Thursday, 02 October 2014 06:10 pm

Nepal Trekking

Trekking in Nepal is always considered one of the the most memorable outdoor adventures in a trekker's life. The hard to believe kind of truth about Nepal is that this is a tiny country between India and China but exactly yet most of the Himalayas. The whole east to west northern part of Nepal which borders Tibet is the himalayas. There are numerous trekking routs and trails all over with more than a dozen ranking among the world's most beautiful treks. Now with this hard fact about Nepal being said, I see its a must to visit nepal if you are an avid outdoor adventurer.

There are so many treks you can do while you are in Nepal. Mentioning 'so many' i mean so many that we can pretty easily figure which trek suits you the best considering your budget, preferences, time and the level of difficulty. If too many is trouble for you, just pick from one of the most popular routes. You won't be mistaken. In terms of time we have treks that are within a week and ones that can go for months. You can choose to stay in cheap guest houses on the way or in a group do a camp type trek.

So whether you are a seasoned hiker or a novice, we want to meet your preferences and arrange an exotic trip for you. Once it starts you will be hiking, learning about nepali lifestyle, culture, and breathtaking hilly landscapes and scenery every moment all throughout your hike. You communication with us will help us meticulously design a great trek, just for you.

Standing firm in our values in hospitality, we put your safety, comfort and satisfaction as our foremost priority. We greatly look forward to having you in Nepal with us.

Trekking Style

Please read the following which elaborates on basic trekking types that people normally choose from.

Teahouse Treks

Most hotels or guest houses are called "lodge" in Nepal. Accommodation establishments all along the trekking routes are called "Hotel & Lodge" followed by there name on the signs. These inns mostly always food alongside board so you wont have to be confused.

Camping trek

Camping type trek is normally recommended with a group. Its is assisted by a experiences trekking guides crew with a leader. Porters, yaks, horses or mules are used for carrying the trip luggage and equipments. The crew will do the arranging of night stay camps, food and all cleaning up of each campsite once you move on. Food normally is basic western, asian or a mix.

When to Trek?

Spring time in Nepal is the best time to trek. So that is from the month of March to May when its not hot but perfectly warm. Its a main blooming season for flowers specially the Rhododendron all along most trails. So you are basically hiking along with no rain and greenery around.

Monsoon starts from June till September. Its still lush green but the rain will make the trails muddy.

After monsoon its again ideal to trek all October through November. The summer being over, treks become cooler and days become clearer. However, with winter approaching it will start to be cold towards the second half of this time. The southern plains (TERAI) is still good to trek though. Great sunrise and sunsets to view on your trip in the plains makes it doable. Its some cold at night and could be quite foggy in the mornings.

Kathmandu valley and surrounding treks are still possible.

Northern mountainous treks will be bitterly cold and harsh around December/January season. So most of the Annapurna, Langtang and the Everest region treks are not recommended. Around end of December till January is the coldest time of the year.

Trekking Grade

Each trek/tour has been graded to help you choose the best that suits you.

Grade: Easy

Easy Grade is trekking to altitudes around 3500m or less. Its hiking around 5 hrs/ 15 km per day, with the occasional longer walk. Anyone with a basic active live can enjoy this type of trekking.

Grade: Moderate

This level involves some longer walks around 6 hrs/ 20 km a day ascending up to around 4000m to 5000m. Some previous seasonal hiking experience in high altitudes is desirable including excursions or pass crossing up to 5000m.

Grade: Strenuous

At this level of difficulty, it requires a high level of fitness and experience. There will be ice axes, crampons, and in some cases, ropes used. Climbs however are non-technical. The altitude would be predominantly above 4000m with quite a few nights above 5000m. Some climbing experience and a reasonable knowhow of using climbing gear is essential.

Trekking Equipments

Your trekking agency will provide equipment like sleeping bags, foam mattresses and tents. All you need to bring is your personal gear. We've seen porters make in through mountain passes in flip-flop sandals while carrying loads for two travelers. Nevertheless, we want you to enjoy your journey so use the lists (and your porters' muscles) below as guides.

Minimal Requirements

Lightweight walking boots. "Walk them in" prior to arrival in Nepal to avoid blisters.

A pair of lightweight/heavyweight trousers is useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night.

1-2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/skirts.

2-4 cotton T-shirts.

1 lightweight long sleeved-shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.

A sunhat and ensure it has wide brim to cover the face and neck.

2 pairs of thin and 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.

Underwear: normal quantity

Swimming suit

Water Bottle

Sunglasses and strap

Toiletries with large and small towels.

Small headlamp and/or flashlight/torch with spare batteries

Personal medical supplies - don't forget band-aids and tweezers

Army-knife and sewing kit

Sun-screen, sun block, sun-tan lotion, zinc-oxide...

Winter Requirements

Warm jacket. Fiberfill or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February.

Sleeping bag to -15 C or sleep sheet (if renting or agency supplied)

Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February, These items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu.

Windproof/Waterproof trousers. Necessity on all treks going above 3,000 meters.

Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night. In the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.

A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.

A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best.

Snow Glasses and strap.

Snow gaiters can be essential

Everest Region

Everest or upper Khumbu Region is the second most popular trekking area in Nepal. It is also the home to the world's highest mountains including Mt. Everest (8850m), Cho Oyu (8153m), Makalu (8470m), Ama Dablam (6856m) and many other countless peaks.

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Annapurna Region

The Annapurna Conservation Area is the most popular trekking region in Nepal. About two-thirds of all trekkers in Nepal visit the Annapurna region.

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Langtang Region

Langtang is a narrow valley that lies just south of the Tibetan border. It is sandwiched between the main Himalayan range to the north and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south.

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Mustang Region

Mustang trekking is one of Nepal's most mysterious and least known kingdoms. The landscape of Mustang is a barren moonscape of eroded sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces, which together present a colorful mosaic made up principally of earthen reds, yellows and brown.

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Dolpo Region

Dolpo is protected by Shey-Phoksundo National Park. It lies to the north of the Dhaulagiri Range bordering the Tibetan Plateau.

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Short & Easy Trekking

We offer short and easy treks that cater to the needs, interest, timeframe and physical endurance of people of all ages.

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Off Beaten Treks

These treks are suitable for serious trekkers who dare to venture “the road less traveled”. As the name suggests these treks lead you to remote regions of Nepal requiring self motivation during the entire trip.

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Eastern Nepal Trekking

Trekking goals in eastern Nepal include an eastern approach to everest, the remote base camp of Makalu, and the area near Kanchenjunga. There is endless variety in this part of country.

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Trekking Fixed Departure

Everest Base Camp(EBC) Trek lets you to one of the most epic experiences you can witness in adventuring. This trek that incorporates the most beautiful scenery of the Himalayas and, on top just in front of you gazing at the majestic world's highest Mount Everest (29,028 ft), is simply indescribable.

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