General Information About Trekking in Nepal

In a country like Nepal where there is a rich variation of culture and customs closely assimilated and related with the geographical location of the people, trekkers are in for the rare occasion of exploring the nature’s finest places on the earth and at the same time observing unique traditions of the natives.

With Mount Everest/ Khumbu Langtang and Mount Annapurna standing stoically in the Himalayan range, Nepal has to offer what adventure lovers would call the dream destination for trekking. Abundant with hills and mountains, trekkers have plenty of options while trekking in this part of the world. Mansalu Circuit Trek, Lo Manthag in Upper Mustang, Island Peak Trek, Mera Peak Climbing are some of the best known trekking spots in Nepal.

Available only from Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and the Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN), a trekking permit, also known as Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) is a must for any trekkers trekking in Nepal. While trekking in restricted areas as Dolpo, Mustang, Kanchenjunga, Makalu Barun, Humla, trekkers needs special permit obtainable through organizing trekking agents.

Besides that trekkers have to be equipped with all the necessary trekking gears that will be quintessential in the journey. Trekkers’ bag-packs are easily available in the trekking hub of Thamel.

Trekkers can choose from either having Tea House (Lodge Trek) or Camping (Organized Trek) as their trekking expeditions. While the former is relatively affordable option of trekking where trekkers do not have to worry about lodging and food as they are offered by the local Tea House stations, the latter is the classical and elegant way of trekking in Nepal. It is a well organized entourage of cooks, porters, guides, shrepas who would let trekkers enjoy about the trekking only and the rest of the trouble is undertaken by the group. From cooking to carrying all the bag-packs and other travel items, from arranging mattresses, tables and sleeping bags to setting up the tents for the night, the team is well prepared and professional.

Trekkers should be wary about the time when they want to come to Nepal for trekking. The ideal months for trekking in the country are March-June and September-November during which time the weather is if usually fine with clear blue skies and green pasture. Trekking in off season such as during the monsoon would be difficult to avoid the leeches and the rain, but nevertheless gives trekkers the chance to be out in the wild and live the rustic life for some time. However, trekkers in their exploration upward would need some time to acclimatization due to high altitude and low pressure. Every now and then, depending upon the height of the ground, trekkers should take a break of day or two to get used to the surrounding environment.

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