Trekking is an outdoor activity in the form of hiking or walking for more than a day with the purpose of exploring natural landscapes and scenic beauty. According to Wikipedia “Trekking is a form of walking, undertaken with the specific purpose of exploring and enjoying the scenery. Similarly, it usually takes place on trails in areas of relatively unspoiled wilderness.” And the best trekking county is Nepal and that is why Pristine Nepal presents you a full guide about trekking in Nepal.
Now I have a simple question for you: Have you ever experienced Trekking in Nepal? Well, if yes then congratulations, let us know about your experience in the comment section but if you haven’t then don’t worry just pack you stuff & fly to Nepal, simple as that. Wait just a quick reminder come prepared because a lot of amazing wonders are waiting for you.
Nepal, being home of the eight highest mountains in the world, it is certainly one of the best trekking destinations. A country of multi-ethnicity, Himalayan landscapes, rich cultural ethos and serene nature is a dream destination of every travel enthusiast. Not only trekking but also experiencing village life in a different corner of Nepal, receiving the hospitality & generosity & sharing stories with the locals over a hot cup of tea is truly a marvelous feat.
However, this is just a small fraction of what there is to discover in Nepal. So without any delay let’s get started.
When should I go trekking in Nepal?
Autumn and the Spring seasons are the best and peak trekking season in Nepal. Both of these seasons provide you the best trekking experiences in Nepal.
However, Trekking in Nepal can be done throughout the year depending on the region. Due to the unique geographical structure, the weather here in Nepal is perfect for almost every season. Likewise, each season has its own distinct attractions to offer you.
The trekking season in Nepal comprises of Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer. Below are the best trekking seasons in depth.
The autumn season is considered the best time for trekking in Nepal. The temperatures are mild, the weather is relatively stable, the skies are crystal clear with no dust or humidity & the view of mountains is breathtaking. Occasionally short storms can hit any time.
December to February is considered typical winter months with usual snowfall at the higher elevations in the Himalayans. Similarly, there are high chances of avalanches, snowstorms and blocked trails. Hence is ideal for trekking in the lower elevation. Trek like Everest base camp, Annapurna Panorama, Annapurna Sanctuary, Instant Everest treks, etc. can be done even in winter.
Spring season is the second most popular time of the year for trekking in Nepal. This season offers you varieties of wildflowers, especially the rhododendrons above 3000m and other flora in the lush forests. The days are warm at lower elevations and quite a moderate temperature at higher elevation over 4000m, which provides spectacular and excellent mountain views.
The summer season is generally hot & humid which also involves monsoon with heavy rainfall making trekking conditions a bit challenging. However, some parts of Nepal like Mustang, Nar-Phu valley and Dolpo regions are the best alternative for trekking during summer.
What are the best treks in Nepal?
The diverse terrain of Nepal offers you the most spectacular trekking routes and destinations in the world. These trekking routes and destinations are best in their own way and every trekking region offers you their own interesting appeal and wonders. Hence, it would be rather unfair to name one as the best trek in Nepal.
Below is the list of the best trek in Nepal based on the features of those treks.
- Everest Base Camp
- Gokyo Lake Trek
- Everest Three High Passes
- EBC Chola Pass Trek
- Amadablam Base Camp
- The Annapurna Circuit Trek
- Annapurna Sanctuary
- Mardi Himal Trek
- Ghorepani Poonhill Trek
- Nar Phu Valley Trek
- Tilicho Lake & Mesokanto la Trek
- The Langtang Valley Trek
- Langtang Valley & Holy Gosainkunda Trek
- Helambu Circuit Trek
- Tamang Heritage Trail
- Upper Mustang Trek
- Lower Mustang Trek
- Manaslu Circuit Trek
- Tsum Valley Trek
- Dhaulagiri Himal Trek
- Ganesh Himal Trek
- Upper Dolpo Trek
For detail information on all this region, you can click here.
Can you trek in Nepal without a guide?
Yes, it is possible to trek in Nepal without a guide or porter in most parts of Nepal including the popular trails Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit and many others.
However, in other restricted places like Upper Mustang, Manaslu and Kanchenjunga you will compulsorily need a Restricted Area Permit and a Nepali guide.
But, since most of the treks are done in a remote Himalayan region it is always better to have a trekking guide by your side. They are experts in leading the way & providing all the detail information as well as they are specialized in performing first aid treatment & preventing you from possible dangers.
I suggest you organize your trekking plan before you get to Nepal and always have a guide & porter to make your trekking experience easier & fun.
How much does it cost to trek in Nepal?
You may all know that there is no such place on Earth where we could travel for free. And of course, spending money on traveling is, in fact, a way of helping in the economic development of that specific place.
The cost to trek in Nepal depends upon the nature of your trip/trek type.
The trek in Nepal can be as short as three days & a long trek maybe 30 days or more. The shortest trip/trek can cost you around USD 400-500 including all the food, accommodation & other facilities included in the package. For the long trip/trek it can cost you anywhere from USD 2,000 – 5,000 on average including all the necessary facilities.
Similarly, here is a list of what included & what not included in your budget. (*facilities depends on your package)
- A private vehicle for your arrival & departure
- Transportation (Tourist Bus / Private Vehicle / Public Bus / Plane / Helicopter)
- All the food (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) & accommodation (Restaurant/Teahouse/Lodge)
- Trekking permit cards ( ACAP / MCAP / TIMS )
- All the entry fees
- Necessary equipment’s for trekking
- First aid treatment
- Government & local taxes
What’s not included?
- Visa fee
- Travel expenses
- All your personal expenses
- Tips for guide & porter
- Any additional stay in hotels in case an early return from the trek or an extended stay in Nepal
- All your personal things and necessaries which are not mentioned in cost included
Before you come to trek in Nepal
People from all over the world come to trek in Nepal to experience thrilling adventure & the term thrilling suggests uncertainty, isolation & risk. Since the trek is done in high altitude regions there are chances of respiratory infections, frostbite & altitude sickness. Therefore, these kinds of problems could interrupt your trekking plan. However, you can minimize these possible risks with some extra care.
Here are the basic necessities you need to know before you come to trek in Nepal.
*Hepatitis *Rabies *Polio *Typhoid *Tetanus * Meningitis
How do you prepare for a trek?
Trekking in Nepal is once in a lifetime experience & I bet you don’t want your adventurous trip to this beautiful country get ruined by simple things. So if you don’t want to face any unwelcoming events then it will be better to come well prepared. However, your safety will be guaranteed by the travel agencies but it’s better to be self cautious. And you might already know well that you are trekking in Himalayan regions at higher altitudes.
So how do you prepare for a trek in Nepal? Here is a basic necessary item you must include in your backpack before you hit the trail.
- Bring enough warm clothes
- Water purification, preferably liquid iodine
- Basic first aid kit
- Sunhat, sun cream, sunglasses, etc.
- Cameras & battery charger
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