What to Expect when Trekking Nepal
The most common questions we receive relate to what to expect when trekking Nepal. Nepal is a developing country. Depending on where you live, or where you’ve traveled before, you may experience a culture shock. We love the quirkiness of Nepal, but it can take a little bit of getting used to.
The best way to have the most enjoyable time in Nepal, is quite simply to ‘not expect’ anything. If you don’t have any expectations, then you won’t be disappointed! Instead you can marvel at the different way of life. Notice and feel grateful for the things many of us take for granted every day of our lives.
That said, there are things we can help you prepare for. We share some of them in our FAQ’s and we’ll keep adding to this blog too!
If you're preparing to trek Nepal and looking for the most important tips, you can read our 'must know top tips' here. In addition to these, we've come up with a bunch of Nepal travel hacks! Read about how to blow your nose, stay warm, collect smiles, pack your backpack, and set yourself up for the adventure of a lifetime! In this blog we mention a few brands based purely on personal experience. We're not receiving any form of payment from these companies. On the Trekking Trail Our first Nepal travel hacks are useful when you're walking the trekking trail... The tortoise wins the race! At Nepalorama we believe in taking it 'slow and steady' on the trekking trail. We've seen it countless times... Enthusiastic trekkers overtake, proving their strength and stamina. But often, it's never too long before we overtake and leave them behind exhausted on the side of the trail. Even the fittest trekkers sometimes underestimate the stamina needed to trek at high altitudes. That's why taking it slow and steady wins the race every time, and leaves you with sufficient reserves for the next day and the next! It's the journey that counts, not the destination Some people just want to finish the day's walk as quickly as possible. But the nights in Nepal are long and the teahouses can be very cold. We prefer to take our time and encourage you to do the same! Enjoy the spectacular nature all around you. One of our favourite Nepal travel hacks - stop to notice the little things - there's way more to Nepal than its Himalayan giants! Pause to take photos that you'll cherish forever and take a break when you want - you can with Nepalorama as you'll have your own private guide! Don't compete with
If you’re preparing to trek Nepal and looking for the most important tips, you can read our ‘must know top tips’ here. In addition to these, we’ve come up with a bunch of Nepal travel hacks! Read about how to blow your nose, stay warm, collect smiles, pack your backpack, and set yourself up for the adventure of a lifetime!
When you trek Nepal, you'll want to feel well prepared. I've trekked in Nepal several times and have learnt some things the hard way. I'm sharing my top tips with you now, so you don't have to! I have plenty more which you can read here. But I believe the following 8 tips are the most important things you need to know and remember. These tips will help you stay safe and set you up to have an amazing experience in Nepal! My Top Tips for Trekking Nepal Tip 1. Understand a bit about altitude sickness Altitude sickness can affect anyone regardless of their age or level of fitness. So, it's essential that you know the basics. The higher the altitude, the lower the air pressure. This makes it more difficult to get the oxygen you need. It can start becoming a problem above around 2,500m/8,200ft. If symptoms are ignored they can become life threatening. So, it's critical that you know the symptoms to look out for and you take appropriate action as soon as you start feeling unwell. Mild altitude sickness (AMS) can feel like a bad hangover and can be worse at night. Symptoms include headache, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, tiredness, loss of appetite and shortness of breath. Never forget these golden rules created by Dr. David Shlim: If you feel unwell, you have altitude sickness until proven otherwise. Do not ascend further if you have symptoms of altitude sickness. If you are getting worse then descend immediately. If you trek with Nepalorama, we'll design a travel plan with sufficient days built in for you to safely acclimatise. Your guide will keep a close eye on you throughout the trek to make sure you're doing fine. If you start feeling unwell, he'll take a decision in your best
When you trek Nepal, you’ll want to feel well prepared. I’ve trekked in Nepal several times and have learnt some things the hard way. I’m sharing my top tips with you now, so you don’t have to! I have plenty more which you can read here. But I believe the following 8 tips are the most important things you need
In this short Nepalorama client interview, we asked Ellie and Jan from the UK what they thought about their trek in Nepal. They trekked with our founder Krishna in the Langtang Valley in September 2018. They didn't quite make it all the way to the holy lakes of Gosaikunda due to heavy rain - but it didn't dampen their spirits! This is their Langtang Valley recommendation! Describe your Nepal trek in one sentence! "Fantastic 9 days in the Langtang Valley - amazing scenery and great people!" You can trek in the Langtang Valley for as little as five or six days and enjoy incredible views. This stunning trek is perfect for nature lovers and it's completely different depending on when you visit. The landscape was so green when Ellie and Jan trekked, compared to when Krishna and I trekked the same trail in January! Trek in March or early April and you'll walk through the spectacular forests of rhododendrons that the Langtang region is famous for! What surprised you most during your visit to Nepal? "How high and green the mountains were but then snow in some places - it was so varied!" What did you enjoy most about your trek? "Reaching the peak at 4,770m was pretty epic - we’d never been that high before and it felt like a great achievement!" Enjoy spectacular views of Langtang Lirung (7,227m/23,711ft) the highest peak in the Langtang Himal, from the summit of Kyanjin-Ri (4,773m/15,659ft). What did you enjoy least (if anything!) about your trek? "The bus trip there and back was very long but totally worth it!" The only way to access treks in Langtang is by road, either by bus or private jeep. The latter is quite expensive so most trekkers opt to take the bus. What advice would you
In this short Nepalorama client interview, we asked Ellie and Jan from the UK what they thought about their trek in Nepal. They trekked with our founder Krishna in the Langtang Valley in September 2018. They didn’t quite make it all the way to the holy lakes of Gosaikunda due to heavy rain – but it didn’t dampen their spirits!
My decision to trek Nepal the first time around happened fast. I bought the ticket from a friend spur of the moment. It was a good price and Nepal sounded appealing. I was already used to travelling alone. Then it hit me. I'd just booked a trek in Nepal!!! I knew NOTHING about trekking Nepal. I had no idea what to expect, what I would find waiting for me and what the actual trek would be like. I could have done with an article like this. I needed Nepal trekking information and a few top tips from a seasoned trekker! A Day in the Life Trekking Nepal - Starting Your Day! After a restful night’s sleep (all being well), prepare to wake up early. Usually around 7-7:30am, but sometimes earlier if you’re scheduled to catch an amazing sunrise. I won’t lie. It’s tough getting out of your warm sleeping bag and getting changed into your trekking gear, especially when it’s really cold. Pick a number, count to it, then get up and change quickly! Put your trekking clothes in the bottom of your sleeping bag through the night, so they’re warm when you put them on in the morning. It really works! You’ll likely only have access to an outside cold tap, making it difficult to have a wash beyond your hands and face. Biodegradable hygiene wipes are the order of the day and perfect for staying clean where it matters! I promise, after a day you won't care what you look or smell like! But don’t forget to use purified water to clean your teeth. Once you’re up and dressed, pack your bag ready for a quick departure after breakfast. Pack your essentials in your day pack and the rest in your backpack. Head to the dining room where
My decision to trek Nepal the first time around happened fast. I bought the ticket from a friend spur of the moment. It was a good price and Nepal sounded appealing. I was already used to travelling alone. Then it hit me. I’d just booked a trek in Nepal!!! I knew NOTHING about trekking Nepal. I had no idea what
A huge 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal in April 2015, killing nearly 9,000 people and destroying many more homes. The village of Langtang was completely destroyed by a massive landslide. 243 people lost their lives. Trekking in the Langtang region was always next on my list - that was before the earthquake. It turned out I had to wait a while to trek the Langtang Valley. My time finally came almost three years later and it was AMAZING! Taking a Bus to Syabrubesi Krishna made all the arrangements and our bus was waiting for us when we arrived at the bus park in Thamel, the tourist haven of Kathmandu. Trekking in the Langtang region is only accessible by bus or private jeep from Kathmandu. Traveling by bus in Nepal is always an adventure! This particular journey was no exception. Long stretches of road are carved out of the steep mountainside, often with enough room for just one vehicle. I soon realised I'd sat on the wrong side of the bus. I could see every drop off mere inches away from me! Luckily the spectacular views kept me distracted! I saw Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain standing tall at 8,156m/26,759ft. The Tibetan border lined with snow capped peaks and finally our destination for this trek - Langtang Lirung (7,227m/23,711ft). The world you discover when taking a bus in Nepal is incredible and I'd recommend you try it. Though it's not always the safest transport option available. The safer, yet more expensive option when trekking in Langtang is to take a private jeep from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. Expect to pay around NPR 14,000 (~USD $140) one way, which can be split between up to 7-8 people. Syabrubesi I was relieved to arrive safely in the small town of Syabrubesi (1,400m/4,593ft), not far
A huge 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal in April 2015, killing nearly 9,000 people and destroying many more homes. The village of Langtang was completely destroyed by a massive landslide. 243 people lost their lives. Trekking in the Langtang region was always next on my list – that was before the earthquake. It turned out I had to wait a while
Updated 17 February 2022 If you've never been to Nepal, it can be a bit daunting when you arrive in Kathmandu! After a long journey it's helpful to know exactly what to expect, so that you can be prepared! Before You Leave Home Before you leave home, (within 15 days before your arrival in Kathmandu), complete the Online Tourist Visa Form and print it. You can find all the details in this FAQ. This saves you from having to queue at one of the kiosks in the airport when you arrive in Kathmandu. We also recommend making a photocopy of your passport details page. Sometimes Immigration ask for it, sometimes not. On the Plane Keep your Boarding Card safe - you'll need to submit it at the Immigration counter in Kathmandu. Sit back and relax! Stretch regularly, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Some airlines will give you a Nepal Arrivals Card to complete on the flight. If not don't worry, you can pick one up at the entrance of the Arrivals Lounge at Kathmandu Airport. You can use our address details: Nepalorama Trekking, Paknajol Road, Paknajol, Kathmandu. Also, keep your printed baggage label/tag handy. You'll have received this when you checked in for your flight. Usually it will be stuck on the back of your passport or boarding pass. You might need this as you exit the airport. When You Arrive in Kathmandu, Obtain Your Entry Visa Pick up an Arrivals Card at the entrance of the Arrivals Lounge and complete it (if you didn't get one on the plane). If you've completed the Online Tourist Visa Form and have the printed confirmation, walk straight ahead to the counter where you pay your visa fee (USD $30 for 15 days, $50 for 30 days - most major
Updated 17 February 2022 If you’ve never been to Nepal, it can be a bit daunting when you arrive in Kathmandu! After a long journey it’s helpful to know exactly what to expect, so that you can be prepared! Before You Leave Home Before you leave home, (within 15 days before your arrival in Kathmandu), complete the Online Tourist Visa
Elliot and his friends trekked with our Founder - Krishna in 2015. He wrote a great blog 'The Hardest Journey' about his experience that we want to share with you! You can read about their incredible adventure and get a taste for what it's like trekking Nepal here. "Most of all, thanks to our superb guide Krishna Adhikari who made sure we never came close to dying, and managed to do so while laughing with a grin permanently fixed on his face. Furthermore, Krishna’s selection of comfortable lodging, filling meals, and fun activities allowed us to focus on moving one foot after the other and relish in the unparalleled landscape. I highly recommend you contact Krishna (Nepalorama Trekking) if you ever want to visit Nepal." Organise Your Trek with Nepalorama! Whether you want to embark upon your own 'hardest journey' or start with an easier, lower altitude trek, we can help! Take a look at our most popular destinations or get in touch for your customised quote! Still need some convincing? Here's why you should choose to trek with us!
Elliot and his friends trekked with our Founder – Krishna in 2015. He wrote a great blog ‘The Hardest Journey’ about his experience that we want to share with you! You can read about their incredible adventure and get a taste for what it’s like trekking Nepal here. “Most of all, thanks to our superb guide Krishna Adhikari who made