If you are thinking about taking your first trip to Nepal, you will probably have a lot of questions. After all, our journeys are different from standard tours. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about our trips:
<h4> Why go with Nepal Alsace Trek? </h4> Nepal Alsace trek is your unbiased expert in helping you find the perfect adventure. We make it easy for you to find all adventure trip options “under one roof”, so you only have to make one call to explore all the options the Himalaya have to offer. We will help you navigate through hundreds of trips to find the one that best matches your desired budget, timing, destination and activity level. And, if we cannot find the perfect preset package, we will help you customize one.
<h4>How many miles do we walk per day?</h4> Distance traveled per day will vary with each trip. In the mountains we measure hikes in hours, rather than miles. On most treks, we hike 4–7 hours per day, with a lunch break of 1–2 hours in the middle. We encourage you to walk at your own pace. There is no need to rush or “stay up” with others during the daily hikes. There will always be a guide at the back of the group to make sure that you arrive safely at camp. We know that much of the fun of trekking is maintaining a pace that will allow you to fully enjoy your surroundings.
<h4>When is the best time to come?</h4> The peak trekking seasons are spring (March to early May) and Autumn (late September to November). The winter months can provide great trekking, but heavy snowfall, particularly in late winter, can block high passes. Generally, the monsoon season is not the best time to come either. Rain makes the trails slippery, there are leeches, and clouds blankets the mountains for much of the time. Certain areas that receive little rainfall in summer are possible to find. Ask us for details.
<h4>What is a lodge trek?</h4> Lodge trekking means sleeping and eating in local lodges. We stay in single rooms where possible, but often you will have to share. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. A few have electric lights and all have a dining room. On these treks we eat at lodges and, although the food is plentiful and delicious, the menu is not extensive. They offer a variety of potato, rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. Beers and local spirits are often available, at an additional cost. A variety of cereals, bread, and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There are also snacks such as biscuits, chocolate, and soft drinks, and in some areas you will find fresh fruit (depending on the season).
<h4>What is a camping trek?</h4> During camping treks, clients will sleep in tents. Normally we provide one two-person tent per client. Camping treks normally travel to more remote regions than the lodge treks, where there are no tea house facilities. You will have a full staff of guides, cooks, and porters to take care of you on these treks.
<h4>Do I have to carry a backpack?</h4> No. But you do have to carry a light day-pack containing your water bottle, camera, an extra layer of clothing, sunglasses, a rain coat or wind breaker, and snacks. Porters or pack animals will carry all of the heavy gear.
<h4>I have never trekked before–Can I do a trek in the Nepal Himalayas?</h4> If you are in good health and enjoy regular exercise such as jogging, tennis, or even long walks, we have a trip designed for you. The #1 qualification is a positive attitude! We as guides have had many years of experience trekking in high altitudes, so we know how to pace a trek or climb. Each person reacts to altitude in a different way, so it is difficult to predict how you will do. But in general, with the careful pacing of our trips and allowing proper rest days for acclimatization, most people adapt very well. The potential problems with altitude stem from people going too high too fast. We make sure that this does not happen so you are safe and functional.
<h4>What equipment should I bring?</h4> We will help you in your selection of equipment to bring. Required equipment will vary depending upon the season you arrive here or where you are going, so please see our basic equipment lists beside each tour, or e-mail us for a complete gear list.
<h4>Why use a Guide?</h4> They act as a liaison between you and the local people, and without the guide it will be difficult to get in touch with the people. You will visit the place but not interact with the culture and learn from it.
Our guides are well-trained in first aid, Acute Mountain Sickness, rescue methods etc. Traveling in Nepal is not like in other countries where the altitudes are low. Once you cross above 3000m and you will have to be extremely cautious.
The guides are knowledgeable in methods to reduce your impact in the environment and culture of Nepal. They will help you minimize the negative impacts of your travels. They will also inform you on how to avoid inadvertently offending local people.
Finally, they also have a wealth of information about the area you are traveling in and about Nepal in general.
<h4>What is the minimum group size?</h4> Normally we take groups of at least two people.