Travel advices and Nepal trek:
Bring passport photos: You'll need one to get your visa at the Nepal Tribhuvan airport. In addition, a minimum of two others if you want to visit one or the other area to make a trek (Annapuurna, Everest, Lantang, Mustang). We advise you to have at least 5-6 photos passport before your departure. You can then decide to make the trip to Tibet and quickly organize your time and your license. Some stores may also have photos in the area of Thamel.
Bring a good protective lotion against sun: The sun can be very strong at certain times of the year in Nepal. If you make a longer trek and you spend several hours under the sun, the cream will be very important. Also note that recent research showed that the degree of protection written on the bottles did not have much importance. It is especially important to put enough (two layers).
Good walking boots for the trek: The march will be a big part of your stay in Nepal, even in not making the trek. Good walking boots become an important investment. Be sure to wear some time before you depart for Nepal. They take the shape of your feet and you will be comfortable with your walking boots for several hours a day.
A coat for the rain if you travel during the monsoon: In the mountains, the rains occur very quickly. Because of the terrain of high mountains of Nepal, you do not have time to predict in advance the arrival of heavy rain.
Bring a flashlight: Very useful because of the many power cuts. In Kathmandu, you may be without electricity for several hours and you have to find the toilet at night in a hotel you do not know very well, the experience can be quite unpleasant. Also, if you go out with friends and return to your guesthouse after dark, it can be difficult to find your way if you are not accustomed to the city. In addition, during treks in the mountains, many villages are experiencing significant periods without electricity. A lamp becomes paramount. At Ghorepani (Annapurna trek) the village is divided into two parts. If you sleep in the guesthouse in the lower part and you want to go on the Internet (in the upper part), you'll need a flashlight to find your way if you go after dusk. In addition to being completely dark, the path is made of uneven stones and random size.
Price of a trek in Nepal: Some agencies inflate their prices significantly. If you organize your trek on the spot you should not pay more than 30-50 euros / person / day if you are alone. If you two, your powers of persuasion will be greater. Feel free to compare with several agencies on the ground for a lower price. In addition, many trekking in Nepal can be alone if you have a minimum ability to read maps and find your self in a language that is not yours. By against, having a bearer can be very useful in some trek (or portions) as the base camp of Annapurna and Everest. The climbs are very steep and exhausting experience less enjoyable. The price for the services of a carrier is about 10 euros per day. If you make the trek alone (without a guide and porter), you should not spend more than 8-11 euros per day. Against by an agency will ask you 20-50 euros per day per person.
Lodges: Prices of the accommodation and meals: The lodges offer rooms at reasonable cost about 1-2 (100-200 Nepalese Rupees) per night but require that tourists eat in their restaurant. Not doing so can create discomfort and problems evident in your guide. Dand some cases we will charge you a "Kitchen fee" of about 3 euros, the price of a normal meal. The price may parraître but it is ridiculous for most of their only source of income. Anyway, in the Himalayan villages, the choices are extremely limited so you probably will not see any problem to stay where you are to eat. In addition, in most restaurants, menus have been unified and equalized prices. Some prices may vary in lodges situated in the highest mountains since everything must be made to the bearer or the back of donkeys. You'll find numerous treks in the Annapurna and the Langtang.
Porter: The idea of having a holder for your trek in Nepal may present itself when you begin to feel the effects of walking and your bag. Even if a minimum of things are important to carry, your ability to travel light makes all the difference during the trek (especially for the base camp of Annapurna and Everest). Nepalese porters are paid between 5-10 euros per day. They can carry very large load. We see them climbing the stairs with loads of tens of kilograms (up to 30). I even saw a holder have in his basket, "an old man." Even if the man was menu, it should certainly weigh 10 pounds more (about 25-35kg). The carrier argued the basket by a banner at the front. This is the technique used by most Nepalese porters. Acting as a band belt is attached to the base of the basket or bag. So in the neck that breaks most of the load.
Guide for the trek: If you do not usually travel alone, a guide is a supplement very interesting. Especially if this is your first trek, and you are not familiar with the effects of mountain sickness. But remember that a good guide can add to a bad experience then may regret having come to Nepal. The guides are waiting for a tip of about 10-15% of the total pay for the trek to their agency. You can give them at the last day. This tip may improve depending on the professionalism of the guide. It can be given in local currency (Nepalese Rupee) in euros, or U.S. money.
Travel advices before leaving on the trek:
- For the feet: Good boots are essential for a longer c onfortable and secure. Scandals are very pleasant to be good after a day's walk. Wear your walking boots for some time before you travel with it. They will then have time to take the shape of your feet and avoid painful blisters.
- Flashlight: If the flashlight (or front) is important everywhere in Nepal, it is even longer trek. The sometimes completely cutting power in some mountain villages and if you are in another part of town and want to find your way, the adventure can be risky and dangerous. The mountain villages are often rustic and path and stairs are made of uneven stones. Walking in the dark can be dangerous.
- Lotion for the sun: The walking of several hours per day may be done under a hot sun. Although it is best to leave early to avoid the midday sun, its effect is still felt as soon as it is point the nose behind the mountains.
- A good coat: Temperatures in the mountains can be very cold. Especially if you make the base camp of Everest and Annapurna. The altitude reached can be very important. At Ghorepani for example, we do lla smoke with your mouth so it was cold. If you add to that the fatigue of the day and humidity, it can be very uncomfortable.
- A good sleeping bag: The heating system is often non-existent then when you are in high mountains, the nights can be cool, sometimes cold. The majority of lodges (Guesthouse) has a warm blanket. For against, it is always useful to have a good sleeping bag in case the covers were taken or too dirty (very possible).