10 Best off the beaten Trekking Destinations of Nepal

written by Jaya Giri Credit: Jina Thuya   |   April 26, 2018   |   77 views

Nepal is such an amazing place, where surprise can be found in every next step of yours. It will amaze you by its acquisition of natural and cultural ingredients. Especially natural but however it also includes some portion of cultural taste. If you have already visited Nepal, or you know even a mere thing about the country, then you must know about the best expedition trail of the world, The Everest expedition trail, which denotes Nepal worldwide. Along with that, there are other numerous popular trekking trails in Nepal such as Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek, Langtang Trek, Manaslu Region Trek, Mustang Trek and many more. Every time you visit Nepal, you can explore a novel destination, which is far from crowd and therefore untouched. Such places are known as off the beaten trekking trails as it is less crowded and far from exploitation. There are a number of places which are still undiscovered in Nepal and so untouched such as:

Saipal Himal Expedition

Saipal Base Camp
Increasing popularity in recent years, Saipal Himal Expedition has been proffering its trekkers a fruitful journey with beautiful memories since it is explored. Saipal Himal Expedition is one of the fascinating journeys one could ever have. Api, Nampa and Saipal are the trio of high mountains located in the northwest of Nepal that together form a small range of sharp, icy peaks, rising from a long, steep and snowy crest. This trek is perfect for those who want to conquer the journey to the summit above 7000m with wilderness along with unknown, untouched and unexplored pureness and freshness of nature. Saipal Himal Expedition offers a panoramic view of Saipal Himal (7031m), Api Himal (7132m), and Thado Dhunga Tuppa (5368m) along with the view of snow capped peaks of Uttar Pradesh of India that includes Rajramba (6537m), Kap Chuli (6825m) and Nanda Devi (7816m). Unlike other popular trekking routes like Annapurna and Everest region, Saipal Himal Trekking and Expedition requires a special trekking permit as the region falls under restricted area. The region is rich in culture, tradition and rituals with different myths related to the places. The trekking routes cross many Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries and Shrines that leads to the majestic view of the Saipal Himal. This Majestic Himal resembles a golden ox sleeping in the beautiful valley carrying all the richness of natural varieties of flora and fauna which adds beauty to this region.

Api Himal Trekking

Api Himal
Nepal is the trekking haven for the trekking enthusiasts around the world. Among numerous high mountains that are situated in Nepal, Api Himal is the highest peak in the Yoka Pahar sections of Gurans Himal, which lies in the western part at an altitude of 7132m. Api Himal is off the beaten trekking route that invites only a few trekkers but allows special solitude and closeness to nature to those who visit. Api Himal trek takes you to Mt. Api that lies in the rustic area of western Nepal, where trekking transverse through lovely forests, high passes, remote villages and amazing views of the Mountain ranges such as, Kappa Chuli Peak, Nandadevi, Rajramba along with Api Himal. During this Trek, we get to visit the mixed communities of Chhetri, Mahara, Bohara, Bramin, Jhakari and Lohar, who have their own language and cultural practices. Trekking to the area, we will get to pass through the holy lake of Kalidhunga (which translates to Black Stone) as well. All in all Api Himal Trek is ultimate off the beaten trek which will take you to the remote place of Western Nepal closer to its nature and serenity.

Rara Lake Trek

Rara Lake
Rara Lake, often given the name 'queen of lakes' to justify its beauty, is one of the most fascinating, incredible trek which lies in the remote area of Karnali zone. Rara Lake is vastly gorgeous and unspoiled from the traffic of tourists. This off the beaten trek takes you to Rara National Park which is one of the finest parks in the world. Even though it is the smallest national park of Nepal, it boasts the largest lake in the country Rara Lake, which lies at a height of 2990 meter with an area of 10.8 square kilometer and also its exquisite landscape different from the rest of Nepal. The route is very much off the beaten track and affords glimpses of cultures and scenery different from the rest of the Nepal. In the winter, we can often find snow on the ridge surrounding the lake and in the autumn season trekkers are rewarded with a profusion of alpine flowers. The park is also one of the best places in Nepal to see the wildlife, namely, Musk Deer, Leopards, Himalayan Black Bear, and the rare Red Panda, which are all native.

Milkhe Danda Trekking

The way to Milkhe Hill
The Milke Danda Trek is a remote yet popular trekking destination lying in the eastern part of Nepal between the third highest mountains in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m) and Mt. Makalu (8463m). This long and high forest ridge divides the Arun and Tamur valley. The trek takes you to Paradise that is full of bright and vibrant flowers. Milke Danda is well known for having the highest diversity of national flower of Nepal, Rhododendron. Out of 32 species of Rhododendron, found in Nepal, 29 species can be found alone in Milke Danda, which is why this trek is often called as Rhododendron Trek. The Trek offers substantial chances to explore culture and tradition, vegetation, geography, astonishing Himalayan views including Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Kanchenjunga, and diverse species of flowers including Nepal’s national flower, Rhododendron. February to April and October to November are the best time to travel this area as you get to take a glimpse of spectacularly beautiful bloom of different varieties of flowers.

Gurung Villages Cultural Trek

Ghandruk Village
Ghandruk is a village development committee which lies in the Kaski District of Gandaki Zone. It’s one of the popular treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal. From Ghandruk, we can see amazing views of Mountain ranges including Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and Himchuli. This is a short day trek, where tea houses and home stays are popular and villagers offer their sincere respect and love towards the visitors in the form of heartwarming hospitality. Ghandruk is cultural village, where ethnic group of Gurung people are residing and therefore the village boasts typical Gurung style houses, Gurung museum, pleasing hospitality, unique culture, tradition and practices. We will start our trek from Phedi and end at Kande. On the way, we can capture the beautiful views of mountain ranges, lush forest, scenic villages and the love, respect through their culture in our hearts.

Sirubari Village Trek

Sirubari Village
Nepal is well known for Trekking, Peak climbing, Mountaineering expeditions, Jungle safaris, River rafting and many other adventurous sports. Moreover, Nepal is the best destination for observing and experiencing homestay, antique culture, tradition, and lifestyle of local people as well. Sirubari is one of the best Homestay villages, where you can experience distinctive Gurung culture and tradition, their lifestyle and practices. It’s newly opened trekking route located in the southwest of Pokhara in Syangja district. Sirubari village trek starts with a short drive from Pokhara and continues with a comfortable walk to the beautiful village, Sirubari (1760m above the sea level), which has won the “PATA GOLD AWARDS 2001” in the culture and heritage category. Trekking in this beautiful village is best if it’s done in the beginning of March to the end of May and in the beginning of September to the end of December.

Chepang Villege Trek

Chepang Village People
Chepang village trek is a short and easy trek towards the indigenous Chepang communities of Nepal. The place is unexplored beautiful hillside located in Chitwan district, which is the homeland of Chepang people, who live a semi-nomadic life and are rich in their own ancient culture, tradition, and lifestyle. They have often been characterized as the poorest of Nepal’s poor. Due to their own culture, tradition, lifestyle and the remoteness of their homeland, they belong to the many marginalized groups of Nepal. This beautiful trek starts from Hungdi and ends in Shaktikhor, which mainly focuses on the culture, lifestyle of Chepang people but however, the beauty of natural sceneries along the way cannot be neglected. From Sirachuli, you can get the stunning sunrise view as well as magnificent views of the Himalaya. As the village lies at a moderate altitude with comfortable climate, it has been a looked after trek since it is explored.

Panchase Village Trek

The way to Panchase Village
Panchase Village, also known as a sacred religious site, is a perfect blend of culture and biodiversity. This village is epitome for the beautiful sceneries and fascinating culture, and like minded people. Even though this trek is considered relatively easy and non touristic, the village boats a wide variety of flora and fauna. This is a panoramic trek that starts from Pokhara, the city of lakes. This trek is off the beaten route and usually less crowded which allows you to enjoy fully. Unlike many other treks, this trek starts with a brief boating in Phewa Lake and continues up to the World Peace Pagoda, through the forest, where you can get a glimpse of diverse flora and fauna of Nepal and past a number of villages and experience the daily lives of the some ethnic mixes, such as Brahmin, Magar and Gurung from close.

Khaptad National Park

Khaptad National Park
The eye-catching green meadows of Khaptad is very famous among the national tourists of Nepal, however, tourism in this region hasn’t flourished as it should have. Khaptad is an elevated plateau that consists of grassland or meadows between the subalpine landscapes. Khaptad National Park, named after a renowned and mysterious sage “Khaptad Baba" is located in the mid-mountain region, which was established in the year 1984. It is situated at 446km air distance from Kathmandu which spread across the area of 225square kilometer and homes 567species of flora and different varieties of fauna, which includes 23 mammals, 287 birds, 23 amphibians and diverse reptiles. However, Trek in Khaptad is more than just observing flora and faunas as it is a place of religious significance. Khaptad is domicile of a very famous hermit called Khaptad Baba. Tribeni, Sahasra linga, Khaptad lake, Kedardhunga and Maithan, are some of the attractions for religious travelers.

Bhairav Kunda Trek

Bhairav Kunda
Bhairav Kunda is the Sanskrit word which was named after a Hindu deity, a fiery indication of Shiva associated with destroys. Bhairav is also referred as Bhairava which means ‘Lord Shiva’ and ‘Kunda’ means ‘Lake’. All in all, it is referred as the Lake of lord Shiva. This religious lake is located in the Northeast of the Kathmandu valley at an altitude of 4250m. Named after the destructive aspect of Lord Shiva (Bhairav), Bhairav Kunda is one of the sacred pilgrimage sites for Shamans. Both Hindus and Buddhist devotees visit this shrine to pay homage and bathe away sins annually in the months of August-September on a Full Moon day. Bhairav Kunda Trek is mostly known for its religious significance, but it can also be known for the beautiful trekking trails as we can explore the beautiful mountain ranges, including Dorje Lakpa (6966m), Madiya (6257m) and Phurbi Ghhyachu (6637m) along with the culture and tradition of local people on the way.