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The Kathmandu Valley - a gigantic lake only 2500 years ago - is truly a unique and exotic place. The valley is surrounded by green mountainsides and to the north you can glimpse the majestic snow-capped peaks. Kathmandu Valley, at an altitude of 1300 metres, is home to 1.8 million people. The population is spread over four major cities, all of which offer impressive historical, artistic and cultural landmarks. The cities are Kathmandu, Patan, Bhadgaon and Kiripur. Until 1769, the four cities were the capitals of the four smaller kingdoms of Kantipur, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Kirtipur, which had divided the Kathmandu Valley between them.
The mountainous country of Nepal offers fantastic opportunities for trekking and mountaineering. The country has magnificent scenery with rushing rivers, wild jungle animals and the stunning Himalayan range. This means that Nepal has some of the best trekking and mountaineering opportunities in the world.
Go trekking or mountain climbing in Nepal and be enchanted by the country's unique surroundings and amazing people. Experience the incredible views and the fluttering prayer flags that will be a memory for a lifetime.
Nepal is an exciting cultural country with temples, gilded monasteries and bustling markets. In the capital, Kathmandu, the streets are filled with bicycles, cows, cars and street vendors. Meet Nepal's hospitable and curious people and get up close to the culture and nature.
An adventure trip to the only country with a non-rectangular flag is an experience of a lifetime.
If you're into trekking, Nepal is the place to be. We simply believe that Nepal is the best place in the world to trek. For many many years, goods have been carried around the country, carried by people. Therefore, Nepal also has a great system of trails that are suitable for trekking. The trails go through forests, villages and mountains. Trekking in Nepal is simply unparalleled.
Everest Base Camp Trek is Nepal's most popular trekking route. Thousands of trekkers make the journey to the world's highest mountain every year. The best seasons to make the trek are March-April and October-November. The weather is warm and dry. On our treks to Everest Base Camp we stay in teahouses all the way and it is possible to have all meals on the trek included in the price.
There are several versions of Everest Base Camp. There is the "regular" 18 day trip, which is the route most people take. However, more and more people have their eyes on what we call the "luxury version", which is Everest Base Camp via Gokyo and Cho La pass. The luxury element of the trip is that you pass by the incredibly beautiful Cho La Lake. It really is a great experience.
In addition to the "regular" tour to Everest Base Camp and the "luxury version" past Gokyo, we also have the tour where you go to Everest Base Camp via Jiri. This tour is a week longer than the others because you skip the flight to Lukla at the beginning of the tour. Instead, you drive to Jiri and start the hike from there. The trip is longer, but there are some advantages to that. It means, for example, that acclimatisation is even better than on the other trips - simply because you walk slowly up the mountains and because the journey up takes longer.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a classic in Nepal and the trip is almost as popular as the Everest trek. The trek to Annapurna Base Camp is a little easier than the trek to Everest Base Camp and you get to experience just as many amazing things as you did on Everest. Annapurna is best in March-April and October-November.
The trek around Manaslu is probably the most beautiful trek in Nepal. The scenery is wonderful and because the route is not quite as well visited as the others, it is also a more authentic experience - the route is becoming quite popular though. Manaslu is at its best in March-April and October-November.
Our climb of Island Peak via Everest Base Camp has combined two things that many people want to experience when in Nepal. There is a more direct route to Island Peak, but making the trip a little longer while experiencing Everest Base Camp makes the acclimatization better and the experience greater. Our tours to Island Peak can be booked individually throughout the year, but the high season is March-April and October-November.
We organize 1-2 group trips to Island Peak each year, where we typically have 6-12 participants on the trip.
Our climb of Mera Peak is a classic. Mera Peak is an easier peak to climb than Island Peak because you don't have to "climb" up and instead can trek all the way to the top. Each year we organise two group trips to Mera Peak - one in the spring and one in the autumn.
On our trips to Nepal we always use local guides. We do this partly because we believe it is most sustainable - that is, Nepalese should be allowed to make money showing tourists around their country and partly because the Nepalese guides are top professionals and speak excellent English.
On most of our trekking tours in Nepal, "all meals on the trek" are included in the price. This means that you will have three meals a day during the treks. Meals are usually taken at teahouses on the route and there will be a menu to choose from. In Kathmandu, only breakfast is included, so you are free to choose from the many good places to eat.
It requires good equipment when trekking in Nepal and on trips of this caliber, it is not worth compromising on that part of the trip. That's why we've created packing lists that give you a good idea of what you should bring on the trip. See the packing list for Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Trekking and our packing list for Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
Bering Travel is always available if you have any questions about travelling to Nepal.
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