This is a very important question for all visitors. Clients need to classify themselves about which kind of adventure they are capable of handling. This is dependent upon their physical fitness level, previous experience, acceptable level of risk and desired experience. Trekking in Nepal is considered hiking; this can range in difficulty and skill that is required. Easy trekking is considered class 1-3 terrain which is considered mostly flat with rolling hills and some rocks but is non-technical and no ropes are required. Class 4-5 hiking is considered difficult. Difficult hiking in Nepal can mean that you might have to navigate a high altitude pass that may or may not require the use of ropes and crampons. Climbers are expected to traverse steep rock, ice and glaciated terrain that requires the use of specialized techniques and equipment. No matter what you are considered Zambuling Expedition is committed to offering organized and high-quality services in all of our trekking and mountaineering packages. Most of our clients that leave Nepal comment that they considered their experience luxurious thanks to Zambuling Expedition.
There are very few trekking trails and routes that have available and comfortable bath room facilities. Most of the trekking trails have very simple toilet facilities which most of the time is a hole in the ground. Be prepared to provide your own toilet paper. Where toilets are available, you must use them. Only human waste and toilet paper should be deposited in the toilets. Each easy trekking trail will have tea houses, those tea houses will have available toilets but the quality will depend on the location of the tea house.
Yes. Our trips are fully customizable and you can add extra activity at the time of your booking. If you decide to extend your trip after your arrival in Kathmandu we will be delighted to extend with additional charges. If something comes up and you need to reduce your trip this is acceptable too.
A map is essential for planning a trip and having information about the area, location and height available to make modifications or decisions about your trip. A map is required for trekkers in remote areas or for trekkers who walk without guides and porters. However, we provide each group a trekking map.
There are number of airlines flying directly to Kathmandu from Bangkok, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Singapore, Bombay, New Delhi, Doha and Bahrain, Sharja, Lhasa, Chendu and a number of other cities. The most convenient flights are with Thai Airways, Qatar airlines, Singapore, Dragon, Korean airlines. Often times if flying form America you should expect to have a connecting flight in the middle east. To find competitive airfare try different on-line portals such as expedia.com or travelocity.com. Satori Adventure will help you to book a ticket if you require our assistance.
The answer is up to you. Depending on how prepared you are, your trip can be a vacation or a challenge, a revelation or an ordeal. The majority of Zambuling Expedition hikers are here for the first time, and although many are avid trekkers, they find that trekking in Nepal is very different from most other countries. There are hundreds of trekking trails in Nepal. Each 8000m mountain has a base camp and panoramic view trekking options. The trekking experience always depends on age, physical fitness, duration that you can spend in the mountains, amount of preparation and experience. Mental attitude, adequate food and water consumption are essential to the success of any hike, particularly in the spring and autumn seasons. Trekking in the Himalaya trails can be so demanding that even people in excellent condition can struggle. Although we have seen in the past that when we apply the appropriate package for our clients we see that even small children, senior citizens, and people with physical disabilities have successfully hiked in the Himalaya and have a pleasurable experience.
Normally the length of trekking time over day depends on which category of trekking you choose and what your time frame is. On the easier trekking trails you will be walking 04-05 hours on average and 8-9 hours during the difficult and challenging treks.
When people travel to Nepal they will encounter very different cultures, attitudes and ways of doing things that are different from their native culture. Please keep in mind that Nepal is a developing country so you should not always expect streamlined travel arrangements. Many of the expedition operators and tourist related business people can speak English, but very few native people and a lot of elderly people speak very little English. The general hygiene of most people and the handling of food might also be a surprise to most people. We advise a deliberate transition for your dietary needs that includes not eating at small unhygienic food stands and staying away from meat for the first few days. Toilets may also be at a lower standard than what you may be used to. You can expect in most villages that a toilet is just a hole in the ground. If you have a flexible attitude, a good sense of humor, can go with the flow this will maximize your enjoyment and your adventure experience in Nepal. It can be very encouraging to your tour leader and guide if you’re express to them that you are accepting that things might not be going to plan because of the unpredictability of Nepalese logistics.
Most of the treks pass through villages with very simple ablution facilities and farmlands. There are always villages above the trail, so the water should be boiled or treated before consumption. Even clean spring water may contain biological or chemical contamination due to local minerals and be totally harmless to locals, who are used to its chemical content but may not be tolerated by tourists. It is wise to avoid non-boiled or untreated water. If it is available, mineral water at the tea houses and lodges are provided at a reasonable cost. So we advise our clients to use only mineral water.
Nepal is one of the safest countries for trekking and mountaineering in the world. However, risks are greater for those who hike alone without having a guide or porter. There is no one to assist you if you become lost, ill, or injured. So we always advice trekkers to book you’re trekking only through a government registered company and always use guides and porters. We have both ladies and gentleman trekking guides as required.
All Zambuling Expedition trekking guides, chefs, Sherpas and porters are fully equipped and insured. Our employees have been operating in the mountains professional for several years. They have insurance that covers medical evacuation and treatment.
Zambuling Expedition offers packages and operates in every season throughout the year. In Nepali tourism, we have a slogan: Nepal is for all seasons. However, in the monsoon period Nepal experiences heavy rain and in the winter the temperatures become arctic in the mountain areas. There are 2 trekking seasons in Nepal for high elevation trekking: Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). Autumn season starts after the monsoon (June-August). In the spring the temperature increases day by day and it becomes warmer in higher elevations. This is the reason that most trekker’s choose spring and autumn for their trekking trips. However, in the lower parts of the mountains, sub 3000m you can trek any time of the year.
During spring and autumn seasons the weather is usually more stable and warmer at lower elevations up to 3000m. At this height you can expect to wear a T-shirt and shorts. Elevations above 3000m are colder and you have to pack winter clothes. At 5000m you can expect day temperatures around 10-15°C and 0° to -15°C at night. During in winter trekking we advice that you do not go above 3500m because of snow fall and colder temperatures
Zambuling Expedition prides itself on being prepared for any emergency situation. Our trekking guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during a trek. But if a serious emergency happens, then outside help is needed for our staff also. Every client should have their own insurance before coming to Nepal. If an emergency occurs, Zambuling Expedition will help will the evacuation and further treatments. Please keep in mind that if for any reason your insurance refuse to bear cost the will initially cover the cost of an evacuation until your insurance company can deliver payment treatment of air transportation you have to bear your own and climb with your insurance.
Camping trekking is a type of trekking where trekkers bring all the trekking gear, equipment and necessary food during their trekking period. They cook in the kitchen tent, eating in the dinning tent, and sleep in their client tents. Camping treks are organized in the same style as exploratory or mountaineering expeditions. This trek is also known as a fully organized supported trek. In a camping trek we provide a team including: A guide, chef, Sherpa, Sirdar and porters. Our porters carry all the trekking equipment, food, fuel, and personal belongings. We provide chefs and assistants that prepare hygienic and tasty meals. At the end of the day the staff sets up a dining tent, sleeping tent, and toilet tents. These types of treks are available wherever tea house lodges are not available. This includes Dhaulagiri circuit, Manaslu Circuit, Upper Dolpo and Kanchanjungha are all the trails that we advice and operate for camping trekking.
Teahouse trekking style is the most popular form of trekking in Nepal, these trails run along many established trails in the Himalaya and its foothills. Teahouses or lodges are owned by local people and provide accommodation and all meal facilities. They are great places to meet and interact with locals and experience local hospitality and culture. Teahouse trekking is a relatively cheap and comfortable form of trekking with meals and accommodation provided by the Teahouse. These types of treks are found in famous trekking areas like: Annapurna, Everest and Langtang regions.
There is a grading system that classifies the difficulty of trekking trails. There are four categories: Easy, moderate, difficult and strenuous-. The challenge both technicality and geographically increases as you move higher through the scale. Easy trekking could be suitable for all people while strenuous and difficult treks are meant only for those who have previous experience. The reason we have categories is to help our client’s choose a trek or climb in the Himalaya that is suitable for their level.
this is for the trekkers who do not have previous experience, or are not looking for a difficult physical challenge. These treks usually vary from 2-5 days and can reach up to an altitude of 3000m. These treks are usually on well maintained paths and passes. They typically involve walking up to 5 hours a day. Easy trekking is always located around 2000m (6500ft) to 4000m (13000ft). These trek’s allow for very scenic vista points including excellent locations to view sunrise’s over the himalayan range. Recommend trekking at this grade includes: Ghorepani Poonhill, Nagarkot Dhulikhel, Dampush sarangkot, Shivapuri.
Moderate grade trekking is suitable for those trekkers who have time and want to spend between 1-2 weeks in mountain areas. Clients are encouraged to have a good level of physical fitness and adequate physical training ahead of time is necessary. This grade is recommended for any trekker looking for something a little more challenging than just a simple walk. These trekking areas are mostly base camp treks, which will include panoramic views of the Himalaya. Some trekking trails at this grade include: Annapurna Base Camp trekking, Gokyo Lake trekking, Langtang Helambu trekking, Tamang Heritage trekking, Panchase trekking are the selected trekking trails at this grade.
We recommend to our clients that you have previous easy and moderate trekking experience. We also encourage clients to have a high level of physical fitness and knowledge about trekking systems that includes proper clothing systems, proper body care etc. Difficult treks include walking through rough trails for 6-7 hours each day and crossing high passes. There are difficult treks that include trekking to advance base camps as high as 5200m/17000ft. In the difficult trekking grade you may also experience glacier crossings on snow/ice. You will be facing high altitude air and continuous walking over huge stretches of Himalayan valleys. Annapurna Circuit, Chola pass, Three Pass trekking, Manaslu circuit trekking, Kanchanjungha Base camp trek, and Makalu base camp are all in the difficult grade of trekking.
Above 5500m-6200m peaks, high passes are included in this grade. The biggest difference between difficult and challenging is that the terrain is greater in height and length. There is often greater exposure with some technical sections requiring a ‘steady head’ and occasional use of rope for safeguarding. There is also a greater feeling of remoteness, isolation and lack of rescue assisstance. These are genuine expeditions where climbing skills, experience and fitness are necessary. Dhaulagiri Circuit trekking, Three Pass trekking, Sherpani Col Pass trekking, Amphu Lapcha pass, and some great Himalayan trail are all in the difficult grade of trekking.
Mountains weather is difficult to predict. Although at night it is generally cooler and the days are warm. Winter (January and February) will be colder but the days can be warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. The spring and autumn seasons will be more suitable for trekkers.
There are 3-5 stars hotel accommodations available in Kathmandu. While trekking the accommodation varies depending on the area. In the Khumbu area you will find lots of comfortable lodges and high quality ecologies. Similarly in the Annapurna area there is a wide choice of lodges. Away from major tourist areas the lodges are much simpler but are improving over time. In the lodges you are expected to bring your own sleeping bag. Lodges will provide blankets and Donnas to keep you warm.
In major cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara and Lumbini lunch and dinners are not included. This gives you the opportunity to have a choice of foods in different restaurants and cafes. Your breakfast is a part of your hotel accommodation. On the trekking trails, breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided by our company at available teahouses. In the full board teahouse/lodge or camping trekking the meals are included in the package. In the tea house accommodation, there is menu system available and you can order your meal. During camping trekking our chef will cook and provide food for you. Normally, our chefs make several types of foods and food preferances available, they include: Vegetarian, continental, European, Chinese and Indian food. Due to the nature of preparing food in the high mountain regions the meals are not at the same quality as they are in major cities. Most of the tea houses have noodles, pasta, rice, potatoes, vegetables and soup. Some have Nepalese versions of western food such as pizza and French fries.
Zambuling Expedition always utilizes trekking porters. Normally we provide 2:1 ratio trekking porters: clients and allow for 12-15 Kg luggage per porter. During difficult and challenging trekking we use camping accommodations which means that there would be more porters and yak or mules as required. So to sum it all up: Trekking porters, mules and yaks will carry your personal equipment during the trekking.
A Zambuling Expedition representative will be waiting for you at the international airport with a Zambuling Expedition sign and your name card. We will then escort you to one of our company vehicles which will take you directly to your hotel. You are required to provide us with your flight arrival details 2 days before your departure from home.
Visa requirements are always dependant on the countries you will be visiting and the country you came from. Countries like those in the European Union, Australia, America, Canada, Japan, Britain and particular countries in Asia are able to get their permit upon arrival in Nepal. The best thing that any visiting tourist can do is to contact each country’s embassy for the latest information. The nationalities of Chinese, Pakistani, Nigerian, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine and Afghan people require that they collect their visas ahead of time from their local from embassy.