Trekking Information - A Typical Day
Trek Leader Over-all responsibility for the organisation and running of your trek. Sirdar In charge of crew, responsible for hiring of porters, kitchen staff, organising camp areas, camp set-up, finances during trek.Sherpa Guide Assists Leader in guiding, setting up camp, looking after trekkers, security of camp site. 'Sherpa' has become synonymous with a guide but is in fact one of the many "caste" names and your guide may be a 'Gurung', 'Rai', 'Tamang', 'Magar', Sherpa, Chhetri, Bharman etc.. Ask them! Cook Responsible for kitchen staff, buying of food, preparation of food etc. Porter Responsible for the transport of all equipment and trekkers' gear. Kitchen hand Assists cook with the preparation of meals etc.
At 6.20 am (yes, that is in the morning!) you will be cheerfully greeted by your 'Sherpa' guide with an early morning call and a hot cup of tea. This will be followed by a bowl of warm washing water. Your day has begun!!
After enjoying your cup of tea and washing you will have to re-pack your kit-bag and day pack. Don't worry, you will become quite efficient at this task - by the last day you will have the packing down to a 'T'. It is at this time you will find your headlamp most useful.
While you have breakfast, the porters will be busy packing your tent, preparing their loads and heading off to the next campsite. Take note of who your porter is and get to know him. You may see him again on the trail when the porters have their rest stop or lunch but they will always be at the campsite ahead of you with your tent set up and your kit-bag outside the door.
Tip: use two garbags in your kit-bag; one for sleeping gear and one for clothes. Much easier for packing and unpacking.
Breakfast is usually eaten in the open as the dining tent will have been sent on its way to the next campsite. Be prepared to do a few circuits of the table to warm up those toes before you settle down to eat. This is a time when those mittens will prove useful.
Trekking commences at about 8 o'clock. The morning trek is 3-4 hours duration with rest and refreshment stops along the way. The idea is to enjoy the scenery and the people, listen to the sounds and experience the feelings, there is no rush. We encourage you to spread out along the trail rather than walk as one group. There will always be a guide close at hand to help you or to ask questions of.
Tip: carry your 'pink roll' and towel in your day pack.
Lunch preparations will be well under way when you arrive at the lunch stop. You will be served a nourishing cooked smorgasbord which you will be more than ready for. Take this opportunity to top up your water bottle if required - you have been drinking your water, haven't you? The lunch stop will be for 1 - 1 1/2 hours. A toilet tent will have been set up for your convenience.
Tip: don't forget to drink some water each time you take a rest stop.