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How to safely trek or hike in Nepal ?

There is no definite answer. But many prefer hiking at the end of the season.


Nepalnews
2023 Jan 05, 6:26, Kathmandu

Nepal is known globally for its picturesque mountains and many travel from all over to capture a glimpse of the world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest.

There are two ways to trek in Nepal, with or without a guide, and there are good and bad things about both options. Though there is no requirement to have a guide when you trek, except in certain regions that are more remote and dangerous than the rest of the country, such as Dolpo and Mustang. Ideally, you should never trek beyond your limitations anyway, but if you plan to trek without a guide, then it is usually best to stick to the more popular trekking trails, which have just a single path and a lot of tea houses along the entire route, for safety’s sake.

One needs to be well prepared for every eventuality, ensure that you know well where you are going, and make sure that you have everything you need, and can carry it all yourself. For those that love adventure, the best way to explore Nepal is on your own two feet, by trekking in Nepal.

From the lush forests of Helambu to the desolate peaks of the Upper Mustang, hiking in Nepal is extremely diverse.

There are literally so many options when it comes to choosing what hike to go on, so I have put together a comprehensive, ultimate guide to treks in Nepal in order to get you on your way to something amazing!

According to the managing director of Holiday Trip Pvt.Ltd, Mr. Susan Raj , Nepal offers short treks up to 5 days, medium treks up to 12 days and long treks for the adventurous kind where you can be out in the wilderness for up to 20 days or more.

I’ve trekked multiple trips and often get a lot of questions about accommodation and food. Well , Nepal has some of the most warming tea houses where you can sit down and share stories with the locals over a hot cup of tea and a plate of momos and make connections to people from other countries as well, he said.

“Everywhere we go, every trek you go on, you are bound to be invited to stay at someone’s house or teahouse. Nepal’s hospitality is just awesome, and so are its treks!” He added .


When To Go Trekking in Nepal -Seasons:

There is no definite answer. But many prefer hiking at the end of the season.

MARCH TO MAY:

 According to Mr. Raj , Hiking in the spring comes with the same risks and rewards of any springtime activity: beautiful, blooming flowers and mild temperatures, but also the risk for the spontaneous chilly day early on. You can expect mild temperatures are the norm in lower elevation (800-2000m) regions in the spring, making trekking in areas like lower Annapurna very pleasant.

Locations with elevations above 4000m usually have moderate temperatures, making way for cloudless skies and warm- weather trekking conditions.

Spring is considered one of the best seasons to trek and climb in Nepal, not only because of the weather but because of the gorgeous growing landscape.


JUNE TO AUGUST:
Monsoon season runs from late May until mid-September, so standard summer vacation may not apply in Nepal. Trekking or climbing during this time of year is dangerous and discouraged. Monsoon season in Nepal also means warm, humid conditions that would make for uncomfortable climbing weather. The lower elevations tend to get completely saturated with rain, mud, and even leeches. But this by no means implies summer is totally off limits for the region. While Nepal likely won’t be your destination of choice, these months are ideal for exploring the Ladakh region in India. Because of its elevation on the Tibetan plateau, this time of year is mostly dry and sunny, not to mention surrounded by incredible scenery, Mr. Raj added.

SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER
Mr. Raj also explained, Autumn is considered the best trekking season in Nepal. While springtime runs the risk of some cooler afternoons, after the monsoon clears, you can almost guarantee sunshine and cloudless skies all day long.
Autumn in Nepal means moderate temperatures and pretty excellent trekking and climbing conditions, topped off by incredible views made possible once the dust and pollution are cleared from the atmosphere by the monsoon. But of course, you have to be careful: start too early and you could still run into monsoon trouble. You are usually safe starting around the middle of September, once the weather has fully settled. On the opposite end, beware of treks set too late in the year. Once you hit December, the temperatures can plummet.

DECEMBER TO FEBRUARY

For the majority of travellers, those December temperatures could mean a miserable trek in Nepal. Winter climate ranges from 9 to 12 degrees Celsius during today, to below zero at night. If you can survive the polar climate, you can certainly avoid the crowds, since most climbers explore during the more temperate times of the year.

The Everest region, in particular, is far less crowded than in the Autumn, for instance. But because of morning fog, high passes in the Everest region, such as Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La are usually closed from November until March.

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