Frequently Asked Questions

This section provides answers to many of the frequently asked questions by clients about the Himalayan Adventure Trip.

 

1. Are you a licenced trekking agency?

2. Do I need to obtain Nepal Visa before leaving my country?

3. Is the country politically stable and safe?

4. Are the trip destinations safe?

5. How do I book a tour with you?

6. How can I pay Magic Nepal for my trip?

7. Does credit card easily acceptable in Nepal?

8. What are your payment terms?

9. How much money should I bring for the trek?

10. Will there be somebody to meet us at the airport?

11. Can your guides speak English?

12. What sort of experience do your guides have?

13. Is communication to home possible while on trek?

14. What is the best season for trekking?

15. How difficult are the treks ?

16. Is previous hiking experience required to go on a trek?

17. How long a trek goes?

18. How long do we walk for each day?

19. Are the trails crowded?

20. What if the guide/porter leave me alone on the trail?

21. Can I join a group trek?

22. Can you just tell me types of trekking you are running?

23. What should I carry on my day packed ?

24. Should I purchase a lot of expensive gear to go on a trek?

25. What photographic equipment should I take?

26. What sort of accommodation can I expect while trekking?

27. What sort of hoteld do you use?

28. What is including on your tent/ lodge based Trekking?

29. What are the Tea Houses like?

30. Will we have private rooms and bathrooms?

31. What type of food is served on a trek?

32. How safe is the food?

33. What sort of food can I expect to enjoy while trekking?

34. Where do we get water during the trip?

35. Is the water safe to drink; do I need to bring purifying tablets/filter?

36. What will the weather be like?

37. What is the temperature and weather like?

38. What clothes should I bring?

39. What type of shoes or boots should I wear?

40. Do you provide any equipement for my trek?

41. What equipment should I bring?

42. Is it possible/easy to get equipment on hire?

43. Will I get altitude sickness?

44. What happens if I get sick?

45. What happens in case of an emergency?

46. How about an insurance?

47. Are Magic Nepal’s trekking crew insured?

48. What type of ground transportation is used on your tours?

49. What is the maximum weight allowed on domestic flights?

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

51. Is a Trekking permit required?

52. How can we respect your culture during our trek?

 


1. Are you a licenced trekking agency?

 

Yes, we are a licensed Trekking agency. We are registered with the Nepalese government, Trekking Agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA).  We assure you that you are in safe while traveling with us.

 

2. Do I need to obtain Nepal Visa before leaving my country?

 

No. You will be stamped three months visa when you arrive at Nepal Airport or entry point of our boarder.

 

3. Is the country politically stable and safe?

Nepal is one of the new democratic countries in the world with many active political parties, ideas and leaders. As such there were some disturbances in some parts of the country before 2005, but the revolutionary party has now entered into piece process. Therefore there is no need to worry about peace and safety in Nepal and you can find safe and peaceful environment here.

 

4. Are the trip destinations safe?

 

Security and safely are a high priority, there are often risks associated with adventure travel, particularly to overseas destinations that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one. However in trekking all our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. Our guides hold licenses issued by the Nepal Government. They are very honest and reliable. But we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on 'camping trek' please do not leave your bags unattended for your own safety. Take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite. At night, put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent. Your guide assigns a Sherpa each night to guard the campsite. If you are on 'Tea house trek' arrangement, you will be sleeping in local tea house. You have to take sensible precautions yourself at all times. Never leave your baggage unattended.

 

5. How do I book a tour with you?

 

Once you have chosen your ideal journey and you are ready to confirm your tour, you need to fill in the online booking form that can be found at our home page. If there are any details you are unsure of, we are on hand to provide the answers, just send us an email or give us a call.

 

6. How can I pay Magic Nepal for my trip?

 

We accept credit cards for deposits and advance payment. If you are paying in person in Nepal, we request that you pay in cash or Travelers cheque as the bank charges for credit cards are quite high. Alternatively you can pay by Wire Transfer or Western Union Money Transfer. In any payment, please be sure to include your name and the reference number that we will provide you.
 

7. Does credit card easily acceptable in Nepal?

 

In most cities, credit cards are accepted to some extent, however Nepal does suffer from long power cuts and generators are not always in use particularly during the day, therefore it may not always be possible to use credit cards.  In remote and less developed areas you cannot use your credit card at all.

 

8. What are your payment terms?

 

We prefer full payment in advance before you arrive in Nepal, but if you prefer to make final payment after you arrive in Nepal, you have to pay at least US$500 per person in advance to confirm your reservation. You may pay the balance in cash or Travellers Cheques in Nepal.
 

9. How much money should I bring for the trek?

 

The amount of money you should bring depends on you. Cold sodas during the day and an occasional beer after a long day of hiking can be awfully nice. These along with any souvenirs and film are personal expenses. We have a safe in our office where plane tickets and money can be kept.

 

10. Will there be somebody to meet us at the airport?

 

Yes, our staff will welcome you at the airport, they will hold a sign with your name on, and they will then take you to your hotel and check you in.  Here your guide will formally introduce him/herself and discuss on the coming trip with you.  You will be asked for 2 passport sized photos and a photocopy of your passport for the park permit.

 

11. Can your guides speak English?

 

Our cultural tour guides and city guides are quite proficient in English.  Our trekking guides/sardar and assistants speak good English and are able to explain about your surroundings, the culture and any sight that catches your eye. We do have some guides who speak French, German, Spanish and Japanese in addition to English.

 

12. What sort of experience do your guides have?

 

Magic Nepal has some of the most dependable and experienced guides in Nepal. All of our guides have spent years exploring the mountains and countryside of Nepal. All guides speak English and have a deep knowledge of the various trekking routes. Our guides are trained in first aid and know how to react in any situation. And most importantly our guides are friendly and enjoyable and want to share with you the true beauty of Nepal.

 

13. 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.

 

14. What is the best season for trekking?

 

The best time for trekking in Nepal is October to early December and March to May, but flights are often full during this time and trails may be crowded.

 

15. How difficult are the treks ?

 

The difficulty of our treks depends on where you want to trek and how long you want to go. The shorter Treks tend to be easier while the longer ones require some physical fitness. Be prepared for some steep trails leading to amazing views. The pace at which you hike is up to you. We have friendly and dependable porters to assist you with your personal gear.

 

 

16. Is previous hiking experience required to go on a trek?

 

As long as you are in good physical shape, you do not require any hiking experience for short treks. If you are planning a trek longer than a week, you should work out or do long day hikes at home.

 

17. How long a trek goes?

 

Generally the trek duration depends on your interest and location of trek. Your trek can last anywhere from 2-3 days to an entire month or longer if you wish. We can accommodate day hikes, cultural visits to local villages, and relaxing rest days on your trek. The decision is up to you.

 

18. How long do we walk for each day?

 

All our trekking programs are classified into THREE different categories according to the level of difficulty. Easy Adventure treks are only about a week to 10 days in duration. They generally don't go above 4000 meter and each day, you can expect to be walking for around 4 – 5 hours. While moderate are little harder and more challenging treks which take you right into high mountain country. These can be physically quite tiring, involving approx 6-8 hours trekking along rocky ridges of high Himalayan peaks. Strenuous treks are longer treks that go far beyond the normal haunts of trekkers and tourists. Physically challenging, these may involve 7-9 hours trekking and likely to include unfavorable weather conditions and strenuous activities. Definitely not for beginners.

 

19. Are the trails crowded?

 

On a off the beaten treks, you may find no other foreigners apart from your group for days on end. At the peak season, you may probably see some other trekkers. Even on traditional treks there will be far less people than you would see on a normal walking trail at home.

 

20. What if the guide/porter leave me alone on 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. Magic Nepal’s porters or guides will NEVER leave you for long periods and will never steal your bag or belongings.

 

21. Can I join a group trek?                                        

 

Yes. Please visit our website for a list of our scheduled group departures. If one of these does not fit your schedule, we can arrange a special trek for you, whether you are traveling alone or with a few friends.

 

22. Can you just tell me types of trekking you are running?

 

Currently we are running three type of trekking:

1. Tea House Trek: this is very budget oriented trip that just provides the essentials for trekking. We provide a guide and porter who show you the way and carry the gear. You stay and eat in local tea houses along the way.

 

2. Upgraded Lodge Treks: These treks also take advantage of the many lodges along the trail. We have chosen the nicest and cleanest lodges available and provide bed and pillow covers to all our clients. We also provide a personal cook to prepare all snacks and meals hygienically and with our own cookery. In addition to your experienced guide and porter we provide an extra porter to clean all bathroom facilities to the standards you expect. All trips run on the classic trekking routes are either tea house or upgraded lodge treks due to the lack of campsites and environmental impact in these areas.

 

3. Camping Treks: All of our off the beaten path treks require us to bring our own camping and kitchen facilities. We provide a guide, porters, a cook and a deep knowledge of all these unique areas. This is not a backpacking trip because we cook all meals, carry all the gear and pitch every camp. All camping spots have the best view possible of your surrounding environment.

 

23. What should I carry on my day packed ?

 

1. Packed for yourself and carry during the day:

2. water bottled

3. camera and films that you need during the day

4. medicines (if you are taking any medicine)

5. anti-sun burn lotion

6. valuable

7. rain coat/ umbrella

 

24. Should I purchase a lot of expensive gear to go on a trek?

 

If necessary we will provide free the most expensive items - a sleeping bag, warm jacket and sleeping mat. You have to provide the other personal clothing items you need. This will involve some expense, although you will be amazed, by how much use you will be able to make out of clothing you already own.

 

25. What photographic equipment should I take?

 

Most trekkers would like to record their trip on film. Himalayan treks offer a wealth of photographic possibilities and carrying a little extra photography equipment can be worth its weight. Single reflex cameras with interchangeable lenses are most suitable for the situations that you will encounter. Lenses should include a wide angle (28-35 mm) for buildings and landscapes, a tele-photo (70-200 mm) for un-obtrusive portraits and close-ups of mountain peaks. A macro lens will help you photograph flowers of Himalaya. Carry plenty of film as you will probably end up taking more photographs than you planned (a roll a day should suffice). Make sure you have waterproof covering for your camera, equipment and extra batteries. You will need an ultra violet and polarizing filter for high altitudes.

 

26. What sort of accommodation can I expect while trekking?

 

Teahouses are generally built using local materials and are quite comfortable.  Often family run, the usually provide single and double rooms as well as the occasional dormitory. The dining room is downstairs and often houses a fire. All food will be cooked to order in the family kitchen. The toilet facilities will be separate, sometimes outside. Most lodges provide a mattress and a quilt or blanket. It’s a good idea to always have a sleeping bag, a sleeping mat may be useful and perhaps an inflatable pillow. Most places will provide you with a lock for your room, but you may prefer to use one of your own. Theft is almost unheard of from the lodge owners; security is more of a risk around other westerns.

 

Along the way there are a few ‘up market’ places to stay, or even just relax for lunch: Everest View Hotel (Syangboche), Gokyo Resort (Gokyo), 8000 Inn (Lobuche) and Jomson Mountain Resort (Jomson). For an extra charge we can arrange a night’s stay at any of these before you leave Kathmandu, or you may just like to wait till the urge takes you on the trail - don’t forget those US dollars!


If you choose a camping trek, a tent will be provided if you do not have your own. We provide a kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tents for all camping treks. You should bring your own sleeping bags, mats and whatever other home comforts you need. We usually camp in or near a village, which allows you to buy luxury items such as chocolate, beer or soft drinks, which we do not carry with us. We also provide a limited amount of toilet paper and facilities for hand and face washing before meals. You will also get a bowl of hot water each morning in your tent for a quick scrub up.

 

27. What sort of hoteld do you use?

 

In the city areas we will offer you a choice of hotels, depending on your requirements and your budget, we have a wide range of options and can discuss these with you.  In the trekking areas we use the local lodges/tea houses/homestays if required we will arrange for all necessary camping equipment.  Most properties in the trekking areas are simple with basic facilities.  We use those we know to be the best offering in terms of comfort, food and facilities.

 

28.  What is including on your tent/ lodge based Trekking?

 

Our lodge or camp based trek includes: 3 meals per day, guide, porters as needed (in general one for two trekkers), commendations, toilet paper (bring extra), washing water, etc. Showers are usually available but may not be available every day. Trekking price does not include any type of bottled beverage but does include boiled water and drinks (hot) with meals. All trekking services are included from here till the end of the trek. On our lodge-based trek, we always utilize the best lodge-accommodations available within the area. This can vary dramatically with each community. (Included flight/ transport/ and all trekking service)

 

29.  What are the Tea Houses like?

 

Tea houses are a way of life for almost all trekkers. They are the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. We encourage all trekkers along the Everest, Langtang, and Annapurna treks to try our tea house treks. Our many years of experience along these routes have helped us find the friendliest, cleanest, and most enjoyable tea houses with the best views. Most tea houses have running water. Many have hot water available for bathing. But we discourage our groups from using water heated by wood fires due to lack of firewood in most villages. Deforestation is a big environmental concern in Nepal They are also a great way help support local villages.

 

30. Will we have private rooms and bathrooms?

 

Private rooms are available in most tea houses except for those at very high altitudes. Most bathrooms are shared. On our lodge treks we also provide someone to clean all bathroom facilities for our groups. Our lodge treks also include bed and pillow covers.

 

31. What type of food is served on a trek?

 

Normally hot meals are served all along the trip, though at times packed lunches may be given when distances between stops do not permit cooking. A variety of nepali and continental dishes are prepared with fresh vegetables depend on place. Most of the trip have an accompanying cook to take care of the details.

 

32. How safe is the food ?

 

Food safety is always a big concern when visiting a foreign country. Which is why we do our best to choose tea houses and restaurants with clean and sanitary kitchens . On our lodge treks, we provide a cook to prepare safe and tasty meals with our own set of cookery as well as hygienic cleaning facilities. The food we serve on camping trips is completely safe.

 

33. What sort of food can I expect to enjoy while trekking?

 

Most teahouses cook a good range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many larger villages you may find some meat on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.

 

If you are on a camping trek the cook can prepare specially requested food if you advise before leaving Kathmandu. In any case, you will have similar fare to teahouses, except that along the way we may buy some fresh local produce such as fish, chicken or cheese to supplement the supplies. And the cost of all the food we prepare is included in the price of the camping treks – you can eat as much as you like.

 

Whichever option you choose, you can be assured that the food is fresh, nutritious and tasty.

If you have any special dietary requirements please advise us in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

 

34. Where do we get water during the trip ?

 

All tea houses have boiled water for trekkers. Your guide will provide you with all the water you need during your trek. We discourage the purchase of bottled water while on the trail. The plastic bottles are difficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem.

 

35. Is the water safe to drink; do I need to bring purifying tablets/filter?

 

In a camping trek, our staffs will boil and cook meals treated by potassium permagnate or iodine. On tea house trek, you will be able to buy safe hot drinks and mineral water in the tea house however to help conserve our environment and reduce porters loads we recommend you bring water purification tablets or a steri. You should bring a one-litre water bottle with you on the trek. We prefer that you purify water yourself using iodine in order to save scarce fuel. We can provide a limited amount of boiled water that you can use to fill your water bottle in the evening.

 

36. What will the weather be like?

 

Weather effects everything in Nepal and trekking is no exception. Sudden rain storms or snow flurries are always a possibility. The weather during the trekking season is somewhat more stable. We pay close attention to weather reports during the trekking season.

 

37. What is the temperature and weather like?

 

Temperatures in Kathmandu are:

 

 

    Degrees C

Degrees F

Month

    Maximum

    Minimum

    Maximum

    Minimum

March

    25

    7

    77

    45

April

    19

    12

    66

    36

May

    30

    16

    86

    61

October

    27

    12

    81

    54

November

    24

    7

    75

    45

December

    19

    3

    66

    37


Between 1000m and 3500m the temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to 5 deg C low. At higher altitude, the temperature ranges from 20 deg C to -10 deg C. During winter it is around 10 deg colder.

 

38. What clothes should I bring?

 

Choosing the right clothing is very important. You want to have enough clothes to stay warm or cool yet not over pack. Usually you will have warm days and cold nights. A warm jacket either fleece or down can be nice for the evening. Long under wear and wool socks are good for warmth too. We encourage people to bring a light pair of pants and shorts for hiking. Sunscreen and glasses are a must. Rain and hail can appear on a trek so we suggest a Gore-Tex jacket. Most gear can be purchased in Kathmandu or Pokhara at one of the many outdoor gear shops.

 

39. What type of shoes or boots should I wear?

 

The proper foot wear depends on the trek. Shorter treks can be done in comfortable running shoes while longer ones require sturdy but light weight hiking boots. Shoes and boots are best purchased before arriving in Nepal. Proper fit is a must for boots. And we encourage wearing your boots before the trek to wear them in.

 

40. Do you provide any equipment for my trek?

 

On all our Camping treks we provide the tents, sometimes dome tents, sometimes sturdy A frames and normally people share one tent between two; a foam mattress each; all the cutlery and utensils, cooking pots, stoves; candles/kerosene lantern, tables and stools, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent

 

41. What equipment should I bring?

 

Please visit our website at www.magicnepal.com.np/equipment-checklist to see the equipment we recommend or send a blank email to info@magicnepal.com.np and a list will be sent back by return email.

 

42. Is it possible to get equipment on hire?

 

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

 

43. Will I get altitude sickness?

 

It depends from person to person, while one may get sick at a lower altitude, the other might not get affected even at a much higher altitude. Altitude sickness can be a worry for many people coming from sea level. That is why Magic Nepal give our customers extra days to acclimate to the higher altitudes. Our guides are trained to spot any signs of altitude sickness and know how to react.

44. What happens if I get sick?

 

Most importantly, DON’T PANIC. You should ALWAYS ensure that you have a well-stocked and appropriate medical kit as well as sufficient insurance in case you should have to be evacuated. A slight case of diarrhoea is to be expected, as well as sprains and muscle aches – all a part of walking in the hills. Altitude sickness is extremely dangerous but mostly avoidable if you follow a few simple rules: trek high and sleep low, drink at least 3 litres of water per day (not including beer or soft drinks!), and BE SENSIBLE. If you feel shortness of breath, a slight headache or dizziness, tell your porter/guide and rest immediately. Lie down, drink water. If you are still feeling unwell you may consider going down a few hundred meters. Do not pretend you are okay, and do not go down alone. A descent of a few hundred meters overnight may be enough to make you fully able to start trekking again tomorrow. For more information, please go to: www.high-altitude-medicine.com this excellent site will tell you all you need to know, and also include a phonetic Nepali questionnaire for your porter. Porters are just as prone to altitude sickness as everyone else is.

 

45. What happens in case of an emergency?

 

Magic Nepal prides itself on being prepared for any emergency situation. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during a trek. In the case of a serious sickness or a casualty, we will arrange a helicopter evacuation. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before signing for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to go to the nearest communication point, he/she needs to call our office and let us know the details. While asking for the helicopter, we will need your exact location and details of the casualty. Do not move from your location, the helicopter will be with you as soon as possible.

 

46. How about an insurance?

 

To protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances we strongly recommend you take out a ‘Trip cancellation and medical insurance policy’ in your home country. The medical policy should include coverage of transportation costs in the event of emergency helicopter or surface evacuation being required. We regret that such insurance policies are not available for places like Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan.

 

47. Are Magic Nepal's trekking crew insured?

 

Our company insures all our trekking staff, including porters.

 

48. What type of ground transportation is used on your tours?

 

We have a fleet of mostly Japanese made Toyota vehicles of all types and sizes, from small two-seater luxury cars to large capacity luxury tourist coaches.

 

49. What is the maximum weight allowed on domestic flights?

 

The normal weight limit is 20 kilogrammes. While the helicopter shuttle system is operating the limit to Lukla is 15 kg.

 

50. 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.

 

51. Is a trekking permit required? 

 

The government of Nepal no longer requires a trekking permit except for a few restricted areas. However, we do require your passport details in advance in order to make your national park or conservation permit.

 

52. How can we respect your culture during our trek?

 

With its diverse ethnic groups and traditional beliefs, Nepal has numerous cultural practices that may appear unusual to a person on his/her first visit to the country. However, to enjoy your stay in this remarkable country of white Himalayas and sparkling rivers it is important to take into consideration the different cultural aspects of the country. Here is a list of things which may be helpful to you:

 

  • The form of greeting in Nepal is "namaste" is performed by joining the palms together.

  • Before entering a Nepalese home, temple, and stupa remember to remove your shoes.

  • Be careful not to use your spoon, fork or hands being used for your eating to touch other's food, plate, cooking utensil or the serving dish. Do not eat from other people's plate and do not drink from other people's bottle or glass. It is considered impure by the Nepalese.

  • Never touch anything with your feet. This is considered an offence among Nepalese.
 
  • While travelling dress appropriately. Women should especially avoid dressing in skimpy outfits.
 
  • Seek permission first before entering a Hindu temple. Many Hindu temples do not allow westerners to enter.
 
  • Leather articles are prohibited to be taken inside the temple precinct.
 
  • Walking around temples or stupas is traditionally done clockwise.
 
  • Take photographs only after receiving permission for the object or person being photographed.
 
  • Public displays of affection between man and woman are frowned upon. Do not do something that is totally alien to our environment.
 
  • Remember, many times, when a person shakes his head from left to right, he may mean "Yes".
 
  • Develop a genuine interest to meet and talk to Nepalese people and respect their local customs.

 

Special Instructions to our Clients : :

Before leaving your country, you are suggested to ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months. Please book your trip as early as possible; giving us enough preparation time for your trip means your trip will be managed well so that you will get full satisfaction from our services. Please make sure that you have got confirmation receipt from our company about your booking. If you need any special facilities that are not included in the listed itinerary, make sure that you have informed us about it at the time of booking. Should you want to book any programs that are not listed in this website as tailor made package, please let us know by email; we will design it as per your travel need.

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