Legions of trekkers are drawn to the Himalaya’s most iconic and accessible hiking, some of the world’s best, with rugged trails to Everest, the Annapurna and beyond. Nowhere else can you trek for days or even weeks against the backdrop of some of the world’s most glorious Himalayan vistas. Here are some of the best pathway for trekking in Nepal that takes you to the base of some of the celebrated mountains.
The Everest Region of Nepal makes it into every trekker’s bucket list and remains a reverie for the rest. The river of fanfare associated with this region understandably springs from the highest peak in the world- the Everest. The region is second only to the Annapurna in terms of popularity and number of trekkers. Additionally, the Everest region houses Sagarmatha National Park, a natural world heritage site and home to diverse flora and wildlife. Anyone who has taken an Everest cultural trek can affirm that this terrain has much more to offer than just picture-perfect captures fit for an adventure magazine or an acclamation worthy ‘National Geographic’ moment.
Tengboche Monastery (Thyangboche or Dawa Choling Gompa) is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu valley of eastern Nepal. Located at an altitude of 3,867 metres (12,687 ft), and en route to Everest Base Camp, it is one of the most prominent and the largest monastery in the entire region. It is perched on a hill, at the confluence of Dudh Koshi and Imja Khola rivers, with Mt. Ama Dablam forming a stunning backdrop to the location. The site can be reached by a mountainous trail from Namche Bazaar, via Lukla airport connecting to Kathmandu.
Engaging dance performances, traditional folk music and mystical rituals are all part of Bhutan’s colorful Tsechus or festivals. People from all over Bhutan come together in their finest clothes to take part in the festivities. The men look dashing and the women beautiful in their traditional costumes (Gho for men and Kira for women). The engaging celebrations also give you insight into the dragon kingdom’s community life and their unique culture. Besides, it doesn’t hurt to know that the Bhutanese believe that attending a Tsechu and watching the masked dances washes away your sins, all the more reason for you to take part in the celebrations.
The idea of holidaying in the Everest region in luxury seems paradoxical, to say the least. After all, this remote corner of the world has always evoked memories of a strenuous trek and luxury hardly pops into your mind when thinking about a journey into the heart of the Everest region. The usual mode of travel has been staying at regular teahouses or even camping, living mostly on local food menu and utilizing the most basic of facilities to get you going through your journey. In other words, the antithesis of a modern comfort that you are used to by global standards. That is up until now!
There is no shortage of reasons for anyone to go to Nepal. From high altitude mountaineering in the Himalayas to the jungle safari on the southern flatlands, from trekking in some of the most famed trails to encountering rich cultural heritage, there is something for everyone. But importantly, before venturing into this beautiful country, you might want to familiarize yourself with some of the health and vaccination recommendations for Nepal.
No vaccination is legally required while entering or leaving Nepal. Having said that, there are a few health precautions that you might want to consider if Nepal is on your next travel list. This article will attempt to inform you about some of the possible vaccination and health requirements before travelling to Nepal. Please keep in mind that this is not a professional medical advice, but a general guideline to inform you about some of the possible health precautions that you may need to understand before the journey. To help you in identifying some potential health risks and immunization issues you may encounter while holidaying in Nepal, here we present the most common travel health issues which should be helpful for preparing your trip.