- How difficult are the treks?
- What is the best season to trek in Nepal?
- Were the trekking routes damaged by the earthquakes in 2015?
- Why should I travel with Pathfinder Trekking & Expedition?
- Safe Drinking Water?
- What about Vaccinations?
- Is Nepal Safe to Travel?
- About Bank Hours?
- Where we can find Laundry?
- Local Flights?
- Do we Need Travel Insurance?
How difficult are the treks?
We can assure you that you don’t have to be young, terribly experienced, or super suited to get pleasure from most of our treks. Previous walking expertise, though helpful, isn’t essential: a good majority of our treks can be undertaken by anyone who is healthy and enjoys the outdoor lifestyle. Many of our guests casually participate in sports like swimming, cycling, court games or golf. Our treks are ranked for difficulty from A (easy) to E (technical).Back to Index
What is the best season to trek in Nepal?
The best season for trekking in Nepal is the post-monsoon period from September to December and pre-monsoon season from February to May. In the winter, December to February, at high elevation it is extremely cold and significant snowfall might impede the crossing of high passes, however trekking in low elevation below 3000m is accessible all year round. In the summer, from June to August it is monsoon season and trekking is extremely wet, but in country areas, like higher mustang, trekking in the monsoon season is possible and pleasant.Back to Index
Were the trekking routes damaged by the earthquakes in 2015?
Some of them were, but most were not. The most popular trekking area to suffer extensive damage was the Langtang Valley. An avalanche at Everest Base Camp caused by the earthquake killed many mountaineers and destroyed some lodges, however, the other part of the Everest Base Camp trek was comparatively unaffected. Some other trekking routes within the central region of Nepal, particularly those in Gorkha district, were badly damaged and it’s still not advised–or possible–to go there. But further west, the country wasn’t affected. The Annapurna region, accessible from Pokhara, is fully functioning.Back to Index
Why should I travel with Pathfinder Trekking & Expedition?
There are many reasons, some of them are:
● We provide the most modern, lightweight equipment, specially designed for trekking & climbing.
● Reliable travel arrangements.
● Friendly and experienced staff to organize your travel.
● We respect and follow our clients’ suggestions and ideas for planning their special trips.
● We also provide warm clothes, good walking shoes and other necessary trekking equipment for our Guides and Porters.
● If you would like to speak with some of our satisfied guests, we can provide you with references for someone who lives nearby and has probably even done the same trip you are considering.
Safe Drinking Water?
Since we are concerned about the environment, we strongly recommend all clients to avoid the use of plastic mineral water bottles. Most hotels provide filtered drinking water in each room. However, it is advised to carry purification tablets or Steripen to treat the tap and stream water as untreated water is not safe to drink anywhere in Nepal. During your stay at the lodge or if you run out of drinking water along the trail, you can get boiled water from the teahouse lodge for a minimum charge.Back to Index
What about Vaccinations?
It is advised to consult or get professional advice from travel doctor about vaccinations and medical travel information beforehand. Though we provide first aid kit we recommend that you also carry a first aid kit, antibacterial wipes, and hand sanitizers.Back to Index
Is Nepal Safe to Travel?
- Please use your own good decision while choosing an activity in your leisure time. Though the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to roaming around any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants or during night time excursions.
- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the possibility to turn fierce without warning. If you are in an area where there is a rally of demonstrators or protesters, leave the area immediately.
- Water-based activities have a component of hazard and excitement built into them. We suggest only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities like rafting, if you wish to have an add-on package.
- For the safekeeping of your passport, air tickets, travelers’ cheques, cash, and other valuable items we advise the use of a neck wallet or money belt while traveling. Safety deposit box is available in city hotels to store your valuable items but during the trek, you have to secure your belongings. So we recommend you to leave valuable ornaments at home. A lock is suggested for securing your luggage.
About Bank Hours?
Banks are open for money exchange and other transactions from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday. All banks are closed on Saturday and Sunday. You can also change money at the hotels. ATM machines are available in Kathmandu and Pokhara but do not work at all times.Back to Index
Where we can find Laundry?
With minimum charge, laundry facilities are available in city hotels. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry, so we advise you to bring biodegradable soap.Back to Index
All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is essential that you have your passport information at the time of booking so as to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be provided to you prior to the flight departure. The flight allowance is 10 Kg/22lbs for luggage, and 5 Kg/11lbs for hand luggage. However, you can leave your luggage in Kathmandu hotels free of charge.Back to Index
Do we Need Travel Insurance?
Travel insurance is excluded from the trip price. It is mandatory that you take out a comprehensive travel insurance prior to your trek. Travel insurance reduces the significant financial risks of traveling and must cover personal liability, lost baggage, medical protection, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, accidents, missed flights, etc. We suggest our guests get insured to protect from possible hazards and enjoy their dream vacation to the fullest.Back to Index