Legions of trekkers are drawn to Nepal’s most iconic and accessible hiking, some of the world’s best, with rugged trails to Everest, the Annapurnas and beyond. Considered as the ultimate “Himalayan Utopia” by trekkers and mountaineers worldwide, the mysterious land of Nepal offers some of the greatest trekking trails with incredible mountain scenery for a backdrop. Easily the best way to see Nepal is on foot along a network of trails trodden for centuries by porters, traders, pilgrims, mountaineers and locals traveling from village to town, plains to hills, Nepal to Tibet. Nothing beats strolling from teahouse to teahouse under crystal-clear Himalayan skies as an 8000m peak towers over you.
Every year Nepal attracts thousands of trekkers from all around the globe. That also means that every year people are faced with the hard choice of selecting which trekking destination to explore in Nepal. Let us help you find your favorite trek in Nepal with our 10 best treks of all time:
1. Everest Base Camp Trek
Topping many people’s travel bucket list and probably the most coveted trek in the world,
Nowhere in the world is it more spectacular than in the Everest region. It’s where four of the world’s six tallest peaks Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu rise above everything else, crowning the towering ridges that straddle the forbidding Himalayans. The Everest Base Camp trek is the grandest walk in the land of the Himalayas.
Trekking through the Everest region offers astounding mountain views, an opportunity to take a glimpse into the life of world famous climbers (the Sherpas), a chance to survey around a world heritage site (Sagarmatha National Park) that hosts variety of Himalayan floras and faunas, an opportunity to explore the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world.
2. Annapurna Base Camp
Make a rendezvous with one of globally popular treks – The Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Mt. Annapurna that rises 8091m is the 10th highest mountain in the world. The Annapurna region lies in the foothill of Mt. Annapurna in the North-central Nepal stretching along with Lamjung Himal from the Kali Gandaki in the west to the Marshyangdi in the east. The trek to Annapurna Base Camp passes through waterfalls, villages, farmlands, rhododendron forests, and vistas invigorates our soul.
Since the trek starts from a mere height of around 800 meters the acclimatization process is gradual and we will reach to the high altitude of over 4,000 meters. Also, we will pass through a diverse geographical and cultural variation with amazing ranges of flora and fauna in between. Himalayan Glacier is sure that our heart will push us to start the trek. We can just imagine the company of highest mountains in the earth and the magnificence of the sunrise over the snow-capped Himalayas!
3. Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang trek is a popular destination for travelers, who would like to be very remote area . You can explores the ancient Monastery, more than thousand years of hundreds ruined cave and Himalayan mountain desert. Upper Mustang region is located on the western Himalayan range and adjoining plateau of Tibetan border of the Nepal. Mustang is a rain shadow area and still has a Mustangi Raja (state king of the Mustang) only one state king of Nepal, fossils on the river bank another attraction for the travels.
4. Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit Trek is a classic trek follows ancient paths used as trade routes between Nepal and Tibet .It takes you from 830m/2,723ft to 5,416m/17,769ft and back around the world’s tenth highest mountain, crossing the classic Throng La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft) from Manang to Muktinath. Portraying fabulous mountain views from the summit of Poon Hill at 3,210m/10,531ft, and congregating with more than ten different culturally rich ethnic groups those reside in different climate zones of Annapurna Circuit.
5. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
Kanchenjunga Trekking is the trek to the Base Camp of the world’s third highest peak Kanchenjunga. Soak up spectacular views of the Jannu Himalayas from the Mirgin La.Visit serene villages on the boarders of Sikkim and Tibet. Kanchenjunga, “Treasures of Snow” (28,198ft) was first climbed by a British team in 1956 AD. Keep your eyes open for musk deer, blue sheep, red panda and the tracks of snow leopards along the way. Here you can endure a tough challenge, and reap the rewards
6. Tsum Valley Trek
One of the hidden gems of Nepal, the remote and untouched Tsum Valley is set against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, Boudha Himal ranges. The varied landscape, wide assortment of flora and fauna, rich Himalayan wildlife and the pristine eco-system further accentuates the splendor of this secluded valley which has also earned the name ‘Garden of Eden’.
7. Upper Dolpo & She Gompa Trek
One of the most remote and sparsely populated region in Nepal, Dolpa is home to rich Tibetan culture, snow capped peaks, pristine lakes and Himalayan wildlife. It’s a hidden gem filled with cultural impressions – Tibetan style villages, barren landscapes, mountain peaks, and fertile rice terraces.
8. Langtang Valley Trek
Capture the breathtaking grandiosity of the mountains while you walk on the snow and make memories to be cherished for a lifetime, Langtang has it all for you. The trek comprises of scenic beauty throughout the trail ranging from steep hillsides of bamboo and rhododendron to sprawling yak pastures and finally an alpine impasse framed by 7000m peaks.
9. Helambu Trek
Just a hop away from Kathmandu is the incredible Helambu Trek offering you an ideal getaway from the busy city life. Home to Sherpa and Tamang, the ethnic communities of Nepal, Helambu offers you landscapes and cultural experiences every bit as spectacular as anywhere else in Nepal.
The Helambu trek is a perfect short trek nearby Kathmandu Valley. Despite being so close to Kathmandu, the Helambu region remains relatively un-spoilt. Besides the hyolmo culture of high mountain people, the company of green rhododendron and bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls, and snow-capped Himalayas make the trek one of most diverse treks near Kathmandu.
10. Makalu Base Camp Trek
Makalu-Barun National Park, a virtually uninhabited 1500-km2 area of Eastern Nepal, is very close to virgin wilderness. This remote terrain stretches East from Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park, between the high plateau of Tibet and the deep subtropical gorge carved by the Arun River. There are spectacular views of rugged Himalayan peaks, including Mt. Makalu (8463m), fifth highest in the world, Mt. Chamlang (7319 m) and Mt. Baruntse (7129m). Within 40 kms, these high peaks descend to the Arun River at 670m.
The Makalu-Barun Valley provides stunning contrasts, where high waterfalls cascade into deep gorges, craggy rocks rise from lush green forests, and colorful flowers bloom beneath white snow peaks. This unique landscape shelters some of the last pristine mountain ecosystems on earth. Rare species of animals and plants flourish in diverse climates and habitats, relatively undisturbed by mankind. Over 3000 species of flowering plants, 440 species of birds, and 75 species of mammals, including the endangered Clouded Leopard, Red Panda and Musk Deer, have been recorded. This remarkable biodiversity is considered to be of global significance, and provides a living laboratory for international scientific research
Hope you found right trips for your next adventure. Please comment below which trip you choose for your trip to nepal.