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TREKKING IN NEPAL
The majority of visitors to Nepal come in via the Tribuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. For those with little time on hand there are half-day hikes from Kathmandu to witness breathtaking Himalayan views.
Trekking in Nepal today is completely different to that of the 1960s.
The higher altitutes are home to the elusive Snow leopard, Hamalayan Thar, Musk deer and other rare species.
Trekkers can find a trail any time of year. The southern areas of Nepal receive higher levels of precipitation. Post monsoon the weather tends to be clearer. usually in the dry Manamg and Mustang areas.
Make sure you have all the permits required, and be environmentally and culturally aware.
TREKKING IN NEPAL
Nepal has attracted trekkers from around the world since the 1960s when Col Jimmy Robert’s organized the first commercial trek. Trekking has been the leading activity of tourists in Nepal and thousands take to the Himalayas, some doing a few days of hiking while others take on a month long trek through valleys and high mountain passes. Two of the most popular treking regions are the Everest and Annapurna where many different trails can be followed while the other popuar treks are in the Langtang and Kanchenjunga regions. The most challenging is the Great Himalayan Trails, an extensive trail system that covers Nepal from Humla and Darchula in the west to Kanchenjunga in the east. The diversity of trekking trails in Nepal cannot be found in any other part of the world. In fact, the lowest point in Nepal is 59 m above sea-level in the Tarai region while the highest point is Everest, 8,848 m above sea-level, the two points being only 200 kilometres apart as the crow flies.
The majority of visitors to Nepal come in via the Tribuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. It is in Kathmandu that trekkers need to acquire their permits and other documentation, either from a trekking agent or from the appropriate offices. These documents will be checked along the trekking route. For those with little time on hand there are half-day hikes from Kathmandu to witness breathtaking Himalayan views.
Trekking in Nepal today is completely different to that of the 1960s. In all the main trekking areas, the National Parks and Conservation Areas lodges have been established where trekkers can find accommodation, food and meet other trekkers and locals along the way. The majority of the trails are well maintained and in many cases are sign-posted.
The lodges are well appointed and have facilities for charging batteries and the larger villages often have email facilities. The length, the difficulty and timing of the treks vary greatly and to add to that once outside of the main trekking areas transport becomes more problematic and often involves at least two journeys made on domestic scheduled flights. Many treks in Nepla begin with a domestic flight to the starting point and many are in remote areas with no road access. Several days of trekking is required to reach the higher mountain areas from the local centers of population and administration.
Nepal has six distinct and diverse vegetation zones ranging from Tropical below a 1,000 m through Sub-tropical 100m – 200m, Lower Temperate 1,700 m – 2,700 m, Upper Temperate 2,400 m – 3,000 m, Sub-alpine 3,000 m – 4,000 m and Alpine 4,000 m to the snowline above the snowline it is a Himalaya tundra like wilderness. The higher altitutes are home to the elusive Snow leopard, Hamalayan Thar, Musk deer and other rare species.
Although the popular treks in Kanchenjunga, Everest, Manaslu, Annapurna are able to provide lodge accommodation the less frequented treks in those areas and also in other areas west of Annapurna will generally require camping style trek support.
Trekkers can find a trail any time of year. The southern areas of Nepal receive higher levels of precipitation. However, some routes along the Great Himalaya Trails lie in the rain shadow, a dry area on the leeward side of a mountain namely Mustang to the north of Annapurna and Manaslu, Dolpo to the north of Dhaulagiri and the far west of Nepal to the north of Saipal Himal. Post monsoon the weather tends to be clearer. Winter is good but colder with shorter days and spring can be affected by seasonal rain and snow storms. Summer is short and is quickly followed by the monsoons. Monsoon treks are usually in the dry Manamg and Mustang areas.
However, the rains don’t pour 24 hours a day and they bring spectacular flowers to life. It is also the perfect time to consider one of the regions in the rain shadow which typically feature a more barren Tibetan type scenery as opposed to the greenness on other side.
It is important for tourists to know that the main income generating activity of the people from the hill regions is tourism, and they typically earn wages working as trekking porters or guides. Hiring a porter does not mean that you are weak, it means you value the Nepali culture, you are providing an extended Nepali family with an income and at the same time you are making a friend and trekking with a local person who is well versed in the local cultures, festivals, and all the other issues that can turn a good trek into an outstanding experience of a life time.
It is possible to trek alone or without a Nepali guide, but you wuld not know what to do in a major storm, zero visibility and plunging temperatures at possibly 5,000 m? Make sure you have all the permits required, and be environmentally and culturally aware.
Q: How long hours do I have to walk each day?
A: There is no fixed time to walk each day. From 2 hours minimum to 7 hours maximum, you shall walk. Check the itinerary to see how long you shall walk each day.
Q: How difficult is the trek?
A: The walk into the Himalayas are never easy ones. You have to face the steep hills, sloppy trials, frequent climatic changes and other several hindrances.
Q: How long does the trek last for?
A: As mentioned in the itinerary, the trek lasts for 17 days.
Q: What kind of food do I get there?
A: During a Tea House trek you will have breakfast and dinner in the Tea House, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. During a Camping Trek, all food will be cooked by our experienced cook. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentil soup). All Tea Houses of our routes have a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes, and soup. Many of them have western food on the menu. Soft drinks, snacks, and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants.
Q: Is it safe to eat during the trek?
A: Food safety is always a big concern and we take it very seriously. That is why we have chosen the cleanest and most hygienically kept Tea Houses for our roots. During a Camping Trek, our cook prepares safe and tasty meals from carefully chosen food items and only hygienic cleaning facilities are used.
Q: What are the sources of drinking water supply during trekking?
A: All Tea Houses have boiled water for trekkers. And on the trek, you will be provided with drinking water by your guide. The guide will make sure that water is safe for drinking.
Q: What is the best time for trekking?
A: Best time for trekking is autumn (October-November) and spring (end of February-April). Short treks and some Tea Houses treks can be done during the winter season as well.
Q: What is the weather like?
A: You need to be prepared for sudden weather changes while trekking. That’s why trekking equipment should be chosen carefully before the trip. Sudden rainstorms or snow are always a possibility which needs to be considered. The weather during the trekking season is somewhat more stable. We pay big attention to the weather forecast, so you will be told about weather prognosis and you will be given advises before the trek.
Q: What kind of clothes is needed for trekking?
A: Choosing the clothes for trekking is very important. Please, check our trekking equipment list for details.
Q: What type of shoes should I have?
A: For shorter treks, comfortable tennis shoes or snickers is enough while longer treks require carefully chosen hiking boots which should be kind of strong, well-made but light boots. Shoes and boots are best to buy before arriving in Nepal. Proper fit is a must for boots and we advise you to wear your new shoes for some time before trek for your feet to feel absolutely comfortable during trekking.
Q: Should we bring all trekking equipment with us?
A: You can easily rent needed equipment for reasonable price in Kathmandu before trek but it’s always preferable and more convenient to have your own equipment during trekking, so we advise you to bring equipment with you or to buy here as most of the outdoor equipment can be bought in Kathmandu in one of the many outdoor gear shops.
Q: What happens in the case of emergency?
A: We are prepared for any emergency situation and know how to handle it. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during a trek. Every client should have his own insurance before coming to Nepal for the case of emergency.
Q: What if I finish the trek before the time mentioned in Itinerary? Will I be refunded the amount?
A: You may/may not be refunded the amount if u finish the trek before the time mentioned in the itinerary. If you are not refunded, the equivalent refund amount will be spent on other packages.
Q: Can I extend the day if I become unable to complete the trek on time?
A: Yes, you can extend day if you become unable to complete the trek on time. You will be charged necessary local charges accordingly.
Q: Do I have to share my accommodation?
A: Depending on the availability of the room, you may/may not have to share your accommodation.
Q: How much weight of luggage can I carry?
A: You can carry light handbags with you. Porters are available to carry your luggage. A porter can carry up to 20 kg weight.
Q: Can I get my batteries recharged?
A: Yes, you can get your batteries recharged in some places.
Q: What about the phone? Does it work there?
A: Yes, the telephone service exists in the place you stay. However, the network might fluctuate from time to time during the trek.
Q: Do I have to carry Passport, Money, Id with me during the trek?
A: Yes, you have to carry Passport, Money, Id and Travel permit along with you during the trek.
Q: What is the risk of wild animals?
A: There is little risk of wild animals but our guide is experienced enough to deal with the situations so, no worrying there.
Q: What problems can arise on altitude?
A: Altitude sickness is a serious problem. We, having many years of experience in trekking and good knowledge of the problem, organize treks very carefully. The extra day of acclimatization is included in all our high altitude treks. Our guides are trained to spot any signs of altitude sickness and know how to deal with it.
Q: What if I get altitude sickness?
A: Altitude sickness is a very normal problem while trekking in the Himalayas. However, the guide can deal with the situation if it’s just normal. If the condition becomes critical, you can request chartering a chopper. Let the office know about it and we shall negotiate the price and proceed to rescue. You will be under very good medication in one of the best hospitals in the country. Your insurance is supposed to cover all the expenses of the rescue.
Q: What sort of experience do your guides have?
A: Our guides have many years of guiding experience in Nepal as well as Tibet. Most of them have been spending years exploring the country. Our guides are trained in first aid and know how to handle any situation. All our guides speak fluent English and happy to share their deep knowledge of the country and beauty of Nepal with you. We believe in and follow the idea that it’s not enough to take visitors to special places or special cultures, we need to provide guides who can get people feel involved in what they are experiencing, explain it thoroughly and keep them entertained. Our main concern is to make your trip to Nepal safe, memorable and fun.