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Are you going trekking in Nepal? we can  help you with a to overview  twelve best treks in Nepal. At least, they are currently the most popular where +20,000 trekkers are attracted to treks in Nepal.

 

 Every year +200,000 people are confronted with the tough desire of selecting which trekking vacation spot to discover in Nepal. let’s face it – this isn't always an easy desire.

Nepal is beautiful country with natural beauty and mind  refreshing enviroment.Nepal is said to be home to some of the most spectacular treks in the world. While the Annapurna Circuit treks(ABC) and classic Everest Base Camp(EBC))  have earned their reputation for a thier beautiful spectacular view, they've become quite crowded. Up and coming treks, such as the Manaslu Circuit Trek and the Three Passes Trek, are now considered better options for those hikers who seek the ultimate Himalayan experience. The list has been updated in 2018 to reflect the most recent conditions.

Your favorite trek might actually be easier made in your home country (likely with proper internet connection also…) than in the bustling trekking and tourist area, Thamel, where hundreds of trekking agencies inevitably will offer you different opinions as to which trek is the best trek in Nepal.

Best case, you’ll receive good but likely different pieces of advice from various prudent trekking companies in Kathmandu. Because which trek is actually the best in Nepal? Worst case, some opinions offered by local trekking agencies might be more profit driven than anything else.

Things that should every trekker should know about the trekking site they are going to.Here are some specification that you should know before going there.
    Are you a budget traveler or is price less relevant for you?
    Looking for a remote trekking destination, or, will a touristy one be okay as well?
    What level of trekking difficulty are you seeking?
    How many days do you have available for trekking in Nepal?
    During which season(s) are you trekking in Nepal(some treks are not recommended during the monsoon and winter season)?
    Looking for remote and hard camping treks or the simpler guesthouse treks?
    Some treks in Nepal have Restricted Permits and hence requires a minimum of two people, and the company of a Nepali guide or porter.
     Are you alone, or with someone?


Trekking parameters:-
A 3-liner sales pitch,
High and low-lights,
And finally its Trek Facts.

12 most popular trekking destinations are listed below :-

Hopefully this article will  assist you further with selecting your favorite trekking destination.

1. EVEREST BASE CAMP (12/13 days, +25,000 trekkers/year)

Everest Base Camp Trek (EBC)

It is also know as Great trekking terrain! In this trekking You will be  standing  face-to-face with the world’s highest mountain – Mt. Everest (8,850 m), and see multiple other majestic peaks. You will also meet the Sherpa people living there and also renowned for the climbing skills.

Highlights
 
    Experience Everest Base Camp itself.
    Stand face-to-face with Mt. Everest
    Kala Patthar at 5,600 meters, a vantage point providing fantastic views of majestic peaks such as Nuptse, Lhotse, and Mount Everest
    Great trekking trail and excellent mountain landscapes

Lowlight

    You’ll trek up and down on more or less the same trail.

Trek Facts

    Trekking Difficulty: Level 3 – Medium difficulty
    Remoteness: Not Remote (due to the number of trekkers)
    Pricing: Medium (#USD spent/day)
    Best Season: March-May and October-November
    Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges
    Restricted Permits: No.
    Max elevation: 5,600 m, Kala Patthar
    Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Yes.

 
2. ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT – 13/14 days, the entire Annapurna Region +100,000 trekkers/year

 Annapurna Circuit Trek

Good trekking terrain.In this trekking route you can see a Great Himalayan scenery. Comfortable trek with lots of tea-houses. In recent years road building has taken place along some parts of the trek, unfortunately decreasing the overall trekking experience.

Highlights

    Crossing the world’s widest pass –  the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meter
    Diverse trekking terrain as a result of high difference in altitudes – varying from 760 m to 5,416 m
    Developed trek giving a high degree of comfort

Lowlight

    Road building next to the trail at some parts of the trek.

Trek Facts

    Trekking Difficulty: Level 3 – Medium Difficulty
    Remoteness: Not Remote (due to the number of trekkers)
    Pricing: Cheap (#USD spent/day)
    Best Season: March-May and October-November
    Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges
    Restricted Permits: No.
    Max elevation: 5,416 m,  Thorong La Pass
    Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Yes.


3. ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP – 9/10 days – Part of the Annapurna Region, +100,000 trekkers/year

Mt. Annapurna as seen from Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna Base Camp (4,320m) will allow you to stand face-to-face with the world’s most dangerous mountain to Climb (not trek…) – Annapurna I (8.091 m). Only having 10 days for trekking this trek is without doubt a great option.

Highlights

    An authentic and real trekking experience, considering the rather short trekking duration.
    Great trail and landscape, the closer you get to Annapurna Base Camp.
    In close proximity to the city Pokhara, also worthwhile exploring after the trek.

Lowlight

    The trail has quite a few stairs

Trek Facts

    Trekking Difficulty: Level 2 – Moderate
    Remoteness: Not Remote
    Pricing: Cheap (#USD spent/day)
    Best Season: March-May and October-November
    Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges
    Restricted Permits: No.
    Max elevation: 4,320 m, Annapurna Base Camp
    Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): No. Normally too much snow. Risk of avalanches.

 

4. POONHILL TREK – 5-7 days, Part of the Annapurna Region, +100,000 trekkers/year

Sunrise from Poonhill

Poonhill (3,210 m) offers great views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain Ranges. It’s a great trek for a sneak-peak into the trekking world. Highly recommended if only a few days available for trekking in Nepal.

Highlights

    Sunrise atop Poonhill with a fantastic panoramic view of the Himalayas
    Cultural trek, especially Ghandruk, an antique and culturally rich village
    In close proximity to the city Pokhara, also worthwhile exploring after the trek.

Lowlight

    The trail has quite a few stairs

Trek Facts

    Trekking Difficulty: Level1/2 – Easy to Moderate difficulty
    Remoteness: Not Remote
    Pricing: Cheap (#USD spent/day)
    Best Season: March-May and October-November
    Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges
    Restricted Permits: No.
    Max elevation: 3,210 m, Poonhill
    Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Yes.

5. LANGTANG TREK – 7-13 days – 13,000 trekkers/year

Langtang

The best trek in Nepal, if only having 7-8 days available. Situated in the North towards Tibet. Langtang is a good trek offering cultural insights such as monasteries, local villages, and an opportunity to select and hike you own preferred 4,984 m peak.

Highlights

    Reaching atop Tserko Peak at an altitude of 4,984 m.
    A 100% authentic trekking experience, even if only going for 7 days!
    A culturally rich trek highly influenced by Tibetan traditions.

Lowlight

    The trail is almost the same – up and down.

Trek Facts

    Trekking Difficulty: Level 3 – Moderate difficulty
    Remoteness: Not Remote-Remote
    Pricing: Cheap (#USD spent/day)
    Best Season: March-May and October-November
    Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges
    Restricted Permits: No.
    Max elevation: 4,984m, Tserko Ri
    Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Yes.

 

6. MANASLU TREK – 14 days – 6,500 trekkers/year

Trekking in Manaslu Circuit

The Manaslu trek officially opened for trekking in the early 90s, a cutural trek par excellence, and without a doubt one of the best treks in Nepal. An appropriate name might be ‘Anaslu’ as this trek is likely to take over the popularity of the infamous Annapurna Circuit trek. Highly recommended.

Highlights

    The day of crossing the Larke Pass – a day of challenge and full adventure!
    The entire trail – diverse, remote, and secluded, enriched by very different topography as a result of varying altitudes – 600 m to 5,135 m. You’ll walk in a circuit and hence the trail will keep on changing, until its end.
    The cosy village of Samagaun from where you’ll also visit Manaslu Base Camp.

Lowlight

    The word has spread that Manaslu is indeed one of Nepal’s best treks. Accommodation may be therefore be scarce, especially during high season – Oct and Mar-April.

Trek Facts

    Trekking Difficulty: Level 4 – Hard
    Remoteness: Remote
    Pricing: Medium (#USD spent/day)
    Best Season: March-May and October-November.
    Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges
    Restricted Permits: Yes. You have to be minimum 2 trekkers and accompanied by a Nepali Guide or Porter.
    Max elevation: 5,115m, Larke Pass
    Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): On and off, but mostly Yes. The obstacle is the day of crossing the Larke Pass at an altitude of 5,135 m.

 

7. EVEREST BASE CAMP 3 PASSES TREK – 18 days – Part of the Solu Khumbu region, +36,000 trekkers/year

Everest Base Camp 3 Passes TrekLooking for an adventure of a lifetime? This is the ultimate Everest quest. It is a long and challenging trek with 4 passes to climb. ALL efforts are, however, rewarded by stunning peaks, pristine nature, and excellent trails.

Highlights

    Crossing each of the 3 passes is a challenge, and a great adventure. Kong Ma La represents the biggest challenge of the 3 passes.
    Fantastic trekking trail – remote, diverse and secluded. You’ll be walking in a circuit so the trail will just keep on changing.
    Crossing Himalayas’ widest glacier – the Ngozumba Glacier – an exciting trespassing.

Lowlight

    Good question. We’re in doubt ourselves if there is one!

Trek Facts

    Trekking Difficulty: Level 4 – Hard
    Remoteness: Very Remote
    Pricing: Medium (#USD spent/day)
    Best Season: March-May and October-November.
    Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges
    Restricted Permits: No.
    Max elevation: 5,540m, Kong Ma La Pass
    Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): No. The 3 passes are not passable during Winter.

 

8.GOKYO – 12 days – Part of the Sulu Khumbu Region, +36,000 trekkers/year

Gokyo Lake

Situated just west of the Everest Base Camp trek the Gokyo trek is a great alternative if looking for fewer tourists and more remote nature. The five Emerald Lakes together with majestic mountain peaks is at the core of this trek.

Highlights

    The cozy and beautiful village of Gokyo. If possible, spend an extra day there!
    The 5 emerald green lakes of the Gokyo region.
    Gokyo Ri – a peak and vantage point providing the best panoramic view of the Himalayas! (compared with all other treks in Nepal)

Lowlight

    Unless also crossing the Renjo La Pass, it’s almost the same trail up and down.

Trek Facts

    Trekking Difficulty: Level 3 – Medium difficulty
    Remoteness: Remote
    Pricing: Medium (#USD spent/day)
    Best Season: March-May and October-November
    Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges
    Restricted Permits: No.
    Max elevation: 5,357m, Gokyo Ri
    Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Yes.

 

9. UPPER MUSTANG – 14 days – 3,000 trekkers/year

Lomangthang Upper Mustang

Mustang, a former Himalayan Kingdom, is considered a last bastion of Tibetan culture. An otherwise traditional camping trek which is now available via conveniently spaced guesthouses. A great option if looking for unique Tibetan culture together with beautiful landscapes. Recommended!

Highlights

    The Mustang area’s capital city – Lo Manthang
    Treeless and barren landscapes
    A journey full of cultural inputs and Tibetan traditions

Lowlight

    Relentless afternoon winds can be a challenge.

Trek Facts

    Trekking Difficulty: Level 3,4 – Medium-Hard
    Remoteness: Very Remote
    Pricing: High (#USD spent/day)
    Best Season: March-May and October-November
    Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges
    Restricted Permits: Yes. You have to be minimum 2 trekkers and accompanied by a Nepali Guide or Porter. The Restricted Permit for Upper Mustang costs USD 500 for up to 10 days and USD 50 for each day hereafter.
    Max elevation: 3,810 m, Dhakmar
    Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Yes.

 

10. UPPER DOLPO – 22 days – 1,900 trekkers/year

Gorakh Upper Dolpo

It’s a hidden gem filled with cultural impressions – Tibetan style villages, barren landscapes, mountain peaks, and fertile rice terraces. It’s expensive but also fantastic. The mystique and uniqueness of the Upper Dolpo region was manifested by Peter Matthiessen in ‘The Snow Leopard’ written in 1979.

Highlights

    The secluded Shey Phoksundo lake and the Shey Gomba monasteries
    High and secluded Himalayan valleys, resembling the Tibetan plateau
    Superb view of the Kanjirowa Himal mountain

Lowlight

    It’s a very remote area and as a result you will spend up to 4 days travelling to and from the trek, having Kathmandu as a starting point.

Trek Facts

    Trekking Difficulty: Level 3 – Medium difficulty
    Remoteness: Very Remote
    Pricing: High (#USD spent/day)
    Best Season: March-May and October-November
    Accommodation type: Camping
    Restricted Permits: Yes. You have to be minimum 2 trekkers and accompanied by a Nepali Guide or Porter. The Restricted Permit for Upper Dolpo costs USD 500 for up to 10 days and USD 50 for each day hereafter.
    Max elevation: 5,250 m, Kang La Pass
    Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Not advisable. Too remote and too cold. Crossing the Kang La Pass is likely not possible.

 

11. KANCHENJUNGA – 20 days – 650 trekkers/year

Mt. Kanchenjunga

Camping adventure trek of a life time. You’ll be visiting one of the most rural regions in Nepal, surrounded by absolute pristine nature. It’s a hard and long trek and should only be done by rather fit trekkers. Go there!

Highlights

    The day of crossing the Lapsang La Pass at an altitide of 5,160 m
    Great trekking trail, in a very secluded area of the Himalayas
    Splendid views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Makalu, the world’s 3rd and 5th highest mountains in the world, respectively.

Lowlight

    Transportation to and from the Kanchenjunga trek may take up to 3-4 full days.

Trek Facts

    Trekking Difficulty: Level 4 out of 5 – Hard
    Remoteness: Very Remote
    Pricing: High (#USD spent/day)
    Best Season: March-May and October-November. Not recommended during winter
    Accommodation type: Camping
    Restricted Permits: Yes. You have to be minimum 2 trekkers and accompanied by a Nepali Guide or Porter. The Restricted Permit for Kanchejunga costs US$ 10 per person per week.
    Max elevation: 5,160 m, Lapsang Pass
    Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Not advisable. Too cold and too remote.

 

12. MAKALU BASE CAMP – 17 days – 1,500 trekkers/year

Makalu Base Camp

Mt. Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world, presents you with challenging trails and unspoiled nature. Do not expect to meet other trekkers but do expect 100% communion with nature. A trek for the fit and adventurous.

Highlights

    Unspoiled trails and landscapes during the entire trek.
    Stunning mountain scenery, inter alia the lofty vantage point Shersong ridge at 5,250 m
    100% authentic trekking in terms of self-sufficiency and and self-equipped

Lowlight

    It’s the same trail up and down.

Trek Facts

    Trekking Difficulty: Level 4 out of 5 – Hard
    Remoteness: Very Remote
    Pricing: High (#USD spent/day)
    Best Season: March-May and October-November. Not recommended during winter
    Accommodation type: Camping
    Restricted Permits: Yes. You have to be minimum 2 trekkers and accompanied by a Nepali Guide or Porter. The Restricted Permit for Makalu Base Camp costs US$ 10 per person for the first four weeks. After four weeks US$ 20 per person.
    Max elevation: 5,250 m, Shersong ridge
    Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Not advisable. Too cold and too remote.

 

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