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According to the announcements provided by the Nepali authorities after a tragic earthquake, Nepal is still a safe and secure place for the tourists. A situation slowly reverts to the normality. The majority of the trekking routes is not damaged and they are fully available for the tourists! Fully safe and available is also a region of Annapurna therefore all trekking journeys in this region will be continued without any changes. Contrary to the appearances and not always true information provided by media, a region of Mt. Everest is also safe. Although in this region a part of the habitations is destroyed, in particular during the second earthquake which took place on 12 May, but it does not has any impact on the realisation of the tourism in this the most appreciated and popular by the tourists area. The trails and bridges which connect routes stayed not touched and many guesthouses is still available for the tourists. In the Mt. Everest region its lower part is more heavily destroyed, i.e. the surroundings of Lukla where a trekking begins. In the higher regions, where a majority of the routes of the trekking and climbing expeditions goes, the destructions are minor. From September 2015, the trekkings will be continued, too. Sometimes one needs to be prepared for a change regarding a place of the overnight stay in relation to the original schedule. The Langtang Valley, Manslu and Gorkha are the tourist regions which significantly suffered during the earthquake and do not allow for safe continuation of the tourism activities in their areas. The reconstruction of the trails in these regions will last for several months therefore we suspend realisation of the following trekkings: “Around Manslu” and “Paying a visit to the Tamangs – Langtang”. We will keep You posted about any changes in the News section.
In order to go to the Himalayas it is not necessary to have a high mountain experience! For the trekkings up to the 2nd level of difficulty, You will manage without any problems without any high mountain experience. The 3rd difficulty level of the trekkings – it depends on Your general preparation of the physical condition and health condition. The trekkings and expeditions from the 4th difficulty level require a high mountain experience.
Well, it is natural that You may wonder whether You are sufficiently prepared for an adventure in the Himalayas. For each trekking/expedition we determine a level of difficulty and we specify which preparation is necessary. If You are a person who is rather physically fit, we mean that a physical activity is present in Your life, You should easily deal with any expedition up to the 3rd level of difficulty. We also encourage to prepare additionally for Your comfort in two months period before an expedition. It will allow You for living to the full during an adventure. If You have any doubts if a concerned expedition is for You, please contact with us, we will help You to evaluate it individually.
In the details of the offer we present the most significant additional information on the physical preparation. Certainly, the more difficult is a level of the offer, the more extensive should be the physical preparation. The offers up to the 3rd level require an average physical fitness, and it is sufficient to practice regularly sports 2-3 times per week. It is recommended to mix an aerobic and weight effort and, as much as possible to – to involve alternation with a several hour mountain trips. In the case of the offers at the 4th level You must have a good physical preparation and a high mountain experience. While preparing to the expedition at the 4th level and higher, it is necessary to provide at least 2-hour intensive aerobic and weight training about 3 times per week for at least 3 months before the expedition. Certainly, the specified criteria are negotiable and they depend on Your start point, general efficiency of Your organism and health condition. That is sure that if You are already a person with a good health condition, so preparing to the expedition at the 3rd difficulty level will take You less time that in the case of the person who practices sports occasionally. If You have any doubts or You need more information – go ahead – please contact with us!
We organise trips for at least 2 participants. However, by all means, You can come alone since there is a great chance that there will be at least 1 person who will be also willing to choose a trip preferred by You. Your flexibility regarding a trip date will certainly increase a chance for realisation of the offer.
Absolutely, there are no age limits! In the Meroway Adventure offer there is a lot of offers with a various degree of difficulty what will enable to find an offer which is the best for You. The restrictions are rather related to Your general physical condition, mountain experience or health condition.
No, it does not. The first day in our offer is the day of arrival to Kathmandu, the last – a day of departure from Kathmandu. The proposed offers do not take into account the international flights, and at Your request, we may take care of their booking. No matter how You book Your international flight, to the total time of the trip You must add the time needed for a flight.
Certainly, since Meroway is Your way of travelling. All expeditions were planed according to our best knowledge, although if You want to provide any modifications to adjust an offer better to Your needs and expectations, just let us know. We will do our best to fulfil Your requirements. However, considering a modification it is worth to remember about one of the fundamental safety conditions – an acclimatisation. The high mountain trips in relation to their nature require an appropriate acclimatisation. A route upwards (it refers to the mountain trekkings and climbings) in designed in the manner which takes care of the suitable acclimatisation as the altitude increases. If You want to modify this element of the journey – remember – shortening of this journey stage is recommended only in the case of very good physical condition, health condition and at the best – a high mountain experience.
In the Meroway Adventure would like to be as flexible as it is possible. We are convinced that we should adjust to Your expectations and possibilities in relation to the travel date, and not reversely. In our Team works many Guides, we have a possibility to realise an offer in many dates. If there are at least 2 persons, who would like to go for a trip in the same period, it will be realised. Just specify in the booking form when would You like to travel (often it depends on the attractive promotion for a flight), if You additionally tick an option that You are flexible in terms of the date – there is a huge chance that a trip will be realised.
Usually, a trekking season begins from mid-February and lasts up to mid-May, and then from mid-September up to mid-December. The months which enjoy the greatest popularity are: March and April, and October and November because the weather is then usually the most sunny, and an air transparency the highest what increases the chances for the outstanding views. The travellers also decide for trekking outside a peak season when one should take into account a greater possibility of raining (September) or snowing and coldness (December-February). We do not recommend the trips in the period of June-August because then in Nepal a monsoon occurs and travelling is risky. In the case of the expedition – the dates are established with regard to the plans and objectives of the person who travels.
A minimum amount of persons which warrants an organisation of the trekking is 2, and maximum one – 10. For the expeditions to the trekking peaks it is relatively 2 persons and 6 persons. In the case of the expeditions, a number of people is established individually. We know from our experience that trips comprising a few persons work the best and we believe that the most valuable mountain tourism is when the group sizes are not over 10 persons so we can be significantly more flexible and get an access to the places sometimes inaccessible for the great organised groups. Our experience suggest us also that groups comprising a few persons integrate the best and benefit a lot from mutual experiences and ideas.
Yes, in order to travel around Nepal and cross its border, a visa is necessary. However, the visa can be issued in the immigration bureaus, in the Embassy of Nepal, although the most frequently it is issued after arriving to the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Receiving a visa takes just a while, You fill out a special form, You need two passport photographs and an adequate amount of money in Nepalese rupees. The 15-day entry visa costs 25 USD, 30-day - 40 USD, 90-day – 100 USD. It is a multi-entry visa and there is also a possibility to extend it for an extra payment.
The immunisations are not mandatory and among the recommendations are a previous hepatitis A and B combination vaccine and a vaccine against tetanus. The costs of the stays in the public hospital are low, and in the private clinics vary from 35 to 45 USD per 24 h.
Nepal is one of the democratic countries in the world. There is a lot of the active political parties, ideas, ideologies and leaders. There happen interruptions in some regions of the country, which sometimes transform into the public strikes. However, these situations do not influence an everyday life of the inhabitants of the majority of the country regions and have no impact on the safety of the tourists. The Nepalese government and the Nepalese excellently understand that a tourism is one the main sources which ensure revenues and a development in the country therefore absolutely try to support this branch of economy and quickly react to all occurring risks in this area.
The Nepalese currency is the official currency of Nepal. However, quite commonly are accepted payments by USD and sometimes EUR. We encourage to take with You for a trip US dollars and exchanging them into Nepalese rupees in Kathmandu. There is a lot of the exchange offices and cash machines around the town. We do not recommend purchasing Nepalese rupees in Poland, because an exchange rate is usually very unfavourable.
The most popular and traditional national dish in Nepal is Dal Bhat, i.e. a meal which consists of the boiled or steamed rice called Bhat, and a cooked lentil soup called Dal. It frequently served with vegetable takari – a mix of available seasonal vegetables. Dal Bhat is often served with meat, mainly chicken or goat meat and it costs about 3-4 USD. The Nepalese cuisine is rather variable, besides Dal bhat one may choose from a really huge menu, including such which is adopted to the European tastes. A good dinner in Kathmandu and other large towns usually costs from 4 to 6 USD, and in the small localities about 3 USD. The meals in the exclusive restaurants cost circa 8-10 USD.
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