Nepal is a country of monasteries and Buddhist temples, lost among the eight highest mountain peaks in the world. The mountains of Nepal pull like a magnet for climbers and hikers, and it's understandable why - 85 percent of the country's territory is covered by the majestic Himalayas.
In this article, Yevgeny Trofimchuk, OneTwoTrip Recreation Director, will reveal the secrets of what people should be ready for when they first go trekking along one of the many hiking routes in Nepal, the duration of which can vary from one day to a month.
The routes are designed for both beginners and advanced travelers. If the route lasts more than a day, the tour is designed so that every night tourists will spend the night in comfortable cottages or guesthouses with showers and Wi-Fi.
Some companies recruit organized groups and set out with tents. To make the trip as comfortable as possible, the team includes guides, cooks and porters. This type of trekking is popular on new or wild trails.
For the first time, select tracks no longer than 5 days. Hiking in the mountains does not require the physical training of a professional athlete. You can always stop to rest, the guide will not rush you.
Numerous travel agencies and shops in Kathmandu
It is not difficult to find a guide and an option for the track in Kathmandu. In the city, at every step there are travel agencies and private offices that offer a variety of hiking options.
It all depends on the specific track; if the altitude does not exceed 3000 meters, then it is better to pass them from April to October. More serious heights are best conquered from May to July. For each specific region, before the trip, we advise you to check the weather forecast and the seasonality of the hikes.
Track. Finding a track is easy. For example, I agreed right at the hotel at the reception for a personal guide and the Poon Hill Gorepani track lasting 5 days. Travel services right at the hotel are common in Nepal. For the Nepalese "all inclusive" plus the road from Kathmandu to the start of the trek (133 kilometers) and back, I gave about 27,000 rubles, and this is a bargain.
The recent earthquake in Nepal destroyed huts on the Ring of Annapurna hiking trail, which was already considered one of the most dangerous in the world. RBC Lifestyle has found out where else you can pretty much tickle your nerves while walking over the cliffs.
One of the most popular hiking trails in Nepal, the Annapurna Ring, runs along the slopes of the mountain range of the same name. It does not require special mountaineering training - any physically healthy person can overcome the route. The greatest danger here is the natural factor. Thus, in November 1995, downpours triggered a landslide that destroyed the village of Bagarchkhap and killed nine tourists. And in October 2014, the death toll was already in the tens. Cyclone Hoodhud caused abnormally heavy snowfall and avalanches in the Annapurna area. As a result, more than 30 people died and went missing at the Torong-La pass.
The current earthquake also partially destroyed the tourist infrastructure of the trail, but still the Annapurna Ring was far from the epicenter and here, unlike other parts of the country, there were no casualties.
Huashan is one of the five sacred mountains of Taoism in China. But it is popular not only among pilgrims, but also among extreme people. It's all about the routes to the top of the mountain, which are dubbed the "paths of death." At one time, Taoist monks hammered them together from narrow boards, without thinking about railings or fences. All because they did not want to see many guests. They allowed only seriously ill people to visit them - they collected rare medicinal herbs here.
Desperate tourists climb the mountain more often than others. The only way to belay on the trails is to attach your carabiner to a rusty chain driven straight into the mountain. There are no official statistics on accidents on the trails of Mount Haushan, but according to local residents, about 100 people die here every year.
The iconic Cliffs of Moher can be seen in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and featured on the cover of U2's No Line on the Horizon album. Several years ago they were named the most popular tourist attraction in Ireland.
However, the cliffs are also famous as a place popular with suicides. To prevent suicide attempts, there are advertisements with a helpline and a meditation room is equipped. But so far modern technologies cannot completely defeat age-old traditions. Indeed, according to legend, many centuries ago, the cliffs became the site of mass suicide of the Druids - feeling that their religion was losing its positions in Ireland, many of them decided to die, throwing themselves down from a height of 214 m.
The local places are also dangerous due to the vagaries of the weather. Several years ago, the wind simply blew the tourist from the top of the cliff, and she died.
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