Trekking in Nepal or anywhere else in the world is a wonderful adventure. It is an opportunity to walk in nature while enjoying the landscape, natural beauty, and wonders of the area around you.
Nepal is suitable for all kinds of treks. The country accommodates both solo and group trekkers from around the world.
The most beautiful, diverse trekking destinations and exotic trails in the world make Nepal suitable for trekking and other activities.
Some of the most popular, all-inclusive treks to Everest regions, Annapurna region lies in Nepal. These are highly recommended for the solo trekkers.
Along with the diverse nature of trails and trekking destinations, Nepal is also one of the safest trekking destinations in the world.
With the right preparations and precautions, you can trek solo in Nepal.
Like all treks, a solo trek begins with making plans. Some of the many things you must decide before going on a solo trek in Nepal are:
- Best season to trek
- Trekking destination
- Trekking duration
- List of supplies and equipment
- With or without guide/porter
- Safety Precautions
- Physical fitness
Proper planning ensures that you have a comfortable and safe trek.
Best season for solo treks
The most recommended seasons to visit and trek in Nepal are the autumn and spring season. The best month for treks to Nepal in October and April.
For solo treks, these seasons and months are the most recommended ones. There will be a high number of trekkers during these seasons and months, you will find fellow like-minded people to hang around with or to get information.
If you run into any troubles, you can find help around you more easily during these seasons.
The clear and dry weather conditions are an added bonus during these seasons.
Once you decide on trekking destination, you should start getting detailed information about your trekking routes. This information should include knowledge of trekking route, tea houses, cafes, food, local weather, the culture of the locals and so on.
Having such information will better prepare you for the trek.
Nepal has treks that can last anywhere from a week to a month.
Solo trekkers should first try the shorter treks of Nepal in the region you want to trek in. When comfortable with the treks, then opt for the longer treks.
Equipment and Gear
The right supplies and equipment can make a difference to your trekking experience.
A solo trekker or an individual trekker must make sure to have all the necessary equipment and supplies.
The list of equipment and supplies necessary for a trek in Nepal is easily available for purchase or rent in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Make sure you do not pack any unnecessary equipment and supplies. As a solo trekker, you will be carrying your own luggage. Extra and unnecessary equipment and supplies just add to your burden. Pack wisely.
Like equipment and supplies, you must make sure to carry all the necessary clothing requirements. Overpacking or under-packing can make your trek an uncomfortable experience.
TIMS (Trekker’s information management system) is compulsory for every trekker wishing to trek in Nepal. If you are trekking solo, you get a green TIMS card. For group trekkers, they issue blue TIMS card.
Conservation Area Permits
You need a Conservation Area Permit if you choose to do treks that go through conservation areas.
Note: Both these permits are easily obtainable from Kathmandu.
Both these permits costs slightly more for solo trekkers.
There is also a permit for trekking in restricted regions of Nepal. However, these are not issued for solo treks.
With or without guide and porter
Having a guide and porter has its advantages. It is strongly recommended to have at least one of the two. You also have the option of having a porter-guide. A porter-guide does the work of the two. S/he will have less experience than a guide and will carry less than a porter.
A guide can make the trek a more comfortable and a safe one. S/he will have good knowledge of the trekking trails and the surrounding landscape. They can also recommend you the best tea houses to rest and eat at.
They help you communicate with the locals to give you a more thorough knowledge about the lifestyle and culture of the locals in the area.
A porter will carry 12/15 kg of your luggage. This way, you will be free to explore the trails more comfortably. It will also be more comfortable to trek uphill and downhill.
You can also opt for female guides. If you choose to have a guide or porter, confirm their legal work status. The only you feel yourself in safe hands.
Some restricted regions do not allow trekkers without a local guide.
A guide/porter is not compulsory if you are trekking to the popular regions like Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp.
Nepal is one of the most affordable trekking destinations in the world. Trekking solo can save a lot in Nepal.
You will only be paying for your meals, accommodation, and permits.
Do check your rooms before confirming to have a comfortable sleeping area.
A porter can cost from $10-$15 per day. A guide can cost $22-$25 per day. You can choose to have both or either one of them or none.
Keep some Nepali currency for tipping in return for the good services. Tea houses, restaurants, and porter, guides expect tips for a job well done.
For people who are going on their first treks or first treks to Nepal, it is highly recommended to trek with a guide, porter or a trekking partner.
Nepal is one of the safest places to trek in. However, it is always best to take safety measures. If you are planning to trek solo, be sure to be well prepared with your gear and preparations.
The phone and internet coverage may not be good in the area, do your research.
For safety reasons, it is always recommended to have at least a guide with you on your treks.
For solo trekkers, physical fitness is a determining factor on the type of treks you choose to undertake.
If you are comfortable walking on rough terrains for 6/7 hours on a daily basis, anyone can do treks in Nepal. However, for solo treks do take more preparations and training.
Start preparing and training for your treks at least 2 months before your trek. Take short to long hikes near your area for practice.
Consult your physician before you start preparing your trek. Unless recommended by your physician, do not undertake any solo treks.
Additional Tips for Solo Trekkers
- Having information about ailments related to the high altitude regions like altitude sickness is a must. Altitude sickness is possible despite being physically fit and prior trekking experience. If you encounter any symptoms related to altitude sickness, notify someone immediately.
- Always inform someone trustworthy near you about your plans and places that you are staying. Always provide updates about your situation and location. This is a great safety precaution.
- Choose trekking destinations within the trails that you can comfortably reach in time. Trekking after dark or noon is not recommended for solo trekkers for safety reasons.
- Trekking solo anywhere in the world including Nepal is not highly recommended for safety and security reasons. Taking the right preparations and precautions necessary can improve this situation.
- Travel Insurance: Have a travel insurance that covers treks to foreign countries including Nepal. Also, make sure your travel insurance covers emergency evacuation and rescue as well. This will benefit you while filling out your paperwork. It is also a great safety and security precaution.
- Having Nepali currency to cover your expenses throughout your trekking journey in Nepal is the best option. Most of the ATMs are not reliable on the trails. Most of the tea houses and trails do not accept your cards for payment.
- Don’t take unnecessary risks. Stick with the trekking route and destination you have chosen when trekking solo.
- Generally speaking, the Nepalese are very friendly and welcoming.
Nepal is one of the safest trekking destinations in the world including solo treks.
Solo treks to Nepal is not a new phenomenon. Solo treks in Nepal opened to the foreigners in Nepal in the 1970’s.
You should be cautious on the trails and with the people, you meet on the trails during your solo trek.
Solo trek is not a recommended form of trekking in Nepal.
If budget is not a huge factor, it is better to do treks with a guide, porter or a reliable trekking partner.
Solo treks in the popular trekking trails during the peak seasons are great and safe.
Trekking anywhere in Nepal is a beautiful and exciting adventure. Have fun on the trails and always stay safe.
If you have any queries or questions regarding the trails, treks in Nepal, feel free to contact us.