1. How big are the groups?
Generally, we need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For private trips, there is no minimum or maximum numbers required. Our travel group generally comprises of a maximum of 12 members. Depending up the request of the group the number may vary.
2. Do you arrange private treks?
Yes, we arrange private treks. If you are looking to travel solo, or with friends, families and colleagues independently, you simply need to choose your desired trips at your convenient timeframe and we can arrange your preferred trip for you.
If none of our fixed group departure dates works for you and you do not have anyone to accompany you, you can still book and be able to make your preferred trip with us.
3. What is the duration of treks and how long do we walk each day while trekking?
All our trekking packages are classified into 4 different categories depending upon the level of difficulty and variation of altitudes. Easy trek last for a week and generally don’t go above 4000m and each day you are expected to be walking for around 4-5 hours. While moderate trek and fairly challenging treks reach up to 5000m altitude and are only about a week or 10 days in duration and involve approx. 5-6 hours. While strenuous treks reach around 5000-5500m altitude and required 6-8 hours of walking along with rocky rides of high Himalayan peaks. The very strenuous trek covers 4000m-6000m altitudes and requires 7-9 hours trekking. It is definitely not for beginners.
4. How fit I need to be to trek in the Himalayas?
You don’t need to be super slim and muscled to trek in the Himalayas. If you are reasonably fit and enjoy walking then trekking is certainly for you. The toughest part of trekking in the Himalayas is the altitude which isn’t something you can prepare for and can strike anyone in above 3000 altitudes. Planned acclimatization is the best way to prevent it. It is very important to choose trekking that suits your fitness level. Shorter treks are easier then longer ones. Longer treks require a better standard of fitness. If you are in good physical condition then for shorter treks you do not require any hiking experience whereas if you are planning for a longer trek then it is good to try some longer day hikes before going for trekking.
5. Does trekking require previous experience?
Experience is not a “most”, but you should have good physical condition and should not be having any mobility restrictions. As discussed earlier, altitude is the toughest part of trekking in the Himalayas and you need thorough acclimatization (getting accustomed to the thin air on high altitudes). You will be accompanied by a professional trekking guide, who is well aware of the precautionary measures to be taken while trekking in Nepal. So, you don’t need any former experience in order to pursue a trek.
6. How difficult is trekking in Nepal?
The trekking in Nepal is one of the most interesting things that the visitors in Nepal want to do. The trekking will take the visitors of Nepal to different parts of Nepal. Generally, trekking in Nepal will go for about 5 to 7 hours per day in every trekking but the toughness of the trekking will differ from its grade. There are different types of trekking grading from easy, moderate, medium, challenging, strenuous and demanding. Normally trekking in Nepal covers altitude from 3000 meters to 8848 meters which have categories in various stage of grade. The expedition is challenging but trekking is normal and easy.
7. Do you provide any equipment while trekking?
On camping treks, we provide all the essential equipment including tents, mattress, all the cutlery and utensils, cooking pots, stoves, candles, kerosene lantern, tables and stools, dining tent and toilet tent. While on tea house trek, there is no necessity to provide any equipment.
8. Do I really need a trekking guide?
Trekking guides are almost mandatory to trekking in Nepal for everyone.
If you are trekking in Nepal for the first time, we suggest you have a trekking guide with you while trekking. Trekking guide can play a big role to make your trekking memorable by providing information about the trekking destination along with its surroundings. If you come across any unforeseen problems during the trekking then your guides will be able to solve it easily. But if you are well-experienced trekkers and have visited different places of Nepal many times then you may not need the trekking guide.
9. Can your guides speak English?
The cultural sightseeing tour guides are quite proficient and can fluently speak several languages including English, French, Spanish, and, Chinese. Some trekking guide is good in English whereas some trekking guide and his assistant guide might speak a reasonable amount of English, good enough to explain you about the places, local culture or any sight that catches your eyes.
10. Do you arrange flights, hotel booking and other services?
Yes, we arrange all the domestic and international flight, transportation, hotel bookings and other services for our clients. Transportation, domestic flight, accommodation and food during your trek and tour are all included in our package. If you like to organize individually river rafting, sightseeing tour, mountain flight, jungle safari we can be organized these activities according to your interest.
11. What types of ground transportation is used on your tours?
We use small two-seater luxury cars to large capacity luxury tourist coaches depending upon the size of the group. We use two-seater car for 1-2 person, luxury van for 3-5 persons, luxury micro for 6-7 person, luxury coaster to 10-14 person, and luxury tourist coach to group size above 15 persons. 4WD land cruisers are used in difficult and muddy road trips. Our drivers are highly experienced and specially trained to serve in the hospitality industry.
12. Is tipping included and if not, how much should I budget?
Tips are highly appreciated by your support team after the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. Some trekkers give 10% of the total tour cost as tips.
The amount of tips depends on your budget and appreciation of their work.
13. Do I need to bring First Aid Kid?
Our Guides carry a comprehensive medical kit. But we suggest you bring your own personal kit and carry it with you on the trek. The personal kit should contain headache pills, antiseptic cream, pain relief ointment, throat lozenges, re-hydration salts, Band-Aids, Crepe bandage, diarrhoea treatment, eg Dioralite, Lemsip, plasters and Compete for blisters.
14. Is there any arrangement made for an emergency?
Our guides are trained with first aid and have basic knowledge about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. We will make sure nobody gets serious sickness during the trek. In case of minor cases, you will be taken to health posts which are established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel. In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, you will be rescued by a helicopter. We will cover the initial expenses of a rescue operation. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered. You need to pay on your own after getting back in Kathmandu.
15. What happens in case of Altitude Sickness?
Altitude sickness is one of the major problems which occur when you trek to high altitude above 2500 metres in Nepal. But if taken certain measures while trekking in high altitudes you can avoid altitude sickness which is proper acclimatization. Besides, if it affects any trekkers then there are several provisions of the first aid and other medicines to recover altitude sickness. In the trekker's conditions worsen, he needs to be transferred to the nearby hospital.
16. Do I need insurance to travel and trek in Nepal? Can I get it there?
Yes, Travel insurance is mandatory for tourist under-taking any tour or trek in Nepal. The insurance must provide adequate coverage throughout the duration of tour and trek and must cover all the medical expenses, personal accidents, emergency helicopter evacuation/rescue, trip cancellation and compensation against any loss and damage. We recommend you to check with your home country insurance company for your travel insurance
17. How should I dress during a trek?
While trekking in Nepal during falls days are usually warm while nights are chill and cold and during spring days can be hot while nights are moderate during spring depending upon the altitudes. Thus, during the day at lower altitudes, lightweight trekking trousers and T-shirts are recommended while for night’s thermal underwear, a warm fleece jacket and down jacket are best to keep you warm. The weather is mostly cold in the higher altitudes so warm clothes are recommended. It is always good to carry a waterproof jacket and some warmer clothing with you while trekking as the weather in high mountains is notoriously unpredictable. The good shoes are of great importance while trekking. Thus, you must have sturdy and comfortable shoes during your trek.
18. What do I need to carry on the trek?
You will carry a small day-sack with all the necessary personal belongings for a day which includes fleece jacket, waterproofs jacket, warm hat, sun hat, suns-cream, water bottle, first aid kit and water purification kit. While your clothing and sleeping and your rucksack will be carried by the porter which must not weigh more than 20 kg in total. You will be able to leave clothes and other baggage which are not necessary for the trek at your hotel in Kathmandu while away on the trek.
19. Are there any telephone and internet facilities when we are in the mountains?
The availability of internet and telephone facilities depends upon your trekking destination. In some popular trekking destination like Annapurna, Everest and Langtang, there is good cell phone coverage and you can also find internet café and some lodges even have wi-fi service. However, some trekking route in higher altitudes might lack these facilities. In case you are totally cut off from communication services, our staff can walk up to the place where such facility is available and deliver the message for you.
20. Will I be able to charge my mobile and camera during the trek?
Lately, most of the teahouses and lodges on the trekking routes have electricity. So, charging your camera and mobile is not an issue. However, on some teahouses which run on solar power, you will have to pay an additional fee (US$ 1 to 3 approx.), in order to get your mobile and camera charged.
21. Are hot showers available?
Yes, most of the teahouses provide the hot showers through the solar heating system but you will be charged extra for hot showers. Most of the teahouses provide hot showers through solar heating. However, you will have to pay an additional fee (US$ 3-5 approx.), to tea houses for hot showers.
22. Does your company provide pick up and drop service to the airport?
Our agency representative will pick you up from the airport and drop you to your designated hotel. After you finish your trip our representative will drop you back to the airport.
23. Can I extend my trip? Or can I add extra days on my existing trip to try some other adventures?
Off course! We are very flexible about adding extra days on your existing itinerary upon your request. But, you will certainly have to bear additional cost commensurate to the number of days you want to extend and kind of adventure you intend to pursue.
You can extend your stay to try out some of our other adventurous packages like Bungy jumping, mountain biking, jungle safari, white water rafting and paragliding etc.