The Ultimate Guide to Trekking in Nepal for Female Travelers

Ultimate guide to trekking in Nepal for female travelers

Trekking in Nepal is one of the most beautiful experiences you can ever have regardless of your gender. If you have never been trekking in Nepal then it is strongly recommended you do so with the help of a professional guide.

In the beginning, trekking in Nepal can be confusing for any traveller as there are so many good trekking options. The proper travel guidance will help you to decide the destination to trek in Nepal.

Trekkers whether female or male are regular people committed to going for single to multi-day adventures around beautiful mountains, hills and other places. To be a female trekker and a good one at that, you need confidence and sufficient training.

Whether you are traveling alone or in a group, Nepal is an ideal and safe place to travel for female and male travelers alike. You will get extra respect and care if you are a female tourist.

Nepalese people in general are well known for their hospitality and welcoming nature, so you can safely travel alone or in groups. However, if it is your first time in Nepal, then it is recommended that you trek by joining groups or a group of other trekkers. There have been cases of trekkers getting lost and most of these cases have been of solo trekkers.

Nepal has been seeing a growing number of female trekkers. To make it easier and a wise decision, there are lots of information available online and in guide books as well. If you are a female traveller and are planning to explore and trek in Nepal then you are at the right place.

Given below is the ultimate guide to trekking in Nepal for female traveler.

Some Recommended Trekking Destination for Female Travelers

As a trekker, the first thing you can do is choosing the right destination. In Nepal, there are numerous trekking destinations, everyone as beautiful as the other.

To make it easier for you, here are some of the best treks recommended for a female traveler. These packages will help you to choose the best trekking destination if you are trekking for the first time.

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Poonhill Trekking – 7 Days

Trip Duration: 10 days
Max Elevation: 3,210 m, Poon Hill
Best Season: Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April-May)

Poonhill Trekking is a safe and a great option for first time female travelers. It is is an ideal trekking destination as the trekking route is more relaxed than other adventurous routes.

Your journey will start from the city of tourism, “Pokhara”. From Pokhara, you will reach Naya Pul via a short drive of about 41km and this is where your trekking adventure begins.

This trek is filled with ascending and descending trail through incredible lush rhododendron forests and beautiful villages with traditional, stone houses. There are several stone staircases on the way to the villages.

Poon Hill is a viewpoint in this trekking route from where you can view the beautiful sunrise in the magnificent snow-capped mountains. You get to witness Mount Dhaulagiri, Mount Nilgiri, and Mount Machhapuchhre from Poon Hill viewpoint.

Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghandruk trekking is one of the most popular short trekking routes. You can expect there to be lots of traffic throughout the trekking trail during the best seasons. So, you need not worry even if you are traveling alone.

Ghorepani and Ghandruk, the beautiful villages of Gurungs,are another main attraction of this trek. The warm hospitality of the locals allows you to explore the lifestyle, culture, and tradition of the Gurung communities over there. This trek will let you get closer to the lifestyle of the locals in remote areas.

If you’re looking for a more challenging trek in the Annapurna region then go for Annapurna Circuit trek or Annapurna Base Camp trek.

Highlights:

  • Visiting beautiful city Pokhara
  • Beautiful Gurung settlements
  • Exploring the culture and traditions of the different ethnic groups
  • Majestic sunrise views over the snow capped mountains from Poon Hill.
  • Incredible views of Mountain ranges (Mount Dhaulagiri, Mount Annapurna, Mount Machhapuchhre, and Mount Nilgiri)
  • Lush rhododendron forest

Langtang Valley Trek

Trip Duration: 7 days
Max Elevation: 3,900 m, Kyanjin Gompa
Best Season: Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April-May)
Another ideal trek for female travelers is in the Langtang Valley Trek. This route is one of the popular trekking routes in Nepal. The trail is adventurous yet easy.

Like all the other treks, your journey begins in Kathmandu. From there, you go by bus to Syabrubesi. This 7-8 hours of scenic bus drive takes you to the starting point of your trekking journey, the Tamang village of ‘Syabrubesi’.

From here, the ascending trail that goes via the lush forests, small settlements, suspension bridges, watermills, waterfalls leads you to the Langtang Valley.

Langtang Valley is a remote area untouched by modernization inhabited by Tamangs. Tamangs, an ethnic group of Nepal in the Langtang Region have a lifestyle highly influenced by Tibetan culture and tradition.

The locals of the region follow Buddhism. So, on the trail, you will come across the colorful chortens or stupas, Mani walls and the Buddhist prayer flag, Buddhist monasteries.

“Kyanjin Gompa”, the biggest Monastery of the Langtang Region is also located here and is the main destination point of this trekking route. This monastery is situated at the altitude of 3900m.

From Kyanjin Gompa, you can view the majestic snow-capped mountain ranges, that includes Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Naya Kanga, Yala peak, Gang Khenpo and many more.

With the right equipments and preparation, you can trek to Langtang region at any given time of the year. This trek provides you with memories and experience of the culture and tradition of the rural areas of Nepal that will last you for a lifetime.

Highlights

  • Exotic wild animals and birds can be seen from the trails in the dense forest.
  • Exploring beautiful Langtang Valley
  • Witness the culture and tradition of the remote area of Nepal.
  • Visiting the peaceful ancient Buddhist Monastery Kyanjin Gompa (3900m)
  • 360-degree mountain views from Tsergo ri (4985m)

Jomsom Muktinath Trekking

Trip Duration: 9 days
Max Elevation: 3800m, Muktinath Temple

Best Season: Throughout the year

The easiest trekking route, Jomsom Muktinath Trekking route, is another favorite trekking route. It is an ultimate trekking package for female travelers, the trails in the trek are not as steep and is great for first-timers. It is also a short trek in comparison.

Your trekking Journey starts from Jomsom, a wonderful, windy village in Lower Mustang. You will trek along the Kali Gandaki River to Kagbeni. Kagbeni is an ancient and beautiful valley that has been featured in many recent Nepali movies for its raw and classic beauty.

Visiting Muktinath Temple is the main attraction of this trek. It is one of the holiest temples, deeply rooted in both Hinduism and Buddhism. From Kagbeni, the temple is just a one day journey.

This trek also leads you through other, old traditional villages like Marpha, Tatopani, Ghorepani and many more. All the villages have their own significance and beauty. You will get a unique chance to interact with locals in this trek and also get to know the lifestyle, culture and tradition of the local people throughout the trekking route.

You will get to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and views of glorious snow-capped mountains. The area is also known as the desert of Nepal due to the dry hills with less vegetation. Jomsom Muktinath Region lies in the rain-shadow area so the chance of downpour in this area is minimum. You can trek here any time of the year. Hence, this trek is perfect, if you’re planning to travel to Nepal during it’s monsoon season.

Highlights

  • Muktinath temple, the sacred temple of Hindus and Buddhists.
  • The lifestyle of Thakali people, influenced by Tibetan culture
  • Panoramic views of Mt. Annapurna I, Mt.Tilicho, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, and Mt. Thorong la
  • A natural hot spring at Tatopani

Everest Panorama Trekking

Trip Duration: 8 days
Max Elevation: 3,800 m
Best Season: Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April-May)

Everest Region is the most popular trekking destination in Nepal. Everest Panorama Trekking is the trekking package in Everest Region that provides you with the best scenic journey.

If a female traveler is looking to experience the adventure of trekking and don’t mind a bit more challenging terrain, then this is the perfect route for you.

Your journey begins with a short flight or a long drive from Kathmandu to Lukla. From Lukla, you trek up to Namche Bazaar. Exploring the periphery of Namche Bazaar is what you will do in this entire trek.

Namche Bazaar is the main trade point of the Khumbu region in Nepal and is one of the highest trading areas in the world. It is also known as the gateway to Everest as it is the major Stop for everyone who is trekking in the Everest Region.

Namche Bazaar is usually filled with tourists, hence you will not feel alone in the remote area of about 3800m altitude. The trails will be crowded with visitors as well.

You will come across many villages in this trekking route. As it is a popular trekking route visited by thousands of people every year, you will not have to worry about accommodation and food

You will be rewarded by the outstanding views of Mountain Vistas from the trekking trails. There are several trails in the route, so if confused about the trail, local people will always be there to help you. The trails, themselves are well constructed.

If you have time, are well-prepared and want to explore more of the Everest Region than you can also do Everest Base Camp Trekking.

Highlights

  • Visiting Namche Bazaar (3450m), Thame (3800m), Khumjung (3785m)
  • A monastery that houses the scalp of a yeti in Khumjung
  • Spectacular panorama of the mountains
  • Tengboche monastery, the largest monastery in Khumbu Region
  • Exploring the lifestyle of Sherpas in Khumbu Region

Useful Trekking Information

Accommodation
In lower altitudes, you can find hotels and lodges with every modern facility such as attached bathrooms, hot water shower, internet, varieties of the food menu, good interiors.

As you ascend, you will mainly find local tea houses and a few lodges to stay in. The rooms in most teahouses are very basic. Some of the good ones have hot showers, attached bathrooms, wifi.

There is a lobby with a stove in almost every tea house. The stove keeps a room warm in the freezing temperature. Everyone staying in the tea house will gather in the lobby after the trek and have dinner together.

Food and drink

You can get the simple food menu that includes traditional Nepalese Dal Bhat in all the tea houses of the trekking trails in Nepal. Some of the better lodges also have wider menu including. Chinese, Indian, and continental dishes. There are also bakeries in Namche Bazaar.

Black tea is the popular drink at higher altitudes. It is not recommended to have hard drinks during the trek for health reasons.Most of the tea houses also sell boiled water but it’s better and a safer option to use water purification tabs or liquid.

Transportation
The Trekking routes are basically used by people to travel on foot. There are no motorized vehicles in the trekking trails. The means of transportation in these types of areas are horses, donkeys, or mules. Donkeys and mules are used to carry the luggage and the horses carry people. Basically, people travel on foot in these areas.

Essential Packing List for Female Travelers

Packing is an essential task for those who are going to travel. For trekking, the packing requirements do vary according to the duration, time of the year you travel.

Make sure you pack everything you need. Your backpack should preferably weigh less than 7kg so that you can comfortably walk while trekking.

Make sure you pack different layers of clothing. Wearing your clothes in layers can keep you warm and at the same time, make it easier for you to remove them when not needed while trekking.

Below is a list of recommendations for your luggage while trekking if you’re a female traveler.

Clothing

  • Trekking pants
  • Full or half sleeved hiking shirt.
  • Waterproof and windproof jackets and pants
  • Rain Jacket
  • Thermal fleece
  • Lightweight windproof fleece
  • Shorts
  • Comfortable Bras and Underwear
  • Poncho

Footwear

  • Gaiters
  • Hiking socks
  • Hiking boots (waterproof and highly gripped)
  • Hiking Sandal

Headwear

  • Sun hat
  • Woolen hat
  • Neckband or muffler
  • Scarf and bandana
  • Sun glasses

Handwear

  • Thermal gloves (for winter)
  • Lightweight, windproof and waterproof gloves

Other Trekking Gears

  • Trekking poles
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillowcase
  • Rucksack bag
  • Daypack
  • Water Bottle
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Headlamp
  • First aid kit

Other Essential toiletries and personal hygiene products:

  • Sunscreen cream
  • Moisturizer
  • lip balm
  • Toilet paper and tissues
  • Female hygiene products ( in case you get a period)
  • Medicines (for altitude sickness, headache, diarrhea or stomach infection)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Quick dry hand towel
  • Wet wipes
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair brush / comb
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

Tips for Trekking in Nepal for Female Travelers

  • Research about the destination that you wish to reach. Collect information about the weather condition, trekking route, hotels, lodges along the route before starting your trek for a comfortable and memorable journey.
  • Do tally your packing list against the recommended list. Make sure to keep the copies of your important papers, some cash, a pen, and a notebook in your handbag.
  • Take or attend preparation courses to better prepare for your trek. As you are trekking in the high altitude, you must know about Altitude sickness, Take necessary precautions and bring medicines to avoid this problem.
  • Hire guides and porters. For first time travellers, they are strongly recommended to make your trekking a much more safer and comfortable experience.

Conclusion

The achievement that you get by walking the difficult trail of trekking in Nepal is not defined by gender. The female traveler can equally participate in the achievement and can get success.

The above recommended 5 destinations are the best places to trek for you. As a female traveler, you will find it safer and comfortable.

If you are well prepared with all the necessary trainings and gear and are fit, then you will have no trouble travelling and trekking in Nepal regardless of your gender..

This ultimate guide to trekking in Nepal for female travelers is for you if you are a female traveler and wish to travel Nepal in Near future. This guide will help you to select the best trekking destination.

If you have any queries, do not hesitate to ask us.

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About Author

Mukti is is the founder and CEO of Himalayas on Foot. He started Himalayas on Foot in 2008 after working as a trekking porter, guide and then a sales manager for a decade.

He has done most of the treks in Nepal such as Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Manaslu Circuit Trek, Poon Hill, Langtang Trek, Annapurna Circuit, etc. Apart from Nepal, he has also travelled to Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Finland, Norway, Germany, Belgium, France and USA.

Mukti was also secretary of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) for the year 2015-2017. TAAN is an umbrella association of trekking agencies in the Nepal.

He speaks fluent English, Japanese and Nepali.

Mukti is friendly and he is the one who answers most of your trip questions. So if you have any inquiry about our trip, don't be shy. Write to us.

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