Why Trek In Nepal?
The Himalaya, the "abode of snows", extends from Assam in eastern India west to Afghanistan. It is a chain of the highest and youngest mountains on earth and it encompasses a region of deep religious and cultural traditions and an amazing diversity of people. A trek in Nepal is a special and rewarding mountain holiday.
Just as New York is not representative of the USA, so Kathmandu is not representative of Nepal. If you have the time and energy to trek, don't miss the opportunity to leave Kathmandu and see the spectacular beauty and the unique culture of Nepal. Fortunately for the visitor, there are still only a few roads extending deeply into the hills, so the only way to truly visit the remote regions of the kingdom is in the slowest and most intimate manner - walking. It requires more time and effort, but the rewards are also greater. Instead of zipping down a freeway, racing to the next "point of interest," each step provides new and intriguing viewpoints. You will perceive your day as an entity rather than a few highlights strung together by a ribbon of concrete. For the romanticist, each step follows the footsteps of Hillary, Tenzing, Herzog and other Himalayan explorers. If you have neither the patience nor the physical stamina to visit the hills of Nepal on foot, a helicopter flight provides an expensive and unsatisfactory substitute.
Trekking in Nepal will take you through a country that has captured the imagination of mountaineers and explorers for more than 100 years. You will meet people in remote mountain villages whose lifestyle has not changed in generations. Most people trust foreigners. Nepal is one of only a handful of countries that has never been ruled by a foreign power.
Many of the values associated with a hiking trip at home do not have the same importance during a trek in Nepal. Isolation is traditionally a crucial element of any wilderness experience but in Nepal it is impossible to get completely away from people, except for short times or at extremely high elevations. Environmental concerns must include the effects of conservation measures on rural people and the economic effects of tourism on indigenous populations. Even traditional national park management must be adapted because there are significant population centres within Sagarmatha (Mt Everest) and Langtang national parks.
Trekking does not mean mountain climbing. While the ascent of a Himalayan peak may be an attraction for some, you need not have such a goal to enjoy a trek. As far as most people are concerned, trekking always refers to walking on trails.
While trekking you will see the great diversity of Nepal. Villages embrace many ethnic groups and cultures. The terrain changes from tropical jungle to high glaciated peaks in only 150 km. From the start, the towering peaks of the Himalaya provide one of the highlights of a trek. As your plane approaches Kathmandu these peaks appear to be small clouds on the horizon. The mountains become more definable and seem to reach impossible heights as you get closer and finally land at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan Airport.
During a trek, the Himalaya disappears behind Nepal's continual hills, but dominates the northern skyline at each pass. Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, Gauri Shankar and Everest will become familiar names. Finally, after weeks of walking, you will arrive at the foot of the mountains themselves - astonishing heights from which gigantic avalanches tumble earthwards in apparent slow motion, dwarfed by their surroundings. Your conception of the Himalaya alters as you turn from peaks famed only for their height to gaze on far more picturesque summits that you may never have heard of - Kantega, Ama Dablam, Machhapuchhare and Kumbhakarna.
What Is a Trek?
Whether you begin your trek at a roadhead or fly into a remote mountain airstrip, a large part of it will be in the Middle Hills region at elevations between 500 and 3000 metres. In this region, there are always well-developed trails through villages and across mountain passes. Even at high altitudes there are intermittent settlements used during summer by shepherds, so the trails, though often indistinct, are always there. You can easily travel on any trail without the aid of ropes or mountaineering skills. There are rare occasions when there is snow on the trail, and on some high passes it might be necessary to place a safety line for your companions or porters if there is deep snow. Still, alpine techniques are almost never used on a traditional trek. Anyone who has walked extensively in the mountains has all the skills necessary for an extended trek in Nepal.
Though some treks venture near glaciers, and even cross the foot of them, most treks do not allow the fulfilment of any Himalayan mountaineering ambitions. Nepal's mountaineering regulations allow trekkers to climb 18 specified peaks with a minimum of formality, but you must still make a few advance arrangements for such climbs. Many agents offer so-called climbing treks which include the ascent of one of these peaks as a feature of the trek. There are a few peaks that, under ideal conditions, are within the resources of individual trekkers. A climb can be arranged in Kathmandu if conditions are right, but a climb of one of the more difficult peaks should be planned well in advance.
A Trek Requires Physical Effort?
A trek is physically demanding because of its length and the almost unbelievable changes in elevation. During the 300-km trek from Jiri to Everest base camp and return, for example, the trail gains and loses more than 9000 metres of elevation during many steep ascents and descents. On most treks, the daily gain is less than 800 metres in about 15 km, though ascents of as much as 1200 metres are possible on some days. You can always take plenty of time during the day to cover this distance, so the physical exertion, though quite strenuous at times, is not sustained. You also can stop frequently and take plenty of time for rest.
Probably the only physical problem that may make a trek impossible is a history of knee problems on descents. In Nepal the descents are long, steep and unrelenting. There is hardly a level stretch of trail in the entire country. If you are an experienced walker and often hike 15 km a day with a pack, a trek should prove no difficulty. You will be pleasantly surprised at how easy the hiking can be if you only carry a light backpack and do not have to worry about meal preparation.
Previous experience in hiking and living outdoors is, however, helpful as you make plans for your trek. The first night of a month-long trip is too late to discover that you do not like to sleep in a sleeping bag. Mountaineering experience is not necessary, but you must enjoy walking.
Everest Base Camp Trekking
22 Days of trekking Trek to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patar maximum elevation: 5545 metres (18,250 feet) This is the best way to do an Everest trek. It follows much of the old approach route followed by Everest expeditions from the 1950's through the 7...
Everest Gokyo Lake Trekking
20 Days of High Altitude Trekking Gokyo Ri and Kala Patar Maximum Elevation: 5545 metres (18,250 feet)
This trek offers an alternative to the traditional trek to Everest base camp. Climb past the Sherpa villages of Namche Bazaar and Khumjung to the Gokyo V...
10 Days of best trekking in Everest region Namche bazar and Tengboche Monastery Maximum Elevation: 3860m.
Day 01: Katmandu (1310m/4298ft). Our airport representative will be received you at the airport and transfer to Hotel. It is 7km and takes ...
Everest Renjo La Pass Trek
19 Days of adventure trekking Gokyo and Renjo La Pass Maximum Elevation: 5740m.
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu; transfer to the Hotel Day 02 : Sight seeing around Kathmandu valley Day 03 : Fly to Lukla (2800-meter); trek to Phakding (2600-meter) ...
Annapurna Circuit Trekking
18 Days of Trekking across Thorung La Maximum Elevation 5416 metres (17,770 feet) This trek travels around the entire Annapurna massif, visiting the Tibet-like country on the northern slopes of the Himalaya and the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge. Much of th...
Annapurna Base Camp (Sanctuary) Trekking
12 Days of Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp Maximum Elevation 3900 metres (12,800 feet) The route to Annapurna Sanctuary (Annapurna Deuthali in Nepali), the site of the Annapurna south face base camp, is a spectacular short trek. Though it has some steep ...
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking
10 Days of Trekking to best sunrise view in the world Maximum Elevation 3210 metres
Day 01: Your arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), you will be met by our Airport Representative, and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel
Annapurna Panorama Trekking
8 Days of trekking to Ghorapani Maximum Elevation 2775 metres (9100 feet) Itinerary
Day 1: Fly to Pokhara, drive to Birethanti Day 2: Birethanti to Ulleri Day 3: Ulleri to Ghorapani Day 4: Ghorpani to Banthanti Day 5: Banthanti to Ghandruk ...
Jomsom Muktinath Trekking
10 Days of trekking to Jomsom and Muktinath Maximum Elevation 3710 metres (12,175 feet) The views of the mountains are spectacular, and the route actually crosses to the other side of the main Himalayan range for some unusual views of the northern flanks...
22 Days of fully organized trekking to Nar Phu Valley Maximum Elevation 5416 metres Explore the hidden valley of Nar Phu and trek along the "off the beaten path" crossing through challenging high passes of Kang La and Thorung La.
A fantastic jou...
4 Days of trekking in the Annapurna foothills Maximum Elevation 1730 metres (5700 feet) This is an easy, short trek that starts near Pokhara and offers good mountain views. It gained its name because Prince Charles and an entourage of 90 guests, camp fol...
10 Days of Kyanjin Gompa Maximum Elevation 5050 metres Itinerary
Day 01: Katmandu (1310m/4298ft). Our airport representative will be received you at the airport and transfer to Hotel. It is 7km and takes about 10 minutes. O/N at hotel Day 02:...
Langtang & Gosainkund Trek
15 Days of trekking to holy lakes at Gosainkund Maximum Elevation 4610 metres (15,125 feet) A visit to the Langtang Valley offers an opportunity to explore villages, to climb small peaks and to visit glaciers at a comfortably low elevation. Because there...
06 Days of trekking toHelambu Village Easy trekking in Nepal Itinerary
Day 1: Drive Kathmandu to Sundarijal. Trek to Chisapani. Day 2: Trek to Kutumsang. Day 3: Trek to Thare Pati. Day 4: Trek to Tarke G...
21 Days of trekking Maximum elevation 5100 metres (16,400 feet) This trek was officially opened to tourists in 1991, but mountaineering expeditions have long had access to the area. In 1950 a party led by H W Tilman trekked from Thonje to Bimtang and Co...
Makalu Base Camp Trekking
20 Days of Trekking over high passes to Makalu Base Camp Maximum Elevation 5000 metres (16,405 feet) The trek to Makalu base camp visits one of the most remote and unfrequented areas of Nepal. The Barun Valley is part of a huge international protected ...
22 Days of Trekking Maximum Elevation 5090 metres (16,700 feet)
Dolpo is a remote region of Nepal that has been bypassed by development and, until recently, by tourism. Although a few anthropologists and geographers had explored the region, the entire dist...
Day 01: After your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will transfer you to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel (B) Day 02: Full Day Kathmandu sight seeing Tour: You will visit many Buddhist and Hindu temples w...
Mount Kanchenjunga, one of the world's most spectacular mountains, is renowned as the queen of mountains. Kangchenjunga, the third highest peak on the planet, can boast of varied ecological zones, from the subtropical land to glacial wilderness. Mighty Kang...
The walk follows through interesting landscapes, different rural and traditional villages from the low Hindu area to the high Buddhist Sherpa villages. Beginning this scenic trip with a drive close to the Tibet border at Barabise Bazar, short walk uphill ta...
This is a marvelous and easy trek for trekkers who do not want to encounter a mass influx of tourists on the trail but equally enjoy beautiful scenarios of valleys, splendid views of silvery mountains. The tempting views of Arun river and valleys can be see...