An entry visa can be obtained upon arrival at the Kathmandu airport. 1 passport photo is required. Estimated cost is US $30. Alternatively a Visa may be obtained from the Nepalese Embassy in your country.
You do not need to be a super fit athlete to visit the Himalayas. You need no 'mountain climbing' skills. You do not need to endure great hardship. Anyone in reasonably good shape and participating in regular exercise program can feel confident undertaking most tours and treks. Nearly all treks involve a lot of walking onwell-worn paths from village to village. Even the occasional snow filled pass does not involve any technical climbing.
For the Moderate to Adventure level treks you need a high fitness level, which allows you to thoroughly enjoy your surroundings. Prepare yourself starting at last 3 months in advance with a fitness and exercise program including swimming, running, sustained walking, aerobics, etc. People in good health and who are physically fit will have no problems. A positive attitude is the most valuable asset to bring on your trek! How many miles do you walk each day? It's best to measure your trek in hours rather than miles. On most treks you will walk at your own pace from four to six hours per day with a lunch of one or two hours scheduled at mid-day.
Please Note: Mountain Sickness: (altitude sickness) - occurs as the result of failure to properly adapt to high altitudes and can affect anyone regardless of their age or level of fitness. Usually occurring at altitudes over 2000 meters. Poor acclimatization produces headaches, nausea, sleeplessness, irregular breathing and swelling of fingers and glands. Treatment is to descend to lower altitudes as quickly as possible, which normally results in rapid improvement and recovery. Our routes are carefully planned to ensure proper acclimatization. Occurrences of mountain sickness are rare. However, it must be stressed that although people get headaches for other reasons you must inform your trek guide immediately if you are suffering.
No vaccinations are required for entry into Nepal. However, please consult your physician for any recommended vaccination, inoculations or booster shots. For example: Malaria, Hepatitis, A, Tetanus Polio boosters, Meningitis, Typhoid, Cholera, Rabies. This should be done several months before departure as some vaccinations cannot be given with others and some need time to become effective.
A small day-pack containing your drinking water, camera, raincoat, sunglasses, etc. Porters and pack animals carry your baggage and all the heavy gears. A high quality, down or poly fill sleeping bag is beneficial. For camping trek, foam mattresses, two men tents and cooking materials are provided. Two- person mountain expedition approved tents are provided with sewn in floors and zippered screens for high altitude peak climbing camping trips. Please Note: any personal medical supplies and special medications that you may require are your responsibility. You must ensure that you prepare carefully and bring adequate supplies for the trip.
Daytime temperatures range from 10 to 21 degrees C. Night time from 4 to -15 degrees C. (Night temperatures can be even colder at high altitude)
Three hearty and healthy meals are provided each day of trekking by specially trained camp cooks who will surprise you with delightful and varied meals. All water used for cooking and drinking is bottled or purified using iodine. Every precaution is taken to ensure your good health. It is advisable to bring your own tablets to purify water and carry your own metal water bottle to AVOID BUYING PLASTIC BOTTLED MINERALWATER. While on lodge trek, all meals are provided in available lodges/restaurant.
While you are on a camping trek, a short distance from your campsite latrine will be dug and small tent erected for your privacy. On the trail you'll soon become adapt at finding a private place to answer that call of nature. You'll have a pan of hot 'washing water' delivered each morning to your tent for sponge bathing or washing clothing. Hand washing water is provided before each meal. Trekkers soon learn to enjoy bathing plus washing their hair and clothes in rivers near their campsite. While you are on a lodge trek, depending on the lodge facilities, twin sharing accommodation with inside toilets and shower can be provided. For hot water, you need to ask the hoteliers incase this is not provided.
A visa is required to enter Nepal except for Indian nationals. One can get a visa at the Royal Nepalese Embassy or Consulate or at the airport upon arrival or from Nepalese embassy before you come to Nepal. Children under 10 years need not pay any visa fees. Two passport sized photos are mandatory.
Foreigners who intend to visit Nepal must hold a valid passport, minimum six months or any travel document equivalent to a passport issued by the Government and one Passport size Photo.
Nationals from China, Afghanistan, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe are requested to get visa before arriving in Nepal.
A Tourist entry visa can be obtained for the duration of your visit, up to ninety days at any one time from the Nepalese Embassy or Consulate or other mission offices or immigration offices located on entry points in Nepal. To save your valuable time Tourist Visas can also be applied for and obtained from The Nepalese Consulate in your home country.
On arrival in Kathmandu, We collect information about our clients including relevant insurance details covering helicopter recovery and medical assistance and will inform the relevant embassy about their programme. In the event of any serious sickness or accidents, we arrange the helicopter evacuation and medical assistance as required. We can then arrange an early flight for a speedy return to the home country.
All our crews are fully equipped with proper clothing for the high altitude treks and expeditions. All crewmembers are fully insured and are given medical assistance and helicopter evacuation in urgent need.
We are members of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), which is an organization to protect porters from mistreatment by unprofessional trekking organizers and help to raise awareness for their welfare.
We are also the members of the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and Trekking Agent Association of Nepal (TAAN). These agencies deal with many environmental issues and training for our guides and cooks. This enables them to refresh their professional knowledge and cope with Eco-friendly environmental issues.
In places where lodges are operating, we give more priority to local people. Where no lodge facilities are available, we camp, using kerosene stoves to alleviate deforestation. We actively work to protect the environment by bringing all our rubbish back and follow the rules of National parks. In addition, we have been supporting needy children for their education by finding regular sponsorship. We are also helping a group of 26 orphan children in a Kathmandu Orphanage (HCMC) Helpless Children Mother Center for their accommodation and education.