It’s been just 66 years since Everest was first successfully ascended, which means that this area of the planet remains hardly touched by even the most intrepid explorers. With an area of 4000 km2, the Himalayas are 10 times the size of France, offering a daunting prospect for amateur hikers. However, in recent years, certain paths have become increasingly accessible to the general public. If you wish to set foot in this incredible landscape, then make sure that you are fully prepared.

How’s Your Fitness?

Nepal is a deeply spiritual region, with many areas offering a complete ban on vehicles that would ruin the serene atmosphere. Even if cars were allowed, the steep slopes and sheer drops would make navigation near impossible. You therefore can’t just expect to drive near to a footpath, and take a quick stroll before jumping back in your car. Trekking in Nepal generally requires a high level of fitness. Before you set off, make sure that you spend some time in the gym and get yourself in shape so that you can handle many hours of trekking difficult terrain.

How Experienced Are You?

Your first trek in Nepal shouldn’t be your first hiking experience. Before you book a flight, practice spending time outdoors and become used to the wilderness. Parts of Nepal are some of the hardest hikes you will ever engage in, so start with something easier and work your way up. The rewards are definitely worth being patient, which is a virtue in keeping with the local Nepalese culture. A more experienced climber will have access to the best Nepal has to offer, which is what you want after traveling to the Earth’s remotest corners.

Essential Supplies

Hiking in the most wondrous, but unforgiving, locations requires high end equipment. Your boots and clothes will need to be able to take a battering to keep you safe and comfortable throughout. Think carefully about every item. Survival gear like fire starters, water purification tablets, and first aid kits are an absolute must. Get yourself a rugged backpack which fits comfortably and can take the weight. You should always overpack food and water in the event that you end up lost or stuck. Remember, this weight will decrease as you consume your supplies anyway.

Adjusting to the Altitude

No matter how fit you are, hiking in the world’s highest mountains is going to be difficult due to the lack of oxygen at altitude. The only way to fight the sickness and maintain your energy levels is to allow your body to adjust. Don’t fly straight from sea level to Everest Base Camp at 17,600 feet. Work your way up gradually and give yourself a couple of days in each stop to adjust. You could fly to Lukla at 2860 feet and get used to moderate exercise around there and then slowly move higher. Once elevated, stay hydrated, eat nutritious food, avoid alcohol, and take it slow and steady.

Nepal is perhaps the most incredible location for hiking. The landscape offers unparalleled beauty. However, it should be treated with respect. Prepare yourself by getting fit and practicing easier hikes first. Bring the right equipment and emergency supplies and allow yourself time to adjust to the altitude. This patient attitude will be rewarded with the most amazing hikes of your life.

Everest was first successfully ascended, which means that this area of the planet remains hardly touched by even the most intrepid explorers. With an area of 4000 km2, the Himalayas are 10 times the size of France, offering a daunting prospect for amateur hikers. However, in recent years, certain paths have become increasingly accessible to the general public. If you wish to set foot in this incredible landscape, then make sure that you are fully prepared.

How’s Your Fitness?

How Experienced Are You?

practice spending time outdoors and become used to the wilderness. Parts of Nepal are some of the hardest hikes you will ever engage in, so start with something easier and work your way up. The rewards are definitely worth being patient, which is a virtue in keeping with the local Nepalese culture. A more experienced climber will have access to the best Nepal has to offer, which is what you want after traveling to the Earth’s remotest corners.

Essential Supplies

Hiking in the most wondrous, but unforgiving, locations requires high end equipment. Your boots and clothes will need to be able to take a battering to keep you safe and comfortable throughout. Think carefully about every item. Survival gear like fire starters, water purification tablets, and first aid kits are an absolute must. Get yourself a rugged backpack which fits comfortably and can take the weight. You should always overpack food and water in the event that you end up lost or stuck. Remember, this weight will decrease as you consume your supplies anyway.

Adjusting to the Altitude

No matter how fit you are, hiking in the world’s highest mountains is going to be difficult due to the lack of oxygen at altitude. The only way to fight the sickness and maintain your energy levels is to allow your body to adjust. Don’t fly straight from sea level to Everest Base Camp at 17,600 feet. Work your way up gradually and give yourself a couple of days in each stop to adjust. You could fly to Lukla at 2860 feet and get used to moderate exercise around there and then slowly move higher. Once elevated, stay hydrated, eat nutritious food, avoid alcohol, and take it slow and steady.

Nepal is perhaps the most incredible location for hiking. The landscape offers unparalleled beauty. However, it should be treated with respect. Prepare yourself by getting fit and practicing easier hikes first. Bring the right equipment and emergency supplies and allow yourself time to adjust to the altitude. This patient attitude will be rewarded with the most amazing hikes of your life.