What is a Teahouse and how are the treks organized?
A Teahouse is a small mountain guesthouse that offers overnight lodging, meals and of course tea.
Teahouse trekking is a guided trek through the mountains using these teahouses for meals and accommodation.These treks are very popular in more developed regions including Annapurna, Everest and Langtang – Helambu. Both local Nepalese and western food is widely available and the accommodation is provided by these quaint, clean and often fire heated lodges.
What is Camp Trekking?
A camping trek is fully organized and supported, with a team of guides, cooks, Sherpa’s and porters to accompany you. Personal porters will carry all the trekking equipment, food, fuel and personal belongings while cooks prepare hot meals. Trekkers only need to carry a small bag with basic items for the hike such as water and a camera. At night, the staff will set up camp and guests will stay in tents overnight with mattresses and down-filled sleeping bags. Tables and seating will be provided for meals and as a place to talk and relax.
In a typical camping trek, we start the day around 6 a.m. with a cup of hot tea. You are then provided with a bowl of warm water for washing prior to breakfast. The trek begins around 7.30 - 8 a.m. Trekkers can move at their own pace taking breaks to absorb the scenery or take photographs at anytime. The morning walk to the lunch spot will normally take toughly 3 hours. On arrival, you will be served served hot lunch. In the afternoon, after walking an additional 3 to 4 hours, you arrive at the next camp around 5 p.m. Tea & snacks are served while our staff prepares the camp. Dinner will commence around 6 or 7 p.m. The dining tent will offer comfortable seating as you enjoy healthy wholesome hygienically prepared food during your lantern lit diner.
Is a trekking permit required?
The government of Nepal requires a trekking permit for several regions although travelers to Everest, Annapurna, Langtang no longer need a permit. However, conservation permit or National park permits are required for most regions. Good Karma Trekking will provide all necessary permits at no additional cost prior to your departure. One of the essential permit is tims
How long do we walk each day?
You need to walk 4-5 hours in soft adventure type Treks may be Ghodepani Punhill While moderate to fairly challenging treks approx 6-8 hours trekking along rocky ridges of high Himalayan peaks.Strenuous treks are longer treks like7-9 hours trekking .
Are you a licensed trekking agency?
Good Karma Trekking is a government licensed and registered trekking company. We have also received recognition from the Nepal government for outstanding commitment to natural preservation and tourism development recognizing our commitment to our customers and the environment. if you wants to see our legal documents
How do I get safe drinking water on the trek?
you will be able to buy safe hot drinks in the teahouses as well as bottled or boiled water at stops along the way or just use of water purifying tablets and taking the bottle of water from the natural spring and tabs on the way .On camping treks, our staff will provide boiled and cooked meals treated by potassium permanganate or iodine to ensure safety.
What is the overnight accommodation like?
In cities like Kathmandu, Pokhora and Lhasa, accommodation will be in hotels of your preference. We offer a wide range from luxury deluxe to budget hotels to suit any needs and budget. Trekking accommodation will depend on destination and the accommodation offering on the way. Most treks will consist of teahouses while some may require overnight stay in a tent.
Good Karma seeks to provide the best possible accommodation during your trip although most teahouses, particularly in the smaller villages, are quite basic. The bedrooms are typically small with shared bathroom facilities. Although simple, the teahouses are run by friendly local families and allow you to experience the life of the local mountain people firsthand.
Is tipping included and if not, how much should I budget?
Tips are not necessary for Good Karma office staff although tipping your guides and porters is a standard practice and greatly appreciated. The amount of the tip is largely up to you and depends on your budget and quality of service you receive. A tip of 5 to 10% of the trekking price is a fairly standard tip for most trekkers.
Is it possible to change lodges on the trip?
Yes, you can change the lodge if you feel it is not in order by talking over with your guide. That said, most lodges and teahouses are fairly similar and we take effort to provide accommodation in the best teahouses each town has to offer.
Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips?
It is possible to change the day trip if necessary. Simply contact the Good Karma Trekking staff and we will be happy to discuss your plans and made any necessary changes.
Are Good Karma trekking guides and porters insured?
The well being and safety of all members of the Good Karma team are very important to us. All trekking staff, including porters are insured for every trip.
How much is the weight limits that porters carry?
Porters typically carry up to 25-30 kilograms on a trek. If you require a heavier load, Good Karma will make sure an arrangement is made to meet your needs.
Is it possible/easy to get equipment on hire?
Numerous stores deals with Trekking equipment provides Trekking equipment in hire where you can easily rent or buy items like sleeping bags, down jackets, rucksacks and duffel bags.
Is communication to home possible while on trek?
There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls or just our Guide can help you to call from their personal cell Phone on request.
What is the best season for trekking in Nepal? And can I go trekking in the months of June and July?
The best time for trekking in Nepal is October to early December and March/April. June to August is the off season because of raining. one can do Trek to places like Himalayan rain shadow like Upper Mustang, Dolpo and Kailash
What equipment should I bring ?
We would like to recommend you to carry the following things Down Sleeping Bag ,Down Jacket, Long sleeved shirt , Jumper or fleecy jacket ,T – shirts Trekking shoes or boots ,Comfy shoes for around the camp, Mountain trekking boot Polypropylene/wool socks ,Light cotton socks for under wool sock ,Rucksack ,Sun hat Woolen hat, Gloves ,Sun block for lips, Goggles or sunglasses, Long underwear , Insulated pants, Nylon windbreaker ,Nylon wind pants ,Water bottle ,Sewing kit ,Medical & first aid kit, Flash light ,Batteries and bulbs ,Swiss army knife ,Towel and toiletries
What happen if I cannot trek to the mentioned camp ?
Normally in the Trekking area there are frequent stops in few minutes distant so even if you cannot walk to the original camp we can manage you to stay to the camp where you reach on availability . normally for child trekkers and seniour peoples this is valueable except the average peoples can reach the mention camp if there is no problem in health . but our agenda is first safety and later sucess .