Trekking Conditions and Physical Condition Required – Please read carefully!
YOU MUST BE IN EXCELLENT PHYSICAL CONDITION FOR THIS TREK!
Our trekking itinerary is rated as moderately difficult with some high energy.
This means that you will be hiking 5–7 miles per day in a landscape that ranges from rolling hills to steeper and more rugged terrain.
Anyone in very good hiking condition will find this trek both challenging and enjoyable. You should be able to accomplish it at your own pace with the support of your porters and an enthusiastic group.
While trekking on this trip is not extremely strenuous, you must be fit and in excellent health, as medical facilities are generally unavailable in trekking areas. The ups (and especially the “downs”) are difficult on anyone with knee problems, so you should not come on this trip if you have bad knees. Most of the trail is made up of rock steps, and uneven ones at that! While a considerable amount of the trek is downhill, this can be as physically demanding as walking uphill.
The altitude in Kathmandu is 4,500 feet; our trek is between 3,500 and 7,500 feet, so altitude sickness is not a problem. However, almost everyone suffers some shortness of breath on uphill sections, and there is one day of steep downhill rated “high energy”.
Each morning, after an early breakfast, we set out at about 8:00 a.m., stopping mid-morning for snacks. We then continue trekking until we stop for lunch around midday. The trails are winding and well worn but are generally in good condition. Along the way there is plenty of time to explore the countryside and photograph the breathtaking Himalayan backdrop. After lunch, we continue to our overnight accommodations, arriving around 3:00 p.m.
IMPORTANT! Being in excellent physical condition for this trip is essential to your enjoyment as well as to your personal safety and the safety of the group. Although it is not necessary that you have extensive hiking experience, it IS necessary that you are in excellent hiking condition. We recommend, with your doctor’s permission, that you begin “training” for this adventure. A MINIMUM OF THREE MONTHS prior to departure. Step classes, stairclimbing, or walking or jogging on an incline will help prepare you for the hills.
If you need help with your training, visit www.fitfortrips.com/adventurewomen.aspx. They can design a trip-specific fitness program and conditioning routine for you, based on your physical capabilities and the activity rating of the trip. Being in great shape will let you get the most enjoyment out of your adventure.
Although challenging, the trek will reward you for your efforts!
Traveling to Nepal: Arrival and Departure
You must arrive at the airport in Kathmandu by 2 p.m on Saturday, November 14th. Your private escort meets you at the airport and transfers you to the 5-star Hotel Yak and Yeti. You will meet your AdventureWomen Associate and our Nepal trip leader in the lobby at 4 p.m.
You are free to depart Kathmandu any time on Friday, November 27th. Based on departure times, you are transferred back to the airport for departing flights.
Important Information About Travel Arrangements
We suggest you book your air reservations with our travel consultant soon after registering for this trip!
On this AdventureWomen NEPAL TREK, airfare to Kathmandu is not included in the total trip price. However, in order to facilitate group arrivals and departures based on the dates and times that our trip begins and ends, we ask that you work directly with our travel consultants at Travel Café to make your travel arrangements. After booking your trip, please contact Ciretta at Travel Café, in Bozeman, Montana, to discuss your air options for getting to Kathmandu, from either the west coast or the east coast.
THE EARLIER YOU ARRANGE YOUR AIR SCHEDULE, THE MORE OPTIONS YOU WILL HAVE!
Based on past participants who have flown through India, and the problems that they encountered, we suggest that even if you live on the east coast, you fly from the west coast (Los Angeles, Seattle, or San Francisco) to Bangkok OR talk to Ciretta about flying from the east coast.
1-800-247-3538 OR FAX 1-406-586-1959
CANADIAN RESIDENTS, please call 406-587-1188
When calling, please identify yourself as an AdventureWomen traveler. If you leave a message on Ciretta’s voicemail, she will return your call promptly. She will be happy to discuss your travel plans and help you decide when to purchase your ticket for the best rate. If you purchase your ticket through her, she can also help you with hotels and other arrangements, should you want to come early, or extend your trip. If you do not purchase your ticket through Travel Café, you are responsible for making your own arrangements for hotels, rental cars, trip extensions, transfers, etc.
Pre and Post Nights in Kathmandu
If you plan to arrive into Kathmandu a day or two early (or stay later), you will need to make your hotel (the Yak & Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu) and airport transfer reservations (pick up from the airport in Kathmandu and transfer to the Yak & Yeti Hotel) by email with Jayanti Mukhia, in Nepal, at: email@example.com
Once she confirms your hotel and transfer requests, please send this to us, along with your airline schedule, so we know your arrival and departure plans and times.
Payment for these extra costs can be made on arrival in Kathmandu by cash or credit card. If paying by credit card, please note that a 3.5% charge will be added to your total bill.
Travel Documents and Health Insurance
Citizens of the United States must possess a valid passport and Nepal visa. Your passport must be valid 3 months beyond your intended stay in Nepal, and you need to have a minimum of 2 blank visa pages left in your passport.
You can obtain your visa prior to departing the United States, or get your visa on arrival at the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal (the easiest way). The cost of a visa on arrival is $25 U.S. for a 15-day entry and $40 U.S. for a 30-day entry. You need to bring 2 extra passport-size photographs for your visa and 2 for trek permits which are obtained in Nepal by our outfitters. It is also a good idea to take an additional 2 extra passport photographs along with you, in case your passport is lost or stolen. All totaled, you should bring 6 extra passport photographs with you.
You MUST have your own health insurance,and not have any physical problems or conditions that would be adversely affected by walking at higher altitudes and the rigors of international travel.
There are no required immunizations for travel to Nepal, but you are encouraged to check with your physician or travel immunization center. Although malaria does not exist at our trekking altitudes, it is probably best to consult your physician about malarial medications for our time in Chitwan National Park. Gamma globulin (for hepatitis) and tetanus are often suggested too.
If for any reason a person must be evacuated, a helicopter will be summoned and the injured or ill person will be taken to Kathmandu. If necessary, an onward international medical flight will be arranged. Be sure your insurance policy will cover you in such a situation, unlikely as it may seem. Any medical evacuation by helicopter must be paid for by the person needing the flight, prior to departure from Kathmandu. We recommend the Worldwide Trip Protector plan by Travel Insured. This policy has $50,000 of Emergency Medical Transportation/ Evacuation included. We will send a brochure in your registration packet, or you can apply online on our website.
Food and Water
Unboiled water is NOT safe to drink anywhere in Nepal. Most hotels provide a pitcher of purified drinking water in each room; when in doubt, stick with bottled drinks. Local mineral water is perfectly safe to drink, or you can treat your own water with purification tablets. Ice must be avoided. While on trek, our porters carry plenty of purified water for each of us. And remember not to brush your teeth with untreated water! Uncooked vegetables are also not safe to consume, unless properly treated by soaking in a solution of iodine. Always peel your fruit.
Temperatures tend to be quite cool in the mornings and evenings, and then warm up at midday due to the strong direct sunlight at high altitudes. The Terai Plain, where Chitwan National Park is located, is about 3,000 feet lower in altitude than Kathmandu and is therefore consistently warmer than the rest of Nepal. Climatically, the country ranges from subtropical to temperate and alpine. During mid-October through November we should have clear skies with warm to hot weather during the day and cool temperatures in the evenings. Temperatures steadily decrease during these months. Highs are in the low 80s F, lows in the mid-40s F. In the Terai, highs are in the mid-80s and lows in the high-60s.
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