Top 5 Best Treks in Nepal

Nepal is a country that does not lack in beautiful landscapes and unique culture. Situated at the crossroads of two giant ancient civilizations, Nepal is a cornucopia of both natural beauties and traditional customs of ethnic people. From the diverse topography, the bio-diversified features, the Himalayan beauty and a rich cultural prominence, Nepal is definitely one of the most amazing places to visit for adventures like trekking or cultural tours. As a matter of fact, Trekking in Nepal is one of the most famous adventures to do. People from all over the world visit Nepal for trekking experiences. And the fact that Nepal is coupled with one of the most wonderful Himalayan riches with ancient ethnic culture and old traditions of the people makes visiting Nepal a matter of great new experiences.

As mentioned, trekking in the country is quite famous. To accentuate this, Nepal has many destinations that favor trekking, both off-the-beaten-paths and famed trekking trails. There are many trekking adventures that can be done in Nepal. Here are top 5 best treks in Nepal-

  1. The Everest Base Camp Trek

Maximum elevation reached: 5,545 meters

Best Time to do the Trip: March to May and September to December

Location: Khumbu

The Everest Base Camp Trek is perhaps the most famous trekking journey in Nepal. It takes place in the beautiful Khumbu region and spans destinations like the famed mountain town of Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche and Gorakshep among many to finally reach the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain peak. A moderate level trip, it is filled with the best highlights of the region. Along with the amazing Himalayan landscape of the Khumbu, the trekkers also get to experience the legendary Sherpa culture that is quite prominent in the Khumbu. Some of the best hallmarks of the trip include the Tengboche monastery, the vantage point of Kalapatthar, Namche Bazaar and the constant view and sight of the Mount Everest massif and many of its neighboring peaks. It usually starts with a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. This short journey is like and adventure in itself. The changing terrains when viewed from the airplane are quite fascinating. The landing at the Lukla airport is also quite jarring because of the fact that the airport is located atop a wide cliff and is surrounded by tall rolling green hills. The runway also drops off towards the valley below. Then the trekking trail goes through amazing settlements like Pheriche, Monjo and the Sagarmatha National Park. A UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, the Sagarmatha National Park spans a large area of the Khumbu and includes many villages and protects the alpine woodlands of the region. Along the trek, travelers also sometimes can catch glimpses of the endangered woodlands animals like the Musk Deer and the Snow-Leopard. One of the more distinguished animals that grace the trek is the beautiful Danphe bird. These birds reside on the forests surrounding the ridges of Tengboche. Furthermore, the trek is also a great opportunity to witness giant colossi like Mount Everest, the Ama Dablam, the Tawache peak, the Nuptse, Thamserku, the Kongdi RI, the Kusum Kangraru and many more. Moreover, a visit to the Everest View Hotel presents the chance to view Mount Everest from all of the hotel’s windows. In addition, the Khumbu glacier and Icefall are also included in the trip. It is a trip of a lifetime ad can be done with friends, with family or even solo!

 

  1. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Maximum elevation reached: 4,210 meters

Best Time to do the Trip: March to May and September to December

Location: Annapurna region

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is another famous trekking journey that is quite famous in Nepal. It is estimated that almost half the total people who visit Nepal do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It takes place in the amazing Annapurna region and is also referred to as “the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek”. Comparatively, it is less strenuous than other trekking journeys, but it is still categorized as a moderate level trip. The “Nepali Flats” of the region and the constant uphill-and-downhill terrain can prove to be a bit of a difficult challenge, especially for people who are not used to trekking, but the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the perfect start for any novice trekkers. Because it takes place in the Annapurna region, and includes the Annapurna Sanctuary, the trip is riddled with many highlights. Destinations like Pokhara, Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Tadapani and Ghandruk among many others are visited. Moreover, the major highlight of the trip would be the vantage point of Poon Hill from where the entire panorama of the Mount Everest massif can be seen. In addition, just as how the Khumbu is a prime Sherpa settlement, the Annapurna region is also considered a prime Magar and Gurung settlement. The majority of the villages of the region are occupied by the ethnic Magar and Gurung people. The trip really highlights their unique traditions and customs. Also, the Annapurna sanctuary plays an important role in the protection of the biodiversity of the region. Its amazing alpine and trans-Himalayan forests and Himalayas make trekking to the base camp of Mount Annapurna an absolute pleasure.

 

  1. The Upper Mustang Trek

Maximum elevation reached: 4,210 meters

Best Time to do the Trip: March to December

Location: Mustang region

The Upper Mustang Trek is one of the most uniquely different trekking journeys in the country. Not only does Mustang lie in the rain-shadow zone of the Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Mountains, it is also one of the last vestiges of the unspoiled Tibetan Buddhist culture on the planet. Trekking in Upper Mustang is like going back in time. The ancient tradition still prevalent in the region makes for a very culturally concentrated trip. Moreover, Mustang is also a place of great beauty as the rock formations in the region are astounding. Everything looks alien and the corroded cliffs and the ash-white hills make the trek a journey that does not even look like its taking place on Earth. One of the key differences between Upper Mustang Trekking and the rest of the trekking journeys is that Upper Mustang Trekking can be done during the summer months as well- a novelty that isn’t present while trekking at other destinations. Because of the lack of rainfall in the region, trekking is undisruptive of the weather regardless of the season. Furthermore, the unspoiled Tibetan Buddhist culture of the region is one of the most fascinating aspects of the trip. There are many ancient gumbas and monasteries that look like they have been recovered from being lost in time and recently, new archeological discoveries of the mysterious sky-caves have also put the prospect of trekking in Upper Mustang on top of the list of many adventure seekers.

  1. The Manaslu Circuit Trek

Maximum elevation reached: 5,220 meters

Best Time to do the Trip: March to May and September to December

Location: Manaslu region

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is an off-the-beaten-paths trekking journey. Among all of the trekking journeys in Nepal, the Manaslu region is relatively unspoiled. Thus, travelers here get to experience an unsullied natural beauty and come across fewer trekkers when compared to the rest of the region. This can be contributed to the fact that the Manaslu region had no tea-houses or guesthouses before and trekkers were required to camp out in the Himalayan wilderness under the stars. But in recent years, the numbers of trekkers visiting Manaslu and doing the Manaslu Circuit Trek have increased. Tea-houses have been built to accommodate the trekkers. But is it’s still a relatively new trek and still is an off-the-beaten-paths trip. The trekking trail of the Manaslu Circuit circumbulates the beautiful Manaslu Himal. It includes many highlights like the Manaslu Conservation Area, river valleys of the Budi Gandaki River and the Modi Khola and the Larkya La Mountain Pass. It is a strenuous trekking trip that requires a bit of physical capabilities to do. The villages of the region are also occupied by ethnic Rai, Limbu and Buddhist people. Mani stones and walls carved with prayers are a staple sight while doing the Manaslu Circuit. Himalayan views like the Sringi, the Cheo Peak, the Gyagi Kung, the Kang Koru, the Annapurna and the Manaslu Himal decorate the backdrop of the trekking trails.

  1. The Langtang Valley Trek

Maximum elevation reached: 5,050 meters

Best Time to do the Trip: March to May and September to December

Location: Langtang region

The Langtang Valley Trek takes place in the Langtang Valley that is situated near the border of Tibet. The Langtang Valley is also known as “the valley of glaciers”, and is quite beautiful. Highlights of this trek include the famed Cheese factory of the region and the Kyanjin Gompa coupled with the amazing snowy acreages of the region and its cultural joviality. Far flung villages like the Syabru Bensi and ebullient Himalayan Rivers like the Bhote Koshi and the Langtang Khola ornament the trip. The exquisite espy of the region is simply indescribable! It is a relatively easy trip that is best done during the spring and the autumn months.

The Nepal trekking is defiantly the best adventure activity to do in the country. There are many choices in this regards and there is something that suits everybody’s taste. Nepal can be visited at any time of the year as well. It is the best destination for vacations and holidays, being relatively cheaper to do and presenting beautiful Himalayan sights!