Frequently Asked Question

 

What is the best season for trekking in Nepal? And can I go trekking in the months of June and July?

The best time for trekking in Nepal is (October – early December) and (March-May). During the monsoon season from June to August is not advisable except treks in the region like Upper Mustang, Dolpo and Kailash.

What equipment should I bring

Often this is about getting the balance right, you need to have enough gear to be warm and comfortable but without overloading. Usually you will experience warm days and cold nights depending on altitude and the time of year. Most treks to around 3000 m. are really quite comfortable especially in springtime. Please refer to our web site for a suggested list of items to bring or e-mail us for our equipment list. It is worth remembering you can buy or hire a lot of what you will need in Kathmandu before your trek at very reasonable prices, we can also provide our own hire pack to you. Footwear is best purchased at home before your arrival to ensure they are comfortable and worn in.

What is the weather & temperature like?

Weather in the mountains region is difficult to predict. There can be snow or rain storms any time of the year. Trekking in spring (March – April) is particularly lovely as the rhododendrons are in full bloom, and the mountains still have plenty of high snow to enrich your photos. You need to be aware that it can get pretty hot and sunstroke can be a risk. Good polarizing sunglasses or glacier glasses for high altitudes/winter treks, and a large brimmed hat are a necessity. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Between 1000m and 3500m the temperature could be as high as 20 C to 5 C low. At higher altitude, the temperature ranges from 20 C to -10 C. During winter it is around 10 C to -15C colder.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

Yes, our representative will come to the airport to pick you up while displaying a play card of MSM Tours and Treks with your name on it. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to hotel.

Do I need prior hiking experience to go on a trek?

As long as you are in good physical shape, you do not require any hiking experience for short treks. However, if you are planning a trek longer than a week, some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on a trek.

How about trekking permit requirement?

The government of Nepal no longer requires a trekking permit for Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, and some other regions. However, conservation permit or National park permits are required for these regions. MSM Tours and Treks will make necessary arrangement for your permit in this area.

What is altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness often known as acute mountain sickness (A.M.S.) in general may occur when people ascend too quickly normally in altitudes of over 3000 m. We ensure minimal risk by building in rest days into our trekking itineraries. Most people will feel some affect of altitude, shortness of breath and possibly light headed, this is fairly common. Acute mountain sickness is very different and normally involves a severe headache, sickness and loss of awareness. In almost every potential case there are enough warning signs to take appropriate action. Descending to a lower altitude will generally be enough to prevent any further problems.

What happens if there is an emergency?

All of our guides are trained in basic first aid and can deal with the basic ailments that may occur on trek. In the event of an emergency MSM Tours and Treks will cover initial expenses of any rescue operation. It is a condition of booking that you are adequately insured for such an event as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. In the more frequented regions there are health posts, which have been established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel. MSM Tours and Treks is associated members of The Himalayan Rescue Association.

What are your payment terms?

To know about payment terms and condition please follow the link booking.

What is the maximum weight allowed on domestic flights?

The normal baggage weight limit is 20 Kilogram.

How many extra days should I allow in case of flight cancellation?

If you are flying from a remote mountain airstrip like Lukla, Jomsom, Simikot, Taplejung and Dolpo, we should keep at least two spare days before your departure for home.

Is it possible/easy to get equipment on hire?

There are trekking shops at Thamel, in kathmandu in particular, where you can easily rent or buy items like sleeping bags, down jackets, rucksacks and duffel bags.

Is communication to home possible while on trek?

There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls.

Are MSM Tours and Treks Company’s trekking crew insured?

Our company insures all our trekking staff, including porters.

What arrangements for drinking water are made while on trek?

You should bring a one-litre water bottle with you on the trek. You can buy mineral water at evening at hotel/lodge and fill up your bottle which you may use during trek.

What if the guide/porter leaves me alone the trail?

Sometimes the porter/guide may go on ahead if you are walking slowly on an easy trail, usually to find a good place to eat or stay the night. However, this doesn’t mean that you have been abandoned. MSM Tours and Treks porters or guides will never leave you for long periods and all your bag or belongings are 100% in safe hand. You and your belongings safety It is Guaranteed.

What is the weight limits that porter carry?

Baggage weight limits for porters to carry is 30 kilogram in Nepal.

Further useful information

  • Respect local traditions, customs, values and sentiments to help them protect local culture and maintain local pride.
  • Respect privacy when taking photographs
  • Respect holy places
  • Refrain from giving money to children as it encourages begging
  • Respect for the local etiquette earns you respect
  • Let the Himalayas change you – Do not change them
  • Protect the natural environment
  • Leave the campsite cleaner than you found it
  • Limit deforestation – make no open fires
  • Burn dry paper and packets in a safe place
  • Keep local water clean and avoid using pollutants
  • Plants should be left to flourish in their natural environment
  • Take off your shoes before entering a temple or one’s home
  • Ask for permission before entering a Hindu temple
  • Taking photographs inside the most temples are considered illegal
  • Ask for permission before taking photographs of objects, and including Nepali people.
  • Nepali people are friendly by nature. Have a genuine interest in them. Talk to them. Be friendly as you travel.