5 Things to Know for Your Nepal Trek
Nepal’s position, in the middle of the Himalayas, makes it one of the world’s most sort after trekking and climbing destinations. In fact, trekking and climbing are the most popular activities in Nepal and a major attraction for tourism. Whether you are an experienced trekker or someone seeking a taste of fresh adventure it is important to keep certain things in mind during your travel to the roof of the world on this incredible once-in-a-lifetime journey (For most of us). So, here we have a comprehensive guide for the things to consider before and during your trek in Nepal.
Nepal trek permits
Most trekking destinations in Nepal are located in areas that are protected for environmental or cultural purposes. You need to have National Park/Conservation Area permit to access these areas, however, a trekking permit is required to trek in the Everest Region, Annapurna Region, Langtang Region and other regions. Few restricted areas of Dolpa district and Kanchenjunga are only open for group trekkers. Take a look at the list of permits you’ll need for your trek and their respective fees’.
Food and Water
When planning your Nepal trek it is important to know what food will be available to you along the route and what food you’ll need to bring yourself. For most trekkers, the Everest Base Camp trek is completed using tea houses. These establishments are stocked with food and bottled water, however, if you are traveling to some remote location it is advised to keep water purification tablets/liquid. You will always be able to get three meals a day. Most tea houses offer French toast with an assortment of jams. Some popular dishes of Nepal include Dal Bhat, Yak steak, Garlic soup and Momo (Dumplings).
Choose your trek
Housing eight of the highest mountains in the world it is no surprise that Nepal is a global destination for trekking and mountaineering. But, if you are not a fan of high-altitude treks and knee-deep snow, Nepal also offers a wide array of short trekking sites. You may have only heard about the major ones such as Upper Mustang but you can also enjoy some of the incredible short treks that will not take much of your time such as Langtang trek, Manaslu circuit trek or Dhorpatan trek.
You’ll need layers to go hiking even at low altitudes. It gets really cold in the mountains at night (even in the warmer months) so bring some thermals. You’ll want layers so you can easily lose a layer or two as you hike. While nights are cold, days can be pleasantly warm depending on the season. You also need to factor in problems like Acute Mountain Sickness, especially while planning for high altitude treks like Everest Base Camp or sections of the Annapurna Circuit. It’s important to pack enough warm clothing. Be aware that tour groups will have porters available or if you hire a guide once you get to Nepal, they will likely double as a porter.
Spend nights in Teahouses
During your trek, you’ll be staying at teahouses along the way. The teahouses offer basic accommodation and feature a range of twin or triple bedrooms. Pillows are provided – and sometimes a blanket – but you may want to bring your own sleeping bag. Sleeping bags can be easily hired in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Teahouse meals vary with some offering only Nepalese meals, while some offer Western meals like pizza and pasta. The higher you go on your trek, the less variety there will be.
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