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Travel Inspiration Lonely Planet Calls Nepal One Of The Best Places To Travel

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Lonely Planet pointed out that most of the country went untouched, including the most popular trekking areas. 

Tilicho lake in the Annapurna region

Where to begin

The guide names Annapurna as "a great, nay, epic place to start," which is most assuredly one of the best places to travel to. Accessible from the town of Pokhara, easily reachable from Kathmandu, this presents the kind of views that usually only mountaineers can experience. 

The available treks are Annapurna Base Camp, Ghandruk, Ghorepani and Annapurna Circuit, with the latter being the most popular trekking route in Nepal. Half of the 100,000 folk who come to Annapurna each year take this trek. From here are visible Annapurna (36,538 feet), Dhaulagiri (26,820 feet) and Machhapuchhre (22,943 feet). Trekking here encompasses a greater variety of terrain than any other trek of this length, including sub-tropical, alpine and semi-desert. The physical highpoint is the high pass of Thorong-La (17,769 feet), the highest pass in the world.

Most popular choice

Outside of the Annapurna region, the most popular trekking area for visitors to Nepal is the Khumbu or Everest region. Famed for housing four of the six highest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest, the region is home to two classic trekking trails. The Everest base camp trek follows in the original footsteps of the famous 1953 Hillary and Tenzing expedition. A great alternative to this well-travelled route is the Goyko Lakes trek, which takes hikers on a circular route out to the amazing glacial lakes of Gokyo and then up and over the Cho La Pass to join trekkers to EBC.

Other things on offer

Nepal has much to offer: trekking, rafting, air sports, wildlife, Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage sites and cultural events. The government estimated that bookings will be 40 percent down this year following the quake, but the low end segment which includes backpackers would adhere to their travel plans.