Trekking the Nepalese landscape
As we’ve seen Nepal is a fascinating and complex country with a diverse culture. The landscape is full of stunning views, tumbling mountains and breath-taking wilderness. There’s also a diverse range of wildlife from the jungles of Nepal to the mountains of Himalaya.
Visitors often come for the trekking, never really knowing what to expect. The mountains look down temptingly from their snow-capped peaks, caped in pristine white clouds.
But it is nowhere near as hard as it might seem at first glance, as Himalayan trails only become difficult once you are near the top. It’s relatively safe and it’s hard to get lost. Of course it’s better still if you go with your guide. It can be both hot and cold and there are several hours of walking involved, but no Olympian levels of fitness are expected. As long as you are reasonably healthy the treks are easy enough to tackle and breaks are included. Yes, it can sometimes be quite slippy, steep and narrow. Suspension footbridges are never popular, but all of that is worth it if you really want to see some of the stunning vistas of Nepal.
Shrouded in mystery
Himalaya also boasts at least 8 of the world’s highest peaks. In Hindu mythology the mountains are believed to be where the Gods go to meditate. Sherpas believe that certain summits are the embodiment of certain deities.
As you can imagine the mountains of Nepal are extremely popular, and with this in mind there is heavy emphasis on conservation. The country’s breath-taking biodiversity deserves protection. Visitors to the region have a part to play in keeping the country clean as much as the locals do. Visitors are advised to use wood as little as possible, for both heat and cooking while out trekking. It’s important not to leave litter lying around, and the use of water bottles isn’t advised as the Nepalese do not recycle them here.
Although its unlikely visitors fall ill while they’re trekking, sometimes heatstroke can strike when you least expect it, trekkers are advised to drink plenty of water and eat something salty. Of course it can be very cold too, especially the higher up you are. With this in mind, it’s advised that sunglasses are to be worn so as to avoid snow blindness. It’s also important to look out for signs of hypothermia.
As already mentioned Nepal has an extremely varied biodiversity. It has a vast range of mammals, birds, and plant life. While out trekking it’s an ideal opportunity to see if you can spot something.
Nepal has nearly 900 species of birds. A lot of Nepal’s wildlife can be found in their jungles such as the one horned rhino. However, there are many different species living up in the Himalayas too. One of the most famous inhabitants is the snow leopard as featured on BBC1’s Planet Earth series. It has thick white spotted fur and is very elusive. You may not get to see a snow leopard, but you may see some of Himalayas bird population, such as the bar-headed goose, snow goose, golden eagle, demoiselle crane, peacock, or Eurasian eagle owl, to name but a few.
There are varied habitats in which to live here from the forests of the foothills, to ice bound peaks and mountain lakes. You will find Tibetan foxes, red panda, grey wolf and Eurasian lynx here, as well as the Asian golden cat.
As well as mammals, there are a fair amount of insects. Arachnids live quite happily in the Himalayan Mountains. For those of you who aren’t great fans of the spider, you may not take this as good news, but they are fascinating creatures. Once such spider lives quite happily thousands of miles above sea level, this is the Himalayan jumping spider. It’s small but strong and able to survive high up. Unfortunately, the diet here is not particularly varied for the spider and it lives off stray insects that have blown up the mountain.
Keeping Nepal beautiful
Nepal is beautiful, if you take the opportunity to trek up one of its many mountains, and you are bound to have an unforgettable experience. Keep an eye out for Nepal’s diverse wildlife and make sure you play your part in helping Nepal preserve its environment while you are there. That way Nepal’s stunning landscape and fascinating biodiversity will be with us for many, many years to come.
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