What is Trekking ?
The word 'trekking' was orginally conceived & used by British mountaineering expeditions in Asia and soon spread to Nepal. Trekking means to walk at one's pace through well-established village trails, threreby enjoying close contact with nature, wide diversity of culture, religion and ethnic groups of people in remote mountain villages whose lifestyle has not been changed for generations.
Trekking in Nepal
Nepal's most mountains, hilly and 'Terai' (flat) regions offer some of the most spectacular trekking in the world. Treks vary from high altitude routes to simple ones within the Kathmandu Valley. A trekking trip can be of any length you choose, lasting from a week to months. However, the hill country is also often breathtakingly beautiful with pretty villages, attractive houses and revering temples, as well as subtropical lowlands, vast meadows or forests, fast flowing rivers, deep canyons and the cold and barren regions at the feet of the mountain peaks.
When to go ?
The best time to trek is from October to May. The first two months of the dry season (October and November) is the ideal period for trekking in Nepal. The air is freshly washed by the monsoon rains, the mountain scenery is superb and the weather is still comfrotably warm. December, January and February are still good months for trekking but the cold can be bitter at high altitudes. March and May also offer better weather when trekkers can see superb wild flowers, particularly in Nepal's wonderful rhododendron forests. During the monsoon season (June-August) trekking is possible in the rain-shadow areas of north of the Himalaya like upper Mustang and upper Dolpo. These regions are out of reach of the rain clouds because of the high mountains and are unaffected by the monsoon.
Style of Trekking
1. Teahouse: On the more popular treks in Nepal, enterprising villagers have built teahouse lodges. They are most readily abailable in the Everest, Langtang and the entire Annapurna regions. The country offers a selection of teahouse treks run to a high level of service.
2. Camping: This trek is assisted by a full Sherpa crew including a Sirdar (headman), cook and other helpers, Porters, yaks, horses, or mules are used for carrying luggage. It is the Sherpa's responsibility to perform all the camp work, including leaving the sites clean and to guide on the route. Food available on the trek will be a mixture of Western and Asian dishes with variety of choices.