Sunday, 01 October 2017
Sunday, 01 October 2017
Trekking is one of the best things to do in Nepal. It goes without saying that trekking in Nepal is one of the most famous and preferred adventure activities to be done. The fact that Nepal is the home of some of the tallest mountain peaks on Earth definitely helps bring more visitors to the country. Nepal’s multicultural aspect also helps in making the trekking journeys be more comprehensive and layered. The virtues of trekking through the far-off regions, passing under the colossal shadow of the Himalayas and visiting ethnic settlements at the foothills of silver mountains make for the most wonderful of vacations. Holidays in Nepal are quite fascinating as not only do you get the chance to enjoy and revel in one of the most splendidly diverse mountainous terrain on the planet, but also get to experience the ethnic culture and customs of the people at the same time. Various factors like the biodiversity and the wild-life of the regions are also added into the mix, which showcases a neatly wrapped present for you to enjoy without worry.
We at Nepal Hiking Team have many well-rounded and compendious trekking and travel packages for you to enjoy. With the steady passing of this year and the coming of the next, we have gathered for you top ten best trekking packages in Nepal. Among the many trekking journeys that span all over the country and vary in accordance to their duration and trip grading, these ten best trekking packages are selected on the basis of their popularity and the highlights. Hence, if you are looking for a trekking journey to do for the next year with your family, friends or even solo, look no further than the best trekking packages in Nepal offered by Nepal Hiking Team for 2018!
Package No 01: Everest Base Camp Trek
One of the most famous among best trekking packages in Nepal
One of the best and most popular trekking journeys not only in Nepal, but the entire world- it is of no surprise that the Everest Base Camp Trek would be the number one best trekking journey to do. Among all of the best trekking packages in Nepal, the journey to the base camp of Mount Everest is the one which is the most sought after by most enthusiastic trekkers and travelers. Needless to say, it has many amazing highlights and hallmarks that contribute to its fame. Occurring in the Khumbu region of Nepal, the Everest Base Camp Trek includes features like experiencing authentic Sherpa culture and customs, visiting many ethnic Sherpa villages, enjoying the lively atmosphere of mountain towns and settlements like the famous Namche Bazaar and Tengboche and looking at breath-taking sights of prominent mountain peaks like Everest, the Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and many more at every turn of the path. Finally, as the trekking trail reaches the base camp of Mount Everest, there’s nothing greater than the sense of accomplishment that grips trekkers. As Khumbu is a prime Sherpa settlement and very large majorities of the Sherpa people live in the region, the journey is fundamentally a journey of experiencing their culture and customs. At every turn, there is the presence of colorful prayer flags atop small chortens and gumbas. Moreover, the Khumbu also possesses a very diverse geography.
Situated on the northeastern of Nepal on the Nepalese side of Mount Everest, the Khumbu’s elevation ranges from 3,300 meters all the way to the peak of the 8,848 meter Mount Everest. It includes both the Sagarmatha National Park- a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site and the Sagarmatha Buffer Zone. Thus, trekking in the Khumbu to reach the base camp of Mount Everest allows you to trudge through the alpine woodlands of the natural park, walk along river valleys like the Imja and the Dudh Koshi and then experience the snowy topography the higher up you reach. What makes the Everest Base Camp Trek most famous among the best trekking packages in Nepal is Mount Everest itself. It is no small feat to reach the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain peak. Add secluded Sherpa villages and beautiful mountain terrain and you’ve got yourself a journey of a lifetime! Furthermore, the vantage point of Kalapatthar is also another famous highlight. The view of the entire panorama of the Mount Everest massif from Kalapatthar is beyond words of description.
It is a relatively moderate trekking journey and can be done by people of all age and demographics. Of course it helps to have a good physical capacity, but having previous trekking experience isn’t really necessary in order to do this trek. It can be done at anytime of the year as well, but the best and the most recommended time of doing the trek would be the spring and the autumn seasons which lasts from March to May and September to December respectively. The journey lasts for about two weeks, but the duration is adjustable. If you haven’t done the Everest Base Camp Trek, then you are missing out on one of the most adventurous and rich trekking journeys that Nepal offers!
Package No 02: The Everest Panorama Trek
Much like the base camp trek to Mount Everest, the Everest Panorama Trek also follows pretty much the same trekking trail. Except it is relatively easier than the later and the highest point you will reach is the village of Khumjung at 3,700 meters. Since it follows basically the same trekking trail, it also starts with a flight to Lukla and the path goes through villages like Monjo, Phakding, Namche Bazaar and Tengboche. Sagarmatha national Park is entered and much of the highlights of the base camp trek can be experienced with the panorama trek as well. As the name itself suggests, the journey primarily focuses more on the views and sights of the Everest panorama. Throughout the trekking journey, the view of the Everest Mountains can be seen in spectacular fashion.
Highlights of the Everest Panorama Trek include villages like Namche and Tengboche- where the holy Tengboche monastery lies, and the Everest View Hotel- the highest located hotel in the world. It is situated a little further than Namche and from all of the hotel’s windows- the view of Mount Everest can be seen. You can rest at the hotel, have a cup of butter-tea and enjoy the vast cerulean Himalayas right in front of you. There is nothing like having the snowy mountains be right in front of your eyes in a very striking manner. It is among the best trekking packages in Nepal, designed especially for people who have a limited time to spend here. The Sherpa villages and the tranquil atmosphere of the region paired with the distant views of the mountain and the rhododendron forests that cover the hill ridges of the villages are utterly dramatic and outstanding.
Unlike the base camp trek however, the Everest Panorama Trek is suitable to do during the winter as well. It can be done at the beginning of the year where the rest of the trekking journeys taking place at higher elevations aren’t suitable to do. From the start of the year at January all the way to the end of spring, the trek is available and suitable to be done. Autumn is also a good time for this journey. If you want a trek without all the long hours of trekking to the base camp but still want to experience the Khumbu region’s main highlights then the Everest Panorama Trek is the one you are looking for!
Package No 03: The Everest Base Camp Heli Trek
A journey that is paired with a wonderful helicopter ride in the mountains, the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is a journey that adds in more thrills to the regular trekking journey to the base camp of Mount Everest. Starting the trekking journey with a flight to Lukla from the capital and making your way steadily to the base camp, the end of the trek involves a helicopter ride back to Kathmandu. The journey adds more weight and new experience to the trek. For the initial part of the journey, you follow the standard trekking route, then after reaching Kalapatthar, the helicopter is taken to ride back to the capital.
Looking at the aerial views of the mountains from the Heli is something most people do not come around to do every day. It adds more veneer to the journey. Looking at the changing terrain from a bird-eye’s view is truly remarkable. The journey is a memorable one that you will not likely forget anytime soon. Not only are the mountain views striking, the view of the landscape from the heli also quite fascinating. Looking at the changing geomorphic makeup of the Khumbu region from high above present sights and views of the pastures, the villages, the river valleys and the woodlands down below unlike anything that you have ever experienced. It is also a moderate trekking journey that can be done by everyone. Highlights like the Khumbu icefall and the Khumbu glacier, the cultural aspect of the region, the natural landscape and its beauty is presented in a lovely fashion and is paired with a helicopter ride at the end of the journey. It doesn’t get any better than this!
The best time to do the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek would be March to May and September to December. The time of trekking this package has to be pretty suitable and precise as doing the trek at unrecompensed seasons like the summer or the winter can have repercussions in the form of delays. Besides, the views of the mountains and the forests during the spring and the autumns are the most beautiful. Spring woods in the region, as seen from the Heli, are lush and verdant and the pastures look like green velvet carpeted in the ground while the autumn colors of gold and orange makes the view pop out more. If you want more thrills in the journey then the Everest Base Camp Heli Trek is the one that you would immensely enjoy!
Package No 04: The Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Just like the Everest Base Camp Trek, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is equally, if not more, popular. Among the best trekking packages in Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek definitely crosses off all of the checkmarks. Taking place in the beautiful Annapurna region of Nepal, the journey to the base camp of Mount Annapurna is filled with amazing natural and cultural qualities of the region. Due to the close accessibility of the region from the capital as well, it is generally more preferred. Since the trekking trail follows the Annapurna sanctuary, this trek is also called the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. It starts from the beautiful lake-side city of Pokhara and follows many ethnic Magar and Gurung villages along the way. The reason why the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is so famous is because it is immensely easy to do. The terrains are filled with lush natural verdancy and the topography is absolutely amazing. The landscape changes from terrace-farms, wide open pasturelands, the sanctuary’s protected foliages and faunal life to the snowy acreages of the Himalayas the further on your progress into the journey. The dainty villages of the ethnic people and their way of life and day-to-day practices in remote locations are extremely riveting.
Highlights of this trekking journey include villages like Tikhe Dhunga, Ghorepani, Deurali and Dovan. The region is a primary settlement of the Magar, Rai and Gurung people and their abundance in cultural riches is quite significantly felt while trekking. It also includes trekking to the famous vantage point of Poon Hill as well from where the entire panorama of the Mount Annapurna massif can be seen. From the Magar village of Ulleri with a 3000 stone step stairs carved into the terrain to the villages famed for their mountain views like Chhomrong and Tadapani, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a culmination of all of the best and daring features a good trekking journey should possess. The views of mountain peaks like the Annapurna, the Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, the Tukuche Peak and Gangapurna among many others play on the beauty of the region and add more allure and cultural glamour to the journey.
Like most of the trekking journeys, the best time for the trek would be the peak trekking seasons of spring and autumn, but it can be done throughout the year as well (although summer and winter month aren’t generally recommended). It is easy to do and the chance of altitude sickness occurring during the journey is next to none. With the best natural and Himalayan features and good revelation of the ethnic culture of the region, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is certainly one of the very best trekking packages in Nepal!
Package No 05: The Annapurna Circuit Trek
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is more of a classical trekking journey that has been done by trekkers for many years since its initial opening. Ranging from moderate to strenuous, the journey includes the circumbulation of the Annapurna Himal. There are many highlights of this trip that range from religious temples to mountain passes. It starts with a drive to Synge/Jagat and follows the trail to villages like Dharapani, Chame, Pisang and Manang. Places like the Thorung Phedi and the holy temple of Muktinath are also included in the journey. It is a great way to experience the heartland of the beautiful Annapurna region. You would be crossing the famed Mountain Pass of the Thorung La and visiting places like Jomsom and the kali Gandaki gorge- the deepest river gorge in the world. It is a journey that is brimming with both natural and cultural resplendence of the Annapurna. The views and sights of the Annapurna Mountains while trekking and while crossing the Mountain Pass are also unlike anything that other trekking journeys offer. Albeit it being a relatively strenuous trekking journey, it can still be done by all people, but certain preparation for the trek prior is necessary.
It can be done during the peak trekking months of spring and autumn. Winter season and the summer monsoons are not good trekking seasons as the mountain passes can be blocked during the winter due to heavy snow and the summer monsoons make the trekking trail muddy while giving off poor visibility of the mountains. Thus, spring and autumn seasons are the best time for the Annapurna Circuit trek. Among the many trekking journeys, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is another one of best trekking packages in Nepal that should absolutely be done if you want to experience the best and most famous attributes of the region. It usually lasts for about two weeks and involves trekking at difficult terrains like the Mountain Pass and the uneven path alongside the gorge. But the views of mountain peaks like the Chulu range, the Gangapurna, the Tilicho Peak and the Thorung Peak among many others along the journey form beautiful serrated snowy walls against the villages and the valleys. It is a journey that really immerses you in the remote and dynamic life of the Magar and Tamang people. Chortens and gumbas line various places along the journey and it is much a cultural trek as a Himalayan one.
Package No 06:The Annapurna Panorama Trek
Best suited to do by people who have a limited time to spend here and don’t want to go through the hassles of a base camp trek, the Annapurna Panorama follows similar trekking trail as the base camp to Annapurna. It is suitable to be done by people of all demographics as the trekking trails are the most easiest among all of the best trekking packages in Nepal. It follows the standard trekking route that allows you to witness the panoramic views of the Annapurna Mountains in a very magnificent fashion. Unlike the base camp trek however, it is suitable to be done during the winters as well. It lasts for about 10 days and includes highlights like trekking through many different ethnic villages and the vantage point of Poon Hill.
The Annapurna Panorama Trek presents the features of the Annapurna region in a very short amount of time while not shying away from including its defining attributes as well. Easy and beautiful, it is quite popular for shorter treks. The villages and the settlements lying at the foothills and the rich pulchritude of natural beauty are wrapped up neatly in the journey. The views and sights of mountain peaks like the massif of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna and Nilgiri among many others are also seemingly heaven-like. The quaint and peaceful life of the villagers in the remote locations of the region makes for a very atmospheric short trek.
Package No 07: The Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang is a vastly different trekking destination in all of the country. Instead of green hills or snowy terrains, Upper Mustang resembles the Tibetan plateau more than a Himalayan landscape. The desert-like terrain is where the people still practice the age-old culture of Tibetan Buddhism. Trekking in Upper Mustang is like going back in time because as little as changed in the way of the cultural reforms in the region- a fact contributed by the regions relative isolation from the rest of the country. The Upper Mustang trek is by far the most culturally rich best trekking packages in Nepal. Since it is located in the rain-shadow zone of the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri Himals, there is very little rainfall here, making it suitable for summer treks. The glow of the cerulean Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri Himals when seen from Upper Mustang while trekking is also unlike anything else in the world. The tips of the mountain peaks seem to shine with silver luster and the contrast of the amethyst landscape of the region makes it even more ethereal.
If you are looking for a more isolated trekking experience and want to enjoy cultural treks then the Upper Mustang trek is for you. The region has also gained more traction in recent years because of the discovery of mysterious sky caves. Along with that, the region is also quite rick and opulent in some of the most amazing and spectacular rock formations in the world. The corroded hills set against the red of many old monasteries are just beguiling to look at. Upper Mustang doesn’t even look like it’s on the same planet as the rest of the trekking destinations are. There is something quite alien-like about its corroded cliffs and the bone-white washing of the boulders.
Apart from the different landscape, Upper Mustang is also famous as one of the last vestiges of unsullied Tibetan Buddhist culture on the globe. The many shrines and Buddhist monasteries of the region house many ancient artifacts and treasures of the past. If you want to experience what ancient Tibet was like or want to know how life was like hundreds of years ago, you can find that in Upper Mustang.
Package No 08: The Manaslu Circuit Trek
Generally seen as an off-the-beaten-paths trekking journey, the Manaslu Circuit Trek takes place in the far-flung region of Manaslu- named after its’ Manaslu Himal. It is a rather less crowded trekking journey among the best trekking packages in Nepal. Once an extremely secluded region where tea-houses were scarce, the Manaslu Circuit Trek was mostly preferred by people who wanted to camp out in the open. But with the recent establishment of many tea-houses along the trail, it has gained a lot more trekking visitors. Much of the villages in the Manaslu region have still yet to touch upon modernization, thus the Manaslu Circuit Trek gives off the feel of a strong sense of isolation and solitude. If you want to experience a trekking journey that not many people take then the Manaslu Circuit Trek is the one you will most enjoy.
The views of the Manaslu Himal- the eighth highest mountain peak on Earth while trekking along the circuit is absolutely beautiful in every sense of the word. Along with Manaslu, many other prominent peaks can also be seen, like the Sringi Himal, the Himlung and the Cheo Peaks, the Gyagi Kung, the Kang Koru and the Annapurna II among others. The circuit lets you follow an ancient salt-trading route and the region is enriched by the ebullient flow of the Budhi Gandaki River. Mani-stone walls carved with prayers and the ivory landscapes of Manaslu are what make trekking here such a fascinating affair. One of the highlights of the Manaslu Circuit Trek is the Larkya La Mountain Pass from where the views of the valley and of the mountain peaks are out-of-this-world. The terrain changes from sub-tropical jungles from the Himalayan foothills to alpine woodlands as you move ahead from the Soti Khola further up to the village of Namrung. Gurung and Buddhist cultures are the most prominent at the region and many monasteries and small stupa structures are encountered while trekking.
The journey lasts for two weeks and is strenuous. As with like most trekking journeys, the best time to do the Manaslu Circuit Trek is the seasons of spring and the fall.
Package No 09: The Langtang Valley Trek
The Valley of Langtang lies to the north of the Kathmandu valley and borders Tibet. It is also called “the valley of glaciers” and offers one of the most beautiful landscapes among the best trekking packages in Nepal. The Langtang National Park is also included in the area. The Langtang Valley Trek offers a wide variety of climatic zones. As you trek into the heart of the valley, you can encounter subtropical biomes that change eventually to alpine woods and jaded acreages. Evergreen forests of pine and maple make the region rich and peaceful. The animal life of the national park of Langtang is also very impressive, with endangered animals like Himalayan Thars, Rhesus Monkeys and Himalayan Black Bears residing in the deep woods. Famous highlights of the Langtang Valley Trek include the holy Kyanjin Gompa and the famed Cheese factory. The Langtang village in the valley was also a famous destination while trekking, but in the recent 2015 earthquake, it got completely wipes out. But life has returned back to the way it was before the earthquake at the Langtang valley and trekking is as amazing as it was. The views of Himalayan peaks of the Langtang range like the Langtang Lirung, the Langtang RI, the Dorje Lakpa and the Yala peak among many others make the trekking journey more beautiful.
It is a relatively easy trek to do. Spring and autumn are the best trekking seasons. Tamang and Gurung people reside in the villages along the trek and the feel of refreshers as one trudges through the rhododendron and daisy woods indescribable.
Package No 10: The Short Everest Trek
A short trek designed for those travelers with very limited time frame, the Short Everest Trek is a swift short trek in the Everest region. If you are willing to trek to the Everest region of Nepal but aren’t sure due to the time constraints, then the Short Everest Trek is the one for you! You will be walking along the trail that takes you to the popular trading centre in the Everest region – Namche Bazaar. It allows you to explore people and their lifestyle in the mountainous region of Nepal. Namche Bazaar is not only a trading centre in the Everest region but it is also the gateway to Everest’s Himalayas. Hike up to the Everest View Hotel for a rewarding close views of the mountains in the Everest region like Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Nuptse, Mount Thamserku, and Mount Ama Dablam and many other peaks in the Everest region of Nepal.
The Short Everest Trek starts with a stimulating flight to Lukla. As you arrive in Lukla, you descend down to the Dudh Koshi River and ascend along well paved path to Phakding. Moving ahead along rhododendron forests, crossing suspension bridges over the River of Imja, you enter the Sagarmatha National Park. Villages like Monjo and Jorsale are passed to reach Namche. Visit to the Syangboche airport, the Kunde hospital and a museum with a photo gallery on the way back from Namche are some of the major highlights of this trek.
We at Nepal Hiking Team always cater to our customers and make sure that all of our clients are enjoying their trek here to the optimal. We also customize itineraries to best suite your requirements and conveniences. So, if you are looking to do a trek in Nepal, then come join us and choose from the best trekking packages in Nepal offered by us!
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