FAQ’s about the trekking
COVID-19 has turned out to be a global pandemic, affecting people’s lives worldwide. Nepal has been in total lockdown for three months (March-June 2020). At this moment, rules are being eased and the Nepal Tourism Board has given hopeful messages about the possibility to travel again in October/November, when we have planned the next Yoga Trekkings.
We have written an update on the corona situation in Nepal earlier, and its consequences for the Yoga Trekkings in 2020 in our previous newsletter.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us.
- Can you tell me about your previous experiences with trekking and yoga in the mountains?
We are one of the few who combine yoga and trekking in the Himalayas. The idea came up when Lana, as a yoga and hiking lover, travelled to Nepal and did a two-week trekking with Sahadev. The combination of yoga and multi-day trekking is unique and very beneficial! Yoga keeps the body strong and flexible, and helps you to connect with your surroundings and your inner world during the trekking.
The yoga trekking in Nepal took place for the first time in 2018, and upon popular request, we are now organizing a number of different trekkings each year. Our guide Sahadev, as the founder of Himalaya Travel Adventures, has extensive experience in leading tours in his home country Nepal and knows the Himalayas like the back of his hand. The itinerary of the yoga trekking will be in a different region every time, so each trip will be a new adventure!
We are working with yoga teachers who are experienced in organizing retreats and trips abroad and have visited Nepal at least once before. You can always ask the teacher who is doing the trekking of your choice about his/her personal experiences.
You can also read about the experiences of people who joined us for previous yoga trekkings in Nepal as well. The story of the Yoga Trekking 2019 to Pike Peak is available in English.
- How can I prepare my physical condition for the trekking?
A multi-day trekking in the mountains can be a challenge. It is therefore important that you are in good physical and mental condition. However, a multi-day trip in the mountains sometimes completed by people who have never been training, and they actually make it quite well! Nevertheless, it is wise to do some training before you go. In the months before the trekking, plan a few long-distance hikes in your own country, preferably in an area where you can do some climbing and descending. You can also prepare your body by doing general power and cardio training.
- What are the daily distances during the trekking?
The daily distances are not easy to express in kilometers, because we will be climbing and descending a lot on the route. You’ll get a better idea by looking at the altitude changes and the duration of hiking. You can count on 4 to 7 hours of hiking each day, depending on the pace of the group. We will pause regularly, with at least one long stop for lunch and/or yoga in a small village on our way.
- What is the risk of altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness can occur above 3000 meters, especially if you are ascending too quickly. It is caused by an oxygen deficiency in the brain. We minimize the chance of altitude sickness by climbing not more than 500 meters per day. However, it is not possible to guarantee prevention symptoms. Always listen to the signals of your body and tell the guides if you notice headaches, nausea or dizziness. It is advisable to take pills against altitude sickness with you. In the unlikely event of symptoms occurring, the solution is to wait and rest for a while or descend to a lower altitude. The tour can often be continued later.
FAQs about yoga classes
- In which yoga styles are the classes taught?
The yoga classes will be adjusted to the trekking. The practices will vary from powerful to more gentle styles of yoga. We often start the day with a good warm-up, for example vinyasa or hatha, and end with stretches and relaxation, such as yin yoga or a meditation. During the trekking, the classes will be adjusted to the circumstances and the needs of the group.
- Can I also take classes in advance to get an idea of the style?
You’re always welcome to join our classes! All of the teachers have their own schedule, which you can find on their website.
Olga is also based in Amsterdam. You can find Olga’s schedule with classes and various workshops on her website.
Roni is teaching several workshops and trainings around the world (Bali, Thailand, Germany, Spain, Holland, Austria). Find an overview of Roni’s calendar on her website.
FAQs about preparations
- When is the best time to book my flight ticket?
The prices of airline tickets often drop about 3 months in advance. Keep an eye on the rates by setting a price alarm for your desired travel dates on for example Skyscanner.
- Which vaccinations are recommended for Nepal?
There are some travel vaccinations that are recommended as standard when you go to Nepal: Hepatitis A and B, typhoid fever and DTP. Consult your doctor or the Municipal Health Service for personal advice. Also take a good look at your health insurance policy and check whether it offers global coverage.
- Where can I get my visa?
In the Netherlands you can easily go to the consulate of Nepal in Amsterdam to apply for your visa. If you have the correct documents with you, they will be issued immediately. Information in English and other possibilities can be found through the website of Nepal’s Immigration Office.
Packing list FAQs
- How much luggage can I take with me?
A very important rule of thumb is: travel light! During the trek there are carriers who take the backpacks with them. But whether you have to carry your backpack yourself or someone else, you want to keep it as lightweight as possible. The packing list in the brochure contains an indication of the number of items of clothing that you can take with you. You can also opt for a yoga mat, sleeping bag etc. that is as light as possible.
You also bring a smaller daypack to store water, an extra warm / waterproof jacket and some snacks. Basically bring only what you need, nothing more.
- Where can I find good hiking boots?
The shoes that you wear during the draw are essential. Make sure you have good shoes with a sufficient profile. We generally walk on paved paths, but sometimes there are rocky parts that we have to cross or smoother parts. Profile A / B is often recommended. However, it also depends on your personal preference. Go to a specialized outdoor store for advice. Then it is important to walk in the shoes properly. You can do that immediately while training!
- Can I still buy the latest supplies in Nepal?
Of course! The first two days we are in Kathmandu, in the lively district of Thamel. This neighbourhood is full of shops with outdoor gear. After all, one of the most important reasons to go to Nepal is the impressive nature. The advantage is that most things are a lot cheaper here. However, it is advisable to purchase essential baggage in advance.
- What is the climate like in Nepal?
There are five seasons in Nepal: winter, spring, summer, monsoon and fall. Spring and fall are most popular for trekking, as the chance of clear views is the best in these periods. In October, the monsoon is just over. This makes it an ideal period for trekking – everything is still in bloom after the abundant rainfall. In any season, it can get very cold at night, at freezing point, while it gets nice and warm and sunny during the day, up to around 25 degrees. So be prepared for anything, dress in layers and bring both waterproof clothing and sunscreen!
- What is the currency in Nepal?
The currency is the Nepalese rupee. You can exchange your money at one of the many offices in Kathmandu or withdraw it at an ATM. It is wise to take some cash with you from home. Make sure you have some money with you during the trekking – although most are included, small amounts of water (this is cooked to purify), toilet paper and any extra refreshments are often required. Count on around 500 rupees per day (which comes down to about 5 euros).
- Do you have tips for continuing your journey in Nepal?
Absolutely! If you want to stay longer, there is much more to discover. For example, what about a visit to Lumbine, the birthplace of Buddha, a safari in a wildlife park such as Chitwan to spot tigers and rhinos or a stay in a monastery? If you want to plan something in advance, then Sahadev and I can help you with that. But of course you can also go your own way, anything is allowed! You can have a look at the official tourism website of Nepal for inspiration.
Hopefully you now know everything you wanted to know about the trip! If you have any other questions, please contact us . I also always like to make a personal call, in that case leave your telephone number.
You can book the trip through Himalaya Travel Adventures.