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Trekking is a combination of multi-days hiking and walking activity in rural, undeveloped and especially in mountains area. Furthermore, Trekking is a journey by walk, especially to hike through mountain areas to see the lovely mountains views, enjoy the nature, culture, and lifestyle of peoples living in remote villages of the hilly region.

Trekking in Nepal

Nepal is a haven for trekkers. Nepal is in the middle of the Himalayas, eight out of ten of the highest mountain peaks is in Nepal. Due to the position, trekking becomes an attraction for tourist. There are different difficulties of the trek; you can choose the treks based on your physical fitness. Some trek needs a substantial level of physical stamina, so be prepared with your fitness.

Trekking in Nepal nowadays is entirely different than the treks in the 1960s. At these days most of the trekkings areas in Nepal have no Guesthouses, that’s why trekkers need to stay at camps. But nowadays,  In all the main trekking areas like Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga, the National Parks, and Conservation Areas, tea houses have been established where trekkers can find suitable accommodation, foods and meet locals and other trekkers along the way. The majority of the trails are well maintained & in many places are sign-posted especially for the individual trekkers. The small villages lodges have facilities for network connection, mobile charging, and the larger communities often have wifi facilities too.

Wondering how to get to Nepal?, you will be able to fly into Tribhuvan International Airport, located in the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. Forgot to pack some things for your trekking? Don’t worry; you can do some shopping here. During the trek, you will get a chance to know the culture, festivals, hospitality & daily livelihood of local peoples. For accommodations, you will be sleeping in teahouses or camping depending which part of trek and mountain you are in.

Best Treks In Nepal

As we all know, Nepal is especially famous for adventure and trekking. Nepal offers you various stunning trekking routes. As Nepal Tourism Board said, The diversity of trekking in Nepal cannot be found any other region of the world. It is not fair to name one as the best trek in Nepal as all these routes are best on their way.

The best trek for you depends on your choice of difficulty, number of days you want to spend on treks, budget and also trek style plays a vital role in shaping your treks. Here, we have listed the ten best treks in Nepal based on popularity, scenery, culture, and price.

  1. Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest FlightEverest base camp trek is one of the most popular and trek in Khumbu, Nepal. Being the worlds highest mountain, Mount Everest has always attracted an adventure lover. You can see the clear majestic view of Mt Everest in this trek. Besides the fantastic scenery, you will be able to experience Sherpa hospitality and culture. During the trek, you will also get to feel the Buddhist spiritualism.

Everest base camp trek has received a moderate trip grading. Thus, you do not need to have previous trekking experience to take this trek route. The Everest base camp trek always includes climbing Kala Patthar to admire the panoramic sunrise & sunset views of  Mount Everest and the other Himalayas.

Overview

No. Of Days12 - 16 Days
Maximum Elevation5,545 m / 18,195 ft, Kala Patthar
Trekking DifficultyModerate
RemotenessNot Remote (High number of trekkers per year) Possible to do Individual
Pricing Medium ($1,199 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse (Luxury hotels also)
Required Permits Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
  1. Upper Mustang Trek

Lo Manthang, The capital of upper mustangUpper Mustang Trek is also known as the trek to the Last Forbidden Kingdom. Tourists were not allowed to enter the region until the 1990s. To enter Upper Mustang, that is to travel further north from Kagbeni, trekkers need at least two trekkers accompanied by a Nepali guide or Porter, a local trekking agency and a special restricted area trekking permit. Upper Mustang trek considered as heaven in Nepal. The dream destination of most of the Nepalese as well as equally famous among foreigners.

The Upper Mustang trek is not particularly difficult; the highest point reached is only 3,800 meters. While trekking in the Upper Mustang, we can admire the uniqueness of tree-less landscape, rocky trails, and Spectacular views of Mountains like Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and the other Himalayas.

Overview

No. Of Days14 - 16 Days
Maximum Elevation3,810 m / 12,500 ft, Dhakmar
Trekking DifficultyModerate
RemotenessVery Remote (Less number of trekkers per year) Not possible to do Individual
Pricing High ($1,799 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse
Required Permits ACAP, Restricted Area Permit
  1. Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek ViewManaslu circuit trek is a fantastic experience as walk leads through tribal villages with a new culture and simple way of life among the hill people in the shade of high mountains of midwest Himalaya. If you want to keep out of the busy trekking route, this trek is the best option as there will be lesser trekkers on the way. The Manaslu circuit is slowly getting more popular due to its remoteness, isolated villages, and trekking in comfort of many tea houses.

Manaslu circuit trek offers a grand vista of Mt. Manaslu, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Gangapurna and Annapurna III, including Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fish-tail) towards east massif Ganesh Himal. The highest point in this trek is the Larkya La Pass at an altitude of 5,116m which is widely believed to be one of the most dramatic pass crossing the Himalayas which offers a fantastic panorama of mountains including world 8th highest mt. Manaslu.

Overview

No. Of Days13 - 16 Days
Maximum Elevation5,106 m / 16,750 ft, Larkya La Pass
Trekking DifficultyHard
RemotenessRemote (Thousands of trekkers per year) Not possible to do Individual
Pricing High ($1,199 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouses & Lodges
Required Permits ACAP, MCAP, Restricted Area Permit
  1. Annapurna Circuit Trek

Thorong La Pass during Annapurna circuit trekAnnapurna Circuit trek is one of the best & famous trekking route in Nepal. The trek offers a fantastic view of the Mount Annapurnas, Macchupucchre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Hiuchuli and Langtang Himal. Other than the stunning views of mountains, you can also visit the natural hot spring and see a few stunning waterfalls on the way.

Annapurna Circuit is a long trek for travelers wishing to circle the Annapurna massif. The highest point of the trek entails crossing the Throng La Pass at 5,416m. The trek takes us to villages like Manang, Jomsom and the Muktinath which again gets us acquainted with the diverse Nepalese landscape and culture.

Overview

No. Of Days10 - 16 Days
Maximum Elevation5,416 m / 17,770 ft, Thorong La Pass
Trekking DifficultyModerate
RemotenessNot Remote (High number of trekkers per year) Possible to do Individual
Pricing Cheap ($849 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouses & Lodges
Required Permits ACAP, TIMS
  1. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna_Base_Camp-TrekAnnapurna Base Camp trek is quite easy and shorter trek than other high altitude treks in Nepal. The trek incorporates diverse terrain, culture, and wildlife. You can see the panoramic and picturesque view of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Gangapurna during the trek.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek gives the opportunity to experience the typical Nepali village, local people and their way of living a traditional life in Himalaya of Nepal. The route goes passing through spectacular and tranquil landscapes, lush green Rhododendron, bamboo and alpine forests, charming Gurung and Magar villages, to the trip’s last and final destination, Annapurna Base Camp at the height of 4130m (13546ft.)

Overview

No. Of Days9 - 13 Days
Maximum Elevation4,130 m / 13,550 ft, Annapurna Base Camp
Trekking DifficultyEasy
RemotenessNot Remote (High number of trekkers per year) Possible to do Individual
Pricing Cheap ($649 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse
Required Permits ACAP, TIMS
  1. Langtang Valley Trek

8 Days Langtang Valley TrekLangtang Valley Trek is also known as “the valley of glaciers” famous for its diverse vegetation and cultured villages. Langtang is the closest place from Kathmandu to get the massive snow-capped mountains view and beautiful glaciers. During the trek, you can see great views of the Dorje Lakpa. The trek offers an excellent view of Langtang Ri and the Annapurnas and Makalu.

Sunrise views over the Langtang range from Tserko Ri (highest altitude during the trek at 5,000m) is also the main attraction of the trek. You will be passing through Rhododendron, and Bamboo mixed with Pine Forests also be welcomed by the majestic waterfalls rushing down over Gigantic boulders. For those who have less holiday and have no trekking experience before, Langtang valley trek is the best option to experience trekking in Nepal.

Overview

No. Of Days6 - 10 Days
Maximum Elevation4,984 m / 16,350 ft, Tserko Ri
Trekking DifficultyEasy
RemotenessNot Remote (High number of trekkers per year) Possible to do Individual
Pricing Cheap ($499 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse
Required Permits TIMS
  1. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

kanchenjunga circuit trekKanchenjunga Circuit Trek, a tea-house trek in Kanchenjunga region is one of the most famous & best treks in Nepal as you can reach both south & north base camp during the trek. The trekking route is not crowded and still remote. So that, you can experience remote Nepali cultures, foods, and lifestyle during this trek.

It is a restricted trekking area. So, to trek in Kanchenjunga, you need at least two trekkers and a local guide or porter as well as a local trekking agency to collect necessary restricted area permits. If you want to stay peace in nature rather than busy, crowded places, this route will be perfect for you. The trekking route encompasses forests, alpine shrub, meadows & grasslands. This challenging adventure trekking gives you plenty of adventurous and amazing memory to cherish for a lifetime.

Overview

No. Of Days20 - 25 Days
Maximum Elevation5,388 m / 17,675 ft, Kanchenjunga North Base Camp
Trekking DifficultyVery Hard
RemotenessRemote (Less number of trekkers per year) Not possible to do Individual
Pricing High ($2,229 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouses, Camping
Required Permits Kanchenjunga Conservation Area & Restricted Area Permit
  1. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

View From Poon HillOne of the best treks in Nepal, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a great short trek for those who don’t have any trekking experience and want to experience first time in Nepal. Besides experiencing trekking, you will be able to get a great view of the sunrise/sunset over the snow-capped mountain on this trek.

This trek is also suitable for a family trip. You can see the stunning views of the famous mountain like Gangapurna, Annapurna I & Machhapuchre. Besides that, you will get to walk through the green and rhododendron forests accompanied by magnificent waterfalls. Sunrise view over the white Himalayas including Dhaulagiri is the main attraction of this trek.

Overview

No. Of Days5 - 8 Days
Maximum Elevation3,210 m / 10,530 ft, Poon Hill
Trekking DifficultyVery Easy
RemotenessNot Remote (High number of trekkers per year) Possible to do Individual
Pricing Very cheap ($399 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse
Required Permits TIMS, ACAP
  1. Rara Lake Trek

Rara_Lake_A journey to Rara lake trek is one of the most incredible and fascinating treks in all the Himalayan range lie in the remote area of Karnali. If you are looking for wilderness and solitude travel destination, this trek is an ideal choice for you. The trekking route is very much ‘off the beaten track’ and affords glimpses of cultures and scenery different from the rest of other treks in Nepal.

Rara Lake is two kilometers wide & five kilometers long and is the largest lake in Nepal. The National Park is one of the best places in Nepal to see wildlife: musk deer, ghorals, leopards, Himalayan black beer, and rare red panda, etc. The park is also a bird watcher’s delight, especially during  April and November when many species of birds visit during their seasonal migration.

Overview

No. Of Days4 - 10 Days
Maximum Elevation2,990 m / 9,810 ft, Rara Lake
Trekking DifficultyModerate
RemotenessRemote (Thousands of trekkers per year) Not possible to do Individual
Pricing High ($1,199 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouses & Lodges
Required Permits Restricted Area Permit
  1. Mardi Himal Trek

mardi himal trekkingMardi Himal, located east of one of the most popular trekking destination of Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Mardi Himal trek is a hidden gem of Annapurna yet. For those who want a less crowded place to travel & just fewer days of holidays left, Mardi Himal trek is the best option. Mardi Himal trek is the best place to see the closed view of Mt. Fishtail(Machhapuchre).

The trail goes through small winding paths and enchanted rhododendron forests and beautiful Gurung villages. On this Mardi Himal trek, you will be rewarded with the fantastic views of Mardi Himal, Machapuchre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. Mardi Himal base camp, Lwang, and Siding villages are the major attraction of this trek.

Overview

No. Of Days6 - 10 Days
Maximum Elevation4,500 m / 14,765 ft, Mardi Himal Base Camp
Trekking DifficultyEasy
RemotenessNot Remote (Thousands of trekkers per year) Possible to do Individual
Pricing Cheap ($599 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse
Required Permits TIMS, ACAP

How much does it cost to trek in Nepal?

The trekking cost in Nepal will entirely depend on which trek you are heading, How many people are there in your group, what things you want to include on your package (like Accommodation, Foods, Guides, Porters) as well as to whom you will book the trip. Such as for one trekker there will be one guide & one porter, You have to pay them alone, When you are in a group then also you can go with one guide & 2:1 porter sharing, which will reduce the price.

You can ask with your travel planner whether you want to include your food & accommodation cost during the trek on the trip cost or you want to pay yourself. Much international travel agencies are offering Nepal trekking packages. They will charge more than 1,500 USD for any trekking. But the amount will reduce if you go with a local travel company in Nepal. It is better to go with registered and local qualified agencies. Up To Himalaya is also a local trek & tour expert in Nepal.

When is the best time to trekking in Nepal?

Pleasant weather with warm forecasts and excellent visibility of white mountains makes trekking enjoyable. Choosing the best trekking season is essential to enjoy the trekking experience to its full extent. There are four seasons in Nepal, winter, autumn, spring, and summer. Among these four seasons, Autumn(September, October, and November) is considered the best trekking season. Autumn season is considered the best time to trekking in Nepal because of favorable weather conditions. The trekking paths are also neither too wet nor too slippery filled with rhododendron blossoms.  During autumn days are warmer and nights are pretty cool, a perfect time for trekking like the Everest Three High Passes Trek because of its difficult pass like Khong Ma La. Furthermore, autumn is also the season when the major two festivals of Nepal Dashain and Tihar are celebrated.

But trekking never stops in Nepal, and people do trekking at any time or month they choose. Each season provides different trekking experiences. You can learn more about the different seasons in Nepal here.

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