10 Reasons to Trek Nepal via Annapurna Circuit
Experienced trekker and guide, Uttam Adhikari shares 10 Reasons to Trek Annapurna and Everest Region, Nepal.
We asked a recent client from the UK why they had chosen Nepal for their trekking holiday.
They enthusiastically answered, “Nepal has the highest mountains in the world.
It has fantastic mountain scenery and the people are so friendly.
It is exotic, cultural, accessible and peaceful”. Nepal attracts like-minded walkers from all over the world.
We think you will agree.
Here are 10 things which make a trekking holiday in Nepal so amazing.
Trek Annapurna and Everest Region of Nepal
Mount Everest is not only the highest mountain in the world, but the Everest region also offers the most wonderful and varied trekking challenges, with different levels of difficulty depending on your fitness and time available and Sherpa villages.
The Annapurna region offers marvelous treks through culturally diverse villages and landscapes, taking you on a memorable Himalayan journey.
The highest peaks near Nepal
For those who want to be amongst the tallest mountains in the world, Nepal is the only place to be. It has seven of the world’s highest peaks: Everest, Kanchanjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu.
Our popular treks give you the opportunity to get close to some of these giants the Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek & Manaslu Circuit Trek.
Indigenous lifestyle & cultural richness
Nepal has not been spoiled or become too westernized. The people proudly uphold the religious and cultural diversity of this small nation.
The welcoming nature of the Nepalese people can be felt as soon as you land in Kathmandu. There are over 36 types of indigenous tribes in Nepal, with the language, culture, and lifestyle varying enormously from one geographic region to another.
In the mountainous north close to Tibet people are mostly Buddhist, while, the lower down people are mainly Hindu.
Nepal isn’t limited to trekking and mountaineering.
Rafting, wildlife safaris, hot air balloons, paragliding, bungee jumping are some adventures to look forward to.
World Heritage sites
Nepal is not only full of natural sites. Nepal has 10 UNESCO world heritage sites that reflect art, tradition, cultural, temples, monasteries, and inns.
On a recent trip, one of our Australian clients was so amazed by the cultural sites which she saw on a one day tour of the Kathmandu Valley that for her it rivaled the view of Machupuchare from the top of the Mardi Himal trek.
The best-known lake is the beautiful lake at Pokhara where many trekkers go to relax after a long trek, taking out a boat or resting by the waterside with a cold beer.
Nepal is known as a country of lakes which are symbols of outstanding beauty with spiritual importance.
Over 856 species of birds are found in Nepal. The Chitwan National Park, near India, is the best place for birding.
There are as Rhinos, elephants and, if you are lucky, tigers to see.
There are many colorful festivals in Nepal all throughout the year as there are many ethnic tribes here.
These are marvelous opportunities to see the colorfulness and friendliness of the local traditions.
One special festival is the Tiji Festival in the Mustang Valley influenced by Tibetan Buddhism.
Trekking all around the year in Nepal
In Nepal, it is possible to trek the whole year. Spring and fall are best for Annapurna, Langtang, Everest, Manaslu.
All year round, you can trek in the Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, and Manang.
High altitudes regions
The altitude in Nepal varies from 60 meters down on the border with India to over 8,000 meters.
Most of the popular trails go overpasses, are above 5,000 meters.
- 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) = 5,125m (16,814 ft.)
- Kongma La Pass (Everest 3 Passes) = 5,535 m (18,159 ft.)
The Himalaya Trekking Team is an experienced, professional agency. The honest and thoughtful approach help trekkers enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas.
The Himalayas is a richly diverse culture with a unique blend of Buddhism and Hinduism. The Mount Sagarmatha (Everest; 8,848 m) with its mighty rivers and tributaries is a World Heritage site and the birthplace of Lord Gautama Buddha.
Uttam Adhikari, an experienced trekker, shares this story with www.smartdory.com