Frequently Asked Questions

Definitely! The guide is a Nepali who is fluent in spoken English. Guides who are can converse in French, Spanish, Japanese, German or Italian are also available if necessary. Our guides are dwellers of mountainous regions of Nepal, living above 3000 meters. The crew we have consists of different groups of Nepal's diverse ethnic community including Sherpa, Gurung, Magar, Rai and Brahmin.

Besides some areas such as Tibet, Mustang, Manaslu, Dolpo and Kanchenjunga, trips we run can accommodate any number of people, even just one.  A group of ten people, however is found to constitute the optimum size for a highly successful trip, hence we try to stick to that number. Group bookings of more than ten people can also be arranged easily.

These come under the services we provide. It is however advisable to arrange international flights from your home, but we can provide assistance with this as well.

It's easier to arrange your insurance before you leave your home country. We can also arrange it for you here. Make sure that your insurance covers your medical as well as evacuation costs.

Nepal is not a dangerous country and in most cases, is safer than your home. The people are hospitable and religious tolerance is very high. During the trips, it is our personal responsibility for your well-being which we take seriously.

A wilderness trek takes trails off the beaten path and explores areas with no teahouses or lodges. These treks are often highly rewarding, but at the same time demands excellent logistics as camping and cooking which cannot be outsourced. It is highly recommended that you take guides, Sherpas, porters, trained cook et cetera on these treks. You can visit our wilderness trek page for more information.

Most of our trekking expeditions are to the foot of the mountains. We also manage expedition climbs of different peaks and can even take you on a journey to summit Everest, both from the Nepalese and the Tibetan side. Newbies can start with peak climbing, and gradually scale the higher ones. We can also arrange for climbing particular peaks, if you have any on your mind. Visit our peak climbing page for more information.

We provide sleeping bags, down jackets, tents, mattresses, trekking poles and kitchen equipment, which are all of the highest quality. However you need to bring your personal equipment, trekking shoes and climbing gears based on the trekking destination and the time of the year. You can email us for a specific list.

Nepal is a country with a huge geographical variance. So the weather and temperature conditions vary from one part to the other. The months ideal for trekking are from September to December and February to May. January is still good for tours, safari and low altitudes trek below 4000m.

Trekking in Nepal would be a great place to start. We arrange treks as per your preference, ranging from easy to difficult. It is our job to find a trek that best suits your goals and imagination along with your skill levels. Our guides will brief you on the skills you need to acquire, if required. The guides are professional and can train you during your expedition, so special courses are not much required.

Absolutely not. Food prepared during the journey meets the western constitution and is hygienically prepared. Cooks in local teahouses have a great deal of experience though they only have a basic training. During treks, our guides inspect the tea house kitchen to make sure everything meets the standard. The guides themselves are also cooks and can ascertain a good quality of food. We use boiled water purified by tablet for drinking, although bottled water is also available. This is an environment friendly approach.

We are an Eco-friendly trekking company. Since most of the packages are in natural settings, environmental degradation directly hampers the beauty of the route. We cannot compromise the environment for the sake of business profits. Along with the Kathmandu Educational Environment Project (KEEP) and the Dhaulagiri Association France we have been involved in a number of clean-up campaigns and awareness programs. News and reports suggest an environmental degradation in areas where treks and expeditions are undertaken, we however keep our best in preserving the beauty. Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footsteps.

Exploitation of workers, especially in the tourism industry of Nepal is a sad issue, and has been carried out by a few in the business. We have tried our best in providing the staffs with all kinds of facilities that includes award-rate salary, insurance, proper equipment, training and excellent medical treatment. We believe in the rights of all kind of workers in the trekking field which includes guides, Sherpas, porters and cooking staff.  We are also tied up with Himalayan Explores Connections (a porter's advocacy project) and the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG).

It’s a team work with which our company works, so guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters are valued and fully equipped. We are the partner of Himalayan Explores Connections (Porters assistance project) and are provisioned with a good supply of clothes from this project. Insurance of each team member is fully taken care of.

Nepal’s residential electrical outlets run at 220-240 volts. The standard is 110-120 volts in most countries including the United States. Plugs and ports may vary in shape as well. If you plug in a differently calibrated device in the local ports, the appliance may get damaged and cause fire or other mishaps as well.

“Grading” is a term used for rating treks based on difficulty. We at Green Valley Nepal Treks divide the trekking routes into four types, namely Easy, Moderate, Difficult and Strenuous. The challenge in terms of both technicality and geography increases as we move higher in that order. Thus, Easy Treks could be suitable for all while Strenuous and Difficult Treks are meant only for those who have higher experience and adaptability.

The grading can help you choose your trekking route, especially in the Himalayan region, as these may demand a good physical fitness. These are only general guidelines for the treks and can be affected by factors such as weather changes and other natural calamities.

17 . Easy Treks

These are for individuals with no prior trekking experience or physical preparation. It is however necessary that you have an interest in walking. Usually ranging from 2 to 5 days in duration, these treks can take an altitude of 3000m. Nature walks along trailed and maintained paths constitutes most of the route with a walking duration of five hours each day.

Moderate Treks require at least 6-7 hours of walking every day. The trails cross 4000m altitude at some places and passes through rough and rocky trails. Thus, they require good physical fitness, and a positive attitude. Previous hiking or camping experience is preferred and you should be prepared for challenges in high altitude.

These are challenging and requires previous experiences in trekking along with some technical knowledge. Each day constitutes of long walks along rough trails that takes an average of 6-7 hours, crossing high passes (5000m), and walking along glaciers, snow and ice. The high altitude air is low in oxygen level and needs proper acclimatization. Trekkers require positive attitude and desire to keep on moving ahead through strenuous yet mesmerizing stretches of Himalayan landscapes.

Strenuous Treks constitutes long hours of challenging walks for days at high altitudes crossing passes above 5000m quite often. Trails get difficult with glacier and snow walking. These treks require utmost physical and mental fitness and also demands your health to constantly be in a perfect condition. Technical requirements such as rock and ice climbing experience with a good knowledge of use of ice axe and crampons is mandatory.  We recommend you to join rock climbing and glacier walking classes prior to the trek.

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