The tents provided for the duration of the trek are two-man ‘dome’ or ‘A’ shaped tents, and normally two trekkers will share a tent. A foam mattress with insulation underneath is provided for sleeping, but if you have a Thermarest or other light-weight mattress, it is worth bringing that also for additional insulation/padding. Clients need to have their own sleeping bags; those rated to -20C are ideal as the temperature will plummet at night at altitude. If you don’t have one, sleeping bags can be hired in Kathmandu for a very reasonable price. Bags or cloth packs are used as pillows, but it is worth bringing your own air- or down-filled camping pillow if you have one for a more comfortable head-rest.
We provide three tasty, plentiful and nutritious meals daily which include a variety of local and Western dishes.
Breakfast consists of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereal followed by a choice of omelette, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread and sometimes pancakes. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. After a long day on the trail, dinner is a hearty three-course meal: soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes, finished off with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals and on arrival in camp.
We use as much fresh produce as possible and can cater for special dietary requirements. Because your good health is crucial to your enjoyment of the trek, we take food hygiene very seriously and our leaders have been trained to maintain tight controls on overall cleanliness and food-preparation hygiene in the kitchen. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated with potassium permanganate or iodine.
Boiled water is served for drinking and you can fill your water-bottles up with this at every meal so you have a source of clean drinking water throughout the day’s trek. It is worth bringing purification tablets with you in case you run out of water en-route and need to fill up from a stream.
We supply all the meals, but it is up to you to supply your own snacks, energy bars etc. In many cases you can replenish supplies in the villages we pass through where you can buy chocolate bars, biscuits, crisps and fizzy drinks or beer. But villages selling such st more remote
Each day begins with a cup of hot tea brought to the tent at about 6am, followed by a bowl of hot water for washing. After you have packed-up all your kit, breakfast will be served in the dining tent while the sherpas take down the tents and pack up loads for the porters. Breakfast finished, we set off on the morning’s walk. All you need to carry is a small day pack containing: water bottle; snacks; camera; sun cream; hat; rain jacket; and fleece, just in case of cold and/or wet weather. The porters will carry the rest of your gear for you.
After walking for 3-4 hours, we stop for lunch at around midday. The sherpas and cooking crew will have raced ahead to start preparing lunch for us. When we arrive at the lunch-stop, we will be served hot drinks and biscuits as we wait for lunch proper to be served.
The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we arrive at camp in time for afternoon tea. As we relax over tea and biscuits, the sherpas will put up our tends and generally set-up camp. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the nearby villages, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days, we will arrive at camp by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free.
Dinner is usually served between 6 and 7 pm, followed by hot drinks. After dinner, people generally chat, read, play cards etc in the dining tent but most people don’t last too long before heading to bed for a well-earned sleep.
We provide a ‘toilet tent’ in which the sherpas will dig a hole, and toilet paper. To flush, just kick-over some dirt.
A bowl of hot water is brought to your tent every morning for washing. If you want to freshen up at the end of the trekking day, you can ask the sherpas for hot water at any time in camp. They will also provide hot water for you to wash clothes, or wash clothes for you if you prefer – for which service a small tip would be appreciated.
Staying and eating in locally-run lodges dotted along your walking trail makes for very convenient and easy trekking. Teahouses and lodges have come a long way since the early days of trekking and these days are pretty comfortable, though some lodges are more basic than others. On the well-establishjed tea-house routes such as the Annapurna Circuit, Everest Base Camp/Gokyo Lakes and Langtang treks, the lodges are set up with electricity, hot-water showers and attached or inside loos. Other lodges might be more basic but all have lovely, cosy dining room-lounges. We stay in single rooms when possible, but often you will have to share. The lodges provide sheets and blankets usually, but we recommend bringing a good sleeping bag.
All meals on teahouse or GAP treks are eaten at the lodges off the lodge menus. Pretty much all the menus offer the same fayre, with a variety of cereals, pancakes, eggs and breads for breakfast and a range of potato, rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables, for lunch/dinner. Many lodges – particularly those on the well-developed trekking routes – also offer steak, pizza, burritos and pasta dishes and there is invariably the option of apple pie, pancakes and rice pudding for dessert. The lodges also stock an extensive array of snacks, such as Pringles crisps, Snickers and Toblerone chocolate bars, biscuits, fruit juice, beers and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season.
You can buy tea, coffee, hot lemon, hot chocolate and bottles of mineral water in the lodges and you can ask the lodge owners to boil water for you with which to fill up your water bottles. There is sometimes a nominal charge for this service. We recommend bringing water-purification tablets with you also to fill up empty water bottles with water from streams during the day.
You can ask the lodge owner for bowl of hot water for a quick body-wash and/or for clothes washing during the trek.