Frequently Asked Questions
How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in South Asia. Several Airlines have direct and
nonstop flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghai, Moscow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.
Do I need a visa to travel Nepal?
All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens need visas to enter Nepal. To apply for a visa you will need a valid passport, two passport size photos and US$ 40.
Where do I apply to get my Visa?
The best way to apply for visa is through the Nepalese diplomatic missions in your country. The other option is to get it from Immigration office at the entry points of Nepal.
What will happen if I decided to stay more than 60 days in Nepal? Where and what should I do to extend my Tourist visa?
The Immigration office in Kathmandu or Pokhara can extend the visa for another 30 days and the charge for this is US$ 50.The visa can be extended for a total of 120 days, an additional 30 days visa may be granted on reasonable grounds from the Immigration Office. Nevertheless, tourist cannot stay in Nepal under tourist visa for more than 150 cumulative days.
What kind of accommodations can I expect?
Accommodations range from 5-star hotels to tent camping depending on the nature of the trip and your individual requirements. Discuss your requirements with our staff.
“Tea house” accommodations are provided on many of our trekking trips to remote regions. Like hotels, tea houses provide hot showers, western-style food, (breakfast and dinner) and private rooms (twin sharing.) Staying in a tea house benefits the local community and it provides the traveler with an opportunity to interact with local people.
Can I charge batteries and other electronic devices during a trek?
Yes, in most places. The charge is US $2 – 3.
Is it ok to take photographs of people of Villages?
Yes, but it is best (and polite) to ask permission before taking photographs, especially in Tibet. Many trekkers obtain the mailing addresses of the people they photograph in order to mail prints back to them.
What about gratuities?
Your staff/ porter/guide should not 'ask you' for anything. However, at the end of your trip if he/she has done a good job and you feel a gratuity is warranted, then by all means give him/her something. It will be greatly appreciated.
How much weight do I allow for my porter?
It is best to bring two backpacks with you. A smaller pack for yourself to carry your water and favorite snack bars, and the bigger pack with a maximum of 20 kg including sleeping bag, will carry by personal porters.
What if I feel uncomfortable expecting a porter to carry my pack?
Don’t. If you can afford a personal porter it is highly recommended.
It gives wages to the people who thereby can earn a living from trekking.
This is the terrain where your porter grew up. Hence they make walking up and down mountains look easy.
How fit do I have to be for Trekking?
No, you do not have to be a marathon runner or training for the Olympics. But you do have to be fit and healthy. Depending on your walking/trekking speeds, you may have to trek for 5 to 7 hours per day. No mountaineering skills are needed.
Your trekking/tour briefing will be done by Alpine Eco Trek before departure.
It will cover all aspects of your trip.
When should I book my tour/trek?
Book early! We suggest you contact us as soon as possible. We will be happy to help you choose the trip that is right for you. All of us at Alpine Eco Trek can give you first hand information about any of our treks/tours. Call/write us anytime for the information you need to design your trek. No obligation. We’re here to help.
How do I book my trek/tour?
Tour/Trek can be booked from anywhere in the world. Booking can easily be done online using our secure booking engine accessed from each tour page on this website. Please call or email us for further information if you are unsure how to book with us.
Why should I travel with Alpine Eco Trek?
Alpine Eco Trek has been providing ecologically sound and sustainable adventure and leisure travel for nearly 19 years. We have the experience and the commitment to provide you with the trip of a lifetime. We will respond to your inquiries promptly and fully. We offer you a high quality travel experience at an affordable price, and we can introduce you to Himalayan people and places that would be very difficult for you to visit on your own.
Are there any age restrictions?
There are no age restrictions. We’ve designed and led treks and tours for travelers from 5 to 75+ years old. We offer short and easy treks and tours around Kathmandu, Pokhara, Shigatse, Lhasa, Thimnphu, etc. For teenagers and adults we offer moderate to strenuous treks and tours to places like Everest Base Camp (north and south,) Manaslu, Dolpa, Mustang, Annapurna, Langtang, Mt. Kailash, and Bhutan’s Druk Path trek.
What if I haven't camped before?
Don't worry.....we make it easy! Most of our first timers actually grow to love sleeping in the great outdoors. You will sleep in good quality, two person tents which you share with only one other trekkers of same sex. We provide all Trekkers with a thermal sleeping mat. For those who want added comfort, you can bring your own mattress. On lodge/Teahouse Trek, single trekkers normally share rooms with only one other of same sex.
Can Alpine Eco Trek arrange flight tickets?
Yes, we can arrange all domestic and international flight tickets.
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes, for your safety, insurance is compulsory on all treks in all regions.
Can I extend my trip?
Yes. Let us know what you would like and we will do our best to assist you. We never force our clients to follow our set itineraries. We will adapt our itineraries to meet your travel needs.
What do I bring?
When you book your trip we will provide you with a complete list of the essential items that you will need for that trip.
What's involved in a typical trekking Day?
- 07.30 Breakfast
- 08.30 Start Walking
- 11.00 Tea/Coffee Break
- 01.00 Lunch Break
- 04.00 Arrive at destination.
- 07.00 Evening Meal.
- 08.00 Briefing for the Next Day
- 08.30 Entertainment.
What about Meals?
On tent camping trips our trained cook will select and prepare all meals.
On tea house and lodge trips trekkers will choose their breakfast, lunch and dinner from the
Menu options offered which include both western style and local selections.
Will I be able to deal with the high altitude?
Our itineraries are designed to permit our clients to gain altitude at a safe rate. Sensible acclimatization is the key to avoiding altitude problems. We monitor our clients to ensure that they can reach the high point of their trek without problems.
What is the best season for trekking/tour in Nepal?
In Nepal, we lead treks throughout the year, but the best months for trekking and touring are October to early December, and March/April.
Trekking in the Upper Mustang and Dolpa regions of Nepal, and around Mt. Kailash in Tibet is best done
In June, July and August.
Is Communication to home possible on trek/tour?
There are telephones in many villages and some cell phone connections are possible along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls. At your request we can provide trekking reports to your relatives back home.
Will somebody meet me up at the Airport on my arrival?
Yes, we meet our clients at the airport outside of the terminal hall. Our driver will display a large Alpine Eco Trek poster with your name on it.