How is your trek
Accommodation and your business during your trek
During a trek in lodges you are in rooms of 2 people. The lodges on the treks in Khumbu, Annapurnas, Langtang, are very comfortable and in some areas you can take a hot shower count about 2 to 3 euros.
During a trek under tents you are 2 per tent North Face tents of 2/3 seats equipped with a thick foam mattress. Our North Face tents were purchased in France. These are not counterfeits of Chinese origin.
Do not skimp on the quality of your sleeping bag. At night from 3000 m it's cold.
The day during the trek you carry only your necessities for the day. A small bag of 35-40 liters is enough with inside a gourd or thermo, a windbreaker, hat cap, glove, glasses, a fleece, a thermal underwear for you change on arrival and of course the device of photos.
The rest of your stuff will be put in the bag of about 70-100 liters the one you put in the hold on the plane that brought you to Nepal. This bag will be entrusted to a porter. For an expedition take a bag of 110-130 liters.
In the list of equipment it is indicated the weight that must not exceed the bag that you entrusted to carriers depending on whether it is a trek trek peak or expedition.
How to dress during a trek
This is the "3-layer technique"
The first layer is used to evacuate perspiration is the thermal underwear that we indicate in the list of equipment . We recommend taking 2 for the upper body and 2 for the lower body and wear them on the body,
for the lower body you will only wear it at altitude when it is cold.
The second layer is a warm fleece or warm jacket for the upper body. For down pants classic trekking is enough.
The last layer is the gore-tex or equivalent that will protect you from the wind or rain or snow in case of bad weather.
For the lodge or in the mess tent, a sleeveless down vest or a light little jacket is appreciated.
Supervision is provided by a Sirdar (1) who is an English-speaking guide of Khumbu Shangrila. It is possible to have a French speaking guide for a fee.
For treks peaks the Sirdar is a "Sherpa climbing" (2) that is to say that he has made many expeditions on summits over 6000 m. It is accompanied by one or more Sherpas Climbings depending on the number of people in the group.
If you wish, for a supplement, you can have as a guide a Sherpa Mountain Guide graduate (3).
(1) Sirdar is the leader of your group This is a Nepalese guide.
(2) In a trek peak the sirdar has made many climbs of peaks of more than 6000 m. He is able to lay fixed ropes, snow piles, check ropes, etc. It's a "sherpa climbing".
(3) A trained Sherpa High Mountain Guide Sherpa is a Sherpa who has completed the mountain guide training recognized by the International Union of Mountain Guides Associations (UIAGM). He is a mountain professional.
Transport of loads
For treks and treks peaks
Your luggage is carried by porters or by Yaks or mules depending on the region.
You will find your luggage at night when arriving at the lodge or camp.
During the approach to CB you will carry only your business of the day.
At high altitude Sherpas carry a large part of the collective equipment.
You will have to carry your personal belongings and a (very small) part of the collective material. For example a few bottles of gas, a little collective food, but nothing too heavy.
This portage is not insignificant, the bags are heavy especially at altitude.
Train before you leave.
For treks groups are composed of 2 to 12 people max. It is ideal to allow a good cohesion between all the participants and to allow a good ascent.
It is possible to organize a "private" trek. Do not hesitate to ask us for a quote.
For treks peaks groups are composed of 2 to 10 people.
In lodge you will have the choice between many dishes.
In tents, the food is mostly made from local products. Our cooks work miracles.
When approaching to CB and CB the food is mostly based on local products
In the high altitude camps, the food is adapted to the efforts and varied (pasta, rice, soups, etc.).
In the high altitude camps the Sherpas will help you prepare your food, melt snow to get water.
Tipping is not obligatory but in Asia tipping is a tradition, it is left to your appreciation. The tip is part of the culture of the country, it is very popular with Nepalese porters and guides. A porter who works for an agency earns according to treks and periods between 8 euros and 15 euros per day.
It is usual to leave by trekker between 5 and 10% of the tariff of your trek which you will distribute between the carriers, cooks and sherpas.
For example for a 20-day trek:
- Sirdar (your guide) 80 to 120 Euros
- by Sherpa and Cook 70 to 90 Euros
- by kitchen helpers, porters, yak shepherd 35 to 50 Euros
These are the tips offered by the group (not per participant).
We advise you to personally hand in the porters, cooks and guide the tip, for example the penultimate day of trek during the evening meal together taking a "pot".
The porters or the cook and his help do not necessarily come with you on Kathmandu.
Indeed, they return with the equipment by bus and you can be on plane. In addition, some porters live in the area and do not return to Kathmandu, all to say that it is better to tip during the trek on the last day or better the day before and not in Kathmandu.
An agreement between the Nepalese trekking agencies and the government limits the load of porters to 30 kg. But it is not uncommon for porters to ask for more to be better paid.
On the other hand, when porters work for Nepalese companies (lodges, construction, etc.) there is no limit load and it is not rare to meet carriers with loads of 70 to 110 kg (see movie on the Nepal crossing where a carrier tells us he is carrying 104 kg.). You will certainly meet porters who supply the lodges with coke, beer, etc. It is easy to calculate the weight of their load to the number of bottles and you will be surprised to find that they carry more than 100 kg.
Our position is that the government imposes on agencies a maximum load of 25 kg and also limits the load when it comes to work for locals.
All our porters as well as Sirdars and Sherpas are insured.
The company TSL, the world leader in the manufacture of snowshoes and manufacturer of outdoor equipment (poles, shoes, backpacks, frontal, thermos, etc.) helps us by providing shoes to our wearers.
The ski schools of Courchevel and Méribel provide us with instructors of previous years that allow us to equip our carriers.
The contribution of each member of the group (if he agrees) will be to take in his luggage from France 1 or 2 monitors outfits total weight 3kg to 5 kg which will be given to the carriers
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On some treks like the Annapurna Tour, the Khumbu treks, the Mustang, the Langtang treks, the Manaslu tour and those around Kathmandu you will find on a large part of the circuits of the 230 V electricity network. recharge your mobile devices.
On these treks in some important villages you will have wifi internet access ..
Always on these routes you will also have access over a large part of the way to the mobile phone network. At Kathmandu you can buy prepaid cards from Nepalese operators to take the Nepalese operator "Namaste".
On the more isolated treks like the Makalu base camp, the Kangchenjunga, the Dolpo, the Upper Dolpo, the Dhaulagiri Tower, there is no separate electric network in a few villages but many lodges are equipped. in solar panels. This allows you to charge small mobile devices (MP3, mobile, etc.) or even cameras. However you must plan several steps without the possibility of recharging your devices.
In these regions do not rely on the mobile phone network but it improves and some areas are served.
How is a trek day
The alarm clock is usually around 6:00 - 6:30. Under the tent cooks bring you a hot tea with a big smile accompanied by a "morning" and a basin of hot water for the toilet. Then it is the breakfast between 7am and 7.30am and the departure around 8.30am.
The march is always slow it is punctuated on the speed of the carriers. We often stop and around 11:30 lunch.
In the afternoon we arrive at the stage quite early at about 3 pm, which leaves time to wash, visit, rest, etc. Then it's "the time" at 4 pm tea, coffee, biscuits, etc.
The evening meal is taken around 6:30 - 7:00. It is early night in Nepal.