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General Info

Nepal is a trekker's paradise. More than 85% of the total population live in rural areas. Although transport and communications have brought about great changes in the lives of the people, many still live a simple rural life. One need not be a mountaineer or experienced walker to trek in different parts of the country. 
Various tours of trekking are offered, from one to several days. When Colonel Jimmy Robes opened Mountain Travel in 1955, his travel company began the history of trekking in Nepal. The concept was similar to the expedition approach used by mountaineers, with guides, porters & tents. Since 80’s the infrastructures for trekking have developed to a very high standard. Currently, in Nepal, two kinds of trekking are popular- Teahouse or Lodge trekking and Tent Trekking.

What is Teahouse Trekking? And how it is organized?
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.You also need a sleeping bag.for Tea House trekking.

What is Camping Trekking, and how it is operated?
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 meals. Trekkers need only 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. 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 & 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.

Trekking equipment checklist
When selecting your personal items, keep in mind the number of days you'll be camping, the time of year and the altitude. We advise our clients to bring these items:

Down Sleeping Bag
Down Jacket
Long sleeved shirt
Jumper or fleecy jacket
T - shirts
Trekking shoes or boots
Comfy shoes for around the camp
Mountain trekking boots
Polypropylene/wool socks
Light cotton socks for under wool socks
Sun hat
Woolen hat    
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

Trekking Season
Trekking is possible throughout the year, depending on the region. There are areas unaffected by the monsoon season. October through May is recommended. Less popular is from the end of May to early September, but certain areas such as Mustang or Dolpo, behind the Himalayas, remain pleasant during these months.

Trekking Permit:
For trekking in the Everest, Annapurna, Langtang and Rara lake regions, a trekking permit is not required, but you will need a National park / Conservation permit and Trekker's Information Management System(TIMS). However, the following places do require a trekking permit:

1 Lower Dolpo, Kanchenjunga, Gaurishankar and Lamabagar - Equivalent to US$ 20 per person per week. However, permit fee for Chekampar and Chunchet of Gorkha district (Sirdibas-Lhokpa-Chumling-Chekampar-Nile-Chule) has been fixed at US$ 40 per person for 07 days during September to November and US$ 30 per person per 07 days during December to August.

2 Manaslu – US$ 100 per person per week and US$ 15 per person for each extra day during September - November and US$ 75 per person per week and US$ 10 per person per each extra day during December- August.

3 Humla- US$ 50 per person for the first seven days and US$ 10 per day thereafter.

4 Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo - US$ 500 per person of the first 10 days and US$ 50 per person per day thereafter.

Note: The above mentioned trekking areas must be undertaken only through Registered Trekking Agencies from Government of Nepal like our Company registration Number 136973/072/073.

An entrance fee is levied for visiting to all National Parks and Conservation Areas. There is no charge for children under 10 years.

Do you have Visas or not? If not you must have cash
15 day Visa USD 30
1 month USD 50
3 month Visa USD 125 
Per person, children below 10 are free, but everybody must have also a PP picture for the application. If you filled out the online application form then have the Ticket ready. Maybe you get the Arrival card already in the Airplane fill it out.  Walk directly to the line at the very end of that hall and fill the Arrival card out there so you save some time.

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High Altitude Sickness:
What is High Altitude Sickness?
A mixture (syndrome) of problems like headache, Nausea, shortness of breathe, tiredness encountered at high altitude i.e. above 2800m/8000ft. 

Trek Gradation:
It's important to match your fitness level. Find what you think will suit you best in the tables below.

Grade  (Easy)    Easy trekking by Himalayan standards is generally up to 2000m. There are plenty of ups and downs on well-maintained trails. This type of trip is best suited for those who lead a reasonably active life. The trek takes about 3 to 7 days, walking about 4 to 5 hours a day.

Grade (Moderate)    This involves longer treks (five to ten days) on maintained trails. This type of trek includes day excursions to higher elevations, for which it's advisable to have some previous hill- walking experience. On these treks, we generally achieve an altitude between 900m to 3000m.

Grade (Moderate to Strenuous)    A reasonably demanding trek at an altitude up to 4000m with side trips to higher elevations. The trails are sometimes uncharted and away from inhabited areas.

Grade (Strenuous)    These treks must be fully supported. We climb to altitudes between 3500 and 5000m. & there are overnight stays at altitudes above 4000m. For this trek, trekkers should be fit & enthusiastic hill walkers prepared to tackle difficult terrain in remote areas.

Grade (Very Strenuous)    This trek is best described as Alpine, and suitable is suitable for those in excellent health, capable of carrying a backpack, when required. The trek covers very remote areas, traveling over snow-covered passes at an altitudes of up to 6500m. You will need to axes and crampons. No strenuous trek should be undertaken without medical clearance.