Sitting in the Phoenix Arts Club, London with an old school friend last night, we got onto talking about his recent trips to Nepal. Trekking in Nepal is all about enjoying the beauty of Mother Nature to its fullest. The adrenaline rush of passing ancient bridges, exploring historic monasteries and getting away from the technologically driven world is just too good to ignore. His guide was booked through Bookmundi. They helped him find out all he needed to know about treks in Nepal. Here is what he told us.
You don’t need to look further than Mount Everest, considered to be the greatest and the best mountain on the planet. For a long period of time, this iconic peak was deemed unconquerable, and the kind of challenges that it presents makes it unimaginable for most travelers. And even if climbing the giant is not your thing, you can choose from a number of treks that aren’t as difficult, and still manage to offer a similar experience. Irrespective of your choice, trekking in Nepal is sure to be an unparalleled experience. There are itineraries for all fitness levels and each tour leaves you speechless. You get to see unique flora and fauna that can only be found in the Himalayas, and you also get to learn about a historic culture, visit ancient monasteries and meet beautiful people.
Types of Adventures
Nepal is home to some of the highest and scariest mountain ranges on the planet, but it still manages to present relatively flat terrains in a number of treks. This allows all kinds of travelers to explore the beauty of the Himalayas, irrespective of their skill or fitness level. Trekking in Nepal is sure to be the highlight of any visit to the country, but you also have other adventures to choose from. Cultural expeditions, wildlife safaris and mountaineering are all for the taking here.
Trekking According to Altitude
You have the option to choose from three types of treks while visiting Nepal.
Low Altitude Treks: The weather in Nepal follows certain patterns, but it still tends to be unpredictable. Low altitude treks not only eliminate the possibility of encountering extremities in weather, but also introduce you to enriching cultural experiences in remote villages, stunning mountain views and a fantastic atmosphere.
Moderate Altitude Treks: The weather isn’t as predictable in these treks, but you can expect mild conditions, except in some of the higher camps. These treks are perfect for travelers wanting to enjoy the best of both worlds – the mountain climbing experience found in most high altitude treks and the beauty and culture on display in those low altitude treks.
High Altitude Treks: If you’re really excited about trekking in Nepal and have the fitness levels to back your enthusiasm, this is where you need to be. These alpine expeditions bring you closer to the true Himalayan beauty and present the best views of some of the most legendary peaks on the planet. The best time to embark on such treks is when the weather is known to be at its best, i.e., before and after the monsoon period.
The Regions of Nepal
The treks of Nepal have been divided into a number of regions, places that offer the very best of Himalayan beauty and culture.
Annapurna: Annapurna is one of the best and most popular regions in the country. The slopes are dotted with colourful millet fields and beautiful villages that host some of the warmest and most hospitable people on the planet. The region also presents some of the best views of the Himalayan ranges and plenty of adrenaline rushes for adventure lovers. Bookmundi recommended Harry take a look at the Annapurna Base Camp Tour and the Annapurna Circuit Trek and they weren’t wrong: see Harry’s piccie above – views to take your breath away.
Everest: The first thing that you usually associate with trekking in Nepal is the majestic Mount Everest. There is nothing better than visiting the Everest Base Camp, but you need to be physically fit as this tour demands a lot of physical activity. However, if you’re not in a mood to exert yourself, the Everest Panorama Tour would be more to your liking. This tour isn’t as demanding, and it manages to present some of the best experiences of the Everest region, without forcing you to deal with extremes in altitude and temperature.
Dolpo: The fact that Dolpo was closed to travelers until the year 1996 alone should make you want to visit. The region is perfect for those off-the-beaten-path adventures and its deep canyons and high plateaus always take your breath away. And if you’re still not convinced, the stunning Phoksumdo Lake is also located here.
Langtang: Lantang pales out in front of regions like Everest and Annapurna. However, trekking in Nepal isn’t all about conquering world-famous peaks. It is also about getting a glimpse into traditional Himalayan life, enjoying the alpine scenery and diving into the country’s culture. And few places can beat Langtang when it comes to cultural experiences and village stays.
Mansalu: Mansalu is considered to be one of the most beautiful areas in the country. It is full of extensive forests and picturesque villages and is also known to host a number of Buddhist monasteries.
As you can see, trekking in Nepal can be whatever you want it to be. From historic villages and monasteries to majestic peaks and exciting trekking trails, there is so much to choose from. From scenic and spiritual experiences to eco-friendly treks, from hardcore mountaineering to extreme sports.