Nepal trekking & travel advice

Trekkers trekking in Annapurna Himalaya of Nepal.
While your fitness and right season are the most important factor for best Nepal trip, supporting sustainable tourism makes you a responsible traveller. Use local companies to sustain the Himalayan culture and ecology.
With the internet, it is so easy to plan your trek ahead of time. You can reduce your cost by avoiding broker agents and rather pay fairly for environmental and sustainable tourism causes in the region you are trekking. Avoid booking through online wholesalers set up only for monetary benefit. These establishments don’t even know what they are selling and demoralize the local companies, established with their long term experience and those pursuing ethical tourism. Use Tour / trek agencies as they pay taxes, insurances and other environmental and social liabilities necessary for the country.

Fitness for Nepal Trek

Fitness makes a significant difference to your overall trekking experience. If you are a reasonably fit person, you will enjoy a trek in Nepal Himalayas. By fitness, walking in the park is not enough as Nepal trek involves multiple days’ walking uphill and downhill at the rate of 10 km per day, which is about 6 hrs walk. Even an easy walk or Nepalese flat has some ups and downs as an incline of about 100 m is not counted. Also the altitude makes it different.

Training your body by regular day hikes, jogging and climbing stairs instead of elevators a few months before coming on a trek will increase your stamina.
It is also possible to customize the treks with shorter walking distance each day.

When to visit Nepal ?

Monsoon (Mid June – Mid September) season remains mostly cloudy with everyday rain. It is possible to do a trek in June and August as the intensity of rain will be less and it mostly rains in the evening or night. However it is not the best time. The most popular seasons for Nepal trek are Spring (March and April) and Autumn (October and November). But the peak season rush may make you compromise with logistics and pay a higher price for services. If you are doing short treks to Pun Hill, Mardi Himal or Short Everest trek, the weather remains perfect throughout winter. Winter days are warm and sunny with clear Himalayan views. If you are planning long treks to Base camp or high passes, you can start travelling a couple of weeks before or later than the peak season to avoid the crowd.
Short treks like Ghorepani, Mardi and Tengboche winds through beautiful Rhododendron forests native to the Himalayas. The trek becomes even more picturesque when they bloom from mid-March till mid-April.

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Prevent altitude Sickness

Altitude shows its effect above 3,000 m and the effect depends upon a person's stamina and health on the trek. Most of the itineraries are put together in a way to avoid altitude sickness with extra rest days and acclimatization sidewalks.
Don’t trek too high, too fast or do not go ahead if symptoms are getting worse. Let your trekking guide know what you are experiencing.
  • Little workout, jogging or other physical exercise at least a month before the trip will be helpful.
  • Avoid catching a cold or respiratory problem before entering Tibet.
  • Avoid brisk walking or running immediate after you arrival.
  • Drink more water. 4 liter a day is recommended.
  • Iron and vitamin C consumption helps to increase Hemoglobin to absorb more oxygen.
  • Diamox (Acetazolamize) could be taken as prophylactic as well.
  • Don't take shower on the first day.
  • Avoid alcohol and don't smoke.

Equipment for Nepal Trek

Travelling light makes it so easy for you to pack up and move forward. Pack with layers of warm clothes instead of a big jacket. However you also need good gears if you are trekking or travelling to the high altitude or remote part of Nepal. Most of the gears you need for a trek are available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. But be careful of knock off gears produced locally with fake tagging of good brands like North Face. There are authentic North Face shops but the cost will be as much as in your home country. If you are going on a short trek or tour and don’t need those gears for later, those serve the purpose for really cheap.

Eco Trek and Sustainable Tourism practices

Most of the trekking trails pass through national parks or conservation areas which check upon environmental issues with tourism and set the rules accordingly. So issues with deforestation, plastics and other non-degradable waste management have been less or more taken care of. However it will be wise to travel Eco-friendly and follow the norms of sustainable tourism. The best practice would be to eat local food grown locally. Carry your own water bottle and purification tablet. Stay in lodges that have adopted traditional architecture and characteristics and are run by local families. Also carry back the used batteries and other non-degradable wastes.

With the expansion of roads and concretization of the villages, new alternate routes have been developed in many places. The trek to Mohare danda, Muldai view point and Khair Lake is one of the 'off the beaten path' trek in Annapurna based on community lodges.

Community lodge Trek

Nepal Travel Tips

  • Get necessary vaccinations.
  • There are only certain clinics and hospitals which deal with insurance and they are expensive. Helicopters are the only and effective means of evacuation. So have proper insurances that cover medical and evacuation.
  • Don’t drink tap water or take ice cubes. Only drink bottled water. Avoid Salad, unpeeled fruits or uncooked food as these are the common cause of traveler’s Diarrhea.
  • Carry insect repellent and wear long sleeves and long trousers.
  • Torch lights or head lights will be handy as streets are dark and power could go off any time anywhere.
  • Bring hand sanitizer and wash your hands often.
  • C and D adapter will be helpful for Nepalese plug and also bring converter if your electronics can’t handle 220 v.

Advice on travelling to Nepal may make you nervous and think again, but it is better to do it once than read and hear about it hundreds of times. All the information may sound overwhelming, but it is worth the visit. P Ltd Team
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