Q & A Charity trekking

Accommodation & Food

All accommodation (unless otherwise stated) will be in tea houses, a simple but comfortable mountain lodge when you are trekking apart from the hotel in Kathmandu when you arrive & leave. The hotels we use depend on the quality of stay you require but al will come with private bathrooms & usually twin sharing rooms. But when you are on the trek please be aware that most of the tea house available are simple affairs usually run by individual families. But rest assured the hospitality of the local people and the evenings spent in the tea houses along the route will leave you with some pleasant memories.

Passport & Vaccinations

Nepal is like most countries so a 10 year passport is required with at least 6 valid months after the departure date from Nepal. And there are visa requirements for citizens of most countries so it’s worth asking our team who will be happy to provide you with the right information. Since 2015 Nepal has actually created an online portal for visa application so it’s now possible to by-pass the queues. Regarding vaccination’s its always best to see your doctor but we advise that you have a tetanus injection in the last ten years, and highly recommend protection against Polio, Hepatitis A and Typhoid. There is Malaria in Nepal nearer to the Indian border but in altitudes of Kathmandu & above it rarely occurs.

How it works.

HimalayasYou trip starts in the UK with access to our team here at Minas Dream who will help you in any way possible to prepare for your trip. Then on your day of arrival you will be met by one of our team in Kathmandu and escorted to your hotel & they will be ready to answer any questions of your upcoming trek. They will also introduce you to your trekking guide who has been hand-picked to provide you with the best service possible from their many years as a trekking guide. They will have experience in harsh wilderness environments, knowledge of travel in remote areas, friendliness and approach-ability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. As well as having the necessary training in expedition first aid.

If you are part of a group you will have a local support team on top of your guide who will be made up of local guides, drivers, cooks and porters and will know the trekking route you are taking very well & it’s their job to make sure your trip goes smoothly. But please note your luggage will be carried by porters if you choose to hire one but there are rules on how much they are allowed to carry so only pick the items you will need on the trek & leave the rest at the hotel. When choosing your trek remembers that the rainy season runs from mid-June to September. Spring and autumn are generally clear and dry, and very warm at lower elevations. Mountain weather is notoriously fickle, so be prepared for anything. In the mountains temperature is influenced heavily by the altitude, and it gets very cold as we gain height.

Four easy steps to achieving your goal

       1 – Once you have chosen your trek then please contact us with the details and we will arrange the booking for you in Nepal.

  1. We will also send you a letter of authority for fund raising for Education & Health Nepal. So please discuss with our team what sort of activities you are going to use.
  2. Then over the following weeks you are free to discuss with our team how the fundraising is running & to provide our team with some photos for the website.
  3. A deposit of £300 is required to book your place on the trek and the rest is due on arrival in Nepal in Kathmandu.
  4. Then it’s time to finish fundraising & your preparations for your trip.

We recommend signing up at least 9-12 months ahead of the trip to ensure enough time for fitness training and fundraising.

Your choices in paying

Registration Fee: This guarantees your place on the trip; payable upon trip registration for both payment options. It is non-refundable should you have to cancel your participation.

Fundraising Option: Raise the Fundraising/Registration Target of £300 and then use the rest to fund your trek.

OR

Self-Payment Option: Fund your own trip and donate 100% of your fundraising – whatever amount – Education & Health Nepal.

Trip Cost: This includes:-

Transfers

Meals (where applicable)

Permits

Accommodation

Experienced guides

Medical back-up

Trip support throughout

Please see specific trip itineraries for exact details of what is included.

Note it doesn’t include visas & flights but Minas Dream can help you find the best options for you.

It’s important that you understand how all of this works and why, and which Option suits you best, before you sign up. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’re unsure.

Terms and Conditions

As always it is really important you read the small print, in our case please read the terms and conditions, it’s a standard agreement in the travel industry with several changes because you are fundraising to help pay for your trip as well as funding Education & health Nepal.

Travel Insurance

Everyone must take out travel insurance because it’s a requirement and we will not accept anyone trekking without it (note to be rescued from Mount Everest trek by helicopter can cost over $5000) so please provide a copy of your insurance certificate before departure.  We would stress that it is really important you take this out at the time of booking rather than the week before you depart so if you have to cancel your booking due to unforeseen circumstances you may be eligible to make a claim.

Detailed information

What’s Included?

The cost includes all accommodation as well as local transfers when applicable; internal air tax; all meals unless otherwise stated; any permits and entry fees to any regions and sites visited as part of the itinerary. And 24 hour support while in Nepal with the local support crew of local guides, porters and cooks.

What’s Excluded?

It does not include personal travel insurance, airline fuel supplement if charged by the airline, entry visa, and three meals as specified, tips for local crew, or international departure tax. It also does not include any entrance fees to any optional sites or attractions. Remember to allow extra for drinks, souvenirs and other personal expenses. You can buy drinks, snacks and personal items in the villages we trek through, but be warned that the further up the trail we are, the more expensive items become. Please note that costs may fluctuate and we have no control over any changes. We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of personal emergency.

Accommodation

Accommodation will comprise of two-three nights in Kathmandu in a comfortable hotel with private bathroom & hot water at certain times of the day. Then as many nights out on the trek, as it requires in simple but comfortable lodges called tea houses. Please do not expect the same standards as you would in the UK!

Food

All food is included unless otherwise stated, but note for much of the time you are trekking in the Himalayas where some local people hold animals as sacred so in some parts of the trip meat will not be available. But the vegetarian dishes will more than make up for this I can assure you. The teahouses are safe and atmospheric places to stay in, but some have limited cooking facilities. This means that to cater for the group in a reasonable time-frame, your cook will choose relatively simple dishes. The food is full of energy and there is plenty of it, but please do not expect the variety you would have at home.

Dietary Requirements

Being a vegetarian in Nepal can be an advantage to you because in many parts of the country the majority of curries will consist of vegetables of various kinds. There will be meat on the menu at certain places but please be careful eating this any other places than the tourist restaurant’s because sometimes the quality of the meat and cooking can be different than in the West. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat you may wish to bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. But you can always ask us for advice on these matters as we can help.

Trip Support

Because you are trekking to fund Education & health Nepal who are based in Nepal you will always find several of our members in the country providing 24 hour support if needed. But on the trek you will be looked after by our expert handpicked guides who speak good English and have extensive knowledge of the trekking route, area as well as the local customs & people. Most have been born & lived in the mountains that you are actually walking in so you are in the best possible hands.

And if you are travelling in a group then there will be a support team as well made up of lower guides, drivers, porters & cooks if needed. Tipping is not obligatory, but once you see how hard they work on your behalf you will be happy to donate something! Your leader will give you an idea of appropriate guidelines. All our local crew are paid wages, but bear in mind that the average wage in this country is far below what you would spend on a normal night out.

Luggage

Colorful stupas are a common sight in the HimalayasDepending on your trek, group size and if you have asked for porters you must bear in mind that you will be carrying your back pack yourself. If this is so speak with your guide who will help you arrange the basics that you will need and the rest can be left under lock & key at the hotel. Remember its 5-6 hours walking on average per day so travel light & you will enjoy it more.

Trip Safety

On any trek the guide’s highest priority is your safety so please listen to him or her when they are making decisions if a problem arises. Very few problems actually happen on the trekking routes apart from altitude sickness, ankle sprains etc. but without the correct medical advice they can turn nasty especially if you are several days away from the nearest medical support.  Your safety, and that of the rest of the group if applicable, is our highest priority.

Trekking Information

Terrain

The terrain you will be trekking through is varied as the route you will follow takes you through valleys, forests & up to the high mountain passes using paths that in most cases are well looked after. You will find the trek itself is challenging because the higher you get the harder it becomes as the oxygen in the air gets less and less.  This isn’t a problem usually as the trek itself is designed to give you plenty of time to acclimatise to the altitude (but if you start feeling the effects of headaches or shortness of breath please tell your guide) in order to prevent altitude sickness. You may want to read about altitude and its effect on the body, it will help explain the need for rest days and a slow but steady pace.  And the best way to train for this is to think of the hours walking that needs to be done rather than distance because with such a terrain it’s very hard to measure the distance accurately. We are always happy to talk through the trip in more detail with you if you are worried about your fitness at any stage.

Clothing & Equipment

We recommend that you bring your standard hiking equipment you use at home and don’t forget to include the water proofs as you will be trekking through remote mountainous areas so it’s worth being prepared for all weathers. And even though you will be trekking in the Autumn & Spring when the weather is best it can still change very quickly at this altitude.

Fitness Levels

Trekking routes are designed to be a challenge for the average person’s fitness because the aim is to reach certain points of the trail each day. But please remember this it’s supposed to be fun for you so if you feel you can’t make the stopping points then talk with us & we can explain to the guides to take things slower. And if you are on a time scale like most people and you can’t make it to the end of the trail then you will go home with the knowledge that you have walked in the greatest mountain range in the world as well as supporting one of the best NGO`s in Nepal.

Passport & Visa

A valid ten-year passport is essential; it should be valid for at least six months after departure from Nepal.  And there are visa requirements for most visitors to Nepal so please ask our team who will provide the correct information on how to obtain one. The easiest way is through the online portal that was created in 2015 by the Nepali government but you can still get one at the arrival desk in KTM but remember to bring some international currency and passport size photos ready.

Spending money

The currency of Nepal is the Nepali rupee and it’s not available anywhere else apart from India whom shares a close connection. And you can find money exchangers in the airport but we advise you to wait until you arrive at the hotel because they will give you a better exchange rate. And don’t worry about the taxi far etc. as the team member who meets you at the airport will arrange everything.

Vaccinations

We insist that you have had a tetanus injection in the last ten years, and highly recommend protection against Polio, Hepatitis A and Typhoid. There is malaria in Nepal; you should not need prophylactics as it rarely occurs in elevations as high as Kathmandu, but it is always best to refer to your GP and travel clinic. You should always check with a GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.

Cultural Differences

For the majority of people travelling to another country it’s the thrill of seeing new sights & experiences. And some of these experiences can be a little harder or more inconvenient than you may be used to, such as different varieties of food, quality of food & toilet hygiene. But no matter what you face please remember this is one of the reasons you decided to trek in Nepal. And coming face to face with such experiences will help you grow and enjoy a different environment outside of your comfort zone.  A sense of humour and sense of adventure are two of the most important things to bring with you! And our team & experienced guides will help you bridge the cultural gap leaving you with an interest to return to Nepal time and time again.