5 suggestions for trekking in Nepal

1st priority number 1 = your health

Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to travel. And the best way to fully enjoy your trip is to be prepared. Nepal is a developing country, so poor hygiene and disease are widespread everywhere. Visit your family doctor several months before you leave. They are full of advice and have the most up-to-date vaccination information.

Some of the most common problems are food and water borne gastrointestinal disorders. Still, if you are feeling under the weather, staying nourished and hydrated is important. Bring some of your favorite trekking snacks in case you long for a touch of home.

2. Altitude training

The Himalayas are a beautiful mountain range, but it is important not to stare at the surroundings and remember to be properly safe at high altitude. Researching the effects of high altitude and the dangers it can pose before arriving in Nepal will help solidify the knowledge before you are overwhelmed by the excitement and culture shock of your trip to Nepal.

Everyone will struggle to get used to the thinner air at some point in their high altitude adventures. There is no way to predict how your body will react, but here, too, knowledge is power. The only way to really acclimate yourself is to take your time; Do not rush to climb or push your body when it asks you to rest.

3. Things run according to Nepalese time

Nepalis are very friendly, give and calm, and their attitude towards the pace of everyday life is slow. This makes for a pleasant get-together with charming people, but you need to be patient when things don’t go as smoothly as expected.

In Nepalese times, if you push harder, things are probably not done as quickly as they are at home.

Hikers in the Himalayas (Shutterstock)
Hikers in the Himalayas (Shutterstock)

4. A little understanding goes a long way

Nepal is full of adherents of many different religions, the two of which are mainly Buddhism and Hinduism. These beautiful belief systems are full of colorful symbolism that is common across the country.

While you will learn a lot about religious culture during your visit, an introduction prior to your arrival is beneficial. That way, your basic understanding of the deities and teachings of Hinduism and Himalayan Buddhism will give you a deeper understanding as you admire the fantastic architecture and statues, bright blue deities and monolithic reliefs on large boulders.

5. Beware of the air

You will get a lot of benefit from a face mask or a buff! Kathmandu is a very interesting city, but it is overpopulated and extremely polluted. The smog is so thick that locals often wear face masks (they even have nice synthetic fashionable!) When they work.

In the mountains the air is crystal clear, but very thin and dry. Again, your buff or face mask will continue to be your friend as it protects your lungs from that harsh dry air and the dreaded “khumbu cough”. The khumbu cough or the altitude hack will make trekking – and breathing – difficult. Avoid overexertion and wear a mask to hold the moisture in the air that gets into your lungs to prevent this from happening.

Do you want to know everything about trekking in Nepal? Don’t miss the Dec / Jan issue of Wanderlust – it includes a 12-page feature about Nepal to help you plan your trip!

Main image: Trekking in the Annapurna region (Shutterstock)

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