Terrestrial Adventure - Trekking in Nepal

Nepal has been a closed kingdom and the Nepalese have been suspicious of foreigners for most of their history, which adds to its unique characteristics. Nepal first opened up in 1948 and admitted its first tourists in 1955, a few years before travellers the first mountaineers started arriving.

However it was not until 1965 when the first trekking company started, running expedition style treks with separate dinning and kitchen tents. Over the years the numbers of trekkers has increased. In 1970 the Khumbu Valley (Everest Valley) attracted just 300 trekkers, nowadays the valley attracts
30,000 annually. Most trekking regions now have teahouses to feed and shelter trekkers overnight, be it purpose built or converted yak sheds. But the charm of the region remains consistent over half a century later; the paths are still pilgrimage routes, or trails between villages, the views which surround you are lush green valleys or snowy mountain peaks on a pure blue sky backdrop and the people are still as friendly as ever. Wrap this up with the traditions associated with this isolated mountain kingdom and you have a truly memorable destination.

Nepal occupies the largest part of the youngest mountain range on earth. The towering Himalayan range extends 885km across the country - a magnificent landscape stretching from northern snow-capped mountains, eight of them rising above 8000m, to the southern plains, less than 200m above sea-level-all within a relatively short distance. These sharp contrasts and diversity in the landscape and climate make Nepal an enchanting destination, offering opportunities to experience the mountain grandeur in the north and exotic wildlife and subtropical vegetation in the south. Medieval towns exuding ancient cultures, profuse with art and architecture enhance the allure of the country.

Trekking, a vital part of adventure tourism in Nepal offers unparalleled enjoyment amidst natural surroundings. Rhododendron forests, high mountain passes, deep gorges, glaciers, high waterfalls and diversified cultures, age-old settlements and encouraging smiles of the villagers are the parts and parcel of trekking in Nepal. While most of our treks are done in the foothills of the Himalayas some of them do reach the base camps of the mighty peaks. Physical fitness is required for complete enjoyment of walking in the hills.

These treks are done in popular and well-traveled areas. The Tea Houses are usually small basic lodges offering accommodation and food for travelers. We rely on these Tea Houses for food and shelter and thus require minimal equipment. Our experienced guides will select the best teahouse in the villages, and if required, will go ahead to find shelter in peak season. The Tea Houses are also a meeting point for trekkers from various parts of the world. These treks are economical, suitable for both youth and budget tourists.

When’s the best time go?

The major factor which determines this is the monsoon season June – August.

September – NovemberPost monsoon - this is the main trekking season, the air is clean and the lowlands are lush after the recent rains. During this time there is not a cloud in the sky so the days are sunny and temperatures are in the high 20°C. Although no clouds means the nights are cold (around 5°C)

December – JanuaryTrekking through the winter months will be cold and offers more of a challenge as there will be snow on the ground. 

February – MayThis is the spring trekking season. Within this three month window, the later you leave, the warmer the days will be. Generally speaking there is more cloud in the afternoons at this time which means the evenings are warmer.

What do I need to take with me? 
Weather in the mountains can change quickly and temperatures can vary vastly from day to night, so pack plenty of layers that will help regulate your temperature. Keep wet weather gear easily accessible.

• Sunhat
• Sunglasses
• Water bottle
• Personal First Aid kit
• Watertight bag for camera
• Torch (and spare batteries)
• Insect repellent
• Sunscreen
• Lip salve
• Towel
• Trainers for relaxing
• Waterproof jacket
• Walking or lightweight trail boots
• 3-season sleeping bag (4-season Jul-Aug)
• Warm hat, gloves and thermal underwear if travelling Jun-Sept
• Lightweight cotton clothing, tight weave for the jungle
• Warm mid-layer i.e. fleece (extra layers in June/July are essential)

Some of the Most Popular Trekking Routes in Nepal