Trekking in Nepal
Lying on the southern side of the Great Himalayan Chain as it sweeps down across the Indian Subcontinent, Nepal is one of the most beautiful and dramatic countries on Earth. Eight of the world's fourteen 8000-metre peaks are found here, and from these towering, ice-bound summits to its lowland plains on the border with India, Nepal boast the greatest altitude variation on earth. The country also has an attractive cultural mix, with people of Indian descent in the south and Tibetan people occupying the highest Himalayan valleys towards the north. Affected by the monsoon during the summer months, the best time for travelling and trekking in Nepal is generally from September to May.
Since the first climbing expeditions to the Khumbu side of Mount Everest in the 1950's, Nepal has become increasingly popular as a destination for adventure travel. KE has been running Nepalese holidays for 25 years and we can offer a greater range of adventures than any other tour operator. Trekking holidays, walking holidays, tours, cycling holidays and family adventures all have their place in this most welcoming of countries. From the remote and rarely visited districts of Humla and Dolpo in the west, to Kangchenjunga in the east, there is a choice of exciting routes for trekking in Nepal. Some of these are well-known and popular, like Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna circuit. Others are more obscure, although just as spectacular, such as the approach to Makalu, the 5th highest peak on Earth, or the circuit treks around Manaslu and around Dhaulagiri, an adventure recently voted as the World's Top Trek. One of the slightly unusual features of trekking in Nepal is that on some routes it is possible to use basic (and sometimes not-so-basic) lodge accommodation in place of the traditional camping. Where this works, we are happy to use it and generally offer a choice of holiday – lodge-based or camping.
As well as offering a selection of the world's finest treks, Nepal is also a great place to go if you are looking to climb a Himalayan peak. Often designated 'trekking peaks', Nepal has a long list of summits, generally between 5000 and 6500 metres, that can be climbed by well-equipped and professionally-guided trekkers. At the summits of Mera Peak, Island Peak, Parchemo and Chulu Far East, amongst others, each of them offered by KE, you can imagine yourself to be on top of the world.
Nepal's high valleys make great playgrounds for mountain bikers, too, and even classic trekking routes like the Annapurna Circuit can be tackled by fit and enterprising cyclists, providing they have the back-up of a KE support crew and as long as they are prepared to do a bit of pushing and carrying en route to the Thorung La. At a lower level, the off-road mountain bike route from Pokhara to Kathmandu continues to be amongst our most popular cycling holidays and leads through parts of Nepal's Middle Hills that rarely see an outside visitor.
There is a lot more to discover in Nepal than just its remote mountain regions. Fully half of the country is lowland, stretching south towards the Indian plains. Family Adventures can combine a mix of easy foothills walking , with cultural experiences such as cooking lessons, riding elephants and wildlife safaris in Chitwan National Park, with just an outside chance of spotting a tiger.
With so much to offer, it's no surprise that KE Adventure Travel has so many holidays in Nepal throughout the year. The country holds fantastic opportunities to discover new landscapes and cultures, to walk and trek through the picturesque villages and unspoiled valleys of this special place. Trekking, and travelling by bike or with your family in Nepal will reward you with memories that you will cherish forever and you may find that your first holiday here is the start of a life-long love affair with the country.