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Trekking in Nepal

Trekking in Nepal

Trekking in Nepal is adventure tourism. Nature in Nepal allows you to renew and relive yourself. Meet generous and friendly people while trekking in Nepal. Nepal offers numerous walking excursions to snowy peaks, foot hills, valleys and mountain areas. Typical trekking and hiking in Nepal includes unique spectacular trekking trips to hard climbing in the Himalayas and offers adventure trekking and an Everest Base Camp Trek  that is most rewarding. Trekking is important and highlights to tours in the Himalayas with ecological features nurturing a variety of flora and scenery. Many visitors trek to different part of Nepal every year to experience its rustic charm, nature and culture. Most treks are between 1000 to 5185m in altitude, though some popular parts reach over 5648 meters. Trekking is not climbing, you can enjoy walking holidays in Nepal and trekking tours inNepal that are arranged for travelers.

Trekking is probably the best way to experience the marvelous nature and rich culture. This beautiful land is often referred to as the travelers paradise. You will love Nepal. There are many trekking routes and locations in Nepal where travelers can seek their delights. Popular locations for Nepal Treks are following. Everest Base Camp Trek, Kalapatthar trekking and other very exciting trek locations in the Mount Everest region. It gives trekkers spectacular scenery in the majestic Himalayas of Nepal and a golden opportunity to fulfill a dream.

Trekking in Nepal

Trekking in Nepal is a paradise, as Nepal has been known to be the best destination for trekkers in the world. Nepal has some of the most spectacular, exciting and breathtaking trekking that nowhere can be found in the world, therefore, Trekking in Nepal is the special for mountain lovers, to those who would like to discover the diverse range of flora and fauna, varieties of the culture or simply to have special holidays in the majestic mountains.

Trekking in Nepal has known for 100 years, as the trekkers come to view the diverse lifestyle of the inhabitants in the mountain regions. No doubt, the hospitality of the people living the Himalayas enchants trekkers in such a way that they come again and again and have fondest memories of Nepal throughout their life.

Nepal is a country of friendly people belonging to many different ethnic groups, each having their own variety of culture, religion, festivals and castes etc.

Nepal owns the lowest elevation to the highest peak of the earth. Furthermore, of the 14 highest peaks above 8,000m in the world, Nepal owns over eight the highest mountains and over 1300 peaks above 6,000 m. Therefore, while you have a trekking in Nepal, you have a chance to explore these giant Himalayas on foot, there is no doubt that you will be exhilarated while you have holidays in Nepal.

Furthermore, most of trekking regions of Nepal are encompassed by national parks, which have a diverse range of wildlife, including rare and endangered species. So, when you have trekking, if you are lucky you may even spot tigers or elusive snow leopards in the Himalayan area.

Your trekking involves walking through diverse forests, from sub tropical to alpine as well as different landscapes, lush alpine meadows and rocky snow covered passes, ice falls, glaciers, high altitude and frozen lakes. Therefore, Nepal can be the best destination to spend your holiday with much thrill.

Great Himalaya Treks Adventure

Adventure Great Himalaya is a government registered company comprised
of qualified and experienced professionals.Adventure Great Himalaya
has provided thousands of high quality trekking and tours trips for
clients from all over the world. If your interest lies in Nepal
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River rafting or cultural sightseeing, our professional and
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We are an adventure trekking company based in Nepal specializing
eco-friendly; trekking, mountaineering, scenic tours, wilderness
expeditions, overland adventures, special interest tours in Nepal,
Tibet, Bhutan and India.
All of our treks are led by qualified guides who have been trained in
first aid, basic or advanced mountaineering skills, environment and
various other related subject matters. We pay extra attention to all
health concerns such as water and food.
Nepal is a small landlocked country in south Asia. Located in the
mighty Himalayas, Tibet (autonomous region of China) is to the north
and India to the east, west and south. It lies between 80/4′ to 88/12″
East Longitude and 26 12: to 30 37 North latitude. Nepal’s beautiful
landscape has been a blessing and has attracted a lot of visitors from
different parts of the world. It has an extreme variation in climatic
conditions and topography ranging from the highest peak Mt. Everest
(28029ft. above sea level) to Kachana southeast Nepal (150ft. above
the sea level.) There is no seasonal constraint on travelling in and
around Nepal. All seasons are equally good for traveling but Spring
and Autumn are the most rewarding ones. It has a total area of 147,181
sq. Km .

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Nepal has four seasons: Spring March to May Summer June to August
Autumn September to November Winter December to February Clothing
depend on time and place, for summer in the Terai and Kathmandu, only
light clothes are needed. But in the winter the climate is cool and
thus warm clothing is advised.
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Deb Lauman - Search and Rescue volunteer - hiker author and writer

I recently came across Deb Lauman’s Search and Rescue website where she writes about her experiences as a SAR member in Flagstaff Arizona. I soon learned that this unique and wonderful individual has another major project on the go that will affect the lives of many.

She will be spending three months in Nepal from May through July, 2010, to learn about the only SAR team in that country and the many lives they’ve touched. She will then return home and write a book about them. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the book will go to the Nepalese rescue team.

Himalaya Rescue Dog Squad Nepal

Himalaya Rescue Dog Squad Nepal (image provided by Deb Lauman)

This is a project Deb is very excited about. Here, let her tell you more about it.… or continue to read her compelling interview below and find out why she is passionate about the outdoors.

How and where were you introduced to the outdoors?

Well, my parents were not the outdoorsy type (never camped, didn’t do much walking in the woods that would qualify as hiking), but they did send me to summer camp beginning at the age of eight. It was there that I went on my first “real” hike and slept in a tent for the first time and did so many more times over the 8 summers that followed. But it was in college, when I joined the New Hampshire Outdoors Club, that hiking, backpacking, and camping really got under my skin. It was during one of those club trips to the White Mountains that I learned about the Appalachian Trail, and the idea of a thru-hike set in.

What has been your favourite outdoor recreations area?

Wow, that’s tough to answer. Obviously, I love the Appalachian Trail (if you can call that an area), and I’ve really gotten hooked on canoe-camping in northern Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, but I’m partial to northern Arizona, which is now my home. There’s such diversity here, from the alpine environment on the San Francisco Peaks (up to 12,633 feet) to the bottom of Grand Canyon.

Please share an outdoor story related to one of the above areas.

We’d just completed (bushwhacked) the Kekekabic Trail portion of our journey. Now, sixty more miles of overgrown, barely marked wilderness trail lay ahead of us to the junction with Minnesota’s well-maintained Superior Trail. We were carrying ten days of food, our packs heavy. We were using an inadequate trail guide that talked more about picking berries than crucial turns or clearly identifiable landmarks. The Border Route trail (BRT) would take us far from exit points should we have lost the tread. These things were on our minds as we set out to re-enter the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wildnerness.

But we didn’t get far before confusion set in. Ski and snowmobile trails diverged from the BRT, then looped back around. Then the barely discernible BRT would make an abrupt turn. The guide would state something to the effect, “Turn left at the clump of raspberries.” There were raspberries all over!

Within a mile, we came to a jumble of blowdowns and, after picking our way over and under, we saw no sign of treadway on the other side. Retracing our steps, we noticed a passable area to our left, a ninety-degree turn, which looked more like a large animal had recently passed through the thick brush than part of a designated trail. We also pushed through, maybe fifty feet, and found ourselves on another snowmobile trail. No mention in the chatty guidebook about such a turn. Were we even on the BRT? We decided not to find out. Border Route Trail hike aborted.

Actually, what I said to Allen was, “Isn’t there another way to do this? What about canoeing?”

Within seconds, our MacKenzie maps were laid on the ground, end-to-end, and we studied the possible water routes, determining if we could get close to the northeastern terminus of the Superior Trail by boat. Sure enough, it was doable. We sat there in the middle of the ski trail, being devoured by mosquitoes, and discussed the canoe trip. It was either that or get a shuttle to the Superior Trail, which I didn’t want to do. So we decided to hike back to Gunflint Outfitters and talk to the manager about what we wanted to do and find out if we could even get a permit. (The hiking permit we’d already purchased was not transferable to a canoe permit.)

To our delight, we were outfitted with a 40-pound Kevlar Epoxy canoe, paddles, PFDs and a new permit, and then paddled and portaged our way to the boat launch on McFarland Lake five days later. From there, it was an eight-mile dirt road walk to the SHT trailhead, where continued on foot for another 200 some-odd miles. Since there is no phone at the take-out, we prearranged with Gunflint Lodge to have the canoe picked up.

As it turned out, what we’d chosen to do for that middle leg of our northern Minnesota journey was part of the historic Voyageurs’ Route, which I hope to do in its entirety someday. An unexpected but exciting change of plans. I was so happy we still covered the distance under our own power.

Have you ever experienced a wilderness medical emergency or been lost in the wilderness? If so please describe this adventure and any lessons learned.

I’ve never been a “victim” of a wilderness medical emergency and thankfully have yet to get lost (just temporarily misplaced a time or two), but as a Search and Rescue volunteer, I’ve encountered many of these situations. And those experiences have really driven home the need to be prepared. By being prepared, I mean not only having certain equipment but knowledge as well, such as navigation know-how, knowing the weather forecast and the limits of one’s abilities, and being aware of the terrain and degree of difficulty before setting out on a backcountry trip. Having a 24-hour pack filled with ten essentials is important, even on what’s intended to be a short day hike, not only to help avoid problems but to be ready to remain in the backcountry for an extended period should the unexpected happen.

If not previously mentioned, have you ever completed a thru-hike or multi-day backpacking trip and what nuggets of wisdom did you glean from it?

I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2000 (I can’t believe it’s been 10 years!), and, since then, I’ve done a number of other extended backpacking trips in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, and here in Arizona. And I have many more on my ever-growing bucket list of “great long-distance walks.”

I guess one of the biggest things I’ve learned from all of that hiking is that the best laid plans really do often go astray. Planning is great, but also plan to be spontaneous, to be flexible, and to be faced with the unexpected, especially on long-distance hikes.

What is your favourite outdoor website?

There are several I visit frequently, including Trail Journals (journals by long-distance backpackers on trails all over the world), AllTrails (where you can read and write trail reviews, keep track of trails you’ve hiked and want to hike, etc.) and BackpackerTV (which has great outdoor videos).

If you are a website administrator please add your url here.

With two Search and Rescue blogs, an online store, a Search & Rescue stories website, a “hiking writer” website, and more than 100 articles out there, I’m definitely all over the web, but I’d love for people to take a look at my Himalaya Rescue Dog Squad Nepal book project. I was invited to spend three months in Nepal starting in May, 2010, where I’ll get to know the only SAR team in the country, their stories, and the many lives they’ve touched, then return to Arizona to write a book about them. If people are interested in the project and would like to make a pledge, there are a number of backer rewards being offered, including a brand new Osprey Kestrel 38 backpack, signed copies of the book, and more. I’ll be blogging about the experience on Deb’s Search and Rescue Stories. http://debssarstories.blogspot.com

The Himalaya Rescue Dog Squad Nepal Book Project

Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Annapurna circuit trekking is one of the popular trekking circuits in Nepal. The trek of Annapurna region is called Annapurna circuit trekking. In 1980s Manang area was opened for the trekkers, since then the circuit was possible for the trekking.

The region no doubt is rich in sceneries apart from the diverse culture and flora and faunas.

There is no question that if you arrange trekking in the region during the winter season, you can see the orange trees loaded with fruits, you can also smell like perfume that come from the different kinds of flowers which bloom during the season.

Moreover, the higher you go up the more panoramic views of Manange village, forests and queuing hills you can see, which are some of the features of Annapurna circuit trekking.

No doubt, how easy it listens to be, the trekking in the region is the risk as well. Crossing over Thorong La is risk either, at a times it is chance of hazardous especially when it snows. Therefore, the trekkers have to be well prepared before hand.
Fact of Annapurna Circut TrekkingTrekking Destination: Throung-La Pass
Group Size: Min-1
Highest Access of the Trekking: 5416M
Grade: Moderate
Transportation: Bus, Car, Land cruiser or Aeroplane
Mode of Trekking Tour: Tea house/Camping
Trekking Hour: Approximately 5-6 hours each day
Total Days: 22 Days 

Itinerary in Detail 
Day 01.  Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters). You will be met by our representative and transfer to hotel and a short brief about the trekking after refreshment.
Day 02.  Drive from Kathmandu to Besishar.
Day 03.  Trek to Bhaundada.
Day 04.  Trek to Chamje.
Day 05. Trek to Bagarchhap.
Day 06. Trek to Chame.
Day 07. Trek to Pisang.
Day 08. Trek to Manang.
Day 09. Manang Acclimatization:
We spend a day for acclimatization at Manang. The whole day we spend by doing some walking and over viewing the wonderful views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. We back to our accommodation.
Day 10. Trek to Yak Kharka.
Day 11. Trek to Phedi or High Camp:
The trail Ascends to Phedi at 4420m.  Then we decide whether we stay phedi or climb one hour more to high camp and stay there.  
Day 12. Trek to Muktinath :
The trekking from Phedi or high camp We make the climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problem to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens & prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the wonderful view from the top. And trek down to Muktinath.
Day 13. Trek to Kagbeni. 
Day 14. Trek to Marpha.
Day 15. Trek to Ghasa.
Day 16. Trek to Tatopani. 
Day 17. Trek to Shikha.
Day 18. Trek to Ghorepani.
Day 19.  Trek to Hile.
Day 20.  Trek to Nayapul and Drive from Nayapul to Pokhara.
Day 21.  Drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 22.  Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure. 

Annapurna Circuit Trekking

An Outdoor Interview with Gayle Brooks the President of Peakwaggers and a tale of extreme hiking backpacking from around the world

Gayle Brooks and her husband Stan are avid skiers, hikers and outdoor people who love nothing more than spending a day in the mountains. Of course a day in the mountains would include the canine members of their family. You have never seen hiking dogs as happy as Gayle’s since she is the President of PeakWaggers, a corporation that creates gourmet dehydrated dog meals for backpackers and other outdoor folks.

Being that my wife and I just added a pup to our family for the first time, I was really interested to find out more about Gayle’s Dehydrated Gourmet Pet Food for our Dog… Did I just say Dehydrated Gourmet Pet food for Dogs? Check out PeakWaggers very nice website and see what the canine members of your family have been missing out on!

Gayle Brooks

Gayle Brooks

Not only did I find out how to make my hiking pal happy, but after interviewing Gayle I learned a lot more about a few extreme hiking/backpacking trips from around the world. So if you haven’t been to Mt. Kilimanjaro or Everest lately (or even if you have) read on and enjoy the hike!

How and when were you introduced to the outdoors?

As a child my parents travelled to Europe frequently during the summer to visit family. On these trips I was generally enrolled in a summer camp in Switzerland for 4 weeks. At this camp we did a lot of hiking, camping and just exploring. Although I was a city girl, living in New York City, I found my true passion while in Switzerland. The mountains have been my “life” throughout most of my adult life even though it took me many years to actually move into the mountains.

What has been your favorite outdoor recreation area?

I live in the mountains just west of Boulder, Colorado and absolutely adore the wilderness that surrounds me. I never hike without at least one of my dogs which is how and why I started PeakWaggers. For me, carrying bags of kibble and bags of treats was too much: too heavy, too messy if wet and too much of a bother. I figured that there had to be a way to bring food for my dogs without the weight and bulk (and the mess if it got wet). Since there is a wide variety of dehydrated food for people going into the high country, I decided that there should be a way to create the same “gourmet” meals for dogs. And so PeakWaggers was born. Please check out my website: www.peakwaggers.com

My most favorite outdoor place is Telluride, Colorado. Telluride is a place for extreme skiing and extreme hiking/backpacking or just a place to enjoy the outdoor experience 12 months out of the year. Scenically it is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful places in the United States. Situated at the end of a box canyon surrounded by the majestic San Juan Mountain range, the road in is the road out. You don’t get to Telluride by accident….

Please share an outdoor story

I had an experience once while hiking in the Indian Peaks Wilderness with my 140lb Bernese Mountain Dog that ended up being really funny. The regulations for hiking with dogs in the Indian Peaks Wilderness are that you must have your dog leashed. If you get caught by a Ranger with your dog off-leash, you get a steep fine ($100). Well, I am a chancer, and as my big dog, Sumo, is very well-behaved, I was hiking with him off leash. He had a leash attached to his collar but it was just dragging on the ground. After 5 hours of hiking, while we were on our way back down the mountain, I ran into some hikers who warned me that there were rangers down the trail. Naturally, I picked up Sumo’s leash and continued to hike. When I reached the rangers, I stopped to chat with them for a few minutes. They both fell in love with Sumo who is just an enormous, sweet dog. As I was preparing to move down the mountain, one of the rangers said to me: “You know you are doing something totally illegal.” I shuddered wondering what I had done….so I said: “What have I done?” To which he replied: “Don’t you know that it is illegal to take bear out of the forest?”
Sumo, in case you are wondering, is probably the size of a Colorado black bear…hence the comment. Needless to say, I chuckled the rest of the way back home.

The multi-day backpacking trips:

I have had several really extreme backpacking trips. In 1998, I trekked to the base camp of Mount Everest and in 2000 I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.

The Everest trek was a 14-day trip with rest days for acclimatization; we ascended from 9,000 feet to 18,500 feet. Since we (my husband and I) were with a trekking company, we only had to carry a day-pack. All of our provisions including tents, clothes, sleeping bags, etc. were transported on the backs of yaks. The guides prepared all of our meals for us and even pitched our tents. On the way we stopped in villages where we were given high-altitude medical information by volunteers from several high altitude medical clinics that cater exclusively to climbers and trekkers. I think that the most important thing that I learned from that experience was that altitude sickness is NASTY. Neither my husband nor I began taking the medication to prevent altitude sickness early enough. My husband started to get sick at 12,000 feet….I made it to 18,000….but the end results were the same: SEVERE headaches, inability to sleep, nausea, loss of appetite. We finally did take the medicine, which ultimately kicked in, and since neither of us was suffering from critical pulmonary or cerebral edema we were able to stay with the group. Once we began descending all of the symptoms disappeared.

The lessons that I learned about altitude from Mt. Everest were put to good use on Mt. Kilimanjaro. I climbed Kilimanjaro with my daughter who was, at that time, in the Peace Corps in Namibia. We chose a 5-day trek: 3 days up; 2 days down. Again, as in Nepal, we were with a guide and porters (You cannot climb Mt. Kilimanjaro on your own ) and only had to carry a day pack. This time, however, I began taking the altitude medication at sea-level. Neither my daughter nor I suffered any effects from the altitude even though we went from sea-level to 19,000 feet in 3 days. Numerous trekkers who we met along the way were extremely sick; since I had an adequate supply of medication, I was able to share what I had with them.

It's cold on the glacier

The most difficult part of the Kilimanjaro trek, however, was the last 3,000 feet which had to be done between 11pm and 6am. Because Kilimanjaro is situated on the equator and is the highest free-standing mountain in the world, if you do not summit at dawn, you never get to experience a view from the top. The clouds start to roll in around 7am and once they do, all you can see is a sea of clouds below you. Well, I am not a night person so having to pull an “all-nighter” at my age was not an easy feat. To make matters worse, we ended up climbing without head lamps. My head lamp burned out after about one hour, as did my daughter’s…..and our guide, forgot to bring his headlamp! Until the moon came up at approximately 1 am, we were totally in the dark. Our guide knew the route so we weren’t concerned…..but it was quite a “grunt” moving through snow, steeps and more steeps…in total darkness. But we made it!

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