Travel Tips
 

Visa Requirements
An entry visa is required by US, AUS, NZ, USA and CAN citizens. Other nationalities should consult their travel agents or consular office.

Medical councilling and Vaccinations/Protection
Its recommended that you visit your physician and mention the duration and altitude the trek.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, but precaution against Malaria, Infectious Hepatitis, Typhoid, Tetanus and Polio recommended. Special Note: Visa and Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be reconfirmed before departure. More here »

Seasonal Climate
In the mountains, daytime temperatures may vary from about 28°c at lower elevations to around 10°c higher up. During the evening, night and early morning the temperatures will be considerably lower, sometimes as low as -10°c at higher elevations.

Walking Grades and Fitness
Treks are for the enthusiastic hill walker and a basic level of physical fitness is required. Although we have designed our treks in such a way that most reasonably fit person can participate; some walking days are normally 6-8 hours (with plenty of rests) and may involve up to 1000m (occasionally) or more in ascent and descent. You should be prepared for several consecutive days walking, often at higher altitudes, so stamina is important. Check Grading guide here.

Clothing
You could wear short sleeved shirts / T-shirts during the day in the spring and autumn months but it does get cool in the evening, so bring some warmer clothing as well (especially in Dec - Feb as these are the coldest months) It's worth bringing a good quality waterproof. No bright colored clothing for wildlife trips. Do not wear Lycra tights or leggings or very short shorts as the locals find these offensive. More here »

Footwear
Comfortable shoes (e.g. trainers) and sandals, plus lightweight boots if you are treking. Also bring an old pair of trainers / sandals if you are going rafting.

Luggage for Treks
Trek Allowance: 22lbs / 10kgs Maximum.
Your luggage should consist of three main pieces
Main Luggage - This main piece of baggage, will become the receptacle for anything you will not need whilst on the trek/tour and this is stored at a hotel in the base city.
Trek Kit Bag - Items you will need during the duration of the trek would go here. Advice on what to pack for the trip will be given, depending on the nature of the trip. The porters or pack animals will carry this piece including the sleeping bag. You will probably find that you do not need the 10kg allowance for this bag. The bag needs to be strong enough to cope with rough handling, nylon or canvas bag with a zip along the top work best. Rucksacks are unsuitable, unless you are carrying them individually, yourself. We advise that you line your kitbag with a large plastic bag (heavy duty bin liner) to keep the contents dry.
Rucksack / Daypack - During the course of a trekking day, you do not have access to the Trek kit bag, which is being carried by the porters / pack animals. So typically this would hold what you need in the day till your next halt, this could typically include waterproofs, spare fleece / jumper, long trousers (if walking in shorts), warm hat and gloves, sun hat, sun cream, water bottle (minimum 1 liter). Most people normally find this adds up to 2 to 3 kg. Camera equipment can be heavy so plan accordingly.Its usually more comfortable to carry a larger pack than one which is overfull of with bits tied to the outside. We advise you to line the sack with plastic bag to keep the contents dry.

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