The Gosaikunda Helambu Trek has a different perspective of trekking in Nepal and this particular trek is one of the most popular trekking packages in Nepal. It offers immense miscellany in nature, interesting ethnic groups, and culture throughout. Relatively lesser crowded than other classic counterparts such as the popular treks in the Annapurna and Everest regions, this trek coalesces the far-flung and impressive Langtang valley with the high mountain lakes at Gosaikunda and the pristine Helambu Valley. Regarded as one of the best trekking routes in Nepal, Langtang, Gosaikunda and Helambu region offers excellent views of renowned peaks such as the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Ganchhenpo, Hiunchuli, Jugal Himal, Shishapangma, Rolwaling, Gaurishanker, Paanch Pokhari, Gosaikunda peaks and many more. Besides, the trail is filled with beautiful forests, picturesque Sherpa and Tamang settlements, abundant wildlife, attractive waterfalls, and hot springs.
The Gosaikunda Helambu Trek itinerary has been watchfully created as it is slightly strenuous due to frequent walks through the high passes at times. Experiencing the Yolmo culture of high mountain settlements, trekkers will hike past splendid frozen lakes, vibrant rhododendron shrubs, exotic orchids, and several eye-soothing landscapes. The holy Gosaikunda Lake, government-operated cheese factory, Shin Gompa, Lauribinayak La Pass, Tserko Ri, and the yak pasture of Kyangjin Gompa are some major highlights of this awesome trekking destination in Nepal. This amazing trip commences with a sensational exploration to some of the famous cultural and historical landmarks solicited by UNESCO as world heritage sites in Kathmandu. An adventurous scenic drive on mountainous terrains winding through the beautiful valleys alongside the Trishuli River culminates at Syabrubesi, which is the starting point of Gosaikunda Helambu Trek. Villages that come across this sensational trek are Ghoda Tabela, Mundu, Lama Hotel, Kyangjin, Thulo Syabru, Ghopte, Melamchigaon, Tarkeghyang, and Sermathang.
The Gosaikunda Helambu Trek can be done during the spring and autumn season which is the best season for trekking in Nepal. Join Royal Holidays and get along with the friendly Sherpa and Tamang people of the Langtang, Gosaikunda and Helambu Valley and flock a substantial experience. Take delight in the picturesque landscapes and the eye-catching natural beauty during the entire trip. The only requirement for this trip is good health, physically fit, and a strong determination to hike along the exotic and enchanting trail just taking enough precautions not to be hit by altitude sickness at certain portions of the trip. A prior hiking experience or regular exercise would certainly make the walking on varied trails much easier.
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.
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 Swayambhunath, 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.
After an early breakfast in your Kathmandu hotel, you embark on a rather long drive to reach the starting point of your Langtang trekking trip. The road trip to Syabrubesi traverses you through winding roads along the scenic banks of the river Trishuli amidst beautiful valleys, meadows, small streamlets and mountains. The road, in due course of time, gets on an unpaved track making it a rough and adventurous ride on the dazzling route through high valley ridges and stunning panoramic glimpses of the Himalayan giants including the Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and the peaks of the Langtang range. It may be possible to catch sight of few faunal endangered species of the Himalayan black bears, red pandas, the yellow-throated martens, and oodles of monkeys. The trip culminates at a small village of Syabrubesi in the valley of glaciers, the Langtang Valley. Overnight in Syabrubesi.
The first day of your trek begins with a sumptuous breakfast at your Syabrubesi hotel. Walking along the Langtang River with several ups and downs immersing into slightly thick rhododendron and oak forests, you will pass by several tiny Tamang villages en route. After lunch in one of the small bamboo villages on the hiking trail on the edge of Langtang River, you will keep on walking through the leveled path. You will possibly get to witness a number of bird species and beehives hanging on the cliffs while you proceed to move into the deep forests of bamboo and rhododendron. You will then have to cross a bridge over the Langtang River before steeply climbing up to reach Lama Hotel, which isn’t really a hotel but the name of a tiny town inside the forests of Langtang Valley with small hotels, lodges and pleasant teahouses. Overnight in Lama Hotel.
After breakfast at Lama Hotel, you will begin the day’s hike with more ascents through the forest with sporadic views of Langtang Lirung amidst the trees and plentiful waterfalls. Reaching Ghoda Tabela, (literally the Horse’s Stable in Nepali), magnificent views of the snow-clad mountains on either side of the valley presents itself in its most spectacular outline. The hiking path continues with another gentle ascend and the valley transforms into wider segments crossing few impermanent settlements of herders who come up here to graze their cattle during summertime. The upcoming portion of the trail is a dismal remembrance of the devastating 2015 earthquake, where the village of Langtang once stood; in the present day, it is nothing more than a massive rock turf. Continuing further on the trail is the Mundu village where old houses are just memoirs of what villages once looked like, but now they have been built in a more contemporary fashion. Overnight in Mundu.
You will begin the day’s hike to Kyangjin Gompa after breakfast in Mundu village, with a gentle ascend through tiny hamlets and yak pastures. Crossing few water mills, prayer wheels, and chortens, the valley opens for better views and you will walk across small streams and moraines to reach your final destination of the trek, Kyangjin Gompa. Today, you will also walk past the largest Mani wall in Nepal that is made up of stone with prayer inscriptions on them. Kyangjin village is a serene and a quaint place offering magnificent views of Mt. Ganchhenpo and Langtang Lirung. This village also has a government-operated cheese factory supported by the Swiss government. Since you will arrive at Kyangjin Gompa during lunchtime, you will have ample time to explore the surrounding area or you could even head up the valley towards Langshisha Kharka before calling it a day. Overnight in Kyangjin Gompa.
This day is kept aside for getting acquainted with the high elevations and dedicating yourself to indulge in the natural splendor and tranquility of the environs of the famous monastery at Kyangjin. As a part of acclimatization, you will have your breakfast before exploring the peaceful environment and then ascending up to Tserko Ri past several yak pastures including Langshisha Kharka. If you have stored sufficient energy in your body, you could hike up the moraine to catch sensational views of the ice faces and plummeting glaciers of Langtang Lirung. Another option for acclimatization could be summiting Kyangjin Ri, locally known by the name Brana Chumbo. You will return to Kyangjin Gompa in the late afternoon and enjoy views of the Himalayan peaks, glaciers, species of birds and legendary yaks. Overnight in Kyangjin Gompa.
A day to retrace your steps back to Lama Hotel, you will kick off on the trail that you embarked earlier. Following the Langtang River on your way back through the village of Mundu and eventually Ghoda Tabela, you will stop for lunch en route before proceeding further. The trail is flat and the walk is comparatively easier than your ascent. After lunch at some appropriate stoppage point depending on the pace of your walk, you will continue your downhill ramble until you arrive at Lama Hotel, which is one of the oldest undisturbed valleys in Nepal. The day’s hike involves mostly downhill walk through quaint Tamang villages and picturesque views of the Himalayan fraternity, Overnight in Lama Hotel.
Climbing up to Rimche village after breakfast at Lama Hotel, this pleasant morning walk leads through a new walking trail on an undulating path through forests. Then, it is a short descend till you reach the banks of the Langtang Khola from where you will continue on an easy trail to Bamboo which is a place with few small lodges. There are two trails after crossing a bridge over the river, and you will follow the one that passes the Pahare hotel which will lead you to Upper Syabru, better known as Thulo Syabru. Upper Syabru is a nice village situated on the lap of Gosaikunda with traditional built Tamang style houses having beautiful carved windows and doors. The village also houses a very old monastery above the village. Overnight in Thulo Syabru.
Today after breakfast, you will climb uphill through lovely forests of rhododendron, hemlock, pine and oak accompanied by magnificent views of Langtang peak and Ganesh Himal. After hiking for a short while, you will pass a chorten as well as a checkpoint. Moving southwards and passing the village of Garta and Phulung monastery with summer pasturelands and pleasant winding trails, you will reach Shin Gompa. Also known as Chandanbari village, this small settlement has the popular yak cheese factory and one of the oldest monasteries above the village. Overnight at a teahouse in Shin Gompa.
Your day begins with a climb through pine and rhododendron forests following a ridge for the most part of the day. Walking amidst dramatic views of the Himalayan giants such as the Annapurna massifs, Hiunchuli, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, and Manaslu, you will pass a few huts in the high pastures of Lauribinayak. Crossing a small ridge, you will catch the first glimpses of the holy lakes at Gosaikunda. There are 108 lakes in the Gosaikunda basin amongst which the three main lakes are Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda, and Gosaikunda. Mythology has in its records that Gosaikunda was created by Lord Shiva after he drank the waters of the lake to quench his thirst on drinking poison on some account. Overnight in Gosaikunda.
Walking towards the northern side of Gosaikunda Lake and crossing a moraine, you will begin ascending towards Lauribinayak La Pass at 4610 meters which is the beginning point of the Helambu region and also the highest point on this trek. From here the trail descends to the Melamchi valley through a national park post at Bheda Goth and to Phedi. From here, the route drops and passes through Suryakunda before finally arriving at Ghopte, a small settlement situated in the middle of a forest. Today’s trek involves spectacular views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Lirung. Overnight in Ghopte.
After breakfast today, you will ramble on undulating paths through dense bamboo and rhododendron forest until you arrive at Tharepati village. Climbing further over the ridge above the village offers marvelous views of the Jugal area including the Gosaikunda mountain range and Helambu valley. The trail descends from here dipping through forests of pine and rhododendron with several waterfalls on the way. Crossing two suspension bridges followed by another gentle climb will bring you to the beautiful village of Melamchigaon. Situated on the lap of the Himalayas, this village is nice and houses an old monastery. Overnight in Melamchigaon.
The day’s hike begins after breakfast where you will drop down to the Melamchi River and cross a suspension bridge. The walk then continues on an uphill path to the other side of the valley. Stunning views of Mt. Shishapangma and the Langtang ranges greet you during your trip today in their spectacular forms. During the considerable climb, you will witness grazing yaks in the small bushes before finally arriving at the picturesque village of Tarkeghyang. Entering the cultural destination of the Helambu region, you can enjoy the rich Sherpa culture, time-honored villages and medieval monasteries on the trails built of broken stones. Although Tarkeghyang is not the largest village of this region, trekkers prefer to stop by here to call it a day amidst the stone houses lying close together with narrow alleyways separating them. Overnight in Tarkeghyang.
You will start walking after breakfast on a relatively easier flatland passing through beautiful lush forests and views of the charming villages, chortens, monasteries and Mani walls of the Helambu region. The trail drops from the edge of a ridge before continuing at almost the same altitude along the valley leaving behind a number of streams, waterfalls and landslide areas. You will finally reach Sermathang, a quaint Sherpa village with spectacular vistas of Jugal Himal, Langtang Lirung, Gosaikunda, Rolwaling, Ganesh Himal and even Mt. Everest quite in the distance. People of the village of Sermathang practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, which is also practiced in Bhutan. Overnight in Sermathang.
Today is officially the last day of your trekking, so after breakfast, you will walk downhill all the way through meadows, cultivated fields and beautiful old villages like Kakani. With spectacular views of Jugal Himal, Gaurishanker, Paanch Pokhari, and Gosaikunda peaks, you get opportunities to interact with friendly local people on the trail leading towards Melamchi Bazaar. After lunch at Melamchi, you will drive back to Kathmandu by road, which is just a few hours drive. On arrival at Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel room. In the evening, you are free to catch up on some last minute shopping or simply stroll around the bustling streets of Thamel or sit down in an upbeat pub enjoying every sip of your favorite Nepali beer and live musical bands performing your favorite songs. Overnight in Kathmandu.
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.