Trekking in Nepal was one of the most beautiful adventures we have ever had . The unspoilt landscapes, the powerful nature, the kindness of the Nepalese, the encounters along the trek, the overcoming of oneself, we loved the experience! We never thought we could do it and even if it didn’t happen exactly as expected, we are already thinking about going back!
Plan de l'article
- TRIK IN NEPAL, WHAT TO KNOW
- 1. What is the best season to go trekking in Nepal?
- 2. How many days do you have to go trekking in Nepal?
- 3. Which trek for which level?
- 4. You need a guide or can you do a solo trek at Nepal?
- 5. What budget for a accompanied hike in Nepal?
- 6. What should I bring in my bag for a hike in Nepal?
- 7. What travel insurance for trek in Nepal?
TRIK IN NEPAL, WHAT TO KNOW
Before we left for Nepal, we asked ourselves so many questions. For example, we did not know which trek to choose , there are so many! What should we take in our bag? What temperature was he going to make in the mountains? In short, we wrote this article to share our personal experience, to give you answers to frequently asked questions when looking to go to Nepal on trek and also to give you some practical tips for organizing your future trek in Nepal.
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1. What is the best season to go trekking in Nepal?
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The best time is autumn, which is the months ofOctoberandNovember , which are usually dry, with a clear and blue sky. The days are very sunny and pleasant even at altitude. The nights are cool but the temperatures are warmer than in winter.
Snow has not yet fallen and mountain passes are accessible.
We went trekking the second half of November and we had an exceptional time! That’s why Nepal is a popular destination for hiking.
Spring with the months of March and April is the second best period. The rhododendrons are in bloom, the sun is still present but it has been understood that the visibility is slightly worse than in October/November. Rain can fall.
• Winter , December/January: temperatures can be frozen in the mountains, heavy snowfall making passes impassable, most pavilions will be closed.
• The rainy season : monsoon period from May to September (especially July-August): heavy rain, landslide, lack of visibility, numerous leeches in the valleys. Lots of impassable trails and closed lodges.
Let us remember that in the high mountains weather can change dramatically, so you need to be ready for everything in any season.
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The majority of tourists leave in October and early November. In the second half of November we were very quiet on the trails during the day, although the trek we had chosen (the Annapurna circuit) is very famous. No need to book our lodges in advance, we were in small committees and sometimes even alone with the shelter guards!
! ! ! ! ! ! Attention in October, it is very different and it is essential to book the lodges in some very popular villages stages! ! ! !
2. How many days do you have to go trekking in Nepal?
An important factor to consider when choosing your trek in Nepal is to consider your possible holiday time on site. While some hikes can be done in 5/6 days, others require a minimum of 10/12 days and the longest in general about 20 days.
In order to avoid the M.A.M (acute mountain sickness), it is imperative to walk gently during a hike in Nepal, the rule is 400/500m per day , so you will not be able to brave the watch to try to do a tour in less days than recommended, unless you are used to being in high mountains and again.8230; (3500m and).
3. Which trek for which level?
In Nepal, there are treks for all levels, from easy one-day walks in the valleys to more than twenty day hikes crossing passes at an altitude of over 5000 m and requiring a 5/6 hour walk per day.
Beyond training and physical fitness, one must be aware of a major factor, the risk of M.A.M. (altitude sickness). Some people feel it as early as 2500m and it is something to take very seriously.
For the first time, it is usually recommended not to overestimate yourself and choose a trek that does not go too high. Many people then opt for the balcony of the Annapurna , which is done in 5/6 days from Pokhara and does not exceed 3500m.
For our first hike in Nepal, we chose a classic, part of the Annapurna circuit (from Jagat to Jomson, passing the Thorung La Pass pass at 5416 m). A wonderful itinerary near the mountains with snowy peaks. Steps finally not so difficult the first 9 days, even if passed 4000m, we walked much softer, short breath. The trek ended with a frustrating abandonment at the foot of the Thorung Pass due to altitude sickness. I caught (Elisa) cold the first days of the trek, a death that turned into a kind of bronchitis and it made me all the more vulnerable to the M.A.M., which left me no choice but to be evacuated by helicopter.
> Read the history of our adventure around the Annapurna circuit to learn more.
But we know a lot of people who have made the same itinerary and for whom it went very well.
Be careful, it is also not because a trek does not climb very high that it will necessarily be easier. Our friends bloggers from Worldelse had made the Annapurna area and recently returned for the Khopra trek. Even if the latter climbs much lower, they didn’t necessarily find it easier! Other factors need to be taken into account, such as altitude gain of course.
According to our friend (and great sportsman, not to say crazy) Piotr, from the blog 1001 not, who did 3 treks in Nepal at the same time as us (circuit ofAnnapurna,KhopraandCamp Base of Everest ), he found the sector of Everest more difficult in comparison, where he had particularly much colder.
4. You need a guide or can you do a solo trek at Nepal?
This question is very personal and really depends on your knowledge of the mountain, your habit of hiking itinerant, in short on your experience of trekking.
For us, who are not pros of the hides, who had never gone to Nepal, we would never have risked trekking alone on the Annapurna circuit.
Even if the trails are very well marked, that this trek is very busy, you should know that we are talking about high mountains and high altitude, it can be very dangerous (avalanche, landslide, sudden snowfall blocking passes…) without forgetting the risks of altitude sickness. You need to know how to anticipate and react quickly.
In any case, no one is recommended to leave alone, but at least to be together. Every year, lonely trekkers disappear, an accident occurred quickly (injury, fall, drowning)…
The ideal is to take a local guide, who knows the roads, the mountains and its risks. It is also a great freedom of mind to leave with a guide.
Accompanied, we took care of nothing, he managed the permit formalities and entrance fees, he arranged reservations in lodges, knew the right places to eat along the way.
We let ourselves be guided, we only had to enjoy the scenery and it was great!
Being accompanied by a Nepali is a real asset because he speaks the language, knows his country, the mountains, he will be able to answer your questions, it is a much safer, friendly and rewarding experience that we have found.
Contact our friend French speaking guide in Nepal
We know someone we trust in Nepal, this is our friend Kusang Sherpa . Nepalese married to a friend of mine in high school. Kusang specializes in organizing accompanied treks and complete tourist trips to Nepal. He lives between France and Nepal. He speaks French, English and Nepalese. He was also a guide, working with his brother and a reliable and partially French-speaking team. We share his contact information with you because it is very important to be able to count on someone serious to organize such an adventure. Besides, very nice and francophone, it’s even better, isn’t it?
Panorama Himalaya Trekking Pvt. Ltd. P.O.Box: 25301, Kathmandu, Nepal
PHONE 977-01-4810951 |EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org |WEBSITE www.panoramatrekking.com
5. What budget for a accompanied hike in Nepal?
The price of a guided hike in Nepal varies according to: the trek chooses (which region — which circuit), the season, the duration, the number of people in the group, the comfort desired.
For example, the Everest region is more expensive than the Annapurna region.
It is therefore very difficult to answer this question.
To give you an idea, our stay in Nepal, organized by Kusang, costs within 1200 euros per person.
This tariff included:
- Airport Transfers
- 4 nights in Kathmandu (arrival before the trek and before the return flight) in a comfortable hotel
- 12 days of hiking on the Annapurna circuit in all inclusive (we did not pay anything on site except for memories, and if we wanted to drink alcohol).
- Hiking Permit
- Guide French-speaking (more expensive than an English guide)
- 1 Carrier
- Sleeping bags -20°C
- All transport (bus from Kathmandu to the starting point of the trek, jeep, local flight from Jomson to Pokhara, return to Kathmandu)
- 2 Nights in Pokhara
Price to which the cost of international air tickets must be added. You can compare and find the best prices on the Skyscanner website.
We coupled our trip with our stay in North India, we paid for our AR Paris-Delhi about 450€, then we took Delhi-Kathmandu flights.
If you only want the rates of a carrier and a guide, you can also contact Kusang. It can also arrange your stay in Pokhara and Chitwan to observe tigers and rhinoceros in the national park.
Everything is tailor-made, Kusang adapts to all budgets, from the world traveling in a backpack to the tourist looking for a comfortable trip.
Contact him for a quote, it’s even the simplest. email@example.com
6. What should I bring in my bag for a hike in Nepal?
This question is essential, so a special article was devoted to him: how to dress for a hike in Nepal?
7. What travel insurance for trek in Nepal?
As with any vacancy abroad, it is essential to take out travel insurance in case of accident and illness on site and to avoid disappointed people. Medical costs can be very high compared to France! ! Madame Sécu will not come to cover you if you get sick outside our borders…
For a hike in Nepal, this is really not a matter to take lightly. We are talking about hiking, high mountains and there are inevitably more risks.
In our case, being evacuated by helicopter at 4600m to be taken care of in a clinic in Kathmandu, would have cost us $5,000! ! ! Thanks to our travel insurance, which includes medical repatriation, we did not have to advance or repay the money.
I was hospitalized and the expenses were fully covered. I note that because I was hiking, it was not mountaineering or any other activity considered particularly at risk. In short, fortunately, we had not neglected travel insurance!
Our travel insurance for a hike in Nepal
We make sure with ACS insurance and we have had several opportunities to test their seriousness, this insurance has never been a problem for us. So this is a good option for you if you are looking to make sure of a stay in Nepal for 1, 2, 3 weeks or more. Here is the link to take out the same insurance as us, it’s called Globe Partner : www.acs-ami.com
Video overview of our stay in Nepal, from the trek to its capital Kathmandu and the jungle of Chitwan
If you have any further questions or advice following your experiences, do not hesitate to provide us with your feedback.