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12 common myths encountered while trekking in Nepal

 March 1, 2022      By Himalayan Hero
12 common myths encountered while trekking in Nepal

After this pandemic outbreak, people get aware of the importance and benefit of trekking. Many people love trekking worldwide, or they might be planning to do it. A hiker or backpacker needs to know many things, always learning.
A trip to Nepal is an adventure, then trekking in Nepal is the answer. Because trekking in Nepal offers you the highest peaks, lush jungles, excellent trails, cultures, countless natural, most beautiful, and untouched places, along with a unique experience of Asia, It will give you an immense opportunity to interact with people of different areas.
Here's what you all trekkers need to know about these 12 myths we've heard. They include what longtime hikers are doing wrong and what you should instead be doing. Maybe it can guide you!

1. Trekking and Hiking in Nepal is just walking

Many people take hiking as an interchangeably a day walk. That could take just one hour, or the hike might take more than hours. However, walking 24 hours isn't necessarily correct. Most of the Trek comprises high mountains, steep trails, and beautiful waterfalls.

Thus, while choosing a trekking destination, search for a walk with a solid cultural component or where you can become a part of adventurous activities. It will help you to forget not only pain but also help you to explore culture, views, and languages.

2. You need to be a super fit and thin

While trekking in Nepal might be very physically demanding, saying you have to be a super fit for the trek will be wrong. For overweight people who still want to hike, getting rid of those stereotypes is the first step. Trekking improves a person's health in a significant way.

You'll have more fun, prevent injuries, and have a better experience if you climb around boulders, rock hop, and ascend hills on the trail for several hours. It will improve your experience, prevent injury, and make it easier. So if you are planning for the trek, then get away from all the wrong assumptions that thin people only do hiking. 

3. During winter, I don't need many layers because I am used to the cold

There is a common myth about trekking in Nepal Himalayas: one jacket will be enough during winter. You will feel colder than layering, no matter how thick your coat is.

There must be a reason why layering is more critical and more effective. When you wear 2 to 3 layers of the jacket, there will be air gaps between the jackets. The air space between the body and the garment helps you keep warm. The layering of fabrics in the garment improves thermal insulation.

So make sure, while trekking, you must wear at least 4-5 warm layers so that you can tackle temperatures below -10 degrees. So, one thick jacket is less effective than a two or three-layer jacket.

4. Huge cultural and religious differences between Nepalese people and western trekkers

Most trekkers love to trek to see culture, people, and language. Thus, it is wrong to say that people involved in tourism do not respect your religious and cultural identity.

Many temples, monasteries, and churches are abundantly found in Nepal. There is no restriction to people. Thus it's up to you to visit those places or not. Similarly, during the trek, eating together, talking, handshaking, entering a home is not that big taboo anymore in town and city.

5. Alcohol keeps you warm

Drinking alcohol will keep your body warm, while trekking is one of the most famous myths, among others. However, the assumption of alcohol may make you feel warm because it causes blood to rush to your skin's surface.

However, the truth is when you drink alcohol, it causes your blood vessels to widen and makes you lose heat faster. Some research also shows that drinking alcohol in the cold decreases your core body temperature, which is a terrible thing at high altitudes during wintertime. So think before consuming alcohol while trekking.

6. Carrying a first aid kit is all set for curing common medical issues

If you are a beginner, you might probably hear about the first aid kit. You might also have thought that having a first aid kit in our packs, you're set if something happens.

Right?! Yes, it will benefit you with many injuries if only you have wilderness first aid knowledge. Only carrying first aid will not help. You need to know what's in your kit and have a sense of when and how you'd use each of the items.

So, before packing for the trek, learn about a wound before you bandage it up? How do you tie an ace wrap effectively, so it doesn't cut off blood flow but still supports an injury?

 7. Waterproof boots will keep your feet dry

During winter, the trails are mostly covered with snow. As you go through the water crossing and water does get inside your shoe, your shoes will stay wet for quite a while.

That makes your feet more prone to blisters and even fungus infections. So, wearing a waterproof boot will help your feet dry. However, there are some merits to this, but when your feet are covered with waterproof boots long time.

That keeps moisture in, and your feet spend all day sweating; they won't correctly air out. Thus, as a result, it makes them more prone to blisters.

8. You'll get eaten by a wild animal

This one myth is a common one in Nepal. As we know, Nepal is famous for its Himalayas, mountains, and natural beauty. While trekking in these mountains, the fear of mountain bears and lions is quite understandable. But there are some things that you can do when you encounter wild animals.

Many studies prove that a bee is more likely to be killed than a bear. The odd of being attacked by a bear are 1 in 2.1 million. So be careful and choose a safe trek. 

9. Terrible tea-houses and infrastructures in Mountain of Nepal

It is another common myth that relates to the trek of Nepal. While trekking, you will encounter countable tea-houses in the upper trekking region. Where you can get enough tea and launch, it's wrong to say that the tea houses of Nepal are terrible.

Talking about mountain regions, you might have some difficulties getting these luxuries as the transportation of these regions is not well developed. So, the myth might be familiar because the extra you get in the lower trekking region does not match the upper trekking region. Food menu, chocolate bars, drinks might be more expensive in this region.

10. At higher attitude, its snowy

Another common myth about trekking in Nepal is that it snows all-time at high altitudes during winter. However, the truth is that it does not snow every time in winter. Many people love to see snowfall, so feel lucky when you see it. You can also experience warm sun with a melting snow view during this time. 

When the sun hits those snow-covered mountains, it shines like silver. Viewers and hikers can encounter those views in their lifetime. Thus, it is wrong to say that it snows at a higher altitude every time.

11. Trekking is only for young people

Generally, trekking regularly helps in lowering blood pressure and many other diseases. Some studies also show that trekking also reduces the risk of diabetes and heart disease. However, to do trekking might need physical abilities or stamina.

In reality, age is just a number that will never bring to an end you from trekking. Everybody has access to trouble-free hiking and trekking destinations. Trekking and hiking are not races; you can go at your own pace and enjoy the surrounding scenery.

The joy of walking in its beauty is impressive that any age can enjoy. So, don't let your golden age stay you from this breathtaking escapade. 

12. Booking through a trekking agency is pricey

As of today, there are lots of trekking agencies in Nepal. So, booking a ticket and permits through a trekking agency will be easier and might be expensive. However, there is some agency where a booking is not that must be costly.

Similarly, you can negotiate with an agency for the price and services with an organization provider. Hence, be extra considerate with agencies while arguing to give extra-ordinary services at a not so high price. Yes, nothing is free of charge. To make light of the cost, you can use the following few tricks,

a. Making the trekking group size as large as possible.
b. Booking medium-priced hotel over five-star hotel
c. Choose less crowded trekking region
d. Explore the discount system of Nepal
e. Use a local organizer if possible
We hope we have pleasently covered the 12 myths that are encountered by the trekkers more often , we assure to address more of the issues in our next article. 


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