What do I need to expect about the Temperature, meal, and drinking water, insurance, walking hours during the trek, shower ?
Spring – February to mid June
Temperature during this season is 15°C as lowest and with a maximum of 25°C during sunny days, Minimum of -15°C in the morning and at night normally for areas above 4000 meters.
Monsoon – End of June to Mid-September
Temperature during this season is max 25°C in the sunny days and a minimum -15°C in the morning and night.
Autumn – Mid September to Mid December
Temperature during the fall is 15°C with a maximum temp of 20°C during sunny days and a minimum of 05°C in the morning and at night.
Winter – December to February
Temperature during the winter is freezing cold during the morning and the nights to -08°C but the temperature during the sunny day might be 10°C. Apart from the above given temperature, Temperature during the trekking varies from region to region, season to season and itinerary to itinerary. To be precise you can calculate the range of the temperature corresponding with the altitude increase. Temperatures illustrated above are for the normal condition but it might be changeable with the special weather condition. Regarding the trekking regions Everest trekking region is supposed to have lower temperature as it starts from Lukla normally. But for the trekking to Annapurna temperature at the base camp and the Thorong-La pass might be to the minimum as illustrated above, but the lower regions of the same trail has hot weather and crazy hot if it is sunny day.
Nepal Eco Adventure provides meals three times per day; you choose the food from the menu. Menu at the tea house are with varieties of food and you can choose among them. Since you have to be hygienic with eating habit to make sure your trekking is safe and sound, you can ask for the suggestion from our guides. They will help you to accept and avoid the item of the food you see in the menu of the restaurant in the trekking trail.
- “Drinking water”
Drinking and walking must be sound and balance during the activity like trekking, we suggest you to drink as more as you can while you are in the trekking. Most of the tea houses and restaurant in every trekking trail has facility of bottled water or purified water. But you need to buy and it might cost from $1 to $4; as the price of everything goes on increasing with increase in the height. Even if you don’t want to buy the water; there are abundant sources of water on the trail and tea houses where you can fill up your bottles and use water purification tablets, SteriPen, life straw, iodine, water filters. Make sure you have enough of these purification tablets for 5ltrs of water per day.
We do not recommend you to buy bottled water during the trek as water is expensive and even if it is cheap; this trend will increase the trash of empty bottles. And being Nepal Eco Adventure we try our best to minimize harm to the nature and using water purification technique instead of bottled water helps a lot keeping Eco-friendly trekking.
As you already spend money for your beautiful holiday package with us, why not to increase the amount a bit to safeguard while traveling? Nepal Eco Adventure tries best effort to make sure you are safe in our hands but as said planning is to be done for the worst situation, we suggest you to be insured before traveling. Even we ask a copy of your travel insurance during booking of your trip. Don’t take RISK while traveling and make sure you are safe from all the prospective and hence we suggest you to be in good hands. Looking at the company used by our guest we suggest you following insurance companies from all over the world. Make sure you choose one fits you. Below are the suggestions :
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EUROPE & SLOVENIA
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- “Walking hours during trek”
Normally the itineraries we provide you are designs to walk in the reasonable pace for 5-7 hours a day. But the geography of the trail and the fitness level of the trekker always change this expected walking hour. Walking downhill is much easier in the high altitude and always takes half of the time for same distance of uphill walking in the Himalaya. Walking above the height of 4000m is always tough and your pace will be slower than expected.
Trekking gives you sweating and if you don’t shower with sweaty body, might be uneasy. But showering is not a big problem even in the Himalaya as every tea house has hot/cold shower. You need to pay for the hot shower and cold showers are normally free. But we suggest you to have less number of showers as possible since you might get cold. Avoid shower in the cold place and avoid being sick during your trekking.
Can I get Nepal visa on arrival or online?
Yes, you can get on arrival tourist visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Most of people can obtain visa on entry to Nepal. There are some countries visa will needed to be organize prior to traveling. $30 USD for 15 days of visa from the date of issue, $50 USD for 30 days and $125 USD for 90 days tourist visa.You can apply visa online http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/
Does your company pick up from airport on arrival ? is that included pick up and drop?
Yes, our agency airport representative will pick you up from airport. Only inclusive package from airport to airport will be provided with a pickup and drop service. We will be displaying our name card of Nepal Eco Adventure with your name on it and when you finished you trip we will drop you to airport. Pick up and drop is complimentary from our company.
Also be aware that when you go out of the airport, some Nepali people might try to help you carry your bags, and ask you to give them tips for this service. So be careful and do not accept anyone to carry your bags, except from Nepal Eco Adventure staff. Generally there will be only one guide and a driver come to receive you at the airport.
When is the best time to visit Nepal?
Trekking at Nepal will be best during the seasons of spring and autumn. But according to the will of the trekkers, the trekking and visiting in Nepal can be managed. The trekking at the high altitude should be done during the summer time or September to end of December and March to June but the trekking at the low lands can be done at throughout the year.
How difficult is trekking in Nepal?
The trekking in Nepal is one of the most interesting things that the visitors in Nepal want to do. The trekking will take the visitors of Nepal to different parts of Nepal. Generally, trekking in Nepal will go for about 5 to 7 hours per day in every trekking but the toughness of the trekking will differ from its grade. There are different types of trekking grading from the easy, medium, challenging and demanding. Normally in Trekking covers 3000 meters to 8848 meters which has categories in various stage of grade. Expedition is challenging but trekking is normal and easy.
How fit do need to be for trekking? Will I be able to do it?
It depends on you; if you’re reasonably fit and enjoy walking then trekking is certainly for you. Choose the trekking route that suites your fitness level. Obviously shorter treks are easier then longer ones, longer and bigger treks require a better standard of fitness. If you are in good physical condition then you do not require any hiking experience for short trekking. But if you are planning for the longer ones then you should try some longer day hikes.
How long will be the trekking?
The trekking at the different parts of Nepal will be different according to the distance of the trekking destinations. Generally, there are different places where one can go for trekking and the duration of the trekking will generally go for about 1 to 4 weeks. But the trekking at the different places like in city tours will be short but the trekking towards the base camp of the high hills will be generally long.
What is tea house and camping trekking in Nepal?
In Nepal, generally we can do two types of trekking. In the tea houses trekking, we will do the trekking by resting the night at the lodges or the tea houses at different places of the trekking trails. The tea houses trekking at Nepal will be comfortable than the camping trekking because the trekkers don’t have to worry regarding the accommodation and foods. But besides the tea houses trekking, camping trekking in Nepal is also equally popular. The camping trekking will be based on the trekking where the night will be resting at the camps, where we will set up our camps at the different parts of the trekking trails for our convenience. We will have our meals at the camps and will rest the night at camps. As compared to the lodging trekking, camping trekking is a bit difficult.
What types of food will be served during the trekking?
While trekking in Nepal, meals are prepared in tea houses, good standards of hygiene, fruit and vegetable soaked in iodine water before cooked. The food along the trail will be simple and a mix of local and international cuisine. If the trekking is camping trekking, then the trekkers will mainly be served with the local foods of Nepal and as well as continental and western foods. Due to the lack of electricity and refrigerators along our trekking route you will eat a largely vegetarian diet. In Kathmandu you will find meals in good quality tourist restaurants. Most of lodges serve boiled and filter water which is safe. It is also possible to buy the bottle of mineral water in the trek but we do not recommend buying a bottle for a drink during the trek instead using the water purification tablet which will make the trek “Eco Friendly” as per our slogan.
Does your company organize domestic flights, hotel booking and other services?
Yes. Since we are Nepal based company, we refer to arrange your international flights from your home. But domestic flight ticket, Kathmandu city tour and your accommodation will be included in our package. If you like to organize individually river rafting, sightseeing tour, mountain flight, jungle safari can be organized according to your interest.
Do I really need a trekking guide?
While visiting to Nepal, trekking guides is almost mandatory to trekking in Nepal for everyone. When you hire one, your trip will be lot more informative and memorable. You can get lots of knowledge about the place you are hiking in. But if the trekkers is well experienced and have visited at different places of Nepal many times then s/he may not need the trekking guides. But trekking guide can play a big role to make your trekking memorable. They will provide information about the trekking destination along with its surroundings. Similarly, if any problems will arise during the trekking, then the guides will solve it easily and it will be rather difficult for the trekkers themselves to solve them.
Is trekking and travel safe in Nepal?
Yes Nepal is safe to travel. Safety during the trekking or travel in Nepal is one of the prime concerns that every trekker or traveller want to know. In the past, Nepal has experienced political unrest, however since November of 2006, the signed Nepal Peace Agreement, between the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) has brought this unrest to a close. But now there is the situation of peace and tranquility in the field of trekking as well as in whole Nepal.
Besides, the trekking stakeholders in Nepal are also forwarding several steps for the safety of the trekkers. Now after election democratic parties will lead the government and rule the nation that’s why the huge possibility has seen in safety. Yes, there are pick pockets here, as you find in other countries so keep your belongings safe at all times. You need to take usual precautions as you would traveling anywhere in the world.
Do I need insurance for travel and trek in Nepal? Can I get it there?
You should buy medical and mountain evacuation insurance for trekking up 5500m. General travel and medical insurance for traveling in to Nepal. We suggest you buy insurance policy in your country. We don´t have mountain rescue insurance over here in Nepal. Check with your home country travel insurance company which cover the rescue helicopter from the mountain up 5500m.
Is there any telephone/internet facilities when we are on the mountain?
In the way in most villages along the popular trekking routes you can find telephone for international call. Popular trekking area like Annapurna, Everest and Langtang area there good coverage of cell phones. and there internet cafe some lodges have wifi service.
What do I need to carry on trek?
A porter will carry your luggage and that belonging to your roommate. Your clothing and sleeping bag must be placed in plastic bags inside your rucksack which must not weigh more than 25 pounds (12 kg) in total. You will be able to leave clothes and other baggage at your hotel in Kathmandu while away on trek.
Each trekker will carry a small day-sack, fleece jacket, water proofs, warm hat, sunhat, suns-cream, water bottle (or camel back system), first aid kit and water purification kit.
What in case of altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness is one of the major problems while you will trek high altitude’s trekking destination of Nepal. But there are certain measures that can be applied while trekking at high altitudes which help the trekkers to avoid altitude sickness. Besides, if it affects any trekker then there are several provisions for the first aid and other medicines to recover. If the condition of the trekkers gets worst, then he will be immediately transferred to the nearby hospital.
What happens if there is an emergency?
Our guides are trained with first aid and have basic knowledge about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. If an emergency occur then we will cover initial expenses of rescue operation as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. For minor cases there are health posts established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.
You can bring power bars, cereal bars and similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration.
Do I need to bring First Aid Kit?
Our Guides carry a comprehensive medical kit. But you should bring your own personal kit and carry it with you when on the trek. It should contain antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, headache pills, diarrhea treatment, re-hydration salts eg Dioralite, Lemsip, plasters and Compede for blisters.
How safe Women traveling alone with your company?
We are aware about safety of female travelers. we completely guarantee the safety of the women traveling or trekking with us. We will give you a private room sharing with another female on lodge trekking. If there no other female on the group we try to provide the private room most places where is possible. On the most trekking area higher up on the route there are very limited accommodation for everyone have to share the room with fellow trekkers. We can’t guaranteed single room due to limitation accommodation availability. We provide female friendly guide and porter. We are female friendly Company.
What currency should I bring to Nepal?
We advise you to bring US dollars /British pound s/Euros to pay for your visa, trip cost and other expenses. Most major currencies are usually accepted also. It is always better to travel with US dollars.
Does Nepal has good quality banking facilities?
Nepal has reasonable banking facilities having branches of some international local commercial banks Almost all foreign currency along with credit card such as Visa and Master card are broadly accepted. ATM is widely available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There are some ATM in bigger town on treks. when you go remote area idea to carry enough cash. Some trekking area has bank and ATM, they might not be reliable.
How early should I book my trip?
We recommend you to book your trip in few month advance. Even you arrive and want to organize your trip we accommodate last minute bookings. However, for Trekking like Everest region we need to reserve the flight, so we highly recommend earliest is best for us.
What are your payment terms?
You need to pay 30% of total trip cost as advance deposit to confirm reservation before arriving to Nepal and remaining balance of the payment shall be paid when you arrive to Kathmandu.
What essential documents/items do I need to bring with me?
You must bring a valid passport (must be valid for up to 6 months, keep an extra photocopy just in case), a copy of your travel insurance, cash, flight tickets, emergency contact numbers of insurance and family members and any medications.
How much extra spending money should I bring?
This depends on the destination you will travel or trek. There is something you spend your money on throughout the trek other than the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, Hot shower on the trek, Tipping and shop round on the trek. On the other hand Kathmandu is a shopper’s paradise. Frequently purchased items include hand-woven Tibetan carpets, hand knit woolen goods, hats, outdoor clothing and equipment, cashmere clothing, shawls, Pashminas, Buddhist memorabilia, carved masks, puppets, wood carvings and jewellery etc. we suggest you to bring $200-$350 US dollar. You can only buy Nepalese Rupees in Nepal. There are ATM’s in Kathmandu where you can withdraw Nepalese Rupees Credit cards can be used to purchase expensive items but there will be an additional charge for this service.
Is Nepal Eco Adventure guides/porters insured?
Yes our company trekking staff including guides, porters, cooks, Sherpas all of them are insured. We have bought insurance for all our staff from Siddhartha Insurance. Their insurance cover up to $5000 USD.
How much should I tip to my guide and porter?
Tips do not form any part of the wages of guides,porters and other trekking crews. but they are expected by the porters, guide, Sherpa and cook. it is a nice way of saying thank-you to someone who will play a large part in your trekking experience and who will prove invaluable to you on this trip. Our porters and guides will be paid more than working for other big tour and trek companies. we suggest to tip 10-20% of total trip cost. This amount must be given in Nepalese rupee. The porters live in small hill villages several days walking from the nearest bank or money changer. I will suggest you to be generous about tipping job they have done for you.