Trekking FAQs

Yes, we are a licensed trekking agency. We have been specialized tours, treks and expeditions for our valued clients since 2009.

The cultural tour guides are proficient and, the trekking guide and other field staffs speak reasonable amount of English, good enough to explain you about the places.

Generally, our travel group comprises of maximum 12 members and, we need a minimum of 2 participants to operate the trip on our fixed departure dates. For private trips, there is not minimum and maximum person define.

We do arrange the private trip or solo trip, if you would like to do trip independently, or with your friends & families, you are welcomed to choose any of the trips as per your flexibility, cost for private trip is fixed on the basis of group size. We appoint local guide, porters and required field staff, who you can trust for the requirements.

Normally, trekking program classified into THREE different level of difficulty.

Soft Adventure: This trek is only about a week or little more in duration and you can expect to walk 4-5 hours in a day, you would not go above 4000 meter.

Moderate Trek: This is little longer trek, which goes to right into high mountain. Physically quite tiring and expect to walk 6-7 hours walking along rocky ridges of high Himalayan peaks.

Strenuous treks: This Longer treks that goes straight to the peak climbing and High Mountains, very challenging, this involves 7-9 hours trekking and likely to include unfavorable weather conditions and strenuous activities.

In Nepalese Tourism Industry it stands Guide, Accommodation and, porter. We only recommend this, which needs basic support from us and, also a best economic way to do trekking in Nepal. We only provide a Guide, Accommodation and porter and Guide will help you to arrange the accommodation through the trip. We take care of all expenses of our staff and you have to pay by yourself for your own meals.

“Tea House Trek” in some popular trekking route Local lodges served the services for your stay and meals and, it is little expensive than GAP trek. In the busy season, if private rooms in smaller villages are fully occupied, then you might have to spend night in the dormitory. We provide Accommodation in lodges, guide, porters and all meals.

In this style, we accompanied you with all crew members (Guide, Porter, Cook, Kitchen Boy and Sherpa assistant) from Kathmandu with all the required equipments and day to day feeding materials. Camping trek you will be sleeping in tents. Depending on the group size, we shall appoint the above classified staffs under the leadership of Guide. Our staffs will ensure you to don’t take the wrong path, a cook and kitchen crew to keep you well fed with delicious and nutritious meals and the porters to transport all the gear from camp to camp. The ratio of both Sherpa guides and kitchen crew to group members is generally 1:4 and the ratio of porters to group members is around 3:1 at the beginning of the trek. For bathroom facilities we carry a toilet tent. Your camping staffs dig a deep hole in the ground for excrement and cover the hole with soil after the work is done.

Security of our clients is the crucial for us and all of our choose field staffs will take care you throughout the trip and, staffs will be Government authorized with 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 keep your luggage with you, for your own safety and Take main bag inside the tent once you reach the campsite. At night, keep all luggages and belongings in the middle of the tent, Guide will assign a Sherpa to guard the stuff turn wise. On ‘Tea house or GAP trek’, you will be sleeping in local tea house. You have to take sensible precautions yourself at all times. Never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.

On a CAMPING TREK we provide three times tasty meal, plentiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and western dishes. To start the day, breakfast consists of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereal followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. Dinner is a hearty 3 course meal – soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for. On the Tea House treks we provide standard breakfast, lunch and three course dinner, tea or coffee will also be included with each meal. Your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy packaged water (bottled mineral water) from local lodge and shop en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

On camping trek, our staff will boil and cook meals treated by potassium permanganate or iodine and, On GAP trek; you will be able to buy safe hot drinks in the tea house. We recommend you to bring water purification pills or iodine.

In cities like Kathmandu or Lhasa, accommodation will be in hotels of your preference from luxury deluxe to budget hotels. During trek, you will accommodate in Local lodges if available otherwise, can also spend night at Tent in Camping Trek. Please note, the room facility will be very basic during trekking time and, sometimes you might have to go with dormitory room, if local lodges fully occupied.

You should be fit and used to do some regular exercise. The fitter you are you will have a chance to enjoy more of the Himalaya vistas. However, the fitness required differ according to the program you choose.  Our Itineraries are carefully designed to cope with all kind of trekkers with enough time to acclimatize which helps your body to adjust with the low level of oxygen at higher altitude. 

On all our Camping treks we provide all 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 and toilet tent; all the main meals while trekking but not snacks. On Tea house trek there is no necessity to provide any equipment.

In the domestic front we work with all domestic airlines operating in Nepal. Great Nepal Treks has IATA trained personnel who will assist and guide you in booking our domestic or international flights.

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.4WD Land cruisers are used in difficult and muddy road trips. Size and type of vehicle depend on size of your group. We use two-seater car for 1-2 persons, micro luxury 6-seater van for 3-5 persons, 10 seater van for 6-9 persons and tourist coach or coaster for group size above 10 persons. Our drivers are specially trained to serve in the hospitality industry. The vehicles are checked carefully before assigning them to your service.

Tips are appreciated by your support team after the trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. Some trekkers give 10% of the total tour cost as tips.

In the case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe will not happen; you shall be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back in Kathmandu. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about the requirement of a helicopter. While asking for the helicopter, please send the name of the sick person and give exact location from where helicopter can airlift you. Do not leave the place although you are getting better once you have ordered Helicopter.

The clothing you bring will need to allow for both the warmth of the days and the chill of the nights. While trekking during the day at lower altitudes, lightweight trekking trousers and T-shirts are recommended. It’s always a good idea to carry a waterproof jacket and some warmer clothing with you though as mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable. For the cold nights, thermal underwear, a warm fleece jacket and even a down jacket will help to keep you warm. Good shoes are of great importance. They must be sturdy and comfortable. For higher altitude treks where you may have to tread snow for long hours, good boots are available for rent in Kathmandu. In view of local customs, try not to wear too skimpy or revealing clothes. Your reception by locals can vary greatly on the way you dress.

The best time to trek is from October to May. The first two months of the dry season – October and November, when it is still comfortably warm – are ideal for trekking in Nepal. December, January and February are still good months for trekking, but it can be bitterly cold at high altitudes.

Yes, you can definitely change the lodge if you feel it is not in order by talking over with your guide, (provided there are other lodges with good rooms in the vicinity).

We accommodate trekking groups in local lodges available on the trail. As it is not possible to book the rooms days in advance, we send a porter few hours ahead of the group each day to book the rooms.

It is possible to change the day trip as per your request by consulting your guide.

Depending on the prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.