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Trekking in Nepal

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Trekking has been a huge draw for tourists who visit Nepal, making it a prestigious destination for trekkers worldwide. The majestic Himalayan Range offers a delightful experience, and leaving Nepal without exploring it on foot is something you should not even imagine. Do start to train once you have set your eyes on visiting this enchanted land.  Once you have obtained the necessary permits to trek, you can embark on your journey.  The beauty of trekking in Nepal is that every trek is unique, and all will fill up your senses with breathtaking glimpses of snow-capped Himalayan peaks, lakes, valleys, or even trails passing through nondescript villages and monasteries.

The ideal time for trekking is post-monsoon during the winter months up to spring.  The skies are bright and resplendent and offer brilliant views of the mountains, making the trek all the more worthwhile.  Let’s travel through some of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal.

The Annapurna Circuit

The Annapurna Circuit is challenging and truly a trekking trail that leaves you both inspired and humbled as you navigate through the world’s tallest mountain range and ascend gradually towards impossible heights. Ensure that your accommodation is booked for the trek as this trail has a considerable amount of footfall and is one of the most sought-after trekking circuits. The trail weaves its way offering splendid views of Manaslu and Himalchuli peaks.  It is a spiritual halt at the oldest monastery in Nepal, and finally, it culminates at Jomsom in the desert-like terrain of Manang and Mustang.  You will pass through the Thorong La Pass, Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest in the world, Muktinath Temple, Tilicho lake, a lake situated at the highest altitude, and the beautiful Rupse Waterfall. Your trip will be a treasure trove of memories that you will collect along the way.

The Rara Lake Trek

The Rara Lake trek is yet another unique trekking trail that passes through the villages of the Jumla and Mugu districts of Nepal.  Also called the “Queen of the lakes,” it provides you with serene surroundings and unimaginably beautiful views all around.  En route, you can visit the ancient village of Mincha, which is famous for its many Buddhist stupas.  It is this trek that unfolds before you the Rara National Park, which is home to the famous musk deer, the Himalayan black bear, leopard, and the Ghoral.  Though the trail is a bit remote, you will surely find the tranquility it offers worth the effort.

The Upper Mustang Trek

The Upper Mustang Trek is yet another trek that offers a unique trans Himalayan expedition experience.  It traces the ancient caravan route starting from Jomsom and offers breathtaking views of the Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri ranges.  You can see some of the oldest monasteries in the world en route and be enchanted by the chortens and the fluttering prayer flags that line the entire trail.  Though independent treks are not allowed in this trail, having a guide gives you safety and know-how and allows you to gain insight into the lives of the inhabitants.  The Tibetan-influenced lifestyle of the people there is quite unique and worth exploring.

The Kanchenjunga Circuit

The Kanchenjunga Circuit is one of the more physically challenging treks, but if you desire to walk through the foothill of the third highest peak in the world at a staggering height of 8586 meters, you must be prepared for the cold.  With determination and preparation in place, you can proceed to embark upon this one-of-a-kind trek in the world. You will pass through lush blooms of rhododendrons that paint the trail in all hues. Go through the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, walk by the Yalung glacier, and reach the Kanchenjunga North or South base camp.

The Everest Base Camp trek

Last but not least, The Everest Base Camp trek is indeed a soul-stirring experience.  It is one of the most trekked routes in Nepal, and many tourists make it is an integral part of their travel itinerary.  The trek starts from Lukla – a short flight away from Kathmandu.  Once you embark on this trail, you will pass through the Tengboche monastery, Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mount Everest.  The Khumbu glacier with hanging icicles and inch your way to Kala Patthar, which is the highest point of the trek and offers the closest view of the magnificent Mount Everest standing tall at the altitude of 8848 meters.

However, if you wish to see Mount Everest and are not keen on trekking, you can avail the Everest Helicopter Tour.  It enables you to witness the tallest peak in the world in all its glory and make your visit to this Himalayan kingdom worth it. The memories you will make along the way will most certainly last a lifetime, and who knows if the mountains call out to you yet again.

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