As a home to 8 of the top 10 mountains in the world, Nepal extends from Mechi in the east to Mahakali in the West. Surrounded by India and China from every side, Nepal stays as a landlocked country but, amazingly manages to make it as the second richest country in the water resources. With its residence in the Southern portion of Asia, Nepal possesses one of the best trekking trails in the whole world. In relation to the diverse geographical existence, dominating snow-capped peaks, ancient culture, typical lifestyle, and sundry flora and fauna, Trekking in Nepal remains a number one choice for the nature enthusiasts and adventure lovers.
The trails of Nepal, mostly known as the Great Himalayan Trails, move through the point of 70 meters all the way up to the highest point of 8848 meters. Trekking in Nepal makes us wander around the terraced fields, panoramic hills, high ridges, well-marked trails, cool streaming rivers and the culturally rich valleys. While talking about Nepal, let’s also not forget the proverb, ‘Atithi Devo Vaba’ translated into ‘Guests are god’. Trek to the country and experience the strong sense of friendliness and hospitality of the Nepalese people.
Traverse around nature and traditionally rich country to find out your inner peace and dip into the incomparable beauty of Nepal. Whether you travel with months and months of planning or get into the country with no planning at all, you will definitely find a trekking trip most suitable for you. Entering the country for touristic visits is majorly done via the only international airport of Nepal. However, you can also enter Nepal via land transportation.
To talk about the regions, Annapurna and Everest Regions have been the top choice for trekkers. However, for tourist preferring land transportation, Annapurna and Langtang top the other regions. Everest Region connects its travelers with the trek to the foothill of the highest peak of the world and the bluish lakes of Gokyo whereas the Annapurna Region excels with more natural and easy trekking options. Trekking to the Langtang Region has been one of the top choices for the people wanting peaceful and uncrowded hikes.
Nepal is visit-able all year round. However, the best season to visit is the Autumn Season starting from September and ending in November. The time of the year hosts the major festivals of the country, Dashain, and Tihar. In this season, the skies are crystal clear and the views, breathtaking. Also, the tourism industry booms at this season. Besides Autumn, Spring is also another season to be the most crowded. Trekking in the Summer and Winter are also possible as those seasons exert their own beauty to its visitors. Whichever season it may be; it will surely be a splendid trekking trip for you.
Most of the trekking tours of the country are based on the tea house trekking where your night accommodation rests at a lodge. Such tea houses usually offer basic room and meal services. Some might be comfortable and some might be dirty. But, the establishment of such lodges at a regular spacing has made the trekking easier and comfier. Such tea houses also remain as a resting place for tired trekkers during the day. If you want a camping and full wilderness trek, you can also accommodate at the tented camps in reasonable places. Aside from the tented camps and tea houses, you can also find home stays in some local villages.
The trekking grades of the country vastly depend upon the place we are traveling to. Most of the trekking in Nepal ranges from easy to strenuous climbs. The Everest Region trekking needs decent fitness level with an ability to walk for 5-6 hours whereas the Annapurna and Langtang Regions need an easy fitness level with an ability to walk for just 4-5 hours. However, for the base camp and high passes trek, a fairly fit fitness level is needed with an ability to walk for more than 7 hours a day. Since Nepal has trekking options to high altitude regions, trekkers are prone to get affected by the Altitude Mountain Sickness. The illness occurs due to the non-adaptation to the high altitude. It can be prevented by having enough days to get acclimatized to the weather. Medications can also be used to cure the disease.
Even if it is easier to get a trekking map in Nepal, it is recommended to have a local trekking guide with you in case of any sort of emergencies. While traveling in Nepal, it is always advised to travel in a group rather than individual trekking. As for trekking equipment, it is a must to have at least one down jacket and a sleeping bag with lunch boxes and water bottles being reusable. This ensures your safety in case of emergency situations. The reusable and recyclable boxes also help to keep the pollution in check, which in turn, makes way for responsible ecotourism.
With everything sorted out from your trekking destination to your trekking dates, you will now have to think about getting the Visas and trekking permits in Nepal. For Visa, it can be obtained from the Tribhuvan International Airport at the time of your arrival or from the respective Nepal embassies in your country. And as for the trekking permits, usually, a TIMS card is a must to trek in Nepal. However, for trekking in the restricted areas of the country, you will have to get a trekking permit, first. It will be easier if you apply for the permit via a travel operator as you won’t have to waste your time and stay away from all the hassles during the official work.
Trekking in Nepal offers unique and adrenaline rushing experience with the exploration of the landscapes only visit-able by foot. With trekking in Nepal, you not only get closer to the natural wonders, you will also be aiding the people of the rural areas to live and grow economically. Get in the country to experience the Great Himalayan Trails through the relentless sharpening of the best trekking itineraries. Travel to Nepal and make the Visit Nepal 2018 a big hit.
Tourism is travel for pleasure or business; also the theory and practice of touring, the business of attracting, accommodating, and entertaining tourists, and the business of operating tours. Tourism may be international, or within the traveller’s country. The World Tourism Organization defines tourism more generally, in terms which go “beyond the common perception of tourism as being limited to holiday activity only”, as people “traveling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes”.
Tourism can be domestic or international, and international tourism has both incoming and outgoing implications on a country’s balance of payments. Today, tourism is a major source of income for many countries, and affects the economy of both the source and host countries, in some cases being of vital importance.
Hiking is the preferred term, in Canada and the United States, for a long, vigorous walk, usually on trails (footpaths), in the countryside, while the word walking is used for shorter, particularly urban walks. On the other hand, in the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland, the word “walking” is acceptable to describe all forms of walking, whether it is a walk in the park or backpacking in the Alps. The word hiking is also often used in the UK, along with rambling (a slightly old-fashioned term), hillwalking, and fell walking (a term mostly used for hillwalking in northern England). The term bushwalking is endemic to Australia, having been adopted by the Sydney Bush Walkers club in 1927. In New Zealand a long, vigorous walk or hike is called tramping.It is a popular activity with numerous hiking organizations worldwide, and studies suggest that all forms of walking have health benefits.
In the United States, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, and United Kingdom, hiking means walking outdoors on a trail, or off trail, for recreational purposes. A day hike refers to a hike that can be completed in a single day. However, in the United Kingdom, the word walking is also used, as well as rambling, while walking in mountainous areas is called hillwalking. In Northern England, Including the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, fellwalking describes hill or mountain walks, as fell is the common word for both features there.
Paragliding is the recreational and competitive adventure sport of flying paragliders: lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure. The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing comprising a large number of interconnected baffled cells. Wing shape is maintained by the suspension lines, the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing, and the aerodynamic forces of the air flowing over the outside.
Despite not using an engine, paraglider flights can last many hours and cover many hundreds of kilometers, though flights of one to two hours and covering some tens of kilometers are more the norm. By skillful exploitation of sources of lift, the pilot may gain height, often climbing to altitudes of a few thousand meters.
A climbing peak may refer to a mountain or hill peak or a rock formation that has to be ascended by climbing. The term is common in Germany where it is specifically used of free-standing rock formations in the climbing regions of Saxon Switzerland, Zittau Mountains and other nearby ranges in the German Central Uplands that can only be summitted via climbing routes of at least grade I on the UIAA scale or by jumping from nearby rocks or massifs. As a general rule, they must have a topographic prominence of at least 10 metres to qualify. In Saxon Switzerland the Saxon Climbing Regulations do not require any minimum height, but define climbing peaks as
Another requirement is its recognition by the responsible sub-committee of the Saxon Climbers’ Federation (SBB) and the responsible conservation authorities. For hikers these authorized summits may often be recognised by the presence of a summit register and abseiling anchor points.
In other climbing areas, such as those in Bohemian Switzerland, there are other exceptions. There, climbing peaks only need to have a significant rock face – the lowest side of which has to be less than 10 m high, but at least 6 m high.