This popular route is an absolute darling among hikers to Nepal, offering incredible views of Machapuchare, Annapurna South, and Dhaulagiri mountains with tea houses along the way.
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Trekking in Nepal • How it began
The word trek is taken up from the Afrikaans’ word trekken, which means to haul or pull. The Dutch settlers of South Africa spoke it. It means a long, arduous journey.
Enchantment with the mountains has existed in humankind for as long as it can be remembered. Nepal’s trekking history began with mountaineers’ teams on expeditions to climb the majestic peaks. Nepal became known as a trekkers’ paradise when British adventurer Bill Tilman managed to get permission from the then King to go on several treks in 1949. He explored the Kali Gandaki, Helambu, and Everest regions. Maurice Herzog was another early visitor to Nepal. He led a successful French mountaineering expedition on Mount Annapurna (8,091m). The Americans in 1950 and the British in 1951 also led mountaineering expeditions to Mount Everest.
Colonel Jimmy Roberts, a retired Gurkha Officer and a Military Attache at the British Embassy in Kathmandu, saw great potential in trekking as a business. He had spent a great many years hiking in the hills of Nepal. He even accompanied Tilman on his first exploratory trek. As a result, Jimmy Roberts founded Mountain Travel, Nepal’s first trekking company, in 1964, giving birth to commercial adventures in Nepal’s mountains. His idea was revolutionary for that era.
The early trekking expeditions were done in a fully supported camping style. A western leader accompanied the clients and the Sherpa support team from a Sirdar (foreman), his assistants, a cook, his kitchen boys, and numerous porters to carry all the camping equipment and food.
This trekking style in Nepal made it a luxurious experience and possible for more adventurous travellers who didn’t mind paying Nepal’s price in comfort. Mountain Travel remained Nepal’s only trekking company until 1968. The first commercial trekkers were three American ladies who were ex-pats in Calcutta. These ladies were a sporting trio of enthusiasts, according to Jimmy Roberts. He was joined by Mike Cheney and Dawa Norbu Sherpa at Mountain travel.
His overseas pioneer partners were Allen Steck, Barry Bishop, and Leo LeBon from the U.S.A and Australian Warwick Deacock, the owner of “Ausventure.” They began to send clients regularly from their respective nations to trek in Nepal.
Mountain Travel inspired other tourism entrepreneurs when their business prospered; this was the beginning of more trekking and adventure companies starting in Nepal.
It was not easy in those days, but they managed to lure the rich and the famous into this mysterious and remote kingdom with vivid imagination and creativeness. Despite the disadvantages of using telegram and crackly telephones, Nepal became trendy and a sought-after destination for American and European adventurers.
We at Responsible Adventures have been working on innovative and pioneering ideas to keep this tradition alive to provide exceptional experiences to the trekkers who value their trekking vacation. For example, we started Wellness culinary trekking vacations in the Himalayas.
Some quotes from our pioneering forefathers of tourism in Nepal,
“I would rather handle half as many tourists with each spending twice as much,” was Jim Edwards’ mantra. Moreover, Jimmy Roberts used to rue: “Why are we selling our beautiful mountains so cheap?”
ALL TREKS IN NEPAL
This Tilicho Lake and Annapurna circuit trek is ideal for people who want to take a fun trekking holiday that’s all about enjoyment and relaxation rather than strenuous hikes.
This trek compacts the thrills of the circuit trek into a manageable 12 days for visitors who are short on time. This is known as one of the world’s most diverse and scenic treks.
This low-altitude trek, by Himalayan standards, on the Annapurna foothills, is explicitly devised for families (boutique-quality accommodation).
Join Responsible Adventures on one of the world’s most scenic and diverse treks. The complete circuit of Annapurna is an estimated 300km, with different scenery daily.
Hike via Poon Hill to the Annapurna Sanctuary’s amphitheatre with views of many famous Himalayan peaks like Gangapurna, Fang, and more. Also, see bamboo forests and wildlife.
If you’re looking for one of Nepal’s hidden gems, you’ll find it on this restricted area trail that requires a permit for trekking. So explore one of the least-visited areas in West Nepal with us!
Enjoy the sunrise and sunset views from the comfort of the lodge on this eco-friendly Annapurna trek. Visiting Mohare Danda is an excellent option for travellers short on time.
Take the trek to some of the prettiest Sherpa villages within easy walking distance of the Namche Bazaar, also known as the Sherpa capital of the world. Book your spot online.
Discover the real Nepal through a once-in-a-lifetime cultural event, the marriage of rural villagers. Meet people far from the tourist part of Nepal and get to know their culture.
If you want to see elements of Khumbu and unique Himalayan cultures but don’t have the time to trek to the Everest base camp, this short journey is perfect for you.
Trek the Everest region and see the monastery of Tengboche, as well as incredible views of Everest, Lhotse, AmaDablam, Nuptse, and more. Walk in the footsteps of some famous Sherpas.
Get to know the real Nepal in rural, remote, and untouched areas near Mount Everest. Meet people who live in traditional villages and learn about their culture and way of life.
Experience the beauty and rich history of the Everest region on a six-day trek with your whole family in tow! This short trek lets you explore the beauty of the area together.
Enjoy a memorable, unparalleled experience camping at the Everest Base Camp in luxury lodges. Responsible Adventures provides a level of attention to detail not seen with other companies.
This trek provides the highest accommodation standards in the region with comfortable heated rooms, bathrooms with western-style flush toilets, and electricity. So go “glamping” on Everest!
This luxury Everest trek has been designed to take you to some of the most stunning Sherpa villages within a short distance of Namche Bazaar – the Sherpa capital.
Stay in luxury mountain lodges to experience a magnificent panorama of the Himalayas from the lodge itself. During the day, trek around the region and explore what the area has to offer.
We offer you the best chance to make it to Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar with our special wellness factor, making this the best Everest Base Camp trek available! Book online.
Experience the hospitality of the Sherpas while enjoying views of Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Lhotse from the summit of Gokyo Ri on this Everest and Gokyo Lakes trek.
Explore the unique culture and landscapes of the Sherpa region and views of Mt. Everest, the world’s highest peak. This is a very scenic route that offers views of the Tengboche Monastery and more.
Ideal for beginners, families, corporate or school excursion trips. Discover the undiscovered remote trekking routes in Nepal. Witness the mountain range from Mount Dhaulagiri to Mount Pandim. See authentic Nepal.
This low-altitude trek does not exceed 2,500 meters above sea level and is ideal for travellers who want to see authentic Nepal. Stay in basic lodges or local homes, eating traditional meals.
Mount Saipal is a beautiful peak whether you view it from the east or the north. The East Base camp heads south from Simikot and makes a deviation through the steep-sided forested countryside.
You will trek on the ancient salt trading and pilgrimage route to the border of Nepal and China. It involves crossing the Nara Lagna 4,620 m and Nyalu La 4900 m passes, with magnificent views of the Himalayas.
The trail takes you east of Annapurna Base camp trail and eventually to the Mardi Himal Basecamp, close to Mount Fishtail. Then you go paragliding in Pokhara on this multi-day tour!
Embark on an incredible 27-day trek from Dolpo with its authentic Tibetan culture. Pass local villages, vast meadows, and beautiful scenery throughout. Enjoy food prepared by a trekking chef. Food that will nourish your tired muscles after a hardy hike every day.
Take this rugged, challenging, and remote trek that immerses you in the astounding beauty of Phoksundo Lake and allows you to visit many monasteries that are several centuries old.
Trek through pretty Rhododendron forests with stunning views of Annapurna South, Mardi Himal and Machapuchare (Fishtail) on this multi-day Nepal trek. Book the Mardi Trek online.
Visit the Last Forbidden Kingdom. Only about 700 trekkers are visiting Mustang a year. This is one of the few remaining enclaves where Tibetan culture remains undisturbed.
We pass through Machi Khola, Jagat, Ghap, Lho Gaun, and Samagaon with impressive views of Manaslu and other smaller peaks of 6,000 meters on this challenging and unique trek.
Take the Langtang Valley and Gosainkunda Lake trek through a National Park home to many famous Himalayan ranges such as Langtang and Langtang Lirung.
Perhaps the broadest mountain Panoramic view in the world. Expedition style Camping. Non-touristy area. Unspoiled villages. Cultural Immersion.