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18 Apr 2020 Nabin Baniya

Trekking in Nepal FAQs

Trekking is one of the best things that most people in the world love and like to do. There are many trekking destinations in the world. Some people like the Alps to do Trekking whereas some people prefer Manali in India, the K2 base camp in Pakistan. Many international trekkers have done Kilimanjaro which is very popular among the trekkers.

Like other destinations, Trekking in Nepal is one of the most loved as well as trekked destinations in the World.  We receive more than 1000’s Trekking in Nepal FAQs every year. The reason behind so many FAQs is Nepal has many trekking areas that people like to explore.

We have Everest region, Annapurna region, Langtang Region, Kanchanjunga area, Dolpa Area, Dhaulagiri Area, Makalu area, Manaslu Area, Upper Mustang Area, and many more trekking destinations. All these regions have much popular trekking in the world.

Best Trekking In Nepal

We have much best trekking in Nepal. Here I am mentioning some of the best trekking in terms of visitors every year.

  1. Everest Base Camp Trek
  2. Annapurna base camp trek
  3. Ghorepani poon hill trek
  4. Mardi Himal Trek
  5. Manaslu Trekking
  6. Lower Dolpa trek
  7. Everest high pass trek
  8. Gokyo valley trek
  9. Upper Mustang Trek
  10. Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek
  11. Langtang valley trek
  12. Everest base camp trek from Jiri

Due to Some many Trekking, we have so many FAQS on Trekking in Nepal. Here I am mentioning the most popular and many times asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions about Trekking in Nepal.

What is trekking different than that of hiking and climbing?

Trekking, hiking, and climbing are the activities that Nepal offers the people who love adventure in remotes area with fewer facilities. All these activities are possible to do in Nepal.
Trekking is a multi-day walk in which you need to stay in different teahouses for one or more days. Hiking is one-day walking. Hiking normally ends in the same place where it starts. Climbing is getting on top of some peaks or mountains which needs more training, experience as well as preparations. We also need more equipment and staff for climbing.

Why people should go trekking in Nepal?

Among the fourteen mountains above 8000 meters, Nepal is home to eight of them including Everest. So Nepal has many great treks and views. Nepal is well set for trekking with affordable lodges which makes Nepal trekking cheap. Trekking in Nepal is cheaper than other famous trekking destinations such as New Zealand and Japan. Nepal also stands for peace and harmony. All these things make people should go to Nepal for Trekking of a lifetime Experience.

How many hours do we have to walk daily?

The trekking hours depend on the treks you are doing. If you are doing Everest base camp, Ghorepani poon hill trek, Annapurna base camp, and Annapurna circuit then we have 6 hours walking on average.  We advise you not to walk more than 1000 meters per day.

How difficult is trekking in Nepal?

The short trek like Ghorepani poon hill, Mardi Himal, Everest view trek, Pikey peak trek, Jomsom  Muktinath trek are easy to trek. Annapurna base camp trek, Everest base camp trek, and Gokyo valley trek are medium levels trek. The difficult treks in Nepal are Everest high pass trek, the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek, the Kanchenjunga base camp trek, and the Annapurna circuit trek. These are also challenging treks in Nepal.

Is it possible to do trekking in Nepal for all age groups?

Yes, Nepal offers trekking adventures to all age groups. For beginners, we offer short and sweet treks with less than 400 meters in elevation. Such short and easy treks are the Annapurna base camp trek, Mardi Himal trek, Poon hill trek, and Everest view trek. For experienced people, we have medium and challenging trekking such as Everest high pass, Kanchanjunga trek, and many more. For old people who can’t walk, we have helicopter tours to enjoy being in the mountains.

What are the Minimum durations of trekking in Nepal?

The shortest trek that our company Magic Himalaya organizes is Chisapani Nagarkot Trek which is 3 days trek. We spend 2 nights on the mountain and 3 days. Other than that we have less than 10 days programs to Annapurna as well as another area. Our company will be happy to customize treks on demands from people.

What kinds of training and exercise do we need to do before doing the trek in Nepal?

It depends on which trek you are doing. If you are doing easy shorts treks then you don’t need any exercise and training. For challenging treks such as Everest high pass people do some regular gym and legs exercise. If you want to feel easy doing treks then these kinds of exercises will help you do successful trekking.

Can you give some tips about Nepal trekking for beginners?

The beginner needs to follow the advice from the expert’s people. Here guide is the experience one who did the same treks many times. So follow your trekking guide. Also, don’t rush during the trek, and walk slowly and steadily. Pre-book your trip so that you will get all info beforehand. During the treks don’t forget to acclimatize well and drink well. It is also advisable to start the trek early and finish before clouds and rain

What did trekkers do about drinking water during Nepal Trekking?

The tap water in Nepal is unsafe to drink for foreigners’ people. From the local tap water, different problems can be seen by hikers and trekkers so, clean and safe water is important to drink. Most of the treks provide bottled mineral water which cost a high amount but is safe.
In some places where plastics are not allowed, they sell safe drinking water. There are safe drinking water stations in each village. In those places where there is no bottled water and safe drinking water please ask for boiled water. The boiled water also costs you but is good for your health and avoids problems.

What kinds of Accommodation are available for Trekking?

The accommodations in Nepal trekking are different than what people do in Europe and America. Nepal trekking trails do not have huts where people cook on their own and sleep. We have Teahouse Trekking popular. We can see many teahouses, Guesthouses, and hotels along the different trekking trails of Nepal.
Some of the trekking does not have teahouses which make us do camping treks with lots of staff and carry food and tents. The camping trekking is more expensive than staying in lodges and teahouses. The accommodations are of different levels from basic to luxury with the attached bathroom. Some of the treks in Everest have electric blankets for luxury people. Many 5-star category hotels are also on Everest trails for trekkers to spend the night.

Why do so many people prefer teahouse trekking in Nepal?

On teahouse trekking, we can get the meal and room to spend nights. We get these kinds of facilities at a very affordable cost. If we get food and accommodations in the teahouse then we don’t need to carry them which makes bag pack lighter. All these kinds of advantages make people choose teahouse treks over others.

What kinds of permits do we need for trekking and where I can get them?

If you are trekking in Nepal, you need to have trekking permits and a TIMS card. For the Everest Area, we need to have Khambu Municipality permits which cost 2000 rupees per person. Some years ago, we need to have TIMs Cad for doing the trek in the Everest region.

We also need to have another trekking permit for entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. In Annapurna, we need to have TIMS cards as well as ACAP Permits. If you go on some of the remote and restricted areas you need to pay for special permits. The most expensive trekking permits are for the Upper Mustang trek which costs USD $500 per person for 10 days.

Is it possible to Trek Nepal with No insurance?

We found some people trekking in Nepal with no insurance policy. Some people are ok but some get very hard situations due to Altitude sickness. The people have to pay the full charge of the helicopter ride for getting him down to Kathmandu.
If he had travel insurance we can ask with Insurance Company. If he had some policy that covers treks then he doesn’t have to pay for the helicopter in such hard conditions. If you don’t want the same with you, then travel insurance is important.

What will happen if anyone gets sick in the mountain?

In case anyone gets any kind of problems during the trek then the guide will see the conditions. Our guides have knowledge of altitude sickness and basic training. If the conditions are bad he will arrange him too down to a lower altitude or turn back. If the conditions are too bad and need to get hospital soon then he will contact the office to arrange helicopter rescue. As soon as we hear from the guide we will check with different rescue companies about the availability of helicopters and send for the pickup to Kathmandu. We also contact the travel insurance and let them know about the rescue.

From what height do people start getting altitude sickness?

This depends on the people’s capacity and ability on how their body responds to high elevations. Some people start getting a headache as soon as the flights land on Lukla airports whereas some people start showing symptoms after crossing 3000 meters elevations.
We really need to take care of drinking lots of water and fluids. If you have any problems tell your leader or guide so that I a take the right action.

What people can do to avoid altitude sickness?

While trekking in Nepal, the main things to have are positive thinking about the hike. While doing anything, positive thinking helps to get success. To avoid the sickness we need to walk slow pace and steady with drinking lots of fluids.
We also need to do acclimatization rest days according to the itinerary because we design the itinerary thinking about avoiding sickness away. The main thing is not to push yourself if your body can’t do it.

What kinds of Symptoms can be seen for Altitude Sickness?

If you get altitude sickness while trekking in Nepal, You will have symptoms like Difficulty in sleeping, Dizziness or light headache, Fatigue, Loss of Appetite & vomiting. People will also have shortness of breath as well as rapid heartbeat and pulse.

What will happen if flights are delayed or canceled to and from Lukla or Jomsom?

Yes, there is a chance of flight delay and cancellation to the Lukla and Jomsom area. In those conditions, we need to wait until the flights happened. In the Lukla area, flights are normally delayed by an hour or two. We will wait until it happens.
If the flight is canceled we can try the next day or options of taking a helicopter with some hundreds dollar extra cost. There is also another option of the two-day walk and taking a jeep to Kathmandu from Sallari village. In Jomsom are if a flight canceled we have jeep or bus facilities to and from Pokhara.

Who will carry my luggage and how we arrange it?

You can check on our cost including sections where we mention porters include. Our strong porters will carry luggage for two people. All our sleeping bags, big down jackets, and equipment will carry by him.
Most of the time, our luggage will be in our room before we reach our destinations. Among the two people make the luggage around 20 to 25 kg because he also has his luggage on top of your luggage which is around 5 to 10 kg.

What kinds of food are possible to have during the trek in Nepal?

All kinds of local foods, as well as some Western food, are available to have during the tea houses. If you go to Everest there they have some local dishes which they offer on menus to taste. It is the same in Annapurna, Mustang, and Dolpa as well as other trekking areas. If you want to know details on Food Availability then check our blogs about food on the Everest base camp trek. Here we have mentioned the Everest base camp trek but this is pity much the same as all treks in Nepal.

What kinds of services on the teahouse provided?

The main important things required on a trek are good food and room to sleep which all teahouses provide. They also offer laundry service, charging batteries & camera service. Some of the guesthouses also offer fire camps. In the tea house, there are also shower and bathroom facilities along with good and heated dining. Few guest houses have gardens where we can walk or do yoga in the morning.

Is Nepal Safe for solo female travelers?

Nepal is safe to travel for all kinds of people. Most of the parts of the world are not safe for female travelers but Nepal is not like that. All women who travel solo can have a safe journey in Nepal. Nepal doesn’t like the modern style of wearing revolving clothes so women need to be careful about the rule and regulations that need to follow in Nepal while traveling.
It is not recommended to travel alone at night with drinking and taking drugs. If you follow the rules then you will have a safe and memorable journey in Nepal.

How much extra amount do I need to carry for Nepal visit?

If the flooding and accommodations are paid on the package then it will need to carry an extra $15 to $25 per day. These costs will be expenses in deserts, laundry, Water, some shopping if you like, chocolates, Toilet papers, Battery charging as well as other required expenses.

Do they have ATMs on Trekking routes?

Not all trekking routes have ATMS facilities at the moment. Famous town such as Lukla, Namche Bazar, and Jomsom, has the facilities of ATMs. These towns also have banks where you can get money from your accounts. ATMs in those areas might not work all the time so it is advisable to get all the required amount in Kathmandu or Pokhara ATMs before the trek start.

What kinds of service will Guide provide us?

The main work of the guide is to provide the correct information about the area and treks but he will do lots of things on Trek. He will show you a way by leading in the front along with serving food and providing the best accommodation. He also briefs you about the plan for the next day or upcoming days.
While walking he will tell us about the importance of place, history, altitudes & mostly whatever you ask him. In case you get sick he will give you medicine as well as tell you what to do to prevent it.

How much weight do porters carry and how often do we meet them on trial?

Porter normally carries more than 20 kg to 35 kg. You can also see many porters carry heavier than that but our company only allows 20 to 25 kg per porter. On top of that weight, the porter will carry his own luggage which is 5 to 10 kg weights.

How many amounts of Tips are recommended to guides and porters?

Actually, tips are given in terms of the service that guides and porters provided. While giving tips most of the trekkers look at how the guide provides service and while tipping porters see how heavy is luggage. Most of the trekking companies advise giving 15 to 30 % of the total amount paid for the trip.

When best is the season for trekking in Nepal?

Autumn and spring are the two best seasons for trekking in Nepal. Autumn starts in March and ends in May whereas spring start in September and ends in November. We will have stable and clear weather in autumn as well as the opportunity to see rhododendrons along the way. Springs are also best in terms of weather and have opportunities of celebrating famous festivals such as Dashain and Tihar.

We avoid monsoon and winter trekking not to have a bad experience. To know more about the Best time for trekking visit our blogs.

What kinds of Physical preparations do we need before Trek?

Many people think Nepal trekking is hard and needs lots of training and stamina which is not much true. We can see people with no experience and no training also able to complete the trek. It is true that with good physical preparations, the treks will be easily completed so it is better to do some preparations.
Some cardio exercises including cycling, running, swimming & hiking will make you fit and well-prepared for the trek in Nepal. If you have a better and higher fitness level you will have the energy to enjoy all possible activities on the trip.

I am planning to do the solo trek without a guide and porters do you think I can?

Engaging in these trekking fields over 15 years I have seen many cases of walking single or solo lost on the Himalayas. I really don’t recommend people trekking solo. We can see some people doing solo trekking. All treks in Nepal are not allowed to do solo.
Some of the restricted treks need to have guides and porters to enter the area. The Famous Manaslu Trekking, as well as the Upper Mustang treks, need special permits and company to get inside. Trekking like Manaslu Tsum Valley, and Dolpa: Upper and Lower also need special permits from the Nepal government.

How can I charge my phone, Batteries & camera?

Almost all the guest house in Nepal has charging facilities. The charging on teahouse on trek costs some amounts of money. In some treks, there is no electricity and they get lights from solar energy which may not allow you for charging so at that time it’s hard.
To avoid such problems it is a good idea to buy solar panels and does charging during the day while walking. This is one of the smart ideas many people do in recent times.

Where do I able to rent the trekking equipment?

If you want to rent the equipment we will show you some of the best stores in Kathmandu. You can rent down jackets, Sleeping Bags, hiking shoes, and a few other things. Equipment like sleeping bags and down jackets are provided by the company Magic Himalaya if you booked a trek with this company.
Our company also gives company duffel bag to store your things which porters carry. Our staff will show you the place where renting is possible.

Do teahouses provide Laundry Facilities?

Few guest houses will provide laundry facilities on the trekking trail. In some areas, there are no laundry facilities available. The famous treks like Everest base camp have laundry facilities in most of the town. In those places where there are no laundry facilities, you can do it on your own.
You can buy soap and the guest house will provide other required things. You can have a hanging place for wet clothes near the teahouse or in the teahouse.

What is the weather like in Nepal?

There are five distinct seasons in Nepal. The summer is hot and wet whereas the monsoons are wet with chances of having landslides. The winter is freezing cold in the high mountains. These seasons are not the best time for trekking but still, many people do the hike this time. Autumn and spring is the best season for trekking.
The autumn season comes after the monsoon when people can enjoy stable weather with perfect trekking temperatures. Spring is the best time to do treks in Nepal when we have beautiful flowers on trails with clear and stable weather conditions.

Which trekking shoe do you recommend for trekking?

Waterproof hiking and trekking boots are required for the treks in Nepal. You can check some of the best hiking boots online or we have a store in Kathmandu that sells them at a reasonable cost.
There are a few shops that provide shoes for renting if you want to rent. Our guide will help you in doing shopping or renting kinds of stuff.

How will the trekking agency solve my problems if I get any while trekking?

First of all, if you get any kind of problems on the trek, you will have a guide to share. He will try to solve the problems if he can. At the conditions when he is unable to solve the problems, he will tell about this trekking agency in Kathmandu on the phone.
As soon as the trekking company heard about the problems they will work on it and solve it. If you got any sickness in the mountains and need Heli rescue we will organize that. If you want to stay more days then we will change your flight dates etc.

What outdoor activities do your company provides besides Trekking in Nepal?

Trekking in Nepal is the most popular and best outdoor activity that Magic Himalaya organizes. Besides this, we do many kinds of outdoor activities such as Climbing in Nepal, Rafting in Nepal, Paragliding, Zip-flyer, homestay tours, Helicopter tour to different parts, Yoga activities as well as Some luxury Trekking. We also do Expeditions in Nepal.
We provide all the service that is possible to do like outdoor activities.

How expensive is Trekking in Nepal?

Trekking in Nepal is not much expensive in comparison to other famous trekking destinations. The trekking costs start from USD $1000 to USD$2600 per person. The cost depends on the number of trekking days, service level & treks you doing.
If you are doing longer days the cost will be high and if shorter days then low cost. Luxury treks it is more expensive than normal ones.  Generally, the cost includes local flights, Guide porters, food, TIMs, Permits, and accommodations.

What is the trekking that the earthquake damaged in 2015?

Almost all the trekking destinations were damaged by the 2015 earthquake. The famous trek such as the Annapurna region, Langtang region, and Everest region is affected by the earthquake. The most affected area is the Langtang area which is all good at this time.
After the earthquake, our company-operated many treks in those areas. Now all the treks are normal and able to do without any problems.

Which is the most popular trek In Nepal?

The Everest base camp trek is the most popular trek in Nepal. These treks lie in the Everest region. The trek is very popular because these treks take you to the base of the world’s highest mountain Everest. The treks are also popular due to Sherpa’s history and cultures that are unique to other cultures in Nepal.
This trek is popular due to its stunning views and viewpoints. The other popular treks are the Annapurna circuit trek followed by Manaslu Trekking.

Does your company provide a medical kit during Trek?

Yes, our company will provide the medical kit box for the trek. The medical kit box is carried by the Sherpa leader or guide. If you need them you can use that medicine. The medical kit box will have basic medicines that are very important for first aid treatment. The medical box will have simple medicine for diarrhea, headache & altitude sickness.

Do I need to carry my Sleeping bag to use in the mountains?

It will be best if you can carry your own sleeping bag to use clean things while on the trek. The teahouse provides blankets that other people use the day before so it is not good for a healthy purpose. If you were unable to carry sleeping bags then at least carry the liner to use under the blankets.

Do I need to bring a tent and a mattress?

No, you don’t need to bring the tent and mattress because we are mostly doing a teahouse trek where we will get a good room to sleep. If you are thinking about camping treks then these things will be very useful to bring.

Is it possible to store my unnecessary luggage when I got a trek? Where is it safe?

Yes, it is possible to store the city clothes and unnecessary things in Kathmandu before you leave to trek. You have an option of the store in the hotel you stay in. You can fill the tag and store it there. There is also the possibility of storing in our company storeroom.
If you have some valuable things it’s better you take with them you.

How experienced is my trekking guide?

Most of the trekking guide in Nepal is very much experienced because they do pottering for a few years before becoming a guide. Our entire guides in Magic Himalaya Treks are very well experienced as a guide for more than 10 years in Nepal.
Our guides are friendly and well know about everything. He also has the capacity to make trekkers understand many things about Nepal and the mountains. If any problems arise on the trek he has the capacity to solve them.

Are your guide and porters well insured?

Yes, our entire field staff are well insured by Neco Insurance. Before going to any treks we pass the name list of guides and porters by filling the form. We will also mention the trek starts to date and finish dates.
We also include the contact number of the guide and porter on the form. If anything happens on the mountain we can claim for medical expenses as well as death compensations.

Do guides and porters well-equipped?

Yes, all our guides and porters are well-equipped. We provide the gear and clothes once a year and if they do not last long they have to buy them on their own. Before starting the treks we check them to make sure that they are well equipped.

Is it possible to use my own medicine on Treks?

Yes, it is possible to use your own medicine if you got problems in the mountains. If your medicine does not work or finished then ask to guide for our medicine. It all depends on you whether you prefer our own medicine or ok with ours.

Do I need to have some extra days in Kathmandu besides the trek?

It is worth having because, in case of flight delay or cancellation, we can use them. If we don’t need it then we can just use it for sightseeing in Kathmandu valley or shopping. Lukla Airport and Jomsom Airport mostly have flight cancellation problems.

I cannot walk but I want to see Everest and reach base camp, Can I?

If you want to see Everest and step on the base of world height mountain without walking we have the Fantastic but costly tour. You can check our Everest base camp Helicopter tour for more details.

How can you make treks more interesting?

We can make trekking more interesting by Engaging in Yoga programs with our treks. You can see the Everest base camp Yoga trek and Ghorepani poon hill yoga treks to know how interesting it will be trekking with yoga. We can also use luxury lodges for making it comfortable and interesting. You can see our Everest base camp luxury trek as well as Everest luxury trek for more details on it.

How much is the visa cost to enter Nepal?

o enter Nepal you need to pay USD $30 for a 15 days visa. The cost for a 30-day multiple-entry visa costs USD $50. If you want to get 90 Days multiple entry visa then it is USD $125.

How Can I Apply for the Nepal Visa Online?

Most of the travelers to Nepal apply for an arrival visa but Nepal also provides the online visa process. If you want to apply for an online visa you need to apply the 15 days of arriving in Nepal with a passport-size photo on the digital version as well as a valid passport. You also need to feel the hotel you stay on arrival.
Once you complete the submission process online, you can print out the confirmation receipt. You can display it on immigration once you arrive at the airport with the amount you need to pay for a visa.

Where can I stay for a few days in silence after treks?

Kathmandu is a busy and polluted city in comparison to other cities. If you want to spend some day in silence then Nagarkot hill station, Bandipur, Sarangkot is the perfect place for you. Pokhara City is also a clean and silent city. It is one of the most visited and loved cities in Nepal.

How do I book and receive confirmation of treks?

Once we received an email that you are OK with our details and want to book. We will send you our company bank details where you can deposit the advance amount. Once the advance amount arrives on our account we will send you a trip booking confirmation through emails

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