Nepal is one of the best Himalayan countries with diverse topological features, hence trekking becomes the most desired activity by tourists mainly in hills and the Himalayan ranges. Not to mention Mount Everest over and over again, it has altogether eight peaks out of ten highest peaks in the world. Nepal is not that advanced in infrastructures all over the nation, that’s why most beautiful landscapes are only accessible on foot. Regions with less human invasion, isolation, peace and lifestyles of local people are fascinating factors — they said — when we asked the visitors.
Only the admirations of the spectacular mountain views or the adrenaline rush to conquer those peaks; Nepal has a lot to offer. For many decades, the country of mountains has been offering 326 peaks to surmount, for those who dare. The well-explored routes to the most famous peaks of the world and the beauty beyond imagination have made Nepal a paradise for the trekkers. Annapurna Circuit trek, Everest Base camp trek, Mustang trek, Langtang trek, Annapurna base camp trek, Manasalu circuit trek, Gosainkunda trek, Gokyo lake trek, Macchapucchre treks are more popular nowadays.
Not only the icy mountains, but trekkers can also opt for hiking in hills like Poon hill, Sarangkot, Nagarkot, Daman, Kakani and many more.
Trekking around Nepal is possible throughout the year. However, spring (on the month of March, April, and May) and autumn (on the month of September, October, and November) are considered to be best among all. This is because the seasons allow the unobstructed scenic views, perfect weather condition with warm days, and less or no rainfall. As trekking is easy these seasons, trekkers should expect the crowd in the more famous trek zones.
Trekking in monsoon (on the month of June, July, and August) can be boon for dendrophiles as the season offers lush vegetations, blooming flowers, and greenery at most part of Nepal. But it all comes at the cost of rainy days and slippery paths with few chances of avalanches on the way. Trek in the trans- Himalayan region (Mustang trek and Dolpo trek) is achievable during this season as the region don’t experience rainfall.
Winter treks (on the month of December, January, and February) are also promising because of less rainfall and less crowd. Tricky and harsh cold weather is experienced in most of the trek zones during this season.
A comfortable backpack is the most essential thing for the best trekking experience, so pack wisely. Trekking in Nepal requires a set of things according to the routes and weather conditions. The packing list includes:
Sunscreen and Sunglasses: To avoid tanning from the sun or harsh winds it is necessary to carry a good sunscreen and to avoid dust and sometimes snow from your eyes, a good pair of sunglasses is must.
A good pair of trekking shoes: You can’t trek in Nepal with uncomfortable walking shoes.
A pair of cotton clothes: A sunny day requires cool clothing items so a pair of comfortable cotton clothes should be taken with you.
A pair of thermals and down jacket: Although in the summer season, some treks have cold and windy places so warm clothing is very essential.
A walking stick: The trails have frequent ascends and descends while trekking the mountains and the paths are not an easy walk. Walking sticks are of great help so don’t forget to carry one.
First aid kit and medicines: You may get blisters and bruises while walking and may get minor sicknesses so first aid kit and medicines are must in your backpack.
A reusable water bottle: Being hydrated throughout the trek is very important but you may not find stores everywhere in the trek zones. Hence a reusable water bottle must be carried which can be filled whenever you find water.
Personal essentials: The most necessary hygienic items must be carried as there may not be stored in the trekking zones. Toothbrush, toothpaste, soaps, sanitizers, hand and foot creams, towels, etc must be included in the backpack.
Book the best trek option and be aware of the difficulties in the particular trek.
Make sure of carrying the most essential things like medicines, passport, tickets (if required), and extra money or debit cards with you.
Do your packing wisely; don’t overload your backpack with things you do not really need.
Trekking requires reaching to higher altitudes so make sure you consult your physician before leaving.
If you have major issues regarding your health, then opt for less risky trekking. Consulting a doctor is recommended.