Trekking in the Himalayas is a pilgrimage to those long-cherished mountains - a pilgrimage in which one leaves civilization and enters remote lands, traveling on foot over mountain ridges, crossing deep valleys and sleeping in one village after another.
A trekking course follows the paths from village to village; thus one comes in direct contact with the simple lifestyle of Nepal - it is one of the joys of trekking.
Trekking season generally runs from end of September until middle of May.
Nepal is subject to the Indian monsoon, with rain falling on the foothills from June until the middle of September. After the monsoon, weather becomes clear and fine and this period is perfect for trekking in the Nepal Himalayas. However, between October and December, many of the popular trekking routes can become quite crowded.
Settled weather pattern continues well into November. As winter sets in, temperature begins to drop. By December, higher passes become snowbound, a condition that remains until February. Provided that you are well equipped, winter is still a good time to trek to the base of the world's highest mountains.
March marks the coming of spring and the high altitude passes are again open for trekking. By April, mountainsides are covered with lush vegetation and the forests alight in a kaleidoscope of wildflower blossoms.
Deforestation (and the consequent soil erosion) is a major concern of the Nepalese government. We at CHT share this concern and are keenly aware of our responsibility towards maintaining a clean and sustainable ecosystem.
By hiring local guides and porters whenever possible, we provide employment and generate income for the local economy; By using kerosene for cooking on all of our treks, we avoid burning firewood. We believe our style of trekking - carrying food, fuel, and noncombustible rubbish, and hiring local people - has the least impact on our fragile environment.
Our adventures are exciting and well-organized. Years of research and planning experience have been put into every adventure presented in our program. We will take you off the beaten tracks and into some of the most remote, spectacular and unusual places on earth.
We are constantly on the lookout for new and exciting routes for our guests who'd like to return. If you have a particular region you would like to visit but do not want to follow the "common" track, we will be happy to assist you in devising variations into your trip.
Every trip is led by an experienced sirdar (group leader) sensitive to the group's needs. Trip staffs are knowledgeable in all aspects of the region in which you will be traveling.
In addition to sirdar, we will provide an English-speaking tour leader who is expert on all aspects of Nepal culture to any group with 6 or more members.
We have set enviable hygiene standards in cooking and camping to ensure your well-being as your health will determine the success of an exotic holiday. We are also aware of your nutritional needs; our meals are nutritionally balanced with fresh salad, grain product, protein and carbohydrate. On holidays, our cooks will even conjure up special treats pertinent to the holiday celebration even though you are in the middle of the Himalayas!
We use expedition tents that are spacious enough for two adults plus 2 large backpacks, RidgeCrest expedition foam mattress, and provide each client with duffel bag/personal kit. We also have Gamma Bag for treatment of altitude sickness. Due to its high cost, we provided Gamma Bag on high-altitude treks only upon request and at a nominal charge.
All trekking involves some degree of physical exertion. Altitude, extremes of heat and cold, length of trip, and difficulty of terrain are subjective factors which affect people differently. However, all our trips are designed to be within the capabilities of almost anyone who enjoys good health, is moderately fit, and above all, adaptable. If high altitude, walking and trekking are integral parts of your trip, then you must be physically prepared for an active outdoor experience.
To help you with your choice, we have graded each one of our treks in terms of difficulty, and our definitions are briefly described below.
You will find detailed information for each trek in our catalog page. If you are in any doubt, please contact us; we pride ourselves on our expertise in ensuring your adventure is a safe and memorable one.
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