Some treks are to see picture perfect landscapes, some to experience the life of locals
and some to explore wild areas where no one lives! Before you set off on a trail, do
Many teahouses in the mountains are comfortable, while some may be basic. Dining
rooms may be smoky in the areas where chimneys are but these are rare. There is no
central heating for bedrooms or dormitories. Also, make sure to bring your own
sleeping bag, as the teahouses do not provide linen and night can get very cold. Most
often, communal squat toilets are in practice. While trekking in Nepal, sometimes
nature calls when you least expect it. You’ll have to run to the nearest squat toilet to
take care of business, so it makes sense to learn how to use one.
With basic crew support, camping can be conducted anywhere in Nepal, though there
are certain rules and regulations to follow while camping in protected landmasses.
Camping is normally carried out in areas where settlements don’t exist and a good
example is the Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. Double or single person tents for trekkers, toilet
tents, kitchen tents and a dining tent are commonly used during camping treks in
There are a few trekking trails where homestay facilities are available. Tamang Heritage
Trek and a few trekking itineraries in the Ganesh Himal region are perfect examples of
homestay accommodation. Also, at Ghale Gaun in Lamjung, and Ghandruk in
Annapurna, homestay facilities are available. Homestay is also in practice at Tsum Valley in the Manaslu Region.
Teahouse or Camping
In the mountains, the sky is beautiful when it gets dark! Camping is still unavoidable in
certain trekking areas of Nepal, as they are mostly expedition-style exploratory treks.
On most of the trekking trails, you don’t need to carry funny yellow or orange tents
with you. Support the local economy and go for a teahouse trek where possible, where
you can stay with the locals and be like the locals.
Traditional meals i.e. Dal Bhat, are commonly available! Also, a complete menu system
is available in major trekking regions. You can choose filling foods from a wide range of
options. Medicines are cheap in Nepal, so buy antibiotics for stomach infections. We
also recommend getting a prescription for bacterial and amoebic infections. Do not buy
bottled water on the trek, as there is no proper rubbish disposal system on the trail.
Bring your water purifier. Iodine tablets are available in the main cities.
Consider using a UV treatment system i.e. SteriPEN Travel, to make sure you have
completely safe water, as 80% of illnesses in Nepal are caused by contaminated
drinking water. Also, use treated water for brushing your teeth when possible Nepal is a backpacker friendly country. Tourist visas are easily granted upon arrival at
entry points. People of these countries do not get a visa on arrival.
Here is a link to online applications for tourist visas.
Visa Update: Effective from 1st January 2016, Syrian citizens do not get visas on arrival.
National park and conservation area officers can ask for your trek permit at any time.
Also, there are several checkpoints which are unavoidable and, if you are caught
without permits, you will be charged double the regular permit cost. There are three
different types of permits. Most of the time, you will need two or three such permits.
Trekkers Information Management System Card (TIMS)
There are two different types of TIMS Card. One is for the independent trekker and
another is for the guided trekker. See the chart below for prices.
Conservation Area and National Park Entry Permit
Each trek region belongs to a protected area, which will be either a conservation area
or a national park. Prices are the same for both independent and organized trekkers.
See the chart below.