Is Nepal Safe?
Yes. The people of Nepal are extremely friendly. Their economy is supported by foreign currency so they may ask you to visit their stores but they will not beg. You should feel safe and secure in Nepal.
Do I need to purchase additional insurance?
Yes. You can purchase a $5,000 rescue insurance policy from the American Alpine Club for $45. Additionally, we highly recommend that you purchase trip insurance. In the case where you trip is cut short, this is how you will get a full refund.
Do I need to bring extra medications?
Yes. You should bring basic medications in addition to any prescriptions that you need. Consider bringing a small kit with Ibuprofen, Tums, Ant-Acids, etc. Respiratory illness in the form of a cough and upset stomach are common issues associated with the altitude and diet.
Is the water safe to drink?
Yes. Boiled water is available at every tea house. We do recommend that you bring or purchase chlorine tablets to ensure that the water is potable.
Do I need a warm sleeping bag?
No. You will be provided with a -20 sleeping bag, a duffle bag for trekking and down parkas.
Is there cell service?
Yes, if you purchase a sim card in Nepal. You must go to your local provider before you leave to “unlock” your phone.
Can I recharge my batteries?
Yes. Each tea house has battery charging capabilities but they charge a few dollars per hour. If you own a portable solar panel charger then we recommend that you bring it.
Should I bring entertainment?
Yes. We recommend you bring a few books, playing cards and some music for down time at the tea houses.
Are showers available?
At limited tea houses they provide shower service. Showers cost approximately $5US. They will tell you that they are warm, but plan for a cold shower.
Is laundry available?
Yes. Some tea houses provide laundry service but it is quite expensive.
How many pairs of socks should I bring?
Plenty. We recommend 5-10 pairs.
What kind of shoes should I bring?
We recommend that you bring a sturdy pair of hiking boots and a pair of trail sneakers. Depending on the weather conditions, you may wear one or the other.
Should I bring any luxuries?
We recommend that you bring a designated change of warm, comfy clothes for lounging around the tea houses.