Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Public Vehicle
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse or Lodge
  • Group Size: 2 - 16
  • Max Elevation: Pasang La pass (3850m)

Highlights

  • The beautiful Ruby Valley, the valley of pearls.
  • Tamang villages en route.
  • Diverse topology and biodiversity.
  • The Tamang Heritage, culture, and traditions.

Description

Ruby Valley is one of the off-beaten trekking trails. The fact that it is less traveled makes it special. The trekking trails are unique. Exploring the unexplored is such an exciting experience.

The Ruby Valley, named after a gem ‘Ruby’ is a beautiful valley. Here, Ruby, a stone metal is found in abundance. The trek to Ruby valley offers the trekkers with wonderful lifestyles in mountains. You will be trekking through peaceful villages. In the villages, people are friendly and are hospitable.

These 10 days Rubi Valley trek rewards the trekkers with amazing natural and cultural experiences. Also, the natural biodiversity in the region is commendable. You will have opportunities to trek through villages with diverse ethnicities. There, you will meet with Brahmin, Chhetri, Gurung, Magar, Newar, and Tamang people. Tamangs make the majority at almost all the villages.

Explore the amazing views of the quaint valleys and Himalayas like Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Boudha Himal, Hiunchuli Dorje Lakpa and many others.

This trek is suitable for people of all age groups. Trekking in this roue does not require difficult training. With adequate preparations and gears, you can do this trek with fewer difficulties. Have a look at the ‘Packing List for Trekking in Nepal’ if you need help with packing.

Trek with us. Mount Mania is a renowned trekking agency in Nepal that organizes best treks and tours. In cases of any queries regarding the trek, do not hesitate to contact us.

10 Days Ruby Valley Trek Itinerary

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We will start our trek from Kathmandu. From the new bus park in Gongabu, you can find a local bus to Shyabru Besi. You can also ride there in a local or a private jeep. The road is scenic. We will ride through Baireni, Trishuli Bazar, Bidur, Dhunche, and Shyabru Besi.

The total driving distance from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi is 122 kilometers. The 9 to 10 hours bus ride is tiring. The trail is not good. At places, it is bumpy. Especially the last 4 or 5 hours on the bus is not so good. The road is in poor condition with holes and big gravels.

Riding through the long one hill lane on the hilly trails, you will see beautiful terrain around. The ride is exciting and adventurous. We will have lunch at a lodge where the driver stops the bus or jeep.

A relaxing overnight at Shyabru Besi after a tiring bus ride.

Driving Duration: 9 to 10 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 1503m

We will actually be walking on the trekking trails of Langtang today. Syabrubesi to Gatlang is one of the beautiful days during Tamang Heritage Trek. Syabrubesi is a place where different treks in the Langtang region begins. Instead of following the trails towards Gosaikunda or the Langtang valley, we will take an ascend towards a hill.

We will walk for nearly three hours until we reach the hilltop. It is a beautiful place. From there, you can see lovely views of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Gosaikunda range, and Gojang valley. We will take some time there to see the amazing vistas around.

Now it’s time to trek to beautiful Golijang valley. The trail dips down to the valley. After walking for nearly an hour, we will reach our lunch spot. Goijang is a beautiful valley with beautiful Tamang settlements. After having lunch, we will begin to trek again.

After walking for almost three hours from Golijang, we will reach Gatlang. Gatlang is a beautiful village of Tamang inhabitants. From here, you will see incredible views of terraced fields. In the village, there are lots of lodges. People also offer homestay services. You can stay overnight in a lodge or homestays today.

Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours hike  

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 2337m

From Gatlang, we will trek to the Somdang village today. We will climb through a lush jungle of pine and rhododendron trees. Today, we will walk across one of the biggest settlements in the region, the Yuri Kharka village. After reaching there, we will have lunch at one of the lodges.

Continuing to trek after having lunch, we will walk towards the Khurpu Bhanjyang. The trail is beautiful. A gradual walk for some time will take us to Khurpu Bhanjyang. From Khurpu Bhanjyang, the trail descends down towards the Somdang river. The river makes the border between two districts: Dhading and Rasuwa.

From there, we will walk towards the village in Somdang. After reaching there, we will take some rest. Overnight in a lodge.

Trek Duration: 6 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 3271m

We will be crossing a pass tomorrow. Thus, today will be our acclimatization day. It is necessary that our body copes with the lowering proportion in the air as we trek higher. We will spend today visiting a mine nearby. After returning from there, we can spend our time exploring the Somdang village.

The village is a Tamang village with friendly locals, most of who are the farmers. They earn their living via agriculture, animal rearing, and trade. You will have a lovely time in the village. You can also do laundry on this day. Overnight in Somdang. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 3271m

Today is a long day. From Somdang we will be trekking to the Tipling village via Pangsang pass. Pasang La pass (3850m) is the highest point on the Ruby valley trek route. We will begin the trek with an uphill climb. The trail passes through beautiful jungles and amazing landscapes. We will also see the views of Himalayas in Langtang while walking.

The trail reaches an amazing viewpoint at Pangsang Kharka. This is a beautiful place with an astounding panorama of soaring peaks of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal towards the north. Here, you will also see a wide grassland that looks awesome.

The pass was the part of an ancient trade route. From here, traders transported salt, livestock, wool and several other things from Tibet. We will rejoice the alluring views of Langtang, Ganesh, Manaslu, and a bit of Annapurna Himal range.

Now, we will trek down to Tippling village. At the village, there are two Buddhist gompas. Along with it, you can see two churches in this village: both Protestant and a Catholic church. Overnight in Tippling village. 

Trek Duration: 8 to 10 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 3271m

From Tippling village, the trail descends to a stream called Adha Khola. We will cross the and ascend the trail to Marmelung Kharka. Here, people are farmers. The fields are highly fertile. We will trek to Shertung through the beautiful fields. Shertung is a Tamang village. Here, most of the people are Hindu and Buddhists. The Holy Chyamra danda, Fyanchyat monastery, and Sajyat are some of the attractions of this village.

Shertung means 'place of gold' in the local language. People say that two brothers who took a journey searching for gold came here and started living in Shertung. This was how settlement in Shertung began.

The village also offers good views of Lapsang Karpu, Ganesh II and III.

Trekking Duration: 5 to 6 hours 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 1875m

There is a place called Tatopani with hot springs. It is at 30 minutes hiking distance from Shertung. We will trek there after having breakfast. You can take a packed lunch with you since there are no lodges there. Take relaxing baths at the hot springs. We will now trek to the Chalish village.

Chalish village is well known for its unique traditions and customs. Here people are kind and friendly. This is the most beautiful and hospitable village in Ruby Valley. Here, people perform their traditional Ghatu Dance. Also, people sing Dohori songs in the evening to entertain their guests.

Trek Duration: 3 to 4 hours walk 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 1674m

We will start our day with a hike to Mani Hill. The hill is at 30 minutes distance from Chalish Gaon. The hill is a beautiful viewpoint of surrounding villages, valleys, hills, and mountains. We will proceed towards Gobre village via Deol Danda. From Gobre, we will further trek towards Chhap danda and to Bandari Bhir.

Walking along the splendid trekking trails, we will reach Borang village. It is a Tamang village with beautiful houses. From there, we will continue towards Ukhum. After arriving there, we will have lunch and continue towards Jharlang village.

We will walk through the Lishne jungle. After trekking through the jungle, we will cross a suspension bridge before reaching Chhapchyat village. After walking for some time from the village, we will reach Jharlang village.

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 3000m

Our trek is almost on the edge to end. We will trek to the Darkha Gaun today. We will begin the trek by walking on the descending trail towards Jharlang Phedi. It will take us around two and a half hours to reach Jharlang Phedi.

Today, most of the trail passes through paddy terraces. We will also cross the suspension bridges. The surrounding views along the trail are admirable. We will across beautiful streams, Ankhu Khola and Chhapchyat. We will cross the rivers and will trek to beautiful Ri village. Walking further we will reach Darkha gaon. 

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours walk

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse / Lodge
  • Altitude: 850m

After having breakfast, we will start to trek towards Dhading Besi. From there, we can find buses or jeeps to Kathmandu. After a ride for around 7 to 8 hours from Dhading Besi, we will reach Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu. 

  • Altitude: 1320m

What to Expect

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pickup and Drop (Domestic & International)
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek 
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Local Bus Ticket (Kathmandu to Syabrubensi) 
  • Local Bus Ticket (Dhanding Besi to Kathmandu)
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide with Insurance, Transportation, Food and Accommodation
  • 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 Necessary Trekking Permits 
  • All Government and Local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • International Flight Ticket and Nepalese Visa Fee
  • Hotel & Meals in Kathmandu
  • 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

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06 Feb, 2023 - 15 Feb, 20238 space leftGuaranteedUS$750
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Useful Information

Best Time for Ruby Valley Trek

Ruby Valley trek is a wonderful trek for trekking in Autumn, Spring, and Winter. During these seasons, you will see the perfect sceneries of the surroundings. 

Autumn has the best visibility and most favorable weather for trekking. The view of blue skies, lush green hills, and the stunning Himalayas make the take more exciting. 

Also Read: Best Time to Visit Nepal

Most of the trail in Ruby valley passes through the shades of Rhododendron trees. In Spring, all the forests become joyous with colorful petals of Rhododendron blossoms. Along with the best sceneries, weather and temperature in Spring are also moderate. 

Winter is the coldest time of the year. At the higher elevations like Pangsang pass, there are chances of snowfalls. However, the other regions will remain dry. With warm gears, you can have a wonderful time trekking to Ruby Valley in winter.

Trekking in monsoon is not a good idea. Trekking inside damp and slippery forests is difficult. Also, leeches and other summer bugs are more prominent on the trails. You will have a tough time trekking. 

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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