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Top 10 Treks In Nepal To Have The Adventure Of Your Life!

Adventurers unite! Trekking is one of the most gratifying experiences you can have, as it tests your endurance, faith, resolve, spirit and strength. It is a great escape from the din of city life. The breathtaking views from the mountaintop, camping under the stars, the fresh air of the hills, the stark skies - the experience is sure to last a lifetime. Nepal is a trekker's dream come true because it affords gorgeous views, challenging yet rewarding climbs and a host of like-minded adventurers to give you great company. You may be a seasoned trekker or a newbie starting out - we've got both your backs! Go through our list of top spots for trekking in Nepal, and rediscover your wild side!

Nepal Landscape
Nepal's incredulous landscape (Source)

1. Annapurna Circuit

This is one of the most frequented trekking paths of Nepal, which sees more than one hundred thousand trekkers a year. Although some roads have been laid over former trekking paths, this circuit still affords some breathtaking views and great company. Thorong La Pass, the world's widest pass, is a delight to watch and adventurous to cross. Watch out for the summits of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Langtang Himal and Macchapucchre while on this trek. This circuit is recommended for trekkers who want to push themselves, and have some experience as well. Newbies may also attempt this with some support from experienced trekkers, as many people frequent the route.

Best time: October-November, and March-May

Minimum duration: 13 days

Maximum elevation: 5416 m/17769 ft, at Thorong La Pass

Difficulty level: Moderate

Accommodation: Teahouses, lodges, and guesthouses along the way

Permits required: ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) - USD 25, TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) - USD 20
 
Annapurna Summit, Trekking in Nepal
Annapurna Summit (Source)

2. Everest Three Passes Trek

This trek is every adventure junkie's dream come true, as it entails crossing three gorgeous passes at secluded, widely untouched locations! The Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La pass lead to breathtaking views of the mighty Himalayas, along with the Ngozumpa Glacier, which is the widest in the mountain range. The mostly untrodden area gives you the luxury of a comfortably isolated trekking experience, which is the love of every seasoned explorer.

Best time: October-November and March-May

Minimum duration: 19 days

Maximum elevation: 5540 m/18175 ft, at Kongma La Pass

Difficulty level: Hard

Accommodation: Teahouses, guest houses and lodges

Permits required: TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) - USD 20

Cho La Pass, Trekking in Nepal
Cho La Pass (Source)

3. Manaslu Circuit Trek

Another popular route for trekking in Nepal, the Manaslu Circuit is not as populated as the Annapurna route. This means that you get good amenities, and the path isn't very crowded either. The views from hills are genuinely divine as you embark on a journey through varying topography - from a meagre 600 metres to a whopping 5000 metres on the Larkya La Pass! You can also visit the cosy, idyllic village of Samagaun on your way, or explore the bamboo forests at the start of your trek. Note that there has to be a minimum of two trekkers to embark on this route and that you have to be accompanied by an authorised Nepali guide or porter.

Best time: October-November and March-May

Minimum duration: 14 days

Maximum elevation: 5110 m/16765 ft, at Larkya La Pass

Difficulty level: Hard

Accommodation: Teahouses, guest houses and lodges

Permits required: ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) - USD 25, MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project) - USD 20, RAP (Restricted Area Permit) - USD 500 for the first 10 days
 
Manaslu Valley, Trekking in Nepal
Manaslu Valley (Source)

4. Langtang Trek

This trek is known for its proximity to Kathmandu, that doesn't compromise on the wild side as well. Offering stunning views of the Langtang valley, a great insight into the native Tamang culture and finding yourself smack in the middle of the lush natural wilderness, this trek is sure to leave some great memories - don't forget to take some pictures up close to glaciers you see!

Best time: October-November and March-May

Minimum duration: 8 days

Maximum elevation: 4984 m/16354 ft, at Tserko Ri  

Difficulty level: Moderate

Accommodation: Guesthouses, tea houses

Permits required: TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) - USD 20
 
Langtang Valley, Trekking in Nepal
Langtang Valley (Source)

5. Upper Mustang Trek

The Upper Mustang Trek gives you a unique perspective of the Himalayas. Located in the desert rain shadow region, this area is a stark contrast to the lush greens of the mountains. This doesn't mean that the region is no less beautiful! With its arid, captivating layers of sepia sandstone cliffs, unique vegetation and eclectic Tibetan culture, this trek offers a unique blend of beauty in brown and endemic culture. Note that there has to be a minimum of two trekkers and you have to be accompanied by an authorised Nepali guide or porter, to take this trip.

Best time: March-May and October-November

Minimum duration: 13 days

Maximum elevation: 3810 m/12500 ft, at Dhakmar

Difficulty level: Hard

Accommodation: Guest houses, lodges and tea houses

Permits required: ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) - USD 25, RAP (Restricted Area Permit) - USD 500 for the first 10 days

Upper Mustang view, Trekking in Nepal
Upper Mustang (Source)

6. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

This base camp is probably one of the best for trekking in Nepal, as it leads you right to the foothills of the towering and mighty Mt. Annapurna, which stands at a tall 8091 metres! Its proximity to friendly villages, breathtaking valleys and gorgeous views makes it one of the most frequented treks of recent times. A bonus is that the trek happens close to Pokhara - you can relax at Lakeside Pokhara once you're done!

Best time: October-November, and March-May

Minimum duration: 10 days

Maximum elevation: 4320 m/14173 ft, at Annapurna Base Camp

Difficulty level: Moderate

Accommodation: Guest houses, lodges and tea houses

Permits required: ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) - USD 25, TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) - USD 20

Annapurna Base Camp, Trekking in Nepal
Annapurna Base Camp (Source)

7. Poonhill Trek

This easy trek is perfect for the beginning trekker, as it is of short duration and the elevation is not too high as well. The trek takes you through an exquisite village - Ghandruk, which boasts of a unique culture, and ends at Poonhill. The sunrise from the summit is too beautiful for words! Combine this with some local delicacies, friendly local company, and you've got yourself a perfect trek!

Best time: October-November, and March-May

Minimum duration: 6 days

Maximum elevation: 3210 m/10531 ft, at Poonhill

Difficulty level: Easy

Accommodation: Guesthouses and lodges

Permits required: ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) - USD 25, TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) - USD 20

Poonhill, Trekking in Nepal
Poon Hill (Source)

8. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

This is the adventure junkie's time to shine! This strenuous trek is totally worth the gorgeous views at the base of Mt Kanchenjunga. The stark white glaciers, deep valleys, high peaks, exotic culture and the wide passes, combined with the serene isolation of the heavenly Himalayas makes this every trekker's dream. All this with the bonus of camping under the stars! Novice trekkers are advised to wait to get more practice before embarking on this trail. Note that there has to be a minimum of two trekkers and you have to be accompanied by an authorised Nepali guide or porter, to take this trip.

Best time: October-November, and March-May

Minimum duration: 19 days

Maximum elevation: 5160 m/16929 ft, Lapsang Pass

Difficulty level: Hard

Accommodation: Camping

Permits required: RAP (Restricted Area Permit) - USD 500 for the first 10 days, KCA (Kanchenjunga Conservation Area) - USD 25
 
Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek, Trekking in Nepal
Kanchenjunga Base Camp

9. Gokyo Ri Trek

This trek is a must-do because of the beautiful, quaint village of Gokyo and all it has to offer. The Five Emerald Lakes of Gokyo is breathtakingly beautiful and Instagram-worthy! Not only that, the residents of the village are very hospitable to guests. The ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung, near Khumbu, also makes for an adrenaline-filled crossing.

Best time: 
October-November, and March-May

Minimum duration: 13 days

Maximum elevation: 5357 m/17535 ft, at Gokyo Ri

Difficulty level: Moderate

Accommodation: Guesthouses, tea houses and lodges

Permits required: TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) - USD 20
 
Gokyo Ri trek, Trekking in Nepal
Gokyo Ri Lake (Source)

10.  Upper Dolpo Trek

This hidden treasure trove is one the most remote treks in Nepal, but that shouldn't deter you from attempting to conquer it, for the destination is truly worth it! The Shey Phoksundo Lake is nested within this trek, as is the Shey Gompa monastery - both beautiful havens in their own way. You will have to cross ancient Tibetan villages, barren lands, rich fields and three high passes - the Shey La, Jeng La and Nagdalo La, which make for an exciting adventure. Note that there has to be a minimum of two trekkers to embark on this trek and that you have to be accompanied by an authorised Nepali guide or porter.

Best time: October-November, and March-May

Minimum duration: 23 days

Maximum elevation: 5250 m/17224 ft, at Kang La Pass

Difficulty level: Moderate

Accommodation: Camping

Permits required: RAP (Restricted Area Permit) - USD 500 for the first 10 days

Upper Dolpo trek, Trekking in Nepal
Upper Dolpo terrain (Source)

Tips for trekking in Nepal

  • Whether you're a seasoned trekker or not, there are some essentials that you must carry. These include a camping tent, insect repellent cream, sunscreen, sunglasses, appropriate clothing for the heat and cold, sleeping bag, water bottles, protein bars, umbrella, cap, rope, knife, toiletries, medicine, matches, lighter, portable charger and other essentials

  • It is important to not over-pack as well. Remember that you will have to carry your luggage yourself

  • It is absolutely essential to carry change and coins of the local currency - in this case, the Nepali Rupee, as remote shops rarely accept other currencies

  • Remember that you are camping in the wild - do not litter, and keep your presence minimal. Take your waste with you. Do not throw plastics around

  • Carry all necessary permits

  • Plan well in advance, and keep the weather conditions in mind

  • You can either go through a trekking agency, or trek alone. Choose your option after weighing all consequences
Trekker at Nepal, Trekking in Nepal
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Trekking in Nepal is truly an amazing way to understand and push your limits. One trip can have a lifetime of changes in the way you look at life - the opportunities it offers are boundless. Nepal is one of the best destinations to discover yourself. So what are you waiting for? Which place are you going to explore first? Have you been on one of these treks before? Let us know in the comments below! Happy trekking!

This post was published by Nivedha Narayanaswamy


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