Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lakes is an accessible trekking package in Nepal that is pooled together with the Gokyo valley recognized for a series of startling turquoise lakes and the notorious Cho La Pass. This trek is also classified as one of the most challenging treks in the Nepal Himalayas leading across pictorial Sherpa villages and their unique culture, tradition and deep faith in Buddhism. The Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo Lakes is a great prologue to eventual adventure and trekking in Nepal taking hikers through several landmarks of the Khumbu region. During every trekking season, hundreds and thousands of trekkers and nature lovers flock to this popular trekking destination in Nepal to embark on this adventurous trip in the peripheries of the Everest area.
The marvelous Everest Base Camp trek with Gokyo Lakes itinerary is led throughout by a peerless trekking leader who will guide throughout the trekking route up to the Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, Gokyo Lakes, and the Cho La Pass. The hiking trails usually pass through numerous suspension bridges adorned with multi-hued fluttering prayer flags, pictorial villages, lush forests, clean rivers, and small streams. Awe-inspiring glimpses of the Himalayan peaks like Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Pumori, Thamserku, Kantega, Changtse, and several others will greet Everest visitors in their most splendid locales. Gokyo Ri and Ngozumba Glacier, the world’s largest glacier are other highlights of this wonderful trekking package in Nepal.
Come and join hands with Royal Holidays to embark on a trip of a lifetime with immense experiences of the mountain life in the Everest area. Best season to do trekking in Nepal is during autumn and spring season where visibility of the natural splendor and the snow-clad mountain peaks are at their best. All you need is good health and a strong determination to walk through the outstanding Himalayan sceneries
Duration: 30 minutes Drive
Elevation: 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: 4 - 5 hr
Elevation: 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: 3 - 4 hr
Elevation: 2651 M
After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the domestic airport for one of the most enthralling flights of your lifetime, which takes you to Lukla. After landing at the Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla, you will meet other crew members and start trekking through stone-paved descending trails to Cheplung village. With gradual descent accompanied by lush forests and stunning landscape, you will reach Phakding crossing numerous prayer walls. Overnight in Phakding.
Duration: 5 - 6 hr
Elevation: 3440 M
Your day begins by hiking the route through pine forests till Benkar valley. Crossing and re-crossing quite a lot of suspension bridges including the famous Hillary suspension bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, you will keep moving ahead passing the villages of Chumoa and Monjo. Rewarded with glistening glimpses of Mt. Thamserku and Nuptse, you will again cross another suspension bridge passing by Jorsale village. A steep ascent from here brings you to Namche Bazaar, a real paradise for mountaineers, the gateway to the Everest region of Khumbu, and the prime heartland of Sherpa village. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Duration: 4 hr
Elevation: 3800 M
Staying active even during the rest day, also known as acclimatization is highly recommended this day. Walking, climbing and hiking throughout the day and sleeping low is the best way to get properly acclimatized. You may hike up to Syangboche airport and the Everest View Hotel, one of the highest placed hotels in the world. You have other options to hike up to Khumjung, Thame or Khunde villages or explore Namche Bazaar itself. Here you may observe the traditional Sherpa life, visit the Khumjung Hillary School, visit the mountaineering museum and spend some time interacting with the fun-loving Sherpas or simply enjoy the flora and fauna of the neighborhood at an altitude as high as this. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Duration: 5 - 6 hr
Elevation: 3680 M
After a hefty breakfast, you will begin the day with an abrupt climb up to Khumjung where the trails levels and becomes quite flat and easy. Dropping down to Dudh Koshi River and walking the flat terrain for about an hour will get you to Sanasa. This is a place where solo travelers may get confused as the junction at Sanasa trifurcates, straight one towards Tengboche, the left trail leading to Khumjung, and the right path upwards towards Mong La and Gokyo. You will embark on the track leading to Mong La, which is indeed a steep climb for about 30 minutes. The views of Mt. Khumbila and Taboche from the chorten on the top of a ridge are magnificent. Walking across yak paddocks and descending gradually along rhododendron, juniper, and vast conifer forests, you will arrive one more time at Dudh Koshi River. Finally, you will arrive Phortse Thanga after crossing the river and passing a water-controlled grain mill beyond the Imja Khola. Overnight in Phortse Thanga.
Duration: 4 - 5 hr
Elevation: 4470 M
The day’s hike is majorly an uphill climb today and you will be walking alongside the Dudh Koshi River throughout most segments of the trail. A steep climb after breakfast through a rhododendron forest for about an hour will bring you to Tongba village, which is enveloped by stunning valleys on all sides and the views are awe-inspiring. A short drop down to Dole village will get you stopping for your lunch. Hiking back up to the ridge passing through Lhabarma village with some excellent camping spots, you will pass a chorten ahead of Luza village before eventually reaching Machhermo. Machhermo has fantastic views of serene mountains and high valleys. Overnight in Machhermo.
Duration: 4 - 5 hr
Elevation: 4800 M
You will begin this day with an abrupt climb to the crest above Machhermo where excellent views of Kantegga at the back and Cho Oyu in the front can be cherished with immense pleasure. The path becomes more gradual and the valley broadens as the trail passes through Pangkha; this path continues till Nilibuk. You will approach the Ngozumba Glacier, then cross the iron bridge over a small stream to finally reach the first glacial lake in Gokyo known as Longpongo. Proceeding towards the second lake Taboche Tsho, the path becomes flat but an increase in altitude is likely to slow your pace. This lake with its sparkling turquoise water shimmering in the sun is a spectacular sight to capture. Dudh Pokhari, the third lake is further ahead on the trail and it is here that the Gokyo village lies in tranquility. Overnight in Gokyo village.
Duration: 6 - 7 hr
Elevation: 5360 M
Today is the day reserved for getting acclimatized to the higher elevations in the days ahead. You will, for this purpose, hike up to Gokyo Ri, a small peak above the village. Views of the entire Khumbu region at its magnificent best can be glimpsed from this peak. You will reach the fourth lake, Thonak Tsho after which you will retrace your footsteps back to the third lake. You can, however, opt to hike further ahead to the fifth lake, Ngozumba Tsho if you consider it worthwhile and your feet allows you. You will be rewarded with the most captivating views of the Ngozumba Glacier from this point. It is here that your heart will be overwhelmed as you are bound to be encompassed by panoramic mountains such as Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, Taboche, Makalu, Changtse, Nuptse, Kantega, Cholatse, Pumori, Lhotse, and the mightiest of all, the Mt. Everest. Overnight in Gokyo village.
Duration: 4 - 5 hr
Elevation: 4750 M
After yet another day of acclimatization in Gokyo village, you are now ready to face the challenge of newer heights sauntering on meandering trails through a portion of the Ngozumba Glacier to the mountain on the other side. You will encounter lots of cairns on the trek route across the glacier as you walk along. Today’s hike to Thagnak is short yet quite exciting as you will traverse along the edge of the mountain, climb off the glacier to approach a small settlement to spend the night. Overnight in Thagnak.
Duration: 7 - 8 hr
Elevation: 5367 M
You will have an early breakfast and leave early to avoid the bad weather conditions during noon time. Depending on the snow conditions, it is uncertain as for how long it will take to reach the saddle of the Cho La Pass from Thagnak. One of the harshest days of the entire trip, you will embark on the steep glacial walk with the high elevations and the snow causing problems to cross the pass. It is equally challenging and one should take extra precaution while walking the vertical trails because the rocks glazed by the ice could make the path slippery and prone to accidental falls. Walking across a frozen lake, you will reach the top of the pass which looks beautified by the fluttering prayer flags. After savoring a moment of peace on the top, you will descend on the other side of the valley through some crevasses to reach Dzongla village. The village provides exceptional views of Ama Dablam, Lobuche, and Cholatse mountain peaks throughout the entire day. Overnight in Dzongla.
Duration: 2 - 3 hr
Elevation: 4940 M
After breakfast in Dzongla, you will lace up for a very short hike today traversing high on flanks of the Awi Peak above Chola village across the Cholatse Lake. Dropping down from Dzongla through a grassy patch of trail, it is a brief ascend that awards you with spectacular views of Lobuche and the astounding Nuptse soaring above Khumbu Glacier. The track flattens out following the valley towards the western part of the Khumbu Glacier to arrive at the busy connecting trail from Tengboche to Lobuche. Overnight in Lobuche.
Duration: 6 - 7 hr
Elevation: 5170 M
Today is the big rewarding day yet one of the most difficult days requiring extra attention due to the thin air at high altitudes. Following the rocky path along the barren Khumbu moraine, you will arrive at the last village of Gorak Shep, from where it is a straight walk across the Indian army mountaineers’ memorials passing through rocky dunes, moraines, and streams finally leading you to the Everest Base Camp. The view of the dreaded Khumbu Icefall, the most dangerous section of an Everest ascent, from the base camp is spectacular. You will return to Gorak Shep after spending some moments capturing photographs at the base camp. Overnight in Gorak Shep.
Duration: 7 - 8 hr
Elevation: 5550 M
Today is another challenging yet a rewarding day of the trek where you will make a pre-dawn departure amidst cold temperatures to savor the most beautiful sunrise views of the Himalayan chain from Kala Patthar, the black rock. Though the ascent is demanding, you will experience one of the best moments of your life with 360 degree up-close and tantalizing views of Mt. Everest. After spending some stunning moments at this historic locality, you will make a quick downhill descent to Gorak Shep, where you will have a sumptuous breakfast. After breakfast, you will pave your way on an easy trail to Pheriche village. Overnight in Pheriche.
Duration: 6 - 7 hr
Elevation: 3440 M
After breakfast today, you will begin the easy, downhill hike through the hills covered by rhododendron and juniper trees. Crossing the Dudh Koshi River, the downhill trail leads you to Deboche, Pangboche and Tengboche villages. A stretched decline from here leads back to Phunki Tenga before the climb to Sanasa from where views of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Nuptse peaks are impressive. Passing through twisting trails through a forest and the walk along the broader path to Namche is considerably more relaxed. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
Duration: 6 - 7 hr
Elevation: 2800 M
Today is your last trekking day; the major portion of the trail is flat with few descends and brief ascends. Passing Phakding and Cheplung villages, the trail declines steeply until it cuts up to the airstrip in Chauri Kharka. Crossing the Dudh Koshi several times, it is a final ascent of about one hour from Cheplung to reach Lukla. The final evening in the mountains is a perfect opportunity to spend a few moments with your trekking mates. Have a few celebratory drinks and dance around tonight because the porters who accompanied you on the trek won’t travel to Kathmandu with you; they will stay behind. Overnight in Lukla.
Duration: 30 Min
Elevation: 1340 M
Boarding on an early morning flight to Kathmandu, you will carry back nostalgic moments of the glimpses of the astounding snow-capped mountains and the wonderful memories of the Himalayan sojourn. On arrival at Kathmandu, you will be guided to your hotel room where you may relax for a few hours or simply freshen up and wander around Thamel for some souvenir shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Duration: 30 Min
Elevation: 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.
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.