How fit should I be?

Steep ascents and descents in the high altitudes of the Himalayas are considered strenuous activity. Being fit and healthy is a prerequisite for enjoying and completing this trip. If you are physically fit and in excellent health, you can certainly join this trek even if you have never done this in the high Himalayan region.

Can I use credit cards during this trek?

It is not possible to use credit cards along the trail. The teahouses accept only Nepalese rupees. You can exchange any major currency for Nepalese rupees in Kathmandu where there are modern banking facilities. It is also possible to exchange money in Namche Bazaar (Everest region treks).

What currency can I use to get my visa?

Nepal Immigration accepts US Dollars only for visas on arrival. Please bring the exact amount required as well as recent passport photos.

What are the basic amenities at the teahouses?

The teahouses provide a room with a bed, and shared toilet and bathing facilities with running water. Most have shops where sweets, sodas and water are available for purchase. The prices increase with the altitude since they must be carried by porters to those elevations.

Do teahouses have electricity?

Yes, most of the teahouses have electricity, so there is light in the room, but don’t forget a headlamp in case of blackouts. There is a small fee for charging electronic devices.

If I need to purchase gear, where can that be done?

If you need to purchase gear for the trek it can be done in the Thamel area in Kathmandu. The quality varies, so please make purchases carefully.

Where do I find you at the airport?

Our airport representative will be waiting for you at the arrival gate of the airport, holding a placard with your name.

 

What kind of weather can be expected during the trek?

Mountain weather is difficult to predict. At night, it is usually cooler and the days warmer. Winter (January and February) will be colder but the days can be warm if the sun is shining. There may be a bit of snow during the months of December to February. It is important that you can keep warm and dry in any condition. Expect the unexpected! Below are the average temperatures in Nepal in degrees Celsius:

Elevation Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Katmandu 16/28 14/26 7/22 1/20 1/18 4/20 7/25 12/28 16/30
1000 m 20/28 16/25 11/22 6/20 5/19 8/20 11/25 15/29 17/30
2000 m 13/22 10/21 4/17 1/14 0/13 1/14 4/18 8/22 12/23
3000 m 11/19 6/18 1/15 -2/13 -3/12 -1/13 2/16 5/19 8/20
4000 m 1/13 -3/12 -8/8 -10/6 -12/4 -10/5 -6/9 -3/12 -1/13
5000 m -1/10 -6/8 -11/6 -13/4 -18/3 -14/5 -8/7 -4/11 -2/12

What is on the menu at the teahouses?

A variety of local food will be served, including items such as Tibetan fried bread, soups, momo’s (steamed dumplings), daal-bhat (lentils and rice), tarkari (steamed, fried or curried vegetables), potatoes prepared in multiple ways, pastas and even a version of pizza. Meats are rarely served although there may be canned tuna or sardines and the occasional yak stew. Breakfast typically consists of eggs (cooked in different ways), hot porridge, muesli, toast, peanut butter and honey.

Will I be able to wash my clothes?

It will be difficult to do so during the trekking period.

Do I need to get Diamox (altitude sickness medicine) before I arrive in Nepal?

It is recommended that you bring Diamox as well as other personal medication before your arrival.

Can I add extra days to the trek?

Along the trekking trip, days can be added upon request if you inform us in advance and if there is enough time to prepare for the extension. An additional fee will be charged for the extra days to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

What is the weight limit for luggage/clothing equipment that each traveler can take?

The weight limit for the trek is 15kgs/33lbs per guest as this is the maximum that porters can carry. Soft “duffel bags” are recommended as “hard case” luggage is difficult and awkward.