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Where to go next in Nepal

One visit is never enough - here's where you go for your next adventure We asked Kit Wilkinson, our Nepal trekking holiday expert why when you've a... Read more
Where to go next in Nepal

One visit is never enough - here's where you go for your next adventure

We asked Kit Wilkinson, our Nepal trekking holiday expert why when you've already visited Nepal once (and we're sure you had a great time) why you would go back again. He told us "every part of Nepal is unique and each region is so different to another, it's so diverse. It's not a question of why you go back, it's a question of when".  Read Kit's guide about how you can experience different parts of the world's no.1 adventure travel destination.

The Everest region is the single biggest draw, followed by the accessible mountain massif of the Annapurnas; these two areas between them probably accounting for 80% of Nepals trekker numbers in a typical year. This bias towards Everest and the Annapurnas is easy to understand when you consider the stunning landscapes to be found in each of these areas and take into account the fact that the ever-entrepreneurial Nepalese have constructed cosy and colourful lodges at regular intervals along all of the most popular trails. When considering a first visit to the country, most people will have one of these areas in mind and for the majority of KE clients it’s the opportunity to get close to the world’s highest peak that often wins out.


But, if there’s a downside to visiting these popular areas... it’s that they can be quite busy. So, for a second or subsequent visit to Nepal, we suggest that you look beyond these ‘honey-pot’ areas, but this isn’t something that you should be concerned about. You’ve experienced trekking at 4000 metres and know you can deal with it. You’ve tried the food and know you like it. And, you’ve had a go at lodge-trekking and now want to experience the original self-sufficient style of travelling through Nepal, staying in tents and supported by a full trek crew.

You’ll find that trekking through one of Nepal’s many quieter regions offers a vastly different experience to the Everest Trail. There’s something very special about passing through a remote village and spending time with local people who, seeing few outsiders, are just as curious about you as you are about them. Then, having walked all day through a high and pristine valley, far from the trappings of the outside world, it’s life-affirming to settle in at camp as the sun sets, alone except for the other members of your group. This is arguably a more authentic taste of Nepal. And talking about taste, the food provided by our first-rate cooks on these camping trips is usually a highlight.


There are several KE walking holidays in Nepal that can provide you with this experience and they’re not all super-tough. The Ganesh Himal Panorama Trek (GHP), for example, is accessible, culturally very varied, doable by any weekend hiker and it is unlikely that you will meet other Western travellers during 11 days of scenic trekking. This rarely visited region between Manaslu and Langtang offers a tasts of Nepal at it's most authentic.

Involving two internal flights just to get there, our classic Shey Gompa and Inner Dolpo (DOL) trip has always been rated as ‘remote’. As a result, very few people visit this wild-west outpost and the starkly beautiful landscape and unique cultural outlook of the people, the Dolpo-Pa, has remained special and unchanged.  This is classic trekking over 20 days in the footsteps of 'The Snow Leopard' author, Peter Matthiessen. 

At the other end of the country, Kangchenjunga to Makalu via the Lumba Sumba La (LSL) provides you with the chance to undertake a rare journey between two of the world’s great peaks. Only recently opened up and a part of the Great Himalayan Trail, this 23 day adventure holiday includes some of the finest trekking in Nepal. This trip is rated one of the best Himalayan treks and you'll not only be rewarded with spectacular mountain views from the Lumba Sumba La, but also get to enjoy walking through the multi-ethnic villages of the Tamur and Arun valleys and experience the wildlife of the Makalu-Barun National Park. 

If combating the challenges of altitude on a 6000m peak is more what you are looking for, because perhaps you have already climbed up Mera Peak and know what it feels like to stand at 6476m, then consider heading west to the remote Buddhist villages of Naar and Phu where you can trek in a really unspoilt remote area. Here you get to climb the magnificent Chulu Far East (6059m) boasting a superb panorama of the Annapurnas, as well as a host of little-known peaks of Tibet.


Whatever it is you are looking for, Nepal has a great deal to offer time and time again. With its sheer variety of trekking trails, towering peaks, timeless villages and welcoming people, there is every reason to return.


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