Nepal Trekking Information
A trek is walking at your own pace on well-developed trails that pass through village to village mainly in the hilly or mountainous region elevation up to 5000m. You will enjoy a close contact with people in remote mountain villages whose lifestyle has not changed for generations. A warm relation with the villagers is always a nice experience of the life. We use their simple home as our overnight stay spot in some remote region. Normally there are better teahouses are available along the way. You can trek all season in Nepal. In the monsoon and winter season it will be little difficult. All though it is possible to some areas like Upper Mustang, Dolpo and Mangag. These areas are rain shadow zone where raining is a myth. In the winter days you can make hiking in the low altitude region below the snow capture line. During the rainy season you will find beautiful countryside with flora that is seen, which is not seen in the other season of the year.
You do not need to be a professional mountaineer to trek on the hills of Nepal. But it is always beneficial to explore something more if you are physically fit. Perhaps the most enjoyable part of our trek will be the cool air of the mountains and magnificent views of the mountain peaks.
Your trek will begin after breakfast. The morning walk is usually 3-4 hours and lunch will be serve around noon. The camping site is reached around 4 p.m. and in the evening there will be plenty of time to relax. Each day is planned so that if you are a slow or a fast walker, there will be a lot of time to spare.
If you are trekking in the higher altitudes, and feeling unwell please tell your group leader immediately. Do not ignore headaches as they are the first sign of the altitudes sickness. Your inability to complete the trek is nothing compared to your health. Remember that your guides are responsible and professional so feel free to tell him about your health condition.
Trekking with a guide & porters:
Those who are self-sufficient and experienced trekkers, a guide and porters can be hired from a authorized company. One major advantage to hire a guide and porter from a company is the reliability and responsibility. This approach is suite for those who want to take all responsibility like arranging entry permits, transfers, food, accommodation etc. However this option is not very convenient for the travelers because they need time to arrange all the logistic and every concern of the trips before and during the trek. It is better choose the package deal either tea house or camping to relax on holiday and free enough time to enjoy with natural panorama and lively people.
Trekking seems to be a physical work. Of course it is some sort of physical work as well. Trekking in the trails of Nepal is adventure too. Thought you do not need to be a best athlete or a well trained mountaineer to trek in Nepal. A few weeks of soft training and mental preparation is a bonus before your arrival to Nepal. The best way is a long walk is always rewarding. What is most important is to be in good physical and mental condition before you start trek. Take few hours of walk in a day on the road. Walk upstairs rather than using the elevator. Those how are planning to climb the trekking peak need to be physically very fit. For more information please ask with us, we are pleased to help you.
Nepal Camping Trek:
This classic style of trekking are especially conducted in remote areas of Nepal supplying all camping equipments along with the food and employ porters to carry your gear and Sherpas to set up tents where you will be sleeping and well- trained cook will prepare hot meals to serve you. You carry your small backpack with a water bottle, camera and your day clothes. As a guide I take care of everything, I employs the appropriate number of porters to carry all equipment, trekking gear and lead the whole crew. The adventage of this style of trekking are that more remote regions, that have no teahouse and teahouse infrastructure, can be visited. Also control of hygiene is a lot easier than if the trekkers are using teahouses. The disadvantages are the higher cost, especially for smaller groups.
Typical Day on the Camping Trek:
In a typical Camping Trek day starts around 6 a.m. with a cup of hot tea brought to your tent, along with a bowl of hot water for your morning wash. Breakfast will be laid on the table consisting of porridge, toasts, eggs, pancakes and tea/coffee. During breakfast we staffs will pack the tents so please have your bags packed before breakfast. After breakfast by 7’ o’clock everyone should be ready to start walking. The reason for this early is to take advantage of the cool morning when walking is easiest; also the morning air is very clear, allowing a better view of the mountains than at other times of the day.
Porters carry trekker’s all personal belongings. Everyone walks at his or her own pace and as the group spreads out along the trail. There is a plenty of time to enjoy the views, meet the local people, take photographs and enjoy the flora and fauna. Even though you are with a group you can walk alone. The porters are slower and cook crews (Sherpas) rush ahead to prepare lunch, which should then be ready when the groups arrive at around 11 o’clock. Afternoon trek end about 3pm when you round ahead to discover your tents already set up by Sherpas in a field near village. The kitchen crew again prepares tea coffee; biscuits will be available in the camp. As we oftern camp near villages a trip to the local inn can provide some light entertainment. Later on, you have free choice to read book or explore surrounding area. The food provided is a combination of western and local cuisine by around 6 pm. The cooks and kitchen staff are fully trained to the highest standard so hygiene. In the evening all staffs makes fun by singing and dancing in the groups. After that around 8 pm most trekkers turn to their tents to enjoy a sound sleep.
Nepal Tea House Style / lodge Trekking
This type of trekking is popular in the certain regions of Nepal where lodges are available. Particularly in the Everest Region. Annapurna Region, and Langtang Region. In these areas one can trek with a bare minimum equipment and rely on lodge. The basic idea of trekking is same; Here are the services that I provide on tea house treks:
- All ground transfer. Three times of meals (Bed tea, Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) accommodation for entire the trek.
- Necessary equipments like sleeping bag, down jacket, trouser and raincoat, mattresses for you entire the trek.
- Necessary porters and their all expense for the trek.
- Trekking permit, National park fee
Here the porters carries client's gears and I will be accompany with you as a guide during the day. We sleep in the available lodges on the trails and eat hot meals according to the lodge menu and I take care of all the arrangements. Every day, trek start between 7 to 8 am. Before that we provide you hot water to shower and hot drinks tea/coffee/hot chocolate with Breakfast. Lunch provide between 11 to 12 am and day end.
Obviously this trek will also provide equal opportunity to enjoy the views of the nature and culture. The Camping Trek has richer service than Tea-House Trek because Camping Trekkers pay more for whole crew members.
Nepal Trekking Seasons Information
Trekking in Nepal can be undertaken throughout the year depending on the region.
The year is divided into 4 different seasons in Nepal and each season has its distinct attraction to offer for trekking.
This is the time when you can expect better visibility, the air is fresh, and the weather is perfect and that the Nepalese most important festivals (Dashain and Tihar) are marked during this season The best season offering excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views.
This season is noted for occasional snowfall and the air can be quite cold at higher elevations. Hence it is ideal for trekking at lower elevations, generally below 3000 meters and offers tantalizing mountain views.
Spring (March-May) :
Trekking in spring is particularly lovely as the mountain slopes are covered with beautiful and colorful flowers and still have plenty of high snow to enhance your photos. The temperature is quite moderate and the mountain views are excellent.
Summer (June-Aug) :
This is the favorite season to trek in the rain shadow areas like Upper Mustang, Dolpo and Kailash. This season is also recommended for forest researchers and botanist.
Raincoats and insect repellents are strictly necessary in this period.
Information of Nepal Trekking Categories
In my various treks and tours I have a fixed rate. The cost of the trek is depends on the quality or level of service and sizes of groups that I offer to clients. I want to include all kinds of travelers and depending on their needs the cost is different. Viewing the trekker’s requirements, I have classified my treks in these following Categories.
1. Deluxe Treks Service (Camping, Fully Organized Treks) :
This is the high level classic style of trekking also known as camping (fully organized treks) supplying all camping equipments (sleeping, kitchen, dinning and toilet tents etc) along with the food and employ porters to carry your gear and Sherpas to set up tents for your sleep and well- trained cook will prepare hot meals with attention towards variety and hygienic and nutrition to serve you. They also include National Park entry, trekking permit, all applicable air and ground transportation. As a guide I take care of everything, I employ the appropriate number of porters to carry all equipment, trekking gear and lead the whole crew.
2. Standard Superior Treks Service (Tea House, Lodge Package Trek) :
These types of treks service are the most common choice; it also known as Tea house style (Lodge) package trek, include food and accommodation in best available tea-houses (lodges) en-route, Here the porters carries client's gears and I will be accompany with you as a guide during the day. We sleep in the available lodges on the trails and eat hot meals according to the lodge menu and I take care of all the arrangements.
Here are the services that I provide on tea house (Lodge) package treks :
- All ground transfer, transportation from Airport to/from hotel.
- Three times of meals (Bed tea, Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) accommodation for entire the trek.
- Necessary equipments like sleeping bag, down jacket, trouser and raincoat, mattresses you entire the trek.
- Necessary porters and their all expense for the trek.
- Trekking permit, National park fee.
- Fruits from Kathmandu after your meal as dissert.
- Sightseeing day in Kathmandu (except food and accommodation in Kathmandu)
Note: Bar bills like beer, coke, personal expenses - sneaker, laundry services and may be donation on the way will be exclude.
3. Economy Package Treks Service (Budget Lodge Treks)
This categories service also known budget treks, I will be available with you as a guide and operate your arrangement like National Park entry and trekking permits, all applicable air and ground transportation as per trek itineraries. All ground transfer. Three times of meals (Bed tea, Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) accommodation for entire the trek, (No porter service and services of necessary equipment and fruits for the trek are provided)
4. Guide & Porter Hire Service (Treks without Package) :
Here I will be accompany with you as a guide and provide necessary porters if you needs porters to carry your backpack. Any package service will be excluding.
--The cost of the trek is depends on the level of service and size of groups as I above. I have a special discount for large groups in my package trip. Email me for further information about the cost of the trek.
--If you want me to arrange your hotel reservation, National park fee, Permits, Ticketing I can gladly help you to arrange these.
Nepal Trekking Permits Fees Information
Trekking permit is not necessary for the general trekking regions such as the Everest, the Annapurna, the Langtang and Rara, but you will need a National park / Conservation permit and Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC). However, the following places do require a trekking permit Trekking permits are available from the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu (Tel: 00-977-1-4222453, 977-1-4223590) or Pokhara (Tel: 00977-1-521167). Two photographs and a copy of passport are required with the application. Trekkers should be obtained for the following trekking areas. The areas and required fees are as follows:
1) Lower Dolpo, Kanchenjunga, Gaurishankar and Lamabagar - Equivalent to US$ 10 per person per week. However, permit fee for Chekampar and Chunchet of Gorkha district (Sirdibas-Lhokpa-Chumling-Chekampar-Nile-Chule) has been fixed at US$ 35 per person for 08 days during September to November and US$ 25 per person per 08 days during December to August.
2) Manaslu – US$ 70 per person per week and US$ 10 per person for each extra day during September - November and US$ 50 per person per week and US$ 7 per person per each extra day during December- August.
3) Humla- US$ 50 per person for the first seven days and US$ 7 per day thereafter.
4) Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo - US$ 500 per person of the first 10 days and US$ 50 per person per day thereafter.
|Annapurna Conservation Area
||US $28.00 per person
|Makalu Barun Conservation Area
||US $28.00 per person
|Manasulu Conservation Area
||US $28.00 per person
|Langtang National Park
||US $14.00 per person
|Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park
||US $14.00 per person
|Rara National Park
||US $14.00 per person
|Shey Phoksundo National Park
||US $14.00 per person
Other then above mentioned National parks such as Royal Chitwan National Park, Bardia National Park also need entrance permits Rs. 1000.00 per person.
Nepal Trekking Grades Information
As we offer wide ranges of Nepal treks you can choose either Teahouse Style (lodge trekking) or Camping Trek (Fully organized trekking). Regarding all the trekking itineraries included in this section have fully tried and tested and found to be suitable for all age groups but trekking itineraries are designed and classified according to their difficulty and duration of holiday in Nepal. We have planned trekking days carefully so that we have time to stand and stare as well as acclimatize to the high altitudes. I hope this grading provides a way for you to compare different treks to find a rout to suite your fitness level in Nepal trip. I have categorized all my treks in the following ranks.
Grade – A (1) (Easy Treks) :
Ghorepani /Poon Hill Trekking | Jomsom Muktinath Trekking | Ghandruk Trekking | Panchase Trekking | Siklesh Trekking | Helambu Trekking | Sivapuri Trekking and Royal Trekking.
Obviously easiest trips are designed to be enjoyed by anyone. For those trekkers who do not have any previous experience, I offer a diverse range of easy Grade A treks. Categorizing a trek as easy means that no difficult climbing or ascents to high altitudes is involved. However the treks still involve walking up and down gradual hills, on well-defined trails and daily stages of 5 to 6 hours along good passable trails in your pace through 3000 meters of altitude about 10 kilometers per day, for usually a week and this treks are suitable for most people with an average level of fitness. Trekking in this category are also suited to family groups with younger children or those with limited time. This lower altitude treks often provide colorful horizons of a whole series of ranges.
In Annapurna region the Ghorepani / Poon Hill Trekking Trekking and Jomsom Muktinath Trekking or Pokhara – Ghandruk Treks are relatively easy, shorter treks and quite popular for diversity in both landscape and people and you will find terrain and views splendid. The well-beaten trail takes you in the heart of the central Nepal Himalayas. The tea- house along these routes offer hot water and western style food. The Panchase Trekking and Siklesh Trekking are rarely traveled but best destination for spectacular mountain views and Gurung cultures in Annapurna region. If the idea of tea-house trekking appeals to you but you would prefer to escape from the crowds, then the Helambu Trekking could be your ideal choice. This is one of the most convenient trekking area close to capital and a relatively low altitude trek with a simpler tea house but famous for its wonderful culture, sight of enormous snowy mountains and spectacular green valley. To really get away from it all, try the Sivapuri Trekking, or the Royal Trekking Whilst you will still pass through many remote villages, these regions are so unspoiled as to have no tea-house, and only a camping trek is an option. Again, the fantastic range of Annapurna mountains, Ganesh Himal, and Manaslu can be viewed on these treks.
Grade – B (2)(Moderate Treks) :
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking | Langtang Region | Ganesh Himal Trekking and Rara Lake Trekking.
Grade B treks begin to present more of a challenge to first time trekkers and are more tougher than Grade A. So these treks are suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. In this sector, I have included trekking at the higher altitudes in Annapurna, Langtang Himalayan regions and far western Nepal. The treks will reach elevations approaching 4,500 meters involving more walking up and down and sometimes slightly higher where you will be rewarded with close up views of big mountains and generally are of at least fourteen days duration. The treks in these categories are still suitable for people of all ages although small children will probably find them too strenuous.
You can choose Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, Langtang Region, Ganesh Himal Trekking would be a good choice. If you are looking for wilderness and solitude trekking adventure, the journey to Rara Lake Trekking is an ideal choice. It is similarly remote and is a good option for the summer season as rainfall is low. The last two regions are relatively unknown by tourists. There are no teahouse so we need to camp.
Grade – C (3) (Strenuous Treks) :
Annapurna Circuit Trekking | Everest Region | Everest Base Camp Trekking | Upper Mustang Trekking | Makalu Base Camp Trekking and Non - Touristy Area of Nepal
These trips include a physical component with some mountains experience. Some appreciation of adventure travel is also important, as steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes and traveling conditions can be tough. Trekking involves some steeper up and down on well-defined trails and altitudes exceed 5,500 meters. Treks at this level can be arranged for periods of 7-25 days.
For a popular and spectacular trek with the possibility of staying in well- developed teahouses the Annapurna Circuit Trekking is a good choice or you can take an optional route to Tilicho Lake Trekking from Manang on Annapurna Circuit which is an area of rough and wild beauty. For an all- round experience of the scenery and cultures of Nepal this trek has a lot to offer. A gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5,416m at Thorong La.
Another very popular trekking, with good teahouse facilities, are the Everest Base Camp Trekking or Everest / Gokyo Lake Trek in Everest Region. This trek takes you into the heart of the soaring peaks and cultures of the Everest region to the foot of the great peak of itself. If you wish a trek in off the beaten track, wild and restricted areas, the trail to Upper Mustang Trekking (max. elevation 5,400m) north of the Annapurna range offers fantastic landscapes and mystical cultures. Or you can choose Makalu Base Camp Trekking, the fifth highest peak in the world, traverses through isolated valleys and high mountains passes (max. elevation 5,350m).
For those who are wishing to visit less touristy area I have accumulated a variety of treks to Non - Touristy Area of Nepal at this “C” level that provide a wilderness experience in both natural and cultural aspect.
Grade – D (4) (Challenging Treks) :
Nepal Camping Trekking | Dolpo Trekking | Manaslu Trekking | Kanchenjunga Trekking | Ganja La Pass Trekking | Simikot (Mt. Kailash) Trekking | Dhaulagiri Trekking
Grade D treks are only for real adventures. The main component at this level is likely to be a long, high altitude trek, uphill mountain with the possibility of some rope lambing that requires physical and mental stamina. A high level preparation is essential before embarking on one of these adventures. Altitudes will often exceed 5,000 meters where people are living in high mountains/high deserts and the treks involve camping for relatively long periods about 20-28 days or sometime more than that. So excellent physical condition is essential and mountaineering experience is preferable..
A trek to isolated, the heavily restricted Dolpo Trek (max. elevation 4,500m) in north-west Nepal captivates visitors with its emerald Phoksundo Lake and magnificent scenery of wild and pristine landscape, which is unlike most part of Nepal Himalayas. Manaslu Trekking in central Nepal (maximum elevation 5,213m) offers a whole range of pristine eco systems. A trek to Kanchenjunga Trekking, the third highest of the world’s peaks will take you into the remote far east region of Nepal. It is one of Nepal’s least trekked areas and certainly one of the most beautiful. In Langtang region a trekking to Ganja La Pass (5,200meters) that connects between Langtang to Helambu is one of rewarding pass with the views of the valley and peaks of Langtang Himal. For those who are interested in the rugged scenery and the scattered traditional villages a trek to Simikot (Mt. Kailash) Trekking can fulfill their aspiration. If you are really adventures and want the ultimate challenge, the Dhaulagiri Trekking is the most difficult of my featured treks. This region is new territory for trekkers and involves challenging trekking on rough high terrain.