Trekking in the Himalayas


Whether you want to explore the scenic Annapurna Mountain Range or tackle the heights of Everest Base Camp, the Himalayas are home to some of the most impressive peaks in the world and are a real haven for trekking enthusiasts. Now that the Everest region has been deemed safe and travel restrictions lifted, it’s time to dust off those boots. 

Trekking in the Himalayas - what are the options?

Trekking in the Himalayas – what are the options?

The picturesque town of Pokhara in Nepal is the gateway to the majestic Annapurna Mountain Range, perfect for those looking for an leisurely-paced trek. With an incredibly diverse landscape of giant snow-capped mountains, beautiful rhododendron forests, and terraced hillsides Annapurna is one of the most popular trekking routes in the region, and it’s no wonder why. With an average of five hours trekking per day and reaching a maximum height of just 2830 metres, a hike through the lower Annapurna Mountain Range is the perfect introduction to trekking.

Now that travel restrictions have been lifted for trekking in the Everest region,  those looking for more of a challenge can try follow in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary with an adventurous trek to Everest Base Camp. Since first being conquered in 1953, Everest – known to Tibetan locals as Chomolungma, has become a Mecca for mountaineers.  Hiking amongst incredible panoramic landscapes of rugged snow-capped peaks, a trek to Everest Base Camp offers a first-hand view of this iconic mountain steeped in legend and history. Reaching heights of 5400 metres and with trekking for up to seven hours a day, a trek to Everest Base Camp is not for the faint-hearted. And while you don’t need to be an athlete to tackle its heights, a good level of fitness coupled with a sense of adventure will not go amiss.

It is important to remember on any trek in the Himalayas that you will be away from the familiar creature comforts of home – trekking is an adventure after all! Throughout your trek however you will benefit from the aid and knowledge of your Sherpa guide, one of Nepal’s most famous ethnic groups that have been helping with trekking expeditions since the 1920s. And by bedding down for the night in cosy family run lodges you will gain intriguing insight into daily life of the people living in the region. These lodges also allow you to develop a sense of community with fellow trekkers as you exchange stories over a glass of warm milk as a fire crackles in the corner before settling down for the night in preparation for the next day of trekking ahead.

For an easy-paced trek try the Annapurna Mountain Range, or for more of a challenge take a look at our 17 day trek to Everest Base Camp and a 21 day trek to Everest Base Camp including a stop at the Gokyo Lakes.   

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