Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the best seasons for trekking?
    The best seasons for trekking are Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November). Nevertheless, depending on the destination, trekking is round the year activity in Nepal. For instance, transhimalayan region such as Dolpo, Upper Mustang, Manang are perfect for trekking even during monsoon season.
  • What kind of weather Nepal has?
    Nepal is geographically divided into three regions: Himalayas (3500m and above), Hills/Valleys (1000-3500m) and Plains or Terai (60-1000m). The temperatures ranges from alpine and tundra in the Himalayas, temperate and cool in the hills and subtropical and humid in the plains. While the temperature may go well below minus with snow fall in the Himalayas in winter, the hills and valleys are moderately cool and balmy with temperature ranging anywhere between 5-20 degree celsius.
  • How many hours do I walk every day?
    The hours of walking every day depends on the destination and types of trekking you have chosen. Shorter treks ranging 3-5 days require about 4-5 hours trekking every day whilst wilderness and longer treks like Annapurna, Everest and Makalu treks require at least 6-7 hours trekking every day .
  • Where I will I stay in trekking?
    In trekking, you either stay in lodges or camps. Lodges are available in all popular treks such as Everest, Annapurna and Langtang while camping is suitable in remote trekking areas where there are no facilities of locally run lodges or guesthouses.
  • What is the difference between tea house and camping treks?
    Tea house trekking is a trekking where trekkers use lodges or gueshouses for accommodation and food. Locally run guesthouses provide food and room service along with hot water. In contrast Camping treks involve staying in camps. Tea house trekking are cheaper than camping treks since you don’t have to carry all the camping equipment with you. Popular trekking trails like Everest and Annapurna offered plenty of guest house facilities.
  • Can I trek alone or with a guide?
    Yes, you have both the option. You can trek alone or with a guide. Trekking alone has its own safety risk. Taking guide along with you who knows the area, weather, local culture and trekking route will be better. A guide will assist you every step of the way, with their expertise in high altitudes acclimatization and making right decision.
  • How safe is it to trek solo?
    Although it is not advised to trek solo in remote areas due to safety and security reasons, many people prefer trekking solo. Trekking solo is perfectly alright as long as you are well acquainted with the risk involved. You need to have high level of trekking experience and knowledge about trails, weather condition and acclimatization.
  • Do you have local guides? Are they trained and how well can they communicate?
    Yes all our guides we employ are local. We make sure that we give employment to locals as far as possible. Our local guides are trained in guide courses and can easily communicate in English.
  • Can I join a group?
    Yes, you can however it depends upon availability. During peak season, there are many groups trekking together. We can adjust you given that you inform us in advance.
  • Where and what will I eat during trekking?
    During trekking you will be eating in tea houses along the way. If you are on a camping trek, your food will be prepared by cook by setting up tent kitchen along the way.
  • Where and what will I eat during trekking?
    During trekking you will be eating in tea houses along the way. If you are on a camping trek, your food will be prepared by cook by setting up tent kitchen along the way.
  • Will the food and water be safe and hygienic?
    Food that you get in trekking are prepared locally and resourced locally So they are safe, hygienic and organic. Although water are locally available, they are not processed. Hot water are available at tea houses at a certain price. We advice you to carry a water bottle.
  • What types of food are available?
    Both Nepali, continental and asian food are available while trekking. You can easily get a variety of food such as pizza, apple pie, noodles, cakes or Nepali dal bhat in popular trekking trails like Everest, Annapurna and Langtang. However, in remote trekking areas Kanchenjunga and Manalsu, the menu may be limited.
  • How fit do I need to be for trekking? What is the age restriction?
    You need to be physically fit and healthy to take up trekking activity. Trekking in Nepal involves walking to higher altitudes, walking up and down the hills, along forests and rivers and usually rugged paths. Obviously the walks are physically tiring and demanding. You will be required to put in a certain amount of walking every day, ranging from 3-8 hours every day depending on whether it is a short, long, or wilderness treks. There is no age restriction as such. A variety of trekking trails means there are trekking choices suitable to every kind of trekker. If you would like a family trekking, then shorter and popular treks like Langtang might be suitable for you but if you are passionate trekker, you might like to choose longer and wilderness treks.
  • How difficult is trekking? How is it graded?
    Trekking can be easy or difficult depending on where you are trekking. Nepal offers both short and easy treks and long and strenuous treks. Short and Easy Treks Short and Easy treks are suitable for trekkers of any age and physical ability. Treks around Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara, are very popular for short treks. Such trek are easy on foot for walking, are below 3000m in altitude and is a quick gateway. The number of hours you need to put in is less than 3 hours every day. Your accommodation will entirely be in lodges or guest houses. No previous trekking experience is required for these treks. Moderate Treks Moderate treks are treks below 4500m altitude. Every day you will have to walk 5-7 hours along rugged path of stones, snow or ice and occasionally cross high Himalayan passes. Annapurna Sanctuary trek, Everest Cho La pass trek etc falls into this category. A bit of previous trekking experience is desired but necessary. Strenuous or Difficult Treks These are probably the hardest and most difficult treks. Most of these treks involve going into higher altitudes of 5000m and above, crossing high Himalayan passes, walking on glaciers, snow, ice and rock-strewn paths. One has to walk for at least 6-8 hours every day. In higher altitudes, the weather is particularly cold. Instead of tea houses, you will be camping and food will be prepared by kitchen team. Kanchenjugan, Manaslu, Dolpa, Mugu are examples of the strenuous and difficult treks.
  • What is altitude sickness and how to prevent it?
    High Altitude Sickness (HAS) or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a physical condition you are likely to suffer from when going to higher altitudes. Because of Nepal’s geography, trekkers are highly likely to suffer from HAS if proper care is not given to acclimatizing while gaining altitudes. AMS commonly occurs at an altitude 2400m or above. The higher the altitude the less oxygen and air pressure. HAS often results from gaining heights quickly in the mountains or not paying attention to the body response. The symptoms include breathlessness, headache, stomach, fatigue, dizziness, and sleep depravity. HAS can go away if treated properly. It could be fatal in extreme cases. The precaution for preventing HAS is to acclimatize with weather and altitude, ascend gradually, drink plenty of water and seek advice of guides when necessary. Trekkers are advised not to scale more than 600m in one day. Once you develop a HAS and if it doesn’t recede even after rest, you should descend to a lower altitude immediately.
  • What if I fall sick while trekking?
    If you fall sick, our guides will be there to provide you with support, medication and advice. How will I be rescued in emergency? Do I need travel insurance? If there is an emergency case, you will be immediately rescued to lower elevation and if needed evacuated to a nearby hospital. In order to provide helicopter rescue and cover for subsequent medical expenses you need to be fully insured. In fact, it is mandatory for all trekkers to get an insurance policy before you come to Nepal.
  • Are guides and porters insured?
    Yes, our guides and porters are well fed, well clothed and insured while trekking.
  • Do I need to carry first aid and medication?
    Our guides will carry first aid and necessary medication.
  • Do I need any permits for trekking?
    Yes you will need to get trekking permit called TIMS before you trek. You will also need to take permits to enter national parks. We will arrange all the permits in advance of your trekking dates.
  • What is TIMS? How much does it cost for TIMS?
    TIMS stands for Trekking Information Management System. It is a system that allow for keeping the database and records of trekkers who have gone for trekking in various areas of Nepal. The database will be used whenever it is required, especially in such a situation when trekkers are stranded in remote areas. Such records will allow locating and carrying out prompt rescue of trekkers. Overall TIMS ensure safety and security of trekkers. If you are trekking solo, you will be required to pay US$20 per person for TIMS card. But if you are travelling in a group, you can get TIMS card for US$10. Trekkers will have to apply for TIMS Card through a registered trekking agent.
  • What equipments should I bring along the trek?
    You will have to bring along warm clothes for your stay in Kathmandu as well as comfortable clothes to be used while trekking. You can bring your own sleeping bags, torch light, walking sticks or camps etc if you want. But if you don’t we will provide you with.
  • What equipment can I hire or buy?
    You can easily hire or buy all trekking equipments you need in Nepal. There are well branded shops in Kathmandu or you can also opt to buy locally made trekking products. Sleeping bags, tents, walking sticks, mattress, torch lights, shoes, down jackets etc are all available on either hire or purchase .
  • How much luggage can porters carry?
    Porters are only allowed to carry up to 25kg or less.
  • Is there wifi/internet facilities in remote trekking areas?
    Nepal now has well broadband and optical fibre connection. Internet are available in all popular trekking routes such as Everest, Annapurna and Langtang. But there are still remote trekking destinations like Kanchendzonga or Makalu or Dolpo, where internet/wifi facilities may not be available. Please check with us for latest update.
  • Is there ATM facilities in trekking area?
    ATM facilities are only available in cities and some towns. But recently ATM has been opened in Namche in Everest.
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