Trekking in Nepal

in Brief:

Mountainous, hilly, and Terai regions of this country offer unique experience for all types of trekkers. The most popular trekking destination is Annapurna region where one can see Alpine meadows, unmatched views of Himalaya, bamboo forests and a variety of wildlife including danphe – the national bird of Nepal. 1 out of 3 visitors will tell you more about their trekking experience than their city tours. This isn’t a shocking answer at all. Where would a tourists want to go in a country, that is nearly mountains ? 83% of Nepal land is mountains. so, go figure.

 

Is trekking for Everyone?

Ask how strong are not your legs and how high can you not go. Wear a smile and have an attitude, and you are ready for any hills. Trek in groups, go with a guide and porters. Load your luggage on the porter, then walk and explore the mountains easily. Take a rest whenever you want to, let the porters cook your meal while you relax for an hour or two, and then again walk to Tent and for a good-night sleep. Wake up the next morning to do it all over again, or roll down the hills. Everyone can do trekking and everyone can find a hill waiting to be explored in Nepal. So, how do I find out which mountain is for me ? Find smaller stars under Difficulty as shown in the following topic.

 

Trekking Areas

Here is a list of popular trekking routes in the country. Include all or combine some for your ultimate adventure of a life time. Mother-earth’s creation to make our planet more beautiful, the mountains and Himalaya of Nepal, should be visited by us.

 

Trekking Destination Popularity of Route
Trekking Difficulty Himalaya Visibility
Min. Trekking Weeks
Manang region
Located along the eat side of the Annapurna range, it offers breathtaking trekking experience.
*** *** ***** 2
Kali Gandaki gorge to Jomsom
This is among a popular trekking route in the Annapurna region.
*** **** ***** 2
Annapurna Circuit
Most popular trekking route in the region offering simple to complex trekking experience, scenic surroundings and excellent view of the Himalaya
***** **** ***** 3
Solukhumbu and Mt. Everest
The mother of all trekking! Known as Everest region, also the home of the Sherpa and the mysterious Yeti. Trekking starts from Jiri and reaches the MT. Everest base camp at an elevation of 5,450 meters.
***** ***** ***** 3
Langtang – Helambu – Gosaikunda region
This area makes a perfect choice for visitors with limited time. Trekking starts from Kathmandu, it will take 1 week to 10 days to complete. Here you will get Less crowd and friendly folks.
*** *** *** 1
Rara Lake
Walk for few days from the Jumla airport  to get hold a place where there aren’t many people, place of unspoiled natural beauty.
**** ** **** 1
Kanchenjunga Region
New treks opened by the government of Nepal. Trek beyond the villages through the tender forests.
* ** *** 2
Arun River and Makalu base Camp Route
Trek up the Arun river, near to the Tibetan border and then east towards the base of Makalu mountain. You will leave civilization behind when you reach Makalu.
**** *** ***** 2
Tansen to Dhorpatan
Trek in this region to see true Nepali village people.
** *** **** 1

 

Peaks in the popular Trekking Regions

Peak Heights are in meters (m)

Annapurna Treks Everest Trek Langtang And Helambu Treks
Nilgiri 6940m
Tilicho 7132m
Annapurna-1 8091m
Annapurna-South 7273m
Trake Kang 7193m
Gangapurna 7454m
Annapurna-III 7555m
Machhapuchhre 6997m
Pisang Peak 6091m
Annapurna-IV 7525m
Annapurna-II 7937m
Lamjung Himal 6986m
Mount Everest 8848m
Lhotse 8511m
Nuptse 7879m
Island Peak 6189m
Chola La 6440m
Kalpatthar 5630m
Cho Oyu 8153m
Langtang-II 6541m
Langtang Lirung 7246m

 

Types of Trekking:

Trekking can be done in a number of ways; teahouse trekking, back packing, self arranged or trekking through operators. In teahouse trekking, you eat and sleep on hotels and teahouse (known as bhatti in Nepal where one can get a hot cup of tea, coffee, local or imported alcohol drinks) found in the trekking regions. Teahouse trekking is the most popular of all as you can easily find a place to eat and sleep in the areas you are familiar with.  Backpack trekking is popular in areas where one would tent, cock individually or in groups. Usually you make your backpack lighter by caring limited foods and clothes required during the trekking period. Self-Arranged Trekking can easily be done by contacting the local people for support in porters, food and accommodation. Sherpas are popular choice for self arranging trekking in Everest and Annapurna region. One can give the entire responsibly to arrange all to the trekking agency or operators. This is the most expensive of all, and is a favorite choice for first time trekkers in Nepal for security and comfort. Following topic discusses best times to trek in Nepal. Read on…

 

Trekking Seasons

Trekking in Nepal can be done all year around. The country is blessed with good weathers. Some Trekkers visit Nepal during off tourism seasons to grab bargains on everything for around 30% off including accommodating and travel programs.

Season Months Trekking Notes
Autumn September to November Excellent season for trekking in all areas, clear mountain views.
Winter December to February Ideal for trekking in regions below 2500 meters altitude.
Spring March to May Nepal’s national flower Guranse (rhododendrons in English) colors the mountains, moderate temperature makes a perfect choice for trekking in hilly regions but trekking in terai can be a little burdensome due to high temperature in the region.
Summer June to August Monsoon is in the period. Expect wet, warm and wild trekking during the season. This is the season to see lush green valleys with rice crops and greenest thick jungles.

 

Cost of Trekking

These costs are for you to get an idea about how much it will cost in average.  Mainly choice of facilities and their standards, food and accommodation and trekking route and days spent are some factors that make up the cost.  Consider getting a trekking package from our travel companies for a hassle free trekking. Do not trek alone, always have a guide and a porter. Doing trekking in a group is always the best option.

Trekking Region How much will I need in US$ ?
Everest and Langtang Trekking About 2,500
Annapurna Region About 1,400
Kanchenjunga and  Dolpa About 1,000
Everest Climbing Full About 75,000 alone or
with a team In a Team around 50,000

 Notes

  • Not all trekking programs may not included accommodation and food cost. These can be expensive in remote areas and unavailable so it’s best to include this in your trekking package offered by your travel company.
  • It’s best to book your trip for Nepal a few days more for Nepal expecting trekking program to delay due to bad weather, something that is common in any trekking up towards the Himalayas.

 

Trekking Permit Fee

Nepal Government issues these trekking permits to travel in restricted areas and check with your travel company as most already include this for you to avoid paper-works. .

Table – Trekking Permit Destination and Fee

Permit fees are to be paid at one time in US$ or in equivalent Nepalese Rupees, upper areas have higher fees.

Mountain or Trekking Route Cost in for one person in US$
 Dolpa District (Areas of Upper Dolpa)   $500 for the first 10 days,
$50 per day thereafter.
 Dolpa District ( Areas of Lower Dolpa) $10 per week.
 Mustang District:   $500 for first 10 days,
$50 per day thereafter.
 Manaaslu Region  $70 for 7 days, $10 per day after
 Mugu District  $90 for 7 days, $15 per day thereafter.
 Manang Distric $90 for 7 days.
 Rasuwa  $10 per week
Humla District $50 per week
Sankhuwasabha $10 a month
Gorkha District (Chhekampar & Chunchet  Area) $35 for 8 days.

 

For Trekking What to bring?

If equipments are needed from you for going with a guide and a porter alone, consider these, otherwise many of the equipments are  already taken care of by a trekking company. Personal items are to be carried by you. Consider hiring a travel company that offers a complete program for your peace of mind, so you will only be trekking and enjoying the views and leaving the rest of the job to others such as porters, guides for meals and accommodation.

  1. Binoculars, Reading books, Battery powered reading lamps
  2. Swiss army knife, Torch light, Sunglasses
  3. Wind and water proof jacket, Toiletries, towel and soap
  4. First Aid Kit, Few spare batteries (small or large or both? they are never near  when you need the most.)
  5. A mini gas or kerosene cooking stove and a small steel bowl
  6. plastic plates, cups and bags, A cigarette Lighter.
  7. Digital camera
  8. And finally, Throw the perishable left-overs like food, burn those that can be burnt, and carry the rest – “Live the trails and tent areas exactly the way you would like find next time”

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