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Frequently Asked Questions

Why I have to choose you?

Open Trail Treks was founded in 2015, since then we are trying to provide better services to all our staff and obviously our guests. Our team has 20 years+ of experience in the trekking field, which is undoubtedly a plus point to make Open Trail Treks Nepal better than others. Open Trail Treks Nepal can proudly say that we provide you thousand of packages to choose from and customize at reasonable prices and value. We always want to see a warm smile on our customer's faces so that we gave them warm welcome whenever they visit us. Because of our experienced, skillful, and very friendly team member, we have succeeded to have 80% repeated customers. So, clear your doubt, engage with us, and give us an opportunity to make your trek memorable and worthy. 

What travel trips and tours do you recommend?

Fulfilling your demand is our responsibility. Buts you are confused about which trek you should prefer than we would like to recommend you Everest Base Camp Trek, and Annapurna Circuit Trek. you can get more information about Nepal holiday packages here 

What is the number of requirements for my trip?

There is not any limitation of numbers if you want to do a group trek, solo, or family trek. There will not be any cancellation of the trip if you have a large number of people in your group for the trek. And if you are thinking about a solo trek, we accept your decision. We will take you on your solo trip. If you have more queries about it you can directly ask our office staff.

How do your prices compare with what I would pay elsewhere?

Open Trail Trek always believes in quality service rather than earning profit. You can find many travel offices who will offer you a package at a cheaper price but after that, you may have the worst travel experiences. But with Open Trail Trek you will only have amazing travel experiences because we provide high-quality service at a reasonable price. So, you don’t have to regret it later.

Who will be our Nepal guide?

Local Nepalese guide. Yeah, you heard it right, your guide in Nepal will be a local Nepalese guide who speaks fluent English and if you want a guide who can speak Chinese, Japanese, Germany, Spanish, Italian and so on we can provide you those guides as well. Some of our guides are from the mountain regions and some of them are from outside of the mountain region. Our guides are so close to culture, nature, wildlife, mountains. Trekking, climbing, places of Nepal, etc this closeness will help you to explore Nepal more and they also help you to bring close to Nepal. They can show you many places in Nepal, most of the tourists missed when they travel alone. Nepalese guides will have a Government Issue license that is fully equipped for tour, trekking, and mountain climbing. All guides of Open Trail Trek are fully trained for first aid treatment. 

Are you a local travel agency?

Yes, Open Trail Trek is a local travel agency. We welcome all visitors across the world including Nepal. You can have a look at our legal document.

Which seasons are best to visit Nepal?

You will be amused by the different season of Nepal, which includes: Spring, summer, winter, autumn, and Monsoons. However, the best time to visit in Nepal is autumn and spring season. The month of September brings autumn and it lasts till November.  The Autumn season is the best time to visit in Nepal because in this season you will not only get a chance to see a breathtaking view of clear sky and clear mountains but also can enjoy festivals with us.

Nepal receives spring season from March that continues till May. Spring season is also the best season to visit in Nepal because in this season you can enjoy the pretty sight of bloomed rhododendron and beautiful wildlife. . Other seasons include Winter Season, Monsoon Season and Summer Season, which are less favorable for trekking but it’s all your choice if you want to visit during this period.

Do I need to bring my own sleeping bag for trekking?

It’s all your choice if you want to bring your sleeping with you, you can bring it. If you don’t want more load in your luggage you can take a sleeping bag here in Nepal for rent and also tea houses will provide you a warm blanket. NOTE: if you book trips with us we can provide a sleeping bags.

What kinds of weather can I expect during trekking?

The weather of the mountain is always hard to predict, in the best season which is autumn (September to November) temperature is moderate and you can have a glimpse of stunning view of the mountain and clear sky. Another best season is spring (March to May) in this season you can trek peacefully because in this season there is less crowd than in autumn season. And also your temperature is pleasant and you can enjoy panoramas view of the Himalayas but fog and precipitation are slightly high in this season. In winter (Jan and Feb.) there is much colder in Himalayan region and in summer season there will be more dust and temperature will be very hot.

Is Nepal safe to travel?

Simply yes, Nepal is one of the safest countries to travel. Here you can see religious harmony and a peaceful community. Every Nepalese people even they are strangers will ready to help you anywhere anytime.

Is Nepal safe to travel alone?

Yes, Nepal is safe to travel alone. But we don’t recommend our visitors to travel alone if you are visiting here for 1st time because you can lose and you can be in some problem. There is something you can consider ensuring safety, such as a trustable travel operator, travel insurance, and certified guide.

Is it safe for women to trek with guide with your company?

Undoubtedly yes. Nepal is safer for solo woman travelers than in other countries. Open Trail Trek is one of the trustable and experienced travel agency in Kathmandu. Some travel agencies can offer you a cheap price but do not fall for it always choose a trustworthy travel company wherever you visit. But trekking with Open Trail Trek is 100% safe because we have trained our staff about the techniques in handling solo woman travelers. Open Trail Trek welcomes all our visitors and we promise you to keep safe.

Do I need travel insurance while traveling to Nepal?

Travel insurance is not legal requirements here in Nepal. But it is always a better idea to have travel insurance. We recommend our visitors to have high altitude medical insurance which covers air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs if you get sick. 

How do I apply for my travel insurance?

You can have more information about travel insurance here.

How difficult is the trek?

It always depends on the individual. We can’t give you general information and a general answer to this question. If you want to know about it you must directly contact our travel advisor and you might get some idea about which trek will be suitable for you.

Can I drink tap water?

Keeping yourself hydrated is one of the most important things you do while trekking but we don’t recommend our visitors to drink tap water or river water. Tap water and river water are considered as unhealthy and it is not suitable to use as drinking water. Instead, you can drink mineral water, boiled water, or purified water by adding purification tablets.

Am I likely to get altitude sickness?

When you are in above 8000ft. (2,400m), risk of having altitude sickness is high.  But if you live in a place which is located at a high altitude, your body can easily adjust the air pressure and you will not have many more problems. And if you are trekking at a lower altitude you will not get altitude sickness.

How do I avoid altitude sickness?

Preventive measures to avoid altitude sickness are:

  • trek in lower altitude (below 2400m)
  • keep yourself hydrated
  • do not use shortcuts while trekking
  • do not smoke and avoid alcohol
  • avoid hard exercises for first 24 hour
  • avoid heavy meal, eat a high-calorie diet
  • listen to your professional guide

What happened if an emergency evacuation is needed while trekking|?

If something happened to you, you can directly contact your insurance company or us. But remember we will work only as a bridge between you and the insurance company to eliminate any delays in your service so that you should not face any trouble.

What about medical treatment on the trek?

We always believe the saying “prevention is better than cure”. We are all unknown about what will happen, so for your own safety, you can have a small medical kit or first aid box which can be lifesaving if something happened in trekking.

What type of food should I expect in Nepal?

Have you ever heard people saying daal bhaat power – 24 hours? Funny, right? Anyway, daal bhaat is a typical Nepali food you can expect wherever you go. Daal bhaat consists of rice, curry, soup, and pickles. You can enjoy both vegetarian and nonvegetarian daal bhaat In Nepal. But if you want to eat food which is available in your country, the cities of Nepal have many restaurants that offer different cuisines. But in a rural area, you can’t find that restaurant that offers different cuisine you should have some food like other Nepalese. You don’t have to worry daal bhaat tastes so good; we Nepalese people eat it 2 times per day like lunch and dinner.

What is the best currency to take in Nepal?

US$ is a suitable currency to take in Nepal. You can exchange it for Nepali currency once you get here. However, you can also exchange other currencies like the euro, pound, and other major currencies for Nepali rupees.

Do I need to bring my own sleeping bag?

Most hotels and lodges will provide you warm blanket but if you are trekking in the mountain region and if you have to sleep intent it is always a better idea to have your own sleeping bag if you can’t handle the shivery cold of the Himalayas.

Do I need crampons during the trek in Nepal?

It depends on where you are trekking. If you are trekking in higher altitudes crampons is the must necessary object otherwise crampons are not required for lower altitude treks.

What happens if I forget to pack something from home?

If you forget something to bring from your home then you can purchase and also hire objects from local trekking shops. The price will be reasonable but it is better to have money for this type of miscellaneous thing.

Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?

Except for Indian, all travelers throughout the world should have a visa to travel to Nepal. You can click here to have more ideas about visa travel.

All the information (How to apply, cost, overstay, requirements) of visa is here

Getting a tourist visa for Nepal is a visa on arrival. For more information please click here.

What is the best international connection for Nepal?

In Nepal here is only one International Airport that is Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) and Nepal Airlines is the only national flag carrier of the country with flights operating between Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Bangkok, Doha and Hong Kong. There are other international carriers arriving in Kathmandu such as Air Arabia(Sarah), Druk Air (Paro), Qatar Airways (Doha), Flydubai ( Dubai), Air China ( Lhasa, Chengdu), Silk Air (Singapore), Thai Airways ( Bangkok), Air Asia (Kuala Lampur), Dragon Air (Hong Kong),  Jet Airways (Delhi and Mumbai), Pakistan International Airlines (Karachi and Islamabad), United Airways (Dhaka), Korean Air (Seoul), Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi), Indigo Airlines (Delhi), Indian Airlines (Delhi, Kolkata and Varanasi), Turkish Airlines (Turkey), China Southern Airlines (Guangzhou) and many more. you can click here for more information 

How much luggage can I take on domestic flights?

You are allowed 5kg for mountain flights and 10 kg for checked-in luggage. If you are having flights in the non-mountain sector, you are allowed up to 20-25kg.

Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?

Yes, you can find ATM service with the latest machine in many cities of Nepal and even in some trekking trails (Everest Base Camp Trek) nowadays. You can found more ATM services in Thamel of Kathmandu and Lakeside of Pokhara.