History of Trekking in Nepal

Trekking in Nepal Some about forty million years ago a collision between two plates of the earth's crust resulted in the creation of the earth's highest mountain Himalayas. The magnificent range of the Himalayas harbours breathtakingly beautiful scenery and impressive environment. The high Himalayas constituting a spectacular mountain scope are being able to attract the heart of any new person who is in search of challenge and grandeur. Nepal is renowned all over the world for its scenic and panoramic peaks and it is the land of super natural virgin beauty and a real paradise for nature lovers.

The Swiss who had been earlier refused permission to attempt Dhaulagiri, entered-east Nepal by way of Darjeeling in 1949. The team of Sutter – Lohner explored Ramtang Glacier, Kang Bachen peak (7902m) and the triangle of Drohmo (7008m) Jongsang peak (7473m) and Nupchu (7028) on the Nepal – Tibet – Sikkim border. They also climbed Tang Kangma (6249m) on outlays of Drohmo as well as Dzange peak (6709m) before they returned to Darjeeling on the nineteenth day of their expedition.

The highest mountain in the world was determined by and later named after Sir George Everest in 1852. After determination of Mt. Everest, no climber had been a scaled mountain of Nepal till 1949. It is fact that the history of trekking in Nepal is started after climbing and expedition of many majestic peaks.

Nepal opened its frontiers to the outside world in 1949 and within eight years ten of the fourteen 8000m peaks had been climbed. Annapurna (8091m) was the first to be climbed in 1950. From then on the number of expeditions coming from many different parts of the world multiplied and by 1964 all these Himalayan giants had been climbed.

The history of Trekking in Nepal goes back to 1949. Bill tilman, who was the first trekker in nepal somehow got permission from the maharaja in 1949 to make several treks in the Kali Gandaki, Helambu and Everest. His bravery and interesting trekking experience are described in Nepal Himalaya. Anothere early trekking visitor in Nepal was maurice Herzog, who led a French expedition to Annapurna in 1950.

Colonel Jimmy Roberts introduced the world about trekking in Nepal since 1965. While He was a former Gurkha Officer and Military Attaché at the British Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal had spent several years of his life walking the hills of Nepal. According to his idea revolutionary for the time, was to provide tents together with Sherpas, guide and cook. This made Nepal and the Himalaya available to a wide community.It was an immediate success in this field. Nowadays his formula is well established. The concept of trekking is to travel through the hills walking for five to six hours each day with all their equipment carry by porters or yaks and provide good quality meals along with warm sleeping bags and comfortable tents. The trekker must carry his personal pack with camera, day clothing and snacks. Walking for days on end might sound daunting, but actually it is not too difficult. According to Colonel Jimmy Roberts Anyone who has tramped the New Zealand hills with their own pack will find Nepalese trekking much easier and more stylish. All age groups people (seven to seventy year olds) have taken on many excursions into the Nepalese hills. Age is no barrier to trek and the most important attribute for enjoying the trek in Nepal generally, is right attitude. The highest Mountain Mt. Everest of the world and other numerous mountains have been climbed many times now. First of all Tenzing Norge Sherpa and Edmund Hillary reached at top of the world Mt. Everest in 1953. According to Sir. Edmond Hillary "Nepal is the only country in the world which is also one of the world's great trekking paradises and one of the nicest countries in the world for trekking."