When is the best time to visit Nepal?
The best time to book a trip to Nepal and the general Himalaya region is during the spring season (mid-February to May) and Autumn (September until mid-December). During the spring, the vibrant-colored flowers (including the beloved rhododendron) are in bloom and the skies are quite clear. In the fall, the skies are clearest and the mountain views are stupendous. Enjoy an expansive view of Himalayas during this time. Also, it is the season of festivals, such as Dashain and Diwali/Tihar – a once in a lifetime event to experience. The monsoon season (June to August), you may face nonstop rainfall during your journey. However, there are far fewer tourists on the trial. During winter (December to February), the weather is chilly during the day and cold at night. Skies are generally always clear, though there is always the chance of snowfall from 2500 meters and above. If you can bear the cold, winter is an awesome time to trek in the Himalaya!
How fit do I need to be to trek?
Anyone who is reasonably fit can join in on a trek with us. We offer trekking packages for all experience and fitness levels. If you are not confident in your abilities, take one of our shorter, less strenuous treks and you will not be disappointed. That being said, often it pays off to be confident and push yourself. More important that physical fitness is one’s determination and will to complete the trek. Expeditions and peak climbing excursions require a higher level of experience and fitness, though the same rule of confidence applies. Check with your doctor before booking a trip with us and inform us if you have any pre-existing medical condition.
Note that our tours do not require any level of fitness to participate.
Where do we sleep during the trek?
Most trails in the Himalaya provide guest house/teahouse facilities. It is great to have a hot meal at the end of each day. Plus, most teahouses have a main dining hall, where you can chat with people from all over the world. Rooms are on a twin sharing basis and hot water is sometimes available for an additional cost. Some places have shared bathrooms, while others have private bathrooms. Other, more remote treks necessitate tent camping, which gives a more intimate experience with nature. On several other trails, homestay facilities are set up, so that you can closely interact with the local culture.
Is there electricity and/or battery charging places in the teahouses?
Electricity/battery charging resources are available at most teahouses. Some teahouses may ask for a small fee to use their charging station, while at others it is free. Ask us ahead of time and we can let you know which guest houses do/don’t have charging stations.
What kind of food and drinks are served during the trek?
The typical meal in Nepal is dal bhat (rice and curried lentils) with a side of tarkari (vegetable curry), and meat is sometimes available . As the old Nepali saying goes, ‘Dal Bhat Power – 24 hour.’ Though, while hiking high into the Himalaya, the Dal Bhat energy may last a little less than 24 hours. Regardless, there is nothing like a big plate of dal Bhat to end the day. Most teahouses offer other options, such as pasta, soup, and some western dishes, like pizza. Tea, soda, and beer are available at most teahouses.
Where do we get water during the trek and is it safe to drink?
Your guide will provide all the water you need during the trek. Bottled water is available, but is expensive and wasteful, so purification tablets are the preferred method of drinking water. Also, on some trails, there are regulated water stations. When you arrive to the guest house each night, there is boiled water provided for all trekkers to drink. If you have any questions or concerns, let us know.
Is travel insurance required?
Yes, we ask that all clients obtain travel insurance before booking a trip with us. It must cover medical emergencies, theft, and for high-altitude treks, helicopter evacuation while in Nepal (or Tibet/Bhutan).
Is it safe for women to travel alone with Breeze Adventure?
Yes, of course. We are aware of the difficulties and risks faced by women solo travelers and are proactive in preventing them. We guarantee the safety of women travelling alone with us, and will give personal rooms for solo females (if there is not another woman in the group).
What happens if I get hurt or sick on the trail?
Our guides are trained and experienced in aiding those who are hurt or sick on the trail. They carry a comprehensive medical kit. We do advise you, though, to bring some of your own personal medicines, such as rehydration salts, blister cream, acetaminophen, etc.
Is altitude sickness a common problem while trekking?
Symptoms of high altitude are typically noticed from 3000 meters and above. Our itineraries are crafted to minimize the risk of altitude sickness by ascending slowly and spending an extra acclimatization day at specific locations. That being said, the altitude can still pose risks even to the fittest. If you notice any negative effects from the altitude, let us know immediately
What equipment should I bring for the trek/expedition?
Below is a general list of items you should bring for trek/expedition:
- A comfortable trekking backpack with multiple compartments
- Sweater, t- shirt, fleece jacket, breathable pants, long johns, several pairs of socks (including wool socks), a water proof jacket, long sleeve shirt, woolen cap and hand gloves. Bring one or two of each instead of several of one layer.
- Durable hiking boots.
- First Aid Kit for minor injuries, blisters, headaches, etc.
- Sleeping Bag. Most teahouses provide a blanket, but it is smart to bring your own sleeping bag (-10 to -20-degree C), as it can get bitterly cold at night in the mountains.
- Miscellaneous things like a head lamp, walking stick, sunscreen, etc.