These FAQs are designed to provide a basic overview of traveling and trekking in Nepal. You may well have other queries, so feel free to contact our staff and fire away — they're ready and waiting to help.
Nepal is located southern part of Asia in between two huge countries like India and China.
Nepal is a landlocked nation of supreme natural beauty and immense cultural diversity. Home to the majestic Himalayas and eight of the world's highest mountains, it's considered the premier destination in the world for trekking enthusiasts, who journey to the country each year to test themselves on the dozens of stunning routes winding through the mighty mountain range. Everest of course is one of the major attractions, as befits the tallest and most legendary peak in the world, while treks such as the Annapurna Circuit are viewed as the finest available due to the perfect combination of towering mountains, superb views, and fascinating cultural perspectives. Nepal has more to offer though, far more, including climbing, river rafting and kayaking, jungle safaris, paragliding, bungee jumping, pilgrimage sites and tours, and UNESCO World Heritage sites, as well as a people who are as welcome and warm to visitors to the country as if they were guests invited into their own homes.
Yes, the visa for Nepal is readily available on arrival. The link below provides the appropriate details.
The currency of Nepal is the rupee. The ideal currencies for exchange are those of the USA, Australia, Great Britain, Canada, and Singapore, as well as the Euro, any of which can be readily exchanged in either Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Yes, we provide complimentary pick up if necessary which you can confirm during the booking process.
ATMs are very common in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Once in the mountains though the situation becomes totally different, so cash is highly recommended in such situations. Credit and debit cards from the likes of Visa, MasterCard and American Express are preferable.
Yes, you can pay by credit card. The typical surcharge is 3.5% of the total amount.
Yes, you may store items on our premises or ask for a similar service from your hotel.
Depending on the time of year and the trek itself a wide variety of gear may be necessary. Feel free to discuss your potential requirements with our staff.
Yes, you can find all sorts of trekking gear in Nepal, typically around the Thamel area of Kathmandu, where it's possible to buy or rent everything you might need. We can give appropriate advice on request.
You will have an English-speaking local guide who's professionally accredited, fully trained in first aid, and highly experienced — we don't stint on the quality of such key personnel. We also offer language specific guides on request for common languages such as French, Spanish, Italian etc, — you'll be out of luck if you need one who speaks Gaelic or Finnish!
Under normal circumstances porters carry approximately 20 kilos and we typically assign one for every two people in a trekking party. Porters can make all the difference to the enjoyment and success of a trek, not least by freeing you up from the need to carry excessive weight at altitude when your body will be straining for every ounce of oxygen it needs. As well as helping to ease your burden it also contributes enormously to the local economy by providing employment for locals. With a porter along all you'll need to take with you is a small daypack to carry basic necessities such as snacks, a sweater, rain gear, and so on.
If you have one then by all means bring it along. Otherwise we provide a complimentary duffel bag.
On a typical day, clients can expect to walk somewhere between 12 to 15 kilometers, though once we're above 3,000 meters the distances might be shorter in order to stay within safety limits regarding daily altitude gains.
Once you confirm your trek with us we'll prepare all the necessary trekking permits for you.
Yes, it's completely safe for single women to travel to Nepal, and our staff are well-trained in observing appropriate protocols and behavior.
The options are only limited by your imagination and requirements. We can offer treks that fit in to your personal needs in terms of using any of our set itineraries and matching it to your specific dates, or you can tailor your own itinerary and leave it to us to organize the guide and logistics. We can handle everything from organizing a short hike to Poon Hill all the way to arranging the Great Himalayan Trail if need be! Solo or with friends, it's all the same. Or you could elect to take part in one of our set departures and join in with a group traveling along your preferred route - it's a great way to meet people, have a wonderful time sharing the experience, and save a bit of money along the way. It's all entirely up to you.
Normally we'll organize groups of up to ten people in number, though we're experienced at putting together trekking groups as large as 15 or 20 on request.
Some restricted regions in Nepal such as Manaslu, Nar Phu, Kanchenjunga, Upper Mustang and Dolpo require a minimum of two trekkers to obtain the necessary special permits. In other circumstances we are more than happy to make arrangements for solo trekkers. You can find further information via the following link.
The trek where we eat and sleep in the tea houses during Himalaya is called tea house trek. In tea house trek, we do not need to carry tents, mattress, kitchen stuffs etc. The trek where we carry all stuffs like tents, meals, kitchen equipment etc and camp our self which is called Camping trek.
Most of the places you will have electricity or solar power where you can charge your mobile, camera etc. which is payable. Normally the hotel owner will charge couple of hundred dollars for full charge of battery.
Yes, you should have high altitude (the maximum altitude you are going) coverage insurance policy such as air ambulance, medical etc. while trekking with us. Renting helicopter in Nepal is shocking expensive.
Basically we have two trekking seasons in Nepal, the spring season (March to May) and the autumn season (September to November). They represent the optimal times of year for trekking. However trekking during the two off-seasons, winter and the monsoon period, are still possible, and some people actually prefer it, especially in the colder months. Some areas, such as Upper Mustang, Nar Phu, and Dolpo are ideal in the summer months due to being in the rain shadow of the Himalayas and are thus much drier in climate.