General Information

Meals and Drinks

Accommodation in all town/city hotels is generally on a bed and breakfast basis, unless specifically arranged otherwise. All other meals and drinks , need to be arranged and paid for by the client, either at the hotel or elsewhere.On lodge trek, three meals a day ...

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Travel Insurance

It is a strict condition of joining an Access-Himalaya adventure holiday that you must be insured against all medical and personal accident risks, including repatriation if necessary. Helicopter evacuation, in the unlikely event of your being injured or taken seriously ill on trek, is very costly... read more

Travel Money

Travellers' cheques are no longer accepted in Nepal, so please do not bring these as your currency. However, ATM facilities are widely available in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other large towns, so a Visa, or other internationally-recognized credit/debit card, would be useful. Larger shops accept... read more

Tipping and Service Charges

Tipping is an entirely personal and optional matter and at the discretion of the individual. Should you wish to give a tip in a restaurant, if there is not already a service charge included you may consider a tip of 10%. Recently there has been a recommendation for 10% charge on restaurant food a... read more

Departure for Trek

On the morning of departure for your trek, please ensure that you have already deposited all valuables in the hotel's secure storage lockers and received a key/receipt. Keep this safe, as it will be needed to retrieve your possessions when you return after the trek. Before breakfast, which wi... read more

Typical Trekking Day

Trekking days are planned to be enjoyable - the walking is challenging, but there is always time to stand and stare. It is your holiday, and we want you to return home refreshed, not exhausted, with happy memories of a wonderful and unforgettable time in Nepal.

No two days are ever... read more

Typical Trekking Team

If this is your first trek in Nepal, particularly a camping trek, one of your initial impressions will be of amazement at the number of staff involved (including yaks or ponies when appropriate) - they always far outnumber the members of the trekking group! Consider, though, that we have to... read more

Trekking Permits

The regulations have recently changed in Nepal regarding trekking permits, and now some regions require them and some don't. You will be informed if your particular trek requires such a permit and the application forms will be filled in after your arrival in Kathmandu. We (Access-Himalaya) wi... read more

Equipment Hire

Many of the more expensive items of equipment necessary for trekking and peak climbing can sometimes be hired in Kathmandu at reasonable rates. However, the search for items of suitable size and quality is extremely time-consuming and should only be undertaken if the need is unavoidable. Access-H... read more

Single Supplements

As accommodation in hotels in Nepal is booked on a twio-person, double or twin-room basis, there will be a modest single room supplement for those who do not wish to share accommodation. There will also be a similar tent supplement.

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Trekking Clothing & Equipment Guideline

The following is a guideline, not a prescription: we hope it will help you find your way through the minefield of items of clothing and equipment which fill the catalogues of outdoor adventure outfitters!
Jacket x 1
This should be breathable,... read more

Passport and Visa

All visitors to Nepal require a passport (valid for at least 6 months after your return to your home country) and an entry visa. A visa application should be obtained from the Nepalese Embassy, in London (read more

Arrival in Nepal

At Kathmandu airport you should proceed through Immigration (you apply for your Visa here) to the baggage collection area. Once you have collected your baggage you should move on to the Customs officers to have your baggage cleared and chalked up, before leaving the Arrivals lounge. Immediately o... read more

Health and Hygiene

Diarrhoea is the most common illness suffered by visitors to Nepal. However, even though frequently debilitating in the short term, it is rarely serious. By sticking closely to a few sensible measures you will considerably minimise your chances of becoming ill. Although food for camping treks is... read more

Getting Around in Kathmandu

Your first day in Kathmandu is usually dedicated to settling in, and exploring the city. The next morning may include a sightseeing tour to Pashupatinath, Boudanath or the Monkey Temple (Swayambunath). During your free time, the best way to explore your environs is to walk, as this enables you to... read more

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