“The abode of snow”
The Himalayas (literally “abode of snow” in Sanskrit) are sacred to three of the world’s major religions – four if you include mountaineering as a faith. These snow-capped mountains have pulled explorers under their spell for centuries, promising an ever-changing landscape of remote villages, thick alpine forests, and rushing rivers set against the otherworldly backdrop of peaks that scrape the belly of heaven itself. Prepare to be astounded.
Will the altitude affect us?
Most likely. The air in the Himalayas contains less breathable oxygen than what you’re used to at sea level. Everyone will experience the thinner high-altitude air a little differently – and some more than others – slow and steady is always the best way to go. The more time you give yourself to acclimatize, the better you’ll feel and the easier your day’s trekking will be.
What will we eat?
You’ll need energy to make it to the top, and our cooks will make certain you’ve got a steady supply of healthy, quality hiking fuel. Our team of porters carries all the necessary supplies, including fresh produce. Meals are a mix of local and international cuisine, and while special requests and dietary restrictions can almost always be accommodated, it’s a good idea to let us know in advance.
Where will we sleep?
We stay in teahouses on all of our Nepal treks. Teahouse accommodation varies depending on the setting and the altitude, and no two establishments are alike. A teahouse is a traditional Nepali institution that combines a guesthouse and a restaurant, and can vary from offering private rooms to dormitory-style lodging. Washing facilities can also vary widely from place to place.
Which route is for me?
Trekking in Nepal is a challenge, but a wholly rewarding one. Figuring out which route is better suited to your climbing style is important. The Everest routes offer a greater physical challenge and start higher up in the mountains, while the Annapurna routes give you a better sense of what it’s like to live in the shadows of these mighty peaks. Our advice: Do them both!