Annapurna Trekking

Travel guide

Trekking in different Naturally beautiful Places in Nepal is one of the famous activities that people love to do. Travelers eager to explore the tourist hub, the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, Paradise city Pokhara, various stunning mountains peaks, fabulous Lakes, Rivers, ethnic settlements and the Himalayas with an experienced trekking guide, a proper organization and the necessary equipment’s. Adventurous trekking also offers you exploring hidden destinations and to encounter with native settlements and their unique culture and traditions. There are over 120 different ethnical groups in Nepal who speak more the 90 different languages and dialects. While trekking in Nepal we get the chance to interact and observe the multi culture of these groups. Four main ethnical groups are Kshatriya, Vaishya, Brahmin and Chhetri all spread over Nepal. In early times there was a lot of tension between these groups but now in this modern age there is not much caste discrimination. During the trek we can visit many different rural villages and learn from their unique lifestyles. You can get awesome experiences to feel the lifestyle of the local people in the isolated mountains village. The Trek fascinates you with different exciting natural and cultural diversity with beautiful lakes and high passes. Not only different ethnical groups but also different religions house in Nepal, from Hindu to Tibet-Buddhism and Muslim to Christian, and many more, Nepal is becoming an international hub for every type of religion. Interesting is to see the difference in religious rituals and festivals. Nepal has more than 50 different festivals per year and one of the best times to visit will be during the Dashain festival, where all Nepal celebrates! Trekking in a Verities of options are available for the people who are eager to trek in the naturally beautiful country of Nepal. With pre-plane or without any plane trekking in Nepal, both are acceptable and it is strongly advised to book some extra days to anticipate flight delays due to bad weather.
 
Nepal is a Himalayas country and it is home to 8 of the world’s highest mountains; Mt. Everest, Kangchenjunga, Manaslu, Lhotse, Makalu, Dhaulagiri, Cho Oyu, Nuptse. Nepal is a famous for its incredible landscapes filled with lush green Valleys, high Mountains, snow-capped peaks and cultural wonders. Nepal is surely a worth trekking destination for any type of adventurers.

When to go
Before going for trekking, you should know the best trekking seasons in Nepal, in order to make the comfortable trek. The seasons; March to June and September to December are the best seasons to travel in Nepal. Temperature is fine and atmospheres are usually clear in these seasons even though, May and June are the rainy seasons in Nepal. It will be better to trek out of this season; however, you need to be well-papered for the occasional rain and leeches along the way during the trek.
   
Trekking Peaks
In Nepal, there are 33 outstanding Himalayan peaks of 5650 to 6500m summit which are regarded as trekking peaks. For marvelous trekking, TIMS, trek permits, some money for emergency cases, and experienced and well-qualified trekking guide will be essential.

Accommodation
In Nepal there are different types of accommodation available. Travelers have an option in the city areas to stay in hotels, resorts or guest houses. In the smallers villages travelers can stay on homestay system and during treks we have the choices to stay at the tea houses or camping. These Tea Houses (Lodges) are located at the various points during the trek and offer you dorm room and basic meals which represents the culture and traditions of the native people. Many tea houses and hotels are available in the hills and mountain areas which cost reasonable prices with delicious meals. Sometime you may not feel comfortable with their offering accommodations and sometimes we need to stay in the camp, so you need to bring a sleeping bag in order to have a comfortable and sound sleep. For the camping management, you need permits licensed guide and the porter team to carry all the equipment’s and for a cooking our breakfast and dinner. Sometimes you can organize homestay in the local villages.
  
Experience & Fitness
Adventurous treks in Nepal are suitable for the wide spectrum of experience and to make physical fitness. In Nepal there are numerous trekking grades available to ensure every trekker can enjoy a trek suitable to their experiences. For long distance and tough treks, a good physical fitness is strongly recommended. So, to make successful trek you will be advice to practices before one month of your trek. Trekking through challenging ascend trails for few hours every day and hiking easy gentle treks with astonishing views of world’s highest summits (5650-6500m,) and scenic surrounding will provide you with a lifelong experience and physical fitness.

Altitude sickness
Be conscious extensively about altitude sickness, know symptoms and do not ignore them. You need to be careful about this and aware of conservative ascent schedule and drink plenty of fluids. you may realize headaches, stomach cramps, feel lack of oxygen and so on, then you need to inform to your guide and return back to a lower altitude. It is better that you need to carry some Diamox((acetazolamide) pills, however, it is not an instant solution for serious cases but helps to relieve symptoms. It may take a day or two days for recovery but don’t take acute mountain sickness lightly. You may encounter serious sickness, high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) symptoms or high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE) you must descent with at least one other trekker (or your guide). Consulting the pharmacist where you purchase Diamox is strongly advised. One major thing to remember is that body requires large amounts of water at altitude to counteract sickness so be sure to drink more than you are used to!

Safety considerations
For your safety, you need to always carry, water, head torch/lamp, some food, cell phone, helicopter flight number, local police station and a nearby health post in case of emergencies.
 
Rescue insurance
You need to check travel insurance which covers trekking activities and the conditions before departures. Beware that some insurance companies will not provide you coverage but view walking in the mountains as “mountaineering”, which will be very expensive to pay a helicopter release at 5000meters but some insurance policies may not cover you over 4000m.

Responsible trekking
Trek legally. Independent trekkers are by law not allowed to take any staff, for this you need a licensed Trekking Agency which is solely authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent license or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.

Please make sure that you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest dustbins. Pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles.

Trekking equipments
The major essentials things to bring for the trek:
  • Sturdy and comfortable hiking boots.
  • Sleeping bag (depending on your accommodation) and -20 degrees Celsius for colder regions
  • For the high-altitude regions, we should take thermals, Hiking pants, gloves, inner and outer jacket, neck warmer, and the down jacket.
  • Water purification supplies, a reusable water bottle, and a camelback water bladder
  • A hiking stick or two
  • Daypack, trekking bag pack, dry sack and camera bag
  • Few changes of clothes for the varying temperatures
  • Sunscreen, Hat, sunglasses, moisturizing skin cream and lip balm
  • Few snacks, granola bars
  • Waterproof case, fabric bandages such as moleskin, a headlamp, altitude sickness and other medication
  • Camera and binoculars.
  • Hand sanitizers, toilet paper, band-aids, wet wipes
  • Extra batteries (solar chargers recommended)

During the trek, you can purchase everyday basic supplies such as soap, chocolate bars, toilet paper and so on. As you climb up the price of the goods will upsurge significantly so you need to buy in the low altitude areas and also locally-produced products like Biscuits, fruits and so on. Crampons, mountaineering, and ice axes may be mandatory for high altitude treks. You need to take simple crampons (chains, spikes, and micro-spikes) to attach under the shoe using a rubber ring which is easily accessible in the Thamel area. A location map is easily accessible in Nepal.

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