The traditional way of trekking in remote Nepal is to camp in tents and employ porters to carry your gear, set up camp, and cook and serve meals. Less intensive, less remote, and usually less expensive are the Walking Holiday and Lodge Treks. The Himalayan Vacation Treks & Expedition’ Camping Treks are highly exciting, pleasant, and full-on. Himalayan Vacation Treks & Expedition organizes trips to both popular and less frequented destinations. The less visited routes provide stimulating, memorable adventures and are a unique experience in both the natural and the cultural aspects of Nepal. Our Camping Treks uniquely visit distant Nepali mountain villages. Here you can engage with people who live a simple natural life, who from ages-past sustain themselves with the food they grow, who maintain their traditional culture along side of, but, apart from modern civilization. You will find their age-old way of life is calm and quite content. In these remote parts of Nepal there are often no tea house/lodges. So a fully organized camping trek is the only option.
In Camping Trek, the day normally starts around 6 am with a wake-up-tea brought to your tent, along with a bowl of hot water for your morning wash. Breakfast will be laid on a table that varies Western with Nepali foods. Note, we have tents available, but you will have to bring your own mattress and sleeping bag (or hire them in Kathmandu). During breakfast, the staff will pack the trekkers’ tents. Trekkers will have to have their bags packed before breakfast. The assistant guides can help you with this. After breakfast, by 6.45 a.m., everyone should get ready to start walking. The reason for this early start is to enjoy the comfort of walking in the cool of the morning. And more importantly, the early morning air is very clear so the mountain views are far better than at other times of the day. In the high altitudes, the start time will sometimes be a few hours earlier as we have to go through high passes which can slow our pace. Porters will carry all the trekkers’ personal belongings. But note, Himalayan Vacation Treks & Expedition the porters carry a maximum of 24 kg. Once on the trail, everyone walks at his or her own pace and the group spreads out. There is time to enjoy the views, meet local people, take photographs and enjoy the flora and fauna. Even though you are with a group it is permissible to walk alone. The porters are slow and often walk behind, but kitchen staff go ahead to prepare a light lunch. Normally, it is ready at 11 o’clock, but the time varies depending on conditions. At lunch, the group reassembles. Lunch break is for one and half hours. The trekking restarts and normally ends by 3pm to 4pm. Reaching the camp site, tents are set up by the assistant guides. Our camping sites are most often set in a field near a village where, there, water is easily available. Again the kitchen staff proceeds and will welcome the group with tea /coffee, and biscuits. In some campsites, we are visited by the Mothers’ Group (Aama Samuha) from the village and they provide cultural entertainment. In camp one can pass the time in one’s own way. Dinner is at 6pm generally. The meals provided during the trek are a combination of western and local cooking. The kitchen staff is skilled at preparing hygienic food to the trekkers’ tastes. In the evening, the staff participates with the group in having fun, often singing and dancing. Bedtime is at 8.15 pm and all, trekkers and staff alike, move to their tents to enjoy a sound sleep and sweet dreams.
Upper Dolpo Shey Goenpa and jomsom walking holiday