5 Best treks in Nepal Himalayas
Trekking in Nepal is one of the world-class adventure activities for every backpacker. Thousands of trekkers visit Nepal every year, to experience the Himalayas and explore in its unique culture, ancient heritage, warm hospitality and meet friendly people.
5 Best short treks in Nepal
If you access an international map and search for Asia, then you will find the Great Himalayan Range of Nepal, sandwiched between India and China. The country is relatively small, but home to some of the tallest mountains on Earth including Mt. Everest, and eight of the highest peaks in the world. Topographically Nepal is divided into three regions: Himalaya, Hills, and Terai. This diverse Geography of Nepal makes it an ideal place for trekkers making trekking in Nepal as the world-class destination for every backpacker. Thousands of trekkers visit Nepal every year, to experience the glorious Himalayas themselves and enjoy its unique diverse culture, ancient heritage, friendly people and warm hospitality.
Ghorepani Poon-Hill Trek is the most sort-ought trek in Nepal ideal for all trekkers. As it can be done within a short frame of time, the trek is the best option for the trekkers who have limited time but want to experience the Himalayas along with the nature, wildlife, people and the local culture of Nepal. This trek is considered a moderate trek with regards to walking hours and elevation, so it can be done by people from all walks of life regardless of their age, gender, shapes, or sizes. You don't have to be an experienced trekker or a person with an athletic physique to do this trek. Before embarking the trek you also get to Visit the vibrant Pokhara City where you can experience boating in the grand Phewa Lake meanwhile witnessing the mirroring reflection of Mt. Fishtail. The trek welcomes you with the quivering flower path of Rhododendrons and grants you an offer to experience the rambling rivers, vibrant forest, gushing waterfalls, wildlife, elegant valleys, exciting landscapes, and the glorious Himalayas. The viewpoint of Poonhill is the Highlight of this trek where you get to witness the classic sunrise followed by the captivating view of Mt. Dhaulagiri and full Annapurna Range. Besides you also get to visit the home of great Gurkha Warriors inhabited by the largest Gurung and Magar settlements, interact with the locals while witnessing and understanding their cultures. Many also add Paragliding and Zip-flying to their experience to make the most of your holiday. The trek is indeed an absolute blend of nature, culture, time, endurance level, elevation combined with a glorious view of the Himalayas.
2. Everest View Trek
After the first-ever successful Everest Summit by Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa back on May 29, 1953, the story soon reached all over the world that eventually brought the flood of trekkers in the Everest region. This shortened version of the Everest Base Camp Trek takes you to the journey that Hillary and Tenzing first reveled in the 90s on their quest to conquer the Everest. The Everest View Trek grants you the spectacular distant view of Mt. Everest along with magnificent picturesque of many other peaks. The Highest Mountain on Earth, Mt. Everest is the main attraction of this trek. Your journey to Everest starts with a thrilling mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which is an adventure in itself. Another aspect of this trek is to explore the unique Sherpa people, villages and their culture first hand. You further get to explore the Buddhist monasteries, shrines, chortens, and beautiful prayer flags on your trek. The entire trekking region falls under the Sagarmatha National Park, rich in mountain vegetation and wildlife. Along the way, you will cross over several suspension bridges, pass-through many mani walls while enjoying your journey, witnessing nature at its glory. It is a great opportunity to immerse your spirit in intrinsic beauty and extend your endurance beyond what you thought possible. The Everest View Trek is indeed an adventure of a lifetime that will take you to the insane heights, deep into nature on the Great Himalayan trails of Nepal miles from the cars, conveniences and busty city life.
Not far from Pokhara, Mardi Himal is a short relatively easy and unspoiled trek in the Annapurna region located beneath the Mt. Machapuchhre. This new trail was officially opened in 2012 and was only accessed by limited trekking groups with tents and catering crew for a long period. As the route experiences a fewer number of trekkers, the solitary trail makes this trek ideal choice for those who are looking to trek in the quieter parts of the region within a short holiday timeframe. This less-visited trail takes you all the way up to the Mardi Himal Base Camp through rugged terrains with basic yet optimal local teahouse accommodation facilities. Another benefit about this route is that the trail makes small circuit up to the Mardi Base Camp so we don’t have to walk that same trail again. As the trail mostly stays along the ridge, the elevation gain becomes more progressive. The exciting glance of Rhododendrons and many other vibrant flowers around every corner is one of the most beautiful aspects of this trek that excites most of the Trekkers. While enjoying the extraordinary view of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli, you also get to appreciate the gorgeous lakes, dynamic valleys, verdant forest, terraced farms, dazzling rivers, waterfalls and cultural insight of the region. Try having some typical local cuisines, while enjoying the excellent hill and mountain landscape. Perhaps, Mardi Himal trek comprises of every aspect of adventure that trekkers wish to have on their journey.
The Nearest Himalayan range from Kathmandu- Langtang Valley is a pleasant destination that falls in the Langtang National Park. Also known as the valley of glaciers, the Langtang valley trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. Beginning with an 8 hours drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, the trek traverse through the lush rhododendron forest and grassy field, terrains, and excellent hallmarks of landscapes, where you can get to see the grazing yaks. Langtang is also is home to the hospitable Tamang ethnic group. Their rich heritage and culture are similar to their northern neighbors in Tibet, full of Buddhist figures and monuments. Along the trek, you commonly get to see the Lungur monkey, Musk Deer, and the rarely found animals like the red panda and Snow leopard and Himalayan Black Bear. The Biodiversity throughout the Langtang Valley Trek is abounding and seemingly well-preserved. Described as the most gorgeous valley in the world by the famous British climber Bill Tilman, Langtang offers you the views of the magnificent mountains of Langtang Lirung, Yala peak, Langsisa, Ganjala peak and dozens of other snow-capped peaks. The Kyanjin and Langtang valley are two attractive valleys of the trek well-known as the spiritual center with Chhortens and Buddhist Monasteries. Another prominent visit is an exploration of the local yak cheese factory during your trek in the Langtang valley. The absolute beauty of this trek is otherworldly that are novel and engaging which surely present you with a trekking experience of a lifetime.
The specialty of this trek is its rich cultural heritage and hospitality of the Sherpa people who reside in the Helambu region. This region is mostly inhabited by the Sherpa community, with their rich Culture and Traditions. The wondrous countryside is an ample Buddhist pilgrimage and monasteries. Starting from Sundarijal, the trek ends in Melamchi pull Bazaar which goes up to a maximum elevation of 3597 meters at Tharepati village. The Magnificent Himalayan range of Mt. Langtang, Gaurishanker and many more snow-capped mountains just lies on the northern side. This is one of the easy trekking that can be done all year round. You will also get to witness the vibrant rhododendrons forests around every corner, with live forests, wildlife, flora & fauna, along with the vibrant festivals like Tibetan New Year. There is plenty of local teahouse for accommodations along the trekking route. The 7-10 days trek can also be concluded as short as 5–6 days. Helambu Trek is the best choice if you have limited time but want to trek in the less crowded route near Kathmandu.
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