Trekking Equipment / Gear List Needed For Trekking In Nepal

After deciding where, how and when to go trekking, the next most important thing is to determine what gears are required to conquer that particular feat. Surely, trekking in Nepal isn’t easy. Well, there are easy ones but why take the easiest option when the hardest is the most fruitful one; in terms of scenery, challenges, and life-changing experience.
Taking necessary things with you can only make your journey a hell lot easier. The easier you feel, the better it is for both of us as you’ll enjoy the trek and our paradise-esque country. We definitely don’t want you to struggle whilst on the route, so with this in mind, we have come with the gear checklist; what you should bring from the home and what you can buy in Kathmandu.
Both branded items and local take on branded items are available in Kathmandu. It is totally possible to get everything and anything you will need for a trek here. A word of cautions about local products though: Being labeled North Face or Mountain Hardwear, as most local products are, doesn’t bless them with durability. However, there are good fakes and bad fakes and most are okay for the price. If you spend some time checking and rechecking the stuff especially the zippers, it will provide the service for at least one trek. Or you could just stick to one of the branded outlets in Thamel.
However, bringing some stuffs from home will save you time in Kathmandu and will also buy you peace of mind. Perhaps, you can get around Kathmandu via bus, rickshaw, taxi etc. Also, if you don’t know, the dress code for the mountains is layers. And avoid cotton inners at all costs.
Below is the list of things that we recommend you to bring from home or else Thamel, Kathmandu will take care of it but mind you, you might be in for a bit of a headache if you don’t like hassle and bustle. read more

Annapurna Circuit – Introduction

The Annapurna Circuit is the ultimate trek in terms of variety and adventure. With her you will shrug shoulders with polite Brahmins, gutsy Gurungs, regal Ghales, smiling Lobas and hospitable Thakalis. With her, you will earn bragging rights for scrambling past one of the highest mountain passes and gliding through one of the deepest river valleys. With her, you will have mountains for breakfast, plunge pools for lunch and Milky Way for dinner. Musk Deers, Blue Sheep, Griffons and Monals will give you company while Primulas, Irises and Rhododendrons will light up your way. Before we go overboard, let me clarify that not every trip works out the way we made it out to be, but it comes pretty close. Go check it out for yourself. Who knows, you might even catch a glimpse of the chimerical Snow Leopard. read more

Annapurna Base Camp – Introduction

Imagine you are in the middle of the Colosseum and the walls are not 150 but 10,000 feet high and are made of rock, ice and snow. There you have it. That is what it is like to be at the Annapurna Base Camp. We really think the base camp should be marked with a “Caution: Jaw Drop Ahead” sign at least during the full moons. And it has an approach to match. The trail goes through the heartland of the Gurungs who make a sizeable portion of the fearsome Gurkhas. It might come as a bit of a surprise to find them so friendly and peaceful, but look around, who wouldn’t be happy in such a tranquil landscape? If you are lucky, you might even get to see an audacious honey hunt in a precarious cliff side. The trail also passes through the most rewarding hawk watch site in Nepal and the rhododendrons are something to write home about. In short, you will love it!! read more

Everest Base Camp – Introduction

The Everest Base Camp Trek is in many ways like a visit to a mountain museum. The only difference is that the stuffs on display are all real. Nowhere else on earth is such a dense concentration of mountains of such stature. Four out of ten of the world’s highest peaks are here. Basically, you will be breathing and eating mountains throughout. In the backdrop of this grandeur, you will find Himalayan Tahrs as tame as your domestic goats and the iridescent Himalayan Monal more trusting than your barn chicken. And to top it all off, the amazing Sherpa hospitality comes second to none. In the contemplative adventure that is the Everest Base Camp Trek you will miss nothing, not even the internet. read more

Mountains in Nepal – Everest Region

Mountains in the Everest Region are served in many flavors. There are of course the high peaks, and then there are the tough, the easy going, the photogenic and the sacred. Hell, there is even one reputed to contain a door to heaven for the pure of heart.

Of all the sacred peaks, the Khumbila is the most important one and is the protector deity of the entire Khumbu region. Other sacred peaks are Everest/Chomolungma, Taboche, Kangtega, Thamserku, Pumori and Pokalde.

The sacred mountain of Khumbila

Khumbila

The high peaks of the region include such giants as Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. Pumori, Baruntse, Nuptse and Gyachung Kang also deserve special mention in this category. read more

Everest Base Camp – Best time to go (seasonal breakdown)

The best answer to when to go Everest Base Camp is, whenever you are ready. Once the decision to go has been made all the universe will conspire in helping you, as Paulo Coelho would no doubt agree. And truth be said, Everest region has something unique to offer just about every month. It all depends on what you are looking for. Now let’s get into the details:

Winter (Jan-March):

Winter is perhaps the least tapped of the months. The mountain views are perfect and there are very few trekkers along the trail. Add to it the fact that most large wildlife descends to lower valleys during this time and you have a near perfect time to trek. And by large wildlife we mean, the tame Tahr, the iridescent Himalaya Monal, the secretive Musk Deer, the homely Himalayan Snowcock and perhaps if you are as lucky was Walter Mitty- the majestic Snow Leopard. read more