In the whole world, there are fourteen mountains above 8000 metres; Nepal is home to eight of them, so you’ll be treated to great views. The top reason to trek in Nepal are:
1. Luscious greenery and Flora
Nepal is a home to 6391 flowering plant, 2532 species of vascular plants, 130 endemic species, and the total percentage of the species of plants found in Nepal is 2.80%. Especially, the flora content of the country has seen a gradual increase over the period of time mainly concentrated in the numerous Government protected area. Also, the topographical and climatic variation in the country influences the plantation of the country. Rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal is also found in abundance in the Himalayan part of the country. The trekking trails are filled with spotting of rare plants like golden Michelia, Serpentina, Spikenard, Himalayan Yew, Panch aule, Yarsagumba and many more.
2. Endangered species and sighting.
Nepal is home to more than 900 species of birds, 10% of worlds flowering plants, 600 families of butterflies and the home of the one horned rhino and the Bengal tiger. Its national parks and conversation areas concentrate in the southern plains of the country and you can combine these trips to the national parks as an add on to your trekking at the last quarter of your trip.
3. Amazing viewpoints
Nepal comprises of 8 out of the 14 highest peaks in the world. Including the tallest peak named Mount Everest. Other Himalayan peaks like Annapurna, Ama Dablam and Machhapuchhre are some major attractions for travelers coming for trekking in Nepal. Along with the existence of mesmerizing mountains, Nepal provides you with numerous viewpoints which not only provides you with the best view but also helps to boost the beauty of the mighty Himalayas. For someone to seize beyond belief views of these Himalayas one should commit to trekking for several days. The top viewpoints of Nepal are Kalapatthar view point, Gokyo RI viewpoint, Poonhill viewpoint, Nagarkot viewpoint and many more. These viewpoints are considered to present panoramic view of the mountains along its neighboring peaks.
4. Culture and tradition
Being a multi cultural, ethnical and lingual country, Nepal presents you with various variations in terms of culture and tradition. The Nepalese society can be divided into many layers according to the altitude, geography, origin etc; you will encounter numerous ethnic villages on the way while trekking in Nepal. Nepal has a total of 26 million people which consists more than 40 tribes who speak over dozens of languages in 93 different dialects. Therefore, every part of the country presents the travelers with a unique way of living and unique traditional rituals. Furthermore, the Nepalese society is seem to have evolved in a divergent pattern since its origin which makes Nepal one of the most culturally diverse country of the nation n.
5. Local and affordable food
Along with the availability of international cuisines in the serving platter of Nepal, the local food of the country is something that one will forever rejoice. The Nepalese people prepare their food with the use of the local vegetation and believe in choosing chunky vegetables, meats, pickles, pulses base rather than fats. Also, the unique taste to the Nepalese food is given by the unique ingredients like tomatoes, cumin, coriander, chilies, peppers, garlic and mustard oil. The food that is encountered during trekking in Nepal differs as you travel from one point to another due the huge impact of ethnic and social backgrounds on the food prepared. One will surely be delighted by the unique and tasty food that they get to enjoy whiles their stay in Nepal which will be available at a reasonable price.
6. Ten UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites
Nepal is a multi a multi –ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-lingual and secular nation which is located in South Asia. It is naturally and culturally blessed country with fertile plains in the south, subalpine forested hills and eight of the world’s tallest mountains, including Mount Everest towards the north. This is a country filled with the traditional diversities and numerous historical diversities is reflected on the many sites and placed throughout the country. On a brief outlook, although the cultural diversity can be experienced in all parts of the country, the historical beauties and diversities seems to be concentrated in the central part of the country.
This country is filled with many cultural and natural sites enlisted by the UNESCO as the world heritage sites. Swayambhunath Temple, Bouddhanath temple, Pashupatinath temple, Patan durbar square, Bhaktapur durbar square, Changunarayan temple , Lumbini , Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National park are the sites that have been listed in the UNESCO listed world heritage sites.
2. HOW TO OBTAIN VISA TO NEPAL?
You can obtain "VISA"to Nepal through embassy or other diplomatic mission to your country. You can also obtain visa at entry points to Nepal, or at the airport in the immigration for merely $40. The extension of visa requires an additional payment of $30. Do not forget to carry some passport size photos with you.
3. SHOULD I TREK WITH AN AGENCY OR SHOULD I TREK ALONE?
Trekking alone can be a good experience if you are familiar with the terrain and have quite a few experiences in the area. Nobody can drag you down, and you can move at your own pace savoring the pleasant sceneries around to you. However, if it is your first experience or so, you might want to travel in group or with an agency. Should situations like medical emergencies, isolation due to disasters, etc. occur, having a group can be a matter of relief. If you have no group and you’re all by yourselves, you can hire a porter or a guide.
4. I HAVE NEVER TREKKED BEFORE CAN I DO A TREK IN THE HIMALAYAS?
If you are in good health and does regular exercise, then we have a trip designed for you. We have had many year of experience of trek in high altitude, so we know how to pace trek and climb.Each trekkers reacts to the high altitude in different way, so it is difficult to predict you will do. But in general, with the careful pacing of our trips, allowing proper rest day for acclimatization, most trekkers adopt well. The altitude sickness may arrise if the trekkers walk to fast so, we always make sure that does not happen.
5. I HAVE NEVER CLIMBED A PEAK BEFORE CAN I GO FOR PEAK CLIMBING?
Climbing a peak requires certain preparation. Although some of small peaks are easy enough for even regular trekkers to climb, others require high degree of training, preparation and experience. So, the bottom-line is, if you want to climb it, of course you can climb it. But it all depends upon the degree of preparation and experience. Hence, it’s wise to start with smaller, easier peaks, and train yourself for harsher ones.
6. WHAT SORT OF EXPERIENCE DO YOUR GUIDES HAVE?
Our guides are dependable, competent and highly qualified with more than ten years of trekking experience. Leading trips, treks, climbs and expeditions in the Himalayas. Our guides speak English and the local language.
Most importantly our guides are friendly and enjoyable and are passionate about sharing the true beauty of Nepal and all that this country has to offer.
7. WHAT IS THE ROUTINE ON THE TREK?
Most trekkers normally start their walk early around 7:30 to 8:30 AM after a hot breakfast. The morning sun offers nice mountain views. You will carry a light pack for your camera, water, a jacket and a wind layer. Around noon we will reach the lunch stop where we will spend time drinking tea, resting and having lunch. After lunch we normally walk 2 to 3 more hours before arriving where we will stop for the evening. Here at the lodge we will have hot tea and relax the rest of the day. Our day ends with dinner and then off to bed in single or double rooms in the trekking lodge.
8. WHAT TYPE OF SHOES OR BOOTS SHOULD I WEAR?
The proper footwear depends on the trek and on the trekker. Most treks can be done in comfortable running shoes. While longer more strenuous treks may require sturdy but lightweight hiking boots. It is best if you purchase shoes and boots long before arriving in Nepal.
We advise that you wear your boots prior to the trek to break them in – in order to prevent blisters, which can be debilitating on the trail.
9. HOW BIG WILL THE GROUP BE?
We try to bring together a small group of like-minded people. Our Trekking groups are generally from 2 to a maximum of 20 members. Also if someone interested to trek single we have such offer as well.
10. DO YOU ARRANGE PRIVATE OR FAMILY TREKS?
Yes, if you would like to travel independently or with friends, family or colleagues. You can choose the trip that best suits your group and the trip dates according to your schedule. We are happy to consider any number of trekkers. Our minimum group size is 2 and the maximum is not more than 50 at a time.
11. HOW LONG DO WE WALK EACH DAY?
Our trips are classified into three categories according to the level of difficulty. Easy adventure treks are about a week to 10 days in duration. They generally don’t go above 13,000 feet. You can expect to be hiking / walking for around 4-5 hours a day.
Moderate to fairly challenging treks are longer treks that go into high mountain country above 13,000 feet. Physically these trips are more demanding and tiring and may involve 6-8 hours of trekking along rocky trails in high Himalayan terrain. Strenuous treks are longer treks that go beyond the normal activities of trekkers and tourists.
These include ice climbing and mountaineering expeditions. Physically challenging, these trips might involve 7-9 hours trekking in a day and are likely to include unfavorable weather conditions and strenuous activities. Some level of experience may be required for these trips.
12. DO I HAVE TO CARRY A BACKPACK?
No. But you have to carry a light day-pack containing you water bottle, camera, extra layers of clothing,sunglasses, a rain coat or wind breaker, and snacks. Your heary gears will be carried by porter or Yak.
13. WHAT TYPE OF FOOD IS SERVED DURING A TREK?
In general while trekking, breakfast may include a choice of porridge, muesli, omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch and dinner are generally pasta, potatoes or rice with or without cooked veggies and/or egg. Meat is also available, however it is recommended to adopt a vegetarian diet. As long as the meat is stored and cooked properly, meat dishes are also safe. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are available at all meals. Your guide will do his/her best to make sure all food is well cooked.
At some restaurants in kathmandu, the vegetables are soaked in iodine and thus fresh salads are safe to eat. While trekking it is best to avoid raw vegetables unless you can peel them yourself. The rule is: cooked, peeled, boiled – or forget it! During the trek you can choose what you like from the menu in the lodge. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, popcorn, candy bars and soft drinks. In some areas you will find fresh fruit in season.
14. WHAT ARE THE OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE?
In cities you will be staying in hotels and guesthouses that are similar to those in the US with private bathrooms, showers, TV, phone, AC, etc. If you prefer luxury hotels we can make those arrangements as well. While trekking in the mountains the accommodations will depend on whether you are camping or tea house trekking. If you are on a camping trek, then you will be sleeping in tents.
The trekking lodges or tea houses are simple shelters. There is no central heat. In the dining room where meals are served, there is often a wood burning stove that heats that room only. The guest rooms are not heated so you will need a good quality sleeping bag, which can be rented in Kathmandu. The guest rooms are usually small and sleep one or two trekkers. The walls are thin so ear\plugs are a good idea for light sleepers. The bathrooms are down the hall or outside.
15. WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TREKKING,HIKING AND MOUNTAIN CLIMBING?
You can do all the three activities in Nepal, but they are quite different with each other. Trekking is a multi-day walk, where you stay overnight at the place you’ve walked to. Hiking generally refers to a one-day walk. It might be two hours or eight, but if it takes place within a single day, it’ll probably be referred to as a hike. Mountain climbing is another thing entirely. It takes special equipment, training and comes with more risk. Neither trekking nor hiking require any special skill, other than the ability to walk.