Nepal is a natural beauty and anyone with slight interest in adventure and excitement will find Nepal as one the best places to trek and explore the natural beauty, large mountains, flowing rivers and experience the old Sherpa culture. This summer I planned a trip to Nepal (my first one) and during the trip I was simply amazed with the way nature has bestowed Nepal with beauty, grace and rich culture. Right from the Mount Everest trek to other less known areas which are simply beautiful and provide breathtaking scenes and excitement. I have already written a post on how to trek mount Everest.
While researching for this trip and talking to friends who have already been there, I set up my travel itinerary in a manner that I could get the best value for my money while at the same time visit almost every known place in Nepal where tourists from all over the world flock during the summer season. Here is what I learned and experienced:
Though Nepal has a varied nature and you will face relatively mild or cold weather as you climb the altitude however, be prepared for hot weather and some humidity. The low land areas are relatively hotter and humid. Before planning for your trek, be prepared to face the weather and choose your time accordingly. Though you can trek round the year however, temperature in different areas of Nepal vary and if you are someone from Europe or North America, hot weather can be challenging especially when you are climbing.
It is everybody’s dream to climb the Everest or at least trek on the footholds of the tallest mountain of the world. Everest Region is not only the popular Region but it is also one the exciting places where you will not only meet lots of likeminded trekkers but will also experience rich culture and beautiful places.
During my trek, I was simply impressed by the Rhododendron wooded area. It was one of the most serene places you could ever experience and this serene experience was further enhanced when we visited Dudh Koshi River. This river is the highest river in the world in terms of elevation and offers you a once in a life-time experience of walking or travelling in a vehicle over a wooden bridge. If you like to surf or boat, this river offers you more than enough excitement and adventure.
On our way to Everest Base Camp Trek we also visited Tengboche monastery.
I heard a lot about Annapurna Region and many hyper-active trekkers provided great opinion about the sheer excitement to be enjoyed on this trek. Annapurna Region consists of a range of peaks including Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu and Langtang. I was lucky to also get a glimpse of Kali Gandaki – the world’s deepest traverse. Also don’t miss out Panorama trek and Jomsom trek.
The reason to mention Manaslu Region separately is just because it is probably one of the most diverse trekking range in Nepal. If you like Trekking in Nepal , Manaslu is one of the less known and culturally diverse regions to explore. It lies within the Annapurna Region and is located near the Tibetan border and walking down this trek offered me the opportunity to cross the Larkey La Pass which is at the height of 5200 meters.
Trails of Langtang Region are also equally spectacular and to be counted as best destination for trekking in Nepal. Gosainkunda Lake, Helambu region, Langtang National Park, Rustic settlements inhabited by Tamang and Sherpa people, beautiful peaks like Langtang Lirung (7227m), Naya Kanga (5844m) etc. and walking to Ganja La or Ganesh Himal area are the lures of Langtang Region. If you want to see many trails and walk different treks, all located in one Region, Langtang is the place to start your journey.
My excitement and joy doubled when our guide took us to Mustang Valley – a place which is untouched and unexplored. For from the modernism and the commercial trekking, this is the place where you will find raw culture of Nepal, untouched beauty with semi-arid wilderness with deep ravines, rock ridges and snow-capped peaks including Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and a number of other peaks.
Trekking is not only adventurous in nature but also offers a great opportunity to learn a lot. Do make sure you take a journal with yourself and document your journey with vivid pictures of natural beauty.