Useful Tips for first time trekkers in Nepal

If you are willing to spend your holidays in the shadow of the world’s tallest mountains and want to be closer to nature, Nepal is waiting for you. With some world class destination for trekking, Nepal is always loved by avid hikers across the world. If you are fit to walk, have an adventurous attitude, love to experience new culture and would like to view the spectacular beauty of nature, Trekking is all yours!

But if this is your first time on a trek then let us help you with a few tips that might assure you to create a memorable adventure for a lifetime!

(1) Start of easy: We all know, growing is a part of life. So, a fortnight trek to Everest Base Camp or any extended hiking trip might be extremely exotic for the first timers. Hence, we suggest you to start off easy. Go for lower altitude treks like Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, Dhampus Sarangkot, Everest View Trek, Annapurna Panorama Trek, Langtang Valley Trek or Around Kathmandu Valley. You have many options. These kind of start offs will definitely boost your body system to adjust for further tougher journey.

Once you are good for tougher treks, you will be waking above 2500 meter resulting you have a higher chance of suffering from altitude sickness. Hence, you should be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness.

– Headache

– Nausea and dizziness

– Less appetite

– Fatigue

– Difficulty in sleeping and breathing

– Lack of body coordination

The most effective way to tackle with this problem is to stay alert for its symptoms and if anyone suffers from it, descend to lower elevation as quickly as possible.

(2) Go individually or trek with a Local Tour Company in Nepal: The local tour agencies have far more reasonable prices than International agencies. Also, the Nepali tour guides are more updated with the current situation, affairs, trekking routes, etc which makes your journey easier than going on your own. A tour guide will help you save time, facilitate with logistics, make you through the least known facts of the area and since Nepali guides very friendly, you are going to get a new friend.

Moreover, you will be provided with a porter(porters) who will carry your all of the belongings except your daypack which you will carry. Since these porters are fast at climbing these very difficult terrains, they will be at the guest house before you and can book a good accommodation for you.

(3) Trekking Lodges for a stay: You will need lodges to spend the night where you will stop your trek for the day. You are going to find a variety of lodges from a simple teahouse, a comfortable and warm family-run lodge to a corporate owned luxury hotels.

If you go for family-run guesthouses, you can get a warm welcome and a taste of local, healthy and hot food. Well, do not expect for any luxury bedroom and bathrooms here as they provide the rooms usually with a wooden bed, a mattress, small table and a lamp. On a late fall trek, it can get very cold during night. So, a good sleeping bag with a nice thick blanket will surely help you to keep warm and cozy all night.

If you go for a corporate owned luxury guesthouse, they are very expensive but provide a wide range of menus which include variety of food items for both vegetarians as well as meat lovers. They can cater you with luxury bedrooms, bathrooms and anything you will actually need to make you perfectly comfortable to stay. If you choose to trip with a tour operator then your meal will be included in the trip price and if you are going on your own, you will probably soon realize that the food gets more expensive with more elevation as the porters need to carry them and bottled drinks through a difficult terrain.

Around the guesthouse, you can find vendors who sell home made ornaments and many other useful tools for your further trek such as caps and gloves, bracelets, and prayer bowl  which can be often be found for a lower price than those found in town. Also, local brands are stocked as supplies at these lodges. So, If you want a snicker bar, pringles, biscuits or If you have a proffered brand of tobacco, you would better pick them up in town before you leave.

Moreover, remember that the mornings can get cold and chilly as well. So, be prepared with nice and warm clothes that will keep you away from shivering the next morning. Also, wake up early in the morning as you don’t want to miss the spectacular view of sunrise from in between tall snow capped mountains.

(4) Taking care of your body: No matter how strong your body fitness level maybe, you should always listen to your body first and then keep moving. Very few people are trained to trek many days in a row. So, hiking for days continuously might be exhausting. Hence, an experienced guide will keep an eye on your body strength and will stop frequently to take well rest as well as to enjoy the wonderful views of snow capped mountains. He will also encourage you to stay hydrated and get a comfortable pace. Well, you will be stopping in lodges for meal but its always good to carry some good food in your daypack to stay energetic.

(5) Rent instead of Buying: Buying all the puffy jackets, sleeping bag, mattresses and other stuffs that you will never use after the trek will not be wise. Hence, we suggest you to rent all of these stuffs that you need for the trek, so that, you can simply return them which will also save you a lot of money. Kathmandu and Pokhara have considerable gear shops that provide high quality necessary things at affordable price.

(6) The people you meet on the trail: Trekking in Nepal is the best way to meet new people on the trail. You can find trekkers from different nationalities along the trekking routes of Nepal. The unique thing about meeting these new people on the trail is that everyone has a purpose for being there. They have been inspired by something that led us in Nepal and they have just followed that feeling. So, how about being an encouraging person with positive attitude and a greeting of ‘Namaste/ when you come across one?

Other hopefully helpful advices:

So have you prepared your mind for trekking in beautiful Nepal? Here are some more suggestions that might help you through the journey.

(1) Bring your extra passport sized photos for visa and trekking permit purposes.

(2) Try pack your bag lightly with only necessary stuffs inside it.

(3) Dress virtuously as you will have to pass through small villages where still cultural costumes are trend.

(3) In case of photography, bring extra memory card and battery as you might run out of them.

If you have any question regarding these details, do not forget to contact us.

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