5 Fascinating Reasons to Trek in Nepal

A home of mythical creature, Yeti, Nepal has managed to mesmerize foreign tourists with its intriguing pasts. It is a small country located in the midst of two giant nations; India and China. The natural resources in this country are scarce, and so is the process of socioeconomic development. Despite these limitations, what it can’t make up in other necessities, it makes up in outdoor tourism.

Trekking is one of the most popular tourist activities in Nepal. More than 60% of adventure travelers visit Nepal for the sole purpose of trekking or hiking.

Why Trek in Nepal?

#1 Everest Vs Annapurna

The trekking on both the Everest and Annapurna regions occur at the same time, namely; Pre-monsoon (March-June) and Post-monsoon (September-November). Two of the best trek routes in the world, Everest region is popular for Mount Everest, Sherpa villages and Tengboche Monastery, while, Annapurna region is gifted with Annapurna mountain range, Thorong La Pass and Muktinath.

More than 100,000 trekkers visit these regions every year, making Nepal an ultimate destination for outdoor activity. Read complete article >>Here

Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar is the largest village of Khumbu valley

#2 Indigenous Lifestyles & Cultural Richness

The religious and cultural diversity is immense in such a small nation. More than 36 types of indigenous tribes can be found in Nepal alone, similarly, difference in language, culture and lifestyle hugely varies from one geographic region to other.

The northern is mostly inhabited by Buddhist tribes, while, the Hill and Terai is mostly inhabited by Hindus. You can taste multiple cultures, cuisines and colors while trekking in Nepal.

Monks rehearsing for Mani Rimdu
Monks rehearsing for Mani Rimdu Festival in Tengboche, Everest

#3 All around the Year Trekking

The geographic variety of Nepal offers destinations suited for trekking all around the year. The popular trails, such as, Everest, Annapurna and Langtang, can be visited during Spring and Autumn, while the rain-shadow areas can be visited throughout the year, even during Monsoon and winter seasons when trekking to high-altitude is next to impossible.

When to Trek?

  • Everest, Annapurna, Langtang and Manaslu = Spring & Autumn
  • Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo and Manang = All around the year
A tourist riding a mule in Mustang. It's a common mode of transportation here
A tourist riding a mule in Upper Mustang.

#4 High-altitude Regions

The northern landscape of Nepal is gifted with high-altitude regions. Most of the popular trails ascend above 5,000 meters (16,404 ft), therefore, making Nepal an acute destination for high-altitude trekking.

  • Kala Patthar (Everest Base Camp) = 5,643 m (18,514 ft)
  • Thorong La Pass (Annapurna Circuit) = 5,416 m (17,769 ft)
  • Larkya La Pass (Manaslu Circuit) = 5,125 m (16,814 ft)
  • Kongma La Pass (Everest 3 Passes) = 5,535 m (18,159 ft)
Cho La Pass is one of the 3 highest passes in Khumbu valley
Cho La Pass is one of the 3 highest passes in Khumbu valley

#5 Most Number of Eight-Thousander Peaks

Out of 14 mountain peaks in the world above 8,000 meters, 7 are located in Nepal, namely; Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Shishapangma, Manaslu and Makalu. These peaks are the major attractions among incoming tourists.

Most of the popular treks of Nepal are conducted in the close vicinity to these mountains, such as; Everest base camp trek, Annapurna base camp trek, Manaslu circuit trek etc.

Mount Everest
Mount Everest

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