Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions and answers (FAQ) you need to know for planning your trek, tour or climbing trip to Nepal. If you still have other question feel free to contact us. We would happily offer our assistance.

What is good season for trekking in Nepal ?

Sep – Nov = Fall & March – May Spring are considered a the best trekking season for trekking in Nepal. Although Nepal if a four season destination because of its geological diversity. Nepal ranges from 30 meter altitude to 8848 meter altitude.

Temperature of Nepal is altitude dependent as temperature decreases with increase in altitude as in general. Climate of Nepal also depends on distance from the area; that means closer to the mountain colder it is going to be. Direction and slope of the mountain will effect the climate of Nepal. So there is no bad season for trekking however best out of good is mentioned above. Below is the altitude-wise temperature range for Nepal in general:

  • 5060 meters = 0℃
  • 3060 meter = 12℃
  • 2060 meters = 18℃
  • 1060 meters = 24℃
  • 60 meters = 30℃

So trekking season is divided on the base of temperature and clearness of the weather; hence Autumn and Spring are considered as the best.

However, all around the year trekking in Nepal is possible. Nepal has 4 zone of climate and 2 climatic condition. Read below to know how will the rest of the time(except fall and Spring) will the weather like in Nepal.

Climatic condition in Nepal:
A. Summer (June to August) = Hot & Dry, Wet & Rainy
B. Winter (Dec to Feb)= Cold & Dry, Snowfall

Climatic Type in Nepal in accordance to altitude:
1. Subtropical or Monsoon Climate (60 to 1200 meters)
2. Warm Temperature Monsoon Climate (1200 to 2100 meters)
3. Cool Temperature Monsoon Climate (12 to 330 meters, still climate)
4. Alpine Climate (2300 to 5000 meters)

What is the weather like while trekking in Nepal? Do i need to worry about weather for booking a tour ?

For trekking in Nepal weather is dependent with where you trek. If you are looking for Everest base camp trekking or Manaslu circuit trekking then March, April, May, September, October and November are considered favorable with everything. However best planning and choice in other month will make you beautiful trekking experience in Nepal. Nepal is four season destination for trekking and tour.

Like June, July is best for trekking in Upper Mustang trekking and December, January and February is famous for adventure trekking to Annapurna Base camp or winter challenge trekking activities.

For tour in Nepal do not worry about the season as long as you are doing indoor trekking. However, tour in Monsoon is just recommended in rain shadow region like Upper Mustang. Monsoon in Nepal is June, July and early august. If you thinking about tour in monsoon be ready to use umbrella or pun-chow unless you choose to do jeep tour to Upper Mustang, the one and only hidden kingdom of Nepal.

What is Trekking ?

Trekking is a walking or multi-day hiking outdoor activity. In trekking you will walk from one destination to another in remote area with increasing altitude. Nepal trekking starts from 2 days hiking (Chisapani Nagarkot Trekking) to 2 months hiking “Great Himalaya Trail”.

How do I know about a suitable trekking package for my fitness?

Normally trekking companies in Nepal has categorized their trekking package product in three major categories. They have said trekking as an easy, moderate and hard adventure activity. If i give you definition of these 3 categorical definitions your confusion will go away. You can decide which one to go with?

Easy or Beginners Trekking Package offered by Travel Agents: Multi day hiking less than 7 days, below 3000 meters altitude and 4-6 hours of hiking per day are considered easy trekking. Easy trekking does not require any hard and fast fitness level. But if you think you are not fit for multi day hike and if you do not believe that you can do trekking even if it says it is easy, I suggest you to do at least 2 weeks of physical warm up before you come to Nepal for your trekking.

When you askabout easy trekking or say, “i am not fit”; most of the trekking companies will suggest you 3-7 days trekking and they will e Poonhill trekking or Chisapani Nagarkot trekking. To be honest with you trekking below 7 days are doable by anyone who feels they are fit.

Moderate Trekking : When you need to walk 4-10 hours a day, walk at just one day above 5000 meters meters altitude, more than 8 days of hiking with acclimatization break are considered to be moderate trekking package. Walking hours can be shorter some day and someday they can be more than 10 hours.

Trekking more than 10 hour are in the major day of trekking; like while doing chola pass trekking (THE PASS DAY), doing Everest base camp trekking (BASECAMP DAY) or the last day of the trekking. If you are outdoor type personality, moderate trekking will be easier, but for those who do not feel fit themselves you might need to struggle to some extent but still it  is do able. For moderate type of trekking one need to have instinct to push him/herself.

Hard or Strenuous Trekking: When Trekking package are more than 2 weeks, 4-10 hours of hiking per day, includes camping or tent accommodation, multi days trek above 5000 meters or multiple high passes can be considered as hard trekking in Nepal. Hard trekking are also labeled as strenuous trekking but that is just wrong use of word in general understanding for trekking in Nepal. If you are trekking in Nepal peak climbing can be considered as strenuous mountain activity but apart from that trekking package are between easy to hard category. Hard trekking will include more than one high pass like, Makalu trekking, Everest high pass trekking, Amphu lapcha pass trekking.

What are symptoms of AMS ? How can I be safe from Altitude sickness ?

Symptoms of Altitude sickness includes:

  • Headache & Tiredness
  • Shortness of breathing
  • Vomiting or feeling like Vomit
  • Loss of Appetite and Sleeping Disturbance
    NOTE:If 2 or more symptoms are seen, it might be AMS.

Symptoms of HAPE; ?Shortness of breathe even during complete rest ? High Pulse Rate of Bloof ? Dry Cough  ? Unusual Tiredness

Symptoms of HACE; ?Headache (sometimes Sever) ? Vomitting ? Mental Tiredness ? Ataxia ? irritate with sound ? Person go in coma

AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) are of two types called High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). For both type of sickness, consult your doctor before you sign up for trekking above 4000 meters. If you have disease history your doctor will be able to suggest you the right amount of Medicine for Altitude. To be safe from the sickness use medicine as prescribed. Our guide can help you providing Diamox if you need. General practice to avoid Altitude Sickness are:

  1. Proper Acclimatization (just ascend 300 meters a day above 3000 meters)
  2. Do not smoke, drink, trek alone
  3. Climb higher & sleep Lower
  4. No to sleeping tablets

Treatment for Altitude Sickness:

  • Descending is the best way
  • Garlic soup or any liquid (as much as you can push yourself to drink it)
  • Oxygen cylinder for supplement oxygen in blood
  • For AMS – Medicine (Diamox=125mg/6hour)
  • For HAPE – Nafedipine – 5mg/6hours
  • For HACE – Dexamathasone – 50mg/6hours

Altitude sickness is never predictable but can be avoided. If you have proper guidance before it happens you will get rid of this disgusting cause for your unsuccessful attempt to the mountain. Few personnel suggestion to avoid the Altitude sickness I found after guiding people to the mountains for 11 years are as below:

  1. Eat plenty, drink a-lot (more than normal)
  2. Do cover your face while sleeping, your breath will steam up your nostril
  3. Use buff while trekking or resting at the dining of teahouse
  4. Do not stay by the side of fire in dining, rather put on warm clothes (Smoke of burnt cow dung has Methane gas CH4)
  5. Avoid cough and cold, do not hesitate to take medicine
  6. Share your problem immediately with guide
  7. Walk in a same pace for whole day, no rush and stop

Is Altitude sickness going to be a problem?

Altitude sickness in case of Nepal start above 3ooo meters (9780feet). This is a big height for someone born below the sea level, still once you land in the capital of Nepal highest altitude of Kathmandu is 2800 meters.
Altitude sickness is not just because of height above the sea level, but also the availability of oxygen percentage in the air. In Nepal no tree line starts above 4200 meters, that is where percentage of oxygen starts lowering and might reach below 90%.

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Gamow for oxygen in the hihg altitude of everest base camp trek

Picture:Using Gamow for oxygen supplement in the high altitude of Everest base camp trek.

So Altitude sickness is nothing to worry about. If you are doing high pass trekking above 5000 meters or climbing trekking peaks above 6000 meters; this could be a caution to consider for AMS.

Is there a risk of avalanche or road closures during trek time, as it will affect my trip?

If you are doing high pass trekking where you need to walk over the glacier, avalanche might happenLandslide is common in rainy season, so be careful if you are trekking in Monsoon. Trail might be bit harder than general; if there avalanche or landslide on the trail, but your guide will take care of the way and flexibility in the plan.

But these entire situation depends on which time of the year are you trekking or which region are you planning to trek. If you do not have guide it might be tricky to find when and where the landslide will occur or avalanche will hit. But if you have guide, they will know the risky spot and they will alert you beforehand.

If you are trekking solo (on your own) follow the group with guide, so you will be safe if there are landslides or avalanche while trekking in remote.

How will be the food and accommodation during trekking?

Most of the common trekking route of Nepal has local guest houses. Guest house will have food menu, you will choose your lunch, breakfast or dinner from the menu every day. However, most of the place will have similar kind of food in the different menu. Noodles, rice, bread and vegetable will be regular dishes.

Accommodation while trekking in Nepal mountains will be basic unless you satay at the luxury hotels available in very few destination. For example Manaslu circuit trekking has luxury hotel at Namrung village, Everest trekking region has good hotels at Namche and Lukla, Annapurna Has better hotels at Manang.

Apart from this all the local guest houses will have basic room with bed, bed sheet, pillow and blanket ( blanket might not be available in some places sometimes like Gorakshep of Everest, usually in very peak season of trekking season; mid-April or mid-October).

How are toilets in the trekking trail of Nepal ?

In most of the villages toilet will be indoor and common for all the trekkers. In few places you will find comfort toilet seat but most of the destination will have squat toilets. Actually, squat toilets in the mountain during trekking are healthy and helps to stretch your leg properly.

During the day while walking from one destination to another, you might find indoor toilet in passing by villages but do not hesitate to use natural toilets. That is how it works while hiking in the Himalaya. Once you get at an altitude of 4000 meters or above it will be harder to find village in-between tea houses, so hide behind the stone and squat.

What sort of vegetarian food (no egg, no meat) will we get in the mountains for B, L and D?

Actually vegetarian food is easily available during trekking in Nepal. You will get lots of vegetarian meals on the trek; meat is not common on trek.  Most meals are based on rice, noodle, and potatoes. You can find the eggs everywhere but most meals are veges. You will find carrot, cauliflower, cabbage, Spinach, beans and mushroom. But same vegetable everyday could be annoying sometimes.

How safe is it to eat meat during the Trekking in Nepal ?

Meat during your trekking in Nepal is not recommended. Most of the places above 3000meters in Nepal are not connected with road. Things are supplied either with mules, donkeys, yaks or human or the helicopters. This is why meat in the trekking trail will not be fresh meat. It is not recommended to eat meat during the trekking as it might be trouble maker and unhealthy. But people do eat meat as they are used to with this kind of stale food.

How many hours do i need walk every-day while trekking to Everest Base Camp Trekking?

Below 3000 meters you might need to walk more than 8 hours. But above 3000 meters we cannot change height more than 500 meters altitude per day. So normally you need to walk 4-8 hours per day, except unavoidable circumstances.

What sort of exercise can I do prior to coming for trek?

You should do some walking before you come to Nepal, If you live in the area where you can find hill to hike up and down several time, do that. If not, you can try cycling or similar activity in the gym. While doing above mentioned exercise use mask on, so it will help you to do trekking in the high altitude where oxygen will be less in the air.

Does all tea house accommodation will have a private toilet and bathroom? Do we have to share the bedroom with someone or will it be private?

Most of the tea houses won’t have private bathroom. You have to share the bathroom with other traveler. You get private rooms with most twin beds sometime you can find big double bed as well.

In case of high season in the trekking destination with very few accommodation, you might need to share room as well, those will be unavoidable circumstances. For example, if the lodge you are staying is full and another trekker comes late and you decided to help him/her.

I would also like to take photos. At we allowed to stop and take photos? At night during the stay at tea house, am I allowed to go outside to take night photos? For some tips, will the guide accompany me outside for safety?

For taking photograph, you can take your time as the itinerary is designed to allow people to take pictures, guide will stay with you if necessary. If you want to go out at night guide will give you company. You are allowed to take picture anytime. Our Guides are very flexible.

If you are a Photographers please contact us before booking the trip, we will design your trekking itinerary with better spot and improvised itinerary than a regular trekking itinerary.

Some of the days require about 6-7 hours trekking. If I get tired, are we allowed to stop or we have to strictly follow the schedule?

If you can’t make to your destination, not necessarily you need to flow the itinerary.  You have freedom to choose but consult with your guide and let him know what is bothering you; s/he might have a solution.

In case of group more than 8 people we will have 2 guides, in this case guide will arrange something suitable for you after consulting at the office.

Some of the days require about 6-7 hours trekking. If I get tired, are we allowed to stop or we have to strictly follow the schedule?

If you can’t make to your destination, not necessarily you need to flow the itinerary.  You have freedom to choose but consult with your guide and let him know what is bothering you; s/he might have a solution.

In case of group more than 8 people we will have 2 guides, in this case guide will arrange something suitable for you after consulting at the office.

Can I recharge my laptop and my camera batteries at the tea house?

You can recharge you camera battery and laptop, Phone or any electronic devices in most of the tea houses we stay. You need to pay to money for charging except few places includes charging facility inside your room. They charge cost per device from $1 USD to $5 USD per hours charging the battery, higher you go the price will rise as there will be no hydro-power and people are dependent in solar energy.

What is the weather like in February? I know it is cold, but I wonder if it means I need special clothing.

Generally weather in month except of June and July, good weather as a whole apart from cold. You need to bring some extra warm clothes for winter trekking in Nepal. Visibilities during those month stated is good.

Can we change the itinerary if we get there and the weather is bad in one place?

You can change the itinerary if the weather or any other circumstances. Guide will be flexible with changing the route and itinerary.

I think I like the Annapurna trek best, do you have short options?

If you interested to trek in to Annapurna area, it possible to make it short; In that case you will have shorter time the Kathmandu before and after the trek. You might have to walk bit longer than normal walking hour in a days (4-8 hours). We can give you itinerary customized as per your need. We have short option with helicopter trekking, skipping destination (rapid trek) or hop on ho off trekking in those places where we there is motor-able road.

What level of fitness is required? I walk about 6km every day, and do yoga for an hour every morning so am reasonably fit, but not sure if I need to train.

In this case, you are totally fit for trek; if you are with sound health it is perfect. You do not need to have extra fitness level as you do regular yoga. As long as you enjoy walking and you can walk for many and multiple days, this is what meets minimum fitness level for trekking.

In your opinion what’s more beautiful and practical, doing 8 day Annapurna Base Camp trek or doing GHOREPANI Poonhill trek?

Well, both treks are really beautiful. But doing ABC trek means something extra ordinary as it offer base camp access to you. You will get so close to the entire high mountains. You can’t really compere ABC with Ghorepani Poonhill trekking. In 8 days ABC trekking you will Miss Poonhill which is a beautiful view point not just for Annapurna Region but also for Dhaulagiri mountain region.

If you have very short holiday, then Ghorepani poonhill trek would be the option for you but you do not get to the base camp in this trekking. If you have bit more days we suggest you to do the ABC trekking with Ghorepani village.

Can we change the itinerary if we get there and the weather is bad in one place?

You can change the itinerary if the weather or any other circumstances. Guide will be flexible with changing the route and itinerary, talk with the guide and s/he will talk with us at the office if inconvenience.

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