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I just wanted to thank you all at the Mountain Company for a very well organised trip.
Paul Belfield (UK) | Island Peak, Nepal

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About Nepal

Nepal is a landlocked country 800km long and 200km wide with its northern border along Tibet and southern border with India.

The Himalaya mountain range dominates Nepal and contains eight of the world’s highest mountains: Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Makalu, Annapurna, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and of course Mount Everest. In this country altitude varies from 150m above sea level in the Terai on the border with India up to the summit of Everest at 8,848m. This range of altitude creates a unique environment with an incredible diversity of landscape, plants, birds, animals and people.

The Nepal Himalaya is the meeting point of Buddhist and Hindu religions. In Nepal over ninety per cent of the population is Hindu located in the south of the country and in the main cities however in the mountainous northern areas Buddhism is predominant. Many of the classic treks in Nepal such as Everest, Manaslu and Kanchenjunga take you on a journey between these religions where at higher altitudes you enter Buddhist Sherpa country with colourful prayer flags, mani walls and monasteries.

All areas of our treks and expeditions in Nepal are planned with responsible tourism in mind especially porter welfare. The Mountain Company follows the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG) five guidelines. Our approach to porter ethics has been recognised by International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC) as have been made a Partner for Responsible Travel.

Nepal has the best mountain walks in the world that would be suitable for any age group or experience. You can explore this country in different styles from joining a fully supported camping trek visiting remote areas such as Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Makalu and Upper Dolpo to staying in locally owned teahouse lodges of the Everest, Annapurna and Langtang regions.

Over the last few years a number of luxury lodges have been built in the Everest and Annapurna regions that provide a more comfortable alternative to the standard teahouse lodges previously available. These new lodges provide the highest level of service with landscaped gardens, good food and en-suite bedrooms with hot showers and western toilets.

If you are looking for a mountaineering objective we offer an expedition support and guiding service with fixed date departures and as well as private groups on a bespoke basis. Our most popular expedition in Nepal is to Mera Peak at 6,476m where the view from the summit is no doubt one of the finest in the Himalaya.

Nepal has four seasons: winter from December to February, Spring from March to May, Monsoon from June to August and Autumn from September to November. You can visit Nepal at any time of the year however the two main trekking seasons are Spring (also known as pre monsoon) and Autumn (also know as post monsoon).

October is the most popular trekking month in the Nepal Himalaya followed closely by November. These months normally have dry weather with clear blue skies and sun. It is possible to trek during December although of course the temperatures will be colder. Late February it is at the tail end of winter with temperatures still cold at higher altitudes although this is a good time to visit to places at a lower elevation such as the Annapurna middle hills. As the year progresses into March and April the weather warms up, this is a good time to trek anywhere in Nepal especially as rhododendrons will be in flower in many places.