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Frequently Asked Questions

Our guides have many years experience guiding in Nepal, and also Tibet and Bhutan. Most of them have been spent years exploring the country. They are trained in first aid and know how to handle most situations that are likely to arise. All our guides speak fluent English and are happy to share their deep knowledge and love of our country and people with you. We believe in, and follow the idea that it’s not enough to take visitors to special places or special cultures only- we like to provide guides who can offer experiences where people feel actively involved in their travel adventures, are entertained, informed and have a richer and more memorable experience of their time with us.

HSA is prepared for any emergency situation and knows how to handle it. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic issues that are likely to occur during a trek, plus we provide back-up support for any further medical services. Every guest should have their own travel insurance before coming to Nepal to cover any contingencies.

Altitude sickness is a serious issue. HSA has many years of experience in trekking and understanding how to ease guests into their adventure experience. An extra day of acclimatization is included in all our high altitude treks, and our guides are trained to spot any signs of altitude sickness and know how to deal with it.

You can easily rent needed trekking equipment for a reasonable price in Kathmandu or Pokhara beforehand, but it’s always preferable and more convenient to have your own so we advise you to bring your essential items. You can also purchase your equipment in Kathmandu or Pokhara in one of the many outdoor gear shops.

For shorter treks, comfortable tennis shoes or sneakers are sufficient,  while longer treks require carefully chosen hiking boots. These should be strong, well-made but light boots. It’s best to purchase and wear in your shoes or boots prior to arriving in Nepal and a proper fit is for boots is essential. We want you and your feet to feel absolutely comfortable during trekking.

Choosing your clothes for trekking is very important. Please check our trekking equipment list for details.

You need to be prepared for sudden weather changes while trekking. That’s why your trekking equipment should be chosen carefully before the trip. Sudden rain storms or snow are always a possibility that need to be considered. The weather during the trekking season is somewhat more stable. HSA pays serious attention to the weather forecast, and you will be fully advised before your trek commences.

The best time for trekking is Autumn (October-November) and Spring (end of February-April). Short treks at lower altitude and some Tea House treks can be undertaken during the Winter season as well (December-January.)

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 your water is safe for drinking.

Food safety is always a big concern and we take it very seriously. That is why we have chosen the cleanest and most hygienically kept Tea Houses for our trekking routes. During a Camping Trek, our cook prepares safe and tasty meals from carefully chosen food items and only hygienic cleaning equipment and facilities are used.

During a Tea House Trek you will have breakfast and dinner in the Tea House, and lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. During a Camping Trek, all food will be prepared by our experienced cook. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentil soup.) All Tea Houses on our trekking routes have a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Many of them have western food on menu such as pizza. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants.

Private rooms are available in most Tea Houses except for high altitudes ones, and most bathrooms are shared. Many Tea Houses have running water facilities for bathing and washing.

A Tea House is a combination of a guest house, restaurant, and social hang out place. Through our many years of experience organizing various treks in Nepal, HSA assures you that we have chosen the cleanest and most hygienically kept Tea Houses with a friendly atmosphere and the best views. Most of the Tea Houses have running water facilities, and many have hot water available for bathing, however we discourage our groups from using water heated by wood as a lack of firewood in most villages is a big environmental concern in Nepal.

A Tea House Trek is a trek during which at the end of each trekking day you stay for overnight in Tea Houses. Our Trekking Guide Adventure Team also organizes Camping Treks during which you sleep overnight in tents which our guides will set up for you. Our experienced cook prepares all the food during our Camping Treks.

The difficulty of each trek depends on the region where the trek is taking place, the altitude and its duration. Shorter treks tend to be easier while longer ones require fair physical fitness.

The duration of the trek depends on the region you would like to trek in and your interests. Generally speaking, your trek can range from 2-3 days to a month’s time, or longer periods if you wish. Even the same trek can be of a different duration for different trekkers depending on their wishes and interests on the route, and level of fitness.

A Trek is not a Mountain Climbing Trip. There are still only a few roads in Nepal extending deeply into the hills, so the only way to truly visit remote regions of the kingdom is by walking. It requires more time and effort, but the rewards are also greater. Whether you begin your trek at a road head or fly into a remote mountain airstrip, a large part of it will be in the Middle Hills region at elevations between 500 and 3000 meters. While trekking you will see the great diversity of Nepal. Villages embrace many ethnic groups and cultures. The terrain changes from tropical jungle to high-glaciated peaks in only 150 km.

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