The Four Famous Hiking Trails in Nepal
Nepal is considered to be the best trekking destination in the world because it hosts the world`s highest mountain known as Mount Everest. It is the world`s highest peak located on the north eastern region of the country on the Sino-Nepalese border. Some of the mountains found in the country include; Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Kanchenjuga and Annapurna. There are various adventurous activities such as hiking, trekking and mountaineering which attract thousands of tourists annually. The other reason why many tourists travel to Kathmandu is simply because of its amazing trails. These trails are breath-taking as it involves some famous activities like camping, tea house trekking and mountain biking. These famous trails include; Annapurna circuit, Everest Mountain, Everest base camp and mount Kangchenjunga. Mount Everest Circuit.
Mount Everest is known by the locals as Sagarmatha which means ‘Mother of the Universe’. It is located in Khumbu region which is home to Sherpa and Tibetan Buddhist culture. Trekking in this region takes about 17 to 25 days depending on the route. Trekkers begin their journey at Lukla and head towards Namche Bazaar and end up at the Gorekshep. Gorekshep is a small township that provides unique views of the moutain. The cost of climbing Mount Everest ranges between $19,700 to 37,700 per person plus it also comes with extra expenses like $7,000 for climbing gears, $ 10,000 for emergency equipment like medical kits, communication devices and $ 8,500 for oxygen masks and climbing sherpas. The fees might change in the near future. Check out this travel news site revealing that the Nepalese are considering reducing the great fees involved in trekking the Everest. (image by Larry He).
This is the major trekking circuit in west Nepal. The circuit takes about 16 to 20 days from Pokhara, which is the country`s third largest city. The circuit takes tourists through the incredible mountains and glaciers of the Annapurna conservation area. This circuit is popular because it allows trekkers to travel through diverse terrain like jungles, alpine areas and regions filled with the Tibetan Buddhist culture. Trekkers have the opportunity to view the Mustang region which goes all the way to Tibet. It costs about $1,075 per person but it does not include the following; international flights, tips, trekking meals and Nepal entry visa fee.
Mount Kangechenjunga Circuit.
Mount Kangechejunga is the world`s highest peak and its known as the ‘queen of mountains’ because it is surrounded by other relatively high peaks. It supports diverse ecological zones like subtropical land and the glacial wilderness. Some of the attractions in this circuit include; the rhododendron forests, challenging mountain passes, interacting with native Nepal people like the Sherpa, Rai, Limbu and Gurung and the Yalung glacier. It costs about $3,795 per person but it does not include the following; international flights, tips, trekking meals and Nepal entry visa fee.
Everest Base Camp Circuit.
It is considered to be the most challenging circuit in Nepal because of its high altitude during the hike. Hikers and trekkers enjoy the high and steep ascents like the KalarPatar ascent. Trekkers will also have a chance to visit the Gokyo lakes. Trekkers are advised to be in a maximum group of 8people. The cost for the entire circuit is $1360 per person but it does not include the following; international flights, tips, trekking meals and Nepal entry visa fee.(image by Timothy Hirst).
Trekkers and hikers should always carry with them the necessary equipment needed like sturdy and comfortable hiking boots, a sleeping bag and a few clothes depending on the weather. They also need to carry emergency and protective gears like medical kits, oxygen masks and warm clothing. Trekkers should drink plenty of fluids when climbing to ensure they are not dehydrated. They should be aware of any altitude sickness above 2500m and know the symptoms of AMS. The only way to deal with AMS is for trekkers to descent to lower altitudes. The Costs of Fees for the above circuits differ depending on the type of accommodation, season and food tourists chose to buy.
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