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Travel Faqs

Travel Faqs

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 Alternative Treks & Expedition with your name on it. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the selected hotel or our office.

Many of our guests have asked us about the customary practice of recognizing exceptional service through tipping while we consider it your personal decision. To be frank and honest with you, everybody gives tips to our crews at the end of the tours but minimum to maximum is your decision. In other hand only giving money is a not only tip, you may give to them used clothes, used equipment etc too.

It deepens how high you do trekking however trekking in Nepal is obviously bit in higher places compared to other countries, which will be minimum altitude from 1500 mtr. to 5545 mtr. above the sea level. At these altitudes your body can become dehydrated more quickly, and it is important that you drink water regularly (4 – 5 liters a day).

At the conclusion of your trekking/expedition trip, we will be more than happy to share time with you in our head office and sit down for chatting about your trip. We do have comment books or write feedback through email you as your opinion of our service is valuable to us.

Please, do not hesitate to ask your guide questions. All of the guides have a wealth of information and are happy to explain on any topic in which you may be interested. They have been trained to provide information while they are on the trekking.

Our guide is extensively trained (Government registered) on safe operations and handling Tea House (Lodge to Lodge), Camping (Tent to Tent) trekking and home stay trekking. His primary concern is safety and your enjoyment of the tour. Our guide is knowledgeable about the Himalayas, altitude sickness, geography, Nepali culture and customs as well as flora and fauna of this special area.

Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. Of course, at night it is generally cold, and in winter the days can be quite beautiful if the sun is out. There can be snow or rain storms any time of the year. Trekking in spring (March – April) is particularly lovely as the rhododendrons are in full bloom, and the mountains still have plenty of high snow to enhance your photos. You need to be aware that it can get pretty hot and sunstroke can be a risk. Good polarizing sunglasses or glacier glasses (not trendy fashion ones) for high altitudes/winter treks, and a large brimmed hat are a necessity. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected!

Between 1000m and 3500m the temperature could be as high as 20 degree c. to 5 degree c. low. At higher altitude, the temperature ranges from 20 degree c. to -10 degree c.. During winter it is around 10 degree c. colder.

The best time for trekking in Nepal is October to early December and March/April. 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.

Weight limits for porters to carry a load is 20-30 k.g.

Sometimes porter 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 alternative Trekking Company’s guide/porter will never leave you for long periods and will never steal your bag or belongings. It is guaranteed.

You should bring a one-litter water bottle with you on the trek. We prefer that you purify water yourself using iodine in order to save scarce fuel. We can provide a limited amount of boiled water that you can use to fill your water bottle in the evening.

Our company insures all our trekking staff, including porters.

There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls.

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.

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

The normal weight limit is 20 k.g. While the helicopter shuttle system is operating the limit to Lukla is 15 kg.

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The most important thing is DON’T PANIC. You should ALWAYS ensure that you have sufficient insurance in case you should have to be evacuated though Nepal alternative treks staff will have medical kid to treat you. A slight case of diarrhea is to be expected, as well as sprains and muscle aches – all a part of walking in the hills. Altitude sickness is extremely dangerous but mostly avoidable if you follow a few simple rules: trek high and sleep low, drink at least 2 litters of water per day (not including beer or any alchoholic drinks!), and BE SENSIBLE. If you feel shortness of breath, a slight headache or dizziness, tell your porter/guide and rest immediately. Lie down, drink water. If you are still feeling unwell you may consider going down a few hundred meters. Do not pretend you are okay, and do not go down alone. A descent of a few hundred meters overnight may be enough to make you fully able to start trekking again tomorrow.

The government of Nepal no longer requires a special trekking permit for Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, and some other regions. However, conservation permit or National park permits are required for these regions. There are few restricted trekking areas in Nepal, where trekking permits are required as Dolpo, Mustang, Manaslu, kanchunjunga, Nar-fu, Tsum valley and Dhaulagiri round trekking.

Home stay trekking means staying in local community lodge or local people house. We will provide you local food, interaction with them, look their life style from the closest view and experience their culture. Our porter will carry your luggage.

A camping trek is fully organized and supported with a team of guides, cooks, sherpas and porters to accompany you. Our porters carry all the trekking gear, food, fuel and personal belongings. Our cooks prepare hot and delicious meals. Trekkers need only to carry a small bag as required for the day. At night, tents for dining, sleeping and ablutions tents are provided and set up also mattresses and down-filled sleeping bags, tables and seating.

In a typical camping trek, we start the day around 6 a.m. with a cup of hot tea/cofee. You are then provided with a bowl of warm water for washing. Then trekkers enjoy breakfast before leaving camp. The trek begins around 7.30 – 8 a.m.

Trekkers can set their pace for pausing and sightseeing and the walk to the lunch spot will normally take 3 hours. On arrival, you are served hot lunch. In the afternoon, after walking for another 3 to 4 hours, you arrive at the next camp around 5 p.m. Tea and snacks are served while our staff readies the camp. Dinner time is around 6/7 p.m. in the dining tent, lit with lanterns and comfortably furnished. The food is healthy, wholesome and hygienically prepared.

Teahouse trekking is guided walking and very popular in the well-developed tourist regions including Annapurna, Everest and Langtang – Helambu, where western cuisine as well Nepalese food (Dalbhat) is available. Overnight accommodation is in good, clean guest houses, lodges and hotels.

When selecting your personal items, keep in mind the number of days you’ll be trekking tea house/ camping, the time of year and the altitude. We advise our clients to bring these items:

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down Jacket
  • Long sleeved shirt
  •  Jumper or fleecy jacket
  • T – shirts
  • Trekking shoes or boots
  • Comfy shoes for around the camp ( for camping trek)
  • wool socks
  • Light cotton socks
  • Rucksack
  • Sun hat
  • Woollen hat
  • Gloves
  • Sun block for lips
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Long underwear
  • Insulated pants
  • Nylon windbreaker
  • Nylon wind pants
  • Water bottle
  • Sewing kit
  • Medical & first aid kit
  • Flash light
  • Batteries and bulbs
  • Swiss army knife
  • Towel and toiletries

As long as you are in good physical shape, you do not require any hiking experience for short treks. However, if you are planning a trek longer than a week, some physical fitness programs such as running and hiking is recommended before you embark on a trek.