5 Things to Know Before Trekking in Nepal

5 Things to Know Before Trekking in Nepal

Nepal is one of the popular destinations for trekking. Known for extreme diversity in landscape
and climate, Nepal has some of the unique and thrilling trekking circuits. Even though some of
the famous trekking circuits are resourceful and well-documented, most of the trekking route is
still rugged and isolated from the urban cities. Considering complexities of high altitude and
underdeveloped countryside you should be wary of some of the basic things before venturing on
the difficult terrain of Nepal.

Best Time to Go On a Trek
Timing is the first thing to consider while trekking in Nepal. Even though Nepal is a small
country, it hosts some of the extreme variations in weather. So, you should choose the right
time to embark on your journey. October to November is the best time to trek in Nepal. As the
rain of the monsoon will have cleared the sky and you will get excellent visibility of the mountain
range. You can also choose the time from February to April, but the visibility is not as clear as in
October – November. June to September is not the best time to go for the trek as during this
period it will be a monsoon.

Where to Go On a Trek
After selecting the best time for your trek, you can look for a suitable trek destination. You can
choose the trek circuit according to the level of difficulty and duration of the trek. There are
many popular trek destination like Everest base camp trek, Annapurna circuit Trek, Rara lake
Trek, Manaslu Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Gokyo Ri Trek, Upper Mustang, Three Pass Trek,
Dolpo Trek, etc. If you have limited period, then you can choose short trek like
Annapurna Sunrise Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Everest View trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill trekking,
trek, etc.

Work Out Before Going On a Trek
Trekking in Nepal is exciting, but it comes with the fair share of challenges and difficulties. The
trail is filled with steep terrain making it must to work out beforehand. The trail can go up to a
high altitude of 6000 meters. At such high altitude, trekker may suffer from Acute Mountain sickness as the body is not correctly adapted to the lower oxygen levels. The illness can be fatal
if it doesn’t address in proper time. Therefore, it is recommended to work out before venturing in
high altitude. Beside trekkers need to be ready for acclimatization while ascending on the steep

Always Plan for Contingency Days
Many people squeeze their time to fit trek for exact days’ mention in the itinerary, but they fail to
consider delay and cancelled time due to bad weather. The weather in the mountain region can
be unpredictable. Besides weather, you should also consider time for acclimatizing in high
altitude trek. Therefore it is always recommended to have some contingency days. By including
extra days into your trekking, you will always be ready for unknown.

Bring The Right Gear
Choosing the right gear for the trek should be one of your priority. A pair of good trekking boots,
comfortable backpack, and clothes for the season is the basic things to look for. Besides that, if
you are trekking in high altitude, you need to carry gears like trekking poles, ropes, sleeping
bag, etc. Most of the trail is isolated from the city area. Therefore, it is highly recommended to
carry a decent first aid kit and water purifications system like a bottle of chlorine drops. You may
want to carry some antibiotics for stomach illness and upper respiratory. Some of the rural areas
may not have electricity, so it is a good idea to carry an extra battery or solar charger for
electronic devices.

About The Author
Aksharika is an avid traveler who loves to travel and explore new places in Nepal. She also
works as a trekking guide for Green Society Adventure, and you can follow her adventures on
her blog.

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