Tips and Advice for Perfect Trekking in Nepal

2022-07-28 | Published By: Bold Himalaya

Trekking is one of those adventurous leisure activities that everyone enjoys, from wandering around on a trail with the mesmerizing view, beauty, and serene surroundings. In Nepal, There are numerous trekking routes available for beginners as well as pro trekkers, trekking has seen a steady bloom over the years with no signs of stopping.
However, with the increasing number of travelers going for a trek and hikes, a few tips need to be considered and administered during the trek. Here are some essential tips and advice that every trekker needs to follow while trekking in Nepal to make a perfect successful trek for a lifetime memory. 

Ascend Slowly High and Sleep Low

Trekking in Nepal takes place usually at lower to higher altitudes. Therefore, while you are trekking at a higher altitude allowing more time to acclimatize will reduce the chance of experiencing Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
Once at an altitude over 2,750 meters (9,000 ft.) sleeping altitudes should increase no more than 500 meters (1,600ft.) per day. Plan an extra acclimatization day every 1,000 meters. During the day climb higher than your sleeping altitude to encourage acclimatization. Follow your guide’s advice if an acclimatization walk is recommended after you have reached the camp.

Stay Hydrated and Warm

Dehydration will sap your strength as you explore at higher elevations. Symptoms of dehydration include dark urine, dizziness, dry skin, sunken eyes, rapid heartbeat, mental fog, fainting, and low energy.
When you are at higher altitudes, there will be lower humidity and a greater risk of dehydration. Dehydration may not boost the risk of acute altitude sickness, however, staying hydrated helps to keep your lungs hydrated which increases the ability to oxygenate and expel carbon dioxide.

To stay hydrated you can have soups and juices and drink water more Staying warm throughout the trek by wearing warm jackets and drinking warm water and soup. It’s one of the keys to making a Nepal trek as good as it can be.

Trek with an Experienced Local Guide and Porters

The best way to do trekking in Nepal is with an experienced, local guide through a registered company, although it can be done independently too only in the non-restricted area.
Guide and porter help to make memorable trekking experience by showing. Guides provide details information about the Himalayas, its flora, fauna local culture, and traditions showing the right routes by making the journey comfortable.

The porters make the trek easy by transporting bags every day from one place to another places.

Stay Updated with the Weather

Weather at high altitudes can change unpredictably and because of the already difficult trail, bad weather can create a difficult situation for the trekkers. So, before starting the trek, you should be well informed about what the weather condition will be like on the day of the trek.
Plus while you are on a trek keep updating the weather condition on social media or with friends' help for the next coming trekkers.

Start Trek Early in the Morning

By starting the trek early in the morning you can reach your destination on time and avoid inclement weather in the evening. It is better to set off early each morning to make most of the clear weather (clouds usually roll in around midday), which makes the stunning views unclear.
Natural scenery plus mountains views can be seen clearly in the morning time as well as mostly the weather remains favorable during morning time which gives pleasure to eyes while trekking.

The cold temperature in the morning will make you feel less tired and you can cover a little more area by exploring if you start your trek early in the morning. The most important thing to see during trekking is the magical sunrise view which is impossible to see if you didn’t start your trek early in the morning.

Eat High Energy Diet

Normally trekking in Nepal requires about 4 to 6 hours of walking each day. When you are heading out for a multiday trek, a solid diet plan is really important. Trekking is a fun and adventure activity.
Taking nuts and seeds, dried foods, dried meats, and fish, a protein bar, and beans soups energized you for the trek. After all, it requires significant energy to complete trekking.

Give Side From a Safe Place for Donkeys and Yaks

Treks in Nepal are mostly in remote regions, so animals are often used to carry goods ( Food, gear, stuff) up and down the mountains. You will come to recognize the distant jingling of harness bells, which means a band of yaks and Donkeys are approaching.
Always move to the safe place on the cliff side of the trail, and first, let animals pass on the outside edge which saves from the possibility of kicking and pushing with their heavy loads.

Look at Your Feet

Trekking in Nepal is a very rewarding and a lifetime experience. You should always keep in mind walk comfortably by resting from time to time while ascending.
We do trekking with looking scenic view of the surrounding, sometimes while walking like this you may stumble and fall, also trip may be slippery due to ice and mud so it is better to look your eyes on the trails and walk.

Regarding your safety, always wear enough gear and warm socks, and comfortable shoes at your feet to avoid your feet from being frozen. You will be walking for 6 to 7 hours a day. So take proper care of your feet too.

Listen to Your Body

As you ascend in trekking sometimes at high altitude (above 3500m) your body may feel different like dizziness, headache, and shortness of breath which can be symptoms of high altitude so if you continue to climb despite these problems your body may get trouble so we suggest to all trekkers to listen to your body while walking. 
You are bound to feel the hike’s toughness regardless of your fitness level as you may not be trained for multi-day hikes. Take it slow and steady with frequent stops for rest and admire the scenery. It is good to bring some snacks with you to keep the energy levels topped off before or after your lunch.

Respect the Local Culture and Customs

Nepal is a multicultural and customs country so while trekking in Nepal responsible trekkers, respect the local traditions of the local people. There are lots of cultures and customs followed in Nepal, local peoples treat god as a guest, and showing respect to the local culture and customs makes you good impression on you.
Greet the local people by saying Namaste and enjoy the Nepalese culture and customs thoroughly in different places. This builds a good relationship between the local people and the trekkers.

Enough Rest While on the Trek

A common mistake among many young trekkers in groups is their perception that trekking is an act of athletic challenge. In that sense, they wish to reach the destination quickly and become the victim of altitude sickness at higher altitudes.
Appreciate the wilderness, the natural beauty, and the serene silence. Remember, the mountains are not running anywhere, so nor should you! Hence, it is best to take have enough rest and proper acclimatization day while trekking at higher altitudes.

As a result, you will be able to stay calm, enjoy the wilderness and natural beauty, and regain the stamina for the next day’s walk and your expedition will be mesmerizing.

Avoid Smoking and Alcohol while Ascending

You must avoid the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, or similar stimulants while trekking. Alcohol makes your body dehydrated which is not good for you. Consumption of cigarettes harms your lungs which may affect overall respiratory systems.
similarly, with the consumption of alcohol you might end up getting Acute Mountain Sickness, Hypothermia, Dehydration, and Metabolism its also enlarge the blood vessels.

Try to Learn

While trekking on the high Himalayas of Nepal you will be passing through landscapes, hills, mountains, villages, valleys, forests, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, and even plateaus too.
You will observe the different lifestyles, cultures, and traditions of people vary from place to place. You will meet local people, and enjoy local food on the trekking trail. Try to learn about all of this because you are trekking in the high Himalayas where you may not get that type of culture, flora, and fauna in other places so explore and learn new things.

Ask to guide the local people for better explanations about their culture, religion, and nature. Nepal is a mythical country by offers several natural wildernesses and a variety of flora and fauna.

Trek Slowly

The rule for trekkers is ‘trek slowly and climb high, sleep low. So ascend to a new during the day but descend a little to sleep at night. The zigzag route allows your body to adjust to the low oxygen pressure.
Don’t take shortcuts, if a guide suggests he can do 8 days trek in five days, it’s sure he isn’t following the ‘sleep low’ rule. Going straight up all day every day is a recipe for the lengthy trek, make time, or pick a different trek. One thing to remember most is to acclimatize properly to rebuild your stamina and regain your energy for ascending higher on the next day.

Leave no Trace

Leave no trace principle of trekking is a sort of eco-friendly, sustainable trekking where you will not leave any trace of your trekking. Mountain areas are beautiful destinations for tourists.
Every year a very high number of people get to the mountains to escape from their busy schedules. Annually, loads and loads of organic as well as inorganic dumps are collected into the mountains.

Normally organic wastes should decompose and don’t pose any threat but due to the cold environment, the wastes don’t easily decompose. So, travelers should follow the no trace principle of trekking. No trace principle is the eco-friendly way of trekking in which the travelers have fun without harming the environment and leave no wastage behind.