What is trekking?
A trek is a mountain walk from place to place, rather than just rambling or day walking from a fixed base. A trek not necessarily more arduous or uncomfortable than center-based sojourns; we believe trek is ore interesting and rewarding. A trek trip appeals to different people for different reasons. Most are drawn to the healthy exercise and magnificent mountain scenery, both of which are more or less guaranteed. Because of the type of treks we operate, Alpine Exodus particularly appeals to those who are seeking unspoiled areas and an opportunity to experience the indigenous culture, history and traditions of a region. For some-certainly not everyone-the lure of trekking is the desire to take on a strenuous, testing high altitude route.
How difficult is it?
We can absolutely assure you that you do not have to be young, very experienced, or super-fit to enjoy most of our treks. Our trekkers range from 13 to 70. Previous walking experience, though useful, is not essential: the great majority of our treks could be undertaken by anyone who is in good health, enjoys outdoor life, and is reasonably fit. Many of our guests casually participate in a sport such as swimming, cycling, tennis or golf. Our treks are graded for difficulty, from A (easy) to E (technical). To choose the trek right for you, see below or write us.
Where do we stay on trek?
Where acceptable hotel/lodge facilities exist, we normally use them. In remote terrain, we camp in tents. Even if you’ve never camped before, you don’t need to worry: the tents we provide are roomy, the sleeping pads are comfortable. On all of our treks there is a bathroom tent and a dining tent with tables and camp stools, providing a cozy, comfortable atmosphere to eat and chat with fellow trekkers during the evening.
Do I have to cook and set-up camp?
No, Alpine Exodus operates full-service treks: we do the work, you only walk, eat, sleep and take photos! On all treks we look after portage, make and break camps, and attend to all the camp chores and cooking.
Who will be in my group?
(Joining) People traveling with us may be of any nationality, either sex, alone or accompanied, experienced travelers or complete beginners. Groups are always small (usually 10 or less). English is the common language, and there can be a common questions wide age-range. We apply no upper age limit, though we ask those over 65 for their doctor’s confirmation of their fitness to participate. Generally speaking, we regard our trips as being for adults: Unaccompanied minors are not accepted, though we will usually take accompanied older teenagers. Our Family Trek is designed to accommodate younger children.
Who will be our Trip leader?
The leader is key to enjoying your trip. We chose ours for their travel experience, personality and mountain leadership skills. Our trip leaders are mostly Nepali. We make every attempt to involve staff from the villages you will be visiting. Our experience has shown that no one can introduce you to an area as well as a native.
How far do we walk each day?
The question is often asked, but not easy to answer. It is best answered in terms of time rather than distance, as mileage is dictated by altitude and terrain. Walking time, including rests, ranges from four to eight hours-but there is no hard and fast rule.
What is a typical day like?
A trek day begins around 6 a.m. with a mug of coffee or tea served through your tent flap (on camping treks). Hot water is provided for washing and shaving, followed by breakfast. Water is provided for your water containers. We strike camp and begin walking in the pleasant cool of the morning for 2-4 hours before stopping for lunch. This two-hour break offers an opportunity to write in your diary, read and relax. The full meal typically includes fresh fruit, tinned meat, cheese, rice, chapatis or biscuits, cooked/boiled vegetables, and tea or coffee. We usually reach our campsite by 4 p.m. and have tea and biscuits shortly after-wards. There is time to rest or explore before our evening meal at 6 p.m. This is the social event of the day. It begins with an appetizer and soup, followed by the main course and dessert with tea or coffee. The variety and quality of our “camp” food will delight you. Guests keep threatening to take our cooks home with them! As we mainly camp near villages, there is usually plenty of time to visit with the locals before or after dinner and sample their home brews. As night approaches, most people retire to their warm sleeping bags and are fast asleep by 9:30 p.m.
Is there a Doctor on the Trek?
We can’t sure a doctor on every trek, but we do try to encourage suitably experienced medical personnel to join our high altitude treks by offering a discount in return for looking after the medical needs of a group. In addition to trek doctors, our group leaders/Guides are trained in First Aid.
What About Altitude?
There is no real need for you to worry about altitude, but you should be aware that it does affect most people’s performance. No one can foretell how they will react to high altitude. The vital factor is ascending at a safe pace to give people a chance to acclimatize. Our treks are planned to allow time for you to acclimatize, with the result that none of our trekkers have ever had serious problems.
Why Should i travel with Alpine exodus?
There are many reasons. In a nutshell, we go out of our way to make sure your experience is a positive one. Just as important,we are careful to not negatively impact the region we are visiting: after all, we live here.Our price gives you more for your money than anyone else. And our safety record is unsurpassed. If you would like to speak with some of our satisfied guests, we can provide you with references of someone who lives nearby and has probably even done the same trip you are considering.
Tell me about your company.
Alpine Exodus was started in 2001. Our founder, Krishna Dahal is one of the most esteemed guides in the Himalayas: he has been in the business for over 15 years. Our headquarters is located in Kathmandu, Nepal. About 15 people of us work here regularly. We are also affiliated with numerous companies in different parts of the world. Our reservations staff can deal with all your administrative queries, and there will always be some-one in the office to answer questions about your trip.
Ours are adventure holidays: the areas in which we operate are remote, the lifestyle very different, and even less predictable than at home. However good our organization is, we are at the mercy of the unexpected. In many of the countries and regions in which we operate, local health, safety and operational standards are not up to western levels. This particularly applies to hotels, transport and airlines. If you are not prepared for this you should give sometime to learn it.For the same reasons, the outline itineraries given in this brochure are statements of intent rather than promises. Local weather,politics, airlines, transport or a host of other uncontrollable factors can mean a change in itinerary or means of transport. It is unlikely the itinerary would be substantially altered but if changes are necessary the leader/Guide will decide the best alternative after consultation with the group. Where a delay or change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effects, but we cannot beheld responsible for the results of delays or changes, however caused.
We have developed a trip grading system to help you match your level of fitness and aspirations with a trip that will complement both. If you’ve never trekked before, we recommend that you not be overly ambitious. Try a short trek and see if you enjoy it. That said, we acknowledge that trekking experience counts less than your motivation and physical condition. If you really want to get to Everest Base Camp, and are fit enough to do so, you’ll get there. Good health and a spirit of adventure will carry you far. A complete dossier on your trek will be sent after we receive your initial deposit and booking confirmation. If you are uncertain which trek is best for you, we strongly recommend requesting complete trek dossiers before you book.
The descriptions below are meant to serve as a rough guide only. Trip grades are based on length, altitude, remoteness, walking conditions, weather and other factors. It is impossible to be precise about how hard a trek is: grading provides a way for you to compare different treks. Please remember that all trekking makes some physical demands. It is not to expect that because a trek is graded easy you will never feel tired.
A-Easy- We day hike, sightseeing and always stay in lodges/guest houses/hotels. B-leisurely – These trips can be enjoyed by anyone who leads a reasonably active life. The trekking itinerary is nine days or less, with elevations generally below 10,000 feet. C-moderate – The trekking itinerary is greater than nine days. Some previous hiking experience is desirable. Elevations up to 15,000+ feet, with up and down hills walking. D-strenuous – You need to be familiar with mountain walking and possess a fair degree of stamina. These trips include difficult trekking conditions, covering long distance and high passes walk. (A doctor’s certificate may be required). E-TECHNICAL – Climbing experience is required. You must be familiar with the use of mountaineering equipment. This grade is reserved for our most demanding treks, involving long days, often in isolated areas, at elevations above 18,000 feet.
Our trips offer the best value: not highly luxury, but not cut-price either. There are no hidden extras to pay locally, all the government taxes/VATs are included and transport is always private. Our price includes:
Accommodation – Whether in hotels or camping, this is always, included. The hotels we use have character and charm. In Kathmandu, our guests typically stay at the Hotel 3 star levels, which offer air conditioning room with television and 24-hour room service. Their staffs are friendly and helpful. We book twin rooms with private bath. Single rooms are available at extra cost. On treks, best available lodges/guest houses/mountain inns are provided in mostly twin sharing. On Camping trek, roomy two-person tents are used. Food – All food is provided on trek. Depending on the area, provisions are based either on fresh local food or a combination of local and imported ingredients. Trek food is always nutritious and tasty. When staying in hotels (in big cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara etc) we provide only breakfast, so that you can try the local restaurants for your main meals. Equipment – Tents, sleeping pads, cooking/dining equipment is provided. On any trip involving camping, you will need to bring a sleeping bag. You will also need to bring a pair of walking boots and a day-pack. Specific recommendations are given in our pre-departure information. Transport –We include all necessary domestic flights and air transport during the trip; where a vehicle is used, it is normally for the exclusive use of the group. We avoid public buses where possible. Sightseeing – Organized sightseeing is included whenever it is an integral part of the itinerary. We can usually arrange optional trips as well. Staff & Services – Service of appointed Alpine Exodus leaders and local English-speaking guides. Leaders may meet the group locally. When camping, a cook, camp helpers and porters are also provided. Permits – All necessary local permits, taxes, porter insurance, port dues, and entrance fees to National Parks or sites constituting an integral part of the trip.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED: Visas, vaccinations, airport taxes, insurance of any kind, emergency rescue flights, sleeping bags, personal equipment and other expenditure of a personal nature such as laundry or alcohol. Tips are also not included. In many areas, it is usual practice to tip the local staff at the end of the trek, either in cash or with unwanted items of clothing, etc. This is not normally a large expense, but in a few areas tipping has unfortunately become part of the local economy. Guidance is given in the pre-departure information for the trip. Travel Insurance – We strongly recommend that you obtain travel insurance which is valid overseas. It must cover unforeseen events such as emergency evacuation and baggage loss. Baggage and flights – You are restricted to 20 kg of baggage on most flights. We recommend you to take less than this to allow for your souvenirs. While on trek we must restrict you to 10 to 12 kg of personal gear: occasionally the limit may be less. Gear not needed on trek can be stored in the hotel. Clothing – Apart from cold and wet weather protection on most trips, light comfortable casual clothes are all that is needed. A detailed recommended clothing list is given in the pre-departure information. Medical and health – It is critical that persons with medical problems make them known to us before departure. The trip leader or trip doctor, if there is one, has the right to disqualify anyone at any time during the trip if he/she feels the trip member is jeopardizing the safety of the group. Refunds are not given under such conditions. Have a medical and dental check before you go. Only a few countries now require specific immunizations, but we generally recommend some vaccinations.
Nepal Visa: Dear Guests, you may download the Application Form for your Nepal Visa clicking on here. Its available on PDF format and its the exact form needed for the TIA, Kathmandu; additionally all you need is to have two copies of PP size photographs (its for the visa only, but please remember there may be needed more photos according to your travel/tour activities. If get any question feel free to write to Mr. Krishna anytime in firstname.lastname@example.org ).
The Visa fee:
USD 25 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days,
USD 40 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days,
USD 100 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist visa with Multiple Entry for 100 days,