While most of my Nepal experience was about climbing Mount Everest, Nepal has so much more to offer. Regardless of your fitness level, you’ll be able to find something that’s right for you.
Ever thought about trekking, for example? Consider this: our Everest climb involved a multi-day trek to Base Camp. It all begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. The following trek is scenic and offers ever-changing Himalayan scenery through forests, hills and picturesque Himalayan villages that have not lost much of their authenticity over the years. You gradually ascent through green valleys (they were not that green during our trip because it was early season) that are surrounded by dramatic snow-covered peaks. The trail is also lined with cultural highlights, so try to prepare for your trek by reading up on at least some of those.
And don’t worry: the trek is quite comfortable – you sleep in teahouses, porters assist with the loads, allowing you to hike with a light daypack, and you can find good food almost anywhere. Yet, if you’re looking for something more strenuous, you can aim for one or more of the local summits or mountain passes. For some of those, you will sleep in a tent, while still not having to carry heavy loads. Typically these treks are professionally organized, so you don’t have to worry about much at all.
But see for yourself. Below are some pictures that give you an idea. There is no extensive description this time, though, simply because I’m very busy these days.
[Lukla Airport – some consider it the world’s most dangerous airport.
Have a look at how little runway is left, as the second plane is taking off!]