Frequently Asked Questions

 

01.Where is Nepal in the globe?

Nepal, a sovereign Independent Kingdom, lies between 80 degree 12' east longitude and 26 degree 22' and 30 degree 27' north latitude. It is bounded on the north by the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China; on the east, west and south India. The length of the Kingdom is 885 kilometers east-west and its breath varies from 145 to 241 kilometers north-south.

 

02.What is Teahouse Trekking?

A Teahouse Trekking is organizing their accommodation lodge to lodge. It is taking standard even if it is local run guesthouse. Teahouse trek is very popular in the well - developed tourist regions including Annapurna, Everest and Langtang Helambu regions where western, continental meals, Nepalese meal (Dalbhat), and clean accommodation are available in most of the places. This type of trekking offers you good food, good accommodation in the available teahouses & lodges.

 

03.What is Camping trek?

Camping trek is best called as Fully Organized Supported Trek. As exploratory or mountaineering expeditions, camping Trek is also organized in the same style. Camping trek includes a team of guide, cook, Sherpa, & porters to give you accompany. Our porters carry all trekking gears, food, fuel, & personal belongings, & our cooks & assistant prepares hot meals & carry out, supervises the whole operations. Trekkers should carry only small bag or what they might need during the day. At night, they are provided dining tents, sleeping tents, & toilet tents. They are also provided with mattresses and down sleeping bags, all of which are carried for them with the party. Even tables and chairs are carried.

 

As long as you are in good physical shape, you do not require any hiking experience for short treks. If you are planning for a long trek more than 10days, you should work out or do long day hikes at home. But if you use to go frequent short trekking then it is not required.

 

 

04.What is the best season for trekking in Nepal? And can I go trekking in the months of June and July?

The best time for trekking in Nepal is October to early December and March, April to early May. It is not very good trekking during the monsoon season from June to August except treks in the Himalayan rain shadow like Upper Mustang, Dolpo and Kailash.

 

05.Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

Yes, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. Outside of Terminal Hall, he/she will be displaying a play card of Nepal Discovery Treks with your name on it. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to hotel or our office.

 

06.What will happen if I get sick on the trek?

Either you will get better, or if it seems serious we will evacuate you with Helicopter and will be taken to Hospital in Kathmandu where you'll get excellent attention. Our staffs are well versed in medical and emergency care and carry a reasonably comprehensive first aid kit.

 

07.What will happen if I get injured?

If it is serious (this has never happened). You will again be taken care by our staff. If evacuation is required this will be arranged by Nepal discovery treks team. It's advised that if you have any personal doubts you should have evacuation insurance arranged. Nepal discovery treks team can advise you on this.

 

08.Will I get sick?

Not likely. The worst is you may get some diarrhea or temporary stomach upset. Please look our staying healthy during holiday topic for details .Follow the health advice given in our briefings during welcome dinner and you'll be fine.

 

09.What equipment should I bring?

Following are the general idea of the personal items to be brought by a trekker to trek in Nepal. The personal items, in fact, are the individual interest, choice & the luxury. Besides, the most important fact he/she must consider is the time of the year, trekking days, region & altitude.

 

10.You are kindly advised to bring following items for trekking in Nepal

01.Down Jacket 18.Polypropylene/wool socks
02.Sleeping bag 19.Light cotton socks for under wool socks
03.Hiking pants 20.Woolen socks to wear with boots
04.Waterproof jacket 21.Rucksack
05.Full - sleeves shirt 22.Sun hat
06.Jumper or pile jacket 23.Woolen hat
07.T - shirts 24.Gloves
08.Trekking shoes/boots 25.Sun block for lips
10.Camp shoes 26.Sun lotion
11.Long underwear 27.Medical & first aid kit
12.Insulated pants 28.Flash light
13.Nylon windbreaker 29.Batteries and bulbs
14.Nylon wind pants 30.Swiss army knife
15.Water bottle 31.Personal towel
16.Sewing kit 32.Goggles or sunglasses
17.Mountain trekking boots  

 

In a supported trek, porters carry heavy personnel items. The trekkers are required to carry minimum items and personal belongings that might need during the daytime. So, they have to brief to pack their items in two different bags.

 

 

11.What is the accommodation like?

This varies between the various styles of our tours. At minimum it will be comfortable, clean and basic 'tea house' accommodation, much like a cottage during trek. These offer basic facilities, many with hot water and showers, good but simple foods and a chance to experience local culture, while in Kathmandu from 3 to 5 star hotels. Please check it out before you book a trip.

There's also deluxe tented accommodations with all services provided and which Nepal is renowned for.

Nepal discovery treks team has its own full range of camping and cooking equipment to be sure our standards are maintained and this we offer when you book a Camping trek. Nepal discovery treks team always likes to offer accommodations that blend & complement the nature of your tour and do not have that generic 'blah' feeling about them. It also depends on price!

 

12.Is there a problem with altitude sickness?

For our tours/treks below 4000m, there is little likelihood of being subject to altitude sickness, unless you are taking one of our more extreme adventure tours. Kathmandu rests at an altitude of only 1350-m (4430ft) and at this altitude there is no likelihood of altitude related sickness.

We'll be advising you well in advance if altitude is an issue. Our tours/treks above 4000m do require acclimatization periods and any of our tours needing acclimatization has it built into the itinerary and our team got many years of experience and the best medical advice….. So don't worry.

 

13.What is the food like?

Vegetarian and non-Veg. Good and exactly what you need for energy. The cook will provide anything from pizza to curry, and scrambled eggs to chocolate cake. In Teahouse treks you'll have a full menu available to choose from. You will not go hungry and we welcome suggestions.

 

14.How cold will it be?

Depends on the season of course and generally it's will be comfortable tours/treks. Please ask for more details based on the tour of your preference. You could be trekking in a T-shirt or with a wind breaker, but mostly the days are fine and the evenings cool to chilly. For Kathmandu valley it is just perfect for most of the time. If you are doing treks above 4000m in winter then it could get -10 degree Celsius at the most.

 

15.Can I call home or the office?

Kathmandu and many places we visit are linked to a phone system with STD and ISD facilities. In KTM/PKR there are all the facilities you need including fax and full internet / e-mail. If you are doing trek in completely remote area of the country like Dolpo, Kanchenjunga then you will have no access for any communication for few days to few weeks. The Nepal discovery treks office can always be used to dispatches messages.

 

16.How much money do I need?

Hard to say! You may need money for a taxi fare, for a beer, presents and tips. If you do not intend to buy lots of gifts and are not intending to extend your stay, then for a week US$200 should be plenty. But have emergency plans (credit card?) just in case. It also depends on your Nepal Discovery treks tour package and what's included.

 

17.How hard is it?

Depending on what sort of tour/treks you are taking. Mostly tours featured in this site are easy so simple healthy people can enjoy a tour. For trekking you must be fit enough to trek about 6 hours a day. We have given grading for all the tours/treks featured in this site so please look at the grading system for more details.

 

18.Can I arrange an extension?

Yes and there is a huge range of great activities that Nepal Discovery Treks can introduce to you. We can assist with culture tours to all adventure activities in the region. Nepal Discovery Treks also runs "Trips in Bhutan, Sikkim, Ladak, Lhasa" and as such have the facilities for many adventure tours.

 

19.What will I need to carry on the trek?

Very little the porter will carry your all the luggage. The most you will need is water, maybe extra clothing (windbreaker) if the weather is changeable and your camera etc. You should check on this when booking your tour as tours vary. If you are doing mountaineering then you should be able to carry about 15-20 KG.

 

20.Can I join a group trek?

Please visit our website for a list of our scheduled group departures. If one of these does not fit your schedule, we can arrange a special trek for you, whether you are travelling alone or with a few friends.

 

21.What is the maximum weight allowed on domestic flights?

The normal weight limit is 15 kilograms for all domestic flight we therefore recommend you not to overload yourself.

 

22.How many extra days should I allow in case of flight cancellation?

If you are flying from a remote mountain airstrip like Lukla, Jomsom, Simikot, Taplejung and Dolpo, we should keep at least two spare days before your departure for home.

 

23.Is a trekking permit required?

The government of Nepal no longer requires a trekking permit except for a few restricted areas. However, we do require your passport details in advance in order to make your national park or conservation permit.

 

Lower Dolpo and Kanchenjunga - Equivalent to US$ 10 per person per week for the
  first four weeks and US$ 20 per week thereafter.
   
Manaslu US$ 90 per person per week for trekking during Sept- Nov and US$ 75 per
  week during Dmecember- August.
   
Humla- US$ 90 per person for the first seven days and US$ 15 per day thereafter.
   
Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo - US$ 700 per person of the first ten days and US$
  70 per person per day thereafter.
   

Note: Only through registered trekking agencies, trekking to Dolpo, Kanchenjunga, Manaslu, and upper Mustang can be undertaken. Entrance fee is levied for visiting all National Parks, and Conservation Area. Children under 10 years are not required entrance fee.

 

24.Are Nepal Discovery Treks trekking crew insured?

Our company insures all our trekking staff, including porters.

 

25.What arrangements for drinking water are made while on trek?

You should bring a one-liter water bottle with you on the trek. We prefer that you purify water yourself using iodine in order to save scarce fuel. You can also buy mineral water if you trek areas like Annapurna, Everest and Langtang.

 

26.Can I go trekking in the months of June and July?

It is not very good trekking during the monsoon season from June to August except treks in the Himalayan rain shadow like Mustang and Kailas.

 

27.Does Nepal discovery Treks accept credit cards?

We accept Visa and Master cards for advance payment. If you are paying in person in Nepal, we request that you pay in cash or Travelers cheques as the bank charges for credit cards are quite high.

 

28.Is it possible/easy to get equipment on hire?

There are trekking shops at Thamel, in kathmandu in particular, where you can easily rent or buy items like sleeping bags, down jackets, rucksacks and duffel bags.

 

29.What if the guide/porter leaves me alone the trail?

Sometimes the porter/guide may go on ahead if you are walking slowly on an easy trail, usually to find a good place to eat or stay the night. However, this doesn’t mean that you have been abandoned. Nepal Discovery Treks porters or guides will never leave you for long periods and will never steal your bag or belongings. It is guaranteed.

 

30.Is it necessary to take precautions against Malaria?

It is not necessary to take Malaria prevention medicine unless you will be visiting a Jungle Lodge.

 

31.What are your payment terms?

We prefer 20 % advance deposit of total price of a tour in order to conform your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival. For further info of payment terms and conditions, please visit

 

32.Why Nepal is the best place to travel?

Nepal, a sovereign Independent Kingdom, lies between 80 degree 12' east longitude and 26 degree 22' and 30 degree 27' north latitude. It is bounded on the north by the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China; on the east, west and south India. The length of the Kingdom is 885 kilometers east-west and its breath varies from 145 to 241 kilometers north-south.

 

33.Do I need visa to travel to Nepal?

Yes, except the SAARC nation and include China passport holder need visa to enter Nepal.

 

34.What I need to get ready to get visa?

Two passport size photos, US30-45$ ($US30 for a Single Entry, and $US45 for a Double Entry) and correctly filled application form downloading from internet or place from where you are applying visa.

 

35.Where do I apply to get my visa?

You can apply in prior to arrival in Nepal (there are embassies and consulates in many countries) or you can obtain a visa on arrival at Kathmandu Airport or every major border if you are travelling by overland entering from India and Tibet.

 

36.How long and how can I extend my visa?

Nepal, a sovereign Independent Kingdom, lies between 80 degree 12' east longitude and 26 degree 22' and 30 degree 27' north latitude. It is bounded on the north by the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China; on the east, west and south India. The length of the Kingdom is 885 kilometers east-west and its breath varies from 145 to 241 kilometers north-south.

 

37.How to enter Nepal?

By taking flight to Kathmandu airport, overland travel from India and Tibet.

 

38.What is the language of Nepal?

Nepali is the national and official language but many people speaks and understand English (mainly young generation).

 

39.What is the common form of greeting in Nepal?

Saying Namaste is the common greeting with doing joining hands and bending the head.

 

40.What is the time different between GTM and what is the Country code?

Time difference is +5:45 GTM and +977 is the country code.

 

41.What is the currency of Nepal?

Nepali rupees are the currency of Nepal and it comes with 1P, 2P, 5p, 10P, 20P, 50P, RS1, RS2, RS5, RS10, RS20, RS25, RS50, RS100, RS250, RS500 and RS1000

 

42.Are there ATM facilities?

These days ATMs been common and can be found in Kathmandu, Pokhara, lalitpur, Bhaktapur, and other major cities.

 

43.Will my cell Phone work in Nepal?

Normally none of the foreign counties mobile works in Nepal unless you get permeation from Nepal telecom and with your mobile services provider.

 

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