Guiding, Health, and Safety

GUIDING QUESTIONS

 

Why should I choose one of you as my guide?
We are a team of an expert, friendly and reliable well-experienced professionals with many years of practice in the Nepal trekking tourism. Our guides are qualified, legally certified, well trained and are experts in the region due to frequent visits and research. Our number one priority is to ensure you have the best experience you can possibly get while trekking in the Himalayas. We pride ourselves on providing our clients with the most authentic Nepal with the most off-the-beaten trek routes and make sure you find Nepal in your best way.


What are the trekking permits I need?
If you are trekking outside Experienced permission region, you need a TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System) card costing with a guide $10, without a guide $20 as a one-off payment. Furthermore, you will need to pay a national park entry fee costing roughly $20-$50 again as a one-off payment. Also please make sure to bring two passport photos with you (these can be done here in Nepal if needed).


What are your specialized services?
We are some of the most specialized and experienced trekking guides in the area. However, besides trekking, we also offer city sightseeing tours (Kathmandu valley, Pokhara, and Lumbini). Other experiences and tours we can arrange for you include a trip to the jungle in Chitwan, cultural touring, rafting, bungee jumping, mountain biking, and kite paragliding.


What other help do you offer apart from guiding?
We can help with arranging all your required permits, domestic ticketing, hotel reservation and care for your safety all resulting in making this to be the most memorable and enjoyable trip for you.


What is includes in your guiding cost?
Price includes all personal guide’s ground transportation, food, accommodation, equipment, and insurance.


HEALTH AND SAFETY

How safe is Nepal as a place for travelers?
Nepal is undoubtedly a very safe place for travelers with the minimal and extremely low crime rate. The Nepali people are very friendly, always happy to help and treat guests and visitors in general like their friends always looking to help out. You can enjoy without any external disturbances. The local people are renowned for their kind and friendly nature making this the ideal place even for a single female traveler.


Is tap water safe to drink for me?
We would not recommend drinking tap water. We would suggest for you to bring water drops (Piyush), tablets or radiate it to make it safe and drinkable.


Do I need to get trekking insurance?
It is the wisest idea to be insured. We suggest getting this organized prior the trek before you arrive in Nepal with your own insurance company.


What is the Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?
AMS is a high altitude sickness which happens when people trek too fast with a proper acclimatization. Fatigue, nausea, and breathing problems are some of the symptoms. However, if trekked properly in an adequate rate with well-planned acclimatization and good hydration, there is a mere chance of this happening.


What are your precautions for this?
First and foremost, we try to gain height slowly giving time for the body to adapt the rising altitude. We also carry Diamox and we like to remind our client’s clients to drink plenty of water while out trekking.


What happens if someone gets AMS?
First of all, we hike downhill to a lower altitude, we offer a medicine and if the person is still not well we can call for a rescue doctor/helicopter depending on location.


How do you manage emergency rescue service?
In these cases, we make contact with the rescue service providers like Himalayan Rescue Organization, Security personnel, and rescue agency to get help. Even if there is the situation where a helicopter rescue is needed, we make direct contact with the rescue team and get rescued as soon as possible. The cost will then have to be managed through your insurance company.


How much to insure me for?
If you are trekking in the Everest region, a helicopter company picks up you with hourly rate and altitude meter. Helicopter rescue costs $2000 – $2200 per hour.