If you love the outdoors, one of the best experiences you can have is trekking in Nepal. You can be sure of having an unforgettable trekking experience if you prepare well. Before you go for a trek, you should prepare well. Choose a trekking trail that is suitable for your adventure. Here are three important tips to keep in mind before going trekking in Nepal.
Beware of the Weather
As you plan your trekking trip in Nepal, it is advisable to include some contingency days. There are many surprises you may encounter in the mountains during your trek. Moreover, the weather in the mountain region of Nepal can be erratic. Sometimes, bad weather may make internal flights to the trekking areas to be canceled or delayed. This is why it is better to include a few extra days in your trekking tour. When you have some contingency days, you will have peace of mind should internal flights get delayed.
The best thing about Nepal is that there is so much to see and do. Therefore, flight delays to the trekking trails will not take the fun out of your vacation. You can spend the extra days rejuvenating your body for the trekking trip.
Hiring Local Guides and Porters
You will have to decide whether to hire local guides and porters. If you are going on a trekking trip to Nepal for the first time and are not familiar with the local language and culture, it’s advisable to get a guide. The guide will not only help you make it through the trekking trails but will also provide insight about the lifestyle and culture of the communities where you will be trekking.
A local guide can take you through all the popular trekking trails in Nepal. If you have a lot of heavy luggage, you can also hire a porter. However, remember that a guide would not accept to work as a porter too. Communicating with porters is also difficult since most of them do not understand English.
Learn About the Local Communities
When walking around the mountainous regions of Nepal, you will come across “Sherpas”. Most tourists think that “Sherpa” refers to a porter or a guide. However, this is not the case. The Sherpa is a tribe of locals that live in the mountain region of Nepal. The Sherpa usually offer porter or guide services to tourists. However, not all porters or guides you will come across may be Sherpas. If you are not sure, avoid referring to any guide or porter as a Sherpa.
Nepal has dozens of trekking trails that will challenge any outdoors enthusiast. If you are planning to go trekking in the country, keep the tips above in mind.