Land of adventure, exploits, of explorations, but also culture, meetings and discoveries, Nepal is a dream destination. Since the country opened to tourism, travel in Nepal has become a classic of adventure trekking and exploring. Wedged between two huge neighbors are India and China, it contains among others the highest peaks of the Himalayas including the "Roof of the World" peaking at 8848 meters of altitude. The impressive landscape attracts many lovers of hiking in the mountains. Blessed with 8 out of 14 peaks over 8000m in the world, the country has been attracting generations of climbers since the first ascent of Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953.
Besides the rustic mountain area, you will also discover ethnic diversity during your treks. It’s important for the trekkers to understand that schedules or camp sites may change depending on a multitude of factors such as weather conditions or the level of water in rivers to cross. The day length is variable but there’s always enough time to fully appreciate the villages and spectacular scenery. The routes also offer priority for the meetings of the local population. The trekking routes are planned to allow a gradual acclimatization to high altitude.
Trekking in Nepal will also prove spiritual advantage of your stay in this country or cohabiting Hinduism and Buddhism. These two religions live daily and leave a strong imprint on the country. While on trek, you’ll find many temples, shrines, chortens, prayer flags and monasteries. Similarly, you will also discover different varieties of
fauna and flora. Similarly, Cultural discovery of Kathmandu and its valley, where there are still many hidden architectural treasures, will perfectly complement a trek.
When to go to Nepal?
It is better to avoid the months of July and August as it is the monsoon period which can be very strong in Nepal. Only parts of the Mustang and Upper Dolpo are passable, but you always expect rain. The winter months from December to February are cold. However, it is possible to undertake cultural tours and even some trekking during winter months. This period is ideal for touring the southern Terai region and the national parks of Chitwan and Bardia. Most long trekkers prefer the fall from mid-September to late November and the spring, from March to mid-June. All trekking routes are feasible and then the time usually fine. Spring is ideal for observing flora, fall is generally cooler with a normally stable weather.
Nepal - a land of magnificent Himalayas – offers immense opportunities for trekking adventures. There’s a reason why Nepal has been called a ‘Trekker’s Paradise’ – eight of fourteen highest mountains in the world are in Nepal. Therefore, whether you’re looking for easy, moderate or rigorous trekking – there are dozens of trek to cater for everyone’s need.
The Everest, the Annapurna, and the Langtang regions are the most popular trekking regions in Nepal. In fact, Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Trek are among the world’s most popular treks. Physical and mental fitness is necessary to successfully complete and enjoy the treks, you need to walk for about 5-7 hrs each day on average.
Generally, there are four grades of Trekking in Nepal:
- Easy Trekking (Elevation below 3500m)
- Moderate Trekking (Elevation below 4500m)
- Strenuous Trekking (Elevation below 5500m)
- Very Strenuous Trekking (Elevation above 5500m
Similarly, trekkings are mostly conducted in two ways:
There are also tea houses that have been established on most of the popular routes. You trek from one tea house to another tea house. Most of the treks in the Everest and Annapurna regions are conducted in this manner.
Some trekkers prefer to do this type of trekking in which instead of staying in a tea house, you stay in a camping tent. All the logistics and food materials are carried by the trekking crew. Especially, if you’re trekking on the off-the-beaten routes, camping becomes necessary.