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General information

The best way to experience Nepal’s unbeatable combination of natural beauty and cultural riches is to walk through them. The immense contrasts in altitudes and climates found here support an equally spectacular mix of lifestyles, vegetation types and wildlife.

Trekking in the mountains of Nepal is more a cultural experience than a wilderness expedition. You will be passing through picturesque villages inhabited by diverse ethnic groups. You will see Chhetri farmers working in their fields and Tamang herders grazing their animals on the steep slopes. You will meet Gurkha soldiers home on leave and come across Sherpa yak drivers transporting goods over the high mountain passes. And always in the background, the icy pinnacles of the Himalaya loom over the scenery.

 

Preparations

You don’t need to be a mountaineer with rippling muscles to enjoy trekking. If you are reasonably fit, have a spirit of adventure and are not afraid of walking, you qualify. There are excellent trekking agencies who offer Full-Service (Camping) Treks and will take care of all the details like government permits, air/bus tickets, guides, cooks, porters, food, tents, and equipment. All you have to do on the trail is concentrate on putting one foot before the other. On many popular trekking trails, you can also go on what is known as Tea-House Treks - eating and staying in the many lodges on the way.

A day on the trail usually consists of four to five hours of walking broken by a lunch stop. You trek to enjoy the scenery on the trail, not to get to a destination in a hurry. The main precaution to be taken while trekking is not to go up too high too fast. The body should be given plenty of time to acclimatize. See Altitude Mountain Sickness below for more information.

Full service (camping) treks

Breaking out of the norm, traveling with a group, traveling to remote or restricted areas, enjoying camp-side banter and serene surroundings are just a few of the reasons to opt for a Full-Service Camping Trek. You will have more control over where you go, how long you stay and even food choices if an agency puts you on one of these expeditions. A buckert of hot washing-water will await at your tent door each morning before you head off for a hot cup of chia and a trip to the toilet-tent.

 

Tea-house treks

Tea-House trekking is an easy way to go. These are treks along the most popular treking routes and seldom will you be away from a bottle of Coca-Cola or cozy lodge. You can almost do it without an agent, but you will want a recommended porter even if you do not have need for a guide. Any agency can refer one. Stays at Tea-Houses are even cheaper than staying in a Kathmandu based guest house.

You will find Nepaliized western food and solar powered hot-water showers in many places. Although broken-English is a norm along these trails, you'll definitely enhance you experience by merging with the culture by carrying a Nepali Phrase book.

Off the Record: Consider bringing a recommended cook along to break up the monotony of set Tea-House menus. This could also guarantee a healthy journey for your stomach as they'll be able to provide hygiene control in Tea-House kitchens.

 

Equipment & what to bring

Your trekking agency will provide equipment like sleeping bags, foam mattresses and tents. All you need to bring is your personal gear. We've seen porters make in through mountain passes in flip-flop sandals while carrying loads for two travelers. Nevertheless, we want you to enjoy your journey so use the lists (and your porters' muscles) below as guides.

 

Minimal Requirements

  1. Lightweight walking boots. "Walk them in" prior to arrival in Nepal to avoid blisters.
  2. A pair of lightweight/heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night.
  3. 1-2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/skirts.
  4. 2-4 cotton T-shirts.
  5. 1 lightweight long sleeved-shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
  6. A sunhat and ensure it has wide brim to cover the face and neck.
  7. 2 pairs of thin and 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.
  8. Underwear: normal quantity
  9. Swimming suit
  10. Water Bottle
  11. Sunglasses and strap
  12. Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can be bought in Kathmandu and some village in the mountains.
  13. Small headlamp and/or flashlight/torch with spare batteries
  14. Personal medical supplies - don't forget band-aids and twizzers
  15. Army-knife and sewing kit
  16. Sun-screen, sunblock, sun-tan lotion, zinc-oxide... get the picture? This is essential in the Winter when skys are clearest.

 

Winter Requirements

  1. Warm jacket. Fiberfill or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February.
  2. Sleeping bag to -15 C or sleep sheet (if renting or agency supplied)
  3. Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February, These items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  4. Windproof/Waterproof trousers. Necessity on all treks going above 3,000 meters.
  5. Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night. In the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.
  6. A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
  7. A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best.
  8. Snow Glasses and strap
  9. Snow gaiters can be essential
  10. Some nice add-ons
  11. Camera 
  12. A pair of slip-on shoes or sandals. To wear in the camp, in bathroom and toilet tent or when the boots are wet.
  13. A rain-proof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
  14. A sweat-suit. Useful for wearing in camp and in the tent.
  15. Duffel bag or kit bag to carry gear while trekking.
  16. Daypack. This is a small backpack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g., to toilet items, camera, film, towel, soap, a book etc.
  17. Spare boot laces.
  18. 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones. 6-10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
  19. Wallet and/or money belt with compartment for coins.
  20. Spare flashlight bulbs, candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
  21. An umbrella is quite useful as a walking stick, a sunshade and for rain.
  22. Reading materials, game items, music, note book, rubber band, pen and pencil envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), A small pillow or headrest (optional) Thermarest (optional) - an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photographs.
  23. Duct-tape, superglue and small mirror can be handy
  24. Travel locks and chain to secure luggage and lodge door
  25. Hot-water bottle 


Contact Address

We're very approachable and would love to speak to you. Feel free to visit us, call, send us an email or simply complete the enquiry form.

Namaste Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd.

Khadka Bhadrakali - 7, Hepali, Kathmandu,

Nepal

Tel : 977 1 4378035 / 1 4378938

Fax : 977 1 4370940

24X7 days contact : 9851035637 / 9801035637

Contact Person : Jangbu Sherpa

Email : namastetrek@ntc.net.np

Web : www.namastetrek.com.np

North American Contact : Steven Tickle (Seattle, WA)

Email : trekwithsteve@gmail.com

Phone : 1-425-830-3590


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