Trekking in Nepal

Nepal, home to world’s eight highest peaks and adventurous and extensive trails, is known for various trekking destinations. Trekkers from all around the world explore Nepal’s best trekking destinations every year. The high and mighty Mountains, green forest, tranquil villages, mesmerizing lakesides, diverse culture, welcoming people and their heartwarming hospitality are what you will be witnessing while you come for trekking in Nepal.

There are numerous popular treks in Nepal so, you might be thinking where to go trekking in Nepal? There are lots of parameters to be considered while going for trekking in Nepal. For example, you must consider the level of difficulty you want to pull off, long trek or short trek, budget, etc. As soon as you decide all these things, you are ready to go.

You might not be familiar with the trails and trekking destinations available in Nepal. Let’s check out the exciting and adventurous trekking destinations in Nepal.

  • Everest Base Camp Trekking

Everest Base Camp Trekking is one of the best trekking in Nepal to observe the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest with a closer glimpse. The view of Mount Everest range accompanied by other towering peaks will leave you in awe. The trek trail to the Everest region encompasses the highly elevated Dudh Koshi river, running all the way from Mount Everest, beautiful Namche Bazaar, villages of Sherpa people, dense forests, diverse species of vegetations, and panoramic scenic views.

Best time for Everest Base Camp Trekking: In the months March to May, September to November

During winter: Accessible

Number of days: 12 Days

Level of Difficulty: Medium

Permits Required: TIMS

Maximum Elevation: 5,416 m

  • Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the best remote areas trekking in Nepal. The unconventional trekking trials of Manaslu Circuit Trek have been attracting thousands of trekkers and adventure lovers every year. You will notice stones, mani walls, flags, temples and monasteries, culture, tradition, lifestyles of the locals that exhibit Tibetan Buddhism influence. The existence of a large number of various species of animals, birds, plants, and flowers in the Manaslu Conservation area startles the trekkers while they will also observe the spectacular view of high mountain ranges. Manaslu Circuit trekking is quite difficult and requires strong physical fitness.

Best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek: In the months March to May, September to November

During winter: Accessible

Number of days: 14 Days

Level of Difficulty: Hard

Permits Required: Requires two trekkers minimum plus a Nepali guide

Maximum Elevation: 5,115 m

  • Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

If you are looking for a trek through amazing terrain in the Annapurna region and want to get a closer look to the most dangerous Mountain Annapurna then, you can choose Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. Annapurna Base Camp Trekking is quite popular among the trekkers because it can be completed by people with ordinary fitness and offers a spectacular view of mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Langtang. You can explore the rich natural diversity, deep gorges, great landscapes, villages of Gurungs and Thakalis, their culture and lifestyle, and many more.

Best time for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking: In the months March to May, September to November

During winter: Not recommended

Number of days: 10 Days

Level of Difficulty: Medium

Permits Restricted: No

Maximum Elevation: 4,320 m

  • Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Annapurna Circuit Trekking is one of the adventurous and popular trekking in Nepal. The trekking starts from the luxuriant Lamjung district and ends in barren Mustang district. The trek, in particular, is taking a round of the Annapurna region. The trekking trail of Annapurna Circuit Trekking is rich with abundant unique vegetations, calm lakes and rivers, beautiful landscapes, green forest, Gurung and Thakali village, temples and monasteries, and many more to please your eyes. Though the trek is long and challenging, the breathtaking views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Himchuli and a series of other high peaks is worth your effort.

Best time for Annapurna Circuit Trekking: In the months March to May, September to November

During winter: Accessible

Number of days: 15 Days

Level of Difficulty: Medium

Permits Required: No

Maximum Elevation: 5,416 m

  • Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking is quite an easy trekking compared to others within Annapurna region. The trek completes in 4-5 days and doesn’t require high physical fitness. That’s why Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking is a popular short trek in Nepal. There won’t be a problem of high altitude sickness since the maximum height of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking is 3,210m. The trek starts from Pokhara and ends at Poon Hill from where you will witness the spectacular sunrise over the Annapurna Mountain in the morning.

Best time for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking: In the months March to May, September to November

During winter: Accessible

Number of days: 4-5 Days

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Permits Required: No

Maximum Elevation: 3,210 m

6) Kanchenjunga Trekking

Trekking in the remote area of Nepal is obviously difficult and challenging and Kanchenjunga Trekking is no exception. The unconventional trails and the need of around 25 days to complete the trek have attracted less number of trekkers every year. Kanchenjunga Trekking is ideal for those who love extreme adventure and wilderness. The striking view of the five summits of world’s third highest Mountain Kanchenjunga is no less than a heaven.

Best time for Kanchenjunga Trekking: In the months March to May, September to November

During winter: Not recommended

Number of days: 25 Days

Level of Difficulty: Extreme

Permits Required: Requires two trekkers minimum plus a Nepali guide.

Restricted Permits cost: US$ 10 per person/ week

Maximum Elevation: 5,160 m

7) Langtang Trekking

Langtang Trekking can be a perfect choice to witness the picturesque Himalayan ranges and beautiful Langtang village in a short duration. Langtang Trekking starts from Syabrubesi and ends in Kyanjin Gompa.  Thousands of trekkers go for Langtang trekking every year and experience the typical Tibetan culture, lifestyle and the warm hospitality of the villagers. Langtang Trekking is a short trek that demands average physical fitness.

Best time for Langtang Trekking: In the months March to May, September to November

During winter: Accessible

Number of days: 10 Days

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Permits Required: No

Maximum Elevation: 4,983 m

8) Gokyo Valley Trekking

Gokyo Valley Trekking is the best option to observe the majestic Mount Everest series without much physical stress. The mesmerizing Gokyo Lake, Longpongo Lake, Taboche Tsho Lake, pristine Gokyo Valley, world’s 6th highest peak, Cho Oyu, and Ngozumpa glacier are the main attractions of Gokyo Valley Trekking. The Gokyo Valley Trekking starts from Lukla Airport.

Best time for Gokyo Valley Trekking: In the months March to May, September to November

During winter: Accessible

Number of days: 15 Days

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Permits Required: No

Maximum Elevation: 5,357 m

9) Mardi Himal Trekking

At the east of the Annapurna Base Camp is the Mardi Himal Trekking which is full of rocky trails, dense rhododendron forest, and an amazing view of mountains like Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Mardi Himal. Mardi Himal Trekking is short but equally exciting and adventurous. You will get to experience the unique culture and lifestyle of local Gurung people and their warm hospitality.

Best time for Mardi Himal Trekking: In the months March to May, September to November

During winter: Accessible

Number of days: 12-14 Days

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Permits Required: No

Maximum Elevation: 4,500 m

10) Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang Trekking is a trek to the pristine Upper Mustang, a barren land with the captivating landscape. As you come across Gompas, monasteries and prayer flags, you will sense the Tibetan influence. The unique and striking geography of Upper Mustang and its centuries-old carvings attracts a huge number of trekkers every year. The combination of semi-deserted landscape and snow-capped peaks make it a heavenly place to trek in Nepal. Upper Mustang Trekking starts from Jomsom and altitude sickness is less of a problem.

Best time for Upper Mustang Trekking: In the months March to May, September to November

During winter: Accessible

Number of days: 15 Days

Level of Difficulty: Hard

Permits Required: Requires two trekkers minimum plus a Nepali guide, ACAP

Restricted Permits cost: US $500 per person for 10 days

Maximum Elevation: 3,810 m

11) Upper Dolpo Trekking

Another remote area trekking is Upper Dolpo Trekking which is filled with adventure and mesmerizing landscape. Upper Dolpo lies in the northwest of Karnali region of Nepal. The place comprises of some distinct wildlife and vegetations. The glory of Upper Dolpo has been perceived by many writers in their book such as ‘Stones of Silence’ by George Schaller, ‘The Snow Leopard’ by Peter Matthiessen, ‘Himalayan Pilgrimage’ by David Snelgrove and also in a 1999 Oscar-nominated movie ‘Himalaya’. You will experience the exquisite milieu of Upper Dolpo to be influenced by Tibetan culture.

Best time for Upper Dolpo Trekking: In the months March to May, September to November

During winter: Not recommended

Number of days: 25 Days

Level of Difficulty: Medium

Permits Required: Requires two trekkers minimum plus a Nepali guide.

Restricted Permits cost: US $500 per person for 10 days

Maximum Elevation: 5,350 m

12) Makalu Base Camp Trekking

Standing in the fifth position as the world’s highest peak, Mount Makalu is a spectacular beauty to observe but Makalu Base Camp Trekking is a challenge you must overcome. Since it is the trekking in the remote area of Nepal’s eastern part, Makalu Base Camp Trekking doesn’t attract a lot of trekkers. Makalu Base Camp Trekking is quite expensive and requires a strong physical fitness and a lot of endurance, but a real adventure lover will definitely love the challenging trails of Makalu Base Camp Trekking.

Best time for Makalu Base Camp Trekking: In the months March to May, September to November

During winter: Not recommended

Number of days: 22 Days

Level of Difficulty: Extreme

Permits Required: Requires two trekkers minimum plus a Nepali guide.

Restricted Permits cost: US$ 10 per person in the beginning month. From the next month, US$ 20 per person

Maximum Elevation: 5,250

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