Nar Phu Valley Trek is an implausible journey traversing off-the-beaten-trails in remote Nepal, north from the Annapurna ranges in out-of-the-way villages and valleys of Nar and Phu. This popular trekking in Nepal leads through tapered canyons, superb jungles, staggering rock-formations, the peerless yaks, the lofty Kang La Pass, and the unrivaled Himalayan ethnicities. When it comes to a full teahouse trekking in Nepal, then Nar Phu Valley Trek is matchless and in recent times, it is gaining popularity as one of the top trekking packages in Nepal. Also known as the Hidden Valley Trek, this adventurous trekking package in Nepal has so much to offer to its visitors. Sky-scraping snow peaks, tranquil medieval and obsolete Tibetan cultures, remarkable mountain views, immense alpine countryside, and high-altitude grazing settlements are some of the significant highlights of this popular trekking destination in Nepal. Above and beyond, well-preserved unblemished valleys, elevated passes, vibrant Tibetan chortens and prayer stones, primordial Buddhist monasteries, profound canyons and gorges, herds of blue sheep, and the extravagant mountain vistas, are several other contributions on one of the best trekking packages in Nepal.
Commencing this amazing trek with a delightful drive to Khudi, the actual trekking point, one can catch sight of several Himalayan giants such as Lamjung Himal, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho peak, Himlung Himal and several others throughout the entire trekking route. The best time for trekking in Nepal is during autumn and spring when the weather is perfect with clear skies and beautiful vistas of the snow-capped peaks. Hikers who conjure exploring a remote intact valley in the wilderness will enjoy Nar Phu Valley Trek that offers them challenging and exhilarating trekking experience amidst the high altitude villages. Besides, the striking Manang and Mustang valleys, elegant Kali Gandaki and Marshyangdi Rivers, the world-famous Thorong La Pass make this trip one of the most popular treks in the world today.
Join Royal Holidays and discover the concealed valleys, spend a memorable night in Nar Phedi monastery, spend time with villagers of Phu, observe the Tibetan culture, lifestyle and high-altitude villages. Take pleasure in being on top of the world’s highest pass, and in the environs of the world’s deepest gorge. We assure to make you enchanted in the Buddhist monasteries and the Hindu temples at Muktinath. We have created a perfect trekking package in Nepal that involves tranquility, serene environment and lesser traveled trails with exceptional experiences away from the mainstream trekking routes in Nepal. All you need is a healthy body and a strong determination; we will take care of the rest of the things.
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 favourite 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 Mardi Himal region, check your equipment and interact for any unclear thoughts in your head before you go back to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
This is an exciting day to begin your overall trip commencing with a scenic drive along the national highway on oblique roadways beside the gushing Trishuli River. From the juncture at Mugling, the drive continues straight ahead towards Pokhara. On arrival at a point in Dumre, a small commercial town, you will leave the highway and head northwards that leads you to Besi Sahar, which happens to be the district headquarters of Lamjung. En route you will pass several Gurung and Magar villages, terraced fields and mud-built huts. A short drive ahead of Besi Sahar will land you to the starting point of your trek, Khudi amidst beautiful forests. It is here that you will be greeted by the first sight of the astonishing views of Manaslu peak. Overnight in Khudi.
After breakfast in Khudi, you are all geared up for your first day’s trekking which indulges crossing several suspension bridges, heaving trail paths and stunning waterfalls treading along the paddy fields across intense forests. Hiking gradually, the trail turns into steeper paths passing through a Tamang village of Taranche. A few hours of walk from this village will lead you to Sirung village. This beautiful village offers close-up views of Ngadi Chuli and Manaslu peaks. Here you can enjoy the taste of cultural delights and local gastronomies. Overnight in Sirung.
Leaving behind the beautiful tiny Sirung village on an easy track following your breakfast, you will now enter the lush forests, ferns and picturesque hamlets and woodlands, including several species of charming forest birds. In due course of your splendid walk, you will cross small villages and few temples including a suspension bridge over Sangu River at Mipra. Proceeding further, there is another suspension bridge to cross at Syange, this time over the Marshyangdi River. Near the bridge, trekkers will witness a large, beautiful and eye-catching waterfall as the trail keeps pacing beside the remarkable Marshyangdi River. Crossing one last wooden bridge, you will reach Jagat village, your destination today. Overnight in Jagat.
This morning, you will commence the day’s trek with a rather slow descent towards the river, after which it is a gentle ascent through a verdant forest. Hiking uphill for about an hour will lead you through beautiful tropical forests to Chyamje village amidst the celebrated surroundings of the soaring Annapurna. It is a moderate downhill stroll to the river, and after crossing a suspension bridge, it is yet another steep climb up to Sattale. Following the rocky trails and heaving paths, the twisty track to the top of a hill and a reasonable tumble down leads you to Tal village which is your lunch stopping point. Continuing through the jagged and zigzag path, the valley narrows as you approach the steeply forested village of Karte. The trail beyond Karte twists and turns amidst several waterfalls and cliffs to finally cross a suspension bridge at Lower Dharapani. From here, it is a short climb to reach Upper Dharapani village which lies next to the stone Mani wall. Overnight in Dharapani.
After breakfast in Dharapani, you will head towards north through which fewer trekkers walk passing the Dudh Koshi River originating from Manaslu. Few hours of the walk will lead you to a picturesque Bhutia village Bagarchhap. This village is jam-packed with multi-hued prayer flags fluttering along with the wind, and you will get an opportunity to view the magnificent Annapurna II. Continuing the climb through pine and oak forests and the lovely Danaque village, the sheer uphill climb ends for a while and you will walk a leveled path through dazzling rhododendron and pine forests. You will then arrive at a tiny hamlet of Koto that offers glorious views of the Annapurna II. Later in the afternoon, you will leave the Annapurna Circuit crossing a suspension bridge across the Marshyangdi River to enter the Nar Phu Valley. From the bank of the Nar Phu River, you will slightly climb to a campsite. Overnight in the campsite.
The day’s walk from now onwards is unlike the trails of the previous days as you will be walking more on off-the-beaten paths. So after breakfast, you begin hiking amidst small jungle paths for a major portion of the day in the Nar Phu Valley. Walking several ups and downs, you will climb a steep trail for a short while to Choto village where there are several natural hot springs. The walking trail above the Nar Phu Khola after crossing a suspension bridge at an elevation of 3090 meters follows a path carved out on the hills. This adventurous hike keeps your adrenaline pumping until you reach the campsite at Sinhenge Dharamsala. Overnight in the campsite.
You will kick off the day after your breakfast in the campsite with vertical ascents crossing the Methang River along the meandering trails to the green meadows. The village of Methang is crammed with small and noteworthy chortens, and it offers imposing views of the Kangguru mountain peak. The valley of Nar, beautiful streams and rivulets passing through pastures, the illustrious blue sheep from which the valley supposedly derived its name, are presented it the most grandiose outline to hikers in this incredible and secluded segment of Nepal trekking. The track gets a bit challenging once you leave behind Methang village and proceed forwards. There are two paths at a junction, one leading to the base camp of Kangguru, and the other one leading to Junan village, another abandoned settlement, where the walking path is easy and on a flat terrain. Trekking through glacial gravels and a plethora of waterfalls surfacing from the cliffs, you will continue the walk crossing a row of chortens. You will reach a flat area of Chaku village after a sturdy uphill climb. This tiny village comprises of about 150 inhabitants. Overnight camping in Chaku.
You will have your breakfast at the campsite and then begin walking through desolate chortens, prayer flags and birch trees with a sheer climb to an abandoned settlement of Khyang. This is the village where a beautiful long Mani wall is positioned and the villagers of Phu normally shift settlement during ruthless winter weathers. Proceeding on a phenomenal pebbly trail carved on a cliff above the river, you will gradual make a descend to the riverbed from where you will move ahead mani chortens along the riverbed. Then you will climb up to the entrance of Phuohi Yalgoe, which is considered as the gateway to the Phu Valley, the most luminous village roosted on a hill. You will cross the Phu River after hiking for an hour after which you will start ascending up to the Phu Village passing through baffling caves. Overnight camping in Phu Village.
This day is spared on purpose for getting acclimatized to the higher elevations in the following days of trekking. Nothing is worth a long trek to Phu unless you immerse in the natural grandeur and the cultural richness of the village. The Hidden Valley of Phu is well off with various ethnic tribes of the Lamas, Gurungs and the Ghaleys. You will have sufficient time to explore the Phu village and the nearby neighborhood where lies an outsized Buddhist monastery. A short easy hiking to Lhakhang Monastery, an old Buddhist gompa that is believed to be the last monastery constructed by Karma Rinpoche, or a walk to the Himlung Himal Base Camp is other option to get yourself acclimatized for next day’s walk. Overnight camping in Phu Village.
Going back over the same route past the village of Chaku, today after breakfast you will hike to the adjoining Nar village. After efficient walk for about two hours, you will cross the Chaku village and the twin bridges across the river canyon to arrive at Nar Phedi. Here you will stumble on several Buddhist monasteries to visit that are coupled with tantalizing views of the Pisang Peak. In fact, today your hike descends down passing through several streams and Buddhist stupas. From the spot of your campsite, it is just a short walk to the 500-years old Sadik Chorten. Overnight camping in Nar Phedi.
From Nar Phedi to Nar village, it will be a steep uphill walk for about two hours. The magnificent Kangguru peak shows its visibility as you approach the village of Nar. This village is more reasonably prominent than the Phu village and it is certain that you won’t miss the implausible spectacle of ten chortens aligned in a row as you approach the Nar village. The trail guides you to a small stony village of Nar meandering around the valley ridges on a natural bowl. You will have your lunch at this village and continue on a moderate climb through the lateral moraines of Temdenzon River to reach Kang La Phedi. It is recommended that you spend an hour or two at Nar village before climbing up to your campsite. Overnight camping in Kang La Phedi.
Another exigent and a tricky day of a long hiking spree that may require up to 7 hours of walking through demanding ups and downs. As you climb up the valley ridges, you will, however, be recompensed with some superlative views of the immense Annapurna massif and the Pisang Peak. It is a day for you to cross the Kang La Pass at an elevation of 5322 meters whereupon you will stumble upon beautiful frozen lakes, a chorten and panoramic vistas of high mountain peaks and enthralling convoy of yaks on the trail. From the pass, it is a vertical drop down for more than an hour and the track becomes grassy and easy to walk on, finally leading to Ngawal. There are a few restaurants and lodges in this quiet village and most hikers make a stop-over at this place. However, we will walk further till Munje village which is a short walk towards the left from Ngawal down the valley. Overnight in Munje.
Today, it is a relatively shorter walking day from Munje village to Manang through cultivated barley and buckwheat fields first to arrive at Braga village. This village is famous for a medieval monastery that has a widespread anthology of statues, thangka paintings, and manuscripts which are believed to be more than 500 years old. As you begin your climb towards Manang, you will encounter abundant large chortens and Mani walls. At the same time tall Himalayan peaks of the Annapurna ranges, Gangapurna and Tilicho will accompany during your walk today. After a few hours of easy walk, you will arrive at Manang, which is a plateau with flat-roofed houses and alleyways and the most precious jewel of the Annapurna Circuit Trekking. Overnight in Manang.
After a sumptuous breakfast in Manang, you will kick off with high spirits climbing the trails and witnessing the Manaslu peak at the far end of the valley for one last time on this trip. Passing the tree line encased by glorious Annapurna and Hiunchuli peaks. From here, it is advisable to walk at a sluggish pace with recurrent rests as the air starts getting thinner and you will feel the trek becoming more severe and challenging. Entering the Valley of Jarsang River, you will reach Gunsang, the last undyingly inhabited village in the valley. The village comprises of flat-roofed, mud-built houses and beyond this village, there are settlements which are temporary camps targeted by the communities living there for trekkers and hikers. From Gunsang, the path flattens and you will enter into pastures and small beautiful forests where you can witness barberry and juniper walking past picturesque meadows. You may also get rare glimpses of yaks or horses grazing in the green meadows. The concluding segment to Letdar is rather sluggish and languorous that requires a quite a lot of energy. You will persist in walking the undulating paths, cross the large stream and follow a walking trail till you reach a small village Letdar, which is laden with rich pastures. Overnight in Letdar.
After breakfast, you will begin climbing steeply leaving behind Letdar. You may probably encounter a herd of yaks as you tread on the narrow valley with steep slopes along with outstanding views of Annapurna III and Gangapurna. The dreamlike beauty of multi-hued hills envelope the areas from Letdar to Thorong Phedi. After a brief climb, it is a drop down till the river whereupon you will cross a wooden bridge. From here, the path ambles with a steep ascent up the other bank to a petite teahouse. After a brief halt at the teahouse, you begin hiking across a landslide-prone area which must be crossed in a jiffy and very carefully. You will now enter Thorong Phedi after a gentle downhill ramble. This place is nothing more than a beautiful rock-strewn meadow. Overnight in Thorong Phedi.
Today is perhaps the most enlivening portion of the entire trip for which you are required to wake up early to reach Thorong La Pass, the highest pass in the world at 5416 meters. The path takes a steep course on leaving Phedi but it is well defined and easy as it is regularly used by aboriginal yak herders and mule trains since ages. You will reach a teahouse at the top of the pass after almost 4 hours of the rigorous climb, all adorned by prayer flags and a small chorten. The views of the grandiose snow-clad peaks, hills of Mustang and Kali Gandaki Valley are simply awe-inspiring. You will retrace back with gentle descend after spending some finest moments at the highest pass in the world. The downhill walk to Mustang is quite tiring and seems more demanding on your knees; nonetheless, it is highly reimbursed with tantalizing views of Dhaulagiri peaks. Finally, you will arrive at Muktinath walking along the Jhong River Valley. Muktinath is a famous pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhist faith-worshippers. Overnight in Muktinath.
You will have ample time this morning in Muktinath to ramble around as hiking from Muktinath to Jomsom, after a grueling and a languid spell of trekking, is relatively very easy and barely a few hours walk. And yes! This is your last trekking day. There are plenty of Hindu temples as well as Buddhist monasteries which you would want to visit before leaving Muktinath. Your initial trail from Muktinath will lead to Ranipauwa village from where you will descend down the spectacular Kali Gandaki Valley passing the tiny picturesque villages of Jharkot and Khingar. These petite villages are adorned with idiosyncratic Tibetan structural drawings. There is a notable monastery and plenty of Buddhist caves in Jharkot if you wish to have a brief peek before continuing your trek. Walking past gorgeous paddocks, streams, rivulets and fruit gardens, and a breathtaking village of Kagbeni, you will reach the district headquarters of Mustang that is Jomsom, following the valley floor. Throughout the entire walk today, you can savor the incredible and astounding views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri peaks. Overnight in Jomsom.
After breakfast at your hotel in Jomsom, you will get on board for an early morning exquisite flight to Pokhara along the Kali Gandaki Valley with mind-blowing views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains. On arrival at Pokhara airport, you will be connected with another flight scheduled to depart to Kathmandu. However, if you have a late afternoon connecting flight to Kathmandu, you may quickly browse the hotspots of the lake city, take a stroll at the lakeside for a scrumptious lunch, take pleasure of a boat ride at Phewa Lake and then return to the airport. Picturesque views of the snow-capped mountains will accompany you as you fly to Kathmandu. 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
-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.