If you are looking to trek in Nepal and are confused on which trek might be the best fit for you, you’ve come to the right place. This blog will help you know more about the famous treks in Nepal and help you to choose the best fit for you. With plenty of trekking options to choose from, Nepal has a lot to offer. Lets dive straight into the 12 best treks in Nepal.
Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek has been one of the greatest treks in the world for many years now. The trek to the base camp of the world’s highest does not need an introduction. You can experience the pristine expanse of the natural wonders with this trek. EBC Trek attracts thousands of travellers every year.
The journey to the foot of the world’s tallest mountain begins with the 40 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. After that, you trek and it takes around 7-8 days to reach the Everest Base Camp depending on your itinerary. The trek is normally a 12-15 day trek.
You will experience the heart-warming Sherpa culture while you pass through the villages of Solukhumbu. The steep hiking trail to the base camp encompasses Buddhist monasteries, the Dudh Koshi River, a dense forest with distinct vegetations with mesmerizing views of the mountains which adds enthusiasm to your will.
The trekking difficulty of Everest Base Camp Trek is moderate meaning trekkers with average fitness can complete this trek. If you can hike through hills and mountains for a few days, you can complete this trek without much difficulty.
- The trek is recommended during March, April, May, September, October and November.
- If you have less time to go for Everest Base Camp Trek, taking a helicopter to Kalapatthar or Tengboche is recommended.
- EBC trek is not recommended without experienced guides.
- The trek is not recommended during rainfall and abnormal weather.
- The trek is not recommended for people suffering from Asthma.
Read our Everest Region Trek Blogs for more information.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek
The list of best treks in Nepal can not be complete without this, Annapurna Base Camp Trek (also known as Annapurna Sanctuary Trek or ABC Trek), starting from Nayapul or Ghandruk village. Ghandruk and Nayapul can be reached from Pokhara in less than a day.
It is normally a 10-13 day trek but it can also be customized according to your needs. Annapurna Base Camp Trek has trails covered with greenery and forest. The dense forests are filled with beautiful rhododendrons and bamboo that will make your journey enjoyable. ABC Trek is full of thrill and adventures but is still suitable for first timers. This adventurous trekking trail is quite popular for the mesmerizing views it has to offer. Along with the Annapurna range, you will get to observe a range of magnificent high peaks such as Machhapuchhre, Langtang, Manaslu and even more. Read our Annapurna Base Camp Trek Blog for more insights on the trek.
During the trip, you can also explore the Gurung village and experience the wonderful culture and the hospitality of the local people. A hot spring bath is also a major attraction of Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. Walking through dense forest with rich flora and fauna and the deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki are other major highlights of the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek.
With an elevation of only about 4,130m, the Annapurna Base Camp trek is considered to be a lower altitude trek. So, there is less chance of altitude sickness and fatigue problems.
- The trek is recommended for trekkers with an average and good level of physical fitness.
- The Annapurna Base Camp trek is not recommended without a professional guide.
- Not recommended during winter.
- Luggage not to exceed 15 kgs weight.
Read more about the trek on our Annapurna Base Camp Trek Blogs.
Annapurna Circuit Trek
If the spellbinding view of the massive Annapurna range is what you seek, then Annapurna Circuit Trek is the right choice for you. Regarded as the most dangerous mountain with the extreme level of difficulty to climb, Annapurna massif is particularly a set of thirteen peaks among which six prominent summits are Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna, and Annapurna South.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is famous among trekkers due to its asymmetrical trails. It is the oldest trekking trail which was used in the past as a trade route by Nepalese and Tibetans. The Annapurna Circuit Trekking Trail, encircling the Annapurna massif, starts from Bhulbhule and finally ends at Thorung La pass. If you are on a long vacation then trekking along Annapurna Circuit Trail is recommended for you as it is a 15 days long trek and can be extended upto 20 days or even more.
The trails encompass some beautiful places of Nepal like Manang, Mustang, and Jomsom. The trek provides a panoramic view of some of the highest peaks of Nepal such as the massive Annapurna mountain range, Dhaulagiri Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, Lamjung, and Tukuche peaks. The fertile land of the Annapurna region supports various vegetation so you’ll also get a chance to explore the dense forest and distinct flora and fauna.
Annapurna Round Trek takes you around the thick settlement of Gurung and Thakali people and offers you to witness the traditional Gurung and Thakali culture. You will get a chance to experience the gift of nature, explore the region and manifest the exotic view of the Himalayas ranges which is attainable from nowhere else.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is a comparatively difficult trek. It is a long trek requiring a good level of physical fitness. Endurance is key for this trek. As the trek goes through Thorung La Pass, there are chances of altitude sickness.
- Recommended trekking months are March to May (Spring) and September to November (Autumn).
- Carrying water to keep yourself hydrated is recommended.
- Luggage weight exceeding 15 kg is not recommended.
- Trekking without a guide is not recommended.
Makalu Base Camp Trek
Makalu Base Camp Trek is a real challenge for adventure lovers. With extensively difficult trails, this trek is not permitted for less than two trekkers and without an expert guide. Located in the Eastern part of Nepal, Makalu Base Camp Trekking has the highest elevation of 5,250m.
If you have tried other easy and medium level treks, and are looking to challenge yourself with difficult and off beaten treks in Nepal, then Makalu Base Camp Trek is for you. This trek is adventurous and full of wilderness and the trek will test your strength, endurance and also your love for adventure.
Makalu base camp trek is not for the faint-hearted. As I have already mentioned, it will test your strength and endurance. The trek requires a nice level of physical fitness.
- The trek is recommended from March-May and September-November.
- Luggage should not exceed 15kg weight
- It is not recommended for people with an average level of fitness.
- The altitude is really high so consult a doctor before going for it.
- Not recommended during winter
- Not recommended for first-timers
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek can be categorized as short and easy treks in Nepal. Gurung villages, thick rhododendron forests, panoramic mountain views, and the breathtaking sunrise views from the back of the Annapurna mountain range are the main attractions of this trek.
Trekkers with average fitness can complete this trek and enjoy nature. With a maximum height of only 3210m, this trek avoids altitude sickness and fatigue. The trek is comparatively cheap but requires ACAP and TIMS permits.
- Highly recommended for first-timers and trekkers with average fitness.
- The trek is highly recommended if you want to explore Annapurna in a short period of time.
- Not recommended for trekkers who want extreme adventures in Nepal.
Manaslu Circuit Trek
Standing high as the world’s eighth highest mountain, the Manaslu mountain view from the vicinity is a treat to the eyes. Manaslu Circuit Trek is an offbeat trek in remote areas of Nepal. So, you can expect rough and challenging trails for trekking. You will come across some diverse cultures, ethnic groups and topography which makes the trek more interesting and adventurous as well. Manaslu Circuit Trek is normally a 14 days long trek that ends at Larkya La Pass. The trek has the highest elevation of 5,160m and it also demands a high level of physical fitness.
The trek is a moderate trek but is more difficult than the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Larkya la pass is also on the trek route, so there are chances of altitude sickness.
- For those who want to get close to nature
- For those who want to try challenging trekking in Nepal
- To trek around March-May and October-November
- The trek requires 5-10 hours of walking on different terrains, hills and mountains every day, so it is not recommended for average fitness people.
Langtang valley is a serene valley at the border of Tibet and Nepal. Enriched with distinct trees, species, and vegetation, Langtang is a beautiful valley blessed with Mother Nature. This rural landscape in the Langtang region of Nepal has numerous tea houses for accommodation. Exploring the biodiversity and Buddhist culture during the Langtang valley trek is amusing for travellers.
Langtang trek starts from Syabru Besi. Trekking up to the height of 5,000m, we will reach Tserko-Ri. From Tserko-Ri, you will witness the majestic 360-degree view of the entire Langtang valley. The Langtang trek encompasses the holy Gosainkunda and Kyanjin Gompa. It is a 10 days long trek which is not so difficult for determined and adventure trekkers.
Trekkers with average fitness can go for this trek and enjoy the picturesque view of Langtang Himal.
- During March-May and October-November
- For people with low physical fitness.
Regarded as the third highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga is a synonym for danger because of its path to reach its top. No one has ever been able to climb this wonderful yet dangerous mountain to date. The beauty of Kanchenjunga is no less than a fairy tale, and that maybe the reason for it to attract trekkers to its difficult trails. The trek is one of the best treks in Nepal among the less ventured areas.
It is a 25 days long trek and requires KCA and RAP permits with other restricted permits. Thus, the Kanchenjunga Trekking Package cost is slightly high compared to other trekking in Nepal.
Kanchenjunga trek is fairly difficult and is not for people with low levels of physical fitness. The trek takes you through difficult trails and is also remote.
- For people with an extreme level of fitness
- During March-May and October-November
- The trek is not recommended without a guide.
- Luggage weight of more than 15 kg is not recommended.
Mardi Himal Trekking
The trails of the Mardi Himal Trek in the Annapurna region make this trek one of the less challenging treks in Nepal. It is a short trek with many aspects of Nepal to discover. The Annapurna trekking trail goes through a dense rhododendron forest that leads to the base of the Mardi Himal (4,500m).
The high mountains like Mardi Himal, Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Hiuchuli are clearly visible during Mardi Himal Trek. The winding Annapurna Trails are rough so you can expect challenge as well as an adventure. Enjoy the solitude and explore the middle part of Nepal with the background of some majestic mountains and pristine nature. At Heaven Nepal Adventure, Mardi Himal Trek is an 8 days package.
Trekkers with an average level of fitness can complete this trek without much tiredness and fatigue. This trek doesn’t require any permit and is accessible in winter unlike some other treks in Nepal.
- For first-timers, Mardi Himal Trekking is well challenging and adventurous.
- From March to May, and September to November.
- The trek is not recommended for experienced trekkers seeking thrills and adventure.
Gokyo Valley Trek
Gokyo is a small village located in the Eastern part of Nepal at an elevation of 4,750m. The trek is considered an alternative trek to the Everest Base Camp Trek because the trekking path of the Gokyo Valley Trek is less rough and challenging. The trek still offers a magnificent view of Mount Everest range along with the Longpongo Lake, Gokyo Lake, Taboche Tsho Lake, Cho Oyu Himal, and Ngozumpa glacier. It is normally a 15-day trek.
Gokyo Valley Trek is a moderate trek and can be accomplished by trekkers with average level of physical fitness.
- The trek is recommended from March to May and September to November.
- The trek is not recommended during extreme winters.
Upper Mustang Trek
Another long and venturesome trekking in Nepal is at the secluded northern part of Mustang. The isolated yet captivating barren land of Upper Mustang can be explored with Upper Mustang Trek. The trek takes you to the elevation of 3,800m and with most of its remote trails, is considered an off beaten trek.
The exceptional geography of Upper Mustang is dry and deserted yet surrounded by majestic mountains gives a spectacular view to cherish. The temples, monasteries, Tibetan prayer flags, tea houses, and huge stones with bizarre structure adds glamour to the beauty of this Upper Mustang Trek. With not much human population, Tibetan culture has been preserved for centuries in the Upper Mustang areas.
A 15 days long trip to the Upper Mustang Trek from Heaven Nepal Adventure starts from Pokhara or Kagbeni and it requires special permits too. The trek is accessible during winter but the trek is really harsh so you must be physically and mentally prepared.
The trek does not take you to very high altitude areas but it does require good physical fitness level.
- From March to May, September to November
- To proceed with two or more trekkers along with a professional guide
- For people with an average level of fitness.
- For people with Asthma problems.
Upper Dolpo Trek
Geographically rich Upper Dolpo is an isolated trekking destination due to its remoteness and challenging trekking trails. The upper Dolpo trekking trail stretches to the apex of Magdalena Pass, Shey La Pass, and Jeng La Pass.
This elongated 25 days of trekking is challenging yet the view of Kanjirowa Mountain and the mesmerizing Phoksundo Lake captivates the trekkers which makes them forget the struggle and tiredness.
Upper Dolpo Trek is a great way to explore the typical Tibetan culture and monasteries. The beauty of Dolpo was manifested in a 1999 Academy Award-winning movie Himalaya and it has helped this remote Upper Dolpo Trekking attract some trekkers. The trekkers should acquire some special permits. If you are looking for less ventured trekking areas, this is one of the best treks in Nepal for you.
Upper Dolpo trek requires an average level of fitness as the trekking trails are not that unusual and rocky.
- The trek is recommended during March to May and September to November
- It is recommended to proceed with two or more trekkers along with a professional guide
- It is not recommended for people with altitude sickness.
So, that’s the list of best treks in Nepal and until now, you might have made up your mind on which trek is the best for you. These treks are only some of the options and you might also have other trekking ideas. Inquire us if you want any information for trekking in Nepal.