Given below many questions and answers planned to provide the required information’s as our experience we got many queries those who are planning and preparing to visit Nepal. Those information are not meant to be a detailed out as road guide so, for further details guidance, you will get from many outstanding travel books about Nepal by different languages.
Questions we usually get from trekkers / travelers for their Nepal trip are:
Can you tell us about Nepal?
Nepal is landlocked country placed in southern Asia hidden between two Asian giants India and China. Nepal is geographically, culturally and linguistically diverse. The capital city Kathmandu is known as ‘city of temples’ where we can explore traditional artistic beauty, along the greatest heights of the Himalaya. Besides, it’s a land of yaks and yetis, Monasteries and different best trekking trails on the earth.
We are going on a ‘lodge trek’, what shall we expect?
Lodge trek follow along the main trekking trails. Where we can have simple teahouses they are set up to cater trekker’s needs. Those who are a lodge trek, this is where trekkers be sleeping, eating and relaxing. They’re simple but functional, and clean always. Simple wooden or cemented rooms with two beds and shared bathrooms are the norm. Dinner and breakfast will be given in the same lodge where you stay overnight, but lunch is usually given somewhere along the route.
What is the Best Season?
Normally Nepal can welcome to tourist in all session but autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the trekking. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. But the nights are cold and can fall to freezing level in higher altitude. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn. But during Monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and visitors could enjoy rather best of nature.
Dose tourist need to bring the medication with them?
Yes, it is important to bring but be sure that they bring prescriptions and the medications in its original containers to avoid custom inspection hassle.
Do we get visa on arrival?
Nepal visa is easily available up on arrival in the entry places. Please visit Nepal Travel Guidelines
Do we need to bring additional medicine for the trekking?
It is always better to consult your doctor. However, we suggest you to carry simple medicines such as Ibuprofen, Codeine, Paracetamol, Strepsils, anti-diarrhea tablets and Diamox (for high altitude sickness).
What kind of clothes do we require and is it possible to purchase it in Kathmandu before start of the trip?
It’s depends on you but we suggest you to wear warm clothes during the trek. A down jacket, thermal longs and top, comfortable trekking trousers, t-shirts, fleece, windproof jacket, hat, scarf, and gloves must be with you. There are numerous trekking shops in Kathmandu where you can get all of these items in both local and branded stores alike. We can accompany and assist you if required.
Do we need to bring any personal equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, walking poles etc?
We suggest you to bring your own equipment. However, sleeping bags and down jacket will be provided to you by our company. If you are used to walking with it then take them with you, as you will probably find them useful to sleep. It is mostly a personal preference.
Do I need insurance for trekking?
Yes, make sure to have both medical and evacuation insurance before coming to Nepal. You should be careful in choosing a policy while traveling to a Himalayan country like Nepal as some insurance companies may make special exceptions for adventure travel.
What about the guide and porters are they equipped/trained and insured?
Yes, our entire guide and porter are experienced and have vast knowledge on the culture, geography, ecology and history of the every Region. They are fully trained, insured and well equipped.
Can domestic flights get cancelled or delayed?
Yes, we may face many cancellations or delayed for any number of days due to bad weather conditions. If the delay happen at the start of your trip this will disturbs your schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip. But, if you are not interested in it, we will provide you accommodation and food in a guest house in Kathmandu. Hence, as long as you plan to stick to the original trip schedule we will be responsible for additional accommodation/ food. But, if you choose to change the dates of your trip and lengthen it then you will be responsible for your expenses.
What kind of weather can we expect during trekking? How cold does it get?
Weather in the mountains is very hard to forecast. Nights are generally colder than the days. Winter will be colder but the days will be beautiful with clear sky. Most important to stay on warm and dry when we are on the trekking. Average Temperatures in Nepal, these days you can check the weather forecast on internet.
What will be done if the group member not able to continue trekking?
At first our guide will arrange the necessary transportation and reservations to get you home as quickly as possible. But you will not be entitled to any refund for the services (such as: hotel, transport, flight, etc.) included in the package that you would not use later.
How will be the cancellation and refund policy?
The cancellation policy will be the different in trekking, mountaineering and cultural tour packages. It’s depended on our company terms and condition policy.
Are there any communication facilities available while we are on the mountain?
There are land-lines phone in most of the villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Mobile Phone also available but the quality of the network is not so good. Internet facilities can be found in only a few villages and the charge will be expensive.
Is it possible to charge my batteries during trekking in?
It is possible most of the lodges we need to have the Electric Plug is two or three round prongs, but not flat prongs as found in use in the United States or in other countries. If your electronic items use 110 Volt 60 MHZ electricity, you will need a voltage convert.
Can we store extra clothing that we don’t need?
Yes, you will be able to store it safely in Kathmandu. The storage facility is provided by most hotels and lodges or you can also store it in our office for the duration of the trekking.
What problems can arise on high altitude?
Our trekking itinerary has been modified to prevent any kind of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) but while we moving up to higher altitude more than 3,600 meters/11808 feet and above. You will be trekking at a relatively slower and gradual pace as part of acclimatization process. In the higher elevation there is less oxygen in the air and this is more so while crossing high passes. Our expert guides will advise you on how to avoid AMS and treat it when/ if required.
Do we get bottled, boiled and filtered water?
During trekking, lodges serve bottled, boiled and filtered water, which is generally safe and have to be paid for. Because of environmental reasons however we encourage our guests to use iodine and other purifying agents to treat water before drinking.
Is Kailash Journeys as a company environmentally responsible?
For sure we are and to make a business doesn’t mean that we can hamper environment. All our teams are fully awareness to care for environment. While it’s sad fact that tourism is taking a toll on these stunning areas.
How to arrange domestic and international flight, hotel bookings?
We can take care of all domestic flights, hotel bookings and other services too. However, we suggest you to arrange international flights from your home country, if required we can provide assistance.
For tourists, what is there to buy in Nepal to take back home?
In Nepal has so many traditional verities to take back home as their choice. Nepal is well known for its handicraft, Pashmina, Art and craft, Nepali musical instruments like Madal and Banshuri as well as Nepali carpet also best known among the tourist customers. And the best place to shop these goods is around the Thamel areas.