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10 Popular Destinations in Western Part of Nepal

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Saipal Himal Trek

This is an adventurous but extremely rewarding and beautiful off-the-beaten-track trek to the base camp of westernNepal’s second highest mountain, stunning Mt. Saipal (7035m). To complete this trekking, it is quite difficult without camping crew. So you must join the with a local agency in Katmandu for easy and understand a trip to Saipal Himal. This peak is counted as the best peak of Nepal. Saipal Himal trek start from Simikotthrough Karnali river bank through the Thakuri Hindu village and Humla Tibetsettlements all leads to the Majestic view of Saipal Himal. Saipal Himalreassembles the sleeping golden ox. Traditional village, rural lifestyle of the people, local farmers working on indigenous crop field and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, shrines are the best attraction of this trek that force you tosynchronize yourself with that beautiful scenario.

Lumbini

Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha, was born in 623 B.C. in the famous gardens of Lumbini, which soon became a place of pilgrimage. Among the pilgrims was the Indian emperor Ashoka, who erected one of his commemorative pillars there. The site is now being developed as a Buddhist pilgrimage center, where the archaeological remains associated withthe birth of the Lord Buddha form a central feature.

Rara Lake

Rara Lake, photo Nepal Tourism Board

Rara lake is the biggest lake situated within the borders of Nepal, which lies at an altitude of 2,990 m above sea level and covers an area of 10.8 square kilometers. The lake is surrounded byRara National Park on all sides, the park was established in 1976 to preservethe beauty of the lake and protect the unique floral and faunal importance ofthe rare and vulnerable species found around the lake.

Khapdak National Park

Khaptad National Park is a protected area in the Far-Western Region of Nepal which was established in 1984 on the advice of the region’s holy man Khaptad Baba. The Park stretches over four districts of Bajhang, Bajura, Accham, and Doti and covers an area of 225 square km. The landscape consists of steep slopes, streams, and moorland. It is considered to be one of the best scenic landscapes Nepal has to offer, with various landscapes and species of birds and animals along with different kinds of vegetation it surely is a place where almost none of the beauty has beenrearranged by human hands.

Upper Mustang Trek

The Upper Mustang can also be called a peek into the hidden world of Buddhist kingdom of Mustang, also called Lo. Loused to be a part of the Tibetan empire, and is therefore very closely related to Tibet; not only the culture, also the landscape is very much related to Tibet. Surrounded by rocks in all kinds of colors and bizarre formations, Mustang is mostly a barren landscape where the villages with their bright-colored fields are like Oasis in the deserts. Mustang lies in the shadow of the Dhaulagiri region and is a complete desolate landscape. The culture of the people living there is one of the major attractions for tourists and visitors alike.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

The Dhaulagiri Circuit is a rugged trek to the west of the Annapurnas, starting from Pokhara and following the MyagdiKhola to its source at the Chhonbardan Glacier below the world’s seventh highest mountain. From Dhaulagiri Base Camp at the foot of the north face, you trek up the side of the glacier and over the French Col to enter “HiddenValley”. This is an extremely remote hanging valley, the crossing of which gives this trek more of an expedition feels. From the Hidden Valley, there is an option to climb the non-techical Dhampus Peak (6,060m). Under normal condition, the standard route follows moderate snow slopes to the summit and can be attempted by those with ice axe and crampon experience. You then make a steep descent to Jomsom, where you will meet trekkers who have descended from the Thorong La on the Annapurna Circuit. Rather than trekking back to Pokhara viathe Kaligandaki Valley, which has been subject to major road-building in recentyears, you fly from here back to Kathmandu.

Simikot/ Kailash Trek

Kailash Manasarovar yatra

Simikot to Kailash trek offers a unique type of trekking experience, which takes you to Tibet’s mythical Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, via the hidden Humla valley in Nepal’s western most Tibetan frontier commencing from Simikot. The remarkable feature of this trip is Kailash kora plus sightseeing tour at attention-grabbing city of Tibetan Plateau – Lhasa. This worth visiting city offers abundant Buddhist monasteries including Sera Monastery, one of the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet, where several hundred monks live and study within its whitewashed walls & golden roofs. Besides, Jhokhang temple which is probably the most sacred shrine in Tibet where there is always a procession of devout Tibetans through complex. Predominating the city of Lhasa, the Potala Palace that comprises the private quarters of Dalai Lama, as well as several grand state rooms and many important chapels, is another highlight of this tour. This trip is highly advised to those individuals who are fond of Buddhist Traditional cultural where one can gettouch to true – life style of Buddhist adherents.

Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve

Dhorpatan hunting tour is a famous adventure tour in Nepal. It is the only legal hunting reserve in Nepal among many National Parks, Conservations and Reserve Areas. Dhorpatan, established in1987, covers the area of 1,325 square km within Myagdi, Rukum, and Baglung district of Nepal. Dhorpatan hunting reserve extends from the altitudes of 2,850m to5,500m. Dhorpatan, where only licensed hunting is allowed, is the main habitat of Blue sheep. But other animals, including Leopard, Ghoral, Barking deer, Wild boar, Languor and Himalayan Black bear, are also found in Dhorpatan. Each year, there are limited amount of hunting operations and only certain species of animals are permitted to hunt. One needs to obtain hunting permits from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation under the government of Nepal. Hunters can set a camp within the hunting areas up to two week with the permission from the department.  In this trip, we can have the amazing view of Dhaulagiri range, Annapurna, Fishtail and Manaslu Himal.

Jomsome Trek via Upper Dolpo

Instead of following the more popularDolpo Circuit trek, the Upper Dolpo to Jomsom trek heads further north to an area very close to the Tibet border and then walks out along the challenging trail to Jomsom giving you a good number of days on one of the most special sections of The Great Himalaya Trail. Special because upper Dolpo is a culturally Tibetan region and one of the few places where Bönvillages and gompas (monasteries) can still be found. Bön is the Tibet religion that pre-dates Tibetan Buddhism. Up until 1996 foreigners were not allowed access to this region so the culture has largely been unchanged and unaffected by tourism. Shey Gompa, visited at the mid-point of the trek, is revered as one of the most important spiritual places in Upper Dolpo. Here, twice a year, many pilgrims arrive to complete a kora (or circuit) of Crystal Mountain, this is known as a younger brother of Mount Kailash in Tibet.

Lower Dolpo Trek

Lower Dolpo  Trek is another of popular trekking destinations of Nepal. If you are the one who want to make Nepal Trekking a wonderful experience for your lifetime, definitely one of the best packages we suggest you is to make a tryst with those remote Himalayan Mountains of Dolpo region. It is land where Oscar nominated movie – Caravan was based, and it is a place where Thinley, a culture nearby Tibet has survived originally for centuries.In fact, Lower Dolpo is home to popular Shey Phoksundo National Park. ThisLower Dolpo Trekking leads us through the protected area and takes us to superbPhoksundo Lake. The trek starts and ends in Juphal and is a moderatelystrenuous walk along the lower part of the Dolpo.

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