If you exercise regularly, are generally fit, or have walked in other mountain ranges, you should be fine. The major walking trails in Nepal are used by local villagers, including old men and women carrying heavy loads. Be prepared for lots of ups and downs, but the trails are in good shape and well-used.
If you’ve been desk-bound without exercise for awhile, you should begin a fitness program a few months before your trek.
Altitude presents a different issue, and it can affect different people in different ways, regardless of your health and fitness.
The best time to visit Nepal is from the end of August to the end of November, and the end of February to the beginning of June.
Nepal does not require specific immunizations for visitors. Please contact your doctor for advice, especially regarding medications for altitude sickness and travelers diarrhea.
While the weather can be beautiful and temperate in Kathmandu and Pokhara during the hiking seasons, it gets cold at night in the high elevations of the Himalayas. Be sure to pack warm clothes including a down jacket, thermal gloves, long underwear, thermal pants, and a woolen hat. A warm sleeping bag is also needed for additional warmth and comfort in the teahouses, which have no heating. You can buy much of this gear in Kathmandu at reasonable prices.
The three most popular treks are Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp, which all offer outstanding scenery and a view of traditional Nepali village life. With their popularity comes more trekkers and better teahouse facilities.
If you’re interested in Tibetan culture, the Upper Mustang trek is an excellent choice. For those seeking a more remote experience, we recommend the Manaslu trek, which some say is even more beautiful than its more popular alternatives. However, it’s also more physically demanding and teahouses offer fewer comforts.
One of our representatives will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Likewise, we’ll transport you to the airport at the end of your trip. The transfers are included in the tour price.
You get your visa on arrival at the airport. Please bring three passport-size photos of yourself to Nepal, one to submit with your visa application, and two others for trekking permits. The visa, which is good for 30 days, costs $40. You can extend it later if you want.
Travel insurance is not just required, it’s also a great idea considering weather and altitude issues in the Himalayas. Travel insurance covers the cost for trip delays and cancellations, as well as the cost of evacuation in case of extreme altitude sickness or an unlikely accident.
The local currency is the Nepali rupee and there are ATMs in Kathmandu and Pokhara. In those cities, the US dollar and Euros, as well as credit cards, are acceptable in some establishments.
Outside of those cities, and especially in the trekking towns, the Nepali rupee is required.
Upon arrival at the hotel, you will have a talk with one of our representatives regarding your trip.
Normally, we have breakfast at 7 am and start walking at 7:30 or 8 am. We’ll stop for tea around mid-morning, lunch around noon and probably have another tea stop before arriving at our destination, usually around 3 to 4 pm. There will be tea houses all along the way.
After you get to your overnight stop, you’ll no doubt have a hot drink and biscuits. You’ll also order your dinner in advance, usually chosen from a menu with lots of choices. You’ll then have free time until dinner. After dinner, your guide will discuss the walking plan for the next day.
You’ll be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, ordered off of a menu at our teahouses. Food is plentiful and hearty. The menus include Nepalese, Tibetan, Chinese, Indian, and western food.
Beer and whiskey are available at teahouses, especially in the lower elevations of your trek. Alcohol consumption at high elevations is not recommended because it’s dehydrating and reduces the amount of oxygen getting to your brain. The effects of alcohol at high altitudes are said to be triple the level of that experienced at sea level
You’ll be accompanied by a professional trekking guide and a porter. There will also be a driver contracted to take us to the trek starting point and to pick us up when we’re done.
Telephone and WiFi services are available on the major trekking routes in the Everest, Annapurna and Langtang areas
Yes. Most teahouses have charging services available for a modest fee
Yes, bottled mineral water is available for sale everywhere. Alternatively, you can use iodine tablets for use with river water.
It’s a good idea to bring power bars, cereal bars or other high energy foods. Powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration
All of our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with basic ailments that may occur on the trek. In case of an emergency or extreme altitude sickness, you can be helicoptered out, which is why trip insurance is so important. It’s a condition of booking that you are adequately insured for such unforeseen circumstances as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company.
In more frequented regions, there are health posts, which have been established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel
All the crews of Nepali Hiking Trek are insured, including guides, cooks, sherpas and porters. We ensure that all our staff is well paid, insured and properly equipped.
Our guides are experienced professionals who have trekked in all areas of Nepal. They’re certified by the Nepal Mountaineering Association, the Ministry of Tourism and at the High Altitude Medical Training Center.
American Express, Visa and MasterCard are acceptable to our company. If you’re paying in person in Nepal, we recommend you make a payment in cash or Travelers cheques as the bank charges for credit cards are quite high.
Normally you should allocate US$5 to $20 per meal in Kathmandu, depending on the meal and the amount of drinks. On the trek, US$12 to $15 a day should be enough to buy water, hot showers, chocolates, soda, toilet paper and other items.
Tipping for good service is customary for guides and porters, and it’s an important part of their livelihoods. Tips tend to average $10/day for your guide and $5/day for your porter, depending on customer satisfaction.
* Take off your shoes before entering a temple or one's home.
* Ask for permission before entering a Hindu temple.
* Taking photographs inside most temples is forbidden.
* Nepali people are friendly by nature. Take a genuine interest in them. They are happy to talk to you.
We would be happy to make any special arrangements such as extra hotel nights or single-room supplements.