Welcome to frequently asked questions section of Hiking Adventure Treks Pvt. Ltd. ( HAT), your best local tour operator/Adventure Consultant & partner in Nepal. As a professional tour operator providing travel products all over Nepal, Tibet & Bhutan, we offer you and your clients the highest level of service at a competitive price. We are extremely proud of our reputation for helping people achieve their dream of traveling to Nepal.
Why trek with Hiking Adventure Treks?
Hiking Adventure Treks is one of the largest and most experienced tourism operators in Nepal, specializing in trekking & touring activities. The Company donates 5-10% of its total income to social foundations working for the underprivileged members of our rural community. We provide our valued clients with endless opportunities to get involved in our immersive culture exchange programs.
Why Trekking in Nepal?
World’s top eight Mountains, including the greatest Mount Everest, are situated in Nepal, making it a dream destination for hikers, trekkers and mountain lovers alike. Trekking in Nepal offers you with a unique and most interesting diversity available within a short distance. The country is relatively smaller in area in compared to the great ranges of mountains it encompasses. On top of that, the complexity of terrain from the Himalayan, hilly and plain region amounts to the most diverse options at hand available to choose from. Ranging from challenging trekking endeavours to moderate hikes and climbs, Nepal is your one go destination for trekking and hiking endeavours. The country is rich with a diverse ethnicity of people, festivals and their culture. There is a surprise at every corner waiting to amaze you with simplicity and uniqueness at the same time.
What is trekking?
Trekking is the multi-days joyful walking trip enjoying the scenery of rural regions, rugged hills and valleys, from one place to another. Trekking is not the quite same as climbing and mountaineering that needs climbing equipment and rigorous trainings. There are two different types of trekkings- one is teahouse (or lodge) trekking and the other is tented camping trekking. Teahouses (lodges) are the hotels/lodges run by the local rural people. These lodge/hotels provide good food with restaurant-style menus, good hot and cold showers. Tented camping trekking is organized all on a tented camp under the open sky, moving from one exhilarating place to another.
What is the general duration of the treks?
The duration of the trek largely depends on the region and, broadly speaking, your level of interest. Your trek can range from 2-3 days to month time or longer periods if you wish. Even the same trek can be of a different duration for different trekker’s guides. Our itinerary for different treks are tailored to provide you more detail idea of duration of each trek.
Do I need a trekking permit?
All the trekking area in Nepal requires trekking permits. Once you book the trek with us, our agency will apply and obtain all necessary permits required for your travel without hassles. You will need to provide us with a copy of your passport and a passport size photograph.
How should I dress for a trek?
Make sure you put a comfortable clothes for the trek, Bring along warm sweaters, a padded jacket, T-shirts, a couple of pairs of warm wool or jeans pants, woollen and cotton socks; thermal wear would be appropriate for winter. As you would trek for 5-6 days, good shoes are a must. You can bring a pair of good shoes, or you can rent one from several rental shops available around Kathmandu. You will require a lightweight pair of boots that have rubber soles, have good ankle support and are sturdy enough. Most of these stuffs are also available to buy/rent in Kathmandu. You also need to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, a compass and a bug spray for precautions. *For rafting you will need flip-flop or sandals, bathing suits and lightweight shorts.
Do I have to take special measures for my health?
Always carry a first-aid kit for personal emergency; if you are taking any particular medicines, bring them along. Apart from that you can easily get medicines for minor ailments. Our travel guides will be equipped with first aid kit for your safety.
Is there any hygiene problem for drinking water?
You can count on the water provided by the hotels/lodges as they are bound to boil and filter it. You can also get bottled mineral water from nearby shops. Avoid tap and stream water because they might contain bacteria that your body is not yet immune. Many Nepali people drink directly from tap and stream water because of their strong immunity.
What are the Sources of Communication in Nepal?
A standard telephone system is easily available in cities. Fax email and internet are also easily available in major trekking parts such like, Everest, Langtang, Annapurna, and most other trekking routes. If you have any laptop, you can get internet via data card from NTC, Ncell, CDMA Service provider and in major cities you can easily access Wi-Fi services. However don’t not expect such facilities while on remote trek. You can bring your mobile phone and use the locally available SIM Cards for local/international calls, and internet. Make sure that your mobile device is not regionally locked.
What will happen in case of an emergency? Do I need an insurance policy?
If the situation is not so urgent, you will be taken to the nearest health post; however, on serious cases, a helicopter will be summoned and trekking staff will take you to the hospital. If necessary, an international medical flight will be arranged. We recommend having an insurance policy covering you against risks of travel, and further ensuring that your insurance policy covers up for emergencies related to health and other travel risks.
How difficult are the treks?
Difficulty of the treks depends on the region of the trek and duration of it. Shorter treks tend to be easier while longer ones require some physical fitness. We follow important trekking protocols to help you acclimatize during treks with high climbs. Basic exercise of walking, running and similar activities is recommended at least a week before your trekking starts.
What is the best time for trek in Nepal?
Nepal is the best destination for the tourism activities throughout the year, as each season provides a different experience and perspective of trekking adventure. There are four distinct trekking seasons in Nepal. Each season has its distinctive attractions to offer. The seasons can be classified as follows:
Autumn (Sept. – Nov): Autumn is the best time to experience the trekking in the Himalayas, which offers an excellent weather and exhilarating mountain views and one can experience the festival and culture of Nepal as the biggest festival of Nepal fall in this season Dashain and Tihar (Deewali) which occur between October and November.
Winter (Dec. – Feb.): Winter season is noted for occasional snowfall only at higher elevations. Hence it is ideal for trekking at lower elevation, generally below 3000 meters and it is good time for the having adventure activities such as Mountain Biking, Bungee Jumping,Cycling Paragliding, River adventures and Jungle Safari.
Spring (Mar. – May): Different varieties of wild flowers, most exceptionally the rhododendrons, make the hillside above 3000 meters a haunting paradise during this season. It is mildly warm at lower elevations, and at higher elevations over 4000 meters,. Mountain views are excellent and temperature is quite moderate. This season is the best time to have the mountain expedition, peak climbing, trekking and hiking in Nepal.
Summer (June – Aug.): Summer season represents monsoon in Nepal, as it rains on most days during this season. So it can be the best time for river adventure as the water level rises. You also can have Agro tour as Nepalese farmer farm in their land in this period. This season would be best for those who are keen to know about the vegetation as a botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation.
Do I need Mountaineering Skills?
You do not need to be a super athlete nor a mountaineer to do a trek, but a few weeks of training, prior to arriving in Nepal, will definitely enhance your experience. It will not be more enjoyable spending the trip of a lifetime struggling to walk the trails every day when a little sensible preparation before arrival would make the journey so much more rewarding. iIt is important to be in good physical condition before starting your trek and the best way is to do a lot of walking. Try to spend an hour a day on the road. Walk upstairs rather than take a lift, if possible, walk or cycle when you would normally drive or ride a bus, take the dog for a walk. Jogging and aerobics will also come in handy. Running a few miles most days is probably the best single physical activity. It doesn’t have to be too complicated. While you are training you can also be breaking in those new trekking boots that may otherwise give you blisters on the first day out on the trail. Those planning to climb one of the trekking peaks need to be physically very fit. Please also be mentally prepared for Nepal. It will be good if you try to find out as much as possible about Nepal’s customs especially about the particular trek that you have planned before arriving. We are always happy to give you information with updated facts.
Is it safe to eat during the trek?
Food safety is always a big concern and we take it very seriously. That is why we have chosen the cleanest and most hygienically kept Tea Houses for our routes. During a Camping Trek our cook prepares safe and tasty meals from carefully chosen food items and only hygienic cleaning facilities are used.
What problems can arise on altitude?
Altitude sickness is a serious problem. This is normally linked to fatigue, dizziness and sometimes fainting due to lower oxygen present at high altitude. Our Team is dedicated to organize treks carefully with your safety on top priority… Extra day of acclimatization is included in all our high altitude treks in order to prevent incidents of altitude sickness. Our guides are trained to spot any signs of altitude sickness in an instant andare well-trained to take necessary steps in the case that you or your friends are affected by the altitude.
What sort of experience do your guides have?
We believe that our incredible guides and staff are the foundation of our programs. All of our guides are highly skilled professionals who have been selected based on their technical proficiency, proven safety records, careful judgment, patient and supportive teaching styles and great personalities. In our continuing efforts to provide you with the best possible experience, we endeavour to provide you with a guide local to the area you will be trekking in. All our mountaineering, trekking, & cultural guides are experts in their respective field. To make your vacation a more memorable one, our staff will share with you interesting facts not only about the Himalayas, but about the culture, history and religion of the area as well. Our guides are trained and are licensed by the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation.
Our guides are very experienced in dealing with the effects of higher altitudes and since they are natives of Himalayas, they easily acclimatize and therefore can better care for our clients. They are equipped with necessary medical supplies and can assist you with basic first aid treatment.
How do I make a preliminary booking?
To make a preliminary booking of an adventure – click “Book here” in the upper right corner of the selected adventure page or send us email with your required services. The preliminary booking form will appear and you will be able to proceed to checkout.
The preliminary booking form also allows you to add side trips to your trek. You can book these by following the same procedure described above.
Will I have private rooms and bathrooms?
Private rooms with bathrooms are available in all Tea Houses except for those at very high altitude. Most bathrooms are shared. Note that Hiking Adventure Treks will always insure you 100% clean sleeping bags, new liners and pillows.
What type of shoes or boots should I wear?
The proper footwear depends on the trek. Shorter treks in low altitude can be done in comfortable running shoes while longer, more demanding treks in high altitude require sturdy trekking/hiking boots.
It’s best to purchase shoes and boots before arriving in Nepal. Proper fit is a must for boots. We encourage wearing your boots before trekking to wear them in.
What happens if there is an emergency?
Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that can occur during a trek. If a serious emergency occurs help from outside will be needed. That’s why every client should have their own emergency rescue and health insurance arranged before coming to Nepal.
If an emergency occurs Hiking Adventure Treks will initially cover the cost of an evacuation until your insurance company can deliver payment.
How much money should I bring for the trek?
The amount of money you bring on a trek depends on you. Cold sodas during the day and an occasional beer after a long day of trekking can be awfully nice. Drinking should be moderate not to affect next day’s trek.