1. WHAT ARE THE SOURCES OF DRINKING WATER SUPPLY DURING TREKKING?
All Tea Houses have boiled water for trekkers. And on the trek you will be provided with drinking water by your guide. The guide will make sure that water is safe for drinking.
2. WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?
You need to be prepared for sudden weather changes while trekking. That’s why trekking equipment should be chosen carefully before the trip. Sudden rain storms or snow are always a possibility which needs to be considered. The weather during the trekking season is somewhat more stable. Your trekking guide pays big attention to weather forecast, so you will be told about weather prognosis and you will be given advises before trek.
3. SHOULD WE BRING ALL TREKKING EQUIPMENT WITH US?
You can easily rent needed equipment for reasonable price in Kathmandu before trek but it’s always preferable and more convenient to have your own equipment during trekking, so we advise you to bring equipment with you or to buy here as most of the outdoor equipment can be bought in Kathmandu.
4. WHAT PROBLEMS CAN ARISE ON ALTITUDE?
Altitude sickness is a serious problem. “Wongchhu Peak Promotion”, having many years of experience in trekking and good knowledge of the problem, organizes treks very carefully. Extra day of acclimatization is included in all our high altitude treks. Our guides are trained to spot any signs of altitude sickness and know how to deal with it.
5. WHAT IS HIGH - ALTITUDE ILLNESS?
High-altitude illness, or sickness, is a condition that can occur when your body doesn’t get enough oxygen. Places with high altitudes have less oxygen than places with lower altitudes. When you go from low to high altitudes, your body has a hard time adjusting to the change in oxygen levels.
High-altitude illness is a common problem people have when they go to the mountains. (Another name for it is mountain sickness.) You may move to the mountains or go there for activities, such as skiing, climbing, or hiking. Talk to your doctor if you plan to travel to altitudes higher than 8,000 feet.
6. HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE TO CLIMB IN THE HIMALAYAS?
You should be moderately fit, exercise regularly and enjoy active vacations and walking and hiking in mountainous terrain. For the Everest Base Camp Trek or similar, you should be able to run for an hour without stopping at any speed for an hour and still feel good to continue – OR – walk for 5-6 hours in a day with rests.
Trekking is an endurance sport. Mostly you need a good attitude which will go a long way toward the success of reaching your goal.
7. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HIGH - ALTITUDE ILLNESS?
Early Symptoms of high - altitude illness are:
trouble breathing when active
weakness or fatigue
increased heart rate.
If you have these symptoms, stop, rest, and drink water. You may need to go back down to a lower altitude until your symptoms go away.
More severe symptoms include:
trouble breathing at rest
chest tightness or pain
inability to walk in a straight line
pale, gray, or blue skin.
If you have these symptoms, go to a lower altitude right away and get medical help. Symptoms that are ignored or left untreated can be life threatening.
8. WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TREK AND CLIMB IN HIMALAYAS?
Spring (March – May):
Spring is a good time for trekking and climbing in Nepal and Tibet. The rhododendrons, the national flower of Nepal, make the hillsides a colorful paradise during the spring. It is mildly warm at lower elevations and at higher elevations the mountain views are excellent while the temperature is quite moderate. If you trek to Everest base camp in the spring, you will have the opportunity to meet world-renowned climbers as several Everest expeditions will be assembled at base camp.
Summer/Monsoon (June – August):
The monsoon during the summer months can make travel in Nepal wet, warm and often humid. Strong monsoon rains don’t usually last long, and often end with large and wonderful rainbows. However, the streets in Kathmandu can be muddy and landslides sometimes occur in the mountains.
Fall (September – November):
The fall is considered the best time for trekking in Nepal. The weather is excellent at this time, allowing for clear blue skies and tantalizing mountain views. Temperatures are moderate. Occasional short storms may bring snow to higher altitudes.
Winter (December – February):
Winter brings heavy snowfall mostly at higher altitudes. This can be a good time for cultural tours and trekking at lower elevations.
9. WILL WE HAVE PRIVATE ROOMS AND BATHROOMS?
Private rooms are available in most Lodges or tea houses except for those at very high altitudes. Most bathrooms are shared.
10. DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Yes. Travel insurance is absolutely necessary. Details about insurance is provided in ‘Terms & Conditions’ and also in a separate topic.
11. WHY TO PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Many trip require it and we always recommend it to protect yourself in the event you need to reimburesement for the costs of medical evacuation, trip cancellation or interruption, unexpected delays, lost luggage or any medical services needed while traveling.