Trekking In Nepal
Situated in between China and India, Nepal is a country with a strong natural and cultural presence. Nepal boasts thoroughly preserved traditions and gifts of Mother Nature which help create perfect trekking destinations across the country. Trekking in Nepal offers the opportunity to experience an astounding variation of geography including the majestic Himalayas in the northernmost parts of the country. With diverse geography come diverse terrains, a perfect blend to create ridges, trails, and pathways to set foot on and embark on a journey of exploration of nature and self.
Trekking in Nepal has been popularized especially in the Himalayan region because of its impeccable heights and breathtaking sceneries. Moreover, the glorious reception offered by the ethnic communities also adds up to the experience. Trekking in Nepal differs in various factors including difficulty, duration, popularity, and mode of accommodation.
In terms of difficulty, treks can range from the strenuous Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek to a leisure climb up on the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek. Similarly, Limi Valley Trek, Everest Three Passes Trek, Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek, and Upper Dolpo Trek are some of the difficult ones. On the contrary, Tamang Heritage Trek, Kathmandu Valley Rim Trek, Gurung Heritage Trek, and Helambu Trek are the easy ones.
Treks in Nepal also vary according to the duration where the shorter ones can last as long as 4 to 5 days and the lengthy ones last for around 100 days. Gurung Heritage Trek, Mohare Danda Trek, Helambu Trek, Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, and Everest Panorama Trek are a few of the short and easy treks in Nepal. These treks can also be done in the winter and monsoon seasons as well. As such, Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, Upper Dolpo Trek, Limi Valley Trek, Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, and the Great Himalayan Trail Trek are the long ones. Coincidentally, the short treks are also ideal teahouse treks. Teahouse treks are the most popular treks in Nepal where trekkers stay at local teahouses with facilities for lodging and dining. Some other famous teahouse treks are Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and Langtang Valley Trek. Camping treks are those where trekkers spend the night in tents and campsites. During these treks, trekkers also have to prepare their food and tents.
In recent times, off-beat treks are beginning to gather the attention of trekkers who prefer solitude and pristine trekking environment. Upper Dolpo Trek, Limi Valley Trek, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, and Manaslu Circuit Trek are a few of the brilliant off-beat trekking routes.
Likewise, trekking in Nepal is best during the spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) seasons. Winter (December-February) and monsoon (March-May) are generally less than ideal but offer unique trekking experiences to travellers. While Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo Treks can be done during the monsoon, the short and easy treks can be done throughout the year. As trekking is not as extreme as mountain climbing, it can be attempted by a wide range of travellers based on their preference, need for the level of activity and difficulty.