Nepal Trekking FAQs
Nepal Trekking FAQs: Nepal Trekking frequently asked questions
We all know Nepal is a trekker's paradise and the most famous high-altitude trekking destination in the world. Everest base camp is the world's most popular trek, and there are more than 100 trekking routes for all levels of trekkers, including short, hard, long, and easy treks in Nepal. Planning a perfect trek makes the trip so enjoyable and memorable. There are lots of questions on trekkers' minds when they plan a trek in Nepal. Let's say you trek to the Everest region, and let's take Everest base camp as your trek for this year. Every time you book a trek package with us, you have many trekking questions, such as: facilities for drinking water; facilities of lodge accommodation; what's included or excluded in trek packages; internet services; electricity available in mountains; trekking clothing and gear; how porter and guide can manage the baggage; how porter will carry baggage, etc. Other concerns include sleeping bags, altitude sickness, the best trekking gear, trekking permits, and so on. You can read all the questions and their answers, and we hope this helps you to plan your trek at its best.
15 frequently asked questions and information
We highly suggest reading all 15 questions and finding their information and letting us know if you need any further information.
Yes, once you are checked in at the hotel, you are free to relax for some time or immediately you may have a meeting about the trip briefing, guide/porter meeting, planning, etc.
Yes, absolutely, and it is totally free!
On arrival day in Nepal, our airport guide and driver will display the logo and name of our company, which we will send you before you fly to Kathmandu. Once you are out of Kathmandu Airport after visa and custom clearance, you will see them holding a company logo or name card at the airport, and they will greet you at the airport and assist you to transfer to your hotel.
We will provide a complimentary porter duffel bag to put your gear and things in for the trek, and you can store your suitcase or other baggage in a Kathmandu hotel with additional items which are not necessary on the trek.
One porter can carry up to 30 kg maximum, so you have to prepare a maximum of 15 kg per person, or even lower than that is better. In Kathmandu, we will check your clothing and gear and suggest carrying only those items that are necessary on the trek, so that you can leave extra clothing or gear in Kathmandu. It is always better to travel light
You are advised to drink a minimum of 3–4 liters a day to keep yourself hydrated all day long. The cheapest and best way to make your water drinkable is to purify it yourself. The process uses water drops, purifier pumps, or purifier liquids. The second option is to fill your water bottle with boiled water at the teahouses every morning, lunch time, and dinner time. We suggest carrying at least a 1.5-liter bottle or water bag that can contain 1.5 liters. That would be best. Buying boiled water costs around 1 US dollar per liter or a little bit more along the way. Bottled water is prohibited on the Annapurna base camp trek; however, bottled mineral water can be purchased for $1 to $2 USD, with the price increasing as you progress up the trek.
All the trek packages we offer have a hot shower already included.
As you go higher on the trek, there are some fees to charge your camera or electronic devices. It is normally free in many of the lodges we are staying in. However, in some of the lodges where only solar power is available, they have certain battery charging fees of US$1–3 per hour or full battery charges for your camera.
Most places in the Everest region now have WIFI loaded prepaid cards available for purchase from Lukla or Namche. All the lodges in Namche and Lukla have WIFI in their lodges, which is free or US$ 2-3 for access for 24 hours. Be prepared that the higher you go, the price might be a little more.
Yes, you will need a sleeping bag, a down jacket, and trekking poles. In Kathmandu trekking shops, a sleeping bag costs US $1.5 per day and a down jacket costs the same.Trekking poles range in price from $5 to $10 per pole/stick.But all these things are available with us to use for free when you book the package with us. If you don’t feel comfortable using a sleeping bag or down jacket used by others, we advise you to bring your own, which is much better for your choice and your brand. Most trekkers have their own sleeping bag and down jacket to use.
If you walk slowly, it is okay. You can walk with one of our porters or with a guide. Those who walk comparatively fast, it is okay; they can walk together with another porter or with our assistant guides.
We have prepared all the treks' itinerary so well to prevent high altitude sickness above 4000-5000m. That’s why we have two days in every 3000-3500 m and 4000-4500 m for acclimatization. It won’t happen anything to most trekkers, but if there is a really serious illness due to altitude or any other reason, we will take care of an emergency helicopter evacuation to Kathmandu city for further medical facilities and treatment. We, as an agent, coordinate with your travel insurance. Please be informed that, you must have proper travel insurance that covers helicopter evacuation for medical purposes in the case of serious altitude sickness.
That is an excellent question.It is always best to start a trek as early as possible. Here is our recommended schedule of meals and trekking but it is not mandatory to follow, with your guide in mutual understanding you can fix the time schedule of meals, walk and rest. We recommend it below:
Wake up time: 6.30 am
Breakfast time: 7 a.m.
Start time for the day trek: 7.30 a.m.-7.45 a.m.
Trek time: 7.30 a.m. or 7.45 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. or 12.30 p.m.
Lunch is served from 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Afternoon Trek time: 1-5 pm (generally, most treks end by 2-3 pm, but longer treks may take the entire day).
Dinner: 6-8 p.m.
Bed time: 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
It depends on the seasons. However, weather can be predictable. It can rain in the spring and even in the autumn season. So, it is advised to carry a raincoat.
Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara or Kathmandu to Chitwan, Lumbini allowed (15kg + 5 kg), a total of 20 kg, but domestic flight from Kathmandu-Lukla and Pokhara-Jomsom allowed only (10 kg + 5 kg), a total of 15 kg only. It costs US$ 1.30 per kilogram for additional baggage for Lukla or Jomsom flights.
To make this Hassle-free baggage allowance or extra cost. We are going to cover 5 kg extra for all domestic flights that buy our trip package. So keep in mind that you are allowed up to 20 kg for flights from Kathmandu to Lukla, including your hand carry, and the same for flights from Pokhara to Jomsom for the Mustang trek.