“It is not the mountains that we conquer, but ourselves,” said Sir Edmund Hillary, who, along with Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, was one of the first two people to scale Mount Everest. Nepal is home to solemn snow-clad Himalayas which have withstood the tormenting winds and chills of the sheer altitude. It is home to eight out of ten of the highest peaks in the world and an exhibition of varied cultures, religions, and values. These create an infinite combination of possibilities for the exotic destinations in the country which offer ecstasy and euphoria at levels seldom found in this Earthly realm. Some of the most famous trekking destinations of the world such as the Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trekking, Manaslu Trekking, Upper Mustang Trekking, Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, and many others are found in Nepal. They are autumn, winter, spring, and summer. Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) are considered the best times to trek as the temperature is moderate, the scenic views are vivid, and the trails are vibrant with graceful patches of rhododendron. The top five best treks for Spring in 2019 are:
Everest Base Camp Trek
The Everest Base Camp Trekking offers you an opportunity to follow the footsteps of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary to the very base of the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest (8848m). The journey begins with a flight to Lukla, considered to be one of the most dangerous airports in the world. The route passes along the famous town of Namche Bazaar, which is the biggest trade hub of the Everest Region. As you trek towards your destination, you will be able to visit Sherpa villages such as Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep. Finally, the epic showdown of the Himalayas from the Everest Base camp and Kalapatthar viewpoint is surreal in measures unimaginable. This journey will take around 14 days to complete and cost you around US$1389.
Manaslu Larke Pass Trek
Mt. Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world at a height of 8163 meters, is graceful in its display and grandeur. The Manaslu Larke Pass Trekking is often said to be the best teahouse trek in the country and remains untouched by modern influences. The trail begins as you follow the Budhi Gandaki River and explore the villages of Philim and Namrung to venture into the Buddhist-inspired villages of Lho, Sho, and Samagaon. These villages offer a unique mix of Tibetan and Nepali culture which has remained the same for generations. This trek will offer you an opportunity to experience some of the rarest biodiversity in the world with stunning flora and fauna. The ravishing trails pave way for the ascent of Larke La Pass (5160m) and Mt. Manaslu (8163m) along with numerous others creating a euphoria of Himalayan paradise. The trek takes 18 days to complete and costs $1,350.
Langtang Valley Trek
Langtang Valley, also known as “The Valley of Glaciers”, is stupendous concerning the massive riches of nature. On the way, you will be able to experience the way of life of the Tamang communities as you enjoy spectacular views of mount Langtang Lirung (7227m), Langtang II (6596m), Gaurishankar (7134m), Ganesh Himal (7422m), and Yala Peak (5,500m) amongst others. Complimenting these delirious sights, the villages of the Buddhist faith and their respective culture present a glorious trek. The route on the Langtang Valley Trekking follows the Langtang River and as such villages like Ghodatabela, Langtang village, and finally the esteemed Kyanjin village. This 11-day trek will cost you around $ 720.
Profound trekking, entailing the glory, and ravishing nature of the Annapurna region, the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is one of the most famed destinations in the entire world. Commencing the journey from Pokhara, the trek heads to Ghorepani followed by ethereal delights of the Annapurna range from Poon Hill. Ascending along Chhomrong, Dobhan, and Deurali, the trek takes the jubilant souls to Machhapuchhre Base Camp followed by Annapurna base Camp. The grand spectacle aligns mountains like Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna II (7937m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), and Machhapuchhre (6997m) among others. On the way, you will be able to visit famous villages belonging to the Gurung people such as Dhampus and Ghandruk along with a refreshing hot springs dip at Jhinu Danda. Depending upon the route chosen, the journey can take up to 15 days and $1,500.
Upper Mustang Trek
Arid yet majestic and isolated yet a name on the tip of everyone’s tongue, Upper Mustang Trekking traverses the barren landscapes of red and brown to make up for a journey potent to captivate the supreme of deities. The trek takes you to the ancient kingdom of Lo Manthang which is brilliant in its depiction of Buddhist values. Exploring the long-preserved culture, traditions, and architecture, the trek explores numerous monasteries including Ghar Gompa and Namgyal monastery. The trip offers beautiful views of the Nilgiri, Annapurna, and the Dhaulagiri mountains. The trek route follows the path connecting to the ancient ‘Silk Road’, while following the trails through Chele, Gelling, Ghami, Tsarang, and finally to the walled city of Lo Manthang. This trek of moderate difficulty takes around 17 days to complete and costs $2,050.
Trekking in Nepal sings the rhapsodies of exultant nature and pays tribute to the residents of the country who have lived under the same skies with great harmony and mutual respect. The wildlife and vegetation with an even more interesting variation of topography add up to make the wonderful country that Nepal is. A destination that allures the individuals yearning for the paramount of adventures and natural beauty, you are most welcome to the country of the Himalayas.