To walk in the Himalayas
is a dream among many travellers. The mystique, beauty and purity of the Himalayas has spellbound people around the world for decades. We just got back from our first Himalaya trek that we had been dreaming about for a really long time. It lasted for 16 days and it was really the perfect trek to explore the Himalayas in a safe but independent and adventurous way. We stayed at small picturesque, family owned guest houses and ate their local food grown in their gardens (for instance Momos - amazing Nepali dumplings), and we got every morning at up 7am to walk an other 6 hours to the next village.
The trek starts
in Besi Sahar and ends in Nayapul if you decide to do the whole trek for approximately 18-20 days. You will get up to 5416 m above sea level at Thorong La Pass, which is the highest point - and the whole trek is 210 km long. But the beauty with this trek is that you don't need to be an experienced trekker to do it - it is available for everyone. You just need to give yourself enough time to do the trek in your own pace.
The landscape will change
for each day, and you will go through rice fields, over Lord-of-the-Rings-looking green pointy mountains, through wild west deserts and up on snowy mountain peaks. Each day will be more spectacular then the other and the views will make you gasp bigger for every corner you get around.
This was our first long trek -
and we can promise you it won't be the last. We ended up finishing after 16 days, taking the bus the very last bit - as many do when they feel finished with their trek. Some people that did this trek back in the 1980's are complaining about that there are too many roads, and too much tourists nowadays. But for us, and for other not very experiences trekkers, it's really the perfect mixture of adventure and safety. We had to filter our own water and to bring our own sleeping bags - but we still could sleep indoors (non-isolated but at least not tents). For us this was the perfect introduction to many more longer treks. It just happen to be that our first trek was in the Himalayas walking over the highest pass in the world.
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