Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about trekking, tours and travel in Nepal
1.How is trekking understood in Nepal?
Tourists making long walks through hills and mountains for the purpose of health, wellness, fitness, and learning is taken as trekking in Nepal. The walk of local people through the trekking trail every day is not considered trekking because it is a part of their livelihoods.
2.Where do I stay and eat during the trekking?
In most of the trekking routes, you can get nice hotels also called tea houses to stay overnight where you can get breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea/coffee, and beverages. There are some remote and less touristic areas where we put tents for the tourists and our teams and provide food and drinks prepared by our cooks.
3.What are the main attractions of the trek in Nepal?
The local Nepali villages, people and their culture and lifestyle, beautiful mountain rivers, water springs, dense forests, stunning mountain views, and high hills are the typical attractions of all trekking routes.
4.How long the trekking are in Nepal?
The duration of trekking depends on your interest and time. The shortest treks are for a few hours to one full day. There are a few days treks, one-week treks, and one-month treks. The longest trek takes three months’ time. There are many options for tailor-made trekking packages. In many trekking routes, we have access to motor roads. So, we can use the vehicle on the way back to the trekking starting point. Once we know your requirements, we will share with you different options to fit into your time and interest.
5.How long do I walk every day on the trek?
You will walk about 4-6 hours a day. The longest walk in some trekking is hrs only for one day. Depending on the health condition and fitness of the trekkers, we can make it shorter or slighter longer.
6.Can I see snowcapped mountains on all treks?
Yes, all treks in Nepal offer you wonderful views of snowcapped mountains. On some treks, you will have a very close view and on others, you will have views from a distance. On some treks, you can even walk over the snow. All the trekking routes are designed keeping the fantastic views of different mountains in mind. Of the 14 mountains above 8000 meters in the world, eight are in Nepal. Every trek gives you a view of one or more of these mountains.
7.Can I see Mount Everest on every trek?
For the view of Mt. Everest in particular, you have to do the Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek. You can see Mt. Everest from the other shorter trekking in the Everest Region. The close view is possible only on the EBC trekking. If you are in Nepal for other tourist activities and would like to see Mt. Everest, you should take a one-hour Mountain Flight that takes you very close to the beautiful mountains and Mt. Everest.
8.Can I be rescued from the trekking route in case of any emergency or incidents?
In case any rescue is needed, we charter a helicopter. There are many helicopters on standby for the rescue. The trekking package does not include emergency rescue. Therefore, we ask our guests to bring insurance from their home countries to cover the emergency rescue cost if they need it.
9.Should I be very fit for the trek?
For the moderate treks in low altitude, your fitness should be an issue. You can do it with just a little exercise before the trekking. To trek in the higher mountains with an altitude from 5000m to 8000plus you certainly need to keep yourself fit. It depends on your health and fitness and your trekking experience. For beginners, without fitness can be tough and very tiring. Therefore, we make sure that our guests are well-informed about fitness. We check with them about their trekking experience and advise them to do good exercise like jogging, swimming, etc. at least a month before the trekking.
10.Can I make regular communication with my family and friends?
Nepal has made good progress in the technology and internet. In all trekking routes, you will have access to the internet and mobile phones. In some treks, including the EBC trek, will have poor connectivity in some places, but not in the whole trek. You can use the phone of our guides or the hotel if no luck with your phone. You can be kind to them by paying the cost of their SIM Card. Purchasing a new SIM for temporary use is possible and it is very cheap. Upon your request, we can provide you with the SIM Card.
11.Can the elderly trek in Nepal? Are there elderly-friendly trekking routes?
Yes, there are some trekking routes good for the elderly. Besides the elderly-friendly routes, we walk very slowly and make the daily walk for about 4-5 hours with the elderly. So far, we have not witnessed any incidents leading to the end of the trek halfway. We have trekked with 70-75 years trekkers. They fully enjoyed it and made it with no problems.
12.Can I trek with the children?
If the children are below 5, we recommend you take the short and moderate treks below the altitude of 3,000m. There are many wonderful trekking trails below the height of 3,000m with stunning views of snowcapped mountains, hills, rivers, forests, and local culture.
13.Is solo trek is safe in Nepal?
Yes, Nepal and the trekking routes are very safe for solo travelers. Males, females, or people from other genders can trek with our guide and porter who are very honest. We have organized solo treks for both men and women from different nationalities. They felt safe and enjoyed the trek with our team. If female solo travelers prefer to trek with a female guide, we can manage it.
14.What if I get sick during the trekking?
We do have the First Aid Kit with us on all treks for the guests and our team. In some treks, we get health clinics and hospitals in many places. In case of serious health issues with the guests, we cancel the trek if s/he is on individual trek and we send the sick tourists back to the place with hospital access and the rest of the group members continue their trek. In addition, we recommend you bring your regular medicine because you may not find the same medicine here in Nepal or the quality may not be exactly the same. We request our guests to inform us in advance if they have some pre-existing health issues as it helps us make the plan and manage the logistics.
15.How do I know the symptoms of high altitude and what should I do when I know I have it?
The primary symptoms of high altitude are headache, vomiting, and tiredness. Our teams are able to identify it. If guests suffer from the high altitude, we promptly make them walk down as much as possible, drink lots of liquid, and take rest. We request our guests to inform our guides immediately after any health problems on the trek.
16.Who pays the hospital charge and the cost of the helicopter or other means of transportation out of my treatment if I get sick on the trek?
The tourists will pay all the required costs themselves. The cost the tourists pay us does not include the emergency health and transportation costs. Generally, the insurance of the tourists covers such costs but it depends on the coverage of insurance.
17.How often the domestic flights to trekking areas affected by the weather?
As the trekking routes are in higher mountains, sometimes the flights get affected due to the bad weather. In such a situation, the flights often get delayed and sometimes they get canceled. Based on the information from the airlines, the guests sometimes fly with a chartered helicopter. We do manage helicopters upon the request of the guests who are willing to pay extra money for the helicopter. In that case, we refund the cost of the air ticket to the tourists.
18.What trekking essentials do I get from the trekking company?
Our normal trekking package includes a sleeping bag, a down jacket, and a duffel bag. The trekking essentials depend on your trek. In camping treks, we do take all the essentials for accommodation and kitchen, including the tents.
19.Where can I hire the trekking equipment or other personal belongings?
There are many trekking shops in Kathmandu. Many of them are within the Thamel area. If you miss the chance to shop in Kathmandu, you can buy or rent them in the trekking areas too. You may have limited choice in the trekking areas though and the price will be almost double. Tourists can bring or buy these materials if they do not want to have the already used ones.
20.What is the maximum weight for the porters to carry?
As per the government rule one porter can carry not more than 15kg. We respect this rule which itself is very kind. Sometimes the porters consider just a couple of more kg.
21.Do the trekking leaders, guides, and porters have insurance for the trekking?
Yes, our entire team obtains the life insurance before the trek starts. They are provided with other needed belongings. Interestingly, they make good relationships with the tea houses and hotels where they are well taken care of.
22.Can I trek throughout the year?
It will depend on the area you want to trek. In most of the trekking routes, you can trek throughout the year. Trekking to Mt. Everest is possible every month. However, we suggest the tourists not to trek in January due to the chances of heavy snowfall and very cold temperatures. You can make the long-distance trek even in monsoon in some trekking areas like Upper Mustang and Dolpo because these places have no monsoon.
23.What is the best season to trek in Nepal?
Autumn and spring are the best seasons to trek on most of the trekking trails in Nepal. However, due to global warming, we sometimes notice a little change in the season.
24.How do I get picked up from and dropped off at the airport?
Our office representative or the assigned team member does the pick-up and drop-off in the private vehicle. This service applies to both domestic and international flights.
25.Can I charge my camera, mobile phone, and other device on the trek?
Yes, in many trekking routes, you can charge. In some places, the hotels make you pay the charging cost. We recommend you bring your power bank.
26.How and when do I make payment for the trek?
You can pay the cash, or via Visa Card, Master Card, and Travel Cheque upon your arrival in Nepal. You are requested to pay 20 percent of the total trip cost in advance through bank transfer or any other mode at your convenience.
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