Q. Where is Nepal?
A. Nepal is between India & the Tibetan Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China.
Further useful information
Please respect local traditions, customs, values and sentiments to help protect local culture and maintain local pride.
Respect privacy when taking photographs
Respect holy places
Refrain from giving money to children as it encourages begging
Respect for the local etiquette earns you respect
Let the Himalayas change you – Do not change them
Protect the natural environment
Leave the campsite cleaner than you found it
Limit deforestation – make no open fires
Burn dry paper and packets in a safe place
Keep local water clean and avoid using pollutants
Plants should be left to flourish in their natural environment
Q. What happens if there is an emergency?
A. 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. What is altitude sickness?
A. Altitude sickness often known as acute mountain sickness (A.M.S.) in general may occur when people ascend too quickly normally in altitudes of over 3000 m. We ensure minimal risk by building in rest days into our trekking Itinerary. Most people will feel some affect of altitude, shortness of breath and possibly light headed, this is fairly common. Acute mountain sickness is very different and normally involves a severe headache, sickness and loss of awareness. In almost every potential case there are enough warning signs to take appropriate action. Descending to a lower altitude will generally be enough to prevent any further problems. Some trekkers obtain a prescription for medication for AMS (Diamox) – you can discuss with your doctor whether this is right for you.
Q. Daypack and shoes?
A. 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 as dictated by the weather. Your hiking shoes, or lightweight boots, should be well broken in. They will be your best friend on the trek.
Q. What equipment should I bring?
A. 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 my web site for a suggested list of items to bring or e-mail me 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, I can also provide our own back pack to you for rental. Footwear is best purchased at home before your arrival to ensure they are comfortable and worn in.
Q. Is the food / water safe to eat / drink?
It’s important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information for the region you will be visiting. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic.
Q. What will the trail be like in the trek?
Requirements for travel visas vary widely depending on your nationality and your destination. Although we are unable to arrange visas on your behalf. If you do require a visa you can arrange them yourself or use the services of a travel agent or visa processing company.
Q. What about the tents and sleeping bags if I camp?
We always recommend packing as light as possible however the specific requirements for your tour will vary widely depending on where and when you are traveling. Our ‘Trip Details’ document includes a suggested packing list and these can be downloaded from each individual trip summary page. The checklist is tour specific and based upon the experience of our ground staff.
Q. Where to stay on trek?
We strongly recommend bringing a backpack or duffel bag, as suitcases can be cumbersome and difficult to store in buses, under seats, etc.. Keep in mind that you will normally have to carry your own luggage on and off buses and trains and up and down hotel staircases. Suitcases with wheels may not work well on dirt or cobblestone roads.
Q. How far do we walk each day?
Trip specific information on transportation can be found on the trip summary page however in most cases we use public transportation. We’ve found that how you get there significantly influences the tone of your journey and public transportation allows face-to-face interaction with the local people. Some of our adventures, including our “Superior”, “Comfort Class” and most adventures in Africa, use private transportation.
Q. Is trekking for me?
Yes, in most cases we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels, excluding European tours. If we are unable to provide you with the extra nights we will give you the name of a hotel you can contact directly. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.