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Useful Information


 

Acclimatization

To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success,our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit.

Why Tipping in Nepal

The reason you should tip in Nepal reads quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health facilities. They and their family can manage hygienic food to eat, clothes to wear or other necessary requirements as well as the proper education to their saplings. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually save the lives of many people for a long time. Your small effort will encourage them to do better in the coming days.
   

Our Guiding and Support Staff

Great Nepal Travels and Tours is number one company leading in the sector of tourism in Nepal so it always supply the well experienced and well trained guides and supporting staffs. It itself provides the best refreshment training or encourage them to participate in the training and workshops organized by the concern organizations like NMA, TAAN etc. We have full insurance policy to cover their risks that may happen any time since they are the legends of Himalayas and they always have to pass with risks. 

Additional Information

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the expedition or your suitability for it, please contact us by telephone: 
+977-1-4001116(Hunting), +9779851136111 (24/7)  E-mail: gntreks321@gmail.com,
When to visit

The best period for the expedition is during spring (Late March to early May) and autumn (Late September to early November). During these periods the sky is clear, the passes are free of snow and the views are excellent. Days are quite pleasant and warm but nights could be chilly with temperature dropping below freezing point. Furthermore there is not much snow and the days are clearer and less windy making it appropriate for climbing. 

Medication

First aid kit with medication for altitude sickness, nausea, dehydration, pain killers, medication for dysentery, diarrhea, bandages, water purifier, antiseptic creams, throat lozenges, eye drops, antibiotics, nasal sprays, pain relievers in tubes or spray cans. There is neither smallpox nor malaria in Nepal. You do not need the cholera vaccine. However it is best to check if you have had inoculations against typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria and Gamma Globulin against Hepatitis A.




 

Medical Kit


Though we provide a comprehensive medical kit it is better if you carry a simple but adequate medical kit without taking much space in your baggage. The following is recommended as tried and tested list of items.
Asprin or Panadol - for pain or fever. 
Antihistamine - useful as a decongestant for colds, allergies, to ease the itch from insect bites and stings or to help prevent motion sickness
Antibiotics-useful if you are traveling well off the beaten track but they must be prescribed
Kaolin preparation (Pepto-Bismol), Imodium or Lomotil - for stomach upsets and to stop diarrhea and dehydration
Rehydration mixture - for treatment of severe diarrhea and dehydration
Antiseptic, Mercurochrome and Antibiotic powder or similar ‘dry’ spray-for cuts and grazes
Calamine lotion-to ease irritation from bites and stings
Bandages and Band-Aids- for minor injuries and wounds Scissors, Tweezers and a Thermometer
Insect repellent, sun block, sun tan lotion, lip balm
Throat Lozenges (Strepsils)
Moleskin
Sulamyd 10% eye drops.
Acetaminophen (paracetamol)
Antacid tablets
(The above mentioned medical kits are only the reference for you. You need to consult with the medical experts before buying them.) 



 

Prevention the Best Medicine


Care in what you eat and drink is the most important health rule. The number one rule is not to consume water including ice. Reputable brands of bottled water or soft drinks are generally fine. Take care with fruit juice, particularly if water may have been added. Milk should be treated with care as it is not often pasteurized. Boiled milk is fine if it is kept hygienically and yogurt is usually good. Tea or coffee should also be OK since the water would have been boiled. Salads and fruit should be washed with purified water or peeled whenever possible. Ice cream is usually OK if it is a reputable brand name, but avoid ice cream that has been melted and refrozen. Thoroughly cooked food is the safest bet but not if it has been left to cool. Stomach upsets are the most likely travel health hazard but the majority of these upsets are relatively minor. Wash your hands frequently as it’s quite easy to contaminate your own food. You should clean your teeth with purified water rather than straight from the tap. Avoid climatic extremes. Keep out of the sun when it is hot, dress warmly when it is cold. Avoid potential diseases by dressing sensibly. You can get worm infections through bare feet. Try to avoid insect bites by covering bare skin when insects are around, by screening windows or by using insect repellent


 

Medical Facilities

 
Pharmacy shops are widely available in most towns and are usually associated with doctors’ clinics very nearby. Prescription is not a requirement for purchase of harmless drugs in Nepal. We have many International standard hospitals and polyclinics in need. 


 

 

Visa formalities

A valid passport is required for expedition in Nepal. The Nepalese visa can be obtained at the port of entry upon arrival. Ask multiple visa costs US$ 50 and is valid for 60 days. A single entry visa costs US$ 30 and is valid for the same number of days. Please do not forget to carry four passport size photos with you for the trip.

 

 

Money matters

Nepalese rupee is the standard currency in Nepal. As of now the exchange for 1 US$ = 99 Rupees, which is subject to change. All banks and business establishment with foreign exchange transaction authority accept traveler’s cheque and foreign currency. All major credit cards are also accepted in Kathmandu. However all banks charge a minimum commission for all credit card transaction. 
Nepali Rupees denominations bills of Rs. 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500 & 1000 are available. 100 paisa makes a rupee like dollars and cents. Coins are seldom used. On the trek, try to carry bills of smaller denominations.



 

Photography

The sun is very bright during the daytime due to the thin air so it would be best to seek the advice from the stores before you purchase your films. Not all of the monasteries and places of interest are open for filming. Some places levy a small amount for every picture taken while in some places it is strictly prohibited so it is advisable to seek the advice of your guide before you take a photo.

 

 

Time Zones

Nepal is 5 hours 45 minutes ahead of GMT.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be in Five Star to budget standard hotel as per your budget, usually in Thamel, a tourist hub. All rooms have attached bathrooms with hot and cold showers. Accommodation in Kathmandu is normally on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.



 

Eating out

Kathmandu offers various dining experiences. There is everything to suit your palate and pocket. Restaurants in the capital serve Thai, Chinese, Korean, Continental, Italian, Nepalese, French, Mexican and Indian cuisine to the local, expatriates and the tourists. Eateries in Kathmandu vary from the simple roadside eatery to the five star outlets.


 

Transportation

Comfortable cars, jeeps or tourist coaches will be provided for all transportation depending on the size of the group.


 

Group size

The size of the group could vary from 2 - 12 people. The smallest number of people in a group is 2 persons and the largest could go up to 12 persons.


 

Altitude/Mountain Sickness

Sometimes travelers face health hazards mainly due to the high altitude. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a frequent problem in the Himalayan region. It can affect a traveler is various ways that have little to do with age, sex or physical fitness. Acclimatization to altitude above 3000 m takes time to adjust. The body undergoes a number of physiological changes, some of which are increased pulse and respiratory rate. Others appear slowly over a period of weeks like the change in acid base balance and production of extra red blood cells. These changes and the effect of intense sunlight, strenuous walks and dehydration may cause some mild or vague symptoms such as loss of appetite, fatigue, headache, nausea, dizziness, palpitations, sleeplessness, breathlessness.
The best treatment is prevention. Do not exert yourself or walk too fast. Drink plenty of liquid, eat well and watch for warning signs. Keep physical activity to the minimum. Take regular doses of diamox as directed by your physician. If AMS symptoms are seen do not hesitate to interact with your guide or escort. If you have a history of respiratory and heart problem please consult your doctor before embarking on any one of our trips.



 

Risk and Liability

Expedition with us means safety, reliability and the professional personnel to ensure your convenience at all times. However sometimes unforeseen circumstances like landslides, floods, bad weather, bad road condition, vehicle breakdown, delay in flights due to bad weather, local political situation could contribute to the change in the program. No claim of refund will be entertained including early return from the trip, or change in itinerary due to unavoidable situations as stated above. All extra expenses (apart from the services offered as per the program) that occur in such cases should be borne directly by the clients themselves.


 

Mode of payment

Upon booking, a 50 % deposit must be made in advance to us and the remaining 50 % is payable upon arrival in Kathmandu.(Follow our booking terms & condition) 
http://www.greatnepaltravels.com/terms-and-conditions.html



 

Booking procedure

We will need to obtain a Special Climbing Permit for Mountaineering Expeditions from the Mountaineering section of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of Nepal, located at Bhrikuti Mandap. Once you are interested to join our expedition you can send us an acceptance letter so that we can go ahead with the formalities to acquire a permit.
We require the following documents at least two weeks before your arrival in Kathmandu for the permit.


 
  • Bio Data of all the climbing members
  • Four passport size photographs
  • Application from the team leader
  • Passport photocopies of all the members
  • Approach route map (We will take care of it)
  • Detailed itinerary (We will take care of it)
  • Photograph of the peak to be climbed (We will take care of it)
We can send you the application form and the form for the bio data of the team members by post or you could also download them directly from the website of the Ministry of Tourism, Mountaineering section and then send us the completed forms by post or by courier.

 

SOME DO’S AND DON’TS

With its diverse ethnic groups and traditional beliefs, Nepal has numerous cultural practices that may appear unusual to a person on his/her first visit to the country.However, to enjoy your stay in this remarkable country of white Himalayas and sparkling rivers, it is important to take into consideration the different cultural aspects of the country. Here is a list of things which may be helpful to you.

The form of greetings in Nepal is “Namaste” and is performed by joining the palms together. Before entering a Nepalese home, temple and stupa remember to remove your shoes. Be careful not to use your spoon, fork or hands being used for your eating to touch other’s food, plate, cooking utensil or the serving dish.
Do not eat from other people’s plate and do not drink from other people’s bottle or glass. It is considered impure by the Nepalese. Never touch anything with your feet; this is considered an offence among Nepalese. While travelling, dress appropriately. Women should especially avoid dressing in skimpy outfits.
Seek permission before entering a Hindu temple. Many Hindu temples do not allow westerners to enter. Leather articles are prohibited inside the temple precinct. Walking around temples or Stupas is traditionally done clockwise. Take photographs only after receiving permission for the object or person being photographed. Public displays of affection between man and woman are frowned upon. Do not do something that is totally alien to our environment. Develop a genuine interest to meet and talk to Nepalese people and respect their local customs.