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Walking in Nepal

Walking and trekking holidays in Nepal


Home to the world’s highest mountain, mighty Everest, Nepal is a haven for trekkers. The sheer variety of culture, terrain and trekking trails ensures the experience is always unique. Trekking amongst the highest mountains on earth, in the company of some of the warmest and friendliest people makes a walking holiday in Nepal with Explore quite unforgettable.

Most trekkers choose between Nepal’s two most popular regions: Everest, known locally as the Khumbu, in the east and the Annapurna in the west. Both are spectacular but in different ways. The Everest region is high altitude, rocky and home to the wonderfully hospitable Sherpa people. With views of several of the world’s highest mountains, including the iconic peak of Everest, standing tall at 8848m, this region is regarded by many as one of the most spectacular trekking destinations in the world.

Visiting the Annapurna region, the trekking routes are more varied, with terraced farmland, forests and pastures. Here you can choose between relatively easy walks through the fertile foothills and more demanding, high altitude treks, such as the classic Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Sanctuary routes. With several peaks over 7000 metres and the soaring silhouette of Annapurna I rising to 8091 metres, the Annapurna massif is regarded as one of the most beautiful mountain regions of the world.

When is the best time to visit Nepal?

The two main trekking seasons in Nepal are from the end of September to November, when you can expect crystal-clear skies and comfortable walking temperatures, and from February to April, when the spring arrives in Nepal and the rhododendron forests begin to burst into flower. The blooms last well into April and temperatures are once again ideal for trekking. From May the heat builds and then in June the monsoon rains arrive and stay until August. For those wanting to travel to Nepal in these months, the northern regions such as Mustang are ideal as they lie beyond the rain shadow of the Himalaya and aren't affected by the monsoon.

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Walking in Nepal
  • Local knowledge: Explore have over 35 years of experience in organising treks in Nepal and long established network of local partners throughout the country
  • Our trek leaders in Nepal are consistently voted among the best Explore leaders anywhere in the world
  • Our trekking ascent rates are carefully planned to be safe and fall within Wilderness Medicine Society (WMS) guidelines
  • All our trek leaders are qualified in first aid and specially trained to recognise and deal with Altitude Sickness
  • We carry a Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) on treks above 3000 metres
  • On treks into extremely remote areas we carry a satellite phone for emergency use
  • We support our trek crew by following the guidelines of the International Porter Protection Group (www.ippg.net)
  • All our trekking staff, from trek leaders to guides, porters and cooks, are Nepali – revenues from our treks benefit the local people
  • All meals are included on Explore treks
  • FREE Explore kitbag. If you trek with us in Nepal you will receive a free Explore kitbag when you arrive in Kathmandu

It is Explore's current policy not to include internal flights on our trips in Nepal and as a result of this we do not offer treks to the Everest Region of Nepal as these involve flying from Kathmandu to the airstrip at Lukla. This policy came about a result of safety concerns. Since December 2013 all air carriers in Nepal have been refused permission to operate air services to the EU due to concerns over aviation safety. The Nepal aviation authorities and individual airlines are working to improve safety, we are constantly reviewing the situation and hope to offer treks there again at some point in the future.

Further information regarding the EU banned airlines can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/air/safety/air-ban/index_en.htm

When trekking in Nepal with Explore, the typical accommodation used is the 'teahouse', a comfortable spot to rest at the end of a days walking. Teahouses are simple, family run establishments offering beds to weary trekkers and a chance to meet other walkers and swap stories as you share an evening meal. Rooms are usually twin share but at higher altitudes triple or quad rooms are occasionally used.

What will I eat during my trek to Nepal?

Food is a major part of any Explore walking holiday in Nepal. During your trek all meals are included ensuring you only have to focus on enjoying the walking each day.

Meals are taken in the teahouses where meals are prepared by the family and shared in a communal dining room. The food is more varied than you might imagine, from traditional Nepali dhal bhat, a selection of curry, rice, vegetables and bread, to western style pizza and pasta and even the odd high altitude apple pie there is plenty to satisfy even the hungriest of trekkers.

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