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My backpacking trip to Nepal and trekking through the Himalayas

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For several years I have fantasised to go on a sole trip to Nepal and trek on the mounts of Himalayas. This 2019 my dream of visiting Nepal finally came true. Enticed by thrill, adventure, wide life and the unique culture of Nepal, I spent backpacking through the Himalayas during my vacation.

If you like solitude and plan on soul-searching, then trekking on the Himalayas is what advice you to do. The experience cannot be put across in words, but I will surely try to do so!

My Research

I have been travelling alone for few years now and explored some of the most serene and adventurous parts around India, Nepal and other the neighbouring countries. A voyager by heart, I make sure that I take a short sole trip every year. Guided my Discovery Channel and travel bloggers, I did a thorough research on the various things that I could require on the journey. Being a female traveller, I also ensured about “safety” during my trip to Nepal and trek to the Himalayas.

But I was more than comfortable and had everything I required. Thanks to my travel agency for trekking in Nepal called Core Treks. Be it the documentation for trekking in Himalayas or the basic first aid requirements they made me aware and kept things sorted.

My Journey

I took a flight from Mumbai to Kathmandu. I wanted to rest well before to trek, so I stayed in Kathmandu for a day. I spent time wandering the lanes of the city and slept well in the comfortable hotel again arranged by Core Treks.
Next day morning I was ready to board the world’s most dangerous flight! Yes, to start my Himalayan trek I needed to reach my basecamp which was in Lukla.

Lukla is where most Everest region treks start from and has several basecamps. The Lukla Airport is described as the most dangerous in the world. Situated in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal, Lukla is at an altitude of 2,860m. It is a single, sloped runway and only experienced pilots can land. There are other ways to reach Lukla from Kathmandu. The famous plane journey is a thrill for explorer, and I needed my dose of ecstasy! Hence, I flew with Yeti Airlines from Kathmandu to Lukla.

My Trek

I opted for the Everest Panorama Trek. It was a 10 days package, out of which 5 days were assigned for trekking alone.

My flight reached Lukla early morning, it took me only 40 minutes from Kathmandu. I trekked my way to Phakding (2652m) along with the other 12 trekkers and our guide from Core Treks. The walking was more relaxed and downhill on the first day. I just trekked for over 3 hours and later stayed at a guesthouse. The people at the guesthouse were truly inviting and warm. The local delicacies were amazing and the Momos (steamed dumpling) are a must try!

Next day morning after having my breakfast I trekked to Namche bazzar (3440m). I crossed the suspension bridge and started walking with the group to place called Monju. Our aim was to reach Sagarmath National park. The walk from the national park leads to High Hillary Bridge along with an upwards trench to Namche bazzar. I would feel the trench and I walked along with the group for more than 7 hours. But the views of the Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Kusum Khangru and other such valleys made the walk spectacular. The beautiful nature and the calmness in the air is something worth experience yourself.

One day during the trek I also visited the Namche Bazzar exploring the old charm of the city that also helped us to rest and adjust to the temperature and oxygen levels. I stayed overnight at the guesthouse with the group.
The following days I trekked to Tengboche at (3,873m), I trekked for around 6 hours and visited the biggest monastery in Tengboche. In the evening the Buddhist monks in Nepal were offering their prayers and it was truly serene. The next two days I trekked to Phakding (2610m) which was around an 8 hours long trek. I again stayed overnight, and early morning let from and Phakding to Lukla (2800m) in 3hours trek.

The Difficulties

If you ask me about the difficulties during this Everest trek, I would say that you must know that there is a lot of walking required. Everyday you need to walk over 5 to 7 hours. Thus, it is extremely important that you have good pair of shoes and carry an extra one’s along with a few pairs of shocks if possible.
Another thing is high altitude – through the journey the altitude keeps shifting as we go higher on the path. Vomiting, nausea and mild sickness could be possible if you are not physically and mentally prepared for it. Usually a routine medical check-up is considered by trekkers to ensure fitness and carry some altitude sickness tablets to help you cope.

But the difficulties are nothing when compared to the awesomeness that you will experience on the Everest trek.
Overall Experience

Summarizing the overall experience, visiting Nepal and trekking in the Everest was one of my best decisions. The experience has left me spellbinding and there is so much to explore that a single visit is not enough.
The snow cladded mountains, the magnificent peaks and the untouched nature is what makes you feel how beautiful life is after all! So I am sure to plan another trip to Nepal and try another trek sometime soon!

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Asmit
Asmit
2020-07-16
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Lifetime Experience We had a super time in Everest Base Camp last year. Trekking to this place was dream for many years which come true with the help CoreTreks and team members.
Lena B
Lena B
2020-03-06
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Higly recommended I did the Langtang Valley trekk with Gosaikunda lakes included. The preparation and communication for that has been great all the time. Nim is an excellent and knowledgeable person. My Trekkingguide was Gorakh and i couldn't have hoped for a better one! I felt like i was in good hands throughout the trekk and he took care of my dietary needs. They also booked my bus ticket to Pokhara and asked the bus driver to pick me up at a place which was closer to my accommodation. Thank you so much Nim!! Next time i will do the Manaslu trekk with you :)
Hidayat Toda
Hidayat Toda
2020-03-04
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Feel exeprience in nepal as a family Core track is a professional tour team and comapny, they treat you as a family, they prepare all the things you need, the team was very nice and warm, and also you will feel as in a family, just go and book with them
Michael S
Michael S
2020-01-19
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Trek to Rara Lake in Nepal with CoreTreks My wife and I had been planning to visit Nepal since like a year ago. We are really happy and satisfied with our trek to Rara Lake in Nepal. The place is really chilling with beautiful scenery all around. Luckily the weather was fantastic and we got a clear view of the mountains and the lake. We are really humbled to be able to experience such a rare privilege. Our guides informed us that the weather is often bad especially because of the altitude. The alpine vegetation surrounded by mountains was really special to observe. I would like to thank CoreTreks for helping us throughout our journey to Rara Lake.
Noo
Noo
2019-12-12
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Great service Beautiful temples and delicious food After touring around the Kathmandu valley, I’m inspired to explore more about Nepal. Unfortunately it will have to be during my next visit. The city is way busier than I expected it to be. As we drove outside the valley, we discovered some peaceful environment and beautiful temples. The Nepali cuisine in Kathmandu was something I would love to try again. They are spicy but delicious. I have to say that the people in Nepal are really friendly and welcoming. Everyone greeted us with love and treated us nicely. There was no fear for a lone traveler like me to get through the tour. Thanks to CoreTreks and the team for making this tour possible for me. I booked last minute but they helped me through everything. I really appreciate it. If you are looking to visit Nepal, I highly recommend that you book from CoreTreks they are the best.
Santivo
Santivo
2019-08-24
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Kathmandu Tour and Memorable Memories After many Yes/No we decided to choose vacation plan for Nepal, then the journey of more confusing start. We start googling the best packages and tours operators in Kathmandu. We luckily found CoreTreks. They are really professional, trustworthy, reliable and responsive for their profession, this team made our Nepal visit absolutely memorable and experience. We strongly recommended anyone will to visit Nepal, can choose CoreTreks and enjoy your vacation.
ASTA
ASTA
2019-08-23
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It deserves more than a 5 STAR for their services sweet words are easy to say, nice things are easy to bye, but good people are difficult to find. life ends when you stop dreaming...travel in Nepal to leave the best memories. thank you for everything coretreks for friendly smile,for the care during the journey. again, i want to go there return. i help all my friends to see Nepal with your help and support. you guys deserve more than a 5 star for excellent services for tours and trekking in Nepal. see you soon again!
Martin L
Martin L
2019-06-24
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satisfied with the service and packages Dec 2018, we had plan to visit Nepal and book the packages with core treks, they guide us the best packages for ABC and we are fully satisfied with the service and packages. Thank you team, keep it up
Pedro R
Pedro R
2019-03-11
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Friendly staff We did some trecking around Katmandu and we had a good time. The guide was friendly and available to support us with anything.
이홍래
이홍래
2019-01-24
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Langtang Trekking 이제 돌아와서 한숨돌리고 적네요. 네팔이란 나라가 처음이고, 한국에서도 등산한번 하지 않았었는데, 갑자기 네팔이 가고 싶었습니다. 네팔에 가면 뭔가 꽉막힌 마음이 뚤릴것 같았고, 복잡한 머리가 정리가 될것 같았습니다. 다행이 CORE TREK 의 Nim을 만나 트레킹을 잘 마무리할 수 있었습니다. 랑탕 출발하기전 호텔 부킹이나 팀스 / 퍼밋 , 환전 및 준비물 구매 등 그리고 이런 일들을 하기위한 이동까지 꼼꼼하게 함께 챙겨 주어서 그나마 잘 준비하여 트레킹을 시작하였습니다. 그리고 트레킹 중간에 대부분이 3G를 사용하지 못해 가족들에게 연락이 되지 않았는데, 다행이 Nim과는 현지 폰으로 연락이 되어, 저 대신 가족들에게 연락도 가능하고, 중간 중간에 문제 있는지등 그리고 복귀 마지막날 뭔가를 잘못먹었는데 아파서 호텔에서만 누워 있었는데, 그래도 타국에 누군가 연락할 수 있다는게 많은 도움이 되더군요. 저는 포터 및 가이드 없이 혼자서 갔다왔고, 트레킹이야 혼자만의 싸움이였지만, 카트만두 출발전 / 복귀후에는 Nim이 많은 도움이 되었네요. 다음에 또 네팔에 오게되면 필히 Nim과 함께 하겠습니다.