20 Best Treks in Nepal – A Complete Guide for Trekking in Nepal

Trekking in Nepal

Trekking in Nepal is the most loved adventure activity to do in Nepal. There are lots of best treks in Nepal, which you must experience.

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 select one as the best treks in Nepal because most of the trek 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 20 best treks in Nepal for 2019 based on popularity & stunning views of Mountains.

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1. Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trekking in Nepal

Everest base camp trek is one of the most popular and best trek in Khumbu, Nepal. Being the world’s 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.

Another best part of this trek is it can also be done on a Luxurious style by staying overnight on Luxury lodges specially built for Luxurious Peoples wanting to do Luxury Everest base camp trek.

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

Highlights of the EBC Trek

  • Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Tengboche Monastery – The Largest Monastery of Khumbu Region
  • Sherpa Culture of Namche Bazaar – Gateway of Mount Everest
  • Sunrise view from Kala Patthar – Best view of the sunrise over the Highest peak of the world

Best side trips during EBC Trek

  • Khunde & Khumjung – A Hidden Mountain Village of Everest Region
  • Nangkartshang Peak – Dingboche Acclimatization Hike

Itinerary

DayFrom & To Itinerary DetailEstimated Time
01Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla & trek up to Phakding40 minutes flight + 4 hours trek
02Trek up from Phakding to Namche Bazaar6 hours trek
03Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar5 hours of Day trip to Khumjung valley
04Trek up from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche6 hours trek
05Trek up from Tengboche to Dingboche5 hours trek
06Rest day at Dingboche5 hours of Day trip to Nagarjuna Hill
07Trek up from Dingboche to Lobuche5 hours trek
08Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep - Day trip to Everest Base Camp(5,364m)8 hours trek
09Trek from Gorakshep to Pheriche after morning trip to Kala Patthar(5,545m)8 hours trek
10Trek down from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar7 hours trek
11Trek down from Namche Bazaar to Lukla7 hours trek
12Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu40 minutes flight

For More: Everest Base Camp Trek Complete Guide

2. Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek in Nepal

Upper Mustang Trek is also known as the trek to the Last Forbidden Kingdom. 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 and one of the best treks in Nepal. The dream destination of most of the Nepalese as well as equally famous among foreigners.

The highest point of this trek is 3,800 meters so that Upper Mustang trek is not challenging. This trek is famous for its unique tree-less landscape, rocky trails, and Spectacular views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, & Annapurna Massif.

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

Highlights of trekking to upper Mustang

  • Tree-less landscape, Century Old Cave, Gompa, Monasteries & Chortens
  • Beautiful Kagbeni village – Gateway of Upper Mustang
  • Lo Manthang – Capital of the Tibetan Kingdom of Lo

Best side trips during Upper Mustang Trekking

  • Historical Royal Palace of King Lo
  • Garphu and Nymphu Gompa
  • Thousands of year old Man-made Sky cave

Itinerary

DayFrom & To Itinerary DetailEstimated Time
01Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara6 hours drive
02Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom & trek ahead to Kagbeni30 minutes flight + 4 hours trek
03Walk ahead from Kagbeni to Chele6 hours trek
04Further walk from Chele to Syanbochen7 hours trek
05Trek from Syanbochen to Ghaymi5 hours trek
06Trek from Ghaymi to Charang4 hours trek
07Trek from Charang to Lo Manthang5 hours trek
08Acclimatization Day at Lo ManthangDay trip to explore Royal Palace, Caves, Gompas - main attraction of this trek
09Trek back from Lo Manthang to Drakmar7 hours trek
10Trek back from Drakmar to Ghiling6 hours trek
11Trek back from Ghiling to Chuksang6 hours trek
12Trek back from Chuksang to Jomsom6 hours trek
13Fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom30 minutes flight
14Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara6 hours drive

For More: Upper Mustang Trek Complete Guide

3. Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu ciruit Trek Nepal

Manaslu 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 mid west 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 5,116 m 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

Highlights of trekking to Manaslu Circuit

  • Larkya La – The dramatic high pass of Manaslu Circuit
  • Local Villages of Remote Mountainside of Nepal
  • Beautiful view of Mt. Manaslu – the 8th highest mountain of the world

Best side trips during Manaslu circuit trekking

  • Birendra Lake Under the Manaslu Glacier
  • Base camp of Mt. Manaslu

Itinerary

DayFrom & To Itinerary DetailEstimated Time
01Drive to Soti Khola from Kathmandu10 hours drive
02Trek up from Soti Khola to Machha Khola 6 hours trek
03Trek up from Machha Khola to Jagat 7 hours trek
04Trek up from Jagat to Deng7 hours trek
05Trek up from Deng to Namrung 7 hours trek
06Trek up from Namrung to Samagaon6 hours trek
07Rest day at Samagaon5 hours Day trip to Birendra Lake/ MBC
08Trek up from Samagaon to Samdo4 hours trek
09Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala/Larkya Phedi 4 hours trek
10Trek from Dharmasala to Bimtang 8 hours trek (Larkya La pass cross)
11Trek down from Bimtang to Tilije6 hours trek
12Trek down from Tilije to Tal4 hours trek
13Drive back to Kathmandu from Tal9 hours drive

For More: Manaslu Circuit Trek Complete Guide

4. Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Treks in Nepal

Annapurna Circuit trek is one of the best & famous trekking route in Nepal. The trek offers a fantastic view of the Mount Annapurna Massif, Macchupuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Hiunchuli 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 travellers wishing to circle the Annapurna massif. The highest point of the trek entails crossing the Throng La Pass at 5,416 m.

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

Highlights of trekking to Annapurna Circuit

  • Thorong La – Gorgeous mountain pass of Annapurna Region
  • Best view of Annapurna Massif and surrounding peaks
  • Natural Hot Spring at Tatopani & Sunrise from Poon Hill

Best side trips during Annapurna circuit trekking

  • Gangapurna Glacier – Hidden valley explore during Manang acclimatization day
  • Tilicho Lake – One of the World’s highest lake
  • Muktinath Temple – one of the most important shrines for Hindus and Buddhists

Itinerary

DayFrom & To Itinerary DetailEstimated Time
01Drive to Bhulbhule from Kathmandu8 hours drive
02Further drive from Bhulbhule to Chame6 hours drive
03Trek from Chame to Pisang 6 hours trek
04Trek from Pisang to Manang6 hours trek
05Rest Day at Manang5 hours sightseeing around
06Trek up from Manang to Ledar5 hours trek
07Trek up from Ledar to High Camp via Thorung Phedi6 hours trek
08Trek from High Camp to Muktinath7 hours trek (Crossing the Thorong La Pass)
09Trek from Muktinath to Marpha6 hours trek
10Trek from Marpha to Kalopani6 hours trek
11Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani6 hours trek
12Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani7 hours trek
13Trek down from Ghorepani to Nayapul & drive to Pokhara7 hours trek + 1 hours drive (Early morning trip to Poon Hill Sunrise)
14Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara7 hours drive

For More: Annapurna Circuit Trek Complete Guide

5. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Himalaya

Annapurna Base Camp trek is quite easy and shorter trek than other high altitude treks in Nepal. The trek incorporates diverse terrain, culture, and wildlife — picturesque view of Annapurna mountains, Hiunchuli, and Gangapurna.

ABC Trek allows experiencing the typical Nepali village, the way of living a traditional life in the Himalayas. The trek takes you to the Base Camp of Mount Annapurna at the height of 4130 m.

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

Highlights of ABC Trek

  • Beautiful Sunrise view from Poon Hill
  • Jhinu Hot Spring
  • Beautiful view of entire Annapurna Himalayas from Annapurna Base camp

Best side trip during ABC trek

  • Poon Hill – Best lower elevation destination to explore sunrise & sunrise view over white mountains

Itinerary

DayFrom & To Itinerary DetailEstimated Time
01Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara6 hours drive
02Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul & trek up to Tikhedhunga1 hour drive + 4 hours trek
03Trek up from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani5 hours trek
04Trek up from Ghorepani to Tadapani6 hours trek (Early Morning trip to Poon Hill)
05Trek up from Tadapani to Chomrong5 hours trek
06Trek up from Chomrong to Himalaya6 hours trek
07Trek up from Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp7 hours trek
08Trek down from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo6 hours trek
09Trek down from Bamboo to Jhinu5 hours trek
10Trek down from Jhinu to Nayapul & drive to Pokhara6 hours trek + 1 hours drive
11Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu7 hours drive

For More: Annapurna Base Camp Trek Complete Guide

6. Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley, Best trek of Nepal

Langtang Valley Trek is also known as “the valley of glaciers” famous for its diverse vegetation and cultured villages. Trekking in Langtang is the nearest place from Kathmandu to get the massive snow-capped mountains views.

During the trek, you can see great views of the Dorje Lakpa. The trek also offers an excellent view of Langtang Lirung, Ganchepu, & Ganesh Himal.

Sunrise views over the Langtang range from Tserko Ri (highest altitude during the trek at 5,000 m) 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

Highlights of Trekking to Langtang Valley

  • Kyanjin Gompa – Popular place for overnight stay during trekking in Langtang valley
  • Beautiful view of Langtang village from the top of Tserko Ri – Remote village between mountains.

Itinerary

DayFrom & To Itinerary DetailEstimated Time
01Drive to Syafru Besi from Kathmandu6 hours drive
02Trek from Syafru Besi to Lama Hotel6 hours trek
03Trek up from Lama Hotel to Langtang village6 hours trek
04Trek up from Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa4 hours trek
05trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel7 hours trek (Day trip to Kyanjin Ri peak)
06Trek down from Lama Hotel to Syafru Besi5 hours trek
07Drive back to Kathmandu from Syafru Besi6 hours drive

For More: Langtang Valley Trek Complete Guide

7. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Kanchenjunga Circuit, remote trek of Nepal

Kanchenjunga 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, 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

Highlights of Kanchenjunga Circuit

  • Remote and untouched traditional Nepali villages and their cultures, hospitality
  • Snow-capped mountain views including Mount Kanchenjunga

Itinerary

DayFrom & To Itinerary DetailEstimated Time
01Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur1 hour flight
02Drive from Bhadrapur to Taplejung6 hours drive
03Trek from Taplejung to Chhirwa7 hours trek
04Trek from Chhirwa to Lelep7 hours trek
05Trek from Lelep to Amjilosa9 hours trek
06Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla4 hours trek
07Trek from Gyabla to Gunsa4 hours trek
08Acclimatization day at Ghunsa some hours day trip around
09Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen 4 hours trek
10Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak4 hours trek
11Day Trip to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp & back to Lhonak10 hours trek
12Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa6 hours trek
13Trek from Ghunsa to Sele Le4 hours trek
14Trek from Sele Le to Cheram9 hours trek
15Trek from Cheram to Ramche7 hours trek(Day trip to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp)
16Trek down from Ramche to Torongding7 hours trek
17Trek down from Torongding to Yamphuding8 hours trek
18Trek down from Yamphuding to Khebang6 hours trek
19Trek down from Khebang to Khamdime8 hours trek
20Drive from Khamdime Bhadrapur6 hours drive
21Fly back from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu1 hour flight

For More: Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Complete Guide

8. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Beautiful short trek of Nepal, Poon Hill

One 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 & Machhapuchhare.

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

Highlights of Ghorepani Poon Hill trek

  • Beautiful sunrise & sunset views of the famous mountains Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, Annapurna I, Machhapuchhare & many more

Itinerary

DayFrom & To Itinerary DetailEstimated Time
01Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara6 hours drive
02Drive from Pokhara to Kyumi & trek up to Tadapani 1 hour drive + 5 hours trek
03Trek up from Tadapani to Ghorepani6 hours trek
04Trek down to Hile & drive back to Pokhara6 hours trek + 1 hour drive(Early Morning trip to Poon Hill)
05Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu7 hours drive

For More: Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Complete Guide

9. Rara Lake Trek

Rara Lake Nepal

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

Highlights of Rara lake trekking

  • Rara Lake – Largest & Deepest lake of Nepal
  • Explore the western region of Nepal

Itinerary

DayFrom & To Itinerary DetailEstimated Time
01Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj1 hour flight
02Fly from Nepalgunj to Talcha & trek ahead to Rara Lake30 minutes flight + 3 hours trek
03Visit around lake & Murma village, late evening trek down from Rara Lake to Talcha3 hours trek
04Fly from Talcha to Nepalgunj and then onward flight to Kathmandu30 minutes flight + 1 hour flight

For More: Rara Lake Trek Complete Guide

10. Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal New Trekking destination of Nepal

Mardi Himal, located east of one of the most popular trekking destination of Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Trek to Mardi Himal 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

Highlights of trekking to Mardi Himal

  • Stunning view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges
  • Closet view of Mount Machhapuchhre

Itinerary

DayFrom & To Itinerary DetailEstimated Time
01Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara6 hours drive
02Drive from Pokhara to Kade & trek to Forest Camp1 hour drive + 5 hours trek
03Trek up from Forest Camp to High Camp7 hours trek
04Trek up from High Camp to Mardi Himal Base Camp & trek down to Siding6 hours trek (Early Morning trip to Po0n Hill)
05Trek down from Siding to Lumre & Drive back to Pokhara5 hours trek + 1 hour drive
06Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu7 hours drive

For More: Mardi Himal Trek Complete Guide

11. Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo remote Trekking

Dolpo region is in between the remote and unspoiled Tibetan plateau(border of Nepal) and the Dhaulagiri ranges of Nepal Himalaya. Upper Dolpo is a house of Himalayan snow leopard, Blue sheep, Musk deer, Yaks, Mules, Horses, Monkeys and more.

During the trek, you pass through delightful local towns and charming personalities with large hills and greenery forest of pines, Rhododendrons, Oaks, etc.

The customs, traditions, and cultures in Dolpo are quite similar to those of Tibetan People. It is one of the best underrated restricted trekking in Nepal.

Beautiful Shey Phoksundo lake, Spectacular landscape, isolated remote villages, ancient centuries-old monasteries(Shey Gompa, Yangze Gompa, and Bon Gompa) are the major attraction of this trek.

This is suitable and one of the best treks in Nepal for those who are nature lovers and love the history and cultures equally rather than only mountains.

View of Kanjirowa Himal and Crystal Mountain is another pointful attraction of this trek.

Overview

No. Of Days22 - 28 Days
Maximum Elevation5,360 m / 17,580 ft, Kang La Pass
Trekking DifficultyModerate
RemotenessRemote (Only few number of trekkers per year) Not Possible to do Individual
Pricing High ($2,199 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and September to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse, Local guesthouse
Required Permits Lowe & Upper Dolpo Restricted Area Permit, Phoksundo national park permit

Highlights

  • Crossing above 5,000 meters Kang La, Shey La, and Choi La passes
  • Exploring the Deepest lake of Nepal, Shey Phoksundo

Itinerary

DayFrom & To Itinerary DetailEstimated Time
01Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj1 hour flight
02Fly from Nepalgunj to Jhupal & trek to Dunai30 minutes flight + 3 hours trek
03Trek up from Dunai to Ankhe6 hours trek
04Trek from Ankhe to Sulighat6 hours trek
05Trek up from Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake5 hours trek
06Rest day at Phoksundo LakeVisit around Lake
07Trek up from Lake to Phoksundo Khola5 hours trek
08Trek from Phoksundo Khola to Bhanjyang7 hours trek
09Trek from Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa6 hours trek
10Rest Day at Shey GompaExplore Gompa & Visit around
11Trek from Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaon7 hours trek
12Trek from Namduna Gaon to Saldang5 hours trek
13Trek from Saldang to yangze Gompa5 hours trek
14Trek from Yangze Gompa to Sibu7 hours trek
15Trek from Sibu to Jeng la Phedi6 hours trek
16Trek from Jeng la Phedi to Tokyu Gaon6 hours trek
17Trek from Tokyu Gaon to Dho Tarap5 hours trek
18Rest Day at Dho TarapSighseeing around local villages
19Trek from Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola7 hours trek
20Trek from Tarap Khola to Khani Gaon5 hours trek
21Trek from Khani Gaon to Tarakot5 hours trek
22Trek from Tarakot to Dunai6 hours trek
23Trek down from Dunai to Jhupal3 hours trek
24Fly back to Nepalgunj & then to KathmanduTwo flights

For More: Upper Dolpo Trek Complete Guide

12. Tsum valley Manaslu circuit Trek

Tsum valley and Manaslu circuit Joined trek

The Tsum valley Manaslu circuit Trek allows us to experience entire Manaslu region possible treks at once.

The trek route used to be more remote and spectacular than other trekking trials of Nepal. But nowadays Manaslu trek is considered as 3rd most visited and popular trekking region after Everest & Annapurna.

The trek can be done as a tea house trek with no necessity of camps to stay overnight. On all the overnight resting places, small tea houses are available.

View of the mountains like Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, Hiunchuli, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, Himlung Himal and Annapurna massif is the major attraction of this trek.

The most significant victory of crossing Larkya La Pass at 5,106 metres is challenging part of the trek.

Furthermore, you can explore old Buddhist Gompas like Mu, Rachen and Nunnery, the lifestyle and tradition of the people residing in the hidden remote valley makes your trekking unforgettable.

Overview

No. Of Days20 - 24 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 ($1,499 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and September to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse, Local Lodges
Required Permits ACAP, MCAP, Tsum valley & Manaslu circuit Restricted Area Permit

Highlights

  • Explore hidden valley of Manaslu region, Tsum with ancient monasteries, Chortens, and various Gompas
  • Cross the famous & challenging Larkya La Pass of Manaslu circuit’s highest destination

Itinerary

DayFrom & To Itinerary DetailEstimated Time
01Drive to Soti Khola from Kathmandu10 hours drive
02Trek up from Soti Khola to Machha Khola 6 hours trek
03Trek up from Machha Khola to Jagat 7 hours trek
04Trek up from Jagat to Lokpa6 hours trek
05Trek up from Lokpa to Chumling6 hours trek
06Trek up from Chumling to Chekampar6 hours trek
07Trek from Chekampar to Nile 6 hours trek
08Day Trip to Mu Gompa4 hours trek
09Trek down from Nile to Chekampar6 hours trek
10Trek down from Chekampar to Chumling7 hours trek
11Trek from Chumling to Deng7 hours trek
12Trek up from Deng to Namrung 7 hours trek
13Trek up from Namrung to Samagaon6 hours trek
14Rest day at Samagaon5 hours Day trip to Birendra Lake/ MBC
15Trek up from Samagaon to Samdo4 hours trek
16Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala/Larkya Phedi 4 hours trek
17Trek from Dharmasala to Bimtang 8 hours trek (Larkya La pass cross)
18Trek down from Bimtang to Tilije6 hours trek
19Trek down from Tilije to Tal4 hours trek
20Drive back to Kathmandu from Tal9 hours drive

For More: Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek Complete Guide

13. Pikey Peak Trek

Pikey Peak Short Trek

Hiking to Pikey peak is the perfect alternative to other crowded trekking in Everest region.

This is recently launched and less explored trekking in Nepal. One of the best short treks of Nepal, Pikey peak trek offers best of Sherpa culture and the Himalayan scenery, magnificent view of Mount Everest, Dhaulagiri, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and lower Khumbu region.

Furthermore, the trace passes through off beaten trail with various remote Sherpa villages and old monasteries.

Sir Edmund Hilary, the first climber, to reach the summit of Mount Everest, has agreed that the view of Mt Everest from Pikey peak is better than any other lower elevation viewpoints of Everest region.

The trek passes through cascading waterfalls, terraces and pristine village, Buddhist and Sherpa villages with prayers flag and Mane walls.

Overview

No. Of Days05 - 08 Days
Maximum Elevation4,065 m / 12,295 ft, Pikey Base Camp
Trekking DifficultyEasy
RemotenessNot Remote (Thousands of trekkers per year) Not possible to do Individual
Pricing Low ($ 499 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonFebruary to May and September to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse, Local Lodges
Required Permits Gaurishankher Conservation Area Permit

Highlights

  • Close up view of World’s tallest Mountain, Mt Everest
  • Everest region’s best trekking with less crowd & flight alternative

Itinerary

DayFrom & To Itinerary DetailEstimated Time
01Drive from Kathmandu to Dhap & trek to Japre6 hours drive + 2 hours trek
02Trek up from Japre to Pikey Base Camp7 hours trek
03Trek up from Japre to Chaulakharka via Pikey Peak 6 hours trek
04Trek down from Chaulakharka to Shivalaya 6 hours trek
05Drive back from Shivalaya to Kathmandu11 hours drive

For More: Pikey Peak Trek Complete Guide

14. Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu base camp Challenging trek of Nepal

This trek is a perfect alternative for desirous trekkers and nature lovers who wish to avoid crowds and ready to take the high altitude challenge.

The trail is famous for their flourishing rhododendron forests, polished granite cliffs capped, hovering glaciers, high-altitude terrains, snow-clad landscapes, overflowing waterfalls and ethnic Himalayan lifestyle etc.

The area is protected by Makalu Barun Conservation Area and National Park which is the heart of Eastern Nepal. Trek leads us through Arun river valley and villages of Sedua and Num.

Likewise crossing the Shipton La Pass at 4,210 m is another beautiful moment of this trekking. Beautiful view of Mt. Makalu and Chamlang Himal, Arun and Barun valley are the major attraction of this trek.

Overview

No. Of Days17 - 22 Days
Maximum Elevation4,870 m / 15,975 ft, Makalu Base Camp
Trekking DifficultyChallenging
RemotenessRemote (Only few of trekkers per year) Not possible to do Individual
Pricing High ($ 2,499 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and September to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse, Local Lodges
Required Permits Makalu Barun National Park permit

Highlights

  • The base camp of Mt. Makalu, fifth highest mountain in the world.
  • Experience traditional style Trekking in Nepal with fewer teahouses and requirements of Tents on most of the places

Itinerary

DayFrom & To Itinerary DetailEstimated Time
01Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar & Drive to Chichira1 hour flight + 4 hours drive
02Trek up from Chichira to Num7 hours trek
03Trek up from Num to Seduwa7 hours trek
04Trek up from Seduwa to Tashi Gaon5 hours trek
05Trek up from Tashi Gaon to Khongma Danda7 hours trek
06Rest Day at Khongma DandaEnjoy the views, explore around villages
07Trek from Khongma Danda to Dobato7 hours trek
08Trek from Dobato to Yangri Kharka7 hours trek
09Trek from Nile Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka6 hours trek
10Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp7 hours trek
11Acclimatization at MBCVisit around base camp
12Trek down to Yangri Kharka7 hours trek
13Trek down from Yangri Kharka to Dobato7 hours trek
14Trek down from Dobato to Khongma Danda6 hours trek
15Trek down from Khongma Danda to Tashi Gaon5 hours trek
16Trek down from Tashi Gaon to Seduwa5 hours trek
17Trek from Seduwa to Num5 hours trek
18Trek down from Num to Chichira & Drive to Tumlingtar2 hours trek + 4 hours Drive
19Fly back from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu1 hour flight

For More: Makalu Base Camp Trek Complete Guide

15. Everest Three High Passes Trek

Three Pass trekking in Everest Nepal

The famous & adventurous trekking route of Everest region, Three Passes trek will follow the significant way of Everest base camp trek with some side days trips to cross the Passes.

Honestly, a challenging trek to crossing the high altitude passes, this trip is suitable for peoples looking for a strenuous trekking adventure in Nepal. However, it doesn’t need any climbing experience, but having previous experience will be much beneficial.

View of tallest mountain peaks including Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu with Gokyo lakes, Ngonumpa glacier, sunrise view from Kala Patthar is the major attraction of this trek.

Furthermore, Thyangboche monastery, unforgettable Lukla flight, Local hospitality of famous Sherpa villages make your trek memorable.

Overview

No. Of Days14 - 18 Days
Maximum Elevation5,663 m / 18,519 ft, Kala Patthar
Trekking DifficultyChallenging
RemotenessNot Remote (More than thousands of trekkers per year) Possible to do Individual
Pricing High ($ 1,499 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and September to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse, Local Lodges, Luxury Hotels on Some Places
Required Permits Sagarmatha National Park entry Permit

Highlights

  • Entire Everest region circuit trek
  • Crossing three major challengings above 5,000 m passes of  Renjo La, Cho La, and Kongma La

Itinerary

DayFrom & To Itinerary DetailEstimated Time
01Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla & trek up to Phakding40 minutes flight + 4 hours trek
02Trek up from Phakding to Namche Bazaar6 hours trek
03Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar5 hours of Day trip to Khumjung valley
04Trek up from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche6 hours trek
05Trek up from Tengboche to Dingboche5 hours trek
06Rest day at Dingboche5 hours of Day trip to Nagarjuna Hill
07Trek up from Dingboche to LobucheCrossing Khong Ma La Pass(5,535m) - 10 hours trek
08Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep - Day trip to Everest Base Camp(5,364m)8 hours trek
09Trek from Gorakshep to Lobuche after morning trip to Kala Patthar(5,545m)8 hours trek
10Trek from Lobuche to Dzongla4 hours trek
11Trek from Dzongla to GokyoCrossing Chola Pass(5,368m) - 7 hours trek
12Acclimatization day at Gokyo Lake4 hours Morning trip to Gokyo Ri
13Trek from Gokyo to Marlung Crossing Renjo La Pass(5,345m) - 8 hours trek
14Trek down from Marlung to Namche Bazaar6 hours trek
15Trek down from Namche Bazaar to Lukla7 hours trek
16Fly back from Lukla to Kathmandu40 minutes flight

For More: Everest Three High Passes Trek Complete Guide

16. Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek

Langtang Gosaikunda and Helambu combined trek

Doing a whole Langtang, Gosaikunda and Helambu Trek is a nice trip to entire Langtang region trekking points.

The trek takes us through lush rhododendron and bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls, picturesque villages, abundant wildlife, and astounding views of the majestic Himalayas.

Kyanjin Gompa, and climbing Tserko Ri are the major attractions of this trek.

Great aspects of the Langtang Lirung range, Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishanker, Ganesh Himal, Langshisa Ri, Gangchenpo, Yala peak, Naya Kanga and pilgrimage for both Buddhists and Hindus Holy Gosaikunda lake can be explored during this trek.

Overview

No. Of Days12 - 18 Days
Maximum Elevation5,000 m / 16,400 ft, Tserko Ri
Trekking DifficultyModerate
RemotenessNot Remote (Thousands of trekkers per year) Possible to do Individual
Pricing Medium ($ 899 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and September to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse, Local Lodges, Guesthouses
Required Permits National Park entry Permits

Highlights

  • Beautiful Langtang valley
  • An alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake of Gosaikunda
  • Less explored Helambu village

Itinerary

DayFrom & To Itinerary DetailEstimated Time
01Drive to Syafru Besi from Kathmandu6 hours drive
02Trek from Syafru Besi to Lama Hotel6 hours trek
03Trek up from Lama Hotel to Langtang village6 hours trek
04Trek up from Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa4 hours trek
05trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel7 hours trek (Day trip to Kyanjin Ri peak)
06Trek from Lama Hotel to Thulo Syafru6 hours trek
07Trek from Thulo Syabru to Shin Gompa4 hours trek
08Trek from Shin Gompa to Gosaikunda 6 hours trek
09Trek from Gosaikunda to Ghopte 4 hours trek
10Trek from Ghopte to Melamchigaon 6 hours trek
11Trek from Melamchigaon to Tarkheghyang 6 hours trek
12Trek from Tarkheghyang to Sermanthang 5 hours trek
13Trek down from Sermanthang to Melamchi Bazaar & drive back to Kathmandu 4 hours trek + 4 hours drive

For More: Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek Complete Guide

17. Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek

Dhaulagiri trekking in Nepal

Trek to Dhaulagiri base camp is a fascinating journey through one of the best off the beaten trail of Nepal trekking routes.

The Dhaulagiri circuit trekking is one of the best adventurous and challenging treks in Nepal. This journey drives you into some remarkable Himalayan glaciers and high snow-clad mountain passes.

The off beaten trail is only suitable for experienced, adventurous trekkers because the trial is not well marked with no proper accommodation facility.

The lush landscape, hidden valleys, High passes, jungle, hills, and unspoiled agricultural lands are the major attraction of this trek.

You can see mountain views including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Annapurna, and other nearby peaks during the trek.

Overview

No. Of Days14 - 20 Days
Maximum Elevation5,360 m / 17,585 ft, French Pass
Trekking DifficultyChallenging
RemotenessRemote (Only few trekkers per year) Possible to do Individual
Pricing High ($ 1,899 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and September to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse, Local Lodges, Tent
Required Permits ACAP Permit, TIMS

Highlight

  • The base camp of Mt. Dhaulagiri, sixth highest mountain of the world
  • Crossing the two high passes of Nepal, French pass(5,360 m) and Dhampus pass(5,234 m)

Itinerary

DayFrom & To Itinerary DetailEstimated Time
01Drive from Kathmandu to Beni9 hours drive
02Trek from Beni to Babia Chaur5 hours trek
03Trek up from Babia Chaur to Dharapani6 hours trek
04Trek up from Dharapani to Muri5 hours trek
05Trek up from Muri to Boghara6 hours trek
06Trek up from Boghara to Dobang6 hours trek
07Trek up from Dobang to Italian Base Camp7 hours trek
08Acclimatization day at Italian Base CampVisit around & Rest
09Trek up from Italian Base Camp to Dhaulagiri Base Camp6 hours trek
10Trek from Dhaulagiri Base Camp to French PhediCrossing French Pass(5,360m) - 6 hours trek
11Trek from French Phedi to KalopaniCrossing Thapa Pass(5,250m) - 6 hours trek
12Trek down from Kalopani to Marpha6 hours trek
13Trek down from Marhpa to Jomsom3 hours trek
14Fly to Pokhara & Drive back to Kathmandu15 minutes flight & 6 hours drive

For More: Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Complete Guide

18. Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu valley Hidden Nepal trekking route

Trekking to Nar Phu valley is another remote & restricted area trekking of Annapurna region. The remote villages of Nar & Phu are situated above the alpine forest with snow during winter periods.

The majority of people will follow Buddhism & Tibetan traditional cultures. This trial used to be closed for travelers until 2002.

Walk through wild and residential creatures, with the beautiful scenery of white mountains, waterway, lakes, high peaks and passes, glaciers, remote villages, narrow canyons, beautiful forests, yaks, gompas, etc.

You can explore Annapurna Himalayan wraths, Tilicho Peak, Manaslu ranges, Pisang Peak, and other tall mountains.

Overview

No. Of Days09 - 13 Days
Maximum Elevation5,240 m / 17,190 ft, Kang La Pass
Trekking DifficultyChallenging
RemotenessRemote (Only few trekkers per year) Not Possible to do Individual
Pricing High ($ 1,899 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and September to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse, Local Lodges, Tent
Required Permits ACAP Permit, Nar Phu valley Restricted area Permit

Highlights

  • Explore Annapurna’s less popular hidden eco-tourism destination
  • Exciting view of snow-capped Annapurna massif and the other Himalayas,
  • Dramatic Kang La Pass, Ancient Buddhist monasteries like Nar Phedi,
  • Remote Nar, Phu and Bhatia villages in the Neyshang valley

Sidetrips

  • Himlung Himal Base Camp

Itinerary

DayFrom & To Itinerary DetailEstimated Time
01Drive from Kathmandu to Koto8 hours drive
02Trek from Koto to Meta7 hours trek
03Trek up from Meta to Phu7 hours trek
04Acclimatization day at Phu6 hours trek (Day trip to Himlung Base Camp)
05Trek from Phu to Nar Phedi6 hours trek
06Trek from Nar Phedi to Nar Village4 hours trek
07Trek from Nar village to NgawalCrossing Kang La Pass(5,420m) - 8 hours trek
08Trek down from Ngawal to Pisang, and Drive to Besisahar2 hours trek + 3 hours drive
09Drive back from Besisahar to Kathmandu8 hours drive

For More: Nar Phu Valley Trek Complete Guide

19. Ganesh Himal Trek

Ganesh Himal Nepal trekking

Ganesh Himal trek route is located on the part of Eastern Nepal. Walk through breathtaking meadows and untouched coniferous forests, beautiful valleys, old villages, natural hot water stream, deep Gorges, glaciers during this Nepal trekking.

The route is still not visited by most of the travellers which makes this trek one of the underrated best treks in Nepal.

As hotels and lodges are minimal and no lodges on some of the camps so that you will need to stay overnight in tented camps.

Ganesh Himal Range includes the Himalayas of Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III, and Ganesh IV.

Overview

No. Of Days16 - 20 Days
Maximum Elevation3,691 m / 12,110 ft, Ganesh Himal Base Camp
Trekking DifficultyModerate
RemotenessRemote (Only few trekkers per year) Not Possible to do Individual
Pricing High ($ 1,899 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and September to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse, Local Lodges, Tent
Required Permits Ganesh Himal Restricted area Permit

Highlights

  • Closer view of Ganesh Himal Ranges, Langtang, Manaslu, Annapurna South & Tibetan Himalayan ranges
  • Old temple & monasteries, Traditional trekking style with no lodges & requirement of Tents

Itinerary

DayFrom & To Itinerary DetailEstimated Time
01Drive to Syafru Besi from Kathmandu6 hours drive
02Trek from Syafru Beshi to Gatlang6 hours trek
03Trek up from Gatlang to Somdang7 hours trek
04Trek up from Somdang to Pang Sang Pass Phedi4 hours trek
05Trek up from Pang Sang Pass Phedi to Chalish6 hours trek
06Trek up from Chalish to Hindung5 hours trek
07Trek up from Hindung to Thulo Dhunga5 hours trek
08Trek from Thulo Dhunga to Ganesh Himal Base Camp6 hours trek
09Acclimatization day at Base CampSome side trips to visit around
10Trek down from Base Camp to Hindung8 hours trek
11Trek from Hindung to Kapur Gaon6 hours trek
12Trek from Kapur Gaon to Khading Gaon5 hours trek
13Trek down from Khading Gaon to Magne Goth5 hours trek
14Trek from Magne Goth to Lapu Danda6 hours trek
15Trek from Lapu Danda to Ganga Jamuna6 hours trek
16Trek from Ganga Jamuna to Tripura Sundari5 hours trek
17Drive back from Tripura Sundari to Kathmandu7 hours drive

For More: Ganesh Himal Trek Complete Guide

20. Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek

Far west Tsho rolpa trek

Tsho Rolpa Lake is located at an altitude of 4183 m, between Langtang and Everest Mountain ranges. It is one of the biggest glacier lakes in Nepal.

The Rolwaling region is a neighbour to the most famous trekking destinations of Nepal, Everest region so that you can experience similar Sherpa hospitality and scenery like trekking in Everest region.

The trek to Tsho Rolpa lake is the best trek in Rolwaling Valley also listed among best treks in Nepal. You can see beautiful terraced fields, small rivers, waterfalls, forests and magnificent glacier lake of Tsho Rolpa during the trek.

The trek route is under the Gaurisankar Conservation Area managed by NTNC. According to Sherpa language “Tsho” means Lake and the lake lies is Rolwaling valley, so it’s called Tsho Rolpa.

On the way, you can see the view of mountains like Gauri Shankar, Menlungtse, among others.

For those who do not want to trek at very high altitudes and are interested in reaching a very remote place of Nepal, this is the best trek in Nepal.

Overview

No. Of Days05 - 16 Days
Maximum Elevation4,183 m / 13,720 ft, Tsho Rolpa Lake
Trekking DifficultyModerate
RemotenessRemote (Only few trekkers per year) Possible to do Individual
Pricing Low ($ 699 including food, accommodation during the trek)
Best SeasonMarch to May and September to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse, Local Lodges, Guesthouses
Required Permits TIMS

Highlights

  • The biggest Glacier Lake in Nepal
  • Beautiful Dolakha Bazaar, and scenic villages of Beding and Naa

Itinerary

DayFrom & To Itinerary DetailEstimated Time
01Drive from Kathmandu to Lambagar and trek to Simi Gaon8 hours drive + 4 hours trek
02Trek from Simi Gaon to Beding7 hours trek
03Day trip to Tsho Rolpa Lake(4,183m) and back to Beding7 hours trek
04Trek from Beding to Gongar Khola6 hours trek
05Drive back to Kathmandu10 hours drive

For More: Tsho Rolpa Lake Trek Complete Guide

All Time Favourite Hike in Nepal

Except reaching Base Camp of tallest Mountains, Nepal is also a must-visit destination to experience hiking for the first time. Nearest hill station from famous cities like Kathmandu & Pokhara offers a lot of single-day and multi-day like 2-3 days hiking routes.

Hiking routes like Chandragiri, Nagarkot, Chisapani, Phulcowki, Sutyachaur from Kathmandu and Naudanda, Australian Camp, Ghandruk from Pokhara is possible to finish in a single day and feasible to make it longer for more 2-3 days. Among which Nagarkot trek via Sundarijal & Chisapani village is the most famous with all-time doable and favorite hike of Nepal. The trek is also popular with the name of Himalaya & Everest View Trek as well as Kathmandu valley trek too.

Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

Nagarkot Hike

A 3-day trek from Kathmandu to Nagarkot is the best hike of Nepal, suitable for all kinds of age group, budget & luxurious, also for beginner and new trekkers.

The trek passes through the three significant famous villages Chisapani, Nagarkot & Dhulikhel. And the hike also possible to extend either Namobuddha or Changu Narayan. The walk merges the best of nature with some typical countryside local village lifestyle.

Impressive Mountain views, a captivating sunset, and heavenly sunrise from Chisapani village and Nagarkot view tower is the main attraction of this trek.

The trek is famous for seeing especially Mount Everest and the other Himalayas without spending many days in trekking.

You can see Manaslu and Langtang ranges, Dorje Lakpa, Choyu, Sisa Pagma, Gauri Shankar, and Dhaulagiri Himalayas from Nagarkot. Furthermore, the breathtaking view of the Kathmandu valley and Bhaktapur city is also worth spending time in Nagarkot.

Trekking in Nepal – A Complete Guide

We all know, Nepal is especially famous for trekking in the Himalayas. There are lots of stunning trekking trials & best treks in Nepal.

Nepal is known globally for its picturesque mountains. With eight of the top ten tallest mountains in the world and fascinating sceneries make Nepal a must-visit country in Asia.

They are mainly known to most by the world’s tallest peak, mighty Mount Everest.

A lot of adventure lovers travel from all over the world to see a glimpse of the world’s tallest mountain.

Also, trekking and peak climbing in Nepal is a major attraction for tourism and the most prominent source of economic earning of the country.

In Nepal, the wide variety of options available for travelers of all age groups, with any Physical fitness and experience. From easy to difficult and challenging treks to the tallest mountains offer you the best fantasies.

On this complete guide of Trekking in Nepal, I have put together the trekking routes in Nepal, the best time to travel, necessary permits, and also best treks in Nepal. I hope this will make it easier to plan a trip for you.

Trek in Nepal nowadays is entirely different than the treks in the 1960 s. At these days most of the trekking areas in Nepal have no Guesthouses, that’s why trekkers need to stay at camps.

But nowadays, Most of the popular trekking trails like Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga, has tea houses where trekkers can find suitable foods, & accommodation.

Nowadays only few trek routes will need Camping accommodations which are less popular and trekked by less than 5000 trekkers per year. Some of the best treks in Nepal like Upper Dolpo, Dudh Kunda, Dhaulagiri Circuit, Limi Valley, Lumba Sumba Pass, Makalu Base Camp will still require camping accommodation on some of the places.

The National Park and Conservation areas are continually working to Promote these routes and protect wildlife, birds, and plants of the trekking regions.

The major trails are well maintained & in many places are signboard posted with a trial overview, altitude & next destination. This information is mainly to make it more comfortable for the individual trekkers. Nepal always invites and welcome individual trekkers.

These days, The small villages lodges have facilities for network connection, mobile charging, and the broader communities often have WiFi facilities too.

The combination of beautiful flora and fauna with pristine lakes, waterfalls, hot springs, glaciers, and high mountains views, tea houses, monasteries reward you during the trek.

Also, the taste of authentic Nepali lifestyle and friendly locals adds happiness while trekking.

Due to the massive earthquake of 2015, the number of trekkers declined significantly in the past few years of 2016, 17, and 18.

But now, “Nepal is safe to travel and also for trekking.”

The constructions of infrastructures, tea houses, and roads are already finished and are safe for visits.

Also, Nepal is going to celebrate Visit Nepal Year in 2020, which makes sense to visit the country on your next holiday.

When to go for trekking in Nepal?

From March-May in Spring & September- November in Autumn start the main trekking season in Nepal.

During these seasons, the temperature is supportable with the calm weather. So, undoubtedly it is the best time to go for a trek in any of the Nepal Himalayas.

However, it’s not necessary to wait for the main seasons to do a Nepal trekking.

Because of different geography and changing climates of Nepal, trek in Nepal Himalayas is possible throughout all months and seasons of the year.

You may not exactly go where you wanted to trek, but various alternative good options will be available all around the year.

Trekking in Autumn Season (September to November)

Autumn is the best season to trekking in Nepal.

Everyone wants to plan a holiday in good weather, and when the views are fantastic, that’s why most of the trekkers come to Nepal during the autumn season for their treks.

Most of these trekkers go to either Everest or Annapurna.

But nowadays people trekking to a restricted and remote area like Upper Mustang, Manaslu and Kanchenjunga have also increased.

Furthermore, it is also the best time to hike to Ganesh Himal, Dhaulagiri, and Makalu.

Any treks that take you over high altitude snowy mountain passes of more than 5,000 m is possible to do during the autumn and spring.

Also, the main attraction of trekking is always the grand majestic views of high mountains. And the clear sky of this time provides a spectacular view of all the surrounding Himalayas of the region.

Even in autumn, October is the busiest.

Trekking in Spring Season (March to May)

Spring is another fittest season to arrange a trek in Nepal after Autumn.

It starts to become hot and cloudy late in May. But not the wrong time. The bright sky offers a clear view and average temperature of this season makes treks to high altitude possible.

Thus, not only the base camp treks of Annapurna & Everest, even treks like Larkya La Pass of Manaslu, Three High Passes of Everest, Thorong La Pass of Annapurna Circuit, etc. are also possible during this period.

The best part about trekking in Spring season is the colourful blooming flowers of Rhododendron and other trees that cover the hills and roadways. They make walking an enjoyable experience.

There are the highest number of trekkers in Mid March and starting of April. It starts to decrease by last of April and May and only a few trekker treks during the monsoon season of Nepal.

In comparison to autumn, spring marks lesser trekkers but still welcomes more trekkers than Monsoon & Winter.

Trekking in Summer Season (June to August)

Monsoon season indicates rain and clouds.

Probably not a great time to trek, if your dream is to see the beautiful view of mountains.

The trekking trails will be muddy, slippery and landslides and avalanches may also occur on some of the places because of continuous heavy rainfall. Also, chances of falling Leeches on you from the trees as well.

Rather than trekking to famous Annapurna base camp, Everest base camp, Manaslu circuit, in Summer Season. You can go to the rain shadow areas, where only very fewer chances to have rainfall.

Trekking to Nar Phu Valley, Upper & Lower Dolpo, Upper & Lower Mustang (Jomsom & Muktinath), Humla, Simikot are some regions that you can trek during monsoon.

Summer also Monsoon in Nepal is the best time to trek to those areas as the temperature is most pleasant and relaxed.

Trekking in Winter Season (December to February)

Winter is not a wrong time for trekking in Nepal. The dry air and the bright sky makes your trekking journey in Nepal unforgettable one. The problem of winter is the cold and snow in the mountains.

High altitude treks become difficult because of too much cold, snow and snowstorms.

Treks that includes crossing high altitude passes is so dangerous at this time. Sometimes high mountain passes like Larkya La, Thorong La, and other Passes of Everest region will remain closed for some days.

It’s because of too much danger of heavy snowfall & avalanche. But if you wish to challenge yourself and have previous experience, then you can do these treks also.

Still, the treks like Annapurna & Everest base camp is possible during Winter season in Nepal.

What Fitness and Experience do I need to have?

In Nepal, there are treks suitable for experienced climbers, beginner and moderate hikers and also for children and old age peoples.

How well and experienced you need to for a trek in Nepal, depending on the complexity level of the trek you choose to do.

Nepal has a lot of trekking trails. Some of them are simple, while some of them may require prior skill and best physical fitness.

If you can walk mountainside uphill and downhill path for a few hours every day, then you are fit to trek in Nepal.

An easy and short trek with a local guide and porter and tea house accommodation is considerably achievable for anyone who is moderately fit and walk properly.

Longer and challenging treks on which you need to cross high mountain passes and into remote areas require a higher level of strength.

For Treks with summiting Peaks, such as Island Peak, Mera Peak of above 5,500 m, it is necessary to have some prior high climbing experience.

Grade A: Easy

Easy treks include walking around 5-6 hours per day on average. It is doable to all kinds of people, even those without prior experience and for kids & Old age retired peoples.

It involves no challenging ascents and high altitude. These treks are to reach the lowest viewpoint of Himalayas. It includes Tengboche, Poon Hill, Nagarkot, etc.

There are ups and downs, but they are most comfortable and for someplace only. The trails are well marked and involve 2 to 7 days of trek under the altitude of 4,000 m.

Even though the trek is short and comfortable, but it combines the natural and cultural beauty of Nepal, including a spectacular view of the tallest mountains.

Grade B: Moderate

Moderate trekking takes you over 4,000 m of well-marked trials. Moderate trek comprises more and large ups and downhill paths. Steep exposed ways and snow at elevation are prevalent.

It contains 7-14 days of the itinerary to finish with 5-8 hrs of walk per day.

Any moderately fit people can do these treks. It is not impossible for hikers without experience, but you need to have a strong will to do it.

Furthermore, Plan a trip to best seasons if you don’t have prior experience and also make a trip with a qualified trekking guide.

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, Everest base camp trek, Manaslu circuit, Annapurna Circuit are some of the famous moderate treks in Nepal.

Crossing the Throng la Pass and Larkya La can be some technical. But still, its moderate level treks if you prepare mentally and do some training before the trek then you can also finish the trek without any problem.

Grade C: Challenging

As the name suggests, challenging treks are arduous. It is usually technical long steep ascents and descents with snow-covered paths over 5,000 m in altitude. For these treks crampon would be necessary to walk on snow glaciers.

This trek demands the previous experience of high altitude treks or rock or peak climbing and long hour walking and proper preparation.

Not only physically fit, for this, but mental training and will is also the key.

It is almost like an expedition of fewer altitude peaks. Only a fit person with considerable willpower and can challenge themselves for rewarding adventurous experience should attempt these strenuous treks.

Upper Dolpo, Three high Passes of Everest, Ganja La Pass of Langtang, Makalu Base Camp, Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, Kanchenjunga Circuits, etc. are some challenging treks in Nepal.

These treks are usually about or a little more than three weeks long.

You will be walking for 7-8 hours per day and sometimes staying on camping tents.

Equipment & Packing List for Nepal trekking

What trekking stuffs should you need to gather, depends on when and where you are trekking.

Because for trekking with tea house accommodation, you don’t need to bring lots of pieces of stuff for cooking, sleeping and other things like camping.

Nowadays almost all famous treks in Nepal can be done as a tea house accommodation. You will find many local Guest houses and lodges on the way of your trek.

Packing the appropriate gears is necessary for a gratifying your trip.

Lack of essential equipment can result in ruining your mood to illness or injury sometimes. So, make sure to double-check the equipment’s and your packing list before leaving for the trek.

Also, It is possible to buy or rent everything you need in Kathmandu and Pokhara. If you are not a regular trekker who trekked in the mountains mostly, then there is no use spending on original and costly types of equipment.

Nepali one jackets and trousers are cheaper in comparison and as also good in quality.

Moreover, Chinese hiking shoes, trekking sticks would be perfect for 1/2 treks.

Furthermore, if you are visiting Nepal for just one or two treks, you can rent some of the gears such as down jackets and pants, sleeping bag, etc. for $1 or even less per day.

In Nepal also there are official stores of big brands like The North Face and Mountain Hardwear.

Packing List for trekking in Nepal

  • A good pair of lightweight and comfortable to walk hiking boots.
  • A pair of sandals which you can slip in. (useful while staying at teahouses after finishing walks)
  • Thinner and warmer, thicker Shocks and Gloves for lower and higher altitude.
  • Crampons, if you are trekking with some passes included.
  • Comfortable, and easy to move in Trousers or Down paints with Layer up for warmth at a higher elevation.
  • Few thermal underwears.
  • A down jacket and A lightweight water and wind-resistant jacket.
  • A light sleeping bag.
  • A woolen hat for warmth.
  • A head torchlight.
  • A tiny first aid kit with the crucial items like Diamox, water purifiers and some Oral Rehydration Salts.
  • A camera with additional batteries and SD cards to capture some memories.

Other items such as a daypack, Full sleeved t-shirts, neck warmer/scarf, Trekking Poles, Raincoat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, moisturizer, Warm woolen caps, fabric bandages, a towel, toothbrush, and toothpaste and also buy some locally-produced products such as fruit, some biscuits like Oreo and Burn vita even some Coconut Biscuits and Chocolates like Snickers.

Guided or Independent Trek in Nepal?

When doing an easy trek like Poon Hill, Nagarkot, Everest View, etc. and also for day hikes, you can go on your own.

These treks are short and comfortable, with no any problem to finding a route and accommodations so you can trek independently without guides or agencies.

For restricted area treks such as upper Mustang & Upper Dolpo, Kanchenjunga, Manaslu, etc., there is not another alternative. You need a registered guide with the agency to undertake these treks.

Still, regions like the Annapurna Conservation Area, Langtang National Park, and treks in Everest do not require guides.

There is so many information on the internet as well. And trails are well marked with a signboard posted on the way. You will meet lots of independent trekkers even more than trekkers trekking with a guide.

It entirely depends upon you whether to hike without a guide or with a guide. But my suggestion would be to hire a guide. Because in high elevations, frequent weather change, and chances of trial missing are widespread.

So, if you trek with guides, you won’t lose the way. Also, they help you to connect with the locals instantly. Also, a trekking guide can be a big help in the time of urgency on the unpredictable Mountains.

They can support you in many ways, such as ill and injury from AMS and so on. Experienced guides help you notice symptoms and urgent measures of AMS’s emergency treatment.

Hiring a guide through a trekking agency can be convenient for some, especially for those who are visiting Nepal for the first time. It will cost extra money, but trekking agency can be a big help in case of an emergency.

They can manage Helicopter rescue for you with contacting your insurance companies. An experienced guide, fluent in English might cost you a little more but for what could be a once in a lifetime memory.

Usually, experienced and knowledgeable guides cost $20- $25 per day, including all of their expenses such as food, accommodation, insurance, equipment, etc.

Furthermore hiring a trekking agency can be beneficial for Hassle-free trekking with Expert advice and necessary information, Easy Trekking Permits and other arrangements, etc.

On the other hand side for Independent Treks, if you are thinking to trek in popular trek routes such as ABC and circuit, Langtang trek, also EBC and three passes.

You can also go without a guide because you can find necessary information online from different travel bloggers journey.

Also, you can ask for your confusions on community-based forum sites such as Trip Advisor Nepal forum, Lonely Planet Nepal Forum, etc.

But I would suggest you at least travel in a group of two or more trekking partners.

Don’t trek alone. You can also find and search for trekking partners on the popular trekking website TrekkingPartners.com.

Trekking partners will be helpful for you in emergencies if you fall sick from AMS or injured in between.

I will recommend independent trek if you or your trekking partner is not new to Nepal, and an experienced trekker.

Also if you trek independently, you can Trek in your terms, and you can save money which you need to pay to the agencies and guides.

But you will need to arrange each and everything yourself if you want to trek independently. Equipment, air and land transportation also permit for the trek, etc.

Note: If you are trekking independently on famous trials during peak seasons, don’t forget to book your Hotels for accommodation beforehand. Or reach the places as fast as you can, because during peak seasons it’s hard to find suitable accommodations.

Trekking Permits

Most of the best treks in Nepal proceed following a particular conservation project, National Parks or in a remote restricted area. Hence, all trekker, whether free or trekking with a trekking company and guide, require to take some permits.

You need to show these permits at the checkpoint either during the entrance, exit, or on the way.

To make a Permit, you must have 2 or more passport-sized photo, a photocopy of your passport and you need to fill a form for the particular trek you are heading.

There are four types of trekking permit in Nepal.

Conservation Area permits

In Nepal, there are six conservation areas in total. Among which Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA), Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA), Manaslu Conservation Area (MCA), Gaurishankar Conservation Area (GCA) have famous trekking trials.

If you are thinking to trek in Annapurna region, you will require Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). Likewise, trekking in the Kanchenjunga region needs Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit (KCAP) and vice versa.

Annapurna, Gaurishanker, and Manaslu Conservation Area   Permit will cost NRs. 100 per person for Nepalese, 1,000 per person for SAARC Nationals and 3,000 per person for Foreigners.

Likewise, the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit will cost NRs. 100 per person for Nepalese, 500 per person for SAARC Nationals, and 2,000 per person for Foreigners.

For children below 10 yrs doesn’t need any conservation area permits.

Other trekking regions such as Everest, Langtang doesn’t need any conservation area permits.

National Park Fees

In Nepal, there are 12 National Parks in total. Among which Sagarmatha, Langtang, Shivapuri- Nagarjun, Makalu-Barun, Rara, and Shey-Phoksundo National Park has famous trekking trials.

If you are thinking to trek in Everest region, you will require Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit to continue the trek.

Likewise, trekking in Langtang region needs Langtang National Park Entry Permit and vice versa.

Sagarmatha, Langtang, Makalu-Barun, Rara, and Shey-Phoksundo National Park has an entry permit(fees) of NRs. 100 per person for Nepalese, 1,500 per person for SAARC Nationals and 3,000 per person for Foreigners.

Likewise, Shivapuri- Nagarjun National Park entry will cost NRs. 100 per person for Nepalese, 600 per person for SAARC Nationals, and 1,000 per person for Foreigners.

Shivapuri- Nagarjun National Park will cover the trekking trails around Kathmandu such as Nagarkot.

For children below 10 yrs doesn’t need any National park entry permits.

Trekking in Annapurna, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga regions don’t need any National Park entry permits.

TIMS

TIMS is a short form of Trekkers Information Management System.

The famous trekking regions of Annapurna will require independent trekkers as well as for guided trekkers to have a TIMS card.

For restricted treks, TIMS card is not necessary.

Nowadays in Everest and Langtang trekking trials, there is no checkpoint for TIMS, so it’s not needed anymore for these treks.

It costs Nrs.2000 per person for individual trekkers. If you are trekking with a guide through an agency, they will make you a blue TIMS card that costs Nrs.1000 per person.

Independent TIMS cards are green, and guided trekkers will require blue TIMS cards.

Restricted Area Permit

To trek in restricted areas of Nepal trekking trails, one needs to get a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) along with with the conservation area permit of that place.

TIMS card is not needed if you have a RAP.

For example, to trek in Manaslu, you need MCAP and ACAP permit and RAP of Manaslu, and for Kanchenjunga, you will need KCAP and RAP of Kanchenjunga.

You can get Restricted Area trekking Permit through only the government registered trekking companies in Nepal.

It is also compulsory to take a government licensed guide and one more trekker with you to trek to these areas.

Trekking solo is not permitted. Here are the complete details on Restricted area trekking permit with its fees.

You can get TIMS, Conservation Area &and National Park entry permit all at one place from Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) office in Kathmandu & Pokhara.

Make sure that you bring your insurance copy and passport-sized photographs when applying.

If you are trekking with an agency, they will manage all the permits for you and Permit fees are usually included in the package. Always carry your permits and a photocopy of your passport with you during your trek.

Trekking with Peak Climbing in Nepal

Not only for trekking in the Himalayas, but Nepal is also equally famous for various peak climbing.

The peak climbing in Nepal is not available for individual climbers.

You need to hire a climbing guide & trekking company to climb any peak in Nepal.

However alpine-style expedition is possible, but necessary paperwork needs to be done with local trekking agencies.

An experienced trekking company registered on the Nepal Mountaineering Association can help you to arrange a permit and other required paperwork.

Some of the famous Peak climbing in Nepal is Mera Peak, and Island Peak because of easily assessable and possible to connect with Everet base camp trek.

Other Peaks such as Chulu East & West, Lobuje, Pisand, Paldor, Larkya Peak are also famous in Nepal.

The permit cost will vary for each peak. The best part is you can trek on your own without a guide and hire an agency and climbing guide to climb a peak only.

Accommodation during trekking in Nepal

Trekkers need to pass several nights on the way, so you need to prepare before for accommodation.

Be sure to study the type of accommodation facility available en route of your trek before heading because you need to pack according to it.

In Nepal trekking, there are three kinds of accommodation.

On the main trekking trails, Guesthouses are common, and they make cooking and overnight stay comfortable.

In the less touristic trekking trials, you need to depend on other sleeping options, such as camping, staying in local’s house of the villages, etc.

Tea houses / Lodges / Guesthouses

I am going to cover the tea house/ guesthouse/lodges and hotels in one place. Because they offer you to stay overnight with foods facilities so that you don’t need to carry the belongings for sleep and cook foods.

They offer a basic wooden bed with a mattress or foam, a cotton pillow, and a blanket. Generally, prices rise steeply, and facilities turn more basic as you obtain high altitude.

It gets colder, and the blanket given by lodges will not be sufficient to keep you warm.

Also sometimes they smell bad which you don’t like. So, a Sleeping bag will be useful at this time to sleep, and you can add the blanket over it.

Some excellent and expensive lodges in the Annapurna and Everest regions have an electric-heated bed and showers they charge extra for these things.

Facilities such as WIFI, battery charging also available but also cost extra.

Also, Toilets, Bathrooms are usually on a sharing basis. Water is too limited and cold. So, always carry toiletries like toilet papers.

Lodges have one common dining room. A burning stove kept this room warm always. Also, you can meet and communicate with other trekkers here.

During the main trekking season, if trekkers pack all the rooms of the hotel, you may need to sleep at dining tables sometimes.

Usually, the rooms cost 500-800 rupees, and all the owners of the guesthouses expect you to eat your breakfast & Dinner where you stay overnight.

They have a variety of food options. Dal Bhat and other dishes of rice are mainly the foods you will eat every day. Also, different types of meals like Pasta, Pizza, MoMo, Chowmein are available.

Furthermore, cold and hot drinks, Soups are available.

They also sell biscuits, chocolates, which usually more than doubles the price of lower altitude.

Note: If you are not in the budget limit, you can stay at best available luxury lodges. Also, you can book a single room with no sharing and with attach toilet & bathrooms.

Camping

Camping can be carried almost everywhere in Nepal.

The camping treks will be more expensive obviously because you need to hire lots of staffs to take your belongings from foods, cooking items and accommodation.

Some of the best treks in Nepal such as Upper Dolpo, Ganesh Himal, Dhaulagiri Circuit, Rolwalling Tashi Lapacha, Makalu, and Machhapuchhre base camp are still necessary camping treks of Nepal.

You can plan a camping trek with Local trekking companies, and they will arrange all the required items, team members, and equipment for you.

Homestays

Where there are villages, but no local guesthouses and only a few people will travel via these routes, sometimes it’s possible to stay overnight at a local house.

You can find villagers who will give you food and a room to sleep overnight. Local peoples take one extra room inside their home to keep tourist.

These accommodations are basic, and they offer the same food that they are going to prepare for them this night.

These accommodation options are excellent opportunities to explore local peoples and their cultures and lifestyle.

Drinking-Water during the treks in Nepal

For drinking water, treat all water as contaminated unless it’s mineral water either in the city or in the mountains.

Yes, the mineral bottled waters are available in the hills, but costs expensive in high altitude. It is less costly and better for the environment to avoid plastic bottles.

The main two options for trekkers are to use the safe drinking water stations along the trek for a small fee and put water purifiers.

You can also use a filter with a ceramic cartridge. It takes care of viruses, bacteria, and protozoa in relatively clear water. And add purifier tablets into it to make sure you have made the water completely safe.

Higher you reach, more you need to pay for the same stuff. Thatswhy I am suggesting you take water purifiers.

A bottle of mineral water which costs Twenty Rupees in Kathmandu can reach Two hundred or even more in the mountains.

Instead of buying mineral water every time, you can fill your bottles with boiled water from the guesthouse. And you can dual filter it by adding tablets.

You can use these waters for drinking and for brushing your teeth.

Foods During the trek

The menu in the Himalayas is also almost the same as in cities.

You can choose from local, and even international dishes.

You will be eating Dal Bhaat Tarkari, a local Nepalese food, most of the time. It is satisfying, reasonable, and rich in carbohydrate, which is also useful against AMS.

They also offer foods such as Tibetan bread, Pancakes, MoMo, pasta, Chowmein, Noodles, eggs, potatoes, etc.

The menu is shorter as well at a higher altitude and also will be more expensive because they have to hire either porter or mule to carry the foods from town to higher elevation.

Also, drinks such as flavored hot water, green, Lemon, Milk or Masala tea, coffee, beer, rum, hard drinks, and wines are available.

It would better not to drink alcohol as it dehydrates and makes you sensitive to AMS. But, if you want, you can drink a little.

Shops and even tea houses sell snacks such as chocolates, biscuits, Noodles, Chips, etc.

Food and accommodation in remote Kanchenjunga, Upper Mustang & Manaslu region treks will be more basic as compared to popular Annapurna, Everest, and Langtang treks.

Trekking regions within Nepal

Nepal has many trekking areas & routes. The various trekking regions of Nepal are equally beautiful. Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga are some of the most famous areas for trekking.

Likewise, several other regions hold some of the best treks in Nepal. Here are the trekking regions of Nepal with the trekking routes possible on that area.

The Khumbu/Everest Region

  • Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Three High Passes
  • Gokyo Lake/ Gokyo Valley with or without Cho La Pass
  • Everest Base Camp with either Mera or Island Peak
  • Everest View from Tengboche Trek
  • Pikey Peak

The Annapurna Region

  • Upper Mustang
  • Annapurna Circuit
  • Annapurna Sanctuary / Annapurna Base Camp.
  • Ghorepani Poon Hill
  • Jomsom Muktinath
  • Mardi Himal
  • Naar-Phu Valley Trek
  • Khopra Danda/Khayer Lake
  • Dhaulagiri Circuit

The Langtang Region

  • Langtang Valley
  • Gosaikunda lake
  • Helambu village
  • Combined either two or three from Langtang, Gosaikunda & Helambu Trek
  • Tamang Heritage Trail

The Manaslu Region

  • Manaslu Circuit
  • Tsum Valley
  • Combined Manaslu circuit & Tsum Valley Trek

The Kanchenjunga Region

  • Kanchenjunga Circuit with both south & north base camp
  • South base camp of Kanchenjunga only
  • Kanchenjunga north base camp only

The Western Region of Nepal

  • Lower Dolpo
  • Upper Dolpo
  • Phoksumdo Lake & Shey Gompa Trek
  • Kagmara La Pass Trek
  • Rara Lake
  • Humla Limi Valley

The Kathmandu Valley Region Treks

  • Chisaani & Nagarkot
  • Balthali village
  • Kalinchowk

Some of the other treks such as Royal Trek, Sikles Trek, Lahachok Trek. Panchase Trek, Gurung Heritage Trek of Annapurna region also known to most of the trekkers wanting to trek less crowded trials.

Furthermore, mid-eastern region trek to Makalu Base camp, and Ganesh Himal, Rolwaling region trek to Tsho Rolpa Lake, and Most challenging Ama Lapcha & Tashi Lapcha Pass trek routes are also famous.

Useful Bonus Tips

Here are some tips or suggestions for trekkers who want to trek in Nepal Himalayas.

  • Always bring enough cash while trekking, Yes there are ATM’s in some famous trekking areas but it will charge higher and may not work correctly sometimes.
  • Learn about AMS, its symptoms, and side effects before heading for the trek. When you feel unwell or uncomfortable, tell your trekking guide or crew member.
  • Follow a proper itinerary; don’t try to escape days to reach fast while going up. However, you can skip days while returning to lower altitudes if you can walk enough.
  • Take extra holidays of 1 or 2 days except for trekking days. Especially while trekking in the Everest region, Flight to and from Lukla can cancel many times because of Bad weather. You might have to stay one more night at Lukla or even before starting a trek at Kathmandu. Extra days can also be useful if you fall typical unwell and need one day’s rest to acclimatize or might love someplace to stay one more days. If you finish the trek successfully, you can also spend an extra day in Kathmandu doing sightseeing or another day hike around Kathmandu valley.
  • At least hire one staff from agency either Guide, Porter or Porter cum Guide, if you are thinking to trek alone in high altitude or famous regions. They would be handy if you feel any difficulty while trekking such as finding excellent accommodation during peak seasons, physically unfit etc.
  • Make sure to insure yourself with the best travel insurance for trekking in Nepal. If something serious happens to you at a high altitude, the only option is helicopter rescue. Helicopter rescue from mountains can cost up to $5,000+ depending on altitude and trekking region.

FAQS

What is Trekking in Nepal?

Trekking in Nepal is just walking towards the foothill of Mountains. And in some cases reaching the Base camp of tallest mountains such as Everest, Annapurna, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga, etc. However, Many peoples think that trekking means climbing the Mountains to reach the summit but it’s completely wrong.

How much does it cost to trek in Nepal?

The trekking in Nepal cost 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 for yourself.

Much international travel agencies are offering Nepal trekking packages. They will charge more than $ 1,500 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.

Can I trek alone in Nepal without guide independently?

Yes, most of the trekking routes of Nepal are allowed to do the trek alone and without hiring a guide. Best treks in Nepal such as Everest base camp trek, Annapurna base camp trek also can be done, individual.

But trekking in a restricted area of Nepal will be required to hire a guide that means you are not allowed to trek those places, individual.

Hiring a guide will give you extra enjoyment while trekking as well as you will get to know about the history & culture of the places and your trekking will be risk-free.

When is the best time to trek 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 regarded as the best time to trek in Nepal because of favourable 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 cold, a perfect time for trekking like the Everest Three High Passes Trek because of its steep 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.

What are the first time treks in Nepal for beginners?

If you are an adventure trekker and already had done many treks outside Nepal, then you can choose any of the trekking because you have previous experience about trekking.

But if you are going experience trekking for the first time in Nepal, then it’s better to do some short treks on a lower elevation.

Short treks of Nepal is for those who are beginner trekkers and having less holiday in Nepal. Some of the famous short treks of Nepal are Sundarijal Chisapani Nagarkot Trek, Poon Hill Trek, etc.

You can read about some of the best short treks in Nepal for beginners here.

Do we need any training for trekking in Nepal?

There is no required of any special training for just to trek in Nepal if you are physically fit. But you need to have enough strength to walk at least 5/6 hours a day to uphill and downhill mountainside roads.

If you are doing short treks then its not necessary to take any training but if you are doing High mountain passes treks such as Everest three high pass, Larkya La pass, Thorong La pass then it would be better to take some training before.

Training for trekking in Nepal may include pieces of training like making a habit of walking steep hills uphill & downhill roads with a loaded backpack, developing a practice of drinking lots of water, building strength endurance, etc.

Can we trek in Nepal with family and baby?

Yes, you can do trekking in Nepal with family and kids. But keep in mind that if you are going to do the trek with kids choose the lower elevation treks such as Poon Hill, Nagarkot hiking, etc.

My suggestion for all the trekker planning to trek in Nepal with kids make your itinerary long, that means do a trek in more days then the regular trekkers will do.

Is trekking in Nepal safe or dangerous?

Trekking in Nepal is entirely safe, most of all trekking routes are well maintained nowadays. Trek with an experienced guide for the specific region to reduce your chance of danger.

Do not go off beaten trail then the regular trekkers will walk. You can also plan a trip to the best seasons to reduce the chance of risk for Avalanche on high altitudes.

Conclusion

There are many trek routes in Nepal with a stunning view of tallest mountains and other beautiful surrounding scenery. Here I have listed just 20 best treks in Nepal depend upon their popularity, demanding grade, landscape, mountain views, local cultures & price. I hope our bonus Tips and FAQS about trekking in Nepal will also help you to plan your trip to Nepal.

Which of these treks had you done in Nepal or on your wish list for next trip to Nepal? Feel free to let me know if I had missed any of your favourite treks.

Sudeep

About Author

Sudeep is a co-founder of Up To Himalaya. He has trekked almost all mountains in Nepal including Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga & many more. He would love to help people to make their holiday unforgettable by sharing his own experiences on the Himalayas of Nepal. If you want any information related to different trekking trails of Nepal while planning your trip, You can directly contact him on +977-9817223143.

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