With eight of the top ten highest summits in the world and some of the most beautiful landscapes which are only reachable on foot, trekking in Nepal is one of the unique experiences of Asia.
Trekking is the most popular activity in Nepal, and travellers will be bombarded on the streets of Kathmandu and the trekking hub, Pokhara, with guides, organised tours and gear for sale or rent. The huge variety of options allows for people of many ages and capabilities to attempt a trek in the country. While you could spend a year planning an expedition to wild and lofty places that few would dare attempt, you could also arrive in Kathmandu with no plans and be on the trail in a matter of days.
Despite what many may perceive, trekking in Nepal is not necessarily wandering alone through an uncharted wilderness. As they walk along the well-marked trekking paths, travellers will often discover quite the opposite; hundreds of locals passing through each day as they haul food, water and other odd necessities back to their tiny villages, along with dozens of fellow trekkers. The regularly-spaced villages and teahouses allow trekkers good opportunities to rest and recover, either for a few minutes or the night. The strong culture and unreserved friendliness of the Nepalese people can also be witnessed as one traverses the hill tracks.
The best seasons for trekking are the dry and warm seasons, March-June and September-November. During these times, the temperature is bearable and skies are usually clear, although the skies are foggier and the rain begins in May-June. It is possible to trek out of season, but expect rain and leeches during the summer monsoon season and severe cold and closed passes during the winter months.
During the monsoon season, the treks are virtually empty of travellers. Most rain usually comes at night; days are cloudy with less rain. The north side of the Himalayas is in rain shadow, meaning that the mountains somewhat block the rain. Annapurna Circuit is in rain shadow after Pisang. The skies are still cloudy and it rains occasionally. In mornings the skies may be clearer, but the views are still nowhere as good as during the trekking season. Landslides may block the trekking routes
It is best to take only what you need and leave the rest behind. Your needs while trekking will be simple.
It is possible to buy or rent everything you need in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and in the Riverside neighborhood of Pokhara, although it is better to use footwear that is already broken in. Good bargains can be had on fleeces and down jackets but the knockoffs of brand name goods sold in Nepal are not good quality.
The main essentials to bring are 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 or two, waterproof case, fabric bandages such as moleskin, a headlamp, altitude sickness and other medication, a camera, and binoculars.
On the popular trekking routes, everyday supplies, such as toilet paper, soap, chocolate bars, and even basic hiking supplies can be purchased along the way, though prices rise dramatically as you go higher in elevation. Try to stock up lower down and buy locally-produced products such as fruit, coconut biscuits and bon bon biscuits.
Maps are easy to find in Nepal, although they may not be totally accurate.
For the more difficult treks involving mountaineering, crampons and ice axes may be required. A simpler type of crampons, which attach to the shoe using a rubber ring, are easily obtainable in the Thamel neighborhood. These are variously known as spikes, microspikes and chains.
Trekking in Nepal has divided treks in different grades as Easy, Moderate, Strenuous and challenging treks. It is necessary to know which trek matches most with your physical, if you are doing trekking in Nepal for first time. We have categorized all our treks in the following ranks as below:
Easy treks are the adventure treks in Nepal which can be done in a short time with the full enjoyment of holiday. Easy treks are suitable for family with children, individuals, elders, and groups. Experience is not necessary, anyone with a good health can enjoy a good weekend hill walk can manage this grade. Easy grade treks are short in duration and at lower altitudes. You would normally walk for 4 to 5 hours during the day. The transport is by Airplanes and Jeep.
Moderate grad trek is suitable for all those people who have enough time and want to spend one week to two week in mountain area. A person should have physical fitness and able to walk through hill trial. Moderate Treks is a bit difficult than easy less the challenging. A walking day would normally be between 5 to 8 hours long and no experience is necessary.
Moderate to strenuous:
Moderate to strenuous trek requires a medium level of fitness. It is more challenging because sometimes you need to go through narrow and difficult ways. You will be at quite high in altitude so should be prepared for colder conditions and occasional snow. During these treks you will be required to walk up to 6 hours in one day. And you will be more isolated from major roads and towns.
This grade includes peaks climbing in remote areas. Trekkers or hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and also should have some mountain walking experience. Walking periods are usually between 6 to 8 hours. Sometimes there may be some longer days for pass-crossing or similar.
Challenging treks include some of the important part of Nepal as Nepal Camping Treks, Dolpo Trekking, Manaslu Trekking, Kanchenjunga Trekking, Ganja- La Pass Trekking, Simikot (MT Kailash ) Trekking and Dhaulagiri Trekking. Good physical condition is highly requires for this trekking. Thus it is real adventure that you are thinking of. Altitudes will often exceed 5,000 meters where people are living in high mountain. Such treks involve camping for relatively long periods about 20-28 days or sometimes more than that.
Himal Reisen offers you different mode of trekking in Nepal as per your requirement. Most importantly, there are three types of trekking mode in Nepal, Tea House Trekking, Camping Trekking and Guide porter hiring Trek.
Tea House Trekking(Lodges and Guest Houses Trekking):
Tea house trekking is most popular and preferred one in Nepal. People who trek the more popular routes prefer to combine sleeping in teahouses with our renowned guiding services. It includes Annapurna, Everest and Langtang - Helambu regions with good accommodation at appropriate teahouses along the route. Tea house trekking is cheaper campaign that is suitable for family, small and big groups. Its benefit is that, by arranging food and accommodation by the guide, you can hike at your own speed, set your own schedule and experience the real life of the rural area.
Camping Trek(Organized Trek):
Campaign treks include all the facilities with supplies of all necessary logistics such as tents, sleeping mats, dining tent, kitchen equipment, foods etc. that is provided by the company. Delicious food is prepared by the trained cook. Fresh f vegetables, eggs and meat are purchased locally wherever available. You can enjoy such treks by singing, dancing and local community also may perform their culture.
Porter and guide hiring treks:
Such treks are for those who wants guides and porter support from the company. Travelling through Himalayas you may need guides to help you. We provide you friendly and well trained guides with very affordable price. Our porter will lift all your burden by carrying your luggage and makes your trip memorable by explaining about local culture, religion, history of the place and every information that you want. Food and accommodation is excluded in this package.