What is the minimum and maximum group size on the trek?
- We prefer to have a minimum of 2 clients and a maximum of 15 on each team because it can be better controlled, delivering good services and good taking care of clients. But if anybody wants to do the private trek on his/her own, we can organize such trek as well.
Is a private trek available?
- YES, private trip available and we also offer a trip for family members, office staff team, friend-to-friend team, etc. For this kind of trek & climb, the itinerary can be re-arranged and the date will be customized.
Do I need any previous experiences to participate in the trekking in the Himalayas?
- To participate in any of our trekking trips, previous trekking experience is not mandatory but you need to be physically fit and mentally prepared specially to participate in our challenging and tough trekking trips. And also, you must have to go through the training session as suggested based on the trip.
- Our trekking packages are descriptive about the difficulty level of the given trek -you can get more idea about the fitness requirements.
Who will be the trek guide?
- We have a bunch of Government licensed very good English speaking Sherpa Trek Guides, who are best known for this industry, very experienced, trained, well known about the first aid kit, local cultures and traditions and always very caring to the clients.
What about the assistant trek guides and their ratios to the clients?
- We also have a bunch of government-licensed good English speaking trek assistant guides, who are also called “Trek Sherpa”. They are also good at first aid, local cultures, trained and always helpful to the clients. And our normal ratio of the trek assistant guide is 1:3. Which means, 1 trek assistant guide look after 3 trekkers. Many of the trekking agencies offer very fewer ratios of trek assistant guide to bring their cost down, but this brings a lot of risks on the trek and maximum chances of not receiving required assistant by the clients, in the right place and right time.
How many porters will be on trek?
- Number of porters completely depends on the type of trek, either tea house or camping? If the trek is teahouse, our standard ratio of porters is 1:2 means 1 porter carries 2 trekkers luggage/duffle bag. But if the trek is camping, it’s difficult to predict the number of porters and it often depends on the number of trekking days and pax in the team. But we always hire enough number of porters on each trek.
Will I have to carry a lot of weight?
- Our main goal is a successful and safe trip; therefore we will have porters, horses, and yaks to carry the heavy loads. On the teahouse trek, you have to pack your most of the trek gears in the duffle bag and that will be carried by porter/yak and what you have to carry is your daypack, recommended 30L to 40L with about 5 -7 kg including your water for the day. If the trek is camping then all camping, kitchen equipment, and food will be carried by the porters/yaks, and you can walk with an above-recommended daypack.
What about the maximum allowed weight on trek?
- For our all-trekking trips, the maximum allowed weight per client is 10 kg on the duffle bag and 5kg on a day pack. Most of the domestic flight to the mountain region allows only (10+5)kg per/person as luggage.
Who carries the duffle bag and daypack?
- The porters will carry duffle bag while the daypack will be carried by the trekkers himself or herself
What should I pack on the duffle bag and a daypack?
- All the main heavy gears will be packed in the duffle bag including sleeping bag, down jacket, etc. you can pack only very personal items in the daypack, such as waterproof jacket and pant, a warm jacket, thin a pair of gloves, water bottles, extra running shoes, a top to bottom complete set of clothes to change with the wet cloths, sun cream, and some very personal items.
Is local Simcard useful while on trek?
- Unless you don’t mind communicate, local sim (Ncell) does work pretty good while on the trek as well. You can buy a local sim card very easily at most of the cybercafé in town or better on your arrival day at KTM airport, you can buy it free of cost in the airport, just go with your copy of passport and a photograph.
How will be the toilet facilities en route during the trek?
- Please don’t expect toilet facility as at your home and always keep your toilet papers with you during the trek. On the teahouse trek, it depends where you are going for a trek like if you are going in the Everest area, a pretty good toilet facility is an available, normally common toilet in each building floor. But if you are going to remote areas like the Kanchenjunga area, the toilet will be fixed outside of the main building and made out of wood. On the camping trek, we provide toilet tent and Sherpa staff will put this tent away from the track, camp and water resources.
What do I expect for meals?
Types and quality of the meals also depends on trekking areas. Everest, Annapurna & Langtang areas offer various types of meals whereas Kanchenjunga, Manaslu & Mustang areas offer fewer varieties of meals often Nepali meals “Dhal Bhat” which is Rice, Curries & Lentil, fried rice, noodles, etc. In Everest & Annapurna areas, you will get a menu to choose your meals or some examples given below
Egg, porridge, cereal, toast with jam and honey, pancake, etc.
Nepali traditional meals “Dhal Bhat with curry”, spring roll with some additional French fries, rice with chicken curry Indian style or some time we can have packed lunch, etc.
Generally start with soup (vegetable, mushroom, chicken, etc.).
The main meal is one of the many Asian or European dishes and the dessert will be apple pie, mix fruit, etc.
(We are very careful about using the lodges throughout the trek; therefore we have very selected lodges, where we assured that, quality and hygienic meals)
- Our cook and kitchen staff will prepare the best, hygienic and quality meals as much as possible. And either we use chemicals or boil the fresh vegetables before serving them. We believe in quality meals so we are committed to it.
- If I order snacks while on trek, (separate from 3 meals a day), who will pay for it? - Generally, we provide 3 meals a day with tea/coffee, so snacks order will be extra to be paid by the clients, not from our package.
What do we expect from accommodation on trek?
- On teahouse trek, it is always twin shared room throughout the trek. You must have to prepare your sleeping bag with liner and inflatable mattresses. The beds in the lodges are wooden with few inches of form mattress and clean Blankets. But if you are going on a trek where lodges are just trying to develop itself, then often there will be a lower quality of accommodations and in some places, tent with your sleeping bag and mat might require.
- (We are very careful about using the lodges throughout the trek; therefore we have very selected lodges, where we can get nicer and better accommodation)
Camping Trek Tents
- We normally use Ozark tent and provide either single or twin shared tents with form mattress to each client.
What is the provision for drinking water during the trek?
- On our teahouse based trek, we have been using SteriPen or some liquid to purify the tap water and make it safe for drinking. SteriPEN harnesses the brilliant power of ultraviolet light to make water safe to drink. It’s the same technology used by leading bottled water manufacturers as well as major cities in the U.S., Europe, and Asia to purify. Just for in case, we keep some water purification tablets as well and we advise all our trekkers to keep some tables for your personal use in case if we run out. But whereas on our camping trek, we provide boiled water during the trekking period. We strongly advise all our clients, don’t drink water directly from the tap during your stay in the cities, please buy bottle water.
Does the participant have to bring a personal first aid kit?
- YES, we advise our trekkers to bring your first aid kit based on your requirements. The company will also send a group first aid kit with the guide in case if you run out or don’t have the required medicines, and you can have access to our medical kit and it can also use for our local staff.
What if I get sick or have an accident?
- Despite the best precautions, people do sometimes fall ill, develop symptoms of AMS. Our guide will manage your care keeping in mind what's best for you and the rest of the group. Our precautions include pre-advice to aware of AMS, first aid qualifications and kits, emergency communications, evacuation plans, your travel insurance cover, and our pre-preparation and medical advisors.
Does the participant need to obtain proper travel insurance, any advice, any recommendation?
- Our most of the trek is challenging and takes you to the remote area of Himalayas. Therefore for your safe travel, insurance is mandatory; you must have to obtain maximum coverage travel insurance which must covers, emergency evacuation, medical treatment expenses, and repatriation. And check either your policy covers up to the height that you are going to ascent? And climb with using the climbing gears, rope? Please have a look at travel insurance.
How can I obtain a Nepal entry visa?
- There are two ways to obtain a Nepal entry visa, either you can apply at Nepal visa Consulate office in your town or nearest town to you, otherwise, you obtain it on your arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuban Int’l airport. Regarding the visa fee, you need USD, Euro or AUD cash (preferably the right money) and a passport photo, a completed application form (available in the arrivals hall) and need to go to the counter labeled for visitors without a visa. An entry visa costs (currently) USD 125, which is valid for 90 days. For shorter trips, a 30-day visa currently costs USD 50 and 15 days visa fee is US$ 30 (if your trip is not more than 15 days so get 15 days visa and pay less).
How can I be safe from altitude sickness?
- AMS, Acute Mountain Sickness is the body reacting to the stress of high altitude. It is a concern for trekkers in the high altitude trekking. As per our experiences, it can be seen above 3000m of altitude. Exposure to high altitude can lead to several 'normal' physiological reactions as well as mild to extremely serious illness and even to death. We take the risk of AMS seriously and work hard to avoid and minimize it. We monitor our trekkers and climbers in how to take care of themselves and each other and what to look out for. Our treks are designed with relatively slow acclimatization schedules including some rest days with hiking days. And we have medications and some management strategies in place should they be required and the very mild headache on and above 4000m is considered normal but always you have to careful and consult with your trek guide in such cases.
I have some medical issues; can I participate in the trek?
If I am unable to complete trek& climb, is there a certain refund from cost?
- This will be as per booking terms & conditions but normally NO refund.
What should I bring?
- We can provide you a complete list of gears upon your booking of the trip but generally good trekking/hiking boot, daypack, layers of breathable clothing for day and night, trekking pole, etc. are what we suggest our clients to bring with.
Do I have to tip to the local staff?
- Tipping is a kind of motivation factor for our local staff and on our treks & expedition. The local people appreciate being rewarded directly by the clients for doing a good job. This encourages them to work hard and perform their duties to a high level of quality. Depending on the number of clients in the team, we advice appropriate tips in trip notes and tips are sometimes best administered by the Sardar, Cook and some time with assistance from the Trek & Expedition Leader.
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