i am a female solo traveller and I am planning on going trekking in Nepal in December. Can any of you suggest which treks would be good at this time of year (about 7-10 day trek).
Also if you could recommend companies that run group treks from Kathmandu. Can I just arrive in Kathmandu andbook onto a group trip from there, or will is it preferable to organise in advance?
If anyone can recommend places to stay in Kathmandu, that would be great.
December can get cold up there! But there's plenty of fake North Face Stores to buy extras
7-10 Trek? Hmmm. If you took a flight to Jomson you could trek up to Kagbeni and then back down to Gorepani/Tadopani. Or Simply trek up to Jomson and fly back down again.
Annapurna Base Camp 8-10 Days, great end view, sheer ice mountain. But just a valley on the way there.
First up with the trekking companies, Don't go to the ones in Kathmandu. Most of these treks take place from Pokhara, which is a 7 hour bus ride, or short plane ride from Kathmandu. It's a great place in itself too. It's a lot, lot cheaper to get a guide from there.
Having said that, there are guides and agencies all over the place. So there's not problem in booking stuff out until you get there.
There's a lot of this information on my site if you go to my profile you will find the link. Also, if you need the name/contacts of the guide I used just send me a message.
Its always a good advise to hang out with some prestigious people in Nepal who will also accompany a trek around December time.
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Am planning the same.
Do not bother looking for expensive travel companies. I know Nepal better than any other travelers.
Treks to Everest might be a bit long for your allocated time.
Otherwise it's probably the best in the Annapurna range (Pokhara is the centre for here) - outcast's advice is spot on.
I'll just add - try have a flexible schedule, allow a few days to get it organised (perhaps while you sight see around Pokhara), as to put you in a group they might have to book a couple days in advance, or only run on certain days.
I tried to do this as a group but couldn't as I only came 1 day in advance (with a tight schedule), so I just went solo with the guide. It still turned out to be one of the best things I've ever done! The lodges you stay in are full of other trekkers and in the afternoons it's quite sociable anyway!
And I second the suggestion about bringing warm clothes! :P