Why Travel With Soul Himalaya Treks
Soul Himalaya Treks and Tours is a team of motivated professional leaders in mountain tourism. After more than a decade of experience in trekking, in 2016 we founded our company, with a vision for responsible tourism in Nepal. Our leaders have worked with reputed national and international companies, who have inspired us to grow and contribute to the diversified tourism sector of Nepal. Following a tradition of deep hospitality we honour travellers as "God and Goddess". We perform our activities together with you, always striving to attain harmony with nature and society.
We believe that it is not about the destination but about the journey. We respect your desires and craft holidays according to your preferences, providing a wide variety of activities, accommodations and custom plans. We offer accommodations that go from intimate bed and breakfasts up to luxury hotels, while providing all that you need for activities ranging from high altitude trekking to heritage tours. Our expertise consists in showing you the beauty of nature, history and people, with in-depth knowledge of our destinations while adding a personal touch to make a memorable vacation.
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We are a legally registered trekking company under the latest constitution of Nepal 2073 established specifically to conduct trekking and safari activities all over Nepal.
Soul Himalaya are convinced that, with us you will have an experience of a lifetime trekking in the mountains of Nepal because we provide the highest quality of service. We know that our customers expect high standards and we use their feedback to continually improve and adjust our services to ensure the best possible trekking experiences with the highest safety standards. Until now, worldwide trekkers, mountaineers and adventurous tour lovers have found many reasons to trek with our Soul Himalaya treks Group.
Professional, Friendly and Committed Team
We have a team of highly skilled and experienced people with all having extensive knowledge of guiding trekking, adventure tourism and culture. The minimum years of experience of any of our guides in our company is no less than 20 years and we are fluent in English with French and German speaking guides. We will work with you to develop the travel experience you have always dreamt of, whether a private trip or as part of a group. We will guide you not only through the mountains but also through the whole process of building your dream trip, supporting you at each step, culminating in an adventure that will connect you to the people and places of Nepal. We take pride in treating our customers as our guests - you will feel that you have been invited into our Sherpa family. We are fully registered and certified by the Government of Nepal and provide a wide range of Natural, Cultural, tours and adventure trekking and climbing opportunities in Nepal. We deliver true value, through the provision of exceptional service at competitive prices, but not at the cost of the environment or our social responsibilities. You can travel to places, where you would have never thought possible and experience the traditional and modern cultural life of Nepal. In addition to our trekking and adventure services, we have strong commitments to conservation of local cultures and environments, and actively promote rural children’s education. we like to give back, working to support rural communities at a grass root level in the fields of health and education. So, when you are enjoying your trip and having a wonderful time you are also providing a valuable contribution to local communities. Though most people you will meet in Nepal are friendly and helpful, we work tirelessly to ensure that you will have the best experience within our company as well.
Our responsibilities towards communities and the people.
Our services are not only limited to Trekking or Mountaineering, but we can provide many other recreational activities that can be enjoyed in Nepal, such as rafting, rock climbing, paragliding, animal safari and many more. You can travel to places, where you would have never thought possible and experience the traditional and modern cultural life of Nepal.
One of the Soul Himalaya's founding policies is to give a 5% of our profits to the local community. Therefore, we earned the profits to socio-economic objectives by supporting local schools and charities in rural areas. Furthermore, Soul Himalaya Treks and Tour is a specialized company for indoor and outdoor adventures journeys in Nepal. We also provide the best of us with reasonable prices to make this trip successful.
Vast Experience in the Industry
An important factor for a successful trip is the amount of experience possessed by the guides involved. Every single guide that you will be assigned by us are individuals who have gained on-the-ground experience for more than dozens of years. Even though it has just been three years since our inception as a company, all of us have toiled in the tourism industry for dozens of years. We provide services that are not only presented with careful deliberation over what is best for everyone involved, but also sprinkles of vast experience in the industry.
Delivers Satisfaction to Our Customers
In our short history of three years, we have delivered fulfilling services to many clients. Our customer satisfaction is evident from the amount of re-bookings that our client’s book with us repeatedly. And the amount of referrals we receive from our satisfied customers to their friends, families and relatives is also a trademark achievement we have been able to garner, not only as a company, but also as individuals working in the field before the company even started.
Safety is the Top Priority for Us
We think safety is the most crucial factor to consider for any trip. With that aim in mind, we plan and execute our trips with the most careful manner possible. That means having well-experienced and well-trained guides to guide you through the natural wilderness. It means having a delicate balance between safety and entertainment carefully considered by the trip leaders from years and years of training and experience in the field. It means considering the food we eat, clothes we wear and activities we do. It also means considering the legal, social and cultural matters of any place that we go to very seriously and plan everything accordingly. We have various emergency equipment and procedures ever ready any unforeseen situation may occur.
Passport and Visa Information
Visas are available on arrival at the international airport in Kathmandu and at all land border crossings open to foreigners. You are required to carry passport photos and can pay the visa fee in foreign currency (some crossings insist on payment in US dollars). Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a whole free page for your visa. You can also get your visa from the consulate in your home country. Tourist visa shall be granted for a period of a maximum of 150 days in a calendar year. On Arrival Visa Fee is 15 Days – 25 USD; 30 Days – 40 USD; 90 Days – 100 USD. you can fill the online visa directly to Nepal immigration website also.
Your Travel Insurance
A travel insurance policy that covers theft, loss and medical problems are best for traveling in Nepal. There are wide varieties of policies available, so always check the small print carefully. Make sure to be covered for adventure activities and high altitude. Since you reach above 4000 meters on quite a few treks in Nepal, it is best to choose a policy that covers medical and emergency repatriation, including helicopter evacuation for trekkers and a general medical evacuation. Also, understand that most medical treatment and facilities/hospitals must be paid for at the point of delivery of the patient. So, it’s wise to choose policy paying doctors and hospital treatments directly, rather than you having to pay on the spot and get reimbursed later.
When Traveling Around Nepal
For getting around the country, there is an excellent domestic air network and helicopter charter services as well as deluxe tourist coaches and a private car hire. A wide range of local buses is also available. Our team will assist you in making your preferred travel arrangements within Nepal according to your trip itinerary.
Equipment for Traveling
While trekking in Himalaya you are required to have an appropriate clothing and equipment set. You can either purchase your own or hire some of the necessary items in many adventure shops in Kathmandu. Sleeping bags and down jackets are easily rented for about 1 USD a day, other items can be bought locally. Most of the gear is locally manufactured and a lot cheaper. Some branded gear is likely to be more expensive but has more quality. Remember that excess baggage is likely to be a burden for yourself and your supporting staff. “Pack light, but pack right”, is our motto. We will help you to arrange all the necessary equipment on the second day of your arrival to ensure your comfort and safety during the trek.
When Flight Delays and Unexpected Weather Conditions
Flights by plane and helicopter are prone to unexpected delays and cancellations caused by unexpected weather in remote areas. Operational complications may also occur, which is more likely to happen in Everest region -Lukla flight, Annapurna region- Jomsom flight, Dolpa, Simikot, Jumla region etc. Most of the time, mountain flights are delayed without prior information. The flight is scheduled at 6:30 am, so you are required to be at the airport by 6:00 am. However, most of the time flight delays are more than an hour, so please be prepared for that. We advise you to always carry extra money for food and accommodation in case of an emergency. The Above Himalaya Trekking will not be responsible for additional expenses coming with unforeseen reasons. We advise you to plan accordingly. While trekking in remote areas, especially off-season, you are advised to reserve extra days to avoid frustration in case any delays occur. In case of delay in flight prior to trek departure or at the end of the trek, you will need to cover your accommodation and food costs by yourself.
The Currency of Nepal
Currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee (Rs) or in short NRS. 100 Paisa (an equivalent of 1 cent) equals 1 Rs. Nepali Notes are: 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5 rupees; 2- and 1-rupee coins are rarely used. The Banking and Foreign Exchange in Nepal. Payments in hotels, travel agencies, and airlines are made in foreign exchange, however major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, JCB, and American Express, are accepted in most tourist class hotels, restaurants, airlines, and major tourist merchants. There are plenty of cash machines or ATMs in cities and most will accept cards issued by any of the major international banking networks (Plus, Cirrus, etc.). The majority of ATM’s currently have a maximum withdrawal amount of 10,000Rs (although you can make repeated withdrawals). It is quite common that most of the credit cards are blocked by your bank after a first use. It is done for a security reason and may put you in a problematic situation where you cannot withdraw cash from ATMs. Always inform your bank about your travel plans and get authorization to use your card in Nepal. We also advise to always have enough cash with you in case of any of the above issues.
Electricity of Nepal
In Nepal 220-240 volts/50 HZ power is used. Sockets usually take plugs with three round pins. The plugs can be both small and large. Some sockets take plugs with two round pins as well. It is advised to carry the universal electric adapter with you; however, you can also purchase them in Kathmandu and other cities, but not in remote locations. Voltage fluctuation is quite common in Nepal and it is advised that you use an adapter with a quality power surge protector for your electronics. Also, in dry seasons power outages are common and can last for a few hours, hence we recommend having a power bank with you. Most hotels and businesses have an emergency backup of fuel cells and generators.
The Climate in Nepal
It is notoriously difficult to predict weather in the mountains. At night, it is cold, and the days are warm. There will be snow during the month of December and February. It is important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in about any conditions. The fluctuation in temperature is an unavoidable feature of the Himalayas. The seasons in Nepal are the same as in Europe, opposite to the Australian seasons. Nepal’s climate is moderate, which means winters are cold and dry and summers are hot and humid. However, because of the huge range in the altitude and landscape, the climate of Nepal differs significantly throughout the country. Monsoon season lasts from around the end of June to the end of August. About 80 % of the rainfall occurs during this period throughout the country but the remainder of the year is dry. May and June can be extremely hot and humid until the monsoon rains. In spring (March to April) and autumn (October to November) the temperatures are pleasant with occasional short bursts of rain, while November to February is dry, but can be very cold, especially at night.
Best Season to visit for Nepal
Spring (March, April, May) and autumn (Sept, Oct, Nov) are the best months of the year to visit Nepal. During this time, the weather is pleasant with loads of warm sunlight. The sky is clear so you can truly enjoy the remarkable Nepalese landscape and the Himalayan views. During the monsoon (June, July, Aug) although there will be no problem with trekking, lower visibility and rain could be an issue. However, for nature lovers, the monsoon is a blessing, as the higher valleys, mountains, and meadows blossom with flowers and abundant vegetation. You can trek in winter (Dec, Jan, Feb), especially in the hilly regions, yet as you reach higher elevations you can expect low temperatures and a heavy snowfall. If you do not necessarily enjoy crowds, trekking during the monsoon or winter or choosing more solitary trekking destinations could be your options. Note that due to global warming there has been a change in the regular climate worldwide and Nepal is no exception. Please be open to unpredictable weather conditions as well.
Trekking in Nepal is a wonderful experience and does not involve many risks. However, we suggest that you carry out a standard health check and advise your doctor about your travel plans prior to arriving in Nepal. Immunizations or vaccinations, if required, should be taken at least 6 weeks before arrival. Always make sure to have a valid health insurance for the whole period of your trip. You can enjoy your vacations only when you feel healthy and spirited from inside. And, if your health does not support you these enjoyable vacations to a great destination, become a burden and nothing else! So, here we present you with tips on staying healthy before you go on a trip and while you are away.
Before You Pack to Nepal
We strongly advise that you register at your country’s national embassy or honorary consulate when first arriving in Nepal. This can be beneficial in case of sickness or emergencies. The currency of Nepal is called the Nepalese Rupees (NRs.). Check the latest foreign exchange rate to get an estimation of the value of your cash here in Nepal. It would be advisable to ensure that you always have some cash with you and not be too dependent on credit cards. Use of credit cards is not widespread on trekking routes and outside of the major tourist areas. It’s also advisable to use mineral water to brush your teeth or for washing your face. Tap water in some hotels and guest houses cannot be completely relied upon in Nepal. If you have an allergy or special food requirements due to health, please inform us beforehand. We also advise that you bring along your own medications as some medicines may not be available or difficult to obtain.
Though most people you will meet in Nepal are friendly and helpful, we work tirelessly to ensure that you will have the best experience within our company as well.