How different are trekking, hiking, and mountain climbing?
Nepal is undoubtedly the best natural playground for adventure seekers. All of the things mentioned above can be done readily in Nepal, but these are very different from each other. Trekking refers to a multi-day walk at higher elevation, where you stay overnight or several nights at several places you have walked to. Hiking, on the other hand, is a one-day walk. It might stretch up to 2 hours or 8 hours but is generally completed within a day. Now, mountain climbingis altogether a next level sport. It will require special equipment, training, and also come with several risks. While you will not require any experience for hiking and trekking, mountain climbing is only for seasoned players.
Why to trek in Nepal?
Nepal is home to one third of the Himalayan stretch. That’s 800km. Out of 14 eight thousanders, 10 are located in Nepal. These are just few geographical trivia among many. Nepal has immensely rich and culture, beautiful trekking trails, comfortable lodges even at highest altitudes, and is a great value destination. These are just few reasons why you should trek in this incredible country.
How difficult is trekking
Nepal offers all kinds of trekking options. For starters, there are low altitude treks like Poon Hill trek and Mustang trek that traverse around 3,000 meters. If you are looking for more adventure and challenge, there are several difficult ones that will require crossing high passes, walking many hours, and traversing up to 5,500 meters.
Will I need a guide?
While it is not impossible to trek independently, we suggest you to take a guide with you. If you book your trek through a travel agency, the package will include a guide. On the other hand, you can just hire a guide through one of the trekking agencies and pay them on a day-to-day basis. A guide will not only educate you about the regions and lead your path but also take care of your safety and health in remote Himalayan region.
Do I have to carry my own stuffs?
No, you don’t, if you book your trek through a travel company. Depending on the weight of your luggage, you will have one or more porters who will carry your stuff. It is not only practical to hire a porter, but it is also your responsibility because it is a source of income for a lot of people in the mountains.
How expensive is it to trek in Nepal?
Nepal is very affordable. For several years, it has been mentioned as the best value or budget destination by famous publications worldwide. Here, you can choose from luxury trekking to budget trekking. However, cost mainly depends upon the length of your trek, the remoteness of the region, the number of porters you’ll need, and the accessibility of the region. For instance, Everest region tend to be more expensive among other treks since it will require flights from and to Lukla. However, in general, trekking in Nepal is very cheap.
Is it safe to trek after the 2015 earthquake?
Yes, absolutely. It has been three years since the earthquake. The Everest and Annapurna region weren’t as affected by the earthquake because they are situated far from the epicenter. Although some trails and regions suffered, restoration took place quickly and trekking is popular as ever. Even the Langtang region that was completely devasted by the earthquake is now open for trekking following impressively quick restoration and rehabilitation process.
Where will I stay and where do I eat?
Since trekking is very popular, most regions are well dotted with clean and comfortable lodges and inns run by warm Himalayan people. Thus, you don’t have to worry a bit about food and lodging. You might even be taken by surprise by the extent of comfort you will be offered in such trying terrain. In those cases where you will be trekking to the base camps or remote region with no proper lodging facility, you will stay in well-built tents. Once again, don’t worry about food as your travel agency will have taken care of it.
How many hours do I have to walk?
It depends upon the region and length of your trek. However, under most circumstances, you won’t have to walk more than six hours. Once you have reached higher than 3,000m, it is not safe to cross more distance than 300-400 meters in one day. That’s why, higher you trek, lesser will be your walking time in a day be.
PS: Nepal announced the launch of Visit Nepal 2020, a campaign 3.0 in 2020 AD with the aim to attracting 2 million foreign tourists. The last two campaigns were held in the years 1998 and 2011 with immense success.