Nepal Trekking Information
Here is some Nepal Trekking information which makes easy for the traveller:
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport
This is the only international airport in Nepal. After passing through the immigration gate there are two channels. The first one is the green channel, this channel can be used by those travellers who have not dutiable goods. The second one is Red Channel, If you have dutiable goods, you need to proceed through this channel.
Getting a Taxi
Peregrine Treks provides you with free pick-up and drop service. So, you need not be a worry to get a taxi. Our office representative or your guide welcomes you to the airport. Don’t forget to collect your belongings before leaving the taxi or car.
Respect basic Nepalese customs:
More than 80 percents Nepalese people are Hindu. They are open-hearted and each Nepalese people welcome you with their smile. Most of the Nepalese Ladies are shy nature, so never offer your hand first to ladies. Instead of a handshake, you can say Namaskar (folded palms) or Hello. You can give hands first to the male for a handshake.
Take off your shoes near the door before entering the Nepalese home and never leave your sandals or shoes upside down. To give gifts or money for anybody including a shopkeeper, use your right hand.
Visiting the temple
It is customary to take off your shoes or sandals before entering the temple or stupas. You need to walk around the temple by clockwise. You may take permission before entering the temples. For example, non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the Pashupatinath Temple. Smoking and taking hard drinks are strictly prohibited inside the temple.
You are allowed to take enough photograph outside the stupas or temples and during festival time. But you may take permission before taking photographs at normal time and inside the temple. So, you can ask for permission. Many people, especially women may not interested to take their photographs, so, take their permission before first.
Use formal dress while travelling outside of Kathmandu Valley and major city. If your clothes cover the knee, shoulders and back that is the highly suggested dress.
Traveller can easily exchange US Dollars and major other currencies in the banks or government authorised money changer. You can get 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1000 notes and you are highly recommended to carry below than 500 notes for easy exchange your money. Surplus money can be return at the time of your departure, at that time you need to show encashment receipt.
Major restaurants, hotels will accept VISA, MASTER CARD, and AMERICAN EXPRESS CARD. They may take 3.5%-4% extra by paying via credit cards. You can withdraw Nepalese currency from the ATM Machine too. Peregrine Treks accepts major credit cards.
Dal, Bhat and Tarkari is the popular food of Nepal and Nepalese eat that food by their hands. Food that has eaten at the same plate is considered as impure so, don’t offer others to eat at the same plate. Hindus and Buddhist are not entertained beef because they worship the cow. But, you can get beef in restaurants and hotels.
Tipping is not mandatory but it is highly expected. In restaurants and hotels, they already add the 10% service charge on their service, it is not necessary to tip. Tipping for the guides, porters, and drivers is highly recommended. They will not get enough salary as per their work on the mountain so, you can give tips for them.
Safe Trekking (Nepal Trekking Information)
Trekking is not an easy task because of the rugged mountain and high altitudes. Don’t go too high too fast; this is the first precaution for the safe trekking. You need to give enough time for acclimatization for your body. You can get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) during trekking. In the worst case, you may get HAPE and HACE.
AMS Sign: Headache, often with loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, tiredness, dizziness, disturbed sleep. At this time you need to acclimatize or take Diamox (250 mg every 12 hours)
HACE Sign: Severer Headache, loss of balance/coordination, staggering, irrational behaviour, confusion, drowsiness, coma, death (sometimes in a few hours). In this situation you must descend immediately, even at night, at least 1000 meters with your guide or porter, oxygen, Gamow bag, keep patient warm and immediate helicopter rescue.
HAPE Sign: Breathless (even at rest), dry cough/pink or rusty spit, blue lips/nails, very tired, low fever, gurgling breath, drowsy, comma, death. In this situation, you must descend immediately with your supporter, take oxygen, and rescue asap.
Helicopter rescue service is available but it is too much expensive. You need to pay around USD 5000 to rescue from Everest Base Camp, USD 4500 from Annapurna Base Camp. So, you are highly recommended to take travel insurance, which will cover helicopter rescue and medical treatment in an event of an accident.
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