What is a tea house trek?
You will encounter many tea houses on your trek. A tea house is a lodge operated by the locals of a village to support their family and community. During the evenings and night the teahouses offer you beverages, food, warmth, and a chance to chat with other trekkers and locals. Teahouses are not five star hotels, but basic accommodation including breakfast, lunch, and dinner at a very affordable price. Many teahouses offer hot showers where you have to a small fee (usually around $2). Wifi and battery charge is also offered with a small fee.
What is a camping trek?
As the name suggests, a camping trek is camping, in which you will have to accommodate yourself and your companions along with the staff in tents. The tents will consist of kitchens and bedrooms. All the tedious and cumbersome tasks will be done by our staff. These kinds of treks are said to be really adventurous and fun.
Are you (Soul Himalaya Treks &Tours) authorized by the government?
Yes, we are fully authorized by the government to conduct any kinds of activities relating to trekking and traveling. All of our guides are licensed and experienced mountain guides.
Should I obtain insurance for the trek?
Yes, we insist you to take out insurance. You should have yourself insured before your arrival to Nepal and it should cover all expenses. If you need help, please don’t hesitate to ask us. Many of our trekkers have been happy with dog tag insurance. https://www.dogtag.com/
Is tipping the guides and porters compulsory?
It is not compulsory. However, it has been a common trait and the guides and porters will be expecting a small amount of tips from you. A small amount to you can hold a great essence in their life and can go a long way to help them and their families. Feel free to ask us for a suggested standard amount.
Are there any kinds of age limit for trekking in the Himalayas?
No. People under 18 should be accompanied by their parents or guardian and should have the required health ability to trek in the Himalayas.
How do I get to Nepal?
It is a really easy procedure. You will get a visa upon arrival at the international airport in Nepal. It is best to bring cash to the airport. There are times where the credit card machine is down, and this can cause travelers a huge headache. We have a completely independent article providing you with all the information you need for traveling to Nepal. Please, take a look.
Are the trekking personnel fluent in talking English?
Yes, all of our guides are fluent in English. We only provide jobs to trekking guides who have impeccable speaking skills in English and experience in the mountains. Please feel free to ask them about the environment and the Sherpa culture which you will encounter on your trek.
How long should we walk every day?
In average you will walk at least 5 hours but no more than 7 hours. It is common to begin early in the morning, have an hour rest for a lunch, and arrive at a teahouse well before sunset.
What is the best season to schedule our trek to Nepal?
Frankly speaking, Nepal is a place where you will enjoy your time throughout the year. There are no such restraints in traveling and enjoying Nepal any time in the year. However, as a whole, March-May and September-November are mostly preferred by the trekkers and travelers in Nepal.
What kind of foods will we be served during our trek?
You will be astounded with all the local and international food items you will get to choose in tea house during the trek. A typical teahouse will serve items such as rice, potatoes, curry, vegetables, dumplings, pasta, soup, and lots of local tea. All the food you will be served will be highly fresh, hygienic, energetic and organic.
Can I travel alone?
Yes, definitely. But, we suggest you to take at least one guide with you in the case of something happening. Our guides are first aid trained and are quick to recognize symptoms of possible altitude sickness and trained to prevent it from getting worse.
Can we hire trekking equipments from you?
Unfortunately, that’s a ‘no’. But, you surely can hire it from Kathmandu and we will help you. You will find equipment in Kathmandu to be much more affordable than your home countries.
What to do during any emergencies?
We understand the possibilities of any kind of emergencies and we ensure that we will do the utmost of our abilities to assist you. Everything, however, is not in our hands and there are some legal constraints too. We assure you that we will always stand besides you and help you in any possible way.
How should I dress for the trek?
Dress codes vary according to altitude of travel and duration of the trek too. Come with clothing you feel comfortable in and could wear for long periods of time. For more information please contact us, and we can provide with a gear list. We will be more than happy to assist you.
What is the maximum weight allowed on domestic flights?
The normal weight limit for domestic flights is 15 kg. If you would like to carry more than 15 kg there will be a fee.
Are all the trekking routes facilitated with efficient communication facilities?
Almost, but some parts of some trek are deprived of effective communication facilities. We ensure you that you won’t have to go 3 days without Internet or communication facilities.
What If I get sick during the trek?
Our trekking guides have attended various kinds of first aid training programs and will provide you with some general medications. If the case becomes serious, you will be taken to a local hospital or maybe back Kathmandu for treatment. Prior to the trek, please notify us with any allergies that you may have so we can best assist you.
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