There are some of the trekking related frequent asked questions and their answers:
Are the trekking guides certified ?
Our guides are well trained, certified guides, having many years’ experience in providing customized services, speak very good English. They are trained in First Aid procedures and carry a comprehensive First Aid kit as well.
What is the lodges like? If I am single, Can I book my own room?
Yes, you can. Basic but the best available in the area.
Is there hot Shower and washing facilities available on trek?
Yes, some places heated by solar energy, they will charge minimum
How long do I need to trek everyday ?
A cup of tea is served at your tent/lodge room in the morning. This is followed by a bowl of water to wash. Pack your kit bag before you head for breakfast. The porters will take it to be carried to the next camp. The walk after breakfast is usually 3-4 hours. Stop
for lunch and take a rest and then walk another 2-3 hours to the camp site/lodge. Tea and biscuits are provided while the camp is established/lodge room is arranged and preparation for dinner begins, while you have leisure time. We encourage members to walk at their own pace. There will usually be a guide to bring up the rear. In average you walk for about 6 to 7 hours on a trek per day.
How is the meal on Lodge trek?
Basic but neat and clean
How is the meal on camping/tented trek ?
Is safe drinking water available on trek?
Please carry a water bottle and fill them up by boiled water from local lodges and use purifying tablets just to make sure that you have a safe drinking water.
Are the trekking crews being taken care of?
Yes, their wages, insurance and equipment
How fit do I need to be to trek ?
The better your physical condition, the more you will enjoy the trek. You do not have to undergo a rigorous training program, just do as much walking as you can up and down hills, up (and down) stairs in your office. Take weekend hikes in the mountains. Walk to work. Jogging and cycling are useful training for a trek. Whenever possible, make your hikes in the same shoes that you will use for the trek. You carry a day pack, camera, water bottle, pullover and whatever you think you may need during the day. What is most important however is to have positive mental attitude.
What is the booking procedure ?
Is there any hidden or other cost ?
Can I pay for a trek by credit/debit cards ?
Yes, you can use Credit and debit cards, mainly Master and Visa cards to make your payments. Bank will charge you additional 3.5% as bank surcharge fees on the bill.
Do I need travel insurance covered while trekking/traveling in Nepal?
Yes, Travel Insurance is a must on all programs for air/surface evacuation, medical, lost baggage (especially cameras).
What happens in case of emergency?
Guide discusses clients’ health issues with all accompanying trekkers and staff and highlights the need of particular assistance. Then guide calls office to informs the situation immediately. Office advises the best action to take and if needed, client has to get approval from insurance company to use helicopter, once approval is done, we tryout best to send helicopter as soon as possible for rescue but need to cover this either by insurance or patient by him/herself.
What is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?
Our bodies have ability to adjust to high altitude but need time. This illness occurs as the result of failure to adapt to a higher altitude, normally while you go beyond 2000 meters rapidly, which is called Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Fluid accumulates in between the cells in the body specially – in the LUNGS and BRAIN. The early symptoms are headache, extreme fatigue, and loss of appetite. When mild symptoms develop, you must stay at the altitude until symptoms have gone away. Trek up gently about 300 meters in a day beyond 3000 meters to adjust your body system with altitude.
- If the fluid collects in Lungs-
-Symptoms are: Short breaths, a cough begins- first dry, irritating than to Pink.
- This is known as HAPE- High-altitude pulmonary edema
- If the fluid collects in Brain:
-Symptoms are: – Headache, Loss of appetite, nausea, and Vomiting.
- This is known as HACE– High-altitude cerebral edema.
This makes you tired and want to lie down, do not want to do anything.
You develop a problem with balance and coordination and you sleep in to coma.
If we ignored, symptoms can be progress- sever forms of Altitude sickness:
AMS– Acute Mountain Sickness takes several hours to develop after reaching a new height.
Rules to avoid High Altitude sickness:
- -Early symptoms: Short breaths, cough or Headache, loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue – MUST DESCEND
- -If there is symptoms of AMS, never ascend to sleep in new height.
- -Descend immediately if your symptoms are getting worse while resting at the same
Drunk Test- if victim can’t do – it is HACE
If it is HAPE– If you feel you need to rest more and more and do not recover your breathing rate at rest even after having rest for 10 minutes.
- Not to rise
- If no way to descend – use PAC (to create hi-air pressure, where
- victim gets more oxygen) or Oxygen for one hour and sometime 4-
- 6 hours of treatment needed.
- Inhaling medicine such as Nosia would also help
If you are flying in to high altitude straight such as Lhasa or Shyangboche beyond 3000 meters, taking Diamox in advance would be better, otherwise use it when you get mild symptoms of it.
MEDICINE: Diamox – ½ tab (125 gm) every 12 hours. After using this, you will have mild tingling of hands/feet is common.
Allergy to sulfur based drugs – should not take Diamox. This medicine is meant for Glaucoma – eye disease.
What Safety arrangement is being prepared for the trek?
Trained guide, Comprehensive first aid kit,
How much weight do I carry on the trek?
Domestic airlines flying to STOL airports like Lukla, Jomsom, Jumla, Dunai allow you to take only 15 kgs including your handbags.
What is the best way to travel to Nepal? When should I book my flight ??
Thai International, Cathy Pacific, Turkis air, China Southern Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad Air, Emirates Air, Jet Airways are main International carriers they fly to Kathmandu. Earlier the better to book them.
Can I use my cell/mobile phone while trekking in Nepal?
Yes, most of the trekking regions are covered by cell phones. It is better to use local SIMs which are very reasonable. You will need one passport picture and passport copy to get them. Roaming would be very expensive to use.
Can I recharge phone/camera batteries on trek?
Yes, you can recharge them while staying at lodges along the way in minimum cost. It is however advised to carry extra batteries and power bank. While trekking into off the beaten areas with camping/tented accommodation, you can’t recharge batteries. You may carry portable solar panel for charging.
Do I need to take trekking poles?
They would be very helpful
Can I get some of the trekking and mountaineering gear in Kathmandu?
There are few branded shops like Mountain hardware and North Face where you can buy trekking gear while there are many rental shops they sell and rent used gear at the reasonable price. We however suggest you to bring your footwear – trekking boots, well broken-in.
When is the best time to trek?
There are four seasons in Nepal. Each season has its distinct attraction to offer. The seasons are classified as follows:
Autumn: September through November. This season offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views.
Winter: December through February. This season is noted for occasional snowfall only at higher elevations. Hence it is ideal for trekking at the lower elevation, generally below 3000 meters.
Spring: March through May. Different varieties of wild flowers, especially the rhododendrons make the hillside above 5000 meters a haunting paradise during the season. It is mildly warm at lower elevations and at the higher elevation over 4000 meters the mountain views are excellent and the temperature is quite moderate.
Monsoon: June through August. Summer months continues up to mid-September making travel wet and warm. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher
valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation. It is recommended to carry insect repellent when trekking during summer months. Trekking into the rain shadow region, behind the high mountains and tour to Tibet would wonderful.
How much tipping should I budget?
What are Trekking Peaks?
For people wishing to climb trekking peaks (minor 33 peaks up to 6654m) which are open for Alpine climbing, access to which are controlled by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and other high mountains for major mountaineering open to expedition but under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, we liaise with the different department of the government on behalf of the expedition team to organize and arrange both kinds of mountain climbing in Nepal’s Himalaya from small mountains to Mt. Everest, providing expert service with experienced Sherpa Mountain Guide, cook and supporting staff. Examples may be found on our descriptions for two climbing trips to Mera & Island Peaks.
Where do I get my Nepal Visa ?
All nationals must hold a valid passport. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your expected date of departure from Nepal.
An entry visa for all Nationals except Indian for Nepal is required. You need to arrange these prior to departure with the relevant embassy/consulate or you even get a visa on arrival. If you plan to obtain it in Nepal be sure to bring one passport size photo with you for this purpose as well as the current visa fee in cash.
Require documents for Nepal visa
- Valid passport (validity at least 6 months after return date of travel)
- Completed application form
- One passport photograph (take two spare ones with you to Nepal)
- Visa fee:
Tourist entry visa can be obtained for the following duration from Nepal Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad, or at the following immigration offices in Nepal:
- Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
- Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
- Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
- Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
- Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
- Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
- Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
- Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)
- Tourist Visa
US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
- Tourist Visa Extension
- Visa extension fee for 15 days or less is US $ 30 or equivalent convertible currency and visa extension fee for more than 15 days is US$ 2 per day
- Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January – December).
- Gratis (Free) Visa
- Gratis visa for 30 days available only for tourists of SAARC countries.
- Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal.
Transit visa for one day can be obtained from Nepal’s immigration offices at the entry points upon the production of departure flight ticket via Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal, by paying US $ 5 or equivalent convertible currency.
Can I stay longer after my trek ?
The most extensive range of Eco-friendly treks and tours available through Nepal Sanctuary Treks. You can find treks and tours suitable for first timers, Families, Students on Adventurous, Cultural, Historical, Religious and Pilgrimage sites, mild to the tough rating from day to a couple of weeks. You can extend for White Water Rafting, Wildlife Safaris, Tours to Tibet and Bhutan, Sight-seeing, Cycling, Mountain flight, Hot Air Ballooning, Para Gliding, Power Gliding, Heli-hike or short hike before and /or after your program.