Trekking in Nepal

Trekking in Nepal

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A trekkers paradise, Nepal heads and shoulders above from the rest of the world in terms of having the BEST landmarks that are suitable for trekking. The country is home to Mount Everest (8848m), 8 of the world's 10 tallest mountains and numerous other peaks. Trekking in Nepal is indeed the ultimate trekking destination for every backpacker.

One of the reasons why trekking in Nepal is so appealing is that these natural wonders are not affected by the rapid urbanization and are carefully protected. The Everest Base Camp trek is the prime example of this. Along the trek, you’ll go through settlements of Debuche, Tengboche, and Dingboche where you’ll find people who still adhere to the ancient Buddhist cultures. A feeling of cultural shock and natural drama of the Khumbu region is what people get in this trek.

Another euphoric trek that combines religion and nature and tests your willpower is the Annapurna base camp trek. With Mt. Annapurna (8091m) as the major attraction, this trek commences from Pokhara and later ventures towards gorgeous villages of Ghandruk and Ghorepani which provide the cinematic display of the surrounding. Fight roaring winds at Jomsom and bath in the taps of the divine Muktinath temple to add purpose to life. The Langtang region resides close to the Kathmandu valley and is home to the mesmerizing Gosainkunda Lake.

The trek is often referred to as the Langtang Gosainkunda trek and provides travelers a jaw-dropping view of the Helambu valley and the huge Langtang Mountain. Trek through Dhunche and Sybrubensi to snowy landslide-prone trails to reach the base of the Langtang (7227m) and find the true beauty of nature. Treks to Manaslu, Ganesh, Dolpo, and Kanchenjunga offer off-beaten tracks and solitude to a degree unimaginable. Similarly, Upper Mustang and Lo Manthang stand out as the trekking destinations ripe with ancient history, culture, and mystery.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek, Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, Langtang Gosainkunda Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, and Upper Mustang Trek are the most prominent ones when rating the treks on the basis of popularity. Likewise, there are innumerable combinations and variations of treks spread across the country.

As all of these treks reside in the mountain region of Nepal, these areas are prone to extreme temperatures and heavy snowfall so, proper clothing is a must. October to December is the best time to indulge in these treks as the weather is clear and provides awesome scenery too. With options in the winter season as well, these treks are an all-rounder. Only in some rare cases, you may require full physical fitness whereas, in most of the cases, it is not needed.

To trek in the extreme wilderness of Nepal is not a mere cakewalk but involves a rather uphill battle that tests your willpower and mental strength. The going may be tough but once you have conquered it, the feeling of joy is definitely worth it.

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