Trekking simply means to hike or walk through a varied landscapes. It may be through the mountain areas or just a walk in the countryside with the purpose of exploring and enjoying the natural scenery.
Trekking is different from hiking in many ways. While trekking is a multi-day walk where trekkers' physical ability, psychological readiness, stamina, and endurance play a vital role to face the daily trekking challenges. Whereas, in another hand, hiking is a daily activity that does not require much stamina as compared to trekking.
Different from both hiking and trekking, climbing is a lot more challenging than hiking and trekking.
Climbing is challenging also because the climber requires various technical skills related to abseiling,
rope fixing, and many more. Apart from this, the climber needs specialized training to use the
equipment as well.
There is no exact answer to this question. However, if you choose to trek to the major trekking destinations of Nepal like Everest, Annapurna, Manaslu, and Langtang, you will have to walk approximately five to six hours a day.
During the trek, if you fail to avoid the midday heat, you may feel like that you have walked the whole day and still you have not reached the overnight destination. So to avoid the midday heat and to take enough rest at the teahouse, start your trek early in the morning and enjoy the beautiful morning views
of the Himalayas.
The level of difficulty also depends upon the trekking destination you choose. While the Ghorepani Poonhill trek, Australian base camp trek, and Mardi Himal trek are supposed to be easy treks. The
Everest base camp trek, Annapurna base camp trek, Manaslu trek, and treks to the off-beaten remote areas are supposed to be challenging and require physical fitness, stamina, and endurance to face the challenges.
To prepare yourself for the trek, you can start cardiovascular and strength training that includes walking/cycling/hiking or even swimming. Apart from this, doing sits up, crunches and squats will also help you to condition your leg for trekking to remote trails.
The minimum duration of trekking is 3-8 days. However, the trekking with minimum days does not offer
enough acclimatization for your body to adjust in the change in the weather.
Some of the basic tips for beginners are mentioned below:
- Start early to avoid midday heat
- Don’t hesitate to pack snacks, and toiletries
- Don’t rush and continue your trek with steady pace
- Trek with a guide
- Don’t hesitate to rest in the tea houses; your body requires time for acclimatization
- Pre-book your trip
- Start your cardiovascular training before you come to Nepal for the trek
There are no rules such that you need proper training. However, having a training regime will help you a lot during the trek. The training involving cardiovascular activity, hikes, and mental preparedness will allow you to enjoy every bit of the surprises and wonders that trekking routes offers.
As the definition of trekking says it all, trekking can be a lot challenging depending upon the time you choose and the destination you please. Although trekking in Nepal is recommended for all age groups, children and older people may find it difficult to walk through the remote trails.
Hence if you are planning to trek with your children, make sure you either choose to trek in the easy trails like Ghorepani Poonhill, Australian base camp, or trek to the challenging trails like ABC or EBC by taking enough breaks in between the trek to avoid altitude sickness and fatigue. We also offer customized packages to help our visitors to have a nice time during their Nepal visit.
The chance of getting altitude sickness in the Himalayas is unbeatable. However, to avoid the altitude sickness, you have to let your body acclimatize properly throughout the trek. In case you
suffer from altitude sickness, our guide will help you to move down to the lower region.
The trekking in Nepal is basically a teahouse trekking. All along the journey, you will find teahouses, guesthouses and lodges that are dedicated to offer the best foods and services to the trekkers coming
from various parts of the world.
After enjoying the staple food Dal and Bhat, you will sleep in a warm and cozy twin bed under a small bamboo hut. A tea house trekking means you will stay in the local tea houses for whatever time you spend in the Himalayas. The tea houses offers lodging and fooding facilities. In some places, you can also find WIFI.
The Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) is a vital trekking permit that is required for trekking in any region. Besides this, you will also need area-specific permits like Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) for the Annapurna circuit trek and Sagarmatha National Park permit for the Everest
base camp trek.
Both of these cards can be issued on your arrival in Kathmandu via the Nepal Tourism Board office in
Drinking tap water is not a very good idea. Since the water is not purified, you may have some serious
health issues afterward. Hence, avoid drinking tap water and choose the bottled water.
In case you find buying and drinking from the bottled water expensive, please opt for water purification tablets or drops to purify the water. It's important for you to stay hydrated so do drink a lot of water.
Yes, travel insurance is compulsory for all travelers. Having insurance that covers the medical and emergency evacuation cost will help you a lot in case you face any challenges or difficulties during the trek.
If you get sick in the mountains, you can visit the local health post, the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) or in case of emergency, you will be transferred to Kathmandu or Pokhara in the helicopter.
While trekking to the higher altitude having a porter to carry your baggage will allow you to walk freely throughout the trek. However, if you feel hiring a porter will be expensive; you can also ask your guide
to help you to carry the backpacks by paying some extra amount.
A porter can carry as much as 20kgs.
Below-mentioned are the packing list for trekking:
- Duffle bags
- Trekking bags
- Trekking shirts and trousers
- Base layer
- Insulation layer
- Outer layer
- Waterproof and windproof jacket
- Breathable underwear
Foot wears and Hand wears:
- Waterproof hiking boots
- Hiking and Thermal socks
- Outer and inner gloves
- Head wears
- Cap/ Hats
Other important accessories
- Map and compass
- Sunscreen with UV protection
- Sleeping bag
- First aid kit
- Water bottle
- Water purification tablet
- Hand sanitizer
- Small locks
- Some books if you are a reader
- Portable charger
- Protein bars/ Granolas
- Tea bags/ Coffee
At a higher altitude, every service is charged. Therefore, you can undoubtedly recharge your
electronic devices but carrying your own solar power or power bank is the best alternative rather
than paying for recharging your device at every another teahouse.
Trekking becomes expensive by the trekking trails you choose and the way you spend extra money on the teahouses. Normally it costs you around 1000 to 3000 USD only for the food, accommodation,
permits, and porter/guide and for other entrance fees. This cost does not include any extra activities or International flight costs.
To minimize the trekking cost, you can always opt to use the rented trekking equipment and gears
available in Thamel. One can rent a down jacket, gloves, sleeping bag, and trekking boots easily on their
arrival in Kathmandu.
The visa cost for Nepal is mentioned below:
- For 30 Days (Multiple entries), you have to pay 40 USD
- For 90 Days (Multiple entries), you have to pay 100 USD
- For Visa extension (Within valid Visa Period), you have to pay 2 USD per day
- For Visa extension (within Multiple Entry), you have to pay an additional 20 USD
Yes. You can apply for the Nepal Visa online. Although you can get your visa on arrival, if you choose to do it before your arrival, you can do it 15 days prior to arrival. To fill the visa form, you
will have to mention the address of the hotel and a recent pp size photo. After submitting, make sure to print out the confirmation receipt and show it to the immigration officer at the airport on your arrival.
A minimum per day expenses per person will be around 25 to 30 USD. This cost includes lodging and fooding in the teahouses.
Taking extra services like recharging your devices, hot water showers can cost you more than average.
If you are prescribed to take your medicines daily, then you need to bring that to your trekking as well.
Before coming to Nepal, consult your doctor for any consultation or medication that you will require during the trek.
Spring (March to May) or Autumn (September to November) is the best season for the trek as the view is clear and the weather is stable.
During these seasons, you do not have to worry about the trails
being damaged or being flooded like in the rainy season (June to August). In the winter (December to February), the weather drops to minus and the trail becomes slippery making it impossible to trek.
There are no ATMs on the trekking routes. Hence, you have to carry the cash you need on the route either from Kathmandu or from Pokhara according to your trekking destination.
Well, no one can miss the epic Everest base camp trek and Annapurna base camp trek while talking about the popular places to do trekking in Nepal. However, besides these two major trekking destinations,
the Langtang trek, Manaslu trek, and Annapurna circuit trek are other popular trekking destinations among the trekkers who love the off-beaten trails.
Nepal offers plenty of adventurous activities to its visitors. From paragliding in the beautiful Pokhara city to bungee jumping in the Bhotekoshi river, you can feel your adrenaline rush in the most epic way.
Apart from bungee and paragliding, you can also enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing, and white river rafting all in a single trip.
Although Nepalese have a conservative mindset, they are always opened to their guests and accept them for who they are. Following the Mantra, Aati Thi Devo Bhaba, Nepalese are pleased with the
visitors in every corner of the country. However, being alone in a foreign land is never a good idea.
So make sure you keep yourself out from being gazed at and always do a background check on your
guide for safety as well.