Faq

  1. What is Trekking? How it is different from Hiking and Climbing?

Trekking simply means to hike or walk through varied landscape. It may be through the mountain areas or just a walk in countryside with a purpose of exploring and enjoying the natural scenery.

 

Trekking is different from hiking in many ways. While a trekking is a multi-day walk where trekker's physical ability, psychological readiness, stamina, and endurance plays a vital role to face the daily trekking challenges. Whereas, in another hand, hiking is a day activity that does not require much of the stamina as compared to trekking.

 

Different from both hiking and trekking, climbing is a lot more challenging than hiking and trekking. Climbing is challenging also because the climber requires various technical skills related to abseiling, rope fixing and many more. Apart from this, the climber needs a specialized training to use the equipment as well.

 

 

  1. How many hours should I walk daily?

There is no exact answer to this question. However, if you choose to trek to the major trekking destinations of Nepal like the Everest, Annapurna, Manaslu and Langtang, you will have to walk approximately five to six hours a day.

 

During the trek, if you fail to avoid the midday heat, you may feel like that you have walked whole day and still you have not reached to the overnight destination. So to avoid the midday heat and to take enough rest at the teahouse, start your trek early in the morning and enjoy the beautiful morning views of the Himalayas.

 

 

  1. How difficult is trekking in Nepal? What is the minimum duration of trekking?

The level of difficulty also depends upon the trekking destination you choose. While the Ghorepani Poonhill trek, Australian base camp trek and Mardi Himal trek are supposed to be the easy treks. The Everest base camp trek, Annapurna base camp trek, Manaslu trek and treks to the off beaten remote areas are supposed to be challenging and requires physical fitness, stamina and endurance to face the challenges.

 

To prepare yourself for the trek, you can start cardio vascular and strength training that includes walking/cycling/hiking or even swimming. Apart from this, doing sits up, crunches and squats will also help you to condition your leg for the trekking to remote trails.

 

The minimum duration of trekking is 3-8 days. However, the trekking with minimum days does not offer enough acclimatization for your body to adjust in the change in the weather.

 

 

  1. What are the basic tips for beginner trekkers who don’t have any experience in trekking? Do I need to get some training before doing EBC trek or any other trekking in Nepal?

Some of the basic tips for beginners are mentioned below:

  • Start early to avoid midday heat

  • Don’t hesitate to pack snacks, and toiletries

  • Don’t rush and continue your trek with steady pace

  • Trek with a guide

  • Don’t hesitate to rest in the tea houses; your body requires time for acclimatization

  • Pre-book your trip

  • Start your cardiovascular training before you come to Nepal for the trek

 

There is no rules such that you need a proper training. However having a training regime will help you a lot during the trek. The training involving cardiovascular activity, hikes, and mental preparedness will allow you to enjoy every bit of the surprises and wonders that trekking routes offers.

 

 

  1. Is trekking recommended for all age groups? How high is the chance to get altitude sickness? How to avoid it?

As the definition of the trekking says it all, trekking can be a lot challenging depending upon the time you choose and the destination you please. Although trekking in Nepal is recommended for all age groups, children's and older people may find it difficult to walk through the remote trails.

 

Hence if you are planning to trek with your children, make sure you either choose to trek in the easy trails like Ghorepani Poonhill, Australian base camp or trek to the challenging trails like ABC or EBC by taking enough breaks in between the trek to avoid altitude sickness and fatigue.

 

We also offer customized packages to help our visitors to have a nice time during their Nepal visit.

 

The chance of getting altitude sickness in the Himalayas is unbeatable. However, to avoid the altitude sickness, you have to let your body acclimatize properly throughout the trek. In case you suffer from altitude sickness, our guide will help you to move down to the lower region.

 

 

  1. Where are we staying each night during trekking? What is a Teahouse trekking?

The trekking in Nepal is basically a teahouse trekking. All along the journey, you will find teahouses, guesthouses and lodges that are dedicated to offer the best foods and services to the trekkers coming from various parts of the world.

 

After enjoying the staple food Dal and Bhat, you will sleep in warm and cozy twin bed under a small bamboo hut.

 

A tea house trekking means, you will stay in the local tea houses for whatever time you spend in the Himalayas. The tea houses offers lodging and fooding facilities. In some places, you can also find WIFI.

 

 

  1. What are the permits required for trekking in Nepal? Can I apply as an individual?

The Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) is a vital trekking permit that is required for trekking in any regions. Beside this, you will also need area-specific permits like Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) for the Annapurna circuit trek and Sagarmatha National Park permit for the Everest base camp trek.

 

Both of these cards can be issued on your arrival in Kathmandu via the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu.

 

 

  1. How safe is it to drink the tap water during the trek?

Drinking a tap water is not a very good idea. Since the water is not purified, you may have some serious health issues afterwards. Hence, avoid drinking the tap water and choose the bottled water.

 

In case you find buying and drinking from the bottled water expensive, please opt for water purification tablets or drops to purify the water.

 

It's important for you to stay hydrated so do drink a lot of water.

 

 

  1. Is travel insurance compulsory while you travel to Nepal? What is I get sick in the mountains?

Yes, travel insurance is compulsory for all the travelers. Having an insurance that covers the medical and emergency evacuation cost will help you a lot in case you face any challenges or difficulties during the trek.

 

If you get sick in the mountains, you can visit the local health post, the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) or in case of emergency, you will be transferred to Kathmandu or Pokhara in the helicopter.

 

 

  1. Who will carry my backpack? How much weight can a porter carry?

While trekking to the higher altitude having a porter to carry your baggage will allow you to walk freely throughout the trek. However, if you feel hiring a porter will be expensive; you can also ask your guide to help you to carry the backpacks by paying some extra amount.

A porter can carry as much as 20kgs.

 

 

  1. Can you list out the packing list for trekking? Can I recharge my camera, batteries, and other electronic devices?

Below-mentioned are the packing list for trekking:

 

Bags

  • Duffle bags

  • Trekking bags

 

Clothing

  • Trekking shirts and trousers

  • Base layer

  • Insulation layer

  • Outer layer

  • Waterproof and windproof jacket

  • Raincoat

  • Breathable underwear

 

Foot wears and Hand wears

  • Waterproof hiking boots

  • Hiking and Thermal socks

  • Outer and inner gloves

 

Head wears

  • Cap/ Hats

  • Scarfs

  • Beanie

 

Other important accessories

  • Map and compass

  • Passport

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunscreen with UV protection

  • Sleeping bag

  • First aid kit

  • Water bottle

  • Water purification tablet

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Toiletries

  • Small locks

  • Some books if you are a reader

  • Portable charger

  • Protein bars/ Granolas

  • Tea bags/ Coffee

 

At higher altitude, every service is charged. Therefore, you can undoubtedly recharge your electronic devices but carrying your own solar power or power bank is the best alternative rather than paying for recharging your device at every another teahouse.

 

 

  1. How expensive is it to do trekking in Nepal? Can I get trekking equipment and gears on rent?

A trekking becomes expensive by the trekking trails you choose and the way you spend extra money on the teahouses. Normally it costs you around 1000 to 3000 USD only for the food, accommodation, permits, and porter/guide and for other entrance fees. This cost does not include any extra activities or International flight costs.

 

To minimize the trekking cost, you can always opt to use the rented trekking equipment and gears available in Thamel. One can rent down jacket, gloves, sleeping bag, and trekking boots easily on their arrival in Kathmandu.

 

 

  1. What is the visa cost for Nepal? Can I apply for the Nepal visa online?

The visa cost for Nepal is mentioned below:

  • For 30 Days (Multiple entry), you have to pay 40 USD. 
  • For 90 Days (Multiple entry), you have to pay 100 USD. 
  • For Visa extension (Within Valid Visa Period), you have to pay 2 USD per day 
  • For Visa extension (Within Multiple entry), you have to pay 20 USD per day 

 

Yes. You can apply for the Nepal Visa via online. Although you can get your Visa on arrival, if you choose to do before your arrival, you can do it 15 days prior of the arrival. To fill the visa form, you will have to mention the address of the hotel and a recent pp size photo. After submitting, make sure to print out the confirmation receipt and show it to the immigration officer at the airport on your arrival. 

 

For details, visit https://nepalguidetrekking.com/nepal-visa-information

 

 

  1. Should I bring my personal medicine?

If you are prescribed to take your medicines daily, then you need to bring that to your trekking as well. Before coming to Nepal, consult your doctor for any consultation or medication that you will require during the trek.

 

 

  1. What is the best time to do trek in Nepal?

The Spring (March to May) or Autumn (September to November) is the best season for the trek as the view is clear and weather is stable. During these seasons, you do not have to worry about the trails being damaged or being flooded like in the rainy season (June to August). In the winter (December to February), the weather drops to minus and the trail become slippery making it impossible to trek.

 

Read more: https://nepalguidetrekking.com/trekking-season-nepal

 

 

  1. What are the most popular places to do trekking in Nepal?

Well, no one can miss the epic Everest base camp trek and Annapurna base camp trek while talking about the popular places to do trekking in Nepal. However, beside these two major trekking destination, the Langtang trek, Manaslu trek and Annapurna circuit trek are other popular trekking destination among the trekkers who love the off beaten trails.

 

Get more information in 

https://nepalguidetrekking.com/best-short-treks-nepal

 

Also read: https://nepalguidetrekking.com/nepal-famous-historical-city-festival-of-nepal

 

 

  1. What other adventurous activities can I do in Nepal apart from trekking?

Nepal offers a plenty of adventurous activities to its visitors. From paragliding in the beautiful Pokhara city to bungee jumping in Bhotekoshi river, you can feel your adrenaline rush in the most epic way.

 

Apart from bungee and paragliding you can also enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing and white river rafting all in a single trip.

 

Know more on https://nepalguidetrekking.com/5-adventure-sports-nepal

 

 

  1. Are there any ATMs on the way to trekking routes?

There are no ATMs on the trekking routes. Hence, you have to carry the cash you need on the route either from Kathmandu or from Pokhara according to your trekking destination.

 

 

  1. How safe is Nepal for a solo woman traveler?

Although Nepalese have a conservative mindset, they are always opened to their guests and accept them for who they are. Following the Mantra, Aati Thi Devo Bhaba, Nepalese are pleased with the visitors in every corner of the country. However, being alone in a foreign land is never a good idea.

 

So make sure you keep yourself out from being gazed at and always do a background check on your guide for the safety as well.

 

 

  1. How much money should I bring for trekking?

A minimum per day expenses per person will be around 25 to 30 USD. This cost includes lodging and fooding in the teahouses.

 

Taking extra services like recharging your devices, hot water showers can cost you more than average.

 

To cut your expenses to halves, you can read

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