Trekking in Nepal

A trek in Nepal may be a rustic camping trip or else rely on the local guest house accommodation available in the hills. In some areas, either because of government regulation or lack of facilities, only camping treks are possible. In other areas, your choice will depend on how confident you are walking in remote regions, and on how much comfort you desire. There is no 'best' way to trek, and whichever style you choose will provide you with cultural insight, a good physical workout and spectacular mountain views.

We know trekkers are concerned about being environmentally sensitive on their journeys, and culturally respectful to the local people. You also want a trek that is right for your own travel style and budget. Choosing the right trek for you means knowing your own sensitivities, preferences and budget. Would you enjoy "becoming Nepali" and jumping onto a local bus to reach the trail head, or do you prefer a private car? Will you enjoy befriending the family who runs the lodge, or will the local children who crowd curiously around your camera equipment irritate you or make you nervous? Would you rather stay in a guest house with an indoor bathroom, or are you willing to forgo such accommodations in exchange for a more remote, rugged or primitive trek? With your own needs in mind, your choice of a trek will depend on your personality, the amount of time you have available, and the amount of money you wish to spend. Let us know your preferences and we will put together a trek that suits your needs.

Visa

Foreigner who intends to visit Nepal must hold valid passport or any travel document equivalent to passport issued by the Govt. for visiting a foreign country prior to apply for visa.

Entry

No foreigner is entitled to enter into and stay in the Kingdom of Nepal without valid visa. Tourist entry visa can be obtained for the following duration from Nepalese Embassy or Consulate or other mission offices or immigration offices located on entry points in Nepal.

Visa Fee

Visa Fee required to obtain Tourist Visa from Nepalese diplomatic agencies and entry points:

  1. US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days.
  2. US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days.
  3. US $ 100 or equivalent foreign currency for Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 100 days
  4. Regardless of the provision stated in 1(a) and 1(b), tourists with passport from South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations aren't required to pay visa fee for 30 days.

Fee required to extend duration of visa or renew visa

US $ 2 or equivalent Nepalese currency per day for extension.

  1. Additional US $ 20 or equivalent Nepalese currency on visa fee as per 2(b), if Multiple Entry facility is required for the extended period.
  2. If foreign visitors that haven't renewed their visa want to renew their visa, they have to pay additional Nepalese currency equivalent to US 3$ on the regular visa extension fee.
  3. Foreign visitors who have overstayed the visa period of 150 days without extension are required to pay visa fee as per provision in 2(c) and punishment as per Clause 10 sub-clause 4 of Immigration Act 2049.
  4. Regardless of provision stated in 2(a), 15 days is counted as minimum extension period and visa fee is charged accordingly. For extension period more than 15 days, visa fee is charged as per the provision of 2(a).
  5. Types of Trekking

    » Tea House Treks

    The most popular way of experiencing a classic Nepal treks is by using local inns for accommodation. Decent hotel and guest house accommodation for trekkers is most readily available in the Annapurna, Langtang and Everest Region. In these areas you can operate with a bare minimum of equipment and rely on lodges for food and shelter. Though bedding is available in the lodges, it is usually a cotton-filled quilt that may not sufficiently warm you. We recommend you bring a sleeping bag. Depending on the length of the trek, the location and the amount of gear necessary, and the amount of money you wish to spend, porters may be employed to carry gear. Guides will also help with this task, although they will carry less than porters.

    » Camping Treks

    During a classic Nepal camping trek, you will sleep in tents, so our itinerary need not rely on the proximity of village settlements. Rather, we can comfortably trek to remote regions and to high altitudes.. Porters will carry your gears and Sherpas will set up camp, cook and serve meals. You carry a backpack with only a water bottle, camera and Jacket. Camping treks costs vary, depending on the destination, mode of transportation and size of the group, and must also take into account how many local porters will be needed. Because food will be carried along, meals can be tailored to the trekkers' needs.

    » Backpacker Treks

    "Eco Trekking" is a more relaxed, personalized trek experience for those backpackers who prefer not to face the uncertainties of traveling alone, and prefer help with permitting and other bureaucracy requirements. In truth, using a guide is not only safer and more certain, but guides can negotiate prices and make arrangements for you more cheaply than someone without the language. In this case, an English-speaking guide or porter will help you chart your trek, and travel along with you.


    Trekking Seasons

    Trekking is possible at any time of the year depending on where you are going. The most popular seasons are Autumn and Spring.

    • Autumn: (Sep-Nov) October and November are really Nepal's highest months - offering excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views.

    • Winter: (Dec-Feb)This season is noted for occasional snowfall only at higher elevations. Mountain passes may be snowbound, hence it is ideal for trekking at lower elevations, generally below 3000 meters.

    • Spring: (Mar-May) Different varieties of wild flowers, specially the rhododendrons, make the hillside above 5000 meters a haunting paradise during this season. It is mildly warm at lower elevations and at higher elevation over 4000 meters the mountain views are excellent and temperature is quite moderate.

    • Summer: (Jun-Aug) Summer months really continue up to mid-September making travel wet and warm. These times are blessed for the keen botanist, as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation. Insect repellent is a necessary addition to your "What to Bring" list. During this season, you can trek in the rain-shadow (places out of reach of the rain clouds due to the high mountains) areas north of the Himalaya like Mustang and Dolpo.

    No Mountaineering Skills Needed

    Whether you begin your trek at a roadside trail head or fly in to a remote mountain airstrip, a large part of your trek will be in the Middle Hills region at elevation between 500m-3500m. In this part of Nepal there are always well-developed trails through villages and mountain passes. Even at high altitudes there are intermittent settlements used during summer by shepherds, so the trails, though often indistinct, are always there. You can easily travel on any trail without the aid of ropes or mountaineering skills. There are rare occasions when there is snow on the trekking trails.

    Physical fitness

    A trek is physically demanding due to its length and almost unbelievable changes in elevation. On most treks, the daily gain is less than 800m in about 15Km, though ascents of as much as 1200 m may also be encountered. You can take as much time during the day as necessary to comfortably cover these distances, so the physical exertion, though quite strenuous at times, is not sustained. There is always plenty of time for rest. Dil Maya Trek & Expedition will be happy to take your hiking experience into account when planning a trek, recommending a trek of appropriate ease or difficulty, depending on your past experience and desire. Prepare for your trek by taking progressively longer outdoor walks, along with stair climbing, up- and downhill hiking, and other exercises to build aerobic capacity.

    Minimal Requirements

    The following list must be adjusted depending upon the season and weather in the trekking area. Most gear can be purchased at good prices, if desired, in Kathmandu or Pokhara on the day before your trek.

    • Heavy fleece jacket
    • Down coat for colder weather treks
    • Comfortable, lightweight walking boots, well-broken in before you leave for your trek.
    • A pair of lightweight/heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night.
    • 1-2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/skirts.
    • 2-4 cotton T-shirts.
    • 1 lightweight long sleeved-shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
    • A sunhat and ensure it has wide brim to cover the face and neck.
    • 2 pairs of thin and 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.
    • Underwear: normal quantity
    • Swimming suit
    • Water Bottle
    • Sunglasses and strap
    • Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can be bought in Kathmandu, Pokhara and some villages in the mountains.
    • Wet wipes for self-cleaning between shower opportunities
    • Small headlamp and/or flashlight/torch with spare batteries
    • Personal medical supplies - don't forget band-aids and tweezers
    • Army-knife and sewing kit
    • Sun-screen, sunblock, sun-tan lotion, zinc-oxide... get the picture? This is essential in the Winter when skies are clearest.

    Altitude sickness Our itineraries are designed so that our clients ascend at a sensible and safe rate. The effects of altitude are felt by everyone, even the Sherpas, but most people find that gentle acclimatization allows them to reach higher altitudes without any problems. However, it is recommended that you check with your doctor, who may prescribe you Diamoxx or another altitude medicine "just in case." Thorough information about the potential effects of altitude are available on the Everest Base Camp Medical Clinic website

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    Trekking permit and Entrance fees

    Trekking Permits are required only for treks into restricted and conservation areas. Permits are free for Annapurna, Langtang and Everest regions. Further information is available on the Government of Nepal's Department of Immigration.

    Entrance Fees
    Annapurna Conservation Area entry fee is Rs 2000.
    National Park entrance fee is Rs 1000.
    TIMS Fee (about US$10)


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Home Stay

Home stay is a form of tourism program that allows the visitor to stay with a local family to better learn the local lifestyle as well as improve their language ability. While homestays can occur in any destination worldwide, some countries do more to encourage home stay than others as a means of developing their tourism industry. Hosting a home stay participant also allows the local family to earn some additional, needed income. Having low profitability, as it is, home stay can not be regarded as strictly commercial activity, but more of cross cultural exchange.

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Trekking Routes and Expeditions

  • Annapurna Trek:

    Everest Circuit

    This circuit is considered one of the best treks in the world, this trek takes you through distinct regional scenery of rivers, flora, fauna and above all - mountains.

    There are four regions that are passed through on the trek; Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi. Lamjung and Myagdi of the lower elevations are both predominantly Hindu and with lush green subtropical valleys with villages and terraced farming.

    Manang and Mustang are of the higher elevations and are predominantly Tibetan Buddhist. The Manang people are Gurung (not Tibetan descent) and are very proud of their unique cultural heritage and merging of lower land Gurung and Tibetan cultural influences. People of Mustang identify themselves a lot closer with Tibet and the Mustang region has actually been part of Tibet in history. Mustang also is one of the last places in the world to view the ancient Bonpo Religion in action. Villages to note for Bonpo are Thini and Lupra near Jomsom, and Nargon near Kobang.

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  • Everest Trek:

    Everest Circuit

    Everest trekking offers you great opportunity to have unique experience. The Everest area is situated in eastern Nepal. It is protected by the Sagarmatha National Park, established in 1976 with an area of 1148 square kilometers. The park is largely composed of the rugged terrain and gorges of the high Himalayas. Altitude ranges from 2845 meters above sea level (9,330ft) to the top of the world, Mt. Everest at 8848 meters (29,028ft). Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, which is known in Nepal as "Sagarmatha" the goddess mother of the world, has long been the greatest attraction for nature lovers and trekkers alike. Solukhumbu, the heartland of the Everest Region and an integral part of the Himalayan mystique, thus provides a welcome destination for these adventurers.

    Throughout this trek trekkers are overwhelmed with views of unbelievable peaks, Buddhist monasteries, and friendly Sherpa villages. Perhaps some may even have a glance of the Yeti! The local people believe that the Pangboche Monastery actually has in its possession the real scalp of this Himalayan legend. As we proceed slowly to allow for maximum acclimation, we will have plenty of opportunity to visit monasteries and sherpa homes of this region. Most of our Sherpa crew come from the Sherpa households of this area. Incredible views of Everest and the surrounding peaks are the inescapable fare while we ascend Kala Patthar.

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  • Langtang Trek:

    Everest Circuit

    The Langtang Valley is located only 19 miles north of Kathmandu, close to the border of Tibet. The valley is dominated by Langtang Lirung [7246m], the highest peak in the area. This is a superb introduction to trekking in Nepal among some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole country. This Langtang trek towards the base of Langtang Himal, north of Kathmandu valley, offers the shortest approach to snowy mountains from Kathmandu.

    The Langtang trek starts from Syabru Besi after a 9 hrs drive from Kathmandu. Following a trail upstream Bhote Kosi river through ethnic Tamang villages, lush green forests and the wide spread Kyangin valley surrounded by snowy peaks from all fours sides, takes you up to Kyangin at 3800 meter, where you get an opportunity to ascend Kyangjin Ri [4350m.], from where the 360 degree mountain views are truly panoramic. After an ascent of Kyangjin Ri, we retrace our route back down the valley to Syabru Besi and then drive back to Kathmandu.

    Due to gradual ascent along the river valley this Langtang trek is not considered strenuous, but yet, it remains challenging as it reaches an altitude of 3800 meter at Kyangjin. The Langtang trek can be done any time of the year except during monsoons [July & August].

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  • Other Treks:

    Everest Circuit

    Nepal has some of the best trekking in the world, to and around several of the world's highest mountains, including Mount Everest. Many people visit the country just to trek and the tourism industry is well prepared to facilitate all manner of trekking styles and destinations.

    There are always well-developed trails through villages and across mountain passes. Even at high altitudes there are intermittent settlements used during summer by shepherds, so the trails, though often indistinct, are always there. You can easily travel on any trail without the aid of ropes or mountaineering skills. Still, alpine techniques are almost never used on a traditional trek. Anyone who has walked extensively in the mountains has all the skills necessary for an extended trek in Nepal.

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