Trekking in Nepal
Trekking season and climate
There are two main trekking seasons in Nepal, spring and autumn. The best time for going on a trek is april/may (before monsoon starts) and october/november/december (after monsoon ended).
In spring it is more quiet then in autumn. The advantage of going on a trek in spring is that there are less people on the trails then in autumn. An other advantage is that the days are a lot longer. The advantage of going in autumn is a bigger chance of blue sky with endless panoramic views..
Some treks you can also perfectly do in summer: like Upper Mustang and Dolpo. In these areas there is not a lot of rain during monsoon. Higher trails are also perfect possible.
Winter is a great time to do a short trek in the Kathmandu Valley.
`Nepali flat` they call it in Nepal but nowhere it is really flat. So it is difficult to say during a trek how much the exact high difference per day is. Most of the time you can tell the highest point and the lowest one, but not the height differences in between. The number of hours hiking during the day varies from averages between 4 to 7 hours.
When you travel solo or with a small privat group, you can arrange the day to your wishes. Keep in mind that the head guide (sirdar) always has the last word: he is responsable for the group. Since he knows the mountains, he is qualified to decide if something is possible.
With our group tours the head guide decides the planning of the day and books the accomodations in advance.
You hike everyday several times uphill and downhill, on mountain trails from easy to tough. Don`t underestimate this. Keeping in mind the altitude, you will understand that having a good fysical condition is advisable. Everyone you has a good fysical health and does some sport at home, can easily do a milder trek. The tougher treks are for those who are in good shape: how better your condition, how easier the trek.
Even if you do a camping trek, the only thing you have to do is hiking and enjoying, eating and drinking. Our trekking team provides everything.
Food, drinks, shops
On the most known trails (like Everest region, Langtang region and Annapurnatreks) there are a lot of small shops. Often they are quite expensive: everything has to be carried on the mountain by porters or animals.
In more remote trekking areas you don`t find shops, so you better take your powerbars and snacks from Kathmandu.
Who can do a trek?
In fact everyone who has a good health and stands firmly on his feet, can do most of the treks. How more experience you have in walking in the mountains how easier it goes.
People who hardly do sports in daily life, should prepare themselves by training in advance. It should be a pitty that your daily hikes are a torture: don`t underestimate the level of hiking in the Himalaya.
Everyone who`s well trained and prepared, has to deal only with the altitude. Altitude disease can not be predicted: it can happen to everyone, well trained or not. Well trained people have more often to deal with altitude disease, because they climb too fast and don`t adjust their pace to the altitude.
Equipments and gears
The choice of the wright equipment is very important for a pleasant hike. You don`t want to have painful feet the whole trek because you brought the wrong shoes or having cold because you didn`t bring enough warm clothes.
Backpack or travelling bag?
Nearly the whole time your main luggage will be carried for you. It doesn`t have to be a big backpack, but sometimes this is convenient when you have to carry your luggage yourself for a short distance. Most of the travellers choose a travelling bag or a duffel bag to put their stuff in.
Especially this last one is a winner: these firm bags are waterproof and can handle a lot. Je kan er veel bagage in kwijt. Het is niet mogelijk om een valies mee te nemen op trekking.
Hiking shoes and socks
Good hikingshoes are necessary. A firm hiking type B/C with a solid sole and ankle protection is enough for most of our treks. Make sure you run your shoes in before you go on a trek.
If you buy new shoes, go to a specialized shop and ask advice there. Make sure to try different shoes.
Invest in good, absorbent walking socks to avoid blisters. You can clean your socks regularly, so you don`t have to bring a pair for every day.
Don`t put your hiking shoes in your main luggage, but put them on during your flight travel. In this case, when your luggage get lost, you have your shoes and you can start your trek.
It`s very important to take enough warm clothes. It`s better to wear different thin layers then one thick one. During the day you can easily take of a layer, in the evening when it`s getting colder, you can put different layers back on.
Quickly drying and sweat absorbent fabrics are preferred.
What you take with you depends of the kind of trek you are planning to do. You can find an example luggagelist here. You can easily adjust it to your needs.