The trekking that is done in which spending your night inside the lodge is called tea house trek (also known as lodge trek). During this trek you will stay in lodges that are available on the trekking trail (we will try to provide the good lodges on the trail as long as they are available at the time of your arrival in the area). Your lodge accommodation will be on twin sharing basis. We suggest you to bring along your own sleeping bag for hygienic reason although you will have bed, mattress and simple blanket to sleep in the lodge. You will always feel nice and clean to tuck into your own sleeping bag. If you somehow decide not to bring along your own sleeping bag, you can hire a clean (we dry clean our sleeping bag and wash the inner after each use) and warm sleeping bags that are imported from Germany to provide satisfaction and comfort to our valued clients. Your meals will be provided at the tea house restaurants on the trekking trail. We will only use the lodges where the kitchen it has basic cleanliness which will be taken care of by our accompanying trekking guide, who will provide you the information of the trekking trail, surrounding areas and about the culture.
Normally on the trekking trail, you will finish your breakfast and be ready to walk the trail by 7.30 a.m. On those days where you will have to cover a distance more than the normal day (meaning where you have to walk more than 5 hours) you will be provided with early breakfast. Relevant information on the trail, trekking duration for the day or the next is provided by our accompanying trekking guide after knowing your pace of walking during the days dinner or breakfast on the next day. You will have a short lunch break (between half an hour to an hour) after walking 3 hours or more, around mid day. After your lunch you will have to walk about 2 to 3 hours and your guide will call it a day, where you will get your room in the lodge on a twin sharing basis. You can relax by having a cup of tea or coffee on arrival then dinner is served between 6 to 7 o’clock in the evening. As you will be tired and would have very little to do after your dinner, early to bed would be the wise idea. Early to bed makes you fresh and ready to hit the trail the next day. You can choose your food from the menu that is available at the tea house restaurant but we suggest you to consult your trekking guide on the type of food that you would be choosing to eat. Please bring along some small change of cash Nepalese currency for beverage (such as soft drinks, beer and bakery items) as it is not included on the food menu. We, however, do not suggest you to consume any alcoholic drinks while going to higher altitude.
Your accompanying trekking guide will assist you in all possible way during the trekking period. He will provide information on your trekking. He will arrange porters to carry your personal belonging. You will be carrying only a day pack with film rolls, your camera, sun cream, sun glasses, small towel or tissues, chocolate / snacks of your own choice, toilet items and your valuables (but we do not suggest you to bring along any valuables during your trekking period. They can be stored away safely at the safety deposit box provided free in Hotel in Kathmandu. Your personal equipment (apart from the day bagpack or handbag) should not weigh more than 15 kg (this is the maximum baggage limit allowed as hold baggage by the domestic airlines in Nepal). In the case of Lukla and Jomsom flight one will only be allowed a total baggage of 15 kg including your hand luggage. The daily wages, food and accommodation and accident insurance (as per the insurance policy issued the insurance company in Nepal) of the the accompanying staffs is already covered by your total payment. Only the tips (or baksis) which is not included in your trip cost, and the staffs involved to your service through entire holiday in Nepal and that depends on the service rendered to you by the involved staffs. You will be walking about 5 to 7 hours during your trekking period depending on the distance you will need to cover for the day. But as you go higher up after 3,500 meter in altitude, you will walk lesser due to the thin air which makes harder to walk longer distance. The daily duration also depends on your pace.
(NOTE: This information is issued for the benefit of trekkers by the authority of Nepal Ministry of Immigration Nepal)
Trekkers in Nepal are allowed to trek as FIT (Free Individual Trekker) or in a group of various sizes. However, there are certain trekking regions known as ‘Restricted Areas’ that are highly regulated by the Government of Nepal and hence FITs are strictly forbidden. Trekking in these areas is allowed only upon acquiring permit from the Department of Immigration.
Interested trekkers should contact the authorized trekking agencies who then can apply for permits (on behalf of trekkers) at the Department of Immigration fulfilling all the necessary formalities. Trekkers should be trekking in a group (of minimum two persons) accompanied by licensed trekking guide.Individual trekker cannot apply for the permit.
There are different rates (trekking Permit fees) applicable for different routes to acquire the Permits. Permit fees are quoted in US dollars but payable in Nepali Rupees. Trekking permit is not issued beyond visa expiration date. Hence, trekkers must have valid visa for sufficient number of days covering their trekking schedule.
Conditions to be followed by Trekkers:
- Trekkers should respect local customs and traditions and must not indulge in any activity that goes against the established norms and culture of the society.
- Individual trekking in Restricted Areas is strictly forbidden. There should be minimum two trekkers.
- Daily remuneration, safety gears and appropriate clothes, Personal Accident insurance must be provided to Nepali citizen accompanying travel group as guide/porter/any other supporting roles.
- Trekkers should trek only in the specified or designated route as per the Trekking Permit. They are not allowed to change route. Or concerned trekking agency/trekking guide accompanying the group must not let trekkers change the route.
- Trekkers should comply with instructions given by authorized Officials in trekking zone (Restricted Area).
- Mountaineers with expedition permit should get trekking permit as well if they have to pass through Restricted Areas to climb peaks. In this case, they do not need to pay fees for (Trekking) Permit.