Nepal is one of the most traditional gateways to explore the fantastic Himalayan Mountain Range. Every year, thousands of mountain lovers travel here to face impressive routes that for weeks, penetrate the most spectacular valleys and climb to mythical mountain passes that have marked the history of world mountaineering.
Travel Now offers you a list of the most impressive routes and the requirements you need to start planning your assault on top of the world. A listing based on our personal experiences and recommendations from a multitude of sources in Spanish and English.
Choose the one you want and start diving to prepare for the trip. Keep in mind that the Himalayan season runs from April to November, although the best months are October and November. Between June and September, the region is under the influence of the Monsoons and rains are frequent in the low and middle areas.
Langtang National Park
It is the most affordable of the trekking areas of the country, both for the average difficulty of their journeys (the maximum heights are about 4,700 meters above sea level) and for the physical level required to complete the different routes that ascend through this valley located a short distance from Kathmandu. But this is Nepal.
It is not a place to make country crossings. Flirting with the medium and high mountains always requires caution and fitness. But there is no doubt that here you can find simpler routes ranging from three days to three weeks. One of the strong points of this area is, beyond enjoying the overwhelming Nepalese nature, is to tour the Langtang Valley, one of the most important cultural and ethnographic centers of the country and territory of the Tamang people. In this National Park, there are three main routes.
The Langtang Valley is covered in about 6 or 7 days, the climb to the Sacred Lake Goisakunda requires about six days of walking while trekking the low slopes (Gosaikund – Helambu), where the epicenter of the Sherpa culture, is about 12 or 13 days of walking. One of the advantages of this national park is that it is not yet heavily traveled by western hikers.
NECESSARY PERMISSIONS: TIMS (Trekking Information Management System), which is a register of hikers. It costs 2.000 rupees and in order to obtain it is necessary to present (for each one), a photocopy of the passport, two photos of a card and a photocopy of the medical insurance contracted to make the trip. Permits are taken in Kathmandu and are for immediate delivery.
Ascent to Lake Rara
One of the least exploited areas from the tourist point of view and, at the same time, more affordable from the technical and physical point of view. The trek to the Queen of the Lagoons starts in the city of Jumla and takes about 10 days to make the journey back and forth. Leaflets say that in the surroundings of the Lake, the largest in Nepal, you can find more species of birds than the number of hikers who arrive each year to its shores.
The fauna is one of the strong points of this route in which you can see the famous Pheasant Impeyán, the national bird of the country. But beyond the landscapes, the route allows knowing picturesque villages and extensive areas of forest in a continuous slide of ups and downs that culminates in the 2.990 meters of the Rare Lake. The lake itself is surrounded by dense forests of local pines and cedars and from its shores, you can see breathtaking views over the snowy peaks.