A trek means walking in mountain or hilly area through one village to another village and one mountain to another, up and down. In other word, a trek means touching a heart of mountain and hilly area by walking where can be possible to explore and experience the heart of snow mountain, different type of people and their culture, tradition, art and beauty of nature. trekking in Nepal is different then other country. Most of the trek in Nepal offer wilderness experience. Instead, you will be walk up and down steep hills through remote villages where farmers raise crops and herd their livestock. Even in the high Himalaya regions you will find herders huts and villages that are inhabited during the summer.
Since a trek involves walking for many days, you will need food and accommodation along the way which is easily available in major trekking route. You can either rely on local facilities or you can travel with an entourage that carries all of the food and tent with you. If you intend to trek of the beaten track, it will be better to trek with a full complement of tents, porter and camp staff. There is numerous ways to structure a trek because of two major factors. Firstly, you can almost always find supplies and accommodation locally because there are people living in even the most remote area. Secondly, there is inexpensive professional and nonprofessional labor available to carry loads and work as a guide and camp staff. We suggest, you should not trek alone because, if you feel sick or injure while you on trek then it can be problem. Almost all deaths, disappearances and incidents of violent crime to trekkers because of traveling alone. If you do not already have a traveling companion then you should find one in kathmandu, either a trekking guide or another trekkers. There are primary approaches to trekking. Lodges trek and camping trek.
Lodge Trek: The most popular way to trek is to use lodge for accommodation and food. There are many good lodges every few hours on trail in the Annapurna, everest and langtang area. It can be cheap and warm then camping trek but much more expensive at high altitude and remote area.
Camping Trek: The classic style of trek in Nepal is to camp in tent and employs porters to carry the gear and Sherpa to setup camp, cook and other staff. On a camping trek you sleep in a tent. It follows a tradition and routine that mountaineers have developed and refined for more then 50 years.
When to trek
Treks can last from one day to week, 2 week, 3 week, one month or more and the first consideration will be to choose that fits in to your available time. You also need to strike a balance between the periods of best weather for the area you wish. The best trekking month and time are October, November, December, March, April and May because of best weather. October and November are main tourist season. At this time hotel and flight are fully booked. In January and February also trek can be possible but cold can effect in the night but the bright sun makes pleasant on day. The monsoon season, June, July and august are also good time in some area but it’s not suggestible but you can trek around kathmandu and pokhara valley.
TIMS (Trekking Information Management System)
With the distinction of Nepal as a trekking destination and its growing charm, a provision of the Trekker’s Information Management System ( TIMS) has been implemented to ensure safety and security of the trekkers and control illegal trekking operation. As a trekker entering a protected area in Nepal, you will be asked to provide some information about the date of your trip, the itinerary and a contact number. These data will be inserted in the visitor’s database, where they can be accessed for park management purposes or in case of accidents and /or natural calamities, in order to inform the concerned institutions about the trekkers inside the park at any time. TIMS cards should be collected by both free individual trekkers and group taking the service from government authorize trekking agencies. Lack of the proper record system, we had a very difficulties carrying out rescue operations during the time of accident or natural calamities but now days, based on the data collected through TIMS cards, it is possible to know the position of trekkers in case a rescue operation is needed. Nepal tourism board and TAN introduced separate TIMS card for FITs and organize groups. FIT needs to have green TIMS cards and by paying Us $20 per person, while those traveling through authorize trekking company need to have blue TIMS cards by paying US $ 10 per person but TIMS is not necessary for Expedition member having climbing permits issued by ministry of tourism and civil aviation and Nepal mountaineering association
Where and how to get TIMS cards
Free individual trekkers can obtain tims cards at the office of Nepal tourism board in kathmandu and Pokhara, TAAN secretariat in kathmandu and pokhara upon filling the TIMS Application firm but organize trekkers TIMS will issued by Trekking companies by collecting trekker’s information data and enter it in the central database and provide TIMS to trekkers
TIMS counter at TAAN follow regular working hours (10 AM to 5 PM) and 365 days a year but Nepal tourism board open as government working hours and days. To Issue the TIMS you Need Passport and two passport size Photographs.
Trekking permits And fee
Lower dolpa: - US $ 10 or equivalent Nepalese rupees per person per week
Upper Dolpa: - For the first 10 days per person US $ 500 and after 10 days per person per day US $ 50
Kanchenjunga region (olangchungola, lelep, papung) per week per person US $ 10 or equivalent Nepalese rupees.
Upper Mustang: - for the first 10 days per person US $ 500 and after 10 days per person per day 50 US $
Manaslu area: - from September to November per week US$ 70 and after 7 days per day per person us $ 10 but from December to August per week per person US $ 50 and after 7 days per day per person 7
Humla District: - Simikot and yari area, for the first 7 days per person US $ 50 and after 7 days per day per person US $ 7
Rasuwa district: - per person per week US $ 10
Makalu region: - for the first 4 week per week per person US $ 10 and after 4 week per person 20 US $ per week.
Everest region: - all north western area of Thame to Nagpala for the 4 week per person US $ 10 and after 4 week per week per person US $ 20
Manang district: - Nar, Phu and northern area of tilche village, per week US $ 90 from September to November and rest month US $ 75 Per week Per person
MUGU district: - Mugu, Dolpu and bhangri, for the 7 days 90 US $ per person and after 7 days per person 15 US $