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nepal the best destination for trekking

Nepal the trekking hub for adventurer

When it comes to trekking in the Himalayas, Nepal, for the most part, is a wonderful country. Whether you’re looking for a nimble getaway from the bustling city or planning an escape into the wild for a week or two, this captivating country is certain to dazzle you at most. Surrounded by the sky-high Himalayas, enchanting lakes, turbulent rivers, diverse cultures, and centuries-old architectures, Nepal has always been the country where backpacker’s dreams meet reality.

 

What to expect while trekking in Nepal?

If you’re planning to travel to Nepal for the first time, you may already have countless questions concerning what to expect from the country. You may have seen the picture-perfect photographs of the mountains, valleys, lakes, and sceneries but do these places exist in reality?

Since Nepal has always been the Cathedral of the mountain lovers, you should see plenty of the towering Himalayas and wide mountain ranges decorating the horizons. Depending on the trek you choose, you may also get an opportunity to traverse through high vantage points and cross over some high passes.

Most of the treks in Nepal offers a diverse landscape and varied culture. From the lush green forests to arid desert lands, the terrain changes from one destination to another.

Although most of the indigenous people from touristy trekking regions are used to seeing foreigners, you’ll see a lot of curious observers on less traveled trails. It is always nice to learn some basic Nepali phrases and greetings beforehand. They’ll love it!

Another amazing thing you’ll get to experience in the Himalayas of Nepal is food. Obviously, we couldn’t miss this! Most of the tea houses in the Himalayas offer varieties of foods. One of the most popular food in Nepal is Dal-Bhat (steamed rice and lentil soup).

If you’re not willing to try the local foods, most of the tea houses in trekking destinations offer a wide variety of menu to choose from.

 

Choose Trekking type “Teahouse” or “Camping”

When you’re planning an adventure of your lifetime, choosing the right option is a must. Despite choosing the trek that suits you the most depends on various factors, one of the most influential factors is to choose the right mode of trekking.

Teahouse or on lodge trek is one of the most popular modes of trekking in Nepal. Most of the popular trekking destination offer teahouse trek. Originally, these tea houses were small shops where the backpackers would rest upon their long journey. Mostly, the teahouses in the Himalayan region of Nepal are owned by the locals. The teahouse trek is the best possible option to experience the rare glimpses of the mountain culture and lifestyles. They are often considered to be more comfortable and cheaper than the camping trek

On the other hand, camping is best suited to travel to the remote destinations of Nepal. Most of the remote trekking destinations do not offer teahouses, therefore, camping may be the only option to explore those Himalayan settlements unspoiled by modern amenities. Camping trek is a unique way to experience the wilderness. However, the drawback to this trip may be the extra weight you’ll have to carry. Despite camping treks are more adventurous than teahouse trek, it is relatively expensive.

 

When to go trek in Nepal?

Trekking in Nepal is seasonal. Nonetheless, most of the destinations in Nepal can be foot logged all year long. There are no restrictions to travel during the off-season except few high passes maybe almost un-accessible. The landscapes and sceneries may vary depending upon season. The two best seasons to trek in Nepal are:

Spring (March to May):

Spring is one of the best time to trek in Nepal. With the cold winter finally coming to an end, most of the trails are free of snow and relatively easier to walk. However, during the mid-day, the temperature may get slightly warmer. The visibility can also get vaguely hazy and cloudy but the blooming flowers along the way will perfectly compliment the trails.

Autumn (Sept to Nov):

Autumn is undeniably the best time to go trekking in Nepal. With monsoon rains drying up, the weather is generally mild during daytime and cooler during the nights. This weather is perfect for trekking. The sky is mostly clear and the visibility gets exceptionally unclouded. Therefore, you’ll get to enjoy the fantastic view of the surrounding landscapes and mountains.

 

Level of fitness and experience

Since trekking is a physical activity, the fitter you are, the better it gets. This obviously does not mean you have to be an athlete or a fitness guru to trek in the Himalayas. The level of fitness and experience depends upon the difficulty level of your desired trek. While some trekking destinations in Nepal may require no physical conditions and experience, some may demand relatively more experience and serious commitment.

However, the key to a successful holiday in the Himalayas is to be realistic and honest when it comes to your ability and level of commitment. Anyone with the right mentality and willing to commit can train and get fit for any level of treks.

 

Preparation for trekking

When you’re planning a long holiday, it is always best to prepare and train yourself. Few preparations you can considering making before walking into the wild are:

  • In-depth research about the destination; the route, level of difficulty, elevation, and possible weather conditions.
  • Research about altitude sickness; its symptoms, prevention, and treatment.
  • Engage in stamina-building activities like jogging, running, and cycling.
  • Go for short one-day hikes in your homeland to outstretch your feet.

 

Safety Guidelines

While trekking in Nepal, safety should be your number one priority. Although most of the trekking destinations in Nepal are safe to walk, it is always better to consider safety measures.

One of the biggest safety issues while trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal is acclimatization. Prepare as much as possible to prevent high altitude sickness and walk at your own pace.

Personal safety is also equally important. Prior to leaving for your holiday, inform your family members and friends where you’re going, and when to expect you back. Always carry your ID in case of an emergency. Also, be cautious about the possible dangers while walking in the Himalayas and keep alert on surroundings. Wear full-sleeved clothes to protect yourself from the sun, insects, plants, and scrapes.

Another important safety issues in the mountains are water. Do not drink water from random sources and always use water purifier before drinking. Also, make sure you keep your room doors locked all the time and hide your money in all circumstances.

Currency

Most of the tea houses and lodges in the mountains only accept Nepali Rupees. Make sure you exchange your currency before the trek in either Kathmandu or Pokhara. ATMs are generally not available in most of the trekking destinations.

 

Best Trekking Destinations in Nepal

 

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

Trip Facts:

Available Mode of Trip: Lodge/Camping

Trekking Difficulty: Adventurous

Maximum Elevation: 3,210m at Poonhill

Best Seasons: March to May & September to November

Price: Cheap

Required Permit: ACAP & TIMS

Accessibility during Winter: Yes

 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trip Facts:

Available Mode of Trip: Lodge/Camping

Trekking Difficulty: Moderate

Maximum Elevation: 4,320m at Annapurna Base Camp

Best Seasons: March to May & September to November

Price: Cheap

Required Permit: ACAP & TIMS

Accessibility during Winter: Yes

 

Everest Base Camp Trek

Trip Facts

Available Mode of Trip: Teahouse/ Camping/ Luxury

Trekking Difficulty: Moderate

Maximum Elevation: 5,600m at Kalapathar

Best Seasons: March to May & September to November

Price: Medium

Required Permit: TIMS

Accessibility during Winter: Yes

 

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip Facts

Available Mode of Trip: Teahouse/ Camping

Trekking Difficulty: Moderate

Maximum Elevation: 5,416m at Thorong La Pass

Best Seasons: March to May & September to November

Price: Medium

Required Permit: TIMS & ACAP

Accessibility during Winter: Yes

 

Langtang Valley Trek

Trip Facts

Available Mode of Trip: Teahouse/ Camping

Trekking Difficulty: Moderate

Maximum Elevation: 4,984m at Tserko Peak

Best Seasons: March to May & September to November

Price: Cheap

Required Permit: TIMS

Accessibility during Winter: Yes

Around Manaslu Trek

Trip Facts

Available Mode of Trip: Teahouse/ Camping

Trekking Difficulty: Challenging

Maximum Elevation: 5,115m at Larkya La Pass

Best Seasons: March to May & September to November

Price: Medium

Required Permit: MCAP, RAP & ACAP

Restricted Permits: Yes

Accessibility during Winter: Yes (but not recommended)

 

Upper Mustang Trek

Trip Facts

Available Mode of Trip: Teahouse/ Camping

Trekking Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

Maximum Elevation: 3,810m at Dhakmar

Best Seasons: March to May & September to November

Price: Expensive

Required Permit: ACAP & RAP

Restricted Permits: Yes

Accessibility during Winter: Yes

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