Frequently Asked Questions
Travel Insight → Trekking Essentials
Most of visitors return from Everest Base Camp Trek reaching the highest elevation of Kala Pathar (5,455m) agree that it is doable, after hitting the trekking trail in Nepal for weeks in mountains there are still warm bed in teahouse/lodges and food waiting for you at the end of the day. Here are list of frequently asked questions for trekking that you may find the right information before deciding to do the trek.
HOW DOES TREKKING IN NEPAL?
What is trekking?
Trekking is the term of walking for long distance and period of time on the wide trails with stopping in guest house and food stops.
In Nepal, there are various trekking region have well-developed trails passing through several settlements or villages, even the trails going through jungle or high passes does not require any mountain skills.
How much physically fit should I be for trekking?
Trekking in Nepal is various in level of difficulties raging from light, medium to hard and extreme, there are always treks to fit with your fitness level. An easy trek for anyone who is reasonably fit. Longer treks or treks require crossing high passes and into remote regions demand a higher degree of endurance but you don't have to be athletic for the trek.
For Trekking Peaks 5,650-6,500m, it is desirable to have some alpine climbing experience.
When is the best time to do trekking?
Autumn (Sep-Nov) and Spring (Mar-May) are consider best time to do the trekking but Nepal has wide-range of geology there are a lot more than that
What kind of Trekking Permits do I need?
Most of the time you will need from 2-3 permits which will be arranged by us
- Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card
- Entrance Permit to conservation area or national park
- Restricted Area entrance (Dolpo, Upper Mustang, Manaslu, Tsum Valley, Nar-Phu, and Kanchenjunga)
- Trekking Peaks
How about Accommodation?
Tea Houses (Lodges) Most of popular trail in three main popular trekking region of Langtang/Annapurna/Everest have well-established lodges with private room, some are in certain level of comfort while others maybe dirty, remember to bring your own sleeping bag for a good night sleep. The dining room is downstairs and often have fire during cold weather, The toilet facilities will be separate, sometimes outside.
Camping: Can be fully organized and supported with a team of guides, cooks, and porters to accompany you.
What kind of food can I expect?
Most Tea House offer a good range of dish: Pasta, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season). Hot drinks like chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks.
PACKING FOR THE TREK
How to pack for the trek?
The trick when packing for the trek is multi-layers clothing, comfortable trekking shoes/back bags.
Do I need to carry sleeping bag
Yes, it is better to bring sleeping bag as tea house room does not keep warm enough when the temperature drop down. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day.
Does crampons is required for the trek?
Crampons are not necessary. Instead of crampons, carry micro spikes which are not technical, lightweight to carry, cheaper and fit any shoe size.
Where can I leave my stuff before the trek?
Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.
Am I likely to get Altitude Sickness?
Altitude Sickness is the effect of altitude on those who ascent too rapidly to elevations above 3,000 meters and it does not related to fitness level or age. The basic early symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, loss of appetite and sleeplessness and you should not ignore any symptoms. GO SLOWLY, LISTEN to your body, be aware of any symptoms and listen to your guide.
Do I need a travel insurance?
Yes, Travel insurance is highly recommend which should cover emergency flights, medical expenses, pricing between 50$ to 75$ for two week period and more for longer period, "dangerous activities" should also be mentioned in document. Send the insurance paper to us before the trip so we can assist you in case of emergency.
What about simple medical treatment on the trek?
Trekking in the mountain for long time may have small accidents so we prepare our First-Aid set and our guide pass first-aid level I training.
Is it safe to drink water?
No, it is not safe to drink water directly from the source draining from the mountain, buying mineral water from lodges or bring your water purification tools or tablets to help saving conserve our environment.
Who will be my guide?
On local guide can speak English who have been to the relevant areas numerous times, are experienced, knowledgeable who can explain about trails, cultural and any sight that catches your eye. They are all authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.
Do I need porters for the trek?
Depending on your personal interest. Hiring porters allow enjoying your trek without carrying a heavy bag and improving the income of the local community. Help us to keep an eye on your porters just as he will keep an eye on you.
How much can a porter carry?
On average a porter can carry 20kg of your gear and equipment and 5kg of their own backpacks. Every extra kg we will charge 3$/kg/day and the money should give directly to porter.
Are Guides/Porters are well-taken care?
Yes, All our guides/porters have insurance covered, have proper waterproof clothing and shoes.