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Nepal is a great country for trekking? Most trekking trails are well away from any motorized vehicle which means no noisy engines and no air pollution. The resulting quiet makes it possible to "stay in the moment" which is difficult for so many people dealing with the stresses of modern-day life. The varied trail system is available in the tropical jungles of the Terai, the middle altitudes of the temperate and sub-alpine climates, and the challenging altitudes of the high alpine regions. Most of the world's highest mountains are in Nepal thus offering incredible scenery with huge glaciers and powerful rivers. Villages exist along most of the main routes and trekkers can stay in teahouse lodges or in tent campgrounds. Varied menus are available offering fresh produce from gardens near the villages.
Another reason trekking in Nepal is such a great experience is the Nepali people. These people come from many different cultures making a varied learning experience for trekkers. For example, there are Tibetan Buddhists in many of the high altitude regions near the China/Tibet border and Hindus and some Moslems in the low-lying areas. Many different ethnic groups are represented within these religions, each with their own style of dress.
A final reason for trekking in Nepal is the high-quality guides and porters that are available. These people are professional, well-trained and very safety conscious. They are mindful, careful and courteous with fine senses of humor. Their knowledge and encouragement smoothes the way for a safe and comfortable experiences in a unique and special part of our planet.
The Himalayas, over the centuries, have attracted trekkers, mountaineers, pilgrims and ascetics. Since time immemorial its rugged heights crowned with snow and darned in vast glaciers have lured man to put his courage and ingenuity against its dangerous challenge. below the snowline at 18,000 feet, nature appears to relent and from the austere magnificence of the heights brings down to a different world of cascading waterfalls, lush green forests, flower-bedecked meadows and a variety of flora and fauna. Here the rivers flow clear blue and icy. Here nestle small villages and hamlets with their diverse local customs, dances, folklore and architecture. The people are as vibrant as their surroundings and in many cases innocent of the sometimes dubious benefits of modern civilization.
Adventure is an important part of everyone´s life. Nothing can compare to coming home at the end of a good holiday and sharing wonderful adventurous stores with friends and family. Having an adventure in the Himalayas is something you will remember for the rest of your life because not only is there real beauty in this land, there is also always the chance of real excitement. We wish you a hearty welcome you to the land of Buddha, where our countryside will unfold bewitchingly beautiful views and our people will charm you with their warmth and generosity.
Since ancient times, ascetics have climbed into there in hospitable heights in search of peace. In doing so, they have established places of pilgrimage that have became more than household names since their fame has spread to all parts of the world. Names like kailash Mansarovar, in Tibet, Thyangboche in Nepal, and of course Badrinath, kedarnath, Yamunotri, Gangotri of Uttarakhand. Then there is Aarnath in kashmir and Hemis in Ladekh.
Those first mountaineers- Whether ascetics, pilgrims, traders, hunters or shepherds- had no special training or climbing techniques, but acquire a high degree of skill from necessity and constant practice. Having to cross the mountain passes at heights ranging from 1500m to 5800m, they designed ingenious equipment, food and clothing from indigenous material to help them combat the intense cold and negotiate the treacherous snow and ice.
For a vast number of people, the Himalayas appear to be the Shangri-la, to others, the adobe of God.
Trekking in the Himalayas is now quite enjoyable and has become comparatively easy with the development of lightweight equipment and clothing with booming tourist infrastructure. There are difficult treks as well as easy treks, long and short treks. Vehicles, helicopters and aircrafts are also available to explore the Himalayas according to one´s resources, taste and leisure time. But you still find people in remote mountain villages who have maintain the age old traditions and have not changed for generations. There is much t is new and interesting in the Himalayan villages.
Stan Amington has rightly said that ¨trekking is neither a wilderness experience nor is it a climbing trip¨. Even at a height of 12000 to 14000 feet in secluded valleys, there are mall village settlements tending their flocks of sheep and goats or herds of yaks of nomadic shepherds and Gujjars. As a result there are people on the trial to guide and help you – the trekkers. Articles of daily necessity are also available in their small hamlets. Even in the remote areas one can easily mix with the people and ´live off the land´. Most westerners find it difficult to comprehend this aspect and visualize their trekking trips to be the same as those organized in their national parks or in wilderness area of their respective countries.
Almost all the Himalayan valleys are full of rural settlements and the population gradually thins out with the rise in altitude. One always finds people on the trekking trials and there is no dearth of information as to trekking routes and this adds pleasure to trekking in the Himalayas more than anywhere else. Some people believe that trekking in the Himalayas is a climbing trip where they have to negotiate rocky cliffs, thick jungles and uncharted routes. But this is not so. In almost all Himalayan regions, the local people have well developed trails. There are routes from one village to the other, between adjoining mountain pastures and across well defined high altitude passes, where people travel form one valley to other from trade, culture exchanges, and religious activities and inter- marriages.
These mountain trails and high passes normally do not require any mountaineering skills or artificial climbing aids. of course, at places they are covered with snow and may have crevasses. However, these obstacles can usually be crossed without the aid of mountaineering equipment like ropes and pitons. There are only few difficult treks which need mountaineering techniques or equipment. An example is the trek to the Nanda Devi Sanctuary in India or a trek across several high passes which require especial equipment to negotiate the glaciers.
Trekking is more enjoyable than climbing the peaks and offers spectacular scenic beauty. The Himalayan region, till now, has been comparatively less affected by the modern urban civilization with its industrial pollution. It provides an opportunity to be in natural surrounding and to get away from the milling crowds of the cities. The trekker usually returns hoe rejuvenated and with new enthusiasm to take up the challenges of city life.