The accommodations differ according to the regions you are traveling to, the budget you have allocated and the type of stay you prefer. The most common services you get in Nepal are hotels, guesthouse, teahouses, homestays, and tents (camping).
Trekking is simply walking along a fixed trail amidst the beautiful scenarios of the mountains until you reach your destination. Trekking consists of multiple days of walking in rural and underdeveloped areas and is mostly thrilling/adventurous.
People often confuse trekking with hiking but hiking needs lesser effort than an actual trek. Hiking is also basically walking but for a shorter distance with minimal planning and organization. It is considered a recreational activity that involves walking alongside nature, enjoying the beautiful sceneries.
As the name suggests “Peak Climbing” requires trekkers to summit a Himalayan peak. Peak climbing is both physically and technically challenging compared to the normal treks. The trekkers are specially trained for it. Nepal is undoubtedly the best mountaineering destination for peak climbing and mountain expedition as there are 362 peaks available for the Mountaineers to climb.
Tour is when an individual travel to different parts of his native country or flies to a different country to explore, enjoy and discover various places, culture, and traditions. The journey is specially made for pleasure and to get insights into the culture of the destination country/place.
There are various adventure activities in Nepal. River rafting, paragliding, bungee jump, zip flyer, honey hunting, rock climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, etc. are to name a few. There is various tours and adventures company that is responsible for conducting these adventures. To book an adventure for yourself, travelers are suggested to contact Higher Path Treks and Expedition.
Some of these activities are seasonal for example river rafting is quite dangerous in the monsoon season as the level and flow of water is very high. Hence, we suggest you consult the Higher Path Treks and Expedition before coming to Nepal.
Nepal is renowned for its pleasant climate throughout the year. Nepal has an average temperature of approximately 19 – 27 in summer and 2 to 12 in winter. It experiences moderate rainfall from June to August.
The most common equipment’s required for trekking and peak climbing are ice axe, crampons, rope, harness, tape slings, snow bar, helmet, jumar/ascender, and mountaineering boots.
As thrilling and adventurous it is to travel through the mysterious routes and wilderness of different regions of Nepal, it can get quite challenging as well as dangerous without an expert alongside. Therefore, a guide is needed to conduct a safe and comfortable journey. Also, a professional guide gives you an in-depth knowledge of the localities and multicultural communities.
Altitude sickness is a sickness that occurs at a high altitude place mostly ranging from 2000 m due to the deficiency in the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere. Altitude sickness results in mild headaches and might be life-threatening if not treated immediately and properly. During an altitude sickness do not ascent until the symptoms go away, drink extra water, rest, stay warm, descend to the lower altitude if possible and eat foods with high carbohydrates.
The risks of getting injured while traveling could be high and even minor injuries require medication to avoid any infection. While traveling in rural areas, getting medical help can be quite challenging, hence keeping first aid on hand gives you the benefit to treat injuries effectively and avoid any complications.
The tea house is comparably a more luxurious stay compared to homestay and camping. They are basically lodges with comfy beds, food menu, and 24 hr. water facilities for the shower.
Homestays are accommodation at a local residence which gives you an insight on the lifestyle of a local resident.
Camping is common accommodations in rural areas where tea houses are not available. It involves sleeping in a tent and participating in cooking the meals for yourself.
Nepal is astoundingly rich in culture and history which is why the number of temples, stupas and historical palaces are situated here. It is home to the 14 highest mountains in the world, 8 of which are above 8000 meters making it the mountain sanctuary for trekkers. Also, Nepal has a diverse climate according to which a variety of adventures are offered to travelers that the topography favors. Some of the examples are river rafting, hiking, trekking, paragliding, bungee jumping, jungle safari, canoeing and many more.
Mountain sickness can trigger headaches, nausea, vomiting, difficulty in sleeping and breathing, tiredness and it can also make you drowsy. It can lead to high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) with associated breathing problem or high altitude cerebral edema (HACE) which can be dangerous. It can be treated by resting, moving to the lower altitude, drinking water, etc.
Nepal is definitely safe compared to many other countries. However, it is suggested to be more picky and careful while choosing your accommodations. Make sure you book a decent hotel/lodge for yourself.Safety is also subjective and depends on how responsible the travelers are and trusting your instincts while communicating with the people will help you stay alert and safe.
Nepal is quite safe in terms of crimes compared to different other countries in the world, however traveling alone in any part of the country, be it your native country can be quite challenging. Having a companion definitely reduces the risks of being lost and confused in a foreign land.
Nepal’s internet infrastructure is flourishing and it has reached to the most rural and obscure regions of the country. However, during treks, it highly depends on the elevation you’ve reached. Higher elevations might have weak signals, but most of the mountains now have towers which enable trekkers to get access to the internet.
Getting a visa to travel to Nepal is quite easy as you can obtain it upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. However, you would want to carry a valid passport, passport size photos, fill up an application at the airport and pay the visa fees.
Yes. As trekking can be quite a risky adventure, having an insurance will assure a medical coverage. Apart from that, unfortunate incidents and accidents can happen anywhere at any time, therefore an insurance is a must.
Booking and payments for the trip completely depend on the trekking agency that you have selected to travel from. We suggest you contact the agency, call/ mail them asking about their booking and payment policies. The most common way of payments is online payment through credit cards, bank/swift transfer, western union, etc. Please go through our Terms and Condition to know more about it.
The chances of international flights getting canceled or delayed are quite low. Mostly domestic flights and mountain flights are delayed, but just for a few hours. However, there are no guarantees and season plays a huge role, which can be unpredictable. The helicopter flight is the options in case of internal flight delay.
For first time travelers, Kathmandu and Pokhara are the most suitable destinations as they are comparatively developed and has the variety of places to visit. The climate is moderate throughout the year and you have access to every facility. Additionally, Chitwan and Lumbini are also suitable but the weather gets quite hot in the summer. Annapurna and Everest region trekking is highly recommended for first-time travelers.
The most common accommodations that you can find while trekking is lodges, home stays, tea houses and camping.
Spring season that ranges from March to May and autumn season that ranges from September to November are considered the most favorable seasons, especially for trekking. However, the climate is bearable almost throughout all the seasons and the country looks beautiful during the entire year.
Trekking depends on the feasibility of the climber, therefore, as to how long does a trek last totally depends on the time period, finances, health and mostly the demand of the trekker. Longest treks can last up to more than 20 days walk whereas there are short treks (3 days) that covers short distance and requires fewer days and low budget to complete.
Health and endurance to high altitude is a must for any trekking, but the level of extremity and elevation of the mountain determines the actual physical requirements. For example, if you need to be reasonably fit to climb the Everest Base Camp, you will need to be extra fit and experienced to do Manaslu circuit as the route is comparatively more strenuous and challenging.
In case of any emergency, helicopters are arranged for the travelers. However, the charges will have to be paid by the travelers.
Trekkers should arrive at least one to two days earlier than the day we start the trip to make sure you get time for preparation and to relax.
Yes, if due to any reason you couldn’t get the necessary equipment’s for the trek, you don’t have to worry. You can get the finest quality, locally manufactured trekking gears for purchase in Kathmandu.
Why do you need the guide for trekking /peak climbing and tours?