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jasoncochran

Which trek should I take?

by jasoncochran »

Of the four major trekking routes in Nepal — Annapurna, Mustang, Everest, and Langtang — which one do you recommend the most for first-timers, and why do you think it's the best one?

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Bluebell

RE: Which trek should I take?

by Bluebell »

For a first time trip to Nepal, I highly recommend the Everest Sol Khumbu region.  The trek goes as far as EBC and Gokyo Lakes at altitudes of 17,000'+.  Alternatively if you don't want to tackle such altitude, you can go as far as Namche Bazaar (10,000') or Tengboche (13,000') plus a few of the surrounding villages at 14,000'+.  The scenery is the Himalayas at its best; very up-close, dramatic and intimate.  The sherpa and Buddhist cultures also add immensely to the trek as does interacting with the villagers.  October/November is peak season so if you can go earlier or later you'll avoid the multitudes which is the only down side. 

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itournepal

RE: Which trek should I take?

by itournepal »

All of those trekking region are beautiful and different. Everest region is most preferred by trekkers as there is Everest and trekking is the best way to see the UNESCO Heritage site of Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park. But it remains bit crowded as trekkers don't have much choice in routes.
Annapurna is more colorful, less commercial and relaxed. There are several routes and treks of various days. While the 14 days 'Round Annapurna Trek' is the most extreme with pass of 5,416 m, there are moderate treks like Ghorepani for as less as 4 days. Annapurna Base camp trek for 10 days is another stunning trek in the region. One can see snow peaks of 3 world famous ranges of Dhaulagiri (8,167 m / 7th highest); Annapurna I (8,091 m / 10th highest) and Manaslu (8,156 m / 8th highest).
Mustang is the last vestiges of the medieval Tibet. Mustang remained untouched until now because of its Buddhist belief of nonviolence and its position in Himalayan citadel. Mustang is also one of the important archeological sites in Nepal. Its maze of caves perched high up on the cliff have reveled existence of independent civilization along the Himalayan belt. However the place is fast losing its charm because of extension of road. Tiji festival in May is the right time to visit Mustang.

Langtang in north of Kathmandu is another beautiful trek in the Langtang national park. You can plan your trek to go to 5,000 m at the top of Yalung Ri within 8 days or do bit longer trek for about 12 days visiting alpine lake of Gosainkunda at 4,400 m.

In both Annapurna, Mustang and Langtang, you can see reminiscence of Tibetan culture among the local ethnic groups. There are many highland ethnic groups like Sherpas living along the Himalayan region. Loba from Mustang, Manangis from Manang, Helmos and Shepa from Langtang region still exhibites the intact Tibetan culture and lifestyle.
 

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Johanna

RE: Which trek should I take?

by Johanna »

But is Nepal safe? I've heard otherwise. I'd recommend you check the State Department website for travel advisories before doing this.

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Joanna

RE: Which trek should I take?

by Joanna »

The US State Department tends to be alarmist in their travel advisories, which is not to say don't look.  But many get a more balanced view by also checking the British foreign office site:  https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

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itournepal

RE: Which trek should I take?

by itournepal »

The Global Peace Index (GPI) has listed Nepal as the second peaceful country in South Asia in their latest index release.  
The study, conducted by the Australia and US-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), has ranked Nepal in the 80th place after Bhutan among the 158 nations it took into account.
Nepal is going through political transition. it is peaceful democratic politics but political parties are taking too long to find consensus and promulgate constitution. But it has nothing to do with tourism.

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