Land of the Himalayas and home to the highest mountain in the world, the ultimate adventure of trekking in Nepal awaits you in the breath-taking and ever-changing landscapes. The lush green forests, exotic flora and fauna, pristine waterfalls and rivers, glaciers, quaint villages, snow-clad towering peaks, and authentic Nepali culture and traditions await you along the trekking routes.
Nepal is a glorious haven for travel and a plethora of adventure activities. It is the land of the Himalayas and the biggest drawcard of trekking in South Asia, a dreamland for travelers and nature enthusiasts. The tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, is the pride of Nepal standing at an elevation of 8848 meters from sea level.
Eight top mountains are located in Nepal, and 1310 peaks over 6000 meters are found in here. More than 300 peaks are open for mountaineering expeditions in Nepal. Amongst the 14 eight-thousanders of the world, eight mountains are in Nepal: Mount Everest (1st), Kanchenjunga (3rd highest on earth), Lhotse (4th highest), Makalu (5th highest), Cho Oyu (6th highest), Dhaulagiri I (7th highest), Manaslu (8th highest) and Annapurna I (10th highest.)
From easy to strenuous graded, majestic mountains in Nepal welcome all enthusiast travelers, whether novice or experienced trekkers. Trekking in Nepal is suitable in all seasons except for monsoon because of the muddy and slippery pathways and the possibility of landslides and avalanches. The best seasons are autumn and spring, while winter season is also recommended, but the cold may challenge even the hardiest of trekkers.
However, the aura of the Himalayas with picturesque mountains at the backdrop, the diverse landscapes, and the enticing lifestyle of Sherpa people will rejuvenate your instincts, adding to the most cheerful moments of your life. And here are Top 5 reasons why you should trek in Nepal:
1) Eight highest mountains are located in Nepal
The best of all reasons to trek in Nepal is the Himalayas of Nepal.
Nepal is home to eight eight-thousanders: Mount Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,586m), Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,481m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), Dhaulagiri I (8,167m), Manaslu (8,156m) and Annapurna I (8,091m.) Nepal hosts some of the world’s best treks, calling thousands of trekkers every year- most of them heading to Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp.
Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek are two prominent treks in Nepal. Adventurers from around the world visit Nepal in a quest to explore the base camp of the world’s highest and 10th highest mountain. Besides, there are many other treks which are popular and marvelous.
Langtang Valley Trek, Poon Hill Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Gokyo Trek are some of the popular treks in Nepal. Nepal offers diverse landscapes ranging from subtropical forest to the alpine zone. The trekking trails of Nepal welcomes all ages groups, be it a novice or experienced trekker.
2) 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal
Nepal is an abode to 10 World Heritage sites, 7 in Kathmandu valley and Lumbini, Sagarmatha National Park, and Chitwan National Park. Kathmandu, the “City of Temple,” encompasses numbers of medieval temples that hold religious and cultural significance. Pashupatinath, one of the most important sacred sites for Shiva’s devotees, Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in the world, and Swayambhunath, the holiest place for Buddhist, offering a vivid view of entire Kathmandu, are sacred places for devotees.
Kathmandu Durbar Square, also known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, is among the three Durbar Square in Kathmandu Valley. Bhaktapur Durbar Square that showcases the ancient Nepali art and culture, Patan Durbar Square that pomps Newari architecture, and Changu Narayan, the temple of Lord Vishnu, all these 7 World Heritage Sites are in Kathmandu Valley. Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha and sacred pilgrimage for Buddhists, allure tourists.
Chitwan National Park, an exotic destination of Nepal, is the homeland for endangered species and abundant species of birds. Canoeing and Jungle safari attracts tourists to travel to Chitwan National Park. Sagarmatha National Park is famous for its sacred Himalayan landscape in an elevation ranging from 2845 meters to 8848 meters and is home to endangered wildlife like Himalayan monal, blood pheasant, musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, langur monkeys, Himalayan thars, red pandas, and Himalayan wolves. World Heritage Sites of Nepal is one of the main reasons to trek/travel to Nepal.
3) Tea House Experience
If you are trekking in Nepal, you are experiencing a tea house trek. Tea house trek refers to a style of trekking-trekking in the daytime and resting and eating at a tea house. Tea houses are small hotels established along the trekking routes that provide rooms and board at a nominal price. They are owned and operated by local people.
Most teahouses in the Himalayas of Nepal are well managed, and some of them even provide western style facilities like hot showers, flush toilets, and a selection of menus, including beer. The room in the teahouse is clean and basic and has a wooden bed, a thick blanket, and a pillow, and if you are lucky, your room will have an attached bathroom.
Everyone eats in a common dining room, which normally houses a wood fire. Generally, Dal Bhat (fried or steamed rice, lentil soup, curried vegetable) is a popular meal for everyone in the Himalayas. Besides Dal Bhat, you can have soup (Sherpa stew, hot water/ boiled water, chicken, mushroom, vegetable), noodles (chowmein, spaghetti), pancakes, potato (curried, boiled, and fried), and a range of other items like pizza, toast, Tibetan bread, pasta, spring rolls, momos, sandwich, etc.
4) Culture and Tradition
Nepal is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-lingual country with more than 80 ethnic groups and 123 different languages, following four major religions. Nepal is a secular state, democratic, and guaranteed freedom of religion country. Hinduism (81.3%) and Buddhism (9%) are the two major religion that profoundly influences the population of Nepal while a minority of the population is also following Islam (4.4%) and Christianity (1.4%) and Kiratism are followed by 3% of the population in Nepal.
Nepal is not only rich in water and towering mountains, but also in culture. Nepal has a unique culture in the world. It is believed that the culture in Nepal emerged over the centuries.
The denizens of Nepal and migrants from neighboring lands long before have added to the cultural treasury of Nepal. The varied landscape is divided into three regions: Himalayas, hills, and plains. It has a great effect on people’s lifestyles. Tibetan people who migrated from Tibet and Bhutan have enriched the cultural heritage of Nepal, whereas the diversity within the ethnic tribe and social group of Nepali people is deep enough and conglomerated.
The multi-dimensional aspect of culture in Nepal results in the different recipes of music, dance, art, and craft, language and literature, food and drinks, and festival and celebration. People of Nepal are profoundly influenced by religion. 80% of the population follows Hinduism, 10% Buddhist, 4% Muslim, and rest follows others. The Newari culture of Nepal is considered to be a rich culture with festivals.
Meanwhile, Kirati, Chhetri, and Brahmin communities have their own festivals and celebrations. People of Nepal believe in one vital code of conduct: Atithi Devo Bhava, which means, a guest is equivalent to God. And therefore, you will be amazed by their hospitality in Nepal. The culture of Nepal is worth experiencing throughout life.
Some facts you don’t know about religion in Nepal:
1) “Kumari” is the only living goddess found in Nepal and is worshiped by Hindus and Buddhists.
2) Both Hindus and Buddhists in Nepal practice Tantrism. “Tantrism” is a word derived from “Tantra,” which means doctrine.
3) The Slaughter of Cow is illegal in Nepal.
4) Kathmandu is also called as “Living Cultural Museum” because there are 7 UNESCO’s cultural heritage sites inside Kathmandu Valley.
5) Nepali people are adherent to a religious belief- A guest is equivalent to God.
And lastly, I have ADVENTURE as one of the reasons to trek in Nepal.
Nepal is a paradise for adventure. No matter if you are a novice yet enthusiast traveler or an experienced traveler, Nepal can be your destination to seek and dive into adventure as it offers you a variety of adrenaline-rush adventures. You can always go for hardcore trekking or a few adrenaline-pumping activities like trekking, jungle safari, heli-skiing, rafting, mountain flight, ultra-light flying, parahawking, bungee jump, climbing, mountain-biking, rock-climbing, skydiving, paragliding and many more.
You cannot just get enough of the adventures in Nepal. From joyful incidents to nail-biting experiences, Nepal hosts amazing adventure activities. And so Nepal is Disneyland for the adventurer.
Besides these 5 reasons to trek in Nepal, if you have any other reasons, please comment in the comment sections. I will be elated to hear from you.