Nepal is one of the most naturally rich and diverse countries in Asia as well as in the world. From the majestic mountains to plain lands Nepal’s beauty will surprise, excite and amaze you in every corner.
Also known as trekkers’ paradise, Nepal is blessed with some of the most stunning destinations with breathtaking views. But to reach these amazing destinations, one has to walk through some of the most challenging trails on the face of the earth. The sudden elevation in altitude that can in some places happen in a few short minutes demands your courage and both physical and mental endurance.
This article will let you know top things to keep in mind while trekking in Nepal.
Know your limits before you challenge what you are comfortable with.
Before you start your trek to any destinations in Nepal, doing your research will be extremely helpful. It will not only make you prepared mentally but also make you aware about the elevations and time frame of the trek so that you can physically prepare yourself before the trek begins. Doing your research and making sure that the trek you are choosing to go on is something you can endure is one of the most crucial steps before you begin any trek.
Educate yourself about safety and some basic survival tips before starting your trek.
Being aware about the area that you are about to trek on is important for your mental preparation. Reading or going through some contents and information about safety and survival tricks could help you if anything unexpected comes your way. Carrying some items that could help you in any emergency is not enough, knowing how to use them and using things in your surroundings and being resourceful is also important. Of course, we don’t want anyone to be in a situation where you would use those tips and tricks, But being prepared for the worst, while being excited for the best is something any smart person would do.
Select a Government registered travel/trekking agency
When you are trekking in Nepal make sure the travel agency or the trekking agency who you choose is a Nepali company and registered with the Government of Nepal. Doing so can help you keep track of things and these companies are responsible and accountable for the service they provide. Choosing a government registered agency will also save you from unwanted and possible scams which is common in many developing countries.
Local agencies will also provide you with local guides and porters who know the area you are about to trek on better than anyone else and you will also be supporting the local economy of these remote places.
Never trek alone.
It does not matter if you are a long time trekker or just a beginner, trekking alone is never the best idea. Especially if you are trekking in a new destination and are unfamiliar with it. Always travel with a guide and some friends or a group. There are trekking routes that require a special permit to trek on that can be taken care of by your travel guide or the company that is taking care of your travel. Also, the routes in the mountains are sometimes unpredictable because of the weather and elevation. You travelling with a guide or in a group could be your best help in case of any emergency that may happen.
Carry Nepalese rupee in cash
Before you leave Kathmandu and travel towards your trekking route, make sure you exchange enough Nepalese rupees and carry cash. The remote locations in which most trekking routes are located do not have banks or reliable internet sources and facilities to facilitate electronic transactions. Cash is the best option for your transactions in any local shops or hotels and guest houses.
Before you begin your trek, check your itinerary provided by your guide or tour company to see if it has days allocated for acclimatizing. Many trekkers are known to experience altitude sickness while trekking in extreme elevations. Acclimatizing helps you adjust to the new altitude and atmospheric pressure so you can continue on with your trek more comfortably.
Carry your water and stay hydrated
Since you will be walking long distances on some of the most steep trails in the world, it is bound to make you tired. You will need to keep yourself hydrated in order to maintain your stamina and avoid getting tired too quickly. The cold weather also tricks your body into consuming less water which is not sustainable because of various reasons including the risk of frequent altitude sickness. It is advised that you carry at least one bottle of water while trekking and refill wherever you can.
Be prepared to make some major hygiene adjustments
On a normal day, your daily hygiene would consist of taking daily showers, wearing fresh clothes everyday and many things as such. A majority of your daily habits would be considered a luxury while you are trekking in Nepal. Because of the lack of some of the basic facilities in many places along the trekking route like hot water, an everyday shower may not be possible. This is where you might have to consider wiping your body with a towel soaked in warm water. Or maybe get used to wearing the same clothes for a few days in a row. Even though you may find a laundry service in the mountains you would be very lucky if the sun shines long enough to dry your clothes.