Trekking in Nepal for beginners
Are you a beginner trekker wondering if you can trek in Nepal? Then this article is for you.
Nepal is a heaven for trekkers, thousands of people come each year to trek in Nepal and there are many trekking destinations that you can enjoy. There are short treks as well as long, people from all age groups trek in Nepal so we can say that trekking in Nepal is not as difficult as people think it is.
The trekking routes can be both easy and difficult, but if you are a beginner then you would need some guidance on Nepal treks for beginners.
Things you should know before trekking in Nepal
There are few things that you should know before backpacking towards the Himalayas. We have listed 5 basic things that you should consider:
Number of days for your trek
There are several trekking routes in Nepal. The most popular routes include Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit. These are long treks which will take you minimum of 10 days to complete. But there are other treks like Poon Hill Trek, Ghandruk Trek, Mardi Himal Trek which will take you 6 to 8 days to trek.
You should choose the route that best suit your time frame. You can trek long treks if you are planning to spend 20 days in Nepal but if you are going to stay for shorter period you should go for Poon HIll and Ghandruk trek.
Guides and Porters
It is not mandatory to trek a guide or porter with you on your trek but it is highly recommended because the local guide and porters have great knowledge of the terrain and will ensure your comfort and safety throughout the trek. Whether you are trekking for Everest Base Camp or for Poon Hill, you should always consider trekking a guide with you.
A professional guide will charge you $25 to $30 per day.
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness is caused due to fact that body cannot acclimatize with the surrounding’s oxygen level. AMS is dangerous in high altitude if not cared properly. AMS can be avoided by moving in a slow pace, drinking fluids, eating a healthy diet and get proper rest. It is best to acclimatize yourself with the altitude by spending 1 or more day at a same place before climbing too high.
Different permits are required for different trekking routes in Nepal. You need to check whether the permits are necessary for your trek or not. If you have guide then, they will provide you with the necessary permit.
If you are trekking in Nepal, then you will not need many trekking gears because there are many tea houses in nearly every trekking routes in Nepal. If there are no tea houses then you should carry your camping gear like tents during your trek. And if you are trekking in high altitudes then you will need warmer clothes, trekking shoes and sleeping bags.
Best Trekking Season in Nepal
Spring and Autumn are two main trekking season in Nepal also known as peak season.
Spring Season ( February, March and April )
During this season you can expect clear skies and wonderful view of the mountain ranges. The maximum temperature at high altitude during this season can reach upto 20 degree and can drop upto 6 degree.
Autumn Season ( September, October and November )
It is another peak trekking season of Nepal. You can expect warm weather and clear climate during this season. The expected temperature at 3000 m altitude is 25 degree high and 8 degree at low.
Please check out Best trekking seasons in Nepal to know the benefits of each season for trekking.
Best Short Treks in Nepal
It is one of the easiest and short trek in Nepal. It will take only 4 days to complete the whole trek. It is a shorter trek that you do in lower Annapurna range. You will be able to see the culture and tradition of Gurung people.
Ghorepani Poonhill trek
This is one of the most popular short and easy trek in Nepal. This trek is easy compared to high altitude treks like Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek and many more. You will experience and view high mountains ranges from the Poon Hill View point.
We can easily say that Nepal is one of the few countries that offers many trekking routes which are both easy and difficult. It can provide a wonderful time for beginners who want to trek in remote part of Nepal and enjoy her beauty.