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Best and Top Places for Trekking and Climbing in Nepal.


1.AMA DABLAM EXPEDITION

Location :Solukhumbu

Ama Dablam (6812m.), one of the most stunning peaks in the world, lies in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The mountain derives its name from the glacier lying on its Southwest face. The glacier looks like a jewel box hanging on the neck of the mountain; hence the name Ama Dablam is derrived from literal meaning 'The Mother's Jewel Box'. The trek to Ama Dablam provides arresting Himalayan vistas of Everest, Makalu and Lhotse. Also, we will make our way up to Island Peak to be accustomed to the environment at higher altitude before climbing Ama Dablam. The usual way to get is from its south- west ridge which offers you to observe the beautiful panorama from Ama Dablam. What Ama Dablam lacks in height is compensated by technical challenges. Perhaps the trickiest part of the climb is a 15-meter vertical section, referred to as the 'Yellow Tower', just below Camp II which requires use of the Jamar and a foot loop.

The exciting trek in to base camp winds through the Sherpa homeland above Thyangboche monastery. The trail to Ama Dablam base camp branches off of the well-worn path to Everest Base Camp and follows the original line of ascent on the South West Ridge. The rocky trail becomes increasingly snowy nearing the approach to the summit of Ama Dablam. The route offers varied and sustained climb with reasonable level of difficulty. Three high camps are set up at strategic points. The climb is moderate up to Camp 1, then it gets challenging up along the narrow granite ridge. Negotiating pitches of steep ice and snow slopes, the route gets more technical from Camp 2. From Camp 3, skirt around the hanging glacier or the Dablam, cross snow arete (A sharp ridge) and bergschrund (A gap or crevasse at the edge) between ice cliffs, and scale the summit. Ama Dablam expedition is 30 days trip.


2.ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP

Location: 
Annapurna, Nepal

Situated at an altitude of 4130m , Annapurna Base Camp is the popular trekking destination. Annapurna entire area is under the Annapurna Conservation Area and for any kind of tourism activity permit must be issued. Annapurna Base camp trek starts from Pokhara. Continuing the trek, trek trail passes through the Rhododendron forest. Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the paradises for people who love to enjoy the flora and fauna as birds and animals are in abundance around the region. More than 450 species of birds, animals like the marten, languor, deer and the elusive snow leopard above 3000 meter lives in this beautiful area. Another attractive thing of this trail is the Gurung Village. Gurung community with a warm welcome  and cultural influence add value to this trek. Reaching up to the base camp itself is a challenging and adventurous work . This trek usually is completed within 10 days and best season for Annapurna Base camp is during Autumn and Spring.



3.CHO OYU EXPEDITION
Location: Mahalangur Himalayan Range.


Cho Oyu 8201 m, is the sixth highest peak of the world. Although Cho Oyu is considered to be one of the highest mountain is comparatively easy and simple expedition. Most of the expedition is carried from Tibet side. Cho Oyu has easy access and considered as less technical mountain. However, being 6th highest mountain, Cho Oyu expedition is one of the demanded expedition. The panorama of magnificent, mountains like, Mount Everest 8848m, Mount Lhotse 8501m, Mount Nuptse 7855m, Mount Chamlang 7319m, Mount Ama Dablam 6812m and other peaks of the Everest region to the east and south is breathtaking.

 An Austrian team first climbed Cho Oyu in 1954 followed by the Indian and German teams in 1958 and 1964 respectively. Cho Oyu consists mainly of five ridges - Northwest, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and West with the Jabula Glacier on the north, Lanba Glacier on the south, and Gecongba Glacier. This expedition is completed within 45 days in general.





4.TiliCho Lake Trek
Location:Manang, Nepal



Among the major Annapurna Region trek, one of the amazing trek is the Tilicho lake trek. Tilicho lake is the only lake situated at the highest altitude in Nepal. It is a glacial lake with width of 1.2 km and length 4 km and surface area of 4.8 sq. km. Tilicho lake trek is very famous because of the lake itself and the views it offers en route. Many trekkers customize the routes and divert the Annapurna Circuit trek and add Tiicho lake in it.

This magnificent trek leads to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic views of the white Himalayas. The route via Tilicho Lake and the two passes (Masokanto La 5099m and Tilicho Pass 5230m) that guard it from the Kaligandaki Valley has still many things to offer to the visitors. Comparatively, Masokanto La is low altitude pass than Tilicho, but it demands more technical knowledge on climbing.



5.POKHALDE PEAK CLIMBING
Location : Solukhumbu


The Pokalde Peak or the Dolma Ri (5806m/19,043ft) is comparatively easier climb and situated 12 km southwest of Mount EverestThe trail to Pokalde Peak while following through the usual route to Everest Base Camp deviates from Dingboche. While trekking forth from Dingboche, the trail reaches at the base camp of Pokalde Peak and then crosses Kongma La pass (5,535 meters) to reach at High camp of the peak.

During the trekking seasons this rocky peak is scarcely covered by snow. Despite its lack of any great technical difficulty, it offers trekkers the prospect of reaching 5,800m in elevation and superb views from the summit, particularly to the South East, North West and West. Other prominent mountains visible from the summit include Makalu, Ama Dablam and Pumori. Because of its relatively low difficulty and impressive summit vista's for this altitude, Pokalde is a popular commercial tourist peak in Nepal for those wishing to climb a Himalayan peak without needing to use ice axes and crampons.

6.Pisang peak Climbing
Location:Manang


Pisang peak (6,091 m) lies just north of the Manang Valley, which the famous Annapurna  Circuit passes through. A German Expedition made the first ascent of Pisang Peak in 1955 and since then it has been something of considerable remark. While sometimes offered as a three-day excursion from the village of Pisang, this can only be done if properly acclimatized. Naturally there are fabulous views to be seen from the summit over the Manang Valley and the Annapurna  Range. Trekkers with little experience in climbing can combine the popular classic Annapurna circuit trek with Pisang Peak climbing to have the taste of climbing on Himalayas in Nepal. The peak rises above from Pisang village and yak pastures in a uniform slope of ice and snow to the final summit pyramid. Pisang peak is considered one of the easy climbing peaks among the trekking peaks in Nepal.

Firstly, we departure to Besisahar from Katmandu and start trek en route common Annapurna  Circuit trails and reach Pisang in a 5 days. To reach the base camp from Pisang village, the path ascends through sparse wood and pasture to a Kharka at (4,380m) which is considered the best place for setting up the base camp. High Camp is set up at (5,400m) climbing to a shoulder on the South-West Ridge. Snowfall at the high camp will continue from the end of November to the end of March. The well-defined ridge leads to the final snow slop which is quite steep and little difficult to reach the summit. Summit of the peak offers truly splendid views of the Annapurna group including Tilicho Peak, Annapurna II and IV, Ghangapurna and the Glacier Dome.


7.MUSTANG : UPPER MUSTANG
Location :UPPER MUSTANG


Mustang which lies in the western part of Nepal is a rain shadow area and is completely deserted piece of land. Upper mustang which is referred as Lo Manthang is called the Forbidden city which was restricted until 1991 for foreigners. Before Nepal was declared as democratic country, Lo Manthang has their own King. Even still today the administration is run by the people within the area and in their own way. When the restriction was opened , many visitors showed interest to travel here. So, to preserve unique culture and landscape, Nepal Government listed Upper Mustang as control area. The region from the Tibetan border south to Kagbeni is generally referred to as Upper Mustang. Trekking to the Mustang region is very adventurous although considered as average trek in terms of difficulty. The trek passes through high peaks, passes, glaciers, alpine valleys , tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks.

Upper Mustang along with natural beauty also holds a cultural uniqueness. This place is influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. Many monasteries and Chortens are spotted en route. One of the festival celebrated here is the Tiji festival which is " The chasing of the Demons". Over the festive time monks dressed in elaborate costumes and masks perform dances and rituals that are supposed to drive away evil spirits. Dressed in their finery, people from all over Mustang gather in Lo Monthang to celebrate the Tiji festival. Upper Mustang is important from historic point of view as well. Thousand years old cave and monasteries are preserved here which supports the age of civilization. Mustang is very beautiful place with combination of many features which makes it a must visit place.




8.MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK
Location: 
Gorkha

Manaslu Circuit trek is one of the untouched and pure trekking destination of Nepal. Very peaceful with almost no crowd is best trekking destination . For those who want most suitable alternative for the Annapurna Circuit Trek, Manaslu Trek is the one to choose. Just below the massive Mt. Manaslu ,8163 m which is eight highest peak of world trekking in this area is amazing experience. Manaslu trek is the control area trek where a permit must be issued. There is special permit which should be granted by the Nepal Government in order to trek in this area. Manaslu Trek with attractive views of Shringi Himal 7161mtrs, Himalchuli 7893mtrs, Nagdi Chuli(Peak 29) 7871mtrs, Mt. Manaslu 8163mtrs, Ganesh Himal II 7118m, Simnang Himal 6251mtrs, Saula Himal 6235mtrs, Cheo Hiamal 6812mtrs, Himlung Himal 7126mtrs and other beautiful peaks, unique landscape, lakes, species of birds, diversity, planst, mammals, forest vegetation, waterfall, Ancient Gumba, wildlife and flora fauna.

Manaslu trekking has one main highlight ,  Larkye La pass. This pass is the highest pass in the Manaslu area and one of the popular dramatic pass in the Himalayan region. Starting the trek from Arughat of Dhading district this trek usually ends in Besishahar.

9.MAKALU EXPEDITION

Location : Eastern Nepal

Makalu is the fifth highest peak of the World with height 8463 m asl in between Arun and Barun valley.  Situated just 14 miles east of the massive Mt Everest, Makalu is one of the challenging Mountain . Mt. Makalu Expedition in Nepal is very adventurous route to climb because on its west face. Mt. Makalu is a little bit dangerous as well.   Its size alone is impressive, but its perfect pyramid structure with four sharp ridges makes this mountain all the more spectacular. Makalu is actually a double peak. The subsidary peak rising just north of the main summit connected by a saddle is called Chomolonzo (25,650 ft.)

It was in 1955, successfully climbed by French team. It is interesting to note that the summit ridge is the demarcation point indicating the border between Nepal on the Southern side and Tibet to the North.The 5 attempts were made before climbing this Mt. Makalu then only was succeeded in the final. The West Face of Mt. Makalu was successfully scaled in 1997. The Russian expedition had taken the route of this West Face led by Sergey Efimov and climbed the top on 21st of May 1997 via the most difficult route.


10.KANCHENJUNGA EXPEDITION

Location:Taplegunj, Nepal

Kanchenjunga(8586 m)  is the 3rd highest peak in the world. It is located in between of Taplejung district of Nepal and Sikkim, India. he name “Kanchenjunga” is delivered from the Tibetan word  'Kanchen' and 'Dzonga'  translated means "The Five Treasures of the Great Snows", as it contains five peaks, Kanchenjunga I (8586 m), Kanchenjunga West (8505 m), Kanchenjunga South (8494 m) and Kangbachen (7903 m).  The treasures represent the five repositories of God, which are gold, silver, gems, grain, and holy books. Kanchenjunga was successfully climbed in  1955 by British Expedition team. Before , Mt Everest was scaled, Kanchenjunga was considered as the highest peak of the world. The west Kanchenjunga summit; peak Yalung Kang is also considered as separate peak with height of 8420 m.

Kanchenjunga falls under Kanchenjunga Conservation area. All the rules are set by KCA and permission for any activity done there should be provided by the KCA. The Kanchenjunga area has a profusion of high summits of which three are above 8,000 m. & 11 above 7,000 m.The normal route via North Col and North face is definitely the safest but it is technical climbing. It will definitely not be suitable for an inexperienced climber but it is a delight for technical climber. The scenery is phenomenal all the way from the Base Camp overlooking the Kanchenjunga glacier, Kanchenjunga I and Kang Bachen. The climb is challenging but very interesting. The most difficult section is to the North Col of about 500 m of mixed ice and rock climb, where our climbing Sherpas will establish fixed rope route from just above 6500 m to 7000 m on the Col, a bee-line to take gear up safely. Once on the North Col the climb is along the ridge and the North face. The climb becomes less technical but very exposed to the weather.From the Col the climb is typically done with 3 camps or bevvies moving up slowly to the summit.



11.GHANDRUK GHOREPANI POONHILL TREK

Location : 
Annapurna, Nepal

Anyone who prefers short trek and want few days adventure, first option is the Ghandruk Poonhill trek. With adventure of 5 to 6 days , Poonhill is best short trek to relax and get free from daily life. Starting the trek from Pokhara, the trial takes you through beautiful valleys, dense mossy forests and icy waterfalls. Main highlight of the trek is the view of the majestic mountains that it offers. Poonhill is the view point from where sunrise view between the mountains can be seen. From this point, one can view the mountain peaks such as Dhaulagiri (8,167m.), Annapurna I (8,091m.), Machapurhre (Fish Tail) (6993m), Tukuche (6920m), Nilgiri ( 6940m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Annapurna South (7219m), Lamjung Himal (6931m) and some other smaller peaks.

The region is dominated by the Gurungs and Magars. Dense rhododendron forests, varieties of bird species, deep sub-tropical valleys, traditional villages, age-old tradition and culture, hospitable people, ever-smiling faces of the people, majestic mountain views are some of the major attractions of this trek.