Nepal Trekking FAQ'S
What is Trekking?
Trekking is simply walking on foot with nature. Trekking as the multi-days of joyful walking involves the trekkers to enjoy the exciting views of Mountains, rural areas, flora and fauna, valleys, rivers and the interaction with the culture and people living in the country side. Trekking is different than climbing therefore it does not require climbing equipments. Trekking can be done anywhere in the world however the trekking in Nepal is especially meant for the trekkers since the landscapes, panoramic views of the mountains, trekking trails, environment, weather, innocent welcoming smiles of different faces of local people, the multiple Nepalese cultures are the main attraction of Trekking in Nepal. Trekking in Nepal is consists of two kinds: short treks and long treks. Short treks involves 2-3 days walking where as long treks can be done longer than a month depending on trekking destination. Generally, physically well fit trekkers are expected to walk 4-6 hours everyday in the altitude up to 2200m which is also called easy trek. The medium grades treks involves some steep climbing with the facilities of tea house, camping styles on the way which expects trekkers to walk 8-9 hours in a day. The longer trek or hard trekking invites the trekkers to more remote places with the facilities of tea houses and camping on the way in the form of rest. The hard trekking is mostly designed in camping style and the length of walking hour is 6-7 hours.
Who Can Trek?
Anybody who has strong passion and sprit for adventure can trek regardless of age barrier and different professions however in the areas over 3000m altitudes the extra care is required. Thus anyone with the motives to explore the exotic thrills of trekking in the hills of Nepal can enjoy the trekking and just the pair of strong legs is more than enough for trekking in Nepal. Normally for weak trekkers we have listed short, easy and exotic treks where as for experienced trekkers we offer longer trek with adventure. We, therefore encourages all men and women individual or team for trekking in Nepal. All the others necessities for trekking will be organized by us.
When is the best season for Nepal Trekking?
Sep to November (Autumn season)
This is officially regarded as the best trekking seasons in Nepal with excellent weather and outstanding panoramic mountain views. The weather is very fine and pleasant with clear visibility. Since the beginning of the October up to November is said to be the most preferred season (Peak Season) for the trekkers.
March – May (Spring season)
March to May is officially regarded as the best trekking seasons in Nepal with excellent weather and outstanding panoramic mountain views.The spring (season of the flowers, the rhododendron), this is the second finest trekking season and one can feel the fewer crowds of tourists on the trekking trails. This season remains quite moderate in temperature and especially the rhododendrons are blossomed in its full measure along with clear mountain views. The temperatures are gently warm in the lowlands and little cold at higher altitudes and the sky remains crystal clear.
June –August (summer season)
This is the most preferable season for the limited areas like Mustang, Upper Manang, Dolpo and Simikot. These are places where the touch of monsoon can not reach due to the proximity of areas to the mountains. This season is also recommended for forest researchers and botanist. The other trekking places like Annapurna regions and Jomsom part are also significantly less rainy areas and short trek in these areas are highly recommended.
December to Mid February (Winter season)
The weather in these seasons remains awesomely cool and the sky is clear with occasional snowfalls at higher elevations, the stars at night glitter with nocturnal ecstasy. This season is best for trekking in lower elevations generally below 3200m. The weather is at its finest condition, in the mornings and nights are cold but relatively daytime temperature is mild when it is sunny. The trek to Low altitude area such as Annapurna region, Langtang Helambu region, Everest region and it’s surroundings villages are the best to do. Even Everest base camp can be organized in winter.
The advantages of winter trekking is that we find the trekking trails and villages with few trekkers and where one can better enjoy the natural beauty and Himalayan silence in the absence of crowds
Can I trek in Nepal?
No special degree of fitness is required and age is no barrier, except in the areas over 3000m altitude where extra care should be taken. So any one, with a pair of strong legs and the spirit for adventure to explore the exotic natural beauty will enjoy the thrills of trekking in the hills of Nepal. Normally for weary trekkers we have a list of short, easy and exotic treks and for the experience trekkers we offer a longer trek with lots of excitement and adventure. You can choose a Trekking grade from Grade 1 to Grade 4 as your requirement.
Do I need a Trekking Guide?
No matter how experienced and fit one may be in outdoor adventures. It is important to have an orientation of a new area. Lack of knowledge of local area, culture and environment makes your journey incomplete and unsafe. A qualified and knowledgeable guide can enhance your journey for the better understanding of the region. A guide can help you in both ways, always caring human company and the culturally and environmentally sensitive person to guide your path. Tourist can also learn the lifestyle, culture, tradition, history and nature of the country from our experience guides. Besides that our guides also assist our guests on the issues like: first aid, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), emergency, rescue methods etc.
Can we just get a guide and porter besides your package?
We provide you a guide and porter services. For budgeted travelers and economy treks, we provide a guide as well as porters as per your demands. We will provide you a fully equipped and license holder guide with lots of knowledge of local culture, history and about Nepal Himalayas.
Is trekking permit required?
All trekkers require a trekking permit to visit Nepal’s interior regions, which are not connected by highways. Recently the Annapurna, Langtang and Everest regions have been declared “permit free" areas but National Park or Conservation Area fees are required... There are few restricted trekking areas in Nepal, where trekking permits are required.
What is TIMS?
With the distinction of Nepal as a trekking destination and its growing charm, a provision of the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) has been implemented to ensure safety and security of the trekkers and to control illegal trekking operations.
Does your company provide a TIMS?
We are government Register Company and are member in TAAN (Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal). We have an authority to provide a TIMS. To get a TIMS and for more information please contact us at: Visit Nepal – Tibet Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd.
What are the document require to issue TIMS?
To obtain TIMS Card you need copy of:
b) Two Passport-size Photographs.
c) Trekking Route Schedule
What is an altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness occurs when you cannot get enough oxygen from the air at high altitudes. This causes symptoms such as headache and not feeling like eating. It happens most often when people who are not used to high altitudes go quickly from lower altitudes to 8000 ft (2438 m) or higher. For example, you may get a headache when you drive over a high mountain pass, hike to a high altitude, or arrive at a mountain resorts.
How can you help me if I suffer from altitude sickness in Trekking?
First of all, our guide will provide First Aid to you. If the case is serious, you will be transferred to the near by health post. If there is any sort of problem in treatment then you will be immediately taken to Kathmandu by helicopter and shifted to Hospital for better treatment.
How many miles and hours do we walk every day in trekking?
There is not any hard and fast rule how many miles you walk per day however it depends on the physical fitness and interest of the trekker. Normally, we trek about 5 to 7 days and we walk 9 km to 18 km per day depending on an altitude and condition of the way. All of our Treks are designed on the principle of walking 5 to 7 hours per day.
What type of insurance should I have?
Can I get there? It is necessary to have Travel insurance of all clients for trekking. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the trek to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation, loss of luggage, etc. We request our clients to arrange their Travel insurance from their home town.
Purchase your travel insurance before your trip starts
Travel insurance is recommended to arrange from your home country, Check the needed clothing and equipment for your travel and trekking in Nepal, you can buy most of them in your home country. You can rent down jacket and sleeping bag and buy all other equipments in Kathmandu as well.
Is there electricity in trekking routes?
Most of the Trekking areas like Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Dhaulagiri, Mustang and Manaslu, has the facility of an electricity.
What is the communication facility in trekking areas?
There are telephones facilities in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls and from the Major city of Nepal you can use your Cell Phone as well.
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