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A Guide to Trekking in Nepal

A Guide to Trekking in Nepal

Caption: Nepal has some of the most beautiful treks in the world     

Nepal is famous for its stunning landscapes, mountainous treks, and unforgettable experiences. The most famous summit is the mighty Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, which draws people from all over the globe to view its majestic peak. However, beautiful and impressive as it is, there is much, much more to Nepal than Mount Everest. we discuss here a guide to trekking in Nepal.

From the traditional teahouses and ancient monasteries to the rich culture and mouth-watering cuisine, Nepal is one of the most unique places in the world. The Himalaya mountain range is the “spine” of the country and holds some of the nation’s most valued treasures. The best way to explore these beautiful summits is by trekking them, but there are a few things worth knowing before you set out in this region. 

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Everest base camp trek in April

What to take

When you’re trekking through tricky terrain, it’s important to have a few essentials with you. It goes without saying that you’ll need your passport, trekking permits, and insurance details; these should be kept in a waterproof bag in an accessible place as the permits will be checked at various points along the trail.

You’ll also need:

  • Sleeping bag – anything from -30° to a -15° bag is sufficient
  • Warm jacket
  • Gloves
  • Worn-in hiking shoes
  • Toilet paper
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Camera
  • Sun cream, sunglasses and sun hat
  • Lip balm and moisturizer
  • Head torch
  • Cash
  • A book
  • Trekking poles

Invest in clothes that dry easily and retain warmth so that you can layer up easily. Bring something comfortable to wear on your feet in the evening so you can take your heavy boots off and always bring plenty of snacks.

 

Caption: Every trek is different so it’s important to follow safety procedures     

Where to go

Trekkers are spoiled for choice in this beautiful region. If this is your first trek, the best thing to do is look for treks that offer the most features that suit you. Look at difficulty levels, length of trek, budget and scenery options to nail down the right trek for you.

  • Everest Base Camp is the most popular option for anyone looking for a spectacular close up of the mountain. You can also see Sherpa villages on the way, as well as seeing the Dudhkoshi River and learning about famous mountaineers who have gone before you.

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  • Annapurna Circuit offers the most stunning views of the Annapurnas, Macchupucchre, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu. Trekkers are easily acclimatized as they traverse through a variety of landscapes, from fresh alpine valleys to arid peaks. This is a moderately difficult trail and lasts 14 days.
  • Manaslu Base Camp is a stunning trek that has incredible vistas of the peaks along the Nepal-Tibet border. It is an adventurous trek for those looking for something a little more challenging and remote. It demands that at least two trekkers are accompanied by a Nepali guide or porter as the terrain is hard and takes around 15 days.

There are many, many more treks to choose from, so work out what you are hoping to achieve with your trek and use the criteria to determine which trek is the right one for you.

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Safety

Climbing Everest does not come without its difficulties. In fact, you’re more likely to get into MENSA than make it up to the summit and back safely, so it is essential to take extra precautions to ensure your safety.

First of all, make sure that you are accompanied by a guide at all times and always, always let other people know what your plans are so that someone will know if you are missing. Stick to the high side on the route and get regular weather updates to stay ahead of any changes in wind direction and conditions.

It’s important to remember that avalanches are likely to occur after a bout of heavy snowfall. Avoid trekking when snow is predicted or following an earthquake to minimize your risk.

Altitude sickness is a real danger in Nepal. It happens when the body does not get enough oxygen to allow the body to function normally. Cut back on sugar, walk slowly uphill and stay as hydrated as possible to minimize the effects.

A guide to Trekking in Nepal will provide you with a lifetime’s worth of memories. You just remember to pack the right equipment. Choose the right route and take all of the safety precautions to ensure that you have the best possible time.

 

How to Prepare for Your First Trek

How to Prepare for Your First Trek   

A challenging trek will require a great deal of strength, perseverance, and determination. To successfully finish a tough trail, you will need to be both mentally and physically strong. To ensure you are exactly that, read the following tips on how to prepare for your first trek.  

Caption: Nepal is mainly located in the Himalayas, so it is an ideal destination for adventure seekers.

Reduce Your Stress Levels 

It is easy to feel more than a little stressed at the prospect of an upcoming trek. In addition to leaving behind your responsibilities at home or work, you must ensure you have packed the right gear for your adventure. What’s more, you’ll have to live a rather basic life on your travels while focusing on remaining both safe and healthy. It is, therefore, imperative to find ways to reduce your stress levels prior to a trek, which will ensure you adopt the right mindset when heading off on a trail. For this reason, you must mentally and physically prepare for a journey by looking for ways to unwind.     

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For example, you should relax in a hot bubble bath with a good book, which is a home comfort you could miss along the route. You could also use your free time to tune into your favorite sports while you can, especially as you might have limited access to a TV or game news when tackling a challenging hike. For instance, you can distract your mind by placing a wager on an upcoming sporting event, such as the Grand National, Wimbledon, or Euro 2020.    

Alternatively, you could relax in your comfortable bed by watching a Netflix series or YouTube videos on your smartphone. You’ll feel a million miles away from these creature comforts when you’re hiking the Himalayas, traveling through Nepal or tackling the Inca Trail.  


Caption: It is essential to be both mentally and physically strong prior to a trek. 

Mentally Prepare for Basic Living Conditions 

Comfortable beds, hot showers, and running water might be hard to come by on your trail. To avoid a culture shock, you would be smart to familiarise yourself with the basic living conditions you can expect during a trek, which could help you to mentally prepare for an adventure. It might also help to push through a challenge by taking a few home comforts with you, such as your favorite snacks.  

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Enjoy a Healthy Diet is the best tips for how to prepare for your first trek.  

The last thing you will want is to feel unwell during a trek, which could prevent you from completing a trail and ticking the challenge off your bucket list. To prevent illness, you must enjoy a healthy diet prior to trekking, which will ensure you are fit and well from day one of your adventure. You also can prevent sickness and muscle aches during a trek by drinking bottled or boiled water, regularly using a hand sanitizer and monitoring your posture.  

So, if you want to feel both physically and mentally ready for an upcoming trek, you’d be wise to follow the above tips for how to prepare for your first trek.  

 

Phaplu to Everest base camp

 Phaplu to Everest Base Camp 

Nepal is known all over the world as the land of the mountain peak. World’s highest peak Mt Everest in Nepal. It is the dream of every person in the world to trek from  Phaplu to Everest base camp. This trek will make you closer to nature. The beautiful mountain peak, green landscape, and the sub-tropical forest will take you all stress away. You can also enjoy the local lifestyle of Nepali people in the Khumbu region.  

You will get to observe different types of cultures and religions followed in Nepal. Get the magnificent view of the amazing mountains like Everest (8,848m / 29, 028ft) Mt. Lhotse (8,516 m-24,940 ft.), Mt. Nuptse (7,855m-25,772 ft.) Amadablam (6,812 m / 22,480 ft.) Kangtenga (6,782 m / 22, 380 ft.) Tharmarserku (6,623 m / 21, 855 ft.) Kwangde (6,011 m / 19,837 ft.) Kusum Kanguru (6,373 m / 21,030 ft.) holy Mt. Khumbu-la (5,761 m / 19,012 ft.).  Phaplu to Everest Base Camp is a really exciting trekking journey. 

Additionally, you can also get the stunning aerial view from the Lukla airport. The altitude of this trek starts increasing from 2,800 meters at the Lukla airport to 5,364 meters at Everest base camp. You will find many hotels in the lower altitude place but with altitude growth, you may not find hotels so, you may have to stay overnight the teahouse. And, you can also get the best view of the world’s highest peak Mount Everest from Kala Patthar. TIMS is an entry permit for entering to Sagarmatha National park.

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Phaplu to Everest base camp trek is less travel area

It cost 2000 NRS for individual trekkers and 1000 NRS for group trekkers. You can get these permits on Kathmandu and Pokhara. You can see some rare species of flora and fauna inside Sagarmatha national park. Some of the rare animals found here are Red Panda, Musk Deer, and Snow leopard, Himalayan black Deer, Himalayan Thar, Langur Monkeys, Martens and Himalaya wolves. Sagarmatha Nation Park is also included in the world’s heritage site by UNESCO. The best time to trek any place in Nepal is spring season but December is best for trekking to mountainous place in Nepal.  

However, If you trek to Everest base camp in December then you can get the best view of the mountains covered in snow. You can also visit the oldest monastery in Nepal which was built around 1916 BC by Lama Gulu. Gokyo Lake is another highlight of the Everest base camp trek. The snow meltwater flowing through the middle of the High Mountain is amazing. The Everest Base Camp trek is full of an adventure and a bit challenging job that starts at Lukla Airport and ends at Everest Base Camp. There are several paths or routes to go through, however, the most preferred way is through Phaplu and Salleri 

Salleri to Everest Base Camp  

Salleri to Everest Base Camp is also considered as the alternating trekking route to Everest. Your trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Phaplu. Phaplu is a town located in the northwest part of Nepal. You can reach Phaplu from Kathmandu by road as well as flights. But since many people enjoy the road trip so we suggest you to take the road. Trekking through Phaplu is quiet longer than trekking through Lukla airport but you will adore the natural and cultural diversity. You can get the glance of some mountains like Numbu (6960m.), Cho-Oyu (8201m.), Gyangchung Kang (7922m.) people take this route to go Everest base camp trekking because you can enjoy the Rhododendron forest, rivers, villages, monastery.

This trek can be completed in 19 – 20 days. From Phaplu you will be heading toward Takshindo which is situated at the altitude of 2960 meters from the sea level. Tak Shindo is famous for cheese, there is an old cheese factory at Takshindo. It takes about 6 hours of walk from Phaplu to reach to Takshindo. Following Dhudh Koshi Khola from Takshindo, you will reach to Khari Khola in about 5 hours. Everest base camp trekking is a risky thing to do so, the safest way to trek to Everest base camp is considered to be through Phaplu. The best time for EBC trek through Phaplu and Salleri is taken as spring (March, Apr, May) and autumn (Sep, Oct, Nov) season.  

Brief itinerary  for Phaplu to Everest base camp trek

Day 01: – Arrive in Kathmandu  

Our team from above the Himalayan will pick you at the airport and escort you to your hotel room. You may rest for some time since you will be tired from the hectic flight. At the time of dinner, you will have a short meeting with our team regarding the trek.  

 Day 02: – Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu  

The second day will start with the first wake up in Nepal. Today you can visit some cultural and traditional places of Kathmandu. Swayambunath and Pashupatinath are some of the places that you must visit in Kathmandu valley.  

Day 03: – Kathmandu to Salleri or Phaplu 

You will start your trekking days from today. There are two alternate from Kathmandu to Everest base camp flight from Phaplu or drive from Salleri. You can take any route, Phaplu and Salleri are nearly at the same distance from the Kathmandu.  

Day 04: – Phaplu or Salleri to Takshindo 3140 meters  

Whichever route you will take Phaplu or Salleri, you will reach to Takshindo. From Takshindo you will get the amazing view of the Number Himal. You will enjoy the roadside trip through Ringmo Village. For the people who took the flight from Phaplu, you and Salleri both will meet at Takshindo 

Day 05: – Takshindo to Kharikhola (2010 meters)  

Tak Shindo is situated at the hill, so from there you will get a stunning view of the village and mountains. You will have to descend from Takshindo to reach Kharikhola. You will walk through the Nunthala and crossing across the Dudh Khosi Khola. 

Day 06: – Kharikhola to Payia (2730 meters).  

After having early morning breakfast at Kharikhola you will head toward Payia. The route to Payia goes through the Bupsa village. The path to Payia is rocky so it may be slightly difficult but you will enjoy crossing small streams and bridges.  

Day 08: – Payia to Phakding (2652 meters)  

Phakding is a flat plan so it will be easier to trek. You will be trekking through the steep road of surkhe. There was a small settlement in surkhe surrounded by enormous mountains and grassy land. It takes 2 – 3 hour to reach Phakding.  

 Day 09: – Phakding to Namche  

Trekking from Phakding to Namche is also exciting. Namche is situated at the uphill so you will have to ascend from Phakding. You will have the thrilling experience of crossing to the suspension bridge which joins two mountains from the opposite side. The Sherpa settlement of the Namche valley is very famous.  

Day 10: – Namche Acclimatization day.  

Today is the acclimation day at Namche. Namche Is a cultural village there are different monasteries around. You will get the Mesmerizing views of the diverse flora and fauna, mountain peaks and rivers. One will also be delighted to watch the view of Amadablam, Tawoche, Everest, Kantega, Thamserku surrounded by the high Himalayan peak. You can also roam around Namche bazaar. Namche Bazaar is famous for the local product.  

Day 11: – Namche to Tengboche (3870 meters)  

From Namche, you will continue your trek toward Everest base camp. The next destination of your trek is Tengboche. Tengboche is situated at a high altitude so you will have to walk uphill’s. It takes 5 jour walk to from Namche to Tengboche.  

Day 12: – Tengboche to Dingboche (4410 meters).  

Today you will reach to Dingboche from Tengboche. The trail goes crossing the ImjaKhola and Pangboche. There is a monastery at Pangboche which is called Pangboche gumba and consider as the oldest monastery of the Everest region and hold lots of Buddhists belief. You will stay overnight at Dingboche.  

Day 13: – Dingboche Acclimatization day.  

Again today is acclimatization day at Dingboche. There is a place called Chhukung at 4 hours from Dingboche. You have to go through the bank of ImjaKhola which is the island peak river. Is From here you can also get a glance of the south of Mount Lhotse and Mount Nuptse.  

 Day 14: – Dingboche to Lobuche (4900 meters)  

The trail to Lobuche from Dingboche to Lobuche is steep and rocky. Although, The trail is filing with the trees on the side of the road. The sunrise and sunset view from Lobuche is just breathtaking. There is Crain’s rock which is from the memory of the trekkers who trekked through this route in the past.  

Day 15: – Lobuche to Gorakshep to Everest base camp (5364 meters)  

Today is the most exciting day of your trekking journey. Therefore From early morning breakfast at Lobuche, you will head off to Gorakshep which is lying at the altitude of 5164 meters from the sea level. You will also be walking to the new base camp of Everest. The older one is which Hillary and Tenzing climbed. You can get the view of the mountains like Pumori, Khumbutse, and Nuptse from Everest base camp.  

Day 16: – Gorakshep to Kalapathar and down to Pheriche.  

From Gorakshep, you will climb up to Kalapathar. Kalapathar is located at an altitude of 5545 meters. It takes 7 hours to reach Kalapathar from Gorakshep, so you better start your trek from the early morning. Kalap atthar is famous for the Paranomic view of the mountains, it is also known as the Mountain Viewpoint. You can see mountains like Mt. Everest, Lhotse face, Nuptse, Amadablam, Taboche, Cholatse, Lobuche East and Pumori from Kalapathar. After the view of mountains, you will be heading back to Pheriche.  

Day 17: – Pheriche to Namche  

You will be descending back to Namche after reaching to Everest base camp and Kalapathar. It is easier to trek back than ascending trek. It is faster as well. So from Pheriche, you will reach to Namche. You can enjoy the amazing Sherpa valley following the traditional culture and religion. Overnight at Namche.  

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Day 18: – Namche to Lukla and lukla to Kathmandu.  

From Namche, you can either continue trekking backwards or trek to Lukla. Lukla is located at an altitude of 2840 meters. From Lukla, you can easily find the flight back to Kathmandu. The Arial view of the mountain is exhilarating. It takes less than 25 minutes to reach Kathmandu from Lukla flight. The flight may cancel due to the weather condition. Overnight at the hotels in Kathmandu.  

Day 21: – Final departure  

Today is your last day in Nepal for your Phaplu to Everest base camp trek. Therefore your flight is in the evening you can spend your day by going to Thamel bazaar which is famous for tourists. Here you can also find local Nepali products at a reasonable price. We hope you had a great time trekking with our team and wish to see you in more trekking journey. All in all, on the last day of your trekking journey, accumulates all the memory of the super exciting and fun trip. 

Happy trekking!!!  

 

 


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