Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. What do you mean by a Teahouse Trek and Camping Trek?
The lodges available along the trekking trails managed by the local people are called teahouses. Hence, arranging trek in pursuit of enjoying the local food and lodging in those lodges prepared by the local people is called teahouse trek. Along the popular trekking destinations such as Everest, Annapurna and Langtang , we could find a lot of teahouses where we can enjoy food prepared by the local people and stay overnight. In teahouse trek, we require no camping gear. We simply take cameras, medical kits, and other things of a personal nature. A guide and a porter or two accompany you while on teahouse trek. Teahouse trek is comparatively cheaper than camping trek.
Arrangement of trek using camping gears such as foodstuff, tents, sleeping bags, medical kits and other relevant stuff which are carried by our porters and animals throughout the trek is called camping trek. In camping trek, we would be sleeping in the camps arranged by our porters and enjoy the food prepared by our cook. A guide, some porters (the number of porters differs with the size of trekkers), a cook and his helpers and some animals will accompany you while on camping trek. Camping trek is comparatively expensive than the teahouse trek.
Q. Can I obtain my visa upon arrival in Nepal?
Yes, you can obtain your entry visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. Besides, you can also obtain your visa at a consulate in your home country. In either case, you need to submit 2 (two) passport size photograph and the visa fee. Till the date, USD 30 is charged as visa fee for up to 60 days at TIA. Visit our website: http://www.agiletrek.com/visa_information_of_nepal.php for updated information related to visa.
Q. What should be the criteria of physical fitness to trek in Nepal?
There are no specific criteria of physical fitness to trek in Nepal. If you feel that you can walk normally along the trekking trails in the Himalayan region, one can easily trek in Nepal. It would be advantageous for you if you have past experience of trekking in any region of the world. If you do not have past experiences of trekking, you could just start walking in the trails prior to a month of arranging trek in Nepal. Each day offer new challenges. Some hills in Nepal are long and steep as well and majority of the trekking destinations are located in high altitude. Hence, there is high chance of altitude sickness. Therefore, you need to have basic idea of altitude sickness. If you lack the idea of altitude sickness, we would give an orientation class of altitude sickness and its solution prior to commence the trek. There is no age-bar for trekking in any destination of Nepal.
Q. I have never trekked before. Can I go for trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal?
Definitely, you can go for trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal even if you have never trekked before. To start trekking, you could just start walking in the trails prior to a month of arranging trek in Nepal. Just accumulate positive attitude. We are here to help you to make your trip in Nepal a grand success. Our trained guide will assist and guide you in all aspects while on trek.
Q. Which is the best season to trek in Nepal?
Nepal is a land of all seasons. Adventurous activities can be carried out throughout the year. Basically, after the completion of monsoon, trekking season starts in Nepal. Autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) are the best climatic seasons suitable for trekking in Nepal. However, in summer (June to August), we could arrange trekking in Lo Manthang (Upper Mustang), Dolpo and Jumla-Rara Lake. In winter (December to February), we could go to Koshi Tappu for bird watching, Chitwan National Park for jungle safari, bird watching, boating, etc.Besides, Shivapuri trek, Pokhara valley trek, Namo Buddha trek, Royal trek, Ghandruk-Ghorepani trek, Tamang Heritage Trail trek, etc. can be opted in winter season.
Q. What shall I have to bring while trekking in Nepal?
Rucksack, trekking boots, trekking stick, water bottle, personal sleeping bag, sun glass, sun cap, sun cream, rain coat, down/Gore-Tex Jacket, thermal trousers, gloves, warm socks, shirts, T-shirts, slippers, pullover, flash light, personal toiletries, camera, binoculars, reading and writing materials, medicine recommended by your doctor, etc are the few things that you need to bring while going for trekking in Nepal. for more details equipment list :http://www.agiletrek.com/equipments_and_clothing.php
Q. Is it necessary to use guide while on trek in Nepal?
There is no compulsion to use guide while trekking in Nepal. However, we recommend every guest to use our trained guide so that they could easily and safely complete their trek. Besides, the tourists can also learn the lifestyle, culture, tradition, history and nature without any trouble when they are with guide. Our guides also assist and guide our guests on the issues like: first aid, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), rescue methods etc.
Q. What will be done if I suffer from altitude sickness or any kind of sickness?
First of all, our guide will provide First Aid to you. If the case is serious, you will be transferred to the near by health post. If the health post could not heal your sickness, you will be immediately taken by helicopter or aero plane to Kathmandu for the treatment.
Q. How many miles do we walk per day while on trek?
There is no hard and fast rule of the distance to be covered and the time of trekking per day. It depends upon the physical fitness and interest of the guests. Basically, we trek about 5 (five) to 6 (six) hours per day. Almost all the trekking itineraries in our website are prepared basing on the principle of hiking 5-6 hours per day.
Q. What is your cancellation policy and terms or conditions?
If our clients fail to make their trip or want to cancel their program due to any unavoidable circumstances, the company will refund only 70% of the deposited amount. However, the information should reach to the office prior to 30 days.