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Top 10 Best Treks in Nepal

Talking about Top 10 Best Treks in Nepal, Nepal is a landlocked country located between two Asian Giants: China and India, covering 0.3% of Asia and 0.03% of the globe. Although extended in an area of 147,181 sq km, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. All types of major climatic regions including the diverse flora and fauna are found in this small Himalayan country.

The Himalayas of Nepal consists of 8 eight thousanders out of 14 including the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest. Similarly, the multiple religious and ethnic groups, their culture-tradition, linguistic varieties and art-architecture reflecting their uniqueness have also beautified Nepal.

Every year, hundreds of thousands international tourists come to Nepal to experience its natural beauties and cultural attractions. The natural factors from lowland terai to highland Himalayas, from tropical forests to alpine freshwater lakes attract the tourists here.

The holiest religious shrines located in different regions and historical plus cultural sites are also the pulling factors of tourism. One of the longest and highest trekking trail, the Great Himalayan trail expanded in 1,700kmis also situated here. The holy birth land of Lord Buddha, Lumbini is the central interest for the avid travelers from all around the world.

Top 10 Best treks of Nepal are recognized in the international tourism market as a must-visit destinations as referred by National Geographic Channel. The northern part of the country abodes numerous trekking regions offering the thrilling vistas of Himalayas standing like a soldier.

Human settlement areas in the mountains preserving their authentic culture and tradition are equally visit worthy. Trekking in Nepal is a must-do activity once in lifetime, so, the keen trekkers from the globe come here to experience adventurous activities. The foreign people come to explore the hidden valleys of the Himalayas along with taste of delicious typical Nepali cuisines.

This article intends to focus on the Top 10 Best Treks in Nepal which is in everyone’s bucket list. 

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp trek introduces you with the sacred mountain giants, wonderful landscapes and lush valleys of the Khumbu region. You can have the glimpses of the rare and endangered high altitude flora and fauna in Sagarmatha National Park. The park is enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites as one of the national parks located in the highest elevation.

The view of the snowcapped peaks of the Everest region from Everest View Hotel, the hotel at the highest altitude in the world is the reward of this trek. To have the 360-degree panoramic view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu with Mt. Pumori looking from behind, Kala Patthar is the best view point.

During the trekking to Everest region, you can be familiar with classic Sherpa villages reflecting Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition. The ancient monasteries decorated with prayer flags and mani walls of the Khumbu region are really impressive to the trekkers.

While on Everest Base Camp trek, you are following the foot prints of the Everest pioneers Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.

You begin the journey to the Sherpa community from Lukla (Tenzing Hillary Airport), the gate way to Everest region trekking. Namche Bazaar is the main trading center of the entire Khumbu Valley region facilitating with all the modern amenities.

Overview:

Highest Altitude: 5,550m/ (Kala Patthar)

Itinerary: 14 Days

Trek Difficulty: Moderate

Cost: Reasonable 

Accommodation: Teahouse

Best Time: March-May, October-November

Restricted Permit: No

Must-have Permits: TIMS, Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit

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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit trek is the number 1 trekking destination in Nepal chosen by thousands of trekkers every year. Almost two third of the total tourists visiting Nepal do Annapurna Round trekking as the latest study shows.

The trekking trail that starts from Beshisahar, Lamjung goes through sub-tropical region to alpine zone offering you the natural and cultural wonders. The refreshing outlook of Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri Massif, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Tukuche Peak and other neighbouring peaks makes your journey more memorable. 

Besides the natural beauty, you can see the authentic flavor of authentic Nepalese rural lifestyle, culture and tradition in Annapurna region. The ethnic villages maintaining cleanliness around the premises are occupied by the people who provide best hospitality to their guests.

You meet with the Thakali people whose typical dish accompanied by the fermented vegetables pickle is famous all over the world. You can also visit the world’s highest altitude lake, Tilicho Lake (4,919m) and the world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki Gorge. 

Overview:

Highest Altitude: 5,416m/ (Thorung La)

Itinerary: 15 Days

Trek Difficulty: Moderate

Cost: Reasonable 

Accommodation: Teahouse

Best Time: March-May, October-November

Restricted Permit: No

Must-have Permits: TIMS, Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit

Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley trek is one of the closest trekking region of Nepal from Kathmandu which is just 6 hours’ drive. The enthralling panorama of the snow-clad peaks of Langtang region, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu region enriches your trekking to Langtang region. 

You can get knowledge about the unique species of wildlife and vegetation conserved in Langtang National Park, Nepal’s first Himalayan national park. This region is often compared with Tibetan Autonomous Region of China in terms of its landscapes and maybe it’s because it’s close to Tibet!

Langtang Valley is recognized for Tamang Cultural Heritage Trail which is one of the best cultural trekking in Nepal. You can know about the socio-cultural aspects like cultural dress, song, dance and rites-rituals by visiting this site.

The courteous Tamang people are really helpful and provide good hospitality to their guests considering them as God. During the journey, you can have the close glimpses of the Himalayan glacier in this region as if welcoming you in their vicinity!

Overview:

Highest Altitude: 4.984m/ (Tserko Ri)

Itinerary: 10 Days

Trek Difficulty: Moderate

Cost: Reasonable 

Accommodation: Teahouse

Best Time: March-May, October-November

Restricted Permit: No

Must-have Permits: TIMS

Manaslu Circuit Trek

If you want to experience off the beaten path journey in the Nepalese Himalayas, don’t forget to choose Manaslu Circuit trek. You can witness the breathtaking view of the eighth highest peak of the world, Mt. Manaslu and other peaks in this route.

The flora and fauna protected in Manaslu Conservation Area are of interest for the adventurous trekkers in this region. You get a lifelong experience of crossing 5,000m+ high passes just above glaciers and forests of rhododendron, pine, oak, etc.

This trek offers you the rarest sight of the Tibetan Buddhist Culture intact since time immemorial in Manaslu region. The years old Buddhist monasteries beautified by the mani walls, chortens, prayer flags and wheels are the attractions of this Nepal trekking.

The less frequented trekking trail in Nepal takes you from the lower to higher elevation by showing the cultural mountain villages. This trekking region in Nepal helps you witness the unspoiled natural beauty and the pastoral lifestyle unspoiled by modernity.

Overview:

Highest Altitude: 5,115m/ (Karkya La)

Itinerary: 15 Days

Trek Difficulty: Challenging 

Cost: Reasonable 

Accommodation: Guest Houses and Lodges

Best Time: March-May, September-November

Restricted Permit: Yes

Must-have Permits: TIMS, Masanslu Conservation Area Entry Permit and Restricted Area Permit

Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang trek leads you to the Last Forbidden Kingdom of Lo Manthang situated in the desert-like climatic region. As it lies in the rain shadow area of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, it receives low or no rainfall at all. Therefore, summer monsoon season is the best time for Upper Mustang trek although it can be done throughout the year.

There are the bizarre landscapes, dry arid soil having no fertility, yet they are really amazing things to have a look at!Upper Mustang shares the border with Tibet, so, it is a quite sensitive area from geopolitical and cultural perspective. Therefore, it was completely a restricted area until 1992 to avoid the possible hurdles from the security purpose. 

However, you can visit Mustang which is also known as the district across Himalayas by purchasing a special permits from Nepal Immigration office. As it is close to Tibet, the socio-cultural aspects and religious practices are close to Tibet than that of Nepal itself.

You can find a complete replica of Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition intact in Mustang although it is in Nepal. The ancient Buddhist monasteries which are at least one in a village, no matter, big or small, are the attraction of Upper Mustang trek.

Overview:

Highest Altitude: 3,810m/ (Dhakmar)

Itinerary: 14 Days

Trek Difficulty: Moderate + Strenuous 

Cost: Reasonable 

Accommodation: Guest Houses and Lodges

Best Time: March-May, October-November

Restricted Permit: Yes

Must-have Permits: TIMS, Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit and Restricted Area Permit

Upper Dolpo Trek

Do you want to explore the hidden gem of the Nepalese Himalayas close to the Tibetan Plateau even in summer monsoon season? Upper Dolpo trek is the right trekking package in Nepal offering you the unspoiled natural beauty and untouched rustic lifestyle by modernity.

Upper Dolpo is famous for Tibetan Buddhist monasteries like Shey Gompa on the backdrop of Cystal Mountain and so on. Yarshagumba (Cordyceps), snowcapped peaks peeping from behind the clouds and the hidden Himalayan valleys are the attracting features of this unexplored region of Nepal.

Trekking to Upper Dolpo region rewards you with the glimpse of the highest human settlement area in the world, Dho Tarap. Mani walls, chortens, prayer wheels plus flags, thankas painted by the Lamas (Priests of Buddists) and Tibetan housing style are worth studying.

Inner Dolpo region trek takes you along the least walked off the beaten paths of Nepal leading you to the tranquil surrounding. Though the trekking route is challenging, it is rewarding with the purest form of natural beauty and cultural diversity.

Overview:

Highest Altitude: 5,250m/ (Kang La)

Itinerary: 26 Days

Trek Difficulty: Moderate 

Cost: Reasonable 

Accommodation: Camping

Best Time: March-May, October-November

Restricted Permit: Yes

Must-have Permits: TIMS, Shey-Phoksundo National Park Entry Permit and Restricted Area Permit

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek lies in the Great Himalayan Trail that extends from the far eastern to the far western Nepal. The third highest mountain peak of the world, Mount Kanchenjunga (8,586m) lies in the border between Sikkim, Tibet and Nepal. This trek gives you a wonderful experience of natural attraction blended with cultural variety found in the eastern Nepal.

One of the most popular off the beaten path trekking in Nepal, it is the pick of the pack for every trekkers. This adventurous journey through the Nepalese Himalayas gives you the opportunity to enjoy the lush valleys, beautiful terrain plus diverse flora and fauna.

The cultural beauty of Kanchenjunga Circuit trek is completely different from the rest of the other trekking regions of Nepal. The amazing culture of Rai, Limbu and Tamang is the most striking feature of this trekking to eastern Nepal. The Limbu Culutral Heritage trail is the most significant Kanchenjunga region trekking package for your lifetime achievement.

Limbu people who are the followers of Kirant religion are best known for their hospitality in the entire South Asian Region. You can also know about the culture, tradition, lifestyle, rites and rituals of the Limbu, Rai and Tamang people during this trip.

Overview:

Highest Altitude: 5,160m/ (Lapsang La)

Itinerary: 20 Days

Trek Difficulty: Challenging 

Cost: Reasonable 

Accommodation: Camping

Best Time: March-May, October-November

Restricted Permit: Yes

Must-have Permits: TIMS, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Entry Permit and Restricted Area Permit

Gokyo Lakes Trek

Gokyo Lakes trek is one of the most popular Everest region trekking packages which is also chosen instead of Everest Base Camp trek. The Lake refers to a group of six glacial lakes having turquoise water in the famous Gokyo Valley below Gokyo Ri (5,357m). Climbing at the top of Gokyo Ri, you can have the eye-catching vistas of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Ama Dablam and others.

You can visit the 5th Gokyo Lake for the wonderful view of the entire mountain giants of the entire Everest region.

Trekking to Gokyo Lakes lets you have an amazing experience of the Sherpa and Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition. You can find the helpful and honest Sherpa people, the Himalayan Warriors, their lifestyle, occupation, religious and ethnic practices.

Gokyo Valley is recognized for the typical Tibetan and Nepali cuisines that are served with the best hospitality. You can visit the local monasteries built in each and every nook of the Gokyo Valley to realize the tranquility.  

Overview:

Highest Altitude: 5,357m/ (Gokyo Ri)

Itinerary: 12 Days

Trek Difficulty: Moderate 

Cost: Reasonable 

Accommodation: Teahouse 

Best Time: March-May, October-November

Restricted Permit: Yes

Must-have Permits: TIMS

Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp trek takes you to the surrounding of Mount Makalu (8,463m), the fifth highest peak in the world. You can see the peaks of Kanchenjunga and Everest region from Makalu, one of the best trekking regions in Nepal. The sunrise view of the snowcapped peaks of Everest region are the most rewarding aspect of the less crowded trekking trail.

The biodiversity of wildlife and vegetation found in Makalu-Barun Conservation Area is another fascinating side that attracts the trekkers. Makalu Base Camp is the vantage point for having the glimpses of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Chamlang and other peaks.

Trekking to Makalu Base Camp is a most precious journey through the Himalayas for cultural richness of the region. It gives you the unique culture and tradition of Rai, Gurung and Sherpa people of the Makalu region.

Similarly, you go across Arun Valley which is the most important cultural heritage site of the entire Makalu region. Arun Valley Culture and tradition of folk song and dance that is different from others, is popularly recognized throughout the country. Similarly, Kumal ethnic community of Tumlingtar, Barun Valley and Hungu Valley are two significant sites to experience the typical socio-cultural aspects. Overview:

Highest Altitude: 5,250m/ (Shersong La)

Itinerary: 20 Days

Trek Difficulty: Challenging 

Cost: Reasonable 

Accommodation: Guest Houses and Lodges

Best Time: March-May, October-November

Restricted Permit: Yes

Must-have Permits: TIMS, Makalu Conservation Area Entry Permit and Restricted Area Permit

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley is made up by the combination of two different valleys: Nar and Phu, of the unexplored region, located in the northern part of Annapurna region.The Trek directs you towards the hidden gem of the Himalayas between popular Annapurna Circuit trek and magical Manaslu region trek. 

It shows you the amazing sight of the Himalayan peaks of both Annapurna and Manaslu region glittering in the sunshine. As this trek was not allowed until 2002, a very limited trekkers have visited here, so, it has purity in nature and culture. 

You can see the finest example of Tibetan Buddhist culture unspoiled by the modern world trend and facilities. The colourful prayer flags, mani walls, chortens, and prayer wheels; all reflect the high influence of Tibetan Buddhist culture in this region. You can visit Nar Phedi Monastery located at one of the stopovers during Nar Valley trek.

Similarly, you can talk to the friendly people of these valleys to know all about their culture and tradition intact for years and years.

Overview:

Highest Altitude: 5,416m/ (Thorung La)

Itinerary: 10 Days

Trek Difficulty: Challenging 

Cost: Reasonable 

Accommodation: Guest Houses and Lodges

Best Time: March-June, September-November

Restricted Permit: Yes

Must-have Permits: TIMS, Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit and Restricted Area Permit.