FAQS

FAQS

Q: Do I need a visa to visit Nepal?
You need to get visa to visit Nepal. You can apply the visa in your home country or obtain at the airport on arrival. To obtain visa on arrival, a passport size photo is required.

Q: What is the best time for Trekking in Nepal?
There are many nice places in the Himalayas where you can take for trekking destination at anytime of the year. However the best trekking time is from September to December and February to May.

In October to November, the weather is the best for trekking. The average temperature is about 20 degrees centigrade during daytime and about 5 degrees centigrade during the night time.

January is also recommended for low altitudes trekking which is below 4000m.

Q: Is Nepal safe to travel/trekking?
Nepal used to possess an excellent record for tourist safety. Nepal is really not a dangerous country. While you're on our trips, we take seriously personal responsibility for your well-being . We are also guarantee even woman traveling alone will be safe with my company responsibility.

However, you might face sometimes for Demonstrations and strikes which will be occurred without notice and can cause major traffic disruptions and shut down all public transport.

Q: What is a typical group size?
Group range in size is from 2 up to 10. We can run trips for any number of people, even you are a single trekker.

Q: What type of grading do I need to be in and fit for me?
We use the “Grading” for rating treks based on difficulty. According to our standard and experience, we divide into “Easy” “Moderate” “Hard” and “Strenuous”

Easy Trek: Previous trek experience and any physical preparation are not required for this trek. Usually, this trek takes about 3 days to 5 days hike which involve walking up to 5 hours a day. The trek reaches up to an altitude of approximately 3000 meters.

Moderate Trek: This trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit. No previous experience is required, but some physical and mental fitness is preferred. You will be walking at least 6-7 hours a day during your trekking program, and crossing 4000 meters high altitude passes. Most of the trails are rough, rocks and boulders.

Hard or Difficult Trek: Previous trekking experience and technical knowledge is essential for this kind of trek. You will be walking at least 6-7 hours on the rough trails and crossing 5000 meters high altitude passes, moreover, you will be crossing on snow and ice and also you will be facing on low level of oxygen. Therefore, physical and mental fitness is required.

Strenuous Trek: This trek takes long days and long hours of challenging walks, high altitude passes above 5000 m, difficult terrains and glacier and snow walking. Mentally and physically fit and in excellent health condition are required. Besides technical requirements, you also have rock and ice climbing experience and knowledge.

Q: What are types of trekking in Nepal?

  • Lodge or Tea House Trek: This is the most popular way of experiencing classic treks of Nepal is by using local inns for accommodation. Decent hotel accommodation for trekkers is most readily available in the Annapurna, Langtang and Everest Region. In these areas you can operate with a bare minimum of equipment and rely on lodges for food and shelter. Though bedding is available in the lodges as a cotton-filled quilt that may not sufficiently incubate you. So it is always better to carry your own sleeping bags.
  • Camping treks: The classic style of trekking in Nepal is to camp in tents and employ Porters to carry your gears and Sherpas to set up camp, cook and serve meals. You carry a backpack with only a water bottle, camera and Jacket. In the camping treks there are numerous hidden expenses that drive up the price depending on the destination, mode of transportation and size of the group. Because of the food is carried by the porters, a variety of meals is possible. On camping trek you sleep in a tent so our itinerary should not rely on village settlements. Rather we can comfortably trek to remote regions and to high altitudes

Q: How far do I trek each day?
During your trip, you will typically walk about 5-8 hours each day. In some trekking routes, you need to have some resting days for impromptu exploration or acclimatization. In high and steep areas, you need to move more slowly. Your trekking pace is always adjusted to permit safe acclimatization. Our treks follow established trails used by local people.

Q: How flexible is the trekking?
Your trekking is flexible; you can hike at your own pace and can stop when you wish. Your program each day is set to cover the necessary hiking distance with lots of stops. Especially when you take a private trek, you can take more or fewer days to cover a given distance, or add in rest days. If you like to hike fast, your guide will be concerned that you acclimatize to high altitude effectively. Your guide will take care of you during your trip because when you are on our trip, we take seriously responsibility for your well-being.

Q: What types of guide do I expect?
Our trekking guides are carefully selected from their experience, abilities, knowledge and good personalities. They speak English fluently and are well trained and skilled in trekking methods and safety. They are specialized on physical setting of Nepal. They give first priority to health, security and hygiene before doing anything else. They believe in quality rather than quantity. Your guide will be a friend and a companion, who takes pleasure in showing you his country's specialties and making sure that all our trekkers have an enjoyable trek.

Q: What about the Porters?
Porters are hired at the beginning of a trek to make sure that most of the costs our clients pay go directly into the local community.

Q: What are standard meals during the trek?
You will have three meals per day, breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can select your meals from the menu which is prepared in the lodge/teahouse.

Breakfast usually includes cereal, porridge, and eggs in different style, coffee, tea, and bread with jam and butter.

You will have various choices for your lunch and dinner: such as, Nepali food, Indian food, vegetable salads, potato chips, fried rice, noodles, macaroni, or sandwiches, etc.

Q: Do I need travel insurance?
Personal travel insurance is not included in our package. We recommend you to get the insurance from your home country and please ensure that your insurance policy must cover for repatriation, high altitudes, trekking and climbing, and helicopter rescue. Please forward your insurance details (e.g. policy number, 24-hour emergency telephone number, name of insurance company) to us when available.

Q: How will my booking be processed?
To confirm your booking, a non-refundable deposit of 20% of total trip cost is required, which can be made by bank transfer or Western Union Money transfer. The balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash or traveler cheque.

Q: What information do I need to provide you before trekking beside deposit payment?
To process your trekking permits, flight booking, hotel booking, etc., we would like to have following information:

  • Copy of your passport, you can send us your scanned passport via email.
  • Scanned photo, you can send us your scanned passport via email.
  • Full name as it appears in your passport
  • Passport number, expiry date and place of issue
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Emergency contact name and phone number
  • Details regarding any medical or dietary requirements
  • Your arrival details (time, date, flight no., airlines)

Q: What is 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 3000 meters. The initial symptoms of AMS are as follows:

Nausea, vomiting
Loss of appetite
Insomnia/ sleeplessness
Persistent headaches
Dizziness, light headaches, confusion
Disorientation, drunken gait
Weakness, fatigue, lassitude, heavy legs, slight swelling of hands and face
Breathlessness and breathing irregularly
Reduced urine output

These symptoms are to be taken very seriously. In case of the appearance of any of the above symptoms, any further ascent should be reconsidered; otherwise more serious problems can occur which can 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 meters per day above 3000 meters and the proper amount of rest are the best methods for prevention of AMS.

Q: Will I be able to deal with the high altitude?
Our itineraries are designed so that our clients ascend at a sensible and safe rate. The effects of altitude are felt by everyone, even the Sherpas, but most people find that gentle acclimatization allows them to reach their high point without any problems.

Q: How much should I tip the guides and porters?
Tipping is at your discretion but always appreciated. A good rule of thumb is anywhere from $2- 5 dollars per day for the guide and $1.5 to 3 dollars per day for the porters.

Q: How can we contact you if we need more information?
We are local trekking company base in Kathmandu. You can contact directly with the following numbers and email addresses:
Landline: +977-1-470-1262, 470-1263
Cell-phone: +977-9841-273869 ( Babu)
Email: info@greathimalaya.com, info@trektohimalaya.com

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