What essential documents/items do I need to bring with me to travel Nepal?
You must bring a valid passport (must be valid for up to 6 months, keep an extra photocopy just in case), a copy of your travel insurance, cash, flight tickets, emergency contact numbers of insurance and family members and any medications.
Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal?
Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight site.
Can I obtain the visa for Nepal on arrival at the airport?
YES, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency and for multiple Entries of 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.
Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?
Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. He will be displaying your name.
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.
Do I need any extra documents?
Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 4 (passport size) photos for issuing visa and permit.
What sort of accommodation can I expect?
We use double or twin sharing rooms at three-star hotels and resort in Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, tea houses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and blanket.
We can also provide you sleeping bags if needed. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms.
Is there a possibility of getting separate rooms for the trip? If so how much extra will this cost?
During the trek, we will try our best but normally the lodges have twin sharing room. The lodges will provide a private room for one person when the room is free and additional cost is not required.
In Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara, if needed we will provide you the single room with extra cost depending upon standard of hotel.
What are the Toilet facilities in the tea house/guesthouse?
Most of the tea houses have western style flushing toilet. Some remote trekking, we have to use basic toilet facilities.
Where do we go to toilet along the trail?
At most cases, you can use the toilet provided by the tea houses/lodges on the trail but normally in case of emergency, you just do toilet along the trail wherever you find privacy.
What is trekking?
Trekking is an outdoor activity of walking for more than a day which may or may not involve camping outdoors. Trekking is series of ascents and descents walking through forests of rhododendron, bamboo, oak, and hemlock, visiting one or two villages each day from 5 to 7 hours which is 9 to 14 kms per day on average with a guide, cook and porters. Trekkers primarily achieve three things knowledge, pleasure and good health. When they walk from place to place, they can get an opportunity to observe the multiple components of nature which provide them knowledge and pleasure.
Types of Trekking
Camping trek is the typical style of trekking types of Nepal, camping trekking can be organized all over the country, which area is opened for the trekking. Camping trek is fully organized and supported, with a team of guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters to accompany you. All necessary trekking gears and other goods are carrying by our porters.
Adventures Trekkers can do camping trek in freshly open trails where there are no hotels and lodge, or less travelled areas such as Upper Mustang, Dolpo, Humla, Lake Rara, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Rasuwa at the north end of the Trisuli River, can be accessed by tented treks. Or in east; Makalu base camp, the Arun valley, Topke Khola area and the Kanchenjunga. Camping treks cover both alpine style and climbing treks.
Tea house treks
Tea house treks are the most popular type of trekking in Nepal.Tea house trekking means where foods and accommodations are provided in a guest houses. , Trekkers stop every night to eat and sleep at a local Tea House, this trek will make your trekking in budget. Teahouse treks are generally on the more popular and easily accessible routes of the Everest, Annapurna and Langtang ranges. Tea House offers you western, continental meals, Nepalese meal and good accommodation with attached bathroom with hot and cold shower in most of the places. Also telephone and internet service are available in each Tea House.
Trekking Grades in Nepal
Trekking in Nepal is graded accordingly on the basis of geographical location, altitude gain and duration of trekking time per day. This shows that there are numerous trekking sites from soft and easy to moderate, strenuous and challenging. Trekking in Nepal can be done by all levels of trekkers; if they think themselves fit and have strong willpower.
Easy/ Grade A trekking can be done by any age group. The walking is no more than 5 hours which involves less than 3000 meters of altitude gain and the total duration of trek is 7 to 10 Days. There are a plenty of opportunities to view the Himalayas and witness the local culture. Therefore it can be said as short and easy trekking trips in Nepal .The examples of this trekking grade are Trekking to Poonhill, Everest view trekking, around Kathmandu valley trekking etc.
Moderate/Grade B trekking activity comprises around 7 to 14 Days of week’s duration with an altitude gain ranging from 3000m to 5000m.Trekkers should be able to walk for around 6 to 8 hours of walk per day with mix of rough, steep and many ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ There would not be high chances of altitude sickness while joining moderate graded trekking adventure in Nepal. Good health conditions and level of fitness are essential.
Strenuous/ Grade C
Trekking would be around than 7 hours a day with more of steep ascends and mixture of rough/smooth walking on varied geographical locations. Considered to be harder therefore preparation for fitness and good health conditions are essential. However, you must be very fit for this sort of trip.
Very Strenuous/Grade D
Very strenuous trekking requires climbing and mountaineering skills and knowledge. The elevations range from 4000m to 6000m and approx. 7hours walking a day for the trekking in Nepal. , therefore one should be well prepared with physical fitness, health conditions, knowledge on acute mountain sickness too and previous experience. It covers very remote areas, traveling over snow-covered passes at an altitude of up to 6000meters. You may need to axes and crampons to cross the pass when there is heavy snow.
Challenging Trekking is only for those with an excellent level of personal experience and fitness and high tolerance levels. Altitude gain would be more than 6000 meters above sea level and trekking duration would be 16-28 days for going the trekking on the higher altitudes. . Most often snow covered passes are needed to be tackled professionally in safe way and claim to be daredevil extreme adventure enthusiast.
What types of food will be served during the trekking?
While trekking in Nepal, meals are prepared in tea houses, good standards of hygiene, fruit and vegetable soaked in iodine water before cooked. The food along the trail will be simple and a mix of local and international cuisine. If the trekking is camping trekking, then the trekkers will mainly be served with the local foods of Nepal and as well as continental and western foods. Due to the lack of electricity and refrigerators along our trekking route you will eat a largely vegetarian diet.
In Kathmandu you will find meals in good quality tourist restaurants. Most of lodges serve boiled and filter water which is safe. It is also possible to buy the bottle of mineral water in the trek.
Does your company organize domestic flights, hotel booking and other services?
Yes. Since we are Nepal based company we refer to arrange your international flights from your home. But domestic flight ticket, Kathmandu city tour, and your accommodation will be included in our package. If you like to organize individually river rafting, sightseeing tour, mountain flight, jungle safari can be organized according to your interest.
Do I really need trekking guide?
While visiting to Nepal, trekking guides is almost mandatory to trekking in Nepal for everyone. When you hire for your trip, this will be a lot more informative and memorable.
You get lots of knowledge about country. But if the trekkers is well experienced and have visited at different places of Nepal many times then s/he may not need the trekking guides. But trekking guide can play big role to make your trekking they will provide information about the trekking destination along with its surroundings. Similarly, if any problems arise during the trekking, then the guides will solve it easily and it will be rather difficult for the trekkers themselves to solve them.
Is Mountain Sun Valley Treks guides/porters insured?
Yes our company trekking staff including guides, porters, cooks, Sherpas all of them are insured. we have bought insurance for all our staff from Neco insurance.
Is trekking and travel safe in Nepal?
Yes Nepal is safe to Travel. Safety during the trekking or travel in Nepal is one of the prime concerns that every trekker or traveler want to know. In the past, Nepal has experienced political unrest, however since November of 2006, the signed Nepal Peace Agreement, between the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) has brought this unrest to a close. But now there is the situation of peace and tranquility in the field of trekking as well as in whole Nepal.Besides, the trekking stakeholders in Nepal are also forwarding several steps for the safety of the trekkers. Now after election democratic parties will lead the government and rule the nation that’s why the huge possibility has seen in safety. Yes. . There are pick pockets here, as you find in other countries so keep your belongings safe at all times. You need to take usual precautions as you would traveling anywhere in the world.
Do I need insurance for travel and trek in Nepal? Can I get it there?
You should buy medical and mountain evacuation insurance for trekking up 5500m. General travel and medical insurance for traveling in to Nepal. We suggest you to buy insurance policy in your country. We don´t have mountain rescue insurance over here in Nepal. Check with your home country travel insurance company which covers the rescue helicopter from the mountain up 5500m.
How much should I tip to my guide and porter?
Tips do not form any part of the wages of guides, porters and other trekking crews. But they are expected by the porters, guide, Sherpa and cook. It is a nice way of saying thank-you to someone who will play a large part in your trekking experience and who will prove invaluable to you on this trip. Our porters and guides will be paid more than working for other big tour and trek companies. We suggest tipping 10-20% of total trip cost. This amount must be given in Nepalese rupee. The porters live in small hill villages several days walking from the nearest bank or money changer. We will suggest you to be generous about tipping job they have done for you.
20.Is there any telephone/internet facilities, when we are on the mountain?
In the way in most villages along the popular trekking routes you can find telephone for international call. Popular trekking area like Annapurna, Everest and Langtang area, there are good coverage of cell phones. And there internet cafe some lodges have wifi service
What in case of altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness is one of the major problems while you will trek high altitude’s trekking destination of Nepal. But there are certain measures that can be applied while trekking at high altitudes which help the trekkers to avoid altitude sickness. Besides, if it affects any trekker then there are several provisions for the first aid and other medicines to recover. If the condition of the trekkers gets worst, then he will immediately transfer to the nearby hospital.
What happens if there is an emergency?
Our guides are trained with first aid and have basic knowledge about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. If an emergency occur then we will cover initial expenses of rescue operation as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. For minor cases there are health posts established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.You can bring power bars, cereal bars and similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration.
Do I need to bring First Aid Kit?
Our Guides carry a comprehensive medical kit. But you should bring your own personal kit and carry it with you when on the trek. It should contain antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, headache pills, diarrhea treatment, re-hydration salts eg Dioralite, Lemsip, plasters and Compede for blisters.
How safe Women traveling alone with your company?
We are aware about safety of female travelers. We completely guarantee the safety of the women traveling or trekking with us. We will give you a private room sharing with another female on lodge trekking. If there no other female on the group we try to provide the private room most places where is possible. On the most trekking area higher up on the route there are very limited accommodation for everyone have to share the room with fellow trekkers. We can’t guarantee single room due to limitation accommodation availability. We provide female friendly guide and porter. We are female friendly Company.
What currency should I bring to Nepal?
We advise you to bring US dollars /British pound s/Euros to pay for your visa, trip cost and other expenses. Most major currencies are usually accepted also. It is always better to travel with US dollars.
Does Nepal have good quality banking facilities?
Nepal has reasonable banking facilities having branches of some international local commercial banks almost all foreign currency along with credit card such as Visa and Master card are broadly accepted. ATM is widely available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There is some ATM in bigger town on treks. Some trekking area has bank and ATM, they might not be reliable.
How early should I book my trip?
We recommend you to book your trip in few month advances. Even you arrive and want to organize your trip we accommodate last minute bookings. However, for Trekking like Everest region we need to reserve the flight so we highly recommend earliest is best for us.
What are your payment terms?
You need to pay 30% of total trip cost as advance deposit to confirm reservation before arriving to Nepal and remaining balance of the payment shall be paid when you arrive to Kathmandu.
How much extra spending money should I bring?
This depends on the destination you will travel or trek. There is something you spend your money on throughout the trek other than the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, hot shower on the trek, Tipping and shop round on the trek. On the other hand Kathmandu is a shopper’s paradise. Frequently purchased items include hand-woven Tibetan carpets, hand knit woolen goods, hats, outdoor clothing and equipment, cashmere clothing, shawls, pashminas, Buddhist memorabilia, carved masks, puppets, wood carvings and jewellery etc. You can only buy Nepalese Rupees in Nepal. There are ATM’s in Kathmandu where you can withdraw Nepalese Rupees Credit cards can be used to purchase expensive items but there will be an additional charge for this service.