Known for its hilly and mountainous topography – Nepal is a fascinating country in the continent of Asia. The magnificent Mount Everest, the loftiest mountain peak in the world, is the crowning glory of this country. The landscape of this region comprises mountains, ridges and verdant valleys that make the trekking experience at this destination thoroughly enjoyable and unforgettable. There are two major aspects to consider while deciding to do trekking in this country – crowd and weather. As a general rule, more people come here to go trekking considering the weather conditions; however, during the months of October and November, the tourist influx is generally high. One thing that needs to taken care of beforehand is to make bookings prior to the journey, since, during on-season, flights and hotels are in all likelihood to be fully booked and trails in the hills are bound to be busy. The best bet is to look for suitable Nepal tour packages and book them at the earliest, to avoid any last-minute heckles.
An activity that is a major part of Nepal holidays is trekking, wherein tourists walk the trails and explore the hills situated here, on foot. It has attracted backpackers and explorers for a time period spanning more than 100 years. During the climb up hill, trekkers get to see the spectacular landscape of this country. En route every trek, lies an opportunity to witness the diversity of this nation – quaint villages that are abode to various ethnic groups with different cultural values and lifestyles. Most of the treks pass through the altitudes between 1000 and 4000 metres, while some popular parts reach over 5000 metres.
The most popular hiking routes in the country have traditionally been the Mount Everest, Langtang and Annapurna regions. Other notable destinations that have managed to capture the imagination of adventure seekers are the Kanchenjunga in the extreme East and Dolpo in north-west Nepal. A number of other picturesque summits that have not gained popularity yet and some might not have even heard of them are – Kantega, Ama Dablam, Kumbhakarna and Machhapuchhare. As a trekker turns from peaks that are famed only for their height to gaze onto the less known ascents, they realise there is lot more to this nation than just the Himalayas.
Numerous heritage trails are conducted in different parts of the country by the government, where the climb up hill is combined with a sneak peek into the cultures of the local communities here. A trek at this destination can be of few days or months, depending on the time and the stamina a vacationer has. One such trek is The Great Himalayan Trail, which stretches 1700 km from Kanchenjunga range in the east to Humla in the west – a trek that can take months to accomplish, but the experience is bound to be beyond imagination.
An important thing required of all trekkers is to obtain the Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card before embarking on their trip in the wilderness of this region. To trek in the protected region here, travellers must get the permit by paying entry fees to step inside a particular national park or protected area. For accessing the areas that are restricted by the national government, tourists also need to acquire the trekking permit to the area.