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 can carry your rucksack or hire a porter locally. Doing the trek with your rucksack is obviously much harder, and hiring a porter is about £20.00 per day for up to 18kgs.
During the day it can be very hot or it can rain, so take an umbrella and a rucksack cover. The trek 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 Ang Chhongba’s family home and in Bupsa you will all stay in Geljun’s family home which is also a lodge.
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 and know how to deal with medical emergencies and speak good English.
Emergencies during trekking: please see this webpage on the Adventure Alternative website for more information about emergencies and staying safe during trekking.
Should a problem arise of significant proportion then there is local mobile phone signal to call in a helicopter. The cost can be as much as $2000.00 for a trip back to Kathmandu so it's important to have travel insurance.
Environmental and social issues: Nepal is a developing nation that can struggle to keep up with the influx of tourists. Be aware of the waste you create while on your trek. Try to unwrap new kit and supplies while at home, where it can be properly disposed of. Also, filter your water instead of buying disposable plastic bottles. There is no way for disposable plastic bottles to be recycled in Nepal and the tourism industry accounts for millions of plastic waste each year.
Do not trash the trail. Pack your trash, or dispose of it in provided waste bins. If you really want to do your part, pick up a few items of trash that you spot along your way. A little goes a long way in protecting a high alpine environment. Try to be conscious of purchasing items with a lot of packaging. Also, don't ever put trash in the teahouse stoves.
Here is some more information about practicalities when visiting Nepal.