Trekking Is Hard Work
Treks can vary enormously in terms of daily distances, ascent, descent and altitude, but all require specific preparation to ensure you get the maximum from your trekking trip. Without at least a little pre-trip preparation, training, or a basic level of fitness, trekking is hard work. Preparation starts before you even travel for your trekking holiday in Nepal, the fitter you are the more you will enjoy yourself, take your time selecting your gear, check our Clothing and Equipment.
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Fit To Trek
Start your trekking training early, break in your boots if they’re new and make sure they fit properly, buy good walking socks, do long walks with ascents and descents, practice using a backpack, build up your leg based strength.
Meet your trekking guide before the trek, get to know each other a little bit, crucially you can ask your guide about their experiences, a number of years in service, and any questions you might have about your trek. Typically how we do things in Nepal is your trekking guide will meet you at your hotel, offer tea, coffee or a cold drink and you sit down to discuss the following:
Our guide will find out if you have the correct clothing, footwear and equipment for your trek. Raincoats are a must. Ensure you have sunglasses, hat, lip salve, & sun cream.
Briefing on some stories about Nepal, the people, landscape, history, environmental and cultural considerations.
Food and Accommodation
Our guide will talk about what kind of food will be provided. In Nepal, most kinds of food are available on the menu of the tea houses but the real difficulty of variety is higher up in the mountains. Therefore our guide will explain about Nepalese food like rice, lentils, and vegetables. Most trekking routes in Nepal have lodges called tea houses. Our guide will provide information on the best available lodges.
Look at the map of your trekking area and provide day by day information such as how many hours each day trekking and advice of the appropriate food stops, toilet stops, ups and downs, and safety issues of note.
Health And Safety
Briefing about how to take precautions if sickness or high altitude symptoms appear. Our guides have been trained and they know the importance of your health and safety. Your guide will have a daily conversation with you about your condition. A first aid kit is always with your guide and they are trained. You will be asked to share any medical problems with your guide.
Briefing about what we do in case of an emergency rescue where you will be evacuated by fastest means possible which could be a horse, ambulance, or helicopter to bring you to the nearest hospital. Mostly in the mountains, we need a helicopter rescue and in such case, you must have an insurance policy that covers this.
An explanation of how much extra money you should carry, e.g. one bottle of mineral water costs 75 to 100 rupees in the mountains, battery charging can cost 100 rupees at the lodges, wifi, beer, and cold drinks should be considered too. So our guides suggest to carry up to USD 20 per person a day for extra costs.
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