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Some helpful information to assist you with planning your trek
Consider the experience and fitness level of the members of your group carefully. We can advise you about difficulties & challenges relating to each route as well as the scenic & cultural highlights of the relative regions.

Give yourself enough time to allow some flexibility in your schedule for acclimatization, side-trip or extra rest day, if needed.

Remember Nepal may not be just like it is at “home”. That is one of the reasons most people come here. Savour the differences and enjoy. Our staffs are knowledgeable and happy to answer your questions about Nepali culture and customs.

Pack carefully. Ask about seasonal changes and temperature. Be prepared for cold nights at high altitudes at any time of the year. Layered clothing works better than one heavy layer and gives more flexibility for warm mid-day. Good and comfortable boots will be your best friend.Try to keep your daypack as light as possible. Maximum weight – 8 to 10 Kg. is suggested.

Each porter carries 20-25 Kg. Although dokos (wicker carrying baskets) are more picturesque, we now recommend our clients put their personal gear in a backpack with a good hip-belt to ease the porter’s load. Packing gear for two clients plus their personal equipment is a usual practice. (An alternative to the above suggestion is the use of a zippered duffel bag).

Respect the environment. The advice “Take nothing but photographs. Leave nothing but footprints” remains true. Nepal has suffered environmentally in the past. Help us to change the trend and preserve our beautiful land.

Airport representative:

Kathmandu airport (officially known as Tribhuwan International Airport) is the only international airport in Nepal. With advice on airport facilities and to ensure hassle free from public transport, brokers and much more, our airport representative will help you to take the stress out of your trip.

On the day of your arrival to Kathmandu airport our airport representative will be expecting to warmly welcome you to this Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal with a signboard (placard) in his hand as shown below:

GLIMPSES OF NEPAL TREKS AND EXPEDITIONS (P.) LTD.
(YOUR NAME)

If you think to take the advantage of this awesome reception you need to provide us your flight details with the time of arrival to Kathmandu airport. You will find everything you need for the beginning and the end of your journey.

Food and Water:
Many, if not most, travelers to Nepal are likely to get stomach problems at some point during their visit. It is generally caused simply because of a change in diet and climate, drinking contaminated water and eating contaminated food. In Nepal you should drink only treated water and eat only freshly cooked food. You should always wash your hands before eating, especially if you eat things like biscuits and bread with your fingers. If you follow these simple rules, you should not experience any severe stomach problems. If, however, you come up with any serious health problem or in need of additional medication the crew of “First Environmental Trekking” will always be there to take care of you.

Some conservative physicians recommend that you drink boiled water or the water treat with iodine. The bottled mineral water available in Kathmandu is the safest water to drink. Do not drink tap water under any circumstances. If you eat in restaurants outside the hotel, you should follow the cooked foods rule. We recommend you not to eat open-air sweets and snacks from the local shops which can be unhygienic and that may cause upset to your stomach and ruin your trek. The most important consideration for staying healthy is to take extra care with your own personal hygiene. Keep your hands clean by washing them frequently in the washing water that we provide.

When to Trek in Nepal?
There are two major factors to weigh as you decide when to go to Nepal: crowds and weather. As a general rule, the better the weather, the more people come to Nepal to go trekking.

During autumn the nights are cold in the mountains, but the bright sun makes for pleasant day temperatures – in the high 20s° C, falling to 5° C at night, between 1000 metres and 3500 metres. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 20° C down to -10° C. Mornings are usually clear with clouds building up during the afternoon, disappearing at night to reveal spectacular starry skies. During winter it is about 10 degrees colder.
Early December usually has a lull, but this is also a good trekking season. The Christmas period is cold, but this is the holiday season in Japan and Australia. High passes, especially Thorung La on the Around Annapurna trek and Laurabina Pass on the Gosainkund trek are usually closed from late November to March. February is still cold, though less so as the spring trekking season of March and April approaches.

What is trekking?

Though, we have different activities, trekking is the ultimate way of enjoying the scenic magnificence and knowing people with great cultural heritage in Nepal. You will see the great diversity of Nepal during your trekking. The vast landscape of this country has been studded with mighty Himalayas, mysterious monasteries and temples, ancient cities, various endangered species and highly fascinating flora and fauna, which offer you the most spectacular trekking and touring in this part of world. Trekking allows you to walk through villages, which are yet to be influenced by the 21st century. You can either choose the virgin tracks or the beaten trails to reach the lofty Himalayas, “the Stairs of Heaven.” For our customers’ amusement and adventure, we do offer the treks to many regions depending upon their time and interest. Some people have misconception that during the trekking they have to climb. But trekking does not mean mountain climbing, trekking always refers to walking on trails.

You can always take plenty of time during the trekking to cover distance. We allow ample time for photo stops and for answering individual questions. If you have a good physical condition, a trek should prove no difficulty. Previous experience in hiking and living outdoors is, however, helpful. Mountaineering experience is not necessary, but you must enjoy walking.

Trekking in Nepal will take you through a country that has captured the imagination of mountaineers and explorers for more than 100 years. You will meet people in remote mountain villages whose lifestyle has not changed in generations.

Preparing for a Trek

General information:
The following information will assist you to get ready for a trek in Nepal. Nepal treks allow you to experience the Himalayan countryside and to meet the people of the hills with a minimum of formality and preparation. If you follow the suggestions here, you will have ideas of equipment, visa and physical condition that you need to enjoy your trek. Read this information carefully so that you will know what to expect when you arrive in Nepal.

There are many preparations that you can make before you depart for Nepal. Most important are your passport and a visa for Nepal, your clothing and trekking equipment, medical supplies. While some of these projects can be postponed until the last minute (by getting a visa at the airport in Kathmandu or renting your trekking equipment in Nepal, it is recommended that you make most preparations in advance so that you do not waste time during your holiday.

 

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