Trekking in Nepal
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Are you fond of trekking in Nepal? If yeah, this writing will be very useful for your knowledge. Since Nepal is a mountainous country, here are various sites for quenching your thirst for this type of adventure. The worldwide popular sites amongst the available ones are the Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, Lang Tang Valley Trek, etc. The longest trekking route in Nepal is the GHT (Great Himalayan Trail) that extends between the east and the west of Nepal. Most of the trekking lovers who visit Nepal for this purpose love experiencing this route for it covers the eastern, central and western regions of Nepal.
The trekking generally covers hiking and mountaineering which not only gives the tourists an opportunity to feel the thrilling experiences of the topography but also gives a better chance to be familiar with trekking in Nepal the cultural, religious, historical and economic aspect of the Nepalese residing in the respective places. As the typical life style, culture and tradition, attire, shrine and festive sense of the Nepalese people are quite typically different from that of the foreigners, the visitors can closely gather the information about these aspects.
Though just 147,181 sq km in terms of area, Nepal consists of almost all types of geographic condition so climatic condition also. And of course, this prevalent variety in climatic condition is one of the major attractions to the tourists. The trekking routes of Nepal are of from day to a month or even longer. The duration of the trekking and the trekking cost in Nepal vary based upon the site for the trekking and the desire of the visitors. The brief knowledge about some of the globally recognized trekking routes in Nepal goes like this:
Everest Base Camp Trek
The tallest among the ‘14 Eight Thousanders’ in the world, Mt. Everest is everyone’s dream to climb or let’s say, see at the least! EBC (Everest Base Camp Trek) starts from Lukla situated at the elevation of 2,845 m (9,334 ft) and continues until the Everest Base Camp at an elvation of 5,380 meters (17,769 ft) on the 9th day. The popular sites in the course of trekking are Lukla Airport, Kala Patthar, Everest Base Camp, Sagarmatha National Park, Namche Bazar, etc. Along with the natural panoramic scenery, you can experience the Sherpa culture, tradition and lifestyle there. Trekking to Everest Base Camp is a rare opportunity to walk along the steps of the pioneers in mountaineering Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, whose inspiration automatically helps one to reach the Everest peak.
Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit Trek is almost every trekking-lover’s dream to reach. The total length of the trek differs from 160 km to 230 km depending upon the use of means of transportation. The trek starts from Beshishar, Lamjung and continues until you reach Birethanti, Kaski on the 17th day. Ghale Gaun, located at the distance of 42 km approx and 4-5 hours walk from Beshisahar, can be a choice for the trekkers to experience the best possible hospitality in the world. It is the Model Home Stay in the SAARC countries and the first of its kind in Nepal. The duration of this trekking route also depends upon the choice of the trekkers and so the trekking cost, too! They can experience the Gurung culture, tradition and lifestyle in Lamjung whereas the Thakali village, culture, tradition and lifestyle that are quite attractive to the tourists.
Langtang Valley Trek
Lang Tang valley lies in Rasuwa district (also a gateway to famous Hindu pilgrimage site Gosainkunda) the province 3 of Nepal. It is 122 km far away from the Capital city Kathmandu and can be reached in 9/10 hours. The starting point of this trekking is Syabrubesi of Rasuwa and ends at Kyangjin on 6th day. Though it was almost totally destroyed by the 2015 earthquake, now the route is reopen for the tourists. And the Tamang Heritage Trail that leads to the end of the Langtang National Park, passes through a typical Tamang village which provides a very good timing to be close to the Tamang culture, tradition and lifestyle along with their hospitality.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek
The 6th highest mountain amongst the world’s Eight Thousanders, Mt. Dhaulagiri is 8167 meters tall. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trekking is the most adventurous and challenging one in the world due to existing crevasses and other natural obstacles. The trekking to Dhaulagiri Circuit includes two high passes namely, the French Pass (approx. 5,360 meters) and the Dhampus Pass (about 5,234 meters) along with the snowcapped mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Annapurna and some 23 others close to one another. The initial point to this trek is Beni while the finish point is Dhaulagiri Base Camp on the day 13th. While trekking via this route, the trekkers can feel the breathtaking beauties of jungles, hills and suitable agricultural terrain along with the mind freshening climate. Plus, the unique people rich in their culture, tradition and lifestyle are another focal point for the spellbinding attraction.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
Situated in the far-eastern part of Nepal and having 8,568 meters height, Mt. Kanchenjunga lies in the border between Nepal and Sikkim, India. It lies in the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA) explored for the first time in the 19th century and now managed under the local communities successfully. The trekking to Kanchenjunga Base Camp can be started right from Biratnagar, an industrial town in the eastern Nepal or from Mitlung and ends at Linkhim and the trip length is estimated to 19 days. The major attractions of this trekking route are unexploited natural corners well equipped with forests of bamboo and rhododendron, eye-catching mountains wrapped in white snow and human settlement areas carrying down the history of the people living in the high Himalayan regions. Autumn and Spring are the best seasons for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek.
Dolpo Region Trek
Occupying about 15% of total land of Nepal and divided into Lower and Upper parts, Dolpo lies in the far western side of Nepal. It is close to Tibet and has the country’s largest conservation area the Shey-Phoksundo National Park named after Shey-Phoksundo Lake, with varieties of flora and fauna. Dolpo Region Trek starts from Juphal, to Dunai, Dolpa with an estimated duration17-19 days except flight. The trekking route to Lower Dolpo starts from Beni, Myagdi which takes about 26 days. While trekking through this route, you can enjoy the species of animals and plants in the Dhorpatan Wildlife Reserve. Similarly, in Dolpo, you can taste the scenic beauty like that of Tibet and religious flavor of Buddhism with hundreds of years old monasteries in the region.
Indeed, trekking is the most exciting and trilling experience for the visitors who love walking through the ups and downs of a mountainous country like Nepal. Nepal is a god-gifted nation for natural beauty, geographical complexities and varieties in climate, vegetation and life style of the people. The cultural diversity is another magnetic aspect that pulls hundreds of thousands tourists every year. Likewise, Nepal is the best touristic destination for adventure tourism. Because of the above mentioned trekking routes, it can be the one and only ultimate destination for the adventure lovers like you!