Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is an adventurous hiking in Nepal Himalayas that encompasses a wonderful concoction of sights, sounds and unanticipated moments. A popular trek in Nepal and probably one of the top trekking destinations for the globe-trotters worldwide, this trek is an incredible experience of an elite walk on the foothills of the Annapurna massif. This brilliant hike is considered as one of the best trekking packages in Nepal and also one of the most beautiful treks passing through miscellaneous racial groups of people and their culture and lifestyles.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is venerated for its inimitable beauty and spiritual significance and the fabulous journey on foot to this extraordinary destination in the Annapurna area proffers ample prospects to experience tantalizing sunrise views over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges from the charming viewpoint of Poon Hill. Besides, the top trekking route in Nepal and the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek itinerary lead hikers through Modi River valley crossing splendid oak, bamboo and rhododendron forests through beautiful villages of Gurung communities. Treading through the ever-changing landscapes up to the Annapurna Sanctuary, the home of several significant deities of Hinduism, Buddhism and ancient shamanistic traditions, impressive views of the paddy fields, glacial moraines and high mountains can be sighted. The best season to do trekking in Nepal is during the autumn and spring seasons when the weather is moderate, the skies remain clear and blue and astounding views of the Himalayan peaks like Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Nilgiri, Manaslu Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli and Annapurna I & III can be savored to the fullest.
Plan your adventurous journey in the Nepal Himalayas with Royal Holidays and hike through narrow stone-paved trails in the valleys and the remote picturesque villages. We will let you visit the ancient monasteries past terraced farming, garrulous rivers, and charming rhododendron forests. Experience the lifestyle and culture of the most popular Gurung and Magar communities on the Annapurna trails. All you need is good health and a strong determination to walk amidst marvelous Himalayan landscapes.
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Duration: 30 minutes Drive
Altitude: 1340 M
On arrival in Kathmandu and fulfilling immigration formalities, you will be met by one of our representatives near the exit gate of the airport with a placard for precise identification. You will then be transferred to your pre-assigned hotel room where you may stretch your legs and relax to regain your energy due to a possible jet lag. If your arrival time is early, then you may hit the streets of Thamel in the evening and saunter around, buy things that may entice your eyes or simply sit back and relax at some pub or music bar with your favorite beer and soothing melodies. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Duration: 3 - 4 hr
Altitude: 1340 M
After a satisfactory breakfast in your hotel, you will embark for a guided tour to some of the most historical and spiritual attractions of the city that are listed under the UNESCO world heritage sites. A visit to the highly venerated Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the high-flying monkey temple at Swayambbhunath, Bouddhanath – a Buddhist shrine and one of the largest stupas in the world, and the charismatic Basantapur Durbar Square leaves impressive reminiscences at the back of your head for a considerable period of time. Later in the afternoon, you will visit our office where you will meet your trip manager, other trekkers, and crew members. Your trip leader will brief you shortly about your upcoming trip in the Annapurna region, check your equipment and interact for any unclear thoughts in your head before you go back to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Duration: 6 - 7 hr
Altitude: 1800 M
After early breakfast in Kathmandu hotel, you will board on a domestic flight to Pokhara that offers fantastic views of the Himalayan ranges such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu. On arrival at Pokhara, you will drive along a snaky road leading to Naya Pul, the starting point of most of the Annapurna region treks. Walking through sub-tropical forests, you will reach a riverside village of Birethanti which is situated at the convergence of the Modi and Bhurungdi Rivers. After crossing Bhurungdi River, you will ascend up to Sudame and make another gradual climb to Tikhedhunga village. Then you will cross a suspension bridge before making a dead steep ascent along thousands of tiring staircase up to the large Magar village of Ulleri. This village offers terrific views of the landscape of the valley floor that you just walked, along with stunning views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli mountain. Overnight in Ulleri.
Duration: 4 - 5 hr
Altitude: 2800 M
Leaving behind the village of Ulleri after breakfast, you will commence the climb towards Ghorepani which is a scenic journey. Ascending with gentle pace through beautiful oak, rhododendron and magnolia forests, you will reach Banthanti. After a short walk from this small village, you will arrive another tiny hamlet of Nangethanti. You will be revitalized with the much-needed energy with the most panoramic views during your uphill ascent. After hiking for about an hour, you will arrive at Ghorepani, a fascinating stop with small shops and stalls that sell local products and crafts. The charming village offers outstanding views of the Annapurna South and Nilgiri Mountain peaks. It is here that you will begin to feel the chilled weather, as this village rests at a much higher altitude. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Duration: 6 - 7 hr
Altitude: 3210 M
Marked as one of the remarkable highlights of the entire trip, you will begin with a pre-dawn, steep uphill climb for almost an hour through rhododendron forests till you reach the grassy top of Poon Hill. Considered to be the most popular trekking destination in the Annapurna region, the vantage point of this hill offers tantalizing views of far-off Mustang, Pokhara and over 20 highest mountains that include Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre and Manaslu. The most inspiring moment today would be the unperturbed and elucidated sunrise views over the Himalayas. After spending some time at Poon Hill, it is time to descend to Ghorepani for breakfast and then proceed to hike to Tadapani. Walking mostly over hilly terrain meandering through forests and village farmlands passing charming waterfalls, Tadapani lies below the rhododendron forests. Overnight in Tadapani.
Duration: 5 - 6 hr
Altitude: 2050 M
After breakfast today, you will begin treading on a downhill path through some of the most beautiful rhododendron trees. You will now be able to see the farms once you leave the forests behind, that displays farming style landscapes with perfectly manicured terraced fields. The trekking trail gradually inclines upwards for the next few kilometers crossing several waterfalls to arrive at a suspension bridge. Eventually, it is time to stop at a place called Churjung for your lunch. From here, after walking on undulating paths for quite some time, you will arrive at Chhomrong, which is situated in the valley leading directly to the Annapurna Sanctuary. Much valued by trekkers, probably due to the presence of a German bakery, Chhomron is a beautiful village right beneath the giant Annapurna massif. Overnight in Chhomrong.
Duration: 4 - 5 hr
Altitude: 2310 M
Your trek today begins with a walk towards the Chhomrong River passing through the village via the 2500 stone steps with teahouses on either side of the trail. After 20 minutes, you will reach the river from where the trail climbs steeply on stone steps after the bridge. A short moment of climb will bring you to Tilche village with very few settlements. Yet another 10 minutes of walk will lead you to Lower Sinuwa from where the trail again climbs steeply on the stone staircases before reaching Upper Sinuwa. Beyond upper Sinuwa, it is the Annapurna Sanctuary region and it is marked by dense forests and clustered teahouses. Views from Sinuwa village are phenomenal and you can observe a lot of trekkers making their way towards the base camp while a handful of them returning after the trip. After a short rest, you will continue further on a mud trail that climbs up gradually for half an hour till the trail heads down and transforms into a beautiful forest of bamboo that leads to Kuldighar. From here, it is a natural downhill ramble through dense forests and the sound of the gushing Modi Khola alongside till you reach Bamboo, your destination today. Overnight in Bamboo
Duration: 4 - 5 hr
Altitude: 3200 M
Leaving Bamboo after breakfast today, your trek starts towards Deurali through damp and cold forests of bamboo with the steady rise and progressive steep sections until you arrive at Himalaya hotel and get exposed to the rays of the sun. Exceptional views of the glacial river flowing below can be cherished from this point. With yet another steep climb, you will surpass the Hinku Cave from where you will follow the path into the valley crossing the rocky avalanche area. The valley looks theatrical with the misty clouds, steep rocky slopes, and the magnificent waterfalls. It is a climb back up through rocky boulders and sparse vegetation till you arrive at Deurali, a spot with an astounding glimpse of the surrounding hills and Mt. Dhaulagiri. Overnight in Deurali
Duration: 4 - 5 hr
Altitude: 4130 M
After a sumptuous breakfast, you are all geared up for one of the most scenic stretches of your hike climbing through boulders to cross the last lodge at Deurali. The trail from here opens up to the valley with Modi Khola and an enticing glimpse of Machhapuchhre and Gangapurna in the distance. It is a soft hike on a more leveled path till Bagar continuing past the abandoned lodges. After crossing a bridge over the Modi Khola, it is a strenuous ascent till you reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The most fascinating thing today is the terrain on this stretch is marked with small snow bridges that need to be crossed, while you are also entering grasslands, and small flowering plants adorn the trail in multi-hues. From here the Annapurna Base Camp is about 90 degrees to the left and the initial 1 km hike is a steep ascent. Climbing gently the path widens and sensational views of the towering Himalayan peaks can be sighted. Crossing the gorge that is the only way into this area, you will finally reach Annapurna Base Camp that offers mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, the Annapurna ranges, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli, and many other peaks. Overnight in Annapurna Base Camp
Duration: 6 - 7 hr
Altitude: 2310 M
You will be leaving the Base Camp today after breakfast with lots of wonderful moments to cherish. Today is perhaps the longest day of the entire trek. In the event that you wish to relish the great dawn over the Himalayas from ABC, you need to wake up early. Then after breakfast, it is all the way downhill tracing back the same route you took to reach ABC all the way to Bamboo crossing MBC, Deurali, Himalaya Hotel, and Dovan. Heading back down to the valley is moderately less demanding than the climb. During the trek today, you will see cascading waterfalls that drop down from a high point to the stones underneath going through woods with glorious perspectives of Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre mountains. Today’s trek includes long stretches of steep descent interspersed with short ascents. Himalaya Hotel is a good place to stop for lunch. Overnight in Bamboo.
Duration: 4 - 5 hr
Altitude: 1700 M
After breakfast at Bamboo, you will begin climbing up steep steps to Kuldighar till you reach the abandoned check post which should take about 45 minutes. From here it is another 45 minutes downhill walk to reach Sinuwa through the bamboo forest. From Sinuwa, it is a hard descent to Chhomrong Khola followed by a steep ascent to Chhomrong village on the same 2500 stone steps that you walked earlier in the trek. Checking out from the ACAP office at Chhomrong, you will begin another steep downhill trod to Modi Khola and continue till Jhinu Danda enjoying the rainforests and farms on the way. Enjoy a hot water bath in the famous hot spring at Jhinu Danda, which is about 20 minutes walk from the village. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.
Duration: 5 - 6 hr
Altitude: 800 M
The day is the last day of trekking in Nepal, trekking the Annapurna circuit route, definitely one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal. After breakfast, you will begin a downhill climb to cross the Kumnu River enjoying the beautiful hilly landscapes. With great views of the Modi Khola valley and undulating paths, you will hike gently past the small Kyumi village and Syauli Bazaar. Two hours of a steady hike from here will take you to Naya Pul, which is the official ending point of your trek. Boarding on a private vehicle from Naya Pul, you will be driven to Pokhara, which is about one hour drive. On arrival at Pokhara, you will be transferred to your hotel room where you may stretch your weary legs and relax in leisure. Later in the evening, it is the perfect time to stroll around lakeside and perhaps sit beside a candlelit restaurant and sip your favorite beer and listen to some live bands performing some soulful melodies of Nepal. Overnight in Pokhara
Duration: 25 Min
Altitude: 1340 M
You will board on an early flight to Kathmandu today. On your flight back, you have time to saunter into flashback the nostalgic moments during your mesmerizing trek to the Annapurna region. On arrival at Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel room. In the afternoon, you are free to catch up on some last minute shopping or explore exceptional landmarks that you would not want to miss in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Duration: 30 by car or Jeep
Altitude: 1340 M
You will be dropped off at the airport well ahead of your scheduled flight time by one of our representatives. If you have an evening flight, you may wish to visit certain heritage sites of Kathmandu on your own. However, if you wish to extend your holidays in Nepal, then Royal Holidays are ever ready to create another wonderful trip in the Himalayas.
This is a standard itinerary designed with a view to allow sufficient acclimatization period for trekkers. However, if you are not satisfied with this itinerary or wish to modify it according to your needs, we will happily do it for you. You are free to choose your own hotels, guides or porters if you wish to. We are always there to customize or tailor-make your trips as per your plans and convenience.
However alike the terms hiking, trekking, and climbing may sound, there are numerous aspects to distinguish among the three. Hiking is an activity that involves half-day to one-day easy walk where technical equipment is not required at all. Trekking is a multi-day activity where trekkers walk for several hours on a particular day to make a stop at some teahouses or basic lodges. Comparatively, it is a bit more demanding than hiking and it may require gears and equipment at certain stretches of the trail, though it is very rarely used. Trekking is something in between hiking and climbing with regards to difficulty and time duration. Mountain climbing is something different and the most challenging of them all. It requires special equipment and gears and involves more risk when making ascends to the high mountain trails or trek through the rugged off-the-beaten-path. Climbing requires a high level of physical fitness, previous experience and advanced knowledge about the equipment.
For every trekker, the best possible answer as to why they should trek in Nepal is based on the fact that, out of the 14 mountains in the world that are above 8000 meters, Nepal has 8 of them in addition to 1310 peaks that are over 6000 meters. The government of Nepal has permitted outsiders to trek or climb more than 300 peaks including the world’s tallest Mt. Everest. Besides, trekking in Nepal is cheap with abundant affordable lodges and teahouses dotted all over the trails in the major areas of trekking. It is comparatively much pricier to go for trekking in other countries popular for trekking such as Japan, Peru or New Zealand. Trekking in Nepal is safe and offers an undeniable opportunity to immerse in deep cultural and religious insights. Over and above, Nepal is the land of the Himalayas – the supreme land with endless options.
No matter where you are trekking, the difficulty level depends on how healthy you are, and whether a trekker is capable to walk for a few hours on a regular basis for several days. It should not be too difficult to trek in Nepal if your fitness level has been maintained and you are doing regular exercises. Trekking in Nepal may seem challenging but definitely not grueling as the trekking itinerary in Nepal have all been crafted in such a way that trekkers need to walk a comfortable distance each day without any exertions. All that one requires is a mental stability, good health and a strong determination to finish the race.
Walking hours while trekking in Nepal depends on the trek, easy, moderate or strenuous. Some trekkers customize their trip and walk a few hours more each day to shorten the number of days. However, in general, easy treks involve 4 to 6 hours of daily walk on a good weather, well-maintained path that is easily reachable to local facilities. A moderate trek will require a walking of 6 to 7 hours daily on the steep hilly landscapes and usually jagged trails and strenuous treks may require 7 to 8 hours of walking each day on high altitudes with challenging ascends and descends. Generally speaking, on reaching higher altitudes, usually higher than 3000 meters, it is unsafe to climb more than 500 meters in one day due to the possibility of altitude sickness. So, the higher you walk, the shorter will be the walking duration as the walk will be at a slower pace.
The conditions of weather in the mountains are always unpredictable, and it is cold even during the summer season. The degree of coldness varies with the altitude and seasons of trekking. Although daytime becomes warmer during the summer season, nights and mornings are always cold. The average maximum and minimum temperatures of Kathmandu (1350 m) during summer are 29˚C and 18˚C respectively, while during winter the temperatures are 17˚C and 2˚C. While the average maximum and minimum temperatures in the mountains above 5000 meters in summer are 15˚C and 2˚C respectively, and winter temperatures are 6˚C and -18˚C. All the treks in Nepal do not necessarily require reaching at very high elevations although quite a lot of them do. However, it is always better to feel safe rather than sorry, so trekkers are expected to carry sufficient warm clothing regardless of the season they are trekking.
Although hiring a guide is not compulsory while trekking in Nepal, we would never advocate our guests to go on their own. Although trekkers may save some money while trekking on their own, hiring a guide and a porter makes it much easier and exhilarating. We do not encourage novice trekkers especially first-timers in Nepal to travel alone. Going on your own, you are accountable for managing your own logistics, higher risks of getting lost in the trails and no one taking care of you in case of emergencies. Most of all, the beauty of the trek does not remain the same as there is no one to explain about the places, local people and their culture, history and traditional beliefs of significant landmarks en route.
Yes and No. Yes, you will carry your things if you trek on your own. But if you book your trekking holiday with a reliable trekking agency, you don’t have to worry about anything else; you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide and a hard-working porter and make your walk a hassle-free event.
In general, trekking in Nepal is much cheaper comparing to other countries popular for trekking. However, there are several factors which make trekking cheaper or costlier. For instance, using domestic flights and luxury accommodation during the trip obviously will take the cost to a higher side. On the other hand, budget travel and basic accommodation will lower the trip cost. Also, the cost of trekking in the most remote areas of Nepal would be on a higher scale as compared to the most frequented destinations where accessibility is very easy nowadays. Customizing your trip and deciding how many hours to walk per day, where to stay and what to eat could possibly lower the trip cost by a certain bit.
Accommodation during your trek in Nepal depends on your predilection. In general, trekkers will be accommodated in preferred lodges, home-stays, teahouses or even luxury lodges. In some remote trekking areas, you will be staying in tents as there are no lodges or teahouses yet. Luxury hotels and home-stay options are not available in all the trekking trails and confined to only certain areas. Most of the basic teahouses and lodges are simple, clean and comfortable.
You will be served with authentic Nepalese food along with Tibetan, Indian and some continental dishes although these may not always be available in all the trekking routes. At lower elevations of the popular trekking routes, where logistics is easily accessible, most lodges and teahouses provide with a decent menu which engrosses a variety of dishes including pizza and spaghetti. While at much higher altitudes and in the remote areas, you will not have many options apart from the traditional Dal-Bhaat, Momo, Noodles, and Vegetables. For breakfast, the food includes pancakes, flat-bread, porridge, potatoes, eggs and so on.
The effects of high altitude are quite arbitrary and do not necessarily relate to how robust you are. Surpassing an altitude of 3000 meters, it is an increased probability for being hit by acute mountain sickness. The only trick to avoid or minimize this sickness is not to over-do anything. Acclimatization is another very important aspect of trekking in higher altitude to avoid sickness. Most of the itineraries of trekking in Nepal include one or several acclimatization days, which should not be disregarded at all. One more factor to prevent getting hit by altitude sickness is to climb not more than 600 meters per day.
Different trekking destinations in Nepal require a different number of days to accomplish. The time duration for trekking depends on your choice of the destination; some destinations have different routes too. Short trekking requires as less as 7 to 9 days and goes up to 20 days or more as per the trekkers’ preferred destination or route. For example, the Everest panorama view trek or the Annapurna sunrise view trek is complete in 7 to 9 days while the Annapurna Circuit trek or the Kanchenjunga Circuit takes 21 days to finish. Based on your choice which further depends on your own interest, physical fitness, time constraint, and financial issues, it is up to you to schedule the number of days of your trip to Nepal.
Some of the trekking routes in Nepal suffered extensive damage by the devastating calamity, although most of them remained intact. The most popular trekking destination in Nepal to suffer huge damage was the Langtang Valley Trek, which swept away the entire valley killing a large number of people. An avalanche at Everest Base Camp during the earthquake left several mountaineers dead and damaged many lodges. Few trekking routes in the central region of Nepal were badly affected. In the present day picture, all the trekking routes damaged then, have been reconstructed and fully functional now. Having said that, the government of Nepal is in the process to reinstate and build new infrastructures for the Visit Nepal 2020 scenario.
It is in fact very hard to name just a few of them as the best destinations as each one has its own uniqueness and peculiar characteristic features. So to say, the possibilities are boundless. However, on a global scale, the two most popular treks would definitely be the Everest Base Camp Trek and the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Down the list are some other renowned trails all around Nepal with endless fascinations such as the Manaslu Circuit Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, Nar Phu Valley Trek, Tsum Valley Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Makalu Base Camp Trek, and many more.
Nepal is the second richest country in the world for water resources, but the feasibility of drinking is highly questionable. Teahouses and lodges in the major trekking trails provide filtered and boiled water, the major sources being taps, streams, and rivers from the Himalayas. Although it is possible to buy bottled water on the entire trails of the popular trekking routes, we highly discourage using them as plastic bottles are not environmental friendly. On the contrary, we suggest that you carry purifying agents like steriPen UV, chlorine, iodine tablets or other agents for environmental reasons.
If you are on a camping trek, you will be eating meals cooked by our professional cook. For teahouse trekking, you will be eating your dinner and breakfast in the same teahouse where you will be staying for the night and lunch will be served on the way to your next destination. There are several comfortable lodges and guest-houses on the famous trails which provide a moderate variety of choices for you to dine apart from the traditional Nepali Dal-Bhaat. Whereas, at higher altitude teahouses and some routes in the remote areas, you won’t have many options rather than sticking to the traditional Nepali cuisine.
Communication during trekking won’t be a problem as long as the network or mobile coverage is available. One can purchase a local SIM in Kathmandu and stay connected with their loved ones while some significant trekking routes local VHF phones. In the past, it was not possible to communicate, but in the recent years, most of the popular trekking routes have 3G connectivity throughout the entire trail, except a few places where the coverage is poor or not available at all.
We advise you to wear a comfortable shoe that is already broken, if newly purchased so as to avoid blisters while walking. Shoes preferably with Gore-Tex style lining is what we normally recommend for trekkers; they provide ultimate comfort and have thicker soles which makes your walking experience on rocky paths a pleasant one. Those who intend to climb peaks are recommended a crampon, a must-have gear.
Female tourists are prone to be esteemed, whether traveling alone, in pairs or as a couple. Nepalese men are by and large courteous and defensive of solo women travelers. There will be exemptions of course but for the most part, there is no lack of enthusiasm related to traveling on your own as a woman in Nepal. For a solo woman or even man, it is prudent to take a guide with you if it is your first trek. Over and above, Nepal is safe for solo travelers where one can enjoy the companionship of other lone trekkers along the path sharing the same enthusiasm.
The universal risk at high altitudes especially above 3000 meters is that the density of oxygen is very low and might not suffice the human body. Due to the lower oxygen content, the air begins to get thinner thereby making it difficult to breathe. The human body may experience improper functioning mainly because of the oxygen content in air and one is likely to be hit by Acute Mountain Sickness, also known as altitude sickness which begins with a normal headache followed by nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath with physical exertion. It may further enhance leaving muscles to ache, insomnia, vomiting, irritability, loss of appetite, swelling of the hands, feet, and face, and rapid heartbeat. If the sickness is not attended immediately, there would be severe attacks whose symptoms are coughing, chest congestion, pale complexion, and skin discoloration, inability to walk or lack of balance, and social withdrawal. You don’t have to worry as long as you are following proper acclimatization processes during the trek. On top of that, our itineraries have been created in such a way that it allows plenty of time for acclimatization and our guides will assist you throughout the trek to avert such problems at high elevations.
All of our trekking itineraries cover overall charges during the trek including accommodation and all meals except for food charges while in the nearest city before or after your trek. However, there may arise some personal expenses which are not included in the package cost. These may include hot water, battery charging, phone bills, laundry, any extra snacks or purchase of personal gifts. So, it is our recommendation that you carry a small amount of money in low denominations while trekking in Nepal.
Accommodation during the trek firstly depends on your trekking destination because all the trekking routes in Nepal are different in their own way. In the most popular trekking trails, your accommodation will be arranged in comfortable and standard teahouses or lodges on a twin-sharing basis. Before and after your trek, you will be accommodated in a standard deluxe hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu or Pokhara. There are certain places on the trekking route that have luxury lodges, so if you wish to relax in style, we can arrange luxury accommodation at an additional cost. Some of the trekking routes, however, do not have facilities of accommodation, especially in the far-flung remote areas – in such cases, you will be camping otherwise sleeping in home-stays.
The official statement from IPPG (International Porter Protection Group) allows a porter to carry a maximum of 30 kg. However, while trekking in Nepal, some porters oblige to exceed the maximum limit to earn some extra bucks. Also, it depends on the trekking routes – if you are on a camping trek, then the camping porter will carry up to 40 kg. You are responsible to carry your own daypacks, but in certain instances, a porter may oblige to carry it for you with or without an extra charge – it all depends on how you have been treating them.
It is always good to maintain your physical fitness whether you are trekking or not. In Nepal, there are several categories of trekking ranging from the easy trek, moderate treks, and strenuous treks. However hard the trekking maybe, it is expected that you have been doing regular exercises prior to trekking in Nepal. The minimum requirement is that you should be physically fit and in a sound health, have the zeal for exploring the wild and a strong determination to accomplish the feat. It is an added advantage for those who have had a previous hiking experience. It is also important that the trekker is free from any chronic issues with their health; it is better to discuss with your physician whether you are fit to do a trek in Nepal or not.
It is a matter of concern if you don’t have any walking experience and you wish to embark upon a moderate or a strenuous trekking in Nepal. However, a walking experience is not really necessary if you wish to do some easy treks in Nepal. Even if you have never hiked before, it is recommended that you take up regular exercises on a daily basis for a couple of months prior to your actual hike in Nepal once your trekking dates are fixed. To complete a wonderful trek in the Himalayan regions of Nepal, we suggest you do cardiovascular exercises that will certainly help you get adapted to high elevations in the mountains without any problems of mountain sickness.
Trekking below 4000 meters in Nepal won’t require much from you besides the warm clothing and good pair of shoes, but if you intend to go beyond, we recommend you to carry the following items apart from your valid passport with photocopies, several passport size photos, airline tickets, insurance documents, and cash for personal expenses and tipping:
-Water bottle & sunglasses
-Flashlight, toothbrush, paste, and multipurpose soap
-Medical first-aid kit & duffel bag
-Sun lotion & anti-altitude sickness pills – Diamox or Acetazolamide
-Sleeping bag & quick-drying towel
-Water purification tablets
-Hiking pants and shirts
-T-shirts & warm socks
-Poncho, gloves, woolen hats and gaiters
-Deodorants, small mirror, and moisturizer creams
-Wet wipes and toilet rolls
-Hand wash and sanitizers
-Voltage converter & plug adapter
Our foremost advice to our guests would be to take up some exercises prior to your trekking in Nepal so as to minimize the risks of altitude sickness during the trek. However, if it happens that you are hit by the acute sickness or face some other accidents, our knowledgeable guide will inspect the intensity of your condition before taking action. If deemed critical, you will be carried back to a lower elevation immediately and assisted with first aid treatment. One person will always be there with you to attend to your needs. But if your condition seems to worsen, you will be immediately evacuated on a rescue helicopter to either Kathmandu or Pokhara depending on the trekking destination.
Using services of a reputed trekking agency has various merits, but as a direct answer to this rational question, the answer would be No. It is not mandatory to use a trekking agency for your trekking holiday, but we recommend you to do so if you want to enjoy a hassle-free trip. Going on your own, you will be carrying a lot of burden and trekking wouldn’t be as charming as it ought to be. You will need to face the troublesome permit preparations, special trekking permits or peak and mountain-climbing permits, and filming and shooting permits. Using a trekking agency, you will get to enjoy every bit of the trip – they will manage everything for you including a knowledgeable guide who will narrate you the history and the legendary myths behind significant landmarks that you come across the trails.
As such, there are no official dress codes for trekking in Nepal – you are advised to wear that you are comfortable in. However, your dressing code can have certain impacts on the people of Nepal as they are highly concerned about western civilization. Skimpily dressed or revealing attires are a major look-upon in Nepal. We recommend you to wear something decent that covers your body as much as possible, and something thick to fight against the odds of the Himalayan temperatures.
As the old adage goes, ‘Prevention is better than cure’, it is best to avoid those things that could deteriorate your health during the trek. Avoiding alcohol and tobacco products is a wise decision to make. We suggest you not to eat meat products as far as possible in higher elevations as they may not be very fresh. Try to acclimatize as much as possible as acute mountain sickness is imminent while trekking above 4000 meters. In the similar context, we highly advise you to drink plenty of water or fluids and not to forget boiling your water before drinking or at least adding a purifying agent to it, for those who prefer their water cold.
Normally, teahouses are local lodges in which trekkers will eat their dinner and sleep in the nights during the trek. A teahouse can refer to large comfortable, well-built lodges with common areas or a small bamboo hut in the middle of nowhere that will provide a place to sleep and food to eat. So teahouse trekking means that you will be sleeping in these types of accommodations. It is the most popular style of trekking in Nepal and involves hopping from one teahouse to another each day. Normally teahouses at all places will provide trekkers with the facility of 24-hour running water, a decent bed to sleep, hot-water bathing and common areas to dine and chit-chat. Although basic, teahouses in popular trekking routes provide most of the quintessential amenities possible at such far-flung places. Teahouses along less popular trekking routes are usually more elementary and one is expected to sleep in common rooms around a comfortably warm stove.
All the guides that we use for your service are government licensed and have a good number of years’ experience in the mountains. Being locals of the mountainous regions, they have better knowledge of their areas than anyone else. Most of them have worked for more than a decade accompanying trekkers in the mountainous segments of Nepal. They are proficient in English and we make sure to motivate them at regular intervals to remind them of their responsibilities. They are friendly in nature and possess a great deal of knowledge of the trekking route and the landmarks that lie in the villages. They have been trained in various organizations including TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal) and KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). Additionally, they possess first-hand knowledge about first aid and medical rescue, personal protection equipment, and they are constantly advised to follow the principles of ecotourism, responsible and sustainable tourism and nature conservation.