Things to Know before going trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal

2022-07-17 | Published By: Bold Himalaya

Trekking through the Himalayas is Nepal’s key attraction, and is a lifetime experience for many travelers, regardless of whether they are experienced hikers or novices. If you are planning to travel to Nepal then trekking is the most important that you must do in order to achieve the best ever experience for your lifetime.

Your Himalaya experience will depend on how you feel about crowds, how high you are planning on trekking, and your tolerance for heat, cold, and rain. Each Himalaya season has its special features as well as pros and cons.

You can trek at higher or lower altitudes according to your interest with breathtaking views of the high Himalayas, landscapes, and hills. With our handy guide, you will have a great experience throughout the trekking, you would be able to choose the best trekking season so you can get the most out of the trek.

1. Plan Properly

Trekking in Nepal is one of the most beautiful centuries with numerous adventure trekking routes in the world. The stunning landscape, mighty Himalayas, and the Kindness of Nepalese make you sure you experienced the very best trip of a lifetime

There are various options of trekking routes in Nepal easy to moderate and strenuous to difficult ones as Nepal is a Himalayan country. Choose any trekking trail as per your interest, ability, and your walking capacity. If you are an experienced trekker then you can choose any of the routes that lead you to a higher altitude.

There will be no problem in trekking for experienced trekkers to trek even at a higher altitude more than 5000 meters in Nepal. however, if you are a beginner or you don’t have any experience in trekking then it is recommended for you to choose trekking at lower altitudes as well as for a few days. You can choose trekking at a higher altitude if you have a good walking capacity at higher altitudes.

2. Share your plan with your buddy

Trekking in Nepal is a unique experience but to share the adventurous trip around Nepal with a friend close to you and be able to reminisce for years to come is seriously amazing.

There might be some of your friends who are seeking an adventurous trip but they couldn’t make this happen solo. You can share your plan about trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal with your friend to get stunning views, pleasure moments and so much rejoice together.

3. Get Knowledge of Trekking Routes

Before going trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal, It is important to get information about the difficulty of the trek, the maximum altitude, weather, and the nature of the trekking routes that you are interested in.

Numerous trekking routes are starting from easy to moderate and strenuous to difficult ones. Trekking routes that lead you to an altitude of fewer than 5,000 meters are considered as easy to moderate ones and the trekking routes that lead you to an altitude of more than 5,000 meters, are considered strenuous to difficult ones.

You also have to know the trekking routes on which you are interested in a stickup or stick down trekking trail. Some trekking routes might be icy and some trekking routes might be so dangerous. You should also know whether your trekking trail is in restricted areas or unrestricted areas. If you have chosen the restricted areas then you must have to get a permit from the government to trek in those areas. 

4. Prepare Physically and Build the stamina

Trekking in Nepal usually exists in higher altitudes. Basically, the majority of the trekking trail travels through high passes, landscapes, and mountains higher than an altitude of 4,000 meters.

For lower altitude areas and a few days of trekking, no need for heavy physical fitness and stamina although it is required for high mountain areas and long days of trekking. 
If you are a regular gym, running guy, and have proper stamina then it will be no problem for you to trek even in high the Himalayas.

You can build your stamina and your physical fitness by joining Yoga, gym classes, running and exercising every day, and by doing short hiking trips in your local area. 

5. Select Perfect Company

Undoubtedly choosing the best trekking company in Nepal from the thousand of existing companies is not an easy assignment. In fact, numerous companies are offering the same service, destination, and itinerary and their website.

Out of more than 2000 registered trekking companies in Nepal, probably around 10% of them are regularly leading trips in the high Himalayan valleys of Nepal.
Choosing the best company plays an important role in the safety and reliable services you are going to get on your adventure trip to the Himalayas.

While you are searching for the best company for trekking in Nepal, Analyze client’s reviews, Talk to the previous traveler if you know any who have been to Nepal, Check carefully the cost inclusion, and make sure it fulfills your requirement for the trip, Examine the company safety standards, Make sure the company does carry the comprehensive first aid kit,

Avoid looking for cheap companies as they might not always deliver what they promise, Investigate if the company has an applicable license and has registration procedures done by the various required authorities, and make sure you have a trip leader who is a reliable competent professional and medically trained. 

6. Book Trekking for the Best Season

The best season for booking a trekking trip in Nepal is normally spring and Autumn season. However, all the season are suitable for trekking in Nepal as all the season has their own special features and fabulous charm. 

Autumn season: September, October, and November

The months of the September, October, and November are peak trekking seasons in Nepal. In this season the temperatures are mild, the weather is relatively stable, and the clear air makes for superb mountain views.

he high mountains are still cold and the lower elevations are still warm but the daytime walking temperatures are the most pleasant overall. Bad weather is a hit any time of year but the Autumn has the most reliable conditions. This season receives most of the trekkers from different countries.

Spring season: Late February, March, April, and May

The second most popular time of the year for trekking in Nepal is from Late February to the Beginning day of May. The spring temperatures are similar to the autumn and the trails are less crowded, it is the season for Expedition above 8000m mountains. however,

This means that in the spring you will need to reach higher elevations for clear mountain views, usually around 10,000 feet and above. 

Winter season: December, January, and February 

Trekkers go trekking in winter for the best Himalayas view and to avoid crowds. In terms of weather, this season is colder than other seasons. Treks around 3500m/11483ft. can be done easily however, sometimes bad weather may cause heavy snowfall can make it difficult to complete the trek in the high Himalayas area around 4500m 14763ft.

Monsoon season: Late May, June, July, and August

The summer from late May to August generally is a poor time to trek in Nepal as you might receive heavy rainfall during trekking. It is a good season to do treks in Himalayan rain shadow drier areas such as Upper Mustang Trek, Upper Dolpo Trek, Lower Dolpo Trek, etc. The lower elevation hill treks such as trekking around Kathmandu valley and Pokhara can be done during this season.

Significant heat and moisture rise up from the Indian Ocean, bringing hot temperatures, and clouds, creating messy trails (with leeches) and leading to significant problems with ground transportation. The peak of the monsoon season occurs in July when the weather begins to taper off into the drier fall period.

7. Book the trek with extra few days

It is preferable to stay for a few days at the end of the journey. Sometimes flights can be delayed due to the bad weather. In case sudden incidents occur in the trekking area as it is always unpredictable and no one can say exactly what will happen next.

Some people might get sick during trekking time. In this case, you will have to get a rest at some place and you might not finish the trekking in the planned days. While trekking at higher altitudes you may have to acclimatize extra days.

Due to these reasons, there might be some problems to finish the trek on time or it may not be possible to catch flights in time to return. Therefore, It is advisable to book a flight with a minimum of one extra day before the return flight. 

8. Check the Packing List

One thing to keep in mind before trekking in Nepal is to make sure you have all of the necessary equipment. Trekking in Nepal does not necessitate technical gear, but it does necessitate some gear. Also, don’t compromise on the correct gears. Let’s begin with the hiking boots. A decent pair of shoes make walking more comfortable and protects you from small injuries.

It is also warmer than other types of shoes. Always remember to bring appropriate clothing for the cold weather, such as a down jacket or a fleece fabric jacket. Always have raincoats and Gore-Tex jackets on hand in case of inclement weather. Bringing a portable charger or power bank with you on your walk can be a great idea.

The best choice for charging your phone is to use a solar portable charger. Finally, bring a camera to record every moment of the journey. Sunglasses, hats, trekking sticks, crampons (for winter), and other gear should be brought along depending on the level of difficulty and condition of the journey. 

The packing list for Nepal trekking varies depending on where you go, how to go, and when you go.  The rainy season needs rain to protect gears similarly winter season needs more warn clothes. Going trekking with a porter or yourself also varies the packing list.

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9. Pack the first aid and your medicine

The important packing list is if you have to take any medicine regularly, pack that medicine which should be enough for the entire trip. these medicines may not available at your destination. We provide a first aid kit box that contains only first aid items, which uses in emergency cases and help to prevent the patient's condition from becoming serious. One thing to remember must is the medicines should have enough expiry dates. 

10. Get well knowledge of Trek

While trekking in Nepal you will have to pass different valleys and remote villages or even some restricted areas too. So, it is better to know about the very small trekking routes too.

Important things you need to know before going on a Trek in Nepal

Difficult is this trek

Maximum weight of the trek

Best time for the trek

How many people will be in the group

Types of food and accommodation during the trek

The total duration of the trek

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11. Prepare for all types of Weather

Weather at high altitudes can change drastically. Especially when going trekking in the high Himalayas it is essential to know the weather of trekking routes. Bad weather can create problems for trekkers.

In winter sometimes heavy snowfall might occur in the Himalayas during the trek. Trekking might be difficult and you need some extra trekking gear, in that case, therefore, you should know about the weather so that you can prepare for these situations too.

Some FAQ related to trek in the Himalayas Nepal

1.     What are the benefits of trekking in Nepal?

The benefits of trekking in Nepal are mentioned below:

1. Chance to see the world's 8 high mountains among 10 and many small peaks

2. Experience unique culture and lifestyle

3. Stunning landscape, adventurous thrill

4. Visit heritage ascent monastery and temples

5. Chances of exploring oligotrophic lakes, glaciers, and waterfalls

6. See the Himalayas' wildlife and biodiversity. 

7. Increase in Cardiovascular strength and greater agility

8. Clear mind and  decrease stress

9. Enjoy and learn the multifarious traditions 

10. Connect with nature 

2.     When is the best time for trekking in the high Himalayas?

The best season for trekking in Nepal is the Autumn and Spring seasons. The autumn season lasts from September to November, while the Spring season lasts from March to May. These are the best months for trekking in Nepal.

The weather is clear during these seasons with blue skies, fresh vegetation, blooming wildflowers, and ideal temperature. The views of the Himalayan range around Nepal are clear.

The winter season from December to February has temperatures dropping around 0 °C or minus.  If you want to plan a trip in winter, pack trekking stuff with warmer and extra winter gear. 

3.     What facility can have while trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal?

Trekkers can have different types of facilities during trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal. They can have a facility of comfortable accommodation with comfortable beds and delicious local food from Nepal.

The accommodation normally takes place at 3-star category hotels in city areas and tea houses, hotels, and lodges at higher elevations during trekking. Trekkers will also have the facilities of drinking water and good hospitality while trekking and all the essential items required for trekking can be found in Kathmandu before starting your itinerary.

4.     How difficult is Himalayan trekking?

Trekking in Nepal has been categorized into three major difficulty levels - Easy to Moderate, Moderate to Difficult, and Difficult to Challenging. There are certain considerations to factor in while deciding the difficulty level of the trek.

Trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal often means walking on rugged trails with distant shattered lodges, no transportation facilities in rural areas, chances of high altitude sickness, and unprecedented weather changes in the Himalayas. They add to the challenge of trekking in Nepal.

5.     Is trekking in the Himalayas safe?

The final thing to remember is that trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal is safe. Every year, more than 100,000 trekkers head for the trails in the Nepal Himalayas. Trekking with agencies, guides, and great hospitality from local people will make sure that your trekking is safe in the Himalayas of Nepal.

6.     How long do I need to trek daily in the Himalayas of Nepal?

The average walking distance varies according to the topography, length of the trek, and altitude. For example, you would cover about 12km/7.5 miles each day during the 7 days Annapurna Base Camp trek.

However, for the longer treks in remote areas, the distance covered could be more. On average, you may walk for 5 to 7 hours on a trek in the Himalayas.

7.     What are the short treks for beginners in Nepal?

There are wide ranges of short trekking trails specially designed for beginner trekkers. Everest View Trek, Pikey Peak Trek, Ghorepani Poonhill trek, Khopra Danda Trek, Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Langtang Valley Trek,  Tamang Heritage Trek, Mohare Trek, and 3 days Chisapani Trek around Kathmandu valley.

8.     What are the best places to go trekking in Nepal?

There is a wide range of places that you can go for trekking in Nepal. If you are looking for a classic and popular trek then Everest and Annapurna region can be the best places.

Some of the most liked trekking trails are Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp trek, and Annapurna Circuit Trek, among others. If you are looking for an isolated trekking route then heading to Kanchenjunga, Dolpo, Humla, or Upper Mustang would be best.

9.     How do you stay healthy during a trek in Nepal?

To stay healthy during a trek in Nepal, you need to maintain the correct balance of your diet and water intake. Make sure that you don't consume junk or heavily spiced food. Try to eat local produce where possible.

Drinking enough water is another way to maintain your health as the treks can go as long as 8 to 9 hours each day which can cause dehydration. Avoid tap water or groundwater at any cost so make sure to take purification tablets or drink bottled water.