Nepal is known as the “Country of Himalaya” because Nepal shares a large part of the world’s Himalayan range. Being a small country in territory it is a great privilege for the country to have shared most part of the Himalayan range. Nepal’s Himalaya is backed by the 8 of the world’s fourteen peaks above 8000 meters. It also consists of the peak that the world talks about, the Everest. It also has got many more peaks below 8000 m. This is why trekking in Nepal has always been so exciting.
There are 6 countries that are home to the Himalayan mountain range: Nepal, China/Tibet, India, Bhutan, Pakistan and Myanmar. Without question or debate it is Nepal that stands out as the Himalayan Kingdom. Not only does it contain the highest number of peaks of any other country housing the Himalaya, it has the most peaks open for climbing and has by far the best infrastructure to support tourism and mountaineering. Nepal has seen mountaineering activity that dates back further than any other Asian country with the early expeditions beginning in the 1890′s and early 19th century. The Himalaya in central Asia was the last and greatest mountain range to see exploration and eventually became the range where modern-day expedition assaults and tactics were developed by the early pioneers. Expedition in Nepal can’t be fulfilled without trekking the peaks.
If you’re into peak climbing in Nepal, here are a few renowned peaks to check out :
Mt. Everest (8,848m/29,028ft):
Mt Everest expedition has become one of the most popular mountain expeditions in the world. Mount Everest has many names: Sagarmatha and Chomolungma to name just a few. It stands at 8848m/29,028ft and generated 2.75 million USD in 2013 from permit costs alone. Standing on top of the highest geographic point in the world has become a challenge and goal that many cannot ignore
Mt. Ama Dablam (6,812m/22,349ft):
Ama Dablam Expedition is the most famous and popular 7000m peak in Nepal. Ama Dablam is translated to “Mothers Necklace” “mothers pearl box” It is known as the Matterhorn of the Himalaya and stands at 6812m/22,349ft. It has become a benchmark ascent for climbers looking to evaluate their performance on a technical peak at altitude.
Island Peak (6,189m/20,305ft)
Island peak got its name from the first ascent team who said that among an ocean of snow and ice there was an island, island peak. It stands at 6,189m/20,305ft and has become one of the most popular trekking peaks in Nepal. It is regarded as slightly technical because of a glacier crossing and a steep snowfield to a short exposed summit ridge. It is a great beginner peak offering stunning views of Makalu, Ama Dablam and Everest.