Trekking in Nepal Himalayas
The Himalayan Region Nepal is well known as one of the best destinations in the
world for enjoying the re al beauty of nature through trekking. The trail
into the interior parts of the country follows ancient foot trails, which
meander through scenic riverbanks, intricately terraced fields and the
forested ridges connecting picturesque hamlets and mountain villages.
Trekkers can walk along the rough but beautiful trails or virgin tracks in
the lap of green and friendly looking hills. The rhododendron-filled, green,
dark and deep forests with different seasonal flowers blossoming can catch
anyone's eye as can the scattered residential cottages, domestic and forest
animals, variety of birds, both Hindus and Buddhist temples, mountains,
breath-taking landscape, and above all warm greeting from smiling local
people. The highly developed and well-defined trails have been used for
Trekking in Nepal is an all season activity. It is possible at any time of the year depending on where one wishes to go. However, the most popular seasons are spring (February- May) and autumn (September- November). Even during the monsoon season (June - August), you can trek in the rain - shadow areas north of the Himalayas like Mustang, upper Manang and Dolpo.
All of our treks are graded and summaries of what you can expect are:
Easy trekking up to about 2000m over are well defined tracks. Plenty of ups and downs but those leading an active lifestyle can easily manage it without any problems.
Moderate trekking reaching over 3000m is at times over fairly rugged terrains. Visitor must be regular hill walker/hiker
Moderate to strenuous and will involved going over 4000m - 4500m passes. Trails are in some part not so well defined and fewer habitations.
Strenuous trekking and a genuine Himalayan adventure will involved trekking up to 5500m therefore visitor needs to be fit and prepared to tackle difficult terrain and remote area
Cultural Tours and Sight -seeing involves to places of interest in the
Kathmandu valley, primarily to ancient religious sites of the two main
religions. Buddhism and Hinduism and to the four cities of the valley
founded at various times - before 3rd century B.C and the 9th Century AD
established by the Malla rulers at the peak of their ascendancy in the 17th
century in which condition they remain today. Tours take you to different
small but ancient places and places of beauty out of Kathmandu valley into
remote places of Nepal.
The Island Peak or Imja Tse (6, 200m)
The continuation of this ridge, descending south-west, provides part of the normal route of ascent and leads in turn to the South Summit, seen capping the rocky west face of the mountain when viewed from near Chhukhung.
If the peak can be likened to an island in a glacial sea, then the mainland forms a semicircle of cliffs that rise in the north to the rugged summits of Nuptse (7,879m) Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m), as yet still unclimbed and Lhotse Shar (8,383m).
Classic Dolpo: (▲▲▲▲)
Dolpo, the Himalayan trekker's forbidden Shangri-La, has long been one of the most remote, secretive, and restricted areas of northwestern Nepal. This region includes extensive areas of high arid Tibetan -type terrain, undisturbed Buddhist cultures and an extensive natural history quite different from that of the Himalayas to the east. The trek begins at Juphal and follows the trail to Dunai, the first camp. From Juphal we fly back to Nepalgunj & then to Kathmandu.
Cross Khyung La (5,160m)
Cross Kang La (5,270m)
Mustang, or Lo-Manthang as the inhabitants of Loppa known as a mysterious high plateau tucked behind the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Massifs in north central Nepal. Since 1991 limited visitation has been allowed, providing the trekking party meets strict environmental requirements and pays a substantial amount for the entry permit. Mustang's capital "city" is Lo Manthang, a magical place imbibed with centuries of rugged history.
The isolated valleys to the north of DHAULAGIRI are one of the driest regions of Nepal. Dhaulagiri is rarely visited and the valleys and villages surrounding it are unspoiled and unchanged .Our trek takes us across the kali Gandaki River and then north into the heart of the massif from the base camp we come to the high point of our trek, the traverse of French Pass (5,360 m), the hidden Valley and Dhampus Pass (5,182 m), a high level; route which brings us back to the upper Kali Gandaki Valley in Jomsom.
The Langtang- Helambu
Gosainkunda region is easily accessible from Kathmandu. Each area in itself is a good choice for those with limited time. It offers many features that range from culture to adventure. In a week to ten days, any one can visit one of these areas by crossing high mountain passes. A three-week trip could cover all the three areas. The Himalayan views overall are not quite as spectacular as in the Annapurna or Khumbu region, but they remain unforgettably beautiful plus the trails are less crowded and the people are friendly and interesting. The Helambu- Gosainkunda trek takes one to Gosainkunda Lake-a sacred site for devotees of Hindu God Shiva. It is famous for both trekking and pilgrimage.
Mustang-Lomanthang (The restricted area)
This trek starts from Pokhara and takes 150km to reach Mustang. The new adventurous trek starts from Jomsom. The land is also covered with other glittering snow peaks like Nilgiri, Tukche and Muktinath, the famous shrine of Hindus. The trekking starts from Jomsom where there is an airstrip. Mustang is 200 kilometers into the hinterland that constitutes mainly barren ridges, deep canyons, eroded cliffs and Moraine valleys. Its landscape is unrivaled for it has a stupendous wilderness, pristine scenery, snow capped peaks, spectacular 16th century monasteries and many other unique attractions. The view of wind swept Kali-Gandaki valley, vast spaces around Kagbeni and vast ridges that straggle high mountains provide a mind-blowing experience.
The Dolpo region is the natural embodiment of high passes, rare flora and fauna, and sweeping vistas, which is enriched by the traditional Tibetan cultural heritage. This region, surrounded by Dhaulagiri and Tibet from south and north respectively, is regarded as a blend of natural and cultural phenomena. It was opened in 1991 for trekking. This region lies on the north side of Himalayas, it is also a rain shadow area and the climatic situation of this place is same as that of Mustang. One of the longest treks in Nepal is Dolpo Trek that takes 34 days to complete. In this trek, the maximum elevation will be 4,530m to 5,115m. and is one of the most arduous treks of the country.
More areas opened for Trekking
Areas in Taplejung, Solukhumbu, Sankhuwasabha, Mustang, Humla, Darchula and Manang districts, previously restricted for trekkers have been declared open. The new system would now allow tourists to visit Olangchungola, Lelep and Phapung area of Kanchenjunga region, Hatiya, Topkhegola, Kimathang and Chepuwa area of upper Sankhuwasabha, Nangpala pass of Solukhumbu region, Nar & Phu areas of Northern Manang, Limi village of Simikot area and Mt. Vyas Rishi area.
|Trekking||Trekking Permit Fee|
|1. Dolpa and Kanchenjunga||US $ 10 or equivalent foreign currency per person per week.|
|2. Manaslu||US $ 70 or equivalent foreign currency per person per week for September to November. US $ 10 or equivalent foreign currency per person per extra day.US $ 50 or equivalent foreign currency per person per week for December to August. US $ 7 or equivalent foreign currency per person per extra day.|
|3. Permit Fee required for Humla (Simikot-Yari):||US $ 50 or equivalent foreign currency per person for a week. US $ 7 per person per extra day.|
|4. Mustang and Upper Dolpa||US$ 700 per person for the first ten days and US$ 70 per person per day thereafter.|
|5. Permit Fee required for Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo||US $ 500 or equivalent foreign currency per person for first 10 days. US $ 50 or equivalent foreign currency per person per extra day.|
|6. Permit Fee required for Gaurishankar and Lamabagar||US $ 10 or equivalent foreign currency per person per week.|
|7. Permit Fee required for Chekampar and Chunchet of Gorkha district||US $ 35 or equivalent foreign currencies per person for eight days for Chekampar and Chenchet of Gorkha district (Sirdibas-Lhokpa-Chumling-Chekampar-Nile-Chule) for September to November. US $ 25 per person for eight days for December to August|
|8. Permit Fee for other Trekking Areas||Apart from the aforesaid areas, trekkers are required to pay permit fee as per the notice published in Nepal Gazette in US $ or other equivalent foreign currencies.|
|Note: Trekking to Dolpa, Kanchenjunga, Manaslu, Simikot and Mustang can be undertaken through registered trekking agencies only.|