Make 2018 all about exploring the nature vistas that Nepal has to offer- A traveler's escape 2018


The Himalayan Times
Make 2018 all about exploring the nature vistas that Nepal has to offer. Travel & Lifestyle gives you glimpses of a few places that you should put on your bucket list

Known as a trekker’s paradise, Nepal is an amalgamation of beautiful landscapes, majestic mountain ranges, thriving wildlife and golden temples, making it the ‘it’ destination for an enthusiast.

If you’re here not just for the picturesque view, you might want to check out the exhilarating outdoor activities, Nepal is bound to surprise you with much more. Start off this New Year fresh in far flung destinations with stories never to be forgotten.

Only in Nepal can you immerse in the Nepali way, experience the local lifestyle and get yourself familiar with true hospitality. Discover the real Nepal through refreshing tropical forests and unwind in the lap of the Himalayas.
Absolute paradise
Situated at an elevation of 4,920-mt, Tilicho Lake is an absolute paradise. Annapurna—Tilicho Lake trekking trail is reserved as one of the finest trekking routes in the Annapurna Region, offering a superb view of the Himalayas. Sweeping views of Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri mountains, this trek is no doubt an adventurer’s paradise.

On your way to Annapurna Base Camp, explore the towering landscapes; enjoy the scenic view, sublime natural vistas and the diverse culture. Blessed with stunning waterfalls, running clear water streams, attractive flora and fauna this place will surely have you gaping.

The challenging journey of Tilicho Lake through Thorang La Pass begins from Besisahar which goes along the Marshyangdi River featuring a splendid view of Manaslu and Himalchuli. The trek to Tilicho Lake is about 18-22 days. Unraveling the mysteries of the mountains, forget the city and unwind amidst the purest form of nature.
Hill Gardens
Situated in the far east of Nepal, Ilam—Famous for its tea plantations is a small hill town with pristine tea gardens, mountains, streams, dense natural forests, holy sites and unique culture. An excellent getaway from the mundane city life, Ilam is one of the richest districts in Nepal in terms of its cultural diversity and natural landscapes. The best time to visit this place is between October-December or from April-February.

What you will notice upon entering Ilam is the charming wooden buildings, their balconies thrust out over the bustling street which is unusual in the Terai region. You can take a leisurely stroll in one of the many tea gardens; enjoy a picnic lunch in the tranquil setting, go for a short trek along gentle slopes, trudge into the nearby woods or immerse in the beauty of Antu Pokhari—all this and much more is possible in Ilam.

This beautiful hill station has ample of attractions to keep you busy throughout your stay. And while you are there, don’t miss a chance to visit Sadakpur—Nepal-India border, offering one of the most beautiful panoramic views of Mt Kanchenjunga, Mt Makalu and Mt Everest. The lush forest of Ilam is also home to Red Panda, Musk Deer and Danphe. And don’t forget to splurge on the signature souvenir—the famous Ilam tea.

Mountains and  Beyond
With a 360-degree view of snow-capped mountains with crystal clear view of the deep, dark sky; Langtang National Park covering a massive 1,710-sq km in Nuwakot, Rasuwa and Sindhupalchok districts is one of the most frequented trails by travelers.

Langtang trek is one of the most accessible trekking regions near Kathmandu Valley offering you with short day hikes to week-long ventures. Located about 30-km towards the north of Kathmandu, Langtang National Park has over 70 glaciers, Langtang Himal and Ganesh Himal, and four high altitude lakes—Gosaikunda, Parvatikunda, Bhairavkunda and Dudhkunda.

In the evening, camp under the sky and observe the picturesque view of the Milky Way with the Langtang Range in the background.

A Million Blue Hues
If Rara National Park is not in your 2018 travel bucket list, then you should make it a point to add it. Situated in the far north-western part of Nepal in Mugu District, Rara National Park is a piece of heaven. Paddle your boat in the clear Rara Lake, hike to nearby hills boasting beautiful mountains, meet the locals there and walk around to discover a wild flower or a rare bird.

At night, camp near the pristine lake amidst the lush alpine and juniper forests, embrace the natural beauty and admire the beautiful night sky. Visit the park in autumn, spring or summer and the splendor of it all will blow you away.

You can also combine your Rara trek with a trip to Jumla where apple orchards stretch out over the hills.

Probably one of the most rewarding and fascinating treks in all the Himalayan range, the Rara trek is bound to leave you speechless and then turn you into a storyteller.

source: Article published on :The Himalayan Times, Travel & Lifestyle, January 4, 2018