Trekking is a combination of hiking and walking, making the journey on foot especially mountainous areas often for multiple days along the rugged, remote and rural villages.
Most of the trails are reasonable but occasionally we may encounter snow on the trails. Our trekking itineraries are designed in such way that, for a gradual acclimatization to take place. To enjoy the trek, walking days are not much longer, most of days involve in between 5 to 7 hours walking days, however some days it will be 8 to 9 hours and 3 to 4 hours actually walking days as well.
The level of Fitness
The level fitness varies from the trek to trek. Normally, asthma and high blood pressure people should be consulted with their doctors before booking a trek. For a standard fit, you should do some regular exercise before the trek.
The strenuous grade treks that winds above 5000m plus may need to be experienced in altitudes and mountains. It is an outdoor activity so; you also may need a good dose of patience, humor, and tolerance. And the finally good level of fitness is an utmost need.
The basic items needs during your trek are:
+ Warm fleece and down jacket
+Good wind/rain jacket
+Good trekking boot
+ Good 3-5 season sleeping bag
+A comfortable day backpack
+ Self-motivated and positive about the holiday.
Start walking and lunch
After the breakfast we walk on relaxed pace, the morning is a quite magical time of the day, air is cool, the lights pure and birds singing. We overtake porters and kitchen crew will overtake us, they will prepare the lunch. The crew has usually chosen a scenic spot, with water nearby. Around 12 – 1 stop for lunch, on arrival you will be handed mugs of hot fruit drinks. And now it’s to relax we relax to rest, read, write notes gaze at scenery until the lunch is prepared until lunch is prepared.
Lunch is normally, often two /three course of the meal, eg. Tuna fish, fried potatoes, coleslaw and chapatti, there is desert often fresh or tinned fruit followed by tea/coffee. The crews also cook their own food, usually dal bhaat.
Resume trekking and arrival on camp
Once again we resume our trek overtaking the porters walk gently and slowly and soon crew and porters overtake us. We arrive at camp usually 3- 5 pm. The Sherpa put up all the tents and a hot drink along with biscuits served by the crew. And now it’s time to relaxing by playing cards, chat, reading the book, visiting monasteries and exploring around the village.
Dinner is usually served with a 3 course, a starter with light soup and popcorn, or prawn then the main course of vegetable with a rich source of carbohydrate: potatoes, mo: mo, noodles, rice, bread or similar, and often a meat dish, sometimes even fresh, when available. And the final course desert is fresh or tinned fruit, sometimes a cake, followed by a choice of hot chocolate, tea, coffee and hot water.
And now it’s time to bed, the kitchen crew sleep in the kitchen tent, the porters under the rock, or lodge or dining tent, Sherpa in the dining tent and the guide/sirdar usually has his own tent.
Acclimatization is an important thing for trekking in the high altitude and mountains. We are very serious about acclimatization and our all the itineraries are designed in such a way that every trekker gets acclimatized properly.The higher you go the lesser oxygen and thin air. Above the 5500m there is only half of oxygen than to sea level.
A typical day on trek
Trekking in Nepal is beyond the hustle and bustle, crowd and pollution of the city, the days on trek normally passes with a simple routine.
Every morning after packing kitbags and followed by a good breakfast, we star trek. The backpack we need to carry is containing necessary items for the day such as water bottle, hat, sunscreen, sun cream, camera, rain jacket and warm jacket. Rest of things would be carried by porters/mules.
After walking 3-4 hours we stop for lunch around mid-day, normally Kitchen crew choose the spot where is good scenic and available of water.
The walk after lunch generally shorter, and we usually arrive at our camp before 4 to 5 pm. The rest of afternoon can be spent exploring village, monasteries, washing or relaxing with a good book.After dinner, the evening will be often spent chat, playing cards, and writing travel notes before going to bed.
Bathroom and washing Facilities
We carry a toilet tent along with us; the Sherpa dig a deep hole and kick some dirt down to ‘flush’. Occasionally, when we camp in villages we use the local toilet.
For washing, a bowl of warm water is served in the morning for quick washing. And you may ask bowl of hot water to Sherpa any time at camp.
Care for porters and staff
Basically, the expedition style trek, which passes above the tree line, will be given with wool socks, new shoes, wool gloves, wool hat, jacket and pant set, sunglasses and adequate shelter and medical care upon the sickness during the trek. As we caring the porters and staff would cost a little more but it’s our humanitarian spirit to live all happily.