Trekking in Nepal : A Beginners Guide
As one of the foremost trekking destinations in the world, Nepal is a great spot to choose for your first real trek.
There are routes and circuits to suit all capabilities. You can easily find some fantastic tour operators who will take all of the stress and hassle out of planning your trip. You will therefore be free to concentrate on the experience.
It’s your first foray into Himalayan trekking? So here’s a quick guide to help you through the basics.
Where to go?
With so many famous routes, there can seem an almost overwhelming number of Nepal trekking options. thus your first challenge is to decide which region to head for.
The two most famous regions are Annapurna and Everest. The Annapurna circuit and Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek are the most popular routes. Lately the more challenging three passes trek is becoming increasingly popular.
Whilst adjustments can be made for beginners, most are quite demanding. Perhaps if it’s your first taste of life in hiking boots you consider a smaller section or less strenuous trek.
True novices trekking in Nepal for the first time will possibly find Annapurna is their best bet. The landscape is gentler than the Everest region, giving you more time to take appreciate stunning beauty of the country.
What to bring?
Your kit list will depend on the region that you’re travelling in, the length of your visit and the tour company that you’re trekking with. But one thing that everyone will need is a sturdy pair of trekking boots.
The importance of having a comfortable and well worn in pair of boots for Nepal trekking cannot be overestimated. Having sore feet is no fun at 5000m and there are very few foot spas in the Himalayas.
The other thing that you’ll definitely need is a camera. Whether you choose to trek in Everest or Annapurna, the views and scenery are staggering. You will definitely want to take as many photoes as possible to show everyone back home just where you’ve been.
If Nepal is your first chosen trekking experience, you’ll be hooked from the moment you set foot in the Himalayas. Save money by investing in a good pair of boots. The chances are that you’ll be using them again and again and again.
My list of Essentials for high altitude trekking
- Four seasons sleeping bag.
- Duck Down jacket/high thermal capacity jacket.
- Good backpack
- Water purification system
- Only essential clothing
- Spare batteries
- Phone charger
- Robust Clothes
- Good quality Waterproofs
- Walking Socks Sun cream
- Medical kit
- Insect repellent
- Travel Towel & Wash kit
- Metal water carrier bottle
- Hand sanitizer
- Passport Photoes
- Loo Roll
- Head Torch