Nepal101 is a trekking and travel brand operating and licensed under the Nepal Tourism Board and Thai Tourism Authority. Trekking is basically a more technical and longer version of hiking.
A hike might be anything under 2500m in altitude and usually a short 1 day activity. Trekking on the other hand is longer in duration. Moreover, it usually covers altitudes which are higher than 2500m.
Our program ranges anywhere between 7 days to more than 21 days. The major trekking activities in Nepal most commonly includes visiting national parks to witness the Himalayan Ranges. The treks are usually broken down to cover an approximate distance of around 10 km.
Trekking in higher altitudes if not trained or administered properly can cause serious injury. Nepal101 provides trekking services with licensed guides and team members to have a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.
Majority of the treks in Nepal has two main seasons for trekking in Nepal – Spring season and Fall season. The only exceptions being treks to the Annapurna Circuit (Lower and Upper Mustang) – which can also be completed during the summer months.
The Spring season starts sometime during late February until early May. Whereas the Fall season starts somewhere during mid-september to early November. April and October are the most famous months for trekking. Why? April is the beginning of Spring and colorful flowers cover the trekking areas. October is usually when Nepal’s biggest festival of Dashain takes place. Most importantly, the weather conditions and visibility during these months are the most favorable.
Almost all of the treks in Nepal are called “Tea House Treks” meaning the traditional tent and camping gear is not required. The trekkers can stay in the Tea Houses that are in the trekking trail.
Throughout the trekking route there are villages within 2 hours of walking distance. Each village has a set number of Tea Houses hosted by the locals and this is where trekkers can stay overnight. It is a fantastic opportunity to minimize trekking gears, enjoy local produce and support local villagers.
The accommodations in the Tea Houses are usually very basic – A warm room with twin beds that usually accommodates 2 people per room. Earlier the food options were pretty basic – but with growing popularity of the treks, there are a variety of food options.
Nepali food is mild and soft as they do not use pungent ingredients. Almost all the fresh vegetables in the villages are organic home grown as well. The popular dishes are Momo (Nepali style dumpling), Dal Bhat (Plain rice with curries), fried rice, noodles or western cuisines like pizza pasta are available throughout the trek.
We recommend getting the Dal Bhat, the Nepali staple food which is packed with the right nutrients to fuel your body throughout the treks. If you secretly observe the guides and porters – they always load up on Dal Bhat. Hence the term Dal Bhat Power 24 Hour.
Porters are the superhuman being. They are your amazing friends who will accompany you during the trek. Moreover, they will also help you carry your trekking bags.
Throughout the treks you will see different types of porters. The porters we use for trekking groups have specific government regulations that need to be followed. The maximum weight allowed to be given to trekking porters are 20 kg per porter. Therefore, we recommend customers to pack 10 kg trekking bags. The porter will carry 2 bags of 10 kilo each.
Nepal101 porters and guides are licensed under the government and have the proper insurance and wages as required by the Government of Nepal. Some customers might see local porters carrying higher amount of weight – they are not trekking porters.
Guides representing the Nepal101 team licensed and certified. Moreover, they have a long-serving experience in their area of trek and working with international customers. Some of our guides originally started as porters and worked their rank up. Guides are your leaders and you should always listen to them. They know the terrain, people, culture and the surroundings very well. Moreover, their expertise might be the difference between life and death in the worst case scenario.
Our guides are very fun and truly care about customers. Please do not hesitate to talk to your guide if you experience any problems or issues.
Joined Group consists of 12 – 15 trekker + Guides and Porters per group (The trek is confirmed when there are 6 trekkers confirmed). The dates are usually fixed for Joined Group Tours.
Private Group starts from 2 persons and can pick the dates upon your preferences.
Trekker are required to work out consistently, 3-5 times a week before coming to Nepal. This helps prepare the body and put the body in a position to acclimate faster. We recommend doing cardio exercise combined with strength training. Practicing acclimating exercises with an inclination also helps build lower body strength. Overall, we expect you to be in good physical shape.