1What is the best time for trekking?
Our trekking season starts from mid- September and ends in May. From early September, the monsoon rain decreases. From mid-October to December, the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights and clear views. Daytime temperatures can reach 25°C at low altitude and night temperature can drop to 5°C at higher altitudes. Weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable at any time of year. It is essential to be prepared for any conditions as freak storms and unseasonal temperatures can occur.
2What is the weather like?
Nepal has a typical monsoonal two-season year. There is dry season from October to May and wet season (the monsoon) from June to September. September-November, the start of the dry season, is in many ways the best time of year in Nepal for trekking because the monsoon just ends and the country-side is green and lush. At this time, Nepal is in its most beautiful looks and Nepalese are enjoying the colorful festivals.
3Do I need to be an experienced trekker?
Not really, but you do need to have a well-developed sense of adventure and preparedness for rough situations. People from the age of early twenties to late sixties have trekked with us. Some of them had years of trekking experience and some with a very little traveling experience and some who simply dreamed of coming to Nepal have gained a good trekking experience with us. However, you need to be fit for mountain trekking. Walking in the mountains requires stamina not just aerobic fitness. This however is not rule of thumb. You need to be fit to walk up and down hill approximately 4 to 6 hours a day. As some of the trekking is reasonably challenging over steep and uneven ground. You can even choose alternative routes if you wish to take less challenges.
4What is the difference between lodge trekking and camping trekking?
In the popular areas, we stay in lodges run by friendly local hosts who offer basic accommodation and simple food. On lodge trekking, we will buy meals from the lodge owners. On camping trips, we use tents for the accommodation and we will provide all meals which are prepared by our cooks while on trekking. Camping Trekking There are few better experiences than trekking under canvas in wilderness Nepal. The freedom, fresh air and exhilarating views make an unforgettable experience in this country of contrast. Camping trekking is the classic style of trekking in Nepal and can be conducted almost anywhere in Nepal. It is quite lengthy, fully organized outfitter completed with guide, cook, assistant guides, kitchen boys, kitchen and camp helpers, porters for fuel provision for delicious food. Camping trekking in Nature Trails is based on team work where everyone contributes as it is more about enjoying in the journey than in the destination. We provide hygienic fresh foods without harmful chemical, minimize use of canned foods and avail fresh fruits and vegetables as much as possible. Lodge Trekking (Tea House trekking) Staying in local inns and lodges is known as Tea House trekking. Unlike camping trekking, we do not need to carry lots of equipment on lodge trekking. We only take our necessary gears and porters to carry them. Our English-speaking trekking guide will assist in arranging places to accommodate, while the porters carry all your gears apart from your day sack with your personal possessions. We sleep in the local lodge with proper hospitality. The fresh and hygienic foods will be supplied from the local lodges wherever we reach. Lodges in the hills provide a special meeting place for trekkers from around the world. You will have a good opportunity to see how people in the hills of Nepal live, work and eat and you will develop at least a rudimentary knowledge of the Nepalese language.
5What is the food like?
In most of the places we visit, local food is a highlight and we try to pass on our enthusiasm and advice. While away from main towns, all meals are provided. In main towns, arrangements are usually bed and breakfast only, leaving you free to try the local restaurants and cafes. During a Tea House trekking, you will have breakfast and dinner in the Tea House; lunch will be taken at one of the trail side restaurants. During a Camping Trekking, all food will be cooked by our experienced cooks. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentil soup). All Tea Houses of our routes have variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants. Many of them have western food on menu as well.
6What problem can arise on altitude?
Our trips can take us to remote areas where medical aid may be unavailable. We ensure that our trekking guides are competent in ‘wilderness first-aid’ and we carry medical kits but we advise you to carry your personal medical kit as well. We strongly recommend that you get a medical and dental check up before your trekking. While traveling we recommend caution, especially regarding meat, water and general hygiene. We have an excellent record of avoiding illness and AMS, largely because of our willingness to adapt to each country’s eating customs. For safety, comfort and enjoyment we have planned the days carefully. We will provide you with more detailed information with your inquiries, and are always happy to discuss any concerns you may have prior to the trip.
7What will happen in case of emergency?
We are prepared for any emergency situation and aware of how to handle it. Our guides are trained in wilderness first aid and can deal with the basic ailments that occur during a trekking. Every client should have his/her own insurance before coming to Nepal because in case of emergency helicopter evacuation, medication, etc might be required.
8What about environmental impact?
Though environment in Nepal is extremely unpredictable, we work responsibly to minimize the impact of environment to our customers.We strongly believe that adventure travel revolves around establishing a sound working relationship with the people and environments wherever we trek.
9What gears you will be provided?
Both in case of camping and lodge trekking, we provide Gear package including kit bag (at the end of the trip, you can keep as a souvenir), sleeping bag and liner, sleeping mat and down or fiber filled jacket on trekking.