Trekking in Nepal
Unlike so many countries on earth with the advent of technology, Nepal has successfully retained its air of mystery and wonder. In this Ultimate Quick Guide to Trekking in Nepal in 2020, we will uncover exactly what it is that allures international jet-setters to this mesmerizing Himalayan nation. Just as it did in the 1960s, the very name ‘Kathmandu’ still conjures an image of a faraway land that lies waiting to be explored. Nepal is a nation of abundance. A nation of deep spirituality. A nation of exquisite geographical grandeur. In this Ultimate Quick Guide to Trekking in Nepal in 2020, we will touch upon everything you need to know as you embark on your journey into the mystical peaks of the Himalayas. From popular treks in Nepal to trekking safety in Nepal. We, Nepal Mountain Trekkers, are proud to have been creating personalized trekking experiences in Nepal
, and Bhutan
since 2015 - we are delighted to be able to share our expertise with you as we invite you to our beloved country. Let’s get started and explore this Ultimate Quick Guide to Trekking in Nepal in 2021.
A Quick History of Trekking in Nepal
It was in 1949 that Nepal opened its doors to the international community and thus the tourism industry was born. It is now often joked that Nepal has three religions; Hinduism, Buddhism, and Tourism. We jest but it is true. Nepal’s commitment to tourism is palpable and we are ever eager to share the wonder of our nation with the world. Back in the 1950s and 1960s Nepal was an exclusive destination. Intrepid explorers from Europe such as Bill Tilman
, Maurice Herzog
, and Colonel Jimmy Roberts
pioneered commercial trekking and laid the foundations for what is the flourishing trekking industry that exists today. Of course, the most famous of all the early trekkers in Nepal are Tenzing Norgay Sherpa
and Edmund Hillary
. The duo successfully summited Mt Everest, the top of the world, in 1953. Trekking in Nepal in 2020 has is not all that dissimilar to trekking in the early days. Always authentic and always exhilarating, trekking in Nepal is a once in a lifetime adventure.
Geography of Nepal
Of course, the mountains are the most iconic geographical landscapes of Nepal. There are four main regions in Nepal; the Terai, Pahad, Himal and the Trans-Himalayan region. The geography of Nepal is simply fascinating. The Terai is the lowland area that runs along the southernmost border of Nepal. Although a region that is intensively farmed, this largely flat landscape is home to Nepal’s most wildlife abundant national park. Chitwan National Park makes for a fantastic addition to any trekking adventure. Pahad and Himal are the mountainous regions. Generally speaking, the Pahad region has significantly less snow than Himal. The Himal region is home to Nepal’s highest peaks; the Annapurnas, Langtang, and of course, Mount Everest too. Trekkers, Himal is calling out for you!
Mountain Floral & Fauna
It may come as a surprise to learn that the Himalayas are home to one of Nepal’s most abundant and diverse ecosystems. Here at Nepal Mountain Trekkers, we create 100% personalized treks. Our highly experienced guides can offer you so much more than just breathtaking landscapes. Join us for a wildlife-focused trek in Langtang; home to the famous, and elusive, Red Pandas. Bird-life in the mountains is of great significance too. There are over 800 bird species that can be observed in Nepal, many of which are native to the mountains. Perhaps you will be fortunate enough to sight a Snow Leopard. It is estimated that there are just 3500 snow leopards left in the wild. Will you encounter the endangered Snow Leopard during your experience trekking in Nepal in 2021?
Nepal is one of the most culturally diverse nations on earth. Home to over 120 ethnic groups and castes who communicate in 123 languages. There are a number of communities that are native to the mountainous regions. Sherpa, Tamang, and Gurung people are the most prominent of the mountain communities of Nepal. The Sherpa community is perhaps the most famous of the Nepalese ethnic groups. Famed for their abilities to live, work and thrive at high altitudes, the Sherpa community is integral to the trekking industry. Here at Nepal Mountain Trekkers, we work alongside many Sherpa communities and you will have the opportunity to experience, with authenticity, their way of life.
Popular Treks in Nepal
The possibilities are endless when it comes to trekking in Nepal. Long treks, short treks, challenging treks, and leisurely stroll; you have a lot of choices. Trekking in Nepal in 2021 is an incredible opportunity. You have so much choice! It almost goes without saying that the iconic Everest Base Camp Trek
is the most popular trek in Nepal. Closely followed by the Annapurna Circuit
. Both of these treks have a moderate difficulty rating and are best experienced in October and November or February to April. Short treks like Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
, Chisapani Nagarkot Trek
, and Panchase Trek
are much loved by travelers too. These short 3-5 day treks provide curious travelers with an incredible introduction to trekking in Nepal.
Off-The-Beaten Track Treks in Nepal
One of the most secretive off-the-beaten-track treks in Nepal is Upper Mustang
. This 17-day trek will introduce you to the isolated region of Mustang. An area that was forbidden for travelers until 1991 only a small number of tourists visit this area each year. If you are seeking cultural abundance, a geographical wonder, and a truly authentic experience in Nepal, Upper Mustang is the trek for you. That said, there are a number of off-the-beaten-track treks in Nepal for you to choose from. Rara Lake
is a low-altitude trek that incorporates wildlife and exquisite landscapes.
Here at Nepal Mountain Trekkers safety and security is our highest priority. Trekking safety in Nepal is of national importance and we take comprehensive measures to ensure our customers trek with confidence in their safety. Our highly trained guides serve our clients with the utmost diligence and professionalism. Nepal is a safe and welcoming country to explore. We are a tolerant and resilient nation. We respect our international visitors as we welcome them into our home. After the 2015 earthquake, international media vastly exaggerated the extent of the damage. As far as travelers are concerned Nepal is back to business as usual. For more information about post-earthquake Nepal, click here
. Trekking in Nepal in 2021 will be our greatest year yet since the devastation of 2015. Are you ready to join us?
Trekking in Nepal in 2021 is not an exclusive experience. There are treks to suit every fitness level. You do not need to commit to intensive training before embarking on a trek in Nepal. Although a certain level of fitness is required what is most important is a sense of adventure and a deep determination. Nepal Mountain Trekkers are proud to create 100% personalized itineraries. Send us an email today to create a bespoke itinerary that suits your fitness level. Our guides will give you all the encouragement you need to make your dreams come true.
After all, it is not about how fast you get there but the view from the top. So, there you have it! The Nepal Mountain Trekkers Ultimate Quick Guide to Trekking in Nepal in 2021. We are ready to take you on the adventure of a lifetime. Book your trekking experience today!