When to Trek
Treks in Nepal are organized throughout the year; you should decide on which season is best for viewing the mountains and would be the best for you. The months from October to May are considered to be the best for trekking in Nepal. The moonsoon beings in June and ends in September and the weather is generally comfortable during this time. It doesn’t rain for days together in monsoon; rainfalls are generally observed off and on. It can also be an ideal time for botanists. Therefore, many trekkers opt for this season as well. Some of the most popular trails are less crowded in this season and hence, you can have some peaceful time for yourself. The Annapurna circuit trek and the trails it covers like Marpha, Jomsom and Muktinath lie in the rain shadow are and are best for trekking in the monsson season.
The best season for trekking is Autumn which is characterized by beautiful enchanting weather and offers great views of the mountains. January and February are generally cold and snowfalls may be observed occasionally. Some routes may be obstructed but the views are spectacular. The Spring season that starts from late February is ideal for those interested in elements of nature like flowers, birds and greenery. Rhododendron forests, wild flowers etc. can be observed if you trek in this season. On the other hand, April and May are best of expedition. Mountains above 4000 meters look excellent and the temperature is also very pleasant in these months.
Trekking in Nepal is basically divided into three grades Easy, Medium and Hard. If you are trekking for the first time in Nepal, you should know which trek would be suitable for you given your physical conditions and endurance. To make it easier for you to choose from, we have categorized our treks basically as follows:
Easy Treks: These are generally short duration treks at lower altitudes. You may need to acclimatize if you are trekking for the first time. However, you should be prepared to walk through uneven terrain. You will normally have to walk 4-5 hours a day that may vary a bit depending on the weather conditions. You are generally transported via airplane or jeep. These treks are best for amateur and first time trekkers.
Moderate Treks: Moderate treks in Nepal are more challenging than the easy treks. If you are looking for something challenging, moderate treks in Nepal be the best for you. You need to be in a reasonably good health and should take regular exercises. The trek comprises of easy walks to more difficult ascents. You might face altitude related difficulties if you try to ascent rapidly. But if you acclimatize properly, you won’t face many difficulties. A trekker generally would need to walk 5-9 hours a day.
Moderate to strenuous:These require medium level of fitness and you will be required to walk at least six hours a day. The trails aren’t very clear and are mostly steep. Moderate to strenuous treks will take you to quite high altitudes. You should therefore climb up gradually and be prepared for snow and cold weather. There will be minimum facilities and the trekking region is generally very isolated from the towns.
Strenuous Treks: The strenuous treks demand fitness at its best. If you think you aren’t fit, you should prepare yourself well before going on strenuous treks. Most of these require extended walks through the uneven lands and that too at higher altitudes. You should be able to deal with climate and remoteness both. You will need to walk between 6-8 hours a day.
Challenging Treks: Dolpo Trekking, manaslu Trekking, Kanchenjunga Trekking, Simikot Trekking, Dhaulagiri Trekking, Ganja-La pass etc. are some of the treks that are recognized to be more challenging. These require long walks through the hills and mountains and therefore demands physical fitness and mental preparedness from your side. You may need to walk at 5000 m above the sea level and camp for long periods that can go from 20 to 28 days or more. Therefore, you should be in good physical condition and it would be better if you have a prior experience.
Types of Trek:
Yuuki Treks organizes various types of treks in Nepal based on your requirements. Tea houses trek, camping treks, guide porter hiring treks etc. are some types of trekking in Nepal.
A Teahouse Trekking is a locally run guesthouse but with basic facilities. It is run by local people and are very popular in well established tourist regions like Everest, Annapurna, Langtang etc. You can have the western, continental meals, the local meals especially Dal Bhat. You will also be provided good accommodation to spend to night. These offer good food and accommodation and are cheaper than camping as well. It is suited for both small and large groups. In teahouse treks, a tourism licensed guide, Sherpa assistants and porters will accompany you on the trails. You are provided with three meals on a regular day(breakfast, lunch and dinner) in places where you spend the night.
Camping Trek: Camping treks are also called fully organize supported treks and are organized in expedition style. Camping treks in Nepal include of group of people supplied by us which includes guides, cook, Sherpa and porters. Trekkers can carry a small handbag with the things they need during the day. The rest will be taken care of by our porters. Mattresses, sleeping bags, tables and chairs are provided to our guests during the night.
Porter and guide hiring treks: This is another form of trekking in Nepal. These treks are best for those who simply want guides and porters and who can manage the rest on their own. This is the best type of economy trekking in Nepal. We provide you sufficient porters and guides at affordable prices. Our porters carry your luggage and our guides help you along the trekking routes. Food and accommodation isn’t included in the package, these will need to be managed by the trekkers.