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Nepal getaway

Trekking in Nepal, the perfect gateway to the Himalayas

The Asian nation of Nepal is one of the world's leading destinations for trekking and adventure holidays. It is estimated that 2 million people visit Nepal every year, most of whom take the opportunity to travel beyond Kathmandu and spend some time hiking, trekking, or mountaineering.

Nepal is home to some of the highest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest, the Annapurna, and Mount Kanchenjunga, all of which exceed the 26,000 feet mark. However, it is not necessary to be an expert mountaineer to enjoy a trekking holiday in Nepal. With its numerous valleys, lakes, and walking trails, the country is the perfect option for those who enjoy being close to nature. And with routes suitable for everyone,regardless of their age or physical condition, Nepal is undoubtedly the perfect Himalayan getaway.

Trekking in Nepal: getting there and some of the most popular routes

Getting to Nepal no longer requires long winded and exhausting journeys. Kathmandu's international airport currently handles flights to and from most cities in Asia and the Pacific region. However, costs can be an issue. For Australian holidaymakers, the 7,000 mile trip between Sydney and Kathmandu does not always come cheap. In that case, your best bet includes using an online travel site specialised in discount flights to and from Australia. You can search for cheap flight tickets JetAbroad, which has been listed as one of the top 10 travel websites of 2011. Here, return flights to Nepal can be found for as little as AUD$900.

Once in Nepal, there is a plethora of trekking routes to follow. Some of the most popular include:

-The Mount Everest Circular route, which takes visitors on a spectacular journey through the Khumbu region, in eastern Nepal. The town of Lukla is a typical starting point and a good place to acclimatise to altitude. From Lukla, treks go on to the hills at Namche Bazaar, and from there on to the village of Gorek Shep, known for its unrivalled views of Mount Everest. From Gorek Shep, trekkers have the option of continuing to Mount Everest's base camp, or taking a recommended detour to visit the Gokyo Lakes, located in Sagarmatha National Park

-Trekking in Lantang is convenient for those who do not wish to go to far away from Kathmandu. Lantang is a peaceful region dotted with monasteries, glaciers, lakes, canyons, and pristine forests, where camping is possible and highly recommended

-Kanchenjunga treks take visitors to some of Nepal's most remote landscapes and to the base camp of the world's third highest mountain. This is the ideal trek for those looking to escape from it all and enjoy the peace and calmness of this breathtaking region.