Trekking in Nepal almost exists in all trekker’s bucket lists. For years Nepal has hosted many trekkers. Nepal’s mountain peaks and culture never fails to impress trekkers and leave a forever mark in their heart. In Nepal, every year, many tourists and locals enjoy trekking trips with their friends, family, or even solo. Yes, a solo trekking trip in Nepal is entirely possible. Many people choose Nepal as their solo trip destination.
Spending time with yourself, along with the mesmerizing view of the mountains, is no less than a dream. Nepal hence becomes the perfect destination to make solo trekking dream come true. Solo traveling in Nepal has many profits than losses. Firstly, the people in Nepal are extremely friendly and are the perfect hosts. One can easily make friends with the locals also interact with other tourists that accompany you during the trek.
Nepal also has a good rank when it comes to safety. One does not have to worry about scams and frauds in Nepal; just a little precaution is more than enough for solo travelers. If one is planning a solo trip to Nepal, here is a perfect guide so as to make your trek successful.
A solo trip has more responsibilities than a group trip as you are the only one responsible for everything. The duties become less if one takes a guide or potter guide along. This is because the guides can show you all the good and safe locations and also help you carry your goods at high steeps and rocky areas. Female, as well as male guides, are readily available in Nepal. One can book them online through travel agencies.
One should always make sure that the guide is experienced and licensed. However, a trip without a guide in Nepal is also possible, but having a guide is undoubtedly suggested. One can also join groups of strangers if one feels safe. All this can be done by travel agents or trekking agents in Nepal.
Best season for trekking
The next work is to decide the type of trek one wants to participate in. This decision depends on how many days one can invest in trekking and in what season or month one is visiting Nepal. The best seasons to trek in Nepal are spring and autumn; these seasons lie from March to May and October to November.
These months are ideal as they ensure a clear view and the best trekking condition. Also, these are the perfect seasons to trek as solo travelers can easily find companions during these seasons.
Deciding the trek package
One can find different types of trekking packages made by agencies in Nepal. Some of these packages are adjustable, and one can shorten or elongate the trek days according to their wish. However, the ones which are fixed and have others strangers can be more fun during solo traveling as you will feel safer around people. If one is an expert trekker, one can join treks like Everest three high passes trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, etc.
For beginners and people who want a relaxed and calming trek instead of challenging ones, one can opt for Everest view trekking, Mardi Himal trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Poon Hill Trek, and many more. Overall the type of trek depends on one’s capability and expectations from the trip.
Affordability and Safety
Nepal is an affordable destination for solo traveling as well as group travel. One can find a cheap yet hygienic and comfortable place to stay in Nepal. The food here is quite affordable as well. One does not have to struggle in order to find food or lounges. However, just in case if one is traveling to remote locations, make sure that your travel agency manages your meals.
Also, do check if your guest house rooms or hotel rooms have private bathrooms, as security during solo traveling is the primary concern. Most of the people in Nepal have a good command of English, especially the youth; hence if one can speak English, if not Nepali, there should not be any problem. One can easily ask for paths and locations to locals as they are pleased to help the visitors.
Nepal has good internet connections available in urban areas; however, there may be weak signals in remote areas and at the peaks. This is more of an advantage than a disadvantage as one can enjoy the trip and trek, keeping social life away, and for solo travelers, this becomes the perfect opportunity for self-time.
Packing for the trip does not have tough and fast rules. One can pack clothes according to the season. In Nepal, the climate is primarily cold in trekking regions, so make sure to pack a few warm clothes. One should carry all trekking gear if going for a challenging trek. If the trek is moderate to easy, only make sure you have proper trekking shoes.
If one forgets to carry any item, it is not a big deal as Nepal has all types of gear available for trekking. However, bringing your own could save some money as well as save your time. Make sure you pack exactly what you need and can carry as over packing during trekking would be a disadvantage for solo travelers as they do not have anyone to help them. Female trekkers could take a few safety gadgets such as pepper spray, flashlights, etc., just for emergency.
Make sure you get permits according to the demands of the Nepal government. The guides and agency on your request manage these permits. You can also get it for yourself if you know the procedure. Permits are more readily available if you are traveling in a group. However, for solo travelers, permits are available if all the criteria for the licenses are available to the government agency.
All these permits make sure that trekkers and the property of the country are safe. Nepal’s government and the people of Nepal will be pleased to serve you if you do follow all the guidelines. Overall, a solo trekking trip to Nepal would be the best decision ever. The view and people of Nepal will leave a forever beautiful memory of your life.