a complete guide to trekking in Nepal

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A corner of Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal


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An overview of trekking in Nepal.

Trekking in Nepal is enormously rewarding, but Himalayan trails need to be approached with care. The Trek Nepal guide to trekking in Nepal will give you the information that you need to walk them safely, but with a spirit of adventure and exploration. The web of trails covers the country, and incorporates both relatively accessible and very remote regions. The level of difficulty is also graded, both in terms of the trek as a whole and with respect to individual days.

One often has to think of unfamiliar concerns when walking in these regions. Will there be physical space in which a group of our size can camp? Are the porters and other helpers going to find the shelter that they need, and are they properly equipped? Am I properly equipped, given that I am starting out in a humid, 45C valley and likely to camp beyond the frost line tonight? What medical precautions should I take? Will my camera work? The Trek Nepal guide sets out to answer these and related queries about travel in Nepal. We can also help you find a suitable trekking company, assess the style of trekking which you would like to follow and the level of remoteness that you seek. Special interests - such as bird watching and botanising - can also be taken into account. TRavel in Nepal is extraordinarily cheap, given the length of many holidays and the effort that is involved by the support services, but everyone will have their travel budget and we help you select the style which suits you.

The Trek Nepal guide provides fourteen mountain treks that cover the entire Nepal Himalayas. These routes visit mountainous regions such Khumbu - which of course includes Mount Everest and Ama Dablan - and the Annapurna massif and its associated and the Annapurna circuit. We also describe the popular routes into Langtang and regions North of Kathmandu. This said, we also explore much less visited - but highly accessible - areas such as Gorkha and the Ganesh Himal, the area around Manaslu and the passes of Himal Chuli. More remote treks go to Kanchenjunga, Dolpo, Rara and the West of Nepal. Each walking day on any given trek is illustrated by photographs of the mountains and villages, the river valleys and the Himalayas, the alpine deserts and the quiet, calm villages. We also offer a wide range of general pictures of Nepal, covering festivals and folk customs, farming and rural life.

Buddhist monks chant by the side of an alley in the Kathmandu suburbs

The Nepali people are naturally friendly, and whilst some travellers prefer to deal with villages through their trekking staff, others walk alone, or would like at least limited interaction with local people. We offer a condensed language course on the CD, complete with spoken phrases that you can practice. The text can be printed out and taken with you if you wish to do this.

The Trek Nepal travel guide also offers its users some insight into the society of Nepal. The many social groups that make up Nepali society are explored in detail - for example, the famous Sherpa people of Khumbu, but also the enormous range of other ethnicities which call Nepal their home:Tamang, Gurung, Rai in the mountains; the Newari from around Kathmandu, the many groups derived from Indian invasions, Indian castes and the long interaction of the ethnically very distinct people who live on either side of the Himalayas. Over 100 languages and dialects are in use in Nepal, and ethnicity and caste are fundamental issues within the society. The Trek Nepal guide also explores the history of Nepal, without some understanding of which which it is hard to fathom the country.

We also describe the living environment of Nepal, as these combine with and are shaped by the physical and climatic facts of the Himalaya mountains. Nepal is enormously attractive to anyone who is interested in the environment, in geology or in the interactions of all of these. The middle altitudes of the Himalaya create abrupt changes and niches, with humid hot valleys and icy ridges lying only a few kilometres apart. An equally diverse set of ecosystems arise, changing steadily as one moves from he arid West to the lush East of the country. Birds, insects and plant life vary wildly as one walks the trails of the Himalayas. One expedition to the Chitwan national park - an accessible, much-visited lowland area - found fifteen new species of birds. What hides in the remote valleys - orchids? Over a hundred species are known. Birds? The hills of the Karnali river in the West of the country are often black with raptors, and the river beds are spotted by lamergiers, standing like 250cm-high cones of feathers, waiting for bones to crack from the Hindu cremation ghats

Many people who go to the Himalaya do so with some form of spiritual ambition: to broaden and test themselves, perhaps; or to touch other belief systems and, if they are very fortunate, the realities behind these. We discuss the religions of Nepal as trekkers, backpackers and holiday makers may encounter them when walking in the Himalayas. One can wander around a monument - a Hindu shrine or a Tibetan gompa - and see it as strange, disquieting, odd; or one can see it with the eye of understanding: what do they believe? Why do they represent these beliefs in the form which I see? How does all of this shape their lives? The Trek Nepal guide tries to show how the traveller can best think about this.

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