How long is a trekking day
A typical trekking day in the Himalayas can be quite varied since it depends on the trip and if it’s a short or long trekking day. A short trekking day will be around 3 - 4 hours long and a long trekking day can be 7 - 8 hours long. You will very rarely trek for longer than this but it also depends on your pace. Also these hours are not just non stop trekking! These include regular rest stops, photo opportunities and lunch time.
How cold does it get while trekking
It can get quite cold in the Himalayan mountains but this factor also depends on the trek that you’re going on. You’ll be surprised to know that during the day it can actually be quite hot, even during the winter, because trekking will warm you up quite quickly! But during the morning and night it can get pretty chilly so you will need a warm fleece/ down jacket to stay comfortable. As you gain altitude, the weather will get colder and you might even need to wear a jacket during the day. We also recommend either buying or renting a sleeping bag that goes to -10 degrees celsius and wearing thermals so you can sleep comfortably.
Will there be electricity/wifi
Every teahouse will have electricity and most places will have an area for charging your mobile phones and cameras. It is common for power cuts so don’t worry too much when one occurs. Also some teahouses will have wifi but it isn’t very quick but it’s good enough to send messages to family and friends.
Is there clean water at the teahouses
Absolutely! You can buy clean bottled or filtered water at every teahouse on a trek. At the moment we provide a safe water filter that clients can use for free on selected trips. This is so we can reduce the amount of plastic waste that is produced and so we can keep the beautiful trekking areas clean. We plan to have multiple water filters so we can use them on all of our trips in the near future.
Is the food safe in the teahouses
Food on the trek is surprisingly varied. You can have local Dal Bhat (Nepali curry with rice and lentils), or an array of Western or Asian dishes, ranging from pizza to steaks to noodles. Be aware that some interpretations of these dishes will amuse you, but the meals taste good and are clean and safe to eat.
Can you training yourself for altitude sickness
There really isn’t any specific training that can be done before your trip to reduce the chances of getting altitude sickness. However there are a few things you can do while your trekking to prevent it. Don’t rush the trek! Just take it nice and easy at your own pace, drink lots of water to stay properly hydrated (around 2-3 litres a day). If you ever feel dizzy or have a slight headache, let one of the guides know because then they can help with preventing the altitude sickness.
What is a reasonable tip for guides/porters
Tipping is optional for our guides and porters but if you would like to tip the team at the end of the trek then we recommend the following minimum tip rate:
Guides: $5 - $7
Porters: $4 - $5
The maximum rate goes as much as your heart desires. You can either give the tip to the head guide and he will evenly distribute the money with the team or you can give the tip directly to each team member if you like.
How much will I be carrying during the trek
You’ll just be carrying a daypack with all of your essential gear like water, spare jacket, sunscreen, camera etc.. while the rest of your gear in the duffle bag will be carried by one of the porters.
What meals are included during the trek
All of our trips will have all meals included on the trek. Some trips are available as standard or budget. Standard has no restrictions on meals when on the trek. All food is included. Budget allows one menu item for each meal, with one cup of tea or coffee.
Are allergies catered for
Absolutely! Let us know before the trip and we’ll take care of the rest! We have dealt with quite a few clients with acute allergies over the years no issues
How can I train for a trek
The main things you need to train are your legs, lungs and core so you can enjoy the trek. Balance out weight training with cardio and don’t forget to train your core muscles at the start/end of your workout. For more information check out our blog about training for a trek here
What vaccinations do I need
You should be thinking about your health before you even land in Kathmandu. This means eat well, make sure you have lots of healthy food, packed with vitamins, sleep well, exercise well and stay fit, and last but not least, visit your doctor for advice on vaccinations.
Take a look at the following website for good vaccination advice for Nepal:
We won’t go into the details of vaccinations as we are not doctors, but suffice to say it’s a very important consideration before heading off. Give yourself at least a month before you travel to see your doctor, as some vaccinations take time to start working.
What clothes/gear do I need
Every trip has different requirements so we provide a full kit list when booking with us so you know exactly what you need to bring. There are a few select stores where you can get a discount on gear when you book a trip with us! We know that some items like down jackets and sleeping bags can be quite expensive. If you let us know beforehand, we can rent/buy these in Kathmandu and have them ready for you when you arrive.
What activities are possible
If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush before or after your trek, we’ve got you covered! You can raft down the pristine mountain rivers, soar over the Himalayan foothills on a paraglider, go zip-lining over the beautiful countryside and abseil down stunning waterfalls.
Any local customs to be aware of
The places where you do need an understanding of etiquette are religious areas.
In Buddhist temples and monasteries, please abide by the following:
In the mountainous trekking regions of Nepal you will most likely not find Hindu Temples. There is a very famous and holy temple in Kathmandu though; Pashupati Temple. Non-Hindus will not need to worry about the etiquette of the temple though, as it is not possible to enter. It is still worth visiting to see the outer areas, that any people are allowed to visit.
How do I get a Visa
The visa is actually very easy to get as you can get it on arrival in the Kathmandu airport. It was quite easy before when you had to sign a few papers but nowadays it’s even easier and much quicker since they’ve added new scanning machines. All you have to do is scan your passport, take a photo, pay at the counter and you’re done!
What is the currency and where can I exchange money
The currency is called Nepali Rupees and it’s very easy to find stores to exchange your money. We recommend exchanging your money when you get to Kathmandu because you will get much better rates compared to your home country and it is better to exchange in the city rather than in the airport.
Are there airport transfers
Yes there are! When you book a trip with us, there are free airport transfers to your hotel. A representative from Mountain Quests will be waiting just outside the airport with a Mountain Quests sign and we will send you their details before your flight to Nepal so you can contact them just in case you have any trouble trying to find them.
What insurance do I need
We recommend getting insurance from World Nomads. They have two options available: Standard and Explorer. For the majority of our trips, the Standard version will be fine but the Explorer package will be better for our other trips that have Paragliding, Canyon Swinging, Bungee Jumping or White Water Rafting included.
When is the best time to travel
By far the most popular months that adventure enthusiasts visit the Nepal Himalaya are October and April. The monsoon has normally ended it’s torment by October and it is also still warm in the foothills from the summer. April is on the flip side. It’s just before the rains and is warm again after the winter. Of course, the compromise is that you will be with a lot of other people following similar dreams as you – some people love this as it brings those who may not otherwise meet, together; while others may want a little more peace and quiet.
The winter months of December and January are actually an excellent time to visit; if you can handle the cold! This is Nepal’s winter and even Kathmandu, at about 1,500m high gets chilly. However, this is also the driest time of the year, and clouds are almost unheard of. The advantage of this is that views on many of the treks are stunning and perfect. Another added bonus is that the trekking routes are much more quiet, meaning you have the wonders of the highest mountains on Earth almost to yourself.
Shall I travel alone or in a group
Both options are equally enjoyable. We find that smaller groups will get a more intimate experience with the local people and also get to know each other better compared to having very large groups, so we tend to keep our groups at a maximum of around 10 people to ensure a quality over quantity experience. That being said, travelling on your own really isn’t much different in terms of enjoying an immersive experience. It’s really up to personal preference if you prefer to travel alone or if you’d like to travel with a group of like minded adventurers.
Are there custom trips available
If the dates on our website don’t suit you or there is a trek that we don’t have on offer on our website then no worries! We can absolutely work on creating a custom trip for you