Nepal - Tips and Q&A
Can you take protein powder and bars on your trek? Yes. As long as it is an organic based protein powder with no muscle enhancing products. There is no limit for this. You can travel with it in your carry on or check in luggage. The same goes for protein bars.
How can you avoid blisters when wearing trekking shoes? Wear two pairs of socks. A thin pair, I wear cycling socks, and a thicker pair. This creates a barrier between your socks and shoes.
How can you prevent altitude sickness? Read my blog here.
Is it worth getting walking poles? I used them. Uphill and downhill they are your knees best friend.
Can I bring music? Sure. Just as long as it’s with headphones. Other trekkers don’t want to hear you coming a mile away and wreck the peaceful journey they are on. Think of others.
How do you shower along the way? Many guest houses/tea houses offer hot shower. Many guest house owners say it’s hot but it might not be. The higher you trek up the less likely you are to enjoy the shower as it may be warm when you’re in but once the water is off you’re freezing cold. So my tip is to take large body wet whips with you. These will allow you to wash your many body parts you need to keep clean: face, arms, bum. Just remember face before bum.
Ensure you break in your trekking boots before travelling. This could result in a lot of discomfort and blisters.
When trekking through Nepal you will need to carry your own toilet paper. Purchase tissues rather than standard toilet paper. Standard toilet paper is made to start breaking down once it gets wet. Tissues will give you the comfort of having time to find the used toilet paper bin. No paper is to go down the toilet.
Normally socks and sandals should never be seen together. But they are a great idea after a long day of trekking around the guesthouse and to the communal toilet.
When catching a local bus and getting on at the main terminal it’s everyone for themselves. So don't be afraid to push back and stand your ground to secure a seat.
When travelling in the local buses it’s a good idea to purchase a separate bag cover for your day pack and overnight pack. The reason for this is many bags get out under the bus next to oily items. The last thing you want at the beginning of your trip is an oil covered bag.
Permits can be purchased in Besi Sahar. The office opens at 10am. You must have a permit to trek anywhere in Nepal. If you’re going with a tour company they will organise all these for you ahead of time.
Best to book your accommodation ahead of time so you’re not court out, like so many backpackers wandering the street at 8pm at night trying to find a place to stay.
When trekking through Nepal you need to lower your standards of living and expectations on services provided in guest houses/tea houses. First up: WiFi is not a necessity in life. The world will go one without you. Two: You may have to pay for electricity as power sockets are not normally supplied in rooms. Three: Woman, leave your hairdryer at home. We all look like a mess. Four: Don’t have the expectation of having a hot shower everyday. You will survive without one for a few days. (Read my tip of showering without a shower.) Five: Don’t expect to have a shower and toilet in your personal room, they are mostly communal.
Warning: Socks and sandals (especially Crocs) are not a substitute for hiking shoes. You need the support of a hiking shoe.
Electricity: It’s in short demands on the trail. Most guest houses have one power board dedicated for travellers so first in first serviced. You will find your batteries drown fast the higher you travel. But the high you travel the less like you are to find power at all.
Food: Don’t be rude at guest houses and send food back if it doesn’t stake up to your home town standards. The locals are doing the best they can to cater for the 30+ people eat night staying with them.
WiFi: Don’t expect it in all guest houses. Don’t expect it to always be free. Don’t expect it to be as fast as your home. Sometimes it’s good to disconnect.
Water bottles: My recommendation is to bring a bag that allows for a water bladder. This will allow you to put your daily water in there and it means less times you have to take your pack off. Carrying multiple bottles on the outside of your pack can put you off balance and be hard to access
Water: There are a few ways you can get water on the trail. From the tap and use a purification tablet or filter or buy sealed bottled water. Buying it is the safest way. You can pay below $0.70AUS to $3.00AUS, in higher and remote villages, for a 1L bottle.
Cellular: What’s the best sim the use in Nepal? All of our guide and porters use Nameste. It provides them coverage just about all over Nepal’s mountain regions. In the past NCell was the company to go but it lacks coverage across the Annapurna region.
Shaving: Guys, just let it grow out. You’re not out to impress while trekking through the mountains. We are all messy.