PREPARATION FOR A TREK: You do not need to be a mountaineer or athletic to enjoy trekking in the Himalaya. If you are reasonably fit, have a sprit of outdoor activities and able to walk each day 5 to 7 hours comprises ups and downs; you qualify. However good physical conditioning will probably help for the maximum enjoyment of treks. For most treks, we recommend a programme of sports, running, cycling, walk involving ups and downs or aerobics couple of months before departure to Nepal.
SELECTION OF YOUR TRIP: There are number of options to choose holiday trips in Nepal. The best method to decide where, when and how to go is to discuss your interests, time frame, fitness and expectations with TE's management. You can make an idea talking with our previous visitors as well. Please write or call us for reference. We arrange two types of trekking and two types of mountaineering.
Camping trek: The traditional style of trekking; clients are led by a guide accompanying by a team of cook staffs and porters or livestock carriers with all camping plus kitchen equipment and food. You should carry only your day pack with camera, water bottle, journal, batteries, etc. and your luggage with all your cloths, sleeping bag, etc. will be carried by porters to the camp. You spend night single or double in roomy double tent on thick sleeping pad. Your day begins with wake-up call (usually between 6.30 and 7.30) with a cup of hot drinks followed by warm wash water for washing and breakfast. Breakfast will be served at table set by staffs and hot lunch will be served at noon picnic style, eat your dinner at private dinning tent and have the facility of toilet tent and camp area. Sherpa staffs accompany you on the trail, set up camp and are ready to help at any moment to cross the bridge or find right way. Your guide takes you to show monuments, temples, villages view points and shares fascinating encounters. The cook staffs take every precaution to assure clean, tasty and healthy food to the clients and staffs.
Teahouse trek: In Teahouse trek, you will accompany by guide and porter staffs, you carry only a day pack. Most popular trekking trails offers excellent teahouses along the route you trek. Your guide chooses the best lodge available where you spend night. You will share the family environment of the people eating local and continental food prepared in home kitchen and making friends along the way with locals and fellow trekkers.
Trekking and peak experience:
Major Mountaineering Expeditions:
For trekking peaks and mountaineering, please see over mountaineering section.
FOOD: Except teahouse trek, meal is prepared by our cook staffs simple but hygienic, nutritious and delicious. Each main meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) contains at least 4 varieties with the choice of hot drinks.
Drinking water: On each teahouse trek, best tasted water filter will be sent for the purpose of purifying the drinking water. In camping trek our cook staffs will provide boiled water for drink. In Kathmandu, we suggest you to stay with mineral waters. You can buy a bottle of water (1litre) costs about NRs.15 to 30, depends on where you buy in shop or restaurant. The tap water is not drinkable since it's not purified.
PERSONAL HYGIENE: A limited amount of warm water will be served each morning for washing (on camp trek). Teahouses usually have showers. On rest days trekkers may want to wash clothes, bath from streams or rivers with biodegradable soap.
EQUIPMENT: We provide mountaineering tent for camp trek and other necessary equipment. We send you a complete list of equipment and other accessories which will need to bring, but generally you need to be well equipped for cold weather with sleeping bag, warm jacket, rain suit, T-shirt, hiking boots, sunglasses and toiletries. Most of the equipment can be rented or buy in Kathmandu but we prefer you to bring from home as local made are not perfect.
HEALTH PRECAUTIONS: Check with your doctor and make sure that you are as healthy as possible before you leave home. The most common health problem is diarrhea. We minimize the risks by eating most of our meals in camp (except on the teahouse treks). Tamang Expeditions will attempt to secure but does not guarantee, the services of medical services are severely limited or non existent in remote areas. However a well equipped first- aid kit will be carried and the trip leaders or guides are trained in first aid.
BOOKING INFORMATION: Please, contact us in well advance (at least 30 days before you expect trip) when you wish to join for a trek with us. For climbing we need booking before 3 months. We forward you the trip booking form and payment information on request.
ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU: Kathmandu has wide range of standards hotels. There are Internationally recommended 4 and 5 star hotels, nice cozy middle class hotels and guest houses and budget guest houses. In general, our package programme cost covers the few night's accommodation in Kathmandu in 2-3 star hotels and guest houses. However we can arrange any standard accommodation in specific hotels on request.
THE CLIMATE and WEATHER CONDITION: Mostly busy trek season is: September to mid December and mid February to May. But it's possible to trek at any time of year depending on where you are interested to trek. December, January and February are the coldest months, when the temperature above altitude line drops below 0 C, so trekking is risky up high. June, July and August are the rainy months when the snow melts in the mountains and the days are usually cloudy.
Be a friend of nature and culture: (TREKKING GENTLY)
Nepalese are friendly and hospitable by nature and the tourist in general will have no difficulty in adjustment. Of course, visitors may confused regarding some customs, traditions and manners as in coming into any unfamiliar society. Nepal like any other country has its own ways of regulating life though it might be different in degrees to each individual visitor. We want you to observe and see the way the Nepalese people live and share that with them. It is in this spirit we let you know some guidelines that could help make your stay in Nepal delightful, homely and rewarding.
When in trek:
Finally, we sincerely request you to enlighten your porters, sherpas, guides, villagers or friends to respect nature and how to conserve it. With your help, our natural beauty will be alive for generations in turn, Nepal's gift to you will be vibrant living memories.
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