The Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1979 is a place full of charm and spirituality of pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists full of sacred places. Visiting it means to descend into an ancient culture but also to deal with a fast paced and modern Nepal. One of the best ways to see the valley is to organize a trekking tent. You’ll discover the wonder of a world suspended between villages and monasteries against the backdrop of the Himalayas. Perhaps the most striking circuit is the valley of Annapurna in Sanskrit, the goddess of abundance, the tenth highest mountain on Earth whose top reaches 8,091 m.
To organize a trek avoiding places now contaminated by asphalt and modern buildings, it is necessary to take time and get hints. The advice is to avoid the large tour operators and contact organizations responsible for tourism such as RAM which will support you. Specifying how many days you have available, you can receive ad hoc proposals and manage on your own once in place. Relying on local partners, RAM provides accommodation, transfers, permission for trekking, guides and porters. The added value is that through the NGO CWIN, RAM financial aid for street children in Kathmandu. The organization is in fact not only careful to offer itineraries that allow you to get in touch with the culture and nature of Nepal but also enhance the encounter with the local and in particular those related to the fair trade circuit of members of WFTO.
Nepal Green Jomson
Kathmandu and the Annapurna Circuit
Arriving by plane to Kathmandu you can stop for a break before leaving for the trek. The city is chaotic, characterized by traffic, noise and smog. Yet it has its own charm and the center, Durbar Square, is gorgeous with a spectacular square architecture, temples, pagodas and ancient buildings. It is teeming with humanity and local tourists.
Nepal Kathmandu Valley
Nepal Kathmandu Valley Sunset
After satisfying the desire of cities and making the necessary purchases, continue by bus to Pokhara from where you walk to the villages of Gandruk and Gorepani venturing into the National Park to the wonderful view of the Himalayan mountain Annapurna. The trek can last anywhere from a week to 20 days depending on the tastes and physical condition.
Nepal Descent from Thorong Pass
One of the possible routes is to start from 800 meters along the deep blue river Marsyangdi Khola and through charming villages between stone walls and stupas, the typical religious monuments dedicated to the worship of Buddha, surrounded by stunning valleys and snow capped peaks of the profile. Accompanied by porters, you will find small and large Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and you can climb to over 5.000 meters above sea level with the Thorong pass which reaches 5416 m. The return trip also includes a beautiful landscape between the Tibetans to Kathmandu.
Nepal photos: Mike Behnken, fabi.lanini, temp13rec, mikemellinger, Planet Adventure.