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Trekking in Nepal can be done by all levels of trekkers; if they think themselves fit and have a strong desire. In general, trekking in Nepal can be graded into five levels according to route features and elevation. Some trekking routes are combined with a higher level of elevation which requires some different standards of physical fitness and acclimatization or rest days. We advise you to choose a trek that is fit for your capabilities and present health condition. Morning and evening walks, jogging, stretching, meditation, and regular light exercise will help you for the trek.


Grade A trekking can be ideal for any age group and it is up to 3000m of elevation and the duration will be about not more than 10 days. It is the easiest treks, tours and walking in a day is not exceeding more than 5 hours, but it depends upon to your walking speed. These types of trek also allow plenty of opportunities to view the Himalayas and encounter local culture.


Grade B trekking duration is about two weeks long covering elevation from 3000m to 4500m. This level of trek requires sound physical fitness conditions and about 6-7 hours of daily hiking capabilities. This type of trek involves a mixture of some longer and shorter hikes and trails can be rough, steep, and have many ups and downs with some exposure.


Grade C trekking involves up to 5000m or few meters up level of trails with side trips to higher elevations. Considered to be harder, therefore, preparation for fitness and good health conditions are essential. As it is above 5000m and demands good health condition and physical fitness, we do not recommend it for those who suffer from asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease or complicated medical conditions.


Grade D trekking is very strenuous trekking as it requires mountaineering skills and knowledge. The elevations range from 5000m to 6000m and approximately 7 to 10 hours walking a day for the trekking in Nepal. It covers very remote areas, traveling over snow-covered passes at an altitude of up to 6000 meters. You may need to use axes and crampons to cross the pass when there is heavy snow.


Grade E the challenging trekking grade is limited to those with an excellent level of personal experience and fitness of an outstanding sense of humor and high tolerance levels. It is challenging trek, which is mountaineering level and above the height of 6000m. This type of trek needs 16- 28 days more for going the trekking on the higher altitudes. During the trek you may have to cross the snow – covered passes in very remote areas. You need to learn some mountaineering skills before going to this trek.

Trekking permits are essential for all-region trekking in Nepal. If you are other than Nepalese nationals and willing to Trek in Nepal Himalaya, you need to obtain Trekking Permits before going for a trek. If you want to trek two areas, you are required to have two permits or have to pay an entry fee twice. Police checkpoints are set up in several entry points, therefore, you are advised not to try to trek without permits. Please, do not take risks, otherwise, you will be punished as per the law by the Government of Nepal. Two passport-sized photographs and a copy of the passport are required along with an application in order to obtain a permit. AlpineTrav, Treks, and Expeditions make proper arrangements for obtaining a trekking permit for you and make your trekking memorable.

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