Nepal- a landlocked country in south Asia- ensconced in the heart of towering Himalayas , represents an exquisite blend of natural beauty and cultural heritages. Trekking in this beautiful country presents a one-of- a-kind of adventure that you’ve never been to before. Nepal offers a plethora of awe-inspiring and mind blowing trekking destinations, each characterized by its own panoramic landscape, unique culture experiences and challenges. So, here are the 10 Best Treks in Nepal that you should be ready to explore this year:
- Annapurna Base Camp Trek:
Also referred to as ABC trek, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an iconic trekking trail in Nepal, renowned for its breathtaking beauty and mountainous landscapes. The adventurous journey of ABC trek starts from the beautiful city of Pokhara, accessible either by a flight from Kathmandu along with a two-hour drive to Nayapul or an eight hour long drive from Kathmandu to Nayapul. This trek typically takes around 15-20 days, covering a distance of 160-230 kilometers (approx), based on the route chosen. The best seasons to visit ABC trek are either during spring (March to May) when rhododendrons bloom or during autumn (late September to early December) with clear skies and pleasant temperature. The temperature on the trek usually decreases upto 17-20 degree celsius. However, the weather remains unpredictable because of the increasing altitude. The average height of the trial peaks upto 4130 meters, providing an opportunity for the trekkers to trek through the beautiful sceneries of Chomrong Village, Poon Hill, Deurali, Machhapuchre Base Camp, Tadapani, and rejuvenate and cleanse themselves in a natural hot spring in Jhinu Dada and Tatopani. Accommodation during this trek typically include tea houses and lodges where the trekkers can peek into the typical gurung and magar culture of Nepali villages and connect with fellow travelers on the way. ABC trek is considered as a moderately difficult trek, offering the trekkers with a beautiful scenery of towering peaks of Annapurna I, Machapuchre, and Hinchuli and cultural richness.
- Upper Mustang Trek:
The Upper Mustang Trek is one of the popular trekking trails in Nepal guiding to the forbidden kingdom of Nepal. The Upper Mustang Trek commences from Kagbeni, jomsom which is accessible by two connecting flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then from Pokhara to Jomsom. Covering a distance of about 160-170 kilometers based on the chosen route and travel itinerary, it usually takes 12-18 days for this entire enthralling and adventurous trek. Elevated upto a maximum altitude of 3800 meters (approx), this trek usually culminates in Lo Manthang-the capital of Upper Mustang-which surrounds the mystery of forbidden kingdom. The trekkers can enjoy the breathtaking views of the sky-scaring mountain peaks like fishtail Annapurna South, Annapurna II, Dhaulagiri, Dhaulagiri II, Nilgiri and Damodar. The best season for this trek is spring and fall. Tiji festival-a 3 day fascinating festival, usually celebrated in the month of April or May amongst the Tibetan people-is a must see for the trekkers. Thakali, Gurungs and Tibetans are the local residents of lower and upper Mustang Area. Trekkers can reside in tea houses and lodges where they are provided with basic yet comfortable stay and authentic Nepali cuisines. It is advisable for the trekkers to try some local cuisines like Tibetan bread, Khapse, Marpha, Local tea, etc. The dazzling architecture of Lo Manthang, the Shaligrams of Kaligandaki river, and a pony ride are a must do for the trekkers for a fun experience along their trek.
- Lantang Valley Trek:
The Lantang Valley Trek is considered as one of the best treks in Nepal, commences from Syabru Besi, easily accessible by a 9 hours of long drive to the north of Kathmandu valley. Depending upon the specific itinerary and trekker’s pace, this trek can be completed in 7 to 9 days covering a distance of approximately 80-90 kilometers. The altitude in this trek gradually increases upto the maximum height of 4,600 meters above sea level which is the Kyanjin Ri Hill. This trek offers the breathtaking views of mountain peaks like Lantang Lirung, Gang Chhenpo, Dorje Lakpa and Ganesh Himal along with the traditional tamang villages and their cultures and beautiful monasteries and traditionally built stone houses. Along the way, there are guest houses—also referred to as tea houses—where hikers can stay comfortably and eat hot meals. The meals typically include thakali cuisine like dhido and gundruk, sel roti, yak cheese, and nepalese curd called yum, thukpa along with other nepali cuisines. The best time for the Lantang Valley Trek is during the spring and fall when the weather is stable.
- Everest Base Camp Trek:
The thrilling Everest Base Camp trip, sometimes referred to as the EBC trip, takes participants to the base of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. The exciting helicopter ride to Tenzing-Hillary airport, one of the world’s most dangerous and high-altitude airports, begins the exciting EBC trek adventure in the Lukla village in the Khumbu district of Nepal. The 35-minute helicopter ride provides breathtaking views of the surrounding mountainous landscape. The EBC trek is regarded as one of the more difficult treks, taking 10 to 15 days to complete and spanning 130 miles, depending on the route and level of physical ability. March through May or mid-September through November are the ideal times to visit the EBC Trek. During the EBC trip, the elevation progressively rises, with hikers reaching a maximum elevation of 5,364 meters. Trekkers must therefore take the necessary pauses in Namche Bazaar, Dinboche, and Gorak Shep in order for their bodies to acclimate to the rising altitude and stay in good health throughout the entire journey. These rest periods give the hikers the chance to see a Sherpa village, learn about their customs, and visit stunning monasteries along the way. During these vacations, lodging options often consist of lodges and tea houses that provide delicious meals and a cozy stay. Along the way, you should sample Nepali delicacies like momos (dumplings), tsampa (roasted barley flour), and dal bhat tarkari (lentils, rice, and vegetables). Important locations on the journey include the Tengboche Monastery, a center of spirituality.
- Manasalu Circuit Trek:
The Manasalu Circuit Trek takes place in the Manasalu Conservation Area, renowned for its stunning landscapes , diverse culture and challenging trials. This trek begins from Soti Khola which is an 8 hour drive from Kathmandu valley. It takes around 13-18 days for the trekkers to complete this trek, covering up a distance of about 117 kilometers. Larkya La Pass-which is at the altitude of 5160 meters-is the highest point on this trek. This trekking traill winds through the remote villages inhabited by the diverse ethnic groups of Gurungs, Tamangs and Tibetan-influenced communities, providing an opprtunity to peek into their unique cultures, traditions and ancient monasteries. This trek encircles Mt. Manasalu, the eight highest peak in the world. During this trek, trekkers can enjoy the glorious and awe inspiring mountain panoramasm like Himlung Himal, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Cheo Himal, Kanguru, Siringi, Ganesh Himal and Annapurna II. Trekkers can stay in tea houses and lodges where they can enjoy a comfortable sleep along with authentic Nepali delicacies like dal bhat tarkari. The manasalu trek is one of the challenging and less trodden path amongst the trekking trials in Nepal. Spring and autumn are considered to be the best seasons for this trek.
- Gokyo Lake Trek:
Gokyo Lake Trek is considered to be one of the best treks in Nepal, leading trekkers to the home of glacial lakes-Gokyo Valley. The Gokyo Lake Trek, situated in the Everest region of Nepal, within the Sagarmatha National Park, commences from Lukla, accessible by a 30 minutes flight from Kathmandu Valley. This trek usually takes around 12 days to complete, covering a distance of 92 kilometers. Gokyo Ri is the highest peak in this trekking trail-elevated at the altitude of 5,357 meters- provides a spectacular view of Everest, Makalu, Lhotse and Cho Oyu. Trekkers are provided with a cozy stay at tea houses and lodges, offering Nepali dishes like dal bhat tarkari, where trekkers can engage with the friendly Sherpa and ethnic commuinties. The ideal trekking seasons for this trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). One of the key highlights of this trek include Nozumpa Glacier which is the largest glacier in the himalayas. The Gokyo Lake Trek is a challenging trek that can be substituted for the standard Everest Base Camp trek.
- Upper Dolpo Trek:
The Upper Dolpo Trek is one of the remote and one of the most challenging trekking adventures located in the Dolpa District of Nepal. The trek usually begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, followed by a short flight to Jhupal. This trek approximately covers a distance of approximately 10 to 12 kilometers and can be completed within 8-27 days based on the travel itinerary. The key highlight of Upper Dolpo Trek includes crossing the challenging passes of Kang La Pass which is elevated at a height of 5,151 meters and the Numa La Pass at an altitude of 5,190 meters. These passes offer the breathtaking views of the towering peaks of world-renowned 8000-meter mountain Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, dolpo peak, Mt. Kanjirowa, Mt. Putha Hiuchuli peak, Chureni Himal, Guraj Himal, and many more. The accommodations during this trek are limited due to the remote and isolated nature of the region with trekkers relying on their own camping gear including tents, sleeping bags and cooking equipment. The best time to undertake the Upper Dolpo Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons.
- Mardi Himal Trek:
The Mardi Himal Trek is a compelling and relatively unknown trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal, which normally starts from the picturesque city of Pokhara where the trekkers drive to Kande to begin their exciting journey. It takes about 5-12 days to complete this trek based on the chosen route and travel itinerary. At an elevation of about 4,500 meters, the Mardi Himal Base Camp is the highest point reached during the Mardi Himal Trek. Trekking up Annapurna Himal, Dhaulagiri Himal, Manaslu Himal, and other nearby summits in the region provides breathtaking vistas of pristine landscapes and mountain ranges. Trekkers are likely to encounter friendly Gurung and Magar Communities along the trial offering an insight into their culture and traditions. Trekkers will find tea houses and lodges, providing a basic and comfortable facility for night stays along the route and can enjoy Nepali cuisines like dal bhat tarkari. Spring and autumn seasons are preferred for this trek when the weather is mostly stable, with clear skies and moderate temperatures.
- Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek:
The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is an extraordinary and challenging adventure, leading trekkers to the base of Mount Kanchanjunga, the world’s third highest peak. The trek usually begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar, followed by a drive to Taplejung. It usually takes 16-30 days for this trek, covering a distance of 220 km based on the chosen route and travel itinerary. Pangpema viewpoint, elevated at the altitude of 5,143 meters, is the highest point of this trek. This trek takes the travellers through the Kanchanjungha Conservation Area along with the panoramic view of towering peak of Mt.Kumbhakarna, Kanchenjunga I, Kanchenjunga II, Kanchenjunga south, Kiratchuli, Pathivara Chuli and many other peaks. The Kanchenjunga region is inhabited by a mixed community of Sherpa, Rai, Limbu, and Gurung, which provides an opportunity for trekkers to understand their culture and lifestyle. The accommodations provided along the trail are simple, with shared rooms, basic facilities of bed, blankets and hot meals which include typical nepali dishes dal bhat and tarkari, momos and noodles. The preferred seasons for this trek are considered to be the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons, when the weather is relatively stable, offering clear views of the mountains and comfortable trekking conditions.
- Ghorepani Poonhill Trek:
The Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is a popular and relatively easy trekking route in the Annapurna region in Nepal which takes about 4 to 5 days to complete, covering a distance of about 35 to 40 kilometers depending on the specific route taken. The trek usually starts from Nayapul, which is easily accessible by a drive from Pokhara. The highlight of the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is reaching Poon Hill, located at an altitude of approximately 3,210 meters (10,532 feet). Poon Hill is renowned for its stunning sunrise views over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges and the scenic views of mountain peaks such as the Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and Dhaulagiri. The route passes through picturesque settlements like Tikhedhunga, Ulleri, and Ghorepani where trekkers can witness the traditional lifestyle of the local friendly Gurung communities.Trekkers can enjoy comfortable accommodations in teahouses, enjoy local cuisines and immerse themselves into the traditional gurung culture. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are considered to be the best seasons for this trek.