What is Trekking?
Trekking is an Afrikaan word that literally meaning “pull, travel”. Trekking is an adventure activity involving multidays walking holidays in the Himalayas. Trekking can be done walking on a variety of terrains, through the rugged trails, jungles, villages, terraced fields and valley. Depending upon the altitude how much high you go, trekking can be easy or challenging. Simply, its a challenging hiking that requires to be physically and mentally fit walking a long days across the Himalayan path. It is also known as backpacking which involves carrying your own bag packs with a guide or independent.
Tea House Trekking
Tea House Trekking is also known as lodge trek. Teahouse trekking along the main trails is the most common style, with decent lodges in every settlement (and between), it is possible to trek in comfort with minimal preparation, and equipment and support.Trekkers are dependent upon many teahouses and locally available inns along the trails. Along the trek you will have some best facility available and some are very basic so it requires compromising with your consideration and keeping in mind sense of adventure. Trekking in this way minimizes the costs and is less affected by diverse weather conditions.The main areas for these treks are Everest/Khumbu Langtang and Annapurna. Since 2010, the Manaslu Circuit Trek has become possible without camping in tea-houses; it also offers some comfort on some of the harshest terrain on earth. All of our treks are accompanied by local guides who lead trekker/s in the regions where there is access to local inns. A porter is also arranged if & when necessary to carry equipment relevant to the trip. Teahouse is popular choice of trekkers and very easy too but best option to observe Nepalese lifestyle. There are frequent lodges / teahouse in the most popular trekking routes where trekkers can stop where ever they want for meals / accommodation according with their timeframe. On trek you are guided by an English-speaking Sherpa guide, assisted by Sherpa staff. All main baggage is carried by porters, yaks or horses / mules.
Camping Trek is one of the classic styles of trekking in Nepal also known as fully organized trek. Trekkers are fully dependent on locally hired staff which makes up a pretty large outfit since not only the trekkers’ personal gear needs to be carried but also the group equipment and food. The classic style of trekking in Nepal and can be conducted almost anywhere in the country. Camping trekking is fully organized and supported with a team of guides, cooks, Sherpa and porters to accompany you. Camping treks, however expensive they may be, has its own unique rewards offering a truly enjoyable experiences for visits to more remote regions where no tea houses or local infrastructures are available. The cook will prepare all the meals during the camping trek. Trekkers need to carry only a small bag as required for the day. At night, tents for dining, sleeping and ablution are provided and set up. Mattresses, sleeping bags, tables and seating are arranged by staff. All the necessary trekking gears; food, fuel and other goods are carried by the porters. Camping treks are typically done in the regions of Kanchenjunga, Dolpa, Makalu, and Manaslu. The typical days of camping trek also follows the same as teahouse trekking as timetable and the foods will we cooked by well trained cook. At camping spot some of our staff team likes to sing song and dance too or some places mother group of local community may come to perform their local culture show. Food on trek is a mixture of Western and local dishes and there is plenty of it, and plenty of choice. Foods are so good that even sometimes our trekker’s warned us to take our cook to their home.
A trekking permit issued by the Department of Immigration is required to trek in any part of Nepal, except the most popular areas of Annapurna, Khumbu and Langtang/Helambu. Those areas were declared permit-free in 1999. The joy was short-lived, though, as a new system called TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) was recently created for those three areas. Be sure you have a TIM’s card with you when trekking independently or organized. Several National Parks and Conservation areas like ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) and Sagarmatha National Park (Everest area) require trekkers to pay an entrance fee. Restricted areas require the old trekking permit (but not the TIMS card), which are obtainable only through the organizing trekking agent for areas like Dolpo, Mustang, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga and other similar areas. Nepal trekking fee is not requiring for regular routes of Annapurna, Langtang and Annapurna. Trekking to these region is only requires TIMS fee (Trekking Information Management System) and conservation fee. TIMS fee costs about US $ 10 for the organized trek through the recognized agency and US $ 20 for individual trekkers.
Trekking fee can be paid in Nepalese currency. Notwithstanding anything written above the Indian Citizen can pay in Nepalese currency equivalent to US Dollars and to get a group trekking permit an application form with other relevant document should be submitted through any registered trekking agency of Nepal.
Trekkers without previous experience are offered a diverse range of easy treks. The easy trek involves no difficult climbing or ascents to high altitudes and is usually less than a week & suitable for everyone. Medium treks are more challenging than easy at this altitude; you will be rewarded with close-up views of bigger mountains. The medium treks are also considered to have full access to tea houses at altitudes less than 4000m.Medium-hard these treks ascend to altitudes up to 5000m and involve some steep climbing, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Hard Trek All expeditions are based on camps and will go above the tree-lines where the snow-line is fully evident up to altitudes above 5000m. One needs to be fully fit for ventures of this kind & the rewards are phenomenal. Wilderness treks these are the most challenging treks with some technical climbing to peaks above 6000m. One must have experience of climbing above 5000m levels to perform these types of treks Wilderness Treks are for trekkers who wish to explore the unseen and unspoiled regions of Nepal.
A pair of hiking/trekking boots, A pair of slippers, Five pairs of woolen socks and three pairs of cotton socks, Two pairs of poly pro socks, One light long underwear bottom, One medium long underwear bottom, A pair of climbing and pile pants, Two medium poly pro shirts, One light woolen/fleece sweater, One pile jacket, One down vest, One down sweater/jacket, A pair of light wind Gore-Tex jacket and pant, A pair of woolen hat and Sun hat, A pair of glacier glasses, A pair of Gore-Tex glove shells with liner or ski gloves, A pair of woolen gloves, A Swiss Army knife, A trekking pack of 3000 cubic inches capacity, Two Sun screen lotion SPF 10 to 30 and 1 Sun screen stick SPF 10 to 30, Books, walkman and music tapes (opt), An one-liter water bottle, A pair of trekking poles (opt), One torch with enough sets of batteries, Two large and strong waterproof duffel bags with lock (17x13x32 inch), Two rolls of toilet paper (opt), One trekking baggy pant (opt).
Toiletry Items and Personal First Aid Kit Box
Towel, biodegradable soaps, per-moistened novelettes, wash cloth, sunscreen, lip balm, and any additional personal items such as toothbrush, comb, etc. Be advised to check with your doctor. Suggestions: aspirin or ibuprofen, Pepto Bismol, Band aids/bandages, moleskin, scissors, tweezers, tropical antiseptic, anti-acid tablets, laxative, water purification tablets.
Other Necessary Items
Photo equipment with plenty of film and spare batteries, reading/writing materials, postcards of hometown and/or photos of home and family to share with Nepalese people, safety pins, sewing kit, zip lock bags for small items, large plastic bags to line duffel and protect any down items.