With front-row seats for the world’s highest mountains, Nepal is a country-sized adventure playground for lovers of the great outdoors. In the Nepal Himalaya, trekkers can clamber over creaking glaciers and tie prayer flags atop knife-edge mountain passes, before stopping for the night in ancient stone villages, sharing the camaraderie of the trail with a legion of like-minded trekkers over salted butter tea.
With Nepal’s fantastic trekking infrastructure, you don’t need to do much more than fly in, arrange a trekking permit, and start walking, but you do need to decide where to go – no easy task in a country with this many mountains. Towering snowy peaks trace the northern reaches of Nepal in a mighty sweep from 7132m Mount Api in the west to 8586m Kanchenjunga in the east. Most trekkers make a beeline for Everest Base Camp, or the looping trek encircling the Annapurna Range near Pokhara, but there are dozens of other treks, some starting within walking distance of the capital, Kathamndu, and others only accessible on challenging camping expeditions with packhorses and guides. Here’s an overview of what to expect from Nepal’s top trekking regions.
· Buddhist Culture
· Ease Of Trekking
The high-altitude valleys of Solukhumbu. form the main approach route for ascents of Mt Everest (8848m), and Everest Base Camp (EBC), the tent city used by mountaineers attempting the summit, is one of the most famous trekking destinations in the world. This does mean crowds. Up to 1000 trekkers arrive at the tiny mountain airstrip at Lukla every day during the peak trekking months from October to November and March to April, putting sleeping bag space at a premium.
The flip side of popularity is excellent infrastructure. Comfortable trekking lodges flank the entire route from Lukla, and modern-world luxuries such as Snickers bars, hot showers and Wi-Fi internet are available all the way to Base Camp. Factor in ancient Buddhist monasteries, yeti relics and awe-inspiring views of Everest, Ama Dablam and other landmark summits and it’s easy to see the appeal