For anyone who loves the mountains, life doesn’t get any better than a trek through the Nepal Himalaya. The world’s highest mountain range defines everything in Nepal, for its topography and its weather to its religion and trade. It’s also home to the grandest mountain scenery you’ll ever see. ‘In a hundred ages of the gods,’ rhapsodises the ancient Indian text the Skanda Puran, ‘I could not tell thee of the glories of Himachal’.
Nepal sets the global standard for spectacular, hassle-free trekking, especially in the teahouse trekking regions of Everest and the Annapurnas. Nowhere else can you hike for weeks into the very heart of a mountain range, safe in the knowledge that at the end of the day you can count on a clean bed, a hot meal and a slice of warm apple pie. Leave the tent, stove and freeze-dried goulash at home. This is trekking at its most accessible.
Beyond the famous teahouse trek, Nepal’s mountains are rivalled only by its superb trek staff – porters, sherpa and trekking agencies – who can take you off the beaten trek to high altitude camps at the base of 8000 metres peaks or over 5000 metres passes into remote and timeless pockets of Tibetan culture. What you soon rely on is that the rich culture and customs of Nepal’s myriad peoples and their unswerving good humour are as big a draw as the peaks themselves.
As the slogan goes, one trip to Nepal is rarely enough. If you’ve seen Everest or the Annapurnas, try a trek through Langtang or around Manaslu, and once you’ve done those, head out to remote Dolpo or Kanchenjunga at the far ends of the country. It’s hard to think of a better way to spend a couple of weeks of your life.