The land of my dreams Nepal

21. Feb. 2018

Even in elementary school geography was my passion. In contrast to mathematics or chemistry, I literally picked up everything in national studies. When, in the school library, a yellowed book entitled "Cho Oyu" fell into my hands, it had happened to me because Nepal was henceforth the land of my dreams. Thus, the adventure Nepal Trails began for me.

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Today, “Cho Oyu”, the humorous description of the first ascent of the eponymous eight-thousander, written by the great Austrian Asian researcher Herbert Tichy has long been a classic. Rightly so, because it captivated me so much that I realized my dream of traveling to Nepal and hiking in the Himalayas at the earliest opportunity. In 1992 I traveled to the Everest area with five friends and a Sherpa girl, who is already living in Austria. With a boundless enthusiasm we wandered for three weeks through the valleys of the Khumbu, the country of the Sherpas, crossing the high passes and scrambling for a six-thousander. It has taken me to Nepal 20 times after that. In all regions of this fascinating country.

From the wild unknown west, over the storm-swept highlands of Dolpo, past the archaic fortified villages of Mustang to the east with its deeply cut, wooded valleys. I remained loyal to the country and above all to its people, even as it was shaken by a multi-year, utterly meaningless civil war, and even after the devastating earthquake of 2015. Exactly 25 years after the first voyage, I followed in the footsteps of 1992. Older, more experienced, but with the same enthusiasm I have been on several Nepal Trails!

Panoramaweg Südalpen Panorama am Hochplateau

A journey through Nepal © Trail Angels

What can I tell you: the country has not lost its charm! On the contrary, it seems to be slowly overcoming its biggest difficulties. It still impresses its travelers with a genuine hospitality that has created thousands of friendships for life. With e.g. my sherpa friends from Chaurikharka, the enchanting village at the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. And forget the prejudices, Nepal is too crowded.

Certainly, there may already be a lot going on on certain routes, but the encounter with like-minded people usually enriches more than it bothers them. And who wants to be off the beaten track, is with Bookyourtrail.com in good hands anyway. We selected our trails by hand and made it easy to book online with our booking system. One more reason why you should definitely come here:

Everest Region
One of the most spectacular mountainous regions in the world is protected by Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and forms the habitat of the legendary Sherpas. On your way to Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, you wander through idyllic Sherpa villages, past magnificent monasteries, past alpine pastures where yaks peacefully graze and over breathtaking mountain passes with unforgettable views of the highest and most beautiful mountains in the world, like the Ama Dablam.

Panoramaweg Südalpen Panorama am Hochplateau

On the way to the Mt. Everest © Trail Angels

There are four Nepal Trails to choose from in this trekking paradise: the lighter Everest Easy Trail, the classic Everest Base Camp Trail, the scenic Everest Scenic Trail and the challenging Everest High Trail.
Tip: the blog of our trail scout Raimund Napetschnig about his trekking to Everest Base Camp.

Annapurna Region
Although the treks at Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp are among the busiest in Himalya, no nature lover will be able to escape the magic and diversity of the Annapurna region. On your way to the glacial peaks of Annapurna, you will wander across picturesque, evergreen terraced landscapes with forgotten villages and dense monsoon and rhododendron forests. In spring, at the time of the rhododendron bloom, this Nepal Trail is a true intoxication of the senses.
 

Panoramaweg Südalpen Panorama am Hochplateau

The diversity of Annapurna © Trail Angels

Off the beaten track, the Annapurna area offers two enchanting trails: the spectacularly scenic Annapurna Scenic Trail and the newly designed Annapurna Hidden Trail (bookable soon).

Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang
The hidden kingdom in the Himalayas is distinctively different from all other regions in Nepal, because it gives the impression of being part of the long-lost, archaic Tibet. Orange-washed monastery castles, fortress villages crouched close to each other, rock monasteries clinging to the sandstone walls like swallows’ nests and lush green oases amidst a barren, windswept high mountain desert. You will see: the Nepal Trail through Mustang is like a pilgrimage to yourself!

Kingdom of Mustang © Trail Angels

The Mustang Heritage Trail combines the wonders of Mustang on a dream track like a string of pearls, avoiding as far as possible the dusty Jeep Track, which is grandly called the “Mustang Highway”. Tip: The blog “Not from this world” is dedicated to the myth of Mustang.

Start your own adventure on the Nepal Trails Trails
I hope we could inspire you for your Nepal adventure! With the “Trail Planner” from Bookyourtrail you have all the possibilities. And if you want even more detailed advice, then do not hesitate and contact us. We are happy to help you with our never-ending fascination for Nepal.

Author

Günter Mussnig

The graduate geographer is one of the founders and managing directors of Trail Angels, which is responsible for the Bookyourtrail.com web platform. As a trekking & outdoor enthusiast, he is one of the fathers of the Alpe-Adria Trail and has been exploring the Nepalese Himalayas for more than 25 years.

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