Trekking in Nepal is the dream of adventure lovers. Nepal’s glorious mountains, plunging rivers, deep forests and jungles have drawn adventure seekers for many years. Today they continue to offer challenges and pleasure to hikers, mountain climbers and river rafters. But you don’t need to be an athlete or mountain climber to enjoy the wonders of this amazing country. There are so many possible destinations and styles of trekking that first time visitors can easily find a trek to suit their level of fitness, their schedule and their budget.
There are two main types of trekking in Nepal: teahouse or lodge trekking and camping. Lodges are usually simple but very clean and quite comfortable; meals and rooms are reasonably priced and most visitors enjoy the dal bhaat, momos and other fresh dishes teahouse owners cook for them. Whether you trek solo, or as a couple or small group, this is an excellent way to travel. You meet new people each day-both Nepalis and citizens from around the world who have been drawn to experience the wonders of Nepal’s mountains on foot, day by day walking higher into the Himalaya.
With teahouse trekking, you can go at your own pace, stopping early at a lodge to relax, read, and watch the sunset, or pushing on for an invigorating all-day walk (with of course a nice lunch break and a freshly prepared hot meal.) Most of the trekking regions of Nepal have plenty of villages with lodges and teahouses, making this style of trekking possible in many different parts of Nepal’s mountains and for varying lengths of time. You can visit the Khumbu (Everest region), Annapurna region, Langtang, and other regions for a tea house trek ranging from one week to more than month.
Camping trekking is the classic style of trekking and can be enjoyed almost anywhere in Nepal, even in the regions where teahouses are available. Some trekkers even combine the two types, camping most of a long trek, but staying in lodges some of the time. Camping trekking is fully organized with the support of guides, cooks, and porters. Some members of the team are with you at all times, while others go ahead to set up your camp, prepare meals, and make your adventure comfortable and fun. Camping treks are typically done in the regions of Kanchenjunga, Dolpa, Naar-Phu, Makalu, and Manaslu.
In addition to what nature has given Nepal, the country is also is blessed with a rich cultural heritage. Many ethnic groups live in its cities and mountains; they speak various languages in addition to Nepali, and many speak some English. Temples and stupas grace Nepal’s landscape. And Nepal’s people are among the friendliest and most welcoming in the world, happy to share their homes and culture with you. Nepal is unique in that much of this rich cultural heritage is available to the trekker. You seldom are in wilderness areas but instead trek from village to village, moving through different cultural regions as you go, making new friends, learning how people have lived in these mountains for hundreds of years.
And for those who love nature, there are new flora and fauna you will encounter: flowers that grow and birds that sing at altitudes where at other latitudes in the world there is little life. In Nepal there are forests of rhododendron trees growing at 12,000 feet (3700 meters) and our national bird, the Danphe pheasant thrives at even greater heights.
We hope this gives you some idea of the wonders that await you on your first trek to Nepal. Our company, Himalayan Joy Adventure can help you organize a teahouse trek or a camping trek to any region of Nepal with the full support of our guides and porters. Please let us help you plan one of the finest adventures of your life!