With some of the most impressive mountain peak views in the world, Nepal should be high on any hiker’s must do list. These days, however, with EBC’s (Everest Base Camp’s) soaring popularity, it’s important to do your research. There are other alternatives with equal if not better views.
In November of 2012 we did an 11 day trek to ABC (Annapurna Sanctuary) as part of a 3 week trip that included a week in northern India (see the India page). This route offers verdant valleys and high snowy peak views without out the ultra high altitude trekking required in the Everest Region.
In October of 2018 we returned to Nepal to experience the highest peaks in the world. The 3 Passes Trek climbs 3 passes over 5300 meters, Kongma La, Chola, and Renjo Pass, and takes you through regions that don’t see the traffic that EBC (Everest Base Camp) sees. You can, however, add EBC to this itinerary.
Kathmandu and Around 2018
Arrival at Kathmandu Airport
A chaotic experience, this post offers a preview of what you can expect at immigration and customs.
Thamel to Durbar Square Walking Tour
Even after the devastation of the 2015 earthquake, Kathmandu’s backstreets and Durbar Square offer a fascinating glimpse of Nepali life.
Swayambhunath, AKA Monkey Temple
The hilltop temple complex with city views and myriad monkeys is packed with shrines, memorials and prayer wheels.
Pashupatinath and Boudhanath
Pashupatinath Hindu temple’s complex includes cremation ghats along the Bagmati river while the nearby Boudhanath stupa is set in a Disneyland style shopping district.
Walking Tour of Bhaktapur
Part ruin, part museum, part working neighborhood, the streets of Bhaktapur immerse you in a different side of Nepali life.
Sleeping and Dining in Thamel
Kathmandu 2012 (Pre-Earthquake)
Hotel and restaurant reviews for this backpaker’s enclave.
Street Pics from Kathmandu
Photo journal from the old streets of city.
Pics from Durbar Square
Photo journal from the former palace grounds.
Kathmandu to Pokhara
Bus ride from the capital city to Pokhara, gateway to the Annapurna Sanctuary trails.
General Trekking Tips and Guide Reviews
Everest Region Trekking Tips, 2018
Post includes information on choosing a route, managing altitude, tea house trekking, weather, trail conditions and flights to Lukla.
Pre-Himalaya Altitude Training in Colorado
If you have the time, a pre-Himalaya training trip can make your overseas high altitude trip much more enjoyable.
Trekking Annapurna Sanctuary – Was It Worth It?
A reflection on our trip and thoughts on what I would do differently.
Review of 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking, Everest Region, 2018
Review of 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking 2012