With many of the tallest peaks on Earth, a tradition that has outlived the ages and some of the most beautiful landscapes to be witnessed, trekking in Nepal is without a doubt one of the unique experiences of Asia. Eight of the top ten highest summits in the world reside in this small landlocked nation, and with few roads penetrating the country’s mountainous interior, the only way to get there is to walk.
Despite what many may perceive, trekking in Nepal is not wandering alone through an uncharted wilderness, going where no man has been before. As they walk along the well-marked trekking paths, travellers will often discover quite the opposite; hundreds of locals passing through each day as they haul food, water and other odd necessities back to their tiny villages, along with dozens of fellow trekkers. The regularly-spaced villages and teahouses allow trekkers good opportunities to rest and recover, either for a few minutes or the night. The strong culture and unreserved friendliness of the Nepalese people can also be witnessed as one traverses the hill tracks.
Trekking has become the most popular and most rewarding activity in Nepal, and travellers will be bombarded both online and on the streets of the capital Kathmandu with guides, organised tours and gear. The huge variety of options allows for people of many ages and capabilities to attempt a trek in the country. One one hand, you could spend a year planning an expedition to wild and lofty places that few would dare attempt; however, on the other, you could land in Kathmandu with no plans and be on the trail to the Everest Base Camp in a matter of days.