Am I fit for trekking? Should I prepare anything before Arun Valley Trekking?
You really do not need to be a climber with wavy muscles to enjoy trekking. If you are reasonably fit, have mountain travel spirit and love to trek, you are always eligible for Arun Valley Trekking. You do not need any previous experience. However, we suggest some physical fitness programs like running, jogging, swimming, hiking before you start your journey.
What is tea house trekking? How is it organized?
Almost in all popular trekking trails in Nepal, local villagers have built tea-house lodges. In the tea house trek you stay at those mountain lodges and have breakfast, lunch and dinner in their restaurant. Normally the tea houses are more like hotels with hot showers, continental and Nepali food and comfortable private rooms (twin sharing). If you stay in local hotels, you will also get an opportunity to interact with local hoteliers and their family members and get information about their lifestyle and culture.
What equipments should I bring?
You should bring your personal wear like walking boots and sandals, a water-and wind-proof jacket, woollen shirts, T-shirts, a thick pullover, shorts/skirts and trousers/tracksuits. Thermal underwear is necessary for high altitudes and cottons are best for lower and warmer altitudes. Also do not forget a water bottle, sleeping bag, gloves, walking stick, knife and sewing kit, torch light with spare batteries, extra boot laces, sunglasses, sun cream, raincoat and personal medical supplies. Bring a duffel bag to put your clothing and equipment in. We provide you a porter to carry your duffel bag.
What kind of food will be served while on the trek?
You will be served freshly cooked food during the trekking. In all tea houses/ lodges along trekking trail Western, Continental and Nepali dishes are available. Three meals a day will be provided to you on a full board basis.
What is the best season for the Arun Valley Trekking?
The best time for Arun Valley Trekking is from mid-September to early December and from March to April. Beside them in other months also you can do trekking in Arun Valley. In January and February, the climate is colder. So, at that time high altitude trekking is not recommendable. Likewise June, July and August is the rainy season in Nepal. During this time here occurs heavy rainfall. Mountain views are not clear. For this period we recommend Upper Mustang and Dolpo trekking. These are rain shadow areas where rain falls very little.
Do I need travel Insurance?
It is mandatory that all Clients obtain travel insurance while travelling to altitude areas and this insurance must cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and emergency evacuation expenses. It is strongly recommended the coverage be extended to include cancellation, curtailment, loss of belongings and all other expenses, which might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience occurring to the Client. Alpine Eco Trek shall have no liability for loss, theft of or damage to baggage or personal effects. We also let you know that Nepalese Insurance Company does not have travel insurance for foreign nationals. They have travel insurance only for Nepalese nationality. We advise you when you come to Nepal, please bring legal documents with you.
How can book the Arun Valley Trekking?
Once you confirm the trip, we require a photocopy of your passport and a 20 percent down payment of the total price for flight booking and permit processing.