Prepare your Luggage
You can leave anything that you do not need during trek in lockable bags at your hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu (or Pokhara) for free of charge.
You will want to have a small day-pack to carry during the trek; all you need to carry is your own water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jackets etc. It’s advisable not to carry over 8-10kg.
Porters will carry your main luggage which should be in a duffle bag or backpack. In Nepal the load limit for a porter is 20-25kg, which is quite high. In a group there is usually a ratio of one porter for every two trekkers. If you choose to pack light, the porters will surely not complain!
If your trip includes a domestic flight, please check with your guide about weight allowance which varies for different sectors. Usually it is between 10-20Kg including hand luggage. Excess weight is chargeable at USD 2 or more per Kilo depending on sectors.
Remember to exchange your currency for Nepali Rupees in Kathmandu (or Pokhara) before you start out on your trek. You will need to take enough to cover personal expenses and tips that you may want to give along the way, and that your support crew will be hoping for on the last day. Your personal expenses will largely depend on the type of the trek, duration and of course the trekking region. Since breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea/coffee are provided during the trek, you will only need money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (there are occasional shops selling snacks along the trail) tips, souvenirs, and hot showers (available in some places). We suggest you allocate $10-15/day. Keep in mind the cost of all items increases proportionately with the distance from the trail head.
Health & Altitude
Corporate Adventure Treks goes to great lengths to maintain the highest standards of safety. Your health and happiness are our greatest concern.
Our guides are all trained in first aid and carry first aid supplies with them, enabling us to cope with a full range of possible illnesses.
One of the questions we are most frequently asked relates to acute mountain sickness (AMS) otherwise known as altitude sickness. This is caused by ascending at too rapid a rate and becoming dehydrated. We minimize the risk of AMS by carefully planning the route and itinerary. We follow the 400m a day rule and walk at a reasonable pace and take plenty of breaks to rest, refresh and acclimatize.
Communicate carefully with your guide during the trek as your guide is highly experienced in the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness. Remember, AMS can affect anyone, even the youngest and fittest member of the group. You may be the only one in the group to suffer AMS. In many cases stopping to rest, or even descending to lower altitude is enough to avoid AMS. Your health is more important that the itinerary or keeping up with the group.
For trekking peaks, the approach trek is a means of acclimatization and getting fit. Rest days included in the itinerary are important to allow your body to acclimatize. Even a physically fit person will notice that everything becomes more of a challenge at higher altitudes.
You are advised not to consume alcohol and cigarettes until you reach your destination if you are doing a high altitude trek above 4000m. (Beer and whisky are available.)
Corporate adventure Treks strongly recommends that you purchase specialized travel insurance that covers (above 400m) all the activities that you will be undertaking during your adventure into remote areas of Nepal. It should include emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Corporate adventure Treks Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.
Rescue / Evacuations
In case of serious sickness or casualty, we will arrange your evacuation to the nearest hospital. You will be liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation. Therefore, please make sure that it is covered by your insurance. Be prepared to cover the evacuation cost after getting back to Kathmandu.
Passport and Visa Requirements
All foreigners require a visa for entry into Nepal (except Indian nationals). It is your responsibility to obtain the entry visa. You can get one from a Nepalese embassy overseas or on arrival in Nepal. Most people will obtain their visa on arrival to Kathmandu airport.
The following fees are applicable depending upon the duration of the visa:
Valid Passport (at least for six months)
What you need to obtain a Visa on arrival:
You will require cash to pay the visa fee (this is payable in any major currency but NOT travellers cheques) and 2 passport photos to purchase a Nepal visa on arrival at Kathmandu airport or at the Nepal entry point.