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Trekking in Nepal

What is Trekking???

Trekking means a journey undertaken on foot for sight seeing in areas where modern transport system is not normally available. A walk of a few or more days through the hills of Nepal willnot only give you a view of the mountains, but also take you through remote villages inhabited by hospitable people. We invite you to join us on visit to this remote region to see the truth of your dream.

Trekking Styles

There are very various ways of trekking through Himalayan range of Nepal. When is planning a trek you need to think carefully about different styles of trekking available. Remember that when hiking in any major range of the mountains, it makes sense to go with at least one chosen companion, as a slip or a sprained ankle could occur at any time. It is also prudent to register with your embassy before setting off, and to sign in at any police checkpoint along the way.

TEA HOUSE TREKKING

There are three major areas in Nepal where it is possible to walk very well defined trails and stay at local tea houses, which vary from two storey hotels to small family homes. The areas are Annapurna, Langtang and Everest. You can eat, and sleep in the tea houses so you do not need to carry any camping equipment or food. You meet many other trekkers but this is a very sociable environment. All the tea houses are run by Nepalese people so do not think you are missing out on opportunities to mix with local people. This is where having a guide is a great benefit.

Although there is often no need to have a guide for navigational purposes, they are worth their weight in gold when it comes to making sure you have a full experience of the best Nepal has to offer. Nepalese people by nature have patience and an enthusiasm for life envied and respected by nearly all visitors to Nepal. They can help with choosing good tea houses and making the opportunity of experiencing more typical Nepalese life in local farms or schools. All of our guides have good knowledge of the area you are trekking in and good English. All you need to bring for a tea house trek are warm clothes for the evening, a water bottle, a camera and a good sleeping bag. (See the trekking equipment list). Friendship World Trek provide a guide and porter, all the permits and food and accommodation for both you and your guide and porter.

ORGANISED TREKS (Self Arranged treks)

An organized trek is for those of you who do not want to be on the main trails and want to experience the joys of camping in more wilderness environments of Nepal. Our organised treks involve going as a fully self sufficient team, with cooks, porters, sherpas and a guide. It is not roughing it though! Camping with a good crew in Nepal can be described as a great experience, not an endurance exercise. Every morning, you have a hot cup of tea brought to you in bed and then a hot bowl of water for you to have a wash. The food that our team create over kerosene stoves deserves to go in its own best selling cook book, so do not expect to lose weight. An organised trek is a great way to mix with Nepalese people. The team are fun and there is generally a couple of nights experiencing the local songs and dances of Nepal, when the porters and crew are in the mood. You will trek for anything from 4 to 6 hours a day bit at a relaxed pace and stopping enroutes as and when necessary or appropriate to see local village life. While you trek you just carry a day sack for anything you may need during the day like a water bottle, camera and fleece.                   

An organised trek is a great way to mix with Nepalese people. The teams are fun and there is generally a couple of nights experiencing the local songs and dances of Nepal, when the porters and crew are in the mood.

You will trek for anything from 4 to 6 hours a day but at a relaxed pace and stopping en route as and when necessary or appropriate to see local village life.While you trek you just carry a day sack for anything you may need during the day like a water bottle, camera and fleece. It is a holiday after all.  The variety and length of treks vary so much, please contact our head office and they can advise you which trek would be most suitable for you.

What is need for Trekking???    

1.            Strong trekking boots with a couple of socks, extra sport shoes or sandals for the evening

2.            Sun glasses, cold cream, day pack, walking stick if you need, sleeping bag, mattress, woollen sweater,     down jacket for high altitude in the cool season.

3.            A raincoat, wind proof jacket and trousers and enough warm clothes.

4.            Money, personal medicine and travel insurance from home country

5.            Chocolates, lozenges, candies, glucose and dry fruits if needed

Equipment Provide for Trekking from Friendship World Trek                       

Your trek outfitter will normally provide two person waterproof tents, foam mattresses, and all cooking and eating utensils. You will need your own warm clothing, walking shoes, sleeping bag and personal equipment. During the day you will carry your camera, jacket, and water bottle in a rucksack. Porters will carry the rest of your equipment, including your sleeping bag. All hiking will be on trails. You will not need any climbing equipment such as ropes, ice axe, or crampons at any time during the trek. The equipment checklist that follows details the equipment you will need for your trek. Most of these items are available for rent or sale in Kathmandu, but all trekking equipment in Nepal is either used equipment that was sold by other trekkers or mountaineering expeditions or locally made reproductions of internationally known brands. The local rucksacks, duffel bags and rain ponchos are inexpensive and will usually stand up to the rigors of a trek or two. Don't be fooled into thinking that you are getting a brand name item, however; most new looking rucksacks available in the bazaar are made in Nepal from imported Korean nylon.

In Kathmandu casual clothes are the rule, unless you get invited to a formal Nepal government or embassy reception.

Equipment Check List

* Jeans or slacks

* Towel and toilet kit

* Underwear

* Gloves or mittens

* Sleeping bag, warm to 20 degrees F, either down or fiberfill (or you can rent one in Kathmandu)

* Parka, down or fiberfill; a ski jacket is ok

* Sweater, wool shirt or acrylic pile jacket.

* Duffel bag, canvas or nylon, without a frame (for porters to carry)

* Daypack or rucksack, waterproof, for you to carry

* Water bottle 1 litre or 1 quart; be sure that it does not leak.

* Flashlight

* Walking shoes: either boots or strong tennis or running shoes, well broken in. As there may be rain, mud or snow; boots are sometimes necessary therefore you should bring them despite the extra hassle. Many times the entire trek can be done in tennis shoes, but if there is snow, you run the risk of frostbite, or at least cold feet if you do not have boots. If your feet are small (size 10 or less), you can rent boots in Kathmandu.

* Hats, one with a brim for sun; one wool for cold weather.

* Sunglasses or goggles - very important for travel above 12,000 feet. Absolutely essential for Everest treks, optional for Annapurna treks (though they may be necessary in December and January when there is snow).

* Shorts - it may be warm during the day, especially near Pokhara. You will probably not wear shorts on Everest treks. Women should wear skirts instead of shorts.

* Socks - two pairs thick wool or wool/nylon.

* Shirts - three are recommended: two T shirts and one long sleeve shirt.

* Pocket knife (Be sure this is packed in your checked baggage to avoid hassles with airport security).

* Rainwear - a poncho; or you can buy an Indian umbrella in Kathmandu for about $2.

* Slippers or sandals for campsite wear. Rubber "shower shoes" are available in Kathmandu for about $1

This list is suitable for most 8 to 10 day treks. Although you can wash clothes during the trek, you may need extra socks and shirts etc. for longer treks. If your trek goes above 3500 metres (about 12,000 feet) for more than one day you should pay particular attention to warm clothing. If you are trekking to higher elevations or during the cold season you should carry both a pile jacket and a down or fibrefill parka.

The weight limit on treks and domestic flights is 15 kg (33 pounds); make an effort to keep your baggage within this weight limit

Nepal offers excellent trekking option to visitors from the easy walking excursions to the strenuous climb of the snowy peaks. The most rewarding way to experience Nepal's natural embellishment and cultural assortment is to walk through the length, breath and the altitudes of the country. Trekking in Nepal is a big part to the ultimate Himalayan adventure and the majority of tourists have trekking in Nepal as a part of their itinerary.

One can also trekking in Nepal on ponies in some remote places. Which is equally enthralling for visitors. Pony treks follow nearly the same routes and are offered mostly in western region of Pokhara, Dolpa and Lo-Manthang (Mustang)

Trekking is the only way to know the locals intimately and experience their cultural hospitality. No special degree of fitness is required and age is no barrier, except in the area over 10000 feet altitude where extra case should be taken so any one, with a pair of strong legs and the spirit for adventure to explore the exotic will enjoy the thrills of trekking in the hills of Nepal. One can walk along the beaten trails or virgin tracks. Either way you are in for an experience for a lifetime. Along with forests of rhododendrons, isolated hamlets and small mountains, villages, birds, animals, temples, monasteries and breathtaking landscapes, you will also encounter friendly people of different cultures offering a fascinating glimpse of traditional life so Trekking in Nepal is an unforgettable life experience for everyone.