Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
If you are trekking for the first time in Nepal, you will have many questions and even more doubts. What will be some of the requirements on your trek? What would be the essentials you should check on before you go ahead and confirm with your tour operator for your dream trek in the Himalaya? This section is a pointer to what facilities an ideal agency should be offering you on your trek and answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions before starting the trek.
Do I need Trekking Permit ?
Any foreigners Trekkers or visitors who are interested to do trekking, peak climbing, expedition and other adventurous activities in any part of Nepal should take a Trekking permit along with you from the Department of Immigration, Nepal Tourism Board and other concerned authorities through any authorized Trekking companies of Nepal.
How do you treat ecology in Nepal ?
Eco tourism concept is seriously taken in Nepal. Everyone should be careful to prevent the ecology. We all are equally responsible to make the area “Litter Free". All the wastages like papers and other stuffs, we do proper disposal. If the wastage matters are imperishable, we packed it to bring back to Kathmandu or some stuffs which cannot recycle in Nepal is suggested our valuable clients to take back to your own country. If one protect the environment in Nepal this is the common asset of the world. During the trekking periods, we use fuel instead of using firewood. Everybody is responsible in rights of Flora and Fauna
Is it possible to take photographs of tourist places and people ?
Taking photos in the tourist places is not any problem but in some of places and inside the temples normally not allowed to take for photography. Even though, most of Nepalese people don't mind taking photographs but not all.
What clothes should I wear while visiting Nepal ?
We advise you to wear in the villages (visiting temples, monasteries and homes) a comfortable dress which does expose your body. In the cities it does matter whether you wear long or short.
Will I get altitude sickness ?
It depends from person to person, while one may get sick at a lower altitude, the other might not get affected even at a much higher altitude. Altitude sickness can be a worry for many people coming from sea level. Ethic Himalayan Treks will give our customers extra days to acclimate to the higher altitudes. Our guides are trained to spot any signs of altitude sickness and know how to react.
What is Altitude sickness/ AMS (acute mountain sickness)? In case of rescue or evacuation ?
There is possibility of altitude sickness if you have some of diseases like blood pressure. Rhyme (cold), respiration problem. If the height is rapidly gained you could feel mountain sickness (Pulmonary Edema: head ache, loss of appetite, nausea and sometimes vomiting dizziness). The accumulation of fluids in the cells and body can be harmful in the lungs and brain. If the fluid is collected in lungs there is very difficult situation in respiration even thought at the time of rest. If one does not descend down in this condition the fluid generates cough and finally High altitude Pulmonary Edema Precaution of this: We advise you to take fluid as much as you can, don’t rush, use garlic soup during the high altitude. Use preventive medication like Diamox, Coca etc. On your request, we can provide you the Gameau Bag.
What is the currency of Nepal ?
The Currency of Nepal is Rupee. In Nepal Nepalese Rupee is subdivided into 100 paisa. The denominations of currency notes are available in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500, and 1,000. Similarly, coins are available in 1, 2 and 5 rupees, which are in circulation.
Is the country politically stable and safe ?
Nepal is one of the new Republic Democratic country with many active multi political parties, ideas and leaders. As such there might be some disturbances in some parts of the country. But it does not affect the daily life of the residents in other parts. Life moves on as usual unperturbed.
Are the trails crowded ?
On the off the beaten treks, you may find very rare trekkers apart from your group for days on end. In the peak season, you may probably see some other trekkers. Even on traditional treks, there will be far less people than you would see on a normal walking trail at home.
Should I purchase a lot of expensive gear to go on a trek ?
You need to purchase your personal clothing items that are needed while you are in the trekking. If you can’t bring all trekking and expeditions gears from your homeland, you can buy or hire in Kathmandu which are necessary for the trekking and expedition periods. This will involve some expense, although you will be amazed, by how much use you will be able to make out of clothing you already own.
What about overnight accommodation ?
Where possible; most Trekking operators prefer to organize the trek in the local hotels, lodges or rest houses which are available in the trekking routes. For the major part of the trek or unbeaten parts, the accommodation would however be tented on twin sharing basis.
How long a trek goes ?
Generally the trek duration depends on your interest and location of trek. You can accommodate day hikes, cultural visits to local villages, and relaxing rest days on your trek. The trekking is depending upon your holiday in this beautiful country.
How difficult are the treks ?
The difficulties of our treks are depending on where you want to trek and how long you want to go. The shorter Treks tend to be easier while the longer ones require some physical fitness. Be prepared for some steep trails leading to amazing views. The pace at which you hike is up to you. We have friendly and dependable porters to assist you with your personal gear.
What type of food is served on a trek ?
Normally hot meals are served along the trip, though at times packed lunches may be given when distances between stops do not permit cooking. A variety of Nepali and continental dishes are prepared with fresh vegetables depend on place. Most of the trips have an accompanying cook to take care of the details.
How safe is the food ?
Food safety is always a big concern when visiting a foreign country. Which are our best to choose tea houses and restaurants with clean and sanitary kitchen? On our lodge treks, we provide a cook to prepare safe and tasty meals with our own set of cookery as well as hygienic cleaning facilities. The food we serve on camping trips is completely safe.
What happens if there is an emergency ?
Ethic Himalaya Treks and Expedition P. Ltd are prides itself on being prepared for any emergency situation. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during a trek. But if a serious emergency occurs, then outside help is needed. Every client should have their own insurance against Full travel insurance coverage for medicine evacuation, lost of belongs and trip cancellation is strongly recommended. We advice to valuable clients to have full insurance against Medical, evacuation, trip cancellation, lost or damage baggage, air delays etc. before coming to Nepal. For our Nepalese staffs, we do have a full accidental and medical insurance.
How about insurance ?
To protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances, we strongly recommend you take out a ‘Trip cancellation and medical insurance policy’ from your home country. The medical policy should include coverage of transportation costs in the event of emergency helicopter or surface evacuation being required. We regret that such insurance policies are not available for places like Nepal and Tibet. If you fall ill it can be extremely expensive to get the treatment you need i.e. mountain rescue by helicopter and air ambulance
How much money should I bring for the trek ?
The amount of money you bring on a trek depends on you. Cold sodas during the day and an occasional beer after a long day of hiking can be awfully nice. These along with any souvenirs and film are personal expenses. We have a safe in our office where plane tickets and money can be kept.
What's the climate in Nepal ?
Nepal's climate is best described as Sub-Tropical Monsoon general predictable and pleasant. The monsoon is approximately from the end of June to the middle of September. 80 percent of rainfall is by this durations and remaining of the year is dry. Spring and autumn are the best seasons for the trekking, peak climbing, expedition and others. It has been classified into between four and six seasons, which are as follows:
- Winter Season (December to February)
- Autumn Season (September to November)
- Summer Season (June to August)
- Spring Season (March to May)
OFFICIAL WEEKLY HOLIDAY
Government of Nepal and most of the offices work six day a week. Saturday is the official weekly holidays in Nepal. Most of the shops are remains open from Sunday through to Friday, while Museum throughout the valley remains closed on Tuesday and other Government holidays. Other holidays are listed in the Nepalese calendar.
Foreign visitors other than the Indian nationals are required to pay their hotel bills and air tickets in foreign currency.
FOREIGN EXCHANGE REGULATIONS
Foreign visitors other than Indian nationals are required to pay their bills in foreign currency. However the other payment must always be made in Nepalese currency. Exchange counter at the airport or at the local banks are available. There are foreign exchange counters available at different places in the city. Tourists are also advised to obtain and retain the foreign exchange encashment receipts so as to reconvert the unused Nepali currency at the time of departure. Visitors are required to fill in the currency declaration form at the part of entry. Tourists other than Indian are not allowed to bring in the Indian Currency.
Passengers arriving at Tribhuwan International airport (TIA) without any dutiable goods can pass through the Green Channel for quick clearance without a baggage check. If you are carrying dutiable goods and articles, you have to be declared at the Red Channel. It is illegal to export goods over 100 years old. The Department of Archeology has to certify for export any metal statues, sacred paintings and similar objects before being taken out of the country. All bags must be declared and cleared through customs inspection at the airport of entry. Visitors are allowed to import the following articles for their personal use. Tourist can bring dutiable goods such as tobacco and liquors free of duty and other taxes subject to the following limits
- Cigarettes 200 sticks
- Cigars 50 sticks
- Liquor, one bottle not exceeding 1.15 liter
- Beer 12 cans
- One movie camera with 12 rolls of film or one video camera
- One ordinary camera with 15 rolls of film
- One tape recorder with 15 tape reels or cassettes
- One perambulator
- One tricycle
- One sleeping bag and one sock.
Don’t throw anything into the fire in any house, Buddhist or Hindu. In most cultures the household gods live in earth. When you give something to a Nepali, whether it is food, Money or anything else, use your right hand.
Make Copies of your passport, including your visa pages.
Leave one copy with family at home and carry another one copy with you. You can also use a secure online date storage site to record your information electronically. If your passport is lost or stolen, we can help you to replace it. But without these copies the process will invariably take many extra days to complete.
Stay safe while Trekking
If trekking, you are strongly advised to use reputable trekking agencies, to remain on established routes and to always walk in groups. We strongly recommend that you do not trek alone and avoid becoming separated from your group at any time. Remember, altitude can and does kill. To avoid acute mountain sickness ascend slowly and acclimatise fully. Take professional advice.
Planning & Preparation
If you are planning for the trek, Expedition and other activities in Nepal and Tibet, you should be aware that it is rigorous and challenging trip where we have to spend all the time at high altitudes. So, at least 2 months regular practice is recommended either 2 hours daily running, swimming or joining on a health club may help to complete the trek and expedition successfully. Reduce drinking alcoholic beverage & smoking habits. Consult your doctor to assess the state of your health to function safely within your own limitations. In addition to the personal prescriptions by your physician, a First Aid Kit is essential for the travel.
You are advised to own a small waist pouch or document bag to manage the following documents properly:
- Passport with copies Photographs, Identity card Diary for addresses, contact, small notes etc
- Ball pens with spare refills Maps/Charts/ Books etc
- Travel Cheques, Credit cards & currency
- Airline / Railway Tickets / Vouchers
- Any other documents for personal purposes.