So you are short on time, but want to experience all the goodness that Everest and surrounding areas have to offer? You are not in your best shape but want to get a feel for what it is like to take a short trek in the famed Khumbu region in Nepal? Well, it’s your lucky day, for this trip might just be for you. The Everest Heli Tour comprises of a scenic trek for a couple of days, followed by a chopper ride providing you with a bird’s eye view of Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, and Gokyo Lakes, all within a duration of about a week or so!
So you are excited about your teahouse trekking in Nepal? No doubt it’s a wonderful idea you will have a treat of a lifetime! Although the feeling of novelty and excitement is there, you are still a bit concerned about your dietary expectations found in these mountain lodges high up in the Himalayas, perhaps you are little worried about the food. Needless to say, but the importance of a well-balanced diet cannot be overemphasized during your trip. Well, here’s an overview on a typical Nepalese teahouse menu, and if you are on a camping trip this will serve as a handy guide likewise.
First, what is a “teahouse trekking”?
This one simply involves going from one teahouse to another during your entire trek for your food and accommodation needs. In the past, it was originally meant as a place where trekkers were provided with basic refreshments like tea (of course), local food and accommodation (mostly on the floor) at a minimal cost or even free. Times have changed and the concept of this style of trekking these days takes a different meaning. Nowadays teahouses basically mean small hotels established along the trekking routes that provide room and board at a nominal price. Most of these establishments are family-owned and home-cooked meals are served, which is an excellent way to experience the daily lifestyle of the local people in rural Nepal. One advantage of such a mode of trekking as opposed to camping is that you don’t have to carry your own camping gears like tents and other amenities, and bringing your own food.
Wondering about the most popular climbing peaks in Nepal? Thinking about the right peak to scale among a myriad of choices that suits your taste and experience? Well, look no further, for this list is specifically designed to answer your curiosity and help you pick out the peak you are looking for. Even if you will just be trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas, this article will still be a useful read as most of the peaks mentioned below fall in the vicinity of the trekking routes that you will be traversing in your Nepal trip.
Also known as “trekking peaks”, as classified by Nepal Mountaineering Association, climbing peaks generally fall between 5,000m to 7,000m altitude range. As the name implies, these peaks can be attempted as part of a normal trekking trip, leading up to the intended summit. To scale the peak, a separate permit is required along with associated permit fee. Although most of these peaks are non-technical from mountaineering point of view, you are mostly expected to be rather fit, and of course with a keen sense of adventure for high altitude. Below we present ten of the most popular of those peaks of Nepal.
I have lived all my life in the plains, and did not have any experience of high altitude trekking until I was well into my twenties. That is, when I finally realized my first Mera Peak Climbing experience. Of course during my teen years, I had gone hiking with my father in low hills a few hundred miles from my hometown, but that was it. The lure of getting high up in those distant mountains remained over the years. Sitting in my office chair at a high rise building, I often contemplated over the idea. I also did a lot of research about the possibility until I came across Mera Peak in Nepal. After months of planning and preparation for this most sought-after trip, I was all pumped up to conquer the highest trekking peak of Nepal at 6461m.
So you have finally started wondering about the best time to climb Island Peak (Nepal)? This trip will take you high into the Himalayas and into the heartland of the Everest region with a chance to visit the Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar. You will have the opportunity to get up close not only with the snow-clad mountains and rugged terrain of the Khumbu region of Nepal, but also with the lifestyle and culture of the Sherpa people, whose name rings synonymous with the Himalayas itself. In order for you to maximize your opportunity and get the best out of this trip, it is only pertinent that you become familiar with the timing of your trip.
One of the common question people have about Island Peak is the level of physical fitness required to climb the peak. Sometimes also called “trekking peak”, getting to the peak top itself is of non-technical nature, graded as alpine PD+. In mountaineering term, PD+ is broadly defined as “slightly difficult” level. Generally speaking, most trekkers with good physical condition and with some mountaineering skills are up to the task. So Island Peak climbing for beginners is not a far-fetched idea.
However, just because you are fit and healthy does not mean you are already ready to scale the peak. Although you will have ample opportunity to get yourself acclimatized at high altitude during the trek itself, you are recommended to go through a series of fitness routine several months before your actual trip.