The Himalayas have always been a frequently sought destination for trekking fanatics out there. So, are you yet to explore the peaks that were once forbidden to be tread on? Over the entire of the Asian landmass, the mighty Himalayan range stretches from northeast to southeast. The treks range for medium to super difficult. The foothills of the Himalayas offer wide range of trekking options that can set you off on a journey of self-acknowledgement where at the end of the journey you will be at peace with yourself. Such is the calming aura of the magnificent trekking trails of the Himalayan Kingdom. Are you still wondering where to begin your Himalayan trekking experience from? The alpine trail experience comes with ancient Buddhist pilgrims, wildflower fields, tribal villages and much more along the way.
Here are some of the best and famed trekking trails to this Nature’s splendor.
Everest High Pass Trek…The 6 Apex Quest
It’s a 17 days hectic trek. But, hey! It’s completely worth the time and effort. The start of the Everest high pass trek is marked by an adventurous flight to Lukhla. The trail that is followed echoes of the footsteps of the legends like Edmond Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Set against the backdrop of the vast Khumbu region, the trekkers have a delightful scenic experience which is accompanied with many thrills. Crossing the Renjo La, Kongma La and the Cho La which are the definitive high passes build the thrill of the expedition. This trail takes the trekkers by hand through the warm hospitality of the Sherpa villagers, ancient monasteries, Gokyo Valley, Kalapatthar and its quiet lakes. It goes without saying that Everest is the quest for highly experience mountaineers. For the less experienced one, the base camp is more ideal.
Bhairav Kund Trek…A Trail to the Sacred Pilgrimage
Named after the destructive nature of the almighty Lord Shiva, this sacred site is frequented by Buddhists and Hindu devotees. They come here with the motive of cleansing their sins by taking a holy dip in the ‘kund’ which is the mountain lake. Going by the Bhote Koshi River Valley, this off-beat trail begins from Jalbire. This is a lesser known trekking trail that has a lot to offer including the picturesque sight of some of the major Tibetan Mountain ranges. The trail ends at Larche but along the way, the traditional tribal villages, running amidst the thick Rhododendron forests that are full of red panda and snow bear would greet you in all their natural glory..
Ghorepani Poon Hill…A Short and Easy Trek to Annapurna
The highlights of this trek are the tribal villages and of course the natural beauty that you will encounter on the way. If you are looking to get an inch closer to the incredibility of nature, hike through the beautiful pathways that run along the forest streams, this is the trek for you. The ease of the trek makes it famous among nature lovers and observers. The suspending bridge over Modi Khola takes you to the ethnic villages as you ascend through the trail. After reaching the Ghorepani the views of Nilgiri overwhelm you and views of Annapurna enchant you on Poon hills.
Gokyo Chola Pass…the confluence
The trek to the Gyoko Chola Pass will lead you to the eye catching confluence of the Gyoko Valley and the Everest Base Camp. The delightful pleasures of soaking in the Sherpa culture, the splendid Himalayan views, the sight of the forest greens meeting the snowy white landscapes give trekkers a story to be etched in their memory for a lifetime. You can have an engaging experience with the Sherpas provided you start off during the festival time in April. The Gyoko valley revered lake, the glaciers, and streams, the panoramic mountain views mark the high points of the Gyoko Chola Pass Trek.
Helambu Trek…A Perfect Trail near Kathmandu Valley
This short and easy trekking trail has gained its name due to the ease of trekking and the picturesque beauty that is marked by comparatively pleasing environments. The sublime adventure is absolutely deserved by the trekkers with the refreshing waterfalls, snow-peaked Himalayas, green bamboo and rhododendron forests and most of all the rich culture of Hhyolmo. Starting from Sundarijal the trekkers reach the Shivapuri National park that leads to the end at Melamchi Pul bazaar. This artistic walk passes through the bushy jungles and momentary views of Buddhist monasteries. Along the way the sited monasteries are well preserved by the locals, which heighten the cultural grandeur of the Helambu region.
Gosain Kund Trek…a Journey to the Holy lake
Defied by high rising mountains on the east and northern sides, the Gosainkunda Trek also holds religious significance. The trekkers do have a tough time as trail is filled with ridges. The religious angle to the lake is that in ancient times Lord Siva is believed to have drank the water of the lake out of struggle to attain inner calm. Many travellers and trekkers too come with similar objectives. It is basically a basin of lakes with 3 major ones namely, Gosainkunda, Bhairabkunda and Saraswatikunda. The trail moves along the alpine forests of the Langtang National Park that is famous for its Red Panda. Except that the major attractions of this trail are the ethnic culture of the Tamang’s, the Himalayan panoramic view and Gosainkunda, the sacred high-rise lake. So, rejuvenate your love for nature by taking this trail.
Upper Mustang Trek…Nepal’s mystery in the primeval Himalayan Kingdom
The characteristic features of the Upper Mustang are in itself mystic and mirrors the Tibetan culture. Mustang is famed as the rain Shadow Area of Nepal. It is the mysticism of the place and the trail which is the major cause for its magnetic effect on the worldwide trekkers that come to unravel the hidden. Sitting at the heart of North Nepal along which the Kalingandaki streams, evokes both fascination and fear all at once. The prime attraction of this trek is the unofficial capital city, Lo Mathang. As soon as the dry season ends, the Tiji festival begins. The Upper Mustang trek holds the grandeur for it commences from one of the world’s deepest gorges and leads to the highest regions of the barren and rocky trails of the walled city of Lo-Mathang. Want to experience the Himalayan approach to life through all its hardships? The Upper Mustang Trek will offer it all.
Annapurna Base Camp…The 10th Highest
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek commonly known the ABC trek is the one of the most popular Himalayan trekking trail around the globe. This base camp is in the region comprising of several peaks but, as the name suggests the most prominent one is the Annapurna I, the 10th highest in the region. As a trekker, you will not regret one minute of your journey through the breathtaking landscape and culture of the quintessential Gurung Villages. The glacial river of east Annapurna almost acts as navigator throughout the trail. The sunny and warm summer treks can be nerve soothing for all trekking enthusiasts. The trail is so spiritual that it can easily bring the poet inside most people alive .The majestic and serene beauty enchants the visitors here and give them the most enthralling and thrilling experience.
Now you must be wondering why we have got this super freezing guide to you in the month of December. Well, this is the time you start planning and organising so that you can have a successful trekking trip to Nepal in the summers of 2018!