Interested in hiking and trekking?? Welcome Nepal!! Nepal can be the best destination for hiking and trekking in all over the world. As it the small country on the lap of Himalayas most of your trekking routes end with the sight of splendid beauty of Himalayas. And also various places or temples of great historical and cultural importance can strike on your way. In addition to this there are home stay programs in which you can enjoy the local dishes and stay in their houses during your trip. As Nepalese are very warm and welcoming people the program can be a great experience and also and opportunity in understanding the socioeconomic aspect of Nepalese society. Trekking in Nepal guide will help you to plan your holidays to Nepal.
There are wide range of trekking routes in Nepal depending upon the distance, time and expenditure. So, there are lots of options for you. Trekking requires some level of physical fitness. But you need to be no athlete for completing trek in Nepal. But some kind of physical fitness is needed. And one thing you need to keep in mind is trekking is not all about reaching the destination; it’s about the journey too and the thing that matters the most is how well you enjoy during the trekking. However considerable amount of physical fitness is needed in long treks as the problems of altitude, weather and steep slopes. But as mentioned earlier there are a wide range of trekking routes which you can choose according to your will and fitness.
Generally the food is taken three times a day excluding tea and coffee. The widely taken meal in Nepal is rice and roti along with vegetables and meat which are offered in the homestay and almost all the hotel lodges. Most of the hotels especially in famous trekking routes offer the large verity of American and Asian dishes. They mainly offer pasta, tuna, bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, breads, soup, fresh vegetables, and even some deserts like apple pies, pancakes and even freshly prepared custard. In addition to these lots of dry foods like noodles, snickers, biscuits, chocolates and various juices of several fruits are found in the way which you can take in the long route trek which is recommended to be cheaper for you.
In Nepal the Nepali Rupees is taken as the standard currency. Major Banks, hotels and exchange counters at Tribhuvan airport provides services for exchanging foreign currency. In addition the travelers’ cheque can be purchased from American express, Durbarmarg and also from the major banks of the capital. The banks generally charge 1% for the exchange of travelers’ cheque. The exchange rate is about Rs.110 to $1. The daily exchange rate can also be checked in the Google.
Now let’s talk about the expenditure during trekking. The trekking costs are perhaps the lowest if we compare it with the other countries. The average daily expenditure is estimated to be below $20 in which $10 for accommodation and $8 for food and remaining for miscellaneous. If you like taking drinks additional $5 may add onto your expense. The expenditure may increase depending upon your trekking route and also the means of transport if necessary. Autumn season (September to November) is considered as the best season for the trekking in Nepal. Due to no any rainfall to disturb Nor the excess heat like that in summer this season is considered to have the excellent weather condition for trekking. In addition to this the excellent weather condition leads to the mesmerizing view of the mountains. As the monsoon rain usually hits between June and September and cold creates difficulty in between January to March, they are not considered as the right time for the trekking.
As described earlier the length of trekking in Nepal has wide range of verities from 2, 3 days to more than 15 days which you can choose according to your will, fitness and economy.
Ok now let’s talk about duration of treks in Nepal.
Short and Easy Treks (One Week – 1 to 7 days Trek)
The trek is 3 to 4 days moderate trek starting at Kakani, Kathmandu through the Shivapuri National Park. Ganesh himal, Langtang and Jugalhimal are the Himalayas seen during the trek. The trek ends in Nagarkot followed by a four hour drive back to Kathmandu.
Poon Hill Trek
The trek is 4 to 5 days moderately difficult trek starting from Ghandruk, Pokhara. The sight of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains can be viewed during the trek. The trek is also culturally rich with villages of Magar and Gurungs with the former gurkha soldiers.
The trek is 2 to 3 days moderate trek to the lwang village at the altitude of 1550m. You can visit the tea garden, village and cannoying site. The splendid view of the Machhapuchhre mountain and homestay program in the gurung village is the major attraction of this trek. You can observe tea garden, cannoning site and also involve in the daily activities of the villagers.
Ghandruk Culture Trek
The trek is 3 days moderate trek starting from nayapul – one hour drive from Pokhara and ascends hill villages after crossing a suspension bridge. Superb mountain views, excellent view points and lovely forests are the attractions for the trek.
Medium Trek (Two Weeks Trek – 7 to 14 Days)
Mardi Himal Trek
It is the 7 to 8 days trek which starts from Kande—about 1 hr. drive from Pokhara . It is moderately difficult trek with the maximum altitude reaching 3550 meters. Initially the trek begins with marvelous Rhododendron forest and finally the wonderful panorama of the entire Annapurna range as well as the fishtail mountain can be viewed from the top.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Also called ABC trek, it is 8 to 10 days trek. It is level-2 moderately difficult trek to the base of Annapurna Himalayan range so let’s not talk about the splendid beauty of the Himalayas viewed from here. The trek starts from Nayapul—one hour drive from Pokhara. Guest houses and lodges are available so there is no big problem of accommodation. ABC is at the at the elevation of 4320 meters.
It is 8 to 10 days moderately difficult trek situated in north towards Tibet. During the trek you reach top of Tserko peak with the altitude of 4984 meters. As well as the magnificent view of mountains the trek provides the cultural insights such as monasteries and local villages influenced by the Tibetan culture.
Rara Lake Trek
It is 10 to 12 days moderately difficult trek beginning from Jumla one hour flight from Kathmandu. The trek takes you through the beaten path of black bear and musk dear habitat through the rural villages up to the lake shore of Rara at the altitude of 2990 meters. You can still ascend and continue your journey through the dense forest to the elevation of 3710 meters.
Long/Challening Treks (Three Weeks Trek 14+ Days)
Manaslu Circuit Trek
It is approx. 16 days trek which is in the level 4 i.e. hard in the difficulty. The trek is full of adventure as well as challenges. The trek is blessed with the large topographical diversities ranging from 600 meters to 5135 meters. Route navigates through Mt. Manaslu—8th highest mountain in the world. The maximum elevation isLarke pass at the elevation of 5115 meters. The trek begins at Arughat,Gorkha and ends at Besisahar, Lamjung. You have to take a guide compulsorily during the trek.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
In this trek we reach the base of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586 m) which is the world’s third highest mountain. It is a 20 days trek. It is a level-4 hard type of trek in the difficulty level. The splendid view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Manaslu are is the major highlight of this place. In addition to this Musk Deer, Blue Sheep, Red Panda and tracks of snow leopards are also the highlights of this trek. The maximum elevation you reach during the trek is Lapsang Pass at the elevation of 5160 meters. You have to be minimum 2 trekkers and a guide for the entry and the entry fee is $10 per person per week.
Makalu Base Camp Trek
Mt. Makalu is the fifth highest mountain is the world. The trek is a 17 days trek and the difficulty level of 4 out of 5 which is comparatively hard type of trek. Stunning mountain scenario and unspoiled nature are the highlights of this trek. The maximum elevation is 5250 meters at Shersong ridge. The trek is open except in winter. You have to be minimum 2 trekkers and a guide for the entry and the entry fee is $10 per person for first four weeks.
Everest Base Camp Trek
The trek is a 16 days trek reaching at the base of the world’s highest peak. The difficulty level is 4 out of 5 whichis comparatively hard type of trek. The outstanding view of Mt. Everest and other mountains from Kalapatthar is the major attraction of this trek. Kalapatthar (5643 m) is the highest point in this trek. Visiting the world’s biggest and oldest monastery, visiting Sherpa villages are also the attractions of this trek.
Less Visited Treks
Upper Dolpo Trek
It is about 25-27 days difficult trek. Upper Dolpo is the high altitude typical Tibetan region in the western part of Nepal. The trek is full of ethnic Tibetan art and culture. Reffered as the Forbidden Kingdom it is closed for foreigners and only permitted through the expensive and restricted permit. So, this trek is lot expensive than other treks. The trek begins from Juphal (2285m) and passes through gigantic mountain ranges over the Numa La Pass (5190 m) and you finally reach Phoksundo Lake inside the Phoksundo National Park. Unforgettable passes, great view of landscapes, special untouched Tibetan culture are the major highlights of the trek. In addition to this abundant Himalayan wildlife like Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep, and a very rare Snow Leopard makes the trek very precious.