Treks and Expeditions
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Types of Trekking in Nepal
Types of trekking
Generally, there are two different ways of doing trekking in Nepal mountain (I) Tea House Lodge base trekking (II) Camping trekking.
This is fully organized trekking with everything's what we will require in trekking. Our porter will carry all necessary food stuff, tent, sleeping bag, mattress, gas and stove. The cook with cook the food and you will guide to take care of everything's in general. Camping trek is also cultural trekking as after dinner your team will make a musical moment, you can sing and dance.
Specially while going to the remote areas trek or in the non touristy Himalayas it requires a fully equipped or camping trek.
Lodge Trek - Tea House Trek
Everest, Langtang and Annapurna areas are well established for trekkers with basic guest house and hygiene food. It is also known as tea house trek. Those guest houses were a tea shop in early times of Nepal trekking. Later, they learn to cook and manage logistic management and make a small house where they are running a guest house these days. They are safe and comfortable to spend a night though they will not have room attach bathroom and hot shower. If you wish to take a shower they will provide boil water in bucket. Most of the lower villages have electricity as well as. You can charge your battery, mobile, I pad or etc and in return you can expect to pay. The lodges are remaining open all round the year. In the main season, they could be busy. It is advice to start early and arrive early to make sure you got a room.
There are some community based (home stay) logistic facilities are also available in some trekking areas like Tamang Heritage Trek, Beni to Tatopani, Chepang Hill Trek or etc. It will give you an experience to involve in family and know about Nepalese culture and traditions.
Preparation for a trek
• In all kinds of trekking you will require to walk 5 to 7 hours daily on uneven trails, which demands physical fitness as well as mental preparedness.
• On the basis of trail condition, altitude, glaciers and passes trekking routes have been classified from 1 to 5 grades. (1 stands for an easy route where as 5 for hard).
• One with cardiac and pulmonary history is required to take the advice of a physician before participating a trek. Don't take too much risk going high.
• It's recommended that you have some knowledge about Altitude Sickness its symptoms, prevention and remedies. Though our trekking will have general ideas about sign and symptoms.
• Your insurance policy should cover for helicopter evacuation expenses in the case of serious illness, accident or if you are stranded in any remote area due to inclement weather conditions.
• We provide tents, mattresses, dinning tables, food and all kitchen equipment but you have to bring your personal trekking gears on camping trek. Check our Personal Equipment Checklist for list of personal clothing and trekking equipment. (That will apply only in camping trekking)
• Upon arrival in Katmandu (Thamel) you can also buy or rent trekking gears or we can help you to organize them.
• Tea house based trekking regions provide with lodging and food facilities, tent equipment not really a need. If you want a light travel, you can buy or rent the trekking gears in Katmandu
• Before departing your trek, you are advice to start walking even at your home town. That will fairly help to walk in the mountain.
Trekking seasons in Nepal
There are two good seasons to do a trekking in Nepal.
This season is right after the rainy season; provide you the excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views. This is the busiest season for trekkers. As there are many festival in Nepal, make crowd of tourist in Nepal.
This is a coldest time in Nepal. You can expect bellow zero temperature in Katmandu as well as. If you are here for trekking, you can expect snow. The short trekking are ideal in this season below 3.000m. The high passes could close or difficult to pass.
This is the best season for the expedition team. The second busy season for the normal trekkers. The mountain of Nepal would be full of Rhododendron flower. The temperature is quite moderate.
This is the favorite season to trek in to the trans Himalayan areas like Upper Manang and Dolpo. The south facing mountain will have lots of rain. There will be lots of new stream, land slide, or other difficulties. Leach can be a another problem in rainy season trekkers. This season is also recommended for forest researchers and botanist.
Warning: raincoats and insect repellents are strictly necessary in this period.
Trekking Permits and National Park Fees
All trekkers require a trekking permit to visit Nepal's interior regions, which are not connected by highways. Recently the Annapurna, Langtang and Everest regions have been declared "permit free"; the National Park or Conservation Area fees are still applicable. We process the trekking permits and national park entrances at immigration offices in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo: US$ 500 per person for the first ten days and US$ 50/ day/ person there after.
Kanchenjunga and Lower Dolpo: Equivalent to US$ 10 per person per week for the first four weeks and US$ 20 per week thereafter.
Nar and Phu: From September to November US$90/ person/ week and December to August US$75/ person.
Tamang Heritage Trek: US$10/ person/ week.
Manaslu: US$ 500 (Dec-Aug) per person per for the first week and there after US$7/ perso/ day. US$ 70 (Sept-Nov) per person per for the first week and there after US$7/ person/ day.
Tsum Valley area: US$35 for 8 days/ person
Humla (Simikot-Yari): US$ 50 per person for the first week per week. Extra US$ 7 per day per person
Note: Trekking to Dolpa, Kanchenjunga, Manaslu and Mustang can be undertaken through registered trekking agencies only. The Department of Immigration located at Bhrikuti Mandap, (Tel 4223590, 4222453, 42233681) issues permit for the tourist who intend to trek to any part of the country. Trekking permit fee for different trekking areas are fixed as follows.
Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Entry Fees
Manaslu Conservation Area - NRs. 2000.00
Annapurna Conservation Area - NRs. 2000.00
Kanchanjunga Conservation Area - NRs. 2000.00
Langtang National Park - NRs. 3000.00
Sagarmatha National Park - NRs. 3000.00
Rara National Park - NRs. 3000.00
Shey-Phoksundo National Park - NRs. 3000.00
Makalu Barun National Park - NRs. 3000.00
Khaptad National Park - NRs. 3000.00
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve - NRs. 3000.00
Royal Chitwan National Park - NRs. 1500.00
Royal Bardia National Park - NRs. 1500.00
Parsa Wildlife Reserve - NRs. 1500.00
Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve - NRs. 1500.00
Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve - NRs. 1500.00
Shivapuro Water Shed Conservation Area - NRs. 500.00
TIMS - Trekkers' Information Management System
Every trekkers have to obtain the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Every trekker has to obtain the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) to go to trek in any part of Nepal. TIMS can be obtaining from any counter of the Trekking Company, TAAN's head office or Nepal Tourism Boards counter Bhrikutimandap. It will be for free for the first phase of apply. It will not cost any money but should be obtain. As per the TAAN and NTB it is regulated to avoid the illegal operation of trekking and to update the trekkers' data while they are in trekking.
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