Bring with you

Two passport photos and a photo copy of your passport.

Visa

You can get your visas either in the UK or on arrival at Kathmandu airport.

If getting them on arrival, make sure you have six months left on your passport, plus a passport photo and $40 in cash. Let me know and I will send you a visa application form, for either on arrival or getting it in the UK.

Money for Trek

Most people ask me, how much they should take on trek with them. There is no fixed amount for this, as everybody is different. For your meals you should budget around £15/£20 . Snacks are aso available along the trail, eg. chocolate, biscuits, coke) bottled water is available at all the lodges and we usually give a tip for the Sherpas and porters at the end of the trek.

Changing Money

It is easy to change money in Kathmandu, as there are many money exchangers, and the rates are all the same. It is best to do this as soon as you arrive at the nearest exchange to the hotel. (rates at present are around 143 rupees to the pound)

Water

Be careful with water: Do not drink or brush your teeth with the tap water anywhere even in your hotel. Get a bottle of water or bring some sterilising tablets with you.

It is advisable to drink as much as you can while trekking, there is bottled water available to buy in most places.

While on trek please do not wander around the lodges half naked.  It is not in the culture to do this, so please respect their wishes.

Alcohol

I would recommend anyone not to touch it on the way up. It is very bad for inducing altitude symptoms and also masks the symptoms. Wait till Namche on the way down before you celebrate.

Health

Let your guide know straight away when any of you are not feeling well!!!

It does not matter how small the matter is, let me know at any time of day or night. Also keep your eye on your partner or friend, to see if they are ok.

On Trek

We will have a guide at the front and one at the back, try and stay somewhere in the middle. It is very easy to take a wrong turn of the main path, and then we may spend hours looking for you. Keep one of the group member, or preferably a guide in your sight. This is Buddhist country,  please respect their culture while you are there. On the paths you will see what they call Mani walls, these are long walls made of stones inscribed with Buddhist symbols. Always keep these on your right hand side when passing them.

Showers are available at most lodges for a small extra charge. Let the guides know and he will arrange it for you. When we arrive at the lodges in the afternoon, we can arrange to have an urn of hot water for washing.

If you want a body wash, then you can take it to your room for more privacy. If you need to wash any clothing, this is best done on arrival in the afternoon, then you can get a few hours of sun to dry it.

Medicine

We carry and extensive medical kit, but if you have any medicines that are particular to yourself, please bring these with you, and let the leader know, what medicines you are taking.

Flight Ticket

Your flight ticket and insurance will be left with our agent in Kathmandu, who will reconfirm your flight for you.

Trip Safety

Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind.

Your crew will be equipped with local phones and extensive medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary. We are never far from access to our 24-hour emergency back-up in Nepal. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate.

Accommodation

Accommodation comprises of teahouses (simple but comfortable mountain lodges), 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu.

The hotel in Kathmandu is comfortable with private bathroom and hot water. The teahouses are plain and simple and are run by individual families. The most common ‘best memory’ of a trip to Nepal is the warmth and hospitality of the local people and the evenings spent in the teahouses along the route. Please do not expect the same standards as you would in the UK!

Trekking Distances

Because of the varied terrain and lack of accurate maps, it’s impossible to give accurate daily distances. It’s also much more useful when training to think about the hours you need to walk for!

Fitness

Designed to be challenging!

This trek is designed to be challenging for those of good health and fitness, and is achievable for most people

provided they train well in advance. Training for the challenge is all part of the preparation and requires commitment! Without it, you will find the trek less enjoyable – and we want you to have the time of your life!

Terrain is varied as the route lies through valleys, forest and high mountain passes; paths are generally very good.

It is challenging mainly because of the altitude at which we are trekking. The trip is designed so that there is plenty of time to acclimatise to the altitude but you may still feel effects such as headaches and shortness of breath when on the move. You may want to read about altitude and its effect on the body, it will help explain the need for rest days and a slow but steady pace. Altitude sickness.

Everybody will get a bit of a headache, the key to preventing altitude symptoms is to go Slow, especially the fit ones amongst you.

We have Diamox available, which helps people to acclimatise and sleep better.

Children’s Clothing

We have been distributing childrens clothing to families of porters for many years. If you have space in your suitcase, and have any spare childrens clothing these items would be greatly appreciated.