The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal (to call it by its official name) is a landlocked country in South Asia located along the Himalayas and bordered to the north by China and to the south, east, and west by India. The region is known for its beauty and its spectacular mountains – it’s home to eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including Mount Everest (the world’s highest point). A mecca for intrepid trekkers and adventurers, here are 6 of the most beautiful treks in Nepal where you can succumb to the endorphin inducing, all pervading sense of calm that comes with this rich part of the world….
Everest Base Camp
The Allure of the mighty Everest has enticed travellers for decades and now it’s more accessible than ever. Not that the Everest Base Camp Trek is not a challenge – it is 12 days walking after all and in high altitudes complete with rocky terrain and steep inclines but nothing surpasses the sense of achievement when you reach the base of the highest mountain in the world. Once you arrive in Kathmandu take some time to explore the region before taking a breathtaking flight to the mountainous town of Lukla where you can see Everest looming in the distance. Then your adventure begins with snaking, long trek paths, you will encounter monasteries, colourful homes and teahouses perched precariously on the hillside. Every time you turn around there will be a other awe-inspiring view that will imprint itself on your mind for evermore. Trekking to Everest Base Camp should be at the top of everyone’s bucket list.
Poon Hill Trek
Poon Hill trek is perfect for anyone who has limited time in Nepal and looking for a relatively easy trek with the same spectacular views as its bigger brothers. To make the most out of this vista, climb Poon Hill as the sun rises. The route starts and finishes in Nayapul, looping around Ghorepani and Ghandruk trek offering the intense and unique serenity that epitomises traditional Nepali life. Stay at friendly teahouses, tackle the challenging climb of Ulleri, follow the river, stroll through stunning rhododendron forests and watch monkeys play in the jungle greenery. Most importantly- try the local Nepali delicacies like mo-mo dumplings or sample the exceptionally good coffee. The experiences on this beautiful Nepal trekking route will provide you with happy memories and stories to tell for years to come, a truly unforgettable trip into the heart of the Himalayas.
Tamang Heritage Trek
The beginning of the Tamang Heritage Trek is just a short drive from Kathmandu so is a convenient trip for the time constrained. The local Tamang communities live a traditional lifestyle who offer a friendly welcome to passing travellers and are happy to share their rich culture. As the trek meanders through the breaktaking mountain scenery, you will experience pretty villages, terraced fields and bathe natural hot springs. A perfect trip for those who enjoy totally immersing themselves in local culture, ancient customs and traditions.
Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu has formed a natural barrier between Nepal and the Tibetan plateau and is one of the babies of the group with trails only opening in 1992. Easily one of the most scenic treks in Nepal, this serene trekking area offers beautiful wilderness surroundings and allows visitors get up close and personal with the eighth highest mountain in the world. The beauty of the Manaslu Circuit Trek is that it incorporates indigenous villages, natural wonders and some of the best panoramas in the world. It is a high altitude trek, so not one for the faint hearted but offers the perfect elements for thrill seekers and adventurers. Feel your troubles melt away as you fully immerse yourself in this magnificent, mountainous wonderland.
Gokyo Lake Trek
Buried deep, high up in the mighty Himalayas, there is a system of fresh water lakes known as the Gokyo lakes, they are immensely sacred and hold huge significance in the Hindu and Buddhist religions. The Gokyo Lake Trek blends spirituality with natural beauty and physical exertion. There are remarkable views of the Ngozumpa Glacier and of course peaks at the infamous “eight-thousanders” like; Everest, Lhotse Shar, Makalu and Cho Oyu. This stunning trek takes you through Sherpa land where elements of the Buddhist religion reverberates in the atmosphere, take in the prayer flags and pass the memorial sites before reaching the world’s highest water lake system. Here it is all about reflection and the trappings of modern society are nowhere to be seen.
Nar Phu Valley Trek
Nar Phu valley is an extraordinary, remote, unspoilt area of Nepal. The local people of the region live an ancient lifestyle whose ancestors constructed the stunning, ornate monasteries predominant on this trek. This route certainly takes you off the beaten track and away from the tourists tackling the more popular trails, it takes you into the heart of the Himalayas and to the heights of Kang La Pass and Thorung La Pass. The Nar Phu Valley trek is a newly opened route (2003), where there is so much to explore in this untouched wilderness, from remote, traditional villages and the glistening waters of some Himalayan rivers to colourful rhododendron and pine tree forests and an abundance of indigenous wildlife. This is a once-in-lifetime opportunity to enjoy an adventurous camping extravaganza in a totally unspoiled territory.
So there you have the 6 most beautiful treks in Nepal, offering something for everyone! No matter what your goal or your reason for being there, there is no escaping the truly awesome experience of clambering around on the roof of the world!