Trekking Information

Of the many amazing experiences one can have in Nepal trekking is perhaps the most fruitful way to comprehensively encounter the various ethnic groups of this land, their culture, lifestyle, and arts whilst immersed in Nepal's natural extravagance. Once trekkers arrive in Nepal they get new adventure and fascinating sights every step of their way.

If the beauty of nature were the measure of richness, Nepal would be one of the richest country in the world. In Nepal several of the world's ecological zones meet, creating a massive variety of flora and fauna, and a landscape of extremes where the land rises from subtropical forests near sea level to the highest mountains on the planet, the Himalayan range.

Trekking in the Himalayan region is not only an adventurous experience but also a great stress reliever. Trekking in Nepal can dramatically change the visitors’ life from unpleasant to relaxing with positive thought.

Although trekking is supposed to have different grades, i.e. soft adventure, moderate and strenuous, and so on, it is equal in merits and worth. Nepal is the only one country in the world which offers varieties of trek suitable for all people; no limitation of age, economic condition, time and so on.

There are numerous destinations for trekking in Nepal. Some of popular areas are recommended in the following pages.

When to Trek in Nepal?

From 15 September to 21 December and 7 March to 25 May are considered to be the best time for trekking in Nepal though it can be done throughout the year.

Beginning of March brings the season of spring in Nepal and offers an exhilarating trek for those who love blooming flowers, flourishing vegetations, cheerful birds and other natural majesties. Different varieties of wild flowers, including the charisma of various species of rhododendron make the hill side a paradise of the earth in this season.

The season of autumn is considered for excellent weather and breathtaking mountain views suitable for mountain treks, mountaineering expedition, jungle safari and river rafting in Nepal.

There are some rain-shadow regions in Nepal, which are quite suitable for trekking during summer. One can really enjoy the trekking in rain-shadow parts - Mustang, Dolpo, Simikot and upper part of Annapurnas.

January and February are noted for cold weather with occasional snowfall at higher elevations but again excellent views are common to observe. These two months are unique for those trekkers who are well equipped or stay below 3,500 meters.

It is hot in summer at lower elevation. At higher elevations, exceeding 2,000 meters, the mountain views are excellent and the temperature is quite moderate even in mid night. The monsoon begins from mid-June to August, however the most frequented trails will not be crowded and some people like to lead treks in this season.

What to Bring for Trekking?

If you are travelling to Nepal for trekking, you are sincerely suggested to bring under mentioned things.

  • A pair of trekking boots with 2 pairs of warm shocks
  • A pair of comfortable walking shoes with 3 pairs of shocks
  • Sun/snow glasses
  • A hat preferably white in colour to be protected from sun
  • A woollen cap to be protected from cold
  • A warm jacket
  • A woollen sweater or a jacket made of flees or a jumper
  • T-shirt 3-4 pieces
  • Warm light trousers 2-3 pieces to walk comfortably
  • Under wears as per your need including pads for women
  • A wind proof jacket
  • A rain coat that can cover from your head to foot
  • A rook sack
  • Walking sticks
  • Medical kit-bag filled with; cotton, bandage, water purifying pills, diamox, medicine for headache, diarrhoea, sun/snow burn cream, plaster, anti swelling cream, insect killer (spray or lotion), etc.
  • Camera
  • Headlight or torch light
  • A pair of sleeper
  • Sleeping bag
  • A Water bottle, and
  • Other essential things based on your personal nature; such as books, diary, pen, items of game, etc.

Medical Matters

A very little medical care centres are available along the trekking trail so we would like to inform you to be sure you are physically fit and good in health before starting your journey to Nepal especially for trekking and mountaineering expedition. In case of serious illness or injury, a timely helicopter evacuation to Kathmandu is the best remedy to get rid of the problems. Helicopter rescue service is extremely expensive. Therefore, you are requested to make insurance for rescue operation in your home country as there are no insurance companies in Nepal offering such type of policy to foreign travellers.

Your trekking organizing company provides you fully boiled water, so don't forget to ask kitchen crewmember to fill your water-bottle with boiled water before starting your trek of the day. If you are going to trek individually, you'd better carry water purifying pills or drops. It is advised to carry the medication of diarrhoea and headaches.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is particularly an important medical concern while trekking in the Himalayan region. Altitude sickness means the effect of high altitude on those who ascend rapidly to the elevation above 3,200m. The initial symptoms of AMS are; Nausea, vomiting, Loss of appetite, Insomnia or Sleeplessness, persistent headache, dizziness, light headedness, confusion, awkwardness, weakness, tiredness or lassitude, heavy legs, swelling on hands and face, breathing problem or breathing irregularity, reduced urine output and so on. These symptoms are to be taken very seriously. In case of appearance of any of the above symptoms any further ascent should be reconsidered, otherwise more serious problem may occur. The only cure for the altitude sickness is to descend to lower elevations immediately and it has no other cure or substitute. Acclimatization by ascending to no more than 300 to 500 meters per day above 3000 meters and the proper amount of rest are the best methods for prevention of AMS.

So, a medical kit-box is compulsorily to be brought from your home country or if it will not be possible, you should inform your agency here in Nepal before departure for trek so that they can manage on time.