FAQ

01: Temperature

The temperature during the month of May is pleasant with bright sunshine most of the day. On trek temperatures can reach maximum of 20-22 degree Celsius, but in the shade the temperature can drop down to 10-15 degree Celsius without the wind chill factor. The morning and evening minimum temperature can reach 5-10 degree Celsius without the wind chill factor. During the climb the temperature dip by additional 10-15 degree Celsius.

Above 2,600m to 3,400m the temperature is pleasant with warm sunshine most of the time during this month with chances of light rain sometime in late afternoon. It is less windy where there is vegetation and tree-lines.

After 3,400meter the temperature can be hot direct in the sunlight and due to thin air the UV will be strong and thus one needs to use a good sun screen product of 30-50 to protect from the burn. Once out of the tree-line from Island Peak Base Camp (3,900m) it can be windy from mid afternoon till evening time.

The weather is changing in the Himalayas due to global warming and the green house effect since last 20 years, due to this reason it can snow up to 1-2 ft even in late spring and summer months sometimes. On a cloudy day evenings at the camp will feel warmer due to insulation from the fog and mist, but during starry nights it can be very chilly with temperature varying from -2 to -8 degree Celsius along with heavy dew and frost.

02: Luggage

All heavy baggage will be carried by porters throughout the trek and climb. 
All necessary gears such as boots, walking poles, down jackets, wind-rain jackets, sleeping bags and climbing accessories must go in the luggage bag.

03: Best Type of Sleeping Bags

In the month of May Nepal and the Himalaya region is normally warm but for this trip one requires to carry down feather sleeping bags with flannel or silk inner lining, from 3 season to 4 season sleeping bags.

04: Seasonal flowers and plants

Nepal's Himalayas is a botanical treasure trove for flower lovers, the most popular flower being rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal which blooms from early March till April and May. The blooms can differ sometimes such as if there is heavy snow during spring it blooms later. So there are plenty of chances of seeing wild flowers and small violets on grasses and meadows, rhododendrons up till 3,800 meters at Thyangboche. But from Lukla onwards, after 3,900m the flowers become rare, till 3,800m and below one can see primulas-Iris-bush rhododendrons-azelia ( dwarf rhododendrons) and the daphne bird in some areas.

 

05: Stream & River crossing:

Sometime one needs to cross these small sections of ice puddles and creeks and there are suspension bridges over rivers and streams.

06: Weather

The year is divided into 4 distinct seasons in Nepal - winter, spring, monsoon and autumn. The best periods to trek and climb in Nepal is during spring and autumn seasons.
Temperature Chart ( In Celsius)
Months Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan
  Max Min Max Min Max Min
Janyary 19 2 20 8 24 7
February 20 4 21 8 26 8
March 25 8 27 11 33 12
April 30 11 30 16 35 18
May 30 16 30 19 35 20
June 30 20 30 20 35 23
July 20 21 30 21 33 24
August 29 20 30 21 33 24
September 27 19 29 20 32 22
October 23 15 27 18 31 18
November 23 4 23 11 29 12
December 20 2 20 8 24 8
Rain Chart ( In mm)
Months Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan
Janyary 25 15 10
February 25 15 10
March 75 30 10
April 50 50 15
May 100 300 200
June 225 575 300
July 375 800 500
August 360 700 450
 

07: Food served during trekking

Our cooks, kitchen staffs and helpers are very well-versed in hygienic preparation of food. In lodges our cooks supervise the food preparation by the lodge's staff to ensure maintenance of hygienic standards and quality.

Food menu can vary from different camps and lodges according to the availability during the season. Normally, the Nepali Dal, Bhat (rice & lintel soup) with mild vegetable curry, fried rice, noodles, soups of great variation is the mainstay. In some places, continental foods like Hash Brown Potato, Breads, Pan Cakes, Boiled Vegetables, Stew, Pizza, Cinnamon rolls, cakes and pies etc. are provided. But, as you go higher the food menu becomes limited due to the harsh cold climate and altitude.

On normal Trekking / Camping or at Tea-House / Lodge Trekking.
Most of our treks in the Himalayan regions of Nepal-India-Tibet are done on camping basis. However, we have also started conducting Lodge-based treks using the best lodges available. Both types of treks are equally preferred by our clients.

During camping-based treks the group is backed by an expert team led by an experienced Trek Leader, Sherpa Guides, assistants, an independent kitchen unit and a team of porters. 
We use 2-man sleeping tents, foam mattresses, a dining tent and a kitchen tent.  A toilet tent will also be put up nearby. Our equipments also include portable tables and chairs.

On a lodge-based treks the only difference will be that instead of tents we'll use lodges for accommodation. However, here too, we are extremely alert about the services and hygienic preparation of the food. Our staff members will see to that our clients receive the best treatment and also monitor food preparation in the kitchen.

Our trek staffs are well-taught about eco-trekking and are disciplined to care of the environments and surroundings. All meals are cooked in portable kerosene oil stoves and no firewood is used and neither campfires made.

A typical day during trek:
01 Morning bed tea in tents with cookies (time, depending upon the season and duration of your trek) normally around 6-7a.m.followed by warm washing water. (Good for washing, hands and face only)
02 Soon after 15-20 minutes Breakfast is served on the dining table.
Breakfast usually consists of porridge-muesli-granule-cornflakes with liquid powdered milk, sugar, honey. Bread and toast with eggs will be the main breakfast items on most of the days. As the bread stock brought from Kathmandu runs out it will be replaced by chapatti or pancakes with egg variety as per clients' choice that can be either omelets, fried, boiled or scramble eggs followed by tea, coffee and drinking chocolates. On the table, at meal time we serve honey, jam, peanut butter and ketchup to go along with each meal as per client's choice.
03 Lunch is served after 3-4 hours of morning walk depending upon the availability of 
clean fresh water and a nice spot. Lemon or orange juice will be provided for refreshment and lunch will consist of either boiled or fried rice, chapatti, paratha, Tibetan bread and noodles fried with boiled or curry vegetables (depending upon the season). Canned food items such as tuna, sardine, baked beans are also served including yak cheese, dry salami, green vegetables and salad followed by another round of tea (black or lemon tea).
04 On arrival at the campsite, after the day walk, late afternoon tea-coffee-drinking chocolate with biscuits awaits you.
05 Dinner is served around 6:30-7:00 p.m. inside the cosy Dining Tents lighted with either gas or kerosene lamps. Warm vegetable soup flavored with chicken cubes, popcorn or papadam usually kickoff the dinner. It is followed by the main course, which can either be fried noodles with eggs and vegetables, fried rice or boiled rice or even pulau rice sometime accompanied by curry or boiled vegetables of different varieties, including cutlets and momos (vegetables or meat dumplings) will be served. Deserts items usually consist of custard pudding, rice pudding, canned or fresh fruits-fritters and sometime when cooks have enough free time fresh baked cakes and pies can be prepared. Tea, coffee, or hot chocolates will be provided at the end of the meal
The food menu changes each day to giving varieties of choices and tastes, so the client won't be bored with the same type of food. 

Our trek cooks know how to prepare a wide variety of foods as per his ration and the season in the complete wilderness, all the time keeping in mind the hygienic requirements to keep the clients healthy and happy throughout the trip.

08: First aid and medical

On every trek we carry a comprehensive medical kit. Our Trek Leaders and guides are well- versed about First Aid and attending to minor medical problems and acute mountain sickness. They are trained every year by veteran western and local doctors in Kathmandu regarding wilderness medical and survival course. For Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon doctors will accompany the group all the way to Everest Base Camp and back to Lukla.

They are professional medical doctors from Kathmandu who hold degrees from Aisan, European and Americal medical institutes. During severe emergencies helicopters are available on extra payment for evacuation to the nearest medical facility or to one of Kathmandu's best hospitals.

All members require having a travel or medical insurance from their own respective countries.

09: Leader and Sirdar:

In Nepal and other Himalaya trekking regions Trek Leaders accompany the group to look after the welfare of the clients. They are knowledgeable individuals who can attend to your queries, regarding trekking, religion, local culture, traditions, history of Nepal, flora and fauna. They will also keep you well informed about the day-to-day itineraries. Our Trek Leaders are well-trained about outdoors medical requirements as well. The Sirdar, is a head guide and the camp manager. His job is to keep the camp and tents ready, organize porters or pack animals to carry the camping gears and look after the staff as well. Sometimes when the leader is not available the Sirdar takes over temporarily as they are well-trained and have trekked and climbed numerous trekking peaks in the Himalaya region and having been with us for the past two decades or more.

 

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