Trekking is one of the most sought adventure travels in Nepal. Most people can’t attempt climbing at short span of time and without prior preparation, therefore, trek comes as an ultimate adventure travel option ever. Long or short trek and easy or strenuous, options vary.
According to the latest report submitted by TAAN (Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal), almost 200,000 tourists consider some form of trekking in Nepal every year. Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna base camp alone attracts 70,000 trekkers every year, followed by Everest and Langtang regions.
When it comes to trekking, there are many options you can choose according to your need; time, budget and fitness. Solo or group trek, Tea house or camping and Commercial trails or restricted trails.
Solo Vs Group Trek
#1 Solo Trek
Solo trek is a one-person trek, involving hiking and staying all by themselves. Also known as “Intrepid Travelers,” solo trekkers can or can’t be accompanied by a guide or porter which depends on their the budget and interest.
It’s a popular form of trekking, where one generally gets his own permit, pay per service, buy own stuffs and hike all by himself. Camping isn’t possible for a solo trekkers, therefore, one must stay in a Tea-house.
If you can’t find anyone else to go along in a trek, you can always consult your trek company or TrekkingPartners to find a potential partner(s).
“Solo trek in Nepal has been deemed dangerous. TAAN has urged government to ban solo trekking entirely. It is highly recommended to take at least one support staff; guide or porter, while trekking in Nepal.”
Features of a Solo Trek
- As a group isn’t involved, the time and budget can be well managed.
- A trekker doesn’t need to stop with or for anyone else on the trail.
- It’s cheaper than group trek.
- Solo trek isn’t allowed in the Restricted regions.
- It’s a riskier form of trek, as there’s no one else to assist during emergencies.
List of Solo Trek Trails
- Everest –Everest base camp trek, Gokyo trek, EBC via Jiri and 3 Passes Trek
- Annapurna –Annapurna base camp trek and Circuit trek
- Tamang Heritage Trail
#2 Group Trek
Group trek is a multiple-person trek, involving hiking, staying and paying in a group. Group trekkers are generally accompanied by the guide and porters. Camping is possible for group trek. Catering a group can be expensive, however, because of the cost per person ratio, which is lesser compared to solo trek, the overall expense comes out to be reasonable.
It’s a usual form of trekking, and a group may consist of travelers from the same nation/region or from different nations altogether.
Features of a Group Trek
- Group trek could stretch in case of slow speed or deteriorating health of one or more participants.
- If one trekker stops, all other members need to stop as well, therefore, increasing the total walking hours.
- Camping is possible during group trek.
- Socializing and fun time is guaranteed.
- It’s very much safer compared to solo trek.
List of Group Trek Trails