There’s something majestic about wandering off in the mountain trails of Nepal. It’s no wonder, Nepal is a mountainous country — home to the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest. With rugged mountains, captivating landscapes, diverse culture, and traditional villages, Nepal is a perpetual Shangri-La for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts.
Every year, thousands of travellers and backpackers head to Nepal to walk across the foothills of some of the highest mountains on earth. Whether you’re an experienced trekker venturing for a challenge or a novice trekker endeavouring for a new adventure, Nepal is one of the most spectacular trekking destinations you’ll ever come across on the planet.
However, choosing the right trip is always tricky and being spoilt for choice will leave you in a dilemma. So, here are a few things you need to consider before finding your next trekking destination in Nepal.
Plan Your Budget
There's absolutely no other way around it — budget is the most important thing while planning for your trek to Nepal. Before you even start to anticipate your next possible destination, you must reckon your budget and know how much you can spend.
While most of Nepal is cheap and budget-friendly, a few off-beaten trekking destinations may demand a slightly higher budget due to the infrastructures. Budgeting for your trek is significant, especially when you’re wandering off to the mountains.
Estimating your budget limit beforehand can help you assure not to run out of money halfway through the trek. Once you calculate your budget, you can then research and plan the suitable trip and activities within your budget limit.
Mark the Suitable Time in The Calendar
Another significant thing you need to keep in mind while trekking in Nepal is timing. Although a small country, Nepal has extremely diverse variations of altitude and climate. The weather and climate vary tremendously across different regions of Nepal as it ranges from subtropical woodlands in the south to the world’s highest mountain in the north.
The season is the primary factor in determining the possible activities you can do during the trek. It also determines your packing lists and gears you need to carry.
Autumn (October - November) is the most favourable time to trek in Nepal. The weather conditions are pretty stable during this time of the year with a clear sky and moderate temperature. However, the trekking trails will be crowded with massive numbers of trekkers and backpackers.
Spring (February-April) is another favourite time to go trekking in Nepal. The weather is relatively consistent, and rhododendron blooms around most of the trekking trails during this time.
Winter and Monsoon are considered the least favourable time to trek in Nepal. However, even during these seasons traversing across the Himalayas is possible with proper planning and preparation.
Choose Your Trek
When you’re planning the trek of your lifetime, choosing the right mode of trekking is extremely important. While most of the travellers may fancy spending their nights in the warm, cosy and comfortable rooms in the mountains, some dedicated trekkers may enjoy sleeping in the tents. In regards to accommodation, there are two types of trekking in Nepal — Teahouse trek and Camping trek.
Teahouse trek is the most popular way of trekking in the mountains of Nepal. In teahouse trek, the travellers spend their nights in cosy and comfortable rooms in the Himalayas. Since most of the famous trekking trails offer teahouse services, it is also the most common way to trek in the mountain regions of Nepal.
Camping trek is the classic style of trekking that is well-suited while travelling in the remote destinations of Nepal. In general, camping serves as an alternative to teahouse options where the trekkers stay overnight in tents. However, for people who are willing to experience the ultimate adventure in the Himalayas can choose to camp even where teahouses are available. Camping trek requires a team of a professional guide, cook, and porters.
Choose Suitable Itinerary
Once you calculate your budget and choose the proper timing for your trek, start looking for the itinerary that fits in your criteria. While choosing the itinerary, it is essential to know the duration you’re willing to travel and the level of difficulty of your trek.
Nepal’s diverse landscape offers plenty of options for the trekkers, from fairly unchallenging one-day hikes to strenuous month-long treks. It is always wise to choose multiple itineraries that suit your standard and compare each of them to find the most suitable one.
However, always be sure to check the inclusions and exclusions in the trip while making the comparison. It is convenient to identify your priorities on requirements like meals, accommodation, transportation, and additional gears. If you’re planning to take all the logistics in your account, you need to estimate the budget for these expenses too.
Research Multiple Tour Operator
Today, the internet has become the most significant source of travel information. Surf through the internet and make the most out of the information that is available online. Since there are thousands of trekking companies operating similar trips, it is always handy to search through multiple tour operators before you dive straight into conclusion.
Proper research across several tour operators will help you find the potentials options for the trips within your budget while also giving you a comprehensible idea of the market price. You can also compare the prices among several tour operators to identify the package that suits your budget.
Always make sure the tour operators you’re dealing with are trustworthy and authorized. You can go through the reviews of the company on online forums like TripAdvisor to check their credibility.
While many people tend to neglect this, choosing the right company or team is a fundamental factor in making or breaking your holiday. Since you’re planning to go trekking in the mountains of Nepal, make sure the company or the team you’re dealing with is competent to make your adventure holiday successful.
It is always better to prioritize a company that uses local guides who have enough travel experience in the mountains of Nepal. Since you’re going spend most of your days with the guide during the trek, make sure your guide knows the place, local language, culture, and life-saving techniques when needed.
Before booking your trip to Nepal always ask about the guides and the porters to make sure you’re team is reliable and knowledgeable.
When you’re planning a trip to the mountains, communication is the key. If you have any questions or queries, never feel hesitant to contact the local travel agencies and tour operators. It is always essential to gather as many information as you can about the place, pricing, accommodation, weather, meals, gears, and guides.
You can either email the travel company or directly call the customer service for any assistance. In case of any special requirements and necessary adjustments, inform your travel company so they can alter the itinerary according to your preference.
Communicating with several travel companies can also help you find the right travel agent. It also comes in handy if you’re willing to customize your itinerary as per your desire.
Book Your Trip
If pricing matter to you, booking the trip in advance is crucial. The costing of the travel packages, airfares, and hotels frequently varies depending upon time and circumstances. Booking the trip early can save you a lot of money and reduce the last minute hassles.
Usually, the trip packages of the top travel companies are sold out quickly. So, you’re most likely to miss out the best options if you wait until the last minute. Therefore, booking in advance can help you find the best travel company to operate your trek.
Another advantage of booking is to have plenty of preparation time for your trek. Since most of the trekking destinations in Nepal demand good physical fitness, you’ll have enough time to work out and prepare before heading off in the Himalayas.