To free oneself from the stress and strain of daily life and create memories to cherish for a lifetime: what could be better than trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal? Bespoke Nepal can give you the opportunity to design your ideal walking trip. You could also choose one of the more popular trekking routes – to Everest Base Camp, around the beautiful Annapurnas, or in the Mount Kailash region of Tibet.
Whether you design your own trek or choose an existing trekking route, your trip can be customised to suit exactly what you need.
Far West Nepal Trips
The Far West was closed off for tourists for many years during a troubled period in Nepal with the Maoist Insurgency. It has recently re-opened and is truly still one of the very few untouched corners of this Earth. The civilisation that inhabits this part has been there for thousands of years. There are trails that we follow which are the same trails that many have walked between Nepal and Tibet for trading for hundreds of years. The far west is also home to 2 of the most beautiful lakes in Nepal, Lake Rara and Lake Phoksundo. With many species of flora and fauna including the elusive snow leopard.
There are no roads leading in to this part of Nepal at the moment, you will fly in via Nepalgunj then up to Juphal. These flights add a significant premium to the trips which make sure very few tourists go there.
The best time to visit Far West is in the Spring or Autumn. Depending on what you want to do there and how high you want to walk we will advise on more specific optimum times to visit.
The Everest Region
The Everest Region is located in the northeast of Nepal in Solukhumbu district bordering Tibet. Home to the Sherpa people, this region has five peaks above 8000 metres.
The Everest Region can be reached by air or on foot. Flights land at Lukla, while the closest road to this region is from Jiri, a ten hour bus drive from Kathmandu. From Jiri it is eight days’ walk to Namche Bazar.
Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a day’s walk north of Lukla. Makalu Barun National Park lies to the east of the national park. The major ethnic groups that live in Solukhumbu district are Sherpa. Rai, Tamang, Magar, Brahmin and Chhetrri.
Sagarmatha National Park is an area of great biodiversity. Himalayan Tahr (mountain goat), musk deer, yak and Tibetan mastiffs can all be seen here. You may also see Nepal’s national bird, the danphe (the colourful Impeyan pheasant) here. The golden eagle and the Himalayan griffon are both indigenous to the area. The forests in the park are filled with rhododendrons, magnolias, juniper and hemlock. Edelweiss and blue poppy grow above the tree line in spring and summer.
There are a great many popular trekking routes here. You can choose to go to Everest Base Camp, trek in the Gokyo Valley, visit Namche Bazaar, Thame, Kumjung and Tengboche Monastery. There are also many high pass trails, Chola Pass (5420m); Renjo Pass (5417m); Khongma La Pass (5535m) and Amphu Lepcha Pass (5780m). Some of the 6000m climbing peaks in this region are: Imja Tse (Island Peak, 6189m); Kusum Kangru (6367m); Lobuche East (6117m) and Mera Peak (6476m).
The best time to visit the region is in Spring and Autumn because of the clear weather. Summer is best to see different high altitude flowers and plants, unfortunately the mountains hide behind thick monsoon clouds most of the time.
The Annapurna region is located in the north of central Nepal in Kaski, Manang, Mustang, Lamjung and Myagdi districts. Annapurna Himal and Dhaulagiri Himal (both above 8000 metres) tower above the Kali Gandaki River. The Kingdom of Lo Manthang is behind the Himalayas on the Tibetan Plateau and is a part of the Annapurna region. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) encompasses the Annapurna Himal range as well as the many villages and towns. The major ethnic groups that live in this area are Gurung, Thakali and Manangba.
The Annapurna area is another region of great biodiversity. Snow leopards, blue-horned sheep and musk deer all live here. The Himalayan griffon, various species of pheasant and many other bird species can be seen. Rhododendron forests, Himalayan orchids, edelweiss, and plants used in ayurvedic medicine are plentiful in this region.
The city of Pokhara is the starting point of many treks in this area. Pokhara is a 6 hour drive or 30 minute flight from Kathmandu. There are usually daily flights from Pokhara to Jomsom and less frequent flights to Humde (Manang). The road from Pokhara goes to trailheads at Naya-pul, Beni Bazar and Besisahar.
Popular trekking areas are the Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp, the Annapurna foothills, Jomsom, the Dhaulagiri Circuit, Lo Manthang, Sikles and short treks around Pokhara. There are also many high pass trails. These include the Thorong La Pass (5416m); Dhampus Pass (5210m); Tilcho Tal (5010m); Kang La Pass (5320m) and Namun Bhanjyang (5560m). Some of the 6000m climbing peaks in this region are Pisang Peak (6091m); Chula East (6584m); Chulu West (6419m); Hiunchuli (6441m) and Singu Chuli (6501m).
As in the Everest region, the best time to visit the region is Spring and Autumn when the fine weather means that the views of the mountains are clear. The high altitude flowers and plants are best in the summer, but again, at this time, the monsoon obscures the mountain vistas. However, Lo Manthang can be visited during the monsoon, because the clouds do not reach behind the mountains.
Manaslu has only been open for trekkers since recently, and since it was one of the most severely affected regions by the earthquake it only has basic facilities. However after the earthquake destroyed some walking trails better ones have since been constructed. So, now it’s much easier to trek in this breathtaking, well preserved wilderness. The area is protected as part of the Manaslu Conversation Area. The region can be accessed via jeep or heli.
In Manaslu you’ll find the eighth highest mountain in the world, magnificent Mount Manaslu (8,156m/26,759ft), meaning ‘Mountain of Spirits’. You’ll observe the beautiful Himalayan culture and Buddhist religion, as you pass monasteries and tiny villages decorated with colourful Tibetan prayer flags. The highest point, the snow covered wonderland of the Larkya La (Larke La) Pass (5,215m/17,110ft) will challenge even the most seasoned trekker. But you just know the superb, panoramic mountain views will be worth it!