Here are some of the Nepal treks related frequently asked questions and answers

What is trekking ?


Typically, our trekking involve 5-8 hours hiking per day, including a lunch stop. The trail varies from easy hiking on the lower elevation to the strenuous walking over 5500m in Himalayas. A common misconception is that if you are a slow walker you make hold people back- Not so. The group members often string out and there will be and hour two between the first to arrive and last. You walk at your own pace and stop when you feel like it.  There will be always our trekking Guides, Sherpa and porters at the front and the rear ensuring no one get lost.

How is the trekking days?


Trekking days are designed so that the walking is enjoyable and safe. The companionship of other trekker and staff positive attitude creates great company and many memorable events.  The day begins early at around 6:30 in the morning with a cup of tea. Before breakfast pack your gears into duffel bag by keeping some essential things in your day pack. after breakfast, we are usually on the trail by 8 Am and following a good morning’s walk, we stop for lunch about 1- 2 hours lunch break that allows for the group meal, enjoy the surrounding  and catch  up on your diary  or reading.  We reach our camp or tea house by 4 pm as the afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning. Having afternoon tea, side trips, games or other activities (optional) are generally organized. You can also relax, read, writing diary, explore surrounding area and villages or sit and talk with staff and local people. Dinner is normally served around 6 -7 pm.

Who leads the Trip and are they trained and experienced?

Peaceful Step Himalaya  trek where adventure is worthwhile,  being a professionally managed trekking company base in Nepal, we have a policy of employing competent local trekking group leaders and guides,  who care the fragile environment, knows Nepal better and have empathy to porters and staff. They are fluent in English and have undergone extensive trek leader and guide courses, wilderness first aid, mountaineering, Eco trekking training etc.  To ensure that they are fully competent in all aspects of trekking, climbing, nature and conservation, first aid to high altitude medicine. All of them have years long trip leading experienced and high dedication on rendering the qualitative services. Many of them have work experienced on international adventures Travel Companies.


What kind of accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara ?

During city phases ,like  Kathmandu and Pokhara, we use 3 -5 star hotel . traveling through more remote areas with less established infrastructure, we always choose the highest quality available.

What kind of accommodation is there on the trek?

We use tea-house/ Lodge and guesthouse for on all  of our  treks tea-house are basically small hotels found in local villages that offer both a place to sleep as well as home cooked meals.  Rooms are typically shared with 2 trekkers a room. Bathroom are shared as well and in the Everest region, they usually having running cold water and western style toilets

How is the meal on tea-house trek?

We offer the open and choice menu in our tea-house trekking where you can select the food you like on your breakfast, lunch and dinner time. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the hygienic, plentiful and nutritious food .most tea-house offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and eggs dishes are generally available for breakfast. .lunch each generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta, noodle and traditional Nepali food &breads. Dinner is a hearty 3 course meal – soup followed by a variety of vegetable, rice and pasta dishes and completed with simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provide at all meals

How is the meal on Camping expedition?

We have our own experienced trek cook on the entire camping trip. We adhere to strict hygiene guidelines so all our food is hygienically prepared, cooked and served. To start the day, breakfast consists of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereal followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or breads .lunch each generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta, noodle, and traditional breads. Dinner is a hearty 3 course meal – soup followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provide at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for.  Your trek leader is able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene.  Properly boiled water is served for drinking.

 What arrangement is being made for the safe drinking water on trek?

We are aware on the protection of fragile environment s while organizing trekking and climbing treks. We discourage in buying the plastic bottle mineral water as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. We do provide properly boiled drinking water on all region trips where our staff properly boiled drinking water on kerosene /gas for you. We recommend that you collect the safe drinking water from local station or tea house in Annapurna region

Does the trip offer the best value?

Peaceful Step Himalaya Trek where adventure is worthwhile   has no overhead expenses on overseas office. This means we can offer top quality services and facilities at a competitive price to exceed your expectation. Trip cost includes from your accommodation, local flight , private transportation, tour, trekking permit , climbing permit , Tims card , national park or conservation fees  to all meals ( Breakfast , lunch  and dinner )  while on trek,  link to cost includes and excludes.  In every detail, we set the highest possible standards, from safety to the high quality / types of gears and food provide to meet the international standard. We balance of exploration and relaxation, comfort and adventure at its best.

Any hidden / extra cost?

Travelers generally bring a small amount of pocket money to cover laundry, telephone call, WiFi, alcoholic, bottle water, hot water, hot shower, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, and camera battery charging tips or donation to monasteries along the route. Trekker fined that around $15 -$20 a day is reasonable for these extra although if you are on a tight budget you get by with less.

How to book the trip with us ?

To book you place on any trips, please fill up the online booking from at our website. www.stephimalayatrek.com.np and sent it to us along with the trip deposit is 35%  of total amount per person and  (70%) rest  of amount need to pay in Kathmandu after arrival.  Deposit can be paid by bank /wire transfer or by credit card (Visa or Master Card). On receipt of your booking details we will send you trip confirmation receipt of your booking.

How fit do I need to be?

Fitness is perhaps the key factor in the trek. Most people of average fitness for their age could complete the adventure trekking in Himalayas.  On all holidays, physical preparation is useful and flexible, open-minded approach is essential. You can take your time, set on your pace and enjoy the most fascinating surroundings. Most first time trekkers are concerned that they won’t keep up.  They soon discover that a steady and moderate pace will have them end destination well before they would have expected. Trekking is not waking competition but walking holidays in own pace. However, the fitter you are the more you will enjoy it and you will have enough energy for extra activities. The best preparation for trekking is cycling, swimming, and jogging, squash, tennis and long walks involving up and down hill.

What about insurance, Are the staff is being taken care of? 

We are committed on the welfare of our staff from trek leaders / guides, assistance (Sherpa), cooks and porters. We ensure good wages, salary provident fund, proper insurance to the equipment and clothing needed for all the staff including porters. They are our kith and kin as well as the backbone of adventure tourism industry in Nepal.

What insurance do the trekkers need to get ?

You need general travel insurance and trip cancellation insurance, as well as rescue insurance. Read your policy’s fine print to make sure it covers you for trekking or climbing, depending on what trip you have booked and that it covers you for helicopter evacuation.

What happens in case of emergency?

In the case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; you shall be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please makes sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back in Kathmandu.

 I am worried about acute mountain sickness (AMS)

Peaceful Step Himalaya Trek where adventure is worthwhile trip itineraries have been professionally designed to minimize the effects of high altitude sickness. Extensive medical kits are carried own all our trips. In addition, portable altitude chamber (A life saving device) is being carried as a safety back up own high altitude treks and climbing expedition. All our trekking group leader/ guide are well trained in wilderness. First aid course who are competent to diagnosis it and to act accordingly on the very spot.

What safety arrangement is being prepared for the trek?

Safety is our top most agenda while organizing trip in Himalayas. All our trekking group leaders/guide have undertaken the wilderness  first aid  medical course years of experience have taught them to deal with any adverse situation from diarrhea to acute mountain sickness . We carry portable altitude chamber (hyperbolic bag) along with a comprehensive medical kit. We plan adventure travel trips so that safety and comfort are not compromised.

Do you have airport transfer facilities?

Definitely! Our airport representatives will come at the airport to welcome and transfer you to your hotel. Do check the Step Himalaya Trek where adventure is worthwhile clip board on your arrival in Kathmandu airport outside the arrival terminal hall. Make sure you have provided your flight details to us advance.

 How much weight do we carry on the trek?

You will be carrying your day pack with warm clothes, drinking water, snacks, sun block, camera, mobile and money bag etc.  You need for the day. Generally it will be light around 3 to 5 Kg.

Do I need to arrive the day before the trip start? And when should I book my flight to leave?

Our entire trips itinerary has an arrival and departure day from Kathmandu so you can arrive and leave Kathmandu as per the program day. You are also welcome and encouraged to arrive a day earlier or leave Nepal a day later to have a look around the vibrant Kathmandu valley Step Himalaya Trek where adventure is worthwhile arrange airport transfer, hotel booking or any extra activities as required.

Can I buy some of the trek gears in Kathmandu?

Yes. There are dozens of trekking shop in the Thamel area of Kathmandu and Lake Side of Pokhara. Our trekking guide or staff will be happy to assist you on this matter if you needed.

Do I need to take trekking poles?

If you are used to walking with trekking pole the take those with you as there are some narrow, steep, rocky sections. They are not essential though and the walk is manageable without them.  Step Himalaya Trek where adventure is worthwhile team also provides if there is small group.

Will my mobile work while in Nepal?

If you want to take your phone with you, there is a good chance that it will work in most major cities. Check with your service provider before you go if they have a reciprocal agreement with the countries you are traveling to, and make sure you remember to get the local mobile Sim card in Kathmandu or pokhara too. Those are Namaste and Ncell card.

Can we recharge batteries on the trek?

Available almost each tea-house / lodge at a cost usually about 2-5$ per hour for re-charging batteries. It depends on region. We use the voltages 220- 240 volts to power their appliances and two points plugs are recommend to bring.

What about weight limits?

The main limitation on the weight is the luggage limit on the flight form Kathmandu to Lukla which is 10 kg and another 5 Kg for a hand carry on for a total of 15 Kg but for Kathmandu to Pokhara it is possible 20Kg.

What is the weather and temperature like?

It is notoriously difficult to predict the weather condition in Himalayas. Off course days are warm and nights are cold. There can be a snow or rain storms at any time. Between 1000m to 3500 meter the temperature could be as high as 20 C to 5 C low. At low higher altitude, the temperature range from 20 C to -15 C during winter it is around 10C colder. Good polarizing sunglasses (not trendy fashion one) for high altitude and large brimmed hat are really helpful expect the unexpected

What happen if the flight from Lukla or Kathmandu is delayed?

The flights between Kathmandu and lukla are generally reliable but if the weather is not good the can be cancelled for the entire day. Our each Everest package includes one buffer day in case of delays but we suggest that you schedule a couple of extra additional days in case of delays at the end of your trek.  If you flight is delayed in Kathmandu we will re-book your flight for the next day. We may also be able to provide an option for a privately chartered helicopter. If you choose to take the helicopter this can cost an additional $ 500 or more it is depending on availability and group size. Extra hotel nights (40$- 110$) and meals in Kathmandu are not included when flight are delayed although we will make arrangements for you.

Can I get refund if I don’t finish the trek?

It is sometime the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or the end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we can’t offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guide and porter for the time they have committed.

 How much tipping should I budget? 

Tipping is an accepted part of trekking although it is completely personal matter. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their effort.  Budgeting up to 10/12 % of the trek cost as tipping could be a guideline. Tipping is a great to show your appreciation for the team’s hard work and devoted attention to your happiness

I would like to continue my holiday, any recommendations?

If you have enough time or extra days after the trek, please ask your ground team in Kathmandu or Pokhara for assistance with arranging day tour, safari, short hiking, rafting and if you are in Pokhara , it is possible  Paragliding, Boating, Zip flyer , cycling,  bungee and  other activities.

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