Thinking of where to visit in 2021? Why not see more of Nepal? From high Himalayan mountains to the plain lowland of Terai, Nepal is made up of so many diverse Himalayan holidays that it’s hard to decide which place in Nepal deserves the distinction. With so diverse destinations, the activity and things to do in Nepal also varies widely. At the moment we can only dream and look forward to the trip waiting for us out there. Thankfully, the Himalayas is still full of incredible destinations and challenges and we look forward to guiding you in the Himalayas soon.
Here we present you the list of 10 iconic Himalayan holidays for the post-COVID to keep us all inspired and dreaming.
Everest base camp trek is truly one of the greatest treks in the world and it is unquestionably on the bucket list of most adventurers. The breathtaking scenery, hospitality and culture of Sherpa people, the base camp of the world’s highest mountain and many more are the highlights of the trek. For 2021, why not add a bit of fun by concluding with a helicopter fight back instead of walking all the way? This way you get to see mountains from high and above while overlooking the trail you walked past from your window seat.
If you have previously done high altitude trek and is looking for something challenging then this trip might suit your preference. Island peak standing tall at 6189m is a perfect peak for people looking to climb their first Himalayan peak. We recommend you do the Everest base camp trek or probably Three high passes for better acclimatization before heading to Island peak straight from Lukla.
One of the classic Nepal trek offering diverse views, geographic variation and cultural richness, Annapurna circuit trek remains still one of the greatest treks in the world. Cross Thorung La Pass (5416m), get awe-inspired by Annapurna range, seek salvation in Muktinath, savour the delicious apple pie and more on this classic trek. Alternately, if you are short in time you can opt to fly out from Jomsom airport to Pokhara cutting the last leg of the trek to Pokhara.
Three high passes of 5000m above in a single trek may sound a lot more challenge but the views on this trek are unlike anything you will see. Complete full Everest circuit, visit the hidden villages and lakes, see Everest and other peaks from different angles and return home with the ultimate sense of achievement. No technical gears required and the views aren’t any shorter as from the summit of 6000m peaks.
The most popular trek in Annapurna region taking you to the south base camp of Mt. Annapurna and Poonhill, viewpoint. A perfect trek for people looking for a moderate grade trek that doesn’t exceed 4130m. The trek starts and ends at Pokhara which adds another reason to visit this region. Feel enclosed in the chamber of Annapurna ranges, witness panoramic views from Poonhill, Chill by the lake at Pokhara and plunge in the hot spring at Jhinu. We highly recommend you to combine Annapurna base camp and Poonhill trek in a single itinerary so that you get the best view possible.
If you are among those who prefer the quieter side and untouched natural beauty then perhaps this trek and climb to Yalung Ri in Rolwaling valley may be of your interest. Situated between Langtang and Everest, this region is unknown till date to many people. While this region doesn’t have 8000m mountains, the Rolwaling valley is still a great place offering untouched nature and religious richness. Yalung Ri Peak Climb can be done in two weeks time if you have limited time too and even in this shorter time frame, you are guaranteed to have a wonderful experience. It is a perfect peak for beginners and serves as a good entree for beginning mountaineers.
Trending these days is the Everest helicopter tour which is a half-day trip. Board a helicopter flight from Kathmandu, fly close to the highest mountains in the world, land at Kalapathar 5545m for a quick photo session and have breakfast at the one of the highest resort in the world at 3900m. If you have limited time or don’t want to do the trek then this Everest base camp helicopter tour will be a perfect option. Reward yourself with the views without losing a sweet.
The highest trekking peak in Nepal at 6476m, Mera peak is a great pick for the first ideal Himalayan climb if you are looking for something more than conventional trekking. Not technically challenging and reaches an elevation of almost 6500m, this climb is suited for people who are looking to bag their first Himalayan summit. Also, you will be rewarded with the view of five (5) 8000m mountains (Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and Kanchenjunga) from the summit of Mera.
Test your mountaineering skills and climb one of the most technical peaks in Nepal combining mixed climb of Rock, Ice and Snow. The month-long expedition to the beautiful mountain at 6812m is a real adventure for the experienced climber. You will need previous experience of 6000m peak for this climb and with this achievement, you are certain to feel proud of yourself. Get the technical climbing experience of conquering this mountain sharply pointed as this is a steep pyramid of ice with vertical walls and sharp, exposed ridges.
Everyone loves a little luxury and adding this to the Everest base camp trek couldn’t get any better. With comfortable lodges along the way, completing Everest base camp trek with more comfort is not a mere dream now. Our Luxury Everest base camp trek allows you to spend 4 nights at Kathmandu Marriot Hotel, a newly built 5-star hotel in the heart of Kathmandu, stay 3 nights at comfortable lodges in Phakding and Namche, and helicopter flight back to Kathmandu instead of walking all the way down to Lukla to catch a flight back.
Bonus (11). Sleep at Everest Base Camp
Ever wondered what it’s like at the Everest base camp during the Everest expedition period? If Yes, then join our Sleep at Everest Base Camp Trek during April to May which allows you to stay overnight at the Everest base camp with the expedition members. Get a peek into the lives of climbers and Sherpas, stay at the base camp on fully tented accommodation, Get an insight into the expedition lives and confront the highest mountains in the world.
Interested in any of these iconic Himalayan holidays post-COVID? Get in touch with us now and we will help you craft your dream holiday as per your preference and requirements with safety priority and service paramount. For all our upcoming trips, we will implement the latest advice and guidance on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and operate our services accordingly. Learn more about our Travel with Confidence.