Annapurna Base Camp
Annapurna Base Camp at 4130 meter/13546 feet is unique and incredibly spectacular, set with the ring of majestic peaks of Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Machapuchhre (6993 m) and Hiunchuli (6441 m) – very close in the site. The famous Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes 4 to 12 days, depending on your itinerary and length of walking days. However, Annapurna base camp in 4 days, 7 days, 10 days and 12 days are famous trekking itineraries.
Annapurna base camp is situated in Myagdi district of Nepal 40 km directly north of Pokhara, geographically into the dead end. The only entrance to this magical place is a narrow valley between the Mountains- Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre, from here run-off from glaciers drain into Modi River. However if you can cross these massif mountains there you will get to the trail of Annapurna circuit on the other side at Manang District of Nepal.
Annapurna base camp weather varies according to the season as Nepal has 4 main seasons. Among all winter trekking to ABC is regarded as difficult but still people trek in winter accepting it as an winter challenge.
jungles of rhododendron and bamboo, 360 degree view of the mountains, admiring glacier and the river valley has been attracting trekkers in the region from 1970s’ and for expedition – even before that. Nature, wildlife and the mountains of Annapurna base camp is being conserved by a committee as Annapurna conservation area.
Interestingly this mountains periphery is famous as hiding place of Nagas, rulers from India in the past. It has been believed that – those Nagas has lef treasures in the area. But culturally – at the present – this region is regarded as holy mountains and thus the locals believe eating meat and butchering in the area might cause serious damage, hence meat is prohibited. However, Mt fishtail or Machhapuchhre is sacred mountains of the region and even the Nepal government recognizes it as a holy mountains and do not permit expedition.
Entrance permit is required for Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) which can be bought at the entrance or with trekking agencies in Nepal or at NTB at Kathmandu and Pokhara. You can get to the trekking starting point by bus which is not convenient as most of the buses pass along the highway and if you miss the right place to drop off the bus it might be hassle. Or you can take local jeep or local bus to Birethati from Pokhara. To get to Pokhara from Kathmandu you can either take plane for 20 minutes flight or take bus for 8 hours. But land transportation there are few options to get to Pokhara as – local bust, tourist bus, micro bus or obviously car. Tourist buses are preferred by far.
Heli trek in Nepal is a famous and trending tour activity in Nepal. Helicopter trek package means, trekkers will walk to the certain destination and return by helicopter from that final destination. Or trekkers start trekking after helicopter flight to the trek start point.
For example Everest base camp helicopter trek ends with helicopter ride to Kathmandu or Lukla whereas; in Gosaikunda helicopter trek we fly on helicopter to the Gosaikunda Lake. For Annapurna circuit heli trekking, people fly from Muktinath to Pokhara by helicopter, after trekking over thorong la pass.
Helicopter trekking tour is a best holiday package in Nepal. The scenery of helicopter ride above the stunning landscape is awesome. Trekking to the destinations with aerial view, very close to the nature is beautiful. Nepalgram has best value and affordable heli trips in Nepal. For example Everest basecamp or Annapurna base camp heli trek and Langtang helicopter trekking are our best value products.
Less visited destinations like Rara Lake are new things to do by helicopter, in Nepal.
By far, helicopter tour has been loved by old aged people, short vacation, honeymooning in Nepal, surprise presents to dear ones and family trip. But helicopter trekking is the best way to see Himalayan landscape from the ground as well as on the air. People from either of age group assign for Helicopter trekking.
Highlights of helicopter trekking
Helicopter trip in Nepal is not a cheap adventure activity but a best way of exploring Nepal. To Fly over the mountains of Nepal is not just beautiful but heart rendering moment of your once in a lifetime experience.
• You will save time with money
• Less physical stress
• Trekking can be done with medium level fitness level
• Both ground view and aerial view of the region can be collected
• It is a lavish way of traveling
• Helicopter trek includes both trekking as well as tour activity.
Trekking is one of the major activities among many things to do in Nepal. Apart from hiking tours, there are many other sightseeing tour options in Nepal. However walking tour is a world admired as hiking to Everest or Annapurna region of Nepal Himalaya are famous around the world.
When someone talks about their holidays in Nepal, all imagine they are going to the mountains and it is all about trekking in the Nepal. Believe it, Everest base camp trek is one of the famous bucket list item.
However our trekking tour category has diversity of trekking trips in Nepal. New destination trek to hiking route finding trips in Nepal, are listed under the tour tag of trekking.
Again, as Nepal is a small country with tallest peak of the world Everest, she is famous among hike lovers & nature hikers. Mountainous terrain of Nepal makes lots of ups and down and hiking here is great adventure. Hike in Nepal starts from the altitude of 1100 meter or 1968 feet to 6500 meters or 21320 feet.
Nepal Hiking Altitude profile in general
Lowest altitude for the hiking is from Besisahar which is the gateway of Annapurna Region treks to Annapurna circuit or manalsu circuit hiking and highest altitude that takes you to the height of 6500 meter or 21320 feet to the famous trekking peak called Mera peak. Mera peak starts in Everest region but the peak is on the other side of Everest Base Camp hiking that is in Makalu Barun conservation area. Very few people go for this trekking peak in the Makalu Barun National park.
Trekking in Nepal is under the bucket list of all most the entire traveler around the world. Nepal is famous for trekking activity. But trip extension like Peak climbing, Rafting, Paragliding, Para Hawking, Kayaking, day tours are famous. Nepal has four seasons. All of them are suitable for any of the activity. But each activity needs to design the itinerary as per the season. For example hiking during monsoon in Nepal needs to be short and starts early for the day, like start early stop early. We have lots of hiking package in numerous trekking region of Nepal for all level of fitness. Hiking in Nepal can be short as 3 days and more than a month long.
Nepal conserves huge area of forest and helps in controlling global warming by cutting carbon production. Greenery in Nepal is conserved in the form of national parks, conservation area, wildlife reserves, community forest, hunting reserves and wetland areas. Trekking in those protected forest is a part of jungle trekking we do in packages of Nepalgram.
Apart from those conserved area there are other auto protected region which can be discovered along the trekking route of remote Himalayas in Nepal. While trekking in the remote trekking destinations of Nepal there are many villages with barren lands and those lands are private but after not farming there for years, these lands are now forest.
Trekking has always been through the jungle, in Nepal. If you want to trek all the time inside the jungle you can choose trekking like Mard himal trek or other new trekking routes. If you want to trek in the dense forest then you have to choose something similar to Jattapokhari camping trek or similar camping treks.
Either you trek to famous Annapurna base camp or Everest region trail – forest trekking is partially available in all the regions. The concern among most of the travelers coming to Nepal is either they will want to be in the jungle for most of time or they just want to experience the jungle trekking partially.
Trekking in Nepal has always been into the nature. And jungle has always been inseparable part of trekking activity. But in few cases, there are some trekking destinations like upper mustang and Upper Dolpo where all you see is deserted landscape. Those trekking trails are rain shadow zone and are not for jungle trekking.
In Nepal, Jungle trekking is not possible when you get above the altitude of 4000 meters. From this height no tree zone starts and all you see is bushes and the towering mountains.
Bird Watching, National Park tour & Jungle Safari
Nepal is covered mostly with the forest and most of the Nepali settlements are in the hills with abundant forest. So when it comes to safari in Nepali Jungle – you either talk about walking through the jungles or go camping into the wild. Jungle safari in Nepal is the part of regular life in the local peoples in order to fetch wood or graze livestock’s.
Like world know jungle safari there are plenty of sites inside Nepal where one can easily find the escape of the city and overwhelming welcome of the nature in the conserved site such as; conservation areas, national parks, wildlife reserves, bird watching area, wetlands and community forests. For example the world famous Jungle safari of Chitwan is done with jeep or elephant.
With new conservation areas and national parks rich in bio diversity and wildlife protection, there are many new sites where people go for jungle safari in Nepal. New conservation area like Gaurishanker conservation area and trending national park like Bardi national park not only conserves the biodiversity but also creates best jungle safari site for tourists in Nepal. Bardia national park has both jeep and elephant safari to see Tiger. This national park is also famous as the tiger conservation area, though its official designation is national park.
Jungle safari in Nepal has been an entire Nepal trip which takes you from one national park to another conservation area or protected area. In most of the cases – people trekking, climbing and doing expedition in Nepali Himalaya go for jungle safari as a part of their trip extension programs.
Most of the jungle safari sites have accommodation and food facility whereas still there are many where you can go wild with your own food and arranged safety. Either of those destinations can be your Nepal holiday part in the safe hands like Nepalgram for best experience and safe adventure.
Peak Climbing / Mountain Climbing / Expedition
Peak climbing in Nepal is also renowned as mountaineering. Mountaineering in Nepal is very old activity, even before trekking and tour started. There is not any specific date to illustrate when mountaineering started but it is believed to start from 19th century.
Climbing in Nepal is famous because of towering mountains and wider Himalaya range located in Nepal – including highest mountain of the world “Mount Everest”. There are more than 14 mountains above 8000 meters – many of those are not just the highest mountain in Nepal but also member of eight thousander list.
Interestingly there are many un-named and unknown mountains to climb in Nepal. Nepalgram is always looking for another new peak for adventure to unknowns. Any interested climbers from all around the globe are well-come to join our unknown expeditions in Nepal Himalaya.
Young Himalaya range of Nepal has peaks from easy to highly technical. Interestingly – Mount Everest is regarded as one of the moderate climbing peak of Nepal. Because of the fixed route and rope on climbing Everest – Everest is not tough in comparison to other technical expedition of Nepal.
Some of the famous peak climbing in Nepal is; mera peak, lobuche peak, Island peak – all of these peaks are in around Everest region.
Climbing towards the summit of Nepali peak is not hard if you have general knowledge of climbing gears and experienced guide to track the route to summit. Many climbing guides with Nepalgram have been to the respective peaks to know enough about the route and circumstances.
As expedition started before trekking, in Nepal – Himalayas of Nepal are still know for climbing than trekking. Whereas tour in Nepal is majorly a trip extension program for trekking and peak climbing. Peak Climbing in Nepal includes trekking to the basecamp of respective peak – which is why it is a best experience for mountain lovers.
Technical Peak Climbing
Climbing in Nepal has been a dignified adventure activity by then. Nepal climbing peaks are generally the first thing that comes in mind of people travelling to Nepal. Among thousands of peaks in Nepal, there are different types of peaks – trekking peak, technical peak, expedition peak and training peaks. Technical peak climbing is not an expedition but is considered as hard peak to climb.
Technical peak climbing needs skills about rope climbing. If you are used to rock climbing – technical peak will not be an issue. Even if you are climbing first time in the snow peaks of our technical peak climbing packages – general knowledge about climbing gears, use of harness, use of rope, simple knowledge on carabineer and safety measure knowledge is appreciated.
Nepal climbing adventure is summoned in technical peak climbing packages. Your enthusiasm and endurance while climbing is always mandatory – however, our expert guides and climbing team will always be there to help you for the necessary pull up or climb downs. Technical ice climbing is a part of Nepal peak adventure that you are looking for.
For easy example – Mt Amadablam (6812 meters) is regarded as the technical peak climbing. Climbing below 7000 meters is always regarded as peak climbing but many call Amadablam peak climbing as an expedition as well. This is just because of its technical difficulty. Technically Amadablam peak climbing is tougher than Everest expedition itself.
Indeed, some of the renowned & easy peaks like Island peak, Lobuche peak, Taboche peak, Nayakang peak can also be technical peaks with respect to the season of climbing. Climbing these peaks in winter is a challenge and hence considered as technical peaks respective to the climbing season. However, these peaks are considered as an easy peaks in spring season (spring is regarded as best time for mountaineering in Nepal).