Nepal - the high mountain dream
Nepal has always been on my list of ’must dos’. 8-kilometer high peaks over the head and villages hidden in deep mountain valleys…
In reality, Nepal is becoming more and more popular destination for all kinds of people and it is not exclusive to high-mountain climbers expeditions anymore. Hikers, backpackers and tourists swarm over the mountains. The most popular hikes, like Annapurna circuit or Everest base camp are the mainstream touristic routes with all the infrastructure in place: hotels and restaurants are ready to serve thousands of people every year.
It is hard or even close to impossible to find peaceful and deserted trails. Only the highest and most unwelcoming peaks are free from the crowds. Attacking these summits is not something I am ready or keen on taking up though.
When planning my first trip to Nepal, I tried to aim for a trail that would take approximately 3 weeks and provide me with as authentic Himalayan experience as possible.
After digging through the endless list of hikes and trips, the choice for the first trip to the great mountains was made: Manaslu circuit with Tsum Valley extension.