What You Need to Know:
what you need to know is a guideline to assist you in your packing.
LEVEL OF FITNESS:
Sound level of fitness is essential for trekking in any parts of Nepal which is exclusively physical. Here we are not asking for something hardcore as we don’t consider trekking to be a contest to demonstrate your level of fitness. It’s a holiday being with nature, local environment and in wilderness. Yet few weeks of physical homework is required to assist you while enjoying your freedom. Nevertheless, to make your holiday not so much of a sweat draining we have well designed itineraries matching all level of fitness. Furthermore, we always maintain convenient walking pace giving you an ample time to take pleasure in each of your step. Our mantra with three ‘S’ is Slowly, Steadily, but Surely.
The most significant factor while trekking which is overlooked quite often is ‘motivation. Mental preparation is inseparable from physical, it’s your mind and not your body that determines what you are capable of doing. It is always your mind that provides you with goal-oriented behavior. If you want to succeed and make your freedom of trekking the most pleasant of all then prepare yourself mentally. Inspiration to know your potential and significantly believing in yourself is important. While trekking, simply providing you with our professionals isn’t enough to guarantee you a safe passage to what you are doing. In fact it’s you and your positive outlook that make the whole thing go exactly the way you want.
Nepal offers you with ample opportunity for photography which has so much to present you with its stunning and spectacular scenery and its respectful people. Nepal has never failed to lure the professionals and has actually served as a platform for emerging photographers. Taking away the pictures of innocent faces of Nepali people is an excellent opportunity. However, some are with religious belief against being photographed so it is always polite to ask for permission first. Nonetheless, batteries die very soon in the cold temperature environment so it is always sensible to carry extras though you have charging facility in almost every trekking destination in Nepal.
In the midst of great social transformation, Nepal still thrives as very spiritual and conventional country. Though foreigners are treated with great respect and as a special guests yet, in return they are requested and expected to respond to our fragile social norms, customs and tradition in a very sensible approach.
Finally, at the end after we are done with our trek there is a trekking practice we call it “Tipping”. Well, as you know that the local staff both porters and Sherpa’s who works incredibly hard look forward to something at the end of the day. In fact tipping is more of a trend that was set here by the foreigners like you. It was certainly in response to this culture trend that these people (porters) are fond of working with the tourist and the trekking companies. But again, tipping isn’t something that we make mandatory, it’s absolutely personal matter and entirely optional. Basically its 10% of the trip cost, per trekker but you can always tip considering the service that you have received from our company/staff.
As for your group leaders you can always do it once you arrive in Kathmandu.
A.M.S. (ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS):
Interpreting about the Mountain Sickness – in the early 1980’s when trekking was just becoming popular in Nepal it was quite dreadful to witness someone die with what it seemed like the flu or chest-infection or pneumonia because it wasn’t diagnosed then as Altitude Sickness. Even after the introduction of all the extensive medication it is still tragic to see mountain sickness among trekkers. All this is simply because many people are ignorant of the real fact and hazards of going to high altitude.
What you need to know is A.M.S occurs due to failure to acclimatize to high altitude. When you fail to acclimatize, the body emits a kind of a fluid that collects in between your body-cells and eventually accumulates either to your Brain or to your Lungs. There has been reports of this mountain sickness at any altitude above 2800 m.
Your group leader will brief you on altitude sickness prevention. He lays down certain guidelines to get away with altitude sickness. Above all he will be there to assist you with prompt measures of medication and oxygen related equipment’s before any serious health catastrophe. Significantly, to minimize the effect of altitude Nepal Pyramids has designed all our itineraries to such an extent that the ascent is slow and not very fatiguing. However, there is a wise saying that “it’s not altitude that kills people; it’s the fear of altitude”.
What you can do to get away with Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
• Walk very slow, give time for acclimatization.
• Do not make regular or too fast Ascent.
• No Alcohol and Sleeping pills.
• Maintain your body with adequate fluids, at least 3 to 4 liters a day.
• Do not tend to miss any of your acclimatization excursions.
• Follow the advice of your group leader.
• Descend if you suspect any severe symptoms.
• Stay away from getting cold.