FRENS HIMALAYAN TRAVELS & TREKS

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hi Pierre and Mahesh. Very nice to hear from you. Great to hear that Pierre now you are in Kathmandu. We had a wonderful visit to Nepal, the weather was great during the Kali Gandaki trek. We did what wanted to do in Kathmandu and Pokhara and we even managed to do the mountain flight. What more could we ask for. Mahesh and Lhakpa looked after us very well and we came back with wonderful memories of Nepal, with a strong desire to return. Thanks for Frens Himalayan Treks and Expedition. Anu Mitra
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  • FORMALITIES : All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold valid passport and valid visa. Visa can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and Consulates abroad. Visa is also issued at the entry points. It can be extended at the Department of Immigration, Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu. Children under 10 years need not pay any visa fee. People willing to get entry Visa at the airport or any of the land entry points are required to fill a visa form with photo.
    Visa Fee - Gratis visa for all tourists who visit Nepal for 3 days or less. Gratis visa for tourists of SAARC countries and People's Republic of China.
    Multiple entry- US$ 40  for 30 days , 25 US$ for 15 days
    Multiple entry ( 90 days ) : 100 US$
    Visa will be extended subsequently for 30 days each upon payment of US$ 60 for a maximum period of 150 days in a visa year (Jan-Dec).

  • HEALTH : Visit your usual doctor or a specialist to check any recomandation concerning yourself.
    Check that the usual vaccinations are on date (DTPolio type Revaxis, BCG).
    Some vaccinations are advised: Hepathite A, Typhoide, Meningite (A+C).

    - Paludism: Nepal is classed zone 2 (max 3), mainly in the lowlands of Terai near the Indian border and particulary during the monsoon (june to september) 
    Above 1400 m, there is no risk; below this altitude the areas we could cross are not infected during the concerned periods,
    So the risk in Kathmandu and along the treks is very low. For the more exposed areas like Chitwan or Bardia we advise to use a cream against mosquitoes.

    - Acute mountain sickness (AMS):
    Acute mountain sickness (AMS) occurs from the combination of reduced air pressure and a lower concentration of oxygen at high altitude. Symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening, and can affect the nervous system, lungs, muscles, and heart.
    In most cases the symptoms are mild. In severe cases fluid collects in the lungs (pulmonary edema) causing extreme shortness of breath, which further reduces how much oxygen a person gets. Brain swelling may also occur (cerebral edema). This can cause confusion, coma, and, if untreated, death.
    The chance of getting acute mountain sickness increases the faster a person climbs to a high altitude. The severity of the symptoms also depend on this factor, as well as how hard the person pushes (exerts) himself or herself. People who normally live at or near sea level are more prone to acute mountain sickness.
    Symptoms: Difficulty sleeping, dizziness or light-headedness, fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, rapid pulse, shortness of breath.
    Prevention: Education of mountain travelers before ascent is the key to prevention. Basic principles include: gradual ascent (400m/day above 3000m), stopping for a day or two of rest for each 2,000 feet (600 meters) above 3000m; sleeping at a lower altitude when possible, drink enough fluids, avoid alcohol, eat regularly and learning how to recognize early symptoms so you can return to lower altitude before worsening symptoms occur.
    Acetazolamide (Diamox) helps speed the process of getting used to higher altitude, and reduces minor symptoms. Therapy should start one day before the ascent and continue one to two days into the excursion. This measure is recommended for those making a rapid ascent to high altitudes.
    People with underlying cardiac or pulmonary (lung) diseases should avoid high altitudes.

    - Personal medicine: - High protection sunscreen, lip balm
                                      - Antibiotic
                                      - Paracetamol
                                      - Immodium/tinidazole (diarrhoea)
                                      - Betadine
                                      - Rehydratation salt
                                      - Throat tablets
                                      - Bandages, tablets for water purification (type Micropur)
    Don’t drink local water if it’s not boiled (tea, coffee, soup) or purified by tablets or filter. Don’t eat fruits and fresh vegetables if they are not peeled.

  • LUGGAGE DURING TREKKING : During trek your main luggage will be carried by porter or pack animals (usually yaks or cross breeds). You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kgs, excess weight is chargeable at USD 1 or more per Kilo depending on sectors.
    CARE FOR PORTERS & STAFF
    We ensure that all porters and all other staff going into high altitude conditions are provided with adequate clothing and equipment.
    We run the trek according to the guidelines of the International Porter Protection group (IPPG - www.ippg.net). 

  • ACCOMODATION IN TOWN AND DURING THE TREK : In town (Kathmandu and Pokhara) you spend nights in 2 stars hotel.
    We have specially negotiated rates a range of hotels, we can offer the best deal to suit your every budget and preference.
    We can arrange also your stay in a higher class hotel depending your budget.
    During the trek you may sleep in lodge: Nepal has now well-developed mountain lodge systems in the Solu Khumbu, Annapurnas and Langtang areas. Each lodge is, for the most part, owned and managed by a single family. As long as you don’t expect star quality facilities you should be pleasantly surprised and happy with both the food and accommodation along the trekking route. Accomodation is quite basic with small bedrooms, shared bathroom facilities often outside and meals are served in a communal dining hall. When it is possible we advise this kind of trek, it is also cheaper than a camping trek. 

  • FOOD ON THE TREK : 3 meals/day :
    - Breakfast: eggs, omelet, toasts with butter/jam/honey, tibetan bread, porridge, muesli, tea or coffee.
    - Lunch/diner: pasta and potatoes sometimes with cheese, noodles soup, vegetables (cabbage, carot…), rice + lentil soup (dhal bhat), sometimes pizza.
    Your guide will order your meal, 1 hour before. 

  • RECEPTION AT THE AIRPORT : When you will leave from the airport many people will try to offer you their service; be polite and refuse and look to our notice ‘’Frens Himalayan treks and expedition’’. We will wait you outside the airport near the exit, then you will be driven to your hotel. Later in the day we will wait you at our office to check again the program.

  •  MONEY : In Kathmandu you can withdraw money everywhere with your bank card (cash machine). You will change money (cash or traveler cheque) easily in the exchange counters everywhere in KTM or Pokhara and also Lukla or Namche (however the rate will be much lower in Namche or Lukla ).
    In Kathmandu and Pokhara, the price does not include your lunch and diner (between 5 and 8 euros/day/pers), outside the cities everything is included in the cost of the trip excepted extra expenses like fresh beverage (beer, coke…) and sweet (mars, snicker…)
    Try not to change money at the airport where the rate is lower than in Kathmandu.
    Keep at least one receipt if you want to convert your roupies when you leave the country.
    To calculate your budget as well as possible don’t hesitate to talk with us.

  • DAILY EXCHANGE RATE IN FOREIGN CURRENCY.(click on the link)

  •  SAFETY : It is our major priority, whatever the region, activity and level of difficulty. For all the program we provide pharmacy according the type of the trip. All our guides are professionnal, well trained on emergency, medical and technical safety.
    Our circuits take gradual acclimatization into account.

  • HELICOPTERE RESCUE : There are a few reliable medical posts in the hills, such as the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) posts at Pheriche and Manang, and the Khunde Hospital which are all staffed by Western doctors. However, most accidents or illnesses will occur in the absence of reliable medical care. If you find yourself ill or injured in the mountains, here are the steps we will take to rescue you. Our staff will try to treat the medical problem themselves. If altitude sickness is suspected, we will descend with the victim immediately. For the more serious medical problems emergency helicopter rescues will be arranged by us.  If helicopter exfiltration is possible, it may be necessary to transport the patient to a place where it is possible to land the helicopter.

  • TRAVEL INSURANCE : A travel insurance policy that covers cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. If a client becomes ill, all hospital expenses, doctors’ fees and repatriation costs are the client’s responsibility.

    If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter or charter flight from a remote airstrip only if you have definite proof you can pay for it. It costs more than US$ 4200 for a helicopter evacuation from 4000m near Mt. Everest and up to US$ 10,000 for a rescue in the far west. All trek organizers, including  our companie , have an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. They pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. It's then up to you to obtain reimbursement from your insurance company. Be sure your policy specifically covers helicopter evacuation. Also check that your insurance policy does not exclude mountaineering or alpinism or you may have a difficult time settling a claim. Although you will not engage in such activities, you may not be able to convince a flatland insurance company of this fact.

  • PAYMENTAfter you have confirmed the trip or excursion with us, we will send you by email a booking form to fill (with your name, adress, passport number etc.) and the invoice related with the deposit (20 % of the total price). On this booking form you will have all the informations for the transfert : our bank name in Kathmandu, account number and swift code. After we have received the deposit (normally it takes 3 or 4 days), we will send you by email a registration confirmation included the total amount invoice. The total balance of the trip has to be cleared upon your arrival in the destination country.