Touted as one of the most scenic and culturally prosperous places in the world, Nepal is filled with picturesque and remote trekking routes guaranteed to satisfy every trekker’s fantasies. Nepal is home to the highest peak in the world and with it a great number of high-altitude treks that give trekkers and travelers a glimpse of the raw beauty and serenity of the Himalayas.
Best Trekking Regions
The trekking trails in Nepal offer visitors a chance to observe the tallest of mountains, the most barren of lands and the most isolated as well as stunning places in the world, all in one sweep. The most famous of the treks are Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Gokyo Valley Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, Langtang Trek, Gosainkunda Lake Trek, Rara Trek, and Upper Dolpo Trek just to name a few. The trails in treks take you along the most gorgeous and awe-inspiring landscapes ensuring the travel to be an experience of a lifetime that trekkers dream of.
Best time to Trek
The Himalayan backdrop of Nepal’s trekking trails offer such visitors this exact thing only intensified a hundred folds. Couple that with the medieval villages and communities found while on such trails and what you have is a recipe for an unforgettable expedition. However, timing is everything. Since most of the trails in Nepal follow along alpine routes, traveling during summers is not the most preferable thing to do. Summers in Nepal which comes between June and August bring about ample rain with it making the routes wet and muddy. September through November is the best time for backpacking through any of the trekking routes in Nepal given that September brings perfect clear skies of autumn with it. Furthermore, winters from December to February and spring from March to May is also a feasible time to travel. But most of the villages that lay on the trail to most of the treks in Nepal are deserted during winter, making it a very isolated experience.
Teahouse and Camping Trek
The trekking trails are laid with lodges and teahouses along the way to make your journey comfortable and relatively easier. Teahouse treks are generally the most popular ones since the trekkers need not be concerned with accommodation and food. With multiple options for logistics, you can be solely focused on experiencing the best of what Nepal has to offer. Teahouse treks also provide additional services as per your need. Some major teahouse treks are:
Camping Treks have also been popular among travelers aspiring to explore Nepal in its rawest form. These treks involve staying in tents and camps for the night. You will have the experience of immersing into the Himalayas, serene trails and starry skies in these treks. Some of the most popular camping treks are:
Both the teahouse and camping treks are worthwhile since getting to live under the stars in the wilderness is an experienced traveler die for. Conversely, since some of the treks are dangerous and hard to achieve, some kind of grading is given to them for the travelers to be aware of. The grading starts from Easy to Strenuous Plus which means that it is almost impossible for some. Due to the heavy flow of visitors, most treks in the Himalayas of Nepal are placed somewhere between Moderate and Strenuous. However, there are treks that are Strenuous Plus as well; i.e. treks over the altitude of 4500m.
Trekking Safety and Altitude Sickness
Nepal’s rugged landscapes push individuals to the extreme and then some. In such high-altitude trips, illnesses and altitude-sickness are quite common. Every trek comprises of at least a trekking guide and you are requested to immediately inform him/her if you or your fellow traveler is showing symptoms of any such illness. In order to make sure that the safety of tourist is the number one priority, the government of Nepal urges visitors to get some sort of travel insurance. Such insurances cover the cost of helicopter rescue in case of any emergencies. A minimum insurance of about 200,000 Nepali Rupees is recommended before anyone embarks on such journeys.
Trekking permits and Restricted Area Permits
Additionally, in order to trek through some parts of the Nepali wilderness tourists are required to get special permits from the government. Such permits are known as Trekkers' Information Management Systems or TIMS in which the destination of trekkers is listed along with their personal information. The cost of TIMS depends on the destination itself and can be applied for at the Nepal Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu. In addition, restricted area permits for treks in the Annapurna Sanctuary and Upper Mustang are also issued here.
Between the high altitude mountains and the warm shelters of teahouses or isolated camps in the trail, one is likely to find what they have been looking for. A trip in the Himalayas of Nepal is sure to be an experience of a lifetime.