Nepal Trekking Nepal has attracted trekkers from around the world; since the 1960’s when Col Jimmy Robert’s organized the first commercial trek. Trekking has been the leading activity of tourists in Nepal; and thousands take to the Himalayas; some doing a few days of hiking while others take on a month long trek through valleys and high mountain passes. Two of the most popular trekking regions are the Everest and Annapurna; where you can follow many different trails; while the other popular treks are in the Langtang and Kanchenjunga regions.
The most challenging is the Great Himalayan Trails; an extensive trail system that covers Nepal from Humla; and Darchula in the west to Kanchenjunga in the east. No one can find the diversity of trekking trails in Nepal in any other part of the world. In fact, the lowest point in Nepal is 59 m above sea-level in the Terai region while the highest point is Everest, 8,848 m above sea-level, the two points being only 200 kilometres apart as the crow flies.
A majority of visitors to Nepal come in via the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. It is in Kathmandu that trekkers need to acquire their permits and other documentation, either from a trekking agent or from the appropriate offices. The authorities will check these documents along the trekking route. For those with little time on their hands, there are half-day hikes from Kathmandu to witness breathtaking Himalayan views.
Trekking in Nepal today is completely different from that of the 1960’s. In all the main trekking areas, the National Parks and Conservation Areas lodges have been established where trekkers can find accommodation, food and meet other trekkers and locals along the way. A majority of the trails are well maintained and in many cases are sign-posted.
Nepal has six distinct and diverse vegetation zones ranging from Tropical below a 1,000 m through Sub-tropical 100 m – 200 m, Lower Temperate 1,700 m – 2,700 m, Upper Temperate 2,400 m – 3,000 m, Sub-alpine 3,000 m – 4,000 m and Alpine 4,000 m to the snowline, above the snowline it is a Himalaya tundra like wilderness. The higher altitudes are home to the elusive Snow leopard, Himalayan Thar, Musk deer and other rare species.
Although the popular treks in Kanchenjunga, Everest, Manaslu, Annapurna are able to provide lodge accommodation, the less frequented treks in those areas and also in other areas west of Annapurna will generally require camping style trek support. YOU-TUBE