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Tamang Heritage Trekking Trail

Tamang Heritage Trail is perhaps Nepal’s easiest trekking region, situated to the north of Kathmandu Valley. Aside from the beautiful scenery, you’ll also get to Trek through multiple Tamang villages, which offer beautiful views of green farmland, thick forests, and the Langtang Himalayas, which are close to the Tibetan border during the Tamang Heritage Trek.

As horse traders, the Tamang people came from Tibet several hundred years ago and settled in hilly regions of Nepal (usually within easy distance of the Kathmandu Valley). They have retained an identity distinct from others rooted in Tibetan culture and their own language as a community. However, they have historically been one of Nepal’s most marginalized ethnic groups. During the 2015 earthquake, the Tamang were among the worst-affected groups due to the fact that their homes were located in remote areas cut off from help. Trekking the Tamang Heritage Trail provides a source of income for the Tamang in this region.

Trekking the Tamang Heritage Trek is a great way to explore the vast Tamang culture in the Langtang Region. It is a remote area close to the border with Tibet, the “Kerong.” There are several places to explore on the Trail, such as its picturesque landscapes, white peaks, and antique villages. This peaceful trip can also be used to explore the nomadic lifestyle at its heavenly Shangri-La.

About the Region

Rasuwa, the host of the Trek, is a small district located north of Kathmandu, which is about 124km away from the capital. The Nepalese Government introduced the Tamang Heritage Trail Trek as part of the tourism initiative for eradicating poverty in rural areas. The bus and Tata Sumo jeep services leave Kathmandu daily for Syabrubesi, the starting point of the Tamang heritage trek from Langtang valley.

This Trek, joining with Langtang from Lama hotel, is in the northern region of Kathmandu. Langtang is also the region where you’ll find ancient Buddhist monasteries, rhododendron forests, bamboo forests, waterfalls, and the snow-capped Himalayas.

In the Langtang Valley, you will find the most breathtaking landscapes, authentic culture, and heartwarming hospitality that will make your trip one to remember. As mentioned earlier, the valley is only an hour or so from Kathmandu and is one of Nepal’s most beautiful regions, so getting there won’t be much of a hassle. 

Necessary Permits and Accommodations

As a foreigner, you’ll need a TIMS card in order to trek to the Tamang Heritage Trail near the Langtang area. TIMS cards can be obtained from the Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu, located at Pradarshani Marg, Bhrikutimandap.

There are well-managed hotels at the start of the Trek. However, as the Trail continues, it becomes more difficult to find hotels with well-appointed facilities. Most of the paths consist of homestays and small teahouses that the Tamang people run.

Preparing For the Tamang Heritage Trek

The highest elevation on the Trek lies around the 3,200 meters mark. This might not be much for regular explorers, but it still is quite an elevation. In addition, the Trek is quite long, and explorers must walk for a considerable period of time. Thus, people with lung disease or breathing problems should avoid such activities or take precautions beforehand since such high altitudes can be difficult to handle.

The Tamang Heritage Itinerary 

Initially, you need to acquire a Nepali visa if you’re not from Nepal and get to Kathmandu. When in Kathmandu, you need to either book a private vehicle or ride the local bus that’ll take you to Syabrubesi. From there, you can continue with the Trek.

Today, we trek for over eight hours. We begin our long journey at Nagthali village, which is popular with Buddhist devotees and priests as a meditation center. Next, we go across the Nagthali peak, one of the highest points in the area. The mesmerizing Ganesh Himal, Langtang range, and Sanjen range can be seen from Nagthali. Finally, we will slowly descend to Thuman, a traditional Tamang village with Tibetan influences. We spend the night here in a homestay.

The Trek on the third day is not as long as the previous day. First, trekking continues to Timure village along Tibet's ancient salt trade route. Then, after resting for a while, we hike around Rasuwagadhi, the historical border area with Tibet that is accessible after crossing the bridge, but we cannot cross. After that, we walked to Timure village and rested there for the night. 

Today, we walk through the rhododendron forest on our way down to Briddim, a village influenced by Tibetan culture and lifestyle. There is a monastery in Briddim called Dukchu monastery. Homestays flourish here, and you will have a splendid opportunity to learn about local customs and practices. We will spend the night at a local homestay.

In the morning, we trek back and descend through forests of rhododendrons to GhopcheKhola. From there, we trek to the Lama Hotel, perched on the bank of the Langtang Khola. We spend the evening and the night at a local homestay or a lodge.

After several days in the Langtang valley and Kyanjing, we're trekking back into Syabru village today. The Trek takes a different route than the one we took earlier to get to the Langtang valley. Our tour will introduce us to the unique cultural lifestyle of people living in the area and the beautiful natural surroundings of the area. We will spend the night at a local homestay.

After trekking for six days, we finished our trekking trip and reached Dhunche, a beautiful town at the end of the Trail. Some people can begin trekking to Langtang valley from Dhunche as well. We will pass through several ethnic mountain villages and natural wonders in Nepal during today's Trek before reaching Dhunche. We will spend our final night in a local homestay.

Our drive back to Kathmandu today takes us on the same road to Syabrubesi we took before our Trek began, providing another perspective on the mountain road. First, however, do remember to cherish the memories you made during the Trek.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open on your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

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“Experience Nepal” Tour for Foreigners

With Nepal Experience Tour provided by Pokhara Info, travelers can get a glimpse of Nepal in an enjoyable and memorable way.

Nestled among the peaks of the high Himalayas with plenty of natural beauty and colorful history, Nepal offers a fascinating experience. It leads you through historical monuments, architecture, and a stunning view of the Himalayas. Another reason to take this tour is the chance to explore verdant forests teeming with wildlife.

During the tour, we will visit most of Nepal’s UNESCO world heritage sites, including Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage sites. Lumbini is a Buddhist pilgrimage site, and Boudhanath is a Hindu pilgrimage site too.

In addition to Pashupatinath and other temples, Chitwan national park showcases a different side of Nepal. It is known for its wildlife and flora. Pokhara is still to be explored, as there are many things to do in Pokhara. Sarangkot offers the best views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna massif.

During the tour, you will be able to discover Kathmandu’s diverse mix of cultures and Buddhist and Hindu shrines. You will also visit Patan and Bhaktapur, two medieval towns in Nepal’s Himalayan range, and pass through tropical and subtropical forests.

Furthermore, Relax in this laid-back town on the shores of Phewa Lake. Travel through hidden villages and towns of Palpa to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. Take in the sunrise or sunset at Nargakot – a hill station near Kathmandu.

Itinerary for the Tour

The second day would be a perfect day to visit Pashupatinath (a Hindu shrine where cremations are held on the river bank), followed by Boudhanath (where Tibetan pilgrims come to meditate with their prayer wheels). They are two of the biggest religious sites within Kathmandu as well as Nepal at large.

Kathmandu's ancient royal capital (known as Basantapur Durbar Square) and Swayambhunath (also known as Monkey Temple) are both Buddhist temples (which are quite popular in Kathmandu). We can make a great trip there and, in the late afternoon, visiting the town of Kirtipur would be ideal, which dates from the 9th century.

In the early morning, visit the Buddhist Posse at Patan, the ancient capital and city of golden roofs. You'll surely find the golden temple quite fascinating. In the afternoon, we visit the traditional village of Newar, surrounded by paddies, and Khokana, which is famous for its mustard oil, and observe the farmers working hard during the farming season.

 Approximately 5 hours of drive from Kathmandu, by private car, we can reach Chitwan and, consequently, Chitwan National Park, home to the most famous wildlife and flora in Asia. Additionally, you can visit the ethnic group of Tharu to discover their everyday lives and culture.

On this day, you will wake up for an Elephant Safari to explore the jungle, where many animals can be seen, such as a one-horned rhinoceros, two kinds of monkeys, deer, crocodiles, and if you are lucky, you may see a tiger. After lunch, we set off on a traditional canoe trip on the Rapti River in search of crocodiles and waterfowl. Afterward, in the evening, witness a performance of Tharu cultural dance.

We will wake up at 5 am to observe birds (with a guide). After breakfast, we will drive to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, one of the four most important Buddhist sites on earth. Our next stop is Maya Devi's temple, Asoka's column, the sacred pool Maya Devi bathed for her son, and the monasteries.

A five-hour drive to Tansen, in the Palpa district, will give you the opportunity to explore the city and the old palace dating back to the 17th century. Palpa was once the ancient capital of the kingdom of the Magar people.

The trip to Pokhara takes you along the banks of the Narayani River through the magnificent scenery of Nepal's hills. Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal and features an excellent view of the Annapurna Range.

Ascend about 1590m to Sarankot in the early morning for a spectacular view of the sunrise, and the Himalayas in the distance, including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Machhapuchare (Fishtail Mountain). After a visit to the International Mountain Museum and a boat ride on Phewa Lake, take the afternoon trip to David's fall before visiting the Tibetan refugee camp.

We will begin the day by driving to Bimalnagar, the largest cave in Asia, and discover a Newar authentic village before climbing Bandipur, an old city from the 19th century, to the top of a hill. There, visit the city's temples and take a panoramic view of the Himalayas.

Afterward, depart for Gorkha by car. There you will discover the ancient palace of Gorkha, which was built around three hundred years ago on a hilltop by the Shah Dynasty. There, view the stunning mountains from the cave of Guru Gorkhanath, a mausoleum built by King Ram Shah. The temple of Kali, built by King Ram Shah, is situated behind the palace.

Afterward, we drive to Kathmandu, a stunning sight that becomes even more spectacular as we gaze at the Himalayan peaks. Later, we visit Basantapur Durbar Square, the ancient royal capital of Kathmandu.

Start your day with a morning visit to the temple Dakshin Kali "the goddess of blood," one of the most important sites for animal sacrifices, where thousands of Nepali people sacrifice animals every Tuesday and Saturday. After that, we will drive to Pharping, one of the places where Padmasambhava's "Guru Rimpoche" was made to meditate in the caves. Guru Rimpoche was the founder of Tibetan Buddhism during the 6th century. In the afternoon, we drive through peasant villages of the valley and lush forests until we reach Nagarkot, with splendid views of the Himalayas.

Our early morning starts with a beautiful sunrise view of the surrounding mountains, forests, and woods. After sunrise, we drive back to Kathmandu. We also visit Bhaktapur en route. The old town of Bhaktapur is divided into 24 traditional localities. In addition to its name, 'city of devotees,' it has greatly influenced religion, culture, and Tantrism in Nepal. A visit to the stunning Bhaktapur durbar square is a highlight of the day for its unique structure and rich cultural heritage. We will spend the night in Kathmandu and finally conclude our tour.  

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

Furthermore, When you are ready to start your Nepal trekking adventure, it is time to begin thinking about what to pack. If you are ready to book but aren’t sure when is the best time to trek or what to stay in, Pokhara Info has got you covered. You can figure out these queries through our site. We can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites. Hope you have a good time in Nepal and thank you for visiting

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Helambu Trek

Nepal’s Helambu trek is culturally and ecologically rich, home to Helmo, Sherpa, and many Tamang ethnic groups. It is a short hike from Kathmandu and is convenient for travelers interested in discovering real Tamang and Sherpa culture.

Helambu Trek is considered by many to be the best short-distance Trek in Nepal because of its remarkable natural beauty, culture, and history. Some of its most notable features are Buddhist temples, monasteries, Buddhist villages, and mountain cattle grazing on rich alpine pastures.

The Helambu Trek is an easy-moderate trek in the Langtang region of Nepal. The Helambu trek offers beautiful mountain scenery of Langtang, the Ganesh Himal, and the Rolwaling region of Nepal, beautiful valleys, and a mixture of cultures.

Helambu trek is an easy-moderate trekking route in the Langtang region. Helambu valley trek is suitable for all age groups, especially family, academic, or club groups. Spring & Autumn season is best for trekking in Helambu valley. However, we can arrange it according to the travelers’ wishes and holiday schedules. A minimum of one week is required for the Helambu valley trek.

About the Region

Sundarijal is the starting point for the Helambu Trekking routes. You then explore Shivapuri National Park, Chisopani, Sermathang, Kutumsang, Thadepati, and Melamchi Pul Bazar, which are in the Helambu region. A number of Buddhist monasteries and rice terraces can also be found on the Trek, which passes via thick forests with great Himalayan views.

This Trek offers breathtaking views of Langtang at 7245 m, Ganesh Himal at 7405 m, Dorje Lhakpa at 6990 m, and other small mountains in the Langtang Himalayan range.

The hospitable and friendly people of Helambu are mostly Buddhists. These trips are ideal for those with short vacation times and who like to combine cultural activities. You will enjoy discovering the culturally rich villages of the Tamang, Buddhist Gompas, and the wonderful landscape of rice field villages.

In comparison with the Annapurna treks and portions of the Everest treks, the main benefit of this Trek is its less crowded nature and lack of noise. Aside from this, the Trek offers a unique cultural experience and beautiful scenery. Despite being so close to Kathmandu, the Helambu region remains relatively untouched by the modern world. 

Additionally, Helambu trekking trails pass through Shivapuri National Park, which covers an area of 159 km2. It features a lot of vegetation and contains many kinds of wildlife.

Necessary Permits and Accommodations

For oblivious trekkers, two permits are needed for Helambu Trek, the Langtang National Park Entry Permit and the Local Area Permit. In addition, the Shivapuri Nagarjuna National Park entrance fee must also be paid.

During the trekking trail, you’ll find basic tea houses. The guesthouses are clean and comfortable, but they’re not as luxurious as those in Kathmandu. While WIFI is available in some places, it isn’t everywhere. You can use your mobile data instead if necessary.

Preparing for the Trek

From Kathmandu to Helambu, the hikes are neither high altitude nor much rural; furthermore, they are fairly short and relaxing, with beautiful sceneries throughout the journey. So it would be great if you prepared accordingly.

The Helambu Trek Itinerary

You need to acquire a Nepalese visa for foreign explorers and get to Kathmandu. After a wonderful day exploring the beautiful Kathmandu valley, you need to get to Sundarijal to begin the Trek.

From Pati Bhanjyan at 1770 meters, the trail climbs and descends thro' Chipling at 2170 meters. From Chipling, the trail climbs again at 2470 meters before descending a forest ridge to Thodang. As you walk along the forest ridge, the trail continually descends to a huge chorten with a view of Gul Bhyanjyang village, at 2140 meters, a typical Tamang hill village with a pleasant main street.

At 2620m, we come to another hill. After that, we descend to Kutumsang. At Kutumsang, the Langtang National Park office is where you must show your park permit, which costs Rs.300. After that, we will climb for 4 hours through the forest to reach Maggengoth, our destination for today, after Kutumsang.

Today we reach an altitude of 3,600 meters near the viewpoint. We will go for a short walk today. Then, we will climb uphill for about 3 hours to Tharepati. While trekking along this trail section, you will have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views and experience the beauty of nature. Then, we make lunch and camp in Tharepati with a view of mountains such as Manaslu and Langtang Himalayas.

Following breakfast, the descent towards Melamchi Gaon at 7900ft will take 3 hours as we pass through the jungle area and Melamchi River. In the afternoon, we will reach Melamchi Gaon, where we will set up camp for the night near a big village and a monastery.

After breakfast, we will follow a 2-hour descent. Today, the trail will take us to Tarkeghyang village (2600m), known as the largest Sherpa settlement in Helambu, where we will cross a bridge and pass through a jungle. You will have the opportunity to observe and learn about the Sherpa culture and tradition after crossing the bridge and continuing on to Tarkeghyang. This normally takes 3 hours to complete.

Afterward, we will return to Sermathang, which is more accessible and through flat land with small beautiful forests, and then we'll be able to see the villages of Helambu. In the meantime, we'll be able to observe local farmers working hard in the fertile lands depending on the time of the year. Finally, you'll reach the village of Sermathang (2,610m) after passing a couple of streams and waterfalls. It might take you about 4 hours to walk there. We spend the night there.

 

We gradually descend through meadows and cultivated fields all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar, where you can see majestic views of rivers and the Himalayas. Along the way, we pass through old villages with their own traditions and customs.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

Finally, after finishing the Trek, we travel by car or a local bus to return back to Kathmandu after lunch, about a 2-3 hour drive. We will spend the night after the Trek at a hotel in Kathmandu and cherish the beautiful locations and memories we made along the Trek.

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Trek to Shey Phoksundo Lake

This beautiful country, home to countless beautiful destinations and natural beauty, contains everything an explorer could possibly imagine on his/her dream vacation. In addition to the many rivers, gorgeous valleys, and mesmerizing mountains, some of the beautiful lakes in the western part of Nepal contain some underrated places every frequent traveler would dream of seeing. 

Having visited over 50 attractions in Nepal, what I discovered after visiting the Shey Phoksundo lake is how underrated it is out of all the natural wonders of Nepal. The Phoksundo Lake is sacred to Bon-Po followers, making it ideal for combining culture and nature. Furthermore, Trekking through the Himalayan forests and traditional Tibetan villages with minimal high-altitude passes makes this trek relatively easy.

The following tips will help you complete the Shey Phoksundo trek and help you along your journey to one of the best trekking experiences. While doing so, I, too, will get to relive the crazy experience and remember how beautiful Phoksundo is again.

About Shey Phoksundo

Phoksundo Lake shimmers due to the reflecting backdrop provided by Kanjirowa massif. It also offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Located in Shey Phoksundo national park, Phoksundo Lake is of primary natural importance. It is a habitat for a wide variety of fauna and flora. Phoksundo Lake Trek is suitable for those people who study botanical science and natural herbs because Shey Phoksundo National Park is quite popular for its wide array of medicinal herbs.

Among Nepal’s largest and most magnificent freshwater lakes, Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek is a quick and relatively easy trip lasting from five to ten days, but it can be longer or shorter depending on how much walking you wish to do each day. Located in the district of Dolpa or Dolpo, the region around Phoksundo primarily consists of Dolpo or the people from the Bon community, people who follow Tibetian Buddhism.

How do I prepare for the trek to Shey Phoksundo?

Trekking in the Shey Phoksundo Lake area is best suited during moderate weather of spring and autumn. This allows for clear hikes without any rain or extreme cold and snowfall.

In spite of Shey Phoksundo’s altitude, it is not a snowy region. However, it can get extremely cold depending on the weather. Therefore, you should prepare accordingly. 

You will need to walk constantly for many days in rough terrains and cold climates. Therefore, you will need to bring along the following materials.

  • Well-fitting gloves, socks, and walking boots
  • Water bottles and thermos
  • Trekking sticks
  • Portable fire stoves
  • Warm clothes, including jackets, sweaters, and thermal wears
  • Snow Glasses and flashlight
  • Moisturizers and lip guard
  • Other necessary trekking gears

Furthermore, Shey Phoksundo lies at an altitude of 3,589 meters. A trip to such an extreme elevation may result in altitude sickness or even breathlessness, so those with serious health problems, lung issues, or similar conditions should avoid the trip. Likewise, you need to take all the necessary precautions prior to embarking on this journey. 

The items listed above are ideal for the expedition mentioned above, though not all of them are necessary. For example, the Shey Phoksundo trek is popular with frequent travelers, so many hotels and homestays supply these items at a higher rate than usual.

Let’s Start the Trek

In order to begin the journey, foreign visitors must obtain a Nepalese visa and get to the capital city, Kathmandu. If you are already in Nepal, you must fly or take another mode of transportation to Nepalgunj, the gateway to the far-west.

From Nepalgunj, you can reach Juphal to begin the trek. For a healthy individual, the trek might take between five to fifteen days, depending on the pace and activities along the way. In the evening, you can choose to stay in one of the homestay facilities located in the area.

From Dunai, you need to start hiking upward towards Thulo Bheri Valley and walk to Kalagauda. Further along the way, you'll pass Roop Ghar while following the Bheri River's southern bank. Finally, when you reach Dunai at an altitude of 2145 meters, you better take your rest for the day there.

Start your third day of the trek by walking through the streets of Dunai towards Sunlight village. While climbing to get to Kageni from Sunlight, you'll learn to walk through rocky paths until reaching Shyanta. This path consists of green vegetation and gorgeous waterfalls. Finally, just half-hour away from Santa, you'll reach Chhepka to rest for the day.

On day four, you need to hike through the forest to reach Ringmo village. Further along, the way, you can stop by one of the highest waterfalls in Nepal, the Jharana, with a view of Phoksundo Lake. In Ringmo village, you'll experience Tibetan culture while exploring Phoksundo Lake and the holy land of the Bonpo.

On this day, you will trek through the upper parts of the Phoksundo River. As you continue, you should follow the northern trails towards Phoksundo Lake. After a few stretches, when you view the beautiful meadows after passing Phoksundo Lake. This beautiful meadow contains the Tibetan Village of RIngmo, the Bon village.

On this day, you will visit Ringmo village, which is located near Phoksundo Lake, and Tshowa Gompa, an ancient Buddhist monastery perched atop a ridge above the lake. While descending, you can enjoy the wonderful, mesmerizing view of Phoksundo Lake. Moreover, the lake area is surrounded by many beautiful glaciers.

You will trek back to Chhepka today. Follow the stream that originates from the lake as you head towards Sulighad. You will pass through Renji, an ancient village. Eventually, you'll reach Chhepka before the end of the day. Though, it might take 6 to 8 hours of walking.

You can spend your last day on the trek doing what you love, enjoying the luscious green vegetation on the trail down to Juphal village. After about 6 hours, you will finally reach Juphal, where you can plan your return home peacefully in a beautiful hotel.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

Finally, we hope that this magical Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek fulfills your dreams! A short trek to Phoksundo Lake allows you to explore the Dolpo region within a few days. Next, a flight out of Kathmandu takes you to Nepalgunj, one of the nicest towns bordering India. Then you fly on to Juphal by another plane, where your journey really begins.

Besides wandering around the lake and spending time, you also enjoy the beauty of Mount Kanjirowa and Phoksundo Lake. After all, you can retrace your steps through the same route to Kathmandu after you have appreciated them enough.

 

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9 of the Best Mountain Treks in Nepal

A paradise remains a dream for many, but Nepal, a nation known for its beauty, is not far off from being a very close second. Wandering through luscious green forests, trekking through picturesque rivers, and enjoying gorgeous mountain scenery are just some of the reasons why so many adventurers return to Nepal. 

Many peeps visit Nepal for the beauty of the mountains, striving to climb or trek in the Himalayas, while others are fascinated by the culture of the city of Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara, or any other, while still many hope to achieve spiritual awakening. Furthermore, Nepal can be all of those things whether you want a life-changing experience, an adrenaline rush, or a cultural experience.

Whether you’re an adventurer, an explorer, or just a trekking enthusiast from Nepal or any other corner of the world, you’d be happy to learn about all the amazing trekking destinations in Nepal. So, explore our list of Nepal’s top attractions to learn about the best places to visit in Nepal for trekking purposes.

If you’re in a hurry, we have compiled a shortlist of some of the best trekking routes in Nepal. Hopefully, this will help you decide on the trekking destination for you.

  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  • Langtang Trek
  • Trek to the Everest Base camp
  • Makalu Base Camp
  • Manaslu Mountain Circuit Trek
  • Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
  • Trek to the Shey Phoksundo Lake
  • Nar Phu Valley Trek
  • Trek of the Gokyo Lake

The trekking trails mentioned above are sure to make for a great trip. However, if you’re not convinced yet, let’s discuss them a bit more.

Annapurna Base Camp trek 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a classic trekking route in Nepal that introduces you to the skyscraping mountaintops, the gorgeous range of landscapes, and the lush Rhododendron forest. Trekking the Annapurna mountain range base camp would be ideal if you seek a holiday and enjoy mother earth’s gifts and experience a physically and spiritually fulfilling journey.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May (Mild Weather) and from late September to early December (Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately 15 days
  • Starting Point: Nayapul
  • Maximum Altitude: 5416 meters at Thorong La Pass
  • Trek Permits: ACAP, TIMS
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse and Homestays
  • Difficulty: Moderately Difficult

Langtang Trek

A trekking trip to Langtang is one of the most rewarding activities in the Langtang region. The quaint mountain villages, varied climatic conditions, and inspiring and challenging walks provide a memorable experience.

A short distance from Kathmandu, you will be able to see glaciers and snow-capped mountains, as well as pine forests, stony streams, boulders, grasslands, and wide pastures. You will also have panoramic views of Mount Langtang-Ri, Langtang Himal, and Gajala Peak.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May (Mild Weather) and from October to November(Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately eight days
  • Starting Point: Syabrubesi
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,984 meters at tserko Ri
  • Trek Permits: No
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse 
  • Difficulty: Moderately Difficult

Trek to the Everest Base camp

The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of Nepal’s most popular trekking routes. Many tourists visit Nepal to enjoy the captivating mountain views of the Sagarmatha region. The trek begins in Lukla, a short flight from Kathmandu.

Along with Sherpa culture and antique monasteries, you will explore different glaciers and have the opportunity to see hanging icicles and beautiful landscapes on the route.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May (Mild Weather) and from October to November(Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately 14 days
  • Starting Point: Lukla
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,600 meters at Kala Patthar
  • Trek Permits: TIMS, Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse 
  • Difficulty: Moderately Difficult

Trek of the Makalu Base Camp 

Due to its remote topography, Makalu Base Camp is a less frequent trek route. The trek takes you to the foothills of 8481 meters at Makalu, the world’s fifth-highest mountain. Throughout the trek, a short flight from the capital will take you to Tumlingtar, whence you will pass through the vibrant forests of Rhododendrons, and along the way, you will spot the Rai community living in the lower elevations, as well as the Sherpas who live in the higher mountains.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May (Mild Weather) and from October to November(Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately 20 days
  • Starting Point: Tumlingtar
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,250 meters at Shersong Ridge
  • Trek Permits: TIMS, Makalu Barun National Park Permit
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse 
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Manaslu Mountain Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is popular and physically demanding in Nepal. However, it offers uplifting mountain scenery and a great series of jungles that head into the wild. In this trek, you can witness epic views of the Himalayas while crossing many suspension bridges as you trek around Mount Manaslu, which is the eighth-highest peak in Nepal. 

  • Preferable Season: From March to May and from September to December
  • Trek Duration: Approximately 14 days
  • Starting Point: Soti Khola
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,160 meters at Larkya Pass
  • Trek Permits: TIMS, MCAP, and RAP
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse 
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

In all likelihood, trekking to Kanchenjunga is one of the best things to do in Nepal. It is an amazing adventure that takes you to the third-highest peak in the world. The hike then takes you to the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, a place where endangered species can be seen.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May and from October to November(Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately 21 days
  • Starting Point: Mitlung
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,250 meters at Shersong Ridge
  • Trek Permits: RAP, TACAP
  • Accommodation Type: Camping 
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Trek to the Shey Phoksundo Lake

There is no doubt Shey Phoksundo Lake is one of the most beautiful freshwater lakes in Nepal because of its turquoise waters. The crystal-clear water is as if nature is being painted on a stunning canvas. 

In addition to visiting the pristine lake of Phoksundo, the remote portion of the trek in Nepal gives you a glimpse of Nepal’s preserved culture and Tibetan culture around the Dolpo region and the spectacular Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri ranges.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May and from October to November(Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately nine days
  • Starting Point: Juphal
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,589 meters
  • Trek Permits: RAP, TACAP
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse 
  • Difficulty: Moderately Difficult

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Trekking in the Nar Phu Valley starts from Jagat along the popular Annapurna Circuit Trail and branches off to Koto in an off-the-beaten-path, high-altitude valley containing ancient villages. The trek offers people unique Himalayan and Tibetan culture and a wide variety of Buddhist cultures in the Trans Himalayas and High plateau rock formations and glaciers.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May and from October to November(Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately 18 days
  • Starting Point: Jagat
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,416 meters
  • Trek Permits: RAP, ACAP
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse 
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Trek of the Gokyo Lake

After Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal, Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is the most sought-after trek among trekkers and adventurers. This hike offers breathtaking views of the four highest peaks in the world at the same time: Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho-Oyu, and Mt. Lhotse.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May and from October to November (Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately 12 days
  • Starting Point: Tumlingtar
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,357 meters at Gokyo Ri
  • Trek Permits: Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse 
  • Difficulty: Difficult

As a whole, trekking in Nepal is one of the most popular adventures in the world. Every trek in Nepal has a unique trail and offers a variety of experiences; however, the nine best treks in Nepal mentioned above are based on the popularity of the trails among visitors.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

 

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Best Time to Trek in Nepal

It is also important to note that trekking in Nepal is not just about the trek to Everest Base Camp. Not only does the Annapurna region offer plenty of options for you, but also the Dolpo, the Manaslu, and the Annapurna region. Are you ready to go discover the natural beauty of Nepal? If so, you’re going to love trekking in one of the world’s most gorgeous countries, so get your hiking boots on and get going.

Why go Trekking in Nepal?

Thousands of years before trekking became a word and an industry was created for hiking, people were already hiking in Nepal. The awesome hiking trails in the Himalayas are essential to getting from village to village. With so many trekking options available, Nepal can be called the Mecca of world trekking. You can climb the equivalent or an improvement on Kilimanjaro, hike the W-Trek in Patagonia, and walk the Camino de Santiago.

Despite all of that, trekking in Nepal will never compare. Nepal hosts the world’s roof, boasting many peaks just as breathtaking as Mount Everest. Hiking trails in Nepal will give you the opportunity to explore them all.

In Nepal, you will be able to see the Annapurnas, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and the utmost majestic Mt. Manaslu. You will be able to reconnect with nature. It is not just the mountain peaks that make Nepal one of the most popular trekking destinations, but also flora and fauna found there. It is home to nearly 6500 flowering plants, 2500 species of vascular plants, and 130 endemic species. Rhododendrons are Nepal’s national flower, and you are certain to see a lot of them as you hike through the Annapurna Region. You will also encounter beautiful animals such as musk deer, Himalayan black bears, and one-horned rhinoceroses.

What time of year is best to trek in Nepal?

In Nepal, just like many other parts of the world, there are four distinct seasons. The winter season, spring season, summer season, and autumn season each have their own advantages. Therefore, there is no definitive answer to the question concerning the best trekking season. Whatever the case, you can choose your preferred month for your Nepal visit based on the seasons.

Spring from March to May

Spring is a popular season for trekking holidays in Nepal because the temperatures will be warmer, the temperatures will be steadier, and the blossoms will start to appear. There will be plenty of climbers around Everest Base Camp as the climbing season for Mount Everest starts up. 

Temperatures will fluctuate between 16 degrees and 23 degrees Celsius throughout the day. The hotter evenings will make your trek more enjoyable, and fewer trekkers will be on the trail than, for example, during the fall. If you are considering the Annapurna Circuit Trek, this is the time for you. The Rhododendron in full bloom is an obvious point of interest in spring, but you can also spot the most delightful feathered creatures in the Langtang Valley.

Summer from June to August

It gets warm in Nepal during the summer, despite the fact that you may not expect it when looking at snow-clad mountain peaks. Truth be told, the weather will be damp since late spring, meaning that monsoon is on the way. As a result, there are not many trekking enthusiasts heading to the Himalayas at this time of year. The rains wash away scaffolds, trails can become extremely dangerous, and the roads are clogged with traffic.

Despite the fact that it tends to be hard to get around during summer, the Upper Mustang Trek is an excellent option since it is generally dry throughout the region. This time of year, the Dolpa district with the Upper and Lower Dolpo is likewise an extraordinary option.

Autumn or Fall from September to November

In Nepal, fall is an excellent time for trekking due to the fantastic weather conditions. As the temperatures gradually drop, there might be a few flakes of snow on the peaks in the higher elevations.

Fall is the best time for trekking. It’s very popular at this time of the year. Temperatures range from 22 to 27 degrees Celsius during the day, and evenings are cool. In September, I’m afraid you’ll have a bit of a reminder of Monsoon Season, and it might rain in torrential amounts. There can be some difficulties crossing the High Passes, but in general, you should not have any problems. As October approaches, your way will be clear. There will be less rain, and it will be a great time to visit Nepal.

The celebration of the end of the monsoon season, Indra Jatra or Yenya, occurs in late September or early October. These unique festivals offer a different perspective and level of experience in Nepal.

Winter from December to February

With snow, particularly in Nepal, winter presents a number of challenges for trekking. However, winter can be an amazing season for trekking, especially at higher altitudes. Under the cover of snow, the beauty of fall is tucked away, and trekkers head to the Himalayas to explore trails on lower levels and experience the mountains in all their moods.

Since there are fewer trekkers and the view is spectacular, this is an extraordinary option for trekkers who want to enjoy the most authentic Himalayan experience. Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking, which is also called Annapurna Sunrise Trekking, is one of those treks that is absolutely justified, regardless of how difficult it is in winter.

Furthermore, if you want a guide to the best trekking destination as compared to the best time to visit them, we’ve got you covered. 

  • Everest Base Camp Trek: From the end of March till the end of May, and from the end of September till the end of December.
  • Everest View Trek: The months of February until the end of June, September until the end of December.
  • Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek: From March to May and from September to December.
  • Gokyo Valley Trek: From February to June, September to December
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek: From March until the end of June and from September until the end of December.
  • Annapurna Circuit Trek: From March until the end of June, from September until the end of December
  • Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek: From February through December.
  • Jomsom Muktinath Trek: The months of February until the end of June, September until the end of December
  • Mardi Himal Trek: September through December, March through May.
  • Upper Dolpo Trek: From March until the end of November.
  • Upper Mustang Trek: From March until the end of November.
  • Langtang Valley Trek: From March until the end of June and from September until the end of December.
  • Manaslu Circuit Trek: From September to December and from March to June.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know.

Furthermore, When you are ready to start your Nepal trekking adventure, it is time to begin thinking about what to pack. If you are ready to book but aren’t sure when is the best time to trek or what to stay in, Pokhara Info has got you covered. You can figure out these queries through our site. We can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites. Thank you for visiting!

 

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What to Pack for a Trekking Trip in Nepal

The great Himalayan range, the rich cultures of the foothills area, and the vibrant travel scene in Kathmandu and Pokhara make Nepal a bucket list for many reasons. However, if you are heading to Nepal, you most likely dream about trekking through one of the world’s highest mountain ranges.

There are too many trekking trails in Nepal to mention, but Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit are two of the best-known. Many of these trails will take you right into the heart of the mountains, and while staying in local tea houses, you will get to experience the wonderful hospitality of the people of Nepal.

Packing for Nepal can be a challenging endeavor. You need to make sure to travel light and bring enough clothing for various seasons and weather conditions, as the lowlands can be tropical while the mountains can be below freezing. If you’re interested in planning a trekking trek in Nepal, it might be difficult to know what to expect in the gorgeous trekking heaven of Nepal. Having been to the country three times and trekking many of the magnificent Himalayan trails, here are some things that I consider essential.

The Essentials

Trekking permits will be checked several times along the trail, and the insurance details are essential in the event of an emergency. One of the most important things to remember is to bring your passport with you. Furthermore, be sure to keep them safe in a waterproof pouch during the trip.

A warm jacket: The right jacket is yet another essential piece of gear. The majority of trekkers use down jackets, which are very warm and can also be packed into a small pack when not in use. Down jackets can be purchased in Nepal or rented at very reasonable prices if you don’t want to spend a ton.

 Hiking Shoes and Trekking Poles: It goes without saying that if you are going out to Nepal to hike, you’ll need a good pair of hiking shoes. I recommend testing your boots a couple of times before starting your trek so you won’t suffer from painful blisters! Getting a pair of ankle boots that are waterproof will also help to keep your feet from getting soggy in the event that you trek through snow or heavy rain. A hiking pole to help you on the trail can be equally helpful.

A Sleeping Bag: During the treks, teahouses are common and provide cozy and comfortable accommodation, but the blankets they supply are unwashed between seasons and can be quite grubby. Plus, they don’t provide sufficient warmth at higher altitudes, so it’s advisable to pack a sleeping bag. A bag rated for -30 degrees Celsius or 0-degree Celsius, depending on the altitude and season, should be adequate. In early March, we hiked the Kanchenjunga Circuit, and my -15 degree bag wasn’t totally warm enough for -25 degree temperatures at the high altitudes. Make sure you pack warm clothes in case the weather turns chilly.

Toilet Paper: People in Nepal (and much of Asia) wash their hands with water rather than using toilet paper. You will occasionally find spray guns, but more often, you will find buckets of water where you can wash your hands after using the toilet. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the method, these are actually very hygienic, not to mention that you will not be burdening locals with toilet paper. In high altitudes, however, there is often no running water, or the water might freeze overnight – so bringing extra toilet paper will come in handy. You can always buy more on the trail if you run out of paper.

Water Bottle (Reusable): I believe it is necessary for every trekker who cares about the environment, as we should all do, to bring along a reusable water bottle. Although technically, this is not essential, as you can buy bottled water for the duration of the trek, it sure can be useful. Nepal’s trekking trails have a huge problem with plastic pollution, and all trekkers should seek to reduce this. Reusable water bottles can be used to carry water, and you can refill them at stations along the main trek routes.

Skin Protection: When trekking in Nepal, the sun is strong because of the altitude and the clear mountain air. You can even get burned if it’s cold and you’re hiking through snow. Bring a small bottle of sunscreen to protect your skin. Wearing sunglasses to prevent glare from the snow will help you avoid sunstroke, as will wearing a sun hat to prevent heat stroke.

For Convenience

Camera: It’s stunning to hike in Nepal. Whether you choose Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, or even shorter trails in the foothills, you won’t be able to look away from the awesome scenery. You will want to take a camera along (so you can convince your friends and family back home to book a trek to Nepal, too) to capture all the amazing sights. Whether you have a DSLR or just a compact camera, it is important to pack the lightest gear. Don’t bring a tripod or extra heavy lenses unless you plan to carry the load yourself. You’ll probably want a wide-angle lens anyway. Also, be sure not to forget extra batteries and memory cards!

Moisturizers and Lip Balm: Having a tube of moisturizer and some protection for both your lips and your skin will really come in handy while trekking through the cold mountains.

Head Light: Usually, there might not be power in the bedrooms and bathrooms of the teahouse where you stay or camp, so a headlamp is essential in such a situation. It’s important to have a head torch for those days, especially since you might be trekking in the dark as it can get dark during some treks in Nepal (for example, on the ABC Trek or on the Thorong La Pass on the Annapurna Circuit Trek) and you will need one to see the path.

Money: On most of the trails, there are no ATMs, so you must carry all the cash you need. If you are on a longer trek, you are likely to carry hundreds of dollars in Nepalese rupees. You will need to store it securely in your luggage. I recommend that you divide your cash up, carrying some on your person and some in your day bag. Another good idea is to divide it between your backpack and your day bag. Consider hiding some of them in a pair of socks and some in your wash bag to use later. 

Playing Cards, Books, or Diaries: It is virtually impossible to find computers, TVs, or Wi-Fi on the trail (or at least the Wi-Fi is not quite good enough for surfing). What do you do in the evening? People play cards both with other trekkers and with porters. Ask your guides and porters to teach you some local games; there are some really fun Nepali games that can keep you occupied for hours in front of the fire before bed. You could also read a book. In addition to reading, you can spend your evenings keeping a travel journal. If you enjoy writing, this is a great way to remember the feelings and thoughts of your individual days’ of hiking.

You’ll also need other things to fill your bag with. For trekking clothes, you want to bring light and quick-to-dry clothes. Layering is also beneficial. For the evenings, it is helpful to have slippers or light shoes, so you don’t have to walk around in your hiking boots. For colder weather, don’t forget to bring along a pair of warm gloves and a warm hat. If you travel with us, our packages include all these items along with the following:

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful cycling experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

Finally, You can fill your pack with snacks for cheap in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Although food is not very expensive on Nepal’s trekking trails, snacks like chocolate bars become more expensive as you ascend. All of these essentials and trekking clothing can be purchased in Kathmandu and Pokhara for very reasonable prices. Several companies in Nepal accept clothing donations which are used to clothe the guides and porters after you buy new gear for the trail. If you do not want to take your gear back home with you following the trek, you can donate it to the trekking companies.

 

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Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

The short Chisapani Nagarkot hike is an ideal weekend getaway from the city hustle and bustle. Chisapani Nagarkot can be accessed year-round, so you can hike this trail year-round. The Trek to Chisapani Nagarkot in Kathmandu Valley Ridge is a short and easy one that combines typical life, ethnic culture, and mountain scenery.

The Chisapani Nagarkot Trek is ideal for children, families, students, and those who have limited time in Nepal and still want to explore rural Nepal. The Trek provides an exceptional experience away from the hustle and bustle of city life. At the same time, the Trek provides an exceptional contrast to the busy life of Kathmandu city for people from there, other cities in Nepal, or for people living abroad. 

The Journey around the mesmerizing destinations through the outskirts of the Kathmandu valley is full of pleasant hilly trails with stunning natural landscapes away from the crowds in the city. As a perfect retreat for explorers wishing to experience Nepal’s striking beauty within a short time, this adventure can be the perfect one for you. Besides the health benefits of the Chisapani Nagarkot Trek, the Trek is also a great opportunity to enjoy Kathmandu valley’s serene surroundings.

About the Region

The trek starts in Sundarijal, a 1 hr drive from Kathmandu Valley, and ends in Changu Narayan. It is one of the most eye-pleasing and classic treks in Nepal. Trekking in the Nagarkot area is best suited for those limited in time, budget, and beginners who still want to experience Nepal’s natural beauty and culture. Trekking is a perfect way to explore blended cultural and natural features.

A dense jungle walk, terraces, farming, traditional lifestyles, world heritage sites, massif chain of the Himalayas surroundings, and temples are major reasons for the Trek’s popularity. Both domestic and foreign tourists enjoy the Trek equally. As a strategic hilltop fort built to monitor the external activities of other kingdoms, Nagarkot is located 32 km east of Kathmandu valley and 2175m from sea level.

Preparing for the Trek

From Chisapani to Nagarkot, including Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, your hikes are neither at a high altitude nor rural; however, they are long yet relaxing. So you should prepare accordingly.

Our group of friends took these things with us on our first trip to the area. We recommend you do the same.

  • Energy drink and water bottle
  • Backpack
  • Flashlight
  • Walking stick
  • Well-fitting gloves, socks, and hiking shoes or boots
  • First aid kit
  • Sun Protection cream
  • Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
  • Trekking bag (Rucksack)
  • Duffel bag
  • Large plastic bags

Nonetheless, if you forget any of these items, you can easily find them in trek shops at the start of the Trek.

Trek Itinerary

Our walk today will be through Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park and the forest. We have seen Himalayan black bears, Indian leopards, and other wildlife here. If you're lucky enough, you might see some smaller animals, such as mongooses, porcupines, jungle cats, pangolins, etc. If you're a birder, be sure to see the yellow-throated marten, along with dozens of other species.

While hiking, we will stop for lunch at Chauki Bhanjyang or Jhule before continuing to Nagarkot in time to observe the sunset over the Himalayan range. The many hotels in this famous hill station, which range from inexpensive to deluxe, allow us to enjoy a good dinner before taking in the views from the watching tower or from another location. The hill station is located at an elevation of 2,175m and offers stunning views of the Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest at 8,848m, Cho Oyu at 8,188m, Makalu at 8,463m, and Manaslu at 8,163m, plus spectacular sunsets. We stay overnight at a lodge in Nagarkot.

 

Today, our goal is to capture a spectacular sunrise over the snowcapped mountains as early as possible in the morning. The Nagarkot sunrise is quite popular among people from Kathmandu. You can see a beautiful mountain range as the clouds rise and drop, revealing and hiding and revealing the majestic peaks again. You can take in all of these experiences while enjoying the fresh cool air while eating a hot breakfast.

On the way back from this feat of nature, we reach Changu Narayan Temple, some four hours (mainly downhill) away. This is an ancient temple in Nepal dedicated to Lord Vishnu, believed to be the oldest in the country.

UNESCO and other organizations have worked hard to restore the Changu Narayan Monument Zone following the 2015 earthquake. In addition to the temples, the impressive living museum in the region offers a glimpse into Nepali and Newari culture, art, and history, untouched by the earthquake.

Afterward, we can return back home by bus or a private vehicle. The drive to Kathmandu from Changu Narayan is relatively short.

 

This three-day trekking package is perfect for those who enjoy hiking in scenic areas for three days and staying overnight in a resort. It offers a pleasant experience of the countryside and excellent mountain views. If you decide to continue with the Trek, remember to treasure all the wonderful memories you experience during the Trek, both during and when you get home.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

 

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Fitness Required for Trekking in Nepal

Nepal is a popular trekking destination for tourists. Many people visit Nepal to walk on classic trails, such as the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit. Most trekking destinations are located in the shadow of these famous trekking areas. While trekking in Nepal, you will walk through forests, pastures, rice terraces, and fertile lands. The trails of Nepal are famous for their diversity of landscape, flora, and fauna. Along the trails, you will also encounter local settlements and groups of different ethnicities.

Usually, trekking involves walking up and down hills on good or rough paths. Sometimes you are required to cross 3000 feet or carry a day pack for 900 meters every day. To fully experience Nepal and to enjoy your trek, you must have physical and mental preparation. It is exotic yet traditional and spiritually fulfilling at the same time. Nepal has its own culture, traditions, and language.

Getting ready for trekking in Nepal

Trekking at higher altitudes is anything but easy. As mentioned earlier, you need to prepare your body to walk for eight to ten hours daily on steep, rough terrain with a ten to twenty-pound backpack in all kinds of weather.

There is quite a lot of uneven terrain on Nepal’s trekking trails. You will be trekking at lower and higher altitudes, under the hot sun, and at night. Hence, you should prepare extensively for trekking in Nepal. Training makes the trekking journey less challenging, safer, and more enjoyable. Hence, you should devote more time and effort to preparing for a trekking adventure. Mentioned below are some of the ways you can you’re your body acclimatized to trek through both the harsh and simple trails in Nepal.

Altitude Training

In order to increase training, you should mimic elevation training. As we stated earlier, unless you live in the hills or mountains, it is nearly impossible to mimic the lungs of the Himalayas.

No matter where you go, if you cannot hike in the mountains, you can always go up and down stairs steps. But that’s not important; what’s important is that you simulate the same oxygen situation. The reason why you develop altitude sickness (AMS) is that you are depleted of oxygen. In addition to using an elevation mask, you can also use an altitude simulator, which simulates thin air by limiting your oxygen intake. This device is used by endurance athletes competing at high altitudes. Additionally, climbers benefit from it. When you go trekking in Nepal, there is absolutely no need to go that far, but if it eases your worries, you can do it.  

Make sure you consult a medical professional before making drastic changes to your lifestyle. Especially do so if you intend to mimic altitude trekking. As mentioned here, you can pre-acclimatize to high altitudes by performing altitude training before you go on a high-altitude trek. Here are a few altitude training techniques that you can include in your weekly training regime. 

  • Plenty of sleep: You should rest plenty during the trek. Sleep affects how your mind and body deal with the stresses of altitude. If possible, you should also practice sleeping outdoors on cold nights.
  • Go slowly: Trekking at high altitudes is one of the hardest outdoor activities and requires a lot of patience. Thus, there is no need to hurry; you can take your time to reach new heights.
  • Always Stay hydrated: While trekking, it is important to drink plenty of water to avoid headaches, improve blood flow, and have many other positive health effects.

Trek Specific Training

High hills and mountain terrains can sometimes be quite hazardous to hike, so you’ll need Trekking Specific Training to cope with the harsh environment in the Himalayas. If you intend to trek in hilly terrain, you should become familiar with its terrain and the climate. You should wear hiking boots and carry a backpack.

Taking a hike on steep hills will help you build leg strength and help you learn how to walk on uneven terrain while keeping your balance. You can also try carrying 8 to 10 kilos on your back while climbing 600 to 1000 meters.

Yoga is also an excellent way of preparing yourself for high-altitude trekking. It is an excellent breathing exercise for such an endeavor.

Aerobic Training

It is important to be fit before participating in any outdoor activity. However, trekking in Nepal does not require you to be a sportsperson. These treks are not competitive. Therefore, you can enjoy the scenery at your own pace.

A good physical condition will allow you to take advantage of the experience more. You will also have the energy for extra activities. As you will be trekking in thin air, your physical condition needs to be stable. You will be better able to metabolize yourself with a good physical condition. Consequently, you can decrease the chance of getting altitude sickness.

Engaging in high-intensity training is the best way to increase your stamina and prepare you for trekking at different altitudes. It requires short bursts of activity followed by rest periods. This can be done by finding stairs that take one or two minutes to climb up. Do ten sets until you are puffing. You can increase the intensity by wearing a backpack and adding 5 kg to 20 kg. The result will be a fit heart and lungs. You must remember that you should stretch and warm up before starting your training program.

Strength and Conditioning

You might think that climbing hills are the most challenging aspect of High Mountain trekking. Actually, the difficult part is descending them. Thus, you need to focus on increasing your quadriceps strength, as these muscles will support the weight of your body as you move downhill. You should also strengthen your back, shoulders, arms, and abs.

It is possible to experience knee or ankle problems while walking downhill if you have weak quads. Therefore, you need to build good leg strength. Additionally, you need to exercise the exact muscles that you will need when trekking. Using free weights and machines is a good way to build strength. You can do lunges, squats, step-ups, pull-ups, rowing, push-ups, and bench presses. Therefore, you should incorporate strength and flexibility training into your daily routine.

It is a good idea to go hiking for at least two hours daily in the hilly areas of your home country before you go trekking in Nepal. This will allow you to climb steep mountain trails more easily and to move easily down steep trails. This training will improve your posture during the trekking period. Flexibility is important during trekking as your muscles and tendons need to relax and stretch.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.

Furthermore, When you are ready to start your Nepal trekking adventure, it is time to begin thinking about what to pack. If you are ready to book but aren’t sure when is the best time to trek or what to stay in, Pokhara Info has got you covered. You can figure out these queries through our site. We can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites. Don’t forget to check out our long-read article about trekking in Nepal if you’re interested in learning more about trekking in the Himalayas! Thank you for visiting!

 

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Khopra Ridge Trek 

Between Jomsom-Muktinath and the Annapurna Base Camp Trek trail, the Khopra Danda Trek presents an eco-friendly nature alternative. The Panorama Himalayas Viewpoint Trekking spotting point at Khopra Danda is one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna Region, which is connected to two other popular treks: the Annapurna Base Camp and Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. The Khopra trek is much better than the similar Poon hill trek for those who do not want to deal with crowds.

In addition to Khayer Lake, a Hindu sacred site, high pastures, and a temporary herder’s settlement, we also travel through rhododendron forests and past Tibetan-looking villages. And, of course, we walk along the ridge itself. The Khopra Ridge at 3,660m is at the end of a steady ascent through alpine meadows and pastures, and it offers a superb vantage point overlooking Kali Gandaki River in the world’s deepest gorge. From the ridge, magnificent peaks shimmer in snow and ice.

There are several teahouse treks in Khopra Ridge. The trail to Khopra Ridge is also very prominent, although one should be aware of diverting to other villages along the way.

About the Region

During the hike along Khopra Ridge, you can see Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, and Dhampus Peak. Additionally, you can see one of the most spectacular valleys on the Kali Gandaki River from this trail. Furthermore, the main attractions of this particular Trek are Khayer Barahi Temple or Khayer Lake, Narchyang village, Tatopani village, and Ghandruk village. 

A spectacular Himalayan panorama can be seen while trekking from the Khopra ridge of Mount Annapurna (8,000 meters), Mount Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters), Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Dhampus peak, Tukuche peak, Himchuli, Gurja Himal. It is favorable to trek to Annapurna Khopra Trek in the months of March to June and September to November because Annapurna Khopra trek weather in these months is excellent.

There is only one long walking day (which can be a challenge, and the view from the summit rivals any viewpoint in the Himalayas). So this Trek is the perfect way to view and experience the beauty of the Himalayas landscape and mountain ranges in a more serene and one-on-one manner. Over nine days, the Khopra Ridge trek covers a distance of 70 kilometers, covering an average of 8 kilometers a day. Your stay for the day usually ends in the early evening.

Permits and Accommodations 

Like any other trekking destination near the Annapurna region, you’ll need a TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card and the Annapurna Conservation Area Park (ACAP) permit, which can be acquired from the Nepal Tourism Board or with our help. 

In terms of accommodations, Swanta, Christibung, and Khopra Danda each have two or three lodges, each with five to seven rooms, and each room has two to four beds and an excellent heater. Hence, a group of six to ten people can stay comfortably in the same lodge at each location. However, multiple homestays or tea house accommodations are also available on the trekking route.

Preparing for the Trek

The hike from Pokhara to Khopra danda does not contain high altitudes or rugged paths; they are shorter and more relaxing, and you will enjoy the scenery along the way. So it would be best if you prepared accordingly. When we made our first trip to this area, our group of friends brought along the following items with them. We suggest you do the same in order for a similarly comfortable trek.

  • Energy drink and water bottle
  • Backpack
  • Flashlight
  • Walking stick
  • Well-fitting gloves, socks, and hiking shoes or boots
  • First aid kit
  • Sun Protection cream
  • Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
  • Trekking bag (Rucksack)
  • Duffel bag
  • Large plastic bag

Nevertheless, you can easily find these items at the trek shops near the lakeside at the beginning of the Trek if you forget any of them.

The Khopra Ridge Trek Itinerary

You will need to obtain a Nepalese visa if you’re a foreign explorer and fly to Kathmandu. Then, after a couple of days of exploring the beautiful Kathmandu valley, you will need to get to Pokhara by flight or by bus. From Pokhara, we will begin our Trek.

Today, a beautiful day starts with a climb up Ulleri's stairs to Banthanti. From Banthanti, the trail passes through the forest, with very few stairs, until we reach Nangethanti. In Nangethati, we have lunch at a place situated in a relaxing forest. After lunch, we need to walk for 1 hour more to Ghorepani, from where you can see Mount Dhaulagiri, the Nilgiri mountain range, Annapurna South, and more.

We drive to Poon Hill at 3210 meters to watch the sunrise over the mountains in the early morning. After you return to Ghorepani, we have breakfast. We then begin our Trek. This Trek is fantastic because it goes through the ridge of the hill until Deurali, where you can try the local cheese of this area. Then the trail separates into two; one goes to Tadapani and the other to Dobato with forests. We continue trekking up the second trail until you reach Dobato, where you'll find an amazing landscape.

The day is exciting today. You wake up early and go to see the views from Mulde Viewpoint in the morning. This is a wonderful viewpoint, better than Poon Hill. Today you trek through the beautiful forest, passing several pastures along the way. You then arrive at Shrsitibang, where you eat lunch and continue the Trek to Khopra Danda, which takes approximately 2.30 hours.

From around six in the morning, you start hiking towards Khayer Lake, where you will gain great views of the Fang and surrounding mountains. Trekking along the ridge, you can see both sides of the mountain. As Hinduism and Buddhism are interrelated, you can see both Hindu and Buddhist temples on the lakeside of Khayer Lake. Khayer Lake is considered a sacred lake by the Hindus, and bathing in its waters is believed to help attain Nirvana.

We hike through a thick forest today to get down to Swanta. The forest is full of rhododendrons, oaks, pines, and other alpine trees. This walk is very relaxing. We stay overnight in Swanta.

The Trek today will take us down to Tatopani, where we will have the opportunity to wash up in a natural hot spring and relax after a long day of trekking. After that, we will stay at Nayapul for the night.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trekk(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in lodges and tea houses during the trek.
  • Nights’Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Trekking Guide and a porter (Shared by two clients) with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

Note

The itinerary mentioned above is the general plan arranged by Pokhara Info. The above itinerary is only a guideline; it might change due to the availability of lodging and campsites, fluctuating weather conditions, unforeseen political, trail, and environmental, or any other factors beyond our control. After consulting with the group, your trek leader will decide the best way to reach a final decision if this occurs.

If the itinerary is unsuitable for you, please let us know, and we will customize it. We will be able to make changes to the itinerary if clients want to do so.

In the end, we follow our steps back home via Pokhara from Nayapul. First, however, do not forget to acknowledge and cherish all the beautiful memories and the gorgeous sceneries you experienced during the Trek during your return home.