FAQ

I’ve never been trekking in Nepal. How physically demanding is it ?  There are  many different styles of trek you can take. Some are only for a few  days and others can go for up to 3 weeks. A good level of  physical fitness makes the trek more enjoyable since it is less  physically demanding on the trekker. Typically one walks for 3 to 6  hours per day. Our guide can help structure a trek that fits your fitness  profile  .

Is hiring a guide essential ? Hiring a  guide and/or porter is an option, not a necessity. Guides offer a rich source of information for the  interested observer, have pre-arranged connections for the  best places to sleep, eat or stop for tea. Guides can structure a trek  to your pace. They can provide advice on what to eat when you are not  feeling well. Of course when you hire a guide or porter you are also helping my country by employing Nepalis  .

What about drinking water ?  Clean  bottled water is available along the major trekking routes but this poses a problem for disposal of the empty  plastic bottles and trekkers are encouraged to treat the local water. I provide my guests with fresh clean water daily by using a micro filter to purify the water  .

What’s the food like on the trekking routes ?  The Nepali people eat a meal of rice, lentils and vegetables twice per day. We call this dal bhat and it is available everywhere in Nepal. It is the preferred food for  all Nepalis. Trekkers who prefer something else have a wide variety of  meals to choose from including western favorites.

Is there an advantage to  using a trekking service based in Nepal?  Some advantages to using a Nepal-based trekking firm would  be: 1) treks can be customized to the individual; if you are alone or  in a small group of 2 to 5 people a trek can be quickly organized to  suit your temperament and time schedule; 2) costs are substantially  cheaper since there is no expensive overhead in the West; 3) you can  pick the guide and porter of your choice; 4) treks can be organized to  fit any time table; 5) all the money you spend on the trek stays in Nepal

What’s a typical day like on a trek ?  Usually  we start with breakfast at about 7 or 8 AM depending upon the trek for  the day. We are ready to take to the trail at about 9 AM. We stop about 1030 or 1100 for tea and  about 1 PM for lunch. In the afternoon we trek until 3 or 4  PM. The pace can be adjusted to suit the client.

What about altitude – could this be a problem for me ?  There is  no guarantee that you will not suffer some form of altitude (or  mountain) sickness. It can affect anyone regardless of age, sex or  physical fitness. Almost everyone can acclimatize if  sufficient time is taken along the route. A guide will ensure you are properly prepared  .

I would also like to do some white water rafting and mountain biking while in Nepal. Can I do that ?  White  water rafting is a very popular activity in Nepal. A rafting trip can  be organized when you are in Nepal. Mountain bikes are available for  rent in Pokhara. Paragliding is also very popular. We can arrange this for you. 

If you have any additional questions, please contact us.