Nepal, which is also known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, which is its official name acts as a magnet for trekkers. The south Asian country is situated along the Himalayas with borders by India & China.
The Himalayan country is known for its mesmerizing natural beauty, which attracts thousands of travellers every year. Especially for adventure enthusiasts, Nepal proves a heaven for them. So, if you are one of those adventure freaks, you should check out the 6 most beautiful trekking sports in Nepal.
Everest Base Camp
Trekking on the Everest is the dream for every trekker, and you are lucky, if you are in the hill state of Nepal. In comparison to a few years back, the challenge to trek on the Everest becomes a little easy due to some developmental works were undertaken by the government.
However, it doesn’t mean that Everest Base Camp Trek is cake walk. It is a 12 days walk in rocky terrains and high altitudes, where the difficulty lies in every step. But once you reach the base of Everest, you just forget all the pain you incurred to reach the spot.
Once you reach Kathmandu, explore the region a bit and then you can take a flight to Lukla. You can clearly see the mighty Everest on reaching the small town. From Lukla, your journey begins to the tallest base camp of the world.
Way up: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding – Namche Bazaar – Tengboche – Dingboche – Lobuche – Gorak Shep – EBC
Way down: Gorek Shep – Pheriche – Tengboche – Monjo – Lukla – Kathmandu
Although trekking from 9000 ft. to 17,500 ft. is not an easy task, you can do it if you have lots of stamina and past trekking skills. You can complete the distance from Lukla to Base Camp early but due to less Oxygen at the high altitude, you need to move steadily along your body to adjust the climate.
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
If you have limited stay in Nepal and yet want to get some trekking experience along with some spectacular views, you must go for the Poon Hill Trek of the Annapurna mountain range in Nepal. Usually, it takes 5 days to complete the trek (2 days to reach Ghorepani, and 3 days to return to Nayapul).
However, a lot depends on your speed. Nayapul is located at the western part of Kathmandu at a distance of 133 km, which can be covered in 4 hours. You trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek will start from Nayapul, which is the official starting point. Don’t forget to take tour permits before you start the trip. There are two different permits required for the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, which are available easily at a nominal cost.
Stay at friendly teahouses and wander through stunning rhododendron forests full lush greenery. Don’t forget to try the special Nepali momo dumplings.
Locating the place is not difficult as it’s well-maintained but road signs are somewhere missing, so you need to check with the locals. You can hire a guide to prevent this hassle if you have a little budget for the same.
Tamang Heritage Trek
Close to the famous Langtang Valley, Tamang Heritage Trek is just a quick drive from the city of Kathmandu. You need to reach Syabrubesi from where you will start your trek. Hiring a private car is the best option to reach the spot but if you have a budget issue, you can go for public buses, which ply on the route daily.
A short trek from 5 to 7 days will reach you to the spot, which was established as a community-based project to enhance local agricultural life through tourism. However, footfalls of Tamang Heritage Trek is low as compared to other trekking spots. The journey to reach the heritage trek is through the Tamang villages, where you can get a glimpse of a traditional lifestyle, local culture, ancient customs, and traditions. You can enjoy the mystic mountain scenery, terraced fields, and breathtaking climate. If you are from a commercial city of concrete jungles, you will find this place amazing.
Talking about ideal trekking time, like other places of Nepal, best season to visit is from March to May and from Sep to Nov. Due to average altitude, you can comfortably trek during the winter season.
Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek acts as a natural barrier between the Tibetan plateau and the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. It is a difficult terrain compared to other treks, so you should be mentally prepared to start the journey.
The trek is around the eight highest mountain of the world Manaslu, which has a height of 8,163 meters. Manaslu Circuit Trek will need you to pass through the remote and off-the-beaten-paths to reach the mountainous wonderland.
You can experience some of the best panoramas in the world complemented with a taste of indigenous villages and traditional culture. Although it’s a wild and remote trek, you can find teahouses during your journey. So you get exempted from bringing food and tent.
These teahouses are quite comfortable with all required amenities. Each room has two single bed and the house has a common area for meals. Besides, a bonfire is available for travelers to relax them from cold.
Most teahouses are quite basic but comfortable, with two single beds in each room. There is a common area for meals and relaxing, which is a great place to stay warm around the fire at night.
Gokyo Lake Trek
The Gokyo Lake has its religious significance among the Hindus & the Buddhist communities apart from its geographical importance. A total 17 days journey will take you to the Gokyo Lakes Trek, which is situated at an altitude of 5357m. There are short flights from Kathmandu to Lukla from where you will start the trek. If you don’t want to go by flight, you can board a bus from Kathmandu to Jiri. However, from Jiri, it is additional 7-day’s trek to Lukla.
As you will be trekking through the Sagarmatha National Park, you will need a permit as it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site.
During the trek, you will pass through a well-trodden path, which can be rocky but to cover this trip, you not need any special equipment. There is no mountaineering or rock climbing involved during the entire journey. You will pass through the Sherpa land, where you can have some glimpse of the Buddhist culture and tradition
Accommodation is not a problem as there are a plenty of teahouses on the Gokyo Lakes trek, which are relatively comfortable. You can get many varieties of accommodation in the region starting from ultra-budget hotels to good ones, where you will get facilities electric blankets and hot showers.
Nar Phu Valley Trek
Situated at an altitude of 5280m, the Nar Phu Valley Trek is an excellent trip into the unexplored valley situated in the north of Annapurna. This trek was opened for trekkers only in the year 2003 due to which there are a plenty of things to explore in the region. Best time to visit this trek spring (March – April) and autumn (September - November).
Nar Phu Valley trek starts from Syange following the famous trekking routes of Annapurna Circuit trail and then branch off from Koto to follow the off the beaten track to Nar Phu valley. A challenging terrain, this trek demands you to be physically fit completely as you need to face steep ascents and uneven roads.
Unlike other treks, accommodation option is limited here, you should cover certain distances each day. Trekking across the valley, you can spot the Khampas, who are Tibetan refugees, whose culture and tradition will fascinate you. People in the region are mostly Buddhist, who speak their own native language. So communicating with them may be a challenge.
Besides the remote villages, the entire journey is complemented by the scenic view of snow-capped mountains and beautiful forest. As Nar Phu Valley Trek is located in the most remote region of the Manang District, you can visit the area only after acquiring a special permit.
So here are the 6 most magnificent trekking spots of Nepal, which you should explore if you are one of those adventurous persons. These trekking spots will thrill you to the core of your heart and relief you from the city culture for at least some period of time.
However, be prepared before you start your journey carrying all necessary clothes according to the weather you visit. Medicine is one most important thing that you should carry if you are on any particular medication. There are limited medicine shops, which may not contain your recommended medicine. For safety purpose, you can carry some common medicines for ailments like fever, cold, vomiting and lose motion.
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