What is Trek?
Trekking or a Trek is a recreational form of walking undertaken with a purpose of exploration, recreation, or enjoyment. Trekking in Nepal is walking along well-made or off-beat trails from one place to another. The trails one the treks pass through a variety of terrain and, on average, a trek lasts for 5-6 hours per day.
What is the general duration of the treks?
The length of the trek entirely depends upon the trek destination and trail type. However, treks in Nepal can be differentiated into short or long. Usually, a trek less than 10-12 days or so classifies as a short trek and more than 15-20 days as a long trek. This also depends on the number of rest days and acclimatization days allocated for the journey.
How difficult are the treks?
Treks in Nepal are generally classified into three types, namely, easy, moderate, and strenuous. The easy treks explore the trails below or around 3000 meters and can be easily done by anyone with average physical fitness. The altitude range of the trekking trails in moderate treks range between 3000-5000 meters and trekkers should be in good physical shape as well. Likewise, strenuous treks explore trails in higher Himalayas above 5000 meters. These treks require the participants to have excellent physical fitness and mental fortitude.
What is the Tea House Trek?
A tea house trek is a kind of trek where you will be staying at tea-houses built at regular intervals throughout the trail. A tea house is a local lodge which offers food and housing services for trekkers during the trek. Typically, a trek where you stay at these establishments for the length of the trek classifies as a Tea House Trek.
What can I expect from a Tea House?
A tea house is specially designed to provide the very best accommodation and food services to trekkers throughout their journey. Even though the number of tea houses decreases the higher you go, each tea house is committed to providing the very best of services to its trekkers. You can also find additional facilities for electricity and hot shower water as well. However, the tea houses in the higher altitude might charge you some extra amount for such services.
What facilities we will have in Tea House?
You will have quality food, warm accommodation, electricity, hot water, and even Wi-Fi in some cases. However, these facilities are subject to change as you venture further into the Himalayas. You can rest and recuperate at tea houses before you begin your trek on the next day. Moreover, the tea houses along the trekking trail also provide a welcoming environment to all the trekkers.
Where do we eat our meals and what kind of food is available?
Tea houses, cafes, and small restaurants are popular and convenient stops to eat your meals. Dal Bhat is the customary and staple diet in the menu with Mo: Mo: (a kind of Tibetan Dumpling) being a favorite amongst trekkers as well. Depending on how further you are on your itinerary, you can even find a wide range of cuisines including Chow Mein, Pizza, Stew, and other continental dishes.
Is it safe to eat during the trek?
It is perfectly safe to eat during a trek. The tea houses take utmost care in preparing the very best of foods for the trekkers which are not only tasty but also healthy. They will cater to different dietary requirements of the trekkers and ensure that nothing but the very best is put out on the table. Special care is taken to make sure the food is always fresh. However, you have to be sure that excessive alcoholic beverages, caffeine, and stale food should be avoided on the treks.
What are the sources of drinking water supply during trekking?
The major supply of water during tea house trekking is the tea houses themselves as they are located at convenient locations. Apart from that, the trail often passes through hamlets where you can refill your water or even purchase bottled water. Restocking for bottles of water if you are crossing a high mountain pass can be a great idea. However, there are settlements even high up in the Himalayas where you can get your fill of boiled water. You should strictly avoid water from taps and rivers. Thus, trekkers can carry portable water purifier to make sure the water you drink is pure.
What is the best time for trekking?
The best time for trekking can be subjective to your taste. Each season brings a different experience to various aspects of the journey. Spring (March, April, May) are ideal for forested journeys as entire forests are covered with rhododendrons blooming in shades of red, pink, and white. The rainy seasons of June, July and August are often avoided as the chances of landslide increases drastically in the Himalayas. The autumn months of September to November are favored by trekkers where in addition to a lovely trek they get to enjoy the vibrant festivals of Dashain and Tihar. During the winter months from December and February, the temperature in the Himalayas decreases drastically and treks into the mountains are often avoided during the season.
What is the weather like?
The weather in Nepal is diversified by the geographical regions and season. The Terai cities on the southern border of the nation are hot and humid. The northern border which is marked by the Himalayas is cold all year round. The hilly cities which occupy the major part of the nation are warm throughout the day and have cool mornings and evenings. In terms of altitude, the temperature in Nepal decreases 6 degree Celsius in every 1,000 meters.
What kind of clothes is needed for trekking?
The clothes needed for trekking entirely depends on the destination of the trek and the season of your trek. If you are heading to the Himalayas, regardless of the season, make sure to have warm clothes including thermals, down jackets, and woolen clothes. However, if you are journeying to the Terai cities temperatures soar during the summer months and cotton clothes are ideal. During the winter months, the Terai regions experience a lot of fogs so pack a jacket and some woolen clothes. The hilly regions experience moderate temperature and a couple of layers is enough to get you through your travel. Make sure the clothing you wear is comfortable and doesn’t restrict mobility.
What type of shoes should I have?
Sports shoes are a must for any treks you undertake. If you expect days of walking through the hilly terrain make sure you carry your hiking boots. If you do not expect long days of walking, sports shoes will suffice but make sure they are durable and comfortable. Always carry an extra pair of shoes just in case.
Should we bring all trekking equipment with us?
You can choose to bring your equipment from your home country or you can acquire them in Nepal. The local markets in tourist hubs like Kathmandu and Pokhara are the ideal place for all your trekking needs including trekking boots, down jackets, sleeping bags, walking sticks, or any other sort of mountain trekking equipment you might need for your journey. You can choose to either buy or rent them at a reasonable price.
What problems can arise while trekking at a higher altitude?
As our itineraries are constructed by keeping the need of acclimatization, we try and make sure your transition to high altitudes will be an easy one. At times you can suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) which causes headaches, lack of appetite, dizziness, and labored breathing upon exertion. These symptoms will naturally fade away as you get used to the rising altitudes. However, you also have to maintain a steady pace and acclimatize properly. Diamox can also help you to prevent and decrease the symptoms of altitude sickness.
What happens in case of an emergency?
We, here at Trekking Guide Team, stake the safety and wellbeing of our clientele seriously. Our guides and porters are skilled and experienced so that their expertise can come in handy during the treks. We remain in continuous communication to the trip leader via mobile phones. In areas where cellular network is not available, we keep tabs on our guides and clients with the help of satellite phones. Helicopters are kept standby at convenient locations including Kathmandu and Pokhara at all times. In case of emergencies at any time throughout the journey, you will be provided with immediate first aid and then taken to the hospital via helicopter.
What sort of experience do your guides have?
Our guides at Trekking Guide Team have been in and around the trekking scene for a large number of years. They are well-versed on the trails and the hardship it brings allowing them to navigate properly. In addition to being a reliable bunch, they are fluent in English and some even in other languages. All our guides know basic first aid and are extremely adept at handling emergencies in the Himalayas.