insurance in our guiding price.
2 weeks Trek for passes up to 5500 m
Rucksack 45+ Litre: A quality and well fitted backpack is needed as you will be carrying this for days or even weeks every day with you. If you are going to use porters you can use a duffle bag. For a day backpack we suggest a size of 10+ Litre.
Underwear - four pairs
Coolmax socks - four pairs
Sporty light socks - 2 pairs - while walking in the sub tropic belt
Fleece jacket - for the two-week trek, one good pair of fleece jacket will always keep you warm inside your down jacket.
Goretex jacket - 1x - a Goretex jacket prevents you from getting wet and stops wind coming through.The mountains weather is unpredictable so it's a good idea to have one Goretex jacket with you.
Gore Tex trousers - 1x - Likewise Gore tex jacket you should bring a pair of Goretex trousers with you for the cold morning and evenings or when it rains.
Down jacket - 1x- A well-feathered down ( better you have first down jacket than fiber jacket).
Thermo coat - 1x -a lightweight, warm inner thermal coat gives you warm sleeping experience.
Hat/baseball cap and a woollen hat - the sun gets very strong during the day (especially in the Upper Mustang) so a hat or a cap is a must. A good warm woollen hat is a great thing to have for chilly mornings and evenings.
Gloves - 2 pairs - One gore-tex pair and other you can have a pair of fleece gloves
Trekking shoe: an excellent pair of waterproof shoes is almost compulsory for a pleasant trek journey. Please make sure you wear these in and get used to them before the trek to avoid any blisters.
Sleeping Bag: Depending on the trek you are doing and the season you are travelling in a four seasonal sleeping bag (-20°c) with inner fleece is a good idea to bring with you. Buying or renting one in Kathmandu is cheaper than in any other western country.
Towel: A fast drying towel.
A neck protector: A thin type of neck protector will be a life saver for you on your treks as it protects you against the wind (especially in Upper Mustang)
Quick drying tops - 4x - avoid cotton as it takes too long to dry
Trekking pants - 2 pairs - a pair where you can zip off to make shorts would be handy, otherwise 2 pairs is plenty
Trekking poles - a great supporter for knees while going downhill
Mini spikes - if you are trekking in snow line
Headtorch with spare battery
Quality sunglasses with a good UV protection
Camera with an extra battery and a charger
Phone with a charger
Medicine and Cosmetics
Lip balm with a UV protection
Water purifier/ Uv razor light purifier
Paracetamol or Diamox tablets