Trekking in the Himalaya
The Federal Democratic Republic Nepal is well known as one of the best destinations in the world for enjoying the real beauty of nature through trekking. The trail into the interior parts of the country follows ancient foot-trails which meander through scenic river-banks, intricately terraced fields and the forested ridges connecting picturesque hamlets and mountain villages. Trekkers can walk along the rough but beautiful trails or virgin tracks in the lap of green and friendly looking hills. The rhododendron-filled, green, dark and deep forests with different seasonal flowers blossoming can catch anyone’s eye as can the scattered residential cottages, domestic and forest animals, variety of birds, both Hindus and Buddhist temples, mountains, breath-taking landscape, and above all warm greeting from smiling local people. The highly developed and well-defined trails have been used for centuries. Trekking in Nepal is an all season activity. It is possible at any time of the year depending on where one wishes to go. However, the most popular season are spring (February – May ) and autumn (September-November). Even during the monsoon season (June- August), you can trek in the rain- shadow areas north of the Himalaya like Mustang, Upper Manang and Dolpo.
The diverse terrain and variety of cultures of the region north of Pokhara make each day’s walk a different experience and make the area the most popular destination in the country. Four favorite treks, each with minimum of about one week and maximum of three week treks, to Kali-Gandaki basin include Manang region, Annapurna range, Jomsom and the Annapurna Sanctuary. Alpine meadows, moraines, glaciers and breathtaking views of the Annapurna range abound. The three hundred kilometer Annapurna Circuit combines the first two areas by crossing high altitude pass, Manang Thorang-La (5416 meters) and takes up to three weeks to complete.
More Trekking Route in Annapurna Region:
Annapurna Circuit Trekking
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
Ghorepani / Ghandruk Trekking
Tilicho / Mesokatola pass Trekking
Mardi Himal Trekking
Jomsom – Muktinath Trekking
Upper Mustang Trekking
Nar Phu Trekking
Taan Machhapuchhre Model Trekking.
Kapuche Lake Trekking.
Hidden Lake Trekking.
Gurung Heritage Trekking.
White Mountain, separated from the Annapurna region by Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, includes some fifteen peaks above 7000m. This region, considered to be one of the most remote places of the Federal Democratic Republic Nepal, has abundance of Himalayan peaks, hidden valleys, high passes and sweeping vistas. The Trans-Himalayan journey is quite, peaceful and full of adventure and excitement. Trekking in this area is relatively strenuous but trekkers willing to spend their holidays amid nature and natural surroundings full of peace and tranquility choose this “Off the beaten track” trekking destination.
More Trekking Route in Dhaulagiri Region:
Gurja Himal Trek .
Churin Himal Trek .
Dhaulagiri South Base camp .
Dhorpatan Eco Trek
Dhaulagiri Ice Fall .
The main journey here is around Manaslu, reaching north of the Himalayas and circling the great Manaslu-Himalchuli-Baudha massif. Since Manaslu is a special area for trekkers and was only officially opened from 1991 onwards for trekking, it needs special permits. Three-week complete treks will give you an exciting, adventurous and once in a lifetime experience.
More Trekking Route in Manaslu Region:
Manaslu Circuit Trekking.
Lower Manaslu Trekking.
Tsum Valley Trekking.
The Everest Region
The areas around Khumbu is commonly called as the Everest Region. It is also known as the home of Sherpa people and the mysterious Yeti. This trek comprises not only the Everest Base Camp but also Namche Bazar, Lukla, Tyangboche and the whole Solukhumbu, which are at the lap of looming Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world and also the mount Ama Dablam . The trek to Khumbu area is not only famous for trekking and expedition but also for the Sherpa culture. One can enjoy and learn Sherpa culture very closely by visiting this region.
The complete trek starts from Jiri to Lukla. Flying to Lukla is the best option for those with limited time. Most of the flights depend on weather condition. However, the helicopter service and chartered flights are also available on request. The Everest Trek is one of the most thrilling adventure treks for excitement-seekers. There are several trekking routes within the Khumbu Region like Kalapatthar, Gokyo Lake, Everest Base Camp and Syangbochhe trek.
The Langtang – Helambhu
Gosaikunda region is easily accessible from Kathmandu. Each area in itself is a good choice for those with limited time. It offers many features that range from culture to adventure. In a week to ten days, any one can visit one of these areas by crossing high mountain passes. A three-week trip could cover all the three areas. The Himalayan views overall are not quite as spectacular as in the Annapurna or Khumbu region, but they remain unforgettably beautiful plus the trails are less crowded and the people are friendly and interesting. TheHelambhu-Gosainkunda trek takes one to Gosainkunda Lake – a sacred site for devotees of Hindu God Shiva. It is famous for both trekking and pilgrimage.
The Dolpo region is the natural embodiment of high passes, rare flora and fauna, and sweeping vistas, which is enriched by the traditional Tibetan cultural heritage. This region, surrounded by Dhaulagiri and Tibet from south and north, respectively, is regarded as a blend of natural and cultural phenomena. It was opened in 1991 for trekking. This region lies on the north side of Himalayas, it is also a rain shadow area and the climatic situation of this place is same as that of Mustang. One of the longest treks in Nepal is Dolpo Trek that takes 34 days to complete. In this trek, the maximum elevation will be 4,530 m. to 5,115 m. and is one of the most arduous treks of the country. Kanchanjunga TrekLiterally the Kanchanjunga means crystal clear in Nepali while geographically the Kanchanjunga mountain is the second tallest in Nepal and the third tallest in the world after the Mt. Everest of Nepal and the K2 of Pakistan. The whole trekking areas in this region stretches through and around Arun River whose origin dates back to prehistoric period. The Arun valley is one of the most beautiful regions to trek in Nepal. Traveling around this part also gives an opportunity to enjoy and experience the traditional culture of Rai and Limbu, the native locals of this area. Trekking in this area is an adventure that is full of enthusiasm, excitement and above all, an unforgettable life time experience.
Gaurishanker Trek is another beautiful trek in Nepal where one can enjoy the beautiful scenery of majestic Himalayas including Rolwaling, Gaurishanker, Tashi Laptse, Dorje Lakpa. The trekking route is full of alpine forests including trees with blooming rhododendron flowers, the national flower of Nepal, and beautiful native villages.
A trekking permit is a must to visit restricted areas mentioned below. To visit normal trekking areas, no permission is required.
Restricted areas which have been opened for Group Trekking
The following restricted areas are open only for group trekkers. And a trekking permit will not be issued to individual trekkers for such areas. The areas and required fees are as follows:
|S.No.||Trekking||Trekking Permit Fee|
|1||i) Dolpa district||Per week per person US$ 10 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
For the first 10 days per person US $500 and After 10 days per day per person Us$50
|a) Areas of lower Dolpa|
|b) Areas of Upper Dolpa|
|ii) Taplejung District|
|2||Kanchanjanga Region||Per week per person US$ 10 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.|
|(Areas of Olangchunggola, Lelep, Papung and Yamphudin Village Development Committee)|
|3||Mustang district. (Upper Mustang)||For the first 10 days per person US $500 and After 10 days per day per person Us$50.|
|4||Gorkha District||From September to November per week per person US$ 70 and After 7 days per day per person US$ 10.and From December to August per week per person US$ 50 and After 7 days per day per person US$ 7 /Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.|
|Chhekampar & Chumchet VDC(Sirdibas-Lokpa-Cumling-Chhekampar-Nile-Chhule Area)||From September to November per person US$35 for first 8 days and from December to August per person US$25 for first 8 days or equivalent convertible foreign currency.|
|5||Dolakha District (Gauri Shankar & Lamabagar)||Per week per person US$ 10 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.|
|Humla District (Simikot and Yari)||For the first 7 days per person US$ 50 and After 7 days per day per person US$ 7 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.|
|Areas of Limi and Muchu village Development Committee, and area way to Tibet via Tangekhola of Darma Village Development committee.|
|6||Rasuwa District :- Thuman and Timure||Per week per person US$ 10, Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.|
|7||Sankhuwasabha District||For the first 4 weeks per week per person US$ 10 and After 4 weeks per week per person US$ 20, Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.|
|(Makalu Region):-Areas of Kimathanka, Chepuwa,Hatiya and Pawakhola Village Development Committee.|
|8||Solukhumbu District||For the first 4 weeks per week per person US$ 10 and After 4 weeks per week per person US$ 20, Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.|
|Makalu Region):-Areas of Kimathanka, Chepuwa,Hatiya and Pawakhola Village Development Committee.|
|9||Manang District:- Areas of Nar, Phu, and Northern area of Tilche Village of Thochhe Village Development Committee||From September to November per week per person US$ 90 and December to August per week per person US$ 75 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.|
|10||Mugu District:- Areas of Mugu, Dolpu, Pulu and Bhangri.||For the first 7 days per person US $90 and After 7 days per day per person Us$15 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.|
|11||Baihang District:-Areas of Kanda, Saipal, Dhuli.||For the first 7 days per person US $90 and After 7 days per day per person Us$15 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.|
|12||Darchula District:- Areas of Byas Village Development Committee.||For the first 7 days per person US $90 and After 7 days per day per person Us$15 Or equivalent convertible foreign currency.|
a. To get a group trekking permit an application form with other relevant documents should be submitted through any registered trekking agency of Nepal.
For further details information please feel free to contact at Taan – Western Regional Association Office, Pokhara.
Tel: 00977 61 463033