Acute Mountain Sickness
Attitude sickness is an illness that occurs due to the exposure of very low amount of oxygen in the air generally above 8000ft. or 3400m.
- Loss of appetite
- Fatigue and Weakness
- Short of Breath
- Nose Bleeding
- Rapid Pulse
- Attitude acclimatization
- Avoid alcohol
- Don’t ever skip meals
Basic =>Guest should be able to walk for 5 to 6 hours.
Moderate =>Guests should be able to walk for 3 to 4 hours on rough and gravelly ground.
Excellent =>Guests should be able to walk rapidly for hours on uneven grounds.
Basic =>There are no significant ascent or descent with plenty of space for rests.
Moderate =>There is a need to cross several ridges on a regular basis with few places to stop for rests.
Strenuous =>There are frequent ascents and descents with very few places to stop for rest.
Trekkers Information Management System is generally a computerized database management system started on January 2008 by the collaboration of Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal and Nepal Tourism Board. The TIMS card records information about the dates of the trip, itinerary, personal details, trekking area, trekking route, handling agencies and also the duration of the trip. All the required data is inserted inside the visitor’s database in case of any natural calamities or accidents and helps in the better management of sustainable mountain tourism development in Nepal.
TAAN and NTB offers separate TIMS card for Free Individual Trekkers (FITs) for USD 20 per person and for organized groups for USD 10 per person. FITs TIMS card is green in color and groups’ card is blue in color. For the attainment of the TIMs card, copy of the passport and two passport sized photographs will be required. The TIMS card can be collected from the Nepal Tourism Board, Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal and also through the trekking agencies of the visitor’s choice.
- 1244 hotels in Nepal with 20408 room nights
- 7.44 million tourists can be accommodated annually
- 457 tourist standard hotels in Kathmandu with 4011 room nights
- 456 tourist standard hotels in Pokhara with 8696 room nights
- 90 tourist standard hotels in Biratnagar with 1744 room nights
- Tax included or excluded 13% government and 10% service
- Lodges – Tea house, Cold water showers, Smelly squat toilets, Normally Rs.350 or less, A good idea to bring sleeping bags
- Guesthouses – Primitive flop houses to well appointed small hotels, Interrupted electricity, No constant hot water
- Budget Guesthouses – Great value, Flush toilet, Foam mattress, Clean sheets, Blankets, Roof terrace and garden, A phone and a TV, Rs.300-1000, Have shared bathrooms
- Mid-Range Guesthouses – Reliable hot water, Portable electric heater, Rs.1000-3500 for a double room
- Hotels and Resorts - $50-100 or more, Small resorts offer unique breathtaking views, Jungle lodges and tented camps in the wildlife parks with $250 plus a night
- Village stays and Home stays – Comfy cultural immersion, bathroom fitted on rooms
Staying in Nepal is as easy as getting into Nepal. It is believed that our country has the capacity to accommodate 8 million tourists annually with more than 1000 tourist standard hotels. Only in Kathmandu, there are over 500 hotels and in Pokhara, there are over 450 hotels. Every guest needs to check whether the government tax of 13% and service tax of 10% is included in the bills or not.
On the basis of types of hotels, Nepal has lodges, guest houses, hotels, resorts and home stays.
Lodges – Also known as tea houses, they are normally of Rs. 350 or less. These types of hotels have cold waters for showers and smelly shared toilets. There may be bugs so it is a good idea to bring sleeping bags. These hotels are usually run in remote areas with less access to paved roads.
Guesthouses – These are the small hotels with cheap minimal serviced hotels to well appointed hotels. These types of hotels may have interruption in electricity and may sometimes offer cold waters for a shower.
Budget Guesthouses – They are great value hotels with cheap pricing but good service. They charge Rs.300-1000 per room and provide foam mattresses, clean blankets and even a garden. The only thing low about this type of hotel is that you will have to share bathrooms.
Mid-Range Guesthouses – Rs.1000-3500 ranged hotels lie in this section. With reliable electricity, you will be able to take a hot shower without fail. During the winters, these types of hotels provide you with a portable electric heater.
Hotels and Resorts – Ranging between $50-100 or more is the more western and qualitative hotels and resorts. Small resorts are a great way to learn about the culture and tradition of the locality. Jungle lodges and tented camps in wildlife parks and national parks offer you great natural beauty and charge you $250 plus for a one night stay.
Village stays and Home stays – These can be called as the most comfortable and reasonably priced hotel. These types of hotels have an attached bathroom. You will be fully immersed in the culture and tradition of the family accommodating you.
Necessary Trekking Equipment
- Duffel bag
- Day bag
- Down jacket
- Down sleeping jacket
- Trekking boots
- Walking shoes and slippers
- Warm socks
- Thin Socks
- Hat to be safe from the sun
- Warm cap to be safe from the cold
- Thermal body suits
- Windproof jackets and trousers
- Warm jacket and trouser
- Lightweight t-shirts and pants
- Trekking sticks
- Head lights
- Sunscreens and any other necessary medications
- Tissues and toilet papers