Nepal is known for being a paradise for trekkers due to its countless trekking routes and areas. Therefore, it is next to impossible to list only 10 treks as the best ones that Nepal has to offer. We present to you 10 ideas for popular trekking trails in Nepal, however you will have to consider a couple of things before embarking on one such as the duration, the difficulty, the season, expenditure, whether you want to trek independently or through an agency, whether you are interested in touristy or isolated areas, etc. Enjoy!

  1. Everest Base Camp

The Everest Base Camp trek is the single most popular and most visited trekking route in Nepal and perhaps in the world. Who wouldn’t want to trek up to the base of the highest mountain in the world? This trek is perfect for the ones looking forward to learning more about the Sherpa culture and being close to the tallest mountain peaks in the world! Some of the highlights are the charming town of Namche Bazaar, the oldest monastery in the region – Tengboche, the stunning views of Everest from Kalapatthar and the Base Camp itself!

Max. Elevation: 5545 meters, Kalapatthar

Length: approx. 14 days

Difficulty: Medium/Hard

Remoteness: Very popular trek

Best Season: March – May/ October – Novermber

Accommodation Type: Tea-house, lodge 

 

  1. Annapurna Circuit

Annapurna Circuit is one of the classic treks in Nepal and a much frequented trail. The reason behind Annapurna Circuit’s popularity is the combination of a unique cultural experience with a magnificent and diverse nature and views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs among many other Himalayan peaks. The route is long but not always difficult, with flat bits as well as the highest mountain pass in Asia – the Thorong La pass.

 

Max. Elevation: 5, 416 meters, Thorong La Pass

Length: approx. 15-21 days

Difficulty: Medium

Remoteness: Very popular trek

Best Season: March – May/ October – November

Accommodation Type: Tea-house, lodge

 

  1. Annapurna Base Camp

The Annapurna Base Camp trail takes you to the base camp of the world’s most dangerous mountain (for climbing). This trek is a relatively short but a very diverse one in terms of terrain and culture. The route is moderate in difficulty and at the same time it gives trekkers the chance to experience high-altitude terrain and magnificent views of the Annapurna massif and Fishtail. The trails are very well organized and there are many villages lying on them in case you feel tired and want to call it a day!

Max. Elevation: 4,120 meters, Annapurna Base Camp

Length: approx. 10 days

Difficulty: Moderate

Remoteness: Very popular trek

Best Season: March – May/ October – November

Accommodation Type: Tea-house, trekking lodge

 

  1. Upper Mustang

Upper Mustang is an area of western Nepal very well known known for its ancient Tibetan culture. Lo Manthang is the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lo and its filled with old Tibetan monasteries and temples. The environment of Upper Mustang largely resembles Tibet, with its dry flat surfaces and bare hills along with the white Himalayan peaks peeking behind them. Special permit is required to enter this ancient kingdom, which makes it unreachable to many trekkers. Upper Mustang is definitely one of Nepal’s best!

Max. Elevation: 3,840 meters, Lo-Manthang

Length: approx. 14 days

Difficulty: Moderate

Remoteness: Relatively remote but with good tourist facilities

Pricing: High (special permit is required, food and accommodation are pricy)

Best Season: March – May/ October – November (although the weather is good year-round)

Accommodation Type: Tea-house

 

  1. Ghorepani-Poonhill

The Ghorepani – Poonhill trek is a relatively easy and short trek that offers a great introduction to the beauty of the Nepalese Himalayas. The trail takes you to small, charming Gurung settlements, dense forests and beautiful views of the Annapurna range. The highlight of the trek is definitely the sunrise view from Poonhill, a small view station located atop of a hill which offers a wide panorama view of the Annapurna range. This trek is one of the best treks that enable you to explore the Nepalese Himalayas in a short period of time.

Max. Elevation: 3,210 meters, Poonhill

Length: approx. 5 days

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Remoteness: Very popular trek

Best Season: March – May/ October – November

Accommodation Type: Tea-house, trekking lodges

 

  1. Langtang Valley

The Langtang Valley trek is located in a relative proximity to Kathmandu. Despite its closeness to the capital, this trek is underrated, as it is not as visited as the Everest or Annapurna regions. Langtang however offers a great trekking experience; there is a great exposure to the hospitality of the Tamang people native to the area, as well as wonderful vistas of the Langtang, Manaslu and Annapurna mountain ranges.

Max. Elevation: 4,984 meters, Tserko Ri

Length: approx. 1o days

Difficulty: Moderate

Remoteness: Not remote, but less popular among trekkers  

Best Season: March – May/ October – November

Accommodation Type: Tea-house, trekking lodges

 

  1. Manaslu Circuit

The Manaslu trekking route is a secluded and remote trail that takes you around the 8th highest mountain in the world – Mt. Manaslu. It is a remarkable experience, taking you though some breath-taking scenery as well as many Tibetan and Hindu style villages and monasteries. The terrain varies from dense forests to exposing ridges and the highlight is definitely the highest point of this trek, the Larkya Pass that offers spectacular views of Manaslu. It is the perfect trek for the ones looking for a quiet and serene experience without too many trekkers around, but with an equally stunning landscape.

Max. Elevation: 5115 meters, Larkya Pass

Length: approx. 15 days

Difficulty: Hard

Remoteness: Quite remote, not too many trekkers

Best Season: March – May/ October – November

Accommodation Type: Tea-houses, trekking lodges

 

  1. Upper Dolpo

Upper Dolpo is one of the least explored areas in Nepal. The reason behind that is the relative isolation from the rest of the country, as it is reachable only by plane and at least a week of trekking. The lack of basic tourist facilities makes this trek even more difficult, as trekkers have to carry their own camping equipment and food. Hiring a guide and a porter is a must, both because the trails are not marked and because the government of Nepal has listed Upper Dolpo as a restricted area and travelling in a group and with a guide is required to obtain the special permit. That being said, trekking in Upper Dolpo is a magnificent experience for the ones who love exploring isolated areas through barren trails and getting to know the local culture.

Max. Elevation: 5,250 meters, Kang La Pass

Length: approx. 22 days

Difficulty: Hard

Remoteness: Very remote

Best Season: March – May/ October – November (although the weather is good year-round)

Accommodation Type: Camping

 

  1. Gosainkunda

The Gosainkunda trek takes you to the holy lake of Gosainkunda, situated on an altitude of 4,300 meters. It is a very important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists alike, but it seems like foreign trekkers have not yet completely discovered its potential. The Gosainkunda trek, the less visited area of Langtang, is a perfect relatively short trek that will offer you a unique exposure to the local Tamang population, as well as stunning views of the Langtang, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges.

Max. Elevation: 4,300 meters, Gosainkunda Lake

Length: approx. 8 days

Difficulty: Medium

Remoteness: Not remote, but not too many trekkers

Best Season: March – May/ October – November

Accommodation Type: Tea-house, trekking lodges

 

  1. Kanchenjunga

The Kanchenjunga trekking trail takes you to the base camp of the second highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga. The area is quite remote and it offers an unspoiled view of the nature and a unique exposure to the local people’s culture. Kanchenjunga is definitely the best trek in eastern Nepal, despite the organizational difficulties such as getting to the starting point of the trek (only by flight from Kathmandu), no accommodation facilities (organized camping is required) and the difficult terrain. Kanchenjunga is the perfect choice for the ones looking for areas that are yet to be explored.

Max. Elevation: 5,160 meters, Lapsang Pass

Length: approx. 20 days

Difficulty: Hard

Remoteness: Remote

Pricing: High (special permit is needed, no accommodation or food around, transport)

Best Season: March – May/ October – November

Accommodation Type: Camping

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