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When you arrive
in Nepal, you will feel like you are on top of the world. In fact, you virtually
are. After first exploring some of Nepalís lowland Terai area in search of
exotic wildlife, you then fly into the Everest area to commence a trek amongst
some of the greatest mountains on our planet, staying each night in lodges
operated by local people. This trek, one of the most popular walks in the world,
can leave you with a mystical, almost spiritual feeling. It is a fantastic
opportunity to meet the many different groups of people who have, for decades,
been offering visitors a warm welcome to the Himalaya. The people, the history,
and the culture - they can all have a profound affect upon you. Watch out Ė itís
infectious. You will want to come back again and again.
There are various factor to
consider, both mental and physical, in preparation for the trip. : -
Physical conditioning of the cardiovascular system
with aerobic exercise.
Background reading, maps etc.
Passport, visas, restricted
area permits, travel and evacuation insurance, etc. Each country in this region
has a different set of visa requirements and travel restrictions that keep
changing. Often the visas and permits must be acquired in your home country,
well before the travel dates. After reaching your destination, it is extremely
difficult to acquire them.
You are the final judge of what
you may need, but it is no good to be burdened with baggage. On a typical trek
day it can be very warm during the day, yet below freezing at night. Often,
washing can be difficult since only cold water is available; drying of clothes
could take several days.
Clothing and Personal Gear
When planning what to take, do
consider the following:
Clothing must be cool and loose fitting, easy to
wash and dry, so what walking becomes easy.
Clothing made of materials that wick sweet easily
like polypro or capelin.
Several layers of warm clothing are preferable to
one thick layer.
Very good quality rain gear.
Excellent quality medium to lightweight trekking
boots that are well broken in.
Sun protection like sun cream, a wide-brimmed hat,
sunglass, lip balm, moisturizers.
Medical kit, toilet kit, a flashlight (torch).
Delays and Emergencies
Unless some unforeseen natural
disaster takes place you should experience no delays during your trek. However
there are two situations which can occur which could force you to alter the trek
Illness or injury of one of the party members could require that he turns back
or that a sherpa goes for help. Flight delays caused by weather or logistical
complications can alter the date you start or end your trek (Everest region
In the event of illness or injury, the sardar will arrange to either send
someone for assistance or transport the ill person to a hospital, airstrip, or
roadhead for evacuation to Kathmandu. The sardar has complete authority and
responsibility in such a situation, and it will be upto each individual trekker
in the party to decide whether the situation requires that he assist the
evacuation or whether the situation is well enough under control that he can
continue on with the trek. The only guideline in such situations is common
sense. In the Everest region Himalayan Journeys has facilities and staff at
Namche Bazaar and at Lukla. Any injured or ill trekker who is evacuated to
either of these places can be assumed to be under capable care, and those who
wish to continue their trek should do so.
Flight delays can present a more complicated problem, as these often involve
extra time and expense. If a flight is delayed at the start of the trek, we will
attempt to adjust the trekking schedule so that you have the full trek you
arranged. If your time is limited so that you must shorten your trek, a new
schedule may be worked out. If the delay amounts to several days, our staff will
discuss the possibility of an alternate destination, which is not dependent on
flights - usually a trek to Pokhara. Note that any additional expenses such as
taxis to the airport and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu are your
responsibility. Himalayan journeys cannot provide any facilities in the event of
delayed or cancelled flights from Kathmandu at the start of the trek.
At the end of the trek, if a flight is delayed, we shall continue to provide
tent accommodation and food at Lukla for as long as it takes for us to get you
on a flight back to Kathmandu. Please remember that the chance of flight delays
is very real because you are flying to remote mountain airstrips where landings
can be effected only visually; this means that if clouds block the runway
approach, landing is impossible. Do not schedule your onward flights too closely
to your return flight from Lukla.
Nepal's hill country is a delightful place to visit, and more trekkers are
coming each year. Such growth is good for the economy of the country and helps
contribute to the development of the hill regions. There are some effects of
trekking which, if allowed to go unchecked, will deteriorate the life in the
hills of Nepal and make it unattractive to other trekkers and a poor environment
for the local people. We therefore ask that you follow a few simple
Don't pollute. Pick up papers, film wrappers and other
junk. The Sherpas will clean up the camp, but you should be careful with what
you leave along the trail.
Burn or bury all your toilet paper. The sherpas have boxes of matches, which
they will give you if you ask. Burning used toilet paper helps it decompose much
more rapidly and leaves a more sanitary and less trashy looking camp.
Don't pass out balloons, candy and money to village children. It encourages them
Don't tempt people into thievery by leaving cameras, watches and other valuable
items around the camp. Keep all your personal belongings in your tent at night -
this also means that you should not leave laundry hanging outside at night.
Don't make campfires. Wood is scarce in Nepal.
Don't endanger the lives of other trekkers, Sherpas or porters by trying to
continue the trek if snow, landslides or some other unforeseen problem makes the
Do enjoy the hill country and people of Nepal and try to learn from them. You
have the opportunity to learn about a unique culture and tradition.
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