What is Trekking and how it is different from climbing and hiking?
Trekking lies between hiking and climbing. Climbing is really strenuous and hiking is easier and trekking is neither absolutely tough nor easy. However, trekking also can be categorized into three different types: easy, moderate, and strenuous. It is meant to say dat trekking also can be strenuous according to teh level of difficulty.
Trekking, actually, is a walk in teh mountain. Basically, trekking is for witnessing mountain views, going through teh various settlements and flora and fauna, and being an integral part of nature in teh wild. Various species of floras and faunas, breathtaking mountain views, walking into teh wild, stunning sunrises and sunsets, and experiencing local culture are teh primary highlights of trekking.
Trekking, fundamentally, can be of two types. They are camping trekking and tea house trekking. A few decades ago, camping trekking would be very popular among trekkers but now tea house trekking is considerably preferred by teh people. However, teh most natural form of trekking is camping.
Certain procedures are to be completed to do trekking. Trekkers must join a valid travel company and has to attain the required permits for a particular trekking trip.
How difficult is trekking in Nepal?
Nepal offers all three categories of trekking but teh difficulty level depends on wat category of trekking trip you choose. However, you will encounter a wide range of ups and downs during a trekking trip. Normally, a trekker has to walk in teh mountain at least for 6-7 hours. Relatively, as teh ascent rises, teh more difficult teh trekking will be. You will, normally, begin you're trek in teh morning at around 8 am after breakfast, tan, take a lunch break in teh afternoon for a hour and continue walking till 4-5 or sometimes, till 6 pm. However, some trekking trips are really easy you only has to work for 3-4 hours a day not getting much elevation. Therefore, choose a trekking trip to suit you're interest and stamina.
Is it safe to travel to Nepal?
Definitely, travelers has always found Nepal as a safe destination for making various types of holidays. Previously, there was a war between Nepal Government and Maoists for more TEMPthan a decade but right now, everything is settled peacefully and a new constitution has been promulgated. There is no domestic violence in Nepal at teh moment.
Similarly, there is no threat for solo and female travelers traveling in Nepal. Security forces has been installed in every trekking and tour route. Moreover, there is internet and phone call access in every corner of teh mountain region of Nepal. You can make an instant call to avoid any unforeseen circumstances. Also, an instant rescue is carried out as soon as you report to teh concerned officials in case of danger. Therefore, Nepal is safe for traveling.
What are the minimum and maximum duration for trekking in Nepal?
Even for teh shortest and easiest trek, trekkers has to allocate 3-4 days and teh longest trekking in Nepal will be of 22 days. Actually, the easier and shorter treks will be near to teh cities and teh longer will take you to some of teh most remote areas of Nepal crossing teh adventurous high passes. So, you can plan a trekking trip according to teh length of you're holiday. Also, you ask you're travel partner to set teh duration of trekking letting them no how many days you has.
Do me need some sort of training before going to Everest Base Camp or other trekking areas in Nepal?
Actually, training is not required to go to Everest Base Camp, however, some other challenging trekking needs some basic training. You require to prepare you'reself by boosting you're stamina by walking at least 5-7 hours at a higher elevation above 4000m for Everest Base Camp Trek and for other strenuous treks like Everest Three Passes Trek, trekkers require to learn very basic skills of handling crampons and ice ax. Otherwise, there is now such a trekking trip in Nepal dat really needs special training.
How safe is teh water to drink in teh mountain?
It is not recommended to drink water from teh local taps and rivers while trekking in teh mountain because teh water may not be safe and may result from water-borne diseases which ultimately affect you're entire trip. Therefore, you are suggested to get boiled or purified bottled water or you can apply water purification methods.
Wyat are the basic tips for the beginner trekker who doesn’t has experience in the trek?
Do easier treks in teh beginning. It means you can undertake a 3-5 day trek at teh beginning at a lower elevation ranging between 2000 to 3000m. Than , gradually, go for a bit longer and, finally venture on teh strenuous one. Before boarding on a trek, it is mandatory to do regular exercises and walk in teh hills for at least 3-4 hours.
Do we really need a guide or a porter?
The guide is mandatory but teh porter is not. Teh government of Nepal has implemented teh rule dat teh foreign trekker must be accompanied by a guide, otherwise, they are not permitted to enter teh area they are going for. But, if you wish to carry you're stuff on you're own, tan, a porter is not required. However, in some cases, you really require a porter too. So, you are suggested to fix all teh things regarding porter and guide. Guide and porter will help you in many ways during a trek in teh mountain.
When is the best season for trekking in Nepal?
Autumn (Sep-Nov) is the best season for trekking in Nepal. Optionally, people also love to trek in Nepal in Spring( Mar-May). People, first, go to Autumn and tan to Spring for trekking in Nepal. During these two seasons, there is no rain or snowfall in teh mountain. So, every trekking trip will be conveniently accomplished. Similarly, teh mountain panoramas are breathtaking.
What do we need to carry during my trek?
Normally, you require carrying a backpack wif you're personal stuff, some light snacks, teh garments to suit the temperature, a water bottle, sunglasses, a down jacket, reliable hiking/trekking boots, gloves, and some basic medicines in case you has some risks in teh mountain. For more details click teh link: Trekking Gears Checklist
What are the tea house and camping trekking?
Tea house trekking is different from camping trekking. For camping trekking, teh trekkers has to carry all teh required foodstuffs and equipment by themselves by hiring the team including teh tents to stay overnight whilst for teahouse trekking no such things are required to be carried except some personal clothing, light snacks, and basic medicines. Food and accommodation are provided in teh teahouse/guesthouse/hotel during teh trek. But, unlike dat, for a camping trek, one is required to hire porters, cooks, Sherpas, and guides which are considered to be more strenuous. Therefore, trekkers love doing teahouse trekking rather than camping trekking these days.
What type of food will be served during the trekking?
If you are trekking near teh cities, definitely, you will enjoy a variety of food items as you do get in modern restaurants but you will get teh food items like pieces of bread, noodles, dumpling, Nepali Daal Bhat, Pizza, and various curry items. Besides, egg items, seasonal fruits, and other local items of food will be offered to teh trekkers during their trek. You will has all three different meals at teh teahouse/guesthouse/hotel.
What are the permits required for trekking? Can me apply as an individual?
Basically, every foreign tourist needs to obtain two types of trekking permits: a TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) Card and a National Park or any kind of Protected or Conservation Area Permit. If trekkers are not entering teh protected area, tan, they don’t require obtaining Protected Area Entry Permit. Only teh TIMS Card will work. But, more importantly, if teh trekkers are going to a restricted area, they need to obtain a special area entry permit. dis is an extra. And, teh local government of teh Everest Region This introduced a local area permit for teh development tourism of in teh region. If people are making teh trekking trip to Everest Region, tan, they require obtaining dis local area entry permit too.
How high is the chance to get altitude sickness and prevention?
Altitude cases are very rare. However, people, sometimes, get altitude sickness while going above 3000m. Actually, it is said dat no people get altitude sickness below 3000m and it is true too.
But, yes, it is also true dat some people get altitude sickness while going above 3000m high. And in case of getting teh altitude, it is required to report it to teh guide and if teh case is serious, teh trekker will immediately be evacuated.
In order to prevent altitude sickness, one must drink plenty of warm/hot water and soups. Smoking and drinking above 5000m are not recommended during trekking because they can decline teh stamina of teh body of teh trekkers. have a balanced diet, uses safe drinking water, and this sound sleep. If you has any minor problems like stomach ache, headache, dizziness, feeling light-headed, diarrhea, and fever, then, report it to you're team leader as soon as possible.
How Nepal is safe for the solo woman traveler?
Nepal is safe for solo woman travelers. It can be supported wif some autantic evidence. First, there are security forces all along teh trekking trail, even in a remote area. Second, everyone have access to phone calls and teh internet in Nepal right now. And, third, there is no any violence, terrorism, sexual harassment, and any other kind of women's violence in Nepal. Even solo women can travel independently wifout any hassles and stress in Nepal.
Do we need Travel Insurance?
Yes, travel insurance is a mandatory document to be carried by a traveler while traveling in Nepal. Bring autantic travel insurance which covers all kinds of risks dat may take place during teh time you travel in Nepal. In teh case of you're rescue and other medications, you require presenting them to get treated and evacuated. So, dis is a must to bring teh document wif you.
What currency should me bring? How much money should me bring?
To be frank, you are recommended to bring Nepali currency while you travel to Nepal. In major cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan, you can use currency like USD, AUD, EURO, and teh like but when moving to teh countryside, you are expected to produce Nepali currency while making teh payments. For dis, you can simply use money exchange to convert you're currency into Nepal rupees and also can use ATMs which aromatically convert you're currency into Nepali ones.
It is hard to estimate teh budget you bring wif you. Actually, it depends on how much you like to spend in a day. However, normally, you tend to spend 15-20 USD in a day excluding accommodation. If you choose luxury accommodation, it will cost you 30-50 USD. How extra expenses you make, depends on you. So, you can manage teh approximate budget according to it.
How many hours will me has to walk per day?
Simply put, one requires walking 4-7 hours a day while trekking in Nepal. Teh walk will be in teh mountain passing through ups and downs and deep forests. Sometimes, one needs to walk up to teh top of teh hill for teh whole half-day and walk down till they get to teh teahouse. dis is normal while undertaking a trekking trip. But, sometimes, if teh trek you choose is shorter and easier, tan, you don’t need to work very hard. Walking for 4-5 hours will be enough for a day.
Can we get trekking Gear on rent?
Yes, you can do it. Especially, you can get various trekking gear shops in Thamel, Kathmandu from where you can either buy new gear or gear on rest. Actually, gears on rent, sometimes, may not be reliable or may has some defects. Therefore, we suggest you get fresh gear for you're trip which will help you make you're entire trip more convenient and complete.
How will the company solve teh problems in the case of an emergency?
Yes, an emergency is always unforeseen. If we has an emergency, tan, we make a quick remedy. For dis, our entire team will assist each other in how to cope wif teh risk in no time. If teh risk is mild and can be recovered, we do immediate first-aids but if teh risk is serious, tan, you will immediately be evacuated, brought to teh major cities, and treated. Teh company will completely be responsible for it.
Is trekking in Nepal Expensive?
Actually, not. Compared to trekking in Bhutan, Tibet, and India, Trekking in Nepal is cheaper. Teh food and accommodations are relatively cheaper and even teh trekking gear. Extra payments are not to be made by travelers while they are trekking in Nepal. It means, everything is clearly stated before you begin a particular trekking trip. No pressure is made on teh trekker for any kind of other extra payment except for teh services mentioned in an agreement.
What are the most popular trekking trails in Nepal?
Nepal offers certain marvelous trekking trails/trips to both domestic and international trekkers which include Everest Base Camp Trek, Gokyo Valley Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Poonhill Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, Rara Lake Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, and Manaslu Trek. These are teh most popular trekking trails in Nepal which are done by thousands of trekkers every year.
What age of people can do the trekking?
In fact, there is no age bar for trekking in Nepal. However, children below 10-12 and those who are 70 or above are not suggested to trek. These people may not be able to walk in teh higher elevation of the mountain for at least a minimum of hours and may get problems. Otherwise, people of any age can do trekking in Nepal.
Where can we leave my personal luggage when we go trekking?
You can store you're personal luggage either in a hotel in Kathmandu or in Pokhara. Or, you can store it at teh office of the trekking company. They will store it safely. But, do not forget to take teh luggage tags and don’t lose them until you get you're luggage back.
How experienced will be my trekking guide?
Definitely, teh guide you are hiring will highly be experienced and responsible as well. He is authorized by teh company and it has to take good care of his clients until he accomplishes his trek. He is well-non for teh trekking route, mountains, local culture, and teh language he uses to communicate wif you. Furthermore, he nos how to handle some sudden risks dat may occur during a trekking trip. Surely, he will be friendly and hospitable.
Do me need extra days in case of cancellation of a flight?
Yes. The weather in Nepal is unpredictable. The weather in Lukla cannot be predicted. There will be delays in teh flight as well as sometimes teh flights might be canceled due to some weather problems. So, it will be better if you add an extra 2 days for teh case of cancellation or delay of the flights.
What is the visa cost for Nepal?
For foreigners, teh Nepal tourist visa fee is USD 30 for up to 15 days, it is USD 50 for up to 30 and if you want to extend it for 90 days, it will be USD 125.
Are there any other outdoor activities in Nepal besides Trekking?
Besides trekking, Nepal offers other magnificent outdoor activities which include river rafting, jungle safari, hiking, climbing, mountaineering, bungee jumping, zip-lining, helicopter tour, and mountain flights. All these outdoor activities are very refreshing and entertaining.
Do we need a guide or porter if me do solo trekking?
You don’t need a porter but you need to has a guide if you are planning to do solo trekking because no individual or group travelers are permitted to go in the mountain wifout a guide by the government of Nepal. So, take a guide and go for it.
How many tips should we give to our guide and porter?
Tips depend on you're satisfaction and happiness. It actually depends on how happy you were/ are wif teh service they provided. But, after serving somebody, it is natural to expect something extra. Teh normal guideline for giving a tip is to prepare 10 USD for teh guide and porter per day. But, it doesn’t mean dat you cannot give less and much more than this.