When you are planning a trekking trip through Nepal you will need to schedule in two or three contingency days. This should be done whether you are planning the trip yourself or planning through a tour operator. The reason why you should do this is because there are many flights into other areas around Nepal that can and will get delayed. Many of these flights will even get cancelled altogether and the last thing you want to do is to miss your international connection. However if you plan a couple of extra days into your schedule you will have some peace of mind that you will not miss your flight and you might even have some quiet time before you board the plane for your long flight home. This is where working with a tour operator comes in handy. They can help you reschedule your flight if yours gets cancelled.
Local guides are the way to go when you are trekking through Nepal. If you decide that you do not want the added expense of hiring a guide then you should be ready to add a heavy backpack to what you are already carrying. You will also have to book your own rooms and lodging when you are ready to rest. Another possibility when not traveling with a local guide is that you may get off of the route you are on. It is important to mention that if you are on one of the more popular treks such as the Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna trek a local guide may not be necessary. These trails are well marked as well as being heavily populated with other trekkers. If you decide that you wish to have a local guide on these trails they are available and will offer a better understanding of the area. If this is your first trek across Nepal you might want to spend the extra money and hire a guide.
When trekking across Nepal one of the common sites that you will see is called a Sherpa. A Sherpa is actually a Nepali caste. These people are devote Buddhists who speak their own language but do not have the language in a written form. Sherpas will not help any one who is on an expedition when trekking in Nepal.
If you are trekking on one of the more popular treks you will be able to purchase bottled drinking water. If you are a person who would rather not use a throw away plastic bottle many of the villages you will come upon will have purified water stations where they will allow for you to fill up water bottles for a minimal cost. It is important that you keep hydrated while on your trek so this is a detail that you do not want to overlook.
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
When trekking to a high altitude there is one big unknown and that is will you get sick. It is a definite possibility because your body is not used to being that high up. In order to try and stay well so that you can enjoy your trip there are a few things you need to do. You need to pace yourself, stay well hydrated, stay warm, and eat a diet that is healthy. Even if you are in the best shape possible once you are trekking in Nepal you might find that your body is susceptible to AMS.
Trekking in Nepal can be a very rewarding experience and will offer you the trip of a lifetime. However it is very strenuous and will require a lot of hard work on your end. If this does not sound like something you would want to do it is recommended that you find another place to hike.
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