I hope most of us have heard about campaign run by wiki. It was named “Wiki Love Earth”. The main concept of this campaign was to explore the best terrains over the world. Thousands of people had submitted images taken by them locally. From those, submitted and published on wiki, I chose five different images from Nepal Himalayas. Personally I have been to three out of those five places. Still, Humla and Makalu Section are under my bucket list. I have been to Gokyo Valley, passing through Cho La Pass, from Everest Base Camp. On the way down you need to pass through Dole. Terrain from Gokyo 3rd Lake up to Dole was something different from what I had imagined. While on the way from Ghorepani Poonhill to Annapurna Base Camp I spent a night on Chomrong. Beneath me there was a settlement of Jhinu Danda with raging Madi River below it. Fishtail was right in front of me on northeast of Chomrong. It was exactly like what I, now, saw on this picture. Also the trip to Gosaikunda was such an experience that I can’t forget in my life. It was during rainy season and I was there to attend a festival named Janai Purnima. Trail was simply overcrowded otherwise the view was something awesome. It was on rainy season and entire area was lush and fresh green. I don’t own copyright to any of the pictures displayed below. This entire image is downloaded from wiki and copyright goes to the respective owners of each picture. Apart from that picture I have tried explaining the region on my experiences and researches. Enjoy reading.
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1. Humla | Far West Nepal
Far western section of Nepal, Humla, is one of the off the beat district that is untouched by motor able roads from major cities of Nepal. While on the other hand, it is connected by high himalayas road on Tibet that further leads to Manasarovar Lake and Mount Kailash. As a part of Karnali Zone, Humla District offers excellent trekking trail within it; although most parts of the area are declared as restricted region because of close proximity to Tibet and geographical remoteness. Easiest way to gain access to Humla is to take a short flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot, from where one can start trekking. Necessary permits for trekking Humla should be issued in advance at Immigration Department of Nepal. Northern part of district is accompanied by Buddhist People where as, southern part is dominated by majority of Hindu. Deserted landscape with bared windy terrain, it’s a perfect choice for adventure hikers as well as it is the ending point of Great Himalayan Trail.
Photo – Nara La Pass at elevation of 4535 m from sea level connecting Tibet and Nepal via crisscross road as seen in the image above is unmatched with any other terrain on Nepal. Image was taken by Rinji Sherpa and published on Wiki Love Earth.
2. Dole | Gokyo Valley Khumbu
Khumbu Valley, that holds Everest and Lhotse on its border towards Tibetan Side, is major significance of Everest Region with access to view of Mount Choyou and Mount Makalu. Close west to Khumbu Valley, there exists another beautiful valley, named Gokyo, holding six high alpine series of lakes starting with name from Gokyo 1st to Gokyo 6th Lake. Namche Bazar, which is gateway for Mount Everest Base Camp, is also gateway for Gokyo Valley. Dole is next settlement from Namche towards Gokyo Lakes. With approximate range of forty-two hundred meter elevation from sea level Dole is excellent viewpoint of Mount Thamserku and Kantega. Beautiful meadow field for yak herds is a bonus. There is no permanent settlement on Gokyo as mostly local hotel owner stay on Dole during high season while on the other hand, their families reside around Khumjung and Khunde or Phortse Village.
Image – Settlement of Dole as seen on the trail toward Machhermo while heading toward Gokyo Valley. We can see Mount Thamserku on left border of frame where as Mount Kantega on Right. Image was taken by Mohan Dulal and published on Wiki Love Earth
3. Chomrong | Annapurna Base Camp
World-renowned Annapurna Base Camp Trek, which is often known as Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, has multiple options of trails like, starting from Dhampus, from Jhinu or from Naya Pool passing via Ghorepani Poonhill. No matter from where we start, we will merge on a place called Chomrong from where single trail leads us towards the Base Camp. It is one of the biggest settlements along the trail, after Ghandruk, and is mostly accompanied by local Gurung people. Some of them do business stuffs there and belong to nearby villages. It is the last settlement. Ahead from here Sinwa, Himalayan, Dovan, Fishtail Base Camp and eventually Annapurna Base Camp are the hotel areas. We can see beautiful view of Jhinu on the far way down, next to Madi River, with Mount Fishtail right in front of village.
Image – We will be no more counting dollar, we’ll be counting stars … Long exposure from Chomrong with Mt. Fishtail and falling stars. Image was taken by Mohan Dulal and published on Wiki Love Earth.
4. Gosaikunda | Langtang Valley Rasuwa
Rasuwa District, with Langtang National Park, is renowned for Langtang Valley and Gosaikunda Lake Trek. A big celebration is carried out, twice a year, on Gosaikunda Lake Area due to its religious importance. The trail will be overcrowded during those periods and so will be the teahouses. It is accessible either by trek from Dhunche or from Helambu Side. There are one hundred and eight lakes on Gosaikunda Region among which the most important and biggest one is Gosaikunda. There are settlements next to Gosaikunda Lake providing excellent view of Bhairab Kunda too. On the way from Dhunche first lake we will pass by is Saraswati Kunda followed by Bhairab Kunda and Gosaikunda. Surya Kunda is one hour walking distance from hotel in Gosaikunda. After exploring those lake areas one can either descend back towards Langtang Valley or further continue towards Helambu via Gosaikunda Pass.
Image – Bhairab Kunda Lake located in between Gosaikunda and Saraswati Kunda, beautifully captured by Rinji Sherpa and published on Wiki Love Earth. We can see trail next to Lake, just a stairways to heaven.
5. Makalu | Far East Nepal
Mount Makalu, fifth highest mountain on the world, resides between Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjunga. Mount Makalu, probably one of the most difficult eight thousanders to ascend, has widest mountain face in the world. Foreigner named Shipton first explored Makalu Base Camp area. Because of which there is one pass in between Tashi Gaon (Biggest Settlement of Makalu) and Makalu Base Camp named after first wanderer “Shipton La”. World’s deepest valley Makalu Barun, one of the area facing highest rainfall on Nepal, is biologically rich in varieties of flora and fauna. There is no word to describe the isolated beauty of Makalu Region, which is full of adventure in wilderness along with well-preserved Sherpa Culture and seasonal stone huts throughout the trail. Further ahead on northwest side of Makalu Base Camp, there exists world’s most technical as well as strenuous trekking trail which connects Chukung (Khumbu Valley) to Sherpani Cole and West Cole towering 6200 m above from the sea level.
Image– We can see strange Ice Berg that was captured by Endra Rai near by Mt. Makalu as area offer unmatched glacial walks. It was published on Wiki Love Earth on copyright of Endra Rai.