Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
Can I join a group trek?
We have joining group departure every weekend in peak seasons. If one of these does not fit your schedule, we can arrange a special trek for you, whether you are traveling alone or with a few friends.
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 short treks. If you are planning a longer trek than a week, you should hike every day at home.
What equipments should I bring?
You should bring following items to be brought by a trekker to trek in Nepal. The personal items, in fact, are of individual interest, choice & the luxury. Besides, the most important fact he/she must consider is the time of the year, trekking days, region & altitude.
– Hiking boots with some ankle support
– Training type shoes
– Flip – flop or slippers for use around the camp.
– Cotton shirts, T- shorts, jeans, etc. for day use.
– Socks and underwear – 4/5 that can be easily washed and dried on daily basis.
– Trekking suits, light sweater, a wind proof jacket or lightly padded jacket, down jacket
– Umbrella, sun hat, waterproof gear
In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters carry heavy personnel items the trekkers are required to carry minimum items only. They have to carry their personal belongings that might need during the daytime. So, they are briefed to pack their items in two different bags.
Day Bag Pack
Camera and spare films
Needle and thread
What is Tea house Trek? And how it is organized?
A Tea house Trekking is enormously standard even if it is local run guesthouse. Tea house trek is very popular in the well – developed tourist regions including Everest, Langtang & Annapurna regions where western, continental meals, Nepalese meal (Dalbhat), and good accommodation with attached bathroom with hot and cold shower are available in most of the places. This type of trekking offers you good meal, good accommodation in the available tea houses & lodges. Since Tea house Trekking is comparatively expensive than camping, it is more suitable for both small groups as well as large groups.
What is Camping trek?
Camping trek is best called as Fully Organized Supported Trek. As exploratory or mountaineering expeditions, camping Trek is also organized in the same style. Camping trek includes a team of Guide, Cook, Sherpa, & Porters to give you accompany. Our porters carry all trekking gears, food, fuel, & personal belongings, & our cooks & assistant prepares hot meals & carry out, supervises the whole operations. Trekkers should carry only small bag or what they might need during the day. At night, they are provided dining tents, sleeping tents & toilet tents.They are also provided with mattresses and down sleeping bags, all of which are carried for them with the party. Even tables and chairs are carried.
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.
Where trekking permit is applicable:
For the general trekking areas such as the Everest, the Annapurna, the Langtang & Rara, trekking permit is not required. But the following places should be obtained trekking permit:
- Lower Dolpo and Kanchenjunga – Equivalent to US$ 10 per person per week for the first four weeks and US$ 20 per week thereafter.
- Manaslu – US$ 90 per person per week for trekking during Sept- Nov and US$ 75 per week during December- August.
- Humla- US$ 90 per person for the first seven days and US$ 15 per day thereafter.
- Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo – US$ 500 per person of the first ten days and US$ 50 per person per day thereafter.
Note: Only through registered trekking agencies, trekking to Dolpo, Kanchenjunga, Manaslu, and upper Mustang can be undertaken. Entrance fee is levied for visiting all National Parks, and Conservation Area. Children under 10 years are not required entrance fee.
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 /3 liters 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. Lie down, drink water. If you are still feeling unwell you may consider going down 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.
What are your payment terms?
We prefer 30 % advance deposit of total price of a tour in order to conform your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. Rest of the payment can be made after your arrival. For further info of payment terms and conditions, please visit www.mountaingotrekking.com (Terms & Conditions)
What is the maximum weight allowed on domestic flights?
The normal weight limit is 20 kilogrammes but for remote area is 15 kg. (Lukla, Jomsom, Phaplu Juphal, Simikot & Taplejung)
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.
Is it possible/easy to get equipment on hire?
There are several 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.
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.
Are Mountain Go Trekking & Expedition Agency’s trekking crew insured?
Our company insures all our trekking staff, including porters, Permits etc.
What arrangements for drinking water are made while on trek?
You should bring a one-liter 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 a limited amount of boiled water that you can use to fill your water bottle in the evening.
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. Mountain Go Trekking Agency’s porters or guides will never leave you for long period and will never steal your bag or belongings.
What is the best season for trekking in Nepal? Can I go trekking in the months of June, July & August?
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, Upper Dolpo, Mt Kailash to Mansarovar & Leh ladakh.
What is the temperature & weather 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 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.
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.
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 a play card of Mountain Go Trekking & Expedition Agency with your name on it.
How Can I get Nepal Visa?
You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport Kathmandu, you just need 2 passport size photos and following cash.
25 US dollars (or euro equivalent) for a 15-day visa (multiple entries)
40 US dollars (or euro equivalent) for a 30-day visa (multiple entries)
100 US dollars (or euro equivalent) for a visa from 31 to 90 days (multiple entries).
The visa is free for children under 10 years. For stays of less than 3 days, free visas no longer exist (take a visa “15 days”).
When you take your visa on arrival, check that the “sticker” is properly affixed: without it, your visa is not valid.