Despite what many may perceive, trekking in Nepal is not wandering alone through an uncharted wilderness, going where no man has been before. As they walk along the well-marked trekking paths, travellers will often discover quite the opposite; hundreds of locals passing through each day as they haul food, water and other odd necessities back to their tiny villages, along with dozens of fellow trekkers. The regularly-spaced villages and teahouses allow trekkers good opportunities to rest and recover, either for a few minutes or the night. The strong culture and unreserved friendliness of the Nepalese people can also be witnessed as one traverses the hill tracks.
Trekking is the most popular activity in Nepal. The huge variety of options allows for people of many ages and capabilities to attempt a trek in the country. In basic or even in deluxe accommodations. Just click on the rectangles for more information or go immediately to all our trekkings with the link under the information.
Additional general information
When to go?The best seasons for trekking are the dry and warm seasons, March-June and September-November. During these times the weather is generally fine and the skies clear, although the skies are foggier in May-June. It is possible to trek out of season, but expect lots of rain and leeches during the monsoon and severe cold and closed passes during the winter months. See also the Nepal climate section (source: wikipedia).
Experience & FitnessThere are treks suitable for a wide range of experience and physical fitness. If you can walk for a few hours each day for a week and are not averse to frequent hill climbs, then you can find a suitable trek in Nepal. An easy teahouse trek with our support (guide/porter) is quite attainable for anyone who is reasonably walking fit. Longer treks, crossing high passes and into remote regions demand a higher degree of endurance. For Trekking Peaks it is usually desirable but not necessarily essential to have some alpine climbing experience. For all our trekkings we will mention if a special required fitness or experience is needed.
Equipment and SuppliesIt is best to take only what you need and leave the rest behind. Your needs while trekking will be simple.
It is possible to buy or rent everything you need in Thamel, Kathmandu and Pokhara although using new footwear is not recommended. The knockoffs of brand name goods are not good quality, but good bargains can be had on fleeces and down jackets. We can assist you with buying the good quality stuff, but shoes please bring from home! The main essentials to bring are sturdy and comfortable hiking boots and a few changes of clothes for the varying temperatures. For cold weather, hiking pants, thermals, gloves, neck warmer/scarf, beanie, a warm inner jacket and a windproof / waterproof outer jacket are essential. Other items to bring include a hiking stick or two, waterproof case, fabric bandages such as moleskin, a headlamp, water purification supplies (although we always will try and provide you with safe, clean water in secured bottles), altitude sickness and other medication, a camera, and binoculars.
On the popular treks, everyday supplies, such as toilet paper, soap, chocolate bars, and even basic hiking supplies can be purchased along the way. Try to stock up lower down and buy local. Fruit, coconut biscuits and bon bon biscuits are made in Nepal, are cheap and taste great!
Required PermitsPolice check points are numerous and unavoidable and park officers will check our permits at any time. So with Himalayandreamteam you are always assured off all needed official travel permits! For our trekings in Annapurna, Khumbu and Langtang/Helambu we provide the necessary park entry tickets and the “TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) card”. For our treks in so called restricted areas such as Dolpo, Mustang, Manaslu, and Kanchenjunga we provide you with the required special permits, which are obtainable only through officially registered trekking agents as Himalayandreamteam.
AccommodationOur Tea House (Lodge) Trekkings provide a relatively cheap way of trekking where meals and accommodation are provided in teahouses or lodges at settlements at various points on the trek. One these treks, there is no need to sleep in tents. Meals and overnight stays are always included in the prices on these treks and often depend on the menu at the tea house and are usually the simple basic meals of the local people. Although many tea houses and hotels in the hills and mountains are reasonably comfortable, but sometimes very basic. Bedrooms and dorm rooms will not always be heated. Note that linens are not provided by the lodges, and nights can get very cold, so it makes sense to bring a sleeping bag even for teahouse treks. You do not have to bring: we can provide you with a sleeping bag!
Camping: The classic style of trekking in Nepal and can be conducted almost anywhere in the country. Camping treks are fully organized and supported with a experienced team of guides, cooks, and porters to accompany you. Here also every meal is included in the price.
We offer Tea House Treks in Khumbu (Mount Everest Region), and the most popular trek is up to Everest Base Camp and an ascent of Kalar Patar.
The Annapurna Region, north of of Pokhara, is the second popular region with many treks like Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Sanctuary, Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, Annapurna Base Camp, Mardi Himal and Poon Hill, the most famous viewpoint in Western Nepal.
Upper Mustang, the former Kingdom of Lo that has a culture very similar to Tibet, has amazing Trans-Himalayan scenery although it is a difficult trek because of high altitude, exposed terrain and continual strong winds. This trek, which is accessible via a flight to Jomson from Pokhara, requires a restricted area permit that we provide.
Also famous are the Langtang & Helambu treks, to Manaslu, Makalu Base Camp and Kanchenjunga. More you will find in the detailed itineraries we offer on this website!
Remote treks will require a bit more planning and will need more camping nights, like the famous Upper Dolpa, the remote Land of the Bon, almost as Tibetan as Nepali. Lower Dolpa is more accessible and can be reached by plane. But also you can visit and trek on the roof of the world: Tibet. Popular is the short trekking to Everest Base Camp at the North Face of the Everest!
So, this just sums up the variety of treks and it is up to you where and how high you want to go!