Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Technical Challenging
  • Trip Style: Camping Trek
  • Transport: Public Vehicle & Flight
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge & Camping
  • Group Size: 1 - 16
  • Max Elevation: Putha Hiunchuli (7246m)

Highlights

  • Scenic flight to and from Nepalgunj alongside a view of mountains and vivid valleys 
  • Sighting sky-high mountains like Dhaulagiri and Annapurna 
  • Witness historical and religious shrines including Tibetan monasteries and mani walls
  • Explore glacial lakes and dense forest extremely rich in floras and faunas 
  • Encounter a rich ecological environment and remote villages 
  • Acquaint with different ethnic groups and get to know a mixture of culture, tradition, and values
     

Description

Nepal has never failed to amaze travelers wide across with its incessant collection of Trekking and Mountaineering destinations. Just leaving aside the natural splendor, each place here has something new and unique to offer trekkers which claims their fame. 

From the rich wilderness to cultural diversity and widespread presence of flora and fauna, Nepal truly has the best of the best places. And one of them is Putha Hiunchuli Expedition, a true Mountaineering destination of natural elegance and worldliness. 

Located at the west end of Dhaulagiri II, Putha Hiunchuli is a major part of the Dhaulagiri range. It lies at an elevation of 7246 meters and has a jaw-dropping backdrop with the mesmeric view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.  

The 29 Days Putha Hiunchuli Expedition will take you through many isolated places and lesser-known routes. Meanwhile, in return, you’ll be prized with the marvelous view of snow peaks and landscapes. 

Also Check: 15 Days Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek 

The arousing trip of Putha Hiunchuli will steer you through remote villages such as Tarakot, Khani Gaun, Kagkot and Pangzi after bringing down at Juphal airport. For almost two weeks, you’ll be instructed and given lessons to conquer the summit by professionals. 

Once, scale the summit, you’ll retrace your steps back to German Base Camp and hike all the way to Juphal coming through Khani Gaun and Tarakot. 

29 Days Putha Hiunchuli Expedition Itinerary

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With a whole 28 days long trek leftover, we intend to go easy on you on the first day of Putha Hiunchuli Expedition. So instead of taking hours of strenuous drive, we’ve decided to take a short flight to Nepalgunj that merely lasts 40 minutes.

It is thereby, you need to be on time to board the flight at Tribhuvan International Airport. It’s a photogenic flight to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu as you can view diverse landscapes and mountains.

Upon reaching Nepalgunj, you can take a quick tour of the city if only left with spare time. Tonight you’ll be staying at a hotel in Nepalgunj. 

Flight Distance: 515 km

Flight Duration: 40 minutes

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Altitude: 150m

One of the longest treks you can ever come across in Nepal, Putha Hiunchuli will see you fly to Jufal on the second day of the trip. It takes around 45 minutes from the city to make it to Juphal, a small village in Dolpa.

Little to give out, you can expect the flight to be astounding with scenic magnificence of snow peaks and lush hills. Until and even after arriving at the airport, you can enjoy the varied landscapes that look more unreal.

At Jufal, we’ll meet our crew members, then proceed towards the hotel to have breakfast. The daytime is sort of spent by tripping nearby villages and sightseeing while the night taking rest at the hotel. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Altitude: 2475m

From the rare experience of walking on a rugged trail of Dolpa to navigating the dense forest, you’ll have it all on the third day of the Putha Hiunchuli trip. The trek is relatively long and stressful, having to deal with uphills and rocky trails for almost 9 hours.

But it’s also evenly amazing with the magnetic view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna that relieves the pain. The trail from Juphal will lead you through remote villages and over the terrace field that looks nothing but splendid.

Traversing alongside the Bheri River, we’ll reach Dunai, a remote village in Dolpa. From here, it’s a short walk on a steep rocky trail all the way up to Tarakot. As for the night, you’ll stay at a guest house in the village. From the rare experience of walking on a rugged trail of Dolpa to navigating the dense forest, you’ll have it all on the third day of the Putha Hiunchuli trip. The trek is relatively long and stressful, having to deal with uphills and rocky trails for almost 9 hours.

But it’s also evenly amazing with the magnetic view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna that relieves the pain. The trail from Juphal will lead you through remote villages and over the terrace field that looks nothing but splendid.

Traversing alongside the Bheri River, we’ll reach Dunai, a remote village in Dolpa. From here, it’s a short walk on a steep rocky trail all the way up to Tarakot. As for the night, you’ll stay at a guest house in the village.

Trek Duration: 8-9 hours 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Altitude: 2850m

The day stamps the fourth day of mount Putha Hiunchuli expedition. Unlike the delightful view, the route to Khani Gaun is a bit challenging and tiresome. Hence, to lessen the difficulties, it’s better to start hiking from early in the morning.

With that, we’ll set off on the trek to Khaniguan right after having breakfast in the guest house at Tarakot. Initially, the trail is wide and flat so it’s easy to traverse. But as we come far off, the route starts to get narrow passing through gorges and cedar trees.

On a wider scale, we’ll be walking on a rugged trail alongside the Tarap Chu River. On the way, we’ll come to see the beautiful Sandal Gompa and dense forest. The next stoppage is Khanigaun where we’ll also spend the night. 

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Altitude: 2800m

Walking the trail to Musikhola can be a little exhausting with the long-stretched steep hills. Notwithstanding, it’s still worth being rewarded with the glorious view of snow-capped mountains.

The path begins on a wooden bridge before heading towards the valley next to Barbung Khola. From there, we’ll be walking down the hill and finally come across many small lodges.

Unfortunately, the trek won’t halt there as we continue walking on the bank of Barbung River. Few miles to traverse from here and we’ll call it a day relaxing at a tented camp.

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Altitude: 2880m

To kick off a beautiful morning at Musikhola, we’ll have an appetizing breakfast to sufficiency. Minutes later, we’ll return to the trail that walks a gorge heading to an old wooden bridge.

The route to Kagkot continues to narrow from here up until it meets the valley into the floodplain. Passing through the village, the trail gets apt for exploration with views of mountain ridge and forest.

After trekking for nearly 7 hours, we’ll ultimately reach Kagkot which offers a pulsating view with green hills and unique landscapes. We’ll spend the night at a tented camp. 

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Altitude: 3550m

You might actually enjoy the trek to Pangzi today as the trail proceeds to the green meadow and remote village. It starts by walking the bridge over Mushi Khola River and turns to the village before ascending the cliff.

As further, we walk, the trail makes its way through a pasture and a lush-green forest covered with birches. The trek gets a bit easier after we reach the edge of the ridge since the routes are well-marked thereafter.

In the end, after hiking for 6 long hours, we’ll put up in the village at Pangzi. The place boasts winding green hills and forest above which is breathtaking. Overnight in a lodge at Pangzi. 

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Altitude: 4480m

As usual, we’ll start off the 8th day of mount Putha Hiunchuli expedition by having breakfast. Since it only takes 4-5 hours to reach German Base Camp from Pangzi, we’ll take it slow today.

Given that, we’ll ascend a steep hill soon after the trek begins. The hill is narrow-gauged with a ravine that we can only end up at after crossing two mountain passes.

Leaving the latter aside, we’ll head the first pass and continue trekking before arriving at the German Base Camp. Upon reaching there, all our crew members will put up the tent at the campsite where we’ll spend the night.

Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

Maximum Altitude: 4930 meters

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Altitude: 4930m

No doubt, the trail to Putha Hiunchuli Base Camp will come with many challenges right from the time it starts. Coming a little far from the German Base Camp, the trail climbs uphill and runs over difficult passes.

Since it's a steep hill all the way up to the base camp, there is a high possibility we might run through the energy. So, just to prevent that, we’ll take gentle steps and even rest before taking the pace. After reaching base camp, you can have a scenic view of the mountains disperse around. We’ll set up a tent at the base camp to spend the night. 

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Altitude: 4915m

It’s impossible to win over Putha Hiunchuli without proper training and guidance to overcome the challenges. Therefore, after spending a night at the campsite, we’re about to spend 11 days preparing to climb the mountain as well as acclimatizing.

It’s important that we adapt our body to the weather at the higher elevation. This will help us prevent all sickness including breathing problems that most of which endures at higher altitudes.

You’ll be guided by the team of experts on how to get things under control while climbing the peak. Once done with all the preparations, we’ll trek all the way to the summit of Putha Hiunchuli.

Taking over the peak will reward you with an astonishing view of the towering valleys and mountains disperse in the region. After sightseeing and taking pictures, we’ll retrace our steps back to Putha Hiunchuli Base Camp. We’ll spend the night in a tent at the campsite. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Altitude: 4915m

After that victorious expedition of Putha Hiunchuli, it’s time for us to head back to German Base Camp. For a larger part of the trek, the route down the mountain descends steadily, which makes it easier to track.

In contrast to what we experienced earlier, this time it’s more fun trekking to the base camp. The views to be seen from the top are incredible with shimmering glaciers and vibrant valleys. Likewise, we’ll be able to enjoy the dramatic landscape of landscapes before finishing at the camp. Tonight you’ll rest at a tented camp. 

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Altitude: 4930m

After waking up to the beautiful morning at German Base Camp, we’ll have our breakfast. A little while after, we’ll pack our stuff and start walking the trail that descends the hill. 

The first few hours can be tedious having to progress through the pass but then it subsequently gets easier. The rocky trails sloping downward to Kagkot will provide us a scenic view of the mountains and diverse topography. The night, you’ll spend at a guest house in Kagkot. 

Trek Duration: 7-8 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Altitude: 3550m

The path ahead from Kagkot may be downhill but it still takes 6-7 hours to arrive at Mushi Khola. Hence, we need to keep going soon after having a full stomach breakfast at the village. The trail mostly slopes downward right from Kagkot and comes across many remote villages that exemplifies true Himalayan culture and values. 

Additionally, there are spectacular landscapes with soaring hills on the way to Musikhola which can be a great delight. We’ll spend the night in a tent at Mushikhola.

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Altitude: 2880m

After all that strenuous trek, it seems like we’re just days away from wrapping up our Putha Hiunchuli trek. And today, we’ll make it up to Khanigaun, trekking alongside the bank of Barbung River. 

For the most part, the route goes downhill and comes across the bridge before entering the valley. From Barrbung Khola, it’s a short hike to Khani Gaun which is your last stop of the day. Overnight in a guest house at Khani Gaun. 

Trek Duration: 3-4 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Altitude: 2543m

Compared to the other trek of Putha Hiunchuli Expedition, we’ll make a short downhill trek today. The trail starting from Khani Gaun is adventurous and filled with the magnetic scenery of lush green forest and wildlife. As the route passes through many villages, we’ll have a cultural exposure to people with different ethnic groups. 

In almost 3-4 hours trek, you’ll run into a small village of Sahartera and also wooden bridges over Tarap Chu River. Following the downstream, while enjoying the magnetic view, we’ll eventually reach Tarakot. For the night, we’ll stay in a lodge at Tarakot. 

Trek Duration: 3-4 hours

Maximum Altitude: 2850 meters

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Altitude: 2850m

It is the last day we’ll be taking on the trail of Putha Hiunchuli. And seems like the trek will bestow us with lots of memories and also exhaustion. Since it takes more than 8 hours for the trek to finish, it can make us feel tired out at times but never gets us bored.

The route is straight downhill from Tarakot moving through a sloped ridge to a village that sits on a hillock. Not long after, it meets the junction of Tarup Chu River and Barbung Khola and heads to Sandul Gompa.

The monastery is a real masterpiece with ancient chortens. It is celebrated by Buddhist monks and Sherpas of the region. Coming a long way from the monastery, we have a good plain trail to walk over the terrace fields. Next, we follow Barbung and Bheri River through a gorge before reaching Juphal airport. 

Trek Duration: 7-8 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Altitude: 2150m

Today, we’ll officially bid farewell to our Putha Hiunchuli Expedition. So, immediately after having breakfast in the hotel at Juphal, we’ll rush to the airport to take the flight to Nepalgunj. 

It’s a picturesque 45 minutes flight from Juphal getting to sightsee all the surreal landscapes and mountains. From the flight, you can also catch the view of moraines and glaciers that shines on the ray of the sun. We’ll stay the night in a hotel at Nepalgunj. 

Flight Duration: 45 minutes

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Altitude: 150m

It’s officially the final day of Putha Hiunchuli Expedition. And to celebrate it, we’ll have a nice breakfast at the hotel in Nepalgunj. From there, we’ll drive to Nepalgunj airport and board on the flight to Kathmandu. 

The scenic flight won’t last more than 40 minutes but still comes a glimpse of snow peaks and rivers before taking down the Tribhuvan International Airport. 

Flight Distance: 367 km

Flight Duration: 40 minutes

  • Altitude: 1320m

What to Expect

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pickup and Drop  
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trekking
  • Tented accommodation during the climbing 
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) 
  • Round Trip Domestic flights (Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Jufal)
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide (leader), Climbing guide (leader), Porter with Insurance, Transportation, Food, and Accommodation
  • Down jacket (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Duffel bag, T-shirt, and Trekking Map
  • All Necessary Trekking permits and Putha Hiunchuli Climbing permit
  • Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
  • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipment
  • 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
  • Extra Baggage Charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu 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

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
03 Mar, 2023 - 31 Mar, 2023Space LeftGuaranteedUS$6800
06 Mar, 2023 - 03 Apr, 2023Space LeftGuaranteedUS$6800
10 Mar, 2023 - 07 Apr, 2023Space LeftGuaranteedUS$6800
13 Mar, 2023 - 10 Apr, 2023Space LeftGuaranteedUS$6800
17 Mar, 2023 - 14 Apr, 2023space LeftGuaranteedUS$6800
20 Mar, 2023 - 17 Apr, 2023space LeftGuaranteedUS$6800
24 Mar, 2023 - 21 Apr, 2023space LeftGuaranteedUS$6800
27 Mar, 2023 - 24 Apr, 2023space LeftGuaranteedUS$6800
31 Mar, 2023 - 28 Apr, 2023space LeftGuaranteedUS$6800

Useful Information

Best Time for Putha Hiunchuli Expedition 

To get a pristine view of Putha Hiunchuli with no cloudy day, trekkers must travel the peak during Spring or Autumn. They are the two best times Nepal can ever offer the hikers yearning to travel through the region. 

Since the main attraction Putha Hiunchuli itself lies at 7246 meters high, it’s best to trip to the peak during Autumn. That’s mainly because the weather in autumn is mild with temperatures ranging from 20 Degree Celsius to 5 Degree Celsius. 

The season also brings an alluring view with it that can be easily noticed right from the town. Starting from September, the tinted autumn leaves set out to cover the trails walking to Putha Hiunchuli. 

The fresh air blowing from the mountain refreshes travelers and eases their stress aroused after walking miles. Similar to autumn, spring also provides a great atmosphere with picturesque views to trekkers setting out for Putha Hiunchuli Expedition. 

You can see flowers put up through all the forest and valley, causing it to look like a festive event. By mid-April, the view gets even more clear as the valley sits in the shade of blue sky. Nights and mornings are a bit cold in early March with winter still holding up to make its way out. 

Beginning from December to February, it’s winter in Nepal. And the season is arguably not the best of the time to hike to Putha Hiunchuli. The weather plays too hard on trekkers during the month making it unbearable to walk at higher altitudes. 

They have to put up with lots of challenges and heavy snowfall is just the start of it. Strong winds and snowstorms often create barriers for trekkers on the Putha Hiunchuli expedition. 

Monsoon too isn’t appropriate while trekking Putha Hiunchali. And that’s because it often rains during the season which makes the trail slippery to walk. Following the dark clouds with heavy rainfall, you can get a clear view of the month. 

Difficulties of Putha Hiunchuli Expedition 

Altitude Sickness

Altitude Sickness is one of the major challenges that the trekkers have to face during Putha Hiunchuli Trek. There is a continuous rise in the attitude during Putha Hiunchuli trek. And since the pressure of the air steadily drops as you go higher elevation, the oxygen becomes low and people suffer from shortness of breath.
Also, problems like nausea, vomiting, and drowsiness can be noticed amidst hikers climbing Putha Hiunchuli. It is, therefore, trekkers must acclimatize and let the body adapt to the climatic condition of that at high altitude. 

Weather and Temperature

Weather and Temperature is equally a challenge for trekkers on Putha Hiunchuli Expedition. They have to beat the unforeseeable weather to make it all the way to the summit. 

Hence, if you fail to choose the best time to trek Putha Hiunchuli, there is a high chance you may put up with extreme difficulties. Monsoon and Winter season are usually considered an off-season for trekking in Nepal. With the temperature dropping below till minus, the weather is bitterly cold along the way on the trek. Following heavy snowfall, the road becomes slippery and unsafe to travel.

Remote Routes 

The trails walking the Putha Hiunchuli take trekkers through many gorges and passes before reaching the campsite. Most of these routes are unpaved and not traveled very often. Even the routes walking to the remote villages are rugged and get murky during monsoon. Hence, it becomes a challenge for climbers to navigate the way. 

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 Everest Base Camp Trek or any other trekking in Nepal?

Yes, a training regime at least two weeks before the Everest base camp trek is ideal. 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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