WALKING & TREKKING IN NEPAL

Trekking Holidays in Nepal

We offer small group and tailor made walking holidays in Nepal. Treks in Nepal follow the trails between villages and ancient trading routes over mountain passes. Nepal trekking routes are the best mountain walks in the world. This is the home to Mount Everest and at an altitude of 8,848m is the highest mountain in the world. The mountain views in the Everest region are incredible. The Himalayan range is in the north of the country on the border with Tibet. There is a network of trails traversing the mountains from East to West.

First timers on a trekking holiday to Nepal will enjoy walking in the Everest and Annapurna regions. More experienced trekkers often return for one of our remote camping treks. Many of these treks are along the Great Himalaya Trail known as “GHT”. Other camping treks include the classic circuits like Dhaulagiri Circuit and Kanchenjunga Circuit.

We provide a comfortable experience on our treks. Our team works hard to support you so that you can relax and enjoy the journey. Read more about what to expect on a typical day under the Practical Information section in our Trip Dossiers. For inspiration take a look at our YouTube Channel for videos of our Himalayan treks. We have enjoyed organising trekking holidays in Nepal since 2004. Our Managing Director, Roland Hunter, has walked most of the trekking routes in Nepal. We look forward to welcoming you to Kathmandu in the future.

What are the best trekking trails in Nepal?

If this is your first time hiking in Nepal there is a large range of itineraries to choose from. Some opt for Teahouse Lodge based walks like Annapurna Base Camp (also known as Annapurna Sanctuary), Half Annapurna Circuit or Everest Base Camp. Over the last 10 years or so, Luxury Lodges have been built in the Everest and Annapurna regions. Others prefer the quieter experience of a Camping trek to hike on less busy trails in the Himalaya.

Teahouse trekking routes are in Everest, Manaslu, Annapurna, Makalu and Langtang regions. There are also short treks with lodges such as around Pokhara on our Pokhara Panorama.

For walking in Nepal where there are no lodges you will need to join a camping trek. Some of our camping treks are along The Great Himalaya Trail ("GHT"). This is a route that traverses the country from end to end. It starts near Kanchenjunga in the East and continues to Humla on the Tibetan border in the West.

To help you select the best trek in Nepal for your requirements we have set up a Trip Search page on our website. This filters our portfolio of trips based on several factors. These are Trip Type, Features, Trip Style, Grading and Leadership. The options to select trips by their main Features are High Passes, Base Camps, Great Himalaya Trail and Summit Climbs. This should assist in finding your ideal walking holiday. Please get in touch with us if you have questions or need any help to make your choice.

How difficult is it to trek in Nepal?

There are Himalayan hiking trips in Nepal suitable for any age group or experience. In the past we have organised family treks with young children and for older trekkers too. It is key to match the right goal with your experience and fitness. To help you choose we have given difficulty grades for our itineraries. There are six grades from Gentle to Challenging. This should help you understand how hard trekking is in Himalaya. We have also written on our Blog about How Hard is Dhaulagiri Circuit trek in Nepal? We have first hand experience of our hiking holidays. Please get in touch with us to discuss what to expect and any training before departure.

When to go walking in Nepal?

The peak season is April, October and November. Choosing the best time depends on location, altitude and difficulty. Some like Upper Dolpo to Jomsom GHT are only possible to do in May/ June as winter snows block the passes until then. The best month for Makalu to Everest GHT is in the Spring season during April to May. We do not organise this trip in Autumn season as it is too cold and there is a high risk of passes blocked by snow.

We do not recommend trekking during monsoon season. In July and August there is heavy rain that can cause landslides and rockfall. It is an unpleasant experience to get wet on most days and to not see Himalayan views.

We have selected the best month for our fixed date departures. This is from our knowledge of operating these treks and expeditions over the years. We have written a blog article When is the best time to go trekking in Nepal Himalaya? and this should help you select when to travel.

How to prepare for a trek in Nepal?

After choosing your Himalayan trip then we will support you as you prepare for departure. We will send our Pre Trip Information documents to help you get ready. This guidance includes sections on visas, changing money, hotels, restaurants and culture. We will also send our Fitness Plan to provide ideas of how to get fit for a long walk in Nepal. You can download the Trip Dossier from our website with trip specific information. This includes kit list, weather and conditions, risk assessment, typical day on trek and suggested maps & books.

What to pack for hiking in Nepal?

We have written a detailed packing list for each of our treks. The lists are included on each trek web page under the Practical Information tab. This will help your preparations for the holiday. The kit list also provides information on the range of temperatures in Celsius. This will assist you in choosing the right sleeping bag and clothes to keep you warm. The kit list will also help you in choosing the right size backpack and other gear required. It is important for your comfort and safety to know what to wear for a trek in Nepal. Following our kit list is mandatory to ensure a successful trek. For some treks we do a kit check after arrival in Kathmandu.

Is it safe to go high altitude trekking?

There are risks with trekking at high altitude in the Himalaya. Yet with effective planning most trips are in practice problem free. You should be aware of the risks and understand the contingency plans we have put in place for your safety. The Mountain Company operates our trips in compliance with British Standard 8848. We follow best practice to ensure the well-being of everyone joining a trip. For each trip we have identified the key risks. These are listed in the Practical Information tab on each trek webpage. Please do not hesitate to speak to us if you have any questions about how we organise our trips.

The key risk to consider is getting altitude sickness. We have designed our itineraries for gradual adaptation to high altitude. In practice altitude sickness is less likely to happen with a slow ascent. We have contingency plans to treat you in the field and for evacuation back to Kathmandu if required. Having reliable communications is essential and we provide a satellite phone with every group. We send a first aid kit with our guides on our treks in Nepal.

How much does a trek in Nepal cost?

A trek in Nepal can be expensive although is comparable to other long haul holidays. The costs depend on the type of itinerary as camping treks are more costly than teahouse treks. Other factors are the number of internal flights, permits and international leadership. For some of our trips we offer an Early Bird Discount for the first five bookings received by us. These discounts are only available for our international led treks.

The cost of our treks are included in the Dates & Price tab on each trip webpage. This also shows What is Included and What is Not Included. We include the cost of the trekking permits and will arrange for you in Kathmandu. Your budget should include our land only price plus international airfare and insurance. You should bring some money for incidentals and also to tip the Nepalese trekking guide and porters. We provide guidance on suggested tipping amounts in our Pre Trip information. We also provide suggestions for how much money to take with you when on the trail.

What are the best guidebooks for Nepal?

As a part of the preparations for your walking holiday it is a good idea to buy a guidebook. The best ones are Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya by Lonely Planet and Nepal Trekking and The Great Himalaya Trail by Robin Boustead.

TRIP STYLES FOR TREKKING IN NEPAL

Teahouse Lodge

Teahouse Lodges are located in the more popular trekking regions of Nepal such as Everest, Manaslu, Annapurna, Makalu and Langtang. The lodges will provide your meals in a communal dining room and you sleep in a private room with a common or shared bathroom.

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Teahouse Plus+

We developed our own unique Teahouse Lodge Plus+ style as a halfway standard between Teahouse Lodge and Luxury Lodge treks. For this trip style we include rooms at Teahouse Lodges with an attached bathroom where available. We also include a hot shower and a hot water bottle for use at nights.

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Luxury Lodge

Luxury Lodges have been built in the Everest and Annapurna regions that provide a more comfortable alternative to the standard Teahouse Lodges previously available. These newer lodges provide a higher level of service with landscaped gardens, good food and attached bedrooms with hot showers and western toilets.

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Camping

Camping style is a fully supported trek where our cooks will cater for all of your meals. We provide group equipment including personal tents, mess tent, kitchen tent and toilet tent(s). The key advantage of a camping trek is that you can access remote areas away from the busier trails with a lodge network.

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Hotels

There is a wide range of hotels in Nepal from budget guesthouses to higher end hotels and resorts. Over the years of operating in Nepal we have stayed at or personally inspected a large number of hotels so we can provide suggestions and advice based on first hand experience. 

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