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Nepal Trekking Information

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Nepal Trekking Information

Here is the list of Nepal Trekking Information which supports you to gain trekking and travel knowledge of Nepal. Both of the adventure trekkers and leisure travellers need information of that particular travelling place. It supports for all traveller to get some Nepal Trekking information. Please read this Nepal Trekking Information and after reading this information, if you have any query regarding Nepal travel you can email us in info@peregrinetreks.com. We will try our best to solve your query.

What does the cost include?
  • Pick and drop from airport including all land transportation as per itinerary
  • Farewell group dinner on last night of Nepal trip
  • 3 night accommodation in Kathmandu (2 on arrival, 1 before departure) in good standard hotel (usually 3 star) on bed or as per itinerary
  • 1 full day sightseeing in Kathmandu including English speaking guide, private car, all entrance fees
  • National Park, conservation area entrance fees and TIMS
  • Royalty fees for all restricted area
  • Transportation to and from trek (may be land or air depends on itinerary)
  • Three times meals with bed in best available lodges during trek
  • An English speaking guide, Assistant Guide, Sherpa and the required porter(s)
  • Essential equipment
  • Safe drinking water and seasonal fruits
  • Group first aid kit

Tours to Bhutan include full board basis at best available lodges, guesthouses or resorts and occasional tented camps as specified. Tours to Tibet are based on bed and breakfast basis. Stays in Kathmandu are bed and breakfast basis to allow you to enjoy your own choice of a wide variety of restaurants. For all trips, tours, safaris and other options please contact us and we’ll provide full details of what is and is not included in the price.

What’s not included?

Bar beverages, bottled water, desserts, personal expenses, personal clothes, food or snacks during transfer journeys, tips, alternative transportation (e.g. car/air) in case of heavy rainfall, landslide, strike or road blockage, visa fees, travel insurance, vaccinations, international flights (unless requested), airport departure and re-entry taxes, bar bills, laundry, optional trips and activities, excess luggage charges, tipping for trekking/climbing crew members and driver, additional accommodation before or after the start and end dates specified.

How long is a trek?

A trekking trip can be any length you choose. Popular short treks taking only one, two or three days to complete are available around the Kathmandu and Pokhara Valleys. Longer treks can last from a week to a month. It is even possible to combine a series of treks together and walk for months on end. A typical day’s walk lasts from five to seven hours.

What do I have to carry?

You carry only what you need during the day, for example, a day pack with your camera, water bottle, anorak or sweater, sunglasses and anything you think you might need whilst walk. Your main baggage is carried by porters, mules, yaks or horses.

Trail conditions

Trails are well maintained and many trails up steep slopes are paved with stones. Trekking in Nepal involves walking up and down countless times rather than taking direct routes. Most treks go through areas of between 1000-3000m although the Everest Base Camp trek, Annapurna Circuit trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Langtang Trekking, and Manaslu Trekking are the most popular trek routes, may reach over 5000m. Walking normally starts in the foothills and cultivated terrace areas with paths following age old trading and communications routes through deep gorges, forests, lush valley floors, across rivers by suspension bridge and perhaps wading across streams, over high passes from one region to another, connecting villages and monasteries and communities. More strenuous treks may cross glaciers and snow covered passes, depending on the route.

Sherpa Guide or Sirdar

We use professionally trained and experienced local Sherpa guides or Sirdar on our treks and tours and are totally confident in their ability and experience in leading these routes. Local guides are integral to providing you with the best travel experience and using local guides means that not only do you benefit from their local knowledge during your trek and gain a real insight into local culture, your travel is also directly supporting local people and employment and giving something back to local communities at the same time as you enjoy travelling.

Why do I need a guide?

There are many advantages to using a guide during your trek. Our guides will make your trek easier and often cheaper by negotiating on your behalf for food and accommodation during the trek; they will show you places of cultural interest, they will make all arrangements with lodge owners for your comfort and privacy.

Meeting local people
  • You will have every opportunity to meet and interact with local people. To start with, your guide and Sherpa crew will be local people as are all our Himalayan counterparts at Peregrine Treks in Kathmandu, who will meet you on arrival. During your trek, the trails you will follow are age old routes used by local villagers and Himalayan tribe people that you will pass on your trek. If you stay in teahouse lodges, the lodge owners will be local people. You will have the opportunity to meet local people and may be invited into their homes to share a local barley beer (chang) or cup of yak butter tea and meet other members of their families. You will certainly be able to experience the warmth and hospitality of local people during your travel, as they live and work and follow the mountain trails.
What happens if there are any problems?

All treks are led by experienced and professional guides and other crews. Your guide is there to act as a leader and local expert who will be able to help with any problems to ensure you a safe and enjoyable experience. Additionally, on our remote treks, your guide will carry a Very High Frequency (VHF) telephone or high-speed satellite phone, for use in medical or emergency situations only. Our office in Kathmandu works closely together on all matters.

Group size

All our holidays are based around adventure travel in small groups in order to ensure you the most enjoyable experience. On the majority of our treks and tours we have a maximum group size of 16 clients and on a few of our special interest holidays, for example, culinary holidays, the maximum group size is less than this. Family treks have a maximum of 20 clients to allow for several families to join the trek. For tailor made programs we’ll discuss group size according to your needs and provide the appropriate support crew during your trip.

Acclimatization

Trails can often be steep and physically taxing and walking often entails a great deal of altitude gain and loss. It is worth remembering that even the base of the great mountains of the Himalayas can be very high. Most treks through populated areas are between 1000m and 3000m. Both the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit treks reach over 5000m. On high treks is it wise to ensure adequate acclimatization. Our treks are designed to allow adequate rest and acclimatization days.

Altitude sickness

Altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is the major concern on high altitude treks and if not treated when symptoms first appear, can result in death. AMS is the effect of lack of oxygen at high levels on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations of 3000m or above. High altitude affects most people to some extent. Early stages of mountain sickness include headaches, dizziness, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping. Being young, strong and fit doesn’t necessarily help as different people react differently to the effects of high altitude. Medicine is no substitute for a hurried descent or evacuation to lower altitude. If a doctor is available he may give medicine and oxygen but the patient must go down to lower altitudes even if treated. For travel in the Khumbu region, you can contact hospitals in Khunde and Pheriche and for travel in Manang, Manang hospital can be contacted. Doctors are available throughout the trekking season.

Rescue evacuation

If an unfortunate incident occurs such as flight delays, illness and bad weather on any part of the trekking route and rescue evacuation is required, our well trained and experienced guides will provide assistance. We coordinate our service with a recognized private helicopter company and the Nepal Army in the case of emergency rescue. We also register every trekker name with the appropriate Diplomatic Missions, Embassies and Consulates and have easy access to high speed and satellite telephones to ensure prompt rescue services.

Trekking peaks

Climbing a trekking peak is not the same as trekking. The Nepal Mountaineering Association issues permission for small-scale climbing peaks which is below 6500 meters. Those who would like to climb these trekking peaks must obtain a permit. Few of the trekking peaks are ‘wake up’ and some peaks can be technically demanding and dangerous. Even ‘small’ peaks are much higher than any mountain in North America. Most of the trekking peaks require a minimum of four days and it can take as much as three weeks for an ascent. A climbing permit does not replace a trekking permit, so you need both if you are planning to climb a trekking peaks. Peaks that can be climbed under the trekking peak regulations are in the following regions: Everest region, Rolwaling, Manang region, Langtang region, Annapurna region, Ganesh Himal.

When to go

The best time to trek is from October to May with the first two months of the dry season (October and November) being the ideal period for trekking in Nepal. During these months the air, freshly washed by the monsoon rains, is crystal clear, the mountain views superb and the weather still comfortably warm. December, January and February are still good months for trekking but at high altitudes, the cold can be bitter; March and May offer better weather when you can see magnificent wild flowers, particularly in Nepal’s wonderful rhododendron forests.

Our Experience

Peregrine Treks and Expedition is a leading trekking, adventure and eco travel company, based in Kathmandu, Nepal. We have a reputation for the highest quality service and for innovative, safe and fun adventures. We are proud of our consistently high level of client satisfaction and the high number of repeat clients and recommendations we receive. We aim to always provide the highest quality personal, friendly and competitive service to our clients.

We specialize in travel to the Himalaya and our local staff all have extensive local knowledge and experience of the region which means that we can offer you a wide range of travel options. We are also a small travel operator which means we can offer a friendly personal service and are able to be flexible and use our experience and contacts to build new and tailor made programs, to continually develop new and improved services and to respond quickly to enquiries. We have a wealth of experience in helping many clients in designing and planning individual adventures, ranging from romantic breaks to personal challenges to school study programmers to extreme adventure expeditions, from low budget to no expense spared. We frequently work with individuals and groups to design their personal itineraries and have lots of ideas, suggestions and experience to share with you. We can help you with anything from a trekking or climbing expedition among the world’s highest peaks, to an exciting jungle safari, a short relaxing break or even a study or research program.

Peregrine Treks small group travel

Many of our adventure treks, expeditions and tours are organized on a group basis. To ensure you the best personal service and experience we usually limit our group size to a maximum of 16 and at times less than this. Research shows that 50% of our clients travel alone whilst others are groups of friends, families, couples or schools, with a balance between men and women travellers as well as a good mix of age ranges and fitness levels. We also organise many trips and tailor made itineraries for solo travellers who prefer to travel on their own.

Safety

Your safety is our highest priority and we have the best available support and rescue procedures and facilities set up should they be needed. We also only use professional guides to ensure high standards. In the case of unpredictable situations such as flight delays, illness, and bad weather during any part of your trip our well-trained and qualified guides will provide assistance to you, including arranging for rescue evacuation where necessary. As part of this focus on safety, on our remote treks, a Very High Frequency (VHF) telephone or high-speed satellite phone is carried by your guide, for use in medical or emergency situations only.

Standards of Service

When you travel with Peregrine Treks you can be assured of the highest standards of service at every stage of your travel adventure, from initial enquiry through to booking, all ground handling services up to your return home. Our office teams are all experienced travellers and trekkers and are continually involved in planning current and new travel routes and services as well as regularly visiting and living in the destinations themselves. We also have excellent established relationships with other local service providers in the Himalayan regions, for example with hotel partners. Adventure holidays are exclusively operated by Peregrine Treks’ professional and experienced guides and Sherpa teams. This means we can provide exceptional quality and reliability to create fantastic adventure trips for you to enjoy.

Accommodation

We use a variety of accommodation for our trips, from three or five star hotels to simple mountain lodges to fully provisioned camps, all run to consistently high standards. Our trip itineraries give full details on the accommodation used during your chosen trip. On camping trips we use high quality tents and sleeping bags and our dedicated Sherpa teams and porters are expert at setting up camp, preparing meals, transferring your main baggage and ensuring a very comfortable stay. On teahouse style trekking we use a selection of quality teahouse lodges run by local people. We are always happy to answer any questions you might have about this.

Peregrine Treks Guides

We only use professional, qualified and experienced guides on all our treks and trips. All guides are English speaking and we can usually also provide guides for other languages on request. Your guide is there to ensure your safety and enjoyment, to act as a leader, to provide local knowledge and experience of the areas and places you visit, to ensure your trip runs smoothly and overall to enable you to have a memorable travel experience.

Pre trek briefings

We organize pre-trek briefings, free of cost, for all our clients at our Kathmandu office or at local hotels according to where and when is most convenient to you. The briefings cover the day by day itineraries of the trek or trip you have booked; the number of hours you can expect to walk each day, the type of terrain and the number of consecutive days walking; the gradual height gain and minimum and maximum effects of altitude; the availability of some trekking equipment from us and (if necessary) items you can hire from a local shop; visas and special trekking permits for the restricted regions of Nepal; responsible travel including conserving the environment and behaviour towards all people; any required information on direct dealing with local tourist buses, domestic and international airlines, and a check for suggested clothing and items to bring. You’ll also have a chance to ask any questions you may have and will be introduced to your guide during the briefing.

Food and Health

There is a choice of Western and Asian food dishes or a mixture of both in all the destinations we visit. During a trek you can expect 3 full meals a day as well as regular tea and coffee breaks, on both our fully provisioned camping style treks and our teahouse style treks, where food is freshly prepared daily. During our teahouse treks, we offer a selection of teahouses, all run to a high standard by local people familiar with catering to varying tastes and requirements. You will be able to sample a wide range of dishes, all hygienically and professionally prepared to a high standard. We are also familiar with providing interesting vegetarian meals and are able to adjust dishes to meet your requirements, for example making Asian dishes less spicy for children. In the centers we visit, for example in Kathmandu, you will be able to choose between a wide range of restaurants, cafes and bars, offering both simple and sophisticated dishes to meet your tastes. In Kathmandu, we arrange accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis to allow you the opportunity to sample the wide range of restaurants and dishes available for yourself. We can of course provide suggestions and recommendations of where to eat in Kathmandu, should you want us to. During your trek full board is provided. All trips and tours to Bhutan and Tibet also operate on a full board basis.

Altitude and Acclimatization

Trails can often be steep and taxing and walking can entail considerable altitude gain and loss. It is also worth remembering that even the base of the great mountains of the Himalaya can be very high. Most treks that go through populated areas are between 1000 and 3000 meters. The Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna Circuit treks both reach over 5000 meters. Similarly, travel in Tibet involves high altitude travelling. Our itineraries are planned to allow for acclimatization to altitude with gradual ascents and sufficient rest days as necessary. It is wise to allow for adequate acclimatization. Whilst we cannot guarantee or predict anyone’s reaction to higher altitudes, we are happy to discuss this with you and to provide information and suggestions. We also recommend you speak to your local GP or health centre if you have any medical queries or concerns about how high altitudes and acclimatization may affect you.

Fair pricing

We aim to provide you with the best service at fair and competitive prices and excellent value for money. We offer ‘land only’ prices, for travellers who prefer to make their own international flight and transfer arrangements but are happy to arrange flights for you on request, using a variety of international carriers and from regional and national airports. We offer special discounts for groups of 10 or over, schools and group leaders. Contact us for more information.

Flexible Travel

Because we work closely with our local counterparts and have extensive local experience and contacts in the Himalaya, we have fantastic flexibility in what we can offer and are able to easily create individual itineraries and private group charter adventures and expeditions. We also offer both ‘land only’ and flight inclusive travel options. All of our packages can be tailored to more closely meet your requirements or we can design, together with you, a complete tailor made itinerary based on your interests, needs, budget and timescale. We are also happy to help if you would like to extend or add something extra to your holiday, from flights to safaris, car and driver hire, guided sightseeing, accommodation, special celebrations and much more. If you’d like something that’s not in our brochure, contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss it with you.

Choosing your trip

There is a huge variety of treks and other activities that we offer, from short breaks to longer expeditions. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our brochure, we can talk through the various options with you and can also create a tailor made the program specifically to meet your needs and interests. In each of the sections of the brochure, we’ve tried to help by providing a sample of the popular trips, treks and services we can organise for you. If you’d like more help or to discuss your choice, contact us and we’ll always be happy to help you.

Extending your trip

Many people choose to extend their trip either by adding a few days before or after the start and end dates of their booked trip. For example, you might want to add a weekend safari or lakeside relaxation to your main booking. We are happy to discuss your requirements and make the appropriate arrangements for you.

Will the trek/trip run?

Whenever possible, we will always run our trips, sometimes even with only one person. In the rare event that we cancel a trek we will notify you at least 6 weeks in advance and we will refund you in full or offer an alternative trip, whichever you choose. For individual trips or tailor made programs we will always run our trips, unless unable to due to unforeseeable circumstances affecting safety or international or national travel arrangements.

Visa and passport requirements

All foreigners visiting Nepal require a full passport for all treks and trips listed. Passports must have at least 6 months validity after the completion of your trip. To secure your booking and avoid any additional charges, information provided to us on your booking form must match exactly the details as shown in your passport.

A visa is required by all foreign nationals to enter Nepal and also for India, Bhutan and Tibet. Visas forms can be obtained in advance or on arrival at the airport in Kathmandu. Additional visas will be required if you are travelling to Bhutan, Tibet or Sikkim. We will provide details of this at the time of booking or on request. Generally, visa applications should be made 2-3 months in advance of your departure date. We are able to arrange visas for Bhutan and Tibet and in this case, we will require passport details a minimum of 4 weeks prior to travel in order to make the necessary arrangements. For some extreme adventure expeditions or travel into remote areas of Tibet, visa applications and permits may require longer arranging and we will inform you of this at the time of booking or on request. Providing we make our best efforts to advise you of all visa requirements we cannot be held responsible for visa problems arising from embassy mistakes or delays, changes to regulations or actions by border officials that are beyond our control.

Insurance

All our clients are required to have appropriate insurance and we will ask you to provide a copy of your policy before the start of your trip. Policies must include cover for helicopter evacuation in the event of serious illness as well as cover for accidental injury, inability to continue at high altitude, cancellation, death and repatriation etc. Insurance should also cover for possible evacuation in the event of being stranded in any remote airfield due to bad weather conditions.

Baggage Allowance

We request that you aim for a maximum weight of 15kg for your main baggage including clothing and personal equipment. Many of our trips involve porters and/or taking internal flights and 15kg is often the maximum weight permitted and is also the maximum safe allowance for porters. Peregrine Treks is not responsible for excess baggage charges.

Permits

In Nepal, to enter certain National Park or wildlife reserve areas under the National Trust for Nature and Conservation, a special permit is required. For example, an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) is required to enter the Annapurna region and similar for the Sagarmatha National Park, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and other areas. If you are visiting more than one of these areas you will require a separate permit for each area. Those who decide to go trekking to remote restricted areas also need to acquire additional special trekking permits. The price of our trips includes all permit and entry fees included in the itinerary. Where this is not the case, for example, you have requested a tailor made a program, we will advise you of any applicable permit fees.

When to Book

To ensure a place on your chosen trip, we recommend you book as early as possible. Early booking also helps you to secure the lowest fares for scheduled flight seats, whether booking through us or making your own flight arrangements. Certain times of the year are also busier than others and early booking also ensures we have time to obtain special permits that are often required for your travel arrangements, particularly if visiting Tibet and Bhutan or certain restricted areas of Nepal. For tailor made or individual travel arrangements, it is also useful to book as early as possible to ensure time to make all the necessary arrangements.

When to go

Depending on what you want to do and where you plan to go, it is possible to visit the Himalaya most of the year. The best time to trek is from October to May, with the first two months of the dry season (October and November) being the ideal period for trekking in Nepal. The air, freshly washed by the monsoon rains, is crystal clear, the mountain scenery is superb and the weather is still comfortably warm. December, January and February are still good months to travel but the cold can be bitter at high altitudes; March and May offer better weather when trekkers can see superb wild flowers, particularly in Nepal’s wonderful rhododendron forests.

Responsible Tourism

We care deeply about the places we visit and the people who live there and believe that tourism should and can be something positive for both the visitors and for local communities. Being responsible and protecting the environment does not mean a compromise in quality or standards of travel. We make every effort, as do our local counterparts, to continue to do what we can through our approaches and activities in playing an active role in the effort to minimize the negative impact of tourism and to raise awareness of ‘eco’ and responsible approaches to tourism, both with travellers and local people. We are members of Tourism Concern and a sponsor and supporter of the International Porter Protection Group.