Thorong La pass
Thorong la pass is the famous pass of Annapurna Circuit with an altitude of 5416 meters17765 feet above the sea level. It is also known to be the first pass of Nepal and the safest and easiest pass of Nepal.
Trekking over Thorong la pass was started from 70s’, by then hippies used to come over Nepal and enjoy the wilderness of the nature and interestingly explore the remoteness of the Annapurna Himalayas.
But at present trekking over Thorong la pass is not hard at all. There are plenty of tea house along the Annapurna circuit route. However, availability of accommodation in some places might be tricky as abundant number of trekkers trek this famous circuit trek over Thorong la pass.
Transportation towards the base camp of Thorong la pass is really advanced. There is motor able road all the way to Manang on one side and Muktinath on the other side of Thorong la pass. Interestingly small section of Muktinath Jomsom road is blacktopped as well. Despite of road all the way to 3500 meter or 11480 feet on either side of Thorong la pass. Driving straight to that height is not considered acclimatized pattern for safe trekking over famous Thorong la pass.
For the safety and the best view to trek over Thorong la pass – trekkers are recommended to follow itinerary of Annapurna circuit in general.
There are rumors on Annapurna circuit trek being spoiled with road construction – that is partly true but the alternative trekking trail to go towards Thorong la pass has ditched the rumor. There are beautiful trekking trail skipping the road way to get to Thorong la.
Throng la pass can be done with many other high passes. The famous trekking mixed with Throng la is Narphu valley trek. At Narphu there is Kangla pass and when you do both Narphu and Kang la pass trekking in that case you will cross 2 high passes of Annapurna circuit – one in famous circuit trail and another in the remote restricted trekking route.
Another famous combination of Thorong la pass with another trekking trial is Tilicho trek. With Tilicho trekking you will get to world’s highest altitude Lake of Tilicho and will add extra 2 to 4 days on top of Thorong la pass trekking.
Easy Peak Climbing
Easy Peak climbing denotes to those peaks which are less technical and are also called trekking peaks of Nepal. Trekking peak or technically easy peak climbing do not involve long rope climbing or fixed roping. Unlike to technical peak climbing you do not have to rely on your harness and also necessarily do not need to use the ice axe. However, for safety purpose you still will use rope and ice axe for precautions.
To be honest – Easy peak climbing means those trekking peaks where you can literally walk like you are walking by beach when temperature is really low.
Because of the mountain wilderness – so called easy peak still demands longer hours of continues walk from one camp to another. And in relation with altitude of different peaks – a headache due to high altitude in most cases, while climbing easy peaks of Nepal.
Some of the famous easy peaks of Nepal are Mera peak and Yala peak climbing. Both of these peak are also famous as trekking peaks of Nepal Himalaya. If you are looking for a first time peak climbing adventure in Nepal – one out of these two will not let you down.
Mera peak has 3 summit and all of them are easy enough whereas Yala peak climbing is really easy. Climbing guides of Nepal use Yala peak as training peak for their basic course, this certainly tells you degree of technical difficulty of Yala peak climbing. However, both of these trekking peaks are in the prime location to see the infinite mountain ranges. Yala peak is located in Langtang and Mera peak is inside Makalu Barun conservation area. From the summit of Mera peak you can see highest mountain of world – Mount Everest and other 3 peaks above 8000 meters from the sea level.
Glacial lake Trek
Nepal is a Himalayan destination either for tour or trekking. 80 percent of the people traveling to Nepal come for mountain activities, whereas 50 percent of trekking destination in Nepal has Lakes. Most of those lakes are glacial lakes and few are freshwater lake as well. Beauty of lakes on the lap of Nepal Himalaya is flourished with reflection of white peaks on the blue water of those lakes.
Lakes like Gokyo, Rara and Tilicho are very big or close to the snowy peaks to give mirror image on the blue water of lake.
Most of the lakes in Nepal are assumed holy either in relation with god Shiva or Buddha. People who worship nature also pay respect to the lakes as holy place. All the lakes in Nepal have interesting features. Like Gokyo lakes of Everest region is famous for its cascade pattern on 6 different lakes of same valley. The valley is called Gokyo. Tilicho Lake is the highest altitude lake with beautiful mountain reflection on its blue water. Tilicho lies near by Annapurna circuit trek. Another interesting lake is Rara Lake, which can be trekked or people fly on helicopter to get to Rara Lake. Rara Lake is special because it changes its water into 7 different colors in a day. This natural phenomenon is because of its large size and reflection of mountains and skyline. Rara is the largest lake of Nepal.
Lakes in Nepal are in the cities as well. Phewa Lake in Pokhara has made Pokhara a precious place for tourist. This tourist destination of Nepal has beautiful reflection of wide Himalaya range on the water of Phewa Lake.
Apart from above discussed lakes there are 1000s’ of lake which are rarely discovered. Some of them are in the famous trekking routes like Annapurna or Everest or Manaslu whereas many of them are still unexplored and few of them are in the restricted trekking routes like Dolpo and Numbur cheese circuit. Naming few other lakes of Nepal are as – Gosaikunda lake, Dudhpokhari lake, Damodar kunda lake, Gangapurna lake, Phoksundo lake, Imja Lake, Chola lake, Ghodaghodi lake, Rupa lake, Begnas lake, Jattapokhari lake, Panchpokhari lake and many other. The list of the named lakes in nepal will be long whereas there are still 1000’s of them which are waiting their first visit.
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.
High Pass Trek
Trekking over the high passes of Nepal has given beautiful memory to millions of nature lovers. Just basecamp trekking and few high passes are famous in Nepal but with wider Himalaya range in Nepal new passes like Mardi himal pass trekking are being discovered for those who love high passes trekking in the younger Himalayas of Nepal.
Snowline of Nepal starts from around 5000 meter that is why high passes of Nepal are above this 5k altitude. High passes means trekking through the mountain range to get in other side of the valley. It is basically crossing the range of the Himalaya from the narrow escape where it is accessible the best.
High pass hike are good for many reasons; the best view, circuit trekking trail, adventure, unforeseen condition to create thrill in the trip and many more. High pass of any Himalaya range of Nepal can never be underestimated. But in right time and favored weather conditions all those high passes trekking in any tops had never been issue.
In Everest- 3 high passes trek has been really famous as it nearly covers most of the Everest region including Everest base camp itself. But people love chola pass as it connects Everest base camp with Gokyo ri or the valley of Gokyo with numerous lakes and glacial walk.
Annapurna has famous Annapurna circuit over thorong la pass. Apart from thorong la pass in highlight, there are other trekking passes like Mesokanta pass, Kangla pass and many other. Manaslu and Annapurna are connected by larkey la pass. This pass is considered as one of the new and trending high pass of Nepal. Kang la pas of Narphu, selele pass of Kanchenjunga, saldnag pass of upper Dolpo, Kangla pass of Narphu are few high passes in the restricted region of Nepal.
There are technical high passes like Sherpini col, amapalpcha pass, Rubina la pass and many other – these passes are higher than 6k and connects not only the valley but the different Himalaya range. These high passes involves technical peak climbing as well.
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).