15 Scenic Treks in Nepal | A {Different Guide} on Trekking In Nepal

Nepal, home of the top eight of the ten highest mountain peaks in the world, is a paradise for trekkers and mountaineers. A landlocked country in South Asia, Nepal with its beautiful landscapes, mountain peaks, plains, and sub alpine forested hills is also famous for trekking in Nepal. Just in last three to four decades, Nepal became a universal destination for trekking and mountaineering. Situated in the lap of the Great Himalayas, Nepal trekking offers breathtaking mountain peaks which attract over 200,000 trekkers every year.

If you love trekking, then these treks in Nepal should be on your bucket list. Due to a large number of trekkers received by Nepal every year, it is an obvious question that which trekking destinations should be explored. Here we will give you information about some of the best treks in Nepal keeping in mind about the level of difficulty, a number of days, location of the treks, budget trekking, best season for trekking, individual or group trekking in Nepal and off course nature of the trek. But before talking about the best treks in Nepal, let’s know how trekking in Nepal looks like?

There is nothing to worry if you haven’t planned your trekking itinerary for Nepal. All you need to do is just pack your bags and head on your trek as Nepal offers everything and anything you want. You don’t have to worry much about your planning. You can get all you permit without pre-booking. You can also have a budget friendly trek if you want as there are a lot of possibilities in Nepal.

Nepal has a great infrastructure to support this planning. Tea-houses are flourished all over on the trails where you can halt and meet trekkers from all around the world. These tea-houses are well equipped with wifi and telephone connectivity. Emergency rescue helicopters always flew over you to help trekkers in the emergency. However, it can be expensive. As far as the Altitude Sickness (AMS) is concerned, Nepal has more awareness.

Trekking trails in Nepal are much cleaner than those in India. Even the unknown trails in India are littered heavily. This cleanness is due to the collaboration of local people, administration, and trekkers. Also, Nepal has a nicely established system which can manage the waste. You will find that most of the trekkers in Nepal are foreigners (about 90%). So, it is a rich amalgam of international cultures in Nepal.

It is pretty sure that whatever your pick is, trekking in Nepal is one of the terrific things to do in whole of Asia. Below we are posting some of the most popular treks in Nepal considering the above specified trekking criteria. These treks will help you to decide best Nepal trekking tours so that your trekking in Nepal will be memorable.

 

Everest Base Camp Trek

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Trek Highlights

  • Grand View of Mount Everest and Base Camp
  • High passes and white dewy glaciers
  • Trek to Kala Patthar (5,600m) from where you can see the breathtaking mountain peaks of Mount Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse.
  • Trekking in the foothills of Everest with great mountain Landscapes and trekking routes

Key Facts

  • Duration : 12-14 Days
  • Difficulty : Moderate – Tough
  • Remoteness: Not so much due to higher number of trekkers
  • Highest Altitude : Kala Patthar (5,600 m)
  • Best Season: March to May and October – November
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Expenditure: Medium
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Required Permits: TIMS
  • Trip Starting/Ending Point : Lukla/Lukla
  • Nearest Airport : Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Atm: ATMs are there in Namche Bazaar

Everest region in Nepal offers some of the splendid mountain peaks in the world which makes it the perfect destinations for trekkers. Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most prominent treks in the world. Due to its popularity, trails are quite crowded but in spite of that entire Everest Base Camp trek is among the best Nepal trekking routes. But other treks of the Everest region like Three Passes Trek and Gokyo Lakes Trek are less crowded in comparison to Everest Base Camp Trek.

Climbing the top of the Everest is a tremendous achievement of all but trekking to Everest Base Camp is also regarded as the one of the greatest adventure. This Himalaya trekking will give you the opportunity to trek on the trail used by legendary mountaineers like Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. If you want to experience the Sherpa Culture of Nepal then this trek is the right choice for you. This trek will offer spectacular view of the highest mountain peaks in the world.

This trek is passing through high mountain passes, thundering Dhudhkoshi River, Namche Bazaar, tranquil Imjatse valley, picturesque villages, grassy paths, and various Buddhist Monasteries. Highest point during your trail will be Kala Patthar (5,600 m) from where you can have the splendid view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Mount Khumbila. March to May and October- November are the best months to go to Everest base Camp trek. During summers, mountain peaks are covered with clouds and time is also wet.

Route:

Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding – Namche Bazaar – Tengboche – Dingboche – Lobuche – Gorakshep – Everest Base Camp – Gorakshep – Kalapatthar – Pheriche – Namche Bazaar – Phakding – Lukla – Kathmandu

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Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trek Highlights

  • Explore the magnificent village of Sama
  • Cross Larke Pass which is full of adventure and challenging
  • Diverse geography, varying trekking trails and also varying altitudes ( 600m to 5,135m)

Key Facts

  • Duration : 14-15 Days
  • Difficulty : Tough
  • Remoteness: Remote
  • Highest Altitude : Larke Pass (5,115 m)
  • Best Season: March to May and October – November
  • Accommodation: Lodges and Guesthouses
  • Expenditure: Medium
  • Restricted Permits: Yes ( Minimum two trekkers are required to get permit)
  • Guide: Mandatory
  • Required Permits: ACAP, MCAP, RAP
  • Trip Starting/Ending Point : Aurughat or Gorkha/Besisahar
  • Nearest Airport : Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Atm: ATMs are there in Aurughat

Also nicknamed as “New Annapurna Circuit”, Manaslu Circuit Trek is a teahouse trek which takes 14-15 days to complete. If you are opting for Tsum Valley extension it will add another 5 days to your excursion. Circumnavigating the 8th highest peak in the world, Manaslu Circuit Trek is an outstanding trek offering spectacular views of the mountain peaks. This trek is more accessible after its declaration as the teahouse trek in 2010. Before that camping is the only option in this rigorous trekking trail.

Despite its increasing popularity, Manaslu Trek is still visited by less number of tourists in comparison to other classical Nepal trekking tours. Manaslu Circuit trekking trails are highly diverse, remote, isolated and very rich in geography. The complete trail is difficult and full of adventures for those who love various types of terrain. Circuit passes through spectacular mountain views, various villages of Hindu and Tibetan style, Buddhist monasteries, high altitude mountain passes, deep green valleys, deep river gorge of Budhi Gandak and many suspension bridge crossings. The highest point on this trekking trail is Larkya Pass which offers the eye-catching view of Mount Manaslu.

This Circuit Trek receives 2000 trekkers every year which is one-tenth of the trekkers going to Everest Base Camp Trek. But apart from less number of tourists, this circuit trek offers everything you would expect from a classical Himalayan trek and that’s the reason Manaslu Circuit Trek should be on top of your bucket list. If you want to go on this trek you should have at least two trekkers as it is requires getting a permit for Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Route:

Kathmandu – Soti Khola (via Aarughat) – Machhakhola – Jagat – Phillim – Deng – Ghap – Lho – Sama Gaon/Ro – Samdo – Dharamsala – Larkya La – Bimtang – Dharapani – Kathmandu

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Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Trek Highlights

  • Cross the Thorong La (5,416 m) – widest pass in the world
  • Cross various rivers and steel-wooden suspension bridges
  • Side trip to Tilicho Lake
  • Diverse trekking terrain and varying altitudes ( 760 m to 5,416 m)

Key Facts

  • Duration : 10-14 Days
  • Difficulty : Moderate – Tough
  • Remoteness: Not so remote due to high number of trekkers
  • Highest Altitude : Thorong La (5,416 m)
  • Best Season: March to May and October – November
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Expenditure: Cheap
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Guide: Optional
  • Required Permits: ACAP, TIMS
  • Trip Starting/Ending Point : Besisahar/Pokhara
  • Nearest Airport : Pokhara Airport and Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Atm: ATMs are there in Besisahar

Annapurna Circuit Trek is perhaps the most popular trek in Nepal after Everest Base Camp Trek. This trek normally takes 10-14 days to complete the 160+ Km circumnavigation of the Annapurna Range. This Circuit Trek receives about 100,000 trekkers every year which makes it the one of the most famous Himalaya trek in the world. Road construction however is threatening the reputation and future of this circuit as a classic trek. Yet it is pretty sure that the panoramic view of the mountains is marvellous.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is famous for its diverse trekking trails and sudden varying altitudes. Trail passes through mainly four regions in which first two regions Lamjung and Myagdi are Hindu dominated areas with lush green subtropical valleys which are located in lower attitude areas. Other two areas Manang and Mustang are higher altitude areas which are Buddhist dominated. Circuit passes through lush green valleys, jungles, variety of landscapes and finally reach its summit in Thorung La (5,416 m). Thorung La is the widest pass in the world which offers the breathtaking view of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Macchupucchre and Langtang Himal.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is highly crowded so if you want fewer crowds, you have to go there during off season. You can also try a side trek to Tilicho Trek which will add another taste in your excursion. This side trip is highly recommended as it will be worth visiting. This trip also requires acclimatization as altitude sickness can hit you when you will reach Thorung La.

Route:

Besisahar – Khundi – Bhulbhule – Ngadi – Ghermu – Tal – Chame – Manang – Letdar – Thorung Phedi – Muktinath (via Thorung La) – Kagbeni – Jomsom – Marpha – Larjung – Ghasa – Tatopani

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Highlights

  • Short Trek with real and authentic trekking trails
  • Spectacular view of Annapurna I
  • Great trekking trails and scenery

Key Facts

  • Duration : 9-10 Days
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Remoteness: Not remote due to high number of trekkers
  • Highest Altitude : Annapurna Base Camp (4,320 m)
  • Best Season: March to May and October – November
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Expenditure: Cheap
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Guide: Optional
  • Required Permits: ACAP, TIMS
  • Trip Starting/Ending Point : Nayapul/Nayapul
  • Nearest Airport : Pokhara Airport and Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Atm: ATMs are there in Pokhara

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most prominent treks in the world. It is the less-intense version of the Everest Base Camp trek which can be done in shorter span of time. This trek annually receives 100000 plus trekkers from all around the world which makes it the perfect destination for trekking in Nepal. This trek is different from the classical treks of Nepal in the sense that it offers vertical views of mountain peaks in comparison to panoramic views. This trek can be completed in 9 to 10 days which requires physical fitness.

As far as the trekking trails are concerned it is more steep and vertical than plain terrain. You can rarely find flat surface so it is advisable to get yourself fit before taking this trek. This trek also differs from other Himalayan treks because it offers vertical views of mountains. You have to look almost straight up to witness the high mountain peaks. This trekking trail passes through high mountain passes, forests of the Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepali villages, scenic valleys which will finally lead you to the Annapurna Base Camp. After reaching Annapurna Base Camp which is also the highest point of the trek, you will witness one of the most dangerous mountains to climb. Many attempts to climb this 10th highest mountain in the world but failed to do so due to its steep climb.

This trek is the amalgam of scenery and cultural heritage of Annapurna region. In comparison to Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit has more scenic trails and cultural heritage. So you can decide which one you want to do. However, if you have 5-7 extra days, you can combine the Annapurna Circuit with Annapurna Base Camp.

Route:

Pokhara – Komrong – Chomrung – Doovan – Machapuchare Base Camp – Annapurna Base Camp – Bamboo – Jhinu – Syauli Bazaar – Pokhara

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Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

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Highlights

  • Panoramic Views of the Himalayas during sunrise from the Poonhill
  • Visit to Ghandruk which is antique and culturally rich
  • Easy and relatively small trek

Key Facts

  • Duration : 4-6 Days
  • Difficulty : Easy – Moderate
  • Remoteness: Not so remote due to high number of trekkers
  • Highest Altitude : Poonhill (3,210 m)
  • Best Season: March to May and October – November
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Expenditure: Cheap
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Guide: Optional
  • Required Permits: ACAP, TIMS
  • Trip Starting/Ending Point : Nayapul/Nayapul
  • Nearest Airport : Pokhara Airport and Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Atm: ATMs are there in Pokhara

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the easiest treks in Nepal. This trek is of short duration which passes through the terraced ground, alluring rhododendron forest, and various villages. It is one of the most classic treks of Nepal which offers the panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I and Annapurna South.

When the rhododendron forest is in full blossom with the spectacular views of high mountains in the spring season, Pooni Hill Trek is magnificent. The breathtaking sunrise view over the Annapurna range from the Poon Hill is the climax of the trek. This is the best trek in Nepal to experience the magnificent beauty and hospitality of this region if you don’t have enough time. You can also experience the changing pattern of sunrise and sunset. From Poonhill you can get the view of the entire mountain range.

This trek is relatively easy in comparison to other high altitude treks in Nepal. However, there is a steep climb with 3381 steps when you trek on day 2 from Tikhedunga to Ghorepani.  Over 100,000 plus trekkers trek to Poon Hill every year which makes it one of the most famous treks in Himalaya.

Route:

Nayapul – Hile/Tikhedhunga – Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Gorepani – Tadapani – Ghandruk – Nayapul – Pokhara

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Kanchenjunga Trek

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Highlights

  • Spectacular views of Mount Kanchenjunga and Mount Makalu which is 3rd and 5th highest mountain peaks in the world, respectively
  • Picturesque trekking trail
  • Experience Nepali culture and Tibetan Hospitality
  • Diverse landscapes from forests to meadows
  • Various other snow-capped mountains

Key Facts

  • Duration : 20-22 Days
  • Difficulty : Difficult
  • Remoteness: Very Remote
  • Highest Altitude : Lapsang La (5,160 m)
  • Best Season: March to May and October – November
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Expenditure: High
  • Restricted Permits: Yes
  • Guide: Compulsory
  • Required Permits: KCA, RAP
  • Trip Starting/Ending Point : Taplejung/Taplejung
  • Nearest Airport : Taplejung Airport and Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Atm: ATMs are there in Taplejung

This circuit will take you to the camp of the third highest peak in the world, Mount Kanchenjunga. Mount Kanchenjunga is located on the border of India and Nepal which is the second highest mountain peak of the Great Himalayas. Due to its remote location and lack of infrastructure, this circuit trek is explored by less number of travelers. Kanchenjunga Trek receives just 600-700 trekkers every year which shows that this trek is not so popular among trekkers.

Kanchenjunga peaks are located in the Kanchenjunga National Park which houses some of the most exotic wildlife of Asia. Kanchenjunga Trek passes through the high-mountain landscape, Nepali Villages of the Rais, Limbus and Tibetan Buddhists and forests. This trek allows you to experience the local culture and natural scenery which makes it a perfect adventure tour. Since this trek takes place in the isolated area which is untouched by human, it can be a journey of the lifetime.

There are numerous trails in which most popular trail takes 24 days to cover both the North and South base camps of Mount Kanchenjunga. However, you can also opt for either North Base Camp trek or South Base Camp trek (18-19 days). Trek starts and ends at Taplejung. You can see the splendid Mount Kanchenjunga and Mount Makalu during your trek. It is advised to take fully organised camping trips with a guide. You can also spot snow leopard if you get lucky.

You can get teahouses in some villages during your excursion. You will not get fancy meals here as this area is very remote. Camping is another option where teahouses are not available.

Route (North and South Base Camp – 24Days):

Taplejung – Chiruwa – Sekathum – Amjilossa – Gybala – Ghunsa – Khambachen – Lhonak – Kanchenjunga North Base Camp – Pang Pema – Khambachen – Ghusna – Sele La Camp – Cheram – Ramche – Tortung – Yamphuding – Mamanke – Kesuwa – Lalikharka – Taplejung

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Langtang Valley Trek

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Highlights

  • Trekking to the top of Tserko Peak which is situated at an elevation of 4,984 m
  • Short Trek but full with trekking experience
  • Trekking trails passing through areas influenced by Tibetan traditions, magnificent forests and high alpine meadows
  • Panoramic view of valleys from Tserko Peak

Key Facts

  • Duration : 7-10 Days
  • Difficulty : Moderate – Tough
  • Remoteness: Not Remote to Remote
  • Highest Altitude : Tserko Ri (4,984 m)
  • Best Season: March to May and October – November
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Expenditure: Cheap
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Guide: Optional
  • Required Permits: TIMS
  • Trip Starting/Ending Point : Syabru Besi/Syabru Besi
  • Nearest Airport : Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Atm: ATMs are there in Kathmandu

Langtang Valley is one of the most stunning places in Nepal which was once the favourite for trekkers who were looking for splendid landscapes and authentic culture with great hospitality in teahouses within easy range of Kathmandu. However, after 2015 earthquake, this valley is almost barren of trekkers as local people are still rebuilding their lives. But now those who were forced to leave the valley returned and re-establish their lives. Langtang Valley trek is relatively shorter in comparison to other classic Himalayan trek and it is also a lower-altitude trek that will buckle its way up a valley to a base area at the bottom of Langtang Ri (7205 m).

Langtang Valley Trek is famous for its differing vegetation and villages famous for cultural heritage. The trek presents a great viewpoint of Langtang Ri, Annapurnas and Makalu. However, this valley is close to Kathmandu but it is still wild as Tibetan cliffs with calm rural landscapes. You can also experience the exclusive culture of Tamang community and witness the beautiful low altitude glaciers. This trail also offers the panoramic view of magnificent mountain peaks.

The starting point of the trek is Syabru Besi, a small town near Kathmandu. The trek trail passes through splendid forests, high alpine meadows, yak pastures and beautiful villages. If you do have time then you can combine this trek with Helambu Valley and Gosainkund lakes, which will increase the trek to over 21 days.

Route:

Kathmandu – Syabru Besi – Lama Hotel – Mundu – Kyangjin – Lama Hotel – Syabru Besi – Kathmandu

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Upper Mustang Trek

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Highlights

  • Visit the capital of the former kingdom of Mustang – Lo Manthang
  • Panoramic View of barren terrain
  • Deserted landscape with mountain cliffs
  • Rain shadow area
  • Trekking trail full influenced with Tibetan traditions

Key Facts

  • Duration : 12-14 Days
  • Difficulty : Moderate – Tough
  • Remoteness: Very Remote
  • Highest Altitude : Dhakmar (3,810 m)
  • Best Season: March to May and October – November
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Expenditure: High
  • Restricted Permits: Yes
  • Guide: Compulsory
  • Required Permits: ACAP, RAP
  • Trip Starting/Ending Point : Jomsom/Jomsom
  • Nearest Airport : Jomsom Airport and Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Atm: ATMs are there in Jomsom

Also known as Mustang, Upper Mustang is a river valley which is famous for its barren landscapes and mountain cliffs. It is the restricted region of Nepal which is more identical to Tibet than Nepal. It is the part of its own kingdom with Lo Mathang as its capital and considered as the last stronghold of Tibetan culture. This area has an offbeat landscape in comparison to other areas in Nepal. This area is a rain shadow area of Himalaya which will give an opportunity to trek anytime. Due to its geographical and political sensitivity, trekking was not open until 1992. Presently you have to take special permits to trek in this region escorted by a Nepali guide.

Upper Mustang Trek passes through barren landscapes offering the view of mountain peaks, unlike other classical treks. This trek is also famous for its 16th century Buddhist Monastery, Carved caves into outright cliff walls, and famous Tiji festival of Lo Manthang. Manangi people basically inhabited the area which has rich and exceptional culture and tradition of its own. This is due to the fact that Upper Mustang area is still remote. This trek is not challenging but sometimes harsh winds and cold winters can create a problem in trekking. This area is a hidden paradise of Nepal which is secluded behind the splendid mountain ranges.

If you want to explore the Tibetan culture and desert-like landscapes with the panoramic view of Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and other mountain peaks, then this is the trek for you. It was mainly a camping trek but you will find various teahouses in your excursion. Minimum two trekkers are required to get a special permit for this trek accompanied by a Nepali guide. The starting point of the trek is Jomsom and permits will be checked at Kagbeni.

Route:

Jomsom – Kagbeni – Chele – Zhaite – Charang – Lo Mathang – Dhakmar – Geling – Chuksang – Jomsom

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Makalu Base Camp Trek

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Highlights

  • Remote trek which is not spoiled by tourists.
  • Unspoiled landscapes and trails during the whole trek
  • Magnificent mountain landscape
  • Shersong Ridge Vantage Point (5,250 m)

Key Facts

  • Duration : 17-21 Days
  • Difficulty : Challenging
  • Remoteness: Very Remote
  • Highest Altitude : Shersong Ridge (5,250 m)
  • Best Season: March to May and October – November (Not recommended during winter season)
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Expenditure: High
  • Restricted Permits: Yes
  • Guide: Compulsory
  • Required Permits: TIMS
  • Trip Starting/Ending Point : Chichila/Num
  • Nearest Airport : Tumlingtar Airport and Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Atm: ATMs are there in Tumlingtar

Mount Makalu is the fifth highest mountain peak in the world with an altitude of 8,481 m. But the Makalu Base Camp trek is still explored by less number of trekkers due to its inaccessibility. However, now accessibility to this area is better and you can also find basic accommodation facilities here. For those who want peaceful trekking trails with natural landscapes with its diverse nature, experience the local cultures and remarkable views of world’s highest mountain peaks including Mount Everest. Makalu Base Camp Trek only receives 1500 trekkers every year which is very less in comparison to other classic Himalayan treks. Due to its inaccessibility and remote location, this trek is for experienced trekkers who want to explore the high Himalayas into the deep.

The starting point of the trek is located in the terraced farmland occupied by an ethnic group, Rai. These people have predominantly inhabited the Eastern Nepal Hills. After that, you will cross rhododendron forests, cloud forests, pristine forests and alpine meadows. During the trail, you will also witness the view of magnificent waterfalls and glaciers. When you reach Makalu Base camp, you are going to witness the spectacular views of the Kangshung face of Mount Everest which is rare. Mount Makalu, Chamlang, Lhotse and, Kanchenjunga are some of the other mountain peaks which can be seen from Makalu Base Camp.

Makalu Base Camp is located in Makalu Barun National Park which is the 8th largest park in the Nepal Himalayas. Spreading over an area of 2,330 km square, you can find some of the rarest flora and fauna in this park including Red Panda. This trek is the amalgam of adventure and natural landscape. This is a camping trek due to its remote location and you will never get tired due to its natural beauty throughout your excursion.

Route:

Tumlingtar – Chichila – Num – Seduwa – Tashigaon – Khongma Danda – Dobate (via Shipton La) – Yangle Kharka – Langmale Kharka – Sherson – Makalu Base Camp –Yangle Kharka – Dobate – Khongma Danda – Tashigaon – Seduwa – Num – Tumlingtar

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Gokyo Lakes Trek
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Highlights

  • Visit the magnificent village of Gokyo and spend some time there
  • All the six lakes of Gokyo region
  • Less crowd in comparison to other treks in Everest region
  • Splendid views of Mount Everest, Lhotse and Cho Oyu
  • Passes through one of the most beautiful passes in Nepal, Renjo La
  • Gokyo Ri Peak, a vantage point which offers the splendid view of the great Himalayas

Key Facts

  • Duration : 12-14 Days
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Remoteness: Remote
  • Highest Altitude : Gokyo Ri (5,357 m)
  • Best Season: March to May and October – November
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Expenditure: Medium
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Guide: Optional
  • Required Permits: TIMS
  • Trip Starting/Ending Point : Lukla/Lukla
  • Nearest Airport : Lukla Airport and Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Atm: ATMs are there in Lukla

Gokyo Lakes Trek is famous for its six gleaming, clean blue and green water Gokyo Lakes. These lakes are among the freshwater lake system in the world at the highest point. Those who want more diversity in views but also want to explore Everest region, this is the perfect trek for them. This trek is famous for the fact that you have to fewer nights at very high altitude. Summit of this trek is at Gokyo Ri which is at the same elevation as Everest Base Camp. It offers the breathtaking views of Everest, Lhotse, and other mountain peaks as well as glaciers. Gokyo Valley is one of the most alluring regions of Nepal with its alluring side valleys, splendid lakes, country’s largest glacier, and a curve of snow-capped mountains.

The Gokyo Lakes Trek trail is same as that of Everest Base Camp Trek but its trail will further take you into a valley on the western side of Everest. The trek trail passes through forests full of suspension bridges, scenic hills, high-altitude lakes, Ngozumpa glacier, Nepali villages and spectacular valleys. Six beautiful lakes of Gokyo, Nepal’s lagest glacier (Ngozumpa Glacier), View of mountain peaks from the vantage point of Gokyo Ri and Renzo La are the some of the major attractions of the Gokyo Lakes trek. This trek is also ideal for those who are not as good with steep inclination as the inclines are less steep than other treks.

After reaching Gokyo Ri one should explore the whole Gokyo valley. All the lakes and beautiful valley are the things to do in Gokyo region. Spring and autumn are the best seasons for this trek as weather is pleasant at that time.

Route:

Lukla – Namche Bazaar – Khumjung – Dole – Machhermo – Gokyo Village – Phanga – Khumjung – Namche Bazaar – Phakding – Lukla – Kathmandu

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Upper Dolpo Trek

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Highlights

  • Shey Phoksundo Lake and Shey Gompa
  • Shey Phoksundo National Park, one of the highest animal concentration parks in the world
  • High mountain valleys which simulating the Tibetan Plateu
  • Spectacular view of Kanjirowa Himal Mountain

Key Facts

  • Duration : 22 Days
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Remoteness: Very Remote
  • Highest Altitude : Kang La (5,250 m)
  • Best Season: March to May and October – November
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Expenditure: High
  • Restricted Permits: Yes
  • Guide: Compulsory
  • Required Permits: RAP
  • Trip Starting/Ending Point : Juphal/Juphal
  • Nearest Airport : Juphal Airport and Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Atm: ATMs are there in Juphal

With only 2000 trekkers every year, Upper Dolpo Trek is one of the least explored treks of the Nepal Himalayas. This is due to the extreme remoteness of the region and lack of infrastructural development. Dolpa is located in the Midwest Nepal in the premises of Shey-Phoksundo National Park which is a part of Tibetan Plateau with cold dry climate. The Upper Dolpo region is a hidden gem of Nepal due to its villages influenced by Tibetan culture, splendid landscapes, and breathtaking mountain peaks. Due to its extreme remoteness, this area is still untouched by modern time and houses a centuries-old culture. People of this region depend upon animal husbandry and trade as vegetation is very rare due to the harsh climate. Upper Dolpa region is full of wildlife, Buddhist monasteries and, their traditions.

Upper Dolpa Trek is a Long Camping trek which passes through three high altitude passes – Nagdalo La (5,350 m), Jeng La (5,110 m) and Shey La (5,000 m). Trekking trail consists of high climbing as well as high descents. This trek is challenging in nature due to its steep inclination and declination and stays at high altitude. This trail follows the ancient trading routes which will lead you through breathtaking landscapes.

Despite various challenges during the trek, it will reward you with barren terrain, magnificent landscape, breathtaking mountain peaks, rice terraces and Tibetan style villages. Shey Phoksundo Lake and Shey Gomb are a must visit destinations during your excursion. Often said that this trek is similar to that of Mount Kailash in Tibet because hundreds of pilgrims visit here. This area is also restricted so you can’t trek independently in this area. Minimum two trekkers are required to get a special permit for this trek accompanied by a Nepali guide and permits are also expensive.

Route:

Kathmandu – Napalgunj – Juphal(starting point) – Ankhe – Sulighat – Phoksundo Lake – Phoksundo Khola – Phoksundo Bhanjyang – Shey Gompa(via Kang La) – Namduna Gaun (Via Saldang La) – Saldang – Yangze Gompa – Sibu – Jeng-la Phedi – Tokyu Gaon (via Jeng La) – Dho Tarap – Tarap Khola – Khanigaon – Tarakot – Dunai –  Juphal – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu

Do Check: Manali To Leh – Distance, Bus/Taxi, Road Bike Trip, Map, Route & Highway

Must Read: Leh Ladakh Road Trip – A Complete Beginners Guide For 2018

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

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Highlights

  • Camping and Trekking in very remote areas of Nepal
  • Feeling of an expedition due to its extreme remoteness and rugged nature
  • Diverse landscapes and lush green areas with snow capped mountains and glaciers
  • Awe-inspiring views of Shaulagiri (8,167 m) and other high mountain peaks

Key Facts

  • Duration : 14 Days
  • Difficulty : Very Challenging
  • Remoteness: Very Remote
  • Highest Altitude : 5,360 m
  • Best Season: March to May and October – November
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Expenditure: High
  • Restricted Permits: Yes
  • Guide: Optional but advised to take guide due to very remoteness
  • Required Permits: ACAP, TIMS
  • Trip Starting/Ending Point : Darbang/Marpha
  • Nearest Airport : Pokhara Airport and Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Atm: ATMs are there in Pokhara

Dhaulagiri Circuit is one of the most challenging treks in the Himalayas in Nepal and a real adventure for experienced trekkers. This trek is for those who are looking for real adventure. This trek is challenging due to its constant elevation and one has to spend three days at an altitude over 5,000m. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is a camping trek which takes place in a very remote area of Nepal. This trek offers you awe-inspiring views of several high mountain peaks, with breathtaking landscapes. This trek takes place in one of the lesser-explored areas of Annapurna Himalayas.

Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek starts at Beni and for the first some days you will follow Myagdi Khola River to Chhonbardan Glacier. After that, there will be a change in landscape from farm area to the barren terrain. This trail is equipped with the views of Dhaulagiri peak and other Himalayan peaks. In last few days you are not going to find any settlement. This trek is a memorable adventure if you have trekking experience.

Due to high altitudes, Dhaulagiri Circuit trek is full with Altitude sickness problems. It is advised to aware of altitude sickness and acclimatizes yourself. It is not necessary to take a guide but you have to cross glaciers and steep inclination so you need a guide if you don’t have much experience in trekking.

Do Check: Leh Ladakh Bike Trip 2018{Delhi – Manali – Leh – Manali – Delhi}

Can’t Miss: Stok Kangri Trek 2018 (9D/8N)

Three Passes Trek

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Highlights

  • Crossing three passes – Kong Ma La, Cho La and Renjo La
  • Magnificent trail – remote, diverse and hidden beauty
  • Trekking through changing landscapes
  • Cross Himalaya’s widest glacier – the Ngozumba Glacier

Key Facts

  • Duration : 18-22 Days
  • Difficulty : Challenging
  • Remoteness: Very Remote
  • Highest Altitude : Kong Ma La (5,540 m)
  • Best Season: March to May and October – November
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Expenditure: Medium
  • Restricted Permits: No
  • Guide: Optional
  • Required Permits: TIMS
  • Trip Starting/Ending Point : Lukla/Lukla
  • Nearest Airport : Lukla Airport and Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Atm: ATMs are there in Lukla

Three Passes Trek is one of the significant trekking trails in Nepal which crosses three 5000+ passes named Kong Ma La, Cho La, and Renjo La. This trek is considered as the ultimate tour of the Everest region because it consists of both mountain views as well as an experience of local culture. Three Passes Trek takes place in Sagarmatha National Park and offers some of the best scenic views of Nepal Himalaya. The main highlight of the trek is to conquer all the passes which expand for about 3 weeks. Trekking trail of Three Passes Trek includes some of the trails of Everest Base Camp Trek but it offers more astonishing views of the mountain peaks when we cross the Cho La, Renzo La, and Kongma La.

This trek is passing through High Mountain passe, Namche Bazaar, picturesque villages, grassy paths, and various Buddhist Monasteries. When you reach Chokhung Ri (5,550m) which is the vantage point of the trek, you will get to face the highest mountain peak in the world. Three Passes Trek leads you to Solo Khumbhu which allows for better acclimatization and gives an opportunity to know about the life of Sherpa people. This trek officially starts in Namche Bazaar and after a circular trek finally, end at Namche Bazaar. You can trek from any direction but it is easier to trek anti-clockwise.

Altitude Sickness is a real problem here due to high-altitude passes. So, it is advised to aware of altitude sickness and acclimatize yourself. Three Passes Trek can be done by combining other verities of the Everest Base Camp Trek.

Must See: Budget Ladakh Bike Trip (6D/5N)

Don’t Miss: Manali To Leh Ladakh Bike Trip (10D/9N)

Nar Phu Valley Trek

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  • Trekking into the remote part of the Nepal
  • Explore Nepali villages
  • Spectacular views of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Himlung Himal and Tilicho Peak
  • Explore Tibetan areas that expand down to Nepal.
  • Explore colourful prayer stones, monasteries and Tibetan-acquired culture

Key Facts

  • Duration : 9 Days
  • Difficulty : Challenging
  • Remoteness: Remote
  • Highest Altitude : Kang La(5,360 m)
  • Best Season: March to May and October – November
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Expenditure: High
  • Required Permits: TIMS
  • Trip Starting/Ending Point : Besisahar/Pisang
  • Nearest Airport : Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Atm: ATMs are there in Besisahar

Nar Phu Valle Trek is a real Himalayan adventure experience as this trek is memorable due to its splendid beauty. This area is not opened for trekking before 2002. So it can be said that this is one of the least visited treks in Nepal but that doesn’t even slightly decrease its natural beauty. Nestled between Annapurna and Manaslu regions which are most visited areas, Nar Phu Valley is a secluded treasure which offers the panoramic views of unexplored valleys with a mix of Himalayan Natural beauty and Buddhist culture.

Due to its remote location and recent entry as a trek, this area is visited by a lesser number of trekkers. This is a challenging trek which requires physical fitness. When you trek through the valleys of Nar and Phu, you will witness high mountain peaks and passes, remote Nepali villages, snowy glaciers, forests, monasteries and Tibetan cultures. Trek starts from Besisahar and finally diverges into the remote valleys. You will notice colourful prayer stones and Tibetan chortens during your excursion. You can also spend time with villagers when you spend your night in Nar Phedi Monastery. After that, you will pass through the high mountain pass, Kang La which is also the highest point of the trek. During your trek, you will be astonished by the beauty of Annapurna II, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak. Phu is a Buddhist dominated area and also pilgrimage centre. You can also see the view of Annapurna circuit which is the memorable part of the trip.

This trek can also be done during monsoon apart from other two peak seasons. But you will face some landslides during road journey to Besisahar. There are various variations of this trek. For example, Tilicho Lake trek can be added to this trek and this trek can also be added to Annapurna Circuit trek.

Must Visit: Markha Valley Trek 2018 (9D/8N)

Suggested : Pin Parvati Trek (10D/9N)

Tips for Trekking in Nepal

  • Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas due to high altitudes. Most of the treks in Nepal are high altitude treks and of long duration. It is necessary to acclimatize yourself before starting your trek. However, all treks have acclimatization day between trek. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like a mild headache, nausea and general discomfort. Nepal has more awareness when it comes to Altitude Sickness.
  • Alcohol is dangerous in extreme cold, especially at high altitudes. Contrary to what people believe, alcohol does not make you warmer. Instead, it opens your pores making your body colder. Moreover, it dehydrates you very quickly. Hence never consume alcohol when you are on trek.
  • Trekking trails in Nepal are much cleaner than those in India. These treks take place in eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
  • When you are in Nepal it is an obvious question that whether you should trek independently or with the support of guide. Most of the treks require a compulsory guide. However, in some treks, guide is optional. In this case, you have to decide whether you can do it alone or you need a guide.
  • Pack your bags systematically. Since most of the treks in Nepal are long trek you have to pack your belongings according to that. Pack clothes in layers and most of the trekking items are available in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Suggested Treks-

Do Check : Buran Ghati Trek (8D/7N)

Must See : Kasol Kheerganga Trek (5D/4N)

Can’t Miss : Kareri Lake (8D/7N)

Suggested : Hampta Pass Trek (5D/4N)

Don’t Miss : Kanamo Peak Trek (7D/6N)

Must Visit: Chandrakhani Pass Trek (2D/1N)

Do Check : Beas Kund Trek (3D/2N)

Can’t Miss : Deo Tibba Base Camp trek (6D/5N)

Must See : Tosh Valley Trek (2D/1N)

Suggested : Prashar Lake Trek (2d/1N)

Must Visit : Parang La Trek (9D/8N)

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