Are all your departures guaranteed to run?
If you’re thinking about taking a trip with us, we recommend booking as early as possible. We sell out during peak travel times, but we keep smaller groups for off-season departures. If you book early enough, we can guarantee that your journey with us will not be cancelled due to a lack of interest.
Do I need a Trekking Guide?
Our guides are well-trained, and all of them are native to the region, which means they can give you a unique insight into the culture and history .
We also believe that a good guide is an extension of your travel plans. They can help you plan things like accommodation and transportation options, as well as activities outside of the trek itself.
A good guide will know the best places to eat, shop, or hang out in the mountains. They will also be able to recommend excursions outside of the trail if you want to explore more than just what the trek itself offers.
Will the guide speak English?
We are proud to say that our guides are among the best in their field. They are fluent in English and have extensive experience working with international guests. They have a passion for what they do and enjoy helping people explore this beautiful region of the world.
Are there any age limits for Himalayan trekking?
No matter how old you are, we can help you plan a trip that will take your breath away. We've been leading treks to Nepal for over 22 years. We're confident that we can help you plan a trip that will be safe and enjoyable.
We'll take care of all the details so you can focus on enjoying the beautiful scenery and amazing cultural experiences. We recommend that families schedule a private trek as well as extra days.
We also offer custom itineraries that let you do changes in flights, ground transportation, and hotels. If you'd like to discuss a private trek or customized itinerary, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Is previous trekking experience really necessary?
The majority of our groups are made up of first-time trekkers, so you will be in good company if this is your first time. The group will be encouraged to walk at a comfortable pace, with plenty of time to take in the scenery and enjoy the journey.
The pace will be determined by the group’s fitness levels. So if you are not new to trekking and want to push yourself more than others, please feel free to do so. Previous hiking or trekking experience is always a plus, as your fitness level should be such that you can comfortably walk all day.
If you have any medical conditions or injuries that may affect your ability to trek, be sure to inform us as soon as possible so we can make adjustments to the itinerary.
Are solo female travellers safe on Himalayan treks?
Our staff members ensure the safety of all our trekking guests, male and female alike. Nepal is popular for its welcoming and friendly nature toward its guests. It is also one of the safest places to be.
As we travel, our guides monitor the whereabouts of all guests. In addition to traveling in small groups, which makes it easier for us to maintain contact with one another. If a guest is ever in trouble, we have several emergency contacts within the region who can help.
When I pay the remainder of the money on arrival in Kathmandu, how do you take that money? cash or credit card?
You need not worry about which currency you have, as we accept all major currencies. Cash payment is preferable, but you can also pay with a credit card.
Please be aware that banks may charge a certain amount for their service if you make a payment through your card or withdraw cash using an ATM in Nepal.
Can I use credit cards in the places I visit while trekking?
You can use your credit card only when you are in cities. When you are out of the city, you need to keep cash with you for your personal expenses. So please make sure that you withdraw enough Nepalese currency.
Most ATMs in Kathmandu charge a $5 service fee and will allow you to withdraw up to 25,000 rupees per day (about $215).
What extra costs can I expect?
Our carefully designed package includes everything that you might need on your trekking trip. But before your trip begins, either bring your own jacket, waterproofs, sleeping bag, etc, or have enough money to rent or buy them in Kathmandu. You will also need Nepalese Rupees cash in the mountain lodges for wifi, snacks, and phone charging
We also advise you to carry at leastUSD300 to USD400, ( or EUR etc ), with you. The reason for carrying these extra funds can be any emergency, such as last-minute flight cancellation or some last-minute changes in your initial plan, which may lead to staying for more days in Nepal.
What about extra hotel nights?
If you are looking to stay an extra day, either before your trekking journey or after it ends, we can arrange that for you. All you need to do is inform us before you plan to do so. However, your extra stay will not be included in the package, and you need to pay additional charges for that.
How difficult is trekking?
The physical effort required to trek in the Everest Region is hard going, but more than possible for most people. It’s tough, but with determination you will achieve it.
The trek requires 5 to 8 hours of walking daily. Typically, we start trekking early in the morning by 8, and finish at our destination of the day by late afternoon by 4. Most importantly, be sure to stay hydrated and work up to your desired level of intensity.
How fast do you go on the trek?
Most of the trekking will be done at a comfortable pace. We take frequent breaks to rest, enjoy the view, talk with one another, and look for wildlife. We monitor the group’s pace, and if someone falls behind, we let them know that there’s no hurry and offer to carry their bags.
Most people on a Himalayan trek are anywhere from the age group of, let’s say, 17 to 60 years old, so you will fit in fine.
What is the Best Fitness Program to Prepare for?
Trekking in the Himalayan region is hard work. There is no specific rule, guideline, or fitness regime to prepare yourself for your trekking journey. However, if you can, try some cardio exercises like running, swimming, and walking.
You can also do strength training for your glutes, legs, and core muscles. You may find what you're looking for in our Everest Base Camp training guide. The best way to get in shape for something like this is not to rush and start slowly and build up your endurance.
What physical criteria will ensure I'm fit enough to trek?
The best way to determine if you are physically fit enough for a trek is at home trying a hike of increasing distance at a pace that is comfortable for you. If you find difficulty while hiking, you can train yourself by following some cardiovascular activities and strength training.
What are the next steps once I pay the deposit?
After you have paid the deposit amount, you need to send us a scan or photo of your passport along with the arrival flight details. Please keep in mind that without your passport photo and arrival flight details, we won’t be able to book your Lukla flight. We also need it for arranging your trekking permits.
What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain a policy?
While we will assist you in obtaining emergency medical care, you must have the proper insurance. Although we can help you pick good travel insurance, we do not sell policies. Please arrange a good policy yourself.
Since getting travel insurance is mandatory, please email us the proof of insurance before arriving for your trekking journey.
What should I pack for my trip?
To know in depth about the items that you should carry for your trip, you may access our article on packing for Everest Base Camp and get a complete downloadable packing list. You need not worry if you feel like you are packing too much or not able to pack enough.
When you first arrive in Kathmandu, nearly anything you need in terms of trekking clothing or equipment can be purchased or rented.
Do you rent sleeping bags or down jackets?
Yes, during your journey, we can arrange a -20°C sleeping bag for a USD20 rental cost, and down jackets are USD15. Please let us know in advance if you wish to do this. You can inform our team about your needs, and they will sort it out for you.
What about the duffel bag for the porters?
Once you arrive here, we will equip you with a duffel bag. Our porters will be carrying the duffel bag during the trek.
Since the porters will be ahead of you most of the time during the trek, you will be able to get your luggage only after reaching the tea house in the evening.
So we recommended that you carry a day pack with the essentials which you may need during the day while trekking.
How big should my day pack be?
You should carry a 30 -40 litre daypack for whatever you need while trekking, as your duffel bag will be with the porter, and may not be accessible to you all the time.
What about weight limits?
You will be allowed to carry 10kg (22lbs) and an additional 5kg( 11lbs) as a carry-on. This restricts your total weight limit to 15kg (33lbs).
What should I do with passports, medications, and valuables?
Please carry all your important documents or medication with you, make sure that you keep them in your carry-on bag during the flight, as you may need them at any time. Also keep them in your day pack when trekking.
Can I leave my luggage in Kathmandu during the trek?
Yes, , you can leave some luggage at the hotel you are staying at.
Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, our airport representative will greet you as you leave the airport. Outside, our driver will be waiting for you with a Beyond the Limits Treks signboard so that you identify.
Can I get a visa for Nepal on arrival at the airport?
It is recommended that you get your visa before arriving in Nepal. However, if you do not have a Nepalese visa, you can get one an arrival at the airport. It will not take more than 20 minutes to get your visa.
Before arriving, guests must check and verify all visa requirements. Also, keep in mind that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months on the date you enter Nepal. Examine this as soon as you book your trip. Please see this page for visa costs and other information.
What sort of hotel can I expect in Kathmandu?
We use nice three-star hotels in Kathmandu. We have a specific list of hotels that we work with to provide a comfortable and safe stay to our guests. You will get a private room with a bathroom and all the modern amenities, including free Wifi on the hotel premises.
What about extra hotel nights in Kathmandu?
The package price is based on 2 nights' accommodation in Kathmandu. If you want to stay longer (up to 4 nights), we can arrange it for you. You will need to pay an extra charge per night per person.
You can book your extra nights on request by letting us know in advance. We can help you reserve a room based on your requirements. This allows you to get some rest before and after your trek without having to worry about where to sleep if your flight is delayed or cancelled.
If you find a cheaper rate on your own, you can pay the difference directly to the hotel when you arrive. The advantage of booking through us is that if your flight is delayed, and we need to cancel or shift your reservation, we do it for free. It sometimes happens with flights in and out of Lukla.
What kind of accommodation is there on the trek?
We use tea houses/lodges for lodging on all of our treks. Tea houses are generally very simple but offer a unique insight into local culture and lifestyle. They can be quite basic. However, they are usually clean, with some of them offering hot showers, and wifi,
Bathrooms are also shared, and in the Everest region, they usually have running water, western-style toilets, and a shower head attached to one end of a pipe that runs along the wall.
Is there a possibility of getting separate rooms for the trip? If so, how much extra will this cost?
If you want a private room, please let us know, and we can try to arrange it. In some of the villages, it may be possible to arrange a private room (for no extra cost), and we will try our best to arrange this for you.
But, during busy times of the year, there is often a lack of accommodation available in some villages and tea houses/lodges, so arranging private rooms can be difficult.
Where will our drinking water come from?
Whilst on the trek, we take care of all your meal requirements but not your water needs. The easiest option is to fill up a water bottle with local water and treat it with a chlorine or iodine tablet. (Chlorine dioxide tablets leave no after-taste )
Make sure that the tablet has completely dissolved before drinking the water
What kind of meals are offered on the trek?
Trekkers have the option of picking a meal and beverages from the available menu at the tea house/lodge. A meal and a hot drink are included in the price of trekking packages, which include omelettes, toast, boiled eggs, noodle soup, or fried rice.
Dal Bhat, the traditional Nepali vegetarian meal is a popular choice. Meat is not very fresh on the trek, so we recommend trekkers select vegetarian offerings.
There will be a range of hot drinks available, including tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and herbal teas.
There are cold drinks available for purchase, such as cola, lemonade, and juice.
Can you accommodate vegetarian or other special diets?
We recommend that everyone stick with a vegetarian diet on the trek, as local meat is often not fresh. If you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, just let us know, and we will accommodate your needs in terms of menu selection.
Can I charge electric devices on the trek?
Electricity is available at many of the tea houses for a fee of $1 to $4 per hour. It’s a good idea to bring a power strip with you when you travel. That way, you can charge multiple devices at once.
What type of adapter might I need?
There are variety of socket outlets in the lodges.
The best is to buy a universal adaptor in Kathmandu. They are easily available and cheap.
What about wifi or phone calls?
Phone coverage at the higher elevations is patchy. Using a local SIM card, ( buy in Kathmandu ), will be cheaper that roaming charges on your home network.
Some lodges have wifi , often solar powered, and sometimes patched from satellite.
There is usually a charge to access the wifi
What are the Toilet facilities in the tea house/guesthouse?
All the tea houses/lodges (with some exceptions) have western-style flush toilets and cold running water. However, these bathrooms are not attached to individual rooms and are shared among guests.
Where can I use the restroom along the trail?
If you need to use the bathroom, look for a tea house or lodge with bathrooms. If there is no such place nearby, find an area where you can be alone and go off the trail.
Do I need to bring toilet paper for the trek?
Although you can easily buy a roll of tissue at one of the small shops along the trail, it may be more economical to bring your own. In Gorak Shep, at an elevation of nearly 5,500 meters (18,000 feet) and during peak tourist season, a single roll might cost $5. So it’s a good idea to bring your tissue
Is it possible to shower on the trek?
Some tea houses also have hot water showers that are included in the price of accommodation. It is important to ask if this is the case before booking your stay so as not to be disappointed.
Lower-elevation tea houses offer hot showers, (generally powered by gas), while higher tea houses offer a bucket of hot water. Tea houses usually charge a few dollars for this.
Is it possible to do laundry on the trek?
Laundry services are available at most tea houses. There is a high chance it will be available at the one you will be staying.
You can also find these services for a small fee during your acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar or Dingboche.
Best is to pack some spare clothes
What about acclimatization and altitude?
If you feel acute altitude sickness symptoms, please do not hesitate to inform your guide. He will take the necessary steps to get you back down to a lower altitude as soon as possible since it is the only way to avoid altitude sickness.
If a client shows any symptoms of altitude sickness, our guides will immediately check their blood oxygen. They also monitor the clients closely using a pulse oximeter and stop the climb if necessary.
If you are experiencing nausea or vomiting, it is important to drink as much fluid as possible during the day. There are also medications available to help with the symptoms, and you can discuss these options with your guide. Please note that there is no cure for acute mountain sickness, and it will get worse if not if not dealt with urgently.
What about sun protection?
Exposure to UV rays can affect your skin immensely by penetrating deeper into your connective tissues and blood vessels. Since you will be trekking at a higher altitude, there will be more exposure to UV radiation.
The reason for that is the thin atmosphere that absorbs fewer UV rays. During summer, you will be more likely to get sunburn. You should use sunscreen, and lip balm.
Please also consider using a hat or scarf, and sunglasses
What happens if I get sick or injured while trekking?
We take every effort to safeguard our trekkers' safety and well-being. Be assured that our guides are skilled and experienced in dealing with all situations. They are highly trained and well-equipped.
In case of an emergency, our guide will use your travel insurance details to arrange a rescue helicopter and fly you to Kathmandu for medical treatment.
What happens if I have symptoms of altitude sickness on the trek?
If you are facing some minor altitude sickness symptoms, such as a headache, which is relatively common, you can continue walking. However, if you feel nauseous at the same time, you must stop climbing to a greater height.
We may sometimes arrange for you to descend slowly to a lower height, for acclimatization, and wait a few days for the symptoms to subside before moving on to the next group. Keep in mind that extra days on the journey are subject to additional expense. Please visit our Terms of Service page for more information.
If I am sick, can I continue the trek the next day after a day of rest?
In case you get sick and are unable to continue your trekking journey, we may be able to place you in the next trekking group heading up to the mountain, giving you enough time to rest. That way, you will feel much more comfortable and at ease to continue the journey.
There is a high risk of encountering altitude sickness at high elevations. So it is highly advised to listen to your guide and follow his instructions.
What safety measures are in place?
Our guides are certified by worldwide WAFA certifications and are Red Cross-trained. WAFA is Wilderness Advanced First Aid, a medical program that aims to train individuals like wilderness leaders who go on adventures in remote or distant locations.
The programme trains how to overcome emergencies. Our guides are also equipped with pulse oximeters for taking daily measurements of your blood oxygen saturation levels. They carry a first-aid kit and a mobile phone for emergencies.
If any unfortunate situation arises, our guide will initiate the rescue operation with our headquarters in Kathmandu, where our team is accessible 24/7 .
How cold does it get on the trek?
Temperatures in the Everest region are extremely diverse depending on the time of the year. You may experience warmth from March to May and September to November, which is also known as the ideal time for trekking. But even in the month of spring and summer, the temperature drops below freezing at night.
So there is no way to avoid the cold here. During the winter season, the temperature can drop anywhere from -25 degrees Celsius or even lower at night. It is highly recommended that you carry thick winter clothing and a sturdy sleeping bag along with you. To know more in-depth about the packing list for cold weather, go through our packing list.
What sort of footwear is recommended?
Picking a good pair of trekking boots can play a very important role in your trekking journey. Ankle support and a good treaded sole is advised.
Break- in the boots first on a few treks at home.
Is the food and water in Nepal safe?
Before consuming the water, make sure that it is treated. Bottled water is available to buy, but we would prefer you did not buy it. It contributes to unnecessary pollution
Uncooked food items should be avoided while.
What immunizations will I need?
We normally suggest our clients take CDC's routine vaccines. If you have any pre-existing medical issues, please notify us at the time of booking so that we can make changes to the itinerary if required.
What happens if the flight from Lukla or Kathmandu is delayed?
Flights between Kathmandu and Lukla are normally reliable. However, they will be cancelled for the entire day if the weather is bad. Our Everest trekking plan includes one spare day in case of delays, but we recommend adding a couple of additional days to your itinerary just in case of delays.
If your flight is delayed in Kathmandu, we will reschedule it for the following day. We then might also be able to arrange a personal chartered helicopter alternative depending on availability and group size. Taking the helicopter may cost an additional $500 or more.
Will I be flying from Ramechhap or Kathmandu to reach Lukla?
Due to construction and overcrowding at Kathmandu Airport, practically all Lukla flights have been redirected to Ramecchap as of April 2019. Ramechhap is a tiny airport located around 5 hours from Kathmandu. Please see our blog article for the most up-to-date information.
Should I tip my guide? How about my porter?
We do not put any pressure on our guests to tip our guides or porters. It is just a kind and traditional gesture in Nepal to show respect and gratitude for the team’s hard work and dedication. It is a form of appreciation that you give them for their hard work. We suggest you tip around 10% of your trekking fee, which can be given to guides and porters.
How much money should I bring along?
While everything is included in our carefully designed trekking package, we recommend you carry some cash with you for extras. Trekkers find that USD15 to USD20 a day is sufficient.
If you're on a limited budget, you can get by with less.
Do you have any extra charges for solo travelers?
We do not charge any additional fee to our solo tourists. You can either choose to travel solo or can request to join a group, all of which do not involve any additional cost. However, if you request to reschedule your trip and change it to some other date, there may be additional charges
Can I get a refund if I don't finish the trek?
While we do understand that trekkers sometimes find it hard or even impossible to continue their journey either due to health complications or personal reasons, we cannot provide a full refund or reimbursement in this case.
Please appreciate that it takes a lot of effort to arrange a trek. We have to get permits and make accommodation reservations in advance. So if you cancel the trip, we have to cancel all the reservations too, which incurs the cancellation charge by the service providers.
What is your cancellation policy? How about other terms and conditions?
We do have a cancellation policy available for our customers as we know that the plan can change anytime, given any emergency. So if you need to reschedule the dates of your journey, we won't charge you anything as long as you give us plenty of notice time. If you want to cancel the whole trip, please read our terms of service or contact us.
Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?
It depends on the type of trip you have booked with us. If you have booked a private hike with us, this is entirely doable as it will not be a hassle to search for accommodation for an individual.
But if you are planning a group journey where you may add extra days, please inquire and inform us ahead of time about how this may be accomplished, and we will try our best to find a suitable solution.
Who else is in my trekking group?
If you are worried about your fellow trekkers who are part of the same group as yours, feel free to contact us, and we will inform you about them. However, we can only reveal information like gender, nationality, and age group. Please do not expect to get any other personal information, as it would be unethical to do so.
I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?
Apart from trekking in the Everest region, there are many other activities that you can do while you stay in Nepal. If you wish to extend your vacation, please let us know, and our team will arrange day tours for you and your family. Depending on the available time, we can suggest and even arrange tours anywhere from a day to three-day tours.