You don’t have to be superfit, but you should do some training for the trek: some of the hills are steep and there are quite a lot of them! You will carry a small rucksack containing things you will need for the day, but there will be porters to help with the main luggage and medical supplies. The whole thing is great fun and the Sherpas are such sociable people that even with a language barrier there’s rarely a problem.
Food: food is of a good quality, will be mainly local foods such as dal bhat (lentil stew with rice and curried potatoes or meat), boiled potatoes with chilli sauce, Sherpa stew (meat, potatoes, vegetables in a rich sauce) or curry with rice. These are the staple foods for Sherpa people.
Water: bottled water is for sale on the trek to the villages but we do not recommend the purchase of plastic bottles which are environmentally unfriendly. The best option is to ask for boiled water from the kitchen to fill your water bottle in the evening, and use water purification tablets, or an AquaPure traveller water bottle during the day. Please note that cheap Nalgene water bottles bought in Nepal are fake and they easily split! So remember to bring a suitable bottle from home. River water is generally full of glacial silt and could possibly be contaminated with animal urine and the run-off from toilets, so do not drink this.
Accommodation: on the trek you will be staying in tea houses and lodges and in the villages you will be staying in local houses. In Bumburi you will all stay in the school or Chhongba’s family home and in Bupsa you will all stay in Geljun’s family home. Chhongba is the director of Moving Mountains Nepal and currently lives in America and Geljun is a trustee of Moving Mountains Nepal and an Adventure Alternative guide. You will be extremely well looked after by their families! The accommodation is not western hotel standard, but it is comfortable. You will have a bed and a mattress. These are traditional buildings which are very much in keeping with the environment and the Sherpas have been perfecting their way of life for hundreds of years! Find out more about accommodation here.
Electrical charging: there will be electricity in the lodges while you are trekking and while you are in the villages. You must bring a two pin round plug adaptor though. The output is usually 110V. Power comes from a solar panel which is stepped up, or from hydro-electric power. Electrical charging in the villages is free, however there will be a charge for this in the lodges on your trek.
Hygiene on your trek: please see this webpage for more information about hygiene and reducing the environment impact of your trek.
Support Provided: we run our treks from a permanently staffed office in Kathmandu and our dedicated team provide an excellent service. All of the guides have been employed for over 10 years with us, and they have been trained to our high standards personally by Director and high altitude climber, Gavin Bate, who has climbed Everest 6 times. They know how to deal with medical emergencies and speak good English. They are very attentive and after so many years have a good understanding of western needs. The porters will carry your main bag, up to a maximum of 15kgs and cater for all the group needs, including assisting you if you need to go back down to the valley. All accommodation is in lodges or teahouses which are well equipped, warm and sociable.
Emergencies during trekking: please see this webpage on the Adventure Alternative website for more information about emergencies and staying safe during trekking. Your trip will be managed by Adventure Alternative, which is the travel company that supports Moving Mountains.
Lhakpa Dolma Sherpa is the Adventure Alternative coordinator in Nepal. She is the organiser, translator, problem solver, advisor and the main link between you and the UK office. She will talk to your Sherpa guides regularly on the trek and can make arrangements while you are on the trek. You will also have continued support from the main office in Northern Ireland. Should a problem arise of significant proportion then you only need to call us. In the Khumbu region, although there is little mobile phone signal, there is still the opportunity to communicate since most lodges now have satellite phones, you will have one in the villages too.