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Trekking Nepal to Himalayas and Everest Base Camp

I went trekking in Nepal. It was great.

Here is what it looks like, the views are incredible:

This person is hiking with backpack and poles to the Everest base camp.

My trekking adventure in Nepal was an experience that transformed me. It was a journey not just through the rugged landscapes but also an inner voyage that tested my limits and expanded my horizons. I had spent months preparing for this trek, pouring over maps, and researching the different trails. Finally, I settled on the Annapurna Circuit, a challenging yet rewarding route that promised unparalleled views of the Himalayas.

I arrived in Kathmandu with my backpack, which was a 65-liter Osprey that had enough compartments to organize my gear methodically. It was packed with essentials: a lightweight sleeping bag rated for sub-zero temperatures, a down jacket to shield me from the biting cold, and a pair of broken-in hiking boots that I trusted to keep my feet comfortable over the rough terrain.

The trek began in Besisahar, and as I started my ascent, I was immediately struck by the sheer beauty of the landscape. The trail was a mix of narrow dirt paths and rocky steps, meandering through verdant forests and terraced fields. I carried trekking poles that helped me maintain my balance and rhythm, especially on the steeper inclines where the altitude began to make itself known.

Each night, I stayed in teahouses, simple lodgings that offered a bed and warm meals. These became cozy sanctuaries where I would interact with other trekkers and share tales of our travels. The rooms were basic, often just a wooden bed frame with a thin mattress, but after a day of trekking, it felt like the most comfortable place on earth.

I trekked for days, each one presenting a new challenge, from crossing suspension bridges that spanned rushing rivers to navigating high-altitude passes. The Thorong La Pass was the pinnacle of the trek, standing at a breathtaking 17,769 feet. The air was thin, and each breath required effort. I remember the feeling of elation mixed with exhaustion as I stood at the top, surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna range.

The descent was a relief for my legs, but it was also a time of reflection as I passed through villages that seemed untouched by time. The local Nepalese greeted me with smiles and “Namaste,” a warmth that added to the richness of the experience.

My trek was more than just a physical endeavor; it was a spiritual awakening.

 

 

Interesting info

  1. Nepal welcomed over 1.17 million tourists in 2019, with trekking and mountaineering among the most popular activities for visitors.
  2. Trekking in Nepal generates around $300 million in revenue for the country each year.
  3. The Everest region is the most popular trekking destination in Nepal, with around 40,000 trekkers visiting the region each year.
  4. The Annapurna region is the second most popular trekking destination, attracting around 30,000 trekkers each year.
  5. Nepal has eight of the world’s 14 highest peaks, making it a popular destination for mountaineers and trekkers seeking to climb or view these impressive mountains.
  6. The highest point on the Everest Base Camp Trek is the Kala Patthar summit, which stands at 5,545 meters (18,192 feet) above sea level.
  7. The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the longest and most challenging treks in Nepal, covering a distance of around 230 kilometers (143 miles) over the course of 15-20 days.
  8. The Langtang Valley Trek is a shorter trek, covering a distance of around 60 kilometers (37 miles) over the course of 7 days.

 

You will walk 4-8 hours per day. The path varies from smooth to rough. Accents can be 500 meters per day.

You will need comfortable hiking boots.

 

 

Hikers on the way to base campBe sure to travel with a government authorized tour operator.

It takes 14 days and costs 2000 US dollars to complete the Everest trek.

The best time of year to go is September to November.

Famous mountains in Nepal

  1. Mount Everest
  2. Lhotse
  3. Makalu
  4. Cho Oyu
  5. Dhaulagiri
  6. Manaslu
  7. Annapurna
  8. Kangchenjunga
  9. Gaurishankar
  10. Ama Dablam
  11. Nuptse
  12. Pumori
  13. Langtang Lirung
  14. Baruntse
  15. Thamserku

 

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How to get here

  1. By air: The easiest way to get to Nepal is by flying into Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, which is the main gateway to Nepal’s mountains. From there, you can take a domestic flight or hire a private car to reach your destination.
  2. Trekking: Many of Nepal’s mountains can be reached by trekking or hiking. There are several trekking routes and trails that lead to popular destinations such as Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, and Langtang. You can either join a guided trek or plan your own trekking route.
  3. Overland travel: If you are traveling from India or Tibet, you can reach Nepal’s mountains by overland travel. There are several border crossings between Nepal and these countries, and you can take a bus or hire a private car to reach your destination.

 

 

The Himalayan countries include Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and India.

I would give my deepest thanks for a trip here.

 

 

 

  • Best time to trek: The best seasons for trekking in Nepal are during spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). During these times, the weather is generally stable, and the views are clear. Monsoon season (June-August) is best avoided due to heavy rain, and winter (December-February) can be quite cold and snowy at higher elevations.
  • Altitude sickness: When trekking in Nepal, especially in the higher altitude regions, it’s important to be aware of the risk of altitude sickness. Take time to acclimatize, ascend slowly, and stay hydrated.
  • Permits and regulations: Most trekking areas in Nepal require a permit, such as the TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card and various conservation area permits. Make sure to obtain the necessary permits before starting your trek.
  • Guided treks vs. independent treks: Hiring a guide or joining a guided group can be helpful, especially for first-time trekkers in Nepal. Guides can provide valuable information about the routes, local culture, and safety.
  • Accommodation and meals: Most trekking routes in Nepal have a network of teahouses, which provide basic accommodation and meals. Staying in teahouses allows you to travel light and meet other trekkers while experiencing local hospitality.
  • Physical fitness and preparation: Trekking in Nepal can be physically demanding, so it’s essential to be in good shape before you go. Start a training regimen that includes aerobic exercise, strength training, and hiking with a loaded backpack.

 

 

Also try Everest high pass trek, and Annapurna base camp trek.

Q: What are the toilet facilities like on the trekking routes? A: Toilet facilities on the trails can range from squat toilets in tea houses to a more ‘au naturel’ approach when on the trail. It’s part of the charm of the great outdoors. Don’t forget to pack toilet paper and hand sanitizer!

Q: Is it expensive to trek in Nepal? A: The cost of trekking in Nepal can vary widely depending on the length of your trek, the level of luxury you desire, and whether you hire a guide and/or porter. But compared to a luxury cruise, it’s definitely a cheaper way to get fit and see the world!

Q: Do I need to be super fit to trek in Nepal? A: Well, you don’t need to be an Olympic athlete, but a decent level of fitness will make your trekking experience much more enjoyable. Remember, at high altitude, even the fittest individuals can feel like they’re lugging an elephant on their back.

Q: Do I need a guide? A: While it’s possible to trek independently in some areas, having a guide can be incredibly valuable. They’re like your personal GPS, translator, cultural mediator, and crisis manager all in one. Plus, hiring a guide supports the local economy.

Q: Are there any safety concerns while trekking? A: Apart from the potential for altitude sickness, Yeti encounters are relatively rare. Jokes aside, common risks include slips and falls, getting lost, or encountering bad weather. Good preparation, acclimatization, and common sense go a long way towards keeping you safe.