WHAT LANGUAGE DO PEOPLE SPEAK & WILL I BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE?
Nepali is the national language but only around 55% of the population can speak it as there is a wealth of other ethnic dialects spoken within the Kingdom. English is now very widely spoken and you will have no problem communicating in the cities and on the major trekking routes. However, once off the beaten path it is best if you learn a few simple words and phrases. A simple “Namaste” can work wonders in opening opportunities and interactions with locals. All our Sirdars and most of the porters speak excellent English and will gladly help you in expanding you vocabulary.
DO I NEED INSURANCE?
We need to see a copy of your license and insurance document before your departure. For flying in Nepal we require a permit from The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN). We arrange these for all our clients, please fax or email us a copy of your documents.
We require all pilots to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation and repatriation.
WILL I GET SICK? (FOR PARAGLIDING)
With a few easy steps you can greatly reduce your chances of sickness spoiling your trip. Your trek cooks are trained to prepare the food. The main problem comes in eating and drinking in cities, where there is untreated water. In cities always drink bottled mineral water or water you know to be safe or treated. We recommend using a water bottle of your own, as it is cheaper to refill at a variety of “refill centers” and reduces the plastic waste that is already becoming a growing concern for Nepal. Do not brush your teeth in the tap water and keep your mouth closed in the shower. Wipe your knife, fork and plate with a paper napkin or handkerchief, particularly if they look wet. Do not eat anything from street vendors unless it is fried up in front of you, do not eat cold, sweetmeats, ice-cream or fruit unless you can peel it. Always try and wash your hands before eating. Wash your hands after going to the toilet.
On the paratreks we provide boiled water each night for you to fill up your water bottle for the following morning. You should bring iodine tablets or other water purification devices in case you have to fill up the next day.
Where is Nepal Located ?
Nepal is landlocked country located in southern Asia couched between two Asian giants India and China. Nepal is geographically, culturally and linguistically diverse. The capital city of the country is Kathmandu, commonly known as ‘city of temples’ where we can explore traditional artistic beauty. Draped along the greatest heights of the Himalaya, Nepal is where the ice-cold of the mountains meets the steamy heat of the Indian plains. Moreover, it's a land of yaks and yetis, stupas and Sherpas and some of the best trekking on earth. The Himalaya's most sophisticated urban cultures took shape here, in the three great mini kingdoms of the Kathmandu valley- Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur - home to a world-class artistic and architectural heritage
Can I get Nepal visa on arrival?
Do you have Airport pickup facilities?
What kind of weather (how cold does it get) can we expect during trekking?
Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler the days are warm. Winter (January and February) will be bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected!
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Does your company help to arrange domestic flight, international flight, hotel bookings and other services?
We can take care of all domestic flights, hotel bookings and other services. However, we suggest you to arrange international flights from your home country, but we can provide assistance.
Is Nepal safe? Is a woman traveling alone safe with your company?
Absolutely Nepal is safe for traveler. Firstly, Nepal is considered as one of the peaceful countries in the world (chances are it's safer here than your home-country). Secondly, while you're on one of our trips, we take personal responsibility for your well-being, a responsibility we commit very seriously.
What equipment do you provide? What should I bring myself?
We provide sleeping bags, down jackets for the Lodge to Lodge trek (Teahouse) and tents, mattresses, kitchen equipment (all of the highest quality) during the Camping Treks. However, trekking shoes, personal equipment and climbing equipment is up to you. See our equipment list or email us for a specific list.
Can I trek in the Himalayas even if I haven't done any trekking before?
Absolutely, in fact it's a great place to start. As part of our job, one of the most important things we do is ascertain your experience and ambitions, and find the trek to best match these. However hard or easy you'd like it, however much or little experience you have, we have the perfect trek for you.
Are your staffs fully equipped? What about their insurance?
Yes! Our guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters are fully equipped. Actually we are working in a team. We all are boss and we all are workers. We are the partner of Himalayan Explores Connections (Porters assistance project) we supply enough good clothes from this project, that's why we are different then other companies. Please compare yourself. Moreover, we believe that without the assistance of good staffs existence of HGT is impossible. HGT protect and advocates for the rights of all our staffs and fully insured.
For tourists, what is there to buy in Nepal to take back home?
Actually there are so many things to take back home depending on your personnel choice. Nepal is well known for its handicraft materials, pashmina, Nepalese art and craft, and Nepali musical instruments like Madal and Banshuri are the items to purchase. Moreover, Nepali carpets are also best known among the tourist customers. And the best place to shop these goods is around the Thamel area.
Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
There are many ATM machines in the Kathmandu and Pokhara Valley. ATM machines are slowly being introduced to other cities like Bhuwtal and Dharan.
What types of cards are accepted? Debit or Credit? Visas or Masters or Discovers or Dinners?
Most popular cards accepted in Nepal are VISA, MASTERCARD and American Express. Both Debit and Credit Cards are accepted here.
Can I bring my medication with me?