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When you think about trekking you think particularly permits, vigilant staff, comfortable facilities and the safety of the whole party. We offer both short and long trekking programmes to tourists who want to get off the beaten track. Porters, Yaks or horses are hired to carry the luggage. Our treks are accompanied by experienced trekking leaders, trekking guides and Sherpa helpers, all of whom are experienced in meeting any contingencies. The field staff are steered in the local geography, language and culture and adept at weather forecasting and first aid. Our mountaineering and trekking cooks knows how to prepare Continental, Sherpa, Tibetan, Nepali, Chinese and Indian dishes catering to different tastes day by day, even in high Himalayan camps or wild hidden valleys.

The following are the some of the renowned trekking options. So for the detail programme and quotations please contact us at annatreks@wlink.com.np or annatreks@gmail.com and we will be back to you within 24 hours.

Daily activities during a trek: A morning trek starts around 7:30 or 8:00 a.m. You are woken by a mess attendant who brings in a bowl of hot water for washing and a first cup of tea or coffee. Thirty minutes later, a full breakfast is served on camp tables. Sherpas use this time to disassemble the tents, while some porters set off on the daily walk in order to arrive in time in the evening.

The walk starts at around 8 a.m. The group is always led by a sirdar, and in cases of very big groups, several guides are always present to ensure that everyone (quick walkers and slow walkers) is attended to. Lunch is served at around 12:00 or 12.30 p.m. altogether the rest time lasts 2 hours. In general, the afternoon walk is shorter than the morning one, to give people time to visit neighbouring villages, to rest and to chat while the staff prepare the supper, which is served at 7 p.m.

Trekking in the Annapurna Region

The famous Annapurna region is certainly one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. The main attraction is the Annapurna range including its highest peak, Annapurna I (8,091m), the first of the 8,000-Metre peaks to have been climbed (by a French team in 1950). Many other mountains can be seen, such as Annapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna III (7,575m), Annapurna IV, Annapurna South and Dhaulagiri (8,167m).

Forty miles away to the east of Mount Annapurna stands the dominating peak of Mount Manaslu and to the west stands the Dhaulagiri Mountain 7000 metres vertically over the Kali Gandaki gorge in about 30 kilometre of horizontal distance. Between Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri Himal range, the Kaligandaki River flows through the deepest gorge on earth, giving a unique example of two Eight-thousanders facing each other over a deep valley.

The entire region of Annapurna falls into the Annapurna Conservation Area. To the east of Mount Annapurna is the area of Mount Manaslu and Manaslu Conservation Area making it a unique and safe sanctuary for many endangered mountain animal.

This region is well known for its beautiful landscape, its forests full of rhododendrons (April-May), its villages full of charm, and the kindness of the people. Since the opening of Nepal in 1950, it has been one of the top ten destinations of trekkers.

Tourism is the back bone of the people of this area though the distribution of economy and benefit of tourist movement is not equal. So changes is the requirement and requirement changes many thing; roads are being constructed from the both valley of Annapurna, there are already electricity in many villages, telecommunication is available everywhere but it is still a heaven to trek.

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Trekking in the Everest Region

Everest, the world’s highest mountain, rises in the eastern part of Nepal, in the Solu-Khumbu region, an area inhabited by the famous Sherpa people. The Sherpas started to become well known in the 1950s, when the Tibet border closed following the occupation of Tibet. The trade between Nepal and Tibet stopped then, and the Sherpas, in search of a new means of livelihood, began to act as guides for foreign expeditions. Previously the Sherpas had never climbed mountains that are regarded by them as the abode of their gods.

The northern part of the district (Khumbu) is encompassed in Everest National Park. To the east of Everest National Park is Makalu Barun National Park, a remote and wild stretch of mountain peaks and deep and densely forested valleys. To the west is the Rolwaling valley, a well-protected microcosm of cultures and ecology. The southern part of the district, Solu, is much less frequented by tourists, and consequently has retained much more traditional characteristics. The Peekye trek and the Dudh Kunda trek are two of the most beautiful destinations.

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Trekking in the Langtang & Helambu Regions

Langtang is a region to the north of Kathmandu and bordering Tibet. It is protected as Langtang National Park and has a number of high peaks including Langtang Lirung (7246m), which can be seen from different parts of Kathmandu valley. About 5,000 people live inside the park, and many more depend on it for timber and firewood. The majority of the residents are Tamang. The park contains a wide variety of climatic zones, from subtropical to alpine. This park is heaven of Himalayan black bear, the goat-like Himalayan tahr, Rhesus monkeys and Red Pandas, snow leopard. There are also stories of Yeti sightings. The park also contains the sacred Gosainkunda lakes the monastery of Kyanjin Gompa.

This region is one of the most accessible areas for trekking since a five-hour drive gets you to Shyabrubesi (or Dunche), the starting point of various treks. From there, several itineraries are possible, from 8 days to 14 days (returning via Helambu). There are also small peaks for trekkers willing to test a climbing in Himalaya during their trek.

To the east of Langtang Valley is Helambu, which is ideal for a short trek, is particularly nice in winter. It provides a variety of trails. At the head of Helambus valleys is a ridge that separates Helambu from Langtang. Helambu is inhabited by Yolmo Sherpas, famous for the beauty and cleanliness of their houses. High peaks dominate the landscape.

The full moon day of August is a special day for people of Langtang region and all Hindu devotees. During this day a sacred festival, Janai Purnima, is celebrated as Gosainkunda Lake. Hundreds of Jankris (Shamans) gather, beating drums, twirling rhythmically in skirts, perspiration trickling under their peacock feather headdresses as they move from shrine to shrine. It is a chance to see a bit of Nepali Culture the casual visitors normally misses.

Trekking in the Manaslu Region

The Manaslu region offers a variety of trekking options. The popular Manaslu trekking route of 177 kilometres, skirts the Manaslu massif over the pass down to Annapurna. The Nepalese Government only permitted trekking of this circuit in 1991. The trekking trail follows an ancient salt-trading route along the Budhi Gandaki River. Enroute, 10 peaks over 6,500 metres are visible, including a few over 7,000 metres. The highest point reached along the trek route is the Larkya Pass at an elevation of 5,235 metres.

However mountaineering expeditions have had access to the area for a long time before 1991. Besides Manaslu, the most prominent of the peaks are Buddha Himal and Himal Chuli, both of which can be seen from many vantage points between Kathmandu and Pokhara.

This part of Nepal sees relatively few trekkers, which makes a visit here all the more unique. There are only a few established trekking routes, but the opportunity for exploration is great. The area in question is bordered by two major river systems: to the east the Budi Gandaki River and to the west the Marshyangdi River. The trails are rough and steep.

This area is more remote and spectacular than many, with rough steep tracks and limited accommodation. It is culturally fascinating with strong continuing links to Tibet in the upper Buri Gandaki (called Nupri ‘the western mountains’) and with few days extension in the itinerary one can experience the beaty and secret of the Tsum Valley.

Manaslu Conservation Area has been established with the primary objective of achieving conservation and sustainable management of the delimited area, which includes Manaslu.

Trekking in the Peekye Regions

Trekking in eastern Nepal offers travellers many sources of pleasure, particularly the beauty of the landscape and the cheerfulness of the Sherpas. Some trekkers prefer the high altitude of the Khumbu area, while others enjoy walking in lower areas, where there are large number of fauna, flora and live culture.

One of the most beautiful areas, and one still largely off the tourist route, is that of Peekye Mountain (4070m), a very special mountain in that it is considered the protector of the Golla region.

Golla is a small Sherpa village of about 40 houses scattered over the slope of Peekye at an altitude of 3,060m, and dominated by a range of snow-capped mountains: Gaurishankar, Karylung, Numbur and Katanga. The religious life of this village is very vibrant thanks to its four small monasteries, all belonging to the Nyingmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism.

The months of March and April are a wonderful time to visit the area. The forests then show off their rhododendrons, magnolias, wild orchids and edelweiss. At this time of year, too, a great Sherpa festival takes place: the Dumje, for which, different families take turns each year in bearing the cost of the celebrations. This is a good opportunity to see the monks dancing sacred dances (cham) in the monastery courtyards and to enjoy the famous Sherpa hospitality.

For those who like deep blue skies, snow and the mountain climate, autumn and winter are the best seasons to come. At the end of October or beginning of November (according to the lunar calendar), a great festival takes place in Chiwong monastery in which the monks perform the sacred dance festival of Mani Rimdu over a period of several day.

Each season of the year has its own beauty – its own feel – to make worthwhile a trip to this area.

Trekking in the Rolwaling Region

Rolwaling Valley is a beyul one of the lands hidden by Padmasambhava. Located to the west of Khumbu it is a very narrow and isolated valley inhabited solely by Sherpas who cultivate barley and potatoes and keep yaks (male) and naks (female). The main settlements are Beding and Na. To the western edges of the Rolwaling village, about 30 kilometres, lies the famous Mount Gauri Shanker. This beautiful valley is deeply cut by Rolwaling Chu (River) creating an access to the Khumbu region by the Tashi Lapcha pass, which is a very high and dangerous pass always covered by snow and ice (5,755m).

Gauri Sankar, the second highest peak of the Rolwaling Himal range, is the main mountain of this region. The name comes from Sanskrit for the Goddess and her Consort, denoting the sacred regard to which is afforded it by the peoples of Tibet and Nepal. Alternate names for the mountain include Gaurishankar and Jomo Tseringma (the Tibetan/Sherpa name for the peak).

Tsho Rolpa Lake, above the rolwaling village, which can be seen when going toward Tashi Lapcha is said to be the largest of the Himalaya. This lake, which is now slowly being drained, once threatened to burst and inundate the entire Rolwaling Valley. The trek to Rolwaling is a difficult one, and people interested in it must be well prepared and accompanied by experienced Sherpa guides and assistance.

Trekking in the Upper Mustang (Lo) Region

Lo is a remote Himalayan province situated north of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. It is surrounded by the Tibetan plateau on all sides except the south. Due to its proximity to, and long association with Tibet, Tibetan Buddhist lifestyles, religion, art, and culture remain intact. In the 15th and 16th centuries Lo was a rich and flourishing independent Kingdom. This can still be seen today from its magnificent monasteries, places and the remains of massive, rambling forts known as dzong.

During the 15th and 16th centuries, the acquisition of immense fortunes from the salt trade made Mustang a highly prosperous kingdom. Mustang became an important transit point on the salt trade route between the dry saline lakes of Tibet and the large markets for salt on the Indian Subcontinent. Later, due to the decline of the salt trade, agriculture and animal husbandry became the most important occupations of the people.

Lo was traditionally divided into seven provinces, referred to as “Lo Tso Dhun”, which corresponds to the present Village Development Committees (VDC) of Lo Manthang, Tsarang, Ghemi, Surkhang, Chonup and Choser. Much decision making concerning traditional matters such as festivals, land tenure and religion, is still made by councils that are convened under the traditional Lo Tso Dun, while more modern civil matters are handled by the VDCs.

The people of Lo are called ‘Lobas’, and their language is a dialect of Tibetan. The people follow Tibetan Buddhism. In Tibetan Buddhism, monasteries and monastic communities play a major role. Most of the monasteries in Upper Mustang belong to the Sakyapa School, represented by the characteristic coloured stripes of grey, white and red that adorns the monasteries (similar to the monastery of Sakya in Tibet).

The people of Mustang are highly religious and prayers and festivals such as Tiji (Tenchi/Tenpa Chirim) form an integral part of their lives. In Mustang, nearly every village has a monastery.

The stunning grandeur of the monasteries in Lo Manthang, in particular, illustrates the prominent position of religion amid adversarial environment. Change in evident in Lo too. Motorable roads are being constructed, electricity is being brought to villages, local schools and monastic schools are being revived, and the age-old icons, Jampa and Thupchen Monasteries, are being renovated to their former glory. The festival of Tiji (Tenchi/Tenpa Chirim) continues at its own pace amidst a whirlwind of modernization.

Trekking in the Dolpo Region

The hidden Himalayas and cultures of Nepal
Treks in the west of Nepal are quite a different proposition to treks in other parts of the country. This part of Nepal is far less developed with fewer facilities available for visitors. Access is also far harder, especially to areas such as Humla, Jumla and Dolpa.

All of this makes trekking here much more of an exploration and intending trekkers must be prepared for some delays and other hardships. It is also considerably more expensive to trek in the remote parts of the west. The west of Nepal is impossible to describe in few lines.

The history and anthropology of western Nepal is complex and fascinating. Much of the geographic territory, now recognized as Nepal, formerly consisted of a number of small hill states and petty kingdoms (minimum 46). The Jumla was one of the powerful petty Hill States of that time. Since centuries the western part of Nepal including Jumla has played a significant role in the political and cultural chapters of Nepal, especially while the Malla empires declined and split into numerous petty hill states. In an effort to develop their domain as a trading center and to obtain Tibetan goods, the rulers of Jumla turned their attention eastward and assumed control over Lo (Upper Mustang), from which they extracted as annual tribute. Soon after when Jumla assumed control over Lo the Army of Bahadur Shaha attacked on Jumla and annexed both of the petty Hill State (Jumla & Lo) into Nepal in around 1800.

In our day the entire Jumla and Dolpo region has become one of the major travel destinations. The cultural route of Jumla extends north into Tibet and west to Kumao in India. We get to cross four different atmospheres: the medium mountain with forests and pastures, the trans-himalayan vertical desert with the oases of the villages, the high quota with tundra and cliffs and the microclimate of the Phokosundo. The entire upper Himalayan range of Dolpo, Jumla and Humla are dominated by Tibetan and keeps a significant influence on the areas by trading. Most of the villages are packed closely together, one atop another with flat roofs. The main ethnic groups of this area are Thakuris, Chhetris, Matwali Chhetris (many of them are Tibetan) and of course the Tibetans.

The most obvious group of people seen in the northern most parts of the area, particularly in Dolpa, is of Tibetan origin. They pastures supplementing with trade both to the north and the south. Their religion is a mixture of Tibetan Buddhism and the ancient, pre-Buddhist, Bon religion, a largely animistic faith. Strangely, their language is based on the Tibetan dialect spoken in Kham, a province of old Tibet located many hundreds of kilometers to the east. Lower down the people are a mixture of ethnic groups, such as the Magar, Gurung, and hill people of Hindu caste origin. Of particular interest are the Thakuri, the royal family’s caste. Again they are quite different in culture and language to their cousins further east.

The western Nepal is remote and unknown because of its relative inaccessibility from the Capital, Kathmandu, or from other Major commercial cities of Nepal. The life here is very difficult and the poverty is unforgettable in every way. This days various NGOs are currently working with the local people in the west to try to establish a certain level of tourism infrastructure. At present this is limited to community camping sites and porter and hotel training.

The west of Nepal also reserves two famous and beautiful National Parks. Those National Parks are SHEY PHOKSUNDO and RARA.

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