Q. How much preparation time is required?
Start early – flights, bookings, innoculations and some walking fitness training all require attention a couple of months prior to depature, especially when flying in the peak months of Sept – Nov. It is essential to plan ahead so that you don’t miss out when flights and hotels start to get booked up.
Q. When is the best time to trek?
The most popular trekking season is October to May. October to November is recognised as having the best weather for trekking and clear skies for mountain viewing.
Q Do I need a sleeping mat?
No, not required. We provide one for the camping treks and on our tea house treks, you have a bed.
Q What is the food like on trek?
The food is great quality and very healthy. Meals are mostly vegetarian; however there are meat options along the way if you need.
Q. Can I buy snacks along the trek?
Yes, snacks can be purchased along the way but it’s a good idea to bring a few extras with you. These can be purchased in Kathmandu before leaving, ie muesli bars, boiled sweets to suck on which are great for high altitudes when it can be harder to swallow with the thinner mountain air.
Q. How much water do I need to carry a day?
You carry your own water in your day pack - 1.5 litres is generally enough as there are places along the way to get more and if not, the guide will inform you.
Q. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival and drop me off?
Absolutely! Our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up outside the arrival terminal hall. He will be holding a display card for Hemingway’s Journeys / Himatrek with your name on it.
Q. What type of accommodation should I expect while I am in Kathmandu?
Our company will provide you with a list of star category hotels in Kathmandu with inclusive breakfast. The accommodation is discussed at the time of booking as to what standard and pricing you require to suit your needs.
Q: When do you run group treks and yoga treks?
These will be run twice a year in Autumn and Spring and advertised dates will be on the website. The aim is to provide an environment with like-minded individuals for fitness, evening satsungs, coaching, and to ensure the trek is relaxing, peaceful, memorable, safe and of course fun. We hope to fully introduce our travelling yogis to the real tradition of Nepal and experience the way of Yogic life. Enjoying massage and nutritonal guidelines along the trekking journey to ensure you go home feeling empowered, refreshed and ready for the next steps in your endless journey.
Q: What is the general duration of the treks?
The duration of the trek depends on the region of the trek – it can be anywhere from 3 days to 28 days.
Q: How difficult are the treks?
The difficulty of the treks also depends on the region of the trek and its duration. Shorter treks tend to be easier while longer ones require more physical fitness.
Q: What is the Tea House Trek?
The Tea House Trek is a trek where we stay overnight in Tea Houses, comfortable clean lodges that are warm and have a communal area for dining, playing cards, chatting, laughing and getting to know your guide and porters.
Q. What is a Camping Trek?
Camping treks have you sleeping in tents and all three meals are cooked by our staff. You will be amazed at the service, however we only recommend camping treks for our off-the-beaten -path treks.
Q: What can I expect from a Tea House?
A tea house is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang-out. Clean and hygienically kept, Tea Houses have a friendly atmosphere and often amazing views.
Q: What facilities will we have in a Tea House?
Private rooms are available in most tea houses. Most bathrooms are shared, however if ensuited rooms are available, Himatrek will do its best to ensure you get one. Most of the Tea Houses have a running water facility. Many of them have hot water available for a solar hot shower, but this is dependent on the sun shining.
Q. What shape do I need to be in for this trip?
The treks are generally suitable for people who are in average good health & moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. However, to get in condition for this trip, a physical fitness programme such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on the journey. Any person who is suffering from a pre‐existing condition must seek medical advice before considering trekking in Nepal. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatised.
Q. What is the best time to trek?
We recommend between March to the end of May (in Spring) and the middle of September to December (in Autumn) is the best time to trek. However, the rest of the months are okay too and trekking can be done but there can be very cold conditions in Winter or too rainy in Summer and alternative trips to more arid areas will be suggested for your intinerary.
Q: What is the weather like?
You need to be prepared for sudden weather changes whilst trekking. That’s why trekking equipment should be chosen carefully before the trip. Sudden rain storms or snow are always a possibility which needs to be considered. The weather during the optimum trekking season is somewhat more stable.
Q: What kind of clothes are needed for trekking?
Choosing the clothes for trekking is very important. Please, check our trekking equipment list for details and we will give you a list with which you have to prepare for your trek. We highly recommend trekking wearing layers of light and comfortable clothing.
Q. Do I need a visa to enter Nepal?
Yes. All visitors require a visa to enter Nepal. A tourist visa is available from entry points such as airport terminals like Kathmandu Airport when you land.
Q. Can I Get Tourist Visa from the Airport?
Yes, but make sure to bring a valid passport and two passport size photos with you.
Q. How can I book this trip?
When you have confirmed your trip, we need a photocopy of your passport and two passport photos and a 20% deposit of the total price (for payment of advance internal flight bookings, hotel bookings and the trekking permit process fees).