Nepal is one of the best trekking destinations in the world to explore her timeless mountains and hidden valleys, magnificent scenery, rich and ancient cultures and enable you to contact with local villagers and build relationships with people of another race, culture and tradition. The trail into the interior parts of the country follows ancient foot trails, which meander through scenic riverbanks, intractably terraced fields and forested ridges connecting picturesque hamlets and mountain villages. We offer easy and moderate trekking possibilities lasting from a few days to several weeks. Previous experience is not necessary for our treks and all are supported by expert local guides, porters and helpers. However, a good level of physical fitness is important.
Grading of a Trek
We have graded our trips in different categories and you should choose one that suits you the most. Grading of a trek has been done on the basis of some factors such as- the trip duration, the altitude, the terrain, number of hours of walking everyday, likely temperatures and the level of fitness.
Treks within everyone’s capability, since trekking terrain and distances are easy and a 4-5 hours walking day will be enjoyed.
These treks might contain some longer and shorter walking days about 7 hours. Although terrain is not difficult, some walking experience and enthusiasm may be useful.
Strenuous treks that require a good physical condition, since terrain can be hard and days can be long (7-8 hours). Some mountain walking experience is really desirable.
A real adventure treks, with a technical and a highly strenuous degree. Due to very long days (9 hours) and high mountain elevations (5000 m), an excellent physical condition and mountaineering experience is most preferable.
Style of trekking:
1) Tea house:
On the more popular treks in Nepal, enterprising villagers have built teahouse lodges which are readily available in the Everest, Langtang and the entire Annapurna regions. The country offers a variety of teahouse treks run to high level of service.
2) Full boarded camping trek:
This trek is assisted by a team which includes a guide, a Sherpa, a cook, kitchen helpers and porters. Porters, yaks, horses or mules are used for carrying camping stuff. It is the responsibility of Sherpa to perform all the camp works, including leaving all the sites clean and to guide on the route. Food available on the trek will be a mixture of Western and Asian dishes with variety of choice.
Altitude & Acclimatization:
Proper acclimatization is very important and our routes are planned specifically to allow a gradual gain in altitude with many of our treks having extra days to allow for acclimatization. By slowly gaining height we reap the benefits of a gradual gain in fitness and acclimatization. We offer advice about acclimatization and with the sensible approach we take on all of our treks, anyone who is fit and healthy should have few problems. On our climbing trips in Nepal and trekking trips in Tibet we carry a portable altitude chamber as an extra safety precaution.
A Typical Day on the Camping Trek:
Our day on trek begins soon after dawn (and sometimes before) with early morning tea or coffee followed by a bowl of water for washing. After packing kit bags breakfast will be ready. The morning walk usually takes 3 to 4 hours and you are free to walk at your own pace, exploring villages and admiring the scenery before stopping for lunch. After lunch we walk for around 3 hours to arrive in camp by 3 or 4 pm. Now there is time to relax. The three course evening meal is served in the mess tent at around 7pm followed by hot chocolate, tea and coffee. Generally we are in our sleeping bags by 9pm, looking forward to tomorrow’s new adventure.
Food & Health:
We have set very high hygiene standards on our treks both in preparing meals and when camping as this becomes an important aspect when traveling through remote places. We have initiated training courses for our local staff covering cleanliness, hygiene and conservation. On camping treks our cooks provide plentiful amounts of varied and tasty food using fresh ingredients whenever possible. Meals are usually a mix of local and European. We welcome vegetarians and make every effort to provide as much variety as possible.