Nepal is home to eight of the fourteen peaks on Earth, whose height reaches eight thousand meters, in particular, the highest and famous mountains in the world – Everest and Annapurna. Before my trip to Nepal, I associated these mountains exclusively with mountaineering, altitude sickness and oxygen cylinders, overcoming myself and the wonderful book of climbers Anatoly Bukreev and Henry Western De Walt “Everest. Deadly Ascent “. Bukreev, by the way, died a year after the publication of the first edition in 1997, after being hit by an avalanche during the conquest of Mount Annapurna. Without a doubt, for climbers, travel to the Himalayas today is all the same metal “crampons” for moving on snow and ice, howling the wind and “death zones” above 8000 meters.
However, more and more people prefer trekking – long trips in the mountains with overnight stays in strictly defined places (most often in lodges or guesthouses). There are many trekking routes in Nepal: around Mount Manaslu (Mount Spirit), to Annapurna base camp or Everest base camp, with a maximum climb of about 5,000 meters (for example, the southern Everest base camp is at an altitude of 5364 meters). Unlike mountaineering, trekking is not about harsh realities and overcoming, but a pacifying, albeit difficult, road, beautiful Buddhist and Hindu temples and blooming rhododendrons.