The best time for trekking in Nepal is October through May especially when the mountain views are at their best without haze obscuring the enchanting views. The autumn season is popular with trekkers due to the excellent weather. There are several grades of trekking in Nepal. These are the easy, moderate, strenuous and the challenging treks. If it is your first time in Nepal ensure that you check the trek grade which matches your fitness and physical capacity.
At this level, your experience is not necessary as any one with good health can manage a hill walk in Nepal. Easy treks are normally short and in lower altitudes. The trails are usually flat but you should expect to get reasonable amount of descent and ascent. The walks are usually during the day and lasts for about 4 to 5 hours.(Image by Eric Lon)
More challenge is usually presented by the moderate treks especially to first time trekkers. These treks are tougher compared to the easy treks and are suitable for those seeking more challenging as well as energetic experiences. You are expected to be reasonably fit and in good health as the treks longer and involving higher altitudes. During the day, a moderate walk lasts for about 5 to 8 hours.
Moderate to Strenuous Treks
This grade of trekking requires medium level of fitness. This trek takes more than 6 hours a day with trails that might be narrow, steep or even unclear. These treks also involve high altitude and you should be prepared for occasional snow and colder conditions. These treks usually have minimal amenities and facilities especially if it is a camping trek. Also expect to be isolated farther from major towns and roads.
One of the most important things at this level of trekking is your fitness which you may need to do some improvement before you leave. Strenuous trekking is similar to extended walking in terrains that are mountainous. However, in Nepal, you should also expect to trek in high altitude and in remote areas. The treks usually take 8 or even more hours depending on your trails.
The main component of the challenging treks is high altitude treks that are long and involves mainly uphill trekking. Challenging treks may also involve a lot of mental and physical stamina especially when you engage in rope climbing. It is important to have high level preparations before embarking on any Challenging trek. The altitude may reach up to 5,000 meters and may also involve camping in the high mountain. They can even last for 20 to 28 days hence excellent physical condition is essential.(Image by Across the Divide)
Type of Treks
Depending on your requirements, there are various modes of trekking that are offered in Nepal. The most common modes of trekking in Nepal include camping trekking, guide porter hiring trek and the Nepal Tea House trekking. All the modes have their own unique facilities to cater for your requirement.
It is advised that before you leave for Nepal check your overall physical fitness and health so that you can know the best trekking level for you. Also check the Nepal travel advisories to learn more of trekking in Nepal.
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