Walking and trekking holidays in Nepal
Home to the world’s highest mountain, mighty Everest, Nepal is a haven for trekkers. The sheer variety of culture, terrain and trekking trails ensures the experience is always unique. Trekking amongst the highest mountains on earth, in the company of some of the warmest and friendliest people makes a walking holiday in Nepal with Explore quite unforgettable.
Most trekkers choose between Nepal’s two most popular regions: Everest, known locally as the Khumbu, in the east and the Annapurna in the west. Both are spectacular but in different ways. The Everest region is high altitude, rocky and home to the wonderfully hospitable Sherpa people. With views of several of the world’s highest mountains, including the iconic peak of Everest, standing tall at 8848m, this region is regarded by many as one of the most spectacular trekking destinations in the world.
Visiting the Annapurna region, the trekking routes are more varied, with terraced farmland, forests and pastures. Here you can choose between relatively easy walks through the fertile foothills and more demanding, high altitude treks, such as the classic Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Sanctuary routes. With several peaks over 7000 metres and the soaring silhouette of Annapurna I rising to 8091 metres, the Annapurna massif is regarded as one of the most beautiful mountain regions of the world.
When is the best time to visit Nepal?
The two main trekking seasons in Nepal are from the end of September to November, when you can expect crystal-clear skies and comfortable walking temperatures, and from February to April, when the spring arrives in Nepal and the rhododendron forests begin to burst into flower. The blooms last well into April and temperatures are once again ideal for trekking. From May the heat builds and then in June the monsoon rains arrive and stay until August. For those wanting to travel to Nepal in these months, the northern regions such as Mustang are ideal as they lie beyond the rain shadow of the Himalaya and aren't affected by the monsoon.