Trekking in Nepal is an adventure filled journey around the foothills of Himalayas with the wonderful opportunity to click world’s most photogenic sceneries. You might wonder that trekking in Nepal is only about Himalayas and specifically popular trips like Everest base camp trek and Annapurna base camp trek. But along these remarkable trips, other things that grasp your attention are local living, diversified culture and tradition, discovery of wild life, encountering pristine waterfalls, rivers, lakes and glaciers along insight to local sightseeing around UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. Here are my top 5 reasons why trekking in Nepal lets you capture the world’s most photogenic sceneries:
Nepal is the home of world’s highest Himalayan peaks and other spectacular Himalayan ranges that creates the perfect panorama especially during sunrise and sunsets. Some of the popular viewpoints exhibiting best of Himalayas are Kalapathhar during Everest base camp trek, summit of Gokyo ri during Gokyo lakes and Gokyo ri trek, Annapurna base camp itself during Annapurna base camp trek, Poonhill during Ghorepani poonhill trek and many others. If you photography’s theme is nature, mountains or Himalayas then there is no other place in the world other photogenic destination than Nepal. And remember trekking in Nepal is the best way to get close and capture the magnificent snow capped Himalayan pictures.
Friendly people of Nepal always bring a smile in your face by their warm hospitality and helpful nature. While trekking in Nepal you will get the chance to meet and interact with them, know their culture, religious views, ancient traditions and on specific dates participate in festivals like Holi, Indra Jatra, Dashain and Tihar too. Regarding your photography theme, cultural diversification during trekking in Nepal would be the major highlights. Insight to Mustangi people during Upper mustang trek, Sherpas during Everest base camp trek, Tamangs during Langtang valley trek or Tamang heritage trek, Gurungs during Annapurna base camp trek or Annapurna panorama trek and Newars during sightseeing around three medieval towns Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. In the similar way the Tharu culture around Chitwan and Maithili culture around Janakpur are highlights of lovely people living in Terai region of Nepal.
Trekking in Nepal around high altitudes comprises walking through beautiful forested lands where numerous rare floras and faunas can be encountered in its wild state. Trekking in Nepal can be perfect bird watching tour or blended with excursion to Chitwan National Park that exhibits Royal Bengal Tiger, One horned Rhino, crocodiles on elephant safari or jeep safari. Along Chitwan National park, other national parks like Bardia national Park, Koshi tappu wildlife reserve, Langtang national park, Sagarmatha national park and Annapurna conservation area also offers an exclusive opportunity of encountering abundance of wildlife. It would be a gem of a tour and trekking in Nepal for wildlife photographers.
Trekking in Nepal is an adventurous walk through banks of raging rivers, striking waterfalls, pristine lakes and snowy glaciers which can be the heaven for nature photographers. There wouldn’t be beautiful lake city like Pokhara anywhere else on the planet. Phewa lake, Begnas lake and rupa lake to name the few, Pokhara is also the gateway to trekking trips in Annapurna region. On the other hand Tilicho lake trek, Gokyo Lakes at Everest region and Gosaikunda Lake at Langtang region are other trekking trips that promote lakes as its main highlights. For glaciers, Khumbu glacier during Everest base camp trek and Ngozumpa glacier during Everest high passes trek would be the perfect photographic destination. In the similar way join white rafting adventure for challenging yet delightful river trips and canyoning watersport for waterfalls. Trishuli, Bhotekoshi, Kaligandaki and Sunkoshi rivers are popular for water adventure in Nepal. Got underwater camera? Then Nepal is the place you must visit.
Exciting journey of trekking in Nepal initiates from cultural sightseeing around art and architecturally affluent Kathmandu valley. Swayambhunath and Boudhanath stupa along Pashupatinath temple holds great importance religiously and immense opportunities to capture spectacular images. Plenty of pagoda style temples around Kathmandu Durbar square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square; palaces with courtyards and ancient museums around there gives us an insight to century’s old histories and magnificent piece of photogenic arts that can be the perfectly fitted within your camera frame.