Top 9 Exotic Places To Visit In Nepal in 2018
#1 Everest Base Camp
The highest point in the world “The Mount Everest” with an astounding stretch of 8,848 meters resides here. Not many have been successful to reach the top. Some even died trying. But it is not necessary to climb to the top; just a close up view of the giant will give you chills through the spines.
The Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most famous and breathtaking treks in the world. Glance at numerous thousanders along the way and making it to the biggest of them all. The trek starts from one of the dangerous airport in the world “Lukla Airport”. What better start of an adventure than a most breathtaking landing on the most unusual spot. After the thrill you will be awarded with a beautiful view of Namche after a walk from Phakding. Then moving on to Tengboche and Dingboche, which is a spiritual place with monasteries surrounded by the mountains. Moving ahead you will end up at The Kala Patthar vantage point from where you will view the Everest, as close as it can be.
#2 Annapurna Base Camp
The Annapurna Sanctuary is an oval shaped plateau at over 4000m. The region shelters a range of Himalayan Mountains. The entrance to the sanctuary is a narrow valley between Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare. The unique characteristics of the area causes an extraordinary variation of ecosystems. The most famous activity in this area is the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking.
The Annapurna Base Camp Walk is one of the legendary trails in the world. It is a beautiful, scenic and rewarding area that takes you from the beautiful lush green farm terraces of Pokhara, to the spectacular vista point of Poon Hill and then on to Annapurna Base Camp itself. The Annapurna region has 13 peaks over 7,000 meters, sixteen peaks over 6,000 meters and one peak over 8,000 meters.
Langtang is located at the north of Kathmandu valley (28.250oN 85.500oE). The Langtang region is a part of the Himalayas which borders the Tibet. The region comprises of 13 massive peaks ranging from 5000 m – 7000 m.
The Langtang National Park is also located in this region. Established in 1976 the Langtang National Park is the first Himalayan National Park of Nepal. The park covers an astounding area of 1,710 km2, with the altitudinal coverage of 6,450 m. About 25% of the park is covered with dense forests. These forests have inhabited animals like Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Tahr, Rhesus Monkeys and Red Pandas. The Gosainkunda Lake (4,300m), lies within the Langtang National park. It is one of the high altitude lakes of Nepal as well as a sacred lake for Hindus. The Buddhist monastery of Kyanjin Gompa is the other spiritual site located here.
#4 Gokyo Lakes
Gokyo is a small village in the Himalayas at the base of Gokyo Ri. Located at an elevation of 4,750 meters the Gokyo Village shelters the biggest high altitude lakes in the world. The Gokyo lake system has 19 lakes spread over an area of 485 acres.
The gokyo lakes are located in the Sagarmatha National Park at an altitude of 4,700 to 5,000 meters above sea level. The gokyo lakes are the world’s highest fresh water oligotrophic lakes. The lake system comprises of six main lakes:
- Gokyo Cho (Dudh Pokhari) with an area of 106 acres
- Thonak Cho with an area of 160.8 acres
- Gyazumpa Cho with an area of 72 acres
- Tanjung Cho with an area of 41.9 acres
- Ngojumba Cho with an area of 35.6 acres
Dolpo is a part of the world history since the 8th century, after the Tibetian Bloodline “The Yarlung Dynasty” conquered most Tibetian territories. It lies in the upper part of Dolpa district of Western Nepal. Dolpo is a high altitude tibetian region surrounded by the Himalayan Mountains including Dhawalagiri (8,172 meters) and Churen Himal(7,385 meters).
The district is connected to the rest of the country via Jufal airport, which can be reached within three days by a horse. There is no precise population number for the region. The estimation of people ranges from less than 5,000 to 18,000. The religion followed by the people of dolpo dates before Buddhism. These people are decendants of Bon. They have preserved the Tibetian culture in a rather pure form, which makes it attractive to westerners. Thus, is a popular destination for trekking.
The trek is usually of 25 - 28 days. Because of the near inaccessibility of the region and the rocky terrain the route has been rated as Very Strenuous. The best time to trek in this region is May – September.
Still most remote parts of the region are restricted for tourism. Thus, you can tell that the region packs a lot more than you usually get to see. The entire district was closed for trekkers till 1989. And later on the southern part of the region was opened for the trekking tourism.
Manaslu also known as Kutang is a part of the great Nepalese Himalayas. Standing at an amazing height of 8,613 meters, Mount Manaslu is ranked as the Eigth Highest Mountain in the world. The word “Manaslu” comes from the Sanskrit word “manasa”, meaning “soul” or “intellect”. Thus, it is also called “mountain of spirit”. The Coordinates (28O 32’ 58” N , 84O 33’ 43” E) will take you to the Western Himalayas, straight to Mount Manaslu which lies at the Manshri Himal, about 64 Km East of Annapurna.
The Manaslu region offers various trekking options. Among many, the Manaslu Circuit trekking route of 177 Km has been popular since it was permitted by The Nepalese Government in 1991. The route circuits Mount Manaslu and over the pass down to Annapurna. While trekking down this route you will see 10 peaks over 6,500 meters and a few over 7,000 meters. Larkya La is the highest point that this route leads with an elevation of 5,016 meters.
Mustang is currently the most trending district of Nepal. The name "Mustang" is derived from the Tibetan word meaning, "Plain of Aspiration". It is located at the North of Nepal in the Dhawalagiri zone. Mustang is also known as the forbidden kingdom of Nepal as it was prohibited to access until 1992. Mustang is filled with legends and ancient stories which cannot be found in any written historical databases. It is one of the remote areas of Nepal.
The region shelters the worlds 7th Highest Peak i.e. mount Dhawalagiri (8,167 m), along with several peaks elevating up to 7,000 meters. Other fascinating feature of this place is the sky caves. The sky caves are the ancient man made caves, some being highly inaccessible. Archeologists state that there are more than 10,000 manmade caves that date back to 12th – 14th century.
The mustang Tiji festival is one of the famous Himalayan festivals. It usually occurs in mid May and lasts for about three days. The back story of this festival leads to a boy who saved mustang from a demon who almost destroyed the village.
The district is divided into two parts and has been named as Upper and Lower Mustang. Some activities that you can do here are: Trekking, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Cave Exploring, and many more.
#8 Tsum Valley
Tsum Valley is the destination for those who crave for ancient art, culture and tradition. This Tibetan area is located in Northern Gorkha. The word “Tsum” translates to Vivid which explains the nature of the valley. It is surrounded by the mountain ranges like The Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and Boudha Ranges.
Tsum Valley was restricted area until 2008 and there is not much information available on the area. The trails are spread with numerous artistic chhorten and lined with gem walls made of thousands os stone slabs with artistic carvings and prayers. One of the famous monument here is the Kyimu Lung pilgrimage, which is well known for its center of learning and meditation. The remains of ancient Tsum Valley are still intact, even today as it remained untouched by the mainstream development for centuries.
Ghorepani is a beautiful village that lies on the Annapurna Conservation Area at an elevation of approx. 2874 m. The place is filled with guest houses and lodges. It is the place where mountain trekkers get lodging and meals before continuing to their adventure.
The place was a resting stop for ancient traders, where they let their horses drink water and catch breath. In Nepali Horse is “Ghora / Ghoda” and Water is “Paani” thus leading to the name Ghorepani.
The famous place here is a hill named as Poon Hill (3,210 m) from where people can view a panorama of a part of the Himalayas and enjoy the sunrise. Ghorepani is the major trekking trail that links several villages as well as the ABC (Annapurna Base Camp).