Nepal is a small area of land, rectangular in shape, located between China and India, best known for its mountains and mountaineering. It has a varied land height from 67 meters to the top of the world at 8,848 meters. Unlike elsewhere, Nepal has numerous peaks to offer adventure, ranging in height from 5,500 meters (18,045ft) to mountain expeditions of 8,848 meters (29,028ft) where one can find a big concentration of high snow capped mountains, including some of the highest climbing peaks in the world. Everest obviously comes to mind when people talk about Nepal. But very few people know that Nepal boasts seven other peaks which are above 8,000 meters. They are namely Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Annapurna.
There are innumerable others between six and eight thousand meters – currently 414 opened for mountaineering expeditions. Among these 92 peaks are unclimbed until March, 2017. Government of Nepal has made a decision on 2071/01/25 B.S. (8 May, 2014) that all the peaks below the height of 5,800 meters will be operated for the trekking purpose.
There are 27 peaks regulated by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), while the rest are controlled by the Ministry of Tourism. The NMA regulated 27 peaks are termed as Trekking Peaks. The title may suggest that these peaks are easier to climb than expedition peaks, but this is not necessarily true and they are technically very demanding. Trekking Peaks actually provide a chance to climb in some of the most remote and unseen areas of west and east Nepal. Climbing these peaks can be technical and challenging.