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Frequently Asked Questions
What is trekking?
Trekking is a journey led on foot mostly, but in some cases, we drive too. Trekking includes the exploration of rural community, culture, sightseeing, crossing snowy passes, climbing hills and mountains up to 5500 meters.
Is previous hiking experience required to go on a trek?
As long as you are in good physical shape, you do not require any hiking experience for short treks. If you are planning a trek longer than a week, you should work out or do long day hikes at home.
Do you operate treks as per our wish?
Yes, we do operate customized treks. This website only contains a list of suggested treks. It does not at all mean that you have to stick to this itinerary. We can arrange tailor-made trek to suit your schedule, preference and area of interest. They can be as short or as long according to your desire.
What is organized / tented / camping trek?
Camping trek means camping in tents out in the open sky at the end of the day. Porters or animal’s back carries all the camping equipments and foodstuffs. A tented trek allows us to chart our own course and we do not have to take the usual trail, which means freedom from crowds and a more challenging adventure. It is a trek of your own.
What is tea house or lodge treks?
In a tea- house trek, we stay in lodges and eat in the restaurants (tea houses) for the whole trekking trail. This eliminates the need to drag heavy tents and cooking paraphernalia all over the place. On most popular routes, there are many lodges where we can stay and eat making fun. In short, it is a tension free trek. There is much redundancy in worries and troubles.
What is the best season for trekking?
The best time for trekking in October to early December and March/April, but flights are often full during this time and trails may be crowded.
Can I go trekking in the months of June and July?
It is not recommend to trek during the monsoon season from June to August except treks in the Himalayan rain shadow like Mustang, Tibet,
How far do I trek each day?
You will typically walk 4-9 miles (5 to 8 hours) each day. Some days may be rest days for unarranged exploration. In high and steep areas, you may move more slowly. Most people begin to feel the effects of high altitude over about 6,000' and your trekking pace is always adjusted to permit safe acclimatization.
How flexible is the trekking day?
You can hike at your own pace, stopping when you wish. There is ample time to cover the necessary hiking distance each day with lots of stops. If you are on a private trek, you may wish to take more or fewer days to cover a given distance, or add in rest days.
Where and what type of food is served?
If you are on a teahouse trek, you will have your meals at teahouse. If you are on a camping trek we will prepare all meals and snacks ourselves. You will have three meals each day plus snacks. Generally we will have combine elements of Western and Nepali cuisine.
What arrangements for drinking water are made while on trek?
You should bring a water bottle with you on the trek. We prefer that you purify water yourself using iodine in order to save scarce fuel. We also provide a boiled water that you can use to fill your water bottle in the morning and evening. We discourage the purchase of bottled water while on the trail. The plastic bottles are difficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem
Is it necessary to take precautions against Malaria?
It is not necessary to take Malaria prevention medicine unless you will be visiting a Jungle Lodge.
What type of insurance should I have?
Travel insurance is compulsory for all Clients undertaking any tour with us. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation, loss of luggage, etc.  
Is trekking permit required?
The government of Nepal no longer requires a trekking permit except for a few restricted areas. However, we do require your passport details in advance in order to make your national park or conservation permit.
Can social Journey provide a Guide or a porter?
We do not provide the service of a Guide or porter only. There are other Trekking agencies that do provide such services. We can, however organize a Tea House treks in which a Guide, porter, meals and accommodations in lodges is included.
Are social journey trekking crew insured?
Our company insures all our trekking staff, including porters.
What happens if there is an emergency?
Social Journey prides itself on being prepared for any emergency situation. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that are associated with trekking. When a serious emergency does occur, then outside help is needed. Every client should have his or her own insurance arranged before coming to Nepal. If an emergency occurs, we will initially cover the cost of an evacuation until your insurance company can deliver payment.
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