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Nepal Sports & Outdoors

  • Trekking

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    Picking and Packing a Rucksack I can’t overemphasize the importance of having a good fitting, well packed rucksack and this “Tip” is to try to explain the best way of achieving this – Based on my own experiences for over 20 years of Long Distance walking, Trekking in Nepal and Camino Walking First of all, choosing your rucksack. Rucksacks come in...

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  • Rafting

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    If you want to make rafting in Nepal you can find many places for arranging it in Kathmandu. There are many rivers for this, you can choose your level. You can start form level 1,5-2. I had choosen this level in Tripoli river. I think T had paid 100 dollars for 2 days rafting. One night we stayed in tents and we sang songs together with other...

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  • Picking and Packing a Rucksack

    Picking and Packing a RucksackI can’t overemphasize the importance of having a good fitting, well packed rucksack and this “Tip” is to try to explain the best way of achieving this – Based on my own experiences for over 20 years of Long Distance walking, Trekking in Nepal and Camino Walking First of all, choosing your rucksack.Rucksacks come in...

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  • How Many days does it take to Safely...

    For people with a reasonable level of fitness I would allow at least 8 days to safely trek ABC – You could do it quicker but would put yourself at some risk of AMS, The schedule below is for a 9 day P shaped trek, but If you really want to do it in 8 then you can save a day by both starting and ending your trek at ChaneI would say start your trek...

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  • Trek in the Khumba and see Everest in 9...

    Some people go to Nepal with a very limited timescale but still want to do a trek in the Khumba and see Everest – This tip is designed for trekkers with only nine days to trek in the Everest Region, This then leaves safety days and sightseeing days to enable the trek to be fit into a two week Nepal Visit. 1)Kathmandu to Lukla by flight then trek to...

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  • Trekking routes and times for EBC

    There are 4 main trailheads for trekking routes to EBCLukla by flightJiri by roadTumlingtar via The Arun Valley by flight or roadSalleri by flight or roadBy far the most popular is Lukla as this is also the shortest route at around 14 days to trek for there to EBC and backThen the next shortest option is SalleriTo get to Salleri you can either fly...

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  • Brief resume of different teahouse...

    EBCPro’s1) Seeing Everest 2) Wonderful high altitude trek that can be trekked safely in as little as 2 weeks Lukla – Lukla or 3 weeks Jiri – EBC – Lukla or just under 4 weeks Jiri EBC – Lukla – Gokyo – Lukla or longer Con’sCan be expensive if you fly to and from Lukla and risk of flight delays at Lukla Trek Report from my own EBC Trek Downloadable...

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  • Add flavour to your drinking water

    For this I use “Tang”, readily available in the supermarkets in Thamel Sometimes it’s called by different names, but if you ask for Tang then the shopkeeper will understand what you are talking about. I used lemon flavour and it tastes good, i believe there are other varieties including orange.TIP – Take along a plastic container from Home as...

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  • Alternative Aproach route for ABC

    When trekking ABC there are several alternative route to Chomrong, then after it’s one path up to ABC and then back down again to Chomrong.The route below is one that tends not to be used by the large groups and in my opinion is now the best approach route, so you may find it useful1) From Pokhara to Kande by bus of private car (The latter should...

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  • Which trek to do with ony 3 or 4 days...

    If you only have a Very Short time to go trekking in Nepal then without doubt the best short trek is The Poon Hill Trek, This can be done in 3 days Pokhara to Pokhara, However it is quite a strenuous trek going continuously uphill for two days, the second day being on a Lot of steps – If you can squeeze an extra day you would be better of by far...

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  • Summery of Trekking Styles on Nepals...

    Trekking EBC, ABC, AC, Langtang and Helambu are all “Teahouse Treks”, normally people tend to either do it entirely independently, Hire a Guide or Porter or join a group.I will try and go through each option giving pro’s and con’s so you can decide which option suits you best Teahouse trekThis is the least expensive way to trek and you have the...

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  • Annapurna Circuit in 8 or 9 days ??

    Rather than starting AC at the more traditional Besisahar / Bhulbhule catch a jeep as far as you can up the Marsiange valley – This was Chame last I heard – From there it will take about 3 or 4 days to reach Manang – One night to acclimatise there (Although some say that if you spend a night in Upper Pisang that this isn’t totally necessary) – Then...

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  • Two-day trek without the need of permits

    For a two-day trek without the need of permits, take a bus or car from Pokhara to Kande and walk up to Australian Camp. Take lunch there, then onto Pothana, don’t go through the ACAP checkpoint, stay in a lodge before it. Then the next day walk down to Dhampus, take a lunch there then onto Phedi where you can catch a bus or car back to PokharaGood...

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  • Guides

    These days there are many people selling their services as “Guides” in Nepal – But many of these so called guides aren’t what they claim to be.Real Guides are government registered and have to be fully trained before obtaining their licence – So before you hire a “Guide” check his credentials – Above is a photo of a Genuine Licence Good LuckRob

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  • Should I trek AC or ABC – The often...

    Both treks have there own merits so it is difficult to say that one is better than the other, the AC is a longer and harder trek, it usually takes around 18 days to complete and involves walking up one valley (Marsyangdi), over a high pass (Thorung La), down another valley (Kali Gandaki), then over a high ridge (Poon Hill), The advantages of the AC...

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  • Can I trek EBC in two weeks ?

    Yes, You can, Although it is Very Tight !! And Only If you fly into Lukla, Then you can do EBC in 2 weeks and still allow sufficient time for acclimatisation.Here is my suggested itinery1)Kathmandu to Lukla by flight then trek to Benkar (2800m)2) Benkar to Namche (3450m)3)Namche - Rest / Acclimatisation day 4)Namche - Debouche (3700m)5) Debouche -...

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  • Suggested 8 day trek in Langtang

    This trekking schedule is for trekkers with a 10 day timeframe who want to trek in the Langtang ValleyThe 1st day will be your chosen transportation to Syabru Besi (Bus or 4x4) Day 2 – Trek to Lama Hotel (But if it were me I would stop at either Rimche, 10 minutes before or Riverside, about ½ an hour afterDay 3 – Trek to Langtang, Explore the...

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  • Do I need separate TIMS / National Park...

    Do I need separate TIMS / National Park Entrance when doing multi-treks Usually Yes, However if you are doing combined treks, Langtang and Helambu or Annapurna Circuit and Sanctuary then as long as you don’t leave the National park between treks then you only pay One Langtang National Park Entrance / One ANCAP and One TIMSIf you are doing a long...

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  • Trekking the Helambu Valley.

    When i was in Nepal in may 2012, i went trekking in the Helambu Valley and did what they call the "helambu circuit"".This is one of the lower altitude treks in Nepal and during may when i was trekking there it was nice and warm all the way and i did the entire trek in shorts and T shirt.This is not a trek where you are up in snow caped mountains,...

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  • You need a permit to go trekking.

    If you plan to go trekking then you will need to get registerd and pay a small fee for it, just like you need to tell the authorities where you plan to go trekking.This is mainly because some people do go missing every year while they are trekking in Nepal and if you are registerd with your planned route then it's a lot easier for a potential...

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  • Circket is big in Nepal.

    Cricket is the big sport in Nepal.I was a bit suprised to see how it's played everywhere in the country.I would come trekking through the mountains walking past traditional farmers and their animals and it would all seem like something taken out of the 18th century and the village i arrived would seem like a piece of history aswell, but then you...

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  • Can I trek from Jomsom to Manang via...

    Unfortunately there is a One Huge problem with this plan and that is the height gain from Jomsom to Tilicho Lake – To do this trek safely in this direction would take several days with several nights camping to stay within the guidelines to minimise your chances of being adversely affected my AMS.So two possible alternative plans would be1) Take a...

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  • How much longer does it take to trek EBC...

    Approximately 7 / 8 days.If you have time then this is an Excellent trek as you cross 3 major ridges before reaching The Dhud Kosi, The highest of these is Lamjura at 3571 meters so as you can imagine this helps you gain both fitness and acclimatization for the higher reaches of the trek above Namche BazaarI would Highly recommend this trek, Here...

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  • Updated prices for entrance fees of...

    Unfortunately entrance prices to get into National parks in Nepal have just been revised – And Revised Steeply I may add with Sagarmatha (Everest) and Langtang Tripling from 1000NPR to 3000NprFull details on the TAAN site belowBest RegardsRobhttp://taan.org.np/newsdetail/govt-raises-national-park-entry-fees

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  • Trekking permit fees in Restricted Areas...

    For a Full list of trekking permit fees in all the restricted trekking areas of Nepal please see the Government Website on the link below.Happy TrekkingRob

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  • Road Building on The Annapurna Circuit

    The Annapurna Circuit is Still an Excellent Trek - But the time to do it is now, before the road building gets any further up the Marsyangai valley, You will read all sorts of reports about this road building, a lot of people paint it as Much Blacker than it actually is, The road had got as far as Syange when I was there in the spring 2008, It does...

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  • Avoiding much of the road on the Jomsom...

    The trick is, 1st to buy a good map, then you can see that where the road goes down one side of the valley, often there is a path on the opposite side.So, What I tend to do is ask at the lodges that I stay in, I have a chat with the lodge owner after studying the map and roughly planning where I am aiming for that night and say that I want to avoid...

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  • Trekking "Package" – Or Not ?

    Personally I think that it is always better to keep the Guide and your own trekking food and accommodation expenses separate.In my opinion these “packages” can lead to greed, as trekkers end up ordering much more food that they can ever eat because they think that it has already been paid for, where as the reality is that the more that they eat /...

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  • Safe Drinking Water whilst trekking

    Obviously a major consideration to any trek is the availability of Safe Drinking water, In Nepal you have several options of getting it !!Please try and avoid buying bottled water as this does lead to a Huge Littler problem with all the empty plastic bottles being poorly disposed of !!On the Annapurna Circuit there is a series of Safe Drinking...

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  • Choose your trek-mate with great care

    Potential pitfalls of not getting along with someone on trek include1) Not having the same understanding of Nepal – Things like walking on the wrong side of the Mani Walls and Stupa’s –This is considered as both disrespectful as well as bad luck 2) Trek- Mates selection of trekking boots – For instance you would't want a trek-mate to take a 20 year...

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  • Shortest safe timescale to trek and see...

    For a decent view of Everest from the ground the only real option is to fly into Lukla and trek up to Namche Bazaar – Realistically this would involve a 4 day trek Day 1 – Early morning flight to Lukla and trek to Benkar (Recommended lodge is “Waterfall”)Day 2 – Trek Benkar to Namche Bazaar Day 3 Trek to Panorama Hotel for lunch and views of...

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  • The Annapurna Panorama or Poon Hill loop...

    These are a relitivly new names for an old trek and has several alternatives but one would be as follows1) Leave Pokhara mid-day by taxi to Phidi and trek to Dhampus, arriving there late afternoon – ½ day uphill through terraces2) Dhampus to Ladruk – about ¾ days trek crossing one ridge then mainly downhill to Ladruk3) Ladruk to Chomrong - about ¾...

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  • Recommended low altitude trek for aprox...

    From Pokhara take a taxi / bus to Phidi (20 minutes) Then from Phidi to Dhampus (1/2 days trekking but up hill) is all terraces, then the next day some nice wooded areas as you cross the ridge before heading down to Ladruk (2nd night), then you cross the Modi Kosi and climb up to Jhinu Danda (Lunch) through more terraces, and continue up to...

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  • Winter Trekking

    Recently there has been some rather misleading information posted on travel forums saying that trekking routes close in December – Regular visitors to Nepal know that this simply isn’t true so I will attempt to set the record straight by posting my own experiences of winter trekking in Nepal 1) AC in December / January. Setting off from Besisahar...

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  • Trekking Permits / Conservation Fees &...

    To go trekking in Nepal it is Necessary to buy a Trekking Permit Before you set off trekking !! These are best bought in Kathmandu, The fee for trekking in the Annapurna region is currently 2000 Nepalese rupees and you will need two passport size photos. Simply go to the office ( On Thamel Chowk ) fill in the forms, hand over your money and photo's...

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  • Dangers of avalanche when trekking ABC

    When trekking ABC, Especially in Spring and summer there is a risk of avalanche.The greatest danger is between Deurali and MBC, but it is worthwhile asking lodge owners once above Chomrong for updates on the trail.What usually happens in times of greatest danger is that locals build temporary bridges and you cross the Modi Khola to the eastern side...

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  • Can I trek Langtang and Terko Ri in six...

    Personally I always think that when you try to rush a trek things inevitably go wrong – Sods Law and all thatAlso Different people acclimatise at different rates, You will have already gained over 2.000m in 3 days on your trek from Syapru Besi to Kyangin Gompa, which is a lot. But if you only have 6 days available then this would be my suggestion...

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  • Pro’s & Con’s of hiring your "Staff"...

    Personally, Even though it is Slightly more expensive I would say it is Far Better to hire your Staff (Guide – Porter / Guide and Porters) through a Reputable (And preferably well recommended) Agent than it is to try and hire them hire them off the street or en-route yourself.The Good and Reputable Agents do a Great Job, For the trekker and for...

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  • I have 3 weeks in Nepal – so to trek AC...

    Personally I would say that with a 3 week timeframe you should pick either EBC or Annapurna – To try and attempt them both would be at the least Very Difficult.Of the 2, I would probably opt for trekking The Annapurna Circuit for the following reasons.1) As this trek starts low you get a lot of diversity of scenery as well as different cultures,...

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  • Trekking AC – Clockwise or Anticlockwise...

    Unless you have a specific reason too, Taking on AC Clockwise is a Big Ask and isn’t really the best of ideas as it usually involves a MASSIVE day when you cross Thorung La. Your last reliable accommodation before crossing Thorung La is at Muktinath which is at 3750m – The summit of Thorung La is at 5416 meters Then you will drop down to Thorung...

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  • Trekking

    If you have time 7days,you can go short trekking.I went trekking twice,Annapurna(gorepani)in 1995,Langtang in 2000.It is a little hard climbing for several days,but wide view of great Himalaya panorama is amazing!Let's enjoy your trek in Nepal! trekking shoes,pencil light,camera.I think it's good small baggage for trek.You can arrange your...

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  • Good Trekking Information /Money Change...

    I would recommend " Arun Int'l Tours and Travels ", Lakeside, Pokhara. Krishna Paudel who's business it is and who is Very well informed, friendly and his prices are reasonable.If you are looking for a trek then Krishna usually has a variety of short treks with departure dates written up on a board. His prices are reasonable, his staff...

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  • How long to Trek to Gokyo safely ?

    If you decide to do this trek then whatever you do don’t rush it as the Gokyo Valley is known locally as The valley of death because of the amount of people who have died with AMS over the years there !!Day 1 Kathmandu to Lukla by flight then trek to Monjo (2650m)Day 2 Monjo to Namche (3450m)Day 3 Namche - Rest / Acclimatisation dayDay 4 Namche to...

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  • Organising “Group” treks through...

    Trying to organising “Group” treks through Kathmandu based agents isn’t necessarily the best way forward as a lot of them will tell you that they have a group departing in your chosen trekking region on the exact date that you wish – When the reality is that they don’t but they will try to get more trekkers to make up your group and this doesn’t...

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  • Gosaikund Full Moon Festival Trekking...

    Gosaikund Full Moon Festival Trekking 2010 describes about the most famous religious place for both Buddhism and Hinduism; Gosaikunda Lake situated at an altitude of about 4315 m in north east of Kathmandu surrounded by Himalayas. Every year during Full Moon day in August, thousands of Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims come here for pilgrimage and it is...

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