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Nepal Trekking Details

                        NEPAL TREKKING DETAILS

 

TIPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS WHILE TREKKING IN NEPAL

The Nepalese people are friendly and polite, but like all cultures have unwritten codes of etiquette. These codes may be very different and unrelated to what you are accustomed to. To help you, here are a few codes to remember when in Nepal. Most importantly, in the event of culture shock, be discreet!

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Cultural Customs and Expressions

  • The Nepalese peoples are invariably smiling, peaceful, courteous, and passive. Be the same.
  • “Namaste” is a universal greeting – use it everywhere. The meaning is “blessed be your qualities,” and is usually stated while placing your hands together with a bow.
  • Always take off your shoes before entering any religious structure or house, and leave your shoes outside with the soles down but never facing up.
  • Never ever enter a kitchen without first being invited.
  • Always pass stupas or chörtens to the left (clockwise).
  • Fire is sacred, especially among the Sherpas. Never burn rubbish in the fire.
  • Never eat or drink from someone else’s plate or cup.
  • Use only your right hand for bringing food to your mouth; your left hand is assumed unclean.
  • Avoid pointing your foot (and especially your sole) at anyone while seated.
  • The expression “thank you” does not exist. People are grateful without using those words.

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Your guide and team

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Your guide, from your arrival in Kathmandu until your departure, is responsible for the success of your trip and oversees your team. Do not hesitate to ask him questions, respect his position as the team leader, and above all to follow his advice! Often your guide is the only English-speaking member of the team.

In the mountains and, especially when during high-altitude travels, your guide is responsible for the safety of the group. The instructions he gives and remarks he makes to all participants must be carefully followed. The interest and safety of the trekking group must be preserved, even when it may be to the detriment of an individual member of the group

 

Your Nepalese team may consist of several people, each with different responsibilities. They are:

  • The Sirdar (or GUIDE LEADER) is responsible for and leader of the whole team, and is treated with respect by all. Often he has earned his position by starting as a porter and rising through the ranks
  • The Cook (only for camping trekking) is the cook: responsible for all meals.
  • Kitchen-boy (only for camping trekking): assistant cook, their number varies according to the size of the group. He helps the cook in a very active way, and this is the required step before one day becoming a head cook in a camping trek.
  • Assistant guide: is actively helping clients under the leader’s direction. Their number varies depending on the size of the group.porter's
  • porter is the load carrier for the trekking group. As Nepal is a mountain country with few roads, porters are employed to carry loads. Compliance with regulations and common courtesy dictates the maximum weight carried and the minimum wage paid. Porters are provided with gear based on the routes they follow, and with insurance for alpine treks.

Each trekker is allotted the following maximum weights per person: Lodge (tea house) Accommodations: 15 kg maximum; Tent Camping: 22 kg maximum; Expeditions/summit ascents: 20 kg maximum. The porters are given a premium wage for carrying loads over 30 kg.

 

Accommodations in Kathmandu

In Kathmandu, you will accommodate in a hotel. We use different hotels depending on availability. The two preferred hotels are:

Hotel Mum’s Home: Located in the heart of Thamel and Durbar Square, this hotel is ideal for walking the bustling streets of Kathmandu. The spacious rooms all have a bathroom, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi. A fully equipped and active dining room is available for all meals, and the breakfast buffet offers a wide choice of foods. The hotel offers currency exchange, laundry services, and luggage storage.

 Sampada Garden: Located just 20 minutes by foot from Thamel and  Durbar Square, this hotel is convenient for exploring Kathmandu. The rooms have all the necessary comforts for your stay: air conditioning, bathroom, and Wi-Fi. Breakfasts are served as a generous buffet. The hotel provides currency exchange, laundry services, and luggage storage.

 

Trekking Lodged (Tea Houses)

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In Nepal, lodges or “tea houses” provide trekkers with food and overnight accommodations. Typically the lodges have private rooms with two single beds, a common living/dining room, and a kitchen. The accommodations and comfort levels often decrease with altitude; wall insulation for heat and noise may leave much to be desired. Only the common room has a fireplace for heat, so in most seasons and at higher altitudes a good sleeping bag is essential.

Most lodges have low voltage electricity for LED lighting, but power for recharging batteries and for entertainment systems is unreliable. Trekkers should carry extra batteries and a power pack, or have a solar charger to recharge cameras, cell phones, GPS watch, and headlamp. Recharging your powerpack may cost 100 to 600 NRP depending on the lodge location and resources. Many lodges on the classic routes offer a slow internet connection via 3G/4G Wi-Fi for 200 to 600 NRP.

Toilets are basic and often located outside the lodge. Typically cold water showers are available, but these can be improved when augmented with a bucket of hot water purchase for 200 to 300 NPR. To prevent the deforestation of Nepal, we suggest that hot water be purchase only if warm by solar panels or gas. A bottle of hot water also is useful in warming a cold bed at night.

 

Foods During the Trek

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In Nepal, the national dish is “dal bhat,” meaning lentil rice. Invariably, white rice is accompanied by a lentil soup and a side dish of seasoned local vegetables, and tea. Unlimited portions are served. Nepalese usually have two meals of dal bhat daily. As described below, a trekker’s diet will have much more variation than dal bhat, and you will be offered a variety of side dishes and other choices to augment this basic meal. To bring you a greater variation and the best presentation in your meals, your guide will coordinate your meals with the lodge and trekking cooks. Your guide will also verify that proper sanitation is maintained in the food preparation.

 

Breakfast: Your Nepalese day starts with morning tea. You will have a choice of Tibetan bread, toast, chapati or pancakes, eggs (omelet, scrambled, or hard-boiled), and muesli or porridge.

Lunch: Depending on the location you may receive either a cold picnic lunch or a hot meal. The hot meal consists of stir-fried rice, pasta, potatoes, or curry with assorted vegetables.

Snack: Upon arrival at the evening camp or lodge around 4 to 5 pm, you will be offered a snack of cookies and tea. If you have a preferred snack, please bring it. You may be able to purchase a limited range of energy bars, dried fruits, nuts, Snickers Bars, and chocolate in Nepal.

Dinner: Usually served from 6:30 to 7 pm, dinner consists of a soup or a starter, a hot dish of dal bhat, pasta or potatoes with cooked vegetables, and a dessert.

Drinks: At each meal, encourage every trekker to drink two cups of tea or coffee as our guest. During other times, staying hydrated with water is an important personal responsibility. At some lodges, additional drinks are available but will be at your expense. Refer to the section on “Water” for more information.

Hard Days: On the day we cross a pass or have an exceptionally long distance to travel, we may skip breakfast and leave at or before dawn. If so, it is important to carry energy-intensive snack foods to help you maintain stamina.

Special Diets: If you follow a specific diet, have dietary restrictions, or specific allergies, please tell us when you register for your trek. Our guide teams will do their best to meet your request but have a variety of local constraints that make it difficult to guarantee your food requirements. It is very important that you consume sufficient food to maintain your energy levels. You may anticipate this by bringing a variety of high-calorie foods for your personal consumption to substitute for the local foods that are not acceptable for your diet.

 

Preparation for the Trek

Preparing for the trek requires several months of preparation with 4 to 5 hour walks every weekend for stamina and participating in a sport that required short periods of high exertion.

 

physical Effort

Trekking in Nepal consists of walking up and down valleys for 5 to 7 hours daily, at relatively high altitudes. On a difficult day, we may walk for up to 10 hours at very high altitudes. You must be in good physical condition to participate and enjoy this activity. Acclimatization to this high altitude is gradual and requires more than several days. Also, dehydration from the heavy exertion in the dry mountain air is a common problem that leads to cramps, weakness, and even altitude sickness, so drink plenty of water during the day. Inform the guide of your state of health, even in the event of mild disorders.

 

Medical check-up

Being in good health is essential to fully enjoy your Alpinist Club trip. If your last medical visit was more than four years ago, please get another general physical exam and tell your doctor the nature of your trip (climate, altitude, difficulty, etc.). The altitude also has the effect of reviving dental problems or other chronic pain, so getting a dental checkup is also prudent. If you are undertaking a high-altitude expedition, we advise you to consult a mountain medicine specialist.

Acute Mountain Sickness

This trip takes place at high altitudes, so some people may experience altitude-related discomforts like headaches, loss of appetite, swelling of limbs. Most of these symptoms usually go away within a few days, but sometimes they can develop into a serious illness: pulmonary or cerebral edema. There are no preventive drugs for AMS. Diamox diuretic is often effective for symptomatic relief, but you should first check with your doctor to verify that it is not contraindicated for you. Think about it before you go

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