Nepal’s diverse and dramatic landscape has a trek to suit everyone. With almost eighty percent of its territory covered by mountains, this tiny Himalayan country is a paradise for hill walkers and trekkers. From strenuous treks to easy walks on the hills, Nepal has a trek for all levels of experience, budget and duration.
A walk in the Nepal Himalaya will let you soak in the spectacular mountain views, enjoy a diverse landscape and experience exceptional native cultures. What’s more, you can choose to trek in Nepal anytime of the year!
Walk through the foothills of the mighty eight thousanders, including Everest, Annapurna and Manaslu. Nepal is home to eight highest mountains in the world. The Great Himalaya Trail that stretches from east to west of the Nepal Himalaya, weaves through the base of these great mountains. Covering a distance of about 1,700km it is one of the world’s longest and highest walking trails. Though it takes several months to walk across the trail, one can choose to complete only a portion of the Great Himalaya Trail as per one’s available timeframe and experience.
The most popular treks in Nepal include the ones that lead you to the base camps of the world’s highest peaks – Mount Everest and Annapurna. Travel and adventure specialists like Lonely Planet and National Geographic regularly feature Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek in their bucket list of the world’s best treks.
Trekking routes in Nepal are divided into trekking regions. These trekking regions are generally named after the major mountain lying in that area. The most popular trekking regions are Everest Region, Annapurna Region and Langtang Region. Manaslu, Kanchenjunga and Far West regions also continue to receive a steady stream of trekkers.
From wildlife lovers to thrill seekers and culture buffs, Nepal offers the ideal trekking experience. In terms of area, Nepal (800km long and 90-230 km wide) may not be a big country, however it remains one of the most diverse and scenically dramatic countries.
The variation in altitude which ranges from less than 90m above sea level in the sub-tropical Terai belt in the south to a breathtaking height of 8,848m at the summit of Mount Everest, can be found only in Nepal.
Trekking in Nepal takes you deep inside protected national parks and conservation areas that are home to endangered wildlife, rare Himalayan vegetation and ethnic communities. While an Everest trek will have you walking across the Sagarmatha National Park, a protected UNESCO World heritage Site. Trekking in Annapurna region will take you inside the ecologically rich Annapurna Conservation Area Project. Langtang National Park, Makalu Barun National Park, Rara National Park, Shey Phoksundo National Park, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and Manaslu Conservation Area has some of the country’s dramatic hiking and trekking trails.
The major trekking trails in Nepal are well maintained and facilitated with mountain lodges or teahouses which offer accommodation, food and other amenities to trekkers. While trekking in far flung areas one may have to rely on camping or local homestays.
There are several trekking options available. You can choose a fully organized or camping trek where you leave the hassle of arranging logistics to a trekking agency for a fee. A teahouse trek involves using teahouses en-route for food and rest. You also get the services of a registered guide and porter. If your budget is low you can choose to travel with a porter guide or go solo. In protected areas individual or solo trekking is not allowed.
Whether you are a seasoned trekker looking for a challenging trek or a first-time hiker looking for an easy walk, there’s a trail for each and every trekker. Traverse the challenging Everest Three High Passes Trek or choose the short and easy Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. From short treks of 3 to 5 days to long walking adventures lasting for more than 20 days or a month, Nepal has a variety of treks on offer. There are also short day hikes available for those who want to experience easy hill walking.
The major trekking seasons are spring and autumn. The skies are crystal clear and weather remain favorable for walking during these seasons. Summer brings in monsoon rain in most parts of Nepal, except in the Trans Himalayan region of Mustang which remains dry throughout the rainy season. Upper Mustang Trek is one of the most popular monsoon treks in Nepal.
For the itchy-footed trekker, Nepal is the ultimate trekking destination. If you are passionate about walking, you should pack your bags and head to Nepal ASAP. Lace up your hiking boots and wander through the mystical trails of Nepal. Under the backdrop of frozen peaks soaring up to the skies, spin prayer wheels as you follow mule and yak trains and share the trail with friendly locals. Trekking in Nepal is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and one of the best journeys you will ever take in your life.
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