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June 27th, 2004

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09:00 pm - Popular treks and rafting rivers of Nepal
The Mount Everest Region

This is one of the most popular treks in the world, through the land of the Sherpa people, with views of the world’s great 8,000-meter peaks.
Many trekkers walk in from Jiri, through the rolling hills of Solu. Others fly in to Lukla, just a few days from Namche bazaar and the Sagarmatha National Park.

Langtang and Helambu
Only a short distance from Kathmandu is a land of alpine pastures, lakes, glaciers and snowy peaks. The valleys of Langtang and Helambu are separated by a snowy range, atop which lies the sacred lake of Gosainkund.

The Annapurna Circuit

This trek begins at the lovely lakeside resort town of Pokhara and circles around the Annapurna Massif. One climbs through dramatic changes of vegetation, climate and culture to the Tibet-like highlands near the town of Jomsom. Further on is the sacred shrine of Muktinath, just before a high pass leading into the untrammeled valley of Manang.

The Annapurna Sanctuary

On the southern slopes of the Annapurna Masif is a lovely area of fir and rhododendron forests, protected by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. A short and relatively easy trek brings one into view of Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Ganesh Himal and the Annapurna range.

Only recently opened to trekkers, the route to Lake Phoksundo takes one into the southern reaches of the large Shey-Phoksundo National Park. Here one can experience the unique vegetation and wildlife of the Trans-Himalayan plateau that extends down into Nepal from Tibet.

Rara Lake
Among hills covered with pines and rhododendrons, sits the deep blue Rara Lake, with tall Chankheli peak looming large across the gorge of the Karnali River. Starting from the village of Jumla, one passes through forests and alpine pastures on a route through the dry terrain of western Nepal.

Only recently opened and restricted to special organized groups, this trek takes one through some of the country’s most pristine forests. Lying in the far eastern edge of Nepal, these valleys have scarcely ever known a footprint.

R i v e r s

The Trisuli begins high in the mountains north of Kathmandu. It is Nepal’s most popular river, convenient to Kathmandu for day trips and overnights. It is a relatively mellow river with some exciting spots of white water. One can float down the Trisuli right into the jungles of Royal Chitwan National Park.

Also called the River of Gold, this is acclaimed as one of the best white water runs in the world. The trips are ten days, with sandy beaches every night and thrilling white water every day. It’s the river of choice for intenational river-runners.

The lower reaches of this river have recently been opened to rafters. The best feature of the Bheri, besides the good water, is that it flows through Royal Bardia National Park, and it’s an ideal location for a combination raft-safari adventure.
Other rivers include the Arun, Marsyangdi, Seti, Tamur, Karnali and Kali Gandaki. Each river has its own level of difficulty, its riverside culture and natural history, and each can be combined with trekking or a safari. Rafting agencies will be glad to give you information on the more out-of-the-way rafting trips, and help you design a voyage of your own.

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