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Trekking in Nepal: A Complete Guide

Adventure Exodus Pvt. Ltd. on November 20, 2019

Nepal has been known as the paradise for trekkers. The land of Himalayas with eight of the highest peaks in the world and a total of 1318 peaks has an exceptional beauty. The rugged and adventurous trails take you through beautiful villages, lush vegetation, exotic floras, and faunas while offering you a magnificent panoramic view of the glorious massifs. With such beauty to be seen, trekking is the most sought out activity in Nepal.

Trekking in Nepal gives you a memorable experience. If you are planning on going for a trek in Nepal, there are certain things you must know. Here are 9 important guidelines to get you sailing across the Himalayas.

Visa on Arrival

Getting a Visa for Nepal is simple. Nepal issues its visitors a Visa on arrival. It is to be obtained at the Immigration office at the Tribhuvan International Airport. This is the only international airport in the country. Keep in mind that in the peak season, the queue of tourists getting the visa can get very long.

Popular Destinations to Visit

Nepal is rich in cultural and traditional heritage. Many of the sites here are also enlisted in the UNESCO world heritage site list. While you are in Kathmandu, you should definitely visit the Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar Squares, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and Pashupatinath. Outside of Kathmandu, you can visit other popular cities such as Pokhara, Chitwan, and Lumbini, etc.

Things to do in Nepal

Nepal is vastly recognized for trekking but it has managed to invent itself into a popular tourist destination for many other things. There are various adventurous activities you can try such as paragliding, bungee jumping, rafting, zip-lining, jungle safari, etc. Besides these adrenaline-pumping activities, you can tour around the culturally rich cities and villages.

Trekking Seasons

The best trekking seasons in Nepal are spring and autumn. During spring season which is from March-May, the weather is very clear and you can see the amazing views of the Himalayas with a warm atmosphere. During autumn which is around September-November, there is no rainfall and the weather is neither cold nor hot.

Travel Insurance

Traveling insurance is a must when you are trekking in Nepal. There can occur many unpredicted situations when you are trekking around high altitudes. In some cases, you will need emergency evacuations and medical services, which costs a lot. Having travel insurance can help you cover these costs.

Meal and Accommodation

There are ample teahouses and lodges that provide you quality food and accommodation services. You can enjoy a warm meal and a comfortable lodging service at these institutions. Most accommodation providers also have the availability of hot water showers. The price of these services is also very reasonable.

Banking ATMs and Money

You can easily find Banks and ATMs in the city area. It is recommended that you carry Nepali currency in your traveling duration. There are hardly any ATMs or banks in trekking trails, and even the ones you find may not be working. Thus it is wise to carry money with you before going out on treks.

Internet and communication

Internet and communication services are now widely available in the city area and also in Lodges and tea houses at various trekking trails, but these services are slightly expensive. Telecom providers (Ncell and NTC) also have a wide network a covers almost all areas of the country except extremely rural areas.

Internal Flight Delays

Due to the unique topography and the climate conditions of Nepal, internal flights in Nepal are likely to be delayed. So, it is best to keep extra days in your schedule in case you lag behind due to such unfortunate situations.

Altitude Sickness

Generally known as Altitude sickness, this is a dangerous threat that takes its course above 2500m. Your body needs time to adjust to this atmosphere thus, you should spend at least a day to acclimatize. It is highly recommended that you take your time and give as little pressure to your body as you can. The symptoms of altitude sickness include headache, nausea, and dizziness. At any instance of the sight of these symptoms, inform your guide or your partners and return to lower altitudes immediately. Taking altitude sickness medications like Diamox tablets can help you fight this threat for a short time, but there is no permanent medical solution for this.

In Conclusion

Nepal indeed is the perfect place to spend your holidays. Not just for you alone but, it is also a suitable destination for a family holiday. There are plenty of activities to do in Nepal which will keep you entertained throughout. The mesmerizing landscapes and the unique diversity of culture will keep you wanting for more. So, pack your bags and head for a very fun and adventurous journey to Nepal.