Welcome to frequently asked questions (Nepal Trekking FAQ’s) section of our website. This section will help you familiarize yourself with necessary trekking information, what to pack, when to go, and other questions.
Also see: Trekking in Nepal
Why trek with Hiking Adventure Treks?
Hiking Adventure Treks is one of the largest and most experienced tourism operators in Nepal. We specialize in trekking & touring activities in Nepal, India, Bhutan and Tibet. The Company donates 5-10% of its total income to social foundations in our rural community. We provide endless opportunities to get involved in our immersive culture exchange programs.
Why Trek in Nepal?
World’s top eight Mountains, including the greatest Mount Everest, are in Nepal, making it a dream destination for hikers, trekkers and mountain lovers. Trekking in Nepal is a diverse option available within a short distance. The country is relatively smaller in area compared to the great ranges of mountains, hills and plains it encompasses. Ranging from challenging climbs & treks to moderate hikes and walks, Nepal is your one go destination. The country is rich with a diverse ethnicity of people, festivals and their culture. Surprise awaits at every corner to amaze you with simplicity, uniqueness and beauty.
What is trekking?
Trekking is the multi-days walking trip enjoying the scenery of rural regions, rugged hills and valleys that usually follows a established trail. Trekking is not same as climbing and mountaineering which requires climbing equipments 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 people. They provide good food with restaurant-style menus, bed and hot shower in some places. Tented camping is organized under the open sky, as we move from one destination to next.
How long does a trek usually last?
The duration of the trek largely depends on the region and, broadly speaking, your level of interest. Your trek can range from two-to-three days to a month or longer periods according to interest and region. Even the same trek can be of a different duration. 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. All you need to do is provide us with a copy of your passport and a passport size photograph.
Restricted Area Permit is a special permit that is required to access the remote protected regions of Nepal. These permits are generally more expensive than the regular permit. However, this permit is not required in all the trekking zones.
How should I dress for a trek?
Make sure you put comfortable clothes for the trek. Bring along warm sweaters, a padded jacket, T-shirts, pairs of warm wool pants, woollen and cotton socks, thermal wear, and you should be fine. As you would trek for 5-6 days, good trekking shoes are a must. You can also rent a pair from rental shops available all around Kathmandu. Bring a lightweight pair of boots that are sturdy, have rubber soles and good ankle support. 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 and let us know about your medical conditions when we ask you when you book trips with us. 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 boiled and filtered. You can also buy bottled mineral water from shops. Avoid tap and stream water because they contain bacteria against which your body may not be immune. You can also bring water filters if you want to use water from rivers and taps.
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 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. 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?
Get yourself covered with proper travel insurance that includes flight evacuation in emergency situations. If the situation is not so urgent, we will help you get to the nearest health post. On serious cases, a helicopter will be summoned to lift you to the hospital. If necessary, an international medical flight will also be arranged. We recommend having an insurance policy covering you against these risks of travel. The cost will get expensive without a cover.
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. Each season provides unique trek experience and perspective. There are four distinct trekking seasons in Nepal.
Autumn (Sept. – Nov): Autumn is the best time to experience trekking in the Himalayas. The weather is excellent and mountain views are exhilarating. Two greatest festivals of the Nepalis, Dashain and Tihar (Diwali) also fall between October and November.
Winter (Dec. – Feb.): Winter season is noted for occasional snowfall at higher elevations. It is an ideal season for lower elevation trekking, which is generally below 3000 meters. It is a great time for 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 in Spring. It is mildly warm at lower elevations, and colder at higher elevations. Mountain views are excellent and temperature is moderate. This season is best for mountain expeditions, peak climbing, trekking and hiking.
Summer (June – Aug.): Summer season represents monsoon in Nepal. It rains on most days. It can be the best time for river adventure as the water level rises. You also can have an Agro Tour as Nepalese are busy in the field during this time. This season would be best for those interested in vegetation, eg. 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 for trekking. Nevertheless training and exercise will definitely enhance your experience. It will not be enjoyable struggling to walk the trails when a little sensible preparation would have made the journey much more rewarding.
It is important to be in good physical condition before starting any trek. Try to spend an hour a day on the road. Walk upstairs rather than take a lift, walk or cycle than drive or ride a bus, take the dog for a walk. Jogging and aerobics will also come in handy. It doesn’t have to be too complicated.
Also don’t forget to break those new trekking boots to avoid blisters on the first day out on the trail. Those planning to climb need to be physically fit. Mentally fitness is also something to consider. The trails test willpower at times.
Is it safe to eat during the trek?
Food safety is always a big concern and we take it very seriously. We have chosen the cleanest and most hygienically kept Tea Houses for our route meals and accommodation. In Camping Treks, our cook prepares safe and tasty meals from carefully chosen food items and takes care of utensil and food hygiene.
What problems can arise on altitude?
Altitude sickness is a serious problem. Fatigue, dizziness and fainting can occur due to thinner atmosphere in high altitudes. To counter this, we introduce acclimatization as per requirement in each of our trek. Our guides are trained to spot these symptoms in an instant and provide aid in case a group member is affected. Let your team leader know as soon as you realise these symptoms.
What sort of experience do your guides have?
All of our guides are highly skilled professionals topping technical proficiency, proven safety records, careful judgment, patient and supportive. We also assign trekking leaders based on their own locality / area so they know the terrain and people better. To make your trip memorable, our guides are loaded with interesting information about the Himalayas, the trails and the people. All of our guides are trained and licensed by the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation. The guides are quick to lead the trails, make decisions, provide assistance and first aid treatment whenever necessary.
How do I make a 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 interest The preliminary booking form will appear on the website once you click on the link, and you will be able to book. This form also allows you to add side trips to your trek. in case you need to book more than one trip.
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. 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 help you to contact the Helicopter Company to rescue you and take you to Hospital connect to your insurance company as well.
How much money should I bring for the trek?
The amount of money you bring on a trek depends on you. Cold sodas, Mineral water, Hot Shower, during the day and an occasional beer after a long day of trekking can be awfully nice. Drinking should be avoided during treks, or kept at a moderate level not to affect next day’s trek.
Generally speaking, the major trekking regions are Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu and Remote Regions.
Do you have any more questions? Contact us.