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Beautiful Valleys of Nepal

Abhishek Subedi August 1, 2020

Nepal is a famous destination for outdoor adventure, and its natural historical beauty. One of our poets has described in his poem that there are no words to describe the natural beauties of Himalayan Nepal. Nepal is a small country but with enough beauty, like a diamond. Diamond is small but it’s one of the precious gems. The same as Nepal is the small but precious country in the world. Nepal is the land of unparalleled variety and contrast. The lowlands of the Terai of the Chitwan National Park lies only 150m above the sea level. Yet just over 100 km to the north, runs the highest mountain range on Earth. Between the white giants in the distance and the steaming jungles of the lowlands lies a land of outstanding beauty, supporting a variety of wildlife, vegetation, and cultures as diverse as the land itself.  

Beautiful Valleys of Nepal

Nepal being enriched and blessed with many majestic mountains to remarkably alluring valleys is a perfect destination for any adventurer looking for a real wilderness experience.  It is home to eight of the world’s fourteen eight-thousander mountain peaks, and has plenty of other splendid places including valleys, forests, lakes, caves, temples, monasteries and palaces that offer jaw-dropping sights! Each of these beautiful places in Nepal stands out in its unique way. 

1. Pokhara

Pokhara, if Kathmandu is the cultural hub of Nepal, then Pokhara is its center of adventure. An enchanting city nestled in a tranquil valley (altitude 827m), it is the starting point for many of Nepal’s most popular trekking and rafting destinations. The atmosphere on the shores of Phewa Lake is one of excitement as hipster backpackers crowd the many bars and restaurants exchanging recommendations on guest houses and viewpoints, both by the lake and above the clouds. Pokhara is a place of remarkable natural beauty.

Pokhara

The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the fish-tailed summit of Machhapuchhre (6,977m) rising behind it create an ambiance of peace and magic. At an elevation lower than Kathmandu, it has a much more tropical feel to it, a fact well appreciated by the beautiful diversity of flowers, which prosper in its environs. Indeed, the valley surrounding Pokhara is home to thick forests, gushing rivers, emerald lakes, and of course, the world-famous views of the Himalaya.

2.  Barun Valley

If you are in Barun Valley, you will see vast green meadows covered with flowers in a horde of colours on the one hand, while on the other, you will find mighty snow-dusted mountain peaks with numerous waterfalls. The place is so stunning it will leave you spellbound and make you feel like you are in paradise! Barun Valley even holds significance in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and has a National Park containing a diverse array of wildlife. The area around the incredible alley does not have any human habitation and is only visited by the few trekkers en route to Makalu Base Camp. 

The Barun Valley Trek is still under the radar for most travelers visiting Nepal. Because of this, you will have much of the trail all to yourself as you walk for days on end through the pristine landscape.
Give your mind a break from the tedium and stress of everyday life and step into the mountains. Focus on the beauty of the little things as you inhale the fresh air and feel the wind against your body. Even the rhythm of your own footsteps will put you at ease.  Much of the trail is completely uninhabited and requires tent camping. Sleeping outside under the shadow of the Himalayas adds an additional dimension of excitement. You will have a closer experience with Mother Nature. Realize that you are not separate from nature, but in coexistence with it. 

3. Nar Phu Valley

Nar Phu Valley is a trip to the wild and lost valley of Nar Phu offering off the beaten track wilderness experience in Annapurna region. Similarly, Nar and Phu villages are situated off the Around Annapurna main trekking trail en-route to Manang. Moreover, it is surrounded by Pisang Peak to south, Kangla Pass to the west, Kangru Himal east and Damodar Himal to the north. Their spoken dialect is different from Manang and Tibetan. Most of the houses are two-story with the entrance from the top. There are three Buddhist monasteries. Phu is located at the upper end of the valley. As in high mountain areas people of the Nar Phu descend to warm regions from December to February. 

Nar Phu Valley

People of Nar have a closer relationship to Manang. Unlike people from Manang they do not trade widely, rather concentrate to nearby areas in the south. The Gurungs of Lamjung use the lamas of Nar Phu as they believe they are experts therefore they had great influence. 

4. Rolwaling Valley

The Rolwaling Valley is one of the most remote, wild and magical areas in Nepal. It lies Northeast of Kathmandu valley, close to the Tibetan border and between TamaKoshi River and Khumbu Himal. This trek offers a unique opportunity to pass through traditional Sherpa and Brahmin villages. Along the trek, we will cross high passes, dense forests and beautiful waterfalls. Highlights of this trip include fantastic views of Mt. Gauri Shanker (7146m) and Tsho Rolpa glacier lake. This trek is recommended and suitable for adventure seekers that are interested in exploring off of the beaten track. 

5. Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu, the capital and largest city in Nepal, is like no other city in the world. The decaying buildings in the heart of the city are a stark contrast to the lively atmosphere that permeates the streets. The smell of incense wafts from stores while street sellers push their goods, and people go about their daily lives, all against a backdrop of historic temples and carved statues.

Kathmandu Valley

For several hundred years, Kathmandu was one of three rival royal cities, along with Bhaktapur and Patan. Situated in close proximity to each other, today these three almost run together. The highlight of Kathmandu has long been Durbar Square, the largest of the palace squares in the three royal cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Temples and monuments of varying shapes, sizes, styles, and faiths can be found here. Kathmandu’s Durbar Square was severely damaged in the 2015 earthquake, with many buildings destroyed beyond repair, but it still remains a special place to visit.

6. Langtang Valley

The Langtang Region, home to Langtang National Park, is an incredible area for hiking, with high passes, extensive views, old monasteries, and beautiful mountain scenery. Rhododendron forests bloom during the spring hiking season adding color to the vistas. The region, home to the Sherpa people, is less developed than some of the other popular trekking areas in Nepal and generally less busy on the trails, despite its close proximity to Kathmandu. 

Villages with guesthouses and food can be found along the route, although somewhat more spread out than in other trekking regions. Some villages in this area were completely devastated by the 2015 earthquake. This area can be reached easily from Kathmandu by jeep in seven to eight hours. On a clear day, the peak of Langtang Lirung (7,245 meters), which dominates the surrounding area of the same name, is visible from Kathmandu.

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