Nepal is a piece of a paradise, with glorious mountains shining in the Himalayan region, beautiful green hills in the Hilly region and dense and delightful forest in Terai. No doubt those mountains attract most of the tourist from around the world. There are eight out of fourteen tallest mountains in the world, all above 8,000 meters. With is ultimate gift from Nature, Nepal is one of the best trekking destinations in the whole world.
Trekking is one of the best adventures to be with nature and explore its unique art by experiencing. In Nepal trekking is much loved and preferred by tourist. As Nepal has the tallest mountains in the world, yearly thousands of tourist visit here to go trekking. Going on the trek and watching those mountains is not just what attracts them, Nepal is rich in culture and tradition, and many of them remain untouched by the influence of other culture. While on your trek, you will encounter the most distinctive culture and a very authentic way of living. Also, you will come across some beautiful temples, gompas, and monasteries and all of them has a history of their existence.
Trekking offers the peace and tranquility taking us away from our strained routine. But still, while trekking most of us stay in a hotel and lodges for accommodation and provision. We travel so far from our home and put our effort to reach the destination, what is the point if we cannot enjoy our trek in fullest. Staying in a hotel and lodges gives us comfort and facilities, but you will remain deprived of what you could experience even more.
Camping Trek is the best way to enjoy the trek and be more than near with nature. Now, you may flinch a little with the mention of “camping while trekking,” but, camping will let you explore the exotic beauty of nature you will ever encounter. Here are some reasons why you should camp while trekking:
Camping is very beneficial for your health. Staying outdoors lets us bask in the morning sunshine which will help boost the Vitamin D level in your body and maintain calcium in your blood and keep your bones strong. For further information, Vitamin D helps to ward off depression, decreases the risk of heart attack and high blood pressure.
While in camping, you will be able in the peace in the fresh air miles away from the noise of hotels and lodges. Just imagine lying under the millions of star and getting lost.
In camping, you have to carry and cook the foods on your own and believe me; it will be extremely fun as it will be more like picnicking with your friends than trekking. You will get to eat the fresh and organic food cooked by yourself.
Camping will help you get more socialize as you have to communicate and interact with your group members. Camping will give you time to socialize without any distraction.
Camping is the best choice if you are trekking with your family. Your children will get a chance to explore on their own and know nature in a more close way. It will also give you the time to make your family bond even stronger, which is almost consumed by “internet.”
You have to take porter with you to carry your equipment while camping. It will take a few more porters while camping, this will provide local level employment. This might be a small thing for you, but that particular porter’s family survives for days with your small given wage.
You will get to know the story of the porter’s life and their daily struggle of living. Staying in hotels gives you comfort not the story. No matter, Nepal has achieved some pace of development, but the people in remote areas are still detached and far away from modern life. You will hear the real story which is far different from the crowd of the city.
What are the best places for camping trek in Nepal?
There are several trekking destinations in Nepal, all thanks to the mountains and diversified geography of Nepal. Here are the five camping trek destinations, however, you can choose any trek destinations out of the long trekking destination as they all are equally beautiful and worth your effort.
Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the popular treks not in just Nepal, but in the world too as it is the trek to the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain. Your trek of Everest Base Camp beings from Lukla, which is a beautiful town located in an amazing height. You will find several other trekkers on the route.
This trek will take to some beautiful villages and valleys, distinctive lifestyle and culture of culture and obviously, the splendid view of Mount Everest and other peaks. You can find several places for camping in this trek. And while in your acclimatization period, you will get to explore more. You can visit the local teahouses, monasteries, and gompas and enjoy some private time on your own. This trek will also take to the Kala Patthar, a few hour hikes, which will give you the closer look of the Mount Everest, Nuptse, and Changtse. However, you have to be careful while setting your camp, as this trek will take you the high elevation where is a risk of altitude sickness. You must avoid camping in high elevation areas.
Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the popular trekking sites and considered as one of the beautiful trekking routes of the world. This circuit trek is within the Annapurna mountain range of central Nepal. The length of this circuit is between 160-230 km depending on where motor transportation is used and where the trek ends.
You will see the beautiful mountain scenery of Annapurna I-IV, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Pisang and Paungda Danda and many other peaks of 6000-8000 meters that rise from the Annapurna Range. Thorong La Pass is the highest point of this circuit trek located at an elevation of 5,416 meters, but you must not camp in the high altitude regions. You will also come across the Muktinath temple, a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindu as well as Buddhists.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek
It is one of the beautiful treks in the Annapurna area. You will witness the magnificent mountain scenery and the dancing paddy-fields, villages where you can find houses built in traditional style and the dense forest of bamboo and colorful rhododendron.
This trek offers the splendid view of Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli and other peaks. While in your camping, you will get to explore the different ethnic groups of Nepal and encounter their unique cultures and always set camp in lower elevation areas. You will find the Gurung, Thakali and Magar ethnic groups.
Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek is the new favorite trekking destination of Nepal. This circuit trek is one beautiful route with the mesmerizing view of Mount Mansalu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, Ganesh Himal and other peaks. The highest point of this circuit trek is Larkya Pass, from where you will see the clear and unhindered view of Mount Manaslu. It is best known for its natural beauty because this region falls under the government protected reserves and parks. This trek is also one of the more lightly traveled treks in the Himalayas, which gives you more opportunity to explore the beautiful scenery around you.
While in your trek you will encounter the mix of Hindu and Tibetan-style Buddhist villages, beautiful monasteries and temples and various ethnic groups like Tamang, Gurung, Magar, Brahmin, Chhetri, and Tibetan. There is suspension bridge crossing, glacial lakes, peaceful and beautiful villages and lush forests, steamy lowlands with terraces of rice and millet through the mighty gorges of Budi Gandaki with its turquoise water and beautiful waterfalls.
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek
Ghorepani Poonhill trek is 5-6 days of the trek in the Annapurna Mountain range of Nepal. The difficulty level is moderate, and there is no risk of altitude sickness this trek as the maximum elevation is 3,210 meters. This trek is very suitable for camping trek your family and children. This trek offers the delightful and colorful forest of rhododendron and spectacular view of Himalayan Trails.
The breathtaking view of the sunrise over the glorious peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range of Himalaya is one of the major attraction of this trek. While in this trek you will come across two routes, one will lead you to Ghandruk, a beautiful and popular Gurung village and next will lead you to Jhinu, where you can enjoy natural hot spring bath. The choice is yours to make, either option you choose, both of them are equally worthy.