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20 Best Treks in Nepal

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Nepal is an ideal place for adventure, spiritual cleansing and cultural encounters. You can enroll in trekking, mountaineering, hikes, rafting, and jungle safari. Also, if you wish to enroll in the ethnic and cultural celebrations then the diverse terrain offers you best memories.

In the recent years, Nepal has become a popular trekking destination in the world. You can enjoy mild walks to the breathtaking treks in the same country.

Here are best 20 Treks in Nepal ranging from your expectations

Popular Treks

1. Everest Base Camp Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation: 5600 meters, Kala Patthar

Trek Duration:14 days

Trek Category: Moderate

Accommodation type: Teahouse

Best Season: March-May and October-November

Trek Restrictions: No

Trek Permits: TIMS, Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit

The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the beautiful and most trekked routes in Nepal. Many tourists visit Nepal to walk in Sagarmatha region to enjoy the enticing mountain views. The trek starts from Lukla- a flight from Kathmandu.

Alongside with the typical Sherpa culture and antique monasteries. Different glaciers, hanging icicles and the glamorous landscapes en route add adventure to your treks.

Highlights
  • Tengboche monastery
  • Namche Bazar- a gateway to Mount Everest
  • Khumbu Glacier
  • Kala Patthar- the highest point of the trek- a vantage point for the Everest view
  • Visit a school established by Sir Edmund Hillary in Khumjung village
Lowlights
  • No variations in trek routes. The routes, landscapes are almost similar in the overall trek.

2. Annapurna Circuit Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation: 5416 meters, Thorong La Pass

Trek Duration: 15 days

Trek Category: Moderate

Accommodation type: Teahouse

Best Season: March – May, and October- November

Trek Restrictions: No

Trek Permits: TIMS, ACAP

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a delightful trek in the foothills of entire Annapurna range. The trek leads you from the lush pastures to the Alpine forests. To conclude in the barren desert-like terrains of Manang and Mustang. And the bonus is every corner of the route promises a majestic view of Annapurna range. This trek offers a diverse trek route where you get chance to accumulate as many memories as you like to.

Highlights

  • Thorong La Pass
  • Kali Gandaki Gorge- deepest in the world
  • Muktinath temple, Kagbeni, Jomsom
  • Tilicho lake- lake situated at the highest altitude
  • Ethnic villages of Gurungs and Magars
  • Rupse Waterfall, Natural hot spring in Tatopani

Lowlights

  • The trek route is easy to moderate and popular, so maybe crowded for those who want to walk in peace.
  • On-going construction of motor roads has made the trail dustier.

3. Chisapani- Nagarkot Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation: 2175 meters, Nagarkot

Trek Duration: 3 days

Trek Category: Easy

Accommodation type: Hotels, resorts, lodges

Best Season: All year round

Trek Restrictions: No

Trek Permits: SNP

Chisapani- Nagarkot trek is one of the popular treks around the valley. En route you walk through the evergreen hardwood forests. Also, the humid surrounding keeps you energetic along the walk.

It starts from Sundarijal- a short drive to the north of the Kathmandu city. This is highly preferred by those who wish to enjoy a scenic and bit longer walks from the valley.

Highlights

  • Exotic rivers and waterfalls en route
  • Diverse flora and fauna
  • Spectacular sunrise view

Lowlights

  • You may not get a trek-like experience because of the easy route.

4. Ghandruk Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation: 1,940 meters

Trek Duration: 5 days

Trek Category: Easy

Accommodation type: Teahouse (lodge trek) or Camping

Best Season: September- May

Trek Restrictions: No

Trek Permits: No

Ghandruk village trek takes you to the typical village of hillside Gurungs. It is a popular and easy gateway to Annapurna Base Camp Trek. On walking you explore the local tourism related activities. Also, the museum in the villages adds joy to your trek. En route you walk past lush forests of Rhododendron and pines in an idyllic surrounding.

Highlights

  • Easy and short trek
  • Close mountain views
  • Insight into the lives of Ghandruk village
  • Encounter with the unique Gurung culture

Lowlights

  • The place is more crowded because of heavy tourists.

5. Dhampus Village Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation: 1,700 meters

Trek Duration: 5 days

Trek Category: Easy

Accommodation type: Teahouse

Best Season: All year round

Trek Restrictions: No

Trek Permits: No

Dhampus Village Trek is a popular and short trek in the foothills of scenic mountains. The place is among the peculiar viewpoints in the Annapurna region. The scenic view of the Pokhara valley, Fewa lake, and the World Peace Stupa are among the attractions of the place. On this trek, you enter into the world of serene surrounding, exotic landscapes, and amazing countryside views.

Highlights

  • Spectacular sunrise/sunset views
  • Encounter with the denizens of the village
  • Involvement in unique Gurung cultural activities
  • Glorified mountain views

Lowlights

  • Nearness from Pokhara has made the place too crowded.

6. Rara Lake Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation: 3,710 meters

Trek Duration: 10-11 days

Trek Category: Strenuous

Accommodation type: Camping

Best Season: March- December

Trek Restrictions: Yes

Trek Permits: RNPEP

Rara lake trek takes you to the remote villages of Jumla and Mugu districts of Nepal. Also called as the “Queen of Lakes”- the lake provides you amazing experiences and peace. In this trek, you walk through the rustic terrains of Trans-Himalayan mountains. En route you cross the ancient village of Mincha- a village famous for Buddhist Stupas. This trek starts from Jumla- a flight from Nepalgunj.

Highlights

  • Travel into complete wilderness and solitude
  • Rara lake- one of the largest lake of Nepal
  • Rara National Park- home for Musk deer, Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard, Himalayan Ghoral.
  • Encounter with people of mixed ethnicities: Gurungs, Magars, Tibetan origins

Lowlights

  • You may find the place too remote and unfavorable for your health too.

7. Langtang Valley Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation: 4,984 meters, Tserko Ri

Trek Duration: 10 days

Trek Category: Moderate

Accommodation type: Teahouse

Best Season: March- May, and October- November

Trek Restrictions: No

Trek Permits: No

Langtang Valley Trek is one of the popular treks not much far from Kathmandu city. The trek starts from Syabrubesi- 8 hours drive from Kathmandu. In this trek, you will visit glaciers and snow-capped in a short distance from Kathmandu. You walk further through pine forests, stony streams, boulders, grassy meadows and wide pastures. Panoramic views of Mt. Langtang-Ri, Langtang Himal, Gajala Peak.

Highlights

  • Kyanjin Gompa and Langtang Gompa
  • Astonishing sunrise views from Tserko Ri
  • Langtang National Park
  • Gosaikunda, Vairab Kunda, Surya Kunda, Saraswati Kunda
  • Helambu village
  • Yak farms and Cheese factories
  • Extended pastures

Lowlights

  • In higher altitudes, you may not get food and water. We recommend to carry along the necessaries.

Remote and Unexplored Treks

8. Manaslu Circuit Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation: 5,115 meters, Larkya Pass

Trek Duration: 15 days

Trek Category: Difficult

Accommodation type: Guesthouse and lodges

Best Season: Autumn and Spring

Trek Restrictions: Yes

Trek Permits: TIMS, MCAP, RAP

The trek revolves around Mount Manaslu which is the eighth highest peak in Nepal. In this trek you witness epic sceneries crossing many suspension bridges. Also, temporary bridges of wooden planks in the higher altitudes.

Highlights

  • Larkya La Pass- the highest point of the trek
  • Novel trek route
  • Diverse and secluded topography
  • Tsum Valley and Mu Gompa
  • Beautiful traditional Gurung and Tibetan-influenced culture
  • The less crowded trek route

Lowlights

  • It is a restricted trek route. You must travel with a licensed trek guide.
  • A remote trek, you may have difficulty for easy accommodation.

9. Upper Mustang Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation: 3,810 meters, Dhakmar

Trek Duration: 14 days

Trek Category: Moderate to difficult

Accommodation type: Teahouse

Best Season: March- May, and October- November

Trek Restrictions: Yes

Trek Permits: ACAP, RAP

This trek offers a memorable experience in the rugged Trans- Himalayan region of Nepal. En route you will have amazing views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and the other Himalayas. The trek starts from Jomsom to enter into the treeless zone of the rainshadow area of Nepal. The trail follows the ancient salt caravan route. White painted houses, extended barley fields, old Gompas, chortens and prayer flags beautifies the place.

Highlights

  • Lo Manthang- the capital of the kingdom of Lo
  • Insight into Tibetan Lama Buddhism
  • Oldest monasteries in the world.
  • Mysterious caves and geographical variations.
  • The Tibetan-influenced lifestyle of mountain people

Lowlights

  • You cannot go on an independent trek in this region.
  • You may have the problem of accommodation in November- the high time of the local’s migration to lower altitudes
  • Challenging afternoon winds.

10. Upper Dolpo Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation: 5,250 meters, Kang La Pass

Trek Duration: 25 days

Trek Category: Moderate

Accommodation type: Camping

Best Season: March- May, and October- November

Trek Restrictions: Yes

Trek Permits: RAP

Upper Dolpo is a high-altitude, culturally Tibetan region in the far-western mountains of Nepal. Upper Dolpo trek is an adventurous peek into the hidden valleys in the rain shadow areas. If you visit the place in Spring, you will have high chance to witness the Yarsagumba Hunt. The trek starts from Jhupal, 2285 meters and passes through different giant peaks.

Highlights

  • Stunning views of Dhaulagiri and Tibetan Peaks
  • Encounter with Bon Buddhists and their typical culture
  • High passes- Kang La, Saldang La
  • Arid landscapes and gorges
  • Shey Gompa- 800 years old monastery
  • Snow Leopard, Blue Sheep
  • The nomadic lifestyle of Tibetan-influenced Buddhist people
  • Phoksundo National Park- largest National Park in Nepal
  • Shey Phoksundo Lake- the deepest lake in Nepal

Lowlights

  • Expensive permits
  • You cannot travel alone. Must travel with a licensed trek guide

11. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation: 5160 meters, Lapsang Pass

Trek Duration: 20 days

Trek Category: Difficult

Accommodation type: Camping

Best Season: March- May, and October- November.

Trek Restrictions: Yes

Trek Permits: KCAP, RAP

The trek passes through the tropical lowlands and passes through lush forests of Rhododendron. Presents to you the picturesque view of northern hill settlements of Eastern Nepal. You pass through the villages of Tibetan tribes- Rais, Limbus. The trek starts from Suketar- a 4 hours drive from Illam.

Highlights

  • Kanchanjunga Conservation Area
  • Ghunsa, Lonak, and Pang Pema Base Camp
  • Walking in the foothill of the third highest peak(8586 meters) in the world.
  • Borders to Sikkim and Tibet
  • Diverse species of wildlife
  • Yalung glacier(5143 meters)
  • Kanchenjunga North/South Base Camp

Lowlights

  • The high mountain passes could be more challenging than you expected. And the cold! You need to be fully prepared with the appropriate backpacks.

12. Gokyo Valley Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation: 5357 meters, Gokyo Ri

Trek Duration: 12 days

Trek Category: Moderate

Accommodation type: Teahouse

Best Season: March- May, and October- November

Trek Restrictions: No

Trek Permits: TIMS

Gokyo valley is a valley of iced lakes and glaciers. The trail passes through the forests of rhododendron and oaks with diverse flora and fauna. Interesting is the waterfalls that are mostly frozen. The valley preserves different highest altitude wetlands and freshwater lake systems. The village is a home for solitary Tibetan-Buddhists- Sherpas with antique monasteries and cultures.

You can go on this trek as a part of EBC trek or you can go for the solo trek in Gokyo valley. The trek

Highlights

  • Hospitable Gokyo village
  • The 5 emerald green lakes of the Gokyo region.
  • Gokyo Ri- the vantage point of the spectacular mountain region.
  • Huge ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung located in Khumbu region.
  • World’s biggest ice glacier- Ngozumpa glacier

Lowlights

  • High chances of altitude sickness.
  • Similar trial routes up and down.

13. Makalu Base Camp Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation: 5250 meters, Shersong ridge

Trek Duration: 20 days

Trek Category: Hard

Accommodation type: Guesthouse and Lodges

Best Season: March- May, and October- November

Trek Restrictions: Yes

Trek Permits: RAP

This trek takes you to the foothills of the fifth highest mountain in the world(8481 meters). It is less frequent trek route because of the remote topography. The trek starts from Tumlingtar, a short flight from the capital, passing through the vibrant forests of Rhododendron and terraces farms of the hillside people. The habitat of Rai in lower elevations and Sherpas in the higher mountainous terrains.

Highlights

  • Makalu Barun National Park
  • Remote and unspoiled trekking destination
  • Granite cliffs, hanging glaciers, and waterfalls
  • The eastern face of Mount Everest- the Kangshung face
  • Rare wildlife of Nepal- Red Panda

Lowlights

  • It is a remote trek, you may not get proper accommodation as expected in all places. As the lodges in the region are not well equipped, you may face problem in winter.

14. Nar Phu Valley Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation: 5416 meters

Trek Duration: 10 days

Trek Category: Hard

Accommodation type: Guesthouses

Best Season: April- June, and September- November

Trek Restrictions: Yes

Trek Permits: RAP, ACAP

This is a rugged and wild trek in the north of Annapurna region. The trek starts from Jagat following the popular Annapurna Circuit Trail and branches off from Koto in the off-the-beaten-path to the Nar Phu Valley. The valley preserves ancient villages and high altitude grazing valleys. You encounter the medieval Tibetan culture while in interaction with the locals of the village.

Highlights

  • Amazing rock formations, glaciers, narrow canyons
  • Unique Himalayan and Tibetan culture
  • Restricted region
  • Varied cultures of the Trans-Himalayan Buddhist people
  • High plateau
  • HIgh mountain Pass- Thorung La(5416 meters) and Kang La(5322 meters)
  • Ancient monasteries
  • Stunning mountain views- Annapurna panorama, Mt Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho peak.

Lowlights

  • Chances are high that you may not get easy accommodation in all places. You may have to go for camping or homestay too.

Short Easy Treks

15. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation: 3210 meters, Poonhill

Trek Duration: 5 days

Trek Category: Easy

Accommodation type: Teahouse

Best Season: March- May, and October- November

Trek Restrictions: No

Trek Permits: TIMS, ACAP

The Ghorepani Poon hill trek is a classic Himalayan trek in Annapurna region. The trek starts from Nayapul- a 45 minutes drive from Pokhara. To take you to the typical villages of Gurung and Magar settlers. En route you cross Rhododendron blossoms, especially in Spring. From Poon Hill, you will get the chance to view Annapurna range in your face and an alluring sunrise view.

Highlights

  • Called as Photographer’s Paradise
  • Breathe-taking Annapurna Sunrise Views
  • Ancient Salt-Trade Route
  • Dense forests of Rhododendron and Oaks
  • Diverse landscape
  • Charming village settlements of Tamangs and Gurungs

Lowlights

  • During peak seasons, you may not find proper accommodations. Also, the trails could be more crowded than you expected.
  • You have to climb many stairs than you expected.

16. Panchase Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation: 2517 meters

Trek Duration: 3-4 days

Trek Category: Easy

Accommodation type: tea houses, lodges

Best Season: Autumn and Spring

Trek Restrictions: No

Trek Permits: No

Panchase is one of the hillocks in Annapurna region religiously renowned. The summit of the Panchase hill is the famous vantage point for the spectacular Annapurna massif view. The diversity and natural beauty of the place allure you. The terraced rice fields, lush vegetations, and alpine meadows make the place heaven on earth. Religious sites like Siddha Baba, Panchase lake, Boudha Stupa, Caves.

Highlights

  • 360-degree view of the Pokhara valley
  • Panoramic view of different peaks
  • Rhododendron forests
  • Bird-watching
  • Countryside experience
  • Subtropical to temperate flora and fauna

Lowlights

  • You may feel the trek too short then you expected.

17. Royal Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation: 1,730 meters

Trek Duration: 7 days

Trek Category: Easy

Accommodation type: Tea house and hotels

Best Season: March- May, and September- December

Trek Restrictions: No

Trek Permits: No

The Royal Trek is one of the shortest treks in the rustic foothills of Annapurna peak. This trek is appropriate for those are restricted for high altitude treks. The trek begins from the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara. On commencing you walk through different Gurung villages and their antique settlements. This trek gives you life experiences in the unique cultural and traditional villages.

Highlights

  • Diverse cultural experiences
  • Mountain views: Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and Langtang ranges
  • Eloquent hillside terraced farms
  • Less crowded

Lowlights

  • Similar cultural experiences in the overall trek.

18. Mardi Himal Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation: 4,250 meters

Trek Duration: 7 days

Trek Category: Easy

Accommodation type: tea house

Best Season: March- May, and September- December

Trek Restrictions: No

Trek Permits: No

It is a short and refreshing trek in the surroundings of Annapurna Region. On this trek, you walk through amazing glacial villages and the unseen landscapes. During the Spring you will walk through the Rhododendron blossoms. Also if you like to spend time with the locals then they have cozy homes ready for your service.

Highlights

  • Mardi Himal Base Camp and High Camp
  • Excellent views of Himalayan Peaks: Mardi Himal, Fishtail, Annapurna and Himchuli peaks.
  • Stunning hill and mountain landscapes
  • Off-the-beaten-path
  • Villages scattered over the hills

Lowlights

  • During peak seasons, the place is too crowded. You may have to pay extra for cozy accommodation.

19. Siklesh Trek

Overview

Maximum Elevation: 2,000 meters

Trek Duration: 5 days

Trek Category: Easy

Accommodation type: Teahouse

Best Season: September- May

Trek Restrictions: No

Trek Permits: No

The Siklesh trek takes you into the pristine hillside settlements on the lap of giant peaks. On this trek, you walk through the lush rhododendron forests and serene landscapes. While on your stay, you can join Rodhi Ghar- late night singing and dancing. Or you can have a look at the local handicrafts and tourism activities. Also, you can explore the rich biodiversity of the region.

Highlights

  • Largest Gurung Village in Nepal
  • Insight into the long-preserved Gurung cultures
  • Allo productions
  • good views of South Annapurna and Lamjung Himal massif

Lowlights

  • In peak seasons, you may not get proper accommodation facilities.

20. Treks around Kathmandu Valley

Overview

Maximum Elevation: 2,551 meters

Trek Duration: 7 days

Trek Category: Easy

Accommodation type: Lodges, resorts, hotels

Best Season: All year round

Trek Restrictions: No

Trek Permits: No

There are many amazing hillocks around the valley that offers ideal and easy trekking experiences. It suits for those who are time bound and prone to high altitudes. Some treks include- Chandragiri trek, Champa Devi hike, Nagarjun-Jamacho hike, and the like. These treks start from the Kathmandu valley and can be completed in a day. But you can extend it to longer days by adding sub treks.

Highlights

  • Cultural tour of the valley
  • 360-degree view of Kathmandu Valley
  • Countryside settlements of the local villagers
  • Hardwood forests surrounding the valley
  • Moderate climate

Lowlights

  • Relatively easy and short. Maybe less adventurous for those seeking thrilling walks in short time.

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About Author

Pradeep is the co-founder of Magical Nepal. He has trekked to almost all the trekking places in Nepal. He has been to Everest base camp more than eight times. He is the one who mostly answers your queries by giving the personal touch and experience.

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