Type of Trekking in Nepal

Trekking is popular in himalayas country of Nepal. Tourst come here to see the mountains and trekking in the hilly region. There are two contrasting ways of trekking in Nepal. The independently minded option for Tea House Trekking. The other approach is go on an Organized Camping Trekking. These are ideal for discovering more remote areas and learning about the varied cultures and people of Nepal. The choice of areas and routes is bewildering.

Tea House Treks
Everest, Annapurna and Langtang have lodges at frequent stops on trekking routes. We can have lunch or stay for overnight in these lodges. A trek in which we use these lodges for our food and accommodation is called tea house trekking. Often these tea houses are family run inns with good basic facilities like clean bed and western and local foods  but no luxury .Originally, before trekking was introduced in Nepal, there were small tea shops in the places where we have lodges now,  serving tea and  snacks for the local villagers travelling from one village to the other , hence the name " tea house."

Camping Treks
A fully supported trek in which we carry all our supplies and equipments  is called camping trek or an organized trek. In such a trek our Sherpa crew will make the tents for you and our cook will prepare  all the meals. Camping trek is the classic style of trekking in Nepal and can be conducted almost anywhere in Nepal. camping trekking is fully organized and supported, with a team of guides, cooks, sherpas and porters to accompany you. All the necessary trekking gears, food, fuel and other goods are carry by our porters and out cook will prepare meal for during the camping trek.

Trekking Porters and Guides
In each trekking group there will be one guide who will be in charge of all the arrangements in the trek and required number of porters. Generally one porter is provided for two trekkers, he carries a load of 20-25 kg depending on the trial, which is enough to include all the essentials of two trekkers in the mountains.  They carry the load in the head in our traditional way, often the rucksacks or the duffel bags  are easier for them to carry. We have assistant guide and a cook too in a bigger group to look after the food and lodging things.

However there will be a big number of kitchen staffs, porters and cooks in a fully supported camping trek /organized trek. Where available we use ponies or yaks to carry the luggages .

A typical trek day
Your trekking day starts at around 6 am with a cup of tea or coffee at your tent /l odge. You wash your face with warm water and prepare yourself for breakfast at around 7.30 . The trek starts after breakfast, you walk at your own pace,  frequently stopping to enjoy good views and take photographs .You carry only a day pack   containing your personal goods that you need during the day. The porters and Yaks will carry the rest . After a walk of about 3 hours we stop for lunch .It lasts for about 1.5 hours .With  another session of walking for 3 to 4 hours we reach our camp , which is often a scenic spot .While you rest , the trekking  crew will fix the tents  for you .You relax or walk around the camp, enjoy tea/coffee. Around 6-7 PM you will have your dinner, talk about the day's experience with other members or enjoy the Himalayan solitude yourself.

Foods on the trek
In a  lodge to lodge (tea house ) trek you can expect  to get mostly  continental and local foods and can choose it from the a la carte  menus.  You can also get some Tibetan , Chinese , Nepalese and even Indian and Italian dishes on the tea houses.  The food is good and  well enjoyed by the trekkers. In higher altitudes near the base camps of  the mountains, you get less varieties than in the lower altitudes. We provide three meals with tea or coffee. Wherever possible we try to offer you fresh vegetables from the village , fresh fruits etc. If you are doing high altitude treks like the Everest base camp , do not consume alcohols ( you get beers and whisky even in mountains) until  you reach your destination. Alcohol consumption  may increase the chances of altitude sickness.  You are allowed to choose the food you like but it is wiser not to order different dishes for each persons as cooking so many dishes takes a long time. Some lodges do not have many ovens and may be they have only one cook.  Making a combined order saves time , specially in lunch . You can buy bottled water in the mountains but we suggest you to bring water purifiers like iodine and avoid bottled water. Water bottles are major source of pollution in the mountains.

If you are in a camping trek  we provide you multi course dishes from starters to deserts .  We have excellent cooks to prepare hot and delicious meals. A full set of facilities including kitchen and dining tents , tables and chairs are provided.