is a trekkers' paradise. One can trek along will beaten trails or isolated
outposts. Trekking can be as easy or as difficult as you want it to
be. If planned well, it can include walks into areas of special interests
such as when Rhododendrons bloom, or visit the Khumbu area during the
Nami Rimdu festival. Other areas of interest could cover botanical,
religious, anthropological , wildlife or plain rambling trips.
Service vs. Tea-House Trekking
Full Service treks include the following: porters, tents, sleeping bags,
food, cook, trekking permit and other facilities. Also a detailed route
description, equipment recommendation, health information and arrangement
of transportation to and from Katmandu. Tea House Trekking, or live
off the land trekking, means staying in local accommodations and adaptation
to local diet.
We strongly suggest that visitors partake in a
Full Service Trek for various reasons. The primary ones being that Tea-House
Trekking causes considerable strain on the local supplies of food (most
hill people have a subsistent lifestyle). Hygiene issues and a limited
variety of diet, due to supply and available, can make trekking an unforgettable
experience for the wrong reasons.
One should be physical fit for trekking. 5 to 7 hours of walking per
day is the norm during a trek and this may take place at higher altitudes
that normal. We recommend those suffering from heart or lung ailments
not attempt any strenuous or high altitude treks. Of course, checking
with your physician before trekking is always advisable.
Late September to May is the most popular seasons as skies are clear
and rain is at a minimum. September to November provides vies of the
himalaya for several hundred kilometers. December and January or the
coldest months with heavy snowfall in the upper hills; crossing high
passes at this time can become impossible. February and May is warmer
in lower altitudes but the higher hills and mountains can sill be very
cold and dangerous due to heavy snowfall.
Temp (1000m to 3000m)
Day 25 to 27 C and Night 0 to 5 C
Temp (above 3000m)
Day 15 to 18 C and Night 1 to -15 C
to Bring Trekking?
down-filled jacket is essential
outer jacket is helpful
trousers for men and loose skits for women during the day
or Cap to avoid sun burn as the sun in high altitude can be quite
and spare batteries
is useful for shade and as a walking stick
Bag to withstand temp of -15 C
of these items can be rented in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Trekking shoes
are essential as sizes may be hard to match inside Nepal.
Mountain Sickness (AMS)
Also known as Altitude Sickness, AMS is the effect of altitude on those
who ascend too rapidly to elevations above 3,600 m. Early symptoms include
headache, loss of appetite, lethargy, and sleeplessness. Do not ignore
these warnings as serious symptoms can cause death within a few hours.
Being young, strong and fit does not help. Medicine is no substitute
for descent. If a doctor is available, he may give medicine and oxygen.
The patient must go down, however, even if given treatment. If you are
traveling in Khumbu region and Manang , you can contact Khunde, Pheriche
& Manag respectively for altitude sickness information. Hospitals
are there with good doctors. To avoid altitude sickness you should walk
slowly. If you feel exhausted, you have moved too fast or too high.
Take time to acclimatize to each gaining altitude and give yourself
rest days. If you start to feel unwell, retreat to a lower altitude
immediately. It may save your life. The only cure for AMS is to descend
immediately to a lower elevation.
Treks requiring internal flights are subject to timetable adjustment
due to various consederations such as the weather, load factor of the
plane, availability of flights/seats on a given sector for a given date