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Trekking in Nepal & Bhutan

Everest Base Camp trek sign, Nepal
Trekker taking a break, Kali Gandaki Valley, Nepal Porter on the trail, Annapurna region, Nepal Snow-capped Himalayas, Nepal
Above: Everest Base Camp trek sign, Nepal
  • Everest Base Camp trek sign, Nepal
  • Trekker taking a break, Kali Gandaki Valley, Nepal
  • Porter on the trail, Annapurna region, Nepal
  • Snow-capped Himalayas, Nepal

Is trekking right for you?

Trekking is open to most people, and age is largely irrelevant. All you need is a love of the outdoors and little getup-and-go. Many people think that you need to be super-fit to go trekking, but this is just a popular myth. Trekking is not mountaineering, but rather a fun activity that can vary from easy right through to strenuous and this allows for everyone to find a level to suit their needs. Our treks are based in a variety of landscapes and altitudes, and therefore no two treks are necessarily the same.T Overall, tekking offers a truly rewarding experience to anyone willing to make the effort.

Our Leaders

Our trekking guides are all very experienced personnel who excel in their field, and speak fluent English. We try to use local personnel wherever possible, as these people have a far greater understanding of the local customs and environment. Ask yourself, who better to show you a country than someone who lives there? This is also in keeping with our policy of insuring that our trips put as much back into the local community as possible.

Porters

Where we use local trekking staff as porters on our treks, we take their welfare, health and safety seriously, and ensure they have appropriate clothing, shelter and footwear on all our tours. We follow the IPPG (International Porter Protection Group) guidelines and support the Himalayan Rescue Association to help us achieve our responsible tourism goals.

Your Fitness

Most of our treks are open to anyone who is in good health and has a capacity for walking. Obviously some of our treks are more strenuous and may require you to have previous trekking experience and/or a higher level of fitness. We grade all our treks so that you can easily judge whether or not a trek is right for you. For more information please read our Trekking grades feature.

For all our treks, we do ask you to contact us for our supplementary fitness application form, if any of the following apply:

  1. you are inactive and do no sport or other exercise, that requires a sustained raised heart rate; or
  2. you are overweight; or
  3. you have injuries or other medical conditions (including physchological) that could affect your ability to do the trip; or
  4. you are over 50 years old; or
  5. you have not done much (or any) energetic day hiking trips (3 hours plus)

General Health

You are required to have adequate insurance before beginning any of our treks and, due to the remoteness of some areas you must be covered for emergency evacuation. In the eventuality of an accident or injury on the trek, your trek leader will assist in the aid of that person. Our trekking leaders are not qualified medics, but due to their experience, will know how to effectively deal with any situation. For this reason, we will discount any person joining one of our treks, who has suitable medical experience and is prepared to act in a medical capacity on that trek. We pay particular attention to hygiene on all treks, this way we manage to avoid the most basic, debilitating illnesses.

Age Limits and Suitability

There are no hard and fast rules about age limits while trekking. However, our general requirements are that you be over 18 years old, and are comfortable walking over varied terrain. We do welcome children on some of our treks, but please contact us first before booking. Remember, that some of these treks operate in quite remote areas; therefore you must be prepared to embrace the culture of the country you are visiting. For more detailed information regarding the specific profile of a trek, please refer to our advice in the 'Grading' Section.

Meals

On most of our treks, where meals are included, we endeavour to eat the local cuisine. As this is often considered a highlight of the trek, we ensure that the food is substantial, tasty and correct for those hard worked muscles. Where meals are not included, we ensure we get you to a suitable place where you can eat well. From 2013, all our set lodge trek tour prices are based on including breakfasts only while trekking. An approximate guide to how much you should budget for lunches and dinners is given on each tour page and in the tour factsheets.

Food

Meals may be a combination of locally purchased food, dehydrated meals and lightweight rations. Where meals are purchased at local establishments it is always highly nourishing, and often surprisingly tasty!

Acclimatisation

On any trek where we are going 'High', we are careful about our pace. We ensure that you have plenty of time to acclimatise and our Trek leaders will ensure you follow a few basic guidelines necessary for acclimatisation.

Learn more about altitude sickness from our TravelHealthZone.

Accommodation

Accommodation is dependant upon the type of trek that you do and the country that you choose to visit. We use a variety of Lodges, Teahouses, Bunkhouses and Hostels. Some of our treks (and all of them in Bhutan) are Camping based, which are considered by some to be the 'Only' way to experience the local surroundings. Some of our routes are away from any type of habitation so we may run fully supported camping expeditions, where we provide all the camping equipment including large two man tents, toilet tents, and kitchen tents.

Most of our trekking tours will start and finish in a large town or city and here we normally use tourist class hotels. All the hotels we use are clean, secure and offer most amenities. The hotel accommodation is based on same sex sharing of twin rooms. Single supplements are levied if you require a single room. The standard of accommodation in Lodges, Teahouses, Bunkhouses and Hostels will vary according to the type of trek you are doing and the country you will be trekking in.

Equipment

Most of the equipment necessary for a trek you would probably already have. Unless stated otherwise you should always ensure you have several layers of warm clothing, a set of waterproofs, good broken-in walking boots and your own sleeping bag. On Camping Treks, we will supply all the communal equipment, including tents, tables, stools etc.

In Nepal we offer an optional Trekking Equipment Package on all our treks. This includes rental of a sleeping bag, warm down jacket and walking poles. Further details and prices are given on the Options tab of each tour page and in the tour factsheets.

On some of our treks (including all treks in Nepal), your gear is carried for you by local porters (with the exception of your day sack with a drink, clothes you may change during the day, camera etc.). However, other treks (such as in Bhutan) use pack ponies. Either way, all you need to carry is a small day-pack containing a water bottle, clothes you may be taking on and off during the day, a camera/binoculars, and maybe some light snacks.

We do operate baggage weight restrictions on most treks, which are usually 15kg p/p max. On many of our treks, you have the opportunity to purchase or hire personal kit i.e. rucksacks, boots and jackets. However, this option is only available where mentioned on the itinerary, and often has to be arranged in advance.

Size of Group

Our maximum group size for most or our treks is 12 people, plus the required numbers of Guides, Porters and Sherpas etc. Larger groups have a far more detrimental impact on the local environment than we believe to be necessary, and on some of our treks, the maximum numbers are less.

If you do not want to trek in a group, then we are happy to arrange a private or tailor-made tour for you. Available seasons, and prices for these, are given on the dates & prices page for each tour, and you can also contact us for further details.

If you have your own group that you would like us to make the arrangements for, please let us know and we will design a tour, itinerary and price specifically for you.

Trekking Permits

In many countries a trekking permit isn’t necessary, but in others it is a legal requirement. Your particular itinerary and tour factsheet will specify whether you need a permit or not, and whether it is included in the price of the tour.

PDF Downloadable Factsheets

Every trekking tour that we operate has its own detailed factsheet, which is can be downloaded and printed out from our website. Each factsheet will give a day-to-day itinerary of the route and detailed background information relating to that particular trek. You are strongly urged to read the factsheet before making a decision.

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