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10 BEST TREKS IN NEPAL

written by: Kanti Khadka   |   Sep 20, 2019   |   147 views

10 BEST TREKS IN NEPAL

1. Everest Three Passes Trek

Quick Facts:

Minimum days: 19

Highest altitude: 5500m

Start/Finish: Lukla/Lukla

Trek difficulty: Difficult

Accommodation: Teahouse

Nuptse wall from Kongmla Pass

Nuptse Wall from Kongma La Pass

 The Everest three passes trek – an adventure of crossing three high passes in the Everest region of Nepal, is much more challenging than the classic Everest Base Camp Trek and its other variations as it involves traversing the three high passes – Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La – each over 5,000m.

The trek begins from the popular starting point of Lukla before heading north along the regular trek to Namche Bazaar. Here, the route starts from the east traversing the first of the Three Passes – Kongma La Pass (5,545m) – to join up with the classic Everest Base Camp Trek route. After reaching Everest Base Camp, we cross the second pass called Cho La Pass (5,420m). Upon reaching the high point, the trail descends to the idyllic Gokyo Lakes and further on to the village of Gokyo. From Gokyo, our trek veers west where we encounter the final pass of the Three Passes trek – Renjo La (5,370m).

This tour traversing three different high passes in the Everest region, exploring mountains and splendid vistas of pristine ranges is termed as one of the most difficult treks in Nepal. Anyone intending to do this trek must be in good shape with some trekking experience at high altitudes. People with a respiratory problem should be cautious and consult their doctor before heading for this trek as the trail elevates above 5500m increasing the chances of getting HAPE or HACE due to the thin air at high altitudes.

The three passes trek is often combined with other variations of the mountain peak Base Camp Trek. The trek involves walking along the rocky trails and of course, up close to the Himalayas. For a challenging yet refreshing experience near the Himalayas, experience the adventure of crossing three high passes in the Everest region of Nepal with Everest three passes trek.

2. Manaslu Circuit Trek

Quick Facts:

Minimum days: 13 days

Highest elevation: 5215m

Start/Finish: Soti Khola/ Besisahar

Trek difficulty: Difficult

Accommodation: Teahouse

In and around Manaslu Circuit

Manaslu circuit route

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a remote and challenging trip with rough steep tracks and culturally fascinating sights. Linked to Tibet in the upper Buri Gandaki (called Nupri ‘the western mountains’) and the Tsum Valley, this adventurous trek passes through the Larke-La (5215 m) pass while flaunting the spectacular views of Mt Manaslu (the eighth highest mountain in the world) in the backdrop.

The trek itself is very diverse with varying landscapes of lush green meadows, sub-tropical forests to up-close views of Manaslu mastiffs. Passing through Gurung villages, this trail is one of the challenging and strenuous treks in Nepal as the higher elevated Larke-La Pass requires technical skills while descending a slope of right after the pass and long side trip to Tibetan border from Sambo.

 Anyone intending to do this trek must be in good shape with some trekking experience at high altitudes. People with a respiratory problem should be cautious and consult their doctor before heading for this trek as the trail elevates above 5000m increasing the chances of getting HAPE or HACE due to the thin air at high altitude.

Experience the magnificence of Mt. Manaslu while trudging along the subtropical chain of mountain foothills to the arid trans- Himalayan pastures bordering Sitsang with Manaslu circuit trek.

3. Langtang Trek

Quick Facts:

Minimum days: 7 days

Highest altitude: 4380m

Start/Finish: Syabrubeshi/ Sundarijal

Trek difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Accommodation: Teahouse

Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang trek is less popular compared to other major trekking destinations like Annapurna and Everest. The trek guides through impressive forests to the high alpine meadows and yak pastures around Kyangjin Gompa (a Buddhist monastery), combined with a hike up to the highest of Kyangjin RI (peak).

Langtang Valley also is known as the valley of glaciers, is one of the few glorious treks in Nepal sharing the proximity to the capital brimming with the marvelous landscapes. This trek passes through pine woodland, swift mountain streams, rugged rocks and snow-capped pinnacles, and grassy meadows with daisies and wild animals offering glorious mountain sceneries along the way with the beautiful forest of Rhododendron and bamboo, gorgeous waterfalls, and the colossal Langtang river.

This exemplary trek is often combined with a trek to the holy Gosainkunda lake in Rasuwa. Located at an altitude of 4,380 m (14,370 ft) in the Rasuwa District in Nepal, Gosaikunda is regarded as a popular trek that boasts impressive views of mountains and pristine lakes. It displays perfectly placed terraced slopes, the diversity in ethnic groups, splendid waterfalls flowing over massive boulders, rare wild animals and a wide range of flora and fauna.

This trek encompassing several Gurung and Tamang villages prodding with exotic landscapes and glorious views of Langtang mountain is quite a moderate trek. One must be physically sound in order to head for this trek. Altitude is less of the problem while on this trek but it is always wise to keep an eye open for the symptoms of altitude sickness.

Experience the grandeur of Langtang valley with Langtang Valley trek.

4. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Quick Facts:

Minimum days:12 days

Highest altitude: 4130m

Start/Finish: Nayapul/Nayapul

Trek difficulty: Moderate

Accommodation: Teahouse

Annapurna base camp trek falls under one of the most popular treks in Nepal. Gateway to the pristine mountain ranges from the north-central part of Nepal, Annapurna base camp trek is shorter and easier compared to other high-altitude treks. It flaunts the 55-kilometer long mountain ranges, protected by the largest conservation area in the country- Annapurna conservation area (7,629km2). Thus, the trek is also known as Annapurna Sanctuary Trek (ABC).

Like any other trip in the Annapurna region, ABC trek also begins from Pokhara. Furthermore, it passes through cascading waterfalls, beautiful villages, terraced farmlands, lush rhododendron forests, and amazing mountain vistas. Finally, reaching the base of the mighty Annapurna.

The trek itself is very diverse with varying landscapes of lush green meadows, dense forests to close up views of Annapurna mastiffs. Passing through Gurung villages, this trail is less strenuous and comparatively shorter. Anyone physically fit irrespective of age can easily complete this trek in the Annapurna region.

Altitude is often less of the problem while on this trek. Although the trail route elevates up to 4,130m, risks of altitude sickness are very low due to the length of the trek and adequate time for acclimatization.

Experience traversing through Nepali traditional villages alongside Annapurna ranges with Annapurna base camp trek.

5. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Quick Facts:

Minimum Days: 26 days

Highest elevation: 5120m/ 16797.9ft

Start/Finish: Taplejung/ Suketar

Trek difficulty: Difficult

Accommodation: Teahouse

Explore one of the remotest treks from eastern Nepal with Kanchenjunga trek. This trek guides through the off the beaten trails from eastern Nepal to the base camp of the third highest mountain in the world- Kanchenjunga.

Kanchenjunga lies on the eastern border of Nepal and India presenting unbelievable scenery, divergence in vegetation, the taste of remoteness, and the high spirit of Adventure. It is the longest trek in Nepal providing the opportunity to observe the wide range of diversity in nature, culture, and landscapes with the changing altitude. Beginning with cardamom farming in the lowest altitude to a panoramic view of the mountain view of the mountains and Yalung glacier at the higher altitude, Kanchenjunga also flaunts pristine mountains such as Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Kumbhakarna, Mt. Kiratchuli, Mt. Nepal Peak, Pathibhara Himal and Chang Himal throughout the trek.

This off the beaten trek exploring the third highest mountain in the world is quite strenuous and one must be physically fit to head for this particular trek. As the trail rises up to 5120m/ 16797.9ft people with respiratory problems must consult a doctor prior to the trek. With the rise in altitude, risks of catching altitude sickness also increase. So, one must always be cautious and remain adequately hydrated throughout the trek in order to prevent high altitude-related sickness such as HAPE or HACE.

Experience the magnificence of eastern Nepal, trudging along the less traveled trails in Nepal with Kanchenjunga Base camp trek.

6. Gokyo Lake Trek

Quick Facts:

Minimum Days: 12 days

Highest altitude: 5,357m /17,575 ft

Start/Finish: Lukla/ Lukla

Trek Difficulty: Difficult

Accommodation: Teahouse

Gokyo Lake Trek follows a different route from the classic Everest Base Camp Trek while offering the up-close views west views of Everest. Its main attractions are the gorgeous lakes at Gokyo, at around 5,000 meters and Gokyo RI (5,357m /17,575 ft), a rocky peak with one in all the simplest expansive views on Mt Everest.

This trek acquainting travelers with the lakes within Sagarmatha National park begins from Lukla and diverts from the regular Everest Base camp trek route. Passing through several villages, the route guides to the world’s highest fresh lakes while flaunting the glorious views of Mount Everest. In addition, it will also guide to Ngozumpa Glacier- the longest glacier in the himalayas, and a climb to Gokyo RI is the most important highlight of this trek. ascend up to Gokyo RI, will reward the simplest yet mesmerizing views of the mountains like Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Mount Everest

This trek in the Everest region falls under one of the most difficult treks in Nepal. In order to be a part of it, one must be very fit and people with respiratory problems must consult with their doctor prior to the trip. There is a high risk of altitude sickness as the trail elevates above 5,000 meters.

Experience the stunning Gokyo lake while admiring the glorious Mount Everest with Gokyo lake trek.

7. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Quick Facts:

Minimum days: 18 days

Highest Altitude: 5,360 m / 17,585 ft

Start/ Finish: Galeshwor/ Jomsom

Trek difficulty: Extremely Difficult

Accommodation: Teahouse and Camping

If you are up for challenges and wish to test your limits then Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek is one in all the foremost challenging treks in Nepal. The high elevation, continuous three days trekking in a row on snow top at an elevation of 5,000m with arduous descent makes it one of the extremely challenging treks in Nepal.

The trail starting from Galeshwor passes through a wide variation of climate, vegetation, and culture, unveiling the lush vegetation of rain and temperate forests, arid rain shadow of Tibetan landscape contoured by winds, Hindu rice farmers, and the highland Buddhist dwellers.

This trek comprised of two of the highest massifs in the world -Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167m and Mt. Annapurna 8,091 m and fifteen other mountain peaks in the groups standing at an altitude of 7000 requires more than stamina and fit body. One must be courageous and determined to conquer this trek while trudging at unforgiving altitude in extremely thin air.

If you are up for the challenge and the thrill of conquering one of the extremely difficult treks in Nepal then explore the magnificent Dhaulagiri ranges with Dhaulagiri circuit trek.

8. Everest Base Camp Trek

Quick Facts:

Minimum days: 14 days

Highest altitude: 5364m / 17,598 ft

Start/ Finish: Lukla/ Lukla

Trek difficulty: Moderate- Difficult

Accommodation: Teahouse

Everest base camp trek falls under one of the most popular treks in Nepal. Gateway to the highest mountain in the world, it is the most sought-after trekking destination in the world. The base camp flaunts a magnificent up-close view of Mount Everest. In addition, it also opens up to the splendid views of other peaks such as Mt.Lhotse, Choyu, Makalu and many more.

This trek starts from the classic starting point of every trek in the Everest region, Lukla. The trek itself is very diverse with varying landscapes of lush green meadows, dense forests to close up views of pristine mastiffs. Passing through Sherpa villages, the difficulty of the trek depends upon the number of days and the route.

Anyone physically fit can complete the trek to Everest base camp. Altitude is often the problem while on this trek. The trail route elevates up to 5,364m, risks of altitude sickness are very high in case the length of the trek is inadequate without ample time for acclimatization. People with respiratory problems must consult their doctor before heading out on this trek while others on the trek must remain adequately hydrated.

Experience the complete blend of the thrilling trail with beautiful landscapes leading to spectacular scenery in the shade of the Everest with Everest base camp trek.

9. Annapurna Circuit Trek

Quick Facts:

Minimum days: 12 days

Highest elevation: 5500m

Start/ Finish: Jagat/ Pokhara

Trek difficulty: Difficult

Accommodation: Teahouse

Experience the adventure of crossing the highest pass in the world while trekking around the Annapurna region of Nepal. The Annapurna Circuit trek often renowned as one of the most spectacular trekking routes in the world involves traversing the highest pass in the world Thorang La and circuiting around the Annapurna mastiff.

The trek begins from Jagat, starting from less than 1,000 meters, it provides an opportunity to explore the Himalayas from bottom to top and from varied angles and perspectives. The trek route trails along Marshyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east.

The spectacular Annapurna circuit trek guides through the fine village, inhabited by people from different ethnic groups to the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit the Thorong La Pass (5,416m) offering majestic views of the pristine Himalayas and lush green valleys. After the Thorong La Pass, the trail advances from Manang to Muktinath leading to Tatopani for hot springs. Often times the trek is combined with a trek to Poon Hill to observe the spectacular sunrise over Annapurna and 20 other mountains before descending to Pokhara where the trek ends.

The circuit is usually walked in a counter-clockwise direction as traveling clockwise is strenuous, difficult and often requires longer ascent which is too difficult for a lot of people.

This tour traversing through the highest pass in the world exploring mountains and splendid vistas of pristine ranges and lush valleys is comparatively less strenuous than other treks involving high passes. Anyone intending to do this trek must be in good shape physically. People with a respiratory problem should be cautious and consult their doctor before heading for this trek as the trail elevates up to 5500m.

The trek involves walking along the rocky trails and up close to the Himalayas passing through several incredibly beautiful villages. Experience the adventure of traversing through the Annapurna region of Nepal with Annapurna circuit trek.

10. Upper Mustang Trek

Quick Facts:

Minimum Days: 8 days

Highest elevation: 3810m

Start/ Finish: Jomsom/ Jomsom

Trek difficulty: Moderate

Accommodation: Teahouse

Explore the city of wonders, distant, forbidden and yet so intriguing often regarded as the “last forbidden city” and “the mini Tibet”, Upper Mustang. Unlike regular lush green landscapes, while trekking in Nepal, the upper mustang trek offers rare sights of the mountains at almost 4,000m elevation which are red, instead of white.

 Upper Mustang, formerly the Kingdom of Lo, falls under one of the least traveled areas in Nepal, very much remote and full of untrodden paths with most well-preserved Tibetan Buddhist religion in practice in the entire world. Due to its isolation from the outside world and modernization, Upper Mustang Trek is one of the best trekking experiences in the country.

This trek guiding to the forbidden kingdom of Nepal along the ancient trade route between Nepal and Tibet exploiting the lowest pass of the Kora La through the Himalaya west of Sikkim falls under moderate trek. One must be physically fit and keep an eye open for signs of altitude sickness due to thinning air with the rising elevation.

Explore the magnificence of untrodden upper mustang closely knit by religion with Upper Mustang trek.


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