Nepal Trekking Tips

 

Nepal offers some of the best trekking in the world, with stunning scenery and magnificent mountain ranges. You don’t need to have trekking experience, you simply require a good level of fitness and a sense of adventure!

 

 

 

 

Sherpas

Sherpas are Nepal’s most famous ethnic group and have been employed on mountaineering and trekking expeditions in Nepal since the 1920s when the Everest reconnaissance team first hired them.

 

When Sir Edmond Hillary reached the summit in 1953, he was accompanied by Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay. Today, most expeditions still rely on Sherpa knowledge and their selfless devotion and endurance. There is no group in the world as well adapted to high altitude conditions as the Sherpa. The role of the Sherpa on expeditions, is many and varied, they are the trekking guides, porters and cooks.

 

Our Nepal and Tibet tours are operated in conjunction with a family run company called the Sherpa Society. The Sherpa Society Trekking & Mountaineering is one of the foremost trekking expedition operators in Nepal, who have been running expeditions since 1973, giving them depth, extensive experience, and knowledge in this area and ensuring you are in very safe hands!

 

 

 

 

Trekking Accommodation

Whilst trekking, accommodation options are limited so please do not expect the Ritz! We use simple family run lodges, with a large sociable central dining area and a cosy wood burning fire. Rooms are on a twin share basis and we recommend you use your own sleeping bag. Lodges tend to have shared bathroom facilities and you won't always have access to a shower. Lodges often charge between Rs.200-700 (depending upon the altitude), for a bucket of hot water, which can then be mixed with the cold water to wash yourself with.

 

If you need to charge the battery of your camera or mobile phone etc, the lodges will do this for you for a small fee of approx. Rs.50-200 per full charge.

 

It is important to understand that when you are trekking you will be away from “civilization” and the comforts of home. Trekking is adventure travel! Despite the lack of facilities, these lodges certainly have a rustic charm. Most are blessed with spectacular views and being family run operations, offer a great insight into the daily life of the Himalayan people.

 

 

 

 

Meals & Water

All of your meals are included whilst you’re trekking. Meals at the lodges are normally vegetarian and staple foods include rice, vegetable curry, dal soup, noodles, pasta, dumplings, fries and stew. Desert is not provided, although it's usually possible to purchase chocolate bars, biscuits and sweets at the lodges. At each meal you'll be given a cup of tea or coffee and you can purchase additional drinks from the lodges of porters.

 

During the trek mineral water is readily available to purchase and the cost ranges from Rs.50-350 per litre depending on the altitude (the higher you are, the more things cost). Alternatively you can refill a bottle at lodges and water stations by paying a nominal fee of Rs.20-50 and use purification tablets to make it safe for consumption. We recommend that you do this to help protect the environment by reducing the use of plastic bottles and it is also more cost effective.

 

All of your meals are included whilst you’re trekking. Meals at the lodges are normally vegetarian and staple foods include rice, vegetable curry, dal soup, noodles, pasta, dumplings, fries and stew. Desert is not provided, although it's usually possible to purchase chocolate bars, biscuits and sweets at the lodges. At each meal you'll be given a cup of tea or coffee and you can purchase additional drinks from the lodges of porters. 
During the trek mineral water is readily available to purchase and the cost ranges from Rs.50-350 per litre depending on the altitude (the higher you are, the more things cost). Alternatively you can refill a bottle at lodges and water stations by paying a nominal fee of Rs.20-50 and use purification tablets to make it safe for consumption. We recommend that you do this to help protect the environment by reducing the use of plastic bottles and it is also more cost effective. 

 

 

 

Health and Fitness

Nepal offers some of the best trekking in the world, with stunning scenery and magnificent mountain ranges. You don’t need to be an athlete to undertake either of our Himalayan treks; you simply require a good level of fitness, gained from regular exercise and a sense of adventure! Greater fitness will allow you to adjust with ease, leaving you to enjoy yourself and your surroundings. We suggest you begin a fitness program at least 3 months before departure. Take part in regular activities such as cycling, swimming, jogging, tennis, walking and bush walking.

 

The Annapurna Panorama is a perfect introduction to trekking, reaching a maximum height of 2830m, trekking at a relatively easy pace, with plenty of sightseeing and lodge accommodation. You’ll be trekking on average for 4 – 6 hours a day. Our Everest Base Camp and Everest & Gokyo Lakes treks are more challenging, reaching heights of 5400m, and trekking for up to 7- 8 hours a day. Nevertheless, everyone can walk at a steady pace and there is plenty of time during the day to cover the distances and the physical exertion, though strenuous, is not sustained. There will also be plenty of time to rest.

 

A man trekking to a Buddhist stupa in Nepal

 

 

 

 

Altitude Sickness

Our treks are designed to ensure there is plenty of time for adequate acclimatisation and cases of mountain sickness are rare. Altitude sickness is not related to your level of fitness; it occurs as a result of failure to adapt to high altitudes (usually over 2000 meters) and can affect anyone. The common symptoms are headaches, nausea, irregular breathing, insomnia and the swelling of fingers and glands. Treatment is to descend to a lower altitude as quickly as possible which normally results in rapid improvement and recovery.

 

 

 

 

A helping hand

Whilst you are trekking the porters will carry your baggage and all the heavy gear, you’ll just need to carry a small day pack for your water, camera and essentials. We also take care of all your meals whilst you’re trekking and you’ll be fed three varied and healthy meals a day.

 

 

 

 

Travel Insurance

On our Annapurna Panorama trek you need travel insurance that will cover you for trekking up to 3000m and up to 6000m on our Everest Base Camp and Everest & Gokyo Lakes treks. You do not need specialist travel insurance but not all insurers will cover trekking above 2000m as standard, there is often a supplement, so it is important to check the policy details carefully. on the go can provide comprehensive travel insurance, with the suitable level of cover, please contact our reservations team for details.

 

 

 

 

Preparation

 

What to pack

It is best to pack light and to bring clothes that can be layered for warmth. There are plenty of traders selling clothes and trekking equipment at very cheap prices en route, so there is no need to worry about not packing enough! This equipment list below suggests several items you might bring on a trek and you'll find a more comprehensive list on the Go Guide trip notes which are available to download on the tour itinerary pages. Do not carry everything on the list as you will overload your backpack.

 

The luggage allowance on domestic flights is 15kgs including your hand baggage and porters on the trek will carry bags up to a maximum of 15kgs.

 

  • Holdall/kitbag, max size 100litre with a separate day pack (definitely no suitcases!)
  • A high quality sleeping bag - (lodges do not always provide adequate bedding)
  • First aid kit and water purification tablets
  • Torch and batteries
  • Water bottle
  • A towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletries
  • Camera and other essentials

 

What to wear

  • Light/medium weight hiking or walking boots
  • A good water/wind proof jacket with a hood
  • Loose fitting lightweight trousers and shorts
  • Thick woollen jumper/sweater
  • T-shirts
  • Thick socks, gloves and woollen hat
  • Sun hat and sun glasses

 

 

 

 

When to trek in Nepal

June to September - Summer is monsoon season in Nepal and it rains almost every day, mostly in the evenings; the scenery is lush and green but trails become very muddy. For this reason we do not offer trekking during these months

 

October to November - Autumn is the most popular time to trek, when it is cooler with clear skies.

 

December to February - Winter months tend to be mild in the daytime with brilliant sunshine, but foggy in the mornings and can become very cold at night. January is the coldest month of the year.

 

March to May - Spring is very warm with occasional showers but as long as you don’t mind the heat it is a good time to trek. May is the hottest month of the year.

In the mountain regions, daytime hiking temperatures generally range from 10 to 21 degrees Celsius. Night time temperatures tend to drop down to between 4 to 12 degrees Celsius but can be colder at higher altitudes. We schedule our trips to attempt to coincide with the best weather conditions but we cannot be held accountable for the unpredictability of Mother Nature!

 

 

 

 

Tailor-made trekking holidays

We can tailor-make a holiday to incorporate other popular trails such as the popular Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Sanctuary and Annapurna Base Camp, the challenging Kanchenjunga Base Camp in the remote eastern Himalayas and treks in other regions such as Langtang. Please contact us for details.

 

 

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