Q. What is trekking?
A trek is a long, adventurous journey undertaken on foot in areas where common means of transport are generally not available. Trekking should not be confused with mountaineering.
Q. Who can trek?
If you are reasonably fit and enjoy walking you will find a trek in the site to suit you. Normally the shorter treks tend to be easier whilst the longer ones often require better standard of fitness. All treks in the site have been graded. It is also worth remembering if we are tailoring your tour, you can choose the pace and direction of your experience.
Q. How long do we walk each day?
This is best measured in time - about 5 to 7 hours for each full day (or 10-15 km) in hilly terrain. In the morning we walk from 8-11 am and in the afternoon from 1-3 or 4 pm. A 1/2-day or full day for rest is planned for each trek over 8 days in length.
Q. Where to stay on trek?
In the more popular trails (Annapurna, Everest, Langtang) there are well-established mountain lodges providing sleeping accommodation and meals. Gone are the days when trekkers had to share dormitories, almost all lodges nowadays provide private rooms and many also have solar showers and clean toilet facilities. In the rural parts of Nepal where there are no proper lodges accommodation we organize fully supported camping trek. We carry all our camping or safari gear and food. Our cook team prepares food and drinking water is adequately.
Q. What about the tents and sleeping bags if we camp?
Tents and pads are provided. Tents are designed for double occupancy. Please bring your own sleeping bag if trekking in Nov- Dec make sure your sleeping bag is rated to -10oC.
Q. What will the trail be like in the trek?
Most of the trails that we follow are centuries old. Because of the rugged nature of the Himalayas, there is more exposure to heights as the grade is steeper. Where the trek follows rivers there will be bridges, as the trail will often reverse sides. The bridges are constructed with cables, wire, and plank and are strong enough for heavily laden pack animals.
Q. How do you determine the Trip cost?
The price, it depends on kind of service you buy or per your requirements. You can do budget, standard and luxurious trip in Nepal. We offer your best trip as your need.
Q. Are the food and water safe to eat and drink?
Hygiene when trekking generally has improved considerably over the last ten years; I have local knowledge to choose the lodges, which maintain a high standard of hygiene. If you are camping in a tent, all meals are prepared to high standards, fruit and vegetables are soaked in iodine before preparation. Most lodges serve boiled and filtered water, which is generally safe, we suggest a drop of iodine to be totally sure. We discourage the purchase of bottled water for the obvious environmental reasons. Please bring a water bottle with you, which you can refill.
Q. What equipment should I bring?
You need to have enough gear to be warm and comfortable but without overloading. Usually you will experience warm days and cold nights depending on altitude and the time of year. Most treks to around 3000 m. are really quite comfortable especially in springtime. Please refer to our web site for a suggested list of items to bring or e-mail us for our equipment list. It is worth remembering you can buy or rent a lot of what you will need in Kathmandu before your trek at very reasonable prices. Footwear is best purchased at home before your arrival to ensure they are comfortable and worn in.
Q. Daypack and shoes?
The pack, with a capacity of about 2-5 kg, should fit comfortably. You will need to carry only the daily necessities such as water bottle (1Litre), camera, personal toiletries, and extra clothing depending on the weather. Your hiking shoes, or lightweight boots, should be well broken in. They will be your best friend on the trek.
Q. Can we get many health cares during our trek?
There are hospitals at trailheads or health posts in large village. Himalayan rescue association operates aid posts in Pheriche (Everest region) and Manang (Annapurna region). In general, though once you are on a trek in the wilds of Nepal, you are on your own and your medical kit and preparations must reflect this reality.
Q. What happens if there is an emergency?
All of our guides are trained in basic first aid and can deal with the basic ailments that may occur on trek. In the event of an emergency the guide will cover initial expenses of any rescue operation, which organizes evacuation by helicopter if needed. It is a condition of booking that you are adequately insured for such an event as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. In the more frequented regions there are health posts, which have been established by foreign doctors and overseas personnel staff we have full knowledge about Himalayan Rescue Association.
Q. How to respect local people and Tradition?