Updated 1 February 2018.
So you’ve decided to trek in Nepal and hopefully you’re going with us! We’ll take care of everything once you arrive. But there are a few things that you need to do before you go to Nepal. Trekking in Nepal can be dangerous. After all, you’re not spending this holiday by the pool! So it’s important that you’re well prepared.
Thing You Need to Do Before You Go
For your own safety, we strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance to cover your trip to Nepal. Your policy should include helicopter evacuation above the highest altitude on your trek (e.g. above 4,130m for Annapurna Base Camp). Trekking in Nepal can be dangerous, especially at high altitudes. We need to be sure that in the event of an emergency, we can take action quickly. Read more.
We recommend that you visit your doctor or health professional at least 4-6 weeks before you fly to Nepal. They’ll let you know if you need any vaccinations or other preventative measures. Read more.
If you’re reading this post, you may have already decided which trek you’re going to do, based on your level of fitness. If you don’t already exercise regularly, it’s a good idea to get trekking fit! Create a plan to walk as often as you can, and try to organise some longer weekend hikes, preferably with plenty of uphill! Fill your day pack and carry it with you, so you can get used to walking with some weight on your back. Porters will carry your backpack, but you’ll need to carry some essentials with you, including plenty of water. Read more.
Altitude sickness can affect anyone, regardless of their experience or fitness level. We insist on designing an itinerary that allows enough time for you to acclimatise during your trek. There is a safe limit that we can ascend daily. So some trekking days will be shorter than others. There are things that you can do to take care of yourself during your trek. It helps if you drink a lot of water and avoid alcohol, especially at high altitudes. It’s possible to take preventative medication in some cases. If you’re concerned, speak to your medical professional before you leave for Nepal. Read more.
We recommend that your backpack weighs no more than 12-13kg. You can shop ’til you drop after your trek and fill up your backpack with colourful souvenirs and gifts – but not before! You don’t need to get everything before you arrive in Nepal. It’s often a lot cheaper to buy equipment once in Nepal. There’s always time to pick up some essentials before your trek. The one thing you may want to bring with you is a good, solid pair of well worn hiking boots that you know are comfortable. If you’re not sure what to wear for your trek, read this FAQ. You can find a comprehensive checklist of what to pack here.
You’ll be granted a visa when you enter Nepal, but there’s some paperwork you need to complete. Get a head start and complete the Online Tourist Visa Form before you go to Nepal, making it easier once you arrive in Kathmandu. Read more in our FAQ and read our blog about what to expect when you arrive in Kathmandu.