01: How can I obtain a visa to travel to Nepal? Is there any country or embassy that issues visas on behalf of Nepal?
The best way to apply for a visa is from the Nepalese diplomatic missions in your country. All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens need visas to enter Nepal. The other choice is to obtain the visa from the Immigration office at the entry points of Nepal such as at TIA Airport. The cost is US$ 40 (30 days) and US$ 25 (15 days). Two copies of your passport photos are required on arrival.
02: What is trekking?
Trekking in Nepal is a pioneer sport. Nepal trekking is a mountain walk from place to place, rather than just rambling or day walking from a fixed base. A trek is not necessarily more arduous or uncomfortable than center-based sojourns; we believe they are more interesting and rewarding. Trekking appeals to different people for different reasons, most are drawn to the healthy exercise and magnificent mountain scenery, both of which are fully guaranteed.
03: When is the best season to travel to Nepal?
The best season to visit Nepal is from March to May and September to November. However, some tourists prefer to visit Nepal in the lean season too because there are abundant choices in terms of accommodation and flight bookings can be done very easily. June to August is better to do treks that belong to rain shadow like Upper Mustang, Dolpa in Nepal and Mt. Kailash in Tibet.
04: Do we need to cover travel insurance?
Yes, we advise you to get your insurance coverage from your respective country (Including Helicopter).
05: What kind of hotels do you use?
In Kathmandu we do provide 5 star hotels as per your request and as well as other types of hotels. During the trekking, we provide you with a guest house which is called Tea house. Tea houses are very simple hotels (guest house) with western Nepalese food and private rooms (twin sharing & bathroom nearby). In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea houses (lodges) and lunch in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges and you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.
06: What kind of Trekking guides do you use for the trip?
We use experienced English speaking guides. (French, Spanish, German and Japanese speaking guides can also be arranged on request for an additional cost) for a group. Most of the Trekking Guides from the remote area.
07: Is it okay to take photographs of the people in local villages?
Yes, it is ok and they really get a kick out of seeing themselves in print but please ask permission first! If you take photographs, please make copies and send them back to us and we will make sure they get delivered to the people on your trek.
08: Do I have to tip my guide/porter?
Your porter/guide should not ‘ask you’ for anything, however at the end of your trek if he has done a good job and you feel he warrants a thank you, by all means a tip is always appreciated.
09: How much weight do I allow for my porter?
You should allow 5 kg for your personal porters own gear such as his torch, clothes and other items he may feel essential for his trek. It is best to bring two backpacks with you. A smaller pack for yourself to carry your water and favorite snack bars, and the bigger pack with a maximum of 12-15 kg including sleeping bag will be carried by personal porters. (We provide 01 Porter for 02 persons)
10: How fit do I have to be for Trekking?
You do not have to be a marathon runner or training for the Olympics but you do have to be fit and healthy. Depending on your walking/trekking speeds, you may have to trek for 5 to 7 hours per day. No mountaineering skills are needed to do a trek.
11: Are there any age restrictions?
No, there aren’t any age restrictions. We design a trek for children/teenagers/ pensioners. For children or pensioners, we offer short and easy trek around Kathmandu and Pokhara Valley. For adults and teenagers, we offer moderate to hard treks, like Everest Base Camp/ Manaslu/ Dolpa/ Mustang/ Annapurna/ Langtang etc.
12: What do I bring?
We have listed a few essentials that you will need to bring along with you. When you make your booking we will send you a full list of essentials.
13: What is involved in a typical day?
- 06.30 Wakeup call
- 07:00 Breakfast
- 08.00 Start walking
- 12.00 Lunch break
- 04.00 Reach Guesthouse
- 07.00 Evening meal
- 08.00 Talk about the next day
- 08.30 Entertainment
As we do Organized/Tent trekking, our trained cook set the menu and prepare meals himself. But when we do, teahouse/lodge basis trekking, we choose the same menu for breakfast/lunch/dinner/ for all but change the menu daily so that we could do our contribution for preserving green tourism. When we trek, we do our best to introduce you to local culture and taste. (Breakfast always comes with tea/coffee however lunch & dinner tea/coffee are not included).
15: Where do we get water during the trip?
All Tea houses have boiled and filter water for trekkers. (Water cost is extra). We discourage the purchase of bottled water while on the trail. The plastic bottles are difficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem. In a camping trek, we boil water in the morning and you will have enough boiled water in your bottle for the day. If you like to drink purified water you can have it from water taps during the trek but you need to have your own water purifier.
16: Is the water safe to drink?
Your guide will be in charge of all your water needs. He will make sure all water is boiled and treated with iodine. Iodine is 100% effective in killing the bacteria in water.
17: Will I be able to deal with the high altitude?
Our itineraries are designed so that our clients ascend at a sensible and safe rate. The effects of altitude are felt by gentle acclimatization allowing you to reach high point without any problems.
18: Is Communication to home possible on trek?
There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls. If you request we provide daily trekking reports to your relatives at home. (Now even your mobile can work in the mountain).
19: Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?
Yes, we come to the airport to pick you up. Outside the Terminal Hall, we will display a play card with your name.
20: How do I book the package tour & treks to Nepal?
If the tour itinerary given on the website suits you, you can book online or e-mail us. Also, if you want to customize your trip we can start the dialogue and together we can develop an itinerary that really suits your utmost interests and travel dates. To help you in customizing your trip, decide the duration that you wish to spend in Nepal and the destinations.