Nepal is the world's premier destination for trekking and is the country where Col Jimmy Robert organized the first commercial trekking was pioneered back in the early 1960s. The Himalaya, the "abode of snows", extends from Assam in eastern India west to Afghanistan. Nepal boasts unsurpassed sheer diversification from the steamy jungle and Terai to the icy peaks of the world’s highest mountains, so the range of trekking activities is on offer. Two of the most popular trekking regions; Everest and Annapurna where many different trails can be followed while the other popular treks are in the Langtang, Manalsu, Dolpo and Kanchenjunga regions. In fact, the lowest point in Nepal is 59m above sea-level in the Tarai region while the highest point is Mt. Everest 8,848m above sea-level, the two points being only 200km apart as the crow flies. It is walking at one's pace through isolated ethnic and culturally well-established remote villages in the foothills of the mountains and travel to far-off destinations at winsome valleys and regions that offer a unique perspective on both natural and cultural semblance of the country, with gorgeous Himalayan landscapes and mountainous terrains unlike anything else on Earth. The most enjoyable part of Trekking in Nepal is the clean mountain air and magnificent view of the mighty Himalayan peaks. It is a different kind of outdoor holiday from most other mountain walks or climbs. Trek in Nepal you walk up and down steep hills through remote will villages where farmers raise crops and herd their livestock. Trekking in Nepal is the term most commonly used for traveling by foot throughout the country side of Nepal. Nepal has six distinct and diverse vegetation zones ranging from:
- Tropical below a 100m, Sub-tropical 100m - 200m
- Lower Temperate 1,700m - 2,700m
- Upper Temperate 2,400m - 3,000m
- Sub-alpine 3,000m - 4,000m
- Alpine 4,000m to the snowline
- Above the snowline it is a Himalaya tundra like wilderness
Trekking in Nepal all the main trekking areas, the National Parks and Conservation Areas lodges have been established where trekkers can find accommodation, food and meet other trekkers and locals along the way. A majority of the trails are well maintained and in many cases are sign-posted. One can choose between full organized trekking and depending trekking depending on situation. Trekking in Nepal is one of the best ways to experience the spectacular natural beauty and rich heritage of Nepal. With only a handful of roads, the country is ideally explored on foot-along ancient trade routes and trails that link villages and towns. However, some routes along the Great Himalaya Trails lie in the rain shadow, a dry area on the leeward side of a mountain namely Mustang to the north of Annapurna and Manaslu, Dolpo to the north of Dhaulagiri and the far west of Nepal to the north of Saipal Himal. Post monsoon the weather tends to be clearer. Winter is good but colder with shorter days and spring can be affected by seasonal rain and snow storms. Summer is short and is quickly followed by the monsoons. Monsoon treks are usually in the dry Manang and Mustang areas.
Nepal Trekking Highlight Overviews
Nepal trekking routes are the best mountain walks in the world with the majestic mountain peaks of the Himalayas. The Himalayan range is in the north of the country on the border with Tibet. Nepal is the home to Mt. Everest and at an altitude of 8,848m is the world's highest mountain. There is a network of trails traversing the mountains from East to West.
Trekking in Nepal is a diverse experience with different landscapes, cultures, and hiking trails. Treks in Nepal cross over mountain passes bedecked with prayer flags and past alpine lakes. The best part of the trek is meeting the friendly Nepalese people. During the course of your time in Nepal, you will get to know our guides, cooks, and porters. You will also meet locals walking on the trail and shepherds in the high pastures. In the foothills of the Annapurnas, we see Hindu villages with other ethnic castes such as Rais, Gurings, and Limbus. In the highlands, Sherpas live in Tibetan-style villages with Buddhist monasteries.