By Shyam K.C.
The name “EVEREST” is magic in itself. Everest (8848 m.) is called “SAGARMATHA” in Nepali – “Higher than the Sky” and “CHHOMOLUNGMA” in Tibetan – “Mother Goddess of the Earth”. The quickest and easiest way to reach this region is by flight to Lukla at 2827 m. The Solukhumbu region has sweeping glaciers, magnificent mountains, forests, animals, birds, monasteries and is the home of the world famous sherpa people. Sherpas are the real mountaineers of Nepal. In 1953, Tinzing Norgay Sherpa became one of the first men to conquer Mount Everest along with Sir Admon Hillary of New Zealand.
This is the most famous and popular trekking area in Nepal. With the exception of the Annapurna Circuit, all treks begin at Pokhara, a lakeside city with a marvelous mountain backdrop. Here you may visit lake, Devi Falls, caves, plunging gorges, museums, a Tibetan camp or simply enjoy the unsurpassable views of the Annapurna Range. Options for your trek includes a climb up to Poon Hill to see the sunrise over Annapurna peaks and Machhapuchhare. Visit Ghandrung, a large and typical Gurung village. This is the home of many of the Gurkha soldiers, famous for their brave exploits in World War and more recently, the Falklands War.
A pleasant eight hours drive past Trishuli Bazaar brings you to Dhunche, the starting point of this trek. A variety of sights including Buddhist monasteries, a cheese factor factory, yaks, glaciers and mountain lakes make this trek an exciting one. You will visit Gosainkunda, one of the holiest lake in Nepal, where thousands of pilgrims throng each August to bathe in its cold and spiritually refreshing water.
Ganesh Himal Trek Treks in the Ganesh Himal Region are designed to introduce you to a broad spectrum of life in different Nepalese communities and a variety of beautiful scenery. You may visit the base camp of Ganesh Himal where there are two lakes – Black and White. Twin waterfalls – Ganga and Jamuna, bring joy to your heart. Visit this area in March or April, and you see the mountainsides red with magnificent Rhododendron blooms – Nepal’s national flower. Visit Gorkha, the birthplace of modern Nepal. This was the home of King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who fought many wars to unite the tiny kingdoms spread throughout the land now known as Nepal.
Dhaulagiri (8,167 m.) is the world’s sixth highest mountain peak. It is part of great massif that includes 14 other summits exceeding 7000 meters. The jagged ridgeline of the Dhaulagiri Himal extends westward more than 40 miles from the Kali Gandaki Khola. Trekking routes in this area are very strenuous and trekkers must be equipped for camping. Several optional routes can be taken.
All routes offer spectacular scenery in remote and challenging country and are suitable for experienced trekkers with basic mountaineering skills. Treks start at Baglung and end at Pokhara.
Kanchenjunga Trek Mount Kanchanjunga (8586 M.) is the third highest mountain in the world and the second highest peak in Nepal. It is located in the extreme northeast corner of Nepal bordering Sikkim (an Indian state) to the east and China to the north. This trek is the most adventurous of all the routes offered. This trek begins at Tumlingtar or Taplejung accessible by air, or Ilam or Basantpur accessible by road. Soaring peaks, the Yalung Glacier and a wide variety of natural vegetation and agricultural areas can be seen in this region. This option requires 28 days.
All the treks to Manaslu Region begin at Gorkha, a 6 hours drive to the west from Kathmandu. This recently opened area brings you the opportunity to experience village culture and the beauties of the pine forest. View the Tibetan Plateau from Larke Pass or choose the base camp trek and enjoy natural hot springs. Another option of this varied area is the Rupinala Route, which will take you to “Dudh Pokhari”, a holy lake. This option requires 16 to 20 days.
Mustang has been described as a desert in the mountain. The trek to this region is a very rewarding one for those who want to experience the hospitality of the people living in this remote region. A trek to this region offers a chance to experience very typical customs and life style of the mountain people. This land is a perfect destination where ample scopes are offered for visiting Buddhist Monasteries. A trek to this region inspires divine imaginations in the heart and soul of all who come within its magical range. Though the final destination of this trek is Lo-Manthang, a side trek to Damodar Kund, a holy shrine for Hindus, can be made. This trek begins from Jomsom – accessible by air, Pokhara – accessible by road or Besisahar – accessible by road. Trek starting from Besisahar includes Annapurna circuit. This option requires 14 to 30 days.
This is a very recently opened trekking region and offers the longest trek in Nepal. You will be taken to the most remote villages where people still live as they did long ago. Few tourists visit this fascinating area even today. This area which is a Shangri-La in itself provides you with great mountain views including the magnificent Mt.Dhaulagiri (8167 m.). This area is the dwelling place of Snow Leopard and an enchanting trek in this region by Peter Matthiessen gave birth to his masterpiece “SNOW LEOPARD”, a spiritual novel and one of the best sellers. A trek to this region is recommended for groups. This trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Jumla or a drive to Baglung. This option requires 28 to 35 days.
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