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Frequently Asked Questions

1 Is previous hiking experience required to go on a trek?
2 What is the maximum altitude can I gain, if I am a first time trekker to the mountain?
3 Can I join a group trek?
4 What equipment should I bring?
5 Is it possible to get trekking equipment on hire in Nepal, or can NTA provide it?
6 Is a Trekking permit required?
7 What is Teahouse Trekking? And how it is organized?
8 What is Camping trek & how it is operated
9 What arrangements for drinking water are made while on trek?
10 What happens if I get sick?
11 Is communication to home possible while on trek?
12 What are your payment terms?
13 Does NTA accept credit cards?
14 What is the maximum weight allowed on domestic flights?
15 How many extra days should I allow in case of flight cancellation?
16 Will we meet the Maoist's on our trek ?
17 Are NTA's trekking crew insured?
18 What if the guide/porter leaves me alone the trail?
19 What is the best season for trekking in Nepal?
20 Can I trek in June and July?
21 What is the weather & temperature like?
22 What if I take more or less time on my trek than I had planned and paid for?
23 Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?
24

Is it necessary to take precautions against Malaria?

1
Is previous hiking experience required to go on a trek?
  As long as you are in good physical shape, you do not require any hiking experience for a short treks. If you are planning a trek longer than a week & in remote area, you should work out or do long day hiking practices at home.
2

What is the maximum altitude can I gain, if I am the first time trekker to the mountain?

  It does not matter if this is your first , second or third time going to the mountain. The main point is how NTA have designed your custom trek itinerary. NTA never allows you to gain more than 500m elevation on each day. We assure you that gaining this level of altitude every day, along with an extra acclimatization day when you are above 3,500 to 4,500m always keeps you safe to climb up even higher than 5000m. We will off course brief you of the all the safety precautions on arrival before your trek if we are going up to altitude.
3 Can I join a group trek?
  NTA has group departures almost every week in peak seasons. If these do 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?
 

The following is a list of suggested items that you should bring with you on any trek to ensure your own comfort and protection from the elements - particularly at altitude. It is not however exhaustive, and please feel free to contact us for further advice.

    • Down Jacket
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Sleeping bag
    • Hiking pants
    • Jumper
    • Personal towel
    • Trekking shoes/boots
    • Sunglasses T - shirts
    • Medical & first aid kit
    • Swiss army knife
    • Flash light
    • Batteries and bulbs
    • Sewing kit
    • Fleece
    • Gloves
    • 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
    • Rucksack
    • Sun hat
    • Insulated pants
    • Nylon windbreaker
    • Nylon wind pants
    • Camp shoes
    • Water bottle
    • Water purification tablets
5 Is it possible/easy to hire trekking equipment in Nepal, or does NTA provide it?
  Yes, you can hire mountain trekking gear in Nepal. NTA provides good quality trekking equipment to it's clients on a best available basis. Cost wise, hiring your trekking equipments with NTA should be much cheaper compared with excess baggage charge from home to Kathmandu. There are also many trekking shops at Thamel, in Kathmandu in particular, where you can easily rent or buy items like sleeping bags, down jackets, rucksacks and duffel bags. Please check with us before departure.
6 Is a Trekking permit required?
  The government of Nepal no longer requires a trekking permit for Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, and some other regions. However, conservation permit or National park permits are required for these regions. There are few restricted trekking areas in Nepal, where trekking permits are required.
7 What is Teahouse Trekking? And how it is organized?
  Please Click here for info.
8 What is Camping trek & how it is operated?
  Please Click here for info.
9 What arrangements for drinking water are made while on trek?
  You should bring at least a one-litre water bottle with you on the trek. We prefer that you purify water yourself using iodine in order to save scarce fuel. We can provide boiled water that you can use to fill your water bottle in the evening & before starting in the morning as well as in the afternoon at lunch time.
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What happens if I get sick?

 

The most important thing is DON'T PANIC. You should ALWAYS ensure that you have a well-stocked and appropriate medical kit as well as sufficient insurance in case you should have to be evacuated. A slight case of diarrhea is to be expected, as well as sprains and muscle aches – all a part of walking in the 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 litres 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 rest immediately. Lay down, drink water. If you are still feeling unwell 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 excellent site will tell you all you need to know, and also includes 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?
  There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls. For the remote area routes, NTA provides a satellite Telephone with 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?
  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 kilo's. While the helicopter shuttle system is operating the limit to Lukla is 15 kg.
15 How many extra days should I allow in case of flight cancellation?
  If you are flying from a remote mountain airstrip like Lukla, Jomsom, Simikot, Taplejung and Dolpo, we should keep at least two spare days before your departure for home.
16 Will we meet the Maoist's on our trek ?
  Please click here for the current political situation in Nepal
17 Are NTA's trekking crew insured?
  Our company insures for all our permanent & local trekking staff as well as medical, rescue and life.
18 What if the guide/porter leaves me alone the trail?
  Sometimes the porter/guide may go on ahead if you are walking slowly on an easy trail, usually to find a good place to eat or stay the night. However, this doesn't mean that you have been abandoned. NTA's porters or guides will never leave you for long periods.
19 What is the best season for trekking in Nepal?
  The best time for trekking in Nepal is October to early December and March/April. It is not very good trekking during the monsoon season from June to August except treks in the Himalayan rain shadow like Upper Mustang, Dolpo and Kailash.
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?
  Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. 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 photos. You need to be aware that it can get pretty hot and sunstroke can be a risk. Good polarizing sunglasses or glacier glasses (not trendy fashion ones) for high altitudes/winter treks, and a large brimmed hat are a necessity. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected!
Between 1000m and 3500m the temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to 5 deg C low. At higher altitude, the temperature ranges from 20 deg C to -10 deg C. During winter it is around 10 deg colder.
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, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. Outside of Terminal Hall, he/she will be displaying an NTA card with your name on it. Upon arrival, you will be transferred 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.