IS NOT A CLIMBING TRIP
Whether you begin your trek at a roadhead or
fly into a remote mountain airstrip, a large
part of it will be in the Middle Hills region
at elevations between 500 and 3000 metres. In
this region, there are always well-developed
trails through villages and across mountain
passes. Even at high altitudes there are intermittent
settlements used during summer by shepherds,
so the trails, though often indistinct, are
always there. You can easily travel on any trail
without the aid of ropes or mountaineering skills.
There are rare occasions when there is snow
on the trail, and on some high passes it might
be necessary to place a safety line for your
companions or porters if there is deep snow.
Still, alpine techniques are almost never used
on a traditional trek. Anyone who has walked
extensively in the mountains has all the skills
necessary for an extended trek in Nepal.
Though some treks
venture near glaciers, and even cross the foot
of them, most treks do not allow the fulfilment
of any Himalayan mountaineering ambitions. Nepal's
mountaineering regulations allow trekkers to
climb 18 specified peaks with a minimum of formality,
but you must still make a few advance arrangements
for such climbs. Many agents offer so-called
climbing treks which include the ascent of one
of these peaks as a feature of the trek. There
are a few peaks that, under ideal conditions,
are within the resources of individual trekkers.
A climb can be arranged in Kathmandu if conditions
are right, but a climb of one of the more difficult
peaks should be planned well in advance.
REQUIRES PHYSICAL EFFORT
A trek is physically demanding because of its
length and the almost unbelievable changes in
elevation. During the 300-km trek from Jiri
to Everest base camp and return, for example,
the trail gains and loses more than 9000 metres
of elevation during many steep ascents and descents.
On most treks, the daily gain is less than 800
metres in about 15 km, though ascents of as
much as 1200 metres are possible on some days.
You can always take plenty of time during the
day to cover this distance, so the physical
exertion, though quite strenuous at times, is
not sustained. You also can stop frequently
and take plenty of time for rest.
Probably the only
physical problem that may make a trek impossible
is a history of knee problems on descents. In
Nepal the descents are long, steep and unrelenting.
There is hardly a level stretch of trail in
the entire country. If you are an experienced
walker and often hike 15 km a day with a pack,
a trek should prove no difficulty. You will
be pleasantly surprised at how easy the hiking
can be if you only carry a light backpack and
do not have to worry about meal preparation.
in hiking and living outdoors is, however, helpful
as you make plans for your trek. The first night
of a month-long trip is too late to discover
that you do not like to sleep in a sleeping
bag. Mountaineering experience is not necessary,
but you must enjoy walking.
It becomes necessary to know which trek matches
most with your physical capabilities in order
to enjoy your trekking in Nepal. Thus, we have
categorized all our treks in the following ranks.
(Easy) : Easy trekking by Himalayan
Standard is generally up to 2000m. There are
plenty of ups and downs on well-maintained trails.
This type of trip is best suited for those who
leaves a reasonably active life. The trek takes
about 3 to 7 days, walking about 4 to 5 hours
(Moderate) : It involves longer treks
(five to ten days) on maintained trails. This
type of trek includes perhaps day excursions
to higher elevations. It is desirable to have
some previous hill- walking experience. On these
trek, generally we attain the altitude between
900m to 3000m.
(Moderate to Strenuous) : It is a reasonably
demanding trek at an altitude up to 4000m with
side trips to higher elevations. This is classified
as ill – defined trails, away from habitation.
(Strenuous) : These treks must be fully
supported. The altitude attained between 3500
to 5000m. & this trek also involves several
night stays above 4000m. For this trek, trekkers
should be fit & enthusiastic hill walkers
prepared to tackle difficult terrain in remote
(Very Strenuous) : This trek is best
described as Alpine Trek. This trek is suitable
for those in excellent health, capable of carrying
a backpack as the treks sometime will be in
very remote areas reaching crossing. During
trek, you have to cross snow - covered passes
in very remote areas or climb up to 6500m. There
it is normally desirable to have some previous
experience of handling axes & crampons.
It is essential to accept medical certificates
prior to start the trek.