Ultimate Everest - The #1 Guide Service to Everest Base Camp

Trekking in Nepal

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I choose an operator?

There are hundreds of companies who service Nepal trekking. Selecting an operator can be a daunting task. You want to be sure that your operator staffs experienced, competent guides, who practice high safety standards and treats staff well. Ultimate Expeditions® guides have been professionally leading hikes for many years. Each is registered with the Nepal Mountaineering Association. They have proven expertise on how to lead clients safely and effectively in Nepal's mountainous environments. read more

2. How much does it cost?

Our trips range from $1,325 to $2,180 per person for group treks and $1,910 to $3,870 per person for two-person private trips. Price should be only one component in your overall decision. Prices vary significantly between operators, however low prices should be viewed with caution. Ultimate Expeditions® offers high quality treks at reasonable rates. Our prices are a great value. At our price levels, we can satisfy all permit fees, pay real wages to staff, supply adequate food and equipment, while still providing great service to our clients. read more

3. When are the best months?

The best times to visit Nepal are determined by the weather. You should avoid mid-June to early October, which is the monsoon season. During the monsoon, it rains everyday and there is low visibility. The best times to visit are October, November, February and March. However December and January are also Autumn starts from September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is dry and mild with temperatures fluctuating between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Winter starts from December to February. The temperature during these months rises from 15C to 20C (59F to 68F).  read more

4. Which trip should I take?

We offer a variety of Nepal treks to suit your desires. Most people select our classic Everest Base Camp or Everest Base Camp via Gokyo trip. Second in popularity are our Annapurna trips. Consider the time, cost, difficulty, and scenery when you select your trip. Other factors that should be considered are your age, fitness level, medical conditions, backpacking and hiking experience, experience at high altitude, degree of motivation, and any other special considerations. Some routes are harder than others and require more time and effort to get from destination to destination. However, none of the routes require prior experience. read more

5. Should I join a group?

Our group climbs are limited to 12 people and are perfect for solo travelers, pairs or couples who want the company of others. Each group is comprised of climbers from all over the world. A small-party climb is the best way to trek because it ensures individualized attention, added flexibility and increased safety. Private climbs are available for parties of any size who want to climb certain route variations and want to be with only friends and family. read more

6. Where will I stay on the trek?

We have a list of approved lodges which we use, all have been inspected to meet our standards. On the trail accommodations cannot be booked in advance so during busy season we send a porter ahead to secure enough rooms for the group. The further you get from Lukla the more basic the accommodations will be, generally consisting of two wooden bench beds per room with thin mattresses and shared toilet facilities. Showers are not always available and typically only common areas are heated. read more

7. What will I eat during the trek?

Meals are not included in our treks, which is a great benefit allowing you to try different dishes and making it easy to tailor to specific dietary needs, such as vegetarian or vegan diets. We select quality lodges for our treks; they are slightly more expensive but they offer a larger selection of foods from basic Dahl Baht (lentils and rice), Masu (meat with curry), Momo (dumplings with meat), Yak steak, Pulao (fried rice) and much more. An array of hot and cold beverages and an assortment of snacks are also available. read more

8. What gear do I need for the trek?

Follow the gear list and resist the temptation to bring more. You won't need it and it is just extra weight that you or the porters must carry. There are situations where climbers' luggage was lost by their airline and they arrived with no gear whatsoever. So they rented only the essential gear and upon completion of their climb, realized that what they had originally packed was very excessive. Try to limit all of your gear to less than 40 lbs. It can be done. read more

9. How do I train for the trek?

Trekking in Nepal can be difficult due to the weather conditions and altitude. Therefore it is important to have decent fitness before arriving in country. You need not have any special fitness level but you should be able to walk for 4-6 hours on moderate trails. Ultimate Expeditions® recommends about two months of physical training is usually sufficient, doing day hikes for four to six hours, with moderate elevation changes (~1,500 ft) while carrying a 20 lb. pack. read more

10. What health issues should I be weary of?

Besides minor ailments stomach problems, blisters, cold and headaches, the most important health problem you may run into is altitude sickness. Our guides are very experienced in dealing with the effects of higher altitudes. They are equipped with necessary medical supplies and can assist you with basic first aid treatment. In the more frequented regions there are health posts, which have been established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel. For serious illness or injury, we will coordinate a helicopter evacuation to Kathmandu.  read more

11. What about altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness is potentially fatal. However, most climbers will get some form of mild acute mountain sickness (AMS) while on the mountain. Your guide will monitor you closely during the duration of you climb. However, you should be aware of the symptoms of mild, moderate and severe AMS, and you must inform your guide of any symptoms immediately. Never try to hide your symptoms in order to continue. There is always the possibility you will not be able to complete the trip due to AMS. read more

12. Can I preacclimatize to altitude?

Yes. Altitude training systems work by simulating the high altitudes found in Nepal's higher regions. The altitude training system reduces the percentage of oxygen in the air you breathe. Through regular use, the body undergoes physiological changes to cope with the lower oxygen level. Ultimate Expeditions® has partnered with AltitudeTech to offer our customers discounts on the rental or purchase of altitude training systems. read more

13. What else do I need to bring?

Besides your trekking gear, you will need a passport and visa (obtainable at entry points like Kathmandu Airport). Travel insurance is required, so you need to bring proof of insurance that includes medical and evacuation coverage. Lastly, you should bring any medications. read more

14. Do you care for your local staff?

Absolutely. Ultimate Expeditions® staff is among the highest paid crews in Nepal. Our guides and porters have the proper gear and equipment to handle the climate and their clothing, sleeping bags and tents are sufficiently warm. Our company has proper insurance for each and every guide, porter and field staff. Join us and see for yourself that we have a happy, well taken care of staff. read more








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