Frequently Asked Questions

The best time for trekking is in the pre-monsoon springtime (March, April, May) and the post-monsoon fall (September, October, November). However, if you wish to avoid the crowd in these seasons and prioritize clear sky and view of the wide variety of flora and fauna we can make arrangements. However, winter (December, January, February) is colder and in summer/monsoon (June, July, August) rain might be an issue.

It is always better to consult your doctor. However, we suggest you to carry simple medicines such as Ibuprofen, Codeine, Paracetamol, Strepsils, anti diarrhea tablets and diamox (for high altitude sickness)

A teahouse trekking arrangement will be made for you for the Everest Base Camp trekking and Annapurna Region trekking  whereby you will be able to stay at local lodges and have wholesome food and comfortable bed throughout your trekking journey. This form of arrangement also allows you to carry less baggage; you can hike at your own pace and enjoy the view on your own schedule. It is also an eco-friendly way of trekking whereby trekkers can have more contact with the locals.

During trekking, you will be served meals in the teahouses. Typical meals are rice, pasta or potato dishes along with vegetables and egg/chicken/meat dishes. Other items mostly served as break fasts include porridge, muesli and toasts with peanut butter and honey.

During trekking, lodges serve bottled, boiled and filtered water, which is generally safe and have to be paid for. Because of environmental reasons however we encourage our guests to use iodine and other purifying agents to treat water before drinking. Bottled mineral water is also available everywhere.

What you want to wear depends on you but we suggest you to wear warm clothes during the Everest Base Camp trekking. A down jacket, thermal longs and top, comfortable trekking trousers, t-shirts, fleece, windproof jacket, hat, scarf, and gloves might be useful. There are numerous trekking shops in Thamel area of Kathmandu where you can get all kind of these items and our staff can help you to take there if required. 

During trekking, you will be on a long journey for which you will need two bags to keep your belongings. A rucksack/duffle bag and a day bag for personal items. You need to bring duffle bag for packing your things While the duffle bag will be carried by the potters, you will have to carry a day bag on your own. A day bag is a small backpack that has enough room for everything you will need on a day hike such as lunch, water, extra clothing and perhaps a few personnel items like camera, battery chargers etc.

If possible, we suggest you to bring your own equipments. However, sleeping bags and down jacket will be provided to you by us. With regards to trekking poles, if you are used to walking with it then take them with you, as you will probably find them useful especially on the way down. They are not essential though and the walk is manageable without them. It is mostly a personal preference. If you prefer to take the poles with you on the trekking then you can either bring your own pole or buy it from numerous options available in Kathmandu.

Yes, if you have a bag of extra clothing for when you return from the trekking, you will be able to store it safely in Kathmandu. The storage facility is provided by most hotels and lodges in Kathmandu 

Your rucksack (duffle bag) will be carried by porters. But the day bag, where you store personal stuffs will be carried by you. However, if you are uncomfortable during trekking then we can also make arrangements for the guide/porters to carry your day bag as well.

Our itinerary has been specially tailored to prevent any kind of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) while moving up to higher altitude. Normally, altitude sickness starts above from 3000 meters . You will be trekking at a relatively slower and gradual pace as part of acclimatization process. In the higher elevation there is less oxygen in the air and this is more so while crossing high passes. Our expert guides will advice you on how to avoid AMS and treat it when/ if required. . Extensive medical kits are carried on all our trips.All our trekking group leaders / guides are well trained in Wilderness First Aid Course who are competent to diagnosis it and to act accordingly on the very spot.

Fitness is perhaps the key factor in the trek. Most people of average fitness for their age could complete the adventure trekking in Himalayas. On all holidays, physical preparation is useful and a flexible, open-minded approach is essential. You can take your time, set your own pace and enjoy the most fascinating surroundings. Most first-time trekkers are concerned that they won't keep up. They soon discover that a steady and moderate pace will have them in destination well before they would have expected. Trekking is not walking competition, but walking holidays in own pace. However, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy it, and you will have enough energy for extra activities.

Safety is our Top Most Agenda while organizing trips in Himalayas. All our trekking group leaders / guides have undertaken the Wilderness First Aid Medical Course and years of experience have taught them to deal with any adverse situations from diarrhea to Acute Mountain Sickens.  We plan adventure travel trips so that safety and comfort are not compromised.

Our guides will make required efforts to obtain the necessary transportation and reservations to get you home as quickly as possible if for any reason you need to depart early. However, you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as: hotel, transport, flight, etc.) included in the package that you would not use later.

In the case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; you shall be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back in Kathmandu.

There are telephones (landlines) in most of the villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Mobile Phone services are available throughout Nepal and even at the Everest Base Camp but the quality of the reception varies from location to location. Internet facilities can be found in only a few villages. However, these facilities can be expensive. Our guides will carry mobile with them and if there is any emergency you can use phone call from them .And Wi-Fi facilities are available in all the tea houses these days.

Nepal's Electricity is 220 Volt and 50 MHZ (50 Cycles per Second). The Electric Plug is two or three round prongs, but not flat prongs as found in use in the United States or in other countries. If your electronic items use 110 Volt 60 MHZ electricity, you will need a voltage convert.

Most of the tea houses/ lodges have electricity whereby you will be able to charge your iPod or camera batteries. Please note that lodges/tea houses will charge you some extra money for the services. The fee may vary from 1 USD to 3 USD per hour.

You need general travel insurance and trip cancellation insurance, as well as rescue insurance. Read your policy's fine print to make sure it covers you for trekking or climbing, depending on what trip you have booked, and that it covers you for helicopter evacuation.

Yes, domestic flights may get delayed or cancelled for any number of days due to unfavorable weather conditions. If the delay occurs at the start of your trip and disturbs your schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip. But, if you are not interested in taking an alternative trip and wish to wait for the flights to resume instead, we will provide you accommodation and food in a guest house in Kathmandu. Hence, as long as you plan to stick to the original trip schedule we will be responsible for additional accommodation/ food. But, if you choose to change the dates of your trip and lengthen it then you will solely be responsible for your expenses.

You will be carrying your day pack with warm clothes, drinking water, snacks, sun block, camera  etc you need for the day. Generally it will be light around 3 – 5 Kilos.

According to trekking standards and experience, treks are divided into four types- Easy, Moderate, Difficult and Strenuous. The challenge in terms of both technicality and geography increases as we move higher in that order. Thus, Easy treks could be suitable for all while Strenuous and Difficult treks are meant only for those who already have a certain number of experiences in trekking.

Furthermore, Grading will help you choose trekking and climbing that best suits your fitness level and experience. Please keep in mind that this is only a general guide. A variety of factors, including weather may add to the challenge. Everest Base Camp trekking is suitable for those who are moderately fit. Moderate trekking will require at least 5-6 hours of walking every day, crossing 4000 m above high altitude passes and long & exhausting walks through rough trails, rocks and boulders. Therefore, you will require physical and mental fitness, positive attitude and readiness to face high altitude. Previous hiking or camping experience is preferred.
 

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I did a customized 6 day trek with Bam and everything was fine. We had a great time, I could ask a lot & he explained me everything and we laughed a lot every day. I also had time every day to walk on...

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