When is the best time to go trekking in Nepal?
You can trek and travel across Nepal throughout the entire year. However to get the most out of your trek when the weather is the most pleasant it is recommended to come either in autumn (October – Dec) which is the main tourist season when the weather is the most predictable. Spring (mid-March – April – May) is also a great time to come as it is less busy, rhododendrons are in full bloom however the weather can be slightly changing.
What are the accommodation facilities like while on a trek?
If you are doing one of the two main trekking routes – Annapurna & Everest – you will find plenty of tea-house style hotels and lodges along the way with cozy rooms, bedding and hot showers. Most tea houses even offer en-suite bathrooms if required. If you are trekking in a more of a remote area like the far-west part of Nepal, Dolpo etc.you may have to arrange for your own tent. These can also be rented easily here in Nepal.
Can I travel independently or do I need to hire a guide?
You are free to do do both, it’s entirely up to you whether you decide to hire a guide. However there are some trekking routes where for safety reasons hiring a guide is pretty much necessary.In other areas such as the Upper Mustang, Manaslu, and Kanchenjunga a special permit compulsory. A guide will make your trip a lot less easier – not all locals speak English, sometimes just ordering a bus or a domestic flight can be challenging, or when any medical/emergency situation occurs during the trek and help os needed – these are some of cases when having a guide is going to make all the difference. Plus considering the small cost involved for getting a help along the way it should be an easy decision to make.
What is the transport like in Nepal?
Overall Nepal has a decent transport infrastructure. There are two national airlines that operate internationally – Nepal Airlines & Himalayan Airlines. These airlines also offer domestic flights within the Nepal. Regarding ground transportation, all major cities and trekking starting points are connected by road with a good bus connections – however due to heavy congestion and difficult mountain terrain please note that journeys take slightly longer time. In certain more remote areas of the Himalayas there is the options of renting a jeep.
What is the quality of the food like in Nepal?
Considering vast majority of the food here in Nepal that is being served is locally grown it is all organic and as pure and natural as it gets. There is alway plenty of vegetables, rice and dhal on offer as well as some other more western-like dishes in the lodges along the way so there is something for everyone.
How much does the food costs in Nepal?
Rough idea of how much food costs on the treks:
Dal Bhat: $4- $6
Mineral water : $1- $3
Cold drinks : $2 – $5
Chocolate bar : $1 -$3
Soup items: $3 – $5
Western food menu: $ 4 – $6
Tea small pot: $5
Medium pot: $8
Large pot: $12
Coffee 1 cup: $1
*Note: The food prices increase with the altitude. A $2 meal in lowland costs around $6 when high up in the mountains.
Are there always hot showers available while trekking?
The answer is mostly yes. Most of the tea-house style hotels offer hot shower powered by solar panels. However the further up you get along the trek the lower the standard of accommodation gets as it is too difficult to carry items up the mountains with no road system. Therefore sometimes there might be an option of cold showers/heated water buckets.
How about the internet, Wi-Fi, and phone service?
In big towns like Pokhara and Kathmandu there will be plenty of options to get online and have a good mobile service coverage. Once in the mountains it changes slightly – not all hotels offer wi-fi and the service connection does drop occasionally. There is the option of purchasing a credit for a mountain wi-fi provider which works well in the Himalays however this option is very costly.
What kind of charging pin do I need?
Nepal has widely used two pin socket. If you carry an adapter with two pins (European standard), it should mostly work.
How many kilos can one porter carry?
A fair load for one porter is recommended to be between 20-25 kg.
Can my guide help me to carry some of my items?
Yes, our guides unless most other guides working in the mountains offer this help to their clients. They can help you with up to 7 Kilos of your belongings if needed.
What is better trekking route to take – the Annapurna Base Camp or the Everest Base Camp?
This is a difficult question to answer as both treks are different and it depends on what are people looking for – Annapurna is diverse, Everest itself is legendary. Comparing the two is somewhat unfair. One thing for sure is they are both outstanding.
Are there any other trekking routes available apart from the Annapurna Base Camp and the Everest Base Camp treks?
Yes, there are many others routes with different lengths of stay and difficulty level to chose from such as:
Manaslu circuit trek
Poon hill trek
Kanchenjunga Trek etc.
Is it allowed to use a drone?
Yes, you can use your drone camera, however you will need to register it with the concerned authority of Government of Nepal.