I did a 5 day trek from pokhara, through some of the foothills, and to some small villages. We trekked for about 8-9 hours per day.
It was pretty exhausting. But I am far from a fit and healthy person. I think someone who was army-level fittness would find the trek pretty easy going. But there are longer, harder routes too.
We have in my Hotel presently:
1. Fat older woman from Ireland, ex hippie from the 1960s who was here 20 years ago.
2. One Malaysian and a British girls traveling together, probably Lesbian.
2. Two boys about 22 from I think some Scandanavian countries.
I would not want to be a guide for any of them. I loaned the older lady my umbrella last night so she would not get wet walking in the city.
The Malsaysian and British girls came back soaking wet from a Motorbike ride. They rented one. They asked the man to turn on the electricity for a shower. It was 15 minutes before 6:00 PM. The night before they shut the lights off at 6:00.
They did not take a hot shower, unlees they did so at 11:00 PM, two hours after the lights came on again at 9:00 PM.
The boys were asking to borrow candles.
Preparation, thinking, planning, on the spot adaptation.
I have candles, hand powered flashlight, and a sqeeeze one on my key chain. A poncho, umbrella and a way heat water to take a shower.
I may be a professional traveler, I do understand, yet the candles. Anyone that has been in Nepal, India, etc.
I am pricing new candles, I seen a whole pack for 25 to 45 Rupees.
Trekking is a good idea for people, just not for me.
I felt more prepared than my guide whilst trekking.
For sure, I was a lot slower than him. I am not a fit person, so I think I am maybe 45minutes behind everyone else by the end of a day trek.
My guide was afraid that we would not get to the village by nightfall, and couldn't pick the trail in the dark. I say 'it's ok, I can make lots of light' (i had 3 flashlights, including one that goes on my head for reading).
He is still worried.
I say 'We could easily camp here in the woods. I have stuff to make fire, and I have bivvy bag etc.' He looks even more worried, and I think maybe there is something in the woods I don't know about.
We get to the village and the power goes, and he borrows a flashlight.
I am convinced he is afraid of the dark and superstitious. Fire would keep Yaks away, and even he said the Maoists were no where near where we were.
This image is a nice capture