23rd Dec, 2018
Things to Know about Trekking in Nepal
Mount Everest, the highest mountain of the world, it is also the apex of all trekking adventures. Other than the Mount Everest there are 7 mountain summits in Nepal that are in the top 10highest summits in the world. Apparently, Nepal is the most common dream destination for trekkers around the world.
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Whether you’re only trekking for a couple of days near Pokhara, making the trek to Everest Base Camp, or heading out on the Annapurna Circuit, here’s what you need to know before you hit the trails in Nepal.
The Best Time for Trekking in Nepal
Dry and warm seasons are ideal to visit a cold temperate region. It is monsoon season during July-August, and landslide is commonplace, that blocks many trails and routes for trekking, so monsoon season is largely a no-trekking season in Nepal. Not that you cannot visit off-season or go for trekking. But sticking to the best seasons can cause the less climatic inconvenience with your plans. So, the best time for trekking in Nepal is March-June and September-November.
December and January are too cold to bear on a trekking adventure, moreover, it will be densely foggy you could hardly see anything, many of the passes are closed during the winter season. During summer there can be rain, which can spoil your plans, and waste a lot of time if you are on a time-constrained tour.
Food and Lodging
During the trek, you will come across native villages, a lot of mules on your way carrying food and supplies to guest houses and lodges of neighboring villages. You will find decently comfortable guest houses and lodges at fairly priced rates. Simple restaurants mainly serve local cuisine, the traditional daal – bhaat; spicy buffalo meat and stuff. There are tea houses, where night stays are available, or you can carry your own tent. This is a wonderful point to enjoy the panoramic view of the sunrise with magnificent color play on the mountain summits.
Health and Safety Concerns
The major trekking challenge is when you are trekking alone. Some trails demand at least one trekking partner for safety concerns. There are several mishaps occurring about missing persons, accidents and lost trails, while trekking in Nepal every year, so it is best to ensure proper safety concerns before you set your trail.
If you are a beginner on trekking, then, be aware of altitude sickness, or mountain sickness. Start with an easy trail, to know the biological compatibility of you and altitudes and gradually take the harder routes as you go. Research about mountain sickness before you take your journey and do not ignore any symptom, don’t let it get more acute. It is recommended that you go for a health checkup before the journey and have some medications prescribed by your doctor, for mountain sickness. Drink plenty of water and proper food during your trek. Keep peanuts and dry fruits handy, they are nice all-time snacks while trekking.
Travel Essentials for Trekking Carry lightweight luggage while trekking, you don’t want your backpack to be a burden to the enjoyment of trekking. Carry only the most essential stuff. Always carry a torch with enough battery supply, enough drinking water and some dry fruit, a mobile phone with a portable charger. Ditch expensive and fragile devices and equipment for durable, low cost and unbreakable equipment. If you are not on a photography assignment and want to enjoy your trekking experience at the same time document your adventure of Trekking in Nepal, a less heavy camera, or a handicam is not likely to deter the quality of your personal documentary photos and videos.
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