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Trekking trips & Information

Documents
You will be requiring a valid passport for the trip. All citizens of U.S.A require a visa for Nepal. We will assist you while arranging your visa for Nepal. If you are of any other nationality, please check out with a local consulate or tourist office for entry necessities.

Immunizations
Please consult with a medical doctor for travel immunizations. You may require vaccination like the hepatitis vaccine and tetanus or typhoid boosters. Entry necessities and global physical conditions are very likely to alter. Please check it out from the Centers for Disease Control for the latest updates.

Caution
The tours that we make could be situated at high altitudes. A headache is common and can be treated with aspirin and other minor medication. If you have a heart problem it is necessary that you confer with your doctor on the suitability of such trips.

Trip Cancellations Insurance
We recommend that you get trip annulment insurance. You will be provided a travel insurance application in your confirmation packet. All the premium of the insurance must be paid on time.

Cancelled Trips
Ventures Nepal reserves the right to call off any trip preceding any departure for any reason whatsoever, which includes all rational troubles that may obstruct the operation of any trip. The refund of all land payments received shall release Ventures Nepal from any further liability.

Fitness
The activities involved or featured in this trip might require any particular preparation or dexterity. You will also require a reasonable state of fitness and a spirit of participation. If you have some doubts about your health in this trip, contacting your doctor for advice is recommended.

Internal Flights
Sometimes due to the occurrence of roadblocks on some routes in Nepal which disturb traffic, we use internal flights on this tour to and from Pokhara. For traveling between cities by road we will be using all private chartered coaches and other comfortable vehicles. In some journey the road conditions are generally not good and the journey at times could become quite slow. For the comfort of all the other travelers moving with us there is a NO SMOKING policy on all our tour vehicles. Since there are a lot of tea and toilet breaks this notice will not be difficult. The only exemption from the rule is for the driver.

Luggage Requirements
On your arrival on the first day you will be provided with a trekking bag which you will have to share another person.  The stuff that you are going to put inside this bag should not weigh more than 20 kilograms. The bag can only fit the equal of two small rucksacks inside so you must be certain that you pack light. This bag will later be carried by a porter and will not be accessible during the daytime. Therefore it becomes necessary for you to bring in a day-pack where you can carry necessary items that you will need during the day. 

Apart from a good Bag you will need these:
Boots for walking; choose the ones that have a good ankle support
Sleeping bag (a minus 20 sleeping bag is recommended
Down Jacket: From October to mid March.
Windproof fleece jacket at other times will be good enough for the trip
Sunglasses
Torch Light and spare batteries
First aid equipment
Warm gloves
Iodine water purification solution
Toilet paper
Two pairs of trousers
Three pairs of good quality trekking socks
Three or four T-shirts
One pair of thermals
Woolly / fleece hat
Cap / sunhat
Waterproof trousers
Sun Block cream
Insect repellent
Spare boot laces
Second pair of shoes (sandals or sneakers)
Energy food (Nuts or Chocolate)
Waterless soap
Handkerchiefs

Altitude Problems
In the Himalayas trekking at higher altitudes that measure up to 4,500m and 5,500m is common. At 3,000m the air becomes much thinner and you might get slower. While it does not bother much to a lot of people there might be some among you who might get affected due to this. This has nothing to do with you being young or stronger than the others. The only way to avoid being bugged by altitude is to ascend slowly and gradually. However you should know that altitude sickness can be lethal, so to avoid this just listen to what your trek leader tells you. Remember that he has the experience to deal with such altitude problems.

Meals
You will be provided with nutritious meals as it is necessary to maintain your energy levels.
The breakfast consists of porridge, eggs, chapattis and local bread, butter, jam, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Lunch & Dinner will change most of the days. You might have pizza sometimes while the other times you will be having Chinese food, which will give you a lot of energy.

Water
We do not recommend anyone drinking mineral water. This has created a lot of pollution problems in the mountains as the bottles always gets discarded up there. Incidentally in the upper regions mineral water is prohibited. Safe drinking water can be provided by the iodine solution that you bring with you. This solution helps to purify water. The iodine might turn the water orange in color and has a dissimilar taste, but the water is safe. Get vitamin C tablets with you to put into the water to compensate the iodine taste.

Toilets
You will be able to use public toilets in larger villages. Always carry toilet paper. In the teahouses there are clean toilets available. These are all squat toilets and you should note that toilet paper should be disposed of in the dustbins that are provided rather than down the toilet itself.

Showers
On the way it is possible to take a hot shower at the tea houses along the way. You will have to pay for this. The prices differ from NR 50 to 150 (this depends on the altitude).

Trekking Blues
In this itinerary above we have made certain possible trekking times for each and every day. But we would like to inform you that all of these times are just an estimate as some groups may walk at very dissimilar paces. The guide will always be quick to assess the strength of the group and will estimate more precisely the hiking times for each part of the entire trek.
While we are trekking it should be understood that guides have dissimilar methods of organizing the trek group. While most guides permit every member of the trek group to hike at their own respective pace the others prefer keeping the group as one and will discontinue walking regularly to make sure that all members of the group keep up. If you find that everyone in the group is walking too fast and you are not able to keep up, please do talk about this to the guide.

Trails
Only at higher altitudes, when following trails to base camps of higher peaks do tracks become less well defined. A major part of most treks is through heavily settled hill country. There are few flat trails and you could encounter elevation gains of 1000m -2,300 on some days. Even the easiest treks have and uphill climb.  Walking is planned to ensure that there is a balance of exertion on any particular day. The length of the trekking day is dictated not by the pace of the group, but that of the location of the overnight stop and the distance one can reasonably expect a porter to travel in a day.

Trekking Team
We have arranged for a perfect trekking team that will help you get the best out of this whole journey. A team is headed by an experience tour leader. He is a connoisseur in the art of trekking and it is his responsibility to run this whole trip smoothly
We will also have a team of porters which is normally headed by a foreman. They will be carrying all the necessary equipments and also your bags

Trekking  Style :

Easy
Experience is not necessary at this level: anyone who is in good health and fit enough to enjoy a good weekend hill walk can manage this trek. However, walking always involves some exertion: trails are seldom flat, and you must still expect to have a reasonable amount of ascent and descent.
Days are generally short in duration (3-5 hours) Altitude is less than 3000m

Moderate
Most people who enjoy a weekend in the hills or mountains at home are capable of undertaking a trek at this level: you need to be in good health and reasonably fit, and taking regular exercise.
Days generally involve 4-6 hours walking – it may include the occasional longer or more difficult day.
Altitude is around 3000m
Trip Grading
Easy – relaxed sightseeing with private transport to sights.

Moderate – Whilst no strenuous activity is involved conditions will be harsher than you are used to. Accommodations on some days will be extremely basic with shared ‘pit’ variety toilets and no washing facilities. Food will be sometimes be basic, with little variety available. Driving days can be long, dusty and bumpy and you may feel some effects of altitude.

Classic – All the aspects of a moderate trip, but sustained over a longer period of time. Generally achievable by anyone in good health.

All Land Costs
All accommodations in Nepal All meals that have been mentioned in the Nepal
The services of the local guide and driver
For the hikes and tours with English-speaking guide
For the provision of mineral water during all meals and also while traveling
For the Transport by private car or mini-bus
For the entry fees for activities as described
For Airport transfers as noted

Land Cost does not include
International airfare
Visa costs
Border Taxes
Entrance fees
Departure transfers
For meals not specified in the itinerary
For alcohols or soft drinks, alternative activities, airport departure taxes, on optional tipping for guide.
For the restaurant services, porterage and baggage handling and for room service
For extra hotel nights due to airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses such as medical immunizations (if required), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature like laundry.

Air Transportation
We will help you with all your air travel preparations. We will readily provide you with an Arrival & Departure Logistics memo for each program.

The itinerary and additional travel information provided have been composed for your benefit. They could be changed at any given time and should in no case become a part of a contract between the client and Ventures Nepal.