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Plan trekking in Nepal

Today, trekking in Nepal is more accessible than what it used to be a couple of decades ago. This is specially so after the introduction of different social media. Information relating to trekking, trail and facilities are so abundance that quite lot travelers manages to trek independently. Popular destinations like EverestAnnapurna and Langtang route are no more remote. There are just few routes left declared as remote and restricted area or far western newly opened trekking zone where the foreigners are supposed to trek only with certified guide as organized by the agency.

 

But is it really so easy for everyone to self-organize trek independently? NO!!! The other side of the coin is actually not that smooth. Trekking independently means, the travelers will need to handle other formality which are often hectic. For example- they must have extra days to line up for issuing trekking permit, extra hours for pondering on guide books or different sites in mobile to acquire information. This will definitely make their holidays “ working holiday !”.

 

Therefore, our sincere advice is to go in organized way. There are numerous benefit of taking guides. They can be clearly listed as follow:

1.   Taking guides means your direct contribution in generating more jobs for Nepalese people.

2.  A local guide can play a role of catalyst to familiarize you with local people and culture. Nothing is greater than to feel at home away from home!

3.  With the help of guide, you can get your permit made without any hassle. You can relax in Hotel or take an extra tour in heritage sites while your guide finishes permit formality.

4.  When you are with guide, you donÂ’t have to worry about getting lost. Yo can fully focus on the beauty of nature, take pictures, and make paintings or keep records for your memoirs.

5.  You get the helping hands ready if in case you go through some adverse situation like falling sick, getting lost, or get trapped in bad weather

6.   Most importantly, it is worth having a person explaining you about the place and people you are amidst.

 

Why trekking in Nepal?

 Along the trails winding up, down, over and around, it takes you through serene villages brooded under the scintillating mountains. So, it is definitely a treasurable experience of lifetime, both, of beholding the hypnotic beauty of nature and meticulously tackling the challenges in the treacherous yet tantalizing mountain regions. Imagine, celestial clouds forming below while the canopy of magnificent peaks of mountains are towering over you!

 

Most of the trails you walk on are still used predominantly by Nepalese people for everyday travel and trade. So, it is common to meet Nepali porter carrying supply like groceries or lengths of corrugated roofing iron slung from a jute strap (namlo) around the head or a sick relatives being carried in a basket (doko) in the same manner to the nearest medical facility. 

Trekking means you will be involved in a way you could never be in a car, bus, train or aero plane. But, you can enjoy the friendliness of the people; feel the spell of the mountains and their culture. 

A trekking trip can be of any length you choose. There are a number of short treks around the Kathmandu and Pokhara valleys which only take a day to complete. There are two or three day treks or treks from a week to a month. For those with enough time can combine a number of treks and spend months just walking around. 

Camping Trek 

Trekking through the Himalayas is for those who prefer a less cosseted vacation. On the camping trek, we get up and go to bed with the daylight, and relax in warm sunshine after a leisurely lunch. – We provide all camping and cooking equipment. These treks are staffed by a full local crew, including a main guide, porters, cook and assistants. Your main baggage is carried by porters.  

In camping trek, its our crews’ job to perform all the camp work, including leaving the sites clean. Food on trek is a mixture of Western and local dishes with plenty of choice. Our menu is based on fresh food to provide three nutritious and tasty meals a day. We can cater for specific dietary needs if we know in advance. All trekkers are pleasantly surprised at the quality of the meals. 

* We use airy and comfortable tents. There is also a latrine tent. A shower tent and dining tent set up at each campsite. 

* Your only job is to do the walking and take photographs, while our trek staff takes care of the camp duties and carrying. 

* The benefit of a camping trek is that we are not limited to use the trails more frequently travelled and there is a greater opportunity to get ‘off-the-beaten-track’. 

Peaks of Nepal 

8 of the highest peaks in the world is in Nepal, including the Mount Everest, the highest of all peaks. 

1) The Everest or Sagarmatha Region (8,848 metres) 

The world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, is situated at 8,848 m (29,029 ft) above the sea level. It is located in the Himalayas on the Nepal (Sagarmatha Zone)-China (Tibet) border. One of the most popular area for trekking in Nepal. Trek to Everest base camp is mystique derived from its soaring giant, ever panoramic peaks and the extreme adventures of legendary mountaineers. The Everest, situated in the Solu and Khumbu diversified district is justifiably renowned, not only because it encompasses Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain (8850m), but also because of its exotic Sherpa villages and monasteries, flora and fauna. The main goal of Everest Trekking is to trek to Everest Base camp at an elevation of about 5430 m. trek to Everest Base Camp 

2) Kanchenjunga Region ( 8598 metres) 

Kanchenjunga Region( 8598m)Trekking is the trek to the Base Camp of the world’s third highest mountain of the world in Nepal. The trek takes us to the point to see spectacular views of the Janun Himalaya range from the Mirgin La. To visit serene villages on the boarders of Sikkim and Tibet are the stunning landscape of the trek. Kanchenjunga, “Treasure of Snow” (28,198ft) was first climbed by a British team in 1956 AD. Here you can advent awe inspiring Himalayan Trekking, and reap the rewards! 

Kanchanjunga, although a limited trekking area as per the Nepal Government permit policy, one of the most remote trekking regions which is situated in Eastern Nepal bordering the Indian state of Sikkim. This area houses Snow Leopard, National bird of Nepal,Musk Deer, Blue Sheep and maybe legendary Yeti. This is less travelled remote area comparing the popular Everest and Annapurna Trekking regions of Nepal. 

3) Lhotse (8,516 metres) 

Lhotse (8,516) is the fourth highest mountain in the world. Its long east-west crest is located immediately south of Mount Everest and the summits of the two mountains are connected by the South Col, a vertical ridge that never drops below 8,000 meters. Lhotse is sometimes mistakenly identified as the south peak of the Everest massif. No serious attention was turned to climbing Lhotse until after Everest had finally been ascended. Lhotse was first climbed in 1956 by two Swiss, Fritz Luchsinger and Ernest Reiss. In addition to the main summit, there are two subsidiary peaks, Lhotse Shar, which is immediately east of the main summit, and Nuptse, a high peak on the mountain’s west ridge. 

4) Makalu (8,463 metres) 

Makalu (8,463) is the fifth highest mountain in the world. It is an isolated peak, located just 14 miles east of Mount Everest. Its size alone is impressive, but its structure, that of a perfect pyramid with four sharp ridges, make this mountain all the more spectacular. 

It has proved to be a challenging climb, as only five of its first sixteen attempts were successful. Previously, it had been admired and studied by several Everest parties, but like so many other giants in Khumbu region, it was not attempted until the summit of Everest had been attained in 1954. A French group first climbed Makalu in year 1955. 

Chomo Lonzo (25,650 ft.) is a subsidiary peak of Makalu, rising just north of the higher summit, separated by a narrow saddle. 

5) Cho oyu (8,201 metres) 

Cho Oyu (8,201) is the sixth highest mountain in the world, located a short distance to the west from Everest and Lhotse (the fourth highest) in the Khumbu region of Eastern Nepal along the Tibetan border. Its towering peak stands with Everest well above the surrounding mountains. It became a familiar landmark to climbers ascending Everest’s north face. Just west of Cho Oyu is the Nangpa La, a 19,000-foot glacier pass, and the main trade route between the khumbu Sherpas and Tibet. Cho Oyu’s proximity to the Nangpa la has earned it the distinction among some climbers as being the easiest 8,000 meter peak. It was the third such peak climbed, and the first climbed in autumn by two Australian. 

6) Dhaulagiri (8,167 metres) 

Dhaulagiri (8,167), whose name means White Mountain, is the seventh highest mountain in the world. It is an enormous Himalayan massif, located in north central Nepal. After its discovery by the western world in 1808, it replaced Ecuador’s Chimborazo (20,561 ft.) as the postulated highest mountain in the world. It maintained this standing for nearly 30 years, until the discovery of Kanchenjunga, which was then falsely believed to be the world’s highest mountain. 

Dhaulagiri’s crest stretches for thirty miles, lending structure to an otherwise tangled topography of twisting ridges, glaciers, and ice falls. Along the main crest, several pyramid-shaped peaks rise. Four of these summits, numbered form east to west, rise above 25,000 feet. 

7) Manaslu Peak (8,163 metres) is the high peak of the Gorkha massif, and is the eight highest mountains in the world. It is located about 40 miles east of Annapurna, the tenth highest mountain. The mountains long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions, and it culminates in a peak that towers steeply above its surroundings landscape, and is dominant features when seen from afar. The name Manaslu is derived from the Sanskrit word Manasa and can be roughly translated as mountain of the spirit. An all-female Japanese expedition successfully ascended to the summit, thereby becoming the first women to climb an 8,000-meter peak. 

8) Annapurna (8,091 metres) 

Annapurna (8,091) is an enormous Himalayan massif, the tenth highest mountain in the world. In 1950, it became the first 8,000 meter mountain to be successfully climbed. It is located east of great gorge cut through the Himalaya by the Kali Gandaki River. The mountain has the glaciers on its western and north western slopes, which drain into this gorge. 

Annapurna is a Sanskrit name that can be translated as goddess of harvests or more simply the provider. Of Annapurna’s many highs peaks, five are labeled using some variations of the name Annapurna. Of these, the two highest (Annapurna I and II), stand like bookends at the western and eastern ends of the massif. There are many trekking trails that offers stunning views of Annapurna Range. Annapurna circuit Trekking and Annapurna Base Camp Trekkig are some great ways to get great views of the massifs. 

These are the eight highest peaks of Nepal. Nepal is a home to many other smaller peaks which offer exciting Peak Climbing Adventure. 

Trekking Gears 

Hardware For all Treks Essential: 

* Water Bottle 1 liter min 

* Day pack 

* Money belt 

* Sunglasses 

* Wrap around 

* Bag Liners, Stuff and Rubbish Bags; 

* Sewing Kit 

* Toiletries. Bio-degradable; 

* Tissues, plenty! The toilet paper provided isn’t suitable or easily replaced on trek 

* Towel. Light weight or pack towel 

* Headlamp 

* Penknife, Swiss Army style 

* Batteries. Long life even these have a shorter life at Altitude 

* Disposable Lighter 

* Personal First Aid Kit. 

Optional Gears 

* Thermarest : Luxury! 

* Camera : Crazy not to! 

* Diary : To record a once-in –a-lifetime experience 

* Games / Books for Evenings 

* Umbrella : Great sunshade and for privacy at toilet stops 

General : For Trekking in September, October, March, April and May 

* Walking Boots : Lightweight, waterproof, with plenty of toe room, well worn in 

* Socks : 3 pairs each thick/thin to be worn in combination-boots should be big enough! 

* Running / Tennis shoes / Sandals : For evenings and and to relief the feet 

* Waterproofs : Thigh length jacket with a hood. (If you don’t want to use provided poncho) 

* Pants :Lightweight, loose, long, trouser, short or skirt. Jeans are unsuitable. 

* Jackets : Pile/Fleece,and/or SWEATER. Lightweight, Duvet Jackets are provided on request 

* Trackpants : For evenings and colder days; 

* T-shirts : 2 OR 3 

* Shirt : Lightweight, long sleeved, with collar, to protect sensitive areas from the Sun; 

* Hats : 1 wool/pile “beanie” with ear flaps. 1 peaked sun hat , “Legionnaire” style; 

* Gloves :Wool /pile 

* Scarf : Wool /pile 

* Underwear : As required 

* Swimsuit : Essential for outdoor bathing. 

* Snow Gaitars : To keep pants and Boots dry 

Trek in Annapurna Base Camp in March to May specially. 

Winter : For Trekking in November, December, Janaury and February 

* Walkingboots 

* Running / Tennis Shoes / Sandals 

* T-shirts 

* Pants 

* Jacket 

* Shirt 

* Hats 

* Scarf 

* Underwear 

* Swimsuit as for general treks, 

But add / adjust as follows: 

* Socks : 4 pairs or both thick and thin,and an extra pair for bed socks; 

* Waterproof : Over pants with side zips,to fit over boots; 

* Woollen Sweater : 1 heavy weight or, preferably,2 lightweight 

* Trackpants : 2-Preferably, 1 heavy track pants and 1 wool/pile trousers; 

* Gloves : Wool, /pile,silk or thermal glove liners; 

* Thermal Underwear : Long medium/heavyweight tops and trousers; 

* Snow Gaitars : To keep pants and boots dry 

Who you will be with during the trek?

The GUIDE or Trek Leader is in charge of the entire trip. He is responsible to co-ordinate with the entire crew members to ensure that you are well facilitated according to the package you have purchased. He manages the team to look after you during and after the Trek and is the person to see if you have any problems or questions.

To carry out this responsibility, our guides undergo extensive training. They have to obtain government license under the designated system. So, they know exactly what is required while trekking in mountain.

The SHERPAS assists the leader. The Sherpa guides your trek. We have a set itinerary, but they often have to make minor variations because of trail conditions etc. They also assist the leader distribute loads to the porters.

The PORTERS carry your duffel bag or rucksack and equipments. They carry all the trekking gear, equipment and food ( in camping trek) from tea house to tea hour. Once you perch at a tea house their job is done till next day. Porters are usually hired only for the duration of the trek.

Who you should communicate?

If you have a problem or concern about any aspect of your trip, please take it to the Guide immediately. If you let it fester, a minor irritation may well become a huge, unsolvable problem, which could spoil your holiday. Your Guide is professional and caring, but not a mind reader. In Kathmandu, see our Tour officer or call the responsible contact person. The sooner we know about your problem, the sooner we can fix it.

Your Trek is an opportunity to spend time with locals; one of the great delights of Trekking. They may be a little shy in the beginning, but a smile goes a long way and you will find them excellent company and great fun.

What is Trip Grading?

The grading system for all our trips may not be accurate because it is based on generalized experience collected from the trekking guide, porters and travellers. Therefore, different traveller may have different feeling according to the level of their age, physical strength and personal interest. Sometimes, the travellers' expectation varies according to the geographical situation and their cultural background. Nepal can be a completely different world for many, especially if they are used to living up with a full proof system in their country.

So, we request to kindly bear all that in mind when preparing for your trip, both physically and mentally, and consider the following fact, as well.

* No trek or walk in the Himalaya is an afternoon stroll: they all involve going up and down above at least 2000 meters.

* Spending extended periods of time at altitude, particularly when it's a new experience, affects everyone differently.

* Even if you live in a flat place you will benefit from some preparation before you come. No matter what your age you should at least walk up and down stairs in your trekking boots. If you're not doing some aerobic activity like- cycling, swimming or brisk walking

* Smokers may find it harder than the expectation.

* Alcohol and Altitude are never in harmony.

* The unpredictable and changeable nature of conditions in the Himalaya can make even the easiest trek harder;

* We rank our trips in 8 grades. It means, the higher the grade, the more challenging the trip is.

FOOD AND BEAVERAGE IN TREKKING

While in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you can find authentic restaurant for Pure Nepali Cuisine, continental, Chinese, Thai, Mexicon, Indian and many more. While on trek, Nepali Daal Bhat is the basic that the tea houses offer everywhere. However, there are enough restaurants in the lower elevation. They use local fresh product, but when it's not available they rely on packet food.

In the tea house, the menus may look very extensive, but the best food we recommend for trekking is high-energy foods based on rice and vegetables. There are some local specialties like Apple pies you must try! Remember that the milk will be powdered (added to water) so always ask for hot milk or drink lemon tea! If you see fresh fruit offered in lodges, make sure you can peel it and avoid salads or raw vegetables, unless you are 100% sure that they have been soaked in iodine water.

Your day begins with a hot drink in your tent or at the tea house. Breakfast usually includes cereal, porridge, pancakes and eggs in different styles, coffee, tea and bread with jam and butter. Lunch typically includes a choice of chapattis, vegetable salads, soup, fruits, beverages and local snacks. On other occasions lunch may consist of fried rice, noodles, other pasta dishes or sandwiches.

Tipping /Gratuities

Tipping is very common in Nepal but Nepal Trek Ways stresses that it is completely personal, anonymous and entirely voluntary. It is natural that people like to appreciate for the effort made on their behalf, and most people have a problem with the amount being so small, but it is your choice. However, we discourage both over tipping, which creates a false impression of westerners, and individual tips, which favor the more visible staff and ignores the equally hard-working, background people.

Our Suggestion is:

In Town

50 Nepalese Rupees for the bellboys and waiter/ress.

200 Nepalese Rupees per day for driver.

500 -1000 Nepalese Rupees for Trekking/Tour guide per day

After Trek:

Early expeditions were staggered by the work the Nepali staff did and their willingness to provide everything possible under the worst conditions. This hasn't changed, and tipping field staff has become an enjoyable ritual for clients and staff at the end of the trek.

We suggest US $ 10 a day to be shared among the whole crew, except the Guide, whom you may wish to tip at the end of the entire trip. These guidelines are based on the size of the group and the length of the trek, which determine the number of staff.

Rafting and Jungle Safari:

500 Neplese Rupees to be shared among the river guide and assisstants.

In Jungle Safari

100 Nepalese Rupees after each activities.

LEAVING SOMETHING BEHIND

These are some suggestions, apart from tips, if you wish,

Your guide will give unwanted clothes to our porters and unused medicines to a free Clinic for the poor. Pens, pencils and toys are best given to a school on trek, or to the Bal Mandir Orphanage in Kathmandu. Tilganga Eye Centre welcomes visitors to see its "miracle" cataract operations. The pioneer of the technique, Dr Ruit runs a free eye clinic for the poor as well, and is always glad of donations of old spectacles. The sale of handicrafts in Dhukuti and Mahaguthi shops in Kathmandu directly benefits the village women who make them in Women's Skills Development Projects, and ensures that the ancient arts not only survive, but flourish.

Khukuri House (thamel and Patan) sells Khukuris (Gurkha Knives) to benefit the Retired Gurkhas Welfare Fund.

Thanka painting schools sells Tibetan and Newari Thanka paintings

Nepalese Local Handicraft outlets sells typical Nepali Handicraft that includes Pashmina, souvenir, sculptures, wood carvings etc.

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