Preparing to Trek Nepal
We’ll take care of most things when you trek with us. However there is some preparation that you need to do before you leave home. We cover these in our comprehensive FAQ’s and we’ll also let you know what’s important when we confirm your booking.
In these blogs, we explore topics in more detail. We recommend our ‘must know top tips‘ and ‘Nepal travel hacks‘ blogs, which are packed full of useful information!
If you're preparing to trek Nepal and looking for the most important tips, you can read our 'must know top tips' here. In addition to these, we've come up with a bunch of Nepal travel hacks! Read about how to blow your nose, stay warm, collect smiles, pack your backpack, and set yourself up for the adventure of a lifetime! In this blog we mention a few brands based purely on personal experience. We're not receiving any form of payment from these companies. On the Trekking Trail Our first Nepal travel hacks are useful when you're walking the trekking trail... The tortoise wins the race! At Nepalorama we believe in taking it 'slow and steady' on the trekking trail. We've seen it countless times... Enthusiastic trekkers overtake, proving their strength and stamina. But often, it's never too long before we overtake and leave them behind exhausted on the side of the trail. Even the fittest trekkers sometimes underestimate the stamina needed to trek at high altitudes. That's why taking it slow and steady wins the race every time, and leaves you with sufficient reserves for the next day and the next! It's the journey that counts, not the destination Some people just want to finish the day's walk as quickly as possible. But the nights in Nepal are long and the teahouses can be very cold. We prefer to take our time and encourage you to do the same! Enjoy the spectacular nature all around you. One of our favourite Nepal travel hacks - stop to notice the little things - there's way more to Nepal than its Himalayan giants! Pause to take photos that you'll cherish forever and take a break when you want - you can with Nepalorama as you'll have your own private guide! Don't compete with
If you’re preparing to trek Nepal and looking for the most important tips, you can read our ‘must know top tips’ here. In addition to these, we’ve come up with a bunch of Nepal travel hacks! Read about how to blow your nose, stay warm, collect smiles, pack your backpack, and set yourself up for the adventure of a lifetime!
When you trek Nepal, you'll want to feel well prepared. I've trekked in Nepal several times and have learnt some things the hard way. I'm sharing my top tips with you now, so you don't have to! I have plenty more which you can read here. But I believe the following 8 tips are the most important things you need to know and remember. These tips will help you stay safe and set you up to have an amazing experience in Nepal! My Top Tips for Trekking Nepal Tip 1. Understand a bit about altitude sickness Altitude sickness can affect anyone regardless of their age or level of fitness. So, it's essential that you know the basics. The higher the altitude, the lower the air pressure. This makes it more difficult to get the oxygen you need. It can start becoming a problem above around 2,500m/8,200ft. If symptoms are ignored they can become life threatening. So, it's critical that you know the symptoms to look out for and you take appropriate action as soon as you start feeling unwell. Mild altitude sickness (AMS) can feel like a bad hangover and can be worse at night. Symptoms include headache, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, tiredness, loss of appetite and shortness of breath. Never forget these golden rules created by Dr. David Shlim: If you feel unwell, you have altitude sickness until proven otherwise. Do not ascend further if you have symptoms of altitude sickness. If you are getting worse then descend immediately. If you trek with Nepalorama, we'll design a travel plan with sufficient days built in for you to safely acclimatise. Your guide will keep a close eye on you throughout the trek to make sure you're doing fine. If you start feeling unwell, he'll take a decision in your best
When you trek Nepal, you’ll want to feel well prepared. I’ve trekked in Nepal several times and have learnt some things the hard way. I’m sharing my top tips with you now, so you don’t have to! I have plenty more which you can read here. But I believe the following 8 tips are the most important things you need
Is 'getting fit' on your resolution list for the New Year? Give yourself a great incentive. Get fit to trek Nepal! Home to eight of the ten highest mountains in the world - you don't need any more reasons to visit this incredible country! Yet there are more, many more and it still costs less than most adventure holiday destinations. But to see the amazing 'on top of the world' views, you need to be in shape. Trekking Nepal is challenging. Yet if you do it, it will be one of your top lifetime achievements! Trekking Nepal Will Likely Change Your Habits and Could Change Your Life! When I first trekked in Nepal, I didn't know what to expect. Would I be fit enough or would I hold the group back? I pushed my limits beyond what I thought possible and I loved it! I realised then what I was truly capable of physically and mentally. It wasn't long before I went on to do many other longer and more challenging treks in Nepal. But that's not all. I changed my lifestyle at home and started doing a lot more outdoor activity and exercise. I've never been happier or fitter! So, if you want to make some positive changes in your life, getting fit to trek Nepal is a great start! When you push your physical boundaries and succeed, you'll discover a new passion for outdoor adventure! Many people say that trekking Nepal is life changing. Is 2019 your year? Yes, You Can Get Fit to Trek Nepal! Visiting Nepal and trekking in the Himalaya is something many people dream of. But whilst it's a popular 'bucket list' item, there's a common perception that it's just too hard for a lot of people. Well, have we got news for you!
Is ‘getting fit’ on your resolution list for the New Year? Give yourself a great incentive. Get fit to trek Nepal! Home to eight of the ten highest mountains in the world – you don’t need any more reasons to visit this incredible country! Yet there are more, many more and it still costs less than most adventure holiday destinations.
We're committed to being a responsible trekking company in Nepal... But what does that mean? From the start we've been determined to conduct business with integrity. No compromises. We evolve our understanding of what it means to be a responsible trekking company in Nepal all the time, as we learn and challenge more about how things work in the trekking industry. We know exactly how much things cost and we've been quoting prices as low as we can afford to remain competitive in the vast ocean of Nepal trekking companies. Yet we find we're still regularly undercut. How is this possible? The Truth is Ugly Nepal is still one of the poorest countries in the world. Conditions have improved over recent years, but still more than 25% of the population live in absolute poverty. Actually Krishna told me recently that costs are increasing at a significant rate, making it especially difficult for those who are very poor. Desperation results in exploitation and this is happening in the Nepal trekking industry. Some guides and porters accept work at any cost, because some money is better than none. They hope to receive tips so they can support their families, but it's a gamble. I met Krishna during my first trip to Nepal. He was the Assistant Guide on our group trek, yet in my opinion proved to be far more responsible and competent than the lead guide. Krishna also did most of the work. He explained to me that it didn't matter, he was still paid a lot less. This made me very uncomfortable. So, as a responsible trekking company in Nepal, our first priority is our people. We Pay Our Guides and Porters Fairly At Nepalorama we're committed to paying our guides and porters fairly. We can't yet afford to pay
We’re committed to being a responsible trekking company in Nepal… But what does that mean? From the start we’ve been determined to conduct business with integrity. No compromises. We evolve our understanding of what it means to be a responsible trekking company in Nepal all the time, as we learn and challenge more about how things work in the trekking
Let the views take your breath away - not the high altitude! In this blog, we'll explain all you need to know about altitude sickness in Nepal, including what symptoms to look out for and how you can prevent it. This simple knowledge could save your life. Altitude sickness can affect anyone, regardless of their age, trekking experience or level of fitness. It's one of the top concerns people share about trekking Nepal and it's a valid concern. Unless you live at a very high altitude, our bodies are not acclimatised to the lack of oxygen in the high mountain air. Ascending too fast can cause problems. If symptoms of altitude sickness in Nepal (or anywhere else) are not addressed quickly, they can be extremely dangerous. All our itineraries allow enough time for you to safely acclimatise. However, there are also things that you can do to support your own acclimatisation. If you know what symptoms to look out for, you can act quickly with the help of your trekking guide and avoid danger. Important Disclaimer! You won't find any medical experts at Nepalorama, just passionate trekkers! The information in this blog is designed purely to help you build your knowledge of altitude sickness and its symptoms so you can identify it quickly and tell your trekking guide. This information does not replace professional advice in any way. We strongly recommend that you discuss any concerns you have with your own medical professional before you travel to Nepal. What is Altitude Sickness? Altitude sickness, also called Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), makes it difficult for oxygen to enter your body (vascular system) due to the low air pressure. The higher the altitude, the harder it is to get the amount of oxygen you need. Altitude sickness can occur when you ascend
Let the views take your breath away – not the high altitude! In this blog, we’ll explain all you need to know about altitude sickness in Nepal, including what symptoms to look out for and how you can prevent it. This simple knowledge could save your life. Altitude sickness can affect anyone, regardless of their age, trekking experience or level
Updated 17 February 2022 If you've never been to Nepal, it can be a bit daunting when you arrive in Kathmandu! After a long journey it's helpful to know exactly what to expect, so that you can be prepared! Before You Leave Home Before you leave home, (within 15 days before your arrival in Kathmandu), complete the Online Tourist Visa Form and print it. You can find all the details in this FAQ. This saves you from having to queue at one of the kiosks in the airport when you arrive in Kathmandu. We also recommend making a photocopy of your passport details page. Sometimes Immigration ask for it, sometimes not. On the Plane Keep your Boarding Card safe - you'll need to submit it at the Immigration counter in Kathmandu. Sit back and relax! Stretch regularly, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Some airlines will give you a Nepal Arrivals Card to complete on the flight. If not don't worry, you can pick one up at the entrance of the Arrivals Lounge at Kathmandu Airport. You can use our address details: Nepalorama Trekking, Paknajol Road, Paknajol, Kathmandu. Also, keep your printed baggage label/tag handy. You'll have received this when you checked in for your flight. Usually it will be stuck on the back of your passport or boarding pass. You might need this as you exit the airport. When You Arrive in Kathmandu, Obtain Your Entry Visa Pick up an Arrivals Card at the entrance of the Arrivals Lounge and complete it (if you didn't get one on the plane). If you've completed the Online Tourist Visa Form and have the printed confirmation, walk straight ahead to the counter where you pay your visa fee (USD $30 for 15 days, $50 for 30 days - most major
Updated 17 February 2022 If you’ve never been to Nepal, it can be a bit daunting when you arrive in Kathmandu! After a long journey it’s helpful to know exactly what to expect, so that you can be prepared! Before You Leave Home Before you leave home, (within 15 days before your arrival in Kathmandu), complete the Online Tourist Visa
Updated 24 August 2018. If you're determined to get trekking fit this year, why not create a walking plan or find one to follow? Having a plan and committing to it always helps me to achieve my goals! It can work for you too! It's true that anyone with a moderate level of fitness can trek in Nepal. There are many lower altitude and less strenuous treks, like the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. So, if trekking Nepal is something you've always dreamed of, it's time to take action! You can easily create your own plan to walk regularly, building up the distance and level of difficulty over time. There are no doctors or health experts at Nepalorama, just enthusiastic trekkers! So, always consult your doctor if you have any concerns about building up your fitness, before you start any type of training plan. But if you're already in reasonable shape and you want to get trekking fit - create a walking plan and stick to it! These are a few ideas about how you might create your own plan. Create a Walking Plan to Get Trekking Fit! Start with your planned trek in mind, or pick a date. Then work backwards to determine how many weeks you can spend building up your fitness. Decide what level of fitness you're aiming for. For example, if you're trekking to Ghorepani Poon Hill, you need to be able to walk an average of four to five hours per day for between four and six days, including some good climbs. Decide on your starting point. Think about how long you can comfortably walk for already. What type of walking are you doing? Picking your kids up from school on the flat , or perhaps day hiking with a backpack? This is your starting point.
Updated 24 August 2018. If you’re determined to get trekking fit this year, why not create a walking plan or find one to follow? Having a plan and committing to it always helps me to achieve my goals! It can work for you too! It’s true that anyone with a moderate level of fitness can trek in Nepal. There are
Updated 17 February 2022 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 Covid 19 At the time of writing, fully vaccinated travellers don't need to self-isolate or quarantine on arrival in Nepal. We'll check the latest information and advise you of the requirements when you contact us about your trek. Travel Insurance 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. Health Precautions 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. Trekking Permits You'll need permits for most treks, but we'll take care of these for you. When we confirm your booking, we'll let you know what information we need. Read more. Fitness Level 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 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
Updated 17 February 2022 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