Nepal, one of the best places in world for trekking, tour and peak climbing surrounded by great Himalayan ranges on north, flat lowlands on south and mountainous valley in between. Nepal is only the place in the world where the topographical varies from just 60m above sea level to highest point on earth at 8848m which is of course the summit of Mt. Everest. Embark for trekking around the foothills of Himalayas, touring around scenic naturally blessed cities with cultural exploration, paddle down the raging rivers, boat on pristine lakes, fly down in paragliding, bungee jump from 160 meters above ground level or ride an elephant and experience jungle safari on lush green forests to encounter rare floras and faunas. Yes, the exploring opportunities are endless while visiting Nepal.
Nepal is where Light of Asia Lord Buddha was born, Nepal is the place where world’s highest mountain is standing tall and yes Nepal is once again the place where you must visit at least once before you die. While embarking for world famous Everest trekking you will not only get the chance to be at the base of world’s highest mountain but you will also get an opportunity to explore lifestyle, culture and tradition of Sherpas who are known for their mountaineering skills. Similarly, Gurkhas in Annapurna region who are known for their bravery. There are other 102 ethnic groups speaking more than 92 different languages which you wouldn’t find anywhere else except in Nepal. Either you are looking for adventurous trekking, peak climbing or delightful family tours; Nepal should be in your travel bucketlist if travel is your passion and travelling is what you do.
“Namaste” means “hi”. Now, while reading this you even learned one Nepali word which brings smile in every Nepalese face and probably offer you discounts too. So, when are you visiting Nepal and saying “Namaste” to Nepalese while exploring the best that nature and culture has to offer.
We would like to take you around the best of trekking regions in Nepal. Trekking in these regions enthralls you with exciting adventurous yet delightful activities and experiences unlike anywhere.
Altitude Sickness While Trekking in Nepal
Altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness is what you must be aware of before trekking at high altitudes in Nepal. When you trek above 3100 meters, these altitude sickness may affect you due to thin air on surrounding atmosphere and lack of oxygen than at lower altitudes. Symptoms are usually headache, vomiting, chest pain and nausea. It can be prevented by drinking plenty of fluids, taking rest and ascending slowly. If condition worsens, descend towards lower altitude.
Health, Fitness and Medicine
First of all you should inform your trekking company if you are taking medications or you have any health problems. Adequate backup medicines should be packed. It helps to understand your physical condition and choose which trekking trip is best for you. Do regular cardio vascular exercises like jogging, cycling and swimming prior trekking days to maintain your fitness and increase your stamina which makes your trip even more joyful and stress free. Take required vaccinations before boarding a flight to Nepal as it helps you adapt the local surroundings, temperature and increase your endurance to fight against diseases.
Safety And Security Issues While Trekking In Nepal
Nepal is safe to travel. Nepalese are known for their warm hospitality and friendliness all over the world and Nepal is friendliest country in the world to travel. There are rare cases of criminal activity in few trails, however it’s negligible. Your safety and security will be insured by your trekking company. While trekking in Nepal follow what your trekking guide/leader says, don’t trek alone on unknown trails, be alert, don’t panic, and always carry lamp, water, some food, cell phone with emergency numbers for emergency situations.
Trekking responsibly refers to taking positive steps that positively impacts on environment and local communities while avoiding or minimizing the negative steps as far as possible. There is a famous saying on responsible tourism that “leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures” which basically means that we should not be self centered while trekking by littering and acting irresponsibly. Therefore trekking responsibly not only helps to conserve the environment it also creates this world better place to live and travel.
The Normal Trekking Day In Nepal
Trekking in Nepal trips usually starts early in the morning with involvement of an average of 6 to 8 hours walk. And while passing through high altitudes it can be even more. Trekking through spectacular valleys, trails, lush green forests, terraced fields, over suspension bridges, along the river banks with magnificent views of glorious Himalayas on the back drop brings the feeling of adventure and delight at fullest. While trekking in Nepal, it is not only about walking, sightseeing and nature; you will be interacting with locals who give an insight to their culture, tradition and lifestyle.
Meals And Drinking Water On Trekking Day
Restaurants and hotels in major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara offers wide range of national and international delicious meals. However meals available while trekking around the Himalayas is different scenario. While trekking in Nepal, always carry a water bottle with you. Drinking plenty of fluids is the key to stay hydrated and avoid altitude sickness. Also it is recommended for you to get the antibiotics in Kathmandu for avoiding stomach infections and other sicknesses. Dal, Bhat being the most common food in Nepal, you will be served with other items on menu. Most of the hotels, tea houses and guest houses offer the hygienic food and are safe to consume. Do not ever drink tap water and from other random resources. Always drink boiled water or sealed bottled water for your safety.
Trekking Equipment And Clothing Checklist
Trekking in Nepal requires some equipments and accessories that might come handy during any period of the trek. Also it is equally important to pack right kind of clothes while embarking for trekking in Nepal. From simple sleeping bag to trekking poles, trekking boots, jackets and other equipments can easily be bought or hired upon arrival at Kathmandu.