8 Notes For A Trekking In Himalayas

Actually setting off will make you get reality experiences for yourself. We are willing to share with you the experience after trekking to Everest Base Camp (Nepal).


1. Visa 

Nepal visa very easy for tourists and can do the procedure quickly at the entry door of Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (Visa on arrival).

Extremely simple procedure, just need 4×6 photos, visa application form (issue on the plane or at the airport), immigration forms, cash to pay the visa fee (USD).

2. Weather

The weather in Himalaya is very cold. Night at an altitude of more than 4,000 m, the temperature easily pitch and whether the temperature is about 5 or 6 degrees celsius with high humidity the cold still penetrates clothing.

So 10 degrees Celsius here can upset over 0 degree in Europe. And most of the shelter are not insulated. So you need to prepare a good sleeping bag, map or insulated clothing insulation felts to be able to sleep. You can also take 1 hot packs up on sleeping bags.

Each season has its own beauty but if to avoid being gray all day and rain, you should not go in June, July, August and September because it is the rainy season, but on this point there will be a lot of flowers. December to end of February should be avoided if you don’t want to get too cold, but this time offset is a white snow fairy scene.

3. Costs

If you take the tour, it usually oscillates about $2,000 USD and if you go by self, it will be much lower, but you must prepare psychologically there may be more costs incurred. You will have to prepare the expenses for toilet paper, money charging phone or camera, money wifi, hot water bill, water bill. And certainly the cost gets higher as rising because everything is used manpower climb to transport. For example, in Namchebazar is 100RB/toilet paper rolls ($1 USD), up to Lobuche is 400RB/roll ($4 USD).

If you want to go self-sufficient without through the tour, you can consult the list of costs below:

– Guide: 20-50 USD/day.

– Porter: 15 USD/day (pay attention not to squeeze them bring over15-20 kg).

– Climbing permit: about 20 USD if going private and 10 USD if going by group.

– Plane tickets: from Kathmandu to Lukla about 300 USD round trip.

– Food: about 15 USD per day is well-off.

Thus the total cost trek about 70 USD/day is nice, the more people are, the cheaper it costs, but the risks will be higher if the group is too large.

4. Fitness

During 15 days of walking, you’ll go from an altitude of 2,600m to more than 5,000m, so you must work out, prepare medicine to gradually adapt to this level.

Before the trip you should practice climbing stairs, running, it will be the best if you can practice yoga it will help to regulate the breath.

5. Medications

You need to pocket some medications such as anti-altitude sickness drugs, brain tonic, analgesics, diarrhea medicine, flu medicine, antibiotics and vitamin tablets. You can buy the kind offer of 21 minerals and vitamins of green vegetables because the food here is less good green vegetables).

6. Food

All the food in restaurants, hotels on the Himalayas are just brought up from the station by porter and the refrigerator here is not popular, so you will hardly be eaten fresh meat. So I think you should stick with the vegetarian dishes and get protein from eggs, mushrooms, cheese,…

If you really want to eat meat, you can bring dried meat or ham because they are relatively light and will surely become great dishes during the journey.

7. What to bring

– Waterproof hiking boots (high priority); Gloves should have 2 pairs: 1 simple pairs and 1 for keeping warm (waterproof); 6 types of thick socks (waterproof as possible), should have one wool socks to keep warm.

– Austria: 2 short sleeves and 2 long coat (preferably sweatshirts to insulation); 1 duck feather jacket to keep warm, 1 wind-jacket (soft shell or hardshell) and 1 waterproof suit.

– Clothing: 2 or 4 trekking pants.

– Two backpacks: one small type to contain the map such as a camera, water, toilet paper, candy …; the remaining type is main backpack to contain garment, furniture for the porter to carry (have power-assisted hip belt) and 2 raincoats for backpacks.

-1 pair of slippers, sunglasses, hats, masks, cold-resistant, solar charging is recommended because that will help you save money for electric; head-wearing lamp, suntan cream, snacks such as candy will help you avoid hypoglycemia when being too tired; should bring books to read and to write diary because so much free time.

– Something can be rented in Nepal: trekking sticks, winter sleeping bags, clothing jackets, trekking shoes,…

8. Problems can occur:

Altitude sickness, having indigestion., natural disasters such as avalanches and earthquakes. 

To limit the altitude sickness, then you should drink 4 liters of water per day, bring water purification drugs, drug fever, should not eat meat which easily having indigestion.