We are planning a trek in Nepal around the 8th November 2010, we are planning on flying into Kathmandu and spending a few days there first. We intially planned on doing the Everest Base camp trek, but after a bit of research have found there are lots of treks to choose from. We are after some advice on which trek offers us more of what we are after: what first made us relucant on choosing Everest base camp trek is the crowds during the time of year – we absolutely hate crowds, also we have read that this trek does not offer great views of the mountain itself.
we are 2 fit mid twenties so fitness shouldn’t be a problem, we are looking for a trek which is around 15-20 days long (we have about 4 week in Nepal in total), has lakes, monastries and amazing scenery, with good views to Everest, but any advice on views that are equally stunning would be appreciated.
The main 2 things we are interested in experiancing on the trek is scenary and culture, we enjoy photography and learning about other cultures. We also want a sense of accomplishment so the trek must be strenghtous enough to test and challenage us at times.
We are on a trek budget of £800 per person incl internal flights, basic accom is fine and have read it is cheaper for the basic teahouse lodgings than for camping on a group trek
We plan on joining a small group trek organised by a Nepalise company, so any reccomendations will be greatly appreciated.
If you hate crowds you are probably better off heading to the Langtang region as most people usually trek around the Annapurna and Everest range. (I'll send you a link in a message to a website with some more info on treks that are avaliable) especially as it is peak season when you are coming, but then that does give you the best views as the visibility of the mountains is usually much better.
Or if you wanted a real challenge the Island Peak trek is definitaly worth looking up but may be more expensive.
Hope you have a great time in Nepal, it really is a wondering country and the culture is amazing...you'll never want to leave!
Thank you for your response, we think we are gng to brave the crowds of everest base camp but plan to trek up the Gokyo route.
Any further advice on this route would be appreciated
I have only begun to look at Nepal recently. I would love to include it in my next travels down towards SE Asia however I am still looking at trying to find a logical route.
Has anyone who has trekked to either base camp or around Annapurna travelled overland from India or SE Asia?
Some advice on the best time of the year to trek in Nepal would be a great starting point.
Maillag if you could send me the same link it would be much appreciated.
I was in Nepal last year and did the Annapurna Circuit (AC) and Everest Base Camp with a side excursion to climb Island Peak. I would say I enjoyed the Annapurna Circuit much more, overall. I prefer circuits over one way trips. Throng La pass on the AC will give you a sense of accomplishment. I would then head in and do the Annapurna Sanctuary and end the trek in Pokhara for a few days. This trek is also cheaper in everyway than Everest Base Camp. The rooms and food are a lot less on the AC. Also you can avoid paying for the flight to Lukla. If you would more specific info let me know.