Every year thousands of travelers come for the ultimate adventure of trekking in Nepal. Nepal is a paradise for all kinds of trekkers because of the highest mountains in Nepal. The best part of trekking in Nepal is exotic flora and fauna with the taste of the Nepalese lifestyle. With many pristine lakes, waterfalls, hot springs, glaciers and high mountains Nepal seems to the most beautiful and because of this Nepal is the ultimate destination for trekkers.
Couples of a year ago, due to the Gorkha earthquake, the number of trekkers decreased so different advertisements message that, Nepal is safe for trekking. After a couple of years after the earthquake, many trekkers have started to come to Nepal for looking at its natural beauty and for travel and trekking. After the earthquake, the infrastructures, tea houses, and roads are rebuilt and it is safe for visits. There no such problem in trekking in Nepal.
What is the best season to go Trekking in Nepal?
September-November and March-May are the most trekking season in Nepal. The temperature is quite bearable with the stable weather for trekking in Nepal during these seasons. So, it is the best time to go for visiting the stunning places in Nepal. Because of Nepal’s diverse geography and changing in climates, trekking in Nepal is possible throughout the year and you can go where you want to trek and visit.
Trekking in the Autumn Season (September-November)
The autumn season is the best season for having trekking in Nepal. Almost those who come to Nepal to trek to the high mountains and when the weather is god the views look so awesome and stunning. In this season most of the trekkers choose to have a trek to Annapurna and Everest. If there seems a clear sky then you can see the spectacular view of the Himalayas.
Trekking in the Spring Season (March-May)
Spring is also another best time to go trekking in Nepal for visiting and having enjoyment. Temperature wisely starts to get hot and blurry late in May but still, it is not a bad time. The dry and moderate temperature of this season makes the trekking possible and can enjoy at the high altitude too. Another best part about spring trekking is colorful flowers Rhododendron looks amazing which covers the hills and roadways. The highest number of trekkers in the Spring season is in March.
Trekking in Summer/Monsoon (June-August)
Monsoon leeches can also fall on you from trees as well. So, where to trek in Nepal during the summer/monsoon? However, the rain shadow areas in the north can are somehow trek-able throughout the year because these places receive a very less amount of rainfall. Humla, Jumla, Dolpo, Mustang, Nar Phu Valley, Mustang and other places in Nepal that you can trek during monsoon/summer. Summer season is commonly known as rain and clouds and it is not a good time to see the mountains with stunning views. The paths where you will visit will be muddy, slippery and landslides may occur anytime and
Trekking in Winter Season (December-February)
Winter is not really a bad time for visiting Nepal. The air is dry and the sky is clear so that you can see the stunning view of the mountains. The only problem this season is the cold. In this season, higher altitude trekking becomes very difficult by the cold, snow and snowstorms so that during this season it is difficult to trek at high altitude. A temperature at higher altitudes is much colder during winter so that it can affect your health too. The northern part of Nepal like Dolpo, Mustang, Humla, and other places can only trek in this season.
Whether to hire a travel guide/company or do independent trekking in Nepal?
To do an easy Treks like a trek to Phulchowki, Ghorepani Poon Hill, Shivapuri, Chisapani, etc you can go on your own because some of these treks are short and easy treks to do. You may not need to hire any travel guide or travel agencies.
For compact areas such as upper Mustang, Manasalu, Kanchanjunga, upper Dolpa, there is no other option. According to the rules, you should hire a registered guide with you. We suggest you go concluded a trekking company when trekking isolated areas where camping is necessary. In high altitudes, weather change and missing routes are very common. So, in such trekking areas traveling with guide means making comfortable feel to you because with the help of guides you can communicate with the local people and you have the least chances of losing routes/missing trails.
The questions raise to the famous trekking areas Everest and Annapurna. There is no such that guides or travel agencies that are necessary. There is much more information a much you need on the internet. Routs are well-marked. So, still, do you think you need to go concluded an agency? So, yes this is what we recommend.
If you do not want any guide or a company of any agency at least do not travel alone. A solo traveler may be lost the way. Also, a solo traveler is an easy target for criminals. And yes, Nepal is safe for tourists. It is better to be careful by yourself. You should travel in a group of two or more than two people. After all, nobody knows what we have to go on through next so trekking group members or trekking guides can be a big help for you in case of any emergency.
What documents/permits to carry to trek in Nepal?
Some documents needed to trek in Nepal i.e. Visa, Passport, Some passport-sized photos, Insurance papers, depending on the agency and where you will be traveling too. Visa details all the nation’s tourists except for that of India should have got a visa to enter Nepal. Also, it is easy to get a Nepali visa. Some nations tourists can get a visa on arrival or when entering Nepal at one of the border entry points.
Some of the popular trek of Nepal
Among the many wonderful trails of Nepal, Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, and Manaslu are the most popular trek whom trekkers see the most. Here are the following trails that are most popular in Nepal which trekkers mostly want to visit;
Everest Base Camp Trek
With full confidence, Everest Base Camp(EBC) trek is one of the most popular among all in Nepal. This trek starts from Lukla(Solukhumbu district) to the base camp of the highest peak in the world Mt.Everest. You can see the colorful culture of Sherpas and the beautiful nature of this trek. Any trek in Everest starts from Lukla. Dangerous airport (Tenzing Hillary) which is counted on the top ten also lies in this region. Namche is the first place where you can see the Everest for the first time. From onwards, there are lots of places where you can observe the stunning view of Everest. But unfortunately, you can’t see the stunning view from Everest Base Camp. So, you need to go to Kala Patthar(the vantage point) to get the best view of Everest and for capturing the photos.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp(ABC) trek is one of the famous trekking routes in Nepal among all. It is a short, easy and amazing trek that has been attracting millions of visitors around the world. Annapurna Base Camp trek starts from the beautiful city Pokhara with an itinerary of 10 days. You can see the terraced farmlands, forests of pine and rhododendrons along with the view of Mt.Annapurna and other peaks. Everyone can know about the traditional village’s lifestyle and natural hot springs. You can see the sunset/sunset view of a range of mountains fall on the trails from Ghorepani Poon hill(Vantage point). And another interesting thing is that the Annapurna Mountain is the tenth highest peak in the world.
Annapurna Circuit Trek
Not only in Nepal but also in Annapurna Circuit Trek is famous whole over the world. As the name suggests, the path goes around Annapurna which covers the best parts of the Annapurna region. Annapurna Circuit Trek includes famous places like Ghorepani Poon hill, Manang, Kagbeni, Jomsom, and other many more places where you can capture the stunning pictures and can enjoy a lot. Stunning and amazing views of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangaourana, etc can be seen in this region. This region consists of many lakes, waterfalls, glaciers, hot springs.
Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek firstly opened to trekking in 1991 and it is slowly gaining popularity. Near about 6/7 years ago teahouse trekking in Manaslu has started from where guests can get more facilities. Mt.Manaslu is counted as the eighth highest mountain in the world with a height of 8,156m. You can see the lifestyle of the people living in that region. Mostly Gurung, Tamang, Tibetan, Siar, Brahmin, etc live in this region. This trek is a bit challenging as compared to other treks in Nepal. In this region, you can get a chance to see Blue Sheep, Himalayan Thar, Snow leopard, Musk deer or Grey wolf too.
Langtang Valley Trek
Langtang Valley Trek is still unknown to many of the trekkers. This place can be reached in a day drive from Kathmandu. Langtang is popular for national flower of Nepal Rhododendron, Bamboo forests, along with thundering waterfalls and amazing snow-capped mountains in this region. Lots of people visit Langtang National Park to see different animals. You can see the stunning view of Dorje Lakpa(6,990m), Langtang Ri(6,370m) and Langtang Lirung(7,245m). Due to the earthquake of April 2015 Langtang Village was completely destroyed but now local people of that area has made earthquake resist house. So, it is a safe place for visiting. You can visit the oldest cheese factory in this region. You can observe the animals like Himalayan deer, Himalayan bears, monkeys and the elusive red panda in this region.
Short Treks in Nepal
If you have any free time on a vacation then you might have a plan to have a short trek in Nepal. If yes, then here are some of the shorter treks that you can have in Nepal.
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a popular and one of the short trek in Nepal. You can see an amazing view of the sunset and sunrise with a stunning view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, Himchuli, and others more. If you want to go short trek in the Annapurna region then with no doubt you can trek up to Poon Hill. Your trek starts from Pokhara. If you want to extend your trek then you can go to Ghorepani/Ghandruk trek as well of 8/9 days. Poon Hill Trek will be of 4/5 days.
Trek to Muktinath
Trekking in Muktinath is quite longer. It takes approximately 11/12 days. If you want a short trek for Muktinath then you can have a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. You can see the amazing view of the Annapurna, the deepest gorge, and Kali Gandaki too. It is one of the famous short treks in Nepal. You can see the statue of Lord Bishnu(Lord of Salvation) in Muktinath. Muktinath is one of the religious sites of Hindus and Buddhists.
Royal Trek is one of the short and most fantastic treks in Nepal. For the first time, Prince Charles has taken the path for exploring Nepal in the eighties so it has got the name Royal Trek. You can see the stunning views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, etc from low altitude also. You can see the traditions and culture of Magars and Gurung. Begnas Lake is the last day of this trek. It takes about 6-8 days. Royal Trek is suitable for even children and old too.
Shivapuri Hill Trek
Shivapuri Hill Trek is a short and best trek in Nepal. It takes about 1 hour by car and 1 hour by a hike to reach Shivapuri National Park. Shivapuri is very near to Kathmandu. It is about 3/4 days trek. This trek is suitable for small children and old people too. If you are interested in animals and birds too then you can book here. Monkeys and birds are mostly seen in this area. Religious places of Hindus and Buddhists; Budhanilkantha, Bagdwar, and Nagi Gompa can be seen in this region. You can see the amazing view of Ganesh, Langtang and Jugal Himal from Shivapuri Hill.
Everest Panorama Trek
Everest, The highest peak of the world is the favorite of many. Do you want to trek Everest but don’t want to spend long days having an effort to going base camp? Then, Everest Panorama Trek is counted as the best trek in Nepal. You can have a flight of Everest and then trek to Phakding to Namche Bazaar and to Tengboche by looking at the stunning view of the mountains. It is for almost 4 days. Tengboche is one of the best places to see the amazing view of Mt.Everest with many other mountains. With height 3,867m Tengboche is the highest point in this whole trek. It takes approximately 7/8 days.
Restricted Area Trekking in Nepal
Far Eastern and Far Western regions are the most restricted areas in Nepal. Many reasons are there for the restriction of these areas. Solo people cannot get the permission of the restricted areas; you should go through any trekking agencies. You should have a guide with you to trek to restricted areas. Here are some of the restricted areas of Nepal;
- Upper Dolpo
- Upper Mustang
- Rara National Park
Luxury Trekking in Nepal
Simply, Luxury lodging is known as Luxury Trekking. In this trekking, hotels mostly offer you a thicker, warmer and comfy beds with a much bigger room. Toilets in this trek are of western flush styled. Luxury lodges are only found in the high altitude like Everest and Annapurna region of Nepal. It is more expensive.
Trekking Cost in Nepal
At first, we cannot exactly say that this much price will be enough for trekking in Nepal so booking online is safe and secured through the agency. But, those regions which are restricted are more expensive than others because of the per day permit charge. As we compare Upper Dolpo and Mustang with Manaslu and Humla then, Upper Dolpo and Mustang are more costly.
Cost of Guides/Porters
Normally, Guides take $25/30 per day in each trek. Some of the guides are extra-ordinary than others so they can offer $40+ per day. Guides take the more expensive amount on the basis of destinations as well. All your stuff will by carrying by a porter. Simple porter takes $20 per day as they should carry 20 to 25 kg.
How much to tip when trekking in Nepal?
Tip in Nepal is a new custom in Nepal with domestic and international tourists too. You don’t need to pay tips for taxi drivers, hotel staff or anyone else but you should give some amount of tips for Guide and Porters. It is better to give 15% of the total amount you paid if you are happy with their service.