I spent 6 weeks in Nepal and did both the Annapurna circuit and the Everest base camp trek with a week between them. Here are my recommendations for restaurants, experiences and what trek to do🏔
A small, peaceful town by a beautiful lake. Also the starting point of Annapurna Circuit/Basecamp treks. Has a lot of good restaurants and you can buy all the trekking gear there if you like. Recommend staying here for a few days even if you are not going trekking from here.
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Dusty and crowded and not much for the eye. Thamel is the part you want to stay in if you want to be near all the restaurants and shops. Small little streets with hundreds of shops selling trekking gear - be ready to bargain and compare prices!
Nepal is a paradise for the adventurous! Trekking is of course the main attraction and I recommend to do at least one trek when staying in Nepal! There are so many different treks ranging from day treks to the full 3 week treks! You can also go paragliding in Pokhara, see the Himalayas from a hot air balloon or go to a cooking class! Here are some of my favourite experiences.
These treks are really different from each other and I think I could not choose between them if I needed to. Here are some of my thoughts on the difference between them 🏔 Annapurna circuit: Much cheaper than EBC, free shower in most of the teahouses and free wifi included in some places. Longer distance to walk each day on average but more flat than EBC. You go way slower up, I was 7 days to go up to 3500m height. There are roads almost all the way up which is a good thing and a bad thing. It's a good thing if you are short on time, then you can skip the first few days and buy a seat in a car that takes you further up the trail. It's a bad thing because it ruins the experience a little bit to have to watch out for cars if you are on the road and hear the sound of them when you are trekking in the forests. There is less people than on the EBC trek, much more of backpackers and easier to get to know people to trek with. There are a few hotsprings on the way that you can visit. Everest Base Camp trek (EBC): More expensive, no free showers or wifi. Much more people and a lot of big groups with porters and guides. Harder to get to know people. Shorter distance in every day but harder because it is a lot more up and down. Need to fly to Lukla which is expensive (possible to walk but I think that is extra week or something like that). No roads so the only vehicles you see are helicopters. You can take a side trek to Gokyo lakes on the way down which are extremely beautiful 🤩
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