Famous for its collection of high mountains Nepal is considered one of the most loved travel destination of the world. Home to some of the world class trekking destination (explore trekking destination), trekking trails of Nepal goes through its vast Himalayan foothills from easy, moderate, strenuous to highly adventurous.
If you are one of those outdoor devotees than Trekking in Nepal should be in the top of your bucket list. If you are new to the Himalayas than you might be wondering how it is like trekking under those majestic white himalayas and what are the things to be considered before preparing for trekking in Nepal.
Here are some basic guidelines (tips) that you should consider to make your adventure in Nepal a lot more easier and enjoyable.
September to November (Autumn) and March to May (Spring) are considered as the best trekking season in Nepal, though the trails will be crowded. The weather is clear with stunning views of the mountains with moderate temperature making it good for trekking.
Planning to trek in December to January (Winter) than it is not suitable for high altitude trek which involves high mountain passes. However you are considering to trek below 3000 meters than it is possible.
June, July and August (monsoon) involves heavy rainfall which makes the trekking condition unfavorable. But Nepal is full of surprises and has a solution for it, the rain shadow area. Trekking regions of Nepal which connects to Tibet and desert parts of Nepal like Mustang, Nar-Phu valley and Dolpo regions are best season to do trekking which is summer trekking.
Book with local agency
Local know it all, they are well updated to the current situation, trekking routes, and they are far more reasonable than international agencies. Local agency are far more flexible when it comes to dates, rates and customization than international agencies.
Find a reputed trekking agency, exchange few emails and calls and book your trek. It is simple as that.
Train your body for the Trek.
Be it an easy trek or highly adventurous you need to fully train your body to cope with the effort the trek takes, it is the only way to enjoy the trek to the fullest. Due to the steep uphills and slippery downhills(4 to 5 hours of continuous walking) and involvement of altitude, trekking in Nepal is hard task, so start training several months before.
Know about altitude sickness.
Trekking in nepal means you are walking above 2500 meter, resulting you have a high chance of suffering from altitude sickness no matter how fit you are. The altitude sickness mostly occurs above 2,400 metres (8,000 feet) and most people can ascend to 2,400 metres (8,000 ft) without difficulty.
However it is hard to tell who will be affected by Altitude sickness because everyone reacts to altitude differently.
Symptoms of Altitude Sickness:
- Nausea and dizziness
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty in sleeping
- Lack of body coordination
The most effective way to cure altitude sickness is to stay alert for its symptoms, and if you or any member of your trekking group suffers from it descend to lower elevations as quickly as possible.
What to Carry?
The secret is to pack light as possible as you are constantly walking most of the time. Choose proper clothing according to the season of your trek, whether you’re trekking in spring, from March to May and early June, or in winter, from early September –early December.
Buy a high quality strong trekking boot, lightweight and high ankle support, if you don’t own one. Go on a hike wearing those shoes, you need to break them before trekking in Nepal.
Tip: There are tons of shop which sell trekking gears and equipment around thamel.
Walk on your own pace
Walk slow and steady, rather than having to walk faster and stop frequently. Stop when you want to, sit back and relax, catch some breath, feast your eyes with the panorama, and take plenty of photographs. There are no any reward for those who reaches or complete the trek first. By being slow and steady, you keep your heartbeat fairly constant use less energy and cover more distance.
There is also a couple of rest days which are included in the itinerary, to get acclimatized to high altitude, before going any further up. So, do not rush, the Himalayas are there and aren’t going anywhere.
Know about Nepal.
Before heading to Nepal, learn and get to know about Nepal. Do little homework about the culture and lifestyle, a bit of geography and history. It will surely come in handy and even help you overcome some of the CULTURE SHOCK you (tourist/travelers) may face in Nepal.
Also learn some basic local phrase to get you through Nepal. A simple Hi or Thank You with a smile will definitely break the cultural barrier with the locals and help you get through loads of difficulties.
Plan Organized Trek
For beginner, start with organized trek, the best way to get familiar with treks here. The advantage is that you don’t have to worry much about the logistics, as everything will be handled by the trekking agency, from your lodging to food, documents, domestic flights, local transportation and all other trekking necessities. This will give you a chance to fully enjoy walking in the mountainous region of the country and experience unique cultures in the region.
Purify Water and Drink Plenty of Fluid
It is recommended that you purify water during the trek, however you will be provided with purified water by your travel agency. Incase if you need to than
- You can ask the Tea House staff to boil water for you
- Always carry water purifier tablet such as Steripen to purify water instead of chemicals like iodine tablets.
- Take water flavors like Gatorade, Tang to cover up the taste of the purified water.
You tend to get dehydrated quickly when trekking in high altitude. So drink plenty of fluids and water during your treks in Nepal to keep yourself hydrated.
Note: Fluid does not mean beer or any other alcoholic beverages
Listen to your Guide
The trekking agency will provide you with a guide to assist you throughout your trekking. Guide and his team ensures that every aspect of your trip runs smoothly once you depart for your desired trekking and/or climbing destination. Tell your problems with your guide, don’t hide them. Your trekking guide should be aware of these risks and will always be looking out for your safety and wellbeing.