April 28, 2017

How to prepare yourself before trekking in Nepal?

It isn’t a less known fact that Nepal is among those top trekking paradises considered for absolute adventures and a place for utmost assimilation with the creative variations of the nature. Surely, one can come up with the eyes full of dreams and enthusiasm and have them fully satisfied, walking countless miles of adventures in the land of Nepal. It is obvious that every adventurous person treks, but nothing feels more precious than doing that with conscious preparation beforehand. Therefore, before trekking in any vicinity of Nepal, there are certain things you should know and thereby prepare yourself for the most satisfactory and unobstructed trek experience.
If you are a first timer in Nepal, you should know the basic thing that the trekking usually progresses from lower altitude to the highest possible altitude you can cover. On a kind note, the most preferred trekking routes ultimately leads you to the foothills of various Himalayas in Nepal like Mt. Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Kanchenjunga and many more. So, it is obvious that you will barely be having the luxury of rest despite continuous and vertically-inclined hikes for maximum 6-7 hours a day. You probably know what it means: prior to your trekking days, it is a must that you try walking long distances progressing in a consecutive manner, which not only develops your stamina for the trek but also makes your mind and body all set to endure any hardships or challenges during the trek.
Effective bag-packing is another crucial pre-requisite for trekking in Nepal. Since you are making a journey with many unseen circumstances and consequences, that too, in a foreign land, you should make sure that nothing is missed out that can possibly obstruct your trekking needs. From clothing to medications and all other necessary stuffs required for cold and high altitude trekking, you should better not compromise anything, so that you can have anything whenever you get hectic from the tiring walks.
The next things you should thoroughly check time and again are your trekking permits, necessary documents and insurance papers. If you are hesitant to show them as evidence whenever they are required, it can probably create a difficult hindrance meanwhile in the trekking. One of the appropriate methods to secure that is to hire professional guides who can inform and instruct you about all those necessary documents you should keep while trekking.
Once your mind and body assures you that you are ready for the trekking, it would be wise if you take it lightly and go with the flow. One thing, you should never rush on reaching to the destination until and unless your body is not prepared for it. Since you are supposed to trek in the higher altitudes, you will clearly notice the thinning of air and utterly cold temperature. Proper acclimatization is something you should not neglect in order to adjust your body accordingly with the change in climatic conditions.

Thus, these are some of the major pre-requisites you must know and adopt before and while trekking to higher altitudes in Nepal. These help you to experience the true essence of less difficult and most probably, the smooth trek, rewarding you all the satisfactions that so-called a perfect trek can offer you at it’s best.

April 23, 2017

Adventurous trekking in Nepal

Climb mountains, not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world. Travelling, by far is one of the most desirable passions of majority of people around the globe. They travel to different places around the world through different means. But, what could be more joyous than experiencing the jubilant hardships and difficulties in the voyage so called as trekking of endless miles covered with your own feet? It is said that, you take an angry man to the Himalayas, he just starts complaining about the food and tiring journey leaving all the negativities behind: nowhere is magical unless you can bring the right eyes to it. This is what enhances the true essence of adventurous trekking in Nepal.
Undoubtedly, Nepal boasts numerous supremely gifted natural and cultural heritages, thick and exuberant jungles, and asymmetrical yet fetching topographies with the marvelous ranges of ever shining White Mountains at the top, which are more than enough to spiritually touch and feel the appearance of nature itself. Moreover, mellifluous sound of perennial flowing rivers never fails to serve you invigorating energy till to the terminus of every trekker, Everest base camp trek taking approximately 14 days of your trekking period. It is believed that reaching out even to the minimal point of mountains in Nepal will create a majestic pleasure to your reminiscing journey. Making up to the base camps of famous mountains like Mt. Everest and Annapurna; you not only get perks to see the fascinating and enormity view of shining mountains, but also acquire the reminiscing experience of upper inclined trekking struggles from plain Terai through steep terrains of hilly region ultimately leading to the most splendid residence of Himalayas. Specifically, trekkers with mountaineering motive have their straight forward aim to catch either Annapurna Base Camp trek lasting approximately 13 days or previously mentioned Everest Base Camp trek. Other than that, trekkers who are contented with the greeneries of Hilly area have several alternatives of trekking alongside to the places like national parks, lakes, glaciers, hill stations and so on. However, you must have realized that in every walk with the nature, you get to find more than you seek, so, you might not obviously want to limit your extremely desired journey which eventually leads you to the path to Himalayas for unanticipated trekking adventures. You have therefore boundless places to explore and multiple reasons to shout out proudly, trekking in Nepal to the extreme level of stairs of obstacles making it to the altitude of highest mountains.

Thus, whether Mt. Everest or Annapurna Base Camp trek, if you are an adventurous person, there is probably no way you can lament on trekking from the lowest to the highest altitude of Nepal, for the country has it all to content you with a pleasantly haunting trekking experience with the blend of unanticipated and tiring journey leading to the most adventurous trekking experience. 

April 21, 2017

Sightseeing in Kathmandu: Refreshment before trekking

Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, a city of temples, a city of mesmerizing opulent of heritages, a city of diversity and moreover the city that represents entire kinds of population residing all over the country; and most certainly is your initial point of reminiscing and adventurous trekking in Nepal. Kathmandu can be taken as your striding point of lifetime journey to any vicinity you choose to trip or trek around Nepal. Therefore, sightseeing in Kathmandu indeed is a great perk to mark the beginning of your trek with ultimate joys and explore the blueprint of what you can actually anticipate from rest of your trek.
After spending the arrival day in one of designated hotel in Kathmandu, the next day of your trip itinerary is all about sightseeing around different famous heritages in Nepal, especially those which are enlisted as world heritage sites by UNESCO.  The major sites you will visit during this day are Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath and Bhaktapur Durbar square.
Pashupatinath: Pashupatinath is one of the most famous Hindu temples in Nepal. There are several ancient structured temples of lord Shiva who is worshipped with great belief and faith by the Hindu pilgrims. The temple is located on the bank of holy river, Bagmati and also signified as a place for funeral pyres. The site will be a great arena to explore all the myths and rituals related to Hinduism.
Boudhanath: Bouddhanath is considered as one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the whole world. The site is considered as a famous buddhist pilgrimage where you can see large numbers of Buddhist monks worshipping around the stupa. This place will provide you the essence of peace and power of prayers.
Swayambhunath: Swayambhunath is among one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites. The place is enriched with varieties of stupas/shrines and temples giving a splendid outlook to the site. Since Swayambhunath is located atop a hill, it is one of the best place to view the scenic surrounding of the entire Kathmandu valley.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Bhaktapur Durbar square can be one of the most informative destinations in Kathmandu valley where you will get to see the specimen of various temples, palaces, pati and pauwa built by several Malla kings in Nepal during the ancient time. Those structures are carved and built with specific Shikhara and Pagoda styles with fetching attractions. They give you the flashback of ancient arts, architecture and sculpture of Nepal.

Thus, above mentioned are the obvious sites that you will be spending an entire day to visit. However, depending upon your interest and preference, you can select the sites you prefer to visit the most. Besides them, you will also get to see many places around Kathmandu that gives you great refreshment and also prepares you for further trip. Whether it’s Everest Base camp trek or Upper Mustang Trek taking around 19 days, sightseeing in Kathmandu grants you with the energetic stride to your adventurous trek.

Brief things you should know about Everest Base Camp Trek

It wouldn’t be wrong if we quote that Everest Base camp trek is something that every adventurous travelers and trekkers desperately want to experience once in their lifetime. Indeed, the lustrous and gigantic beauty possessed by the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest has that charm and captivating power that leaves none of the trekker’s desires untouched. Thus along with  the vigorous willpower to reach to the jubilant terminus, there are some informative and also interesting aspects about Everest Base Camp trek that are worth to be known before experimenting your privileged dream towards the highest altitude your feet has ever covered.
-Among all the trekking destinations and routes, Everest Base Camp trek is the most chosen trek in Nepal. Every year, over thousands of trekkers endeavor for the trek.
-Reaching to Everest Base Camp lets you stand over probably the highest altitude (5364 meters) in your life covered with you own feet.
-The most favorable time for Everest Base camp trek considering all the suitabilities is from March to June and September to mid-December.
-Everest Base camp trekking approximately takes 14-17 days and can even extend depending upon several circumstances during the trekking period like number of days required for proper acclimatization, extreme weather conditions, leisure hikes etc.
-Since Everest Base Camp trek is all about walking/ hiking, you should least expect leisure rest time because you need to walk from 4 to 10 hours each day to complete the trek within designated time and days.
-Trekking routes are obvious for Everest Base Camp trek. You initially fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, pass through the valley of Dudhkoshi to Namche Bazaar. From there, you will find yourself walking along the foot trails of Mount Everest.
-The approximate trekking cost of Everest Base camp trek is around $1500-$3000. However, there is no such accurate estimation of direct costs since it wholly depends upon the type of trek, extension, trekking agency etc. you choose.
-The trekking allows you to get information about one of the indigenous races of Nepal, the Sherpa people and their lifestyle, culture, language, occupation and many more. At the same time, you will also get numerous scenic views of local Buddhist monasteries, glacial lakes and amazing scenarios of Himalayan range.
Thus, Everest Base camp trek is a complete package to let you experience and see the trueness of Nepal starting from the minimal point to the highest possible altitude. This is perhaps the best souvenir of memories trekking in Nepal.

Brief itinerary of Annapurna Circuit trek (21 days)

Ever since 1977, after Annapurna Circuit trek was made open for foreign trekkers, it has been a greatly preferred and spectacular destination for many travelers and trekkers trekking in Nepal. The trek is an adventurous compilation of several ascents and descents through traditional villages, indigenous customs and cultures, monasteries and shrines, splendid green valley, lustrous mountain panorama, flora and fauna. Basically, the Annapurna Circuit trek consumes maximum of 21 days in overall striding from less than 1000m altitude. Below given is a brief itinerary of Annapurna Circuit trek that will help you to understand how the trekking goes for 21 days long.
Similar to most of the high altitude trekking itinerary, the initial commencing point of trekking is the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. As soon as you land on Tribhuwan International Airport, your specified trekking agency will take the responsibility to escort you to one of the hotels in Kathmandu on the very first day.
The next day, you will be getting involved in pre-trip meeting, preparing necessary documents and stuffs for the trek and sightseeing around the world heritage sites (Bouddhanath, Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur Durbar Square) located in Kathmandu.
Leaving off to Syange through the trail of Besi Sahar, on the third day, you will get scenic perks of beautiful landscapes, waterfalls, lush green valley, rivers and many more during the ride of approximately 8 hours by private jeep.
On the fourth day, you will be trekking to Tal from Syange following the trail of beautiful Marshyangdi River. With slight ascends, you will come across mesmerizing waterfalls on your way.
On the fifth day, striding with the pleasant views of Annapuna II, Pisang peak, waterfalls and indigenous rural villages, you will be trekking towards Danaque.
From there, on the sixth day, you will be heading towards Chame, a beautiful small village termed as headquarter of Manang district.
On the seventh day, you will be heading off to upper Pisang. On the way, you will travel across dense forest, Marshyangdi River and also get to see beautiful panoramic views of meadow land and Himalayan ranges.
On the eighth day, striding with the very first ray of the sun over Annapurna II, your trekking will continue towards Ngawal, where you will get to witness many high-altitude flora and fauna along with beautiful gorges, Annapurna I & II and Pisang peak.
On the ninth day, your trek commences from Ngawal to Manang, a village well-enriched with peculiar landscapes, beautiful monasteries/ shrines and some lama schools.
The tenth day is designated for acclimatization process in your body that allows you to be adoptable and capable enough to smoothly continue your trek even in higher altitudes.
Eleventh day marks your trekking from Manang to Yak Kharka. There, you will significantly notice thinning of vegetations and herd of yaks.
On the twelfth day, you will be heading off to Thorong fedi from Yak Kharka with two hours of ascent and then descent to cross the river taking you to your destination. There you can discover some decent and primitive guest house built over the recent years.
On the thirteenth day, you will probably experience comparatively longer trek than previous day, from Thorong fedi to Muktinath, one of the most famous holy town of Nepal. With the steep climb over high passes and significantly tiring hike, the trek will eventually take you to the stunning vicinity of Hindu pilgrimage, Muktinath.
 On the fourteenth day, you will somehow experience the trekking in deserted land hiking from Muktinath to Marpha village. There, you will witness the closer views of small shrines and monasteries along with very old traditional houses reflecting the civilization of Mustang.
The next day, on Day 15 of your trip, you will continue your trek to Kalopani descending through the valley following the Kaligandaki River. As usual, you will get the scenic perks of amazing landscapes and beautiful Annapurna I.
On the sixteenth day, you will trek towards the place which is most famous for its hot springs, named as Tatopani. This can also be related as a relaxing spot for your tiring trek where you can enjoy shower dipping yourself into the natural hot spring.
On the seventeenth day, you will be trekking from Tatopani to Ghorepani with 7 to 8 hours of walk. At Ghorepani, you will see the beautiful scene of lustrous Annapurna south, Himchuli and Tukuche Mountain.
Moving on to the new day of your trip, on eighteenth day, you will be hiking to Poon Hill and also trek to Tikhedhunga on the same day. Hiking to Poon Hill, you will be surely stunned to see the spectacular and unobstructed view of sunlight over white Himalayan ranges. After some moments there, you will return to Ghorepani, have some meal and again with few hours of trek through dense rhododendron forest, reach to Tikhedhunga.
On the nineteenth day, you will continue your trek to Nayapul and then drive to Pokhara. You will have a rest day in one of the hotels in the city. This is probably the last day of trekking and rest of the trip, you will be rode.
On Day 20, you will be spending your day in Pokhara sightseeing various amazing sites in the city like Fewa Lake, Begnas Lake, Davis Falls, museums and more and at the same time involving yourself in different recreational activities like boating, paragliding and so on.
On the twenty-first day, the last day of your trip, you will drive back to Kathmandu and receive warm farewell arrangements from the trekking agency.

Thus, with 21 days long Annapurna Circuit trek, you can gather abundance of reminiscences and memories joyfully cherished in your mind through the several ascents and descents you made with your feet on the amazing land of Nepal. 

How to book online for Everest Base Camp trek?

Thinking of trekking to Everest base camp to experience the extreme adventures of trekking in Nepal that you have never come across before? If you are all set up with that determination, then you should probably think of catching up with one of trekking agencies with an efficient user-friendly website portal. Once you are with the right one, get in touch with them through the contact details and mediums mentioned in their websites. If their trekking strategies and deals sound okay to you, then don’t hesitate. Start the booking process. Since you are thriving in the age of internet and technology, you obviously have the idea how convenient and handy online booking processes are. However, if you feel reluctant to believe the strategy of online booking, the following information can be helpful to you;
First and foremost, you should visit the website of specified trekking agencies and click on the option “BOOK NOW” which is clearly given in websites of such agencies. The option takes you to the new webpage of booking form where you are required to fulfill some certain information. Normally, the form fill up has three distinct sections; in the first step, you should fill basic information related to your anticipated departure date, number of travelers with you and their identities. You should as well carefully read all the terms and conditions of the Everest base camp trek designated by the agency to ensure utmost reliability of your tour. In the second step, you should fill your valid personal identity and information along with authentic and correct email address and phone number for further confirmation. You are also required to state the evidence of your travel insurance in the form which is mandatory in almost all the treks you make wherever on the earth. The third step is all about submission of your booking form. Here, you can fill optional fields like extension trips if you want to explore additional adventures along the trails of EBC trek. After thorough checking and confirmation of all filled up information, you can submit the form.

Thus, with the effort of less than very few minutes time, you can easily book online for the most adventurous trek to one of the most popular treks sought and desired by many people around the world-Everest Base camp trekking of approximately 17 days that allows you to see the world’s highest peak from the very closest distance with your own eyes.

Taking the longest route to Everest Base camp: Everest Base camp trek via Jiri

Endeavoring your footsteps through extreme landscapes and weather conditions towards the base of the Mt. Everest is indeed a rare and privileged opportunity to witness the world’s tallest mountain with your own eyes. Even more, the jubilant joy you can gain following the trails that are explored by only few trekkers is something that enhance the extremely proudest adventures of trekking in Nepal. Trekking to Everest Base Camp via Jiri lets you experience the exact quintessence of covering the distance with your feet that only less had done. This is to say that Everest base camp trek via Jiri is a less chosen trek route due to longer trails and duration it consumes; however those seeking for abundance of adventures assimilating themselves in the scenic landscapes of Eastern Nepal are sure to choose this route.
Deciding to trek via Jiri to EBC, the journey initially starts from Kathmandu. For your kind information, the journey of Everest Base Camp trek via Jiri wholly takes maximum of 23 days that are indeed worth to have splendid and extended trekking experience. As you fly from Kathmandu to Jiri, the true fun of your adventurous trek strides from the very moment enhanced by the great scenarios of fetching land topographies, scattered gorges and torrential rivers, indigenous rural settlement, pristine nature and culture and more. The best perk is when you progress through the altitude accompanied by the invigorating energy you can feel from the scenic panorama of Himalayan ranges of Nepal. Choosing this long route is additionally worthy as you get to see the real charm of unspoiled rural life and their way of lifestyle despite countless hardships. Besides, you also get to fully assimilate yourself with the vast and incredible ecological and environmental diversities along the trail to EBC. Unlike short route, trekking via Jiri also offers you extended acclimatization process keeping your body condition comfortably stable in upper altitudes. All in all, trekking to EBC via Jiri not only mesmerize you with the scenic beauty, but also relieves you with worthy experiences of extended adventurous trek.

In addition, though taking long route can probably cost you little extra and also adds some more days of trekking, the adventures and memories you gather from the journey are eventually priceless, creating lifetime reminiscences. With the victory over countless miles to the ultimate destination of EBC, the route is equally going to add remarkable chapters to your successful trek.

Preparing basic gears for Everest base camp trek

Everest base camp trekking of approx. 14-17 days is a demanding, and at the same time a rewarding adventure of witnessing the proximate view of the highest peak in the world at your best. Requiring severe struggles of countless walks over deadly trails and fighting against extreme conditions of dry air, strong sun, cold and wind, you can only create a jubilant victory over the altitudes if you are well-prepared to face everything that comes on your way. However, you cannot solely face those challenges unless you are prepared with appropriate equipments and gears. Thus, the right gear and equipment not only helps you to move on no matter what, but also ensures your safety and make your trek to EBC more comfortable and easier to complete.
If this is your first time trekking to Everest base camp, you should be friendly with some basic gears quintessential during the trek. An appropriate-weighted bag pack is one of prime requirement to comfortably carry your necessary stuffs like camera, water bottle, extra clothes and so on. An extra large-sized Duffle bag along with a lock is also equally important during the trek to pack rest of the things essential for the trek. Since the entire trek is going to be covered with your own feet and labor, you will possibly need to change your dresses over the time, so, it will be great if you carry some plastic bags or portable sacks to store dirty laundry. Trekking poles or adjustable sticks are other essential gears you shouldn’t miss out during the trek. These will prove to be extremely helpful when you need to frequently hike uphills and downhills. For accommodation during night, guest houses will be only providing blankets which won’t be sufficient enough to protect yourself from the extreme cold. Therefore, you should pack at least 2 sleeping bags per individual (-10° for teahouse lodging and -20° for tented camping. Next thing is, it will be better if you carry some trekking towels with you (1 large towel, 1 medium towel and few wash clothes) which will be frequently used to wipe your skin during long hours trek.

To sum up, preparing with the effective and appropriate gears is equally as important as trekking to Everest base camp. Since Everest base camp trek takes you around 14 days in minimum with continuous hiking, you will barely enjoy rest in such severe conditions. However, if you are prepared with all the required gears, the trek won’t be harsh and unfriendly as you expect.

Major things you require for upper Mustang trek

Trekking in Nepal or perhaps trekking to the forbidden kingdom, once isolated away from the rest of the world, upper Mustang is indeed a rare privilege. The trek assimilates your mind and soul with the fascinating landscapes of uneven rocks and paved stones, scenic surroundings hidden behind the Himalayas, diversely erected monasteries and shrines, peculiar topography and moreover the lifestyle of true mountain people. Upper Mustang trek usually takes 19 days for up and down with obvious routes and slight uphills. When you have finally decided to bear the trouble to reach such isolated and preserved region, it is a must to know what things you will indispensably need during the trek.
First and foremost, appropriate and light weighted trekking gears are the most essential things you need to prepare for your trek. Since Mustang is often probable to be affected by harsh winds from the mountains, you should carry a light windproof jacket to avoid cold in your body. Also, as you proceed through higher altitudes, you will also need either a sweater or a fleece; that too should be as light as possible so that you won’t be bothered with extreme loads. Adjustable stick is another prime important thing you shouldn’t miss to carry with you. Since you will be trekking 4-5 hours per day, the stick will greatly assist you to move on. Similarly, a trekking boot or preferably walking/running shoes is another essential gear for the trek providing you comfortable and consistent walk during the entire trek. Rucksack, another important thing you shouldn’t hesitate carrying with you which helps to equally distribute the weight all over your body so that you will be able to hike for longer distance with less chances of fatigues or tiredness.  Saving utmost energy and keeping your body hydrated all the time is also equally important while trekking to higher altitudes in upper Mustang. Therefore, you should carry some energy bars (Chocolates) and a water bottle to give consistency in hiking and keeping your body hydrated respectively. Though the weather is quite cold, when the sun is up during the noon, the heat is likely to burn your skin. So, carrying a sun screen lotion would be a great decision to protect yourself from the sunburn. As the day progresses, the weather becomes quite windy in the region of upper Mustang for which a light scarf would be handy enough to carry and get rid of dust and harsh winds. At the same instant, sunglasses would be vitally important to protect your eyes from the dust and wind. Nevertheless to say, struggling up to there and returning back without capturing any moments can undoubtedly be the worst thing ever. Thus, including a camera as a part of your gear is a must to confiscate each and every adventure you gather from the very beginning strides to the ultimate terminus.

Thus, the above mentioned things are some major gears you shouldn’t miss out white trekking to the region of upper Mustang. Serving you with convenient and adventurous trekking experiences, these gears add more consistency and efficiency to your trip.

Nepal Adventure Tour

“No matter where or why you travel, there’s always something wonderfully new to be found.”  Nepal adventure tour is something that enhances the very essence of what the above statement asserts. A land which flourishes with the jewels of diversity- shines along with the lustrous mountain ranges- plays with the swinging branches of green forest- rolls over joyfully with the ever flowing perennial rivers and smiles even within uneven and diverse topographical landscapes. Trekking in Nepal is one of such privileged opportunities that captivate every traveler with the scenic and circumforaneous adventures in the country.
Nepal indeed is a country giving you numerous opportunities for vast natural, cultural, religious, lingual and topographical explorations. Tours and treks to different places of Nepal with varying altitudes have even more to offer you grand adventures. For instance, set yourself prepared for Everest Base camp trek, and there you get all the perks to experience the trueness of Nepal, walk along varying land structures and assimilate yourself with the Nepalese culture and lifestyle. Go for Chitwan Jungle safari! That’s more than enough to astonish you with the wild and thick forests of Nepal cherished with the diverging habitats of wild animals and birds. Not fed from mountaineering adventure in Nepal? You still have open option to prepare yourself for Annapurna Base Camp Trek taking approx. 13 days long.    Besides, Nepal is also a great place to gather memorable hiking experiences. There are numerous uphill and hill stations in Nepal offering you interesting hiking itinerary. These are only the very brief glimpse of adventures you can gain from Nepal. In actual, there are abundance of heritages and vicinities that aren’t possible to discover/explore fully even in your entire life.

Thus, adventurous tour in Nepal creates reminiscing memories for lifetime. From the eternities of lustrous mountains to the fiercely flowing great rivers, Nepal has it all to offer you the grandest adventures from either way of scenic surroundings or even the recreations you gain from those surroundings. You can further explore national parks, ancient cultural heritages, forests, lakes and many more to gather utmost pleasurable moments and memories from your tour. Once you indulge yourself in adventurous tour to different places of Nepal, this is surely going to be a breathtaking and unforgettable experience for your whole life.

The advantages of small group trekking to the Everest Base Camp

Trekking independently indeed is not fun when you walk your way alone and especially when things go wrong, you won’t probably get a lending hand for your help. But, guess what’s more worse? Trekking in large crowd of groups! Though this might not seem obligatory to all the people’s natures, what can be assured is that, there are far more advantages of small group trek over the large ones. You will certainly get the maximum perks to assimilate yourself with the vast horizons of Nepal on the way to your ultimate terminus with the small number of your fellow trekkers who intend to reach the same destination as you; and the similar path you choose to cover.
Firstly, small group trek only consists of very limited number of trekkers due to which you will get opportunities to explore different cultural and natural heritages more precisely and abundantly along the trials of the Everest Base Camp. Not only that, you will also have sufficient time to participate in the cultural rituals and indigenous recreational activities of Nepal which in large trek group is seldom possible as the guide cannot make all the trekkers do so due to variations in their  interests  and rush of time as well. Secondly, trekking in a small group, you can easily make good bonding with other trekkers in the group who will be with you during the entire journey. Small group size ultimately gives more possibilities to interaction despite different backgrounds. So, making friends is quite easier in small group trekking which will further make your journey filled with mutual happiness and coordination. Thirdly, one of the advantageous facts trekking with small group is when any difficult situation crops up either due to weather changes, difficulty in time management or unavailability of accommodation, plans and decisions can be made within no time with mutual discussion which certainly is quite problematic and time-consuming in large trekking groups due to mixed opinions causing frequent disapprovals. Fourthly, the guides are moderately praiseworthy in terms of their service and guidance in small group treks. That is solely because of the small number of trekkers in the group which allows him to take care of and guide each and every individual in the group. Moreover, it will be convenient for the guide to provide all the information as much as he can to small group which will eventually benefit you in mustering so many information and experiences in relatively short amount of time. Finally, the best part of trekking in a small group is you will be getting remarkable time to relax on the track to Everest Base Camp despite the remaining walk of several miles as the trekking schedules remain consistent and undisturbed in small group of people. On the other side, in large group trek, the schedule won’t get a consistent mode unless the presence of all the trekkers in one point.

Thus, trekking to the Everest Base Camp in small or large group, you have the complete freedom of choice. However, you can’t easily neglect the wide ranges of advantages of small group trekking and rush over to large group in with the motive to same time and money which may make you a disappointed trekker later. So, prior to trekking with any agency, you should first be sure that the number of trekkers in your batch is small so that you can enjoy every advantage mentioned above.

Pre-requisites before trekking to Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp is by far one of the most suggested destinations for the voyagers seeking absolute adventures of longer trekking in Nepal. Ever since 1950’s the number of trekkers visiting EBC every year has been significantly increasing. The highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest has captivated millions of adventurists and trekkers creating an enthusiasm to scale the highest possible altitude in one’s life. Since this can be the journey of lifetime, it is necessary to make several prior considerations and arrangements for this. From economic aspect, convenient transportations and routes to the inoculations and acclimatization, you need to assure yourself that you are capable enough for handling all these things. Let’s have a brief look to some pre-requisites which are essential before you trek to EBC:
Budget: Wherever you go or whatever you intend to do; budget is the first thing that gives a kickoff to everything you start. Trekking to the EBC, you have to be ready with some amount of economic resource (approximately from USD$1200-USD$5000 in total) enough to fulfill airfare expenses, guides hiring, permits, fooding, lodging and many more. The trekking can last from min. 12 days to max. 16 days depending upon your interest and the average cost per day would be approximately $20. Realizing this, you need to organize your budget effectively.
Effective time/season: How would the essence of trekking possibly be explored when you are unfortunately victimized by the severe weather conditions? Therefore, determining the perfect timing and season for trekking is one of the important pre-requisites for trekking to the EBC. The best season for this is probably from February to May and September to the second week of December. Be that as you may, you can also trek in low seasons during December-January noticing the weather conditions and forms of cloud buildup, which could possibly mean heavy snowfall, which to say the least, changes things massively.
Transportation: The initial part of trekking starts when you fly from Kathmandu to Lukla. So, booking flights is crucial and sometimes can be challenging if you are new to the city. However, don’t just rush to do so in order to save your time and money. You need adequate research and comparisons between airlines beforehand. The best and convenient way to book your flights would be by Internet. Flights are often delayed, so it would be better taking a security margin of 2 or 3 days if you plan to return with same airlines. However, if you prefer road transportation, you can either travel from next route by a jeep or bus to Jiri which is seldom preferable.
Mass of Stuffs required: Since trekking is a beautiful journey of natural exploration, yet still tiring and hectic, you need to make a great concern in weightage of your stuffs. Gear/clothing of at least 10 kg would be most appropriate. However, you should make sure that all your quintessential stuffs like medicines, winter clothes, high altitude sunglasses etc, are compulsorily included in your packaging.
Trekking guides: Heading to one of the most evident and touristic places, sole trek navigating on cell for each and every information doesn’t seem quite fascinating and easeful. So, getting a good trekking guide would be an effective way for delightful trekking and at the same time, natural and cultural exploration. Additionally, a decent guidebook can also assist a lot in your voyage offering you a scenic trek in Nepal from hills to the Himalayas. To be noted, if you prefer collecting reminiscences of undistracted trekking experience, online commercial booking of a trek crowd should be ignored, for you can several companions yourself at some point of your trek.

After you have the knowledge of all above mentioned pre-requisites, you are thereby all set to experience uttermost excitement and pleasures from the adventurous trek to the Everest Base Camp.

Cost breakdown and budget for Everest Base Camp: from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp

Having a thought of trekking to the Everest Base Camp comes up with lots of preparations and considerations. On top of everything, you can probably guess that the major thing before preparing for the trek would be the budget. Ever wondered how much does it costs for reaching to EBC from Kathmandu? Below is a complete cost breakdown that can be an ultimate aid for you to plan a complete budget for your trek:
Flight’s cost from Kathmandu to Lukla: Kathmandu is considered as the starting point of your trek to EBC, from where you will be flying to Lukla. The one-way airfare expense from Kathmandu to Lukla generally costs USD$180-USD$190 as on 2017 AD.
Temporary guide or porter charge: Since you are on a trek to completely new vicinity, you cannot carry your heavy belongings all the way long or find your way on your own. So, you will face essential need of a guide or porter for a short term as you will be having a next guide from another point of distance. Guide or porter charge varies depending upon the working rates of them. However, the general cost ranges from $90-$100.
Travel Insurance for Trek: Trek to EBC is somehow an uncertain trek where anything can happen to you because of the high altitude and extremely cold weather. In some case, you will be in urgent need for helicopter evacuation when your body doesn’t support you up to your destination which alone costs USD$5000, that too without any treatment or in-flight medical services. Thus, for both trekking and travelling, you need to catch up with an appropriate travel insurance policy that covers your insurance up to an altitude over 5,000m.This approximately costs________.
Accommodation Cost on the Everest Base Camp trek: Since it is not a one day trek, you will be needing accommodation more often the trial to your trek. Accommodation cost varies from low end tea houses to high trial and off-peak season to peak seasons. The accommodation charge in low end tea house can be as low as Nrs.100-200 and can reach up to Nrs.1000 as you progress through your trekking trial. Also, during off-peak season, the charge can be low and still bargained while in peak season, not only the charge is high, but it will be more difficult to find rooms. The average accommodation cost along the EBC route can be from $2 to $6. Further information to be noted is that you will be paying extra for hot water shower, i.e Nrs.200-400 and the same range of another hourly cost for recharging your battery devices. Nonetheless to mention, if you prefer high class accommodation, there are standard lodges too charging $100-$300 per night.
Water and meals’ cost in EBC trek: There are significant variations in the prices of meals and water too from low end tea houses to high end tea houses. You are probably going to pay from as low as Nrs.200 to as high as Nrs.800 for simple Nepali food (Daal Bhat). Similarly, for a one liter water bottle, you will be paying from as low as Nrs.50 to as high as Nrs.200.
Permits’ charge for the EBC trek: Paying charge for permits is mandatory before you head for the EBC trek. It is free for Nepalese, Nrs.1500 for SAARC citizens and Nrs.3000 for other foreigners including 13% VAT. These charges can be paid at the Tourist Service Centre, Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu. Besides, you are also required to pay Nrs.2000 for Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card. However, if you are trekking with an agency, you will be only paying Nrs.1000.
Porter’s Cost: You can easily find many local porters along the way to Everest base camp. You will greatly need them after your interim guide/porter serves you to a certain distance and time. Porters along the way too have variations in their working rates depending upon the off-season or peak season. Approximately, their average working charge $15-$20 per day. If your porter does some guide too, the general charge will be $20-$25 per day.
Cost of guide on the EBC trek: Getting a decent and informative guide is a must if you want to trek along with perks of exploring natural and cultural aspects of Nepal from a very close distance. So, you should also know the cost of them which you will be paying on per day basis. The cost of guide can be as low as around $20 per day while the average cost can be around $30 per day. On the same account, you will also get adequately experienced and professional guides who charge $50+ per day for their service. If you have no hesitation affording them, you will be finding more benefits on their guiding techniques since they prioritize in many important things like your safety, proper routes, and suitability of environmental and weather conditions and so on.

Thus, these were some major cost-breakdowns realizing the obvious symmetry of the Everest Base Camp trek. Excluding your extra personal expenses, the above cost-breakdown can be beneficial for you in determining the budget for your trek.

Nepal Trekking Adventure

Nepal is conceivably the most popular and preferred trekking destination in the world since the country is arguably very rich in many natural and cultural heritages that are known to majority of the people around the globe. It is a country boasting 8 out of the 10 highest mountain peaks in the world, torrential rivers flowing along the plains from the mighty Himalayas, thick and lush green forests and splendidly structured landscapes. Therefore, Nepal is ranked as one of the best destinations for trekking, rafting, caving, mountain expedition, mountain biking and more. In other words, the country is a complete definition of what “adventure” is exactly described as. Thus, it won’t be doubtful to assert that trekking in Nepal is indeed a rare and privileged opportunity to explore the most out of the adventurous moment you live there.
As asserted above, you won’t be left untouched with certain adventures frequently once you land in Nepal. Whatever or whichever adventure modes you crave for, you are thereby granted with the all the wonders of natural heritages and settings that the country can let you witness at your best. Amongst such, Everest Base Camp trekking of approximately 17 days is one of greatest adventures you can experience in your lifetime. Taking you from the average altitude to the highest possible altitude that your feet had ever covered, the trek lets you experience the trueness of Nepal, the joy of assimilating yourselves with the indigenous cultures and rural lifestyle of people and ultimately the pleasant hardships of succeeding through the peculiar landscapes of Nepal to the foot of world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest. Annapurna Base Camp trek of 13 days is another trekking option in Nepal that bestows you the similar adventures as you proceed through the altitudes exploring the colloquial beauty and diversities of every vicinity you reach. As most of the mountaineering treks, this too offers scenic and adventurous trails eventually leading to jubilant conquer over the steep land altitudes. As a fact, this is just a minor glimpse of adventure you can gain from trekking to mountains in Nepal. It is believed that the attractions in Nepal are so abundant that they can’t be fully explored even in one’s entire life. However, tripping to some significant places in Nepal is just more than enough to extract utmost adventures from your trip: for instance, Upper Mustang trek/19 days is one of such trekking itineraries that is no less than any other trekking adventures to give you the most of what you can excessively scrutinize in the land of Nepal.

Additionally, mountaineering or high-altitude trekking aren’t the only mediums to get the maximum of Nepal trekking adventures. If you aren’t so fond of hiking, then too, Nepal is the perfect place for sightseeing, Jungle safari, rafting, boating and many more. Similar to high-altitude trekking, these all recreations mean adventure! ADVENTURE- the major aim of your trek.

Brief Itinerary of Annapurna Panorama Trek

 Seeking for the easiest trek with no fear of altitude sickness or tiring steep and rough track hiking; yet with utmost adventures and scenic trekking essence in Nepal, Annapurna Panorama Trek can be one of appropriate trekking itineraries you ought to consider once. Not only designated with easy-paced trails, the vivacious panoramic view of the great Annapurna Mountain as you see from its foothills adds more lively spirit within you and into your trek. Followed with simple obvious paths and easy consistent proceeding itineraries, Annapurna Panorama Trek is a great way to witness the magnificence of Annapurna I-IV and many other Himalayas.
Basically, Annapurna Panorama Trek lasts for maximum 10 days when you trek in accordance to the designed travel packages of any trekking agencies in Nepal. The very first day is designated to welcome you from the Tribhuwan International Airport terminal by an airport representative of the respective agency who will transfer you to a hotel in Kathmandu and also explains about the trekking program in detail. On the second day, all your documentation for trekking are checked and completed and you will also be informed about every requisites and stuffs to prepare for your trek. On the very day, you will be guided around the Kathmandu valley where you will be visiting to different places like Swoyambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur Durbar Square; all enlisted as world heritage sites by UNESCO. On the third day, you will be departing from Kathmandu to Pokhara in a private tourist vehicle provided by the trekking agency. Undoubtedly, you will be getting a scenic drive with the splendid views of terrace fields, rivers, green valleys, thick forests and rural lifestyle of Nepal. After a long drive to Pokhara, you will be escorted to one of the hotels in the city and later you will be also guided for sightseeing around Pokhara valley to the vicinities like Fewa Lake, Davis Fall and many more. On the fourth day, also the first day of your actual trek, you will be making a short and easy hike from Pokhara to Tikhedhunga with the crew. You will be ascending through well-off villages like Lumley and Hille, eventually reaching to Tikhedhunga. Spending a night in Tikhedhunga, the next day, Ghorepani will be set as the destination for the day. Leaving Tikhedhunga, you will hike up to the Ulleri village, then to Banthanti, Nangethanti and finally Ghorepani, a conserved area of Nepal holding the largest rhododendron woods. This region actually gives you the perks to see the spectacular views of Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna I, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli and more. Overnight stay in the guest house and the 6th day’s sun rises being the harbinger of the most important day of Annapurna Panorama Trek.  You will be heading to Poon Hill starting early morning. Reaching there, all you get is the breathtaking experience of watching the first rays of the sun over the lustrous Himalayas like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I-IV, Annapurna south, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung himal and more. Witnessing the mesmerizing scenarios, we will head back to Ghorepani and thereby ascend to Tadapani across the rhododendron woods. Spending a night in the guest house of Tadapani, on the 7th day, you will be continuing your trek to Ghandruk passing through thick rhododendron trees. From there, you will be seeing more proximate scenes of above mentioned Himalayan ranges. On the 8th day, you will be leaving Ghandruk and descend back to Pokhara through Nayapul. The day is spent with brief trek, leisure stroll and cultural exploration in the city. 9th day probably marks the last day of the trip. Leaving Pokhara, you will be riding back to Kathmandu with the same scenic perks of river, gorges, mountains and forests. Upon arrival to Kathmandu, you will be escorted to the respective hotel for comfortable rest. On the 10th day, your hosting trekking agency arranges a farewell meet for you giving a platform to share the memories of your trip and gather loads of delightful reminiscences. Finally, the airport representative will be escorting you to the airport for departure.

Hence, the itinerary of Annapurna Panorama trek is simple and obvious enough to serve you the experience of untiring yet adventurous trek. Though the duration is short, the memories you create and take along with you from the Annapurna Panorama trek will surely enhance a lifelong experience to your memory compilation.