The most popular activity in Nepal is trekking, serving as the best way to experience the natural splendour and cultural riches of the Himalayas. Differences in altitude support varied ways of life and a diverse range of vegetation, famous peaks sheltering remote mountain villages untouched by modernity.
Most treks in Nepal follow trails used for hundreds of years, connecting pastoral settlements, little mountain villages, and monasteries, temples, and shrines. Mountain trekking isn't a solitary wilderness experience, as pilgrims and traders driving yaks or donkey share paths over the high passes.
Herders and other parties of tourists can also provide company and safety in numbers, along with their guides and porters. Trails cross over rivers on swaying suspension bridges and meander up valleys and green terraced fields, through Tibetan stone hamlets aflutter with colourful prayer flags. Ancient prayer wheels are kept spinning by the stream of passers-by.
Different regions allow a range of trekking options, from easy walking for a few days to strenuous expeditions lasting a few weeks, from circular routes around the Annapurnas to summit assaults on Mount Everest.
There are also different approaches to trekking in Nepal, depending on time, money, and experience. All-inclusive treks include porters, guides, cooks, tents, equipment, and transport, and provide comfort and security while eliminating the need for lengthy preparations beforehand.
Teahouse treks follow the most popular trekking routes in the Annapurna, Langtang, and Everest regions. They allow walkers to make their own way from village to village, carrying minimal equipment and relying on teahouses for food and accommodation. As well as hireable guides, there are also many less-developed routes in more remote regions.