May 20, 2012

Trekking in Nepal


Trekking in Nepal 


Trekking in Nepal 
Nepal has given the plentiful tourism resources to Nepal. The natural scenery, high mountains, incomparable cultural heritage and numerous specialties have made Nepal a well known destination in the world of tourism map. The center for numerous adventure activities such as trekking, mountaineering, rafting, mountain biking, Paragliding, Jungle Safaris etc. Nepal is widely famous for adventure tourism activities among the visitors from around the world. Almost a million visitors turn to Nepal to perceive the miraculous mountains each year.

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To primarily focus on the tourism sector and to promote Nepal internationally, government of Nepal has declared the year 2011 is to be celebrated as Nepal Tourism Year-2011. The prime objective of this campaign is substantial growth of the tourism industry attracting more than a million tourists.

The concept of Nepal Tourism Year 2011 envisions harnessing these opportunities and strengths and bringing together the commitment of the government for further tourism development in the country.



Nepal Trekking Grades or Level of trekking

Nepal as being a mountainous country includes all grades of trek which in fact, provides information about the hardness of trek depending upon various factors. It offers trekking possibilities to everyone from easy trek to most adventurous one. Mountaineers with little experience to well trained climbers are equally recommended. We have grades of the treks on the basis of length, altitude, remoteness, walking condition weather and so on as per the following:

Grade-A * (Easy):
Trekking Guide In Nepal 
 Experience is not necessary; anyone fit and healthy enough to complete a weekend walk can manage this section. Maximum walking time is approximately 5 hours a day. In this section, trekking remains in a well maintained paths or tracks in a low altitude, with little daily variation.

Grade--B** (Moderate):
Again, no experience is necessary; Good health conditions and level of fitness are essential. Generally, good paths but sometimes can be rough, steep and have many ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ with some exposure and attaining the altitude between 900m to 3000m. Early in the season expect snow patches at higher altitudes.

Grade---C*** (Demanding):
Between Moderate to Strenuous trek at an altitude up to 4000m with side trips to higher elevations. This is classified as ill – defined trails, away from habitation.  Considered to be harder comparison to other two above therefore preparation for fitness and good health conditions are essential.

Grade----D **** (Strenuous):
Way to Everest base camp ( EBC)
Way to Everest base camp ( EBC)
Ventures at this grade are 'Tough Treks' these treks must be fully supported. The altitude attained between 3500 to 5000m. This trek also involves several nights stay above 4000m. These are genuine expeditions where preparation is essential fitness and a willingness to 'rough it' is essential. You must have a high level of fitness for this trek. Previous trekking experience is desirable, but not vital if you are confident of your physical condition.

Grade-----E ***** (Very Strenuous):
This trek is best described as Alpine, and suitable for those in excellent health, capable of carrying a backpack, when required. The trek covers very remote areas, traveling over snow covered passes at an altitude of up to 5000meters. You may need to axes and crampons to cross the pass when there is heavy snow. No strenuous trek should be undertaken without medical clearance.

Grade------F ****** (Challenging):
Obviously we hope to fulfill our objectives but realistically we can only guarantee start and finish times with these treks. Limited to those with an excellent level of personal experience and fitness, an outstanding sense of humor, with high tolerance levels. During the trek you may have to cross snow covered passes in very remote areas or climb up to 6000meters in altitude. Participants are required to have basic mountaineering skills.




Types of trekking

Before come to Nepal choose which types of trekking you prefer all the different types of trekking are given short description which helps to the choose the types of trekking

Trekking In Annapurna region 
Tea House(Lodge Trek):
Also known as lodge trekking is a relatively cheap way of trekking in where meals and accommodation are provided in a teahouse. In Nepal, it is quite popular to trekking along the many trails, stopping each night to eat and sleep at a local Tea House. Meals depend on the menu at the tea house, usually the simple basic meals of the local people. Although many tea houses and hotels in the hills and mountains are reasonably comfortable, some may be dirty and, in areas where chimneys are rare, rooms may be smoky.
It's a great way to connect with some of the local culture and definitely suits trekkers not wanting to carry back-crushing rucksacks. The standard of lodgings can vary from very similar to a hotel, to something far more rustic.

Camping (Organized Trek):
The classic style of trekking in Nepal and can be conducted almost anywhere in the country. Camping trekking is fully organized and supported with a team of guides, cooks, and porters to accompany you.
Everest Base camp Trekking
Everest Base camp Trekking 
All the necessary trekking gears; food, fuel and other goods are carried by the porters. The cook will prepare all the meals during the camping trek. Trekkers need to carry only a small bag as required for the day. At night, tents for dining, sleeping and ablution are provided and set up. Mattresses, sleeping bags, tables and seating are arranged by staff. A Sirdar (chief guide) is employed to pre-arrange and then to oversee the entire program. All land transportation, local permits, taxes, porter insurance, port dues and entrance fees to National Parks or sites constituting an integral part of the trip are arranged.

Home stay based Trekking
Home stay based Trekking is a kind of opportunity to explore real Nepalese rural life and socialize with local people. In this trekking you would be taken to well manage villages which are out of touch with urban life. Your accommodation is in home of villagers. You stay there as a family member and eat together what they produce in their farm. The friendly and hearty behavior of the family members gives you a different experience that you have never enjoyed before. Villagers continue their daily normal works and guests enjoy participating in the village activities. In this tour you will be observing the real Nepalese cultural tradition from the closest quarter and intermingle with the locals. One more important thing is any expenses made by you directly contribute to the welfare of the local community which ultimately gives you the high sense of satisfaction.



Trekking Season in Nepal

Nepal is the best destination for the tourism activities throughout the year, however; there are four distinct trekking seasons in Nepal. Each season has its distinctive attractions to offer. The seasons can be classified as follows:

Autumn (Sept. - Nov.)
Autumn is the best time to experience the trekking in the Himalayas, which offers an excellent weather and exhilarating mountain views and one can experience the the festival and culture of Nepal as the biggest festival of Nepal fall in this season, such as Dashain and Tihar (Deewali) which occur in October and November.

Winter (Dec. - Feb.):
Winter season is noted for occasional snowfall only at higher elevations. Hence it is ideal for trekking at lower elevation, generally below 3000 meters and it is good time for the having adventure activities such as mountain bike, Bungee Jumping, cycling tour, paragliding, river adventure and jungle Safari.

Spring (Mar. - May):
Trekking season in Nepal
Trekking season in Nepal 
Different varieties of wild flowers, most exceptionally the rhododendrons, make the hillside above 3000 meters a haunting paradise during this season. It is mildly warm at lower elevations, and at higher elevations over 4000 meters, the mountain views are excellent and temperature is quite moderate. This season is the best time to have the mountain expedition, peak climbing, trekking and hiking in Nepal.

Summer (June - Aug.):
Summer season which represent the monsoon season in Nepal, as it rains almost every day during this season. So this season can be the best time for river adventure as the level of river in Nepal become higher. You also can have Agro tour as Nepalese farmer farm in their land in this period. This season also would be the best for those who are keen to know about the vegetation as a botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation.

Note: Beside these seasons one can discover this part of the world through Trekking, Rafting, Jungle Safari, wild life safari, Hiking, mountain expedition, peak climbing, mountain flight, Bungee Jumping, mountain bike and cycling tour Paragliding all over the year.



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NEPAL TREKKING INFORMATION

Typical Day on Trek
After packing bags and hearty breakfast, we set out for a walk. We stop for a lunch after 3-4 hours walking. The afternoon walk is relatively short and therefore we arrive at our destination on time. Upon our arrival at destination, tea is served. We spend remaining afternoon in exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or by enjoying a guide book.. Sometimes we will be free after the lunch. You can enjoy your evening by playing cards and relieving the days tiredness before you to bed.

Accommodation

 You do not have to face no any problems regarding accommodation while going trek in Annapurna region, Lang tang region and Everest region. You can find lots of clean and gracious lodges along the trail. We generally stay in a single room. Sometimes you will have to share beds in case we can not manage single rooms. There are limited facilities available in the tea houses. However, we always make sure that your stay is comfortable and food is hygienic. A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. Every day, you and your group will be accommodated in local lodges. Please remember that some of the lodges are very basic and sense of adventure is must to adjust with them.

Meals and Drinking water

 You will be provided standard breakfast, lunch and three course dinners on the trek. You will also be provided tea or coffee with each meal. You will be asked to select from the menu and our guides will prepare food accordingly to serve you the best possible meals. You will be served delicious and plentiful foods but the menu doesn’t include extensive items of food. Most tea houses offer variety of rice and noodles dishes with soup and seasonable vegetables. Variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh seasonal fruits. So far water is concerned; you can by bottled mineral water from the lodges and shop available en the route in your trek. You can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat water with purification pills.

Luggage While Trekking

 Your main luggage will be carried by the porters. You will have to carry just a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jackets etc along with a small load that gives you the full satisfaction of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kgs, excess weight is chargeable at USD 1 or more per Kilo depending on sectors

Trekking Crew

 You will be accompanied by the trained team of local Guide and porter on tea house trek. They help to make your trip peaceful and enjoyable. On average, there will be a ratio of one porter to every two trekkers. Guide speaks reasonable English, good enough to explain you about the places, local culture or any sight that catches your eyes.

Personal Expenses

 Your personal expenses largely depend on the type of the trek, duration and of course the trekking region.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided on this fixed scheduled trek. You only need money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (a few smaller shops are available along the trail in some areas) tips, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places).

How we meet in Kathmandu

                You need to forward your international flight details to us in advance for your greeting at the airport. As you complete the custom formalities and come out of the terminal building, you will be noticing your Printed Name and follow them you will be transferred to hotel.

Responsible Travel

Wonderful environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of trekkers threaten the very beauty of Nepal . As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats, we do not have camp fires and use kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood.
 We also discourage you to use wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now provide solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.
Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strew with waste. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy.

Trip Extensions

 We can help you to extend your trip if you are interested to trek more both within and other neighboring countries. You can try rafting or you may go for Jungle safari in Nepal or you can enjoy Nepal cultural tour. You can also go for trek in Tibet , India and Bhutan . After the trek ends in Pokhara, you are strongly advised to spend few more days in exploring sights and sounds of the this beautiful city.

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