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Air Travel

Travel to and from Nepal is entirely your responsibility.  This is to allow for individualized preferences based on airlines, cost, class, and award miles.  It is the traveller’s responsibility to arrive in Kathmandu on the designated “arrival day”.  MCAT is not responsible for additional days in Nepal prior to or after the group travel dates.  Please check your airline tickets carefully.

What your trip cost DOES include:

1. Travel Insurance
2. Airport transfers within Nepal
3. Guides / Translators
4. Hotel with breakfast while in Kathmandu
5. Drinking water/coffee/tea
6. All domestic transportation
7. All meals while on the trek
8. All accommodation while in Nepal
9. All taxes
10. All entrance fees to cultural sites
11. All trekking permits

What your trip cost does NOT include:

1. International Flights
2. Domestic flights
3. Your Nepali tourist visa
4. Lunch and Dinner while in Kathmandu
5. Alcoholic drinks
6. Drinks other than water/coffee/tea
7. Porters
8. Equipment
9. Tips
10. Souvenirs
11. Extra cost related to extraction due to being physically unable to perform the specified trek.

Weather in Nepal

Temperatures vary in Nepal.  We encourage all travelers to update themselves before their departure date with the latest temperatures and climate conditions in Nepal.  The layering of clothing continues to be the recommended method for dealing with the ever-changing weather conditions and temperatures while in the mountains.

Necessary shoes for trekking

Sturdy hiking or trekking shoes with strong lateral support and weather proof exterior are recommended.  We highly recommend that your footwear be broken in before the trip.

Drinking water

Generally speaking water throughout Nepal is unsafe to drink.  We recommend that you bring a hand-held water filter system or water bottle with built-in filtration system

Medicine

Travelers should take ample measures to ensure that they have all necessary personal medication for the entire duration of their time in Nepal.  It would be unwise to assume that you can source personal medication within Nepal.

Immunization/Stomach Problems

Stomach ailments are common due to change in local diet, water and poor hygiene.  Please consult your physician regarding all medical precautions before your trip.  Check the CDC Immunization schedules for vaccinations, and bring your regular prescriptions and nonprescription medicines.

AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)

MCAT guides are highly trained regarding the affects, precautions and symptoms of AMS.  Proper ascent and decent schedules will be closely adhered to in an effort to minimize the affects of AMS.  Mild cases of altitude sickness are not uncommon at elevations above 12,000ft.  Consult with your local physician regarding the use of precautionary medications.

Injuries/Medical Emergencies

All MCAT guides are qualified with the Nepali government and have passed a rigorous selection process.  MCAT guides are trained as Wilderness First Responders including Mountain First Aid. If necessary MCAT guides are trained and prepared to assist in medical air evacuations.  MCAT provided medical insurance will assist in most cases however any non-covered medical related costs are your responsibility.

Lodging

Accommodation while on the trail will be in local guest houses.  This is in an effort to support local industry and promote the welfare of the regions MCAT treks in.  Accommodation will be simple offering you the most basic in essentials including, a bed, shared toilet and a limited eating menu.  Electricity, heating, hot showers and room service should not be expected while on the trail.

Meals

Breakfast while in Kathmandu/Pokhara is included as well as all meals while on the trekking trail. Lunches and dinners while in Kathmandu/Pokhara are not included.

Dhal Bhat is the national dish in Nepal and consists of rice, lentil soup and curried vegetables.  Other limited options might be offered at Tea Houses including fried rice, noodles, pizza, French fries, eggs, porridge and soup.  Trekkers are encouraged to supplement their meals with protein bars and lightweight snacks during their time in the mountains.

Best months for trekking are

Mid August through mid May.  The monsoon season begins in early May and continues through early August. MCAT does not currently provide trekking opportunities during this period except for the Everest Base Camp Trek (EBC).

Fitness Level

MCAT strongly recommends that you are in the best physical shape possible two weeks before the trip.  We have seen many people who cannot enjoy the trip because of their poor fitness level.  We want you to enjoy your trip!  It is very difficult to withdraw individuals during the trek.  In any instance, where you cannot complete the trip, we will assign you a private guide to walk with you out of the mountains.  This cost is additional and not included.

Trip Cancellation

We will confirm your trip 60 days prior.  Your full payment is due within 7 days.   If you cancel your trip, the following rates apply:

60-30 days before        50% will be refunded within 30 days

29-15 days before        25% will be refunded within 30 days

15-0   days before        0% will be refunded

Packing List

Please see our packing list page.

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Passport and Visa

You must have a non-expired passport valid for a minimum of six months commencing from the date of your arrival in Nepal.  A Nepali Visa must be acquired before the trip.  We will send you more detailed information on how to obtain your Nepali tourist visa, once you are confirmed for your trip.

 

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