Final Prepration

The Benefits of Having a Trekking Guide
Your guide is your ambassador to Nepal, providing helpful and necessary information concerning arrangements to and from your destination, offering commentary en route regarding culture, religion, geography, flora-fauna, history, and the environment, and competently handling any problems such as accidents or lost items that may arise during the trek.

 

Getting To and From Your Destination
Once you arrive in Kathmandu or Pokhara, I can arrange your transportation. There are plenty of means of transportation that are available to get you to your starting and finishing points. It is advisable to take a taxi to/from the trekking point, which is not expensive. Local buses are available, but they are not reliable and take a longtime to get to most destinations.

Cultural Hints
  • In Nepal it is culturally acceptable to hire a guide/porter, so there is no need to feel like you are “hiring a servant.” By hiring a guide/porter, you are contributing to the local economy.
  • Respect local people, their customs and culture. Don’ t wear revealing clothes and avoid public displays of affection.
  • Namasté is the general Nepali greeting and parting gesture, which literally means,“I bow to the God in you.” It is used at any time of day and with all people.
  • It is illegal to buy religious or historical items/artifacts. Buddhist maniwalls and chortens should be passed on the left (clockwise).

Accommodation and Food
On tea house treks you sleep and eat in small lodges, sometimes called guest houses or inns. Food may vary from local Dal Bhat and Tarkari to international cuisines. The taste and amount of food will vary from place to place. The higher you trek, the higher the price of food, because all the goods are supplied by porters or mules. Beds and bedding are provided, but you are encouraged to carry a sleeping bag so that you will be comfortable during the night. On camping treks, you must be very self-sufficient in terms of food, water and camping gear. On a typical organized trek, porters carry all the food, with experienced assistants and cooks who prepare delicious hearty meals. The trekking crew sets up the tent for you every night at the camp site. All you have to do is eat, drink and be happy.

Trail Conditions
The trails are well maintained. Many trails have steep slopes and are often paved with stones. Most treks go through areas between 1,000-3,000 meters, although the Everest Base Camp Trek, Round Annapurna Trek and Round Manaslu Trek reach over 5,000 meters.