Nepal is known for being a paradise for trekkers due to its countless trekking routes and areas. Even though trekking is exciting, there are things you need to know and consider before you embark on this wonderful adventure.
- Trekking Gear
Depending on the area and the terrain you will be trekking in, you need to have the proper gear in order to avoid difficulties and accidents. Even though the treks below 3000 meters don’t pose many risks in general, if you are planning to pass a high mountain pass having the right equipment is a must. The trekking routes in Nepal do not require technical climbing, but you will have to have good trekking boots, a comfortable backpack and a suitable jacket and clothes for the season. Don’t go unprepared and risk for the weather to ruin your trip!
- Stay Hydrated
While trekking, your body will be under more motion stress than usually. Make sure that you drink enough water during your trek to make for the loss of liquid in your body. Dehydration can lead to many complications, among which the increase of the risk of altitude sickness. Try to avoid buying plastic water bottles, by carrying your own and refilling it on the many safe water stations around the trekking areas. If you are tired of drinking water, tea will do as well and it is readily available on the way in the trekking lodges.
- Plan Gap-Days
Nature is always unpredictable, so make sure that you plan at least a few contingency days in order not to miss your flight back home. The roads in Nepal are also rather unpredictable so having a couple of gap days is always a good idea. Especially if you are flying to for example Lukla or Jomsom, the flights can get delayed very often due to the weather conditions.
- Hiring a Guide and/or a Porter
Trekking independently can be fun, but it is certainly not for everybody. Don’t hesitate to hire a guide or a porter (or both) as those people will be happy to get some income and will also enjoy the same nature you are enjoying! Trekking with a guide/porter will eliminate many of the risks associated with trekking and it will enhance your experience. Most of them speak English very well and have interesting insights about the area. Moreover, some regions in Nepal are restricted and the authorities have made it illegal to trek without a guide. Trekking without a guide in some of the isolated areas in Nepal is not a good idea anyway, as trails are not marked and there are no proper tourist facilities. Tour in Nepal have experts team for hiring guides and porters.
- Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
Many people take this condition for granted before starting their trek. Make sure that you inform yourself about altitude sickness before you embark on your high-altitude journey. Even though the initial stages and symptoms are quite harmless, if you do not listen to the signals your body is sending you, it can be lethal. Among the initial symptoms are light headaches, nausea and slight disorientation. If you experience any of those symptoms, make sure that you observe them very closely and if they proceed for a longer period of time, you will have to start descending until you feel better.