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Trekking in Nepal-Tips for a first Time Trekker

“Trekking means a traveling experience with a thrilling excitement.” Amit Kalantri

If you really agree with the above line by Amit Kalantri, then there is an avid trekker within you wishing to explore the adventurous trails.  So are you looking for your first ever trekking destination or planning to experience your next trekking. Well, a long list of trekking destinations might be lining in your mind, but there is an ideal destination for all and it is Nepal. The geography and topography in Nepal is the boon to the country and a perfect trekking trails for the trekkers of all level and categories. The lush greenery, the graceful faces are waiting to give you an overwhelming welcome whereas the snow-capped mountains and the stunning sunrise are holding the beauties to take your breath away.

Nepal is not a new name in trekking destinations, but if it is your first time in  Nepal or first trekking ever then the following tips will address your dilemma and confusions.

1. What to look?

If you are a beginner and planning for your first ever trekking in Nepal then you should definitely go for the easy one. Your age and fitness level of trekking destination you choose is the must.

But if you are experienced trekker and choosing Nepal as your next trekking destination then you should definitely try exciting and thrilling trails to discover the most adventurous experience of your life. Below is the list of destinations in Nepal on the basis of fitness level, which will help you to choose your ideal trekking destination.

Easy Trek Moderate Trek Challenging Trek Strenuous Trek
–  Ghorepani Poonhill

–  Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek

–  Everest View Trekking

–  Helambu Trek

 

–  Annapurna Base Camp

–  Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

–  KhopraDanda With Khaire lake Trek

–  Mardi Himal Trek

–  Everest base camp Trekking

–  Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

– Upper Mustang Trek

 

 

–  Annapurna Circuit Trekking

–  Dhaulagiri circuit Trek

–  Annapurna circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake

–  Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri

– Makalu Base Camp Trek

–  Manaslu Circuit Trek

–  Upper Dolpo Trek

–  Everest High Pass Trek

–  Kanchenjunga Trek

–  Makalu circuit Trekking

–  Manaslu Circuit Trek with TSUM valley

 

2. Best time to travel

Basically, trekking in Nepal is open throughout the year. As different seasons beautifies Nepal in different ways, it’s really up to you when and what do you actually want to experience. Preparation should be accordingly.  However, (Autumn) September, October, and December are considered to be the best time and (Spring) March and April as the second-best option.

3. Booking

Well, you can go on an individual trek but if you want to extract the maximum from trekking in Nepal than you better choose a local travel agency, Multiland Tours and Treks. It sounds like spending some extra but it actually is a great deal. Here we have listed out how the local travel agencies can make your trip easier and as perfect as you wanted it to be.

  • We offer the services at far more reasonable prices than the international agencies allowing you to travel in comparatively lower budget
  • We provide you with an English-speaking guide who can understand you and translate in order to make you understand
  • Our Nepali tour guides are up-to-date with the trekking routes, and current affairs which avoid delays and enhance convenience
  • Also, the Nepal guides who are experts in the rough trails could share you the least known facts and facilitate you with logistics
  • Plus, the porters provided will carry all of your belongings except your daypack, thereby letting you enjoy the light and most comfortable walk
  • Since these porters are used to with the difficult terrains, they can reach the lodge/hotel before you and get the accommodation ready in advance
  • You can get a better stay, as the local agencies are well aware of the better lodges/ hotels in the routes.
  • You can convince the local travel agencies about what you exactly want your trekking like and that way you can customize the trekking packages as you wish.

4. Compulsory items in your trekking baggage

Packing is not an easy part. Missing an item result a mess during the trekking. Well, if your mind is really roaming around what to pack and what not to then the list below will help you to figure out the compulsory items you must insert in your baggage.

  • A pair of sandals, lightweight walking boots and spare laces (Rather than the new shoes the adjusted shoes is advisable for the better comfort during trekking)
  • Toiletries with towels
  • Flashlight, don’t just depend upon mobile flashlight apps
  • Sunglasses and sun-hat
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with a high SPF factor
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Long shorts
  • 2 cotton T-shirts, 2 trousers – (loose and comfortable)
  • Thermal underwear (Top and bottom)
  • Gloves, woolen hat, 2 pairs of thin and 2 pairs of thick woolen socks
  • Water bottle, iodine to purify drinking water (Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets are highly recommended)
  • Daypack, rucksack

5. Important information

  • It’s better if trekkers bring their personal trekking gears from their country as in case of some special kind of skin cream, medicine, and special sized trekking shoes will be hard to find in the local market in Nepal.
  • Besides the personal trekking gears, basic needs for trekking like a sleeping bag, duffle bag, and trekking map will be provided by most of the trekking agencies on a returnable basis.

6. Health concerns

You might have a strong determination on your trekking but always listen to your body first. Our body might not feel comfortable in high altitudes due to which one can face AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).

Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS) or High-Altitude Sickness is a mountain illness that happens to trekkers due to more exposure to low pressure of oxygen while trekking in high altitude over 3000 meters in the Himalayas. The main causes of AMS are less availability of oxygen at high altitude, dehydration, and rapid ascent.

Lack of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue or weakness, dizziness or lightheadedness, shortness of breath nosebleed, persistent rapid pulse and diarrhea are the primary symptoms which are visible in an affected person.

7. You can avoid AMS by taking following precautions:

  • Increase the intake of water or liquid as you gain higher altitude
  • Take enough rest at the lower level to acclimatize with the climate
  • Ascending slowly is the best way to avoid AMS
  • Avoiding alcohol consumption in the first 24-hours at a higher altitude
  • A descend of few hundred meters overnight may be enough to make you fit to start trekking next day
  • If you have any health-related concern it is always better to cross check with your medical practitioner before hiking or climbing in high altitude and seek proper advice

8. Hotels and lodges at the high altitude

If you choose an adventurous trekking in remote parts of Nepal then luxurious stay is excluded in advance. But you need not be anxious as you will get to experience something more precious than the luxury. You can get a corporate own luxury hotel while trekking at lower altitudes. But at higher altitudes, local tea-houses and family-run lodges are the only options left for a stay.

However, they provide the best services with the available resources. They serve you breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You will get to taste a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. Also, a plenty of snacks are available such as biscuits, chocolate, and soft drinks and in some areas, you will find fresh fruit in season. In addition, you can buy packaged water (bottled mineral water) from local lodge and shop or can also ask for a bottle with boiled water and treat it with water purification pills.

Normally toilets are outside the mainstay but nowadays some of them have attached or indoor toilets and some are also with hot showers.

Above all, make sure to book in advance so that you can grab all the opportunities offered by the travel agencies. Booking in advance also provides you enough time and space to make the necessary adjustments. And who knows you might be the lucky one to get the most beneficial deal.