Frequently Asked Questions

Mountain weather is very difficult to predict. During winter (November to February) it will be a bit colder than the other months but the days during winter can be beautiful and warm if the sun is out. Spring (March to May) and Autumn (late September to early November) are the best time to trek in the Annapurna region. During the rainy season (June to early September) there is usually torrential rain in the mountain regions and trekking is not advisable. But in hindsight, no one can predict the weather conditions in the mountains. One can only expect the unexpected in the mountains

-Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Teahouse trekking is one of the most popular ways of trekking in Nepal. Teahouse trekking has almost replaced old style camping treks in Nepal along the popular trekking routes of Annapurna and Everest regions. Teahouse Trek involves resting or stopping at teahouses or lodges scattered along the trail for the night. The teahouses are locally owned and they provide accommodation and food. While the standard of teahouses varies, most of these establishments usually offer very basic services - small rooms (usually on a twin sharing basis with comfortable beds), shared washroom, a heated communal dining area and a menu with a range of dishes. Some may offer wi-fi and hot shower. As these teahouses are located in remote locations, one should not expect the service of a city hotel while staying in one

-Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Each day you can expect 5 to 7 hours of walking, covering around 10 to 14 km. However when you reach 3500m, you will be walking around 5 to 7 hours but the distance covered will be less as you will be walking slowly at higher altitudes. We want you to know that all our itineraries are flexible and can be altered by weather, geographical and physical condition of the individual participants

-Annapurna Base Camp Trek

We would recommend all our clients to purchase travel insurance before booking any of our treks. Trust us you will have a pleasant holiday knowing that you have a good insurance cover. In the event of any sickness or injury while trekking in the mountains, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation will be considerable. Therefore, traveling with an insurance cover is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up for any of our trips. But be careful while choosing a policy as some policies make special exceptions for adventure travel.

Do read the fine print. Before buying insurance make sure your insurance company is aware of your travel itinerary and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken during the trip. Such as if you are planning to trek or climb(mountaineering expedition) in the Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tour in an urban area, insurance cover of air ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory. While booking a trip with us you need to send us a copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come for the trip.

No, you cannot get insurance in Nepal. Please also note that Third Rock Adventures does not arrange or sell insurance

-Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Most of the guides in our adventure company come from the mountainous areas. They are carefully selected on the basis of their experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. We provide guides that are experienced and fluent in English. With the objective of sustaining local communities, we employ guides from different ethnic backgrounds who have adequate knowledge about the culture, ecosystem, flora and fauna, geography and history of Nepal.

Our guides have the required government license to guide tourists. They have all gone through intensive training programmes like wilderness first aid, trekking guide training, eco training workshop and rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering, which are certified and approved by the government of Nepal

-Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Absolutely, Nepal is very safe for tourists. The most noteworthy feature of Nepal besides the mountains are its people. The people here are very peace loving and are considered to be the friendliest in comparison to other nationalities. For solo female travelers, Nepal could be the safest country to travel. However, one should be culturally sensitive and take care to dress modestly. When you book a trip with us, your safety and well-being will be our responsibility for the duration of the trip

-Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

You need to have a passport with validity for up to 6 months and a Nepal Visa which can either be obtained through the Nepalese Embassy diplomatic mission in your country or upon your arrival at the entry point. No visa is needed for Indian nationals. You also need to carry hard cash (for visa fee on arrival) and passport photographs (digital or hard copy). For more ‘Nepal Visa’ details please read the ‘Visa’ section in our ‘Additional Information’ page

-Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

This is one of the easy treks in Annapurna region. Everyday day we walk for 4-5hours. Anyone with normal fitness level can join this trek. In fact, it is one of the best family adventure packages

-Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

We provide sleeping bag and down jacket but you need to bring your own personal gear. We can recommend some good stores where you can hire or buy new ones.

-Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill trekkingis low altitude trekking. The maximum height you will get to is around 3210m. There is very little chance of getting AMS at that height

-Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget

-Everest Base Camp-Gokyo Lakes -Cho La Pass Trek

AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness usually occurs due to the lack of oxygen in the atmosphere in high altitudes. Our body is not used to walking in high altitude and it requires a lot of time to adapt to thin air in the mountains. Technically there is no way of stopping AMS but you can surely prevent it by following the given tips:

  • Keep your body hydrated. Drink at least 4 litres of water daily.
  • Give up smoking, alcohol and caffeine, the major causes of dehydration and headache.
  • Go slow- it’s not a race. Take plenty of time to acclimatize to the increase in altitude.
  • Don’t skip the acclimatization day.
  • Take Diamox, an over-the-counter pill used to prevent and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness.
-Everest Base Camp-Gokyo Lakes -Cho La Pass Trek

For this particular trip, the porter and the guide come with the package. If you want to hire only a porter or a guide only, please email us with your request and we shall arrange the trek as per your needs

-Everest Base Camp-Gokyo Lakes -Cho La Pass Trek

 Your Everest Base Camp Trek cost depends largely on the type of services you seek. If you want to go solo(without using the services of an agency and without guide or porters) it may cost you a lot less but you may have a lot to deal with. Like getting the permits, finding a suitable place to stay and eat at each stop or figuring out whether you are on the right trail.

Booking with a trusted company like Third Rock Adventures may cost you a little more but this will make your travel less stressful. Booking with us will save you a lot of hassle and ensure a smooth trip. Do check the price include and exclude section to find out  the kind of services you can avail on our package and book your trip.  

-Everest Base Camp Comfort Trek

These are the best months to do this trek, as the weather is mild and the temperatures range from 12 to 15 degrees. The skies generally remain clear and the days are pleasant and warm. You can expect an occassional spring shower and hazy weather during April. The mountain views are stunning in September, as there is more snow on the mountains. Nights can be freezing as the temperture dips after sun down. 

-Everest Base Camp Comfort Trek

No, it is not possible to include a camp night at the EBC. The only campers at the Base Camp are the expedition teams, who are preparing to summit Mount Everest. Also there are no lodges at the Everest Base Camp, and the temperatures could drop to subzero during the night. It will be more comfortable for you to stay at the lodge in Gorak Shep. 

-Everest Base Camp Comfort Trek

Yes, you can book a Solo trek if you wish. We offer both Private and Group joining options to our clients. Travelling solo with just your guide and porter will give you more space and flexibility while trekking. You can walk at your own pace and stop at places to photograph as you wish. However joining a group will help you  bring down the cost of your trip.   

-Everest Base Camp Comfort Trek

No, the summit of Mount Everest is not visible from Everest Base Camp.  Rising above 8000 metres, the mountain is just too gigantic to be viewed in its entirety from its base. The summit of Everest can be viewed from Kala Patthar and from places en route to EBC. If you want to view Mount Everest without having to trek to Everest region, you can do it by driving to Nagarkot, taking an Everest Mountain Flight and an Everest Base Camp HelicopterTour. The best view you get of Mount Everest is from Kala Patthar. 

-Everest Base Camp Comfort Trek

The minimum age to do this trek is 14. One needs to be in good physical shape and should be free from respiratory and heart conditions. This Gokyo Everest Trek itinerary allows enough time for proper acclimatization. But to be on the safe side we advise you to visit a doctor and take proper consultation before booking this trip

-Gokyo Lakes Gokyo Ri Renjo La Pass

We carry a first-aid box with us while trekking. But if you want you can carry along some essential medicines like ibuprofen, codeine, paracetamol, lozenges, anti-diarrhea tablets and diamox for AMS.

-Gokyo Lakes Gokyo Ri Renjo La Pass

During the trek, the teahouses or lodges serve you bottled and filtered water which is generally safe and have to be paid for. We encourage our guest to use iodine and other purifying agents to treat the water before drinking. Mineral water is also sold at the teahouses.

-Gokyo Lakes Gokyo Ri Renjo La Pass

If possible, we would suggest you to get your own trekking equipment. You can also buy them in Kathmandu or hire as well. Please note that Third Rock Adventures will not be providing you any equipment. We can definitely help you find stores to buy or rent

-Gokyo Lakes Gokyo Ri Renjo La Pass

Most of the tour focuses on the UNESCO World Heritage sites in the old cities of Patan and Bhaktapur. 

-Kathmandu Ancient City Tour

Yes, you are allowed to take pictures of the places. However, taking photographs in certain areas need permission; you can consult your tour guide for that matter. Please do seek permission of people before taking their pictures.

-Kathmandu Ancient City Tour

Most of our tour guides speak English, which is a common communication medium. They are also trained, experienced and know the areas very well.

-Kathmandu Ancient City Tour

We usually provide private comfortable vehicles to individual tourists. For groups we provide comfortable luxury buses for pick up and drop-off’s.

-Kathmandu Ancient City Tour

 The luxury mountain lodges are set in picturesque surroundings, complete with landscaped gardens and majestic mountain views. These lodges have beautifully decorated dining halls and bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and western toilets. You can enjoy hot showers and sleep in comfortable beds. The staffs at these lodges are all trained in hospitality and offer a high level of service. 

The bedrooms at standard teahouses are more utilitarian. The rooms are partitioned with walls made of plywood. While some teahouses may offer attached bathrooms, most have communal washrooms. You will have to pay extra for a hot shower. The dining area is the communal area and the only room with a heater (wood stove).    
-Everest Luxury Lodge Trek Fly Back by Helicopter

 If you book a deluxe package your accommodation will be arranged at a luxurious five star hotel in Kathmandu and at luxury mountain resorts while on the trail. 

-Everest Luxury Lodge Trek Fly Back by Helicopter

 Yes, for a first time traveller to Nepal and Bhutan, the Jewels of Nepal and Bhutan itinerary is the perfect one. This tour introduces you to the main highlights of both these countries. While you get to explore World heritage Sites at one of Nepal’s oldest cities Kathmandu, in Bhutan  you get to visit three major cities in Bhutan – Paro, Thimphu and Punakha. The exploration walks are easy and doable. The places and sites that have been incorporated in this itinerary are  an integral part of these countries cultural heritage. By visiting these sites with our knowledgeable guide you will get an insight of these Himalayan nations unique cultures and traditions. 

-Jewels of Bhutan and Nepal

 No, this is not possible. The government of Bhutan has made it mandatory for tourists (except Indian nationals) to book a tour with a registered travel agency. In order to get a tourist visa in Bhutan, you need to book a tour with an agency. Your guide is selected by the agency with whom you book your tour. 

-Jewels of Bhutan and Nepal

 Yes, you can purchase local SIM cards for your cell phone at both these countries. You may have to fill up a form and submit a passport photograph and a photocopy of your passport. The price for these SIM cards is nominal and may cost about a dollar (US). It will be easier for you to connect with your family and friends and access internet using these SIMs. 

-Jewels of Bhutan and Nepal

 While tipping is not mandatory it is a nice way of showing your appreciation to the people who have helped you enrich your holiday experience. It all depends on how far you are pleased and satisfied with their services. There is no fixed amount, but many of our clients offer 8-10 percent of the total tour price as tips.   

-Jewels of Bhutan and Nepal

 Lifejacket and helmet are provided. No, you don’t have to pay extra for using these. 

-Best of Nepal-Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan Tour

 Yes. Most of the hotels and lodges in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan provide free WiFi within their premises. 

-Best of Nepal-Kathmandu Pokhara Chitwan Tour

 The permits required are:

1.  Manaslu Restricted Area Permit

2. Manaslu Conservation Area Permit

3. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit

-Manaslu Circuit Trek

 Yes, the necessary permits are included in the trip price.

-Manaslu Circuit Trek

 You can store it at your hotel (most hotels in Kathmandu have storage facilities) or you can leave it at our office. 

-Manaslu Circuit Trek

 According to data collected by the Ministry of Tourism, October is seen as the busiest month. Spring and Autumn are the most favorable seasons to do this trek. The mountain views are stunning and you can see Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world, in all its glory. Trekkers generally keep off this circuit during December, January and February, due to extreme cold and heavy snowfall.

-Manaslu Circuit Trek

 You can fly into Nepal from any of the world’s major cities. There is one only international airport in the country, viz Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu. You can also enter the country through any of the overland entry points – Kakkarvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahwa, Mahendranagar etc.

-Wonders of Himalayas - Bhutan Nepal Tibet Tour

 As far as Bhutan and Nepal is concerned, you don’t have to worry as you will be travelling well below 3000 metres. In Nepal the highest point you will reach is Sarangkot Hill(1600m), and in Bhutan the highest elevation you will hike to is Taktsang Monastery at 3100m. You will be spending very little time at these places, so you won’t face any discomfort. Tibet, known as the world’s highest country, lies above an elevation of 3,500 metres. Thus it is natural to feel out of sorts immediately after your arrival as the air in Tibet is thin. In order to let your body adjust, we have not included any activities on the first day. You need to rest at your hotel. Drink lots of water as dehydration triggers altitude sickness.  If you have difficulty in breathing you can ask for medical advice and take supplementary oxygen(available at almost all hotels and pahrmacies). Our tours are comfortably paced and physically not strenuous. Having said that it would be advisable for you to consult your physician before you book this trip, especially if you suffer from respiratory or heart disorders. 

-Wonders of Himalayas - Bhutan Nepal Tibet Tour

 Flights to Bhutan and Tibet are not included in the trip cost. You need to arrange these on your own. Our advice is to first to confirm your flight tickets before you book this trip. If you don’t want to waste your time in booking your flight tickets you can send us a request and we will book the tickets for you. You need to send us the full amount for the flight tickets and we will get a confirmed ticket. Please do note, during peak season (Autumn and Spring) it’s very difficult to get tickets. It would be prudent on your part to get your tickets in advance before the start of your trip. For this trip we recommend an early booking. 

-Wonders of Himalayas - Bhutan Nepal Tibet Tour

 Yes, you can book your own tour if that’s what you prefer. You can travel with your own group without having to tag along with a group of complete strangers.  We can also customize your itinerary and add in elements as per your suggestions.  

-Wonders of Himalayas - Bhutan Nepal Tibet Tour

 Solar batteries will be used to charge the electronic devices and light up the tents at Island Peak Base Camp. No additional charge will be levied for the use of this service. At teahouses en route you may have to pay extra to charge your electronic devices. 

-Island Peak Climbing and Everest Base Camp Trek

 There is mobile network in the Everest Region. If you get a local SIM (Ncell or NTC) you can use your mobile phone to communicate easily. As this is a mountainous area the network may get erratic at times. At most places the network is good enough for internet use and video calls. Our climbing guides also carry a Satellite Phone for emergencies.   

-Island Peak Climbing and Everest Base Camp Trek

 Our top priority is the safety and security of our customers and staff during all of our trips. We have incorporated the requisite number of acclimatization days  in all our trekking and climbing itineraries. Our guides are all thoroughly trained and highly experienced in leading groups through the Himalayas. Our climbing guides have more than 15 years’ experience. They are the most reliable and trustworthy guides you would want while traveling in the wild and remote mountain regions. They are trained in first aid and as well as crisis management.  At the Island Peak Base Camp, a pre-climb training will be conducted. Novice climbers will be taught how to best use the climbing equipments and abseil and rappel using ropes, harness, carabiners, descenders etc. To ensure that everyone makes it to the summit we assign 1 assisstant climbing guide for 2 climbers

 We carry normal first aid kits on all of our adventures, which is readily available for both customers and staff.  However, bringing your own  first aid kit with a set of your own medicines will also prove helpful. We are constantly in communication with our field office and monitor all aspects of government and weather issues that might affect your trip.  In the rare case of an untoward incident occurring on the trek they can organize a rapid medical evacuation.We always keep our phone lines open 24 hours. For remote or challenging treks, where the nearest village might be a long walk away, our staff carries a mobile /satellite phone for communication and in case of emergency helicopter rescue is available but to use this service, the  client's insurance policy should cover  high altitude mountain air rescue and evacuation.

-Island Peak Climbing and Everest Base Camp Trek

 At 6461m/21,190ft. Mera Peak is Nepal’s highest trekking peak and one of the best peaks to climb for first-timers and novice climbers. Though alpine climbing experiences maybe an advantage, it is not a requirement to climb to this peak. It involves trekking and climbing above 5000 and 6000 metres and one should be physically fit and used to high-altitude trekking. The climb may not involve technical maneuvers but it’s physically demanding and strenuous. If you are fit and agile, have high-altitude trekking experience and are looking for your first Himalayan peak to climb, then this is the mountain for you. 

To reach Mera Peak you have to trek through the sparsely populted Hinku Valley. There are less crowds, but the facilities at the teahouses are basic as compared to those available along the busy Everest Base Camp route. 
-Mera Peak Climbing

 Technically Island Peak is more difficult to climb than Mera Peak. Even though Mera Peak is the highest Trekking Peak in Nepal, the route up the mountain is straightforward and non-technical. Climbers get up to the mountain using ‘man-ropes’ (walking roped up), ice axe and crampons. On the other hand, the route up Island Peak is more technical and involves crossing crevasses on ladders and using fixed rope to reach the summit. While both the peaks can be attempted by novice climbers, Island Peak is more technical and challenging. 

-Mera Peak Climbing

 If you have to leave the expedition due to ill-health or injury, an emergency air rescue will be arranged whereby an air ambulance/helicopter will fly you out of the mountains to Kathmandu for medical attention. Make sure your insurance covers high altitude mountain rescue. If you are able to walk down, one of the assistant guides will guide you down to a lower elevation where you can wait for the rest of the team or fly out to Kathmandu ahead of the group. Whether for health or personal reasons, please do note refunds for the unused days of your trip will not be given. Even if you leave the expedition beforehand, we are committed to pay the porters, and guides for the duration of the trip for which they are hired.       

-Mera Peak Climbing

For a successful Lobuche Peak summit, first of all you need to need to be physically fit and strong. You should have enough stamina to make it through a grueling 13 days trek, including 2 days of climbing. Build your endurance level with appropriate training - hiking with a heavy backpack, weight training, jogging, swimming and aerobic exercises. Learning to abseil and rappel on a fixed rope line will also help greatly during the summit push.

Secondly you should have enough acclimatization days. As you will be trekking in high altitude it is important that your body gets used to the rarefied air. Our itinerary incorporates enough acclimatization days for you to comfortably make it above 5000metres. Keep yourself hydrated to keep symptoms of AMS at bay.

Thirdly you need to have a good itinerary with a back up or contingency plan. Anything can happen in the mountains. Bad weather, flight cancellation or delays etc. can upset your plans. It will be helpful if you have a back up plan for emergencies. Good quality climbing gear and equipment are also important to make that crucial ascent to the top of the peak.

Last but not the least, an experienced climbing guide to help you up the mountains will ensure that you reach the summit of Lobuche Peak safely. Having an experienced guide who has already been up the summit and knows the route will boost your confidence and enhance the safety level. There will be no false turns or moves that will endanger your life. Your guide is your man Friday in the mountains. He will always be looking out for your safety.

Though a winter climb is possible, the weather conditions during this season remain harsh and extreme. It will be impossible climb during rainy season because of the snow and fog.

-Lobuche Peak Climbing with Everest Base Camp Trek

 Yes single supplement will be available in Kathmandu and at lower elevations while trekking. At higher elevations there are very few teahouses. During peak season when there is high demand for rooms, it will be difficult to book single rooms. However if you are travelling during off season a single room can be arranged at all places. 

-Hike to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar

 If the flight gets cancelled due to bad weather there is no alternative but to stay an extra day. You will have to bear the cost for the accommodation. Sometimes even when the airlines cancel their flights, helicopter companies offer charters. If you would like, you can take a heli flight. This will incur an extra cost and you have to pay for it.  

-Hike to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar

 If you want to add extra activities and sites to your itinerary it can done. Our Travel Consultant will help you customize your trip. Just let us know which places you want to visit and what you want to do and we will add these in your itinerary.

-Hike to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar

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