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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna region trekking

Annapurna circuit trek is a popular classic trekking route among the global trekkers. It is also well knows as round Annapurna trek. It is an adventurous 160-230 Km hikes around the majestic Annapurna massif. Annapurna is located in the north-central part of Nepal. It has been preferred as the best long distance trek in the world. This trail is opened for foreign travelers since 1980s. The trek starts from a low altitude and it reaches a height of 5,416 meters at the Thorang La pass. Thorong La is the highest and challenging pass of the trek. This splendid pass is one of the best points on the face of earth to view the sublime beauty of the mighty Himalayas. The trek crosses two different river valleys encircling the Annapurna range. Annapurna Circuit Trek begins at Beshisahar in the Marshyangdi river valley and ends up in the Kali Gandaki gorge. It is the deepest gorge in the world. The trail passes along paddy fields, sub-tropical forest, amazing waterfalls, huge cliffs and several villages. Depending on the trekkers speed, length of the side trips and rest days taken , it usually takes 10 to 15 days to complete the journey. Lodges / Tea houses accommodation and hygienic meals are available along the trek.

It also provides an opportunity to introduce with different ethnic people, their culture and the way of their livelihood. Manang valley and Lower Mustang is influenced by Tibetan culture. Visitors will have magnificent views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Machhepuchhre (6,993m), Manalsu (8,156m), Gangapurna (7,455m) and Tilicho peak (7,134m) around the circuit. It has been the matter of joy for many visitors who aspire to walk in Annapurna region. After Thorong pass you will visit Muktinath. It is one of the famous temple of Hindus as well as Buddhist. It would be better if you have one more day visit to Marpha. It is famous for Apples in Nepal and beautiful village of the valley. Due to an increasing inflow of trekkers every year, the number of tea houses/lodges has been increased in Annapurna trekking region .

We recommend our visitors take the high trail from Pisang via Ghyaru and Ngawal to Manang for having magnificent views. Here, locals and their villages represent unique Tibetan culture and tradition. One night stay over can help you refresh your body and mind in the village. Moreover, we also suggest you to visit Tilicho Lake and Ice lake. Before the old route was started from the market town of Dhumre (Kathmandu to Pokhara highway) and ended in Pokhara. This old route took about 23 days to complete the trek. Nowadays, road is being constructed up to Chamje on the Marsyangdi river valley and all the way to Muktinath on the Kali Gandaki side. It means that out of the original 23 days the trekking days has been decreasing day by day.

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Everest Chola Pass Trek

Cho La pass trekking is one of the most preferred exclusive trekking routes in the Everest region among the trekkers. Cho La pass is a summit pass at the altitude of 5,420m (17,782ft) in the Solukhumbu district- northern east of Nepal. This route not only includes the view of Everest base camp, but also covers other famous regions like Lukla, Namche Bazar, Tengboche; almost whole Solukhumbu district. It is unparallel scenic, cultural and an adventurous experience. Adventurous and exciting, this route can be great experience to capture the beauties of Dudh Koshi River, Gokyo valley, the grand Ngozumpa glacier- the biggest glacier of Nepal, Cho La pass and the heart winning scene from Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar. The route goes through many beautiful villages, monasteries, waterfalls and peculiar landscapes with the view of mountains on your side. To count more, you can visit Sagarmatha National Park enriched with beautiful animals like red panda, musk dear and many more. Reaching up to Everest Base Camp and little upper to Kalapatthar, you can have the finest view of mountain peaks glittering just little farther from you. The peaks include Mt. Everest (8848m) – worlds highest peak, Mt. Lhotse, Mt Makalu and Mt Cho Oyu. If the day is clear then you can also have the view of sun rising tearing the heights of these peaks. After enjoying the scenes, we will head to Gokyo Ri valley.

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Langtang Trekking

We did Langtang Gosainkunda trek in the month of December in 2016. We really had great views weather and pleasant temperature in the days and shivering cold at nights. Our trek was started from Kathmandu drive to Syabrubesi and then begin hikes to Kyanjin Gompa. We had breathtaking mountain views from Tserko ri view point from where we saw stunning views of Mount Lantang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Yubra, Yala peak and many more. Then after we visited famous holiy lake Gosainkunda. Gosainkunda lake is the sacred lake for Hundus and Buddhist people. Every year thousand of devotees visited this lake.

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Top 10 Treks of Nepal to visit in 2017

Nepal is well known as the land of almighty Himalayas, which can be a synonym to the land of challenges and adventures. So, if you are an adventure lover and want to hug the adventurous moments, then come let’s explore the beauties of Nepal with this New Year 2017 with an adventurous trip to greater Himalaya were lies the splendid flora and fauna. We have listed top 10 trekking routes of Nepal for 2017 as per our previous client’s recommendations.

1) Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp trekking is the most preferred trekking zone in Everest region as this trial is a wonderland where you can not only enjoy the views of mountains but feel them too. Base Camp in Nepal is in Southern region of Mount Everest, which has the highest point of 5545 meters (Kalapathar). You can fly to Lukla and then trek, however the trek to Lukla is also possible. The trial goes via Namche Bazar following the Dudh Koshi, and then Dingboche. Trek to Everest Base Camp offers you to enjoy the beauty of majestic peaks like Mt Everest, Mt. Lhotse , Mt Makalu and Mt Cho Oyu. However the presence of tea houses along the route give you time to refresh yourself.

Duration needed : 12-15 days

Highest Elevation of this trek : 5556 meters

Trek Grade : Moderate

2) Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp trek is the world class trekking trails in Nepal. It is a high glacial basin located in the north of Pokhara city. Annapurna Base Camp trek gives an extraordinary variety of ecosystem because of the unique combination of depths and height. It is surrounded by the snow giants, especially Annapurna Himalayan ranges and other peaks above the 7000 meter mark. So, it receives only 7 hours sunlight a day in summer season. A dense tropical forest of bamboo and Rhododendron covered the south facing slopes and the north facing slopes are covered by rain shadow. The sanctuary is considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists as it is believed to be the abode of their deities. Annapurna sanctuary was not opened for foreigners until 1956. It is also called an Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. It is the most beautiful trek exploring the diverse ethnic groups and their cultures such as Gurung, Magar, Thakali and glimpse of flora and fauna.We can observe the spectacular mountain views including Machhapuchhere (6,993 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Lamjung Himal (6,983 m), Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Annapurna south (7,219m), Himchuli (7,246m) while on the trail.

Duration needed : 11-14 days

Highest Elevation of this trek : 4200 meters

Trek Grade : Moderate

3) Everest Gokyo Lake Trek

If you want some extra in your itinerary while visiting Everest Region, then we will suggest you Everest Gokyo trekking as this is a combined trek to Everest base camp and then to Gokyo Ri valley(5350 meters). Including the beautiful scenes visible from Base Camp, there is more to watch at Gokyo Ri valley.  Trail passes from the heartland of Sherpa community. Gokyo, a hidden valley with gorgeous blue lakes in the lap of Himalayas and has its own reputation among the adventurous souls. The entire trip is blessed with abounding natural beauty of shimmering lakes. Everest Gyoko is for the person who want to trek in high altitude, see the biggest mountain the earth and can handle the fairly cold climate which exist at almost any time of the year at this altitude. Visiting Namche bazzar before ascending the stunning gokyo valley to the glacier lakes under Cho Oyu(8153). The main high lights of this trek is visiting trail sided teahouses, sipping homemade chang (beer made from barley) with new friends and learning about Tibetan Buddhism culture.

Duration needed : 14-16 days

Highest Elevation of this trek : 5556 meters

Trek Grade : Moderate

4) Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna circuit trek is a popular name for trek within the Annapurna mountain range of central Nepal. Nowadays it is known as Nepal’s classic trek, we can see the scenic beauty of Nepal. The trail is open for foreign travelers since from 1980s. There we find the amazing variety of landscapes ranging from sub-tropical through alpine peaks to an arid semi desert to Tibet. Annapurna Circuit Trek begins at Beshisahar in the Marshyangdi river valley and ends up in the Kali Gandaki gorge. It provides an opportunity to interact with different ethnic group of people and their culture. Numbers of sacred pilgrimage, monasteries lies on it way. The climax of the trek is crossing the iconic thorong la pass.

Duration needed : 14-16 days

Highest Elevation of this trek : 5400 meters.

Trek Grade : Moderate

6) Upper Mustang Trekking

The Upper Mustang Trek leads you into the hidden kingdom of Mustang. It is called Lo Earlier lo used to be a part of Tibetan empire. It offers an impressive trekking too the remote trans- Himalayan area which is influenced by Tibetan culture. The ultimate destination of upper mustang trekking is lo manthang, which is also the capital of upper mustang. Explore the thousand years of old monasteries, caves, local tribes and scenic beauty of different landscapes. Upper mustang not only offers its visitors beautiful views of rugged landscape but also allow them to observe the Tibetan, Buddhists culture. Upper Mustang trek is a great adventure trek for those who wish to make a challenging trek along “off the beaten path” in the Trans-Himalayan Region.

Duration needed : 14-18 days

Highest Elevation of this trek : 3840 meters.

Trek Grade : Moderate

7) Ghorepani Poon hill Trekking

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is an easy and popular trek in Annapurna region. This trek is also referred to as the Annapurna sunrise view trek. It is one of the shortest treks to annupurna and preffered for family and friends groups. The main specialty of this trip is that within a short period of time you will be able to see the breathtaking views of Himalayan region. The whole of ghorepani is densely forested with rhododendron trees, the national flower of Nepal. There lies numbers of villages like ghorepani, ulleri, gandruk, where you get chance to see the picture of Nepalese local lifestyle as well as others community’s people and the way they maintain peace and harmony among one another. This trek is well suited for the first time trekkers or who have limits time but still want to experience the diverse culture and mind-blowing beauty of nature that makes you feel the real Himalayan experience.

Duration needed : 6-8 days

Highest Elevation of this trek : 3210 meters.

Trek Grade : Easy

8) Langtang Valley Trekking

Lantang valley is the nearest Himalayan region from Kathmandu valley. It will take few hours to reach beautiful Langtang region. The people living in Lantang region are mainly influence by Tibetan’s culture though they are Nepali. It is one of the most popular trekking regions for those who wish to have a beautiful trek from Kathmandu to greater Himalaya. On the way to Lantang region, we will be able to see varieties of rhododendron, bamboo forest, majestic waterfalls, and snow capped Himalayas. And also explore the cheese factory. Not only this, we will also able to see holy gompas and wild yak pastures. The Langtang valley is a land of spectacular alpine scenery and a place of unique culture and traditions. We can see more then 8 mountains on this trek including Mt. Ama Angri, Dorje Lakpa, Lantang Lirung, Sisapangma, Ghan Sekpo, Yala Peak, Yubra, Ganjala Glacier and others. The Langtang valley was declared a National Park in 1976 and is the second largest in Nepal covering an area of 1,700 sq. km. this area is covered with wide variety of flora and fauna.

Duration needed : 10-12 days

Highest Elevation of this trek : 5000 meters.

Trek Grade : Moderate

9) Tsum Valley Trekking

Tsum valley trek in which lies the culturally diverse and mesmerizing beauty of Himalaya this can be seen from its trail. There lies place were sacred Himalayan pilgrimage is situated, which is also known as hidden valley. Tsum itself has a very broader meaning which means vivid, derived from the Tibetan word. The local peoples are mostly from the Tibetan community and speak their own dialect. This region is very rich in ancient art, culture and religion. Talking about the trail these are spread with artistic chortens and lines with mani walls made of thousand of stone slabs carved with drawings of god and goddess along with the prayers. Trek begins from Arughat in Gorkha district. This region is opened for tourism only a few years ago, Tsum Valley offers authentic traditional culture plus breathtaking beauty and big mountain views.

Duration needed : 12-15 days

Highest Elevation of this trek : 5100 meters

Trek Grade : Moderate

10) Mohare Danda Trek

Mohare Danda Trek is one of the beautiful short treks in the foothills of Annapurna area which is a new trail discovered by Nepal government.  Mohare Danda is a name of view point from where you can see spectacular mountain views better than Ghorepani Poon Hill. This trek is a model of Eco community lodge trek where you can stay at local eco community lodges and eats local product foods to promote and support local people. While on this trek, you walk inside the dense forest along the bank of Kali Gandaki River, Kaligandai is the deepest gorge in the world. Moreover, you will overwhelmed by beautiful landscapes, valleys and mountains.

Duration needed : 8-10 days

Highest Elevation of this trek : 3300 meters

Trek Grade : Easy

Langtang Valley Trekking

Langtang Valley Trekking is one of the best and popular holiday trekking routes among the trekkers inside Nepal. Also this is the nearest Himalayan trekking region from Kathmandu valley. 105 Kilometers to the northern side and it is about seven hours bus ride from Kathmandu valley. Offered with many natural, cultural and other beautiful charms, Langtang valley route is among the busy routes for trekking after Everest and Annapurna Region.

Surrounded by the icy glaciers originated from the almighty Himalayas, this region is also known as Valley of Glaciers. Langtang Valley is encircled by the mountain peaks like Langtang Lirung, Langtang Ri, Dorje Lakpa, Langshisa Ri and Langtang Himal is what worth making trip to this region. Starting from lower Langtang Valley, the trial offers you the view of varieties of rhododendron, bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls, rugged rock, streams and snow-capped Himalayas all along the way you reach up to the final point. Despite being a Nepalese state and inhabited by Nepalese people, this region is highly influenced by Tibetan culture. This region once used to be major trading route to with Tibet. Hence once you reach up to there, you can experience mixed Nepalese and Tibetan culture. Exploring more about this region, we can visit Kyanjin Gompa which is believed to be the oldest Buddhist monastery of this region. Kyanjin Gompa is also a name of place named after this gompa, where we can see a cheese factory. And the cheese produced from this factory is famous all over the country.

Glimpse of Everest Trek

Glimpse of Everest trek is also known as Namche trek, Everest panorama trek, Everest view trek. It is specially for those having a limited time and those who cannot trek to higher altitude. Besides, the trek is also popular among the senior citizens. Comparatively this trek is shorter and easier than Everest Base Camp Trek. In this trek you will pass through Tyangboche monastery which is situated at an altitude of 3,860m.

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Our Glimpse of Everest treks starts from Khumbu region by air from Kathmandu Lukla flight. You will get to relax in one of the best hotel of that place. Mini Everest trek pass through the lush vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park with pine forests, rhododendron flowers and an abundance of wildlife to Namche Bazaar (3,440m). We will spend one night at hotel in Namche for Everest view. We proceed next day to Tyangboche (3,860m). It is home to the highest Buddhist monastery in the world (4,100m); this is the last destination of this mini trek. The later days of this adventure journey will be spent in the delightful and scenic villages of Khunde (3,840m) and Khumjung (3,753m) where you will have the opportunity to interact with the legendary Sherpa people and participate in their astonishing traditional lifestyle. Finally we return back to Kathmandu through Lukla.

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We can arrange your trip at any point of time during the trekking season in Nepal (March to May & September to December) according your time frame. See the bellow for our designated itinerary however if our itineary doesn’t meet your requirements please write us at info@glorioushimalaya.com without any hesitation.

Trip Itineary :-

Day 01 : Kathmandu arival and transfer to the hotel

Day 02 : Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding/ Jorsalle

Day 03 : Trek to Namche Bazar

Day 04 : Acclimatization day

Day 05 : Trek to Tengboche

Day 05 : Trek back to Phakding

Day 06 : Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 07 : Departure day or you can do other sports adventure such as rafting, paragliding, jungle safari, mountain flights etc.

 

 

Upper Mustang Trekking in Nepal

Isolated, untouched and very farther from the modern crowd, this is how Upper Mustang looks like. Annexed to the Nepalese territory on after 18th century, Upper Mustang, we call it as The Last Forbidden Kingdom. Before being a Nepalese territory, it used to be a part of Tibetan empire due to which this region is highly influenced by the Tibetan culture and language. Still hidden and forbidden from the outer world, Upper Mustang is a remote district in the Western part of Nepal. This region is located in the Dhaulagiri region surrounded by high rocks and cliffs from most of the sides. Inhabited with only about 14,981 populations, this region is a homeland to Thakalis, Gurungs and primarily Tibetan mainly. And this region is a good source to know more about the Buddhist religion. The trial to Upper Mustang follows ancient salt caravan route which once used to be a major trade route to Tibet. As we already mentioned, it is isolated and forbidden region, the beauties and nature here are fresh and unspoiled.

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To be honest, Upper Mustang trekking is not lesser than a paradise. Exploring the virgin lands with the enchanting views all around your eyes are what make it worth visiting. Silent, fresh and peaceful environment surrounding you will surely add the joy in visiting this beauty zone. You can have the closer view of the beautiful mountain peaks like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and other mountains peaks between the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range from here, and also you can enjoy the real Nepalese terrain. Walking around the upper Mustang, you can see the settlement and lifestyles of native people, beautiful gompas where prayer flags play with the wind, and barley fields. The inhabitants have carved the high rocks and have made rooms in it where they keep the holy books and do meditation Last but not least, the best part of this region is that you can visit Upper Mustang even in rainy season as it is called rain shadowed region, where rainfall is very minimum.