1. Is previous hiking experience required to go on a trek?
For short hiking, you do not need any hiking experience if you are healthy or in good physical condition. But, regarding long treks of more than a week, you have to practice hiking in your home or start work out.
2. What is the maximum altitude can I gain, if I am a first time trekker to the mountain?
If you are in good physical shape, altitude does not matter. No need to worry even if it is going to be your first experience. Main concerned regarding trekking is the design of itinerary. We design it in such a way that you will be allowed to take not more than 500m elevation each day. In order to keep your trekking safe we arrange acclimatization day above 3,500 to 5,000m. Besides, each day before we begin our trek we brief you about safety precautions
3. Can I join a group trek?
Yes, you can join group trek as NTA has group departures almost every week in peak seasons. If it does not fit with your schedule, we can arrange a special trek for you, whether you are traveling alone or with some other friends.
4. What equipment should I bring?
Here below is list of suggested items that you have to bring while going on trekking. It will ensure your safety and comfort. In this matter you can contact us further.
• Down Jacket
• Waterproof jacket
• Sleeping bag
• Hiking pants
• Personal towel
• Trekking shoes/boots
• Sunglasses, T - shirts
• Medical & first aid kit
• Swiss army knife
• Flash light
• Batteries and bulbs
• Sewing kit
• Woolen hat
• Long underwear
• Sun lotion
• Sun block for lips
• Mountain trekking boots Polypropylene/wool socks
• Full sleeved shirt
• Woolen socks
• Light cotton socks for under wool socks
• Sun hat
• Insulated pants
• Nylon windbreaker
• Nylon wind pants
• Camp shoes
• Water bottle
• Water purification tablets
5. Is it possible to get trekking equipment on hire in Nepal, or can NTA provide it?
Yes, you can hire mountain trekking gear here in Nepal. NTA provides good quality trekking equipment to its clients on a best deal. Hiring trekking gear through NTA is much cheaper for you in comparison to excess baggage charge from your home to Nepal. You can even purchase or hire these things yourself at Thamel in Kathmandu as there are many shops which provide or sell trekking gears. You can also hire items like sleeping bags, down jackets, rucksacks and duffel bags. Please check with us before departure.
6. Is Trekking permit required?
No, trekking permit is not required for Everest, Annapuran, Langtang, and some other regions. But, conservation permit or National park permits are required for these regions. In case of restricted trekking areas trekking permits are required.
7. What is Teahouse Trekking? And how it is organized?
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8. What is Camping trek & how it is operated?
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9. What arrangements for drinking water are made while on trek?
We request you to bring a liter of water bottle at least for trekking. To save scarce fuel, we prefer that you purify water yourself by using iodine NTA can provide boiled water that you can use to fill your water bottle in the evening & before starting the trek in the morning as well as in the afternoon at lunch time.
10. What happens if I get sick?
NTA will take care of you if you get sick while on trek. You just DON'T PANIC. But, at the same time you should have appropriate medical kit and sufficient insurance to evacuate you safely. A slight case of diarrhea or sprains or muscle achesis no big deal as they happens due to walking in hills.
Altitude sickness is extremely dangerous but mostly avoidable if you follow a few simple rules: trek high and sleep low, drink at least 2 liters of water per day (not including beer or soft drinks!), and BE SENSIBLE. If you feel shortness of breath, a slight headache or dizziness, tell your porter/guide and take rest immediately. Lie down, drink water. If you still feel uneasy you may consider going down a few hundred meters. Do not pretend you are okay, and do not go down alone. A descent of a few hundred meters overnight may be enough to make you fully able to start trekking again tomorrow. For more information, please visit at www.high-altitude-medicine.com. This site will tell you all you need to know, and also include a phonetic Nepali questionnaire for your porter. Porters are just as prone to altitude sickness as everyone else is.
Note: NTA's guide porters are well trained in first aid treatments & are very knowledgeable regarding altitude sickness in the mountains having attended the different training courses held by KEEP, and other Government & Non Government organizations.
11. Is communication to home possible while on trek?
Yes, there are telephones facilities in many villages in popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls. For the remote area routes, NTA provides a satellite Telephone to the groups.
12. What are your payment terms?
We prefer 20% advance deposit of total price of a tour in order to conform your reservation 3 months before you arrive in Nepal. The rest of the payment can be made after your arrival.
13. Does NTA accept credit cards?
Yes, we accept American Express, Visa and Master cards for advance payment. If you are paying in person in Nepal, we request that you pay in cash or Travelers cheques as the bank charges for credit cards are quite high.
14. What is the maximum weight allowed on domestic flights?
The normal weight limit is 20 kilograms whereas; the helicopter shuttle system operating to Lukla is 15 kg.
15. How many extra days should I allow in case of flight cancellation?
In case of remote mountain airstrip like Lukla, Jomsom, Simikot, Taplejung and Dolpo, you should keep at least two spare days before your departure for home.
16. Will we meet the Maoist's on our trek?
Maoist is no big deal these days as they are already in main stream politics. Nine years ago, it was a matter of concern. Politically as well as from other sides, Nepal is now safe place to visit.
17. Is NTA's trekking crew insured?
Yes, they are. Our company insures all our permanent & local trekking staff as well as medical, rescue and life.
18. What if the guide/porter leaves me alone the trail?
No, our guide/porter will not leave you alone in the trail. Sometimes porter/guide may go ahead of you if you are walking slowly on an easy trail. They usually do this to find a good place to eat or stay at the night. However, this doesn't mean that you have been abandoned.
19 What is the best season for trekking in Nepal?
October to early December and March and April is best time for trekking in Nepal. Trekking is not preferred from June to August as raining season begins at this time. But, for the trekking in the Himalayan rain shadow like Upper Mustang, Dolpo and Kailash this (June, July and August) is prefered.
20. Can I trek in June and July?
There are some treks available at this time of year in the region. However, the more popular Everest and Annapurna regions are not great at this time.
21. What is the weather & temperature like?
It is hard to predict weather in the mountains. Of course, at night it is generally cold, and in winter the days can be quite beautiful if the sun is out. There can be snow or rain storms any time of the year. Trekking in spring (March – April) is particularly lovely as the rhododendrons are in full bloom, and the mountains still have plenty of high snow to enhance your photographs. Regarding temperature, expect the unexpected!
Between 1000m and 3500m the temperature could be as high as 20 degree Centigrade to 5 degree Centigrade low. At higher altitude, the temperature ranges from 20 degree Centigrade to 10 degree Centigrade. During winter it is around 10 degree.
22. What if I take more or less time on my trek than I had planned and paid for?
A trekking holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. In fact, most of the time it isn't even about the end point. Walking in the mountains is about enjoying the beauty of the people and places. You pay the porter/guide per day, and any differences can be made up on your return. Remember, it's your holiday and so long as you enjoy your trip the time taken is mostly irrelevant. You may find that weather or illness means you have to turn back, sit it out or take another route. No problem!
23. Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?
Yes, NTA’s airport representative will be there at airport to pick up you. Outside the Terminal Hall, he/she will be displaying an NTA card with your name on it. He or she will transfer you to hotel or our office.
24. Is it necessary to take precautions against Malaria?
It is not necessary to take Malaria prevention medicine unless you will be visiting a Jungle Lodge.