Many of us dream about Nepal for a lot of different reasons. Some are attracted by its culture, religion, the diversity of the country or the possibility to stay in buddhist monasteries to calm their mind. Others visit it for its amazing and diverse nature. For whatever reason we decide to visit this country, we’ll experience, that the greatest mountain range on Earth, the Himalayas affects and forms everything in Nepal.
We consider Nepal to be the greatest location for trekking and mountain climbing – and the many trekkers and mountaineers coming from all over the world seem to agree with us.
The network of mountain treks and paths has a long history. The first routes are the results of commerce and religious pilgrimage. The Tibetan salt, wool and yak butter to India, and on the same route back to Tibet via Nepal, grain and other food products were carried by early tradesmen. They connected the small mountain villages as well, creating the opportunity for local commerce.
Pilgrimage had equally important role in creating the network of treks – hindus heading to religious places in the mountains and buddhists visiting sacred sites in Lhasa. Until the 1950s foreigners could not enter the world of mountain treks. This changed significantly, when Nepal opened its borders and numerous expeditions arrived to concur the 8000+ meter high peaks. The first mountain with successful climbers on its top was Annapurna in 1950, and was followed by Mount Everest in 1953 and slowly by all significant Himalayan peaks.
Alongside of mountain climbing, high altitude trekking developed rapidly as well, and became incredibly popular. Tourism is the main driver of the Nepali economy and the richest regions of Nepal are the ones with popular mountain treks.
Nepal is an astonishingly colorful country, in terms of both culture and religion. The tribes of the high Himalayas mixed with Indian ethical groups in the South and with Tibetans in the North, hence creating diverse population. This makes it easier to understand, why the number of spoken languages and dialects is over 100 in Nepal. Knowing a bit about its neighboring countries, the level of religious tolerance is really surprising: hindus, buddhists, muslims, christians and the followers of local Nepali beliefs live in peace together.
This diversity can be experienced and explored in the mountains and on the mountain treks as well. It is worth to stay open and get to know the hosts of the guest houses, the mountain guides and the porters a bit better, as they can open a door for us to a beautiful and unique world. We’ll have the chance to peak into this world on our trek in the Everest region, where amazing trekking routes and superb views are awaiting us.
Our favorite trekking routes are:
- Three Passes Trek
- Everest Base Camp Trek
- Gokyo Trek
- Mera Peak Trek
Optional summit climbs:
- Island Peak – 6198m
- Mera Peak – 6472m
- Cholatse – 6453m