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FAQ

Is someone going to meet me at the airport?

Yes, a Himalayan Holidays Representative will welcome you at Kathmandu Airport with a banner and drop you to your hotel. After check-in at the hotel and refreshments, Himalayan Holidays office management and guide will formally introduce themselves and provide a trip briefing. You should have previously checked International flight reconfirmation and will need to submit 2 passport size pictures and passport copy to the office management.

What types of hotels do you use?

In city area we can provide different levels of accommodation to suit client requirements, or as specified in itinerary. Accommodation may include hotels, guesthouse, or home-stays. Hotels vary from 5 star to budget style which offers clean secure accommodation but with few amenities.

What sort of accommodation can I expect in trekking?

In trekking area we offer a variety of trekking lodge accommodation and of course camping. Trekking lodges are generally locally built of timber, are often 2 storey and are basic but comfortable. They usually provide single beds in single and double rooms as well as the occasional dormitory. A mattress will be provided and most lodges also provide a quilt or blanket but it is a good idea to have your own sleeping bag, liner and travel pillow. The dining room is normally on ground level downstairs around a fire and the toilet and shower facilities are normally outside. Most places will provide you with a lock for your room, but you may prefer to use one of your own i.e. Combination lock and while theft is almost unheard of from the lodge owners; you always need to protect yourself from other travelers unknown to you. Along the way there are a few 'up market' places to stay, or even just relax for lunch: Everest View Hotel (Syangboche), Gokyo Resort (Gokyo), 8000 Inn (Lobuche) and Jomsom Mountain Resort (Jomsom). For an extra charge we can arrange a night's stay at any of these before you leave Kathmandu, or you may just like to wait till the urge overtakes you on the trail - don't forget those US dollars! If you choose a camping trek, a tent will be provided if you do not have your own. We provide a kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tents for all camping treks. We should bring your own sleeping bags, mats and whatever other home comforts you need. We usually camp in or near a village, which allows you to buy luxury items such as chocolate, beer or soft drinks, which we do not carry with us. We also provide a limited amount of toilet paper and facilities for hand and face washing before meals. You will also get a bowl of hot water each morning in your tent for a refreshing wash.

Can I have a single room/tent? Do I have to share?

Single supplements are only available on a few extension trips and lodge/tented camp accommodated safaris. On most of our trips if you are traveling alone you will share a room or tent with another same sex solo traveler and will not be charged for or have the option, of a single supplement. It may be possible for you to have a single room on a trek but this will depend on the availability of rooms at the time.

What sort of food can I expect whilst trekking ?

Most lodge cooks prepare a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, in some areas, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization - eat some every day. In many larger villages you  usually find meat on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. If you are on a camping trek the cook can prepare specially requested food if you advise before leaving Kathmandu. In any case, you will have similar fare to lodges, except that along the way we may buy some fresh local produce such as fish, chicken or cheese to supplement the supplies. And the cost of all the food we prepare is included in the price of the camping treks - you can eat as much as you like. Whichever option you choose, you can be assured that the food is fresh, nutritious and tasty. If you have any special dietary requirements please advise us in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

What's the food like? I'm a vegetarian is that a problem?

The food is one of the greatest experiences when you travel. Trip leaders enjoy sharing their local recommendations. When camping, crew and tour participants prepare meals. Accommodating special diets is not normally a problem .On some hotel trips when meals are taken in restaurants and cafes, food choice may be more limited for vegetarians but on the trek as a lot of the food is vegetarian anyway, it is not a problem.

Is the water OK to drink? Do I need to bring purifying tablets/filter?

In most places bottled water is readily available and some villages offer filtered water. On camping trips the water is purified with chemicals or boiled. Never drink the water unless Filtered, purified or bottled.

Are the trip destinations safe?

Security and safely are a high priority, however there are always risks associated with adventure travel, and travel to overseas destinations, that you should consider before booking . You should always check the latest government advice re any overseas destination before booking a trip. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personal one, have travel insurance and use a reputable company at all times.


How strenuous is the trip? Am I fit enough?

We have a wide variety of trips that require active participation to a greater or lesser degree. In general the fitter you are the more you are likely to enjoy an active trip. Check the trip grading, anything listed as strenuous or challenging is just that.


What's the weather going to be like?

Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. Of course, at night it is generally cold, and in winter the days can be quite beautiful if the sun is out. There can be snow or rain storms any time of the year. Trekking in spring (March - April) is particularly lovely as the rhododendrons are in full bloom, and the mountains still have plenty of high snow to enhance your photos. You need to be aware that it can get pretty hot and sunstroke can be a risk. Good polarizing sunglasses or glacier glasses for high altitudes/winter treks, and a large brimmed hat are a necessity. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect anything from sun - snow, expect the unexpected! In Kathmandu in Spring or Autumn the weather is usually very pleasant around mid to high 20s, perfect for sightseeing and outdoor dining. Your guide should be able to give you more information about the weather conditions on the trail when you have your pre-trek briefing. Updated weather can be found at BBC Weather (Nepal).


What happens if I get sick?

The most important thing is DON'T PANIC. You should always ensure that you have a well-stocked and appropriate medical kit as well as sufficient insurance in case you should have to be evacuated. A slight case of diarrhea is common, as well as joint and muscle aches - all a part of walking in the hills and a change of diet. Altitude sickness is extremely dangerous but mostly avoidable if you follow a few simple rules: ascend slowly, at high altitude, aim for about 300 metres increase in altitude per day, trek high and sleep low, drink at least 2 litres of water per day (not including beer or soft drinks!), and BE SENSIBLE. If you feel shortness of breath, a slight headache or dizziness, tell your porter/guide and rest immediately. Lie down, drink water. If you are still feeling unwell you may consider going down a few hundred metres. Do not pretend you are okay, and do not go down alone. A descent of a few hundred metres overnight may be enough to make you fully able to start trekking again tomorrow. For more information, please go to: www.high-altitude-medicine.com This excellent site will tell you all you need to know, and also includes a phonetic Nepali questionnaire for your porter. Porters are just as prone to altitude sickness as everyone else is.


What's included?

Included is transportation within the itinerary, accommodation, sightseeing where specified, meals where specified, services of a trip leader and local guides where specified .Not included unless specified is international air fare, visas, insurance or meals.


What if I take more or less time on my trek than I had planned and paid for ?

A trekking holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. In fact, most of the time it isn't even about the end point. Walking in the mountains is about enjoying the beauty of the people and places. Differences of any extra costs can be made up on your return. Remember, it's your holiday and so long as you enjoy your trip the time taken is mostly irrelevant, unless of course there are flight timelines which you have to meet. You may find that weather or illness means you have to turn back, sit it out or take another route. No problem!


What are the trip leaders like?

Leaders are carefully selected for their personality, general travel experiences and enthusiasm for our style of travel. They facilitate the smooth running of your trip and are there to help you get the most out of your adventure. They are recruited on the basis of their resourcefulness and people skills.


How can I look after my porter?

Your porter can also be your friend - talk to him about his family. Most porters are students trying to earn extra cash, or married with very young families. These guys can be away from home for months on end carrying packs up and down hills. It's a hard life and small gestures of appreciation, or asking them if they are okay never go astray. Himalayan Holidays supports IPPG (International Porter Protection Group) - go to their website at www.ippg.net for more information. If you do not have a guide with you and are trekking with a porter only, please keep an eye on your porter (just as he will keep an eye on you) when on the trail. Porters are also prone to altitude sickness and even though he is working for you his welfare is everyone's moral responsibility If your porter shows signs of altitude sickness, please ensure that your porter gets to a safer altitude and that medical attention is arranged. Never leave him to wander alone down the mountain. Make sure that he has sufficient food and drink and warm clothing.


How much spending money should I bring?

This will depend on the destination and you're spending habits. However our trip dossiers will give you an idea of how many additional meals, optional excursions, and extra expenses you might need to budget for  on any specific trip..


Can I use credit cards in the places visited?

In most cities and larger tourist towns yes, to some extent, credit cards can be used. ATMs are readily available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There are money exchangers in Lukla, Jomson and Sauraha. However once you leave those places behind do not expect to be able to use credit cards or ATMs. Small amounts of U.S.D and Nepalese cash are best.


If I arrive a day early, can you help with hotel accommodation?

Yes, if you are booked on a fixed date itinerary and you arrive earlier than the itinerary date, we can arrange additional accommodation at the joining hotel.


 

So what ever type of holiday you are looking for,
Himalayan Holidays can organise that special trip just for you.

 

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