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FAQ for Foreign Visitors:
May i ask for tailormade itinerary ?
Yes, you can ask for it.
What is Indian Time zone?
It is + 0530 GMT
Can I use British pound/US dollarsthere in India?
No, you can\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t use British pound in India directly, you need to change it through bank or authorize money changer into Indian rupees .
What type of plug sockets use in India?
Please look at the photograph for better idea. Voltage: 230-240V Frequency (Hz): 50Hz
Who will Meet us at the Airport ?
Our company representative will be there at the airport arrival lounge carrying a company placard mentioning your name on it.
Does monument fees included in the cost ?
No, it\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s not included in the package cost and supplement is given separately for that.
Can I join a group trek?
If our trek itinerary does not fit your schedule because of your time factor we can arrange a special trek for you whether you are traveling alone or with a few friends.
Is previous hiking experience necessary to go on a trek?
As long as you are in good physical shape, you do not require any hiking experience for short treks. If you are planning a trek longer than a week, you should work out or do long day hikes at home for practice.
What equipment should I bring?
Trekking equipments check listing (Personal Items to be brought by Clients)The list of items as given below gives a general idea of the personal items to be brought by a trekker to trek in western Indian Himalayas. Actually, the personal items are of individual interest, choice and the luxury he/she wants to enjoy and the most important fact he/she must consider the time of the year, trekking days, region and altitude as per the situation.
Is a Trekking permit required?
The government of India no longer requires a trekking permit for Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, and some other regions. However, conservation and National Parks permits are required for these regions. There are few restricted trekking areas in Nepal, where trekking permits are necessary. Please mail us toknow where trekking permit is applicable.
What happens if I get sick?
The most important thing is "DON\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'T PANIC", you should always ensure that you have a well-stocked and appropriate medical kit as well as sufficient insurance just in case, you should have to be evacuated by Helicopter. A slight case of diarrhea is to be some times expected, as well as sprains and muscle aches - all a part of walking in the hills. Altitude sickness is extremely dangerous but mostly avoidable if you follow a few simple rules: trek high and sleep low, drink at least 2 liters of water per day (not including beer or soft drinks!), and be sensible. If you feel shortness of breath, a slight headache or dizziness, tell your Tour Escort for safety. Lie down, drink water as much as possible. If you are still feeling unwell. After that may consider going down a few hundred meters. Do not pretend you are all right, and do not go down alone. A descent of a few hundred meters overnight may be enough to make you fully able to start trekking again next day. For more information, please visit at www.high-altitude-medicine.com. This excellent site will inform you all you need to know, and also include a phonetic Mountain porter questionnaire for your porter. Porters are just as prone to altitude sickness as everyone else is.
What is the maximum weight allowed on domestic flights?
The normal weight limit is 15 kilogram\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s. While the helicopter shuttle system is operating the limit to Lukla is 20 kg.
Is communication to home possible while on trek?
There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls, but not in the far distance in remote areas.
What is the weather & temperature like?
Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult and hard to predict. Of course, it is generally cold at night, and in winter, the days can be quite beautiful if the sun is out. There can be snow or rain storms any time of the year. Trekking in spring (March - April) is particularly lovely and beautiful as the rhododendrons are in full bloom. The mountains still have plenty of high snow to snap your photos. You need to be aware that it can get pretty hot and sunstroke can be a risk. Good polarizing sunglasses or glacier glasses (not trendy fashion ones) for high altitudes/winter treks, and a large brimmed hat are a necessity. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! Between 1000m and 3500m the temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to 5 deg C low. At higher altitude, the temperature ranges from 20 deg C to -10 deg C. During winter it is around 10 deg colder.