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Nepal is the ultimate destination
for the trekking enthusiast –offering a myriad of
possibilities from the short and easy to the demanding
challenges of the snowy peaks. Easy, Moderate or rigorous
– there is something for every plate. Nepal has
aptly bee called “A
Trekkers Paradise” as
her terrain – mountain, hills and the Terai -0 offers
some of the most specatacular trekking routes in the world.
The immense contrasts in altitudes and climates found
here support an equally spectacular mix of lifestyles
and wildlife. Trekking in Nepal is as much a cultural
experience as a Himalayan Adventure. In the shadows and
foothills of the icy pinnacles of the himalaya, one passes
picturesque charming villages inhabited by diverse ethnic
groups. Treks vary from expeditions, high altitude treks
to simple easy paced walks.
main trekking regions are catagorized as below.
world's best trekking trail"
The annapurna region lies toward the north
of Central Nepal. The region has been recognized
as one of the word’s best trekking trails
according to a recent survey by Modern Maturity
[USA]. The highlights of his part if Nepal
are Annapurna Peaks, Mt. Dhaulagiri, River
Kali Gandaki and several other peaks. Gateway
to Annapurna trekking region is the famous
city of Pokhara. The most prominent ethic
groups of Annapurna region are gurung, Thaklai
and Managhba. Animals found here are pika,
blue sheep and Himalyan Tahr and vegetation
ranges from tropical species to temperate
forests of oak, beech and rhododendron.
The popular trekking routes of the region
are Jomsom, Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna
Base Camp, Annapurna foothills, Sikles, lamgjun,
Dhaulagiri, Upper Mustang and around Pokhara.
The best time to visit is during spring and
autumn. Unlike other part of Nepal, even the
monsoon months are idela to visit to Upper
Mustang that falls in therain shadow area.
Most trekking routes in the Annapurna region
are well serviced by teahouse trekkers should,
however, be careful while trekking to the
more remote parts of the region.
Regardless of the
trek chosen. It is most likely that Pokhara
would be either the starting or ending point
of your trek in the Annapurna region. Pokhara
is located 200 kilometers west of kathmandu
and can be reached by road in about six hours
by air in thirty minutes from the capital.
For road travel there are a number of tourist
buses available daily both form kathmandu
and form Chitwan. Food accommodation and other
tourist families of all ranges are available
in and around Pokhara.
Entry fee is necessary for Annapurna Conservation
Area Project region. The permit must be purchased
before starting the trek and can be obtained
in Thamel, Kathmandu, or Lakeside, Pokhara.
Trekkers are adviced to arrange their trek
though a government recognized trekking agency.
Langtang Area –
Langtang area, is toward the north
of Kathmandu valley. The scenery here is spectacular,
and the trek more adventurous as the area is
visited by fewer tourist. To the west of Langtang
is Ganesh Himal with a range of 6,000 to 7,000
meters. The main ethic groups living here are
Sherpas and Tamang. The forests in the region
have temperate and sub-apline vegetation. Wildlife
includes migratory birds, deer. Monkeys,Tahr
and Pika. The best time for trekking in the
langtang are is sring and autumn. Most of the
trekking routs in Helambhu and Langtang are
well served with teahouse making independent
trekking quite possible. But, there are no such
facilities in the Ganesh Himal area or Ganga
Access to Helabhu is particularly easy and quick.
Sundarijal, which one of the most convenient
staring points is an hour’s drive from
kathmandu. Other possible road are ideal heads
are at Buddhanikantha, kakani and four hour
drive away at Melachi Pul. For langtang and
and Ganesh himal the chioce is limited –
drived to Dhuche in Rasuwa district. The road
then continues to Syabrubesi from where Ganesh
Himal and langtang treks can start. Hindu pilgrimage
site and popular tourist place Gosainkunda can
be reached from either of the two routes. However,
the way via Rasuwa is easier. Buses leave regularly
from the Balaju bypass close to the main bus
park at Gangabu.
Permits and Fees :
The northern part the area
largely fall within the boundaries of Langtang
of langtang National Park. Entry permits should
be obtained from Themel, Kathmandu, before staring
trek, To reach Helabhu form Kathmandu, a permit
to pass throught Shivapuri Watershed Area is
required. This can be obtained at the entry
permit counter at the national Park.
The Everest region is located in the northeast
of Nepal. The most visited part of this region
is Solukhumbu district, home of the legendary
Sherpas and the highest peak of the world. The
Mt. Everest at. 8,848 meters. To the north of
Solokhumbu is Everest national park, while to
the east is the Makalu Barun National Park.
The major ethic groups that live in the Everest
region are Sherpas, Rais, Tamangs Brahmins and
Chhetries. Diverse range of wildlife and vegetation
are seen in the region barking deer in the forest.
Birds include Impeyan Pheasant, ravens, crows,
choughs an snow pigeons. The best to visit is
spring and autumn.
Popular trekking area is Everest Base Camp,
Gokyo Valley, Lukla, Pike Danda, Duda Kunda,
Salleri, Chiwong Circuit, Hinkhu, Hongu Valleys
and Everest to Arun Valley. Interesting landmarks
near Syangboche are Khumjung School built by
Sir Edmund Hillary in 1968. How to trek in the
Everest region depends on the route chose. Teahouse
trekking is possible on the main trail to Everest
Base Camp0 or the route up Gokyo Valley. The
trail from Jiri to Lukla also has teahouse on
the Valley. The trail from Jiri to Lukla also
has teahouse on the way.
Everest region can be reached by air or on foot.
Buses to Jiri leave from the new bus park in
kathmandu .Jiri is ten-hour drive from Kathmandu.
By air. There are three options. The most convenient
for Everest trek is Lukla, which is serviced
by many ailrlines whith daily flights from kathmandu.
Another option is the airstrip at Phaplu. Neat
the district headquarter which is serviced by
daily flights from the capital. The last choice
is the small airstrip at Syngboche, which is
located above namche Bajar. Despite being an
option, altitude makes it an impractical an
unwise choice as an arrival destination for
Permits and fees
Special trekking permits are not required to
visit this area. Entry fees are charged for
accesss to Everest National Park and Makalu
Barun National Park. Entry fees can be paid
at the National Park des in Thamel. Kathmandu