Travel Advice
The Travel advice to Nepal

We request that you understand the advice about the trip or travel while traveling in Nepal. You are preparing а vacation and reserving vacation packages with any trekking or travel agency. It requires checking certain things, such as their legalization, i.e., registration under the Government, reputation, association with related organizations, financial status, insured staff against accidents, and environmental awareness.

It has been reported that many companies need proper government authorization to run vacation packages, and some operate with expired licenses. Additionally, some tour operators conduct business from abroad without the necessary licenses and pay appropriate taxes, leading to revenue loss for the country. Many individuals and freelancers also engage in these activities through websites or personal contacts.

Our Travel Advice: your comfort holiday

Finally, if you reserve your vacation with an unauthorized agency in Nepal or abroad, you will be in trouble and have a high risk of problems during your holiday in Nepal. Ensure you obtain travel insurance before finalizing your vacation plans to safeguard yourself and enrich your overall vacation experience.

It is equally important to know the legal status of the travel company. Always check all the registrations under the Government and its related organizations and reputation since it has been reporting ѕоmе of the rascal guides rubbing the trekkers in the remote and sexual harassment against the female trekkers.

Ensure the company and guide register with the Government and Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal.

Remember to have your trekking guide or company register your trek with the Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) to ensure your safety. Don’t trek alone—Trek with the registered trekking agency. Ensure someone has a copy of your travel agent’s itinerary and contact details at your home.

Register a trekking itinerary at the entrance to the parks/conservation areas.

If your programs change, inform your next of kin by call or email to let them know you are all right and what you plan.

Acclimatization: To prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

If you are above 3,000 meters, you are at high altitude. Be prepared for altitude sickness. Anything abnormal above 3,000 meters is altitude sickness. Here are some common symptoms:

  • A headache
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Disinterest in food
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Tiredness
  • Anger/Irritation
  • Body aches
  • Slurred speech

Himalayan Exploration designs every trekking and mountaineering itinerary with great attention to high-altitude sickness. According to the traveler’s physical condition, experience, and health, it is necessary to allow sufficient time for acclimatization to prevent AMS.

Himalayan Exploration advises all distinguished clients to consult with their Doctor before traveling—recognizing Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and its prevention by CIWEC HOSPITAL & TTAVEL MEDICAL CENTER.

Accidents happen due to insufficient information, inappropriate equipment, or overestimating your capabilities. Follow the advice given by local authorities and guides. Ignoring such advice could put you and other mountain users in danger.

The following hazards exist throughout the year, significantly above 3,000m:

  • Sudden weather changes
  • Avalanches and snow drifts
  • Landslides and flooding
  • Glacial crevasses and hollows
  • Rockfall
  • Thunderstorms and lightning
  • Altitude sickness
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It would help if you Did as follows

  • Take note of weather forecasts and conditions
  • Make sure good physical fitness and have the necessary experience
  • Be in a team of at least 2
  • Inform someone of your plans
  • Take warm clothes and wet weather gear
  • Use sunblock (SPF20 or higher) and sunglasses.
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Make sure your insurance covers you for your intended activity, including travel above 3,000m, mountain rescue services, and helicopter costs.

The Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) provides live updates on trekking conditions in Nepal. At the same time, online weather forecasts are available on the Government of Nepal Department of Hydrology and Meteorology website.

Treks can take longer than expected. Flights across Nepal, exceptionally high mountain areas, can be delayed due to poor weather conditions. Keep your tour operator, guide, and family informed of your situation and travel plans. Mobile phone coverage and internet services are extremely limited in remote areas, including long stretches of the Annapurna Circuit trek. Consider renting а satellite phone. A valid permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card are needed to enter Nepal’s major trekking regions.

Guide and Staff Arrangements (Right Person in the Right Place)

Himalayan Exploration Treks emphasizes the staff and other crew members since they form the organization’s backbone. So, their effort and support are what keep the service running smoothly. Our company is duly established and well equipped by the field staff. They are already trained, qualified, experienced, and professional. Besides that, our company appoints Mountain guides, climbing guides, Trekking Guides, Trekking Cooks, and Trekking porters who are familiar with the trekking route and the difficulties of trails in the respective destination. Hence, the Trek and Mountain Guide have obtained the following training.

  • Wilderness First Aid Training.
  • Trekking guide courses.
  • Leadership and Skill Development Training.
  • Eco-tourism and Village Tourism.
  • Conservation of Bio-diversities Refreshment Training.
  • Language Training (English/French)
  • Basic and advanced mountaineering Training (For Trek and Mountain Guides)

To meet our expert team or view your profile, Click on Team Profile for the particular team formation.

Volunteering and adventure travel

If you plan to volunteer or undertake adventure travel in Nepal, research any organization or company you plan to use thoroughly before committing yourself. The Social Welfare Council of the Government of Nepal maintains a list of registered volunteer organizations. You can ask for a copy by emailing info@swc.org.np.

Road travel: Bus accidents are common, but buses are often overcrowded, poorly regulated, and poorly maintained, and driving standards are low. Road conditions are poor, especially during the monsoon or in mountain areas. Avoid travel on overnight buses. Don’t travel on overloaded or overcrowded buses. Although tourist buses usually offer a higher standard of comfort and safety. Every year, there are some fatal bus accidents in Nepal.

About Author

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Kumar Lama
Kumar Lama is a founder of Himalayan Exploration Treks Pvt. Ltd. He is leading a team of travel professional offering tailor made travel services across Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan.

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