Here are some of the Nepal treks related frequently asked questions and answers.
As we live in our modern world, we cannot ignore this topic of concerns connectivity with our loved ones back home while we are away, which is understandable. Yes, there will be a good chance your phone will work in major cities of Nepal – depending on your service provider – if they have reciprocal agreement with the country you will be travelling to, with the facility to open your international roaming.
There are places in the local village tea houses where electricity is available with the charging fees of few dollars, depending in the area you will choose to trek. A good option will be to carry portable solar charger that are available back in your hometown, with various sizes, if you choose your trip more remote areas that are less likely to have electricity facilities.
Best seasons are mid-September to mid-December, where the weather is generally stable with mild days clear views with frequent cold nights. Day time can reach 25–30°F at lower altitudes, reaching -10 to -15°F at higher altitudes over 3,500m.
Winter weather extends from mid-December to mid-February – nights are cold, days are still, mild and clear, with temperatures reaching 20°F degrees to -5°F at nights below altitudes of 3,500 metres, whereas over 3,500 metres, temperatures can very very cold at -15°F to -20°F. You can also expect snow at altitudes as low as 2,500 metres.
March makes the beginning of Spring – that brings warmer conditions, still and clear morning views, with occasional cloud building, with rainy afternoons.
April to May usually are hottest at lower elevations and afternoon rainstorms are common. Apart from seeing the snow-capped peaks, one should not underestimate that these are the best time for people with interest in varieties of vast rhododendron, magnolia, and other wildflowers. Any concerns with the weather you may have are dependent on the type of trip you choose, and we will provide you with full details.
The simple answer is: anyone who is not well acclimatised will get altitude sickness, irrespective of how fit you are. Our trip itineraries are designed professionally to minimise the effects of high-altitude sickness. An extensive medical kit and a portable altitude chamber will be carried on all high-altitude treks. Our leader’s have completed an extensive wilderness first aid course and are competent to act accordingly on the day any issues arise relating to the matter during your trek.
Typical trekking days are designed to make sure walking is enjoyable and safe. It will begin between 6–6.30 in the morning with a cup of tea or coffee, followed by washing water – a typical Nepali wake up call. You will be asked to pack all your necessary stuff in your day pack for the day, including your wet weather gear. This will follow with breakfast that consists of porridge, muesli, toast, eggs, tea, coffee or hot chocolate from our local chef’s hand.
We hit the trail between 7–8am, depending how quickly we finish packing – your main duffle bags will be carried by our local friends. Without too much stress, there will always plenty of time for you with the additional support from your crew in your camp site.
We start with a slow steady pace, exploring the natural beauty of the region for about 3–4 hours, depending on the area – you will be trekking with plenty of rest. A welcome drink will be offered on arrival for lunch – one or two hours to enjoy the cook’s delights, they range from simply sandwich, to meat or vegetarian dishes. Lunch hours are often used exploring local sites or catching up with your journal, reading, chatting with the crew, or just relaxing.
After lunch, we head towards your camp, exploring new villages and sites, often with magnificent viewing points to our camp, with afternoon coffee or tea, with some snacks. There is no walking after 5.30 in the evening, unless any unnecessary event arises. Your evening meals are simply starting with bowl of soup, rice, pasta and vegetable dishes, followed by a small desert from our chefs. Chatting after dinner with your team member, locals or our crew could be some of the best memories you will have, before making an early mark to your bed.
The scale of the Nepal Himalayan hills is vast. One must remember that you will have to ascend and descend every day, until you reach certain heights. Eventually, you will get there! Patience and a good sense of humour are great assets to have on these treks, and an open-mind approach and physical preparations are always useful. These trips are not a competition, simply a walking holiday in your own pace. The fitter you are, the more you will achieve and get the best out of your trip. Whether it is five-to-ten days, or 20–30 days, you will have to have some degree of fitness. You will be provided with physical guidelines for all our trips, which you should study prior to your departure from home.
Water is the most important part of your entire trip in Nepal. Our Kathmandu hotels provide for very safe meals and drinking water. During your trekking, we use modern devices to treat your water, as well as boiling to make sure all our requirements are met with the highest standards of hygiene.
On a typical trek, you will be carrying a small day pack, range from 30–40 litres capacity, although some of you may wish to carry a pack of up to 50 litres capacity, depending on the duration of your trip. Your pack should contain your personal valuable items, wet weather gear, a warm jumper, extra T-shirts, sunscreens and drinking water, possibly no more than in between 4–6 kilograms. More details will be provided once you make your reservation.
They are not essential, unless you have knee or ankle issues and, if you are used to using them, you will certainly get the best benefits out of them, as they will help you to reduce your weight pressure on your knees during your trekking days. People with good physical ability, or without any previous injuries, may not require trekking poles, however, we will certainly be happy to fulfill your needs in the event of these requirements.
Tipping is an accepted part of trekking in Nepal, although it is completely a personal matter. This amount is depending on your budget and appreciation of their efforts. Given your trip days and the challenges they sometimes go through, it is something we should not underestimate. As a guide, around 5–7 per cent of your trip cost should cover tipping. These are the matters your trek leader will always be happy to assist you with, somewhere towards the end of your trip.