Frequently Asked Questions
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.
The answer to this question covers a whole lot of terrain and landscape from lush jungles to arid highlands. Therefore, a large variance can often be seen in the type of trails encountered in Nepal. Most of the trekking routes follow dirt trails through remote hills and are along pathways that local people often use, too. Some of these routes are along ancient trade routes between Nepal and Tibet and India. Along the way, we will pass through rural farmlands and near villages there are often stone-laid paths with stone staircases, too.
Routes in Nepal are rugged and often climb steeply and descend steeply, too, on dirt trails through varied terrain including thick jungles and open meadows. River crossings are usually on hanging suspension bridges and along the routes, near settlements there are resting platforms under big trees that offer a chances to rest in the shade and enjoy the views.
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!
Nepal generally has four seasons including the rainy monsoon season from June through September. Generally, the best seasons weather-wise for trekking in Nepal are autumn and Spring when views are clearest. Most visitors arrive for the autumn season when the views are magnificent followed by Spring which also has reliable weather with clear views. The cold season, from late November to February can have temperatures that are too low for comfort for most people while other benefits to trekking at this time include less crowds and unforgettable winter scenery.
Nepal is has a very broad range of terrain and year round trekking and activities can be arranged according to your schedule. In the monsoon, the area north of the Himalaya called the ‘rain shadow’ can be spectacular. Spring is a favorite time to view Nepal’s national flower, the rhododendron, is in full bloom. Winter is a great time to visit the lowland jungles for a safari… Nepal is a certainly a year round destination for all seasons!
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.
Yes! The costs for permits for entering a national parks and conservation areas as well as TIMS cards are included in all of our trek and tour packages and arranged by us.
Nepal has a variety of locally grown crops that make for delicious and fresh meals while we trek the trails. On the popular trekking routes on a teahouse-trek, the lodges and restaurants will have a wide, often international menu selection of tasty items to choose from (most of it is vegetarian). Hot drinks including tea and coffee are available in most anyplace including shops selling snacks along the route. During a teahouse-style trek, the evening meal and breakfast are taken in the stopover lodge and lunch is arranged at a restaurant or lodge along the trailside. Nepal’s national dish of rice, lentil soup and curried vegetables is available at most places, and can be very fulfilling.
Many trekkers like to bring snacks from home while trekking, including protein bars and other foods targeted for adventures in the outdoors.
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.
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. Perhaps you will want to change enough to offer tips to the airport escort and driver as you wish. Kathmandu also has an extensive selection of ATM machines, however, they often limit the transaction and daily amount for withdrawal.
Upon arrival to Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport – TIA) (1,350 m/4,450 ft) and clearing customs and immigration, you will be welcomed by our personal representative at the arrival zone (we assure you that our complete team roster at Discovery World Trekking (DWT) is professionally certified and registered with the government). Our representative will escort you by private transport to our hotel in Kathmandu, centrally and conveniently located in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. Thamel is well known as an exciting tourist hub and has a full range of restaurants and cuisine, gear and souvenir shops, pubs, nightspots and tourist facilities. After resting and refreshing at the hotel, the evening is yours to explore.
At the airport arrival zone, our personal representative will be displaying a Discovery World Trekking sign with your name.
It is always recommended to pack light for ease of travel, and many things that you might have forgotten to bring or need last minute items can be picked up in Kathmandu and Pokhara, the tourist hubs of Nepal. Depending on your own personal style, the season you will be here and the activity that you choose to join in Nepal from trekking to climbing and rafting and much more, then the recommendations for what to bring will vary.
Specific needs will vary but we the following standard list offers the basics for a wide range activities and travelers: backpack/rucksack, boots for hiking with good ankle support, personal water bottle, warm sleeping bag, a hat to shield the sun, sunglasses, lotion for protection from the sun, a windproof and waterproof outer jacket, a warm inner layer, thermal tops and bottoms, gloves, a couple pairs of warm socks, a flashlight, personal toiletries as needed, a universal adapter for sockets in Nepal and along the trails, a camera with re-chargeable batteries and memory cards to spare (expect to be snapping a lot of photos). We also recommend a set of ear plugs as tourist areas can occasionally be noisy in the night time. Bring small locks to put on your bags and for extra security for you room. If you forget any of the above, it can be found in the tourist area of Kathmandu along with clothing and gear shops, too, with reasonable prices.
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.
Generally, along our teahouse-treks, the lodges we stay in provide a private room with twin beds that have a mattress, pillow and a blanket or comforter. We suggest that you bring your own sleeping bag if possible in order to ensure that you are sufficiently warm. Most lodges have electric power nowadays whereas some will still provide candles or kerosene lamps when the sun goes down, and it is always handy to have a flashlight/headlamp for the journey.
There is no official obligation to have a guide while trekking in Nepal (except while entering restricted areas and for climbing peaks). That said, our professional, certified guide will not only add comfort, experience, wisdom and health and safety to your tour, the guide will ensure your satisfaction and well-being are a top priority. Along the way, you will receive not just trail guidance but information regarding the lifestyle, culture, traditions, history and natural features of the landscape and people living in it. Our seasoned staff makes important input on logistics, first aid, timetable, altitude acclimatization, rescue and more.
Before each trek, we have a group meeting that outlines the detailed information on altitude illness and awareness, and our staff is highly trained to be on the lookout out for all its signs and symptoms. Each trekking itinerary has also been arranged to allow for proper adjustment to the trails and heights given the timetable and elevations gained along the way.
We have designed each trek with your health in mind first and foremost, and we take a sensible and safe rate of climb. We have much experience in planning ahead of time to cover safety and health measures along the way and are prepared for any situations that might arise.
Along with safety measures to avoid any mishaps, we are certified to provide First Aid as needed and if a serious cases of sickness or accident occurs, then we transfer the person to the nearest health post. If immediately evacuation is necessary, helicopter rescue will be called in for transfer to Kathmandu for treatment.
We carry our own standard First Aid kit and supplies with us on each trek. We also recommend that you bring your own supplies and medicines as needed and please inform us of pre-existing medical conditions and advisories from your physician before your arrival to Nepal, and please let us know your blood group in the event of an emergency.
We suggest that all travelers to Nepal contact their personal physician at a travel clinic before their departure for a check-up and the latest medical advice for travel. Additionally, we recommend having a dental check up before traveling.
Due to cancellation of your program for any reason, we can offer a scaled refund of the advance deposit amount depending on the time prior to the scheduled tour dates. Please see our Terms and Conditions for specific details on cancellations and refunds.
It is best to arrange travel insurance in your own country before traveling to Nepal. You will likely find it easier to arrange and more straightforward in your home country. If you do happen to need to arrange insurance after arrival to Nepal, then we can certainly assist you with the details in Kathmandu. It is best to arrange travel coverage that reimburses for both medical as well as evacuation costs.
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.
More and more, especially, along the main routes you will find internet and phone service. Generally, the higher we trek and more remote we get, the less chance there will be to access communication services.
We will treat the water along the way on camping treks, and generally on a teahouse-trek, the lodges will have boiled water is available. If you wish to drink the local water that hasn’t been boiled, then you will need to use a water purifier and it is best to bring something from your home country. Look for something at a local outdoor shop or find treatment materials in the tourist areas of Kathmandu and Pokhara.
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.
Poles are not necessary everywhere but it will give balance while walking through the descend tracks. Down hills need poles so we advise during the beginning of the journey looking the destination tracks so you can choose with your interest. Poles can be hired in Kathmandu but as to be perfect on journey one can carry one on the backpack as it can be compacted while not needed.
We give you an information before heading to the destination, what are the necessary equipment’s to buy in order and where to buy for quality one. We take care of every essential elements you need to know before travel.
On your second day in Nepal, before our guided city tour, we will hold a special meeting.
At that time, we request the following in order to arrange permits and documents:
- A copy of your passport and travel/health insurance documents with contact details
- Three passport size photos.
- Please have a notepad and pen handy in order to note information regarding the upcoming tour.
Additionally, we recommend that you maintain a separate photocopy of all important documents including traveler’s cheques and bank/ATM card contact numbers, international flight tickets, emergency contact numbers.
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