Trekking in Nepal
Experience the best of trekking in Nepal
Expedition Himalaya offers different types of treks depending upon the area of interest and availability of the facilities. The different types of trekking carried out in Nepal are:
Everest Region Trekking
Everest region is the popular region for trekking and climbing activities throughout the globe. Adventure lovers from around the world recognizes Everest region for various trekking and climbing activities. One of the reason for being famous as a trekking and climbing destination is due to the fact that it is also the route to climb the mighty Everest which is a dream of many mountaineers. Trekking in Nepal and mainly trekking in the Everest region is the most popular adventure activities that is carried out by the people. The most popular and most searched trek is Everest Base Camp Trek followed by Gokyo with Everest Base Camp trek and Everest Three pass trek amongst other.
Besides trekking the Everest region hosts many peaks and High Mountain’s opened for climbing such as Kongde, Thamserku, Amadablam, Cholatse which are above 6000 meters. Mountains above 7000 meter include Baruntse, Nuptse, and Pumori, and above 8000 meter include Makalu, Everest, Lhotse and Cho Yu, and of course Mount Everest. The trail also extends to exciting passes over 5000 m: Kongma La, Cho La, Renjo La, Tashi Lapcha and Amphu Lapcha. Other highlight of the regions includes high altitude glacial lakes such as gokyo lakes, many small villages of the indigenous Sherpa Tribes with their own unique culture and lifestyle.
Most of the region comes under the preservation of Sagarmatha National Park which is also the UNESCO world heritage sites. Foe entering the area trekkers need to take permits such as Sagarmatha National Park and Khumbu Permit. Besides trekking if climbing the peak, special peak permits needs to be obtained. Due the increasing tourism activities the infrastructures has been well developed in the area. The area is now accessible through both road ways via Jiri or Salleri and airways taking a direct flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which is also the most convenient way. Once you are at Lukla, you can find numerous lodges and hotels run by the local entrepreneurs where we will be staying overnights at. High in the mountains the only option to stay overnight is by camping for which the Sherpa’s and other people shall provide the assistance for.
Annapurna Region Trekking
Various treks such as Annapurna Base Camp trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Annapurna Panorama Trek, Ghandruk Circuit Trek, Jomsom and Muktinath Trek etc. can be carried out in the region. As you follow the trekking trail you will witness a diverse landscape passing through small villages surrounded by the cultivable lands and as you get higher you encounter high altitude glacial lakes as high snowy passes. You might even encounter various rare flora and fauna along the way. The region as a whole provides an exotic slice of Nepali, Tibetan and Trans Himalayan culture. Trekking here provides an opportunity to experience the typical Nepali village, local people and their way of living traditional life in Himalaya of Nepal. The Annapurna route goes passing through spectacular and tranquil landscapes, charming Gurung and Magar villages, lush green Rhododendron, bamboo and alpine forests.
Trekking in the Annapurna region is generally considered easy because of the well-developed trekking trails with adequate Tea Houses along the way where the trekkers can stop by for their meals and for their overnight accommodation. The roads are accessible till the trek starting points which is generally about an hour drive from Pokhara which is also one of the favored touristic places in Nepal. Trekking here is possible throughout the year however, the best time to trek is either in the spring (March-May) or during the autumn (September- November). The weather is generally best for the photography during these time of the year.
Langtang Region Trekking
The main attractions of the Langtang region are Langtang Valley which is sandwiched between the main Himalayan range to the north bothering Tibet and a slightly lower range of the snowy peaks to the south. The other attraction is the sacred alpine lakes of Gosainkunda and the rolling Sherpa farmlands of Helambu. Trekking in the region can extend from 1 week to 17 days. Langtang region is famous for the many treks such as Langtang Valley Trek, GosainKunda Trek, Tamang Heritage Trail, Helambu Trek etc. The trek in the Langtang region provides an opportunities to explore the villages, small peaks, glacial lakes and also learn the culture and tradition of the people living in the area. The best time to trek is during the spring (March to May) and during autumn (September to November). The spring season unveils an impressive display of colorful rhododendron forests along the trail. The weather during autumn is pleasant and good for photography.
While on the trek, accommodation will be based on the lodges which are run by the local entrepreneurs and food will be served in the local lodges as well. The guides appointed by the company will look after all the logistics and take care of the members throughout the trek.
Manaslu Region Trekking
Manaslu region is bordered by Budhi Gandaki River and Marshyangdi River. Manaslu, a mountainous region in northern part of Gorkha District which has a fragile but diverse natural resource and a rich cultural environment. Manaslu circuit trek and Tsum valley trek are the famous trekking packages in the Manaslu region. The trekking area lies under Manaslu Conservation Area project. Manaslu Conservation Area is a prime habitat for the elusive snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, blue sheep and the Himalayan Thar. The peaks like Ngadi Chuli, Himala Chuli and Boudha surround the Manaslu and could catch the spectacular view of Mt. Manaslu while reaching Logaon. The highest point lies in the north of Manaslu is Larkya-la, a glacial saddle lies at an elevation 5160m. Few of the places comes under the restricted areas for which special permits needs to be obtained.
Manaslu region is accessible by road. A ten hours’ drive from Kathmandu to Arughat leads you to the entrance of the region. The trails are good and the accommodation in the region will be the combination of tea houses and tents and monasteries/ gompas at some places. In the past few years, many lodges have been built where trekkers can rest and have their meals.
Mustang Region Trekking
The Mustang region is accessible through airways where one can get to Jomsom from Pokhara. Great views of Mt Dhaulagiri and Mt Nilgiri can be viewed from most of the area. Mustang area is generally famous for the natural astatic as well as the cultural importance. The area hosts Muktinath temple as well which is a holy pilgrimage site for both the Hindus and Buddhist which also shows the religious tolerance amongst the people of the region.
The landscape of the region is very different to the rest of the country. Mustang region comes under the rain shaded region where the rainfall is very low and is also considered as the desert of Nepal. Besides the unique landscape the area is also famous for the sacred Muktinath temple, Dhumba Tal, sky caves where the pre historic people dwell and the unique culture and tradition of the Tibetan people living there. Tiji festival is one of the best time to explore the culture and traditional dances. Other attraction might be the bow and archery competition at the village in Marpha. Mustang is also famous for harvesting apples and other various beverages out of it. Accommodation is generally the combination of the tea houses and camping.
Remote Region Trekking
Some trekker’s wants to visit the popular and most frequented places where as others wants to visit less populated areas where they can enjoy the solace in the nature. There are many off beat trekking trails in Nepal which are least explored or are yet to be discovered. Nepal Government have defined the sensitive areas as the restricted areas which requires special permits and formalities. The main objective of declaring these areas as the restricted ones is to safeguard the fragile environment and cultural integrity from outside influences. The other region is to provide security to trekkers.
After following the guidelines issued by the government in terms of rules and regulations as well as acquiring a special area permit, trekkers are permitted to visit such areas. The remote and restricted destination of Nepal includes Upper Dolpo, Tsum Valley, Kanchenjunga, Makalu etc. These remote corners hide some of most remarkable gems in the entire Himalaya including amazing lifestyle, ethnic culture, and scenic landscape. Accommodation in such areas would generally be the combination of the Tea house trek and camping. If there exists tea houses, it would be pricier than the tea houses in other popular regions because of the rural area and less accessibility of infrastructures. However, the extra effort and expense is a really worthy. The services might be basic but the hospitable nature of the locals and the natural and cultural beauty of the place will make up to it.