• Jul 29, 2021
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Nepal has some of the best world-renowned treks in the world. The kingdom of Himalaya possesses eight out of the fourteen tallest mountains above 8000m in the world. This truly suggests Nepal is the world’s best trekking destination with the most popular and famous treks in the world.

With snowy mountain tops, shimmering lakes settle in mountaintops, vibrant culture, and booming development of tourism infrastructure, ‘Nepal is the top destination for travelers in 2020 and beyond’ by Forbes magazine; a popular American business magazine. Attracting mountain lovers, trekkers, climbers, hikers from all over the world, there is no doubt that Nepal is a nature jackpot and trekker’s paradise. Trekking in Nepal not only allows you to enjoy the popular treks in Nepal but also lets you indulge in abundant wildlife, rich vegetation, and flora and fauna.

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You can find a variation of trekking trails in Nepal which includes both extremes trekking trails to mild trekking trails. Where you can discover from 5 to 6 days treks to approximately 25 to 30 days treks in Nepal. You can enjoy the mild treks surrounded by beautiful nature, through the picturesque trekking route filled with dense rhododendron forest, terraced rice fields along with steeps slopes, open pastures, and crossing the spectacular suspension bridges with fluttering prayer flags. On the other hand, the extreme treks take you to through the high passes, and mountain glaciers to the world’s highest mountain and deepest gorge in the world. But whichever journey you choose to do, you can have the once-in-a-lifetime trekking experience for sure with the most renowned treks such as Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, and many others.

Now, if you have decided to trek in Nepal, then you can find a plethora of trekking options according to your time and budget. But the most important question remains the same where to trek in Nepal? To answer this question Nepal Adventure Team has covered a rundown on each of the top 10 best treks in Nepal, including the trek’s highlight and their itinerary.

Everest Base Camp Trek 

Trip Fact and Overview

Duration: 15 Days 

Permit: Sagarmatha National Park Fee, TIMS Card, Local Taxes

Accommodation: Hotel, and Tea/House Lodge

Difficulty: Moderate

Max Elevation: 5550 m 

Best Time: March to May, September to December

Highlights: 

  • Passing through the Khumbu region, spectacular Himalayas views, including Mount Everest, Lhotse, and others
  • Walking through pine forest, Sherpa village, Everest Base Camp, and climb to Kalapathar
  • Lying to trans-Himalayan Tenzing Hillary airport at Lukla
  • Walking the edge of the Dudh Koshi river, along with crossing suspension bridges
  • Exploring Sherpa culture and ancient gompas and monasteries

We don’t have to say which trek is the most engaging and preferred trek in Nepal. In fact, the Everest Base Camp Trek (EBC), is not only listed number one in the best treks in Nepal, but it is also one of the best treks in the world.

Not only the trail takes you to the highest mountain in the world but the trail also leads you to the famous vantage point to Kalapathar (5,643 m), to have a close-up view of Mount Everest via the world-renowned Namche Bazaar. When talking about Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital of Nepal, gateway to Mount Everest and Kalapathar, probably these are the best place on planet earth where you can find a trekkers hub and like-minded trekkers in one place. Namche Bazaar is a hidden world of a modern city with an Irish pub, and the best coffee houses whereas Kalapathar is the only place on earth from where you can stand face-to-face with Mount Everest. For many of us it, not just a trek, it is more than a trek. Moving forward the picturesque trekking trail with experiencing the unique and rich Sherpa culture and tradition is truly a pleasant walk. Unarguably, this trek is a lifetime opportunity where you will be walking through the Sagarmatha National Park in the Everest region and witness the highest mountain in the world.

Your Everest Base Camp Trek route starts at Lukla at 2,840 meters (9,318 ft). The trekking trail offers many suspension bridges draped in fluttering prayer flags, along with the dense pine forest dotted with rhododendron flowers. During the peak season, you may find the trekking trail filled with climbers, trekkers, guides, and porters including local people, yaks, and Jhopke (crossbreed animal between yak and cow). We suggest whenever encountering with such traffics, don't forget to give some space to them especially when encountering with porters as you can see them carrying the tons of good through the hard climb. We request, please let them have the trekking trail first. The same goes for the yaks and Jhopke laden with goods, it is best to avoid them, or not you may have to face a dangerous situation. Well, like every trekking trail in the Himalayan region, Everest Base Camp Trek also offers religious shrines such as Chortens, Gombas, and Mani walls, adorned with stunning views of Ama Dablam (6,812m), Makalu (8,481m), and Lhotse (8,516 m), will let you in awe of the amazing Himalayas vistas.

If you want to avoid the busier trails in the Everest Region, then there are a number of trekking packages in the Everest region besides Everest Base Camp Trek which presents an equally beautiful trekking trail in the Everest region.

  1. 15 days Everest Base Camp Trek
  2. Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek
  3. Everest Gokyo Ri Trek
  4. Everest Base Camp Trek and Cho La Pass
  5. Rowling valley trek
  6. Everest Three Passes Trek
  7. Everest Two Passes Trek
  8. Everest Base Camp Trek and Fly Back Heli
  9. Everest View Trek
  10. Everest Base Camp Luxury Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Trip Fact and Overview

Duration: 13 Days 

Permit: ACAP Permit, and TIMS Card 

Accommodation: Hotel, and Tea/House Lodge

Difficulty: Moderate

Max Elevation: 4130 m 

Best Time: March to May, September to December

Highlights: 

  • Walk past Annapurna Conservation Area through the subtropical forest path
  • Discover nature and rich culture with a golden sunrise view
  • See the magical views of giant mountain peaks of Machapuchre, Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Himalchuli
  • Picturesque trekking trail, along with monasteries, Gompas, and shrines.

After the Everest Base Camp trek, counted as another best trek in Nepal and in the world is none other than the spectacular Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC) in the popular Annapurna Region. Choosing Annapurna Base Camp Trek, also known as Annapurna Sanctuary Trek means you can get to have a panoramic Himalayan vista of the tenth highest mountain in the world-Mount Annapurna (8091 m) which also includes the glorious views of Machapuchre (6,993m), Gangapurna (7,455m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), and Himalchuli (7,893m). In addition, you will also get to see the numerous temples, gompas, monasteries, and shrines on your trekking trail.

Passing through the Annapurna Conservation Area, you will witness the pine forest, subtropical forest, terraced rice fields, charming villages, diverse landscapes, and culture. On your way, you can see the mountaintops shining golden because of the magical sunrise that crept out from behind Annapurna ranges from Poon Hill, an iconic vantage point. Apart from all the beautiful views, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek provides you the perfect opportunity to get an insight into the rich culture and tradition of Nepali people with diverse ethnic backgrounds.

If you are a nature and culture lover, then you are surely going to love Annapurna Base Camp Trek which starts from a beautiful lakeside city called Pokhara, a gateway to the Annapurna region. Pokhara itself is the second-best touristic city of Nepal where you can a peaceful, calm, and quiet city covered with lush green forest. All in all, it is a suitable trek for all age groups as it doesn’t require going to oxygen-sapping altitudes or any physical pain.

Furthermore, if you are interested in even more amazing treks in the Annapurna region, then we have listed down some rewarding trekking packages in the Annapurna Region for you to check out.

  1. Mardi Himal Trek
  2. Jomsom Muktinath Trek
  3. Annapurna Community Eco Village Trek
  4. Nar Pho Valley with Kang La Pass Trek
  5. Khopra Danda Khayer Lake Trek
  6. Upper Mustang Jeep Ride Trek
  7. Tilicho lake and Mesokanto La Pass Trek 
  8. Ghale Gaun Village Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trip Fact and Overview

Duration: 19 Days 

Permit: ACAP, MCAP, Restricted Area Permit, and TIMS Card

Accommodation: Hotel, and Tea/House Lodge

Difficulty: Moderate

Max Elevation: 5106 m 

Best Time: March to May, September to December

Highlights: 

  • Best trekking trails, witness the highest peak in Nepal
  • Walking through the deepest Budi Gandaki gorge
  • Experience rich culture Tibetan culture of Tsum Valley
  • On the trail, visit ancient old Gombas and monasteries such as Rachen Gompa and Mu Gompa.

Extremely popular among trekking enthusiasts, Manaslu Circuit Trek is gaining its reputation as one of the best isolated and remote trekking trails in Nepal. Lies between the Annapurna to the west and Ganesh Himal to the east, Manaslu Circuit Trek is a newly opened restricted trek destination in Nepal. If you are thinking of the Manaslu Circuit trek, you might want to carry special permits for this Trek.

When talking about the Manaslu Circuit Trek highlights, then we cannot forget the isolated trekking trail, you can have the entire trekking trail, along with mesmerizing views of the highest peak in the world such as Manaslu (8,156m), Cheo Himal (6,820m), Himlung Himal (7,140m), Kang Guru, and Annapurna II, it is the best trekking trail in Nepal. Walking through the Budhi Gandaki trail, passing through the highest point of the trek is Larkya La Pass(5167m), this trek is demanding, yet rewarding which not only let you witness Manaslu-the eighth highest mountain in the world which is above 8000-meters but it takes you to a land of monasteries and hamlets called Tsum Valley where you can explore the most stunning natural scenes around the majestic surroundings of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges in Tsum valley. In addition, the rich culture, religion, and art of local Gurung and Tibetan origin make this trek perfect for cultural immersion which is a unique experience where you can have a deeper knowledge of the people and culture of an unfamiliar place. As the valley is rich in Tibetan culture and Buddhist religion, it unfolds the rich history through the ancient old Gombas and monasteries such as Rachen Gompa and Mu Gompa.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek route begins with a scenic drive to Besisahar. It can be done all year round but the best time for this trek is March to May and September to November. If this is not enough for you, then we recommend you some of the equally stunning trekking packages of the Manaslu Region that are listed down below.

  1. Manaslu Circuit Trek and Tsum Valley Trek
  2. Short Manaslu Circuit Trek
  3. Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

Langtang Valley Trek

Trip Fact and Overview

Duration: 11 Days 

Permit: Langtang National Park Fee, and TIMS Card

Accommodation: Hotel, and Tea/House Lodge

Difficulty: Moderate

Max Elevation: 4984 m 

Best Time: March to May, September to December

Highlights: 

  • Walking through the Langtang National Park
  • Magnificent panoramic views of famous Langtang Range
  • Passing through the Gompas and monasteries
  • Explore the famous cheese factory at Kyanjin Gompa

There is no doubt that Langtang Valley, also known as the ‘valley of glaciers’ is one of the most enchanting places in Nepal which is located at Langtang Trekking region in Rasuwa District, north of Kathmandu. Easily accessible from Kathmandu and relatively easier trek, Langtang Valley Trek is recognized as another best trek in Nepal. This Trek is also considered by many as the third-best trek in Nepal, after Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Langtang Valley Trek is an amazing journey through the Langtang National Park of Nepal. If you are looking for diverse landscapes, old monasteries, high mountain passes, and mani walls, as well as Tibetan culture and religion where you can experience the local lifestyle, then this trek could be the best choice for you. On top of that, this trek also leads you to Kyanjin Gompa where you can explore the famous Cheese factory. You will also get to see Tseriko Ri (5,450m), Kyanjin Ri (4,773m) with a majestic view of Panoramic Langtang Range on the trail of Langtang Valley Trek. Some of the highlights of this trek are spectacular views on this trek include Dorje Lakpa (6,990m), Langtang Ri (6,370m) and Langtang Lirung (7,245m).

With all these things to explore and discover, Langtang Valley is surely a must-visit trekking destination in Nepal. This trek begins with a scenic drive to Syabrubesi via a small town called Trishuli Bazaar and Dunche. If you are interested in knowing about more treks in Langtang Region, then here we have some of the best treks in the Langtang Region down below.

  1. Langtang Circuit Trek
  2. Helambu Trek
  3. Gosaikunda Lake Trek
  4. Langtang Ganja La Pass Trek
  5. Gosaikunda Lake, and Helambu Trek 
  6. Tamang Heritage Trail Trek
  7. Short Langtang Valley Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip Fact and Overview

Duration: 19 Days 

Permit: ACAP, and TIMS Card

Accommodation: Hotel, and Tea/House Lodge

Difficulty: Moderate

Max Elevation: 5416 m 

Best Time: March to May, September to December

Highlights: 

  • Let the Himalayan ranges of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Machhapuchre, Mt. Hiunchuli, and many other highest peaks in Nepal greets you
  • Walkthrough the edge of deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge
  • Observe rich flora and fauna while crossing the highest pass at Thorang La Pass
  • Embark on sacred pilgrimage sites of Mukti Nath
  • Relaxing natural hot spring at Tatopani

After Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek is another most preferred trekking trail in Annapurna Region that surrounds the entire Annapurna Massifs in Nepal. It is the most demanding trek in Nepal due to its 360-degree panoramic views of Himalayan ranges such as Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m) Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Mt. Annapurna II (7,937 m.), Mt. Annapurna III (7,555m), Mt. Annapurna IV (7,525m), Mt. Annapurna south (7,219m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,041m), Mt. Machhapuchare (6,998m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441m), and Mt. Lamjung Himal (6,986m). Apart from all the gorgeous Himalayan vistas, you will also get to see the Tibetan culture and traditions in Manag Valleys which is an isolated valley with desert-like terrain.

Moreover, walking through the edge of the deepest Kali Gandaki George, Annapurna Circuit Trek will let you discover the first rays of warm sun crept out from behind the Annapurna Range in one of the well-famous beautiful Poon Hill. You will find it hard to explain the beauty of marvelous views of golden sunrise and being surrounded on every side of dozens of equally spectacular majestic Himalayas of Nepal. When talking about the beauty of Annapurna Circuit Trek, we cannot forget the euphoric feelings of crossing the highest pass at Thorang La (5,416m), nor we can forget visiting the most sacred pilgrimage sites of Nepal, Mukti Nath. Annapurna Circuit Trek route also offers a natural hot spring in Nepal. After many days of exhausting trekking trails, the feeling of getting a hot shower at Tatopani (natural hot spring) will surely make you dance around.

There is no doubt that this is one of the best treks in the world so, if you are planning to do Annapurna Circuit Trek, then let me tell you that this trek starts with a scenic drive to Jagat. From there you will have to take a local jeep to Besisahar. You can find numerous trekking trails and routes that vary from time and budget in Annapurna Region. Therefore, we are presenting only the best of the best famous treks in this region.

Kanchenjunga Trekking

Trip Fact and Overview

Duration: 26 Days 

Permit: KCAP, Restricted Area Permit, and TIMS Card

Accommodation: Hotel, and Tea/House Lodge

Difficulty: Moderate

Max Elevation: 5143 m 

Best Time: March to May, September to December

Highlights: 

  • Walking through the isolated trekking trail
  • Find the rare beauty of raw Himalayan
  • Explore remote eastern part of Nepal, get the closure insight of local people’s lifestyle
  • Beautiful trekking path that leads to Kanchenjunga-the third highest mountain in the world

When it comes to finding one of the best off-the-beaten-path treks Kanchenjunga Trekking is unarguable, without any mere doubt is the best remarkable trekking destination in Nepal. In terms of experiencing the beauty of an isolated place through a secluded journey into the remote terrain of the Eastern Region then Kanchenjunga Trekking is unbeatable.

This is a challenging trek that leads you to the third highest mountain in the world and second-highest mountain in Nepal-Kanchenjunga which means the five tressures of snow that depicts the five individual peaks of Kangchenjunga, it actually has seven major summits. on the trail, you will walk through the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (2035 sq. km) where you can explore the variety of floras and faunas found in the remote eastern part of Nepal. You can also get the chance to visit traditional villages, deep valleys, and terraced farmland, along with the strong Tibetan Buddhist culture in this area. Walking through the monasteries, stupas, and Gompas on your route, you will get lost in the beauty of remote eastern Nepal.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek starts from Taplejung. Like I mentioned before, this is a challenging trek that requires a good level of physical and mental fitness because it is also one of the longest trekking routes in Nepal. No wonder, this trek will test your limits but if you are ready to do this trek, and if you willing to find this rare beauty of raw Himalayas before the crowds do and it gets loaded with thousands of trekkers from all around the world. Here is the best Kanchenjunga Trekking package for you, Click here for 26 days of Kanchenjunga Trekking in Nepal. This trek is going to give you a life-changing experience for sure.

Poon Hill Ghorepani Trek

Trip Fact and Overview

Duration: 10 Days 

Permit: ACAP Permit, and TIMS Card

Accommodation: Hotel, and Tea/House Lodge

Difficulty: Moderate

Max Elevation: 3210 m 

Best Time: March to May, September to December

Highlights: 

  • Get lost in the most beautiful village of Nepal, enjoy the excellent hospitality of Gurung
  • Capture the most beautiful golden sunrise views
  • Walking to the beautiful trekking trail dotted with rhododendron flower
  • Snow-capped mountain views of some of the highest mountain in Nepal
  • Find a relaxing natural hot spring at Jhinu Danda

Another spectacular trekking trail in the Annapurna region would be the Poon Hill Ghorepani Trek. The widely famous Poon Hill Ghorepani Trek is one of the best treks in Nepal.

The major highlight of this trek is the best sunrise views over the majestic Annapurna, Dhaulagiri Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre (6,993m) from the top of Poon Hill (3,210m). It is located above the village of Ghorepani, the charming Gurung village of Nepal. On your way, you will pass through the dense rhododendron forest, snow-capped mountain scenery, stone-paved hiking trails, and varieties of flora and fauna.

Your journey to the Poon Hill Ghorepani Trek begins with a scenic drive to Pokhara and your gateway to the Annapurna Region trek. During the trek, you will come across the large Gurung Ghandruk Village where you can visit the impressive museum and natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda.

If you are looking for cultural immersion treks, then make sure that you include Poon Hill Ghorepani Trek on your list because this would be the best trek ever for you where you can taste the flavor of both nature and culture. 

Everest Gokyo Lake Trek

Trip Fact and Overview

Duration: 14 Days 

Permit: Sagarmatha National Park Fee, TIMS Card, Local Taxes

Accommodation: Hotel, and Tea/House Lodge

Difficulty: Moderate

Max Elevation: 5550 m 

Best Time: March to May, September to December

Highlights: 

  • Thrilling mountain flight experience at Lukla Airport
  • Explore turquoise Gokyo Lake, and Gokyo Ri
  • Phenomenal mountain views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, Nuptse, Amadablam, and Mt. Makalu
  • Take a walk through the Sagarmatha National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Nepal

Everest Gokyo in mesmerizing Gokyo Lake which is surrounded by Phenomenal Himalayas Gokyo Ri. It is also the best viewpoint besides Kalapatthar where you can unlock the beautiful views of impressive glaciers, turquoise lakes, and beautiful valleys.

Likewise, while walking through the Sagarmatha National Park, the stunning views of the mountains as the backdrop are hard to miss. You will come across some of the ancient monasteries, rich Sherpa culture, and settlements such as Namche Bazaar. Since Everest Gokyo Lake Trek falls in the Everest region, this trek also begins with taking a domestic flight to Lukla Airport, from Kathmandu valley. You start trekking towards the famous Namze Bazaar, and that’s the point where your trail separates you from the busier trails of Everest Base Camp trek. You have to acclimatize in Namze Bazaar before setting off for the Gokyo Valley and Gokyo Ri.

Ruby Valley Trek

Trip Fact and Overview

Duration: 10 Days 

Permit: Langtang National Park Fee, and TIMS Card

Accommodation: Hotel, and Tea/House Lodge

Difficulty: Moderate

Max Elevation: 3850 m 

Best Time: March to May, September to December

Highlights:

  • Easily accessible unexplored trekking destinations in Nepal
  • Close-up views of Ganesh, Langtang, and Manaslu Himal
  • Walking through the dense pine forest, oak, and rhododendron forest
  • Discover ruby mines in the mountains, ebullient waterfalls, and Georges
  • Rich culture of Tamang, Magar, Brahmin, Chettri, and Gurung inhabitants

Ruby valley Trek is known as one of the best trekking areas in the Ganesh Himal Region. Lying in between the beautiful Langtang National Park and the Manaslu Conservation area, Ruby Valley Trek has newly opened nothing less than a once-in-a-lifetime trekking experience in Nepal that offers panoramic views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, and Manaslu Himal.

This beautiful region not only offers the hidden gem in between the famous trekking area, but here, you can also explore the most stunning natural scenes, diverse terrain rice fields, green meadows, and rich cultures of Tamang and Gurung people in this area. On your way, exploring the remote areas of Nepal, you can discover the rare beauty of the abandoned ruby mines. The beautiful Ruby Valley Trek starts with a 7 to 8 hours' drive to Syabrubesi from Kathmandu valley. From here walking through the easy trail, you will encounter some of the charming villages such as Ghatlang, Somdang, and Chalis Gaon, along with the diverse culture and traditions of Tamang, Gurung, Chhetri, and Magar community.

For those who want to love to explore the popular trekking routes in Ganesh Himal Region, here is the list of famous treks in the Ganesh Himal Region.

  1. Dashain Festival Tour
  2. Classic Ganesh Himal Trek

Upper Mustang Trek

Trip Fact and Overview

Duration: 17 Days 

Permit: ACAP Permit, Restricted Area Permit, and TIMS Card

Accommodation: Hotel, and Tea/House Lodge

Difficulty: Moderate

Max Elevation: 4353 m 

Best Time: March to May, September to December

Highlights: 

  • Steeped in the history and culture of Upper Mustang
  • Witness the rich culture and religious belief and rituals of Tibetan
  • Visit the ancient King’s Palace of Lo
  • Discover the 200 years old monasteries, Gompas, fluttering prayer flags, caves, and rock painting
  • Enjoy the mountain views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri

Last but not least ‘the last forbidden Kingdom of Nepal’, Upper Mustang Trek is a popular trek in Nepal. Located in the northern part of Nepal, this is one of the restricted treks in Nepal that requires a restricted area permit to travel. Upper Mustang; a hidden valley of Nepal is surely a must-visit trekking destination in Nepal.

We are keeping this beautiful trek on our list as the top of the cherry in deserts. With the beautiful trans-Himalayan Mountain area, desert-like landscapes, ancient caves, and cliffs, you can never get enough of the Upper Mustang Trek. If you are fond of culture and festival tours in Nepal, then you must visit Lo Manthang and participate in the famous Tiji festival tours. Talking about Lo Manthang, it is a beautiful small town in the northwest of the area, where you can find 200 years old Chode Lhakang monasteries and the king’s palace. Not to mentions, this place is live museums of ancient old historical and religious monuments.

You can get the opportunity to get the panoramic mountain ranges of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), and Manaslu range (8,163m) while passing through the Annapurna conservation area on Upper Mustang trekking trails. The length of the Upper Mustang Trekking route depends on the route you choose. Your treks start with a domestic flight to Jomsom from Pokhara Airport and going all the way to Kagbeni, a gateway to Upper Mustang Trek. No wonder, choosing this trek could be the best experience of your life.

Conclusion

“Heaven is a myth but Nepal is real”. With a plethora of trekking trails in Nepal, selecting the top 10 best treks was not an easy job but we have tried our best. So, if we have missed your favorite trekking destination, please comment down below and we would definitely like to add your favorite trek in our next blog. After reading this blog, if you are interested in a trekker's paradise in Nepal, then without any hesitation contact Nepal Adventure Team.

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