Upper Mustang Trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal and a captivating journeying to the forbidden kingdom on the trans-Himalayan region. This particular trek is considered by most of the globe-trotters as one of the best treks in Nepal owing to the landscape and mind-boggling panoramic views throughout the entire trekking spree. Rambling on the popular trekking route in Nepal, the Upper Mustang Trek is undoubtedly one of the top treks in Nepal as well as on a global scale. Disclosing the mythical kingdom’s measureless barren valleys and canyons, this incredible trekking in Nepal leads you to the Mountain Desert making it one of the wild destinations in Nepal.
Covering the major regions of the Mustang valley, this trekking itinerary in Nepal leads you amidst the unrivaled natural beauty and white stucco exclusive houses and of course, the most-friendly people with bizarre cultural traditions. The best trekking season in Nepal normally is during spring or autumn, but embarking on a mesmerizing Upper Mustang Trek is best during the monsoon because this area falls in the rain shadow region and rainfall is rare, thereby the villages are packed with the local community. It is a perfect time to observe the local people engaging themselves in their daily chores.
Join Royal Holidays and hike along the ancient trading route to Tibet exploring ancient Buddhist red-walled monasteries and the worn-out cliffs. We assure you to get hands-on experience of the real Tibetan culture and lifestyle savoring the breathtaking views of the famous peaks like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, and Nilgiri. Our cautiously premeditated trekking itinerary to Upper Mustang will take you along the small stunning villages like Kagbeni, Syanbochen, Ghami, and Tsarang and visits to the sacred Buddhist shrines and famous caves in the turbulent settlement.
Duration: 30 minutes Drive
Elevation: 1340 M
On arrival in Kathmandu and fulfilling immigration formalities, you will be met by one of our representatives near the exit gate of the airport with a placard for precise identification. You will then be transferred to your pre-assigned hotel room where you may stretch your legs and relax to regain your energy due to a possible jet lag. If your arrival time is early, then you may hit the streets of Thamel in the evening and saunter around, buy things that may entice your eyes or simply sit back and relax at some pub or music bar with your favorite beer and soothing melodies. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Duration: 4 - 5 hr
Elevation: 1340 M
After a satisfactory breakfast in your hotel, you will embark for a guided tour to some of the most historical and spiritual attractions of the city that are listed under the UNESCO world heritage sites. A visit to the highly venerated Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the high-flying monkey temple at 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: 7 - 8 hr
Elevation: 800 M
You will depart from Kathmandu after an early breakfast in a private vehicle to the Lake city of Pokhara. Driving along the Prithvi Highway all the way to Mugling alongside the raging Trishuli River, you will drive past several small towns and snaky roads. From Mugling, you will drive around three hours leaving the main highway through beautiful terraced fields and changing landscapes and small towns and agricultural farms. On arrival at Pokhara, you will be shifted to your pre-assigned hotel room where you are advised to relax for a few hours before you stroll along the pavements at the famous lakeside. There you may relax by a wayside inn or a small restaurant and bar, enjoy some local music performance while sipping your favorite malted beer. Overnight in Pokhara.
Duration: 20 - 25 Min
Elevation: 2810 M
After breakfast, you will get on board on an early morning 20-minute flight to the district headquarters of Mustang, Jomsom over the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge accompanied by tantalizing views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain peaks. Famous for strong afternoon airstreams, extravagant landscapes, and sweet apples, Jomsom is the place where you will meet your trekking crew and make initial preparations for your magnanimous hike to the Mustang region of Nepal. Leaving Jomsom behind as you begin to walk, you will cross a small hanging bridge after which it is a wonderful walk along the banks of the Kali Gandaki. Although the trail is deserted with weather-beaten rocks and sand, you will be compensated with amazing views of the towering peaks of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, and Nilgiri peaks. Unambiguous attributes of Upper Mustang begin to reflect as you approach Kagbeni, the particular features being the tapered passageways and tunnels, irrigation canals, emerald wheat, and barley fields and an outsized crimson monastery. Overnight in Kagbeni.
Duration: 5 to 6 hr
Elevation: 3050 M
After breakfast at Kagbeni, you are required to get your permit checked and get other necessary documentation processes done at a police check post situated at the north end of the Kagbeni village before entering the forbidden region of Nepal. Climbing a steep cliff on the eastern end of the gorge, you will be able to witness a fantastic view back of Kagbeni. The trekking path comprises of ups and downs along the bottom of the valley and the riverbed. You will reach on top of a hill after climbing for about two hours or so, and then it is a steady drop down on the other side to reach Tangbe, the first real Mustang village. Walking on more undulating tracks, you will arrive at Chhusang which is an ideal stoppage point for lunch. Continuing through a riverbed after lunch you will stroll on the side of the valley until arriving at a bridge beneath Chele village. Crossing the bridge over the Kali Gandaki River, it is a final sheer ascend to reach Chele. Overnight in Chele.
Duration: 7 - 8 hr
Elevation: 3820 M
Hiking from the point beyond Chele is comparatively challenging owing to the more frequent undulating paths. The trail compresses till a deep canyon after an initial climb today. A hanging bridge will direct you to the other side of the gorge to the Ghyakar village. The climb continues without compromises and you will reach the Taklam La Pass. From this pass, it is a gentler downhill strut for a short while guiding you to Dajori La Pass. From here, it is a comparatively easy hike till Samar which can be a pretty good stoppage for tea and snacks. After Samar, it is again downhill walk through a pretty vertical canyon and yet another abrupt uphill hike to Bhena where you will stop for lunch. One final ascent from Bhena and you will reach the Yamda La Pass from where it is a drop down till a stream and a short walk from here takes you to Syangbochen. En route, you will be able to catch glimpses of the outstanding Tilicho, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda passing by the Ramchung cave. Overnight in Syangbochen.
Duration: 4 - 5 hr
Elevation: 3520 M
After breakfast today, you will walk down towards Gheling village where you will visit a monastery that belongs to the Sakya lineage of Buddhism. Walking past this village, you will climb further up the valley to cross the Nya La Pass. Passing by a handful of teahouses, tiny settlements and chortens and also widespread forests and barley fields as well as extraordinary views of deep valleys and mountains, it is a gentle downhill hike to Ghami. This village is one of the most prominent villages in the Lo Mangthang region. Overnight in Ghami.
Duration: 4 - 5 hr
Elevation: 3558 M
Beginning with a steep descending trail to the river crossing the steel bridge along the jagged and slimy path, today’s trek will take you across the longest Mani wall in the Mustang area. It is believed that the mani wall contains the intestines of the demons killed by Guru Rinpoche. Moving ahead up through the Chingel La Pass fantastic views of Nilgiri and Tilicho peaks greet you. After you cross the Tsarang La Pass, it is time to enter the Tsarang village which is located at the top of a canyon with a giant fortress and a monastery. After lunch at Tsarang, you grab an opportunity to visit the Tsarang Thupten Shedrup Dhargyeling Monastery. This Gompa houses some lovely wall paintings and murals in addition to a few statues of deities. Overnight in Tsarang.
Duration: 3 - 4 hr
Elevation: 3810 M
After a hefty breakfast at Tsarang, you will start today’s hike walking downwards to a ravine to cross a river behind Tsarang. A steep descent takes you to the other side and another uphill climb crossing a huge chorten and several caves culminate in a desert-like trail with hard packed sand leading up to Lo La Pass. This is the point which offers you the first peek of the picturesque village of Lo Manthang, the capital of the land of Lo. From the pass, you will walk down towards Lo Manthang that presents astounding views of the Himalayan giants such as Nilgiri, Tilicho, Bhrikuti peaks, Annapurna I, and the Damodar Kunda, a consecrated pond of the Hindus. Overnight in Lo Manthang.
Duration: 2 - 3 hr
Elevation: 3850 M
This is a day set aside for acclimatization purposes hence you will be exploring the entire ancient capital city of Lo Manthang. Hiking towards the north end lies the Chhode Gompa which is attached to a monastic school Tse Chhen Shedrubling Tukling Mon Gon Lobdra. Next, you will visit the museum and yet another smaller sized monastery that has a chorten with the grave of an old lama. Some other monasteries worth visiting worth visiting today are Jhampa Gompa, the oldest one in Lo Manthang, and Thupchen Gompa, the second oldest one. Other momentous landmarks to witness in Lo Manthang are the Nyphu Cave monastery and the Thinkar summer palace situated at a beautiful village. Another acclimatization option today would be a visit to Chhosar cave, a man-made residential cave. Overnight in Lo Manthang.
Duration: 7 - 8 hr
Elevation: 3820 M
After breakfast in the morning, you will follow a separate route on the western end that passes through Gyakar village. This trail offers you the most fine-looking views despite the few sheer descending walks. Gyakar houses the oldest Tibetan monastery in the Mustang region known as the Ghar Gompa. This monastery has delicately stunning rock paintings and it is believed to have been built by the incarnated monk Padmasambhava. Hiking from Lo Manthang to Drakmar is exhilarating with dissimilar trails high above the canyons and eroded hills. Overnight in Drakmar.
Duration: 4 - 5 hr
Elevation: 3700 M
Today, you will start early and head southwards so as to avoid the brawny winds during most sections of the trek. It is advisable to carry some drinking water as well as some snacks today as there are no teahouses before reaching your destination. You will come across numerous caves on the way today as you move ahead, and walking past a Mani wall, you will arrive at Ghami village. The trip today could reasonable be fiddly as you are most likely experience powerful blustery wind hitting on your faces. Traversing along a dry plateau and ascending up the Ghiling hill, you will arrive at the village of Ghiling which presents exceptional views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri mountains. You will get an opportunity to explore the tiny village after lunch. Overnight in Ghiling.
Duration: 8 - 9 hr
Elevation: 2980 M
After breakfast today, you will start hiking on a downhill trail accompanied with majestic views of the Himalayas and the enchanting landscapes. You will come across a few tiny hamlets walking down the same path as earlier that led to Lo Manthang. People here practice pure Tibetan culture and lifestyle. Continuing the ramble along the deserted matchless landscapes of dry terrain, you will arrive at Chhuksang where you will spend some time exploring the village and its environment before calling off the day. Overnight in Chhuksang.
Duration: 3 - 4 hr by Bus or Jeep
Elevation: 2720 M
Today is officially the last day of your trekking trip, so after an early breakfast, you will retrace your footsteps leaving behind Chhuksang descending towards Tangbe. Walking for some time, the Mustang trail ends and you will then be unifying with the Annapurna circuit trail. Coming across a few caves walking past the uniquely clustered settlement, the landscapes appear unbelievable. Depending on your walking rapidity, it would take at the most four hours from Chhuksang to reach Kagbeni. You will have your lunch in Kagbeni before proceeding along the banks of Kali Gandaki River till the moment you reach Jomsom, which is the ending point of your trekking binge. Overnight in Jomsom.
Duration: 20 - 25 Min
Elevation: 800 M
After an early breakfast, you will today embark on a scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara along the Kali Gandaki Valley which proffers excellent views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Ranges. On arrival at Pokhara, you will be transferred to your hotel room where you may stretch your weary legs and relax in leisure. Later in the evening, it is the perfect time to stroll around lakeside and perhaps sit beside a candlelit restaurant and sip your favorite beer and listen to some live bands performing some soulful melodies of Nepal. If you wish, you may also visit some significant landmarks such as David’s fall, Gupteshwor cave or the Regional Museum in the afternoon. Overnight in Pokhara.
Duration: 7 - 8 hr
Elevation: 1340 M
Leaving the lake city this morning after breakfast at your hotel, you will get on a road trip leading you to Kathmandu. The bus journey itself is exciting as you will observe scenic greeneries, small roadside shops, small settlements, streams, and vegetation farms on the entire trip. After an adventurous drive for around 6-7 hours, you will finally reach Kathmandu where you will be immediately transferred to your hotel room. After relaxing for a while, you may wander in the streets of Thamel for some souvenir shopping that you may want to take home with you. Rest of the evening you may relax in some cozy bar or pub, watch and enjoy live music show or grab your favorite cocktail. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Duration: 30 Min by Car or Jeep
Elevation: 1340 M
You will be dropped off at the airport well ahead of your scheduled flight time by one of our representatives. If you have an evening flight, you may wish to visit certain heritage sites of Kathmandu on your own. However, if you wish to extend your holidays in Nepal, then Royal Holidays are ever ready to create another wonderful trip in the Himalayas.
However alike the terms hiking, trekking, and climbing may sound, there are numerous aspects to distinguish among the three. Hiking is an activity that involves half-day to one-day easy walk where technical equipment is not required at all. Trekking is a multi-day activity where trekkers walk for several hours on a particular day to make a stop at some teahouses or basic lodges. Comparatively, it is a bit more demanding than hiking and it may require gears and equipment at certain stretches of the trail, though it is very rarely used. Trekking is something in between hiking and climbing with regards to difficulty and time duration. Mountain climbing is something different and the most challenging of them all. It requires special equipment and gears and involves more risk when making ascends to the high mountain trails or trek through the rugged off-the-beaten-path. Climbing requires a high level of physical fitness, previous experience and advanced knowledge about the equipment.
For every trekker, the best possible answer as to why they should trek in Nepal is based on the fact that, out of the 14 mountains in the world that are above 8000 meters, Nepal has 8 of them in addition to 1310 peaks that are over 6000 meters. The government of Nepal has permitted outsiders to trek or climb more than 300 peaks including the world’s tallest Mt. Everest. Besides, trekking in Nepal is cheap with abundant affordable lodges and teahouses dotted all over the trails in the major areas of trekking. It is comparatively much pricier to go for trekking in other countries popular for trekking such as Japan, Peru or New Zealand. Trekking in Nepal is safe and offers an undeniable opportunity to immerse in deep cultural and religious insights. Over and above, Nepal is the land of the Himalayas – the supreme land with endless options.
No matter where you are trekking, the difficulty level depends on how healthy you are, and whether a trekker is capable to walk for a few hours on a regular basis for several days. It should not be too difficult to trek in Nepal if your fitness level has been maintained and you are doing regular exercises. Trekking in Nepal may seem challenging but definitely not grueling as the trekking itinerary in Nepal have all been crafted in such a way that trekkers need to walk a comfortable distance each day without any exertions. All that one requires is a mental stability, good health and a strong determination to finish the race.
Walking hours while trekking in Nepal depends on the trek, easy, moderate or strenuous. Some trekkers customize their trip and walk a few hours more each day to shorten the number of days. However, in general, easy treks involve 4 to 6 hours of daily walk on a good weather, well-maintained path that is easily reachable to local facilities. A moderate trek will require a walking of 6 to 7 hours daily on the steep hilly landscapes and usually jagged trails and strenuous treks may require 7 to 8 hours of walking each day on high altitudes with challenging ascends and descends. Generally speaking, on reaching higher altitudes, usually higher than 3000 meters, it is unsafe to climb more than 500 meters in one day due to the possibility of altitude sickness. So, the higher you walk, the shorter will be the walking duration as the walk will be at a slower pace.
The conditions of weather in the mountains are always unpredictable, and it is cold even during the summer season. The degree of coldness varies with the altitude and seasons of trekking. Although daytime becomes warmer during the summer season, nights and mornings are always cold. The average maximum and minimum temperatures of Kathmandu (1350 m) during summer are 29˚C and 18˚C respectively, while during winter the temperatures are 17˚C and 2˚C. While the average maximum and minimum temperatures in the mountains above 5000 meters in summer are 15˚C and 2˚C respectively, and winter temperatures are 6˚C and -18˚C. All the treks in Nepal do not necessarily require reaching at very high elevations although quite a lot of them do. However, it is always better to feel safe rather than sorry, so trekkers are expected to carry sufficient warm clothing regardless of the season they are trekking.
Although hiring a guide is not compulsory while trekking in Nepal, we would never advocate our guests to go on their own. Although trekkers may save some money while trekking on their own, hiring a guide and a porter makes it much easier and exhilarating. We do not encourage novice trekkers especially first-timers in Nepal to travel alone. Going on your own, you are accountable for managing your own logistics, higher risks of getting lost in the trails and no one taking care of you in case of emergencies. Most of all, the beauty of the trek does not remain the same as there is no one to explain about the places, local people and their culture, history and traditional beliefs of significant landmarks en route.
Yes and No. Yes, you will carry your things if you trek on your own. But if you book your trekking holiday with a reliable trekking agency, you don’t have to worry about anything else; you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide and a hard-working porter and make your walk a hassle-free event.
In general, trekking in Nepal is much cheaper comparing to other countries popular for trekking. However, there are several factors which make trekking cheaper or costlier. For instance, using domestic flights and luxury accommodation during the trip obviously will take the cost to a higher side. On the other hand, budget travel and basic accommodation will lower the trip cost. Also, the cost of trekking in the most remote areas of Nepal would be on a higher scale as compared to the most frequented destinations where accessibility is very easy nowadays. Customizing your trip and deciding how many hours to walk per day, where to stay and what to eat could possibly lower the trip cost by a certain bit.
Accommodation during your trek in Nepal depends on your predilection. In general, trekkers will be accommodated in preferred lodges, home-stays, teahouses or even luxury lodges. In some remote trekking areas, you will be staying in tents as there are no lodges or teahouses yet. Luxury hotels and home-stay options are not available in all the trekking trails and confined to only certain areas. Most of the basic teahouses and lodges are simple, clean and comfortable.
You will be served with authentic Nepalese food along with Tibetan, Indian and some continental dishes although these may not always be available in all the trekking routes. At lower elevations of the popular trekking routes, where logistics is easily accessible, most lodges and teahouses provide with a decent menu which engrosses a variety of dishes including pizza and spaghetti. While at much higher altitudes and in the remote areas, you will not have many options apart from the traditional Dal-Bhaat, Momo, Noodles, and Vegetables. For breakfast, the food includes pancakes, flat-bread, porridge, potatoes, eggs and so on.
The effects of high altitude are quite arbitrary and do not necessarily relate to how robust you are. Surpassing an altitude of 3000 meters, it is an increased probability for being hit by acute mountain sickness. The only trick to avoid or minimize this sickness is not to over-do anything. Acclimatization is another very important aspect of trekking in higher altitude to avoid sickness. Most of the itineraries of trekking in Nepal include one or several acclimatization days, which should not be disregarded at all. One more factor to prevent getting hit by altitude sickness is to climb not more than 600 meters per day.
Different trekking destinations in Nepal require a different number of days to accomplish. The time duration for trekking depends on your choice of the destination; some destinations have different routes too. Short trekking requires as less as 7 to 9 days and goes up to 20 days or more as per the trekkers’ preferred destination or route. For example, the Everest panorama view trek or the Annapurna sunrise view trek is complete in 7 to 9 days while the Annapurna Circuit trek or the Kanchenjunga Circuit takes 21 days to finish. Based on your choice which further depends on your own interest, physical fitness, time constraint, and financial issues, it is up to you to schedule the number of days of your trip to Nepal.
Some of the trekking routes in Nepal suffered extensive damage by the devastating calamity, although most of them remained intact. The most popular trekking destination in Nepal to suffer huge damage was the Langtang Valley Trek, which swept away the entire valley killing a large number of people. An avalanche at Everest Base Camp during the earthquake left several mountaineers dead and damaged many lodges. Few trekking routes in the central region of Nepal were badly affected. In the present day picture, all the trekking routes damaged then, have been reconstructed and fully functional now. Having said that, the government of Nepal is in the process to reinstate and build new infrastructures for the Visit Nepal 2020 scenario.
It is in fact very hard to name just a few of them as the best destinations as each one has its own uniqueness and peculiar characteristic features. So to say, the possibilities are boundless. However, on a global scale, the two most popular treks would definitely be the Everest Base Camp Trek and the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Down the list are some other renowned trails all around Nepal with endless fascinations such as the Manaslu Circuit Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, Nar Phu Valley Trek, Tsum Valley Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Makalu Base Camp Trek, and many more.
Nepal is the second richest country in the world for water resources, but the feasibility of drinking is highly questionable. Teahouses and lodges in the major trekking trails provide filtered and boiled water, the major sources being taps, streams, and rivers from the Himalayas. Although it is possible to buy bottled water on the entire trails of the popular trekking routes, we highly discourage using them as plastic bottles are not environmental friendly. On the contrary, we suggest that you carry purifying agents like steriPen UV, chlorine, iodine tablets or other agents for environmental reasons.
If you are on a camping trek, you will be eating meals cooked by our professional cook. For teahouse trekking, you will be eating your dinner and breakfast in the same teahouse where you will be staying for the night and lunch will be served on the way to your next destination. There are several comfortable lodges and guest-houses on the famous trails which provide a moderate variety of choices for you to dine apart from the traditional Nepali Dal-Bhaat. Whereas, at higher altitude teahouses and some routes in the remote areas, you won’t have many options rather than sticking to the traditional Nepali cuisine.
Communication during trekking won’t be a problem as long as the network or mobile coverage is available. One can purchase a local SIM in Kathmandu and stay connected with their loved ones while some significant trekking routes local VHF phones. In the past, it was not possible to communicate, but in the recent years, most of the popular trekking routes have 3G connectivity throughout the entire trail, except a few places where the coverage is poor or not available at all.
We advise you to wear a comfortable shoe that is already broken, if newly purchased so as to avoid blisters while walking. Shoes preferably with Gore-Tex style lining is what we normally recommend for trekkers; they provide ultimate comfort and have thicker soles which makes your walking experience on rocky paths a pleasant one. Those who intend to climb peaks are recommended a crampon, a must-have gear.
Female tourists are prone to be esteemed, whether traveling alone, in pairs or as a couple. Nepalese men are by and large courteous and defensive of solo women travelers. There will be exemptions of course but for the most part, there is no lack of enthusiasm related to traveling on your own as a woman in Nepal. For a solo woman or even man, it is prudent to take a guide with you if it is your first trek. Over and above, Nepal is safe for solo travelers where one can enjoy the companionship of other lone trekkers along the path sharing the same enthusiasm.
The universal risk at high altitudes especially above 3000 meters is that the density of oxygen is very low and might not suffice the human body. Due to the lower oxygen content, the air begins to get thinner thereby making it difficult to breathe. The human body may experience improper functioning mainly because of the oxygen content in air and one is likely to be hit by Acute Mountain Sickness, also known as altitude sickness which begins with a normal headache followed by nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath with physical exertion. It may further enhance leaving muscles to ache, insomnia, vomiting, irritability, loss of appetite, swelling of the hands, feet, and face, and rapid heartbeat. If the sickness is not attended immediately, there would be severe attacks whose symptoms are coughing, chest congestion, pale complexion, and skin discoloration, inability to walk or lack of balance, and social withdrawal. You don’t have to worry as long as you are following proper acclimatization processes during the trek. On top of that, our itineraries have been created in such a way that it allows plenty of time for acclimatization and our guides will assist you throughout the trek to avert such problems at high elevations.
All of our trekking itineraries cover overall charges during the trek including accommodation and all meals except for food charges while in the nearest city before or after your trek. However, there may arise some personal expenses which are not included in the package cost. These may include hot water, battery charging, phone bills, laundry, any extra snacks or purchase of personal gifts. So, it is our recommendation that you carry a small amount of money in low denominations while trekking in Nepal.
Accommodation during the trek firstly depends on your trekking destination because all the trekking routes in Nepal are different in their own way. In the most popular trekking trails, your accommodation will be arranged in comfortable and standard teahouses or lodges on a twin-sharing basis. Before and after your trek, you will be accommodated in a standard deluxe hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu or Pokhara. There are certain places on the trekking route that have luxury lodges, so if you wish to relax in style, we can arrange luxury accommodation at an additional cost. Some of the trekking routes, however, do not have facilities of accommodation, especially in the far-flung remote areas – in such cases, you will be camping otherwise sleeping in home-stays.
The official statement from IPPG (International Porter Protection Group) allows a porter to carry a maximum of 30 kg. However, while trekking in Nepal, some porters oblige to exceed the maximum limit to earn some extra bucks. Also, it depends on the trekking routes – if you are on a camping trek, then the camping porter will carry up to 40 kg. You are responsible to carry your own daypacks, but in certain instances, a porter may oblige to carry it for you with or without an extra charge – it all depends on how you have been treating them.
It is always good to maintain your physical fitness whether you are trekking or not. In Nepal, there are several categories of trekking ranging from the easy trek, moderate treks, and strenuous treks. However hard the trekking maybe, it is expected that you have been doing regular exercises prior to trekking in Nepal. The minimum requirement is that you should be physically fit and in a sound health, have the zeal for exploring the wild and a strong determination to accomplish the feat. It is an added advantage for those who have had a previous hiking experience. It is also important that the trekker is free from any chronic issues with their health; it is better to discuss with your physician whether you are fit to do a trek in Nepal or not.
It is a matter of concern if you don’t have any walking experience and you wish to embark upon a moderate or a strenuous trekking in Nepal. However, a walking experience is not really necessary if you wish to do some easy treks in Nepal. Even if you have never hiked before, it is recommended that you take up regular exercises on a daily basis for a couple of months prior to your actual hike in Nepal once your trekking dates are fixed. To complete a wonderful trek in the Himalayan regions of Nepal, we suggest you do cardiovascular exercises that will certainly help you get adapted to high elevations in the mountains without any problems of mountain sickness.
Trekking below 4000 meters in Nepal won’t require much from you besides the warm clothing and good pair of shoes, but if you intend to go beyond, we recommend you to carry the following items apart from your valid passport with photocopies, several passport size photos, airline tickets, insurance documents, and cash for personal expenses and tipping:
-Water bottle & sunglasses
-Flashlight, toothbrush, paste, and multipurpose soap
-Medical first-aid kit & duffel bag
-Sun lotion & anti-altitude sickness pills – Diamox or Acetazolamide
-Sleeping bag & quick-drying towel
-Water purification tablets
-Hiking pants and shirts
-T-shirts & warm socks
-Poncho, gloves, woolen hats and gaiters
-Deodorants, small mirror, and moisturizer creams
-Wet wipes and toilet rolls
-Hand wash and sanitizers
-Voltage converter & plug adapter
Our foremost advice to our guests would be to take up some exercises prior to your trekking in Nepal so as to minimize the risks of altitude sickness during the trek. However, if it happens that you are hit by the acute sickness or face some other accidents, our knowledgeable guide will inspect the intensity of your condition before taking action. If deemed critical, you will be carried back to a lower elevation immediately and assisted with first aid treatment. One person will always be there with you to attend to your needs. But if your condition seems to worsen, you will be immediately evacuated on a rescue helicopter to either Kathmandu or Pokhara depending on the trekking destination.
Using services of a reputed trekking agency has various merits, but as a direct answer to this rational question, the answer would be No. It is not mandatory to use a trekking agency for your trekking holiday, but we recommend you to do so if you want to enjoy a hassle-free trip. Going on your own, you will be carrying a lot of burden and trekking wouldn’t be as charming as it ought to be. You will need to face the troublesome permit preparations, special trekking permits or peak and mountain-climbing permits, and filming and shooting permits. Using a trekking agency, you will get to enjoy every bit of the trip – they will manage everything for you including a knowledgeable guide who will narrate you the history and the legendary myths behind significant landmarks that you come across the trails.
As such, there are no official dress codes for trekking in Nepal – you are advised to wear that you are comfortable in. However, your dressing code can have certain impacts on the people of Nepal as they are highly concerned about western civilization. Skimpily dressed or revealing attires are a major look-upon in Nepal. We recommend you to wear something decent that covers your body as much as possible, and something thick to fight against the odds of the Himalayan temperatures.
As the old adage goes, ‘Prevention is better than cure’, it is best to avoid those things that could deteriorate your health during the trek. Avoiding alcohol and tobacco products is a wise decision to make. We suggest you not to eat meat products as far as possible in higher elevations as they may not be very fresh. Try to acclimatize as much as possible as acute mountain sickness is imminent while trekking above 4000 meters. In the similar context, we highly advise you to drink plenty of water or fluids and not to forget boiling your water before drinking or at least adding a purifying agent to it, for those who prefer their water cold.
Normally, teahouses are local lodges in which trekkers will eat their dinner and sleep in the nights during the trek. A teahouse can refer to large comfortable, well-built lodges with common areas or a small bamboo hut in the middle of nowhere that will provide a place to sleep and food to eat. So teahouse trekking means that you will be sleeping in these types of accommodations. It is the most popular style of trekking in Nepal and involves hopping from one teahouse to another each day. Normally teahouses at all places will provide trekkers with the facility of 24-hour running water, a decent bed to sleep, hot-water bathing and common areas to dine and chit-chat. Although basic, teahouses in popular trekking routes provide most of the quintessential amenities possible at such far-flung places. Teahouses along less popular trekking routes are usually more elementary and one is expected to sleep in common rooms around a comfortably warm stove.
All the guides that we use for your service are government licensed and have a good number of years’ experience in the mountains. Being locals of the mountainous regions, they have better knowledge of their areas than anyone else. Most of them have worked for more than a decade accompanying trekkers in the mountainous segments of Nepal. They are proficient in English and we make sure to motivate them at regular intervals to remind them of their responsibilities. They are friendly in nature and possess a great deal of knowledge of the trekking route and the landmarks that lie in the villages. They have been trained in various organizations including TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal) and KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). Additionally, they possess first-hand knowledge about first aid and medical rescue, personal protection equipment, and they are constantly advised to follow the principles of ecotourism, responsible and sustainable tourism and nature conservation.