In 1964, Jimmy Roberts started the first trekking company in Nepal, named Mountain Travel. And since then, Nepal has been a popular place for high-altitude adventure, with trekking being the most practiced. Moreover, the mountaineering ban between 1965-1969 boomed the trekking trend in Nepal.
Everyone thinks of Everest Base Camp Trek or Annapurna Base Camp Trek when they hear about adventure trekking in Nepal. And those who love solitude hikes, called off-beat hikes, love treks like Manaslu Circuit Trek, Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek, and many more.
Here, we'll guide you through different trekking regions in Nepal, the expected cost for these adventures, hiring local agencies, licensed trek guides, safety, and more.
After the first successful 8,000-meter-tall mountain, Annapurna I, in 1950 by Maurice Herzog, trekking in Nepal got the limelight. The Western world started developing curiosity about the high-altitude terrain of Nepal and different possible adventure treks in Nepal.
The subsequent ascent of the world's highest, Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest), by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, finally put Nepal's mountains on the world map.
These two events paved the path of high-altitude trekking in Nepal, like Annapurna trekking, Everest region trekking, Langtang Valley Trekking, and off-beat trekking.
Annapurna region trekking became popular after the first successful summit of Annapurna I in 1950. The book Annapurna: First Conquest of an 8000-meter Peak, by Maurice Herzog, the first summit of an 8,000-meter peak, Annapurna I, introduced Nepal to the Western world, in Europe and around the world.
More than any trekking route in Nepal, the Annapurna region is the most popular and most hiked destination. The prime area is the close prospect of elegant Annapurna region mountains, more than ten mountains, including 6000, 7000, and one 8000 meters tall mountains. And from some sections of the Annapurna region, the trekker glimpses Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain.
Almost every region in Annapurna Conservation Area is the trekkers' favorite. Whether it's a multiday comfortable Ghorepani Poon Hill Hike or the newly discovered Khopra Danda Trek and Khumai Danda Trek, you'll get an utter glimpse of the elegant Annapurna Sierra.
Other famous Annapurna region trekking includes the most popular Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Furthermore, for experienced hikers, Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek and Tsum Valley are more popular.
Please read our expansive Annapurna region trekking packages that suit your plan for adventure trekking in Nepal in 2023.
If you know Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest), you have ideas about Everest region trekking. Whichever style you prefer, the ultimate goal in this trek is to see a few 8,000-meter-tall mountains, including Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho You.
The Sherpa culture, enriched traditions, affluent mountains, and opportunity to see Everest make Everest region trekking the ultimate choice. Due to the arduous terrain and high altitude, this trekking is primarily for intermediate to experienced hikers. However, with proper training and acclimatization, Adventure Nepal Eco Treks has taken novice hikers to Everest Base Camp and other famous places in Khumbu.so much popular Short Everest Base Camp Treks in Nepal - 10 Days, Lower Everest Pikey Peak Trek and Gokyo Valley Trek
Everest Base Camp is the most hiked place in Khumbu Valley. However, other treks in the region, like Gokyo Lakes Trek, Everest Three High Passes Trek, Everest View Trek, Everest Panorama Trek, and others, are equally popular.
There's been a new day tour to Everest for luxurious travelers in recent years. One day Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour with landing at Kala Patthar is growing popular among lavish travelers. Affordable, safe, picturesque, and just a four-hour tour to Luxury Everest Base Camp makes it everyone's bucket list trip.
Only a decade ago, there were the least explored places in Nepal. Due to government-regulated restricted regions and very few tea houses, areas like Manaslu Circuit, Upper Mustang, and Nar Phu Valley remained less explored. Still, in 2023, these adventure trekking in Nepal will offer an off-beat trekking experience.
This trekking route sees very few numbers of trekkers compared to the most popular Annapurna and Everest region treks. Due to this, for peaceful hikers, the off-beat trails can be the best high-altitude adventure trekking in Nepal.
Some famous off-beat trekking in Nepal is Manaslu Circuit Trek, Tsum Valley Trek, Upper Dolpo, Nar Phu Valley Trek, and Rolwaling Valley Trek (Tsho Rolpa Lake and Tashi Lapcha Pass).
These routes are among the least hiked by foreign trekkers. These amazing treks remained unexplored due to government restrictions. And also, the restricted area permits are costly for backpackers and group trekkers. Also, for places like Upper Mustang, getting the restricted area permit is even a no guarantee.
Also, these regions, except Rolwaling Valley, are only possible with a licensed trekking guide. These routes are the isolated and strenuous graded trekking routes in Nepal.
Nepal Government and tourism authorities have severely changed trekking and tour policy in 2023. No Free Individual Trekking is the most crucial change made in 2023. With this rule in implementation, no solo trekking is now possible in Nepal.
Also, the shift of Kathmandu to Lukla flight to Manthali airport is another thing you should be well aware of. Other stuff like on-arrival visa fees, permit fees, restricted areas permit fees, and Tibet ban to Indian nationals are different rules you should be well aware of in 2023.
Let's point out some crucial changes and updates made in 2023.
Increasing safety concerns and increased deaths of solo trekkers in Nepal have compelled the Nepal government to ban solo trekking. Due to this, Nepal is no more available for independent trekking.
With this rule in implementation, foreign trekkers have no options; instead, they either hire a licensed trek guide or a registered trekking agency for trekking in Nepal.
Many trekkers are against this rule, but the increased deaths of trekkers have tarnished the prestige of Nepal in international scope. It's for your safety; thus, you should hire a trekking guide.
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Tibet Tour, whether it was an overland tour or Kailash Pilgrimage Tour, Nepal has always been a popular starting place for Tibet. After Covid-19, China re-opened Tibet and Kailash for travelers and pilgrimages in 2023.
However, China banned Indian nationals from visiting Tibet. Indian citizens are no longer able to get Chinese visas as well as Tibet Travel permits.
There used to be many Indian trekkers who first trekked in Nepal and visited Tibet after getting Tibetan Visit Permit and Chinese Visa. We hope Chinese officials resume Chinese visas available for Indian nationals.
Upon booking trekking in Nepal from local trekking agencies like Adventure Nepal Eco Treks, your trek permits will be ready before the trek. Also, all the trek permits include the cost you pay while booking the hikes and tours with us.
But, if you want to hire a trek guide, you or your trek guide must get all the trek permits. Most importantly, the restricted area permit is available only at the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu. Thus, obtain this permit in Kathmandu to access restricted areas like Manaslu, Upper Mustang, Dolpo, and Nar Phu. Also, getting restricted area permits for Upper Mustang and Dolpo is not guaranteed.
If you're considering trekking in Nepal, plan your trek in Autumn or Spring. The months like October, November, March, April, and May are the best times for hikes in Nepal.
The weather becomes very clear during these months. Also, these rain-free months allow you to hike all day without worrying about rain. Moreover, the crystal-clear viewing experience of landscapes and mountains elevates your trek experience.
Also, most of the festivals in Nepal fall during these months. Whether it's Mani Rimdu, Dumje, or Teji at high altitude or Dashain and Tihar all over the country, you'll get the taste of cultural richness in Nepal.
Wait to plan your trek in Nepal in months like June, July, August, and even till mid-September. These months are rainy, and trekking at high altitudes becomes avalanche and landslide-prone. Leeches, bugs, and thick bushes could make your adventure a nightmare.
In recent years, Nepal has been famous for winter trekking also. However, not everyone can bear the cold and snowfall. The winter months, like December, January, and February, are mainly snowy and freezing.
However, during these months, you can still plan your Nepal Tour to places like Pokhara, Chitwan, and even Kathmandu. You can escape the rain and cold in the cozy environment of Pokhara and Chitwan. We have a wide range of Nepal Tour Packages for you if you want to visit Nepal instead of trekking during these months. so some of them are given here. Best of Nepal Tour, Family tour in Nepal, Honeymoon Tour in Nepal, Nepal Heritage Tour and Kathmandu-Pokhara-Bandipur-chitwan Tour
We highly recommend you purchase a decent travel insurance policy that covers your helicopter evacuation. While trekking at high altitudes in Nepal, you're exposed to risks like altitude sickness, fractures, HAPE, and HACE.
You may not get the rescue on time with no travel insurance policy. Also, without it, you'll be the one to bear expensive hospital bills responsible for the loss and damage of personal goods.
Thus, you'll need a helicopter and other services to be safe and get rescued on time during emergencies.
If you fail to provide a travel insurance policy to your agency during the trip, the agency holds every right to exclude you from the trip.
Nepal is one of the greatest superbly lovely countries in the world. It’s a place where towering snow cover mountain touch the sky, monks peacefully meditate in antique mountainside monasteries, and lumbering yaks haul goods to quaint villages largely disconnected from the outside world. To put it simply, Nepal is a backpacker’s dream come true. So if you enjoy spectacular views, ecstatic culture, and epic adventure, ventures are you’ll fall in love with Nepal.
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