Life on the Trek
In this section, we give an overview of life on a typical trek – the daily routine, the accommodation, the food and generally what you can expect. Life on a trek in Nepal is different from that in other regions, but not dramatically so. However, a clear understanding of trek life will allow you to arrive well prepared and have a better experience. Of course, we are at your disposal to answer any questions that you may have prior to the trek.
Whilst on the trek, the Nepali guides and porters will ensure that you are well looked after. Every trek has an English speaking guide, known as the sirdar, who is in overall charge. It is his responsibility to organise the trek en route and manage the guides and porters and deal with the local people. The sirdars are very experienced men, some being previous Everest summiteers, and they are experts in trek organisation, as well as being able to discuss the local culture, religion, and landscape. In addition there will be other guides, sometimes referred to by the generic term Sherpa, who will be your walking companions on the trek and will assist the sirdar in organising the logistics of the trek.
On climbing trips there will be a need for a few days of camping where we use a full kitchen crew who are responsible for all aspects of catering. And finally there will be porters who are the transportation system of the Nepali mountains. They will carry the duffle bags and other equipment as necessary.
All of our treks are based upon accommodation that is provided in the local Nepali lodges, known as tea-houses. It is usually necessary to share a double room. We use this method for all of our treks and for most of the nights on our climbing trips.
For nights at base camp or higher on the mountain on our climbing trips, accommodation is provided in spacious 2 person tents.
It is not necessary to take any additional food on the trek. On lodge treks, food is provided in the lodge and this ranges from delicious local specialties to common western dishes. When we camp, all food is prepared by the trek cook – an expert in preparing delicious camp food.
If necessary, bottled water can be purchased from the lodges for a small fee, although many trekkers prefer, and we recommend, to use fresh water with the added precaution of a purifying agent or device. And most importantly, special care is taken to provide well-boiled, purified drinking water when we camp.
A typical trekking day
A typical day revolves around the Nepal sunrise and sunset, rather than any Western time schedule. The day starts with an early wake-up call. You then pack up your gear and enjoy a rousing breakfast before starting your morning’s walk. The sirdar will already be organised and have assigned loads to porters and/or animals, and your group will then set off on the trail at a leisurely pace, enjoying the view and stopping to take photographs. After 2-3 hours walk you stop for lunch. This lasts for about 60 minutes which gives you time to relax, or explore the local village. The afternoon’s walk is usually shorter and we arrive at the tea-house (or campsite) in plenty of time to relax and savour the surroundings. Later in the evening dinner is taken in the lodge giving you an opportunity to sample the delicious food, talk over the day’s events, and look forward to another special day on the trails of Nepal.
Health and Safety on the trek
1. A comprehensive first aid kit is carried on the trek. However we advise that you also carry your personal first aid kit which includes specific items of preference.
2. We will, in an emergency, arrange for helicopter evacuation. (Note that you are required to hold insurance for this unlikely eventuality).
3. All meals on our camping trips are prepared to strict hygiene standards specifically for our groups, under the supervision of the trekking staff.
4. We use tea-houses that we know have strict hygiene standards and provide a broad menu.
Anyone can be affected by Altitude Sickness. However, our itineraries are specifically designed to minimise the risks associated with trekking to high altitudes by building in acclimatisation and rest days. In the event of any symptoms we will ensure that the individual descends to a lower altitude to gain a quick recovery.