If you like hiking, trekking or mountaineering in remote areas and exploring fascinating cultures then this beautiful country between India and Tibet will blow your mind. The nation’s altitude rises from less than 100m in the subtropical south to the world’s highest mountain in the northeast – the Mount Everest with an altitude of 8,848m. The country can be divided into three main geographical regions:
There is a wide range of treks in all three regions which can last from a few days to several weeks. The trekking infrastructure (tour operators, lodges, private accommodations, tour guides and porters) in the popular areas is well-developed and comparably cheap for Western standards. The most popular but amazing treks such as the Mount Everest Base Camp Trek or the Annapurna Circuit Trek can get quite busy during peak times (October-November and March-April) but there are many other much less visited or more basic options available. In the following I will name a few great trekking options in the Himalayan (and Hilly) Region. For a broader overview about the complexity of Nepal trekking options you can check out websites such as MountainIQ or the Nepal Tourism Board. Nepal trekking regions from west to east (Check out the map for an overview about their locations):
• Far West Region
• Rara National Park
• Dolpo Region
• Dhaulagiri Region
• Mustang Region
• Annapurna Region
• Manaslu Region
• Langtang Region
• Everest Region: My choice was the 12-day Everest Base Camp Trek. For more detailed information and insider tips about this spectacular trip check out the separate text below.
• Kanchenjunga Region
Keep in mind that most walks fall into one of two categories: teahouse treks (like the established trails in the Annapurna, Langtang, Everest or Manaslu regions with frequent lodges, homestays and restaurants) or camping treks. Another decision to make in advance is whether you want to carry your own pack and rely on your own navigation skills as well as research or if you prefer to hire a local porter and guide. The latter can easily be arranged once you arrive in Kathmandu – just step into one of the countless tour booking offices. They offer various tour packages and are very flexible to meet your personal demands. If you are very short on time or want to organize some things already at home, then you might book through one of their websites. When my three friends and me went to Everest Base Camp, we chose Nepal Hiking Team which I can highly recommend. Our guide “Chuda”, the two porters and the provided equipment were great! Other operators I heard good reviews about are for example Exciting Nepal, Himalayan Leisure, Outshine Adventure, Nepal Eco Adventure and Imperial Nepal Treks.
Tip 1: Don’t hire a porter or guide you meet on the street as they might not be licensed and lack important knowledge.
Tip 2: During peak times you should apply for your visa in advance at the Embassy of Nepal to avoid long waiting times after your arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport.
08.05.2018 - Chris
Depending on your time and preferences there are different options to trek to the Everest Base Camp. They may vary in duration and routes and can be combined with additional treks such as Gokyo. If your time budget consists of only two weeks and you are in a solid physical condition then my 12 day version might match your demands.
This trip for example can easily be combined with the beautiful Gokyo Trek. In this case you could walk from Kala Patthar to Dzongla on Day 9 and then continue past the Cho La Pass (5,420m) to breathtaking Gokyo Ri (5,360m) and back to Namche Bazaar