Blossom Expeditions

Nepal Trekking FAQ's

Trekking Holiday in Nepal
Trekking is one the most popular activities in the Himalayan country of Nepal. Typical trekking holidays in Nepal involve 4 - 9 hours hiking per day. The trails vary from easy walking at lower elevations to the strenuous hiking at over 5000 meter in Himalayas.  It’s not only the stunning landscapes on the trail that hypnotize the trekkers but also the people from different ethnic groups whom they meet on the way – a rare opportunity to experience Nepal’s rich cultural diversity.

Camping Trek:
Blossom Expeditions supply all camping equipment:  two-man tents, mattresses, tables, chairs, dining and toilet tents, all cooking and eating utensils. Each group is accompanied by a guide, assistant guides, cook, cook’s assistants and porters. The guide employs the appropriate numbers of porters to carry all the food, equipment and your personal gear. The day normally starts at 6 A.M. with a cup of tea brought to your tent and a bowl of warm wash water. Next you have to pack your kit bag and then breakfast is served. While you are eating your breakfast, the staff strikes camp and moves out. After three or four hours walking we will stop for lunch. This is usually a light cooked meal followed by a rest during the hottest part of the day. You will walk two to three hours after lunch and tea and biscuits will be waiting for you on arrival at camp. Our staff will soon erect the tents. Shortly after sunset a hot, three course dinner is served. The food supplied is the best available and is a mixture of Nepalese and western food. Some tinned food is provided but the staples are rice, noodles, potatoes, fresh vegetables, cheese and eggs.

Lodge Trek: Lodge treks, which are also known as tea house treks, accommodate a small group of people plus one or two guides and the porters they hire to carry your personal gear. The guide pays your food and lodging throughout the trek. You will stay at small tea shops or guest houses, which provide all the basic needs. Some lodges have a long menu, bottled drinking water, a hot shower, and an attached bathroom. Some are just primitive huts with a communal sleeping room and only Dal Bhat on the menu. Lodge treks are possible only where there are suitable accommodations, so you must be prepared to see the range of accommodations. A willingness to rough it a little may allow us to take you to spots that the typical trekker will never get to.

Trekking Grades
The following grading system explains carefully which level of tour suits you best for your level of fitness and physical capabilities. Use these grades to help select the trip that is best for you.

Mild: A short trek at lower altitudes in foothills. The days’ hikes are usually four-six hours long and end at comparatively comfortable accommodations throughout the trek.

Moderate: You typically trek an average of four to seven hours a day and hike into mountain valleys and reach higher altitudes. Accommodations can consist of either tent camping or evenings spent at guest houses along the trail.

Strenuous: Crossing high passes and mountain valleys above 4500m or climbing peaks as high as 5545m. These trips are also longer in overall duration and are designed for experienced hikers who want to be challenged.

Strenuous Plus: Extremely demanding treks, the path goes through rough terrain, over high passes or climb snow-covered peaks that require mountain climbing gear. Participants should have at least a basic knowledge of the use of crampons and ice axes and be very physically fit.

Accommodation
On the Trek:
In lodges in most trekking areas you will have double room with separate platform beds with foam mattresses. Usually rooms are small but with plenty of space for you to move around. As you go higher lodges typically have a heated group room to keep you warm in the evening. Lodge owners always provide a lock to your room but you are welcome to bring your own. Combination locks are recommended since you don’t want to lose key fours day out on your hike.

In the City: In Kathmandu and other cities the range of accommodations is larger. There are internationally recommended 4 and 5 star hotels to budget guest houses. According to our service plan, the cost includes few nights' accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in 2-3 star hotels or guesthouses. However we can arrange any standard accommodation in specific hotels on request.

Payments
We require a 20% deposit of the total trip cost two months before your trip start to confirm your reservation. The remainder of the payment must be made on your arrival in Kathmandu.

Travel Insurance Policy
We highly recommend that you should take a comprehensive Personal Travel Insurance Policy before leaving home. This should cover you for trip cancellation/interruption, loss of baggage, airline delays, accident, theft and including helicopter evacuation as well as overseas medical treatment. Travel insurance is very reasonable and a great value. Evacuation by helicopter is very expensive and prices are rising steeply. A typical evacuation costs U.S. $7500 minimum and the money must be deposited before the chopper leaves Kathmandu.  For your safety and peace of mind make sure you buy insurance and give us a copy of your policy before heading out on your trek.

Porter Welfare
We are committed on the Welfare of our staff from trip Leaders / Guides, Assistance Guide, Cooks and Porters. We ensure good wages, provident fund, proper insurance and clothing needed for all staff including porters. They are our backbone of adventure industry in Nepal.

In case of emergency
Blossom Expeditions has recognized that a responsibility to ensure that all reasonable precautions are taken to provide work and travel conditions which are safe. From our choice of equipment and leaders trained in handling emergency procedures to carefully planned itineraries ensure that nothing is left to chance. Our field staff ensures that you are on safe trails and are especially watchful of camp security and your personal belongings. Our guides are all trained in wilderness first-aid and crisis management, so if something does go wrong, you are in good hands and we always carry a comprehensive first-aid kit.
All though, in the case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; you will be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make 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.

Important Note and Optional Activities
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Blossom Expeditions. Please note that your Guide has the authority to adjust or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the safe trekking trip itinerary; however, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

I’m a slow walker, and I’m concerned that I might hold the group back
This is a common misconception, but it’s not so.The day group members often string out and there will usually be a gap between the first to arrive and the last. Meal breaks are planned to take into account this variation in walking speed so that everyone has time to catch up and regroup.
You walk at your own pace and stop to rest when you feel like it. There will be always someone from the staff nearby to ensure your safety and guide you to your destination. We have designed the trekking days so that your walking is enjoyable and safe. The companionship of other trekkers and staff provide great company and many memorable events. Be prepared to make friends!

Food will you be eating on the trek
Most tea houses along the trails are run by families in the trekking areas.  Lodges offer a menu with diverse western and local foods like Dal Bhat, MOMO, yak steak and many potatoes based items. Most lodge owners have been in the business for a long time and have mastered the preparation of surprisingly good meals that will make a trekker happy after long hours on the trail. Whenever possible they use fresh vegetables packed in from the lowlands or from the local area farmers.

The safe water to drink
All water along the trail needs purification. This can be done several ways and you will likely see them all during your trek. Boiled water is the most common form of treatment, but you will see filtration units. It is a good recommendation that you also bring your own water treatment if you have concerns. Iodine tablets are tried and true but some people find they can cause mild stomach upset.  A great option is to bring your own filter such as the First Need. This unit is fast and easy and can handle virtually anything you put through it and turn out a perfect cup of water. It has the advantage that if you want a cold drink along the trail that you can pump out of any of the clear mountain streams. These days Steripen is becoming popular for easy and safe to use.  Bottled water is available everywhere but the environmental issue this is creating is becoming a serious issue.
In large cities such as Kathmandu or Pokhara you will also need to treat your water or used bottled water. Most hotels supply bottled water in your room.

Communication facility on the trek
Most trekking areas have landline or satellite telephone service and some places your cell phone will receive network signal if the weather is stable. Some of the places like Everest region or Annapurna have internet access as well. Hotels in the cities usually have free Wi-Fi as do many cafes and restaurants.

How do I select the right trip?
Blossom Expeditions had developed various trips in the Nepal Himalaya. You can also build a custom trip according to your time, interests, fitness and experience. We always ready and happy to discuss the options and help you ensure the trip of a lifetime. Feel free to send questions at any time. We will try to answer all your questions and explain the options available to you. We actually prefer to design custom trips to meet your desires.

How fit do I need to be?
You don't have to be a mountaineer or athletic to come to Nepal. As long as you are in average physical shape or reasonably fit and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, can achieve goal of trekking in Himalaya. If you are planning a trek longer than a week that involves going to high altitude, exercising and jogging or climbing stairs regularly before come to Nepal definitely be rewarded.

When is the best time to trek?
The monsoon usually finishes at the end of September, so the ideal time for trekking is from the beginning of October through to the end May. In late May the temperature and humidity start to rise as the monsoon approaches and the hiking can get uncomfortably wet, warm, and humid.

The autumn season, October-December usually provides settled weather with excellent views. It gets cloudy towards the end of December leading up to the winter season. January-February have heavy snowfalls which may block the higher trails, thus restricting trekking to lower altitudes. Spring arrives in March, the temperature rises and there is a wealth of exotic flora to be seen.
Trekking in the monsoon, June-September requires stoical determination. The rain itself can bring relief from the humid temperatures. But the paths are slippery, bridges may be washed away and leeches are plentiful. However, crowds are low as you might guess. One alternative does exist during the monsoon. Many of the high mountains are in the rain shadow and this is a very good time for trekking in the areas of Dolpo, Mustang, Nar Phu Valley and Simikot-Kailash. This is when cattle and yaks are taken to the high pastures. For those who have a special interest, such as botany, the monsoon season can bring its’ own reward.

What will the weather be like?
It is hard to predict the weather conditions in Himalayas. Generally the days are warm and nights are cool or quite cold depending on altitude. There can be a snow or rain storms at any time so you most prepared. Between 1000 and 3500 meters the temperature could be as high as 29C to -5C low depending on season. At higher altitude, the temperature ranges from 20C to -15C.
What will happen in the event of a flight delay/cancellation?
There is a possibility of flight delay or postponement due to weather in Himalayan. Trekking in the remote areas especially during off season, you’re highly recommended to reserve extra days to prepare with some delays and avoid frustrating consequence. In case of flight cancellation pre-tour/post-tour, you need to pay your accommodation and food yourself.