Top 12 Trekking destinations in Nepal

January 04, 2016

Planning for an adventure holiday? Is it trekking in Nepal? If so, let us help you to choose the right one, here we are not talking about the best but we sketch some of the popular trekking routes of Nepal, based on numbers of trekker visited in these areas in current period.

Overview

Nepal is a popular destination for trekking and it attract large numbers of trekkers every year. There are nearly two hundred recognized trekking routes (legally opened for foreign tourists) and over 200 thousands trekkers go for the trekking every year in different region. It means, choosing one trekking destination out of two hundred trekking routes is not an easy job. Let's summary "Top 12 Trekking destination Nepal". All the trekking routes are one is better than other and people have different choices, the best one for someone not necessarily be the same for another person.

Facts to consider

Following fact plays important role to make final decision what exactly you are looking for: 

Difficulty level (Trip Grade):

Which difficulty level of trekking you are looking for? Easy, medium, hard or challenging? Depending on your fitness and previous experience.  Generally, maximum altitude of the trekking route determines the trip grade or difficulty level.

Trip duration:

How many days are you planning to spend on trekking? In average, you can find from One week short to 5 weeks long trekking routes in Nepal.

Trekking area:

What kinds of trekking area are you seeking for? Remote area trekking with less tourist or busy touristic areas?

Type of trekking:

Which types of trekking you prefer? Camping adventure treks in remote and non-touristic areas or easy teahouse trek with comfortable guesthouses?

Cost:

It is a major factor while selecting a trekking trip in Nepal. Long and remote area trekking may not be appropriate for budget traveler.

Trekking season:

In which season are you planning to trek in Nepal? High passes treks are not recommended during the winter and monsoon season. In Nepal, trekking during monsoon season is not enjoyable.

Maximum altitude

Generally, maximum altitude of the trekking route determines the trip grade or difficulty level. Low land trekking below 3500m consider as easy trek and reaching above 5000m as challenging or strenuous. 

Minimum group size:

Are you travelling with a group or you are a solo traveler? Nepal government doesn't grant trekking permit to solo traveler to trek into the restricted area, there should be minimum of two person to get trekking permit. Needs to join with a registered trekking and hire trekking guide and porters.


1. Everest Base Camp Trek (12 - 14Days)

Everest Base Camp

Overview:

Everest Base camp trek is famous for the breathtaking view of Mount Everest itself and several other Himalayan giant surrounding this region. Thousands of people reach to Everest Base Camp each year. Highest point you reach in this trek is Kalapatthar at 5555 meters above sea level. Khumbu is the home of Sherpa community. Walking on the Khumbu glacier to make you dream come true to be in Everest Base Camp and an adventure hike up to Kalapatthar for spectacular view, gives you ultimate pleasure for lifetime memory.

 

Trip Highlights:

  • Breathtaking view of Himalayan panorama from Kalapatthar.
  • Sherpa culture and lifestyle of Sherpa community of Khumbu valley.
  • Adventure hike up to Kalapatthar (5555m) and Everest Base Camp (5360m)
  • Khumbu icefall and Khumbu Glacier

Trip Facts:

Trekking Grade: Challenging
Trekking Duration: 12 days
Trekking Region: Everest Region
Trekking Type: Teahouse
Trekking Cost: US$ 900 to 1750
Trekking Season: All seasons
Maximum Altitude: 5556M
Group Size: 1+ Pax

2. Annapurna Ciecuit Trek (16 - 20 days)

 

Overview:

Annapurna circuit or around Annapurna is a famous trekking destination with comfortable teahouses, diverse climate zone from tropical zone to alpine zone. Thousands of trekkers visit each year, world's biggest (widest) pass Thorang-La (5416m) and spectacular Himalayan scenery. Beautiful local villages and traditional local culture and lifestyle of Annapurna foothill. 

 

 

Trip Highlights:

  • Diverse Climate Zone from tropical to Alpine Zone.
  • Spectacular scenery of Annapurna Himalayan range.
  • Walking through the beautiful villages of Annapurna foothill.
  • Biggest pass of the world Thorang La at the elevation of 5416m and world's deepest Kali Gandaki George.
  • Famous pilgrimage site Muktinath and delicious apple kingdom Marpha  
  • Natural hot spring at Tatopani and Magnificent sunrise view from Poonhill.

Trip Facts: 

Trekking Grade: Challenging
Trekking Duration: 12 to 18  days
Trekking Region:  Annapurna Region
Trekking Type: Teahouse
Trekking Cost: US$ 750 to 1350
Trekking Season: Sept to Dec and Mar to June
Maximum Altitude: 5416M
Group Size: 1+ Pax

3. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

 

Overview

Annapurna base camp trek is another popular medium grade trekking destination in Nepal. There are mainly three routes to start this trek, they are; via Ghorepani, via Syauli and via Dhampus. All this three different routes meet at Chhomroong. This trek is also known as the Annapurna sanctuary trek or ABC trek. Annapurna base camp is surrounded by the high mountains and offers the spectacular himalayan panorama.

Highlights

  • Spectacular Mountain and sunrise view from Poonhill.
  • Natural hot spring at Jhinu Danda.
  • Traditional local culture and lifestyle and ever smiling local people.
  • Dense rhododendron forest and rare spices of wild animals and birds.
  • Opportunity to explore around Pokhara.

Trip Facts

Trekking Grade: Challenging
Trekking Duration: 12 days
Trekking Region: Everest Region
Trekking Type: Teahouse
Trekking Cost: US$ 900 to 1750
Trekking Season: All seasons
Maximum Altitude: 5556M
Group Size: 1+ Pax

4. Ghorepani - Poonhill Trek 

Poonhill Ghorepani trek is one of the top ten trekking route in Nepal. This trek provides magnificent mountain view and offers an awe inspiring sunrise view from Poonhill. 

Highlights

  • Dense rhododendron forest and mind-blowing natural beauty.
  • Stunning Himalayan view and sunrise from Poonhill.
  • Unique Magar (Poon) and Gurung culture and their traditional lifestyle.

 

Trip Facts

Trekking Grade: Challenging
Trekking Duration: 12 days
Trekking Region: Everest Region
Trekking Type: Teahouse
Trekking Cost: US$ 900 to 1750
Trekking Season: All seasons
Maximum Altitude: 5556M
Group Size: 1+ Pax

5. Langtang Valley Trek

Overview

Langtang Valley trek is easy and and one of the nearest trekking rout from Kathmandu. Langtang area was totally destroyed by the Massive Earthquake in April 2015. Although, many tea-houses has been rebuilt in most of the villages in recent days, this trekking route is quieter than other routes compare to the years before the Earthquake. 

Highlights

  • Short and easy trekking route in Nepal.
  • The only trekking route affected by the Massive Earthquake
  • Magnificent mountain view from Kyanjin Ri and Tserko Ri
  • Explore around the Yak pastures 
  • Yak cheese factory in Kyanjin Gompa.
 

Trip Facts:

Trekking Grade: Easy
Trekking Duration: 7 to 9 days
Trekking Region:  Langtang Region
Trekking Type: Teahouse
Trekking Cost: US$ 550 to 750
Trekking Season: All seasons
Maximum Altitude: 4983M
Group Size: 1+ Pax

6. Around Manaslu - Larkay Pass - 16 Days

Around Manaslu Trek

Trip Facts

Trekking Grade: Challenging
Trekking Duration: 16 days
Trekking Region: Manaslu Region
Trekking Type: Teahouse/Camping
Trekking Cost: US$ 1450 to 2250
Trekking Season: Mar-June and Sep-Dec
Maximum Altitude: 5106M
Group Size: 2+ Pax

Highlights:

  • Explore the remoteness 

 

 

 



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