So what happened in 2015?
Due to its rugged terrain and remote scenery, trekking in Nepal has always been a popular activity in the Himalayas. But in 2015, pressure between the Indian- and the Eurasian continental plate triggered a massive earthquake and aftershock. The landlocked country suddenly had to mourn thousands and had to deal with over 20.000 injured and half a million destroyed homes. Naturally, tourism took a big hit as well.
Spring in Nepal
But two years down the road, several NGO’s and the Nepalese government are making steady progress, and if there ever was a time to plan your trekking in Nepal, it is now. Many trekking areas have been reopened already, and you’ll contribute to the reconstruction efforts as tourism remains a major source of income for the local economy. o on top the fierce beauty of the Himalayas, your visit also helps the locals back on their feet.
Trekking in Nepal, when and where?
At Go Beyond Asia, we always recommend spring and autumn as the best periods to go hiking, but spring has the added benefit of Nepal looking all crisp and green. The Everest region, the Annapurnas, but also the lesser known regions of Ganesh Himal and Bhairab Kunda have been reopened for trekking. Only Langtang Himal, an area close to Kathmandu is still not open for trekking. Situated very close to the epicenter of the 2015 earthquakes, this area experienced some of the worst tremors and there still is a lot of work to be done.
Why trekking in Nepal?
Whether you are in it for incredible views, bragging rights, thrill-seeking, or simply exploring, Nepal delivers. 10 of the world’s 14 highest mountains are in Nepal, with limitless possibilities to go trekking or mountaineering.
So if you always wanted to go to Nepal, now is the time! Go Beyond the lowland. Go Himalaya!