Trekking in Nepal : A Beginners Guide
May 12, 2016
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 almost all capabilities as well as some fantastic tour operators who will take all of the stress and hassle out of planning your trip, leaving you free to concentrate on the experience.
So if you are planning your first foray into the world of the trekker, 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, so your first challenge is to decide which region to head for.
The two most famous regions are Annapurna and Everest, with the Annapurna circuit and Everest Base Camp trek the most popular routes respectively.
Though these can be adjusted slightly for beginners, they can be quite challenging treks, so for your first taste of life in the hiking boot its probably best to choose a smaller section or a less strenuous trek.
If you’re a true novice trekking Nepali for the first time, then Annapurna is probably your best bet as the landscape is more gentle than in the region around Everest, giving you more time to take in the stunning beauty of the country.
What to bring?
Your kit list will of course depend on the region that you’re travelling to, 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, as 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 will be staggering, so you’ll want to take as many snaps as possible to show everyone back home just where you’ve been.
If you choose Nepal for your first trekking experience, there’s no doubt that you’ll be hooked from the moment you set foot in the Himalayas, so you might as well invest in a good pair of boots, because the chances are that you’ll be using them again and again and again.