2013’s a passe! 2014’s freshly arrived with a new charm and excitements. A set of unused 365 days to do whatever you always wanted to do or failed in doing last year. Wanna climb the Everest this 2014? Do it!! Or Trek to the least explored regions in the world! Live the Adventure!
Nepal is the ultimate destination for Adventure sports and some most unlikely things in the world. Spending a part of your new year in Nepal won’t do much harm, but offer you with some of the finest travel experiences in the world.
Nepal Travel Bucket list for 2014
#1 Everest 3 high passes Trek
(Full Article: Everest’s 3 passes trek)
Everest region (Khumbu) is the second most trekked region in Nepal, after Annapurna. More than 50,000 trekkers make a point to trek in Khumbu every year, with only handful of trekkers consider exploring the least-explored landscapes. Crossing 3 of the highest passes in Khumbu can be an extreme adventure, which are; Cho La, Kongma La and Renjo La, respectively, all of which are located above 5,000 meters and requires days of walking.
It’s a tea-house trek, along with experiencing culture and lifestyle of the local inhabitants of Sherpa. Crampons and an experienced guide is required while crossing 3 high passes.
#2 Island peak (Imja Tse) climbing
(Full Article: Island peak climb)
Island Peak 6,189 m (20,305 ft) Alpine PD+ is a popular trekking peak located in the greater Khumbu region of Nepal. First ascended by the Eric Shipton’s party back in 1951, Climbing Island peak can prove to be a great precursor for climbing Eight-thousander. Anyone interested in climbing a real Himalaya can try climbing the Island peak.
~Union Internationale des Assocaitions D’Alpinisme (UIAA)
In order to reach the summit you’ll be expected to be able to climb to Scottish Grade II standard (steep snow, possible use of two ice tools, possible difficult cornice exit, but technical difficulties are short) or Alpine PD (some technical climbing and complicated glaciers).
It can be climbed during pre-monsoon and post-monsoon seasons. Prior experience of high-altitude trek is a must, along with basic climbing skills. You can enjoy the views of some of the highest peaks of Khumbu region from the top.
#3 Everest base camp trek via Gokyo Lakes
(Full Article: EBC via Gokyo lakes)
Gokyo lakes are the oligotrophic lakes located in greater Khumbu region, to the west of Khumjung. It takes additional 5 days to explore Gokyo valley in detail, which can add up to the Everest base camp trek.
Gokyo Ri 5,357 m (17,575 ft) is a local peak of Gokyo valley. Many trekkers even consider climbing Gokyo Ri. Dudh Pokhari (106 acres) is the largest among Gokyo lakes. It’s considered as a holy site by Hindus and Buddhists, alike.
One can enjoy the panoramic view of some of the highest peaks of Nepal; Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu and Kanchenjunga, from the valley.
#4 Annapurna Circuit Trek
(Full Article: Annapurna circuit trek)
Annapurna circuit trek is the most popular trek in Nepal. More than 70,000 trekkers make it to Annapurna region in a year, most of which consider trekking the whole circuit.
One will cross 4 different districts; Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi, during the trek, along with reaching Thorong La 5,416 m (17,769 ft) and Muktinath -a holy site for Hindus and Buddhists. Spanning for 3 long weeks, you can enjoy some of the closest sightings of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges during the trek, along with experiencing the culture, food and lifestyle of Himalaya tribesmen of Nepal.
#5 Tamang Heritage Trek
(Full Article: Tamang heritage trek)It is a culmination of trekking, sightseeing and cultural exchange. Located at Rasuwa district, it is a culturally Tibetan. Tamang heritage trail takes you to a journey of exploring the culture and lifestyle of one of the oldest tribes in Nepal.
The trail leads you to the old trade route between Nepal and Tibet at Rasuwa Gadhi. Many of the settlements here are older.
Tamang are the indigenous inhabitants of northern regions of Nepal. They are known to have descended from the Tibeto-Burman region of Asia, while, many others even trace their lineage back to Mongolia.
They have a distinct culture, language and tradition. Majority of the population speak their mother tongue ‘Tamang’. They also prohibit inter-racial nuptials.