Trekking in Nepal
What is trekking ?
Trekking means journey on foot, especially to hike through mountain areas or walk in the country side for pleasure or sport. Perhaps among the various kinds of activities that you can enjoy during your visit to a country like Nepal which is blessed with varied bio -diversity and geographic regions.
Trekking involves walking on an average of 5 to 7 hours per day covering about 9 to 14 kilometers in remote areas. The trekking route passes through forest, high passes, valleys, meadows, rice fields, idyllic hamlets with the backdrop of the magnificent Himalayan range, glaciers, snow fed rivers and lakes depending on the region.
During a trek you can either stay in simple lodges or homes of local people or camp for the night. Trekkers can either choose virgin tracks or off beaten trails to reach their desired destination in remote Nepal.
Some people confuse trekking with climbing but trekking does not involve mountain climbing, it only involves walking on trails. Trekking is a healthy activity though it does have certain amount of caution is required to avoid accidents. If you are physically fit trekking will not be difficult for you. No prior climbing training is required for trekking but you need to have love of walking to enjoy nature and trekking trails.
When to go?
The best time to trek in Nepal is from October to May. The first two months of the dry season (October and November) is the ideal period for trekking in Nepal. The atmosphere is fresh and pure after the monsoon rains, the mountain scenery is superb and the weather is still comfortably warm. December, January and February are also good months for trekking but it will be cold at high altitudes.
March to May also offer better weather when trekkers will be able to see the varied and beautiful wild flowers, particularly in Nepal's wonderful rhododendron forests. During the monsoon season (June-August) trekking is possible in the rain-shadow areas of north of the Himalaya like upper Mustang and upper Dolpo. These regions are out of reach of the rain clouds because of the high mountains and are unaffected by the monsoon
How to Choose a Trek?
Please remember that occasionally bad weather, altitude and unfamiliar cultures can make extra demands. A sense of humor and determination are important attributes on any adventure holiday and on a trekking holiday. It is important to enjoy walking. In order to help you in selecting a trek we have given each trek a grade, although this is only a simple guide. If you need help in deciding which trek is suitable, please call or send us an email, we will be pleased to advise you further.
How to Plan a Nepal Trek ?
Nepal offers plenty of opportunities for treks lasting a day or less, though most are considerably longer. Around Pokhara or the Kathmandu Valley you can complete the trek within two, three or four days but for the very popular Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit treks you have to allow three weeks.
How do I get to Nepal?
In order to fly directly to Nepal from your home country, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. TIA has direct airlink with Guanzhou, Istanbul, Hongkong, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Bombay and Bangalore.
Turkish Airlines, Nepal Airlines (RNAC), Jet Airways India, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Qatar Airways, Fly Dubai, Himalaya Airlines, Ethiad, Air Asia, Malindo Air are the airlines that carry most of the foreign travelers into Kathmandu; and if you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg of your flight.
Will I get to interact with the people and experience things first hand?
Absolutely! One of the major things that visitors to this part of the world remember most is the people. Whether you are trekking though very remote villages or through bustling cities, people everywhere greet you with smiling faces. They invite us into their homes, share their stories and even welcome us to join an ongoing wedding or festive gathering. You will miss nothing, enjoy more that you have expected. We have found that bringing a digital camera, photos of families or postcards for home can help you get interacting with the people very quickly.
How long we have to trek ?
A trekking trip can be of any length you choose. Popular short treks are available around the Kathmandu and Pokhara valleys, which can be complete in one, two or three days while longer treks last from a week to a month. It is even possible to combine a series of popular treks together and peak climbing for months on end.
Types of Trekking in Nepal.
We offer modest accommodation and reasonable standard of food at country lodges all along the trails. Our guide and porters lead the trek & carry the luggage & equipment.
Full Board Camping Trek
On this trek we offer all the necessary food and camping equipment. Our guides, cook, porters or yaks take care of all the technical and logistical aspect of the trip. Everyday our staff will set the camp along the trails and our well-trained cooks prepare the food as per the taste of the clients.