Off the Beaten Path Trekking – With 100,000 trekkers a year visiting Nepal, many of the trails will be crowded, some impossible so. However you need not go to a particularly remote region to escape heavily travelled trails. The major trade and trekking routes are the shortest way to a particular destination, but if you allow another few days it is possible to follow less direct often parallel, routes through villages not even on the maps in areas with less Western contact than the major trails.
It is still possible to trek to places where there are few, if any other trekkers. Some of these places are described in this book. It seems contradictory to leave the congestion of an urban area only to battle crowds in Khumbu and Manang during October, November and April. By choosing an unusual destination during the high season or by going to popular places in the low season, you can recapture some of the spirit of un-hurried life in the hills that so entranced early trekkers to Nepal.
On remote or exotic treks a guide is helpful and it is almost imperative to carry your own food, stove and fuel. In areas that neither trekkers nor local porters frequent, there are no hotels. Food is available, but the time and effort necessary to scrounge out food and accommodation in homes can make progress almost impossible.