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Trekking FAQ

Please read carefully our trekking FAQ to prepare yourself for your next big Adventure in Nepal!


Refer to our FAQ to have all sorts of questions answered, from travel planning, information on Nepal, and logistical concerns such as visa and money considerations. Also, feel free to contact the Himalayan Circuit’s team with any additional questions or concerns.

Important Notice:

If one decided to quit trekking or tour before end of the itinerary due to the Health, Weather or any other unforeseen circumstances, a written request has to be made to the destination expert , upon approval from destination the cost of the Evacuation, hotels, transport and other cost incurred during this time has to be bared by the client itself upon destination expert approval.

Trekking Grade
Best Season for Trekking
Trekking Accommodation
Equipment list for Trekking
Travel Insurance
Vaccinations Information
Altitude Sickness
Safety in Nepal
Nepal Visa Information
Money

Please read carefully to ascertain the grading for each of our treks. We want you to have the most enjoyable experience possible, but it is important to let you know how strenuous a trek may be. 

  • Level of Activity Difficulty Grades:
    • A (An Easy Endeavour)
    • B (Only Mildly Strenuous)
    • C (Becoming Moderately Difficult)
    • D (Quite the Challenge)
    • E (Its Extremely Demanding)

Grade A (An Easy Endeavour): the highest altitude is around 3000 metres walking for about 3-5 hours each day. 

Grade B (Mildly difficult): The highest altitude is around 4000 metres walking for about 4-6 hours each day. 

Grade C (difficult): The highest altitude is around 4500 metres and walking about 5-7 hours a day. 

Grade D (Quite the Challenge): The highest altitude is around 5000 metres and walking about 6-9 hours a day. At this level, we highly recommend previous trekking experience and where possible, in a similar climate. 

Grade E (Extremely demanding): The highest altitude is around 6000 metres and walking about 7-12 hours a day. To be able to fulfil all the criteria of level D plus extra factors such as significant difficulty when encountering river crossings, very high passes, glaciers or trekking peaks where climbing skills may be required. 

Note: We grade them from A to E. A being the easiest. We ask you to bear in mind the weather conditions for the time of year you are visiting. For example, humidity can make it difficult to walk in. The altitude is also something you must keep in mind as air is thinner and oxygen intake is harder. 

 

 

Basically for small trekking or hiking Nepal is for all seasons like mini Everest trek, Ghandruk – Poonhill trekking, Pikey peak, Tamang Heritage Trek, Chisapani – Nagarkot, Langtang trek, etc.

How ever if you are planning for Everest, Langtang, Annapurna, Manaslu regions or any other off the beaten track trekking Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May) are the best climatic seasons suitable for trekking in Nepal.

In Summer season (June – August), off the beaten track like Upper Mustang trekking, Upper & Lower Dolpo trekking, Jumla – Rara trekking, Mustang trekking, Snow leopard trekking etc can be organized by Himalayan Circuit. 

Tea House

Nepal’s main trekking routes and trails are dotted with simple teahouses to cater to hikers, and they will be where you will you will sleep, eat,  and relax while on your trek. Teahouses usually feature simple wooden or cement rooms, with a shared bathroom; although, the bathrooms of teahouses usually only feature a toilet. If you wish to have a shower on your trek, you may find that a bucket of heated water is the normal and will be charged Shared living space usually consists of a room with a hot oven or fire‐ place, and benches or tables for you to eat and relax at. Also please note that one has to carry Toilet paper from Kathmandu or has to buy in the tea houses. Your tea houses will be booked by the guide in advance if you would like to change the tea houses you will need to pay separately. Wifi and drinking water, charging and hot shower will be available with extra payment by the client itself.

Homestay

While trekking we will get chance to stay with local families and eat together with families. 

Camping

Fully private tented camp with private toilet. Because of the food is carried by the porters, a variety of meals is possible in camping trekking. We provide all the necessary staff that are fully trained to guide, cook, pack and erect the campsite facilities.

Depending on your need, Himalayan Circuit recommends you to carry essentials that will be useful during your trekking. Not every items you need to bring from your home country, you can purchase it locally. 

We have listed some essential clothing during your trekking, please do not exceed your main luggage more than 9 /10 Kg, so porters can carry comfortably. 

Suggestion for Trekking

  1. Comfortable hiking boots 
  2. Thick wool socks (2 or 3 pairs) specially for night time 
  3. Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not)
  4. Thermal bottle
  5. Sleepwear, Under clothes
  6. Day bag pack to carry your essential like water, dry food etc
  7. Trekking pants, easy dry t‐shirt, walking shoes, sandal , Rain jacket (as mountain weather cannot be predicted) day bag pack, Warm cap, Gloves water proof
  8. Torch light with extra batteries (for use during power cut-off)
  9. Plug adapter (if needed)
  10. Tooth paste, Brush, other toiletries as needed 
  11. Travel Towels
  12. Sunglasses and/or sun hat
  13. Sun block
  14. Lip balm
  15. Insect repellent
  16. Camera and memory cards
  17. Books
  18. Personal Prescription medicines
  19. Down Jacket
  20. Sleeping Bag

What Himalayan Circuit provides?

  • Trekking bag (which will be carried by the porters during trek).
  • Sleeping bag, First aid kit, water purification tablets, Diamox for Altitude sickness

Note: For more information regarding trekking packing list please do not hesitate to contact us: connect@himalayancircuit.com 

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance, as medical costs can add up quickly in the unlikely scenario that you are injured or sick while abroad. Medical evacuation to facilities of higher quality and competency can also be astro‐ nominally high, in the event that you require it.

It is important to have your travel insurance specially while on the trekking areas such as Everest, Langtang, Annapurna, Manaslu, Makalu Region, Upper & Lower Dolpa, Upper Mustang, Karnali etc Regions that covers the Helicopter Rescue.

In Nepal, medical facilities request payment upon delivery of medical service, so try to get a policy which will pay them directly, to save you the hassle of establishing a claim at a later date.

Although specific vaccinations are not required to enter Nepal, you may want to contact your doctor or a travel medical clinic before you leave home to have a professional recommendation for possible vaccines. Taking precautions to avoid mosquito bites is also a good idea, though you shouldn’t need a mosquito net when sleeping in most areas of the country.

Important Notice: If you’re traveling to Nepal from an area where Yel‐ low Fever is endemic, you will need to produce proof of vaccination upon entry to Nepal.

Generally, 3500 meters below there is no risk of altitude sickness However, altitude acts differently to the individual. Therefore, you depart on your trek, we will brief you on the signs and symptoms of altitude, or acute mountain sickness. Himalayan Circuit’s trekking guides have many years of experience with high altitude trekking, and are chosen for their utmost professionalism and safety measures. However, one should take precaution for altitude sickness. Drink more water and NO ALCOHOL through out the trekking journey.

https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/altitude-sickness#1 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/altitude-sickness/ 

or contact us: connect@himalayancircuit.com  

Altitude Sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Altitude Sickness is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It is difficult to determine who may be affected by altitude sickness since there are no specific factors such as age, sex, or physical condition that correlate with susceptibility. However most people can ascend to 2,500 meters with little or no effect.

Symptoms

Symptoms often manifest themselves six to ten hours after ascent and generally subside in one to two days, but they occasionally develop into the more serious conditions.

Symptoms of Mild AMS:

  • Headache
  • Nausea & Dizziness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Disturbed sleep
  • General feeling of malaise

Symptoms tend to be worse at night. Mild AMS does not interfere with normal activity and symptoms generally subside within two to four days as the body acclimatizes. As long as symptoms are mil ascent can continue at a moderate rate. When hiking, it is essential that you communicate any symptoms of illness immediately to others on your trip.

 Symptoms of moderate AMS:

  • Severe headache that is not relieved by medication
  • Nausea and vomiting, increasing weakness and fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Decreased co-ordination (ataxia).

Prevention

  • Ascending slowly is the best way to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Avoiding strenuous activity in the first 24 hours at high altitude reduces the symptoms of AMS.
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Avoid alcohol as it tends to cause dehydration, which exacerbates AMS, 

Altitude acclimatization

Altitude acclimatization is the process of adjusting to decreasing oxygen levels at higher elevations, in order to avoid altitude sickness. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altitude_sickness – cite_note-Acclimatization-16 Extending the time spent at higher altitudes let the body adjust to the oxygen level there, a process that involves the production of additional red blood cells. Once above approximately 3,000 metres most climbers and high-altitude trekkers take the “climb-high, sleep-low” approach.

 Treatment

The only reliable treatment and in many cases the only option available is to descend. Attempts to treat or stabilize the patient in situ at altitude is dangerous unless highly controlled and with good medical facilities.

The short answer is yes. Nepal is generally quite a peaceful country, and the locals will more often than not to be inviting and accommodating to travelers. Nepal’s geology is largely stable as well, except during mon‐ soon season, when mudslides and rockslides are more common in re‐ mote regions. That said, you should always be more cautious when you’re traveling then when you’re at home, since you’re in new scenar‐ ios and unfamiliar territory on a more regular basis. Check out our Safe Trip Abroad Handbook for more information! It’s posted on our website, or you can reach out to us directly and we will send it to you. The Hand‐ book is a comprehensive collection of safety tips and advice, to help you prepare for unexpected difficulties during your time in Nepal.

Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu is the only interna‐ tional airport in Nepal. Many international airlines directly connect Kathmandu with major cities around the world. Alternatively, you can travel to Nepal overland from India.

Do I need a Visa to enter Nepal?

All foreign nationals, except Indians, need visas to enter Nepal. Some nationalities, including US, UK, Canada, and Australia, may obtain a visa upon arrival. Tribhuvan International Airport, in addition to various overland entry points, will have the ability to issue visas. In countries with a Nepali embassy or consulate, you usually have the opportunity to arrange your visa prior to arrival as well.

What is the process to obtain a visa on arrival?

If you are eligible for visa on arrival, you will need to use the automatic machines in the arrivals terminal. The machines will scan your passport and take an electronic photo for your visa. Furthermore to avoid long queue and other general information regarding NEPAL Visa, Online Visa Form please visit following link: https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np

On Arrival Visa Fee at Entry Points

15 Days – 30 USD

30 Days – 50 USD

90 Days – 125 USD

Upon arrival, your visa fee is payable by credit card, or a selection of currencies, including US Dollar, Canadian Dollar, British Pound, Euro, Singapore Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Australian Dollar, and Japanese Yen. Nepali or Indian Rupees are not accepted as payment for the visa fee. There is a currency exchange counter at the airport if you do not have any of these currencies. If you’re extending your visa, the only accepted currency is the Nepali Rupee, and you are required to pay in cash.

What is the process to extend a visa after arrival?

Tourist visas can be extended at the Immigration Department in Kathmandu or Pokhara. You have the option of extending your visa by 15,  30, 60, or 90 days. The maximum stay for a tourist visa is 150 days  within a calendar year, including the extension.

Tourist visa extension is done for minimum 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days. In the case of delay less than 150 days additional USD 5 per day as late fine.

 

What is the currency in Nepal?

In Nepal the currency is the rupee; the short form is NRs and the currency code is NPR. There are many currency exchange outlets where  you can easily change money. Rupee notes are denominated in 5, 10,  20, 50, 100, 500, and 1000. Rupee coins are denominated in 1, 2, and 5.

Can I use my credit card in Nepal?

In Kathmandu and other major cities, you can occasionally use your credit card. Where credit cards are accepted, all major cards are valid. In remote areas and rural villages, you will (99% of the time) be unable   to use your credit card to pay for things. In general, cash is king be prepared to use it for most, if not all, of your purchases.

Are there ATMs if I need to with draw cash?

There are numerous ATMs in the big cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan or some towns

Check with your bank to find out what the charges are to withdraw money from abroad. Also, most if not all ATMs will charge an additional fee of 500 Rupees to withdraw cash from a non‐Nepali card. In remote areas, you will most likely not have access to ATMs. On major trekking routes, an ATM can sometimes be found, but the fees are higher to withdraw cash and the amount you are able to withdraw often has a much lower threshold. If you’re venturing outside of the city, the best bet is to make sure you take enough cash with you to cover your stay.

Can I use my credit card or ATM in trekking route?

Generally we advise to use cash in most of the trekking routes, you may also find ATM machine or swipe machine in limited routes. But please do not 100% sure, so if you have enough cash which is pretty safe.