Trekking in Nepal - 7 Tips for Better Trek
- by Znos Shrestha
- 3 months ago
Nepal is well known for trekking due to presence of wide number of mountains. Some popular treks are Everest Base Camp Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking, Upper Mustang, Langtang Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek etc.
People who want to trek but are short on money can also enjoy treks in Nepal. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking price, Langtang Trek price, Annapurna Circuit Trek price are totally affordable for such people.
If you are considering hiking in Nepal, these seven tips can allow you to have enjoyable excursion. Though not meant to be all- inclusive they are a good starting place for exploring what you want to know.
1. Know when to go
Both most pleasant seasons for hiking are spring and fall. The fall season is slightly cooler with average temperatures starting from the upper 60's in October and cooling to the lower 50's by December. December is also the driest month of the year.
During the spring months, flowers are in blossom in the woods so it can be quite beautiful even though it may also be muddy, particularly in the morning. In the fall you'll get the very best mountain views, with clear skies usually all day long.
In winter, higher elevations in the Himalayas temperatures will drop below freezing and it can be extremely cold at night.
2. Know where to go
Additionally, there are quite popular treks from the in the Langtang Valley that is easily reached from Kathmandu and finished in less than a week. From the Annapurna area you have a choice between the abundant woods and tranquil beauty of the Annaupurna refuge or the more Tibetan-like villages and terrain of the Kali Gandaki gorge around Muktinath. They generally take about two or three weeks. A unique trekking outfitter can put together all you want including manual, porters and lodging for one of these and a number of different treks.
3. Protect your health
Staying fit is essential to a happy trip. Health situations in Nepal are a consequence of intestinal complications. All these are easily prevented if you take some basic precautions. In general, you need to boil or purify your water all. You should bring at least one water bottle with a filter that you will always have access to purified water. Also be certain to wash your hands prior to eating or putting them. These two simple things can help you avoid most issues.
4. Appropriate travel documentation
Passports are required from all European Union member states and US, UK, Canada and Australia. Unlike some countries Nepal doesn't require you have a return ticket on entrance. It can be obtained upon arrival.
5. Follow the customs of Nepal
You'll want to follow the customs of Nepal. There are items that are considered rude that you may not think of in your country. Even though you may have been taught to not point at people in Nepal, this principle extends not only to pointing at individuals but also statues. It's deemed rude to measure over the feet of someone. Other conventions pertaining to the feet include taking your shoes off before you enter someone's home, a kitchen or eating place that are sometimes detached. You must also always remove your shoes before entering a shrine. Never stand even though it's fine to sit down or kneel next to them, by somebody who's eating.
6. What to wear
When packing for a trip to Nepal, you should remember that the key to relaxation is layers. As you want to adapt to temperature fluctuations, you will want to put on and take off clothes. Bring an insulated jacket if hiking during the winter or moving over 10,000 feet. Men will want to bring shorts and hiking shorts, women are going to want to bring trousers and skirts. Bring t-shirts and blouses, but nothing too revealing. Apparently, you'll want to bring changes of underwear and socks. You may want nylon wind pants, long underwear, gloves, gaiters, insulated pants and windbreaker top if you are trekking above 10,000 feet. Cotton is very good for keeping you cool but bad for keeping you warm. Cotton is also slow to dry, so when possible select synthetics or wool.
7. Travel insurance
It's a good idea to get travel insurance any time that you're traveling and this is true in Nepal. Not all travel insurance is made equally, so make sure your travel insurance covers all the activities you will be doing especially that there are not exception for pursuits. Helicopter rescue insurance is available at a premium starting at around US$100.
Nepal is a land of beauty, and hiking in Nepal can be the trip of a lifetime. Above tips can help to ensure you have an enjoyable and safe trip, however do not let this be the end of your research. The more you know, the more you'll enjoy yourself.