Community Hiking and Trekking around Pokhara, Nepal
Nepal is a country with splendid landscapes, beautiful valleys, and the tallest mountains. There are ways and means to explore and embrace the beauty of this small Himalayan Kingdom. Trekking is probably the best option if you are adventurous enough to take the road less traveled and discover the virgin places. The best time to venture out would be from March to June and October to November. It is best to avoid the monsoon and the winters due to the erratic climatic conditions. As most of the rural parts can only be conquered on foot, it becomes important to decide which place you want to visit. This problem can be solved with the help of various trekking agencies available to choose from. A word of caution, it is advisable to find a local guide who is well acquainted with the place and language.
Amongst many places in Nepal, Pokhara tops the list. Pokhara is a complete resort for an avid traveler. This scenic city has a lot to offer from waterfalls to museums, the famous Phewa Lake and the Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) Mountain. This third largest city in Nepal also boasts of eternal Mahindra cave and in numerous temples. You can either take a flight to reach this city or hit the road from Kathmandu as Kathmandu would probably be the first place you will land in Nepal.
You can plan either a day’s trip, short trip or long trips from Pokhara as it is the best place to set out to the rural mountain villages. You will find cheap lodges to decent hotels along the way. There is an option to stay in local homes.
Community Treks in Nepal:
Fitness is the first thing that comes into picture when you prepare yourself to scale up the mountains. Make sure you are physically fit and healthy. It is advisable to travel light and carry the right kind of equipment. Here is a list of things that would come handy when you are trekking in Nepal.
- Sun hat/scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Water bottle
- Walking stick or cane
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Fleece or wool pants
- Basic First Aid Kit /Mosquito Repellent
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Small wash towel
- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F
- Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries