FAQ’s

Is Nepal safe to trek?

Yes, it is. The earthquake had affected 8 out of 75 districts and only in Central and Western Area, 1 out of 10 national parks, 3 out of 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 2 out of 35 major trekking routes in 2015. Moreover, there is no burst of epidemics or viral diseases, accessible communication and plenty of hotels, lodges and teahouses.

Are there any criteria to be eligible for the trip?

Generally, you should have good health condition with normal physical fitness, positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek and are advised to seek medical advice or consent before the trek.

Do you have other dates available depending on my schedule?

Yes, we can accommodate your schedule according to your timetable and tour destination desires. Our tours include fixed departure dates that can be tailored to accommodate your specific requests and schedule.  Please review our designated departure dates, and if they do not suit your timeframe, then let us know how we can arrange a trek that is convenient for you.

What is the best season to trek?

September to November is the best season because the weather is stable, dry and clear. March to June is another favorite season of trekkers because Rhododendron and other flowers blossom in this season but the temperature rises and possibility of precipitation may remain with vibrant atmosphere. December to February is the coldest time of the year. June to August is the summer season and monsoon starts which makes the skies cloudy, roads muddy and slippery.

What is TIMS card?

Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) card is mandatory for all trekkers in Nepal to insure the safety and security of trekkers in general trekking area. Discovery World Trekking will help you in obtaining TIMS card and other paperwork for the permit.

Difference between TIMS and Trekkers’ Permit?

TIMS is needed for all the trekking areas in Nepal while Trekkers’ permit is required to enter the conservation area project, national parks, special permission required areas, wildlife reserve areas and hunting area. Discovery World Trekking will help you with all those necessary paperworks and let you enjoy your holidays to the fullest.

Travel Insurance to trek in Nepal

You need travel insurance prior to booking the trek which must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude for trekking members, which should be provided to us before you start your trekking. Discovery World Trekking will help you to get a travel insurance which will help you in potential altitude sickness and unforeseen events due to sudden climate change.

Is there any difference between hiking, trekking and mountaineering?

Hiking refers to a long walk on trails and is quite easy. Trekking refers to a long, difficult and tiring uphill journey typically on foot which could last several days. On the other hand, mountaineering means the sport or activity of climbing mountains which needs special equipment, skills and training. Discovery World Trekking will help you with all three activities in Nepal.

Altitude sickness and safety concern during the trek!

  • Altitude sickness occurs when the body is unable to acclimatise adequately to a rapid increase in altitude resulting nausea, vomiting, headaches, lack of appetite, exhaustion, muscle aches, rapid pulse even at rest (+/- 120 beats per minute) and insomnia.
  •  You can consider adding an extra night prior to booking your hike, maintain a slow and steady pace, drink at least 4 – 6 litres of water each day, always listen to your leader guide and consult your doctor for medicine for this case. You need to avoid alcohol, smoking and sleeping tablets as much as you can.
  • Discovery World Trekking has a team well trained in using oximeter to monitor blood oxygen saturation level at high altitude and facilitates you with other medical kits (First Aid) and regular health check-up.

Does your company pay for the Travel Insurance of guides and porters?

Yes, Discovery World Trekking ensures the expenses for insurance of its guides, porters and all the crews along with meals, salary, lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.

How much expensive is trekking in Nepal?

You can have both luxury and budget travel in Nepal. Nepal is cheaper than trekking in other countries but the cost also depends on which region you are thinking of trekking and what modes of transport you use. Everest Base Camp Trekking is bit costlier than other trekking packages. However, Discovery World Trekking will offer you reasonable trip, you do not need to worry about this.

As a single trekker, may I join one of Discovery World Trekking’s fixed departure programs?

Yes, of course! We usually have single trekkers on each and every one of our group departures. It is a great way to get to know fellow travelers and most people find that the group dynamics are very friendly and comforting. Logistically, single trekkers will share rooms and tents with other single trekkers of the same sex on our group journeys.

What is the booking and payment method for the trek?

You need to pay 10% in advance and rest of the amount can be paid after your arrival in Nepal. We accept Credit Card, however, you will be charged extra amount as service fee by the bank. So, Discovery World Trekking recommend you to pay in Cash to enjoy the benefit of discount. Any currency is accepted.

Complimentary Pick Service by Discovery World Trekking From Nepal Airport

The officials of Discovery World Trekking will wait for you outside the arrival lounge at Tribhuvan International Airport with your name pamphlet on their hand and will drop you to the hotel after warm welcome Nepalese rituals.

Where can I change money after arriving in Nepal?

After arrival at Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport – TIA), money changing services are available right there at the airport. It is best to change only a small amount there as better money rates are found in the city. Kathmandu also has an extensive selection of ATM machines, however, they often limit the transaction and daily amount for withdrawal. 

Can I get a visa upon arrival in Nepal?

Yes, in addition to obtaining a visa from one of our embassies and consulates abroad, entry visas for Nepal are available at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu’s international airport. During your flight to Kathmandu, the flight personnel should provide you with the basic visa form that you can fill out before landing. On arrival at TIA you will pass through the Immigration to receive your visa.

Please Note:  In order to obtain your visa, you will need two photos (passport size) and hard currency.
The three types of visas available on arrival and fees are

  • $ 25 USD (or equivalent foreign currency) for 15 days
  • $ 40 for 30 days
  • $ 100 for 90 days.

Visas can be extended at Immigration offices in Kathmandu and Pokhara starting with a minimum of fifteen days at a fee of $2 per day. 

Does the food fit our tastes during the trek?

Yes, you can have Nepalese, Asian and Continental food. The food is prepared as per International Standards. We usually suggest to eat vegetarian food.

How is the drinking water in the mountain?

Bottled water is easily available at USD 2-4 per liter. But you can not use plastic bottles in Annapurna and Everest region. So, they do not sell plastic bottled mineral water. You need to drink Mineral water or boiled filtre water in those areas. It is better to use water purification drops and tablets which you can either bring from your own country or buy in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

How long is the hike each day during the trek?

The answer to this question can change depending on the type of trek and difficulty of terrain and elevation of waypoints on a specific day among other factors. There is no exact distance measured for each and every day, and each day can often be different from the next as far as time and distance goes. More rugged terrain might require longer days to get to the desired stopover location whereas elevation gained might limit some days in order to acclimatize properly. Our easier journeys will involve less daily hiking and will have a more leisurely daily pace than our more challenging treks. An average day of trekking involves around five to six hours hiking including breaks for meals and as needed. The average distance covered can be a bit relative given the terrain and altitude but figure on about 10 to 15 kilometers. Along the way you will have many chances for photography and perhaps other personal interests such as bird watching and discovering more of the local flora and fauna. Discovery World Trekking has many options from newly promoted trails to the classic routes and we look forward to hearing from you and satisfying your desired trekking styles and destinations.

Documents that I need to bring for trekking in Nepal?

You need to submit the following documents after the advance payment deposit and all the documents should be sent via Email.

  • A copy of passport,
  • Passport size photos,
  • Flight details,
  • Copy of travel insurance (it has to cover heli rescue and medical evacuation).

Do I need to be physically fit to trek in Nepal?

The quick answer to this question is that the more fit you are, the more pleasurable your experience on the trails will be. It certainly helps to be in shape because most routes pass through steep country with climbs and ascents that can be demanding and long and reach remote highlands. That said, there are no specific standards but a basic level of fitness and ability to hike several hours at a time and any preparation you can do beforehand will help. No other skills or knowledge is required to join a trek but simply an interest in this exciting, adventurous activity. If you do not have previous experience with hiking, we suggest practice walking around your home neighborhood and visiting a nearby park area for a walk there. We also have many different options to choose from and the possibilities include short and easy to difficult and long and much in between– something to suit every desire and something for first time visitors and seasoned trail veterans. Whether you have only a few days holiday or much time to explore, we have an itinerary and plan ready to suit you!

What are the accommodation arrangements?

There are no star-hotels in mountainous area. Besides Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and few other city areas, you need to stay in teahouses. Discovery World Trekking will generally find out teahouses or lodges that provide single or double rooms, mostly in dormitory style. The bed has a mattress and blanket. Very few teahouses offer room with heater. So, it would be better to carry a warm sleeping bag(if you don't have your own sleeping bag, the company will arrange it for you). After a hard day hiking, sleep will be a welcome relief and sleeping bag will add an extra bit of warmth.

What is the difference between a Teahouse-Trek and Camping Trek?

A Teahouse-Trek involves staying in local lodges (also known as teahouses) along trekking trails. These teahouses/lodges are run by the people of the area through which we are trekking. During a teahouse-trek, meals are taken at the lodges themselves and occasionally at local restaurants, too. A teahouse-trek does not involve camping and thus extra gear is not needed and thus, no cooks, fewer porters and fewer staff are required. You will only need your hiking gear and personal items. A guide and porters join the trek.

A camping trek involves camping in tents along the trekking routes with a cook and assistants along to set up camp and make meals. A camping trek is a more elaborate journey than a Teahouse-trek. Everything needed for the trek is taken with us including food, tents, and other necessary gear. The equipment is carried by our porters and sometimes pack animals are used. Day by day, our overnight camp is set up in scenic natural locations and meals are prepared by our skilled chef and his crew.

Pricewise, a camping trek involves more preparation and staff and is comparatively more expensive than the Teahouse-trek style. 

Can I get separate room during the trek?

Normally, the accommodation is on twin sharing dormitory room. Discovery World Trekking will help you in finding a single room if needed. However, you need to pay for the room in Pokhara and Kathmandu.

What kind of toilet facilities are there?

You can find Western style toilets in city areas. However, lodges and teahouses provide ceramics squat toilets or wooden plants as walls and hole in the ground, generally, outside the room. You may or may not find the toilet papers. So, it’s better to take your own. The option along the trail is to get in touch with nature. Please respect the environment, by taking any toilet paper you use and placing it in a plastic bag, so you can dispose of it later.

How do I take shower in Mountain regions?

Normally, Discovery World Trekking arrange accommodation with proper shower facilities. It is very difficult to find running shower and hot water in mountain region. So, it will cost you a little extra for shower. Usually, a bucket of water will be enough to take a shower for a person. One thing is for sure, your first shower after a trek is going to feel out of this world.

Can I hire trekking equipment?

Yes, we can. Discovery World Trekking will help you in buying or hiring all the necessary trekking equipments around Thamel in Kathmandu.

Do I need to submit my immunization certificate before entering Nepal?

No, you don’t and that is not mandatory. But if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, let your trip planner know about this.

Family Trip for perfect holidays

Nepal is an ideal destination for family travel and tour. You can enjoy your quality family time. However, Discovery World Trekking do not recommend your kids to trek very high altitudes.

How do I get to Nepal?

Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. TIA has direct air link with Osaka, Shanghai, London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Bombay and Calcutta. Lufthansa, Royal Nepal Airlines (RNAC), Air India, Singapore Airlines, Thai are the airlines that carry most of the foreign travelers into Kathmandu. You can not use water transport since the country is landlocked.

Do I need to tip my porter and guide?

Your porters are a big reason why you got a chance to feel something very few can have. Apart from guiding and carrying your necessities and being mindful of your safety, they want to see you happily succeeded more than anyone like family and help you successfully complete the trek safely. So, your tips reflect gratitude towards them. So, tipping is a recommended culture for porters and guide in Nepal as a gesture of thankfulness.

Alcoholic beverages in Nepal

You can find different types of bottled beer, foreign whisky, gin, vodka, rum and soft drinks in Nepal. You can also drink local wines made in hilly areas which is served hot to resemble gratitude.

What is the area of Nepal?

Nepal covers an area of 147,181 sq.km around the globe amongst which 143,151 sq.km is land and 4000 sq. km is water.

What is the geographical location of Nepal?

Nepal is a landlocked country therefore, there is no any direct access to Nepal through water route. It lies in between two nations: China to the north and India to the east, west and south. Nepal shares an open border with India. Nepal’s geography varies as we move from flat plains in Terai to lush hills to towering mountains in the mountainous region. Amongst ten highest peaks in the world, Nepal owns eight

What is the Internet domain

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What is the Telephone code of Nepal?

+977

How do I contact the main office during the trek?

Discovery World Trekking will connect you to trip leader and main headquarter everyday for health concerns and other information. You can contact us directly on info@discoveryworldtrekking.com or call us at +9779840055491 and +9779840055491. Discovery World Trekking is always there to serve you at its best.

Is it possible to re-charge batteries and electronics during the trek?

Nowadays, most facilities along the way, especially in the more popular areas like Everest, Annapurna and Langtang have electricity and re-charging can be done for a minimal service charge.

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