TREKKING IN NEPAL
- June 02, 2021
TREKKING IN NEPAL
The diverse trekking trails are one of the major attractions of Nepal that offers a lifetime experience. Nepal is a paradise for all real trekking enthusiasts. For many years, it has been one of the world’s best trekking destinations. The trails through spectacular mountain ranges, green forests, remote villages, beautiful monasteries, and a welcoming community will make your trekking experience memorable and adventurous.
You will find plenty of trekking routes, from easy trails to moderate and difficult. Tekkers can choose their trek based on their difficulty level. The Everest base camp trek and Annapurna circuit trek are the most popular trek of Nepal.
Also, travelers with limited days can enjoy short and easy treks such as Gandruk trek, Poonhill, or Kalinchowk trek. The scenery during your trekking journey depends upon your trek region and season.
Whether you take a few day hikes or a month-long trek, every step will be rewarding. Trekking is the best way to explore the wilderness of Nepal.
The trekking season in Nepal
Before planning your trek in Nepal, it is always suggested to consider its season. Nepal experiences four seasons such as:
Spring season (March-April-May) and Autumn season (September-October-November):
The spring and autumn seasons are the best trekking season in Nepal. The weather becomes clear with warm days and cold nights.
During these seasons, you will get a clear view of magnificent mountains, colorful flowers, and lush greenery. Which makes the spring and autumn season the busiest time to trek in Nepal.
Summer season (June-July-August):
In Nepal, the summer season is the worst trekking season. The weather becomes hot and cloudy with rainfall. Due to heavy rainfall, trails become wet and muddy which may make your trekking experience bad.
Winter Season (December-January-February):
During winter, the weather becomes very cold and the snow starts to fall. Due to high snow and avalanches trekking becomes challenging and dangerous at a higher altitude.
Winter is the off-season for trekking in Nepal. If you want to trek when the crowd is less then winter is the right time for you.
For most of the trek in Nepal, trekkers have to get permits. You can submit a permit application and other required documents through a registered trekking agency to get your trekking permits.
Along your trekking routes, trekking permits will be check. So, it is necessary to keep your trekking permits during your trekking trip.
The accommodation while trekking in Nepal depends upon the trekking style. Usually, two types of trekking are available; Teahouse and Camping trekking.
Accommodation at teahouse trek:
Even at a high altitude, major trekking areas such as Everest or Langtang region are well-established. There you can find many basic teahouses and lodges.
Generally, a teahouse trek refers to a trekking trip where you stay in a teahouse or lodge during your trek. Teahouses provide beds, pillows, and blankets. Moreover, carry your sleeping bag as one blanket will not be enough to keep your body warm.
All the teahouses offer a wide variety of local Nepali as well as western food. Usually, trekkers prefer the local traditional meal ‘Dal Bhat’. Also, most of the lodges provide basic facilities such as wifi, telephone, and charging.
Accommodation at camping trek :
During the campaign trek, your team will set the camp at pre-decided spots. Campaign trek refers to the remote area trekking in Nepal where you will not find any places to stay.
Usually, for two people one tent is set up with a mattress and sleeping bag. During the campaign trek, the team carries all necessary supplies and logistics such as tents, food, utensils, etc.
The popular campaign treks are Kanchenjunga, Upper Dolpo, Rolwaling valley, and many more.
Most of the regions of Nepal are safe where you can trek alone. In the Himalayas, trekking without a guide may feel adventurous but it can be risky at the same time. Moreover, the Government of Nepal has restricted certain regions for solo trekkers. The restricted areas are Manaslu, Dolpo, Kanchenjunga, Nar-Phu, Upper Mustang, Tsum Valley, and Humla.
It is mandatory to hire an experienced and licensed guide to trek in these restricted areas. Here are some other reasons to hire a trekking guide:
While trekking at a higher altitude, it is always safe to have an expert with you. All experienced guides are well-trained and know how to handle uncertain situations.
Experienced guides know all the routes which will make your trek easy and safe. Also, many local trekking agencies tailor itineraries as per your interest and requirements.
You will get a chance to interact with local guides and learn more about their culture. It will offer you the most authentic trekking experience in the Himalayas.
By hiring a guide, you will create a job for locals. Trekking tourism is a major contributor to the economy of the country.