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Trekking In Nepal

Nepal is a small Himalayan country situated in between China and India. This Himalayan country is best known for the towering mountain peaks including the highest peak in the world Mt.Everest. The Himalayan region comprises of thousands of peaks ranging from five thousand to eight thousand meters peaks. However, mountain peaks aren’t the only thing that a visitor might be interested in exploring. The mountains are source for the thousands of glacial fed perennial rivers flowing throughout the country such as Mahakali , Karnali , Seti, Bheri ,Narayani , Koshi and many more. The geographical diversity of this land makes Nepal a wonderful place for trekking and hiking adventures. Trekking in Nepal is one of the major activities that can be undertaken in the Himalayas. The pristine natural marvel of this land is supported by the cultural diversity. There are more than hundred ethnic groups and languages prevalent, and have their own colorful traditions. Trekking in Nepal is an opportunity for people to explore the natural and cultural diversities of Nepal. Stretching from east to west, here are hundreds of major and minor trekking destinations, which are so diverse that choosing a destination is a hard one. However Everest region and Annapurna region are among the busiest trekking routes in Nepal. Other includes Langtang, Makalu, Kanchanjunga, Dhawalagiri and Far western region. Traditionally trekking trips used to be conducted in a camping basis, as there were little to no facilities in the mountains, but the trend is changing. Now the advancement of roads and infrastructures have allowed for the Tea House or Lodge trekking option to flourish. The people are becoming aware about the potential of tourism industry in Nepal, thus are starting to establish lodges and homestays in the remotest area. Which is in fact beneficial for the locals and trekkers, as the need for carrying huge loads of commodities is going down. Nowadays, the reach of communication facilities have stretched far off to the remotest part of the country, thus contributing to the safety as, rescue activities can be executed conveniently and fast.

Best time for Trekking

The months from March to June and September to January are considered to be the best seasons for trekking in Nepal. The weather is normally fine with clear skies allowing for the magnificent mountain peaks to be viewed.  However there are several trekking destinations that lie in the rain shadow region thus allowing the possibility for trekking during the monsoon seasons.

Experience and Fitness

As there is plethora of options to choose from, the trekking trails are categorized from beginner to challenging grades. This means we have trekking packages suited for all types of people including children and pensioners. However, one should be mentally prepared for the challenge. Experience is not usually required, but a physically fit person is less likely to encounter any complications during the trek. As our staffs are well trained and knowledgeable regarding the complications that can arise in the mountains, they will be responsible for your safety.

Equipment and Supplies

The mountains are one of the unpredictable regions in Nepal, therefore it is necessary for you to be prepared. The requirement of equipment varies according to the destination you are trekking to. A pair of sturdy and comfortable hiking boots, a sleeping bag (depending on your accommodation), a daypack, and a few changes of clothes for the varying temperatures. For cold weather, hiking pants, thermals, gloves, neck warmer/scarf, beanie, a warm inner jacket and a windproof / waterproof outer jacket are essential. It is very common for the local people to throw garbage in the nature. Please consider taking water purification supplies with you so that you don't have to buy water in plastic bottles, as you don't know what happens to the empty bottles. Other items to bring include a hiking stick/pole or two, waterproof case, fabric bandages such as moleskin, a headlamp, altitude sickness and other medication, a camera, and binoculars. If you are trekking in the higher altitudes above four thousand meters a pair of crampons is also a good idea.



Guided or Independent Trekking

When it comes to trekking in Nepal, the government has allowed choosing from two options. Either you can rely on an authorized trekking planner or just do it on your own. If it is your first time in Nepal, then it is a wise idea to seek help from the professionals. The trekking planner organizes and executes trekking packages which take care of everything during the trekking including food, accommodation, transportation, guide and porters. However if you are a wild kind of person and want to try the independent option , then it is better to find other people taking the trekking trip and trek in a group .

Permits

The government of Nepal has issued different rates for the trekking permits according to the region. The cost for the permits are fairly low in most of the regions, however the controlled or restricted area trekking permits are higher than average.  For the majority of the regions like Everest, Annapurna and Langtang the cost of the permit is somewhere around 50 USD per person. As of November 2018, Annapurna Conservation Area entry tickets were 30 USD and Sagarmatha National Park entry tickets were 33 USD. Entry to the Langtang National Park comes at the cost of 30 USD as of October 2018. All these permits are also available from Nepal Tourism Board offices in Kathmandu and Pokhara. But the restricted area trekking permits can cost up to 500 USD, as these regions are regarded as sensitive zones bordering with Tibet, which include the Upper Mustang and Dolpo regions. For trekking in these regions, you are mandated to seek a help of a professional trekking organizer and cannot trek without a guide.

Trekking peaks are also gaining popularity, as the peaks range from 5,650-6,500m. Climbing permits for these peaks cost $350 USD for one to four members, an additional $40 USD each for the next four members and $25 USD each for the final four members. Trekking peaks require a qualified "climbing guide", permits and deposits to cover camp waste disposal.

Responsible Trekking

Respect the people and their local traditions, and ask before taking a photograph.

The country is suffering from the rapid westernization and the people of rural communities don’t have means of proper waste management, thus it will be great if you don’t contribute more than what’s already there.

It is very important for us and the coming generations, that we leave the trekking trail as pure and pristine  after  the adventure is over .

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