Frequently Asked Questions
When at home this activity is called backpacking. When you find yourself halfway around the world, this traditional way of traveling long distances on trails is called Trekking. A trek is a journey. A journey through a different country and culture. In the days of the British Raj, these treks were a way to explore vast areas of previously unexplored territory and could last months or even years.
Unlike backpacking, when on a trek you will only be required to carry those items needed for the day of walking. All of the group personal gear and camping equipment is carried by a trained group of porters or pack animals (ponies, yaks, llama, camels…)
The nature of these trips is such that most treks will go up to altitudes many of us have never been before. However, this is not something to be overly concerned about. Our treks are designed to allow for a proper progression of acclimatization as we gain altitude during the trip. Many people will experience a slight headache due to dehydration at first, but with proper hydration this small discomfort is short lived.
The bulk of our lunch and dinner meals while on trek are based on the local diet. In the Himalayan countries, this will consist of rice, vegetables and fruit. This will sound great to those wishing to eat a vegetarian diet. There will also be meat dishes provided. Breakfast items will include tea, coffee, cereal, powdered milk, toast, eggs and porridge. All meals and water on trek will be properly boiled, prepared, cooked and served by the group’s kitchen staff.
Unless noted otherwise, the accommodation on a trekking trip will be a combination of hotels while staying in the bigger cities, motels or lodges when in the smaller mountain towns and camping in a tent when on the trek. All accommodation and the trip price are based on two people sharing rooms and a large tent. A single room and single tent supplement is available at an additional cost and where applicable. All sleeping tents are provided.
You don’t need to be a super athlete to go on a trek. Anyone in reasonably good shape can participate and we will assist you in making sure you get on the proper trip for your abilities. Activities such as walking, hiking, running, biking, swimming and lifting weights undertaken three days a week are all great ways to prepare for your trip.
No special gear is required for a trekking trip. You will, however, need to have the proper clothing for your trip and we will provide you with a clothing checklist. In addition, you will need to have a comfortable pair hiking boots, a sleeping mattress and a sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F.
Depending on the trip, you will be accompanied by an experienced Western trekking guide and / or an English-speaking professional local guide. In addition, each group will have a local kitchen staff and support crew.
Yes. To travel overseas you will need a valid passport with at least six (6) months of remaining validity and, depending on the destination, a current visa for that country. Please see the individual trip itinerary for further details.
First, please make sure you have read the trip itinerary, have had all of your questions answered and have spoken with us about current availability. As our trips take place during the months of best weather, we are trekking during the high seasons and flights will be at a high demand. With the needed flights available, you should book your trip with us as soon as possible so that we may secure your necessary reservations.
The internet, of course, is always a good source for airline flights. If you are looking for a bit more human interaction, we recommend:
Sue Lai, Avia Travel
Toll free: 1-800-950-2842
Sue has traveled extensively in Asia and is a great resource for travel advice and value fares.