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August 2022
Trekkers on the EBC Trek
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how to prepare the Everest base Camp trek

How to prepare for the Everest Base Camp Trek is a Frequently Asked Question by travellers. Furthermore, they often search on Google or Bing to get information about their preparation for the trek. That’s why we have prepared an article to inform travellers about pre-information about their pre-planning of the trek. In addition, this article will give you basic ideas about the EBC trek itinerary, how to prepare for the trek, when to trek, how to start the trek, how much it costs, travel insurance, equipment checklist and other related trek information. 

It is a two-week thrilling expedition that leads you to the base of its tallest mountain, Everest. The adventure seekers, who want to fulfil their dream, the base camp trek to Everest, has been the ultimate destination.

There are many tourist attractions and the top 9 trekking areas in Nepal. Among them, Everest Base Camp is the first choice and the best attraction for travellers. When you think of planning for the Everest Base Camp trek itinerary, a 12-day to 14 days itinerary will be the best choice. However, if you want to include other trek routes such as Gokyo Ri, Gokyo Lake, and Chola Pass, you need 3-4 additional days. Above all, you can shorten your trek duration by taking a helicopter on your return journey after you visit EBC. However, it is only available in high seasons such as October – November and March – April. For this kind of Tailormade programme, you must contact one of the reputed local agencies in Kathmandu.

Trek Highlights

  • The main objective of the trek is to reach the Everest Base Camp.
  • The second objective of the trek is to reach Kalapathar (5545 metres), from where you can witness an eye-catching view of Mt. Everest.
  • During your trek journey, you will be in the Sagarmatha National park, the world’s natural heritage site.
  • You will witness and experience the social life culture of local people.
  • As a side trip, visiting Buddhist monasteries in Phakding, Namche Bazar, and Pangboche will be worthwhile.
  • You will enjoy an impressive view of Khumbu Glacier, the world’s highest glacier, on the way to EBC.
  • It will be an exciting flight to Lukla airport, as it has been rated as the most dangerous airport for over 20 years.
  • While you are in Namche Bazar for 2 nights, don’t miss out on your visit to Sagarmatha National Park Museum. This place also offers a good view of Mt. Everest.
  • A side trip to Thame village will be worth visiting while you are in Namche Bazar.

trek preparation for the Everest base Camp trek

Lifetime Experience

The trek will be one of the most beautiful remembrances and adventures of a lifetime. This trek escorts you for a close-up sight of the mountain ranges, along with the Makalu (8481m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), and Cho Oyu (8201m), which are affirmed as the top 10 tallest mountains in the world.

Preparation of the trek

The Everest Base Camp trek is quite demanding and tough compared to other treks in Nepal. Therefore, to avoid altitude sickness, you should be physically, mentally and spiritually balanced. Furthermore, we advise you to follow the itinerary as suggested below.

When to trek the Everest Base Camp?

Mainly there are 2 most favourable trek seasons for trekking in Nepal. Firstly, mid-September to the end of November is the best time in Autumn. Similarly and secondly, from March to the end of May is another good season for the trek in the spring. 

Not recommended to trek

Trekking in Mid- June to September is not recommended due to raining season in Nepal. Likewise, December to February is the winter season in Nepal. You still can do the trek, but we don’t highly recommend it.

How do you start your trek?

To commence this trek, you will take a half an hour exciting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the “Gateway to Everest.” First, to reach the famous local community villages of Phakding and Namche Bazar, you will walk from Lukla to enjoy your first day’s hike to Phakding, which takes just 3 hours. You will stop here and spend your first night at Phakding.

After your first day and wonderful night at Phakding, you will trek ahead and spend nights in different places. You visit and spend overnights in Namche Bazar, Tengboche Monastery, Dingboche, Lobuje and Gorak Shep. After your return journey from EBC, you will spend your last trek night at Lukla before taking a flight to Kathmandu.

Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu (1350 metres)

If you booked the trek with a local Kathmandu agency, the agency would generally arrange a pick-up service for you. As a Nepalese culture, your host agency will welcome you by offering a bunch of flowers or garlands.

Day 02: Flight to Lukla (2704 metres) and trekking to Phakding Village

Generally, the air companies arrange a flight to Lukla earlier morning, starting from 6 am till 2–3 pm. 

You should know that the weather is unpredictable in Lukla and even in Kathmandu. The weather may suddenly be bad, even in October or November. Thus, you must be flexible on your holiday while you plan for this trek. Because Your tight schedule sometimes doesn’t work. If everything goes fine without delay, you will be in Lukla earlier and have enough time to walk around, relax and make a leisurely first day walking to Phakding, where you spend your first night.

2 nights in Namche Bazar (3535 metres)

Day 3 and 4: Trek to Namche Bazar and day hiking

Before reaching Namche Bazar, you will trek through many hinterlands, cross many suspension bridges, and witness and experience the local people’s social and cultural life.

While in Namche Bazar, the elevation is already above 3500 metres above sea level. Thus, considering your health issue, you must spend 2 nights here to acclimate to a new environment. When you are in Namche Bazar, we suggest 2 alternative options for your day trips – The first option is to take a day hiking to Thame valley and return to Namche Bazar by the evening. And 2nd option is to go as high as possible to Syangboche Airport, just about 400 metres above Namche Bazar. As stated in trip highlights, a visit to the Sagarmatha National Park museum will be worthwhile.

As stated above, you can choose either option. But, equally, you will have a great day with the fascinating views of the mountain peaks, such as Mt Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Amadablam, Lhotse and Mt. Everest.

Day 05: Trek to Tengboche (3850 metres)

After staying 2 nights in Namche Bazar, you will energize yourself for another 5-6 hours trek to Tengboche. While you are heading towards Tengboche, you will see the Tengboche situated on the hilltop of the mountain. So you can easily point out the building of the Buddhist monastery where you are going today. If you are not exhausted, you can visit the monastery in the evening and join a praying ceremony. Meanwhile, you can ask for a blessing of a successful trek.

travelling Tips for the Everest base Camp trek

2 nights in Dingboche (4410 metres)

Day 06 and 07: Trek to Dingboche and day hiking

Dingboche valley is just situated near the foothill of Mt. Ama Dablam, where you can see her impressive view from Tengboche. But you can’t see the Dingboche from Tengboche, although you can guess by seeing Mt. Ama Dablam where you are today. On the way, you will go through the picturesque village of Pangboche, where you can visit an old Buddhist monastery. Then, in 5-6 hours, you will reach Dingboche, a nice and wider valley.

According to the itinerary, you will spend 2 nights here by making some side trips around the valley. To make the trek go smoothly and safely, you will make your 2nd acclimatization here after your 1st acclimatization in Namche. 

On day 07 in the morning, to make a day hiking, there are 3 different options available, which are as given below:

The first option (A): Nagarjuna Hiking (3-4 hours)

Second option (B): Hiking to Chhukung valley including Chhukung Ri (6-7 hours)

Third option (C): Hiking to Ama Dablam Base Camp (5-6 hours)

Day 08: Trek to Lobuche (4950 metres)

From Dingboche, you commence your trek by walking a few hundred metres up on the hilltop. Then, the trail is quite easygoing till you reach Thuklha, the place with some lodges. Also, the views are quite impressive while looking down the valley of Pheriche. Eventually, you will go through this village on your return journey from Everest Base Camp. 

From Thuklha, the trail is ascending; take a slow pace while walking as it’s quite hard to take a breath. When you get to the ridge, you will see many prayer flags and mani stones (memorials). These memorials are in the name of climbers who lost their lives climbing Mt. Everest. In 5-6 hours, you will reach Lobuje. And enjoy the night there comfortably.

Hiking to Kalapathar and EBC

Day 09 and 10: Hiking to Everest Base Camp (5380 metres) and Kalapathar (5545 metres)

Get up early morning. As early as possible would be good to start up your hike! Looking at the weather, you can decide where to go first- Everest Base Camp or Kalapathar. If the weather is good enough, don’t delay capturing the view from Kalapathar. So, you can decide to go to Kalapathar, which might take about 4-5 hours.

If the weather is just ok, expecting the following day will be better for Kalapathar, you can decide to go to Everest Base Camp today. 

Please note that the base camp doesn’t offer you a view of Mt. Everest; you go there to see how the base camp is! On the contrary, Kalapathar offers both views of Mt. Everest and the Base camp.

On day 10, after visiting, Kalapathar or EBC, you can trek further down to Pheriche.

Some alternative options

1: Sleep in Everest Base Camp

Some trekkers love extraordinary adventure! They want to explore and experience more by staying a night in Everest Base Camp. However, it would be best to stay in a tent as there is no permanent human settlement. Would you also like take the same experience yourself? If yes, contact Nepal Hiking; they will arrange a tailor-made programme to meet your needs.

2: Return to Lukla from Helicopter

For your return journey to Lukla, there is no alternative trek route to Lukla. So, you will have to trek back the same way via Tengboche, Namche and Phakding. It is a reason some trekkers want to avoid trek back and choose to return to Lukla by taking a helicopter. It is possible in high seasons such as October, November and March-May. 

3: Return to Lukla on foot

Day 11 – 12: Trek to Namche Bazar and Lukla

In 2 days, you will return to Lukla by spending a night in Namche Bazar on day 11 and the last night at Lukla on day 12.

Day 13: Return to Kathmandu

If everything is in order per the itinerary, you will return to Kathmandu by flight by 10 am.

Day 14: Back home or extend your holiday in Nepal

How much does it cost if I decide to book this 14 days standard Everest Base Camp Trek?

It depends on where you book this trek. If you book this trek with an international operator in your home town, it is much more expensive than a local agency in Kathmandu. Moreover, we would advise you to book with a local agency based in Kathmandu for cost-effectiveness and efficiency. Generally speaking, it costs between 1100 US$ to 1500 depending on group size if you book locally. And it’s all-inclusive of 2 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu, English speaking guide, porter(s), Flight to Lukla, a Trek permit, accommodation at local guest houses on the trek, and meals on the trek.

What about travel insurance?

The price you paid for your trek doesn’t include travel insurance. Therefore, you must purchase comprehensive travel insurance to cover your health insurance, medication, rescue evacuation, etc., which you can do by contacting one of the following insurance companies.

https://www.worldnomads.com/row/travel-insurance
https://www.travelguard.com/

Equipment Checklist for Everest Base Camp Trek

While preparing an equipment checklist for the Everest Base Camp trek, you first need a duffle bag of 40-50 k.g. to keep your main trekking equipment. Also, it would be best if you had a small backpack of 15-20 to carry by yourself for your personal belongings. 

Many travellers ask, “we are staying at lodges during the Everest Base Camp trek; do we still need to bring a sleeping bag?”. Naturally, we say ‘yes’ because the blankets you get at lodges may not be hygienically clean enough. Thus, you should bring 4 seasons type of sleeping bag yourself. Alternatively, you can also hire in Kathmandu, which costs US$ 2 – 3 per day, which depends on quality. 

 

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Trekkers on the Everest Base Camp
Trekkers on the Everest Base Camp

What are the differences between hiking and trekking? It sounds to be similar. Thus, people use these two words as synonyms. As a result, many people get confused with the word hiking or trekking. For example – you are going to the hillside or mountain with your backpack, what would you say to your family or friends? Would you say, “I’m going hiking? Or trekking?”.

Nevertheless, there are some differences between the two words – hiking and trekking.

According to Oxford language – hiking means the activity of going for long walks, especially across the country. And trekking means – going on a long, arduous journey, typically on foot. Similarly, according to Cambridge Dictionary – hiking means the activity of going for long walks in the countryside. So, for example- we’re going hiking in the Sierra Nevada. Likewise, trekking means “the activity of walking long distances on foot for pleasure: For example- we want to go trekking in the Himalayas”.

More definition on hiking Vs Trekking

Both Hiking and Trekking mean long walks of activities in the countryside, mountains zone or Himalayan region. Looking at these two activities’ definitions of hiking and trekking, you can see little to differentiate between them. They both mean a long walk; however, hiking is easy, whereas trekking is a journey with a strenuous walk. For hiking, you don’t need more time to be prepared, but with trekking, you need more time and better preparedness with a well-managed pre-plan. 

Let’s dig out more on the differences between hiking and trekking

Hiking on the foothill of Annapurna
Hiking on the foothill of Annapurna

1: Based on Duration

Based on the Duration, there are some of the most notable differences between these two activities. Hiking is shorter in duration in comparison to trekking. When you go hiking, that is, in most cases, a couple of hours of day hiking, full day hiking or even it can also be an overnight stay in the countryside, hillside or mountain. On the other hand, trekking usually goes for at least 2 days or normally longer days. For example- I go to Everest Base Camp Trekking – it means trekking for longer days. If you say – Everest Base Camp Hiking, it means day hiking starting from a particular place and returning to the place by the same day evening. A few examples are hiking to Everest Base Camp and returning to Gorak Shep, hiking to Kalapathar and returning to the same place you started your hiking. People normally use the word “hiking”, not “trekking”.

2: Based on Geography

Another difference between hiking and trekking is the topography. Hiking trails are normally marked with signage and map boards. It lets hikers know how to go and where to go through hills, forests, mountains, rivers, etc. On the other hand, trekking trails are not always marked with signage and map boards. And geographically, it is more adventurous and strenuous.

3: Based on Difficulty

Based on difficulty, hiking is an easy-going walking activity. There is no need for a previous hiking experience; physically, it is not much demanding. In contrast, trekking needs more preparedness physically, mentally and spiritually. It’s also an adventurous journey. And trekkers normally can’t trek without the support of local guides. 

4: Based on Equipment

On hiking- basically comfortable, good shoes or boots and a small day backpack are enough to keep your personal belongings. However, taking more or less equipment with smaller or bigger bags may vary depending on where you go hiking. Unlike hiking, you may need more equipment, including multi-purpose items of clothing, windproof/waterproof jackets, walking poles, sleeping bags, woollen hats and more on trekking.

Conclusion

Hiking is shorter duration, whereas trekking is longer duration. In addition, hiking is easy walking, whereas trekking involves physically demanding.

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Top 9 Trekking in Nepal

Before 1949, the Majestic beauty of Nepal was not accessible to everyone. Finally, in 1949, the then-Nepal Government opened the frontiers to the rest of the world.

Top 9Trekking in Nepal
Top 9 Trekking in Nepal

As the first visitor, a British adventurer named Bill Tilman managed to acquire approval from the then King to make several treks throughout the country’s most mountainous regions. After Tilman’s travelled to Nepal, a Frenchman, Maurice Herzog, followed his path by visiting Nepal and trekking the Annapurna. As a result, he was the first climber who climb the Nepalese Himalaya mountain, the Annapurna I (8091 metres), in 1950, the 10th highest mountain in the world. Soon after, he explored Nepal and climbed the Annapurna Himalaya, and the concept of Trekking in Nepal spread worldwide. Then visitors began travelling to the country to explore its natural beauty and climb the mountain peaks.

The world has the 14 highest mountains above 8000 metres, and 10 of them lie in the Nepalese Himalayan range. In 1953 And Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay scaled Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. By 1964, the climbers climbed all these 10 Himalayan peaks above 8000 metres. 

Colonel Jimmy Roberts, a former Gorkha Officer, was the first to realize that trekking activities would be attractive for tourists in Nepal. So, in 1964 as the first Nepalese Trekking Agency, he officially formed ‘Mountain Travel‘. Later, the Nepalese entrepreneurs started to follow his path by forming new trekking companies. That is why there are more than 1000 trekking agencies in Nepal now.

Trekking vs climbing

Trekking is less physically demanding than climbing and offers more opportunities to explore the Himalayan Mountains’ beautiful landscapes. Because of this, you will find more trekkers than climbers travelling to Nepal. Additionally, Nepal is more than its mountain and landscapes. Moreover, Nepal is culturally rich in its history, which travellers can explore while on a trek.

The Importance of Trekking in Nepal

Trekking has become an important and backbone industry in Nepal’s economic development. It boosts the nation’s economy, generates job opportunities, and helps national GDG. Similarly, the tourism industry is essential to Nepal because it supports alleviating deprivation and poverty in the country, especially in rural villages. In addition, tourism development supports and enhances its people to obtain greater social equity and equality for those grassroots people. And it provides much-needed employment in the most popular trekking regions with foreign travellers.

According to statistics provided by the Nepal Tourist Board (NTB), more than half a million tourists visit Nepal every year to experience what Nepal offers. Most of those travellers visit the country to join a trek. 

Top 9 Trekking Places in Nepal

No. 1: Everest Base Camp Trek (EBC), among the top 9 trekking in Nepal

This two-week exciting trek takes you to the base camp of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. EBC trek is one of the ultimate destinations and a dream that every expert traveller worldwide wants to fulfil. Many foreign trekkers visit Nepal every year for the EBC trek because this trek has its charms that attract many travellers around the world. Trekking to EBC will be one of the most beautiful memories and experiences in a lifetime because this trek escorts you for a close-up view of Mt. Everest. Similarly, you will see other high peaks like Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu (8201m), and Makalu (8481m), which are certified as the top 10 tallest mountains in the world. 

EBC is a tough and challenging trek compared to other treks as it is located at a high altitude. Therefore, Trekkers and travellers should be prepared and trained physically and mentally before signing up for this trip. In addition, due to lower levels of Oxygen in higher altitudes, you might face altitude sickness. So, you must go slow and ensure that your body receives enough nutrients. 

Trekking Season for Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest has got four seasons. However, Spring (March, April and May) and Autumn (September, October and November) are the best seasons for trekking as the sky is clear. The weather is moderate, and you will get the best shots during this period. 

How your journey begins

Your adventure towards the base camp starts with an exciting flight to Lukla, the “Gateway to Everest.” As you reach your Lukla, you will trek through the famous villages of Phakding and the capital of the Everest region – Namche Bazar. Moving on, you will trek towards Tengboche Monastery, located on the top of the mountain ridge, which reflects the prominent local culture. After that, you will continue your trek, moving towards Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep and then to the Everest base camp, the final destination. Finally, after exploring 360-degree panoramic views of the Himalayas from Kala Patar, you will head back to Lukla and then to Kathmandu, concluding this Everest Base camp trek.

No. 2: Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), among the top 9 trekking in Nepal

The trek leads you to perceive the beauty of the glorious Himalayas. Unlike other highland treks, it is one of Nepal’s easier, shorter and considerable favourable trekking. This trekking indulges the most splendid view of the Annapurna range, Machhapuchre(Fishtail), Hiuchuli and Dhaulagiri range, and diverse wildlife and rich culture. ABC trek should be on the list of trekkers seeking to trek in Nepal because it would be the most amazing trek ever. 

Trekking Season for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Although trekkers go for the trek in all four seasons, Spring (March-May) is the best season to trek at the Annapurna Base Camp. Because, in spring, the weather is fairly good and clear. Trekkers can expect a clear view, and the forest is full of red Rhododendrons, the national flower of Nepal. Also, who does not want to observe waterfalls? On this trek, trekkers can enjoy beautiful waterfalls and peaceful and healthy hot springs in Jhinu.

Cultural Factor

Trekkers, who are curious about Nepal’s culture, can gain knowledge and share cultural experiences on the trek. While visiting the beautiful and popular villages of Ulleri, Ghorepani and Ghandruk, trekkers can meet local people from different ethnicity, especially the Gurungs and Magars, who are famous for the Gurkha regiment. 

Mountain View Point

On this trek, Ghorepani Poon hill is the best place to observe the sunrise view, Annapurna Mountain ranges, and other snowy peaks.

Selecting the Annapurna Base Camp trek is like doing two trekking at a time since Machhapuchhre Base Camp is on the way to ABC. Moreover, the deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki, escorts this trek. This trek could be quite difficult for some trekkers, but it is worthwhile.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Itinerary

No. 3: Kanchenjunga Base Camp, among the top 9 trekking in Nepal

Kanchenjunga is uncovered on the far eastern side of Nepal and is preserved under the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project. And Mount Kanchenjunga is one of the world’s most beautiful peaks. And the word Kanchenjunga is a word from the Tibetan language, which means “Five gems of The Great Snow”, which embodies the five summits as gold, silver, precious stones, Grain and the Holy Scriptures. 

Flora and Fauna

Trekkers can sprinkle the different species of flora and fauna on the trek. Nepal’s Government has protected the region under a conservation area.

Kanchenjunga is considered one of the most famous treks in Nepal. However, due to the lack of infrastructure of trekking trails and lack of good facilities of accommodation, this trek is less popular than the classic Everest Base Camp trek and Annapurna Base Camp trek. Nevertheless, as of now (25 August 2022), many tea houses are available for trekkers on the trek routes. Likewise, some varieties of good foods are also available. 

Importantly, it is to know that the Kanchenjunga area is a controlled zone. So, a licensed holder guide and at least 2 trekkers are required to manage important permits for the trek.

Trekking Season for Kanchenjunga Base Camp

Similar to trekking seasons on other treks, the trek in Kanchenjunga is favourable in Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). The weather is reasonable, steady and warm, and the atmospheres remain clear, which helps you enjoy the magnificent landscape views. On the other hand, summer (June-August) is monsoon season in Nepal, which may develop risk to trek. Likewise, trekking in winter (December-February) is also could be risky. It is because the trails are normally covered with snow, and it’s extremely cold during the period.

No. 4: Upper Mustang, among the top 9 trekking in Nepal

Among many treks in Nepal, Upper Mustang is one of the best treks in Nepal. It is a remote and isolated region of Nepal, the former kingdom of Lo. The Lo Manthang is one of the most preserved places in the world. Until 1992, it was restricted to Western and European 

People call this Mustang region the mountain desert of Nepal. It is because the region offers its magnificent landscapes. Ame Pal, in 1380, built the territory, and with the help of warriors, it remained isolated from the 14th century. Such isolation from the outside world allowed this place to preserve its culture, tradition, and heritage. So, to this date, we can observe the same Buddhist monasteries and Gompas built at that time.

The Upper Mustang trek is easier compared to other treks. Any age group travellers can travel here with no difficulty. It is not so well known to tourists, so there are fewer trekkers, but the trekking to Upper Mustang is a lovely trek you will never experience. You will get to explore the hidden world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang. LOBAS, the residents of Upper Mustang, has a very similar culture, language and tradition to the people of the neighbouring country, Tibet. You will be indulged in their culture and lifestyle once you reach there. 

Trekking Season for Upper Mustang or Lo-Manthang

Spring (March-May) and Autumn (October-November) are the best seasons to trek in Upper Mustang. Also, the climate is very moderate, and the sky is clear in these seasons. However, the weather in December and January is extremely cold here. So it is almost impossible to trek at that time. Unlike other treks, you can trek in monsoon (May-July) as the rainfall is not heavy here during the period. Importantly, you will enjoy a three-day event, the Tiji festival, at that time. 

No. 4: Langtang Valley trek, among the top 9 trekking in Nepal

It is one of the easygoing, cheaper and shorter treks into the Himalayas, dominated by the Tibetan lifestyle. The valley is located north of Kathmandu, offering thrilling scenery of high Himalayan peaks, diverse landscapes, ancient monasteries and the unique culture and tradition of the locals. This trek falls under the top 10 trekking in Nepal, classic Everest Base Camp (EBC), and Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), a few to name.

Langtang Valley is also well known as the “Valley of Glaciers” because many breathtaking glaciers are present in the valley along with peaks such as; Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Jugal Himal and Ganja La Pass. Nepal government appointed the Langtang valley as the Langtang National Park in 1971. The valley is home to different flora and fauna. If you are lucky enough, you may see some wild animals like Red Panda, Langur, Musk Deer, Snow Leopards etc. and birds such as the Himalayan Monal, White-winged Redstart and the Snow Partridge. 

Trekking Season for Langtang Valley

Unlike other treks, trekking to Langtang is feasible throughout the year. However, Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November) are the best time. The weather is moderate, warm, and clear skies in these seasons. It will help you get spectacular views of the mountains. On the other hand, Monsoon and Winter are the least favourable for trekking since this region has landslide-prone areas.

Moreover, the weather is unpredictable in the Himalayan regions. As a result, you might suffer from altitude sickness as you move to a higher altitude. So, you must be cautious about it and keep yourself hydrated. 

The devastating earthquake in 2015 destroyed the livelihood of the locals. So, due to the devastation, they had to leave that place. However, due to heavy reconstruction and renovation, the Nepal government has re-opened for travellers.

Manaslu Trek
Manaslu Trek

No. 6: Manaslu Circuit trek, among the top 9 trekking in Nepal

It is one of the off-beaten and isolated treks in comparison to Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp. However, this trek is equally demanding and impressive as other classic treks. The Manaslu region is rich in biodiversity, including varieties of cultural diversities. Similarly, it offers picturesque scenery of Himalayan peaks, fascinating high-altitude glacier lakes and rare flora and fauna.

The 14 days Manaslu Circuit trek rewards you with unbelievable landscapes, magical places and Tibetan Buddhists’ rich culture and tradition. 

Trekking Season for Manaslu Region

The Spring season (March to May) and Autumn season (September to November) are the best seasons. Because the weather in these seasons is more moderate, it remains stable and has clear skies. So, you can get the perfect views of mountains and landscapes. 

On the other hand, monsoon (June to August) and winter (December to February) are not advisable seasons to trek her. Because you have to walk through landslide-prone areas, it will be tricky to walk in winter.

Altitude Sickness

Walking to a tremendous altitude, you should be physically and mentally fit and prepared. 

You may experience an Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as the amount of Oxygen will get lower and lower as you ascend to higher altitude. In addition, the Manaslu Circuit trek is a trek to a restricted region. Therefore, you need to book the trek through a registered trekking agency in Nepal. 

And importantly, you need MRAP (Manaslu Restricted Area Permit), MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Permit) and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) to trek in the region.

Top 9 trekking in Nepal
Top 9 trekking in Nepal

No. 7: Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri Trek, among the top 9 trekking in Nepal

This Gokyo Trek is an amazing adventure towards the Himalayas, a perfect alternative trek to the traditional Everest Base Camp Trek. It offers magnificent views of Himalayan peaks along with different lakes and glaciers.

Some trekkers choose Gokyo lake and Gokyo Ri Trek in addition to Everest Base camp Trek. This trek rewards you with awe-inspiring views of Himalayan peaks, including those above 8,000 metres- Mount Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu. Moreover, you will enjoy the beauty of this hidden valley with the lush green forests of rhododendrons, Magnolia, Oaks, Firs, etc. Also, you will witness the largest glacier in Nepal, the Ngozumpa glacier, with beautiful villages, locals and their rich culture and tradition. 

Trekking Season for Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri

Like other Nepal treks, the Gokyo Lake trek is not a year trekking destination. So, Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are good trekking seasons. The weather in Spring and Autumn is the best as it is moderate, stable and warm. The skies are clear most days, offering the splendid scenery of the mountains and lakes. But, on the other hand, winter (December to February) and Monsoon (June to August) are not favourable for trekking. Because the routes are not only covered with snow but also frozen glaciers in the winter. And the sky will be foggy in winter, too. Similarly, the weather will be foggy in monsoon, too, and the routes will be slippery and wet. So, this makes your trekking difficult.

No. 8: Upper Dolpo Trek, among the top 9 trekking in Nepal

It is a wonderful trek to off-beaten paths, unexplored trails, isolated regions and the mysterious wonderland of Nepal. It lies just behind the Mount Dhaulagiri Himalaya ranges and is linked with Tibetan Plateau. Upper Dolpo is incredibly beautiful with a handful of natural beauties, arts and architecture, culture and tradition. It gives the travellers one of the best options for their destination to travel. Pristine Phoksundo Lake and 800-year-old Shey Monastery are natural and cultural sites that are the trek’s main attraction. 

Similarly, the special rewards for travellers here are the lush meadows, deep valleys, views of Dhaulagiri, amazing Tibetan culture and magnificent and rare wildlife, including snow leopards. 

This 24 days trek is long and may exhaust you, but awe-inspiring vistas of Nepalese and Tibetan Himalayas win against your tiredness. Despite being bare and dry, Upper Dolpo has fast-flowing rivers, gorgeous waterfalls, high passes, deep river gorges and beautiful settlements with ancient art and architecture. Nepal’s largest national park, Shey Phoksundo National Park, is here. It protects the habitats such as snow leopards, rare Himalayan Blue sheep, Himalayan Black bears, Goral etc. On the other hand, The unique Tibetan culture flashes within every settlement of Upper Dolpo that follows Tibetan Buddhism. You can also witness the trail’s Chortens, Mani walls and prayer flags. 

Trekking Season for Dolpo Region

The weather is warm, and the temperatures are pleasant. The sky is clearest, with minimal chance of snowfall in the spring (March-May) and autumn (October-November) seasons. Therefore, this period is appropriate to trek in the Upper Dolpo Region like other treks in Nepal.

Upper Dolpo is a remote, poor and underdeveloped area with fewer numbers of tourism infrastructures. Although in the late 80s, the Nepal government opened the region to visitors, the region is still considered a restricted area. And requires a special permit which is quite expensive. It’s US$ 500 per person for 10 days. In addition, a backpacker or individual traveller is restricted. A group of two or more are required to trek in this area. 

Trekking to the Upper Dolpo Region is much more challenging than other treks as the trails are mostly steep and descents are strenuous. 

Therefore, Trekkers require great physical strength, stamina and great willpower because the trail leads to three high passes. They are Nagdola La (5350m), Shey La (5000m) and Jeng La (5110m). It involves long climbs and exhausting descents. This trek is not for beginners but a once-a-lifetime experience for the pro-trekkers. 

No. 9: Annapurna Circuit Trek, among the top 9 trekking in Nepal

The trek is considered one of the most famous treks in Nepal, traversing through various terrains in the region with awe-inspiring scenery of the Himalayan peaks, diverse ethnic groups, beautiful lowlands and villages and farms. Situated at an elevation of 5416 metres, the Thorong La Pass is one of the major highlights of this trek. Throughout your journey, you will walk to the shadows of the region’s massifs, amazed by the breathtaking scenery.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is an adventure that offers you captivating views of the seventh highest Dhaulagiri (8167m). tenth highest Annapurna I (8091m), Machhapuchre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, and Tilicho peak along with the different settlements of Tibetan, Brahmin, Chhetri, Thakali and Gurung people. Trekking to Annapurna would be mystical and mythical as you would be rewarded with an aspect of the world’s deepest gorge- Kali Gandaki Gorge. 

Trekking Season for Annapurna Circuit Trek

March (March, April, May) and autumn (September, October, November) are the most recommended periods for all Nepal treks, including Annapurna Circuit Trek. The weather is warm, with moderate temperatures and a clear sky, which helps the trekkers to trek peacefully. 

Monsoon (June, July, and August) is not advisable, but there are trekkers this season too. The temperature drops due to rain at lower altitudes and sponges are seen. There are some landslide-prone areas on the route, and most days are cloudy.

Winter (December, January, and February) is also not advisable because of heavy snowfall. But if you are experienced in winter trekking, you can go for it. However, Thorong La Pass may be closed due to heavy snowfall, making you return from the same track. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek is treated as moderate in difficulty and does not require experience. However, it would be best to fit mentally and physically to do this trekking. In addition, you should be cautious about AMS (Altitude Mountain Sickness) as you will pass through one of the world’s highest passes at the elevation of 5416m. 

Overall, this 17-day long trek in the land of the Himalayas will be an amazing lifetime experience for beginners as well as professionals. So, join us and trek to create wonderful memories and experiences in the land of the Himalayas. 

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Everest Base Camp Trek and health tips for kids
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Everest Base Camp Trek health tips
Everest Base Camp Trek health tips

Everest Base Camp Trek Health Tips is an article to let all travellers know how they can decide whether or not to join the trek concerning their health issues. It is also the article to let the parents or guardians know whether or not they can take their kids or children to the base camp.

Ascending a dramatic 5,300 metres (or 17,590 feet) into the Himalayan skies, Everest Base Camp is truly a magnificent journey for trekkers from all walks of life. Its unparalleled views, ancient sites and vibrant people make it a once-in-a-lifetime or more! 

It’s human psychology that many travellers wish to share their experiences with friends and family after successfully undertaking any adventure trips. Especially those parents or guardians who take their children to the base camp of the world’s highest Mt. Everest successfully, how eager would they be to share their victorious news with their friends, family members and the kids’ fellow school friends?

Travellers who had never done high-altitude trekking before suggested regularly jogging for at least 1 month. Or even go hiking before joining this trek. Also, it is good to consult your doctor before going for an EBC trek in Nepal.

In addition, Everest Base Camp is a great adventure for kids or children, and trekking there can be a challenge. However, carefully planning can mitigate the risk of an unsuccessful rate and increase the success rate of achievement.

Before taking the Kids to Everest Base Camp

While most kids can easily run on fuel for hours, trekking through cold weather and hard terrain demands different energy. Kids should be able to go for a long walks and be physically healthy. Most importantly, they should be old enough to understand what AMS is (Acute Mountain Sickness or Altitude Sickness) and be able to recognize the symptoms and communicate them. 

Before taking your kids on a trek to Everest Base Camp, check that:

Your child is healthy. Lack of physical fitness, asthma, sensitive sinuses and other ailments could present a potential problem while trekking. Assess the risk of any current health conditions. And whether or not you will be able to receive efficient health care in the event of an incident.

Your child has the appropriate documentation, such as a passport and visa. Requirements will vary depending on the country of origin.

Your child can understand the dangers involved and how to act responsibly. Taking kids for the Everest Base Camp trek is mostly safe. However, it still presents an environment of potential danger. Thus, parents or guardians who look after the children must abide by basic safety rules.

Your child is interested in the expedition. However, many children who are not accustomed to long walks, cold climates etc., may grow tired of the expedition. Therefore, they must know what the journey entails ahead of time.

While trekking

As you ascend higher into the mountain, it’s important to note that facilities and amenities become less frequent. Therefore, it’s a good idea to pack your chocolate and other energy-rich snacks to feed the children at a higher altitude. But, unfortunately, buying chocolate on the trek is also rather expensive. Similarly, bathrooms and washing facilities are also less common. Thus, bring the necessary sanitary items and enough spare clothing.

The general rule of thumb is to allow rest days and sufficient time for acclimatizing with the kids. A steady pace will help build their strength and allow them to appreciate the breathtaking landscape. So you can savour the lifetime trip with your loved ones.

 

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Janai Purnima Festival

Janai Purnima, or Secret Thread Festival, is one of the important festivals in Nepal, which celebrates in the month of Shrawan (August). This festival marks the bond of purity and safety, which Hindu People observe and celebrate, especially in Nepal and India. On this day, Hindu males from the Brahmins and Chettris communities change their Secret Thread. And then they put it around their wrists.

What is Janai

Janai or thread is a cotton yarn which Hindu males put across their chests. This cotton yarn is only given to males during a long and impressive religious ceremony called Bratabandhan or Upanayana.  

Almost all religions have a type of Bratabandhan but are known by different names. Bratabandhan is a traditional procedure of obtaining someone in the religion and belief. 

The Janai or cotton thread initiates the boy into manhood and steers them to obey the religion and the path of truth devotedly, which must be worn every day of their lives. 

Janai is regarded as the symbol of body, speech and mind; when the knots are tied, the person wearing them is supposed to gain complete control over each. This thread is changed if it becomes untidy or dishonoured due to those acts prohibited by religion. 

Definition of Janai Purnima

Janai is a religious thread, and Purnima is the full moon day. Thus it is the Janai festival on the full moon day of the Shrawan month (August).

What do people do on this day?

A day before the day of Janai Purnima, the persons wearing Janai should make themselves ‘neat and clean by shaving or cutting their hair and taking a bath. 

Then, they undergo partial fasting, taking only one meal of foods considered ‘clean’ – no meat, no onions or garlic. Before the big event, Hindus prefer to clean their body by keeping fasting. Satvic food is prescribed for all Hindu rituals and festivals. 

Early morning, men usually go to rivers and ponds nearby to take a private bath, dipping themselves thrice in the water. Men then change their Janai by breaking the old ones. 

What is Rakshya Bandhan Doro (Thread)

Rakshya signifies “to protect”, and Bandhan is “tie” or “bond”. So Rakshya Bandhan is a bond or tie of protection. This thread which is tied around the hand is called Doro. Some individuals even say Janai for Doro.

On Raksha Bandhan’s day, males, females, children and kids, regardless of status and caste, get tied a Doro (sacred colourful thread) on their wrists. Generally, males get tie the thread on their right hand, whereas women on their left hand.

They believe Doro brings them good luck. When one believes, that still becomes true. So people keep the Doro tied to the wrist until Laxmi Puja day in Deepawali. Then, this thread is taken from the wrist and tied to a cow’s tail during worship day (Laxmi puja) in October. 

Hindus people believe that they must cross the river Baitarni after death to reach heaven. Therefore, the cow will help them cross the river Baitarni by allowing the dead to cling to her tail if they tie the doro to a cow’s tail on the very day of Laxmi Puja. 

What do people do in Rakshya Bandhan?

On Raksha Bandhan day in the morning, people gather around the Pandit (Priest), who ties the yellow, orange or red thread around devotees’ wrists by intonating a quick Raksha Bandhan mantra which goes as:

Rakhi Day

Janai Purnima is also marked by the tying of a rakhi, or holy thread, by the sister on her brother’s wrist. The market is full of different colours of rakhis during the time in Kathmandu and other major cities. This celebration is similar to Bhai Tika in Tihar to some communities in Nepal. The brother, who presents a gift to his sister, swears to look after her. 

Janai Purnima, also known as the Kwati Purnima

Kwati is a soup of different kinds of mixed beans. On this full moon day, Kwati soup is prepared in every house, and the nearest and dearest are invited for meals, especially for the Kwati soup.

 

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