Off the Beaten Trails

It is possible to trek into portions of Nepal offering untouched wilderness, such as the Upper Dolpo, Dhaulagiri, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga regions, among others.  This mode of trekking will truly involve living outdoors, as one encounters few teahouses in these more remote areas of Nepal.  Because of their remoteness, these regions are inhabited by residents who have held onto their customs and lifestyle going back many centuries, offering the bold visitor the chance to experience the secret treasures of the Nepal Himalaya.

These regions invite consideration of the geological and social history of our nation.  The Himalayan chain of mountains was created over the last 30-40,000 years as the Indian Subcontinent, not connected originally to the rest of Asia, moved northward, pushing against the mainland of Asia, and raising up the area now called the Himalaya.  The Himalayan range extends in a west-northwest to east south-east arc, from Afghanistan in the west to Myanmar in the east.  One-third of the Himalaya run along Nepal's northern border and contains 8 of the world's highest peaks.  Adventurers have gazed thoughtfully at these remote mountains and valleys since time immemorial.  Although access was forbidden for many years, occasionally a few brave souls would find a way in and would then bring back stories of a Shangri-La steeped in obscure but fascinating customs and history.  The residents of these isolated places tended to be Hindus in the flatter valleys and Buddhists in the higher elevations.

It was not until October of 1991 that Nepal's Home Ministry finally announced the opening of a number of zones that until then had been off limits to visitors.  These included particularly the Inner Dolpo and Nupri areas, situation to the north of Manaslu. Next, in 1993 the Upper Mustang and then the Western Humla areas opened, making possible treks to access Tibet's Mt. Kailash.  The little-known Nar Phu Valley next was opened in 2002.  These developments have made some amazing treks possible in numerous regions displaying a great diversity of scenery, flora, fauna, and
society.  We encourage you to consider them as adventuresome, if rougher, alternatives to the much more popular Annapurna, Everest, and Langtang Treks.  Our trained and experienced guides and porters will accompany you every step of the way.