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Bhaktapur - Nyatapola Temple during the festival Gai Jatra
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Prayer flags
Bungmati - old Newari town
Kathmandu City
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Bagala pass, Lower Dolpo

Frequently Asked Questions - Trekking

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FAQs - Trekking

All the trekking articles and items of equipment can be bought at favorable prices in Kathmandu. In most cases, these are not genuine brand-name products, but nevertheless of relatively good quality. 

As a rule there is the possibility before commencing the trek, of depositing part of the baggage in the hotel in Kathmandu or in Pokhara.

During the trekking tour only a copy of your passport should be taken with you. The original passport should be deposited either in the hotel safe or with our trekking agency. 

The facilities in the lodges in Nepal, are simple and practical. That is to say, the double rooms usually have wooden bedsteads and a simple foam mattress. If required, you can also borrow blankets at the lodges. The WC and/or washing facilities are outside the rooms. There are often solar showers available but not in all the lodges. An extra charge has to be paid for using the "hot shower". If there is no shower facility available, a bowl of hot water can also be ordered for washing, if required. Those who are particularly sensitive to noise during the night should remember to take earplugs with them. The rooms are divided by simple wooden partitions and they are often not soundproof.

In the lodges there is a guest room that is heated in the evenings.

Since it is not possible to book the lodge in advance, the porters walk on ahead each day, and reserve the rooms at the lodges. If a lodge happens to be fully booked, it may well be the case that several lodges have to be asked, and that unpleasant circumstances occur.

At some of the lodges, rooms are offered with attached bathroom/toilet. As these room prices are more expensive, the extra price as opposed to the price of a normal room – if such a room is in fact available – has to be paid at the lodge directly. For booking requests, please consult the guide. Please note, that sometimes the equipment of the attached bathroom/toilet is very poor and the running water is frozen or mould formation due to humidity and coldness appear.

There is a large selection of dishes, e.g. noodles, rice or potatoes with vegetables or meat (chicken, water buffalo (buff) or mutton, spaghetti with tomato sauce, momos (dumplings filled with minced meat or vegetable), pizza, dhal bhaat (national Nepalese dish) consisting of lentil soup, potato curry, chicken or vegetables, chicken curry with rice or flat bread, marmalade with flat bread, butter, honey, porridge, muesli, pancakes with honey, boiled eggs and scrambled eggs, etc..

If someone has problems with the stomach or is very sensiitive, it is not recommendable to eat meat and egg dishes above 3,500 mtrs. Meat items and eggs will be often stored long time without refrigeration.

 

Trekking guide and porters pay their meals by themselves. They get an extra payment per day for food from us as employer.  Nevertheless the trekking guide and porters are also delighted to receive sometimes a Cola or bar of chocolate. Moreover the trekking guide and porter are also delighted about the invitation to a welfare dinner at the end of the trek.

The Lodge Trek is the most popular way of trekking in Nepal. During the Lodge Trek you walk from one lodge to the next. You also sleep overnight and eat at the lodges that lie along the trekking route. The guide takes the meal orders and payments in the lodges. The catering depends on the respective menus provided at the lodge. The Lodge Trek offers several advantages due to the accommodation and meals being organised directly at the lodge. You can walk at your own speed and according to your own time schedule and as a result, you become acquainted with the real lifestyle of the rural population.

On the Camping Trek all the equipment necessary for camping such as tents, mattresses, WC tents, kitchen tents and kitchen utensils, etc., is provided on the one hand, and a certain number of helpers and guides - depending on the size of the group - on the other.
A Head Guide (Sirdar) organises and plans the entire trekking program. All the meals are freshly prepared en route. The camping/trekking day starts in early morning around 6.00 h and a Wake-up Tea is served at the tent.  After that a bowl with warm water for washing.  Before breakfast the tents should be cleared empty to dry and pack them for transportation. The luggage and other staff are loaded on the Mules.  Hiking/Trekking begins after a breakfast around 7.30 h to 8.00 h.  The kitchen team precedes and prepares lunch on the way – sometimes also a packed lunch is given.  The Sherpa and the Mules come later with all the tents and remaining luggage.  Mostly the trekking group is overtaken however of the Mule caravan so that the tents and the entire equipment arrives first at the camping place.  If it is possible, the tents are already constructed in arrival of the trekking group.  Otherwise it is desirable and very welcome if the participants support the camping team in the construction. 

Due to weather conditions that would jeopardise the safety, time lags in the public means of transport and consideration that needs to be taken for group members - who for unforeseen reasons, such as illness, their weak condition or similar are unable to meet the tour requirements - delays and changes in the travel route scheduling may occur.

The electricity supply can be very limited during the trekking tour. In lodges with solar energy it is possible to recharge camera batteries for a fee. The fees for recharging camera batteries or mobile phones are not included in the tour/trip price.

In lodges that are equipped with solar showers, these can also be used for a fee. It should be noted, that not all the lodges have solar showers. In such cases, a bowl of hot water can similarly be ordered, for a fee. The fee for a hot shower or bowl of hot water is not included in the tour/trip price.

In order that the porters do not have to carry too much weight during the trekking tour, a piece of luggage (backpack, bag) should not weigh more than 12 to 13 kg. You can save a lot of weight by taking sample packs of toothpaste, sun cream, washing powder, etc.. These are offered at most chemists' and are more than sufficient for the duration of the trek.

 

a) Leave the camp site cleaner than you have found it.
b) No open fires.
c) Burn dry papers and packets in a safe place.
d) Keep local water clean and avoid using pollutants.
e) Plants should be left to flourish in their natural environment.

As fire wood in Nepal is very limited, the teahouses/lodges are not heated thoroughly in the afternoons and in the evenings. Often the oven will be fired only once between 5 pm to 6 pm. Also the rooms in the teahouses/lodges are not heated. Please note this for the selection of your equipment and cloths for the trekking tour.

The easiest way would be to pack the trekking stuff in a trekking bag. As one porter carries the luggage of two people, two trekking bags are bind together. The bags are carried with a band across the forehead. This type of carrying is very typical in Nepal. If one porter carries the luggage of one person, it is easier with a bagpack. 

The trekking guide and the porters eat generally later than the trekking group. The lodge owner is cooking Dal Bhat for all guides and porters.  These food is served in the kitchen. Therefore trekking guide and porters are sitting not together with the group. If you wish you can invite the trekking staff to sit together with them playing games or talking. Please do not wonder when the invitation sometimes will be accepted and sometimes not. Trekking guide and porters are also happy to talk and chat with their Nepalese colleges.

Normally the meals (full board) and the typical hot drinks like coffee and tea during the trekking tour are included in the tour price (unless the booked service is another). The food (full pension) contains 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and will be paid in the lodges/teahouses by the trekking guide. If alcohol, soft drinks, mineral water, further meals or snacks are consumed, the payment has to be done by the participant.