TREKKING IN THE HIMALAYAS
The best way to experience Nepal’s unparalleled combination of natural beauty and cultural riches is by walking/trekking. The immense contrasts in altitudes and climates found here support an equally spectacular mix of lifestyles, flora and fauna. Most visitors to Nepal experience its natural wonders, beauty and culture by trekking.
WHERE TO TREK
The entire length and breadth of Nepal is a natural paradise for trekkers. There are easy walks lasting a few days to strenuous expeditions that last several weeks. All of them will leave you with memories and experiences that will last a lifetime.
The most popular trekking route in Nepal, where you will be walking through rhododendron forests over the foothills of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and into the
majestic mountains themselves. The Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest in the world and Lake Tilicho (4,919m), the highest lake in Nepal, are located here. Treks to the Annapurna region
start from the Lakeside resort town of Pokhara.
The highest mountain in the world continues to lure adventurers today, as it has since Nepal first opened its boarders to tourists in the early 1950’s. One can either walk or fly to
Lukla, from here is where you begin the higher elevation trek through the famous Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar. After that, you will move on to Tengboche Monastery with the
mesmerising peak of Amadablam hovering in the sky. Then it is over the glaciers to the foot of Everest for the view of a lifetime. A trek to the top of Kalah Pattar for unsurpassed views of
Mt. Everest is a highlight for many!
The third most popular trekking region in the kingdom of Nepal lies directly to the north of Kathmandu. The Gosaikunda Lakes are situated here and are a much-revered Hindu
pilgrimage site. Langtang offers wonderful extremes in topography and climate conditions. In just one day you can traverse five different vegetation zones, trekking from the
subtropics to timberline, to rugged mountains
For those who want to get off the beaten track, there is the trail to Mustang (maximum elevation 5,400m), north of the Annapurna Range, which offers mindboggling landscapes and mystical cultures. Dhaulagiri and Manaslu in west central Nepal (maximum elevation 5,213m) offer a diverse range of pristine eco-systems. Makalu, Rolwaling and Kanchanjunga in the eastern part of the country (maximum elevation 5,500m) take you through isolated valleys and high mountain passes to the base of the highest peaks on earth. Dolpo and Rara Lake in eastern Nepal
(maximum elevation 4,500m) captivate visitors with Phoksundo Lake and unparalleled scenery. You’ll pass jungle-covered mountains, rhododendron forests, high yak pastures, turquoise lakes, snow capped peaks, beautiful temples and rustic villages nestled in the mountains among shimmering, terraced rice fields. Playful children love to skip along beside you for an hour or so as you walk through the dizzy heights of their beautiful homeland. Nepal has only been open to the outside world for 50 years so there are still very few roads and only a small number are paved, but there are innumerable foot trails winding through the mountainous and pastoral countryside. For most Nepalese, trekking is the only way to go and they say you haven’t visited Nepal until you’ve gone trekking!
You do not need to be a mountaineer or super fit to enjoy trekking. If you are reasonably fit, have an adventurous spirit and are not afraid of walking – trekking is for you. The Himalaya Trekking Company will take care of all the details, all you have to do on the trails is concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other and enjoying a trip of a lifetime. On many of the popular trekking trails, you will experience ‘teahouse style’ trekking. Teahouse Style eating and lodging is one of the best ways to experience, firsthand, the various cultures of Nepal. Teahouse treks are typically run in the more popular trekking routes. If you are looking for ‘into the wild’ or ‘off the beaten track’ experiences then it is recommended that you choose our fully supported camping treks. These treks will take you well off the regular routes through the most stunning mountains on earth.
In our fully supported wilderness treks we provide the following equipment: tents, sleeping mats, excellent food, extensive first aid kit, toilet paper, private transport to and from the trek, conservation fees and the trekking permits.
Trekking allows you to enjoy the scenery and local culture on the trail and not to rush to get to any particular place in a hurry. The main precaution that needs to be taken while trekking is not going too high, too fast. The body should be given plenty of time to acclimatise. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) refers to the effects of the thin air at high altitudes, which can be very dangerous and may even result in death. If you get initial symptoms like nausea, dizziness, swelling in the face and breathlessness, descend to a lower elevation immediately and seek
medical help. Comprehensive travel and medical insurance is advised to cover emergencies, such as helicopter evacuation and medical treatment in case of accidents on the trail.
All visitors require a trekking permit to visit Nepal’s interior regions i.e. Annapurna, Everest and Langtang. Trekking permits (TIMS) are available from any legally registered trekking agency and from the Nepal Tourism Board for individual travellers, or from the Department of Immigration (for some restricted areas). The Himalaya Trekking Company will provide all required trekking permits, and this is included in the tour cost.
NATIONAL PARK FEES
Park fee of RS. 1000 to enter a National Park or wildlife reserve are payable at the park entrance. Trekkers going to the Annapurna Region, however, must pay a fee of RS. 2000 (RS 100 for SAARC nationals) which is payable only in Kathmandu or in Pokhara. Fees are utilized for environmental conservation and maintenance of the area. The Himalaya Trekking Company includes all national park fees in the tour cost.
ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU
A wide variety of accommodation is available in Kathmandu. Prices range from US$10 for lodges (depending on season i.e. high or low) to US$ 300 or more for deluxe rooms in luxury hotels.There are more than a hundred hotels in Kathmandu, so you will have a variety of options to choose from. If you have the desire to stay amongst fellow tourists, Thamel is the
top choice. For those wanting to stay away from the crowded streets of Thamel, there are hotels in quieter areas surrounding the capital.
PASSPORT & VISAS
Your passport be valid for at least six months and contain at least one clear page (completely unstamped) for Nepal’s visa. An entry tourist visa can be obtained from all open entry points of Nepal or from the Royal Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad.