General

There are very few trekking trails and routes that have available and comfortable bath room facilities. Most of the trekking trails have very simple toilet facilities which most of the time is a hole in the ground. Be prepared to provide your own toilet paper. Where toilets are available, you must use them. Only human waste and toilet paper should be deposited in the toilets.  Each easy trekking trail will have tea houses, those tea houses will have available toilets but the quality will depend on the location of the tea house.

ExtremeExpeditions always utilize trekking porters. Normally we provide 2:1 ratio trekking porters: cliets and allow for 12-15 Kg luggage per porter. During difficult and challenging trekking we use camping accommodations which means that there would be more porters and yak or mules as required. So to sum it all up: Trekking porters,mules and yaks will carry your personal equipment during the trekking.

Teahouse trekking style is the most popular form of trekking in Nepal, these trails run along many established trails in the Himalaya and its foothills. Teahouses or lodges are owned by local people and provide accommodation and all meal facilities. They are great places to meet and interact with locals and experience local hospitality and culture. Teahouse trekking is a relatively cheap and comfortable form of trekking with meals and accommodation provided by the Teahouse. These types of treks are found in famous trekking areas like: Annapurna, Everest and Langtang regions.

Credit cards are widely accepted in major cities by hotel shops and airlines. There are ATM machines in Kathmandu and Pokhara. However on the treks you must pay cash for the services in local currency. So we advise you to carry cash in the local currency. There are a lot of banks and money changers in particulars cities for exchange.

Internet is available in particular locations along the Everest and Annapurna treks. You can also purchase wireless modems such as NCELL, NTC for your notebook and you will be able to use them. Do not expect internet in the remote areas of trekking and climbing.

Most of the tea houses in the Annapurna and Khumbu regions have gas or solar systems to heat water. In remote areas they boil the water and provide buckets as showers facilities at a nominal fee.

Yes. Most of the tea house/lodges provide phone and camera charging facilities for a small charging fee. They have a range of international outlets. On camping trips or in the base camp you will be able to charge your battery from solar panels or solar charged batteries with an inverter. We will provide this equipment.

Food safety is always a big concern when visiting a foreign country. This is why we do our best to choose Lodge (tea houses) and restaurants with clean and sanitary kitchens.  However, we advise our visitors to avoid junk food and hard types of meats when they are in high elevations. During camping treks, we provide a chef to prepare safe and tasty meals with our own set of kitchen utensils as well as hygienic cleaning facilities. The food we serve on camping trips is completely safe.

We strongly recommend that you bring a soft frameless backpack or sports type bag while traveling in Nepal. Wheeled luggage or suitcases are not suitable for trekking or mountaineering. If you are traveling with internal flights, your luggage should not exceed 23kg.  Please bring a 30-40 liter rucksack for your day use and 60-80 Litter water proof duffel bag for porters or yaks.

In major cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara and Lumbini lunch and dinners are not included. This gives you the opportunity to have a choice of foods in different restaurants and cafes. Your breakfast is a part of your hotel accommodation. On the trekking trails, breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided by our company at available teahouses.  In the full board teahouse/lodge or camping trekking the meals are included in the package.  In the tea house accommodation, there is menu system available and you can order your meal. During camping trekking our chef will cook and provide food for you. Normally, our chefs make several types of foods and food preferances available, they include: Vegetarian, continental, European, Chinese and Indian food. Due to the nature of preparing food in the high mountain regions the meals are not at the same quality as they are in major cities. Most of the tea houses have noodles, pasta, rice, potatoes, vegetables and soup. Some have Nepalese versions of western food such as pizza and french fries.

All our trekking guides, chefs, Sherpas and porters are fully equipped and insured. Our employees have been operating in the mountains professional for several years. They have insurance that covers medical evacuation and treatment.

You need to bring your personal and prescription medicine. We will provide an adequate emergency first aid kit with you’re trekking guide or leader.

We advise our clients to secure travel insurance at least one week before departing from their country.  Travel insurance is mandatory for all travelers in the Himalaya. You are required to purchase comprehensive travel insurance before traveling with us and provide details of your insurance to our office. Please make sure you know exactly what you are covered for, remembering that there are many adventure activities available during the tour which may not be covered by basic insurance. Make sure that your travel insurance covers general medical expenses, hospitalizations and helicopter evacuations.

ExtremeExpeditions offers packages and operates in every season throughout the year. In Nepali tourism we have a slogan: Nepal is for all seasons.  However, in the monsoon period Nepal experiences heavy rain and in the winter the temperatures become arctic in the mountain areas.  There are 2 trekking seasons in Nepal for high elevation trekking: Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November).  Autumn season starts after the monsoon (June-August). In the spring the temperature increases day by day and it becomes warmer in higher elevations. This is the reason that most trekker’s choose spring and autumn for their trekking trips. However, in the lower parts of the mountains, sub 3000m you can trek any time of the year.

Payment

Credit cards are widely accepted in major cities by hotel shops and airlines. There are ATM machines in Kathmandu and Pokhara. However on the treks you must pay cash for the services in local currency. So we advise you to carry cash in the local currency. There are a lot of banks and money changers in particulars cities for exchange.

Tips are appreciated by your support team after the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. Some trekkers tips 05-10% of the total package cost. This is absolutely your choice, make the best of it. Only you can decide this.

Preparation

Normally the length of trekking time over day depends on which category of trekking you choose and what your time frame is. On the easier trekking trails you will be walking 04-05 hours on average and 8-9 hours during the difficult and challenging treks.

This is a very important question for all visitors. Clients need to classify themselves about which kind of adventure they are capable of handling. This is dependent upon their physical fitness level, previous experience, acceptable level of risk and desired experience. Trekking in Nepal is considered hiking, this can range in difficulty and skill that is required. Easy trekking is considered class 1-3 terrain which is considered mostly flat with rolling hills and some rocks but is non-technical and no ropes are required. Class 4-5 hiking is considered difficult. Difficult hiking in Nepal can mean that you might have to navigate a high altitude pass that may or may not require the use of ropes and crampons. Climbers are expected to traverse steep rock, ice and glaciated terrain that requires the use of specialized techniques and equipment. No matter what you are considered ExtremeExpeditions is committed to offering organized and high quality services in all of our trekking and mountaineering packages. Most of our clients that leave Nepal comment that they considered their experience luxurious thanks to ExtremeExpeditions.

We strongly recommend that you bring a soft frameless backpack or sports type bag while traveling in Nepal. Wheeled luggage or suitcases are not suitable for trekking or mountaineering. If you are traveling with internal flights, your luggage should not exceed 23kg.  Please bring a 30-40 liter rucksack for your day use and 60-80 Litter water proof duffel bag for porters or yaks.

All our trekking guides, chefs, Sherpas and porters are fully equipped and insured. Our employees have been operating in the mountains professional for several years. They have insurance that covers medical evacuation and treatment.

We advise our clients to secure travel insurance at least one week before departing from their country.  Travel insurance is mandatory for all travelers in the Himalaya. You are required to purchase comprehensive travel insurance before traveling with us and provide details of your insurance to our office. Please make sure you know exactly what you are covered for, remembering that there are many adventure activities available during the tour which may not be covered by basic insurance. Make sure that your travel insurance covers general medical expenses, hospitalizations and helicopter evacuations.

You need to bring your personal and prescription medicine. We will provide an adequate emergency first aid kit with you’re trekking guide or leader.

Reservation

One of our representative will be waiting for you at the international airport with a sign and your name card. We will then escort you to one of our company vehicles which will take you directly to your hotel. You are required to provide us with your flight arrival details 2 days before your departure from home.

Most trekkers book their trip 3-6 months before arriving in Nepal. Our advice is that once you clear your schedule from your job and you book your plane tickets you conform your participation with us so that we will have enough time to make all of the necessary arrangements for domestic flight tickets, hotel reservations and book the best available trekking guide. However, we accept your booking even one week before as per situation.

You can book your trip using our booking form on our website or by E-mail. Please visit our Web site for more information or contact us.

Q: What equipment does ExtremeExpeditions provide? What should I bring myself for trekking?

A: We are providing sleeping bags, down jackets and duffel bags for tea house trekking. we also provide tents, mattresses, kitchen equipment and kitchenware during the camping treks. Personal climbing equipment is not included in our packages. See our equipment list or email us for a list of specific equipment that your custom trip will require.

Yes. Our trips are fully customizable and you can add extra activity at the time of your booking. If you decide to extend your trip after your arrival in Kathmandu we will be delighted to extend with additional charges. If something comes up and you need to reduce your trip this is acceptable too.

We advise our clients to secure travel insurance at least one week before departing from their country.  Travel insurance is mandatory for all travelers in the Himalaya. You are required to purchase comprehensive travel insurance before traveling with us and provide details of your insurance to our office. Please make sure you know exactly what you are covered for, remembering that there are many adventure activities available during the tour which may not be covered by basic insurance. Make sure that your travel insurance covers general medical expenses, hospitalizations and helicopter evacuations.

Weather

Mountains weather is difficult to predict. Although at night it is generally cooler and the days are warm. Winter (January and February) will be colder but the days can be 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. The spring and autumn seasons will be more suitable for trekkers.

During spring and autumn seasons the weather is usually more stable and warmer at lower elevations up to 3000m. At this height you can expect to wear a T-shirt and shorts. Elevations above 3000m are colder and you have to pack winter clothes.  At 5000m you can expect day temperatures around 10-15°C and 0° to -15°C at night. During winter trekking we advise that you do not go above 3500m because of snow fall and colder temperatures.