With the innumerable gifts of nature, Nepal is full of wonders calmly appears to be in the state of solitude. The human words are miserable to fathom the depths of limitless wondrous mountain peaks, snow melting glaciers, and meditative pristine lakes found in the higher altitudes of Nepal.
Mount Everest (8,848) is wonder of nature which is beyond human words to describe. The highest peak on earth constitutes the beauty of the Himalayan range in Asia. The popularity and adventure of Mount Everest is beyond estimation from the fact that thousands and thousands of visitors dream to reach the top of the world. The climbers who undertake the heroic epic journey to the apex of Mount Everest touch the absolute joys of adventure unattainable to human beings.
Climbing Mount Everest is not a high probability for most people, but there is a better chance of trekking to the part of the mountain known as base camp. A trek to Mount Everest base camp will be an exhilarating adventure too.
Tilicho Lake is one of the rarest lakes in the world found in the highest altitude of the world. It is 4,949 m high in the Annapurna Himalayan range of Nepal. Due to the extremely inhospitable surroundings and the difficulties associated with reaching the area, Tilicho Lake is rarely visited by outsiders and even by domestic visitors.
Machhaphuchhare is a mountain in the Annapurna Himalayan Range of north central Nepal. The peak is about 25km north of Pokhara, the commercial hub of the region. Machhaphuchare comes south out of the main backbone of the Annapurna Himal forming the eastern boundary of the Annapurna Sanctuary. The Annapurna Sanctuary is a favorite trekking destination. Its double summit resembles the tail of a fish. Since this peak is also named as “Fish’s Tail.” It is also nicknamed as “Matterhorn of Nepal”.
Kali Gandaki Gorge
Kali Gandaki Gorge is the gorge of Gandaki River in the Himalayas in Nepal and it is proved to be the deepest gorge in the world. The gorge separates major peaks Dhaulagiri (8167 m) to the west and Annapurna (8091 m) to the east. The Kali Gandaki rises along the Tibet border continues southwards passing through Jomsom, Marpha and Tukuche to the deepest part of the gorge in the area. Nowadays, it is part of a popular trekking route from Pokhara to Muktinath, part of the Annapurna Circuit. The gorge is within the Annapurna Conservation Area as well.
Langtang Valley lies north of Katmandu and is besides the Annapurna and Mount Everest region, the third major trekking region in Nepal. The Valley is known as a save heaven for Tibetan people for several centuries. The valley offers most panoramic views of both the Himalayas along with it also consist of Gosaikunda trail.
Manaslu Mountain is the mostly viewed eighth highest mountain in the world, located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas. Manaslu is derivative form of Manasa meant to “Mountain of the Spirit”. It is the highest peak in the Lamjung district as well and is located about forty miles east of Annapurna Range. The mountain’s long ridges and valley glaciers offer realistic views of surrounding landscapes as well.
Kanchenjunga Mountain (8,586 m) is the third highest mountain in the world after Mount Everest and K2. Kangchenjunga in local ethnic kiranti community meant to “The Five Treasures of Snows”, as it contains five peaks, four of them over 8,450 m high, the treasures representing the five repositories of God, which are gold, silver, gems, grain, and holy books. Kangchenjunga region also accommodates Kangchenjunga Conservation Area Project run by the WWF, in association with government of Nepal. The sanctuary is also home to the Red Panda and other snow animals, birds and plants.
Phewa Lake is located in the Pokhara Valley. It is the second largest lake in Nepal and lying at an altitude of 784 m. Its tranquil presence at such altitude impresses the visitors. It covers an area of about 1.7 sq mi with an average depth of about 8.6 m (28 ft). Maximum water capacity of the lake is approximately 46 million cubic meters. The lake is famous for the reflection of Mount Machhaphuchare on its surface. Together with these qualities, the Phewa Lake also contains the holy Barahi mandir which is situated on the island located in between in the lake.
Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest mountain in the world. It forms the eastern anchor of the Dhaulagiri Himal. It lies northwest of Pokhara, an important tourist destination. Across the deep gorge of the Kali Gandaki to the east lies the Annapurna Himal. Dhaulagiri means “White Mountain”.
Rara Lake (2980 m) lies in the remote Karnali region in the north-west of Nepal and is crowned with Rara Lake National Park. Rara Lake is Nepal’s largest lake and full clear blue mountains, and pine trees. Along with its attractive shores it further entices snowcapped peaks in the north distance. In trek to Rara Lake, it offers fantastic views of Dolpo and Tibetan mountains across the deep blue water. Likewise, it lucratively offers to explorer the abundant wildlife, quiet beaches and views. The wonders further increases the more the viewers go through remote villages and alpine pastures the more they have great views of the mountain ranges on the border to Tibet and southern part of Humla District.
Annapurna Range is full of series of mountain peaks located east of a great gorge cut through the Himalayas by the Kali Gandaki River. Lexically, Annapurna is Sanskrit origin meant to “full of food” and normally understood as Goddess of Harvest. The entire massif range is protected within Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), the first and largest conservation area in Nepal, established in 1986 to conserve nature. The whole Annapurna Conservation Area is home to several world-class treks, including the Annapurna Circuit and the Annapurna Range also accommodates Mt. Machhaphuchhare.
Gosainkunda Lake, one of Nepal’s most famous religious sites is situated at an altitude of about 4360m. Surrounded by high mountains on the north and east, this lake is full of grand picturesque. Every year during Janai Purnima in the month of August, thousands of regional Hindu pilgrims come to Gosainkunda Lake to take holy bathe.
Makalu Mountain is the fifth highest mountain in the world and is located 22 km east of Mount Everest, on the border between Nepal and China. Makalu is a four-sided pyramid calmly isolated from rest of the other peaks and appears in deep solitude.
To recapitulate, Nepal is full of heavenly gift of nature to the wanderlusts. Beauties and wonders of Nepal are beyond human imagination and human language.