Expectations are good only when done little. This quote is in fact true in the context while trekking in Nepal. Trekking in Nepal can be a lot different from the ads you might see in the visit Nepal 2020 campaigns. Some experiences can be jolly good while some might leave you dissatisfied. That’s why we will shed some lights on what you expect and what you will get while trekking in Nepal.
Lodging and Food
Trekking in mountain often embeds the lack of proper accommodation and food in our minds and is most of the time true. It is a no brainer to expect something like this during trekking, but in reality it is different. The thought of having to camp and spend nights in the tent is not the case while trekking in Nepal (at least in most trails). Your trail during the trek will pass through quality lodges where you will find quality hotels to stay and eat at restaurants. Hotels below 5000m will also have Wi-Fi and 5G mobile services. Also, you don’t get to choose the lodges while trekking with the guides,
Many travel agencies have stated the favorable trekking weather during the month of September to December. They predict these months to be favorable enough to trek in most trails, however, expect the unexpected weather in the high altitudes. Your expectation of clearest of weather can go haywire with the unpredictable conditions in the mountains. Thus, you need to get proper 4 season gear wear for your day pack while trekking in the Himalayas.
Sorry, you are not the only one
The general thing that comes to one’s mind when mentioned trekking is the serenity and the feeling of solitary. However, your expectations won’t match the reality if you are eyeing towards the popular treks such as Everest Base Camp trek. Go for less favorable trekking routes where there are less crowded and you will get what you expect in your trek. Treks like Kanchenjunga and Dhaulagiri are some among many trekking trails which are less travelled. However, we don’t mean that you derail off your course once you hit the trail. Always listen to your guides when you are on the road.
Earthquake from 2015
You might have surely heard of the havoc left by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Yes, the trails were obstructed and were in no condition to trek, but now, the reprimands have been met and most of the trails have re-opened with even better ease for the trekkers. So, you don’t need to be disheartened by the post-traumatic experience from 2015 earthquake as Nepalese are hell of a tough person and have already bounced back.
Trekking and travel agencies are costly
It is a general and intuitive feeling that the travel agencies who help you with your stay in Nepal are costly. You might have planned to travel independently due to this thinking. And it was true when there were only a handful of travel agencies in Nepal. However, with the hordes of travel agencies in the market, the prices have drastically dropped and you can always opt to go for the reasonable ones. Reasonable doesn’t mean cheap as they too want to get their clients have the best service they can offer. Also, don’t go for the cheapest ones coz it might lead to ill experience.
Time isn’t what it is
The time here in Nepal can really astonish you and it won’t be a clockwork schedule like in your home country. Nepalese people have a poor sense of understanding the time concept so please have patience when trekking. The route of 2 hours might be 4 hours depending on several factors. For locals, the time to climb the hill you are taking will surely take a lot less than you. Always add another one or two hours more to reach the destination if the locals tell you the time to reach there. Never try to keep up with them coz they are super sturdier and have great stamina. Also, the weather in the Himalayas are unpredictable which makes the time to reach your destination unpredictable.
You think you don’t have anyone in Nepal
It might be true when you are travelling to other countries for the first time, but things are quite or much different in Nepal. Here, you will get to make lots of Dai (Elder Brother), Didi (Elder sister), Bahini (younger sister) and Bhai (Younger brother). Just call upon strangers one of these if you feel like asking for anything. You can literally say this to anyone you meet on the road. Nepalese are friendly and a great host. If your host is a very elder person, then you can say Baje (Grandfather) and Bajai (Grandmother). Also, you can say Buwa (Father) and Aama (Mother) while greeting along with Namaste. Anybody you meet on the road is your relative, and they too will treat you like one if you just open up and greet them. Congratulations, you now have a family in Nepal.
Considering all these expectations and the realities get, you now know what trekking in Nepal truly can offer you. Have a safe and enjoyable trek.