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.
time for Trekking
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
people and their local traditions, and ask before taking a photograph.
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 .