What type of insurance should I have?
Considering the terrain and the potential health risks, it would be extremely unwise to travel to Nepal without Health Insurance. Choose a policy that covers medical and emergency repatriation, including helicopter evacuation. Prior to travel, read the small print of your policy. Certain activities may be classified as ‘adventure’ or ‘extreme sports’ and these may require additional cover. Many policies will not cover you for activities above 4000m.
What should I pack for my trip?
Always pack personal clothing according to the weather of relative place, along with passport and insurance. Don’tworry, the trekking list will be provided by the company.
Do you rent sleeping bags and down jackets?
Yes we do. In some high altitude treks as per the trip cost, we also provide sleeping bags and down jackets free to use on the trek. Should you require a rental jacket or sleeping bag, please advise size so we can arrange.
What about duffel bag for the porters?
Duffel bag will be easier for porters to carry. In some cases duffel bags are issued by the company, but more often you should bring your own duffel bag, although they are available in Kathmandu trekking shops at reasonable prices.
How big should my day pack be?
Size of day pack depends upon the amount of items you need to carry. Water bottles, camera, toiletries, rain gear, small first aid kit and wind jacket are all necessary items that will fit generally into 5-8 liter back pack.
What about weight limits?
In Nepal if flying to Himalayan region, the smaller aircraft allow 15kgs without handbags and day packs. More than 15kgs will require an extra charge. Porters and pack animals can carry 15kgs per bag on daily treks.
Where can I keep my valuables safe?
Before your trek, you can keep your passport and valuables in the Hotel safety deposit box. Go for Nepal, Treks can store for you whilst on your trek, as your Trekking permits (TIMS) (Trekking Information Management System) will be as good as your passport. Your medication should be carried with you on the trek.
Is it possible to leave luggage in Kathmandu whilst I am trekking?
Certainly, you can store extra luggage at the Hotel or with Go for Nepal Treks. We are more than happy to store for you.
ARRIVALS & VISAS
Arrival visas can be obtained in your home country where Nepalese Embassy and Consulates are located. Visas can also be obtained on arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport where the fee is currently USD20.
Will somebody meet me on arrival?
A Go for Nepal representative will meet and greet you at the airport and transfer you to your Hotel.
Are visas on arrival at Kathmandu Airport available?
Yes, you can obtain a visa on arrival at the airport at a cost of USD20
What standard of Hotel should I expect in Kathmandu?
All accommodation in Tourist Standard Hotels or Guest Houses are 2-3 star or 4-5 star Hotels as per the trip cost and stated by the company.
What about extra Hotel nights in Kathmandu?
The extra nights at Hotel before the trip or after the trip must be bear by the client by themselves. If client finish the trip early and wish to stay at Kathmandu, Hotel charges will not paid by the company.
ROOM AND BOARD
What accommodation will be available during the trek?
All accommodation is in local village lodges and guesthouses. Most of the lodge accommodation is a room with twin beds with common bathrooms and large, warm common dining rooms serving great meals as per the menu.
Is there a possibility of getting a single room for my trek?
Certainly you can have a single room where available at extra cost depending on the season. Please notify well in advance on booking for single supplement in rooms or in tents if it is a camping trip.
Where will our drinking water come from?
All drinking water comes from natural spring, tap or well water. When on trek all drinking water provided will be fully boiled and filtered for drinking purposes.
What type of food should I expect on the trek?
Meals vary from day to day in every lodge. Meals provided are basically famous Nepalese Dal-Bhat (plain rice with lentil soup including mild vegetable curry and pickles)
Can you accommodate vegetarian or other special diets?
Yes of course we can provide vegetarian meals and special dietary requirements. Please advise company when booking your trek or before departure.
Can I charge electric devices on the trek?
Yes you can charge cell-phone, laptop or other gadgets where electricity is available in village lodges for a minimum hourly charge.
What type of adapter might I need?
Normal type of adapter with 2 or 3 pin plugs, available in Kathmandu or can be purchased from home.
What about Wi-Fi or phone calls?
Only available in the popular location, spots and main cities like Kathmandu, pokhara.
Are the bathroom facilities Western style?
On popular routes and in main villages, toilets are of European sitting style in much of the guesthouses and lodges. Due to the cold climate where the flush system may not work, a bucket of water is provided for the flush. Some places have squatting toilets.
Are restrooms available during the trek?
Restrooms are available in village restaurants and lodges, but on walks after having a cup of refreshment in local teahouse, you may use their facilities.
Where not available on treks you may use behind the bush in safe level ground.
Should I carry my own toilet paper?
You can buy in stores and shops along the trail and carry your own. Some lodges do provide toilet rolls.
Is it possible to shower on the trek?
Yes, you can take hot shower in most of the lodges at an extra cost to you.
Can I do my laundry on the trek?
Yes, if you do not mind washing clothes in icy-cold water at higher altitude. Some lodges do provide laundry service at extra cost depending on the duration of your stay.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
What about acclimatization and altitude?
Mild symptoms of AMS are experienced by many travelers above 2800m. Symptoms tend to be worse at night and include headache, dizziness, and lethargy, loss of appetite, nausea, breathlessness, irritability and difficulty in sleeping.
Be alert for these symptoms – experiencing mild symptoms of AMS does not mean you have to end your trek, but you should take these symptoms as a warning sign that you are not sufficiently acclimatized.
What about sun protection?
The problem will be at higher altitude above 3000m where the oxygen level will be low and direct sunlight. Take precaution by wearing sunhat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
If I get injured or sick, will I be fully taken care of?
Our guides are well equipped with knowledge for medical emergencies. Depending on the seriousness of the injury, immediate evacuation by Helicopter to nearest medical station or hospital is available. For light AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) resting and drinking enough fluid and leaving an extra guide to take care of you until you recover or you will be helped to descend to a lower altitude.
What safety measures are in place?
Always abide by the rules of the company and guides. Most of the main sickness is stomach disorder due to change in food. Walking fast up high altitudes can cause AMS. We have designed the itinerary where people can acclimatize well with rest days in higher places before reaching our goals. Diamox is often taken at high altitude as it helps regulate the flow of blood and prevents blood clots. A doctor should be consulted to ensure the right dose is taken….Drinking plenty of fluids, water, juice, tea and rehydration drinks helps as does much rest.
If I am sick can I continue the trek the next day after rest?
Yes it is possible. The guide will accompany and assess your condition and he will decide if your health condition allows you to carry on. But for minor sickness it will be alright as long as you feel well and are back on your feet.
How cold does it get on the trek?
As per the season and area of trekking, around March to May most of the day is clear with temperatures varying between 0–20 degrees. September to
December expect clear sunny days with temperatures between 15-20 degrees in the sun, but the night temperatures drop to below -5 to -10 degrees.
What sort of footwear is recommended?
Good comfortable trekking boots for walking during the day, and around the lodges a light sports shoe.
Is the food and water safe in Nepal?
is safe and is supervised by our guides and staff in every lodge. Hotels in city areas prepare food in clean and hygienic manner. Do not drink water straight from the tap. In lodges all water is boiled and filtered for safe drinking.
What immunizations will I need?
Please consult with your doctor at home when travelling around Third World or Developing countries.
What if the flight from Kathmandu or Lukla is delayed?
In this case, wait for another day. This situation can occur sometimes due to bad and unfavorable weather. If cancellation persists, the company will advise you with choice of taking a helicopter, at extra cost to you, or re-routing your trek to other areas of Nepal.
Should I tip my guide and porter?
Tipping is customary depending on your satisfaction of job done well.
How much money should I bring along?
Much of the services provided by the company are included in the trip cost. Expenses of a personal nature, souvenirs, beer etc. you should bring minimum NRS 500 a day. Most travelers carry ATM rather than cash, but for further information the company will advise you on booking.
Do you have any extra charges for solo travellers?
The only charge for the single traveller is the single room supplement in Hotels and lodges.
Is the trek refundable if I am unable to finish?
As per company policy, on reading and understanding Terms and Conditions, it is mentioned that breaking uncompleted tours and treks will not be entertained with a refund. Due to clients own personal, domestic and medical problems including accidents, they shall recover some from their Travel Insurance Policy.
What is your cancellation policy? How about other Terms and Conditions?
Trip cancellation is to be made two weeks and minimum of 10 days prior to your arrival in Nepal and must be made in writing.
Cancellation shall be valid only after notice has been received by the company that you have booked with. The trip will be termed as cancelled with a cancellation charge of 30% which would be deducted from the advance payment.
There will be no refund on cancellation notice in less than 10 days, and if he or she leaves a trip for any reason either voluntary or involuntary a refund will not be reimbursed.
If you are prevented from travelling by a genuine circumstance i.e. death or serious illness of the trekker, close relative or friend, redundancy or jury service, you may postpone or transfer your trip to another person, provided he or she meets all the requirements relating to the respective tour chosen and accepted.
Is it possible to extend my trek?
Yes, you can, on paying extra for the length of days you require.
Who else is in my trekking group?
People from different nationalities will be joining the group on our fixed departure dates as per our promotion through websites and our agents abroad.
You will have the opportunity to make friends and share knowledge and common interests.
If I would like to extend my holiday, would you have any recommendations?
Please notify us when you book with us or on arrival in Kathmandu before trek departure. Gofor Nepal Treks, can recommend a variety of holiday extensions for you.