When and where can I go for trek in Nepal?
Nepal is a topographically varied country and about 83 % area is covered by hills and mountains so there are plenty of options for walking and hiking. Among the many trekking region Everest, Annapurna and Langtang region are very famous for trekking of different kind and difficulty. If you want less crowded regions for trek then you can trek in the Ganesh Himal, Kanchenjunga and other treks in far-western regions of Nepal.
How can I get a visa to Nepal?
Visa can be obtained after applying to the Embassy of Nepal in your country or you can get an on arrival visa after you land in Kathmandu airport or at immigration office at borders with India and China.
Which is the best season to trek in Nepal?
Nepal has plenty of trekking opportunities throughout the year. Trekking can be done anytime but in Monsoon (JUN-JUL-AUG) it is difficult to trek because of heavy rainfall. The ideal time for trekking here can be Mar-May and Sep-Nov. You can trek in the trasnhimalyan region even in the months of April to July.
How can I get information on trekking in Nepal?
You can get many travel books and websites which have details of trekking in Nepal. After you arrive here you can get many book shops and information counters which give information to tourist especially in Kathmandu.
Is it safe to trek alone?
It is not a bad idea to trek alone in lower altitude in popular trekking trails of Annapurna, Everest and Langtang as you go through human settlements and you will meet lots of fellow trekkers who won’t mind you walking with them. But even in these trails you might encounter some problems like twisted legs, fracture or lack of knowledge of the proper routs as the maps may be misleading sometimes, it’s better to have someone with you. If you travel in a group at least a pair it is very easy and exciting. You can hire a guide, porter or a porter guide (who will lead you as well as carry your bags)
Is it compulsory to use a trekking agency?
You need permits (TIMS, ACAP, GCAP, local permits, national park permits etc ) and some documentation to be prepared before a trek which is difficult for you to manage on your own so using agency is a smart idea even though it is not compulsory. But it is compulsory to have an agency managing things on your behalf for trekking in restricted areas like upper mustang, Dolpo, Humla, Simikot Narphu etc.
Should I hire a porter and/or a guide?
If you hire a guide or a porter that will make your trip much easier and comfortable. They will lead you, carry your bags and even help you in case of any emergency so it is advisable to have a guide or porter with you. It will help you to be familiar with the region, people and culture and they will arrange for every small thing you require during the trek. If you decide to hire a porter and/or a guide, remember that you are their employer and thus should take full responsibility. You must make sure they have adequate clothes and other gear necessary for the trek. It is your responsibility to rent the gear for them.
If I hire a porter/Guide should I tip him? If yes how much?
Tipping is not compulsory but people expect you to tip them. There is no hard and fast rules for tipping so if you are satisfied with their service you can tip them as per you budget.
Is a valid Visa enough for trekking or I need some special permit?
You need other permits than visa to go for a trek. Permits from the respective conservation area office are required and can be issued from Tourism department offices in Kathmandu and Pokhara. You need a valid visa, copy of passport and two passport size photographs to issue permits. You require different permits for different trekking region for eg- ACAP permit for Annapurna region and besides permit you need Trekkers information management system (TIMS) card which is used to keep record of the trekkers.
Is there any dress code while trekking?
Nepalese society is still traditional and your dressing sense can have a impact on the local people’s perception about you. You should wear decent clothes and try to cover your body as much as possible but it is not as strict in the Muslim countries. In the trek you need to wear think clothes because of the climate but in the cities please avoid wearing sleevles or very short shots and skirts.
What should I bring along in a trek?
If you are trekking in the lower altitudes less than 3000m light t-shirts in the day time and a light down jacket for evening will be ok. The weather in the mountains is very unpredictable so it’s advisable to carry water proof jacket and some warm clothes as things can change very fast in this part of the world. For the night time which might be chilling cold in the mountains a down jacket or a warm fleece jacket and thermo-coats and pants will be essential. The good thing about travelling here is if you come from a hot country where you use warm clothes very seldom, you have options to hire down jackets, snow boots, Sleeping bags etc in a very reasonable price in Kathmandu itself. Things like sunscreen, small pocket knife, altimeter, watch, day pack, sunglasses, bug spray etc may be useful during the trek.
Where can I store my luggage while doing the trek?
Hotels in the cities provide safety deposit box and luggage stores to you in no or very minimal cost.
Any health precautions that I need to consider during my trek?
While you go for trek health issues like stomach problems, blisters, cold and headaches or even vomiting may occur. You can carry medicines for this. You must avoid alcohol and tobacco while you trek above 3000m. Altitude sickness is a very common problem for trekkers going above 3000 m so try to acclimatize and do not rush. Make good use of the rest days that are kept in between the trekking days to adapt you to the trekking area. Drink plenty of water and use mineral water or boiled water only.
What do I do in case of emergency?
IN case of any emergency in the trekking regions the company who organized your travel should be contacted if possible. You might be carried to the nearest health post or airstrip. In case of serious matters you can get a helicopter rescue after you guarantee the payment. Contacting your embassy can speed of the process of recue.
Do I need to have insurance?
It is advisable to have an insurance in your home country itself or instead you can take a insurance after arriving in Nepal we can arrange for your insurance for your trekking.