The Tsum Valley Trek is a popular and one of the most adventurous trekking packages in Nepal that offers abundant wilderness and off-the-beaten experience. The commonly known as the Hidden Valley Trek is also one of the most remote cultural trekking in Nepal that presents plentiful Buddhist culture in this secret treasure located to the east of Manaslu. Comparing with other trekking routes in Nepal, the Tsum Valley Trek is a stunning walk in the foothills of the Manaslu, Sringi Himal, Boudha Himal, and Ganesh Himal mountain ranges. Believed to have been a part of Tibet in the historical past, this trekking destination in Nepal was also restricted to the rest of the world until recent times.
Traversing through glacial rivers, impressive suspension bridges, quaint hills, scarcely populated villages, nunneries, monasteries, chortens, prayer stones, and religious monuments, this popular trekking route in Nepal is perfect for those trekkers who wish to stay far aloof from the madding crowd. The concealed valley with distinctive characteristics of ambiguity, allegory and imposing beauty houses renowned monasteries like Mu Gompa, Chumling monastery, Rachen Jangchub Choeling nunnery, Chhule monastery and more. It is believed by the Buddhists that their saint Milarepa had come and meditated in the caves situated in the Tsum Valley. There are appealing villages to encounter during the trek such as Chumling, Chokhangparo, Nile, Burgi, Chisopani, Jagat and Machha Khola.
Royal Holidays 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. The hiking trip includes a scenic drive along the Trishuli and Marshyangdi Rivers with a unique amalgamation of Tibetan and Nepalese community. Spectacular Budi Gandaki River and the valley are worth for their diversified untouched eco-systems. Fantastic views of notable mountain peaks and fabulous ancient monasteries make this trip filled with memories
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: 3 - 4 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 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.
Duration: 6 to 7 hr
Elevation: 680 M
The drive from Kathmandu to Arughat is long yet quite adventurous across scenic landscapes, dirt roads and the magnificent countryside with vivid mountain views. Hence after an early breakfast, you will get on board a private vehicle which will drive you through numerous vibrant villages and terraced fields. Until you reach Dhading Besi which is around 3 hours drive from Kathmandu, the road is snaky, paved and smooth but onwards, the drive becomes entirely freaking exciting for adventure lovers before reaching an important small town Arughat. Overnight in Arughat.
Duration: 4 hr
Elevation: 700 M
After breakfast at Arughat, you will begin the first hiking day by crossing a bridge over the Budi Gandaki River. Following the stone-paved town passing the hydro-electric power plant starting from the western side of Arughat, you will cross several paddy and millet terraced fields and reach Mangaltar. Crossing a verdant green forest with luxuriant shrubbery, green hills, several tiny villages, and Shanti Bazaar, the track gets steeper and a bit demanding before crossing a suspension bridge to reach Arkhet Bazaar. You will have your lunch in this town and then continue a downhill trail through a cascading waterfall followed by a steep walk up to Kuerepani. The path from here drops down until reaching Soti Khola, where you have an option for relaxing or enjoy swimming to re-energize yourself. Overnight in Soti Khola.
Duration: 4 - 5 hr
Elevation: 830 M
Beginning the day’s walk after a hefty breakfast, you will cross a bridge and hike through spectacular Sal forests, winding rocky trails and sublime waterfalls over a steep cliff. Walking past crystal clear streamlets and magnificent waterfalls across terraced paddy fields, you will arrive at a Gurung village of Labu Besi. Hiking along rocky terrain where valleys open and the rivers twist, your walk will lead towards the riverbed. Walking for some time along the bank of the river, it is then a gentle ascent over a valley ridge. You will finally make a subtle descend to the river once again to reach the Machha Khola Village. Overnight in Machha Khola Village.
Duration: 7 - 8 hr
Elevation: 1340 M
After breakfast today, you will begin hiking by crossing the Thado Khola through several ups and downs and takes you to Khorla Besi. Walking through similar trails, you will arrive at a village with natural hot springs known as Tatopani (literally Hot Water in Nepali). Climbing a valley ridge and then crossing the Budi Gandaki River over a suspension bridge, it is another ascent passing a landslide zone to reach Dobhan. From here, you get another opportunity to walk over a suspension bridge to reach Duman. Traversing through undulating paths several times and crossing several tiny rivers and suspension bridges, the rugged trails will lead you to Thado Bharyang (which means steep staircase in Nepali). Crossing the Budi Gandaki River one more time at Lauri and then gently walking along the riverside, you will arrive at Jagat, a small farming village with a decent number of stores and shops. Overnight in Jagat.
Duration: 3 - 4 hr
Elevation: 1600 M
Today, it is required for you to complete the formalities of the ACAP process before leaving Jagat and walking towards Chisopani through rocky trails over a crest to Salleri, and then gently descending to Sirdibas. Crossing the Ghatta Khola over a suspension bridge and following a rivulet along a long hanging bridge, you will arrive at Philim, a considerably large Gurung village. Walking ahead of the Gurung village northwards trudging through a thick forest will lead you to Chisopani. Overnight in Chisopani.
Duration: 6 - 7 hr
Elevation: 2386 M
Your spectacular hiking day begins after breakfast at Chisopani crossing a gorge and a large waterfall after which you will enter the beautiful dense pine and oak forests dropping down to the Tsum Valley. From here you will arrive at Lokpa village on ascending through another rhododendron forest accompanied by excellent views of the snow-clad mountains such as Himalchuli and Boudha Himal. This village is an attractive small village and from here onwards the trail is quite demanding with frequent ups and downs through more pine and rhododendron forests. Passing the eye-catching village of Lokpa, you will descend towards Lungwa Khola and then tread on the undulating path for a few hours through the forests of Gumlung. Crossing the Siyar Khola, you will in due course of time reach Chumling, from where majestic views of Shingri Himal can be cherished. You may visit the old Chumling monastery and explore the stone lanes of the village. Overnight in Chumling.
Duration: 4 - 5 hr
Elevation: 3010 M
After breakfast at Lower Tsum valley, you will begin the day’s hike crossing a suspension bridge with astounding views of Ganesh Himal. Climbing gradually to higher elevations, you will traverse through villages and landscapes that are similar to the Tibetan plateaus. Crossing another bridge walking past the villages of Rainjam and Serpu Khola, you will arrive at Gho village. From this village, it is an uninterrupted climb for about two hours to reach the Upper Tsum valley, Chokhangparo, which is also known as Chekhampar. Situated on a hilltop, it is quite challenging and a difficult ascent to reach the village at Upper Tsum Valley. Comprised of two rocky settlements Chokhang and Paro, the combination is a large village inhabited by Tibetan Buddhists. One unique attribute of this village is that no sacrifices of animals are made for any religious purposes. In this village, there are some medieval monasteries which you may explore after lunch. Overnight in Chokhangparo.
Duration: 5 - 6 hr
Elevation: 3365 M
Today’s hike requires attention concerning altitude issues as you will be ascending above the Chokhangparo village. Heading northwards, you will pass Lamagaon and on crossing a flimsy rope suspension bridge, you will arrive at Rachen Gompa, which is otherwise also known as the Rachen Jangchub Choeling Nunnery. After a short visit to the nunnery, you will cross the Shiar Khola and continue walking through the villages of Lar, Phurbe, and Pangdun. You will get to see an old significant Buddhist stupa as you cross the Chhule village. From here, it is a gradual climb upstream to cross a bridge and arrive at Nile. It is not very far from here if you wish to visit the popular Chhule monastery located on the top of a hill. Overnight in Nile.
Duration: 3 - 4 hr
Elevation: 3800 M
Mu Gompa is the largest monastery of this region and is located at the highest point of the Tsum Valley. You will begin with a short gradual climb after breakfast leaving behind Nile village. Since it is a less frequented segment that is rarely accessible to human, the day’s walk will let you savor the environs of a clean and beautiful site with no human inhabitation. Walking towards the western bank of the valley amidst Tibetan landscapes, the path rises up that leads you to the ancient Mu Gompa. Here, you will also embark on a short hike to Dephyudonma Gompa – the oldest monastery in the valley located just nearby. Overnight in Mu Gompa.
Duration: 2 - 3 hr
Elevation: 4000 M
The day is set aside for acclimatization and to get acquainted with the higher elevations in the days ahead. Although it is a free day, you will be exploring the surrounding areas within the region of Tsum Valley and visiting small traditional villages and the Mu Gompa itself. The monastery is located at the most remote and the highest part of the Tsum Valley. This monastery is the oldest monastery of both Tsum and Manaslu regions established in 1895 AD and it has some of the oldest books and statues. Another option would be to hike to the base of Pika Himal for inspiring views of the glaciers, Tibetan peaks, Ganesh Himal and other surrounding mountain peaks. Overnight in Mu Gompa.
Duration: 5 - 6 hr
Elevation: 3245 M
After breakfast in the morning, you will trek back through Chhule and Phurbe villages on the east bank of the Shiar Khola which is comparatively a more comfortable hike, major portion being downhill. Eventually, you will arrive at Burgi village, a tiny eye-catching village. While you are at this village, you will ascend up to the famous Milarepa’s cave (Phiren Phu), one of the most sacred caves in the Tsum valley. The cave is distinguished for the astounding magnificence of the Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal, and Churke Himal. Overnight in Burgi.
Duration: 5 - 6 hr
Elevation: 2386 M
This is the day you will retrace your footsteps descending with a gentle pace to Chokhangparo after your breakfast at Burgi village. On the way, you will enjoy the greenery and the views of the beautiful nature all around. Continuing the downhill hike, you will pass the Gho village and further beyond to cross a bridge over the Serpu Khola that is made from the Syakpa Glacier. Walking further below towards the lower Tsum valley, you will ultimately reach Chumling to spend your second night with a possibility to meet your hosts one more time. Overnight in Chumling.
Duration: 5 - 6 hr
Elevation: 1560 M
After breakfast today, you will leave Chumling on a flat trail, first to reach Lokpa village stumbling upon the graceful Samba Falls that provides ample opportunities for photography. During the day’s hike to Philim, you can savor moments with beautiful sights of forests and small streams. After several hours of a memorable hike, you will reach Philim, the village from where you can observe a visible trail that leads towards Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Overnight in Philim.
Duration: 6 - 7 hr
Elevation: 970 M
In the morning, after breakfast, you will head towards Khorla Besi leaving behind the cultivated areas of Philim. Descending from Philim crossing Sirdibas will eventually bring you to Jagat, the same farming village you passed through on your way up to Tsum valley. Descending further, you will reach Yaruphant and then to Dobhan, where the neighboring areas seem to become more tropical and greener unlike the arid Tibetan climate at higher altitudes a few days back. Dropping downwards along the staircase and crossing the landslide area, you will cross a suspension bridge over the Budi Gandaki River to reach Tatopani, the village with natural hot springs. Continuing your hike on undulating paths from Tatopani, you will reach Khorla Besi following the river banks. Overnight in Khorla Besi.
Duration: 5 - 6 hr
Elevation: 700 M
Following the same trail from Khorla Besi along the Budi Gandaki River like you did on your way up, the path you walk crosses the Thado Khola. From here it is a steep downhill rambling to the river and then you will traverse all the way towards the Machha Khola village. The pristine beauty of the waterfalls on a steep rocky trail lets you relish your walk through the tiny Gurung settlement of Labu Besi which further leads you to another tiny hamlet of Khursane. Walking along the ridge above Budi Gandaki River from this tiny village crossing the Sal forests, you will reach Soti Khola village after finally crossing a bridge. Overnight in Soti Khola village.
Duration: 8 - 9 hr
Elevation: 1340 M
Today is the final day of your trekking spree where you will be hiking on the same trail that you walked on the first day of your trip from Arughat. Ascending from Soti Khola to the crest at Kuerepani, you will drop deeply down to the cascading waterfall. Leaving behind the Budi Gandaki River and hiking towards Arkhet Bazaar, you will cross the river to reach Shanti Bazaar. Then passing through the forests at Mangaltar, you will reach Arughat passing the same terraced paddy and millet fields and the hydroelectric power plant. After lunch, you will get onboard a private vehicle to drive towards Kathmandu along the banks of the Marshyangdi and Trishuli Rivers surpassing the green hills, mountains, terraced farms, and tiny villages. On arrival at Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel room. Later in the evening, you are free to catch up on some last minute shopping or stroll around Thamel streets. 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.
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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.