1. HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE TO CLIMB IN THE HIMALAYAS?
You should be moderately fit, exercise regularly and enjoy active vacations and walking and hiking in mountainous terrain. For the Everest Base Camp Trek or similar, you should be able to run for an hour without stopping at any speed for an hour and still feel good to continue – OR – walk for 5-6 hours in a day with rests.
Trekking is an endurance sport. Mostly you need a good attitude which will go a long way toward the success of reaching your goal.
2. WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TREK AND CLIMB IN HIMALAYAS?
Spring (March – May):
Spring is a good time for trekking and climbing in Nepal and Tibet. The rhododendrons, the national flower of Nepal, make the hillsides a colorful paradise during the spring. It is mildly warm at lower elevations and at higher elevations the mountain views are excellent while the temperature is quite moderate. If you trek to Everest base camp in the spring, you will have the opportunity to meet world-renowned climbers as several Everest expeditions will be assembled at base camp.
Summer/Monsoon (June – August):
The monsoon during the summer months can make travel in Nepal wet, warm and often humid. Strong monsoon rains don’t usually last long, and often end with large and wonderful rainbows. However, the streets in Kathmandu can be muddy and landslides sometimes occur in the mountains.
Fall (September – November):
The fall is considered the best time for trekking in Nepal. The weather is excellent at this time, allowing for clear blue skies and tantalizing mountain views. Temperatures are moderate. Occasional short storms may bring snow to higher altitudes.
Winter (December – February):
Winter brings heavy snowfall mostly at higher altitudes. This can be a good time for cultural tours and trekking at lower elevations.
3. WHAT SORT OF EXPERIENCE DO YOUR GUIDES HAVE?
Our guides are dependable, competent and highly qualified with more than ten years of trekking experience. Leading trips, treks, climbs and expeditions in the Himalayas. Our guides speak English and the local language.
Most importantly our guides are friendly and enjoyable and are passionate about sharing the true beauty of Nepal and all that this country has to offer.
4. WHAT IS THE ROUTINE ON THE TREK?
Most trekkers normally start their walk early around 7:30 to 8:30 AM after a hot breakfast. The morning sun offers nice mountain views. You will carry a light pack for your camera, water, a jacket and a wind layer. Around noon we will reach the lunch stop where we will spend time drinking tea, resting and having lunch. After lunch we normally walk 2 to 3 more hours before arriving where we will stop for the evening. Here at the lodge we will have hot tea and relax the rest of the day. Our day ends with dinner and then off to bed in single or double rooms in the trekking lodge.
5. WHAT TYPE OF SHOES OR BOOTS SHOULD I WEAR?
The proper footwear depends on the trek and on the trekker. Most treks can be done in comfortable running shoes. While longer more strenuous treks may require sturdy but lightweight hiking boots. It is best if you purchase shoes and boots long before arriving in Nepal.
We advise that you wear your boots prior to the trek to break them in – in order to prevent blisters, which can be debilitating on the trail.
6. HOW BIG WILL THE GROUP BE?
We try to bring together a small group of like-minded people. Our Trekking groups are generally from 2 to a maximum of 20 members. Also if someone interested to trek single we have such offer as well.
7. DO YOU ARRANGE PRIVATE OR FAMILY TREKS?
Yes, if you would like to travel independently or with friends, family or colleagues. You can choose the trip that best suits your group and the trip dates according to your schedule. We are happy to consider any number of trekkers. Our minimum group size is 2 and the maximum is not more than 50 at a time.
8. HOW LONG DO WE WALK EACH DAY?
Our trips are classified into three categories according to the level of difficulty. Easy adventure treks are about a week to 10 days in duration. They generally don’t go above 13,000 feet. You can expect to be hiking / walking for around 4-5 hours a day.
Moderate to fairly challenging treks are longer treks that go into high mountain country above 13,000 feet. Physically these trips are more demanding and tiring and may involve 6-8 hours of trekking along rocky trails in high Himalayan terrain. Strenuous treks are longer treks that go beyond the normal activities of trekkers and tourists.
These include ice climbing and mountaineering expeditions. Physically challenging, these trips might involve 7-9 hours trekking in a day and are likely to include unfavorable weather conditions and strenuous activities. Some level of experience may be required for these trips.
9. WHAT TYPE OF FOOD IS SERVED DURING A TREK?
In general while trekking, breakfast may include a choice of porridge, muesli, omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch and dinner are generally pasta, potatoes or rice with or without cooked veggies and/or egg. Meat is also available, however it is recommended to adopt a vegetarian diet. As long as the meat is stored and cooked properly, meat dishes are also safe. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are available at all meals. Your guide will do his/her best to make sure all food is well cooked.
At some restaurants in kathmandu, the vegetables are soaked in iodine and thus fresh salads are safe to eat. While trekking it is best to avoid raw vegetables unless you can peel them yourself. The rule is: cooked, peeled, boiled – or forget it! During the trek you can choose what you like from the menu in the lodge. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, popcorn, candy bars and soft drinks. In some areas you will find fresh fruit in season.
10. WHAT ARE THE OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE?
In cities you will be staying in hotels and guesthouses that are similar to those in the US with private bathrooms, showers, TV, phone, AC, etc. If you prefer luxury hotels we can make those arrangements as well. While trekking in the mountains the accommodations will depend on whether you are camping or tea house trekking. If you are on a camping trek, then you will be sleeping in tents.
The trekking lodges or tea houses are simple shelters. There is no central heat. In the dining room where meals are served, there is often a wood burning stove that heats that room only. The guest rooms are not heated so you will need a good quality sleeping bag, which can be rented in Kathmandu. The guest rooms are usually small and sleep one or two trekkers. The walls are thin so ear\plugs are a good idea for light sleepers. The bathrooms are down the hall or outside.