Trekking in Nepal-Life on Trail

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An Overview of Trekking in Nepal!

You can never say you have been to Nepal until you’ve experienced the country on foot.  The more time and effort you spend on walking, the more rewarding experience you get in the Himalayas.

  • The walk at higher altitudes and trails out in the wilderness, with the periods of exertion may not be easy, but it is always pleasant and satisfying- with beautiful views of the mountains, glaciers and amazing play of mist. Moreover, the experience of meeting and interacting with the cheerful and hospitable mountain people, and getting to be a part of their lives are the additional highlights of trekking in Nepal.
  • From the most popular Everest and Annapurna treks to the noticeably quieter Langtang and Gosaikunda trails, the trekking options here are plenty and if that’s not enough for you it is also possible to customize the treks.
  • If you demand a bit of luxury on your trek and don’t want to rough it in a tent, there are literally hundreds of competent trek operators based in Nepal, organizing treks and offering the best possible facilities. Whether you choose to go for a Camp trek or a tea house trek, they’re there for you. But if you like- handling things on your own, making the trek more exciting, experiencing all the hardships and getting more close to wilderness; you’re still most welcome!
  • One more thing you need to know about trekking in Nepal is that you do not need to be super healthy for trekking. If you prepare yourself by walking- at least an hour per day, you will find your groove in a few days.
  • Add few days to your itinerary to take in side trips, detours and monasteries or, just take a day off every now and then as it allows some leisure time to see, photograph and explore the countryside that might end up being the highlights of your trip.

What’s a regular day in Trekking exactly like!

Life on Trail

Whether camping based or tea house trekking, the day is run to a remarkably tight schedule but at a relaxed pace, stopping en routes when appropriate to experience local village life or when nature calls.

In general, the day begins at around 6 a.m. with a wake-up-knock on your door. You take a morning wash, pack your stuff, have hot breakfast and head off on the trail. At a convenient time along the trail, you eat lunch, rest for an hour and move on to your camp/lodge for the evening.  You relax over a cup of tea, dump your gear in your room, and head to meet the fellow trekkers and chat about the day. Then you eat your dinner and retire early for well earned sleep.  You will be best off to try and follow this comfortable old routine.

About Routes and Conditions!

Trekking routes

Most trails are clear, well set and easy to follow but because of the mountainous setting you will be walking- in hazards associated with weather, altitude and steep terrain.

In general, a typical day’s walk lasts from 5- 8 hours; easier treks can have days with 3- 4 hours of actual walking time and the challenging treks can have an average of about 8 hours of walking in a day. Days involving crossing of high passes are usually long on most types of treks.

Most trails in Nepal are well walked and on popular trails a tourist map will suffice for navigation. However, learning basic Nepali language will be highly useful- if you get lost on a trail and to handle associated risks while trekking alone.

What about food and rest!

Food and Accomodation

On camping trips, there will be a kitchen crew to supply and provide a surprisingly versatile range of food from international to continental and ethnic cuisines.

You will usually eat breakfast and dinner outdoors, or in a dining tent, lunch is usually outdoors on trail. You will sleep in tents- with a capacity of 2- 3 persons. Mattresses and sleeping bags are provided!

On the other hand, the lodge treks range from traditional wooden family home to quite luxurious places with private rooms, attached toilets and hot showers. Rooms are generally small, with beds with mattresses and a table at the most as furnishing. Foods served in lodges are a mix of quasi- continental and local fare. Since you are in Nepal I suggest you to try Dal Bhat (rice, pulse soup and vegetables). It is nutritious, available everywhere and, truly fills you up after a long day of trekking.

Though mattresses are always supplied in trekking, carrying a sleeping bag is always useful especially at higher elevations and during peak season. Similarly, carrying emergency food supplies such as chocolates, dried fruit and granola (muesli) bars is a good idea for quick energy burst.

Trekking is not a dangerous activity, at least not here in Nepal. If you pay attention to the trail, the weather and your health at higher altitude, it can be as safe as walking in general. So, plan your itinerary within the boundaries of safety, preference and enjoyment, and, experience the delight and the thrills like a true spirit.

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