The following are the frequently asked questions. Please let us know if there is anything you are not clear/comfortable with or doubtful about. The following are common questions and does not cover specific regions, season and other factors of the coming time.
Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu, we stay in comfortable 3-5-star hotels with private en suite bathrooms. While on the trek, we stay at Nepalese lodges, which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and excellent traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private toilets, and dormitories with shared toilets.
At Everest Base Camp, we sleep in a tented campo with a big two-person domed tent on a sharing basis with separate kitchen and dining tents.
What Equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots. A complete equipment list gets supplied when you sign up. Many of the necessary items can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu, so don’t worry if you can’t buy everything where you live. The guides will check your equipment and clothing before departing from Kathmandu, so there will be time to obtain anything necessary if anything is missing.
Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! You need to tell us your flight details and how many extra nights you need, and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, suppose you would like to arrange a program of activities either before or perhaps after the trek. In that case, there is a range of options to choose from, including the jungle safari at Chitwan national park or maybe white water rafting on one of Nepal’s spectacular rivers, such as the Sun Kosi. Kathmandu has several not to miss UNESCO World heritage sites, and to visit all of them with time requires at least 3-5 days.
Do we join a group during trekking?
We do not join/mix groups in Nepal unless you come as a group. Therefore, the numbers of persons coming together with you are a group and served privately.
Can I have a single room?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.
What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the trek that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue and repatriation to your home country. In addition, you must ensure that it provides cover for trekking to altitudes above 4000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance schemes, so it requires you to manage on your own.
Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and the US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from entry to Nepal.
How fit do I need to be?
Anyone in reasonable shape and good health can accomplish treks and mountaineering in Nepal. Some days will be harder than others, but none require much more than 5 or 6 hours of walking each day, with a leisurely lunch stop to break up the day. There is no rush or need to keep up, and you are free to walk at your own pace. We would recommend that you undertake simple training or physical fitness training before the trek, such as a 30-minute walk each evening for a few weeks before the trek. Another exercise, such as swimming, bicycling and playing tennis, is ideal.
Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry most of our equipment, so daily, you need only take a very light day pack that should contain no more than the camera, water bottle, a selection of snacks, and a warm or waterproof jacket. Everything else needs to pack a large duffle bag and given to a porter each morning. The porter will carry the kit bag each day and deliver it to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter, as it can be difficult to access while trekking.
Will I be affected by altitude?
In Nepal, altitudes ranging from 3000 to 4000 metres are normal because there are permanent villages and vegetation. There are permanent settlements above the 4000-metre elevation in the Everest region, such as Dingboche, which lies at 4410 metres above sea level. This trek itinerary mostly takes place at altitudes around 3000 to 4000 metres, where you are unlikely to notice mild shortness of breath at the beginning of the trek. As the days go by, you will gain acclimatisation and feel more adjusted to the higher altitudes. At a height above 4300 metres, one may experience a headache caused by the thin air and lack of oxygen, but these symptoms usually pass quickly. Suppose you experience symptoms of altitude that does not go away. In that case, you will get accompanied by one of our Sherpas to a lower elevation, where you should quickly recover or take a helicopter flight to Kathmandu. But such a possibility is rare if we follow the itinerary and walking rhythm set by our itinerary and guide.
What currency do we need to pay for everything?
It would be best to have Nepali currency, to pay for everything, which you can convert after arriving in Kathmandu. You can bring in euro or dollar or any convertible foreign currency.
How much extra money should we allow on top of the package?
Most of the significant expenses get included in the trekking package; please check the cost includes and excludes section. Still, you need some extra money to bear the expenses, such as meals in Kathmandu, bottled drinks during the trek (Mineral water/Coke/Beer/Juice), laundry service, and a hot shower (the lodges do not include this service in the room!). In general, please, allow about 500$ per person, which should be sufficient and some more or less as per personal habits while on a trip.
What kind of transport are we going to get?
A comfortable, fully air-conditioned tourist vehicle (Car/Van/HiAce) as required by the numbers of persons travelling together.
What about the guide?
We provide government-certified local guides in any significant international language you require. The guides are not only fluent in the respective language but also have a good experience of the local culture and geography.
Do I need vaccinations to travel to Nepal?
No vaccination is required to travel to Nepal, but we suggest consulting with your doctor before travelling. You can get a vaccination in Kathmandu/Pokhara, but getting them before you travel is more comfortable.
How do I sign up?
All bookings must be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. To secure your place, we will require a non-refundable deposit of a minimum of US $200 or as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.
1. Bank Transfer –this is our preferred method. Payments should send in US Dollars to the following account:
Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT
2. Payment by a Card – can only process payments in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to Nepalese Rupees equivalent to the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.