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Top Ten (10) Best Treks In Nepal

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Nepal is a trekking paradise and every adventure lovers dream to explore this naturally and culturally blessed country.  High peaks, frozen lakes, and the most beautiful landscape which are only reachable by foot make Nepal the most alluring destination for trekkers.
If you’re thinking about trekking in Nepal then congratulations, you’re going to have a great time of your life!  The diverse terrain of Nepal offers a variety of stunning trekking routes. So, it will be totally unfair to name just one best trek in Nepal. So, here is the list of top 10 best treks of Nepal where you can get the lifetime memorable experiences.

 Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base camp Trek

Number of Days: 12-15

Difficulty Level: Medium

Best Time: March-May and October-November

Max Elevation: 5,600 meters, Kala Patthar

Required Permits: TIMS, EBC Conservation, Local Government tax.

Trek Cost : $ 1100- 1400

Every year thousands of trekkers visit Nepal just to accomplish Everest Base Camp Trek. This worldwide famous treks literally bring you to the base of the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest (8,848 meters). The trek starts from Lukla and lasts for around 12- 14 days depending upon your walking speed and acclimatization day.

The main highlight of the trek is standing at the Kala Patthar, one of the best vantage point of the Everest region. From the top, you’ll get the scenic view of snow-capped peaks including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Nuptse. You ‘ll also see the Khumbu Glacier, the highest glacier on earth. Throughout your trekking journey, you’ll have an opportunity to explore culturally rich Sherpa culture, traditions, and lifestyle.

Also, if you want a bit more remote trekking then you can consider taking other alternative routes like Gokyo Valley Trekking and Everest Three High Pass Trekking. Likewise, if you’re short on time then you can still choose short Everest Sunrise View Trek. It is one of the most rewarding short treks that offers you an opportunity to get a close view of the world’s tallest peak Mt. Everest.

 Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base camp Trek

Number of Days: 8-10

Difficulty Level: Medium

Best Time: March-May and October-November

Max Elevation: 4,320 meters, Annapurna Base Camp

Required Permits: TIMS, ACAP

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is another perfect blend of superb natural beauty and rich cultural diversity of the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is the most scenic short treks prefers by the trekkers in Nepal. The trek starts from Phedi and ends at Nayapul and takes 12 days to complete.  

This beautiful trek provides you splendid views of Mt. Annapurna I, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Himchuli, and Mt. Machapucchre. The trail passes through the authentic villages of Gurung, Magar, and Brahmin. Throughout the trek, you’ll get mesmerized with the fabulous mountain scenery and ethnic culture of Nepal. The major highlight of this trek is to reach the base camp of the world’s dangerous mountain- Annapurna I.

Moreover, you can combine this beautiful trek with Poon Hill Trekking. Or if you have 7-8 days then shortest Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the best short treks in the Himalayas that offer a fantastic close-up view of Annapurna range.

 

 Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

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Number of Days: 13

Difficulty Level: Strenuous

Best Time: March-May and October-November

Max Elevation: 5,416 meters, Thorong La Pass

Required Permits: TIMS, ACAP

Langtang Gosaikunda trek is another great option of trekking in the land of Himalayas. It lies very close to the city, only 19 miles. Actually, this trek combines two short treks, the Langtang Trekking, and the Goaiskunda Holy Lake Trekking. It is a great trek, especially it is less touristy. You’ll spot a few people than other famous classic treks in Nepal. So, you’ll get to enjoy the solitude during the whole trek.

The trek starts from Syabrubesi and ends at Dhunche and takes around 13 days. The Langtang trekking route is fully blessed with the wonderful views of Langtang range. You’ll also get an opportunity to climb Tsergo Ri peak at 5,000 m high above the sea level. From the top of the peak, you’ll see the stunning panorama of both Nepali and Tibetan mountains. Langtang Valley is still untouched by modernization and holds its unique Tibetan culture and lifestyle.

Likewise, you’ll also get a chance to visit a holy place, Gosaikunda Lake. This wonderful lake is an important pilgrimage site for Hindu pilgrims. Lastly, if you want to explore the entire Langtang region then you can opt for Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek. It is specially designed for those trekkers who want to enjoy the all hidden natural and cultural beauties of the Langtang region.

 Annapurna Poon Hill Trek

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Number of Days: 8

Difficulty Level: Easy

Best Time: Spring and Autumn

Max Elevation: 3,200 meters, Poon Hill

Required Permits: ACAP, TIMS

Highlight: Explore Gurung village of Ghandruk, and get a close insight into their culture and lifestyle

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek lies in one of the most beautiful and famous Annapurna trekking regions of Nepal. It is comparatively easy and short trekking in Nepal. During this wonderful trek, you’ll pass through terraced fields, beautiful dense rhododendron forests, and hospitable Gurung villages.

The trekking trail is fully-blessed with the magnificent view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. You shouldn’t miss the sunrise and sunset view from the Poonhill. It is considered as one of the best vantage points to get 360-degree Himalayan views.

This short trek is beautiful especially during the spring season as the whole path will flourish by different colorful rhododendron flowers. Enroute there are lots of teahouses serving good food and accommodations services.

 Upper Mustang Trek

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Number of Days: 19-21

Difficulty Level: Strenuous

Best Time: March-May and October-November

Max Elevation: 3,840 meters, Lo Manthang

Required Permits: ACAP, RAP

Highlight: The world deepest gorge- Kali Gandaki River, Lo Manthang- the capital of Mustang region

 

Termed as the best trekking trails, Upper Mustang Trek lies at the rain shadow area of Dhaulagiri mountain. It is an ancient former Himalayan kingdom in the north side of Nepal. Located beyond the great Himalayas, it is regarded as the forbidden kingdom of Nepal. To preserve the authenticity of the Mustang area you require a restricted trekking permit. Upper Mustang Trek will take you away from the rest of the world where you will get the glimpse of centuries-old culture and lifestyle.  

Upper Mustang Trek takes you through the almost treeless barren landscape and steep rocky hills with stunning views of the Himalayas. Actually, the trail follows an ancient salt caravan route and traverse high mountain passes like Lo (3,950 m). During the trekking journey, you’ll pass through the deep gorge of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri, several mystical cave, and centuries-old monasteries.

The major attraction of the trek is LO Manthang, consider as the capital of Upper Mustang region. It is basically enclosed by a mystical giant white wall. You can explore Namgyal Gompa, Nyamook Gompa, and Tengar village. Most of the locals of the region are Lobas who follows Tibetan Buddhism culture.

 Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trekking

Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trekking

Number of Days: 19-21

Difficulty Level: Strenuous

Best Time: March-May and October-November

Max Elevation: 5,416 meters, Thorong La Pass

Required Permits: TIMS, ACAP

Highlight: The world deepest gorge- Kali Gandaki River

If you wish to trek in the Nepal Himalayas and get the taste of true wilderness the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trekking is one of the best options for you. The trekking trail passes through diverse terrain and trek around the massif Annapurna range. The major attraction of the circuit trek is crossing the world’s wildest pass i.e, Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters.

This wonderful Annapurna Circuit offers you an amazing view of Mt. Annapurna I, Mt. Maachapuchare, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu, and Mt. Gangapurna. During the trekking journey, you’ll pass through cascading waterfalls, sub-tropical forests, and several Gurung, Magar, and Thakali villages.

 Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Number of Days: 17

Difficulty Level: Strenuous

Best Time: March-May and October-November

Max Elevation: 5,416 meters, Larkya La Pass

Required Permits: ACAP, MCAP, RAP

Highlights: Manaslu Base Camp and Manaslu Conservation Area, Experience the fascinating Nuri culture and lifestyle of local habitats

Manaslu Circuit Trekking is a relatively new trekking trail. It is one of the most challenging treks as routes is diverse, remote, and isolated. This wonderful trek offers you the opportunity to trek around the stunning Mt. Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world.

Furthermore, this trek covers a variety of terrain from subtropical forests at lower elevations to crossing the challenging Larkya La Pass (5,135 m). It is also the highest point of the trek from where you can enjoy the superb view of Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Paldor Peak, and Mt. Machhapuchhre.

The trail goes through the dramatic valleys, cascading waterfalls, and lush forests with the stunning beauty of remote Manaslu mountain range. The Manaslu trekking route is a part of The Great Himalayan Trail and considered as the best off-the-beaten-path. Apart from great mountain views, you’ll also experience the rich blend of Nepalese and Tibetan culture along the trail.

 Kanchenjunga Trekking

Kanchenjunga Trekking

Number of Days: 28

Difficulty Level: Strenuous

Best Time: March-May and October-November

Max Elevation: 5,160 meters, Lapsang Pass

Required Permits: KCAP, RAP

Highlights: Kanchenjunga Base Camp and Kanchenjunga Conservation Area

The Kanchenjunga Trekking is specially designed for the true adventure enthusiast. It takes you to the base of Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m) which is the second highest mountain of Nepal and third highest in the world. The Kanchenjunga Trekking follows the incredible trail and leads you to far Eastern side of Nepal. Throughout the trekking journey, you’ll enjoy the view of a fantastic landscape, pristine nature, and stunning Himalayan vistas.

The adventurous treks lead you through a variety of terrains from terraced hills, lush sub-tropical forests to high alpine meadows. You have to cross two high passes; Lapsang La Pass and Selele Pass. You’ll also experience the unique and rich culture of ethnic communities like Rai, Limbu, and Sherpa communities.

 Upper Dolpo Trekking

Upper mustang Trekking

Number of Days: 24

Difficulty Level: Strenuous

Best Time: March-May and October-November

Max Elevation: 5,250 meters, Kang La Pass

Required Permits: RAP

Highlights: Explore the deepest lake of Nepal- Shey Phoksundo and visit the ancient monastery of Dolpo district- Shey Gompa

If you want to get away from modern day civilization and explore the mystical landscape then Upper Dolpo Trekking is for you. It is an adventurous trek that leads you to the remote region of Karnali in the north-western side of Nepal. The Dolpo trail takes you through the biggest national park of Nepal, Shey Phoksundo National Park. This national park is home to several diverse flora and fauna including Yarshagumba.

Entire journey the stunning views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Api, Siapal, Kanjirowa, and many more will accompany you. This trek is normally considered as challenging as it involves crossing three dramatic high passes; Nagdalo La (5,350 m), Shey La (5,000 m), and Jeng La (5,110 m).

Further, you’ll traverse through the dense subtropical forests to desert-like land in the upper Dolpo areas. You’ll also visit serene Phoksunda Lake (3,600 m) and Shey Gompa Monastery. Even though trekking in this isolated Himalayan valley is challenging it rewards you with beautiful landscapes and insightful ancient Tibetan cultural exposure.  

 Nar Phu Valley Trekking

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Number of Days: 24

Difficulty Level: Strenuous

Best Time: March-May and October-November

Max Elevation: 5,416 meters,Thorong La Pass

Required Permits: ACAP, RAP

Highlights: Stunning views of Mt. Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and High mountain pass- Thorong La (5,416 m) and Kang La (5,322 m)

Nar Phu Valley Trekking lies in the north side of the Annapurna region. The trek starts from Jagat and follows the popular Annapurna Circuit trail and separate from Koto to Nar Phu Valley. The trekking routes are well-dotted with untouched religious sites and Tibetan villages.

Furthermore, you’ll get a chance to cross the Kang La Pass (5,315 m). From the top of the pass, you see some highest peaks including Mt. Annapurna II (7,937 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7,445 m) and Tilicho Peak (7,134 m).

Phu valley is also a pilgrimage site for the Buddhists from Nepal. You can also visit Tashi Lakhnag Gompa and get blessings from Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche. You’ll get a close insight of lifestyle and culture of Bhote communities. Nar Phu Valley Trek requires a great level of physical fitness.

The Final Say

Nepal is among the best trekking destinations in the world for adventurous travelers. There are different trekking routes in Nepal from short and easy treks to long and adventurous treks. Choosing the right trek normally depends on a number of days, budget, trek style, and difficulty level.

The above-listed treks are the most popular and best treks in Nepal. No matter, whatever you choose, the trekking in Nepal will be one of the best adventurous activities in all of the world!