FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHY ORGANIZED?

Nepal is a country where time is almost irrelevant. The Nepali people generally take their time in getting things done. They are quite used to sitting around for hours waiting for paperwork to be processed. They are equally as prepared to wait for days for a delayed flight or a broken down bus. While this is a part of the life and experience of Nepal, travelers on a tight schedule and/or a tight budget may find these delays frustrating, stressful and a possible detraction from the enjoyment of their time in Nepal. Having your itinerary organized by a local trekking company such as Different Treks can give you peace of mind while we sort out any hassles. We like to ensure that your holiday experience in our beautiful country is one of good memories by having:

 

  • No waiting around for the paperwork.
  • No waiting for seats on buses or planes [allowing of course for weather conditions – it does snow here!].
  • All permits organized in advance.
  • All entry fees, trekking fees pre-paid.
  • Alternative itinerary, accommodation or transport arranged if you encounter bad weather, cancelled flights etc.
  • No problems with food or water – all prepared hygienically by your cook and kitchen crew.
  • No heavy packs to carry.
  • A guaranteed place to sleep each night.
  • Camping, cooking and eating essentials provided.
  • Supplies and staff hassles dealt with by the Sirdar.
  • Close contact with Nepali people through your crew.
  • Interaction with village people with song and dance evenings.
  • No time wasted in taking wrong trails and having to backtrack.
  • The opportunity to make lifelong friendships with Guide and porters having a well earned rest members of the trekking crew.
  • Access to trekking trails not usually frequented by trekkers.
  • Great evening entertainment with other trekkers often joining in with your group.
  • The satisfaction of contributing to the local economy through the employment of the trekking crew, purchasing of food and other essentials.

CHOOSING A TRIP

There are a plenty of ways in which your trekking in Nepal can be organized . You will need to take into consideration the time available, your budget, experience and personal preference. You can travel on your own or in a small group making all your own arrangements, join a group when you arrive, book with a trekking company in advance or on arrival, carry all of your own gear or hire porters/guides to help you and you can trek using tea-houses, camping or a combination of both.
We at Different Treks can organize your trek to your requirements for your maximum enjoyment at a very reasonable cost. We use experienced crew at all times and insure our crew against loss of earnings as a result of accident. Working with bureaucracy can be a very time consuming affair; we can save you that time which leaves you more time to enjoy what you came for – Nepal !
Tip: Bring a photocopy of your passport’s main page and visa.
Contact us by telephone, fax or Email when you have decided on the type of trip you wish to do. We will arrange all those necessary but time consuming details this end. On confirmation of your booking, we will require a 25% deposit. For your convenience and security, this can be paid into a direct deposit account. Details will be sent when you make your booking.
You will need to arrange:

 

  • Your transport to and from Kathmandu
  • Your Nepal Visa
  • Your travel/medical insurance (including rescue cover)

ABOUT COST

There are many variables which we take into consideration when costing your trek. To include them all in this page would make it very confusing. We suggest that you complete and send the booking/enquiry form and we will get back to you with a quote for your planned trip.
Be assured that Different Treks will give you value for your money. We pride ourselves on providing experienced, well equipped crew and in paying them a fair wage with good comprehensive insurance cover. You will always get the best available food and accommodation during your trek. If you can organize a party of eleven or more persons, the organizer goes free (excluding international fares and normally excluded items as per list).

CAMPING TREK

INCLUDED
  • Hotel In Kathmandu (as per itinerary, twin share basis, [B&B])
  • Domestic Land transportation
  • Crew Trek Leader, Sirdar, Guides, Cook, Kitchen Hands, Porters
  • Food Breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner
  • Tents Sleeping, dining, kitchen and toilet
  • Permits TIMS, State Entrance fee, All National Park and Conservation fees
NOT INCLUDED
  • Personal expenses – bar bill, drinks, phone, video/camera fees where applicable, etc
  • Meals Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Air fares Internal or external (unless quoted)
  • Rescue charges If applicable – you are advised to insure for this
  • Medical Insurance/expenses of trekkers
  • Tips for crew

TEA HOUSE TREK

INCLUDED
  • Hotel In Kathmandu (as per itinerary, twin share basis, [B&B])
  • Domestic Land transportation
  • Crew Trek Leader, Sirdar, Guides, Cook, Kitchen Hands, Porters
  • Food Breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner
  • Tents Sleeping, dining, kitchen and toilet
  • Permits TIMS, State Entrance fee, All National Park and Conservation fees
NOT INCLUDED
  • Personal expenses – bar bill, drinks, phone, video/camera fees where applicable, etc
  • Meals Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Air fares Internal or external (unless quoted)
  • Rescue charges If applicable – you are advised to insure for this
  • Medical Insurance/expenses of trekkers
  • Tips for crew

CHOOSING A TRIP

Travelling with children

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Travelling in a group

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Travelling solo

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Food, drink and dietary requirements

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Safety and medical information

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BEFORE YOU DEPART

Travel Insurance

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Visa Information

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Currency information

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What should I bring?

The following is a suggested list of clothing, equipment and personal effects you may consider bringing with you when you are doing an organized trek with us. Much of the gear can be purchased (or hired) in Kathmandu at reasonable prices (although not necessarily of long lasting quality) thereby saving on your baggage weight on the way over. At the end of your trip, you may consider donating items no longer required to your porter or guide – leaves room for taking home those souvenirs!!


Remember that what you bring someone (and it may be you) has to carry; so pack discriminately and CHECK THE WEIGHT – the porter usually carries two kit-bags, your tent and his own gear!! You will generally need warmer gear for those treks in the Everest Region than the Annapurna Region. Quantities are suggested only and will depend on duration of your visit. Be aware that here are baggage restrictions of 15 kilos on internal flights, should you need to use them.

 
Essentials for any trek:

Day pack: A small backpack in which you will carry your needs for the day – ie toiletries, camera, films, gloves, scarf, water bottle. Make sure it is comfortable to carry, preferably with good wide, padded shoulder straps and a waist strap.

Walking boots : Light weight. Remember to break them in and bring spare laces.
Rain proof jacket: With hood or a poncho. Make sure it is guaranteed waterproof.
Woolen shirt/ sweater: During the winter months these are essential. Sweaters can be bought in Kathmandu .
Long shorts / skirts: 1 – 2 pair, cotton
Cotton shirt : 1 lightweight long sleeved to protect you in the sun.
Sunglasses: 100% UV rating
Torch/headlamp: With spare batteries.
Sandals : 1 pair for use in the city and/or around camp. Good to use if you are doing any rafting activities.
Woolen socks: 2 pairs thick. Wearing thin cotton socks under thick woollen socks keep your feet warmer, helps prevent blisters and are easier to wash & dry.
Underwear: Whatever you think. It is not always possible to get washing done or dried on the trek.
Lightweight trousers : 1 pair – heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains during the night.
Strong plastic garbage: At least to line your kit-bag to keep your clothes dry.
Sunscreen : Waterproof and max. strength
Water bottle : 1 litre – make sure you choose one that will hold hot water. It is a good idea to have a bottle which has an insulated jacket. It can double as a hot water bottle in your sleeping bag at night and the jacket helps prevent freezing of the water.
T-shirts : 2 – 4, cotton
Moisturising cream For that dry air skin proble
Woollen beanie/balaclava For those cold nights and mornings. You should also consider a sun hat. Remember the UV is stronger at higher altitude.
 
Optional for all treks:
 
Optional for all treks: You may wear these in camp at night or when your boots are wet.
Rubber thongs: Good for showers (when you find one).
A track suit: Can be useful for wearing at night.
Gloves: 1 Pair – one pair lightweight. Mittens are useful for wearing while eating – army disposal ones are adequate.
Silk sleeping bag liner: youth hostel type, sleeping sheet can be very useful – it keeps you warmer, is very light and is easily washed.
Thermarest [innersheet]: self inflating sleeping mat will add greatly to your comfort at night. They are light to carry and roll up reasonably tight. You may find a 3/4 length suitable and they are much cheaper.
Camera and film: Make sure the batteries are fresh as there can be a problem with old batteries in the very cold conditions which can be experienced at higher altitude.
Safety pins: Big ones for hanging washing from backpack – dry while you walk! Don’t laugh – it’s done that way!!
Diary/book: If you wish to bring them make it a light one. They have to be carried and you may not get that much reading done!
Wet-ones : Good for hand cleaning where water not available.
Thermal underwear: Can save on you carrying heavier outer gear and are useful for sleeping in.
 
Additional requirements for higher altitude treks:
 
Windproof/waterproof trousers or over pants
Thermal underwear Can save on you carrying heavier outer gear and are useful for sleeping in.
Gaiters For snow regions
Gloves 1 extra pair of thick/insulted gloves.
 
We will supply:
Down jacket For those chilly nights
Sleeping bag Down filled with cotton inner liner
Sleeping mat Foam
Tent

Kit-bag

(with fly sheet) – 2 person
                           For the gear you don’t need during day. It will be carried by your potter & won’t be accessible until you reach camp each day.

Financial security

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ON YOUR TRIP

Your Health

 

Your enjoyment of your time in Nepal will depend a great deal on how healthy you are when you arrive and how healthy you stay during your visit. Your trek leader is experienced in dealing with ailments which you are likely to encounter during your trek. If at any time you feel unwell, let your trek leader know. Inform the trek leader of any medication you are taking and ask his advice before taking any other medication. Some medication may have a different reaction when used at higher altitudes. Personal hygiene is very important. Wash your hands using soap before any meals. We provide a bowl of warm washing water and soap at each meal stop.

Toilet facilities:  Throughout Nepal are usually very basic and toilet paper and soap are not often provided – except in hotels and some restaurants. We erect a ‘pit’ toilet tent at the lunch stop and the campsite. We also supply you with rolls of toilet paper.

It is advisable to carry with you a container of “wet-ones” for cleaning hands during the day. The Nepali people generally do not use toilet paper, they use water to wash themselves. Consequently, the left hand is not used for eating or passing things to each other. Worth remembering! !

Stomach upsets: It is common for many first time visitors to experience some stomach and associated upset for a short time due to the change in diet. This normally only lasts a few days. You should, however take some precautions to minimize your encounter with these problems. Trying the local food is part of the experience of travel but take care with what you eat and drink and from where you buy your meals -ask your guide .

Water: Be very careful about the water you drink. Even some bottled soft drinks can be suspect. Do not drink or clean your teeth with untreated water from the taps or from the rivers and streams. The water may look clean and refreshing, but many a bug is lurking there to catch the unwary traveler. This goes for ice too – make sure the ice is made from treated water. The water can be treated in a number of ways to make it fit for drinking. Boiling the water vigorously for about five minutes is usually enough but remember that at high altitude water boils at a lower temperature and all of the bugs may not be killed. The use of iodine to purify the water is recommended both as an effective and environmentally sound method of treatment. The tablet form is the most effective but you may need something to give a nicer flavour to the water afterwards. The use of bottled water is being discouraged because of the problem with the discarded plastic bottles. We provide you with boiled water for drinking and teeth cleaning. If you are not sure – ask your trek leader.

Food: As for the food – they say that if you can’t cook it, boil it or peel it don’t eat it. Salads and fruit should be washed in treated water or peeled where possible. Some restaurants advertise the fact that they use treated water in their food preparation. There is no need to become overly concerned but do choose carefully. The food you are served on the trek is hygienically prepared and should cause you no problems. You may experience some stomach discomfort until your digestive system gets used to the change in diet. This should last only a few days.

Few Nepali trekking words:  Bistarai – slowly: Chitto – quickly: Oraalo – downhill: Ukaalo – uphill: Jamjam – let’s go: Thakyo – tired

Tipping information

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Keeping in touch with home

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Accommodation and Transport

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