Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Easy
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Public Vehicle
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse or Lodge
  • Group Size: 2-16
  • Max Elevation: Tharepati (3650m)

Highlights

  • Explore the Shivapuri National Park.
  • Scenic view of  Ganesh Himal (7,406m), Langtang Lirung (7,345m) and Gaurishankar (7,145m).
  • Visit the ancient monasteries, shrines, and stupas.
  • Explore the Buddist culture and other ethnic groups of people.
  • Visit the sweet apple farm.
  • The Losar celebrations in winter will give you a great chance to explore the traditions, culture, and lifestyle of the locals.
     

Description

Helambu trek (2,560 m) is one of the popular trekking trails in the Langtang region. Helambu region of highlands villages is home to the Hyolmo people of Nepal. Helambu is popular for its sweet apples, monasteries, and pilgrimages.

Located in the Shindhupalchok district of Nepal, the trails are adventurous and exciting with scenic views provided to you. The trekking routes are not so far from modern civilization, it's about 80 km from Kathmandu.

During the trek, you can see the scenic view of the snow-covered peaks such as Ganesh Himal (7,406m), Langtang Lirung (7,345m) and Gaurishankar (7,145m) including the Langtang Himalayan range. The beautiful green vegetation and flora and fauna fill the trekking trails. You can see the beautiful Helambu valley, rivers, streams, landscapes, waterfalls and walk through the rhododendron and oaks forest.

Mostly, Buddhist people live in these areas. The people are very kind and friendly. You might also come across the Hyolmo, they are an indigenous group of people and are native residents of the Helambu valleys. You’ll enjoy the antique lifestyle, culture, and tradition of these people.

The benefit of this trek is that the area is less crowded and free from noise and air pollution. While you walk through the trails, you can explore the sacred monasteries, gompas, and stupas.

Helambu trek requires 6 days to complete successfully. On the first day of the trip, you’ll drive to Sundarijal for an hour and start the trek from Sundarijal (1,400 m) to Chisapani (2,135 m). You’ll be ascending uphill while passing through different villages, beautiful landscapes, waterfalls, rivers, streams, and many more while the amazing Langtang Himalayan ranges accompany you.

After you reach Tharepati (3,650 m) you’ll start to descend downhill and on the next day, you’ll reach Tarke Ghyang (2,560 m) also popularly known as Helambu. Your trek will end after reaching Melamchi (850 m). Then you’ll return back to Kathmandu (4 hours) on a private jeep or bus and departure.

6 Days Helambu Trek Itinerary

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Driving duration: 1 hour & Walking duration: 4 hours

The first day of Helambu trek starts with a short drive towards Sundarijal from the hotel you’re staying at. Sundarijal is one of the places where you can find natural beauty within the crowded cities of Kathmandu. This place is famous for waterfalls, rivers and beautiful views of Kathmandu valley.

After you reach Sundarijal, your trekking journey starts towards Chisapani. You’ll start the trek by ascending uphill on an unpaved trail along with a small hydroelectricity plant. The trail takes us further towards Shivapuri National Park.

Then you’ll come across the first settlement Mulkharka dominated by Tamang community. After taking some rest, tea and snacks break at Mulkharka, you’ll continue the trek until you reach Chisapani.

After you reach Chisapani, you’ll enjoy the mesmerizing view of the mountains and surroundings. Overnight stay in a teahouse at Chisapani.

  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Altitude: 2135m

Walking duration: 7 hours

On this day, you’ll be trekking from Chisapani to Kutumsang. Kutumsang is a long but small village with a gentle climate and a peaceful atmosphere.

Early in the morning, you’ll start the trek by watching the beautiful sunrise from the Chisapani viewpoint. You’ll then descend the trek by passing through the meadow fields while the Langtang Himalayan range accompanies you.

After you reach a place called Pati Bhanjyang, you start to ascend uphill towards Gul Bhanjyang (2140m). You’ll be passing through rhododendron and oaks forest and different types of flora and fauna until you reach Kutumsang. Overnight stay in a teahouse at Kutumsang.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Altitude: 2470m

Walking duration: 6 hours

Today, you’ll continue the trek from Kutumsang to Tharepati. You’ll start by heading towards the north of the Himalayan which offers panoramic views of the Helambu valley, Langtang mountain range, and some snow-covered peaks.

You’ll be ascending uphill through steep and narrow trails until you pass through the light populated oaks and rhododendron forest to Magen Goth.

You’ll reach Tharepati after a short walk from Magen Goth. Overnight stay in a teahouse at Tharepati.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Altitude: 3650m

Walking duration: 6 hours

On this day, you’ll continue the trek from Tharepati to Tarke Ghyang. You’ll head towards the east of Himalayan while the trail rapidly descends downhill through small Sherpa villages of Malemchigaon (2,530m). You can visit the old but artistic monasteries and Gompas.

As you walk through the mesmerizing views of landscapes, green vegetation, flora, and fauna with the Langtang Himalayan range accompanying you, the small village of Tarke Ghyang will welcome you.

Tarke Ghyang is popularly known as Helambu since most of the inhabitants belong to the Hyolmo caste. Overnight stay in a teahouse at Tarke Ghyang.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Altitude: 2560m

Walking duration: 4-5 hours

Today, you’ll trek from Tarke Ghyang to Shermathang. The trekking trails are flat and easy towards Shermathang. Genital descends through the dense forest, waterfalls, and streams will offer some picturesque views.

After crossing several small villages between Parachin and the Sherpa village of Gangyul, you’ll reach Shermathang. Overnight stay in a teahouse at Shermathang.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Altitude: 2610m

Walking duration: 3 hours

Drive duration: 4 hours

This will be the final day of the Helambu trek. Melamchi is the settlement for Hindu and Buddhist people. The Buddhist people are extensive in the high mountains. You’ll continue the trek from Shermathang to Melamchi by descending downhill and come across many old villages and terraced fields that people do farming on.

After you reach Melamchi, you’ll rest for a while and enjoy your time in the Melamchi bazaar. Then a private jeep will pick you up and you’ll be on a return towards Kathmandu. After you reach Kathmandu, the Helambu trek comes to an end and departure.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
  • Altitude: 1320m

What to Expect

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pickup and Drop  
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Private Vehicle (Kathmandu to Sundarijal)
  • Local Bus (Melamchi to Kathmandu)
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide with Insurance, Transportation, Food and Accommodation
  • All Trekking Permits (Shivapuri Nagarjun Permit, Langtang National Park Entry Fee and TIMS card)
  • Daily seasonal fresh fruits after dinner 
  • A first aid kit carried by the guide (Oximeter to measure your oxygen and pulse in high altitude) 
  • All Government and Local Taxes

Cost Excludes

  • International Flight Ticket and Nepalese Visa Fee
  • Hotel & Meals in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses (Wifi, Phone calls, Laundry, Bar bills, Battery Recharge, Water, Shower, and Tea / Coffee)
  • Other costs not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tips for Guides, Porters, and Drivers

Optional

 

  • Melamchi  to Kathmandu Private Transport  USD 150$ Pre Transfer 
  • Kathmnau Hotel Twin Sharing on BB USD 60$ Per Night

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
26 Jun, 2024 - 01 Jul, 2024GuaranteedUS$700
30 Jun, 2024 - 05 Jul, 2024GuaranteedUS$700

Useful Information

Helambu Trek Difficulty

Helambu trek is a moderate trek, however, there are some difficulties that come along the trek.

Altitude sickness is one of the hassles that may occur during the trek. Any age group of people can get altitude sickness. It does not matter if you are young, fit or old. Keep your body hydrated, walk gently and take lots of rest and follow what your guide suggests. Then you are free of the risk of altitude sickness.

Helambu trek demands 6-7 hours of walk most of the time and the trek will end within a week. So, it is not hard to complete the trek. 

If you have experience in trekking and can walk for hours then you can complete this trek with ease. Even if you are not experienced and physically fit you can do the trek, however, it might be a little hard for you. We suggest you do lightweight exercise 2-3 weeks before the trek starts.

Another difficulty is the weather and temperature. As you elevate higher and higher the stability of the climate gradually decreases. You might experience rain, cold, heat and snowfall sometimes. So, you’ll need useful and the right trekking gear and equipment to protect yourself from the climate conditions. 

Any age group of people can complete the trek successfully. We provide you with guides who are professional and experienced in the trekking field. They will help you with everything that falls under the trek.

Best Time for Helambu Trek

The Helambu trek is doable at any time of the year. However, you’ll need proper trekking gear and equipment and initialize proper planning for the trek. 

But the best time for Helambu trek or any other trek in Nepal is in spring (March to May) and autumn(September to November) season. You can spot the green and clean atmosphere in these seasons. The mountains and Himalayan range, rivers, waterfalls, landscapes, gorges, and streams are beautifully seen.

Spring (March to May)

Spring is one of the best seasons to trek in Nepal. The weather and temperature are perfect and stable throughout the day. You can see the snow-covered peaks up close including the mountain range without any distractions of clouds blocking the views.
The skies are clear and beautiful with a clean and green atmosphere. The temperature in the Helambu is between 15-20 degrees. Lower regions along the trek are even warmer making it pleasant for trekkers.

Summer (June to August)

If you are ready for the heat, June, July, and August month is the best. These months are summer seasons in Nepal. However, you’ll experience lots of rainfall which results in a slippery path and can be hard for trekking. 
Monsoon begins around June and the rainfalls occur till August. The temperature during the days usually ranges from 10-28 degrees and gets cold at night from 10- 13 degrees. 

If you don’t want to face rainfall, starting early is the best thing to do. You can enjoy the clear morning views and end the trek at noon. The weather is not so good in the afternoon and evening. 

Autumn (September to November)

Another best season for trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas is Autumn. September, October, and November are the trekker’s favorite months for trekking. There is not much difference between Spring and Autumn. Nature's beauty is at its full glory in these seasons.
However, in early September you might experience slight rainfall because of the monsoon season coming to an end. From mid-September to November, you can see travels from around the world in Nepal. The temperature and weather are mild and stable throughout the day but the nights are colder. 

Winter (December to February)

As Spring and Autumn are famous for trekking in Nepal, winter is also famous in the Langtang region. You have to get ready for the cold as the temperature of Helambu itself can be as low as -6 degree, which tempts the trekkers to visit this region in pleasant climatic conditions. 
December and January are the coldest months. The winter starts in December and the cold weather gradually decreases in February. The skies and views are clear and beautiful. The snow covers the trails and the surroundings are beautiful.
There are fewer crowds in this season and make your journey more peaceful and enjoyable. For experienced trekkers, it can be easy and enjoyable but it might be hard for the people who have less experience and beginners. 

Food and Accommodation in Helambu Trek

To provide the best accommodation and food available in the area is our responsibility. In Kathmandu, you can enjoy a wide range of food and accommodation as per your requirement. But as you start your trek, the food and accommodation facilities might decrease. 

6 days Helambu trek includes 5 days in a lodge or teahouse. The accommodation facilities are basic but the rooms are clean and comfortable. The people in the teahouse are the best when it comes to hospitality. These teahouses make your trip more exciting and adventurous.

For food, you’ll be tasting basic Nepali flavors and dishes (Dal Bhat, Dhindo, local bread, Momo, pancakes and many more). These foods are healthy and tasty. It will provide lots of energy and protein as required for the trek. You’ll be your breakfast and lunch at the teahouse.

Permits and Fees required for Helambu Trek

As Helambu lies in the Langtang region, the permits for Helambu Trek is similar to the Langtang trek permit. You’ll need two types of permits to do the trek TIMS card, Langtang National Park Entry Permit and pay the Shivapuri National Park Entrance fee.

TIMS card 

Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) is an essential permit that every trekker must carry while trekking the Nepalese Himalayas. There are three types of TIMS cards pink, blue and green.

  • Pink cards are for SAARC nationals: NRP 600 Rs / about $6
  • Blue cards are for foreign trekkers who travel in a group: NRP 1000 Rs / about $10
  • Green cards are for individual foreign trekkers: NRP 2000 Rs / about $20

Langtang National Park Entry Permit
 
Langtang National Park Entry Permit is the second one required for Helambu trek.

  • Permit for SAARC nationals: NPR 1500 Rs / about $15 
  • Permit for other foreign nationals: NRP 3000 Rs / about $30

Shivapuri National Park Entrance Fees

During the Helambu trek, you’ll enter the Shivapuri National Park from Sundarijal. You need to pay a certain amount of money for the entry pass.

  • SAARC nationals: NRP 400 Rs / about $3.4
  • Foreign national: NRP 500 Rs / about $5

Note: 13% VAT (Value Added Tax) is excluded in these prices and permit is not required for the individual below 10.

FAQs

What is Trekking, and how it is different than Hiking and Climbing?

Trekking is an activity of walking the natural landscapes (especially the side of the mountain) with a specific purpose of exploring and enjoying the scenery. Trekking is generally a multi-day walk, where you stay overnight at trails. 

It tests the trekker's physical ability, stamina, endurance, and also the psychological capacity. Trekking is different from hiking as trekking is a rigorous and challenging activity, whereas hiking is mainly a leisure activity. Hiking generally ranges from a single day walk. 

Climbing, on the other hand, is a much more challenging that requires various technical skills like abseiling, rope fixing, among others. A climber is much riskier requires specialized equipment, as well as rigorous training.

How many hours should I walk daily?

The trekking hours depend upon the trekking routes you choose. In general, a trek like Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Manaslu Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp, Kanchenjunga treks requires five to six hours of walking on average. The duration also depends on your pace too. 

It is not advisable to trek more than 600m altitude in a day. Starting your trek early is key to avoiding the midday heat and arriving at your destination early. This leaves you enough time to rest, acclimatize, and explore the region.

How difficult is trekking in Nepal?

The level of difficulty depends on the trekking route such as Everest region treks, Annapurna region treks, and other remote area treks. It is also subjective to each individual and their level of endurance. A basic level of fitness is necessary to trek the high altitude region of Nepal with considerably challenging trails. 

Also Read: Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty 

Some regular exercise, including cardiovascular activities including but not limited to hiking, cycling, swimming, is a must. Trekkers must have a healthy heart, lungs, and joints. You must start the training regime at least two weeks before the trek.

Is Trekking recommended for all age groups of travelers?

Trekking in Nepal is ideal for all age groups. Trekking can be fun for children as well as for people in their seventies. You can choose the trek based on the difficulty level and suitability.

However, with children, you need to be extra careful in the high altitude regions as they cannot express their pain and fatigue properly. For older people, treks can get customized with accommodating enough rest, acclimatization, and cultural exploration.

You can opt for Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, as it is one of the most popular easy treks in Nepal. This trek is suitable for all age groups with children and family as well. 

Also Read: Top 10 Best Short Treks in Nepal

What is the minimum duration for trekking?

The minimum duration of trekking depends upon the trek destination and trail type. There are many treks that last around 3-8 days. 

These treks are short and specially designed for beginners. The trek journey can get modified by increasing or decreasing the rest and acclimatization days.

Do I need to get some training before doing trekking in Nepal?

Yes, it's better to get some training before doin trekking in Nepal. The training should consist of practice hikes, cardiovascular endurance (aerobic exercise), strength training, and mental strength exercises.

What are the basic tips for beginner trekkers who don’t have any experience?

The essential tips for beginners trekkers who don't have any experience are:

  • Walk at a slow but steady pace
  • Do not rush in your trek
  • Acclimatize and hydrate regularly
  • Pack all your necessities properly
  • Start early on your trek
  • Pre-book your trip

How safe is the water to drink?

The tap water in Nepal is unsafe to drink. The trekkers need to boil their water, use water purification tablets, or bottled water. In high altitude conditions, you need to boil water longer than at lower elevations. 

If you choose to carry or buy bottled water, you should always check if the bottle cap is properly sealed and not tampered. Water purification tablets and drops like Piyush, Water guard use chlorine solution to purify waters. 

You can use any of these methods and drink lots of water to reduce dehydration and cope with altitude sickness.

Where are we staying each night during trekking?

Nepal is famous for the teahouse treks. There are tea houses, lodges, guest houses all along the trails. You will stay at these accommodations each night on your trekking adventure. 

These accommodation facilities provide twin beds, a pillow, and a warm fuzzy blanket. You might find it challenging to find proper accommodation facilities along with the remote off the beaten treks. You might have to camp in such conditions. 

What is Teahouse Trekking Nepal?

The teahouses trekking means staying in a teahouse or lodge every night in your trekking journey. The tea houses offer necessary facilities of lodging and meal and allow trekkers to carry a minimum amount of gear. 

A teahouse can range from comfortable lodges, like in the Solu Khumbu region to a small bamboo hut in the remote trails of western Nepal.

Which are the permits required for trekking? Can I apply as an individual?

A TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems) card is a necessary trekking permit required for any trekking activity in Nepal. Besides that, you will need area-specific trekking permits at varied costs based on the region. 

For example, you will need an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) if you want to do the Annapurna Circuit trek permit and a Sagarmatha National park permit for the EBC trek. You can get the TIMS card and other area-specific permits at the office of the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu.

Is Travel Insurance compulsory while you travel to Nepal?

Yes, travel insurance is compulsory for all travelers traveling to the region. You must get an excellent travel insurance package that covers both the medical and emergency evacuation cost. A travel insurance package of a minimum of USD 100,000 is ideal.

What if I get sick in the mountains?

When trekking in the remote mountain areas, you will only get elementary medical facilities available or none at all. You can find the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) health posts run by western volunteer doctors at Pheriche and Manang in the Everest and Annapurna region, respectively. 

The doctors provide consultation and services if necessary. If you get severely ill or accidents, then you might as well need a helicopter evacuation back to Kathmandu or Pokhara.

How high is the chance to get altitude sickness? How will a guide help?

The chance to get altitude sickness is exceptionally high in these Himalayan regions. A guide will help you to acclimatize appropriately, which is a crucial step to avoid altitude sickness. The guide can also help you to recover in case you get altitude sickness or with any emergencies. 

How to avoid altitude sickness?

The primary key to avoid altitude sickness is to acclimatize properly. You should not gain more than 600m in altitude in the high altitude regions. Expert trekkers advise to take it slow and not to trek in a rush. 

Regular hydration with at least 5 liters of water is a must. You can also take precautionary tablets under the supervision of a medical professional if needed.

Why is the domestic flight specially to and from Lukla or Jomsom delayed?

The domestic flight to and from Lukla gets delayed frequently due to unfavorable weather conditions. The weather around the high altitude regions is quite unpredictable. 

Lukla airport is also one of the smallest airports in the world. The short runway means that multiple flights cannot land at the same time and can even cause unwanted delays.

Who will carry my backpack?

You can hire a porter for the high altitude trek. They will carry all your luggage that might include your trekking and sleeping equipment. Hiring a porter significantly reduces the weight off your back. 

You can carry a light daypack consisting of water, a camera, snacks, and rain gear. The heavy luggage will get carried by a porter. Some guides work as porters, as well. 

What are the food items that we can eat in the teahouse?

For breakfast, the tea houses provide a regular bread toast along with hot tea or coffee. For lunch and dinner, the staple dish of “Dal Bhat” gets served on the tea houses. The Dal Bhat is highly nutritious, with a balance of carbohydrates and protein. 

It consists of if rice, cereal, vegetables, lentils, spinach, meat, and pickles. Some tea houses do serve a limited variety of western cuisines like pizza, burgers, and pasta, as well. 

What are the services that we get from each teahouse?

The tea houses provide lodging and meal facilities. They provide a twin bedroom with a pillow and a fuzzy blanket. You will have to share a shared bathroom with fellow trekkers. The toilets are generally of squat style. 

Besides that, you will get all the meal facilities in the tea houses as well. You can get all the meals of the day i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the tea houses. The food might not be fancy but provides you with excellent nutrition and adequate energy for the trek. 

How safe is Nepal for solo woman traveler?

Nepal is generally safe for women travelers. The Nepalese society is quite conservative and has a specific idea of modest clothing. Dressing modestly by covering thighs and shoulders will save you from unwanted gaze on the streets. 

Female travelers should not travel alone, especially at late nights. You should also choose your guide wisely after a thorough background check. If you keep these things in your mind, you will remain safe while traveling in Nepal.

How much money should I bring for trekking?

A general estimate of $25 per day per person on average would be enough for trekking in Nepal. The food and accommodation costs are generally paid upfront and costs around $2 - $3 per bed. This also includes the food costs that are available provided in the teahouses. 

If you wish to take hot water showers or recharge electronic gadgets, it might cost you a couple of bucks more. If you are a budget traveler, spending frugally might get the costs down to $15. Overall, the rough estimate of $25 is ideal for the trek.

Are there any ATMs on the way to trekking routes?

There are no ATMs along the trail in the high altitude region. The last ATM can is in Namche and Lukla if you are trekking the Everest Base Camp region. You will have to use the ATM in Kathmandu and Pokhara and carry the necessary cash along with you in the trek. 

How much weight can one porter carry?

A porter generally carries 10kg per client, and they carry for two clients, which means they can carry a maximum of 20kg. However, it is advisable to reduce the amount of luggage and only take the necessary ones.

How many tips should we give to guide and porter?

The general unwritten but widely followed rule is to tip 15 percent of the total cost spent trekking. If you are trekking solo, the rule of thumb is to tip $5 per day or equivalent for guides and $2 to $4 per day or equivalent for porters. 

For group trekking, you can tip $10 per day for guides and $5 per day for porters. You can also tip as you wish based on the weight carried and the service provided.

What are the best seasons for trekking in Nepal?

The best time for trekking is the Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). During spring, wildflowers, including rhododendrons bloom all over the trails. The clear skies and stable weather is the major attraction of the trek.

The autumn months of September to November is famous for its soothing climate and favorable temperatures. In addition to these perks, autumn is also a festive season with vibrant festivals Dashain and Tihar falling at this time of the year. 

The monsoon and the winters are generally avoided because of the risks and the challenges.  

Also Read: Best Time to Visit Nepal

What are the basic criteria for physical fitness?

Many people assume that they need to have an athletic strength to complete treks in Nepal, which is not true. A basic level of fitness with good stamina can easily lead you to success in the trails of Nepal. 

Some cardio (aerobic) exercises, including hiking, cycling, swimming, tai chi, etc. can help you gain fitness before the start of your trek. One important thing to consider is that the treks are not a race, so you need to maintain a gentle pace with sufficient breaks and acclimatization. 

If your fitness levels are on the higher side, you will enjoy the treks more and find more energy for extra activities.

Can I do trekking solo without a guide and porter?

Yes, you can trek solo in Nepal without a guide or a porter on many routes. If you come well prepared with a map or traveling a well-trodden path, you can trek pleasantly in solitude.

However, some restricted trails like Manaslu Circuit Trek do require a guide by compulsion. But there are risks of traveling without a guide mostly related to health issues and freak weather conditions. 

Also Read: Manaslu Circuit Trek Without Guide

Can you list out the packing list for trekking?

The packing list for trekking in Nepal are as follows:

Clothing

  • Trekking pants and jackets
  • Rainproof pants and jackets
  • Thermals underwear
  • Pair of Gloves
  • Short-sleeved trekking shirts
  • Long-sleeved trekking shirts
  • Woolen cap/ beanies
  • Insulating jackets
  • fleece-lined jacket
  • Lightweight Sweaters 
  • Trekking boots

First Aid

  • Band-aids
  • Anti-nausea Medicines
  • Sanitary pads/ Tampons
  • Mosquito repellent spray or ointment

Toiletries

  • Toilet Paper
  • Shampoo 
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer

Accessories

  • Cameras
  • Water Bottle
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Chargers
  • Extra Batteries

Important Documents

  • Passport
  • Photo
  • Travel Permits

Can I recharge my camera batteries, phone, and other electronic batteries?

Yes, there are facilities for charging electronic gadgets like cameras, phones, and other electric batteries at an added cost. However, the charges are on the higher side, and charging time gets limited. Hence, carrying a solar-powered charger or power bank is a good option.

Can I get trekking gears and equipment on rent?

Yes, you can get any trekking gears and equipment on rent. The famous street of Thamel in Kathmandu is popularly known as “backpacker’s alley.” You can get all kinds of trekking gears and equipment, including sleeping bags, down jackets, trekking boots, for rent. 

There are many gears of knock-off brands that work surprisingly well. But you should always stay away from substandard stuff that might cause you nuisance along the trek.

Is laundry services available in teahouse?

There are a few laundry services available in places like Namche. However, in the high altitude region, these facilities get scarce. You will have to wash your clothes on your own in the sink. You can use a small amount of warm water to wash your clothes.

What is the weather like in Nepal?

There are five distinct seasons in Nepal. The summers are hot and wet, and the monsoons are wet with chances of landslides. The winters are cold with freezing temperatures in the high mountains. These seasons are not the best time to trek the region. 

The peak trekking seasons in Nepal are the autumn and the spring season. The autumn months come after the monsoon, and thus trekkers can enjoy the stable weather with perfect trekking temperatures. 

The spring is when the trails look its best. The beautiful wildflowers, including rhododendron bloom all over the trails and the scenic environment, makes the trek quite pleasant.

What types of trekking shoes or boots do I need to bring?

You will require waterproof, sturdy hiking boots for trekking the Himalayas in Nepal. There are various shops in and around Thamel in Kathmandu that lets you buy or rent specialized trekking shoes.

Trekkers do not necessarily require crampons, but if you are trekking on a snowy trail, crampons fitted trekking boots helps you get past the snow with ease. 

How will the travel company solve the problem in case of an emergency?

The guides and porters are adequately trained and skilled in handling emergencies. The travel agency is in communication with the team leader at all times through a mobile or a satellite phone. 

You will get immediate first aid and all necessary help if required. Helicopters are at standby positions in case the conditions get worse, and you need an emergency helicopter evacuation.

Are there any other outdoor activities besides trekking in Nepal?

Nepal is an adventure-lovers delight. There are many outdoor activities, including bungee jumping, paragliding, zip-lining, rafting, rock climbing, canoeing, jungle safari, and others in Nepal. You can choose the best one according to your desire and schedule.

How expensive or costly is to do trekking?

While the cost may vary according to the trails, in general, the cost of trekking ranges around $1000-$2500 on average, excluding the international flight costs. This cost includes food, accommodation, permits, guide/porter, and other fees.

Which were the trekking routes damaged by an earthquake in 2015?

The popular routes Annapurna Base Camp trek and the Everest Base Camp trek was not much affected by the earthquake in 2015. However, the pristine Langtang and Manalsu trekking region were severely affected. 

The landslide after the earthquake swept away many teahouses in the Langtang region, and more than 300 lives were lost. The quick rebuilding process led by the local community ensured that all the trekking routes get restored and repaired immediately. 

These trails are safer than ever for a trekking adventure. Trekking has since resumed in the Langtang region.

Where the most popular places to do trekking in Nepal?

There are many trekking trails in Nepal. Some of the famous trekking trails include the Everest Base Camp Trek in the Everest region. The Annapurna Circuit trek in the tranquil Annapurna region is also quite popular. 

The Upper Mustang trek, Manaslu trek, Langtang trek are also quite popular. Besides these, many off the beaten trekking routes are gaining popularity as well.

Does my guide carry a simple medical kit for general treatment?

Yes, the professional guides do carry a simple medical/ first aid kits. They are well trained and are adept at performing simple first aid if necessary. However, if the condition worsens, you will need professional medical help or even evacuation.

Do I need to carry a sleeping bag or not?

Although a warm blanket gets provided at the teahouses, carrying a sleeping bag is always a good option. The trails can get busy, and in freezing conditions, a single blanket might not be enough, and an extra blanket might not be available. Hence, a sleeping bag helps you get a good night's sleep after a long day of the trek.

What is the basic equipment do I need to bring for trekking?

The essential equipment you need to bring for trekking includes standard trekking gears and clothes, first aid kits, toiletries, and other accessories. The trekking gears and clothes include waterproof trekking jackets, sturdy boots, waterproof pants, gloves, and others. 

For first aid, you can pack band-aids, insect repellents, anti nauseant tablets, etc. You can also bring other accessories like a camera, charger, power banks, and others. 

Should I bring a tent or a mattress?

Since you will be staying in tea houses along the trek, a tent or a mattress is not necessary. The tea houses along the trail provide the facilities of bed, mattress, and blankets. 

However, if you wish to camp outside or want to trek the off the beaten remote trails, then you might need to bring your tent or mattress as the tea houses are scarce in these remote regions.

Where can I leave my personal stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

You can leave your stuff in the guest houses and hotels where you will be staying in Kathmandu. These guesthouses have a unique service designed for trekkers who need to store their belongings while they go on a trek in the Himalayas. 

You can ask the caretaker to handle your backpack with care and also put up a large and visible name tag on the bags to avoid misplacement. The guesthouses readily agree to store your stuff as they can serve you further after your return from the trek.

How experienced is my trekking guide?

All our guides have been around the trekking scene for quite a while and are highly experienced. They are well equipped with proper knowledge regarding the trails and are quite pleasant and friendly. 

In case of any emergencies, the guides will prove to be a great helping hand as they are well versed in first aid. Many of them are fluent in English and other languages like French and German.

Are guides and porters insured in case of accidents while trekking?

Yes, all the guides and porters are duly insured with proper insurance in case of any accidents while trekking

Do guides and porters have proper gears?

Yes, guides and porters are well equipped with proper gear for the trek. The guides and porters are also provided with special medical/ first aid kits for emergency conditions.

Should I bring my personal medicine?

If you need to have certain medicines regularly, then you should bring your medicines on the trek. Besides that, you should also consult your doctor for any medication that you might need along the trek.

Do I need extra days in case of flight cancellation?

Adding a couple of days to your holidays is always a good idea. The flights in the Himalayan region are notorious for frequent delays or even cancellation based on the unfavorable weather conditions. A few additional days to your trekking adventure ensures that you can relax and trek without any hassle.

What is the visa cost for Nepal?

The new provision states that foreigners visiting Nepal on a 15-day multiple-entry tourist visa will have to pay $30 in fees. For a 30-day multiple-entry tourist visa, the cost is $50. The 90-day visa multi-entry tourist visas cost around $125.

Read More: The Complete Nepal Visa Guide 

Can I apply for the Nepal visa online?

Although most of the tourists apply for a visa on arrival, you can apply for the Nepal visa online in advance, as well. You can apply for the Nepal visa at most 15 days ahead of arrival in Nepal. The things required are the address of the hotel, a recent digital version of a passport-sized photo, and the filled application form online

Once you complete the submission process online, you can print out the confirmation receipt. You can display it to the Immigration officer upon your arrival at the airport and pay the proper amount to get your visa.

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