This section is a rough guide to what we offer you on your trek and provides you with answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions that trekkers have:
1: Is Nepal politically stable and safe?
Certainly, if you arrive by air, you can obtain your Nepal entry visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu.
Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
You must bring with you a valid passport and two passport size photographs.
The visa fee is US$ 25 for 15 days and US$ 40 for 30 days stay.
Make sure you bring the correct amount with you in US dollars.
4: Does your company make hotel reservations in Nepal?
You can make your reservation through Nepal Spirit Adventure and enjoy the benefits of our good business relationships with proprietors. Whatever your budget is, for your visit to Nepal we can secure reservations to fit your needs, from lodges to the standard level hotels and up to high class, five star hotels.
5: Do you have airport pick up facilities if I book the hotel through your company?
Yes, we do. You can choose a standard new model car through Nepal Spirit Adventure for short or long distance rental, and at the best prices.
We can arrange international flights, but as we are based in Nepal, we suggest it is best for you to arrange these yourself from your home town.
We can arrange all manner of different activities like river rafting, guided city sightseeing tour, mountain flights, jungle safari, bungy jumping etc, according to your requirements.
8: Is trekking for me?
The best seasons for treks are the second half of February to the first week of June, and September to early December. However, one can go trekking in Nepal most of the year depending where you want to go, what you want to do and for how long. Even from July to August, which is the monsoon period in Nepal it is possible to enjoy clear weather trekking in the rain shadow areas such as the Mustang, Rara, Dolpo, Annapurna circuit, and the Langtang valley respectively.
10: What types of trekking can I do in Nepal?
There are two basic types of accommodation during your trekking; Tea House and Camping, all the treks are led by our professional guides who are well trained and hold licenses issued by the Government of Nepal.
11: What is camping trekking?
In Nepal, on the more popular treks, enterprising villagers have built tea-house lodges.
Yes, it is possible to just hire a guide and porter(s) according to your needs, and this is another way of doing trekking in Nepal. For economy treks, we provide a guide as well as a sufficient number of porters for your needs.
14: Can your guides speak English?
Our porters can carry more then 30 to 40 kilo but we have ruls that give them just carry 25 kg Only
16: Is the food and water safe to eat and drink?
While on a trek you can expect to sample a variety of local foods including such items as Tibetan fried bread, soups, momos (steamed dumplings), daal bhat (lentils and rice), tarkari (steamed, fried, or curried vegetables), potatoes (prepared in dozens of ways), pastas and even a version of pizza. Meats are rarely eaten although you may have canned tuna or sardines and the occasional yak stew. Breakfasts typically consist of eggs (prepared in many ways), hot porridge, muesli, toast, peanut butter and honey. Hot tea is served at every meal. Although food is looked upon as "fuel" rather than a "culinary art", your cook will occasionally surprise you with such delights as banana fritters and apple crisps! You may want to bring a few of your favorite trail snacks with you.
18: How fit do I need to be to trek in Himalayas?
Mineral water, boiled water or some time filtered water are available throughout the trek. If you prefer to drink Nepalese tap or spring water it is essential that you bring iodine tablets with you.
20: Can I get electricity during the trek?
Along the popular trekking routes there is some mobile phone coverage, and telephones are available in many villages where you can make international calls.
22: What should I carry in my day pack?
Trekkers normally start their walk early, after a hot breakfast, to enjoy the morning sun bathing the peaks. Prepare a light day pack with what you need for that day. Your guide will organise the porters to carry all your other baggage and equipment - leaving you free to enjoy the peace and beauty of the mountains and valleys, the less weight you carry, the more you will enjoy it. By late afternoon you will have reached your new destination and settled into your lodge, or if you are camping, a camp and food will be prepared by the trek staff. If you are on a camping trek with a group, the evening generally tends to be lively with some porter entertaining you with his tribal song while his friends improvise musical instruments, or just having a lively camp fire discussion of your own. Early morning, a hand stretches out with a hot mug of tea followed by warm water for a wash. Cooked breakfast and off you go again to you new destination.
24: What photographic equipment should I take?
The proper foot wear depends on the trek. Shorter treks can be done in comfortable running shoes while longer ones require sturdy but lightweight hiking boots. Shoes and boots are best purchased before arriving in Nepal. Proper fit is a must for boots and we strongly encourage you to break your boots in before the trek.
26: What happens in the case of an emergency?
Travel insurance is compulsory for all clients undertaking any tour. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation, loss of luggage, etc. If you wish for us to arrange your travel insurance, we can do that for you.
28: How much money should I bring for the trek?
With its diverse ethnic groups and traditional beliefs, Nepal has numerous cultural practices that may appear unusual to a person on his/her first visit to the country. However, to enjoy your stay in this remarkable country of white mountains and sparkling rivers it is important to take into consideration the different cultural aspects of the country. Here is a list of things which may be helpful to you.
Be careful not to use your spoon, fork or hands while eating to touch other peoples food, plate, cooking utensil or the serving dish. Do not eat from other people's plates and do not drink from other people's bottles or glasses. It is considered impure by the Nepalese.
While travelling dress appropriately. Women should especially avoid dressing in skimpy outfits.
29. Leather articles are prohibited inside the temple precinct.
Take photographs only after receiving permission, this goes for objects and people being photographed.
Remember, many times, when a person shakes his head from left to right, he may mean "Yes".
30. If in doubt about something, ask your guide.
All of our guides are highly skilled professionals who have been selected based on their technical proficiency, proven safety records, careful judgment, patient and supportive attitude and great personalities. Our guides are trained by the Nepal Mountaineering Association, the Ministry of Tourism and at the High Altitude Medical Training Center. Our guides are all very experienced in dealing with the effects of higher altitudes and, since they are natives of Nepal, they themselves easily and quickly acclimatize and can therefore offer the best care to our clients. They are all equipped with the necessary medical supplies, and can assist you with basic first aid treatment.
31: Are Nepal Spirit Adventure's staff insured?
We take pride in the fact that every single porter and guide employed by us is not only well paid but also protected by a life insurance policy. They are provided with warm clothing and proper shelter on all high altitude treks. All our treks also benefit village economies by using local services (manpower, produce, lodges and other services).
32: Does Nepal Spirit Adventure accept credit cards?
We make sure that everything is as safe and secure as possible for individual women who travel with us, we pay special attention to this, believe us. We have trained our guides the way our clients want. We give you your own personal room on a lodge trek and a personal tent on a camping trek.
34: What kinds of banking facilities are there in Nepal?
The government of Nepal no longer requires a trekking permit for Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, and some other regions. However, a conservation permit or National park permit are required for these regions. There are few restricted trekking areas in Nepal, where trekking permits are required. A trekking permit is a special permission given to you by the Nepalese government to visit a restricted area. Trekking permits are required for the following regions:
- Kanchanjungha & Lower Dolpo
- Upper Mustang & Upper Dolpo
- Manaslu (September to November)
- Manaslu (December to August)
- Humla (Simikot Yari)
36: What happens if I need to get back home early?
While you are trekking, communications can be difficult, especially in the mountainous areas. However, our guides and local staff will make the necessary efforts to obtain the transportation and reservations you need to get you home as quickly as possible, if for any reason you need to get back home in a hurry.