Trekking in Nepal can be undertaken throughout the year. There are four seasons in Nepal. Each season has distinct attractions to offer as follows:
Trekking Seasons: The best seasons for trekking are Autumn, from mid September until the end of November. Spring from mid March to mid May, but Winter and Summer are also suitable for some tours (for example Summer is the best season for the Upper Mustang Trekking).
Medical Matters and Advice: Trekking in Nepal need not be considered a risky affair as far as your health is concerned. Nevertheless, preventive measures such as a thorough medical check up before you start trekking can save you from unexpected problems. Since the remote places of Nepal are not supplied with necessities that are essential for modern medical facilities. However with modern Helicopters a Rescue evacuation can be arranged easily, please ensure You have insurance for this, or this will be an extra charge. Your Guide will have a comprehensive First Aid Box consisting of basic drugs and accessories as part of his kit for trekking. Modern dentistry is unknown in the hills of Nepal, so it is advised to have a checkup before departure from home.
Physical Fitness: All trekking demands a basic level of fitness that will enable one to put in a good day’s walking, uphills and down. Most treks should not be taken to gain more than 500 metres in any one day above 3,000 metres. There should be plenty of time during the day to cover this distance, so the physical exertion though quite strenuous at times, is not sustained. The best preparation for trekking is cycling, swimming, and jogging, squash, tennis and long walks involving up and down hills with a laden pack. Good physical conditioning will certainly help maximize your enjoyment of your trek.
Altitude Sickness: Altitude Sickness, often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is a particularly important medical consideration while trekking in Nepal. Altitude Sickness means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations above 3,000m. The initial symptoms of AMS are as following:
These symptoms are to be taken very seriously. In case of appearance of any of the above symptoms any further ascent should be reconsidered. More serious problems can occur which can even cause death sometimes within a few hours. The only cure for the Altitude Sickness is to descend to lower elevations immediately. Acclimatization by ascending to no more than 300 to 500 metres per day above 3,000 metres and proper amount of rest, as well as drinking lots of water are the best methods for prevention of AMS.
Clothing, Equipment and Personal Effects:
Note: All of the above mentioned items can be purchased/rented Kathmandu and Pokhara. Shoes are the one item that may be best to bring so that break-in time and size are not an issue.
Personal Baggage: You are allowed to carry a maximum of 20 kg. Baggage on most domestic and International flights and for the trekking we allow you to take 15 kg. of personal gear with the kit bag on lock system. Other gear not needed during the trek can be stored in the hotel or in our Company office store in Kathmandu. You are also advised to be responsible for your own baggage while you are traveling or trekking to avoid disappointment of loss of personal items.
Trip Reports and Tips: In order to upgrade our services, we request you to fill up the trip report forms provided by our crew. If you are satisfied with our staffs’ performances, we suggest you a tip of US$1 per staff per day for soft treks and US$2 for strenuous Treks. This is not compulsory. As you prefer.
Luguage during Trekking: During the trek your main luguage will be carried by a Porter. According to our companies role and system, mainly you have to carry a day bag with water bottle, Camera, spare jacket, etc. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave hotel lock of room/safe deposit box in kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15Kg, excess weight is chargeable will be USD$1 or more per kg. It will be depended region and sector.
Care for Porter and all Staff: We ensure that all Porters going to high altitude conditions are provide with adequate clothing and equipment. We run trek according to the guideline of the international Porter protection group.
Accommodation in Town and During the Trek: In City or Town you spend nights in 2 / 3 star Hotel. We have specially negotiated rates in a range of hotels, we can offer the best deal to suit your every budget and preferences. We can arrange also your stay in a higher class hotel depending on your budget. During the trek you could sleep in a Lodge or a trekking camp. Which is popular in Annapurna , Langtang, Helambu, Everest etc sectors now days all have well developed mountain lodges. The lodge is for the most part, owned and managed by a single family. As long as you don’t expect 5 star quality facilities you should be pleasantly surprised and happy with both the food and bathroom facilities, with meals served in a communal dining.
Food on the trek:
Pick up you in Nepal at Airport: When you will leave from your country to Nepal visit and there at the Airport many people will try to offer you service and facilities politely. Please be polite and refuse them. See our board “Adventure Ascent” Because, we will wait for you outside of the airport near the exit gate then we will drive to your hotel by private transportation. In Kathmandu you can withdraw money everywhere with your bank card (ATM). You will change money (cash or traveler cheque) easily in the exchange counters everywhere in KTM or Pokhara and also Lukla or Namche (however the rate will be much lower in Namche or Lukla ). In Kathmandu and Pokhara, the price does not include your lunch and diner (between 6 and 10 euros/day/pers), outside the cities everything is included in the cost of the trip excepted extra expenses like fresh beverage (beer, coke…) and sweets (mars, snicker…) Try not to change money at the airport where the rate is lower than in Kathmandu. Keep at least one receipt if you want to convert your rupees when you leave the country. To calculate your budget as well as possible don’t hesitate to talk with us.