Explore the Snow Laden Horizons of Nepal
By Prerna Sood | March 26, 2014 4:32 PM EST
The Himalayas 'Abode of the Snow'are on every travel enthusiast's ultimate check list. Every year hundreds of trekkers, mountaineers, pilgrims visit the vast expanse to explore and experience nature's wonders.
Friendship HIghway Lhasa-Kathmandu
Himalayas are home to some of the world's most gorgeous and massive peaks but it is Mount Everest that often takes away all the fame. Contrary to popular belief, there is much more to this magnificent range of mountains than the Everest. Sheltering close to 40 million people, The Himalayas is no ordinary wilderness. It is an effervescent blend of people and cultures that stun travellers at every single step.
Scattered among Nepal, India, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and China, Himalayas hold nine out of the world's 14 highest peaks. Nepal is beyond doubt a Himalayan realm that attracts a huge number of travellers from across the globe. Some of the most famous Himalayan peaks situated in Nepal could soon be available for lease to private companies so they can sell holidays to tourists.
According to recent news, the Nepalese government would offer these peaks for hire to companies to boost tourism and market holidays as a product. The Himalayas are one of the biggest attractions in Nepal that draw tourists. Some 326 untouched mountains are being considered.
To experience the splendour of gigantic mountains, Nepal offers some of the best Himalayan treks in the world. With a spectacular view and added convenience, Nepal treks are the best to experience the planet's greatest mountains. The country's reasonable value, wide range of accommodation choices and uncomplicated access to the mountains makes it a favourite among trekkers and mountaineers. Check out the best places to visit when in Nepal.
- The Annapurna Region
The Annapurna Range of The Himalayas is situated in central Nepal. The whole trail makes for a pristine view throughout. It is one of the most famous treks in the country. Annapurana offers a mosaic of different landscapes with gargantuan snow laden peaks, beautiful teahouses, lavish forests and terrace farming. Wandering amidst the Himalayan winds, the trail at the Annapurna foothills makes for a godly view with heart warming and beautiful secluded villages, high passes that only few have seen and picturesque unexplored valleys before the trek reaches the base. A breathtaking view from the Poon Hill exposes stunning parts of The Himalayas. A wide range of peaks together, as if adjoined, make for a heavenly view. Inner peace comes naturally in the middle of such glorious beauty. It is a moderate trek that is suitable for trekkers who can walk for about 7-8 hours in a day.
- Mount Everest
The mighty mountain at 8848m is almost considered spiritual. Over the years, it has become a holy place for mountaineers from all over the world. Criss-crossing through nature's spectacular creations to reach the Everest Base Camp at 5200m is immensely popular among trekkers of all nationalities. Uncountable prayer flag ridden passes and unsurpassable views of snow capped hills make the trek a once in a lifetime experience. The Everest Base Camp gives an unobstructed view of the majestic mountain as it fills the horizon with unending grandeur. Unluckily, Everest's view from the base camp is only partial. To enjoy an interrupted view of the mountain, most trekkers head towards the route through Kala Pattar at 5545m. Throughout this trek, climbers are overwhelmed with views of incredible peaks, Buddhist monasteries, and Sherpa villages. It is crucial to proceed slowly, breathe more frequently and stay hydrated. Allowing for maximum acclimation helps any sudden troubles that initiate because of extreme change in weather.
- Pashupatinath Temple
This ancient temple, the existence of which goes back to 400AD, is known as 'The Temple of Living Beings'. With its astonishing architectural brilliance, the temple is believed to be one of the most sacred Hindu shrines of Lord Shiva in the world. Thousands of pilgrims from different parts of the world visit the Pashupatinath Temple every year to pay homage. The holy Bagmati River runs beside the temple, where ancient traditions of ritual cleansing can be seen. The temple is renowned for its unbelievable pagoda architecture. The temple is regarded as a symbol of faith, religion and culture. It is one of the most popularly frequented places in Nepal by tourists and locals alike.
- The Friendship Highway
The Friendship Highway is an 800km striking route that links Lhasa with the Nepal border. This route begins at Lhasa to go through some famous tourist destinations. The entire highway can be covered within a span of a few days. It is a scenic route with tiny scattered villages, nomad wandering about with sheep, beautiful medieval stone houses, barren mountains and cavernous valleys. Apart from tourists, the highway is frequented by tractors and mule carts. Against the immense natural variations throughout the journey, things seem as if slowed down. The Friendship Highway makes for a classic journey across the Tibetan Plateau. It is best experienced on a tranquil trip and not a rushed one.