A Trekkers’ Paradise – Nepal
When you refer to Nepal as touristic destination, immediately in your mind appears the sumptuous image of the majestic Everest as top of the world. And a myriad of trekking options. As Nepal qualifies easily as the paradise of trekkers. Yearly, more than 200,000 trekkers come to Nepal and accomplish their dream of exploring this resplendent mountainous region.
When deciding which trekking destination to choose in Nepal is a tough task and hunting for the best trek can be overwhelming. Specialists, experienced trekkers and trekking tours companies have each their own opinion. So, finally the best trek in Nepal for you is a matter of your own preference and personal option.
Nepal welcomes primarily trekking adventurers heading to Everest base camp, Annapurna base camp, Annapurna circuit, Ghorepani Poon Hill and other smaller and less famous trekking routes. Tourists from all over the world arrive here firstly for the hiking and trekking adventures in Himalaya, but also for century old, historical and cultural destinations. If some are adventure and adrenaline addict, others prefer to experience Nepal in a different way – admiring gorgeous sunsets in the mountains from viewpoints, wandering around medieval squares in cities like Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan. Or enjoying a spiritual tour together with the Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims around ancient monasteries and stupas. Not to mention visiting the Buddha’s birthplace near Lumbini.
Nepal displays a combination of serene landscapes, golden temples and captivating hill villages. Besides mountain expeditions, you can experience here other ravishing activities like wildlife safari in jungle, rafting, canyoning, kayaking, bungee jumping into a Himalayan gorge, paragliding or mountain biking.
As one of the Himalaya’s hosts, Nepal is primarily a destination for mountain lovers, particularly trekkers and hikers.
Among the most famous trekking destinations of Nepal, we count:
Everest Base Camp – a marvelous trekking landscape allowing you to look in the eyes of the highest peak on earth – Everest and admire some other peaks in the route like Nuptse, Lhotse and Kala Patthar. Around here you will most probably encounter the Sherpa mountain people, which are famous climbers. Everest Base Camp is an experience itself and welcomes yearly more than 25,000 trekkers.
Annapurna Base Camp offers an authentic trekking experience, but shorter, with magnificent, breathtaking landscapes and views. You will have the chance to admire in your way Annapurna I, having a height of 8,091m, the most dangerous mountain to escalate in the world and the 10th tallest on earth. You will be charmed by the Annapurna Sanctuary and impressed by Machapuchare – the “Matterhorn of Asia” with its glaciers and cliffs.
Annapurna Circuit is an accessible trail for less adventurous persons, but who want to experience the gorgeous Himalayan scenery in a more comfortable manner. The trek dispose of many tea houses. The major strengths of this trekking route are: the huge diversity of the relief caused by the altitude difference – goes from 760m to 5400m and the exploration of the Thorong La Pass, the widest pass in the world, positioned at 5,416m altitude. This circuit welcomes yearly about 100,000 trekkers.
Poon Hill trek is one of the most popular short and easy treks in Nepal, which offer just a glimpse of what trekking means. Poon Hill has an altitude of 3,210m and displays stunning panoramas of the Himalayas during sunrise and some unforgettable views of Dhaulagiri Mountain and Annapurna. Poon Hill trek passes in the proximity of the lakeside town of Pokhara, through charming Rhodedendron forests, terraced rice fields and propose an immersion into the Nepal villages life. One of the ancient and cultural wealthy villages not to be missed is Ghandruk.
Manaslu Trek – a culturally fascinating and more than spectacular route, opened for trekking in the 90s that is becoming more and more popular. It offers challenging and adventurous opportunities while crossing the Larke Pass. A wealth of diversity thanks to the various topography designed by the difference of altitude (from 600m to 5,135m).
And the array of options does not stop here: Langtang Trek, Everest Base Camp, 3 Passes Trek, Tsum Valley, Gokyo, Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, Kanchenjunga, Makalu Base Camp, Jomsom Muktinath or Great Himalayan Trail are other treks that are waiting to be explored.
In just two words Nepal is a travelers’ nirvana. A great fit for independent travel and backpacking, tempting tourists with a million potential adventures in the mountains and a traditional life that follows its ancestral course at a slower pace.