Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Public Vehicle, Tourist Bus & Flight
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Pokhara Hotel & Teahouse
  • Group Size: 2-16
  • Max Elevation: Thorong La (5416m)

Highlights

  • Explore Nar Phu Village.
  • Monasteries built by Karmapa Rinpoche.
  • Explore 108 world’s great Buddhist Tashi Lakhang monastery.
  • Visit the forts of Khampa settlement.
  • Hike through dense Rhododendron forest.
  • Peaceful walk by Pine forest.
  • Spectacular views of Mountain ranges.
  • Experience Tibetan culture and tradition
  • Meet local Gurung people.
  • A side trip to Milarepa cave of Braga. 
  • Pass through Buddhist monuments.
  • Excursion to Praken Gompa and Chongar ViewPoint from Manang,
  • A magnificent trip to Ice Lake, high glacial Gangapurna Lake.

Description

Nar Phu Valley Trek lies in the remote area of the Manang District. There is only limited access to the valley. This is one of the biggest reasons why this region has preserved its centuries-old customs and traditions. The trekking trails are also fresh making the trek a delight for anyone looking to be amazed by the wilderness of nature. 

You will need a special permit to access the Nar Phu Valley trekking trail. During this trek by Mount Mania, you will also cross the Thorong La Pass, which lies at staggering heights. The pass is a major attraction to Nar Phu Valley Trek. The hiking during the Nar Valley Trek might turn out to be strenuous as you walk through the grueling trail in this region.

Naar Lies at the elevation of 3,730metere\ 45045 feet. It is also known as Chuprong, which translates to “the place of blue sheep”. The inhabitants are Tibetans. They traveled to Nar Phu Valley around the 8th century (Shang Sung Kingdom). The inhabitants are mostly herders and traders from Tibet.

Nar Phu valley trek offers a wild journey to the unexplored parts of northern Annapurna. The Nar Phuk Valley trek follows a rugged trail to an exotic valley of Nar Phu. Only a few travelers have set foot on Nar Phu Valley trek making it one of the most thrilling treks to be a part of. 

They consist of two village settlements. Nar and Phu house settlements to 300 and 100 permanent residents respectively. Nar Phu valley Trek begins from Jagat. The trail follows the trekking routes of Annapurna Circuit. 

The trail branches off from Koto. The Nar Phu Valley Trek follows the beaten trail to Nar Phu Valley. The Nar Phu valley passes through Kang La pass (5900 meters\19470 ft). The route provides a majestic panorama view of Annapurna 8,091 meters (26,545 ft). During the Nar Phu Valley trek by Mount Mania, you will come across dense forests, canyons, rivers, gompas, valleys and great mountains.

17 Days Nar Phu Valley Trek Itinerary

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You will enjoy your breakfast at your Hotel. The trekking guide will escort you from your Hotel to the vehicle. Your journey begins early in the morning. You will drive along to Pokhara from Kathmandu. You will witness hills and rivers along the way. Your journey will continue to Dumre after your arrival in Pokhara (1400m\4593ft). 

You will arrive at Pokhara after 6 hours drive from Kathmandu. You will follow the narrow path by the Marsyangdi River. The road will take you to Besisahar and ultimately to Bhulbhule (860m\2821ft). You will stay for the night at a teahouse in Bhulbhule.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 860m

You will enjoy breakfast first thing in the morning. You will trek for 5-6 hours to Chamje (1430m\4692ft). The trek today is easy. The trails are flat most of the part in the trek. You will continue to walk steep paths the trail goes flat for the first part. It continues on a steep path over the riverbed. After some time. You will descend to Jagat (stone village) 1300m\4265ft. You will continue your trek in the Marsyangdi valley. You will spend the night at Chamje.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 1430m

The trek starts after you have your breakfast in the morning. The trek starts by descending to the river. You then cross a suspension bridge. The trail follows a steep climb to Sattale (1550m\5085ft). You will witness huge boulders covering the river. You continue your trek with a climb to the top of the hill. The path is meandering. On top of the hill, you will get to witness the level plain of Tal.

The trekking path after Tal is high and winding. The paths are hewn from the rock. You will come across a small village of Karte (1900m\6233ft). You will walk on an upwards on a cliff. The climb is short. You will descend to the river. You will cross another suspension bridge before arriving at Dharapani (1920m\6299ft) after 5-6 hours of walk. You stay for the night at a teahouse in Chamje.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 1920m

You need to register your area permit at the Police Check Post. After the authorization, you will enjoy a short breakfast. Your trek begins through a narrow field. As you pass through the trail, the Marsyangdi River then veers to the left. You will have a clear view of Annapurna II from ahead. Soon, you will arrive at Bagarchhap(2115m\6938ft). Bagarchhap is a Bhote village. You can see prayer flags fluttering in the wind.

The trek continues through forests of pine and oak. You will soon pass through Danaque (2210m\7250ft). The trail will follow a small wooden bridge. You will ascend on a steep path to Timang village which lies at the bottom of Lamjung Himal(6,983 m / 22 910 ft). The trail will follow flat terrains until Koto. You will walk a total of 7-8 hours until you arrive at Koto. You spend the night in a Tea house at Koto (2,610m/8,563ft).

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

You will have your breakfast in the morning after which you will prepare mentally for the trek. The trail will take you to wonderful pine forests. You can see streams and bridges on your hike to Dharmasala. You will enjoy lunch at Dharmasala. Your trek will continue the through forests.

After you have walked past the forest, you will have to walk a steep ascend to Meta village. You will also come across the Tibetan Plateau 4,500 meters (14,800 ft) along the way. You will enjoy a splendid view of Annapurna II 7,937 m (26,040 ft) and Lamjung Himal (6 983 m / 22 910 ft). The trek costs around 7-8 hours of walk throughout the day. You stay for the night at Meta (3,560m/11,680ft).

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 3560m

You will prepare for 4 hours of a trek to Kyang(2117m\6945ft). You will start the trek early in the morning after breakfast. Most of the time trek, you will spend on reversing up and down. You will cross suspension bridges along the way. You can also see the remnants of Khampa settlement during your trek. You will arrive at the ruined fort after 4 hours of hike. After walking for 7-8 hours on rocky trails, you will finally reach Phu village (4,250m/13,944ft), where you will spend your night. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 4250m

You will spend the day resting and exploring phu Gaon. Your body needs to acclimatize with the altitude. You will explore the Hidden Valley. You will experience natural diversity, culture and religious practices of the ethnic groups. You can witness traditions of Lama, Gurung, and Ghale. You will get the insight on agriculture, animal breeding and seasonal migrations of the residents.

You will also spend your day exploring Lhakhang Monastery. Lhakhang Monastery is the oldest Buddhist Monastery. It is one of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries. Lhakhang Monastery is the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. You will get to see amazing views of Himlung Himal(7126m\23379ft) from the monastery. After exploration, you will head back to your teahouse for the overnight stay. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 4250m

You will enjoy your morning breakfast. You will leave the teahouse. The trail leads to Mahendra Pul. You will walk for 4 hours through many streams and suspension bridges. You will pass the suspension bridge 80 meters over the Gorge of Lapche River. You will have your lunch in Mahendra Pul.

From Mahendra Pul, you will start your ascent as you pass through Buddhist Stupas. You will reach Nar village after 2 hours. You will enjoy views of Pisang Peak 6,091 m (19,984 ft) from here. The entire day you hike for 6-7 hours. You will arrive at a tea house in Nar. You will stay for the night in Nar (4,110m/13,484ft).

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 4110m

The next day will be the second scheduled acclimatization day for the trek. You will spend the entire day exploring Nar village. You can experience the local culture and lifestyle. You start preparing for the next day. After preparation, you will enjoy a meal at the tea house. You spend the night in Nar.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 4110m

Make sure that you eat an adequate amount of food for breakfast as the hike today will be long. You will start your journey to Kangla pass (5900 meters\19470 ft). From Kang la pass you can witness the Annapurna massif 8,091 meters (26,545 ft). You will continue to walk 6-7 hours to Ngwal (3560m\11679ft) from there. Upon your arrival, you will check in a tea house. You will enjoy a decent meal and enjoy your night. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 3560m

You will enjoy Breakfast in the Teahouse. You will leave early for the trek. The trail leads towards the Manang Valley (3,540m/11,614ft). You can view remote valleys and Tilicho Peak (7145m\23441ft) You can enjoy spectacular mountains ranges like Mt. Annapurna II7,937 m (26,040 ft), Mt. Annapurna IV7,525 m (24,688 ft), Mt. Annapurna III 7,555 metres (24,787 ft) , Mt. Gangapurna 7,455m (24,457ft), Pisang Peak6,091 m (19,984 ft), Tilicho Peak ‎7,134m (23,406ft), Chulu East(6584m\21601ft).

Your trail passes through the beautiful Manang Valley. You can witness cultivated fields below craggy mountains. The trail follows to Braga village. You will come across splendid monastery, Large chortens, and mani walls along the way. You will continue on a steep climb until Manang. The trek from Ngwal to Manang is 4-5 hours long.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 3540m

You’ll enjoy an elegant breakfast in Manang village. At the start of the trek, the trail crosses a stream. You will climb up a trail to take a village. This village named Tenk lies above Manang. The trek will continue to leave the Marshyangdi Valley. The trail keeps leading northwest. You will follow the trail till Jarsang Khola.

From Jarsang Khola, you will walk past a few pastures, juniper trees. The trail is mostly steep as you head towards Ghunsa village. You will hike through meadows where horses and yaks graze. You will come across small rivers along the trail. The trail ahead leads to an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow. You will reach Yak Kharka after hiking for 3-4 hours. You stay for the night at Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft). 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 4110m

The next day your trek will continue to Thorong Phedi today. After a pleasant lunch, you start your journey to Thorong Phedi. Thorong Phedi is a small settlement. The housing in Thorong Phedi caters the needs of trekkers and climbers. It is also used as a base camp by tired trekkers.

Some trekkers hike straight to Hike camp. But we don’t advise you to push yourself in the expedition. You’ll arrive at Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft) after 3-4 hours worth of walk. You will sleep overnight at Thorong Phedi. It is safe to sleep in lower altitude. Sleeping at higher altitude like High camp is always risky as the threat of altitude sickness always looms over. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 4600m

You have your breakfast early in the morning. You will start your trek early on the morning. You will cross the Thorong La (5,416m/17764ft). The trail will start to be steeper. The trail is been in use for hundreds of years. The trail is well-maintained. You will continue the steady climb for 4 hours as you pass chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are majestic from here. You can also view Kali Gandaki valley below.

Brown and purple, almost alien hills spread across Mustang. You will start a steady descent to Muktinath. The hike might put a slight strain on your knees. However, you will get excellent views of Mt.Dhaulagiri 8,167 meters (26,795 ft). Gradually the trail leads to grassy slopes. The hike becomes much easier. You will walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath(3850m\12631ft). The trek is 7-8 hours of an agonizing hike to Muktinath and its shrines. You sleep at a Teahouse.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 3850m

You visit the famous temple of Muktinath (3850m\12631ft) in the morning. You will enjoy a pleasant breakfast at the teahouse. You will start your descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge. You will pass through the arid geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. You will walk through villages like Jharkot and Khingar villages. The villages are full of typical Tibetan architecture. The walk ahead is steep down to Kagbeni.

Kagbeni is a famous primitive village. Kagbeni is famous for its delightful Tibetan architecture. The monastery at Kagbeni was built in the 15th Century. Kagbeni also serves as the border for Upper Mustang. You will have lunch in Kagbeni. Your 5-6 hours of the hike will follow the flat path along the banks of Kali Gandaki Gorge. You will arrive at Jomsom(2,715m/8,910ft). Jomsom is the district headquarter of Mustang. You stay overnight at Jomsom.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 2715m

You will enjoy breakfast at the windy valley of Jomsom. The morning at Jomsom is simply sublime. You will board a flight to Pokhara (1400m\4593ft). The flight will take you through the gorge of the two tall mountains- Annapurna 8,091 meters (26,545 ft) and Dhaulagiri 8,167 meters (26,795 ft). You arrive at Pokhara after 30 mins of flight. You will drive back to your Hotel at Pokhara. You rest and freshen up upon your arrival.

You will explore the beauty of Pokhara later in the evening. You will enjoy leisure time along the bank of Phewa Lake. Phewa lake is the second biggest lake of Nepal. You admire the view of Machhapuchhare 6,993m (22,943ft). You can also go for a boat ride in Fewa Lake. A short hike to the World Peace Pagoda is also optional. You will end the day strolling around the mesmerizing lakeside area. 

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Altitude: 820m

You will have an early morning breakfast at your hotel in Pokhara. Then, you will check out of the Hotel. You will take a tourist bus to Kathmandu. The drive will be a fantastic experience. You will drive past small towns on the way. You will see rural settlements. The road leads ahead along gushing rivers, terraces, and rural landscapes. You will stop for lunch at Mugling. You will arrive at Kathmandu (1,300m/4,428ft) after 6 hours drive. After arrival, you will check in to your Hotel. The trek leader will invite to a farewell dinner with a cultural show. You can experience Nepalese cuisine and culture dance show.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Altitude: 1320m

Trip Map

17 Days Nar Phu Valley Trek map

What to Expect

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pickups and Drops 
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Tourist bus ticket (Pokhara to Kathmandu)
  • Local bus ticket (Kathmandu to Bhubhule)
  • Hotel accommodation in Pokhara with Breakfast (Twin Sharing)
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide with Insurance, Transportation, Food and Accommodation
  • All Trekking Permits (ACAP, TIMS Card, Nar Phu Special Permit)
  • 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
  • Meals in Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trek (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • 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

  • Kathmandu to Bhulbhule Private Transoprt USD 150$ Per Jeep
  • Pokhara to  Kathmandu  Flight USD 106$  Per Person
  • Hotel in Kathmandu Twin sharing On BB USD 60$

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
25 Jun, 2024 - 11 Jul, 2024GuaranteedUS$600

Useful Information

Best Time for Nar Phu Valley Trek

Undoubtedly, spring (March, April, and May) and autumn (September, October, and November) are the best seasons for the Nar Phu Valley Trek. With pleasant trekking conditions and clear views of mountains, trekkers come to Nar Phu Valley the most in these seasons.

Winter trekking to Nar Phu is also a good idea as long as you are prepared and packed well for the winter season. The same is also true for the summer season. However, the occasional drizzle and some downpour might extend your trekking trip in the summer season.

Nar Phu Valley Trek Difficulty

Nar Phu Valley Trek is a challenging trek. The relatively high number of trekking days, the maximum altitude you will reach during this trek, and the remoteness of this trek makes the Nar Phu Valley Trek a strenuous

Maximum altitude you will reach during this trek is 5900 meters. So, while you are trekking to such a high altitude, you will encounter some pretty strenuous uphill walks. The entire trip is 20 days long with 13 days of trekking. 

So, you will have to prepare for a few months before embarking upon the Nar Phu Valley Trek. 

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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