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About Nepal
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Introducing Nepal


Nepal

Nepal, bordered by Tibet (China) to the north and India to the south east and west, is a country of many contrasts, home to eight of the world's highest peaks, Everest, Kanchenjunga, Annapurna, Lhotse, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Makalu and Cho-Oyu. It is without doubt blessed with some of the most marvellous and impressive walking country on earth. Only by trekking the ancient foot trails that link the remote village communities can one gain access to these Himalayan giants. The range of scenery, from sub-tropical jungle to glacier and peak, is as varied as the many ethnic groups that make up Nepal's fascinating population

There are a number of elements that make up a visit to Nepal. Kathmandu with its colourful bazaars, street life and many temples provides varied and vivid impressions that will stay in your memory. The principle attraction is of course the mountains which offer infinite scope and choice to the walker and the climber, whatever your experience or degree of fitness here you can see the simple village life that has remained largely unchanged for centuries. In addition to trekking the mountain trails the visitor to Nepal can explore the jungle trails of Chitwan National Park in search of the Bengal Tiger and the Asian Rhinoceros and many more species of mammals and reptiles, together with over 300 species of birds. Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve in the east of the country is a birdwatchers paradise, the reserve and surrounding area supports more than 450 bird species, with the rare Gangetic Dolphins and Wild Water Buffalo unique sightings. Koshi Tappu is a vast expanse of wetlands and an area of major importance in Asia for migratory birds as well as those resident to Nepal. Bardia National Park in the far west of Nepal supports the large mammals resident to Nepal and India, which the park borders. White water rafting is also on offer on a number of the large rivers. Above all in this country full of diversity and fascination it is the warmth and friendship of the Nepalese people, which makes a trek in Nepal so special.

Climate

Nepal has four distinct seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter. In spring - March to May, it is generally warm, dry and dusty. Heavy pre-monsoon showers often occur in some areas in late April. During spring it can be hazy, particularly in the west up to 2500/3000m. Summer - June to August is the main monsoon, wet and hot, when the country turns green and fertile. Autumn - September to November, generally finds the rains ending late September and then the skies are clear and the views are spectacular. Winter, December to February, is colder and often foggy in Kathmandu valley and there will be snowfall in the mountains.

The two main trekking seasons are spring and autumn. The spring trekking season is March/April, from mid May early June onwards the monsoon starts and continues until mid to late September. The autumn trekking season is October, November into December. January February is still possible for trekking but some areas will be blocked by heavy snowfall and it will be much colder in the mountains. It is possible to stretch the seasons a little but with definite 'climate changes' being noticed over the last ten years the weather patterns do vary

The Khumbu

The Solu Khumbu is home to the highest mountains in the world and to the Sherpa people, Nepal Trekking have strong ties in this part of Nepal and many of the villages we pass through are home to our Sherpa staff. Tengboche Monastery is the cultural and religious centre for the Sherpas, it stands within sight of Everest their special mountain. Many words have been written about Tengboche and many descriptions have been given, it is certain you will add your own to these, to camp here surrounded by spectacular mountains it is easy to understand why so many of these descriptions include the words spectacular, magnificent, and breathtaking, to camp here is certainly all of these things and we make no excuse for joining those who came before us in describing this camp site to be one of the most beautiful in the Khumbu. With the monastery surrounded by the mountains of Thamserku, Kangtaiga, Ama Dablam, and down the valley Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse it surely has to be. On the 19th January 1989 fire destroyed the former building completely. Reconstruction of the monastery began in April of 1990 with the help both financial and practical of many people and countries around the world. The new rebuilt monastery of Tengboche stands on this high ridge as a great tribute to the Sherpa and other craftsmen who built it from the ashes of the old building.