(GENERAL INFORMATION) The Nepal Himalayas is known as "The abode of the Gods". Nepal's history, religion, culture and tradition as well as legends and myths emanate from the awesome Himalayas. The Nepal Himalayas harbor many holy temples and shrines, monasteries and sacred lakes in the wilderness and remote parts of the region.
The Himalayas are the youngest yet the highest mountain range on earth. A third of its stretches- (800 kilometers) lies within Nepal.Consisting of 1,310 magnificent peaks over 6,000 meters, including 8 of the world's highest 14 peaks of 8,000 meters. Nestling in the rain shadows of these unique vistas of soaring summits unravels a profusion of lofty foothills, the home of the many Nepalese who delight in warm hospitality and friendship. These terraced hills meander down to lush green valleys with turbulent rivers; and to the tropical lowland and jungles teeming with wildlife.
In its immensely diverse and undulating topography, varied climate and mix of people Nepal combines to produce a magical attraction for outsiders. Many visitors come here to trek. Anyone with a pair of strong legs, and the spirit for adventure to explore the exotic, will enjoy the thrills of trekking in Nepal. Walking in the interior of the country follows ancient foot trails, which meander through the scenic riverbanks, intricately terraced fields and the forested ridges connecting picturesque hamlets and mountain villages. These highly developed and well-defined trails have been used for centuries and are the hive of activities to come in contact with the locals.
For visitors on extended holiday and with less restraints, there is an even more varied spectrum of adventure- be it rafting on the sparkling rivers, safaris in the jungles, trekking to explore deeper into the alpine valley with perpetual snow and glistening glaciers. The more intrepid traveler may venture further up to scale any of the 18 minor trekking peaks.
Nepal offers an astonishing topographical variation with the altitude ranging from 70 meters to 8848 meters amidst a width of 193 kilometers. Similarly, within its limited area and bounds, Nepal enjoys the entire climate with alpine, temperate and the tropical jungle regions determined by its incredible altitudinal variation.