Trekking is one of the major highlights of Nepal’s tourism sector thanks to its geographical and topographical features which offer the widest range of trekking trails and passes.
These include the world-renowned Everest Base Camp Trek, the highly versatile Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and some of the best off-the-beaten-track experiences like Manaslu Circuit Trek. The diversity of the trails means there will be one that is right for you according to your age, fitness, and experience.
A key consideration when choosing a trek is to note how high you will ascend before there is a risk of altitude sickness. This is normally from around 2500m (800ft) but some people could be affected at lower altitudes. It can affect anyone, no matter the level of fitness or experience, and it’s always better to be prepared for thinner air and how this could affect you physically. Your experienced guide will speak to you in detail about this, check in with how you are feeling, advise on nutrition and hydration and, most importantly, build in rest days to help you acclimatize on the trek.
Most trek routes require permits. Trekkers must consult with the operators to get these permits. They usually need valuable documents like a visa and passport. Your guide will take care of this for you.
The trekking season in Nepal begins from late October to early December. Some trails like the Upper Mustang trail is available throughout the year as it falls in the rain shadow area. Other treks like Dolpo trek, Makalu trek, or Island Peak trek are approachable during spring (March- April). As the weather is inconsistent in high altitudes, it is always important to stay alert.