Nepal Trekking Information

Nepal Trekking

We offers a wide variety of different treks to suit both novices and experienced trekkers. Whether you have two days or two months to spend in the Himalayas , we can tailor- make itineraries to suit your needs. Please see the below table which provides a broad guideline on trekking possibilities in Nepal .

We offer you to penetrate less accessible regions on foot, and typically includes some camping sites possible in all four seasons. Besides this we offer a stay for some nights in hotels, inns or huts also. Usually the accommodations are for sharing with more than a member of the group. Single accommodation is, however, always available on your request.

The best way to explore Nepal 's unbeatable combination of authentic natural beauty and traditional cultural riches is walking on ones' organic rhythms of feet. Presently it is known as trekking. The dramatic contrasts in elevations and the climatic condition found here will support to the equally spectacular mix of lifestyles, wide range of vegetation and wildlife. More than 110,000 visitors go for trekking to Tibet , Bhutan and Nepal itself.

In short one can say trekking is to getting close to the nature and appreciate the beauties that bounds us to rejoice. Some trekkers have realized that it is good for spiritual upliftment and heavenly ecstasy.

Hygienic and nutritious meals are prepared by our experienced cooks and are served in the enclosed dining tent with tables and campstools or in a local dining room. Our private guide lead the way, explaining the sites and traditions and natural history of the area. Local staff handles all the camp chores. If you like to enjoy the real habitation as well as food of Himalayan people and a harmony with nature for 1/2-day, we can even manage it to serve you the best.

A daypack walk typically containing a camera, water bottle and general personal items can be carried. A pack of animals or porters will transport the rest of the equipment including camping gear and foodstuffs. Each day a walk on foot for around 5-7 hrs should be attempted.

Trekking Style In Nepal

Nepal Camping Trek :
This classic style of trekking are especially conducted in remote areas of Nepal supplying all camping equipments along with the food and employ porters to carry your gear and sherpas to set up tents where you will be sleeping and well- trained cook will prepare hot meals to serve you. You carry your small backpack with a water bottle, camera and your day clothes. The will take care of everything from arranging your meal by staffs to scheduling your day to day activities during the field lead the whole crew.

Typical Day on the Camping Trek:
In a typical Camping Trek day starts around 6 a.m. with a cup of hot tea brought to your tent, along with a bowl of hot water for your morning wash. Breakfast will be laid on the table consisting of porridge, toasts, eggs, pancakes and tea/coffee. During breakfast we staffs will pack the tents so please have your bags packed before breakfast. After breakfast by 7' o'clock everyone should be ready to start walking. The reason for this early is to take advantage of the cool morning when walking is easiest; also the morning air is very clear, allowing a better view of the mountains than at other times of the day.

Porters carry trekker's all personal belongings. Everyone walk at on their own pace and as the group spreads out along the trail. There is a plenty of time to enjoy the views, meet the local people, take photographs and enjoy the flora and fauna. Even though you are with a group you can walk alone. The porters are slower and cook crews (Sherpas) rush ahead to prepare lunch, which should then be ready when the group arrives at around 11 o'clock. Afternoon trek ends about 3pm when you round ahead to discover your tents already set up by Sherpas in a field. The kitchen crew again prepare tea coffee; biscuits will be available in the camp. as we often camp near villages a trip to the local inn can provide some light entertainment. Later on, you have free choice to read book or explore surrounding area. The food provided is a combination of western and local cuisine by around 6 pm. The cooks and kitchen staff are fully trained to the highest standard so hygiene. In the evening all staffs makes fun by singing and dancing in the groups. After that around 8 pm most trekkers turn to their tents to enjoy a sound sleep.

Nepal Tea House Style / lodge Trekking:
This type of trekking is popular in the certain regions of Nepal where lodges are available. Particularly in the Everest Region. annapurna Region, and Langtang Region. In these areas one can trek with a bare minimum equipment and rely on lodge. The basic idea of trekking is same; Here are the services that we provide on tea house treks:

  • All ground transfer. Three times of meals (Bed tea, Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) accommodation for entire the trek.
  • Necessary equipments like sleeping bag, down jacket, trouser and raincoat, mattresses for you entire the trek.
  • Necessary porters and their all expense for the trek.
  • Trekking permit, National park fee.

The porter carries client's gears and there will be our guide to give company for you. We sleep in the available lodges on the trails and eat hot meals according to the lodge menu and we take care of all the arrangements. Every day, trek start between 7 to 8 am. Before that we provide you hot water to shower and hot drinks tea/coffee/hot chocolate with Breakfast. Lunch provide between 11 to 12 am and day ends.

Obviously almost all treks provide opportunity to enjoy the views of the nature and culture. The Camping Trek has richer service than Tea-House Trek because Camping Trekkers pay more for whole crew members.

Trekking season In Nepal
Trekking in Nepal can be undertaken throughout the year depending on the region.
The year is divided into 4 different seasons in Nepal and each season has its distinct attraction to offer for trekking.

Autumn (Sept-Nov) :
This is the time when you can expect better visibility, the air is fresh, and the weather is perfect and that the Nepalese most important festivals (Dashain and Tihar) are marked during this season The best season offering excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views.

Winter (Dec-Feb) :
This season is noted for occasional snowfall and the air can be quite cold at higher elevations. Hence it is ideal for trekking at lower elevations, generally below 3000 meters and offers tantalizing mountain views.

Spring (March-May) :
Trekking in spring is particularly lovely as the mountain slopes are covered with beautiful and colorful flowers and still have plenty of high snow to enhance your photos. The temperature is quite moderate and the mountain views are excellent.

Summer (June-Aug) :
This is the favorite season to trek in the rain shadow areas like Upper Mustang, Dolpo and Kailash. This season is also recommended for forest researchers

Trekking Grade In Nepal
For many of our treks, you can choose between staying in tea-houses or camping. A tea-house is a local run guest house, but standards vary enormously. In popular areas such as annapurna, tea houses are more like hotels, with hot water, Western food and private rooms, whereas in more remote areas, they are far simpler and more authentically Nepali. Tea-house trekking is less expensive than camping, and is suitable for small groups. With large groups, irrespective of the area, it is more practical to camp. A team of guides, porters and cooks mean you trek in comfort and provide international-style food of a high standard.

Grade 1 (Easy Treks)
For trekkers with no previous experience, we offer a diverse range of easy treks. By easy, we mean that the trek involves no difficult climbing or ascents to high altitudes, takes usually no more than a week and is suitable for anyone. However, you should not think that loss of height means loss of interest; while our more challenging treks get you closer to a small number of mountain ranges, lower altitude treks often provide colourful horizons of a whole series of ranges. High or low, mountain villages reachable only by several days walk from the road brim with character.

The Ghorepani and Jomsom treks follow well-trodden trails. The tea-houses along these routes offer hot water and Western-style food. of course, these treks are not popular without reason and you will find the terrain and views superb. If the idea of tea-house trekking appeals to you, but you would prefer to escape from the crowds, then the Helambu trek could be your ideal choice. You trek up to within sight of enormous snowy mountains, and then wind at a leisurely pace through a spectacular green valley. The tea-houses are simpler here, but you will benefit from the peace of the unspoilt villages and the friendly welcome of your hosts. To really get away from it all, try the Shivapuri trek, Siklis trek or the Royal Trek. Whilst you will still pass through many remote villages, these regions are so unspoilt as to have no tea-houses, and you will need to camp. Again, the range of mountains you can view on these treks is superb.

Grade 2 (Moderate treks)
Grade 2 treks are more challenging than Grade 1, and are suitable for any walker looking for something a little more energetic. They are longer (10-20 days,) involve more walking up and down and climb to higher altitudes, where you will be rewarded with close-up views of big mountains. For a well-trodden route with good tea-house facilities, you could choose the annapurna Base Camp trek, which gets you close to glaciers and affords spectacular mountain views. For something a little more remote, but still with the option of simple tea-houses, try a trek in the beautiful Langtang region.
From the Langtang Base Camp, you have the additional option of scaling a trekking peak. For a moderate trek out in the wilds, Ganesh Himal would be a good choice. With only 100 visitors a year to this region, the local cultural traditions are still very much intact. On this trek, you cross the high Singla Pass (4600m.) The Rara trek is similarly remote and is a good option for the summer season as rainfall is low. as tourists are relatively unknown in these last two regions, you need to camp.

Grade 3 (Strenuous Treks)
Grade 3 treks should only be undertaken by those with some previous mountain walking experience. They ascend to altitudes of up to 5500m and involve some steep climbing, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 7-21 days.

For a popular and spectacular trek, with the possibility of staying in well-developed tea houses, the annapurna Circuit is a good choice. A gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. This trek will give you a close insight into Tibetan culture. another understandably popular trek, with good tea house facilities, is the Everest Base Camp. The goal of this trek speaks for itself, but in achieving it, you cross a glacier, see Mt Everest and a whole variety of soaring peaks and experience the rich Sherpa culture. For a real adventure in wild and restricted areas, that see less than 300 visitors per year, you could trek in Mustang or to Makalu Base Camp . The Makalu trek traverses many high passes before reaching the Base Camp at 5000m. The Tibetan plateau of Mustang is a wild, treeless desert. The last two treks are possible only if you camp.

Grade 4 (Challenging Treks)
Grade 4 treks are only for real adventurers. They involve steep ascents to high altitudes with the possibility of some rope climbing. You'll need stamina to complete one of these treks, as it can take 20-28 days to journey to the heart of the wildernesses that they cross. All are camping expeditions. The exception is the Simikot trek, which is very remote with a truly undeveloped culture (quite a shock.) This can be accomplished in a shorter time (7-14 days.) However, you can also use the little-visited Simikot as the starting point for a trip to Mount Kailash (20 days.)

A trek through the isolated Dolpo region is one of the few good possibilities for the summer months, as the area gets little rain. Manaslu , like annapurna , is a circuit trek and passes through Tibetan villages in a little-visited, restricted area. A trip to Kanchenjunga , the third highest mountain in the world, will take you into the remote Far East region of Nepal . Here, Sherpa, Rai and Limbu culture happily co-exist. If you want the ultimate challenge, the Dhaulagiri trek is the most difficult of our featured treks. This wild trek involves challenging trekking on rough high terrain, perhaps with a ropes pitch or two.
Altitude Sickness During the trekking.

When trekking in Nepal Himalayas "Altitude related Problems" are the important factors to be considered because there is always a real danger of mild to serious problems related to altitude and it is important that trekkers understand that they will be affected to a greater or lesser extent when they ascend to altitudes over about 3000 meters. Altitude sickness, often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and it means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevation above 3000 meters. The victim can develop severe symptoms very rapidly if the mild effects are ignored.

I advise my clients to remember the following suggestion when you are on trekking in the high altitude areas above 3000 meters. The following are the basic symptoms of the altitude sickness and to avoid such sickness I recommend few important points.

1. Basic Symptoms:
(I) Loss of appetite
(II) Sleep disturbance
(III) Difficult to pass urine

2. Medium Symptoms:
(I) Headache which is bad
(II) Irregular breathing
(III) Nausea
(IV) Mild weakness

3. Serious Symptoms:
(I) Slight swelling of hands and face
(II) Cannot stand upright without swaying while eyes are closed.
(III) Can hear gurgling sound in the chest.
(IV) Zero energy.

I want to request my clients that please feel free to discuss any kind of trouble with me whether it is simply gastro-intestinal or altitude related.

What to do about Altitude Sickness?
Altitude illness can be prevented by acclimatization; that is, by a graduate rate of ascent (not more than 400 - 500 meters), allowing sufficient rest at various intermediate altitudes. The dry air of the mountains tends to dehydrate you so an increased fluid intake is necessary. Try to drink at least four liters of water a day. On the trail you can drink hot garlic soup that will help you to some extent. When we reach to our destination it is better to make some hiking up to a bit higher point and come down to the camp or hotel. This is a really good way to get acclimatization. You may take Diamox 250mg tablets the night before flying / going to altitude. After the symptoms will often disappear and the trek can be resumed.

If you feel obviously suffering from the serious symptoms of AMS then descent should not be delayed even if it means going down in dark. In such case, should an emergency situation arise, horse, or porter will be arranged; or I myself carry you and run to lower (descend) altitudes. There are 3 radios in Namche Bazaar, Doctors at Khunde hospital in the Everest Area and HRA Clinics and in some trekking areas also has the Gamow Bag. The hospital or the clinic will take fees or charges for such services. I can arrange for immediate evacuation, by horse or helicopter, depending on the severity of the case.
Clothing & Equipments:

Certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all routes I described in this site. Depending on the area and season, I will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities.

Here are some recommended Equipments List for trekking in Nepal Himalayas.

Clothing

  • Lightweight walking boots. If new one is being bought, " walk then in" to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
  • A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet.
  • Warm jacket. Fiber fills or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February.
  • A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
  • Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these
    items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu .
  • A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap
    loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu .
  • Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.
  • Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.
  • A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent. 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts. 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
  • A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
  • A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
  • A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best.
  • 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
  • 2 pairs of thin and 2 pair of thick woolen socks.
  • Underwear" normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.

Equipment and Accessories

  • Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking
  • Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot etc.
  • Water bottle.
  • Snow glasses and sunglasses
  • 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones. 6-10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
  • Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
  • Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can be by in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
  • Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
  • Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
  • an umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
  • Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photograph
  • Rescue Flight Services
    We always take care of our customers wherever they are either in trekking, mountain climbing, rafting, jungle safari, anywhere inside the kingdom of Nepal .
  • Our full effort will be to provide you safety and problem free tour. We have few experiences that some of our clients are suffered from high altitudes sickness in the mountain or sometimes-physical injury during the trip. In such a situation we arrange helicopter charter flights. However, the cost of package does not include the rescue so either you or your insurance company will pay the bill of rescue flights or services

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