Steps to Find the Best Trekking Agencies in Nepal

Steps to Find the Best Trekking Agencies in Nepal

When you decide to go for a trekking it is very important to choose a good trekking agency. The agency you choose to travel with will have a significant role to make your journey the best and memorable one. Nepal is a small country and tourism plays an important role in its economy. There are thousands of trekking agencies in Nepal and if it is your first time then it is very difficult which one to choose for.

Choosing the best trekking agency is a very critical decision and trusting anyone could be a matter of risk. So, the following tips might be helpful for you to decide the best trekking agencies in Nepal.

  1. Know your want and expectations

Know about your want and expectations first before choosing an agency. First decide your travel destination and the services you are expecting. After that know whether the company will come up to your expectation and ask if they organize same kind of trekking that you are expecting or not. Your choices includes your budget, level of comfort, language of the guides, days of your trekking and other services you want.

  1. Is the Agency legally established?

You must need to know if your company is legally registered or not. Government registration and licenses are very important and if they have no government license then they are not legally authorized. The agency must be registered with Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Cottage and Small Industry, Nepal Rastra Bank.

 

  1. Client Reviews and Testimonials

The client’s reviews will help you to know better about the agency. The clients have mentioned about the behavior of the guides, the services of the company and the places. You can read the reviews of the clients on the company’s website and other sites like Trip advisor and lonely planet.

  1. Cost and Services

The cost may vary from company to company. Some company might offer you cheapest price but it is not good to run after the cheapest company because they might not offer you with quality services. Money is not just everything so if you are investing invest for good and choose for the company that will give you true value of Money.

 

 

  1. Years of Experience

The longer the years of experience the better their services. While choosing the agency choose an agency with many years of experiences. The newly opened agencies with no experience may not overcome to your expectations. The reputation of the company will play a vital role in most of the trekking destination like Everest base camp. If the company has years of experience then the locals will be familiar to the company and also respect their guests and be extra hospitable which will be beneficial for you.

  1. Safety Standards

Accidents are unpredictable and trekking is regarded as the challenging and tough activities where accidents may occur frequently. When you are travelling to destinations like Everest region which also have some of the strenuous and isolated trials you need to be confirmed about the safety first. Be sure if they can be immediately available if needed or not. Check about the safety measures and history also know whether they have quick evacuation service and if their guides have their insurance or not.

  1. Agency and their guides

Know about the working team of the agency. They are the back bone of the agency and the company cannot run with efficient team members. Know what types of guides they have and if they are well experienced and have trekking license or not. An experienced guide is a must especially when you are trekking to Everest Base Camp. So, do know well about the agency and their guides.

  1. Interview with the guides

You can interview with the guides of trekking agencies before going on a trek. The guides play an efficient role for your travel experience and comfort. Do know if they overcome your expectations and have the capacity of understanding and responding to your questions or not.

  1. Goodwill and Reputation of the Agency

A reputed company will most likely to provide 100% services to the customer incase to maintain its goodwill and reputation in the market. It is better to choose a reputed agency to travel with.

 

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Why should one travel to Nepal?

Why should one travel to Nepal?

Nepal is a small country having distinct features, cultures and traditions than most of the other countries in the world. A home to the highest mountain of the world along with several other majestic Himalayas, the birth place of the light of Asia ‘Gautam Buddha’, rich in culture and tradition, rich in art and culture and many more makes Nepal a must visit destination. Nepal welcomes each year numbers of tourists with its abundant variations of natural beauty, adventures and popular trekking routes. Here are the reasons why one should visit Nepal.

 

  1. Diversified Cultures

Nepal is a known as a flower garden of four castes and 36 sub-castes living together having unique language, cultures and festivals. Here people of every religion and caste live together with ‘unity in diversity’. You will get to explore different cultures and traditions of Nepali people which cannot be found in any other countries which makes Nepal a must visit destination.

 

  1. Friendliest People

 

Nepalese are known for their loyal behavior, friendly nature and warm hospitable behavior. You will meet the friendliest people here in Nepal with overwhelming and respectful behavior towards everyone. You will be pleased with their services and homely nature which makes you want to visit Nepal again and again.

 

  1. Home to Several UNESCO world heritage sites.

Several cultural and historical sites of Nepal have been listed in UNESCO world heritage sites. These sites are full of culture, history, tradition and fine arts. Nepal is a home to 10 UNESCO world heritage sties and each of them are very rich in every aspect.  The UNESCO heritage sites includes, Pasupatinath Temple, Soyambhunath Stupa (monkey temple), Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Sagarmatha National Park, Chitwan National Park and many more. Visit Nepal for the UNESCO world heritage sites and get to know about the glorious history and arts.

 

  1. Amazing Wildlife

 

Nepal is also known for its wildlife. Most of the worlds endanger species of Flora and Fauna’s are found in Nepal. Nepal has established numbers of Nationals parks and reserves in order to protect its endangered flora and fauna. Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Bengal Tiger, One Horned Rhino and many more are the endangered species of Nepal. All together there are 27 species of mammals, 9 species of birds and 3 species of reptiles which are given legal protection under 1973 National Parks and Wildlife Act. Exploring the wildlife in Nepal can be a great fun and adventure.

 

 

  1. Adventure

Nepal can be a great destination for adventures. Either you go for trekking or do paragliding, Bungee jumping, white river rafting, canoeing Nepal offers you with numbers of thrilling adventurous activities which are totally fun and true to the meaning.

 

  1. Foods

Along with so many adventures and exciting travel destinations, Nepal also offers you with so many varieties of delicious cuisines. Do try varieties of foods while travelling to Nepal and give your taste buds a different and a unique taste. You will also find numbers of restaurants serving international cuisines and have the pleasure of trying world famous dishes in Nepal.

 

  1. Value for Money

You will get the true value for your money once you visit Nepal. The services and experience that you will get here will be nothing in terms of money you spend. Travelling to Nepal is not much expensive and it is best for all kinds of travelers. Everything here is much cheaper than many other countries of the world. So, travel Nepal and get the true value of your money.

  1. Safe to visit

Nepal is one of the safest countries to visit. The tourism related crimes here in Nepal are very rare and Nepalese people are the most honest and respectable people around the world. They treat and respect their guests as god and give a very homely environment. We can see numbers of solo travelers walking freely in the streets of Nepal. Hence, Nepal is safe to visit.

 

  1. Amazing Hiking and Trekking Trials

Nepal has three types of distinct geographical features in which a part has plain land and two parts have Hills and mountains. Nepal is also known as the country of mountains being a home to the world’s tallest summit Everest and eight out of ten 8000 mountains of the world. Each 8000 meter has base camp and offers amazing trekking trials. Nepal also offers numbers of finest hiking trails which are easy, moderate and strenuous. One can choose any kind of trials based on their capacity, time and budget.

 

  1. Peaceful Environment.

If you want to have some peaceful environment from your busy life exploring the nature, beautiful lakes, rivers, green forests, majestic mountains, beautiful villages, fresh air and healthy environment then Nepal is a perfect destination for you. You will find yourself attached with the nature and get an amazing experience here.

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Nepal Travel Tips

Choosing Nepal as your travel destination is one of the best decision that one has to take once in a life. As Nepal offers you so many wonderful travel destinations, fun, adventures and much more once in Nepal is not enough but you have to be well planned and informative about your activities in Nepal before you take off. Nepal is naturally and culturally diverse country and has its distinct identity to the world. Here are some of the travel tips which may help you before you plan your trip for Nepal.

 

Get a visa or be prepared for queues at the Airport.

Nepalese visa can be obtain at Tribhuvan International Airport on arrival but don’t expect it that easy in peak tourist seasons. You will have to queue for a long time and complete certain procedures, pay fee and then you will get your visa. It is better if you get your visa from an embassy before coming to Nepal. And you might have to wait to collect your baggage for an hour minimum depending the time of your arrival.

Kathmandu’s Pollution

Don’t expect Kathmandu to be a perfectly clean city and regret soon after landing in Nepal. Being the capital of Nepal it is also one of the most polluted cities of the world as a result of unmanaged urbanization. Don’t expect to breathe free while walking to some major parts of the cities and don’t forget to wear a mask if you have low immune system but also don’t be mistaken expecting the whole Nepal to be the same, Nepal is pristine and pure neglecting the central hub. Once you go out of the major cities you will see the pure and unspoiled natural beauty that Nepal has been blessed with. The other part of Nepal is completely different and far from the chaos of the cities.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Once you visit in Nepal don’t forget to visit the UNESCO world heritage sites and do make your itinerary accordingly. The heritages sites are full of history, fine arts, cultures and crafts and you won’t regret visiting it. There are numbers of world heritage sites in Nepal rich in art and cultures which are very important to be taken care of not only for Nepal but for the whole world. The major sites inside Kathmandu valley are Pashupatinath Temple, Soyambhunath Stupa (monkey temple), Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Changunarayan Temple and many more. Visiting the UNESCO world heritage site is a must if you are visiting Nepal.

Don’t Drink Tap Water

Nepalese people are used to drinking water directly from the tap or any sources of water so they don’t get affected. But it is better if you avoid drinking water directly from the tap or any except boiled and bottled mineral water because you are not used to it and it may affect your health.
Foods
Along with so many adventures and exciting travel destinations, Nepal also offers you with so many varieties of delicious cuisines. Do try varieties of foods while travelling to Nepal and give your taste buds a different and a unique taste. You will also find numbers of restaurants serving international cuisines and have the pleasure of trying world famous dishes in Nepal.

Electricity and Internet

The electricity problem has been improving in context of few years ago but still there might be load shedding. The hotels have inverter and generators so there might not be problem in city areas. To stay connected via internet you can buy the local Sim- card. The internet facilities have been improving in Nepal you can get wifi in almost all of the hotels and cafes but the speed might not be as per your expectations but works satisfactory.

Safer to travel with an agency

It is not that riskier to travel alone as we see numbers of solo travelers along the streets but if you travel with an agency it is much more comfortable and safer for you. You will not need to worry about documentations, accommodations, transportation and many more. There is also very less chance of getting lost or theft. After all ‘Prevention is better than cure’.

Contribute to the Locals.

As Nepal is a developing country the per capita income of the people here is very lower than other many countries. If you are travelling to the remote areas then we suggest you to stay in home stays. As it is the source of income for most of the people and your small contribution will help to boost up the local economy.

Altitude

Hiking or trekking to high altitudes can result altitude sickness and sometimes can be severe as well. So, it is better to have proper acclimatization and stay hydrated and have proper balance diets while trekking to higher altitudes.

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Bird Watching in the Kathmandu Valley

Bird Conservation Nepal organized the “Welcome to the Birds” (WTTB) event in collaboration with BCN Pokhara branch and Pokhara Bird Society (PBS) on 27 February 2017 at Fewa wetland Pokhara. In partnership with BirdLife International, Bird Conservation Nepal has started celebrating Welcome to the Birds event since 2014 in Nepal in order to do advocacy and awareness raising at a key sites for key species by reaching out to various audiences like school students, community people, birders, general public, government officials etc. The main objective of this event was to raise the awareness on migratory birds and conserving its habitats. In this event participants welcome Winter Migratory Birds at Fewa wetland, Pokhara. In this event altogether 40 participants were involved from BCN, PBS, TAAN, NMA, nature guide, birders and local people around the site. Rajendra Gurung, Jyotendra Thakuri and Krishna Bhusal from BCN and Manshant Ghimire from PBS briefed about event and facilitate on bird identification and monitoring. Bean Goose and Common Crane was the highlight of the day.  More than 30 species of water and wetlands dependent birds were observed during the event.

Bird Watching in the Kathmandu Valley

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10 Tips For Doing ABC Trek (Annapurna Base Camp)

10 Tips For Doing ABC Trek (Annapurna Base Camp)

1 – Ask to be a part of a group with your trekking agency even if you are planning to (or prefer to) go alone. Bookings in upper Annapurna sanctuary are not guaranteed if you are alone. They prefer to give rooms out to larger groups. Not much of written bookings are taken in most of the lodges – most are verbal commitments to your guide or trekking agency via phone saying they “will have” the room when you arrive – but in busy season the first ones to get there with larger group end up taking your spot. (more…)

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Annapurna base camp Trekking Duration 

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Fly Kathmandu – Pokhara – Phedi – Pothana (1,991m/6,528ft): 45 min drive, 22 km, 4-5 hrs trek ~10km

Day 02: Pothana – Jhinu Danda (Hot spring 1,780m/5,859ft): 6-7 hrs- 13km

Day 03: Jhinu Danda – Dobhan (2,800m/9185ft): 6-7 hrs,12km

Day 04: Dobhan – MBC (3,730m/12,230ft)- ABC (4,130m/13 550ft): 7-8 hrs,12km

Day 05: ABC – Sinuwa (1,980m/6,495ft): 7-8 hrs,15km

Day 06: Sinwa – Ghandruk Phedi– Pokhara (910m/2,985ft): 5-6 hrs,12km, 2- 3hrs drive, 55km

Day 07: Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus (6-7 hrs): 220km

Note: Above trekking hours and distances are approximate, and absolutely for general idea only.

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Trekking in Everest

everest base camp trek itinerary

Everest base camp trek route or Everest base camp trek Itinerary is really frequently generate questions from Adventure lovers, there is not any fixed and compulsory duration or schedule for this trek however we need 14 to 16 days including 2 days in Kathmandu before and after the trekking , duration is depend  up to your own body condition, walking experience and  group size and  age group. please have a look below suggestion Itinerary and route  information about the Everest Base c amp trekking (more…)

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