Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. How much success rate do trip have?
The trip that we offer have very high success rates, with the customers completing the trip and having a safe return flight after the completion of the journeys.
- 2. What physical condition do I have to be in, in order to undergo the trip?
The physical condition depends upon the type of trip that you will undergo. Different trekking trips require different physical condition. The grading for the trekking trip varies from easy, moderate to strenuous depending upon the terrain and the trail and elevation of the trip.
- 3. Will I be picked up by any people upon my arrival at the airport?
Yes, one of our representatives from Escape Himalaya will be there at the airport to greet you and then accompany you to your hotel, and will explain to you the plan and programs.
- 4. What type of accommodation should I expect in Kathmandu and during my trekking journey?
In Kathmandu, you will be accommodated at a range of hotels ranging from three-stars to five-stars. While on the trekking journey, you will be staying on guesthouses and lodges the higher up you go. The Guesthouses and lodges in our travel packages are up to par with the quality of services. Upon request, we can have you stay at the Everest View Hotel as well on Namche, but for that, we would have to book the room in advance as the Everest View Hotel has the tendency to be overbooked at times. Ensuite bathrooms at the hotels are available only at Lukla, Phakding, Namche and Dingboche for Everest Region Trek. Heated rooms will be provided in the hotels at Namche for Everest Region Trek.
- 5. Can I get separate rooms while in Kathmandu and during the trekking journey? And how much will getting separate rooms cost?
Yes, you can get separate rooms while in Kathmandu. Getting separate rooms in Kathmandu would cost you extra for the room, and the price may vary according to the hotel. While in the mountains, the provision of extra rooms is difficult to come by and more often than not, you would be required to share the room with other travelers, especially on peak trekking seasons.
- 6. Is the itinerary flexible? What is the policy if I book the trip for more than one person, but due to any reason, I go ahead with the trekking journey alone, or vice versa?
Yes, we have the service of customizing the existing itinerary for your convenience. We can arrange the price and schedules if the circumstance of changes in the initial booking arises, but in order to do that, you would have to inform us of the change beforehand, so that we would not have any sort of misunderstanding later on in the trip.
- 7. How is the mode and method of payment that you use upon the arrival at Kathmandu?
When you arrive at Kathmandu, the mode of payment is the same- via Wire Transfer or by Credit Card. You can make the payment with cash as well if it is convenient to you.
- 8. What is the food that I should expect at the trekking journey? Are the foods in the mountains prepared according to the Health standard and safety regulation?
You can expect to have the delicacy of local food up in the mountains, but since you will be accommodated on hotels and guesthouses which has the inclusion of breakfast, lunch and dinner, the food would be in accordance to the sort you would expect from the hotel; with rice, vegetables, soups and meat. All the foods in the mountains are prepared following the Health Standard and safety regulations.
- 9. How is the water provided? What sort of provision is there regarding drinking water at higher altitudes?
Regarding water, you will have to buy bottled-water up in the higher altitudes. But, a better option for you would be to drink the local water; you can bring purifying tablets with you on the trip. Doing so would be better for the environment as well. We will not be providing water exclusively to the customers.
- 10. What is the mode of transportation that shall be used?
When you arrive at Kathmandu, you shall be transported to your hotel via a car/taxi. The journey from Kathmandu to Lukla is done via a plane and the trekking journey you shall be doing on foot up in the elevations. The trip from Kathmandu to Pokhara is via a road-trip and airplane flight for the Annapurna Region Trek.
- 11. What sort of provisions do you have for people who are vegetarians up in the mountain?
Vegetarian food will be provided to you in the hotels where you shall be accommodated.
- 12. Do the guides for this trekking journey have the necessary experience and license? What about their proficiency with First Aid and Basic Medical training in higher altitudes?
All our guides have all the necessary experience and hold trekking license. They are proficient with First Aid and basic Medical Training in the higher Altitudes.
- 13. What are the safety measures for this trek? Is there the availability of the required equipments by the guides to deal with any sort of accidents or sickness?
Basic First Aid Kit will be carried by the guides for the trip. The First Aid Medicine kit contains the equipments and medicines for any sickness or minor accidents that may occur in higher elevation. If required, Escape Himalaya also provides oxygen cylinders to its clients.
- 14. Has the booking for the international flights to and from Nepal to be done by us ourselves?
Yes, the booking of the international flight to and from Nepal will have to be done by you.
- 15. Is there the provision of being able to charge my electronic equipments along the trekking journey?
You can charge your equipment at the hotels in Kathmandu, and along your trekking journey, you shall get the chance to charge your equipments at the guesthouses. Almost all of the guesthouses at the Trek have the facility of electricity, while some have the facility of internet and wifi as well, but you would have to pay extra to use the internet and wifi. It would be better if the customers bring with them an “Indian-style adapter” as well, as this will reduce the hassle of wires not plugging-in to the sockets.
- 16. Is there any communication to places that can be done while on the hike?
Yes, communication facility is available on all of the guesthouses on the trek, from cell phone calls to land-line telephones. While on the trekking hike and trail as well, the customers can use their cell phones to make calls.
- 17. Can the use of Credit Card be done on places that shall be visited on the trekking journey?
No, the use of Credit Cards on the guesthouses up in the higher elevation isn’t a plausible option. In order to get around and buy anything, the customers are advised to be carrying with them local Nepali currency, it would be much easier for them to buy things this way.
- 18. How much additional money is needed?
The amount of additional money does not have a denoted fixture. The amount of additional money can vary according to you, the trinkets that you buy, any snacks that you want along the way and the tipping to the porters and guide.
- 19. What is the provision for tipping the guides and porters?
There is no any fixed price for tipping the porters; it depends upon your satisfaction of the service provided by the porter. If you are happy with the service by the porter, than you can tip as much as you like. Any amount of tipping is generally accepted. But for a general tipping range, you may tip USD 150 for the guide and USD 100 for the porter. Again, this isn’t a standardized tipping quoted price; you may tip as per your convenience and satisfaction of the service.
- 20. What shall be the condition for showers and laundry along the trek up in the higher elevation?
Showers and Laundry is provided to you until Namche, where the hotels have the provision of that service. However, the higher up the elevation you go, the provision of shower and Laundry is not plausible because of the harsh weather condition. So, you will have to pack your bags accordingly.
- 21. Does Escape Himalaya provide insurance? Are the staffs of Escape Himalaya insured?
Escape Himalaya does not provide insurance to its customers. The customers are advised to be insured by themselves from their country of origin. As for the staffs of Escape Himalaya, all of the staffs are insured.
- 22. What sort of provision is there regarding toilets along the trekking trails?
You will get ensuite bathrooms at the hotels only at Lukla, Phakding, Namche and Dingboche, for the Everest Region Trek. Any lodges higher up than these do not provide ensuite bathrooms. Instead, they have public toilets for use.
- 23. Will I be able to add or reduce the days on my scheduled trip?
Yes, you will be able to add or reduce the number of days of your trip, as the itinerary is flexible. You will have to inform us of the change beforehand, so that we will have an easier time arranging everything, and have a less likely chance for unnecessary hassle later on.
- 24. Do you have the service of porters or animals for carrying our bags or do we need to carry our bags ourselves?
Yes, we do provide the service of porters for carrying the bags. The maximum weight that will be carried by the porters up in the mountain is 25 kg total for two people. In addition, of course, you will be carrying with you a hand-carry containing your essential miscellaneous like your wallet and other things as well. The weight of the hand carry can surmount to be 15 kg for a convenient trekking journey.
- 25. Will there be the service of storing our bags which we do not necessarily need on the trek in a safe place?
Yes, the hotels in Kathmandu provide the service of secure lockers to the customers for the storage of their bags that they do not need for their hike. After the completion of the hike, the customers can return to the hotel and get their bags.
- 26. Are the equipments that you provide to the trekkers, like sleeping bags and down jackets, in good condition and hygienic to use?
Yes, the equipments that are provided to the customers for complimentary use, like sleeping and duffel bags and down jackets, are excellent to use and are hygienic and clean.
- 27. Do you have a PAC Portable Altitude Chamber?
A PAC Portable Altitude Chamber can be provided by us upon request. But, in general, a Portable Chamber isn’t included on the trekking journey.
- 28. Do I need vaccinations and/or immunizations?
Yes, it would be recommended to get vaccinated and immunized to reduce the chance of getting any illness. However, vaccination isn’t mandatory.