If you want to really experience the Himalayas, then go trekking in Nepal. Since Tenzing and Hillary made history by summiting Mt. Everest, Nepal has been every serious trekker’s dream.

With peaks like Annapurna and Kanchanzanga, among others, there are plenty of major mountains to climb. Even if you’re not a serious trekker, but have a passion for exploring the outdoors, there are several hikes and treks that are easy on the body, and expose you to the magic of these mountains.

The beauty of Nepal is that the groundwork is already laid. From porters to sherpas, equipment and supplies, there is a robust network of people and services that is in place.

The Encounters Asia team knows the best trails and can recommend the best times of year so that you can enjoy the environs to the utmost, without running up against bad weather and too many other people.

Several trekking trails start within easy reach of Kathmandu. The Langtang Valley has a web of trails that cut through picturesque countryside.

Situated at relatively lower altitude, one can easily do short and easy treks that don’t involve a lot of acclimatising.

In the south, the Annapurna region is extremely popular with trekkers.

While the Annapurna Circuit is the classic route, there are several other trails that give you gorgeous views of the Annapurna Massif and a gorgeous feel for the landscape.  The Annapurna Sanctuary takes you across thickly forest, rivers and glaciers as you journey into the heart of the Annapurna region.

Uncharted and untamed, the west of Nepal is a rugged landscape, ideal for experienced trekkers.

Pristine lakes, stunning mountain vistas, and scattered Buddhist shrines dot this wildly beautiful landscape and wild animals like the Snow Leopard. The trek from Beni to Dolpo was made famous by Peter Mathiesson’s The Snow Leopard, and takes you through hidden valleys where the ruins of ancient Buddhist civilizations remain.

The trekking infrastructure in this region is not like in other parts of Nepal. If you’re an experienced trekker, then the Encounters Asia team can help you to arrange trekking passes, pack horses, porters and camping gear.

Spring months between February and April and the autumn season from September to November are excellent times to go trekking in Nepal. Summers can get hot and you run the risk of monsoon showers, while the winters get extremely cold and windy, and there can be heavy snowfall on the ground.

If you’re passionate about mountains, then an Encounters Asia expedition in this Himalayan kingdom is just the ticket.