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Smiles return to the Himalayan trails of Nepal

Warm smiles from thousands of Nepali`s who have come to rely on the tourism industry to make their living, will…

Warm smiles from thousands of Nepali`s who have come to rely on the tourism industry to make their living, will greet the returning numbers of trekkers this season as Nepal`s tourist trails return to normal. Trekking specialists World Expeditions have reported an increased level of interest from travellers wanting to visit the mountain kingdom, thanks largely to the positive images beamed to the world during the recent Everest jubilee celebrations.

In their 28 years of offering treks to the Everest & Annapurna regions of Nepal, World Expeditions state that they have never seen a major slump in visitor numbers to Nepal as they have over the past 2 years. As stability returns to Nepal, so are trekkers, with many flocking to the hills this October and November to enjoy the natural & cultural wonders that Sir Edmund Hillary made famous 50 years ago.

Trekking in Nepal is always an exhilarating experience that exposes you to a beautiful, warm and caring people, ancient cultures and spectacular mountain scenery. I couldn`t think of a better value holiday, said World Expeditions` UK General Manager Gordon Steer.

My advice is to go early this season when views of the mountains are best and before the trails return to their old, busy levels.

Many of World Expeditions` tented treks in the popular Annapurna and Everest regions offer first time trekkers the chance to experience true Himalayan wilderness. Their itineraries follow little-known trails, well away from the busy `tea house` trails, and offer stunning scenery showcasing the magnificent diversity of Nepal; from village life of different mountain ethnic groups to walks through lush forests and of course, the beauty of the immense Himalayan range.

World Expeditions` long relationship with Nepal, and the Hillary family, has helped them to achieve one of the world`s leading Himalayan programmes. They recently were the only company to work with Sir Edmund Hillary`s son Peter, to organise a special banquet in view of Mt Everest celebrating Sir Edmund and Tenzing Norgay`s historical achievement in 1953. During the evening, live satellite calls were made to Sir Edmund, and Peter, who has led trips for World Expeditions for over a decade, spoke live to an audience at the Odeon celebrations in Leicester Square attended by the Queen.

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