Nepal can be considered a synonym for mountains. This small landlocked country contains a part of the Himalayas that includes the highest mountain range in the world. Eight out of the fourteen high mountains (that rise above eight thousand meters) of the world lie in Nepal, either in whole or shared across the border with Indian and China. Nepal holds the pride of having the world’s highest mountain – Mt. Everest. Besides these, there are many other mountains that rise over the height of six thousand and seven thousand meters above sea level. The trail that connects to these mountains offers a wide range of trekking options in Nepal. Therefore, Nepal is also regarded as the best destination for trekking and mountaineering around the globe.
There are many trekking options available for trekking in Nepal. However, we – World Alpine Treks have listed out the top seven treks in Nepal. This list may help you plan your upcoming vacation in Nepal.
Everest Base Camp Trek is a popular trekking adventure that takes you to the Khumbu region of Nepal which is considered to be the home of mighty – Mt Everest, the highest mountain in the world. The journey passes some natural, cultural and religious wonders of the region. The trail passes some alpine forests, interesting Sherpa forests, alpine meadows and Buddhist monasteries on the way to the Everest Base Camp, the base camp of the world’s highest mountain. Kalapatthar, a wonderful viewpoint near the base camp offers some captivating views of amazing mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. AmaDablam, Mt. Tawache, etc. The trek starts with an amazing flight to Lukla and passes some villages like Phakding, Monjo, and Jorsale to Namche. The trail ascends up to the Tengboche monastery and passes the meadows of Deboche and Lobuche to Gorekshep. Finally, we walk up to Everest Base Camp and retrace our steps back to Namche
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a popular trekking journey to the Annapurna region that allows you to witness the staggeringly beautiful mountain peaks in the Annapurna range. The trek provides great insight into the natural and cultural heritage of Nepal. The trail to Annapurna Base Camp passes through verdant hills, valleys, terraced farmlands, and various ethnic villages. The easy and jovial walk amidst the villages offers some meaningful insight into people, their culture, tradition, lifestyle and many more. The trail to the base camp traverses through Annapurna Conservation Area which is home to diverse species of floras and faunas. Annapurna Base Camp, also known as Annapurna Sanctuary, offers some astonishing views of mountains that includes Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Macchapucchre, Glacier Dome, etc. At the base camp, all you can do is let your eyes wander from one magnificent peak to another.
Langtang Valley trek is a relatively short and easy trek that takes you to one of the most accessible locations near Kathmandu valley. Though accessible, the region is seldom visited by travelers. Langtang valley is the major attraction of this trek. The valley lies in the shadows of the beautiful Langtang range. The trail to the valley traverses through the dense rhododendron and bamboo forests of the Langtang Conservation Area. One can pass the rich ecosystem and waterfalls to the Langtang valley with stunning views of mountains in the backdrop. The trek is also an opportunity to explore rural people and their lifestyles. The region is dominated by Tamang people who follow Buddhism religion. Kyanjingompa, yak cheese factory and KynajinRi are the major highlights of Langtang Valley Trek.
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is an easy and delightful journey to the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is a short trek that doesn’t take you to much height but the spectacular views of the mountains that one can witness during the trek are remarkable. Ghorepani and Poonhill are two major attractions of this trek. Ghorepani is a charming Gurung village that lies in the backdrop of beautiful Annapurna massif. Likewise, Poonhill is a great viewpoint from where you can enjoy some adorable views of sunrise, sunset and snow-clad mountains. GhorepaniPoonhill Trek starts from Nayapul that climbs up via various ethnic settlements, farmlands, hills and forested areas to Ghorepani. From Ghorepani, we climb up to Poonhill to relish the glorious sunrise amidst the mountains. then we descend down to Tadapani, JhinuDanda and then to the village of Ghandruk. The trek is also an opportunity to get close to locals and know about their culture and lifestyle.
5.Annapurna Circuit TrekAnnapurna Circuit Trek is a challenging trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. This long journey takes you to the highest pass of the world – Thorong La pass to enjoy some close-up views of mountains in the Annapurna region. The trek is best known for its scenic and cultural diversity. From deepest gorge of the world to highest mountain pass, the trail traverses from flat farmlands, dense forests, lush hills and alpine meadows to almost no tree area. It takes you up to the height at 5416 meters and Thorong La pass and descends down to the desert-like dramatic landscape of Kali Gandaki valley. The trek offers some best views of mountains in the Annapurna region like Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Macchapucchre, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli and many more. Muktinath, a pious religious site is also a highlight of this trek.
6.Manaslu Circuit TrekManaslu circuit trek is amongst the top trekking in Nepal. It takes you deep into the Manaslu region and allows you to witness the breathtaking views of Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world. It a wonderful journey that starts from Sotikhola and ends at Besi Sahar. The trail traverses through the Manaslu Conservation area which is an opportunity to explore some unique species of floras, faunas, birds, and animals. Various wildlife like Himalayan Thar, Blue Sheep, Pika, Himalayan Mammoths and Snow leopard has been noticed in this region. Larkya La at 5167 meters is the highest point of the trek that offers some jaw-dropping views Mt. Manaslu along with CheoHimal, HimlungHimal, Nemjung, Gyani Kang, Kanguru, and Annapurna II. Also, the trek is an opportunity to know about friendly local folks, their culture, tradition, and lifestyle.
7.Kathmandu Valley Treks
There are many viewpoints around the Kathmandu valley. Shivapuri, Chisapani, Nagarkot, Kakani, Dhulikhel, etc are the vantage points that offer some great views of sunrise/ sunset and mountain views. A short day hike around these vantage points can be a great option for hiking and trekking around the valley in an easy and relaxing manner. These are especially for those who are looking for short day hikes along an easy route in some accessible locations of Nepal.
These are the top seven treks in Nepal. If you are not sure about which trek to opt for. Take our list as a reference. World Alpine Treks is here to make your journey a memorable event of your lifetim