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8 Best Challenging Base Camp Trekking Destinations in Nepal

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8 Best Challenging Base Camp Trekking Destinations in Nepal – Trekking has increasingly being pursued as a passion by many adventure seekers. Thanks to the information technology revolution, more people connect over passions and pass on information, which probably arouse more interests about this one-time adventure sport turned passion for many individuals. Some of the Challenging Base Camp trekking destinations include:

  • Mount Everest and Lhotse Base Camp Trek: Lhotse with a height of 8516 meters is know to be the fourth highest mountain in the world and one of the largest and steepest mountain faces of the world. It is situated across the south of Mount Everest, the highest peak of the world. The south side of the Everest trekking has always attracted negative publicity given the harshness of the climatic variations. That is the reason why trekkers and mountaineers choose the northern route to summit Mount Everest. However, the climb through the Khumbhu Icefall is an experience in itself. Lhotse shares the same bases camp with Mt.Everest. In fact, even the climbing route to Lhotse is the same as Everest including the Khumbhu Icefall, Western Cwm up to Camp 3 on the Lhotse side. This Mount Everest and Lhotse Base Camp Trek has been named the most dangerous trekking experience given the high altitude, harsh climatic conditions and sheer exhaustion accompanying this trek. March to May is considered the best time to trek this challenging expedition through October and November too are considered a good time in autumn season.
    Everest Base Camp Trek

    At -Everest Base Camp- during our trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp.

  • Mount Cho Oyu Base CampTrek: Mount Cho Oyu Base Camp Trek is considered to be the sixth highest peak of the world located in Khumbu Himalayan Range border of Nepal and Tibet. Mount Cho Oyu Base Camp Trek can be included Gokyo Lakes Cho La Pass Everest Base Camp Trekking route.

                                                 Mount Cho Oyu in the left view from Gokyo Ri View Point.

  • Mount Kanchenjunga Base camp trek: This is one thrilling trekking experience around the world’s third highest peak height of 8586 meters.  The Kanchenjunga Peak is very high and thus even the climb till the base camp of this tall standing mountain peak is an experience in itself. The Mount Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek starts at Suketar (Taplejung) and ends at Suketar (Taplejung) making a circuit of Kanchenjunga South and North Base Camp.  This eleven-day trekking experience should be ideally done from October to mid-December in the autumn season and March to May in the spring season.

    Kanchenjunga North Base Camp – October – November – 2018

  • Mount Makalu Base Camp Trek: This trek is the most preferred trekking distance, especially for solitary trekkers. The Makalu Base Camp Trek provides an exceptional opportunity to the trekker in terms of exploring high-altitude terrains, experiencing snow-laded landscapes and having a first-hand experience of the ethnic Himalayan lifestyle. The trek starts from Chichila. This 20-day trip should be planned during the months of March to May and September to November.

                                                                        Mount Makalu

  • Mount Manaslu Base camp trek: The Mount Manaslu Base Camp Trek offers the perfect blend of near-perfect views of the mountains; a rich combination of cultural heritage; and absolutely genuine and challenging adventures. The MountManaslu has a height of 8153m and is considered to be the eighth highest peaks in the world.

    Mount Manaslu view

  • Mount Annapurna Base Camp Trek: The Mount Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular treks of the world given its moderate difficult trek. This is considered to the tenth highest peak of the world. Though the trek offers a moderate difficult trekking experience, the trek also has the highest fatality ratio among the trekkers.

      Mount Annapurna view from Annapurna Base Camp

  • Mount Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek: The Mount Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek is the most challenging trekking adventure in the Annapurna Region. This is considered to be the seventh tallest mountain in the world. The best trekking experience for trekkers who want to experience raw and untouched nature and avoid the crowd, this challenging trek would give them the perfect blend of everything.

                                 Mount Dhaulagiri view from French Pass during our Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek. 

Mount Everest Deaths Statistics by Year (1922-2019)

People started trying to get to the top of Everest since 1922. While some have successfully achieved the feat, many of them have ended their lives during the attempt.
Around 300+ climbers have met with their end on Mount Everest till now. The fatality stat provided is the total death count from 1922 to May 2019.

More detail about Mount Everest Deaths Statistics by Year (1922-2019) follow the link.

What Makes Most Popular Hiking And Trekking Destination Of Nepal You Never Want To Miss One?

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Nepal Land of the Himalaya one of the most attractive country of the world located between two big countries China, (Tibet) in the north and India in the east, west and south. Nepal, one of the unique countries in the world with rich of historical temples, unique world heritage sites, traditional cultures and fascinating landscapes. Nepal is very popular for Trekking and hiking because 14 of 8 highest peaks of the world’s located in Nepal including Mount Everest (8848 meters) highest mountain of the world.

Mount Everest Base Camp Trekking and Hiking,
The Highest mountain of the world, mount Everest, one of the most popular trekking destination of the world, First successful assent to mount Everest was 1953 May 29 by Tenzing norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary. Each year nearly 40 thousand travellers hike to Mount Everest Base Camp trekkers from around the world. Trekking to Everest Base Camp is lifetime travel experience that’s providing breathtaking Himalayan views, beautiful landscapes and typical Sherpa cultures and their lifestyle. Safest way to trek Everest Base Camp Trek require a bit longer than 2 weeks 16 to 17 days.
Everest Base Camp TrekThe Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
The Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) third highest peak of the world, Located far eastern part of Nepal boarder of Nepal and India. One of the remote and unique trekking destination that offer a wilderness trekking experience visiting Kanchenjunga south and north Base Camp. We can experience the unique Rai, Limbu and Guring culture in lower valley and Tibetans Buddhist culture dominating in the upper valley in the Kanchenjunga Circuit trekking route. Also Kanchenjunga National Park is known by home of rarely seen red panda.  You will need 3 to 4 weeks time to complete Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek in Nepal.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp TrekThe Annapurna region of Nepal
The Annapurna region of Nepal is world famous trekking destinations in Nepal, The Annapurna Circuit trek offers breathtaking Himalayas views, including traditional Tibetans local villages, their unique culture, warm hospitality you will even forget in your life. Snow capped Himalayan peaks are not the only impressive views, old Buddhist monasteries, Stupas and Mani walls makes your Annapurna Circuit trek more interesting. Annapurna Circuit Trek leads you through the world’s highest glacier Lake Tilicho Lake located (4920 meters) from the sea level, and Throng La Pass (5416 meters) connected you Land of Isolated Upper Mustang and Kali Gandaki valley. Kali Gandaki Valley is known by deepest river gorge in Nepal between mount Annapurna I (8091 meters) 10th highest peak of the world and Mount Dhaulagiri (8167 meters) seventh highest peak of the world. You can trek and hikes in Annapurna region minimum 4 days to a month long trek and hikes in the Annapurna region of Nepal.
Annapurna region of NepalMount Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum valley Side trip.
Mountain of the “spirit” mount Manaslu (8163 meters) is eight highest peak of the world, Mount Manaslu, one of the beautiful mountain that offers one of the finest hiking and trekking around the mount Manaslu. Tsum valley is located just north east corner of Manaslu land connected with Tibet, Tsum valley is open for trekkers only 2008. Tsum valley is very unique and unspoiled trekking destination in Nepal. Old Buddhist monasteries, unchanges local life style, pure traditional and unique villages are the high light of Tsum Valley. Recently Manaslu and Tsum valley trek and hikes become more popular because it is easy excess and close distance from the Capital city of Nepal Kathmandu. Manaslu Circuit trek itself required only 18 days and combing Manaslu Circuit with Tsum valley then you will require 25 days total. Best time of year trekking and hiking in Nepal is October, November and December is autumn season and March, April, May in spring season.
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

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Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking Necessary Permits

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Some areas in Nepal are strictly controlled for travelers to protect its fragile environment, beauty and culture. You must obtain a legal restricted area permits to enter such area. When planning your trekking in such restricted area make sure to make the entire requirement. These restricted area are opened for trekkers since October 1991.

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Special Permit Fee

  • From September to November – US $ 70 per week per person and after 1 week – US $ 10 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency
  • From December to August – US $ 50 per week per person and after 1 week – US $ 7 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Special Permit Essentials

  • Original passport and two copies of passport size photo
  • Trekkers willing to go for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek must accompany a legal authorized guide and must be in at least 2 members in a group.

Note- Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking special permit can be collected at Nepal Immigration Department.

MCAP and ACAP permits

  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit for foreigner – NRS 2,000
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit for SRRAC countries – NRS 200
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit for foreigner – NRS 2,000
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit for SAARC countries – NRS 200

Terms and Conditions of Manaslu Tsum Valley Permit

  • The restricted area permit, ACAP and MCAP is valid for single entry and is no-refundable. The permit holder can enter the designated place within the territory of Conservation Area.
  • All travelers, trekkers and mountaineers shall abide by the National Park and Wildlife Conservation Act, 2029 B.S.
  • Trekkers must hold the permit during his entire Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking and should be shown to concerned personnel of the Conservation Area if they want to check it.
  • Original Passport and four passport size photo

Note – MCAP and ACAP permits is not required for children below 10 years

Entry permits will not be issued from any check posts along the entire Tsum Valley Trekking route. Yet, under certain circumstance, entry permits may be issued with 100% additional charge. So, it is wise to obtain the entry permit before entering into the Conservation Area. MACAP and ACAP entry permits are available for following department in Nepal:

Location Entry Permits Opening Days Opening Hours
Kathmandu, Nepal Tourism Board MCAP, ACAP Sun – Sat, except in public holidays 9 AM – 5 PM
Pokhara, Nepal Tourism Board ACAP Sun – Sat , except in public holidays 10 AM – 5 PM
Besishar, Lamjung ACAP Sun – Sat, except in public holidays 10 AM – 5 Pm

 

Is it possible to trek Manaslu Tsum Valley independently?

According to permit rule launched by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek requires at least two members in a group and must be accompanied by a legal guide.

Travelers often buy an extra permit for a “ghost trekkers” and trek alone with their guide. For this, you need a real passport from a real (foreigner) person.

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP)

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) was launched from the beginning of 1997 with aim to support the Manaslu Ecotourism Development with the funding of the Government of Nepal and the Asian Development Back under the ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation second Tourism Infrastructure Development Project.

Note: The trekking permits cost may change.

 

When is the best time for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking?

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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek begins from Bhadrapur, meanders through the mid-hill scenery and reaches the highest point at Pangpema at 5,160m. It is hard to find the balance in terms of view, temperature and micro climate along the trail.

Sele Le Pass along the KBC trail is non-trekable during the winter from mid-December to early March. The numbers of landslides between Ghunsa and Pangpema makes it unfavorable for trekking during monsoon as the rain makes it worse.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is possible to conduct throughout the year however spring and autumn are the favorable and most loved season for trekking in Kanchenjunga.

Winter (Late December to Early March)

Winter is very cold in Kanchenjunga region. Teahouses in alpine region remains closed due to heavy snowfall. Sela Le Pass becomes impassable due to snow and slippery ice. You must check the availability of accommodation in Lhonak and Khambachen, the check in is available at Ghunsa. While in Yamphuding, check accommodation will be available in Cheram and Ramche.

Level of Difficulty

Heavy snowfall makes KBC trail slippery and unfavorable for trekking. Before embarking for Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, you need winter shoes, crampons and gaiters to tackle the fresh snow.

You must carry warm and proper clothes from thermal footwear to body wear to headwear. You will hardly encounter trekkers along the KBC trekking trail during these months. Most teahouses are closed and you can request them to open for you. This is the best time for those trekkers seeking for unusual and unique trekking experience and probably for those who are used to with weeklong.

Spring (March to Late May)

March to Late May is the best season for Kanchenjunga Base Camp trekking in Nepal. The weather during these months are good and so are the views. The spectacular blooming rhododendron flower along the KBC trail makes the trek more romantic and enjoyable. Skies are usually clear with stunning views around.

Level of Difficulty

There are no snow-falls or rains in Kanchenjunga region making the trail route favorable for trekking. Anyone with certain level of fitness can join in KBC trek and make it the most pleasant experience of lifetime.

Monsoon (June to Mid-September)

Apart from the possible risk of landslides, there will be lots of leeches that are annoying and dangerous. The grooving clouds over the Mountain head obscures the view. But, everything will be washed away and becomes sparkling.

Level of Difficulty

Hiking along the rain and slippery trail route is difficult and to some extent dangerous. Exiting landslide makes the trek arduous and new landslide can develop anytime. The trail route to Khambachen and Ghunsa and Torongding and Yamphuding is need to be updated frequently. Make the local enquiries and be prepared for these landslide hotspots.

Autumn (Late September to Mid-December)

Autumn is another peak and best season for trekking in Kanchenjunga region. The landscapes during these months are adorned at its best. At post monsoon seasons, the landscapes will be washed clean by monsoon rain and there is extra freshness in the air.

Level of Difficulty

As this is the best time of the year to visit Kanchenjunga region, anyone with good fitness level and strong determination can enjoy Kanchenjunga trek.

Top 5 Peaks for Climbing in Nepal

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No doubt, Himalayas are the center of mountaineering, with the highest peak in the world, but if you don’t have enough time and budget, there are many peaks in Nepal that takes just few days to climb. Nepal is truly blessed with beautiful soaring Himalayas suitable for every level of peak climbing and expeditions.

Peak Climbing in Nepal

Trekking Peak Climbing in Nepal

Nepal Mountaineering (NMA) has officially managed the list of climbing peaks in Nepal. They make entire details of group and permits. Climbers must take a permit from immigration for higher expedition. They have listed 33 different climbable peaks in Nepal. There are two group of climbing peaks in Nepal.

“Group A”- Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) grouped 15 summits out of 33 in group A and NMA issues the climbing permits for these peaks depends upon the seasons you are intending to climb. The cost for climbing category A peaks in summer costs ($250), autumn costs ($150), winter costs ($70) and summer costs ($70). It is mandatory to deposit $250 (refundable) for garbage deposit before issuing the permit. Yala Peaks and Chukkung Ri are two peak in Group A that have height of above 5,000m beside these peaks all are above 6,000m.

“Group B”- There are more than 1,300 peaks in Nepal and among them 18 peaks falls under NMA category B peak out of 33 climbable peaks. NMA category B peaks climbing in Nepal are technically easy but the ice and rock climbing experience or knowledge is required. The cost for category B peak climbing in Nepal costs same as category B except for peak (Singu Chuli) – $400 at summer, $200 autumn, $100 winter and $100 summer.

These trekking peaks in Nepal gives you the mountaineering knowledge, experience and inspiration for climbing the peaks above “8,000m”.

Below are top five easy peaks for climbing in Nepal- just remember to do full research and arrangement before embarking on your climbing expeditions. Don’t forget- Safety is always prime concern.

(1) Island Peak

Island peak is first choice of climbers that is non-technical peak climbing in Nepal. Island peak summit offers the astounding view of Everest, Everest and several 8,000m+ peaks. Island peak is most popular trekking peak in Nepal that follows the classical route of Everest Base Camp.

Island Peak Climbing

View from Island Peak Summit

Island Peak Climbing Facts

  • Location: Solukhumbu
  • Summit Elevation: 6,189m
  • Climbing Days Required: 1 to 2 days
  • Difficulty level: PD (little difficult)
  • Best Seasons: April-May and October-November
  • Accommodation: Teahouse and Camping. Camping during the summit ascend

(2) Mera Peak

Mera peak is one of most sought and easy climbing peak in Nepal that takes you to the elevation of 6,461m at the summit. The access to Mera Peak is quite difficult. Located at the edge of famous Khumbu region, Mera Peak climbing is great opportunity to experience the real Himalaya climbing in Nepal without a great effort as Everest or other 8,000m+ peaks. Despite of its inaccessibility and standard elevation, the trekking route to its fairly easy.

Mera Peak Climbing

At Mera Peak Summit 6476 meters.

Mera Peak Climbing Facts

  • Location: Solukhumbu
  • Summit Elevation: 6,476m
  • Climbing Days Required: 3 days
  • Difficulty level: PD (little difficult)
  • Best Seasons: September-November and March-May
  • Accommodation: Teahouse and camping, camping during the summit ascend
  • Duration: 22 days or more

(3) Lobuche East Peak

Lobuche East peak is the great alternative to Mera Peak climbing that is more close to the Everest Base Camp Trekking trail. There are mainly two peaks- Lobuche East and Lobuche West. West section is quite strenuous and challenging. East peak is for novice climber that doesn’t require technical knowledge and experience. The close-up view of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama-Dblam and Pumori can been seen form the summit of the peak.

Lobuche East Peak Climbing

View from Labuche East Peak Summit

Lobuche East Peak Climbing Facts

  • Location: Solukhumbu
  • Summit Elevation: 6,119m
  • Climbing Days Required: 3 days
  • Difficulty level: fairly easy
  • Best Seasons: Mid-March-May and October to Mid-December
  • Accommodation: Teahouse and camping, camping during the summit ascend
  • Duration: 14 days or more

(4) Pisang Peak Climbing

Pisang peak is one of the most non-expedition peak in Nepal that locates opposite of Annapurna II (7,937m) and shouldering right above Pisang village in Annapurna region. The peak summit serves the fantastic views of Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), Mt. Annapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna II (7,555m), Annapurna IV (7,525m) and multiple neighboring peaks. This peak is technically difficult in comparison to other peaks. So climbers need to be physically fit and preferably have previous mountaineering experience.

Pisang Peak Climbing

Pisang Peak 6091 meters.

Pisang Peak Climbing Facts

  • Location: Annapurna region
  • Summit Elevation: 6,092m
  • Climbing Days Required: 3 days
  • Difficulty level: PD + Difficult
  • Best Seasons: March-April and September-November
  • Accommodation: Teahouse and camping, camping during the summit ascend
  • Duration: 14 days or more

(5) Dhampus Peak Climbing

Dhampus Peak Climbing also known as Thapa Peak is technically easy and classing climbing peak in Annapurna region of Nepal. Dhampus peak is nestled at north-east of Mount Dhaulagiri massif. The Dhampus peak features the view of more than 30 magnificent peaks that includes Machhapuchre, Annapurna I and Manaslu. More, the fascinating view of gigantic Dhaulagiri and Tukuche will leave you breathless.

Dhampus Peak Climbing

Dhampus Peak view from Hidden valley.

Dhampus Peak Climbing Facts

  • Location: Annapurna region
  • Summit Elevation: 6,019m
  • Climbing Days Required: 1or 2 days
  • Difficulty level: Fairly Easy
  • Best Seasons: March-April and October-November
  • Accommodation: Teahouse and camping, camping during the summit ascend
  • Duration: 15 days or more

Some Facts of Trekking Holidays in Nepal

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Trekking holidays in Nepal is probably the best trekking vacations that every trekkers have always dreamt of. From strenuously challenging to easy and comfortable trek and lengthy trek to short day hike, Nepal offers extensive range of trekking options in some of world’s exotic locations. Home to world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest (8,848m) and eight of ten highest peak in the world, there are countless opportunities for trekking and climbing adventure. Moreover, the cultural villages and its people gives the real taste of ancient Himalayan life. Nepal is one of richest country in the world for its natural beauty, unique geography and latitudinal variation.

The magnificent scaling of Mount Everest and Mount Annapurna mountain ranges naturally makes it one of the best trekking holidays in Nepal. Some of the route of Mt. Everest and Mt. Annapurna are regarded as being best walk in the world. Moreover, the pristine natural scenery, quaint villages and culture are still intact by tourism.

Annapurna Himalayan view Trekking Holidays in Nepal

Mount Annapurna view from Annapurna Base Camp

 

Here are the listing of the most interesting facts about the trekking holidays in Nepal.

Geography

  • Nepal is home to 8 out of 14 highest mountains including Mountain Everest (8,848m), the highest point of earth.
  • With the distance of 100km, south to north, Nepal offers hot tropical climate to freezing weather.
  • Nepal is the county of amazing altitudinal variation that goes 70m low to 8,848m from sea level that shelters diversity of culture and flora and faunal species.
  • It is also home to most extreme place on earth, like Tilicho Lake (4,800m), highest lake on earth, Kaligandaki Gorge (1,300m), deepest gorge in the world and Arun valley, highest valley in the earth
  • There are four seasons for trekking holidays in Nepal. Autumn and spring are the best seasons for Nepal holidays trekking

Religion and Culture

  • Nepal is only the country where Hindus and Buddhist shares same worship center and lives together with mutual harmony. Multitude of monasteries and graceful temples locates at different corner of Nepal from flatland Terai to high-elevated Himalaya region
  • Nepal is the birth-place of Lord Buddha (light of Asia)- making it perfect for religious touring and trekking holidays destination
  • Nepal never celebrate Independence Day as the foreign power has never succeeded to invade in.
  • Nepal has more than 80 ethnic group and 125 language
  • People living in high Himalaya are mostly Sherpa and Tamang who are believed to migrate from Tibet centuries ago. They still follows Tibetan-Buddhist culture and speaks their unique culture. Trekking holidays in Nepal allows you to experience the real taste of Tibetan culture.
  • Some of highest (in terms of elevation) human settlements exists in Nepal
  • Probably the only country where living goddess is worshiped (Kumari)
  • More than 90% of people living in Nepal follows Hinduism, the oldest religion in the world
  • There are 2 cultural and 2 natural mixed UNESCO world heritage site in Nepal. Kathmandu valley houses 7 UNESCO designated world heritage sites.

Restricted Area Trekking

  • Lower Dolpo Trek, Lo-Manthang Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, Lower Mustang Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek are few restricted trekking area in Nepal
  • These areas are highly preserved in in terms of culture, tradition and religion where people still speaks ancient dialects
  • People living in these areas are mostly Tibetan who migrated Nepal centuries ago
  • These areas are suitable for those seeking beaten-off trail and spend wonderful trekking holiday in Nepal
  • The geography of these areas highly resembles to that of Tibetan plateau

Conservation and Wildlife Reserve

  • More than 19% of country’s total land is covered with wildlife reserve and conservational National Park
  • Nepal has managed to save the last remnants of Blackbuck from extinction and successful in increasing the number of tiger population, one-horned rhino and many other wildlife species such as Indian Bison, wild buffalo etc
  • Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park is listed in world heritage sites of Nepal

 Himalayas

  • The geological age of Nepalese Himalaya is over 70 million years and it is the youngest mountain range in the world
  • Altitude sickness is the major problems that ruins your amazing trekking holiday in Nepal and it starts from the height of 2,500m.
  • Himalayas of Nepal are the third largest deposit of ice and snow in the world after Antarctica and Artic.
  • Nepal possess eight highest peaks in the world

Some Best trekking destinations in Nepal

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Visit Himalaya Trek Pvt. Ltd is well established company with Experience team offering Trekking and Hiking in Nepal, We offer Best Camping treks like Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek located eastern part of Nepal one of the beautiful wilderness trekking in Nepal. Similarly Lumba Sumba Pass Trek through the Great Himalayan route connecting mount Kanchenjunga and mount Makalu in the eastern region of Nepal. Similarly another pristine trekking in Nepal Tsum valley Manaslu Circuit trek combination trek become one of the most beautiful treks in Nepal. Trekking to Manaslu Circuit provided breathtaking Himalayan views with full of historical culture and marvelous landscapes.

As we all know Annapurna Circuit Trek is world’s popular trekking destination in Nepal offering mind blowing views of the Annapurna Massif. Visit Himalaya Treks suggest including hidden valley of Nar Phu (Phoo) valley Trek over Khang La Pass 5320 meters just on top of Ngawal village. If you are looking for more challenging trips then good option to combining Climb Chulu Far East Peak (6058 meters). Adding side trip to Tilicho Lake highest lake in Nepal given opportunity to be closer with snow capped peaks and explores the Glacier Lake of Tilicho Lake.
Similarly Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most pristine trekking destinations in Nepal, one of the easiest treks that offer breathtaking views of the snowcapped peaks. Once travelers reach to Annapurna base camp travelers will enjoy around the breathtaking Himalaya such a mountain like Annapurna I (8091 meters) the 10th highest peak on the world, Annapurna south, Hiuchili, holy mount Fishtail (Machhapuchhere) Gangapurna and many other peaks.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Similarly Upper Mustang Land of the forbidden kingdom is another attraction of Nepal, located behind of the Himalayas, Small Tibetans plateau with historical old monasteries and pure typical Buddhist culture present by Upper Mustang. Usually in month of May in Mustang Historical Buddhist festival called Tiji Festival is celebrated in Lo- Manthang one of the colorful festival in Mustang.  Tiji Festival started by King Samduk Rabden in the 17th Century to celebrate the victory of Lord Buddha’s incarnation. Dorje Sonnu over a demon called Man Tam Ru a vicious creature that consumed human flesh. Tiji festival is celebrated for 3 days where Lamas offer prayers for world peace and also for overcoming any obstacles in the future. This 3 days festival is marked to represent the harassment done by Man Tam Ru through a dance called Tsa Chham. Draped in their traditional attire, Lamas from Choedhe Monastery perform this unique dance. Similarly one of the second days of the festival Lamas perform a dance called Nga Chham portraying the birth of Dorje Sonnu, an incarnation of Lord Buddha as a son of the demon. The traditional dance of the third day of the Tiji Festival represents an attempt to return the Kingdom to Lord Buddha from the demon’s hand. The Lamas chant prayers and perform almost 50 separate religious dances to chase demons from Lo Manthang. They are followed by the masked demons swinging wooden swords wildly toward the terrified spectators. Lamas use ancient musket to fire an arrow to the red demons made of tiger skin. Five more demons are thrown into the sand to signify that the City has got rid of the demons. Visit Himalaya Treks offer trip to Mustang Tiji Festival which is usually held in month of May.

Mustang Tiji Festival trek

Tiji Festival Trek Mustang

Now a day we don’t need to organize Camping trek to Upper Mustang, Tea house / Lodges are well constructed in Upper Mustang so tea house / Lodge trek can be done in this historical land in Mustang. Upper Mustang trek can be done nearly around the year accepts December, January, February which is very cold and winter in Nepal. Upper Mustang is located in restricted area open for travelers only 1992. Travellers need to organize Upper Mustang trek through government authorized companies and minimum group size is 2 people. Upper Mustang Trek start from Jomsom and end at Jomsom.

Langtang valley trek is another easy trek in Nepal, located very close distance from Kathmandu; Langtang valley is badly affected by earthquake hit in Nepal April 25 – 2015 however this days Langtang Valley Trek is fully back and now without using any camping gears we are able to do treks in langtang Valley. This is good time to help for the locals visiting the Langtang valley for support local economics. Langtang valley trek can be done in short time minimum time requires 8 to 10 days to complete this breathtaking trek to Langtang valley. Day hikes to Kyanjin Ri or Tserko Ri is the light of the trip; where from breathtaking snow capped peaks close up views of the surrounding and glaciers of the Langtang lirung (7246 meters) Kimshung (6781 meters) Langshisha Ri (6370 meters). As a taking longer time you may trek combining with Goshainkunda Lake Trek visiting holy Gosainkunda Lakes Popular pilgrimages site each August when thousand of Hindus visit Gosainkunda Lake for the pilgrimages tour. Trek combining Gosainkunda Lake with Helambu circuit makes fantastic circuit for the trekkers lovers. Trek to Langtang valley, Gosainkunda Lake and Helambu circuit require only TIMS and Langtang national park entry permits. Best time to Trek Langtang valley, Gosainkunda Lake and Helambu circuit nearly around the year accept month of June, July and August which is wet and monsoon time in Nepal.

Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley Trek

Another challenging trip in Nepal is Dolpo, Always dream trip for many travelers to trek this isolated land of Dolpo. Pure off the beaten path trek Dolpo is rich of Buddhist culture, monasteries, pristine Landscapes. Another attraction of Dolpo is Miracle lake Shey Phoksundo Lake dippiest lake in Nepal. Trekking to Upper Dolpo, travelers will need fully camping support because Dolpo is far way from well made infrastructure. Pure traditional life style, cultures are alive in the area. Trekking to Dolpo travelers need to organize through the government authorized company because Special permits are requiring trek to Upper Dolpo in Nepal. Special permits cost is USD 10 per week per person for lower Dolpo and USD 50 dollars per person per day for the Upper Dolpo. Minimum 2 travelers require trekking to Dolpo either lower Dolpo or Upper Dolpo. Dolpo trek start from Jufal and end at Jufal, Jumla, Jomsom or Beni. First time travelers may not sweet this adventure trip to Dolpo and best time to trek Dolpo is May to October. Dolpo is located behind of the Himalayas so Lower Dolpo or Upper Dolpo trek can be done during the monsoon period in Nepal.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp – Wilderness Trekking in Eastern Nepal

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Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is one of the famous trekking holidays in Nepal that offers you to experience the world’s third highest peak. The wilderness trekking to the base camp of Kanchenjunga in the eastern Himalayas of Nepal’s driving the third most elevated top on the planet. The primary pinnacle and its moment stations appear as a gigantic crabby which covers the fringes of three nations Nepal, Tibet and Sikkim *(India). The trek to its base camp is itself a hotshot of enterprise that kicking the adrenaline blast. Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is depicted by more remarkable differing qualities on many records; the social and customary ethnic gatherings, for example, the Rai, Limbu and Sherpa individuals, a profile assortment of widely varied vegetation because of the higher summer sprinkle in the areas and a serving of the additional common mountain angles anywhere in the Himalayas. Read More

Kanchenjunga Trekking, Off the beaten path Trekking In Nepal

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Kanchenjunga Trekking; off the beaten path Trek has emerged as a new possibility to the trekkers who have been disappointed for not being able to do Annapurna Circuit Trek or Mustang Trek, both shortened by the road, Everest Base Camp Trek because of inconsistent flights or looking for another possible lodge treks like all of above mentioned treks in Nepal. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is far more harder and strenuous than the Annapurna Circuit Trek and cannot be placed in the same category as Annapurna Circuit Trek. The logistics and food are the most basic compared to simple luxuries (attached bathroom, hot showers, warm dining) available in the circuit. However, the wild and pristine region with its beauty at peace, tries its hardest to make up for all its shortcomings.

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Kanchenjunga View from Trekking to Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek has a starts similarly like the old Annapurna Circuit Trek, passing through the lowlands and terraced villages of various ethnical people constantly following the valleys carved by the rivers coming from the Yalung and Kanchenjunga Glacier. Slowly the trek climbs into the higher valleys with mountains growing larger and closer with each day. The trek has two main valleys leading to North and South Base Camp; Oktang (Kanchenjunga Base Camp North) from Suketar and Pangpema (Kanchenjunga Base Camp South) from Mitlung separated by Sele La.

If started through Suketar, one can enjoy views of Kanchenjunga Range, Kabru Range and Jannu from distant and watch them grow with each passing days of trek. After some days though tropical climate and Limbu villages the trek finally enters higher elevations at Thungim (listed in the trekking map as Yamphudin). Some hard days follows as the climb from Thungim via Sherpa Gaon to Lasiya Bhanjyang is a steep 1300 meters climb and is not recommended as well. An alternative route from Thungim via Amji Khola over two days is recommended. This hard day is rewarded with views of Everest and Makalu (for this one has to leave the main trail and continue to for the top for extra 15 minutes near Lasiya Bhanjyang) and also blooming rhododendrons (in spring) can help lifting the mood. The narrow valleys and small lodges at Tseram and Ramche leads to Oktang (Kanchenjunga Base Camp, South) passing through some yak pasturelands en route to Oktang from Tseram. This part of the trek offers views of Kanchanjunga, Kabru Range, Rathong, Boktoh and several other 5000-meter peaks lying on the border of Nepal and India. Oktang also marks the end of north side of Kanchenjunga Trek.

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Kanchenjunga-South-Side-Views – Trekking to Kanchenjunga Circuit.

From Mitlung, the trek similarly starts following narrow valleys and lots of cardamom fields and tropical forests. After couple of days very similar to the days of the other side, Tibetan village of Phale marks entrance into the lap of the mountains. The very next settlement after Phale is Ghunsa, the biggest in the higher altitudes of whole Kanchenjunga region and also probably the best with much better lodges. Many almost invisible trails through scree and landslides follows after Ghunsa and leads into Khambachen, a higher pastureland for yaks now turned into a small village with few lodges. Impressive Jannu, Sobhi Thongje, Gabur and Sarphu Range enclose these valleys and many unnamed peaks appears towards the end of the valley. Lhonak is similar with Gimmi Gela, Mera, Wedge peak surrounding it and Gimmi Gela Twin, Nepal Peak and Kirat Chuli at the end of valley. Another hard day through rocks and boulders leads finally to Pangpema (Kanchenjunga Base Camp, South). An option to climb on several ridges of Dhromo Peak for better views of Kanchenjunga is recommended as well.

The trek also has one of the longest pass (but not so hard), Sele La that separates Northern and Southern valleys of Kanchenjunga. The pass can be done in two days and has several small passes on the pass day but commonly known as Sele La. The major passes are (in order from Tseram to Ghunsa) Sinelapche Bhanjyang, Mirgin La, Sinion La and finally Sele La (two more places with prayer flags as passes as well). Sinelapche Bhanjyang is the highest with elevation of 4650 meters and Mirgin La provides best view with Makalu on the horizon.

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Kanchenjunga North Glacier view from Kanchenjunga North Base Camp.

Kangchenjunga Trek has highest elevation of 5143 meters at Pangpema but offers several chances to go higher on the ridges of Dhromo Peak near Pangpema. There are several opportunities on trek to leave main trail and explore around near Tseram (towards Khang La), Khambachen (towards Dango Peak and also to Jannu Base Camp), Lhonak (towards Laser Peaks) and Pangpema (on several ridges of Dhromo Peak). The region sees very few tourists and is much more quieter than Annapurna Circuit. Though it is almost identical to Annapurna Circuit in terms of how both trek passes through hot and humid lowlands by the banks of river from the mountains with changing landscapes, cultures and vegetation; Kanchenjunga Trek is far more basic, wild and hard. The trek itself isn’t an exact substitute for Annapurna Circuit Trek but an added option for trekking in Nepal. The trek’s terrain isn’t suggested for someone who is new to Nepal and it’s trails as at some places there is no proper trail.

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Kanchenjunga Trekking In Nepal.                              

Kanchenjunga Trekking is done in restricted areas of KCAP and requires obtaining special permits costing $10 per person per week and $25 for National Park Fees. As it is a restricted area, one must be involved with a legit company to obtain permits and the area isn’t open for free individual travelers like it is in Everest Region and Annapurna Region. One also must be with a Nepalese either porter or a guide to trek in the region. Visit Himalaya Treks offer spectacular Kanchenjunga north and south base camp trek fully supporter staffs.

Trekking In Upper Mustang Nepal

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Trekking In Upper Mustang Nepal; Upper Mustang is a forbidden Buddhist kingdom located in the isolated region of Kali Gandaki Valley in north-central Nepal. Upper Mustang is also a part of Mustang Kingdom and is differentiated by only one fact – the visit of foreign tourists is regulated in the Upper Mustang area due to its proximity to sensitive Tibetan border. Life in Mustang is full of hardships but the beauty of the natural landscape is what draws tourists from all over the world to this land. Trekking in groups is safer than trekking alone, as in case of emergencies there is increased possibility of finding help in the isolated Mustang and Upper Mustang regions.

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 Landscape Seen during our Trekking to Upper Mustang Nepal.
                                            

Mustang is a great place for trekking expeditions because much of the arid plateau area of this place is unexplored and spectacular. Hundreds of years old caves and monasteries along with interesting festivals of Tiji and Yartung have attracted more than 1000 trekkers from western countries to Mustang every year. Trekking in Mustang can be an incredible experience if you follow some guidelines that can safeguard you from getting into any kind of trouble. Some important guidelines are enlisted below:

Trekking In Mustang And Upper Mustang: Do’s and Don’ts
For trekking in Mustang and Upper Mustang it is important to get a legal permit. Especially as Upper Mustang is a sensitive area because it is near the Tibetan border. Therefore, getting a legal permit for trekking in Upper Mustang can save you from legal issues.

Trekking in groups is safer than trekking alone, as in case of emergencies there is increased possibility of finding help in the isolated Mustang and Upper Mustang regions.

Don’t throw plastic bottles and trash in the area where you are trekking. Pack all the trash and dispose it properly to help in conserving the beautiful flora and fauna of Mustang and Upper Mustang.

It is better to hire an experienced guide from a reliable travel agency for undertaking a trekking expedition to Mustang and Upper Mustang.

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The company also offers tour packages to pleasing locations of Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal. For more information about Travel and Trekking Packages offered by the company, log on to www.visithimalayastrek.com