Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Namaste Journeys unique?
When you book a trek with Namaste Journeys you know that you will be supported by guides who are not only properly trained but properly supported and paid a fair wage. You are also ensuring that all trekking guides are provided with good quality clothing and equipment, and knowing that you are contributing to their children’s education. This is unusual for a trekking company in Nepal. Moreover, the trekking fees you pay go towards empowering women of Nepal, which gives underprivileged women the chance to become guides. Training and in some cases accommodation are provided free of charge. This program has transformed the lives of many Nepali women, some of who will be your guides on your trek.
In addition to making a difference to the local community, our trekking packages are also booked as a private tour, allowing you the flexibility to set your own pace whilst tackling the Himalayas. Whilst on the trail you will also receive 3 meals per day, ensuring that you do not have to carry large amounts of money on you whilst you are trekking.
How many people will there be in our group?
Choose your own adventure! Pricing is based on private departures, so you choose when you would like to travel and which friends you would like to come along on this incredible once in a lifetime journey.
Can I trek solo?
Absolutely! If trekking the Himalayas is something you’d much prefer to do on your own, we can help to arrange this and you will be accompanied by your own private local guide. A single supplement will be charged.
How much walking will be involved and how fit do I need to be?
Deciding to trek the Himalayas is no easy feat. You’ll be trekking up to 8 hours a day and at altitudes over 5500m at times. We can’t underestimate how important it is to be in excellent fitness and health, which means training in the lead up to your trip in order to be best prepared.
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 type of accommodation will we be staying in?
Along your trek you will be staying in local teahouses which are very simple with have only basic facilities. Tea house accommodation varies depending on the setting and the altitude, and no two establishments are alike. A tea house is a traditional Nepali institution that combines a guesthouse and a restaurant, and can vary from offering private rooms to dormitory-style lodging. Access to electricity points for charging devices will cost extra. Wifi is available at some locations at a cost, and connections may be poor.
Can Namaste Journeys help with flights?
Absolutely! We partner with a Travel Focus Group to get you the best deals we can find. Your journey will commence and conclude in Kathmandu (KTM).
Do I need a visa?
Yes. A tourist visa is required for Australian passport holders to Nepal. You can choose to get this prior to arriving into the country or on arrival into Kathmandu airport. If you are travelling on a different passport please check whether a visa will be required. A permit is also required for most treks in Nepal, our in-country team will help you arrange this.
When should I purchase travel insurance?
We strongly recommend that you arrange your travel insurance before or soon after paying your tour deposit and finalising your airfares. It is important that you are covered for trekking in high altitudes as many policies do not cover this. The team at Namaste Journeys can help you arrange this.
A copy of your policy will be required to be sighted by your Namaste Journey travel advisor prior to leaving Australia.
How will I get to the hotel from the airport?
You will be met on arrival by a Namaste Journey guide who will then take you to your hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu.
What if we want to stay extra nights at the hotel?
We can help you add pre or post accommodation to your journey- No problems!
What methods of transport will we use?
To give you an authentic Nepalese experience we will use local transport such as rickshaws, walking and old bicycles around Kathmandu, Pokhara and Royal Chitwan National Park.
Although travelling on a local bus for 6- 8hrs sounds like an adventure, it can often be very long, tiring and uncomfortable. For this reason we have chosen to add 2 domestic flights into our itineraries or alternatively travel long distances in a private vehicle, giving us the flexibility to stop at the sights we want to and none of the ones we don’t.
How much luggage can I take?
We cannot stress enough the advantage of travelling as light as possible with a small backpack. Every extra kilo that you pack into you backpack, you will need to carry. Alternatively at an additional cost we can organise to have a porter carry your bag for the duration of your trek. We will provide help with luggage where we can and can also offer suggestions on packing if required.
Is the itinerary likely to change?
The weather can be unpredictable in the Himalayas and every year a significant number of trips have flights to or from Lukla delayed or cancelled due to weather conditions. We strongly recommend allowing a few extra days in Kathmandu prior to the start of your trekking journey and at the end of your trip should your flights to/from Lukla be delayed/cancelled due to weather conditions.
Again due to the nature of unpredictable weather in the mountains, your guide may suggest an alternate route than the one listed in your itinerary. Therefore the need to be flexible and to maintain a sense of adventure and an upbeat attitude is a must- this is an adventure journey after all.
What about special dietary needs?
Nepal caters for most dietary requirements, however food available whilst trekking is very limited. Basic Nepali meals such as Dal Bhat (rice and lentils) is very common. Please let your travel advisor know when booking your journey.
How much money should I take?
The last thing we want is for you to constantly have to put your hands in your pockets. The beauty of a Namaste Journey is that we try to include as much as possible. All entrance fees are included along with most meals as per your itinerary.
If you would like to explore Kathmandu or the steamy jungles of Chitwan National Park after your trek we can help you arrange this prior to arrival.
How do I book?
Ready to be part of something special? To confirm your trekking journey we require a non-refundable deposit of AUD$500 per person. If your booking is made within 60 days of the departure date then the full amount is payable at the time of booking. We can’t wait to help you organise this once in a lifetime journey!