Trekking in the Himalayas
The Himalayas, the world's highest mountain range, stretches in a crescent over 3000km from Afghanistan to Burma. Eight out of fourteen massifs above 8000m fall within Nepal making this landlocked country a virtual paradise for any mountaineer and trekker. The reasons for trekking in Nepal are numerous. Some come for the sense of achievement after completing a strenuous route or climb, while others take life more slowly to study the exotic flora and fauna. Some come for the sense of companionship shared during the trek and some come to explore and extend their horizon. And, of course, everyone comes for the impressive scenery of the Himalayas which rivals any other mountain scenery. Whatever one's pursuit, everyone who treks in Nepal goes back with a sense of gratification and satisfaction that few other areas in the world have to offer. An adventure for your body, mind, and soul...
Trekking in the Himalayas is an experience that needs no exaggeration. Many find it an odyssey that nourishes the spirit, while others undertake it for the sheer adventure and romanticism of the rustic beauty that is Nepal. We offer personalized trekking tours to suit all kinds of tastes and physical adequacy. For those with grit and vigour there are tough and long treks that require a reasonably firm physique. For those with nimber limbs or time constraints, the lower foothills offer an excellent alternative.
How to Trek?
There are two ways to go trekking: Camping treks and lodge ("tea house") treks. Our company has programs for both kinds of treks and can provide you with guides, porters, and all the necessary equipment. On a camping trek you sleep in tents and porters carry your gear. There are also cooks who serve meals in a dining tent. A camping trek allows you to trek comfortably high altitudes and visit remote regions without many villages. While camping treks are best for expeditions and larger groups the lodge trek offers a comfortable alternative to individual trekkers and smaller groups. Centuries of trading throughout the mountains of Nepal have provided an excellent network of footpaths along which village inns or lodges ("tea houses") supply food and accommodation. These lodges provide an easy alternative to camping treks and on the more popular trials (e.g., the Everest and the Annapurna region), the lodge trek can actually be a cheaper and more comfortable option. With the advert of trekking, the lodges cater for Western taste as well as traditional local food and after a long trekking day they offer the opportunity for a hot shower.
Where to Trek?
There are three prinicipal regions of interest to trekkers.
In additon, we also offer trekking tours in restricted areas such as Mustang and Dolpo and organize trips to Tibet. Below you find some examples of treks we offer.
This 8 day trek is one of the famoust and easiest treks in the Annapurna region. This trek is especially suitable for beginners and elderly people. The trek has been named the "Royal trek" as Britain's Prince Charles walked it in the 1980's. It is an excellent trek to do as it doesn't entail any particular long walking days but plenty to see. This trek offers panoramic views of Pokhara valley, magnificient lakes surrounded by mountains, and the beautiful Mt. Machhapuchre ("fishtail").
Annapurna Circuit trek
This trek encircles the famous Annapurna range and leads through a great variety of landscape and vegetation from the tropical lowlands to the Tibetean plateau. The route includes breathtaking views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The highest point is the Thorong La Pass (5416m). Apart from the amazing scenery the trek also gives you the oppurtunity to see many different pictures of the ethnic groups of Central Nepal.
Three main trekking routes cover much of Langtang, Helambu, and Gosainkunda. Doing a trek in the Langtang and Heambu region offers a unique possibility to explore the Nepalese Himalaya from west to east in totality. The Langtang Himalayan range with mountains as high as 4300m gives an impressive view to the trekker. Those who are more adeventorously inclined can do a circuit by crossing the difficult Ganzala pass.
This trek combines two famous treks, the Everest base camp trek and the Gokyo trek into one. This trek will give you ample chance of exploring the Everest region thoroughly and provides the possibility to walk through some of the most dramatic landscape in the Himalaya. Following the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and many other expeditions one can enjoy the views of beautiful mountains, terraced fields, crystal clear streams, and an amazing mix of lifestyles of the local people. The trek includes spectacular views on the Mt. Everest and other Himalayan giants from Gokyo peak (5,350m) and the Kala Pattar (5,545m). The trek takes about 18 days and starts from Lukla (2,800) which is a 35min flight from Kathmandu.
The Mustang trek is perhaps the most fascinating trek in Nepal. The Mustang region has been a restricted area to travellers until the Nepalese government gave permission to trekkers in 1991. To limit the number of visitors and to protect the traditions as well as the environment a special permit is needed for trekking tours in Mustang. Due to the restricted access to this area the Mustang region is able to protect its own typical Tibetan culture and its rich and complex history.
If you are interested in one of these or any other treks do not hestitate to contact us. We will be happy to send you a detailed itenary suited to your personal interests, available time, and budget.