Top Tips for Trekking in Nepal
Nepal is one of the most popular and best trekking destinations in the world. Many go to trekking at famous Mount Everest, the south side of the mountain is located in Nepal. But not everyone comes to the country just for Everest. The country offers outstanding natural beauty, but it is also a place that will severely challenge you, so you will definitely need to have good fitness if you want to be semi-okay with the long hours of trekking. Trekking the Himalayan mountains is often a once in a lifetime chance for many people, so you want to make the most of it. However, you also want to ensure that you stay healthy and safe whilst doing so. So, if this is your first time trekking in Nepal or even anywhere else in the world, take a look at these top tips for trekking in Nepal.
If you’re a first-time trekker, you really want to pace yourself. It may sound exciting to trek the Himalayas or Everest all at once and in a very short amount of time, but if you’ve never been to a third world country before, or been on a harsh hiking trip, then you really want to start off easy. Start off with a shorter trek at lower altitude, maybe in the Annapurna region, as this will get you used to walk up and down steep hills for long periods of time. It will also acclimatize you to the altitude; you don’t want to start off too high, too fast as you could be affected by altitude sickness!
Tour Guide or Independent?
Should you trek with or without a guide and porter? Well, it depends on whereabouts in Nepal you are trekking. If you’re hiking in the Annapurna region, you are more likely to be able to go it alone, and not need someone there to guide you. However, if you are trekking Everest or the Himalayas then it is suggested that you do invest in a guide and a porter. The government is even thinking of making it a legal requirement to have a guide and porter/s when trekking in Nepal. This practice may make you feel uncomfortable at first, but this is a great way of employing more local people and ensuring that they have a good income. It will also help keep you safer and less likely to get lost.
Rent, Rent, Rent!
What are you going to do with all your kit when you have finished the trek? Is it just going to sit in the attic somewhere? Will you donate it to a charity shop or will you use it again? If the case is that you are unlikely to use this equipment a second time, then it is better to rent it rather than buying it. There are rental stores in Kathmandu and Pokhara, which will provide every inch of gear that you will need! For cheap prices, you will find gear such as sleeping bags, hiking poles, jackets, and mattresses!
As well as these tips, ensure that you have a satellite phone in case of emergencies, and are always carrying a medical kit. And remember, Nepal is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, so take lots of pictures!