Do you know about some of the most amazing things that you should not miss while trekking in Nepal? If the answer is ‘No’ then, you are in the right place to find the answer. This blog is a list of 10 things to not miss while trekking in Nepal.
Nepal is much more than just paving paths to the mountains. The extensive trials and amazing trekking destinations in Nepal have attracted a huge number of visitors for trekking in Nepal. Nepal offers many distinct aspects for travelers which undoubtedly makes it one of the favorite trekking destinations.
As most treks are far from the busy streets of the city area and near to the heavenly mountainous area, trekking in Nepal offers a unique yet charming experience to make your trip worthy. Here are some things you can not afford to miss while trekking in Nepal. Here we go…
Nepal is home to people from different religions, backgrounds and ethnic groups. It is known for its diverse culture, tradition, and hospitality around the world.
Usually, the trekking trails are along the Gurung, Sherpa, Tharu, and many more human settlements. These local people have been able successfully preserve their culture for hundreds of years. An important part of this culture is the respect and hospitality for guests.
In Nepal, guests are regarded as gods. People of these ethnic villages welcome you with warmth, show generous gestures and treat you with love and respect. Offering glimpses of cultural food and dances can also be seen. Trekkers are pleased with local people’s hospitality and it certainly helps you to take back good unforgettable memories.
The first thing that comes in our mind when we say Nepal is of course mountain adventure. The small yet wonderful country is known for numerous adventures from trekking, hiking to other adventure sports like rafting, bungee jumping and paragliding. Adventure seekers can get a perfect recipe of thrills, serenity and enjoyment here in Nepal.
Nepal hosts some of the highest mountains in the world and trekking to the base camps of these mountains is no joke. These trekking destinations in Nepal demand a high level of physical fitness and good endurance.
You can expect rough and difficult trekking trails with long trekking hours if you are looking for adventure trekking in Nepal. The suspension bridges, difficult trails, amazing landscapes and majestic mountains all add to the adventure in Nepal.
Nepal is well known as a country of natural and cultural diversity. It is a perfect country to explore nature. Trekkers can explore the distinct flora-fauna, wildlife, scenic views of mountains and lakes, ethnic culture and tradition while trekking in Nepal. The divergent geographic landscape of every part of Nepal offers an awesome destination for those who like to get most of nature’s work.
Sunrise views over the hills and mountains
Trekking in Nepal is incomplete until you enjoy the best sunrise over the Mountains. So, sunrise views has to be on the list of 10 things not to miss while trekking in Nepal. When the weather is clear, the sunrise is clearly visible.
Wake up before the sunrise and prepare yourself for the amazing sunrise that will brighten up your day. As the sun comes up, the majestic mountain range turns orange. It is one of the most beautiful views you’ll ever see. The gold turns to white and the peaks will sparkle with the rays of the sun. The time-lapse video of sunrise will always be amazing.
The local people of the villages serve ethnic food and delicacies to the trekkers. The local delicacies are tasty and warm that will ease your tiredness and pain.
An interesting fact about these delicacies is that the locals prepare it in a traditional way. The preparing methods are from ancient times and they’ve been preserving the methods till now.
Distinct flora and fauna
Most of the trekking trails of Nepal offer dense forests enriched with various species of flora and fauna. Some of those are distinct, endangered and found nowhere else in the world. So, you cannot miss exploring the abundant flora and fauna of Nepal while trekking in Nepal.
The climate and soil have a good impact on the growth of these vegetation. For example, the flora and fauna found in Upper Mustang trek cannot be found in Annapurna Base Camp trek. Every geographical region in Nepal has unique flora and fauna.
Out of 14 highest peaks of the world, 8 of them are in Nepal. The breathtaking view of the mountain ranges is obviously one of the 10 things you cannot miss while trekking in Nepal. There are various trekking destinations in Nepal that are appropriate for seeing these magnificent views.
Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Kanchenjunga Trekking, Langtang Trek, Makalu Base Camp Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, Upper Dolpo Trek and other treks are perfect for mountain views.
You can even find some of the treks which are specifically designed to witness mountain views of Nepal like Everest Panorama View Trek and Annapurna Panorama View Trek.
Cultural dance and music
For most part of your trek, you have to stay at available guest houses in different places to spend the night. While you trek through the local villages, you will get to explore the diverse ethnic groups and their culture.
The various ethnic groups like Gurung, Sherpa, Tamang and Rai have a thick settlement in the Hilly and Himalayan region. Some of them like in Ghandruk during Annapurna region trek will offer you to watch and enjoy their culture through music and dance. Dancers wear their own traditional attire. It is a good thing to learn about their culture and dance that happens to be thousands of years old.
The livelihood of local people
Trekking is an excellent way to be close with people of various backgrounds and explore their way of life. People of Gurung, Sherpa, Tamang and other ethnic groups living in the Himalayas have a somewhat different way of living compared to the people living in other parts of the country. They have kept their culture and tradition alive till date and it is a wonderful opportunity to explore those while trekking in Nepal.
Their typical ethnic clothing, cooking, language, agriculture methods, animal husbandry, and other livelihood activities are unique and amazing. People will also offer you to try some of their activities and enjoy the experience.
Temples and monasteries
The Himalayan region has a thick settlement of Buddhist followers. Among several cultural landmarks, there’s a beautiful Buddhist monastery in Namche Bazaar on route to Everest Base Camp Trek. The village in the Annapurna region has Tibetan influence which can be felt with the presence of Tibetan monasteries and fluttering colorful Tibetan prayer flags.
Trekkers can also choose to visit the holy Muktinath while trekking to Annapurna and Mustang areas. The holy Muktinath is said to fulfil the wishes of pilgrims who visit the temple. The Buddhist temples and monasteries of Mustang and Dolpo regions have unique architecture.
Apart from the trekking regions, Kathmandu Valley also hosts many temples, monasteries, stupas, mosques and Churches. So, you can also visit a lot of temples and monasteries in Kathmandu.
You should not miss to witness, explore and experience these while trekking in Nepal. Though, there are only 10 things mentioned above, Nepal also offers various other reasons that are best known when you visit Nepal.
These are only 10 things and you can obviously find more of the things as you travel and trek in Nepal. Comment below if you can think of anything else that can make its way into 10 things to not miss while trekking in Nepal that is not included here.