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The FAQ ( Frequently Asked Questions)

The FAQ ( Frequently Asked Questions)
The FAQ ( Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What Type Of Shape Do I Need To Be In Nepal Trek?

Nepal Trek is fit for every common people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking are recommended before you start on your journey. while on the trek, it is normal to experience some embarrassment before being fully acclimatized. To prepare for a challenging trek like this in the Everest region, you should begin training at least twenty-five to thirty days before your departure. To ensure the trek feel as comfortable as possible, we recommend an hour of aerobic exercise 3 to 4 times per week.

2. What Are The Toilet Facilities In The Tea House/Guesthouse? 

Most of the tea houses do have a western-style flushing toilet with cold running water. In almost all cases the bathrooms are shared and not attached to the individual rooms. Some of the higher elevation tea houses have the Asian style toilets which consist of a ceramic basin on the ground.

3. Where Do We Go To The Toilet Along The Trail?

Wherever possible we utilize the toilet facilities provided by the tea houses on the trail. However, in case of emergency, trekkers are recommended to find a private spot.

4. Do I Need To Bring Toilet Paper For The Trek?

This is a good idea. However, you can also buy easily along the trail at one of the small shops. When you go higher elevation, the charge will be increased. A roll of tissue might run you $3 to $5.

5. Is It Possible To Take A Shower On The Trek?

The lower elevation tea houses have hot showers (generally gas) whereas the higher elevation tea houses generally provide a bucket of hot water. Tea Houses generally charge an extra $4 to $5 for a hot shower which can be well worth it after a long day on the trail.

6. Is It Possible To Do Laundry On The Trek?

There are laundry services available in some of the tea houses, and it may be possible to wash some clothes during your acclimation days for free. It is better to plan and pack enough, then wash your clothes when you get back to Kathmandu at the end of the trip.

7. What Is The Decision If I Am Very Slow In The Group?

Each day you can require to hike for six to seven hours, crossing 10 to 14 km. However, above 3,400m, the times will be the same but you’ll only cover 7 to 9 km. importantly, all our itineraries are flexible and can be altered by weather, geographical and physical conditions of the individual participant. In most matters, the group you move with are very understanding because we mention this in our briefing or adjustment before the trek begins.
Your trek leader makes the decisions & the group always follows the instructions or requests of the trek leader at all times. This is made very clear in the beginning.

8. How Fast Do You Go On The Trek?

We encourage everyone in the group to keep a slow pace at our trek briefings. It’s about enjoying the mountains and not a race to the next place. The trek leader will normally stay at the back of the group with the slowest trekkers.

9. Will The Guide Speak English?

All of our guides speak fine English. They have many years’ experience working with guests from all over the world and are very good at connecting with people.

10. Are There Any Age Limits For Nepal Trekking?

There’s no limit on our Nepal Trek, as long as participants are healthy and willing! We have had families with kids as young as 10 years do the Everest Base Camp Trek and our eldest trekkers have been in their late 65s. We generally suggest that families schedule a private trek and program a few extra days.

11. Can I Use Credit Cards On The Trek?

Generally, most places in Nepal don’t take credit cards so they are of limited use. These ATMs often have a limit of 25,000 rupees per day (about $215).
There are ATMs in Kathmandu and you can get a good exchange rate withdrawing rupees. The ATMs in Kathmandu generally charge a $5 service fee in addition to any charges that you might incur from your bank.

12. What Extra Costs Can I Expect For Nepal Trek?

Our trekking packages are pretty much all inclusive from the time you arrive in Nepal. We generally suggest you plan on about $400 or $500 for extra expenses including tips. Extra expenses include items such as laundry, telephone calls, wi-fi, alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot showers. sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging at tea houses along the way. We also suggest you plan on having extra funds available in cash or on a credit card in case some of the places, your flight is canceled and you decide to charter a helicopter.

13. How Difficult Is A Trek To Nepal?

Trekking in the Everest Region is challenging, but it is a challenge that most people can rise to with some training and determination. The trek consists of six to eight hours of walking a day. In general, we start trekking around 8 am and reach the destination for the day around 3 pm.

14. What Is The Best Fitness Program To Prepare For Nepal Trekking?

In terms of physical conditioning before the trek, it’s best if you can do some cardio related workouts like running and distance walking. It’s ideal if you can take the time to go on a few weekend hikes around your area too. We have a training guide for Nepal trekking on our website that may have just the information you’re looking for.

15. Do You Provide Sleeping Bags Or Down Jackets?

We can provide a -20C sleeping bag and down jacket during the trek.

16. What About The Duffel Bag For The Porters?

We will provide a duffel bag for you in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be carried by the porters on the trek and will be your luggage item on the flight. Often the porters get ahead on the trail and your duffel will not be available until you reach the tea house in the evening so you will need to carry a day pack while hiking with the items you need during the day.

17. How Big Should My Day Back Be?

Generally, we recommend a day pack of about 30l to 35l, or roughly the size of a school backpack to hold your extra layers as well as essentials for the day.

18. What About Weight Limits?

The main limitation on the weight is the luggage limit on the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which is 10kg (22lbs) and another 5kg (11lbs) for a carry-on for a total of 15Kg or 33lbs.

19. What Should I Do With Passports, Medications, And Valuables?

Make sure to keep all of the items in your carry on during the flight. You don’t want to be without important documents or medication if your luggage is delayed for some reason. You should carry these in your day pack on the trek as well.

20. Will Somebody Come To Pick Me Up At The Airport Upon My Arrival?

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you as you step out of the airport. Please look for our driver with a Northern Trekking Team signboard.

21. Can I Get The Visa For Nepal On Arrival At The Airport?

Most guests are eligible to get a visa on arrival at the airport and it takes between 20 minutes to an hour depending on the rush. Guests are responsible to check and verify all visa requirements before arriving. Your passport needs to have at least 6 months validity on the date you are entering Nepal. Check this link before you book your trek: https://www.northerntrekkingteam.com/passport-visa-information/.

22. What About Extra Hotel Nights In Kathmandu?

All of our trekking packages include 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu and we can arrange extra nights for $40 (single) or $50 (double room). Please let us know in advance if you need extra nights so they can be reserved. You can pay any extra nights when you arrive at the hotel directly. Sometimes you will find cheaper rates online for these hotels, but the advantage of having us make the arrangements is that if your flight or vehicle is delayed or problem from the land disaster, we can shift or cancel the reservation at no extra cost.

23. What Kind Of Accommodation Is There On The Trek?

We use teahouses/guesthouse for lodging on all of our treks. This is probably the most popular style of trekking and simply involves going from teahouse to teahouse. Teahouses are essentially small hotels found in local villages that offer both a place to sleep as well as home-cooked meals. Rooms are typically shared with 2 trekkers per/room. Bathrooms are shared as well and in the Everest region, they usually have running cold water and western-style toilets.

24. What Kind Of Meals Are Offered On The Trek?

We let trekkers choose a meal and a hot drink from the menus at the tea houses. Typical meals include; Tibetan fried bread, various types of soups, Momo’s (steamed dumplings), boiled fried potatoes, kinds of pasta and even pizza, omelets, toast, boiled eggs, noodle soup, fried rice, macaroni, and vegetarian curries. The traditional Nepali Dal Bhat which consists of rice, lentils and a vegetable is all you can eat and always a good choice. Meat on the mountain is not hygienic and we suggest trekkers stick with vegetarian options.

25. Can I Charge Electric Devices On The Trek?

They have electricity at the tea houses in the common areas. They do charge an extra fee of $2 to $4 an hour for charging.

26. What Type Of Adapter Might I Need?

Some of the lower elevation tea houses offer wi-fi for an extra charge of $5 to $10. Another option is to get a Nepalese SIM card (Ncell) in Kathmandu for both the internet and calls. Even if you have a SIM card (Ncell) data use is mainly limited to lower elevation tea houses. You can also use your guide’s phone for international calls as long as you reimburse him for the charges which tend to be fairly reasonable.

27. What About Wifi Or Phone Calls?

Some of the lower elevation tea houses offer wi-fi for an extra charge of $5 to $10. Another option is to get a Nepalese SIM card (Ncell) in Kathmandu for both the internet and calls. Even if you have a SIM card (Ncell) data use is mainly limited to lower elevation tea houses. You can also use your guide’s phone for international calls as long as you reimburse him for the charges which tend to be fairly reasonable.

28. What About Acclimatization And Altitude In The Nepal Himalayas?

The best way to avoid problems with altitude is to ascend slowly and all of our Nepal treks are designed to average about 300m to 400m a day in elevation gain which helps to minimize any elevation problems and is the rate recommend by high altitude doctors. For a complete list of symptoms please visit our link page https://www.northerntrekkingteam.com/acute-mountain-sickness/. All of the guides are well experienced at recognizing symptoms related to AMC and each carries a pulse oximeter and will monitor your blood oxygen level regularly.

29. What Happens If I Get Sick Or Injured While On Trekking?

We take all possible precautions to proactively ensure the safety and wellness of our trekkers, but rest assured that our guides are trained and experienced in dealing with emergencies. If necessary, your guide will utilize your travel insurance information to call a rescue helicopter, and you will be flown to Kathmandu for medical attention.

30. What Happens If I Have Symptoms Of Altitude Sickness On The Trek?

Having minor symptoms of altitude sickness such as a headache is quite common and you can continue trekking. However, if you develop additional symptoms its critical that you don’t continue trekking to a higher elevation. We can often arrange to have you walk down to a lower elevation and wait several days for the symptoms to resolve before continuing with the next group. Note that additional charges apply for extra days on the trek.

31. What Safety Measures Are In Place?

All of our guides are certified by the Red Cross and also have an international WAFA certification. Wilderness Advanced First Aid is comprehensive medical training designed for remote professionals or wilderness leaders who venture into remote and challenging environments. Our guides are all equipped with pulse oximeters and in addition to keeping a close watch of your condition, they will take daily readings of your blood oxygen saturation levels. Besides, our guides carry a basic first-aid kit and have a mobile phone. In an emergency, the guide will coordinate rescue efforts with the office in Kathmandu where our team is available 24/7.

32. How Cold Does It Get On The Trek?

Temperatures change quite a bit in the Everest Region depending on the season. Temperatures in Lukla at the start of the trek are quite warm from March to May and from September to November and trekkers often wear t-shirts and shorts. Everest Base Camp is cold year-round and even during the warmer months, you can expect lows at night below freezing. During the winter months, it can reach -25C or colder at night and it’s important to have warm clothes and a good sleeping bag. Our packing list for Everest Base Camp should have you well prepared for even the coldest months. 

33. What Happens If The Flight From Lukla-Ktm Or Ktm-Lukla Is Delayed?

The flights between Kathmandu and Lukla are usually reliable but if the weather is not good they can be canceled for the entire day. Our 14-day package includes one buffer day in case of delays but we suggest that you schedule a couple of extra additional days in case of delays at the end of your trek. If your flight is delayed in Kathmandu we will rebook your flight for the next day. We may also be able to provide an option for a privately chartered helicopter. If you choose to take the helicopter this can cost an additional cost $500 or more depending on availability and group size. Extra hotel nights ($40) and meals in Kathmandu are not included when flights are delayed although we will make arrangements for you. If your flight is delayed from Lukla you are responsible for extra accommodation and meals (approximately $30).

34. Should I Tip My Guide? How About My Porter?

Tipping is expected and always appreciated in Nepal and on our treks. Tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for the team’s hard work and devoted attention to your happiness.

35. How Much Money Should I Bring Along?

Our treks are all-inclusive and cover accommodation, food, park fees, permits, and many other costs, as a means of making your adventure as stress-free and convenient as possible. Travelers generally bring a small amount of pocket money to cover laundry, telephone calls, WiFi, alcoholic, bottled water, hot water, hot and shower, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging tips, or donations to monasteries along the route. Trekkers find that around $15 to $20 a day is reasonable for these extras although if you’re on a tight budget you can get by with less.

36. Can I Get A Refund If I Don’t Complete The Trek?

It’s sometimes the situation that trekkers finish ahead of the program or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we do not offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we must pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

37. I would like to continue my holiday, any recommendations?

If you have extra days after the trek please ask our ground team in Kathmandu for assistance with arranging Day TourShort Hike and Rafting

Mingmar Tamang

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