Trekking is the best way to enjoy seeing real Nepal. A trek is walking at your own pace along well-established village trails, enjoying close contact with people in remote mountain villages whose lifestyles has not changed for generations. Perhaps the most enjoyable parts of a trek are the clean mountain air and the magnificent views of the mighty Himalayan peaks. A trek into the mountains will make you forget and leave behind everything and experience the peace and nature surrounding yourself. Talk to us and we will help you choose a trek which will suit your level of fitness as well as your area of interest. And remember, prior walking experience in general counts for much less than good physical condition and motivation. If you really want to get up and see Everest and you are in good health and properly equipped, you will get there, experienced or not.
Mt. Everest Region
Mt. Everest (Khumbu) Region (Sagarmatha National Park), Sagarmatha National Park lies in the northeastern part of Nepal covering the Khumbu region. The Park was gazetted on 19 July 1976 with an area of 1,148 square kilometers that includes the world’s highest peak of Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha). The high mountain peaks of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Khang, Khangtega, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kwangde and Pumori enclose the park boundary. About 3,500 Sherpa People resides in various settlements within the park boundary. The Sherpa people originated in the eastern Tibetan Province of Kham, some 2,000 kilometers away from the present homeland. The Sherpa people follow the Nying-mapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Since 1950s, the region is attracting large number of tourist as climbers and trekkers. The Sherpas are also well known climbers. Recommended duration: 12 to 18 days. In and around Everest Region.
In and around Everest Region
Lukla Stole Airstrip, during the trekking seasons there are numerous daily flights into and out of Lukla, weather permitting. The flight from Kathmandu, which takes around forty-five minutes, passes over the fertile middle hills, with their scattered villages and terraced fields, with an amazing panorama of the high Himalaya as a backdrop. Before long the mountains close in and you are sweeping down to land at the gateway to Everest – Lukla. Situated high above the banks of the Dudh Kosi river, which carries the melt water from Mt. Everest. Most trekkers will choose to start trekking as soon as they arrive and use Lukla as a final destination on their return.
- Namche Bazar:
Namche Bazar is a small alpine town closely associate with Mt. Everest (Sagarmatha), the tallest peak on earth. Namche is the salient gateway to the Everest region and Tibet via Nangpha La. This alpine town is situated on the lap of the Mahalangur Range within the Great Himalayas, it affords a ringside view of the many world famous alpine summits. Namche Bazar is 240 kilometers northeast of the Kathmandu. It is the native homeland of the legendary Sherpas, the sturdiest of the mountain guides and climbers. Late Tenzing Sherpa, who triumphantly conquered Mt. Everest on the 29 of May 1953 along with Sir Edmund Hillary, was an indigenous Sherpa from this place.
- Gokyo Valley:
Gokyo Valley, an alternative, or even better, an addition, to the Everest Base Camp trek is the trek up the Gokyo Valley. Gokyo is located in the valley immediately west of the Everest (Khumbu) valley and is far less developed and crowded than its better-known neighbor to the east. In fact, the Gokyo Valley only has one traditional permanent settlement, the rest being summer pastures now catering to the passing trekkers. If Gokyo is visited after the trek to Everest Base Camp the extra distance only adds a another five days to the itinerary. If Gokyo is visited independently of Everest then care needs to be taken on the upward leg of the trek, as the altitude gain is much greater, leading to many unwary trekkers having problems with AMS. Both options will be described here.
Mt. Annapurna Region
Mt. Annapurna Region (The Annapurna Conservation Area Project) has been claimed as one of the best trekking spots in the world and one of the popular trekking spots in the in the country. The area covers Kaski, Mustang, Manang and Lamjung districts of western Nepal. Beginning 790 meters, the area reaches as high as 8,091 meters of Mt. Annapurna. Ghandruk and Ghorepani treks offers breathtaking and panoramic view of the Annapurna, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri ranges. In spring, special attractions are the surrounding green hills blooming red, pink and white rhododendron flowers. The The area also includes famous Mt. Annapurna Circuit Trek and Mustang via Manang and Jomsom. In the circuit route, is the famous Hindu religious sites Muktinath Temple. The trek southeast from Jomsom, leads to the scenic Tilicho Lake aat an altitude of 4,919 meters between Kaligandaki and Manang Valley.
Places of interest in and around Annapurna Region
- Ghandruk & Ghorepani:
It is but a couple of days from Pokhara to reach Ghorepani, which is well known for the great views it offers of both the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri mountains. A better viewpoint is Pun Hill (3,193 meters), which is about an hour’s climb away. Ghorepani can also be reached on the way back from the Annapurna Sanctuary and conversely it can be a planned stop on the way to the Sanctuary. Recommended duration: 4 to 5 days for Ghandruk, 6 to 8 days covering both Ghandruk & Ghorepani.
- Annapurna Sanctuary:
Probably the most famous of the shorter treks, this trek requires 10 to 14 days and leads to the Mt. Annapurna South Face base camp. The trek begins in Pokhara passing through rice terraces to reach high mountain glaciers in a matter of days. At the culmination of the trek one is surrounded by mountain peaks on all sides. It is not advisable to go on this trek during winter and early spring due to the frequent avalanches that occur then. Recommended duration: 9 to 14 days.
- Round Annapurna (via Manang valley):
This is the route that attracts the highest number of trekkers in Nepal. As the name itself suggests, the trail goes on a three-week-long circuitous route around the Annapurna range of mountains. The trek can start either from Dumre at the lowly elevation of 500 meters, or from Besisahar (a few hours’ ride away along a bumpy road or a day’s walk away). The initial stage of the trek goes along the Marshyangdi valley before ascending to Throng Pass (5416meters) on the tenth day, the highlight of which is the view of the Great Himalayan Divide from the pass itself. The route then leads to the Kali Gandaki Valley, famous for its barren beauty, comparable to the Tibetan Plateau. The first stop from Throng Pass is Muktinath, The temple of the Lord of Salvation, holy for both Hindus and Buddhists. From there it is around seven days through the ever-changing landscape to Pokhara. For those that want to get back quick, however, there are regular flights to Pokhara from Jomsom, a day’s walk from Muktinath. Recommended duration: 11 to 14 days based on fly out from Jomsom to Pokhara, 18 to 20 days for round Mt. Annapurna.
The famous temple of Lord Muktinath lies in the district of Mustang and is situated an altitude of 3749 meters and about 18 kilometers northeast of Jomsom Bazar (the nearest Airstrip for the region). The temple is situated on a high mountain range, on the way to Mustang and Manang, and is visited during the fair weather. Recommended duration: 11 to 12 days based on trek in and fly out from Jomsom to Pokhara.
Langtang & Helambhu
Langtang , is situated directly north of Kathmandu in the Central Himalayan region and it is in Langtang National Park, covering 1710 square kilometers. The highlights of this park are the Langtang range in the north and several lakes in the south. High altitude jungles with diverse vegetation and wildlife, scenic lakes, glaciers and Himalayan peaks combine to make Langtang an attractive destination for visitors. Trekkers can enjoy the views of snow-covered peaks , Mt. Ganesh, Langtang and other high mountains. The region is also renowned for its holly Lake Gosainkunda. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit the lake area every year to attend religious festival in August. The area also offers a range of cultures. The three main ethnic peoples living in this National Park are Tamangs, Yolmos and Tibetans. Tamangs and Yolmos are traditional farmers and cattle breeders of the region, whose farmlands and villages stretch south and west of the Bhote Koshi and Trishuli rivers. The people the Langtang and Helambu are mostly Buddhist.
The specialties of the Makalu region are the Himalayan endowments of culture and nature. The hidden valleys of the Inkhu and Hongu rivers in Makalu–Barun National Park and Conversation Area lie on the wild side of Sagarmatha. The park spreads over the districts of Sankhuwasabha and Solukhumbu in northeast Nepal and is marked by the Nepal Tibet border in the north. The park boasts of 47 species of orchids, 67 species of medicinal herbs, 25 of Nepal’s 30 varieties of rhododendron, 19 bamboo species, 15 oak species, 48 species of primrose and 86 species of fodder trees. The park also offers bird-watching opportunities with its 400 species of birds, including the rare spotted wren babbler and the olive ground warbler. Wildlife include the endangered red panda, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, clouded leopard tops, ghoral, tahr, wild boar, barking deer, Himalayan marmot, weasel, langur monkey and serow. River Arun that flows through the park has 84 varieties of fish including salmon.
Mt. Kanchenjungha Region
Kanchenjunga (Khanchendzonga), this is perhaps the most inaccessible trek in Nepal since Khanchendzonga, the 3rd highest peak mountain in the world, which lies on the eastern border of Nepal with India, is far removed from any airfield or road-head. It takes at least two weeks’ walk to reach the destination, Khanchendzonga Basecamp. There are two Khanchendzonga base camps-north and south, and a usual trek involves reaching either of them. It is possible to go to both base camps but it takes a much longer time. One way to make it to both the base camps would be by going over one of two passes between them, but neither is easy to cross. This region was made open for trekkers only in 1988 and requires a special permit, which are issued only to trekking groups. The trek starts from a place called Basantapur, around 20 hours’ road journey from Kathmandu or alternately, one can fly to Taplejung, which shortens the trek by four days.
Dolpa was another area that was restricted to foreigners until a few years back. Partly made famous by Peter Matthiesen,s The Snow Leopard, Dolpa remains one of the most remote places in Nepal and is famous for its high mountain lake, Phoksundo, and the Buddhist monasteries around the lake. There are many possible ways of doing the Dolpa trek varying from the ‘short’ two weeks to more than a month. Going for the shorter ones involves flying to nearby airfields while the others start from the road-heads of Baglung (near Pokhara), Sallyan of Surkhet (both in the western part of Nepal). This is certainly one of the tougher treks of Nepal.
Ganesh Himal Region
Situated in central Nepal, the Ganesh Himal range can be seen from Kathmandu at its best. The range combines Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III & Ganesh IV in the valley of the Budi Gandaki river in the west and Bhote Koshi river in the east. The mountain range represents the Elephant-headed God “the Ganesh”. a symbol of good luck initiating opportunities. This region is well known for its rich flora and fauna including dense forests of oak, Pine, rhododendron. This trekking route provides breathtaking sceneries of high snow-capped mountains, glaciers as well as traditional Tamang villages. The bonus part of the trekking route is the view of Mt. Manaslu (8163m.), which can be seen from the the Singla Pass (4100m.).
Starting from Charikot Bazar of Dolkha district in Central Nepal, this trekking course combines Rolwaling and Khumbu valleys, providing lifetime experience of the beauty and remoteness of central and eastern Nepal along with diverse flora and fauna, and native cultures. Trekking through the remote settlements of Sherpa people, trekkers can enjoy the sceneries of high snowcapped peaks like Mt. Gaurishanker, Jugla Himal as well as pastures, green valleys and fields. After leaving the Rolwaling valley and crossing Tashi Lapcha Pass, Mt. Everest region welcomes to exoplore the rooftop of the world.
Rara & Jumla
Jumla is a trans-Himalayan valley with high ridges covered with forests and alpine pastures. Jumla town (2,340 m) is located in a delightful valley and the villages nearby have many archaeological monuments dating back to medieval times. Rara is a protected area in the Himalayas of Nepal and was established in 1976. Covering an area of 106 km square in the Mugu and Jumla districts, it is the country’s smallest national park. Its main feature is Rara Lake at an altitude of 2,990 m. The park was established to protect the unique flora and fauna of the Humla–Jumla Region of Nepal. The park ranges in elevation from 2,800 m to 4,039 m at Chuchemara Peak on the southern side of Rara Lake. On the northern side, the peaks of Ruma Kand and Malika Kand frame the alpine freshwater lake, which is the largest lake in Nepal with a surface of 10.8 km square and a maximum depth of 167 m. It is oval-shaped with an east-west axis, a length of 5 km and a width of 3 km draining into the Mugu-Karnali River via Nijar Khola.
Humla is the highest, northernmost and most remote district of Nepal, lying on the border with Tibet, inhabited by Buddhist, originating from Tibet, whereas the South is mostly inhabited by Hindus. The region’s main town of Simikot is reachable by foot or by plane in absence of paved road. The closet road-head in Nepal to HUmla is nine days walk to the south; and from Tibet six days walk away to the northeast. These isolated mountain communities rely on subsistence farming and minimal trade with Tibet and India. The mountain landscape of high peaks, cut through by green valleys, turbulent rivers and forests of rhododendrons teeming with wildlife, featuring Hindu and Buddhist temples, shrines and religious sacred places, makes trekking this region an extremely rewarding and rejuvenating experience.