There are a lot of things to know before your travel to Nepal. Different places have different culture, practices , norms , values , weather , climate , topography of the land , altitude , people's life standard , food habit , accommodation facilities ..............and many more things . There are some of the frequently asked questions list and solution . If you are not sure please email us we will advice you.
What happen if I need to cancel or transfer my booking?
If you need to cancel your booking, please let us know as soon as possible. This is required in writing and cancellation charges that may apply. Normally, if you cancel before 180 days of your tour you will not be charged anything. However we may charge you 10 percent for handling. We will consider if you have genius reason for it. For example:- sickness etc. If you want to cancel before 90 days you will be charged 15 percent. Please see our term and condition for more details on booking and cancelling. If you want to postponed your trip you will charge you US $20. Postponed are subject to availabilities.
If you wish to transfer your booking to a different holiday or Package, you should contact us before making the final payment for your existing holiday. The transfer fee is normally US$40 per person but can be higher depending on the trip.
How can I pay my balance?
The balance of your payment will be collected by our company representative in Kathmandu or wherever you enter in Nepal. Your invoice shows the date your final balance is due.
Payment in Nepal
Pristine Mountain Adventure (P.) Ltd .
Lakeside - 6, Pokhara
Account Number : 1201217501060
Swift code : NARBNPKA
Nabil Bank Limited , Pokhara
Payment in U.K.
Name:- Sonam Moktan
Bank:- Lloyds Tsb
Ac NO:- 29208060
We accept all major credit cards and debit cards, but please note that credit card transactions will incur a 4.00% surcharge.
It is not currently possible to pay your balance online but it will be in the near future.
A receipt of payment will be emailed out to the lead booker within one working day of payment being received. If you have not received a receipt and would like one, please contact the accounts team on our head office number. If payment is not made on time you may lose your place on the trip, although we will always do our best to contact you before we cancel your booking.
Pristine loyalty discounts
If you've travelled on two or more trips with Pristine, you will receive a 5% discount on your next Pristine booking. Dedicated travellers who have been on two or more trips with Pristine will receive a 10% discount on all subsequent bookings.
Assistance while travelling to your destination
Pristine Trekking offers a 24-hour assistance service to all our valuable traveller. Anyone who has trouble or major delays on their flights should call Pristine (or our out-of-hours service) to advise us of the latest situation and to see what assistance we can offer. We have our representative all major cities in Nepal and in most famous trekking regions so we will do our best we can. Please call our office on 00977-61-463577. If out of office hours please call 00-977-9846029054 (24 hour line ).
With most airlines, it is no longer necessary to reconfirm flights before travel, however your leader or our local representative will generally check that the group flight has not been subject to any changes in timings or operation. If you have arranged your own flights, it is your responsibility to ensure your seats are reconfirmed, if necessary, and that the return flight times remain the same.
On trek in Nepal, is there enough drinking water available?
On camping treks we provide safe boiled water for drinking 3 times a day.
On lodge based treks we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles. You can buy boiled water which is safe to drink or you can ask your leader for cold water which you then must treat with chlorine dioxide. On the Annapurna Circuit trek there are safe drinking water stations in many villages. In the Everest region a couple of lodges have UV treated water for sale.
What distance do we walk each day?
When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day.
For example, you might walk 7 miles one day and it takes 5 hours. The next day the trail might be very steep , rocky and gain substantial altitude and such factors mean you cover just 2 miles in 5 hours!
In the Himalaya, even the local people only ever talk about distances in the mountains in terms of how long it will take, i.e. 5 hours walk. On most trekking trips, you will walk for 3-4 hours in the morning and another couple after lunch.
Is it safe to travel to Nepal?
It is generally safe to travel to Nepal. Nepal is a developing country with extensive tourist facilities, which vary widely in quality and price. Nepal ended a ten-year Maoist insurgency in November 2006 and established an interim government in January 2007. Constituent Assembly elections held in April 2008 formed a Constituent Assembly to serve as a parliamentary body and to draft a new constitution by May 2010.There may some strikes but they are loyal to tourist so it is not a serious concern now.
If you require more information about this you can visit British Foreign and commonwealth office website http://www.fco.gov.uk. The US has recently lifted travel caution about Nepal. More information can be found on http://www.travel.state.gov.
It is advise not to go in Dance Bar/ Dohori Restaurant ( Live folk song show ). We have many complaints from our guest about charging them too much and sometime they have violence as well.
Can I only hire guide or porter?
Yes, you can only hire guide or porter as your requirement. Some organized camping trekking in remote area will not be possible without a package but if you are planning to do a tea house trek it will be possible to do the trek on your own. We will be happy to advice you and help you to assist you with any information if you require.
Can I book a hotel only?
Yes, we can make reservation of any hotels in major cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan. It is possible to book hotels in some trekking route as well but usually they operate first come first serve policy. Accomodations in tea house in trekking route to Everest and Annapurna remains busy during busy season. You can contact us if you require further information, we can suggest you the top rated hotels according to location, costing and service. Usually it is cheaper to book through us then approaching them directly.
Can What are the effects of going so high?
To minimize effects of altitude you ascend slowly which allows safe acclimatisation. Mild headaches and breathlessness are common at altitude. In rare cases this may worsen, so a close watch is kept on all trekkers by the Group Leader who is trained to recognize Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If trekkers shows any signs of AMS they will be evacuated to a lower, safe altitude immediately. The Group Leader’s decision on removal to a safe altitude is final. As long as trekkers keeps body fluids maintained, with an adequate fluid intake of four or five litres per day, and ascend according to the itinerary, there shouldn’t be any problems.