Nepal has been a magnet for mountaineers, adventurers and travellers ever since its opening to foreigners in the 1950's. It's a country of friendly people, spectacular natural beauty and a fascinating variety of cultures. Popular trekking areas in Nepal are the Annapurna region, north of Pokhara, and the Solu Khumbu (Everest) region in eastern Nepal. In 1998 I spent two months in the country trekking in both areas.
The buddhist temple of Swayambhunath, Kathmandu, Nepal Himalaya
Panoramic view of the mountains lining the Kali Gandaki Valley, Muktinath, Annapurna Circuit, Nepal Himalaya
The broad Khumbu Valley, Solu Khumbu, Everest region, Nepal Himalaya
ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT, 1998
Nepal's most popular long-distance trek (16-21 days). The route follows two river valleys, the Marsyandi and Kali Gandaki, crossing between them over the Thorung La pass. The trek passes trough a tremendous range of ecological zones from sub-tropical to alpine. It is also culturally diverse. Starting point for the trek is Besisahar.
SOLU KHUMBU / EVEREST REGION, 1998
The attractions of the Solu Khumbu region are the majestic mountains, the high mountain villages, the isolated monasteries, and the local peoples. Everest is only one of a myriad of beautiful peaks in the area and there are many other attractions. The Gokyo Valley is particularly beautiful and offers incredible potential for exploration.
KATHMANDU VALLEY, 1998
A virtual living museum, the Kathmandu Valley is crammed with sights. Popular attractions on the sightseeing trail include the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhunath and Bodhnath, the Hindu temple complex of Pashupatinath on the banks of the sacred Bagmati river, Patan, and the mediaeval city of Bhaktapur.
The Annapurna trek in 1998 was organized by Hauser Exkursionen, Germany, and led by two English-speaking Sherpa guides. In the Solu Khumbu I hired a local guide, Nima Tendi Sherpa.
Exploring the Gokyo Valley in the Solu Khumbu region. A classic trek that offers magnificent views of the mountain peaks and the Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest in the Nepal Himalayas