Top 10 Best Trekking Trips in Nepal
- December 26, 2022
- Jiwan Bhandari
Nepal was always called a ‘Trekker’s Paradise’ and Lonely Planet and Rough Guides never ever hesitated to label it so. The formidable peaks and valleys give visitors the touch of invincible natural beauty, culture, the natives and their unique lifestyles. Trekking is the best way to discover and make significant contact with this country, the contrasting existence, and the natural beauty along with miles of forests laden with rhododendron, temples and monasteries, a massive amount of birds and animals that are well protected hereabouts. We also come across small alpine villages where life co-exists with the harsh elements, where nature serves those who respect her environs. In these secluded settlements, gracious people of various cultures introduce us to some captivating glances of traditional rural life along with mesmerizing panoramic views of the mountains that never tire of welcoming outsiders into her loving folds.
Everest Base Camp Trek
You were not born to just go to work, pay bills and die, we reckon there’s more to the upside of life, releasing you from the fluctuating stress everyone goes through at the workplace, this obviously starts with a trailblazing holiday on the other side of the planet, an area you’ve never known, but probably heard off.
Doing the legendary Everest Base Camp trek can be an ideal way to rev up your holiday in the sunshine. Everest Base Camp trekking is a classic journey through scenic glens with stunning landscapes that sets the heartbeats on overdrive. We do all the paperwork that includes your trek permits and provide you with a highly experienced trek crew that leaves you free to take in the fabulous sights as you hike up above the timberline, the well-marked trails take you up to the bustling happening mountain city of ‘Namche’ – the capital of the world-famous ‘Khumbu’ we all know as the Everest region 3500m hardly available in the ancient capital city of Nepal – Kathmandu! You get 2 days to hang around in Namche to acclimatize so you get used to the ‘thin air’ you experience as the elevations go higher above the tree lines.
Meeting the warm local Sherpas on the way in their colorful villages and some interactions with this legendary community gives you deep insights into the culture and what it is like with communities living at such heights, it puts so much spice into your journey, something you’ll love for a tough trip of this kind, this is a classic trip of enormous proportions which is likely to set your emotions fluttering as the mountain winds blow above you, we hike into the famous tranquil Tengboche monastery loaded with history and enjoy some hot butter tea with the monks as they gently tell you their mystical stories of spiritual bliss as Mt. Everest stares at you from this lovely monastery which has some of the best vantage points of the highest peaks in the world. Stunning view areas of epic fame worldwide for their box office views, not found anywhere else in Nepal’s spectacular Himalayas.
Our trek lumbers on to the exciting village of Luboche and Gorakshep as we begin to feel the effects of altitude over 5000m, but the sights warm our cold bodies as we clamber on to culminate at the famous Everest Base Camp, a point that has seen world-renowned alpine legends who began their famous summits right from this point before we reach ‘Kalapathar’ at 5545m where sights of the world’s most famous peaks leave us gasping for breath, we soon find it as we hike down to Lukla for our flight back to Kathmandu and a warm soft luxury bed to reminisce on a successful adventure journey that you could narrate to the future generations on a cold winter evening as you relax by the fireside in the warm confines of home sweet home, Alpine Eco Trek – A skilled operator on this front, will escort you safely all through this arduous venture.
Everest View Trek
The Everest View Trek is ok for anyone who is physically fit and willing to go on an exciting adventure; even greenhorns would be able to join this trip and the journey starts from the ancient beautiful valley, the heart of Nepal: Kathmandu. It starts with a sky tour flight to an astonishing village in Nepal – Lukla at (2860m). The trek continues through the verdant vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park, with an abundance of pine forests, pretty rhododendron flowers everywhere and plenty of wildlife as we hike up to Namche Bazaar at (3445m). On the way, we run into some exciting colorful villages and get a chance to interact with the locals and learn about their lifestyles and traditions.
A day of rest is taken at Namche to get used to the environment and acclimatize so we’re able to adapt ourselves to the higher altitudes. The thrills of this trek lead us to the peaceful Tengboche monastery at (3860m), the adobe of the holiest and utmost Buddhist monastery in the world and also presumed by photographers to be one of the best places that confine startling views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam and the peaks nearby. After we’ve enjoyed the most of this wonderful short trek, we head down back to Lukla to catch our flight back to Kathmandu and a warm soft bed at our hotel.
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
The Ghorepani Poonhill trek is a brief and captivating trip to Ghorepani Poonhill that provides breathtaking panoramic vistas of the Annapurnas. This short hiking venture is the most renowned trek in the Annapurna region for its gripping views of sensational landscapes and the sunrise and sunsets we get to see hereabouts. The trek begins and ends in sublime Pokhara.
For trekkers seeking natural beauty and enthralling experiences, the Ghorepani Poonhill trek will always be the number one option as the trek offers stunning sceneries, varied culture, and ideal accommodation facilities. The exciting trek requires an average level of physical fitness so even children above 10 years old will be able to enjoy it. The trek begins after a scenic drive of 200km or a 25-minute exciting flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. You can go for boating on the Phewa Lake and warm up with an enjoyable hike to Sarangkot hill for once-in-a-lifetime sunrise or sunset scenes in Pokhara, a lovely hub for some of the most blitzing treks on the planet with serene lakes and mystifying caves.
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek begins with a ride to Nayapul in a private coach. We trek through lovely villages and irrigated farmland as we cross an airy suspension bridge over Modhi Khola River and across the green forest to Ghorepani village at (2800m). The next day we trek to Poonhill (3210m) early in the morning to experience the awe-inspiring vistas of gigantic Annapurna ranges including some prime mountain peaks over 8000m. The magnificent sunrise from Poonhill will be one of the overwhelming moments in the trek.
Ghorepani is an interesting village with good accommodations and beautiful rhododendron woods. The route from the village leads you towards Jomsom Muktinath in the north and Annapurna Base camp in the east. We continue our trek moving to the east of the village towards Tadapani and then to Ghandruk, one of the biggest Gurung villages on the foothills of Annapurna south. It is very popular for classical houses and culture as well as its picturesque location below fishtail mountain. Our trek wraps up as we descend down to Birethanti for our drive from Nayapul to Pokhara. Alternatively, we can lengthen our trip for two more days as we can hike across Pothana village to Dhampus village and finally to Phedi. Then we return to Pokhara with a half an hour cruise by bus to Pokhara to wander down by the waterline of Phewa Lake.
Upper Mustang Trekking
Upper Mustang trekking is an exclusive trip to a secluded region of Nepal. We show you this region in its true form and our seasoned guides tell you of the rich history of this mystical region that is fascinating and ever so interesting to hear.
15 days of Upper Mustang trekking that allows you to explore the hidden treasures of this parched but otherwise rural Himalayan region. Exploring Upper Mustang literally allows you to discover the spectacular legendary monasteries, its stupas, its caring people and the awe-inspiring elegance of this panoramic arid land. You will have a thrilling experience beginning from Kaligandaki region, the world’s deepest gorge to Lo-Manthang valley, the world’s highest inhabited zone. The trek goes across a cleared fruitless land, a lofty rough route following the breathtaking landscapes of Mt. Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and various high mountains, across a shimmering skyline.
Our Upper Mustang trek proceeds through classical Tibetan residences where the homes are unique usually built with stones and mud bricks dried in the sunlight. The trek continues across rangy valleys and towering peaks. Mustang region is full of captivating configurations. The town wall and four-storied palace in Lo-Manthang are just a few to indicate. Inclined to Tibetan tradition, the famous Tiji festival is celebrated at the end of the dry season and is one of the specialties of the Mustang region. Mustang region follows a polyandry system in which a female has more than one husband. This may sound very strange to others but in Mustang all the brothers in a family marry a single female and this is a practice that has existed for centuries in this zone.
People living in Mustang are known as ‘Lobas’ and their leader ‘Jigme Palbur Bista’ comes from a dynasty that has ruled Mustang for over a century. In 2007, when Nepal became a republic nation, the Nepal government removed the official title of ‘Bista’ as the tribal chief of Mustang. Despite this, the local people of Mustang still have a lot of respect for him and consider him their leader to date. For the preservation of the culture in Mustang from tourists’ impression and protection of its natural surroundings, the department of immigration has initiated strict rules for granting special permits to this region. Beginning from Jomsom to Kagbeni, the Upper Mustang trek follows a tranquil route by the banks of Kaligandaki River upward to reach our final destination, Lo-Manthang valley. Trekking and exploring Upper Mustang makes good notes for a highly interesting visit in which stories can be written.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp Trek – Provides superb views of Annapurna South and Mt Fishtail, Typical Gurung villages, Machhapuchhare Base Camp, Panoramic views of Annapurnas, Natural hot spring at Jhinnudanda.
Annapurna base camp trek for those who have only a short time and a great thirst to be in the Annapurna base camp. This is the best option for all of you to fulfill your desire to be in the base of the Annapurna. The Annapurna region is considered to be the most famous and popular trekking destination in Nepal. It has much diversity of the country such as a close view of snow-capped mountain mid-hill range, Tibetan Plato, hot springs and many more. Trekking through the lowland villages and mountain communities will expose you to the variety of different cultures of the local people. For the moderate trek, the trail to the Annapurna Base Camp takes you into the heart of the great mountains in less than a week.
Annapurna Circuit Trek (Round Annapurna Trek)
Annapurna circuit trek, a classic three-week adventure holiday leads you through a diverse range of mountain cultures, scenery, and climatic zones. From the barren topography of the Tibetan plateau to the Kali Gandaki gorge and the dramatic scenery of the Annapurna massif, we are spoilt for choice in an extremely beautiful region steeped in history, culture, and tradition.
After exploring of amazing Kathmandu valley including Patan and Bhaktapur, we embark on our minibus and drive to the road head at Bulbule – and to the lush terraced fields of the lower Marsayangdi River valley. We set a trail here and follow this ancient river as it cuts through the main Himalayan chain. Bamboo and tropical vegetation accompany us as we ascend through the verdant mid-hills into the alpine forest and then up higher into alpine meadows. Soon the temperate climate gives way to the arid desert conditions in the Manang district, home to centuries-old Buddhist temples and medieval villages.
We continue in the footsteps of the ancient salt traders over the Throrung La pass. At 5,416m it is one of the highest trekking passes on earth, but the views from the top of Dhaulagiri (8,167m) are just stupendous. On the way down to the Kali Gandaki gorge, we visit the temple complex in Muktinath, a sacred site for both Hindus and Buddhists. It is a favorite pilgrimage destination for many of the faithful.
Continuing our descent, we arrive at Kagbeni and the junction of the Jhong Khola and Kali Gandaki Rivers (2,800). We are now in the deepest valley in the world. To the east, Annapurna (8,031m) sits astride the gorge, and on the west Dhaulagiri towers at 8,167m. Like sentinels of the Kali Gandaki River, they guide us south toward the lush lowlands.
We descend through pine and rhododendron forests to natural hot springs to soak away the dust of the trail and revitalize ourselves. We make a short ascent of Poon Hill for great sunrise views at the end of the Annapurna Circuit trek and remember with great satisfaction that we have just circumnavigated one of the most breathtaking mountain ranges on earth.
Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi Himal trek – an exploration of Himalayan flora and fauna, terraced fields, alpine pastures and rhododendron forests, Spectacular close-up view of Machhapuchhare and Annapurna range. Situated in the Annapurna region, the Mardi Himal trek is one of the most exotic and fascinating treks in Nepal offers an opportunity to explore the traditional villages, incredible scenery, infinite and diversity of culture, spectacular views of white snowcapped mountains and tempting views of River and you can see the exotic valley on the way of trekking route. The emphasis of the treks is on the forest and wilderness zone of these mountains.
The Mardi Himal trek takes us into one of the most untouched areas of the Himalayas. Some villages are visited on the last days of the trek and these receive few visitors and regain much of their traditional charm. The Mardi Himal trek is totally non-touristic and sometimes difficult to find a way to as well. You can see the watchful eyes of Shepherd. Mardi Himal treks take away from the tea houses trails and take you through the villages and forests.
Everest Three Passes Trek
With eight of the world’s ten highest peaks, Nepal is decorated with spectacular mountain vistas. Trekking to Everest is not only famous for its proximity to the world’s highest mountain (8848m.) but also for its friendly Sherpa people, picturesque villages, the great variety of cultures and traditions, colorful festivals and monasteries. The flora and fauna are other components of the Sagarmatha National Park. The story of the yeti is still a mystery in the world from the Everest region.
Everest Three Passes Trek gives you a grand trip to the famous Khumbu valley. This is a strenuous trek leading to Gokyo Lake and over the Cho La at 5,430m making a circuit of Tawache (6,367m.) and Cholatse (6,440m). Emerging into the Khumbu valley above Lobuje the trail continues up to Kalapatthar and then back to Lukla via Tengboche and Namche Bazaar. The small herding settlement of Gokyo (4750m) lies on the banks of the third lake in a series of small turquoise mountain lakes and on the ridge above Gokyo, the four peaks above 8000m of Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, and Makalu expose themselves. In addition to this, you can have a look at the tremendous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung (7922m), considered one of the most dramatic panoramas in the Khumbu region. There are many options for additional exploration and high-altitude walking, including the crossing of Cho La, a 5420m-high pass into Khumbu and a hike to Gokyo Ri.
Everest Three Passes Trek is continuously rewarded with dramatic Himalayan scenes, including four of the world’s highest peaks: Cho Oyu (8,201m.), Makalu (8,463m.), Lhotse (8,516m.) and Everest (8,848m.). Breathtaking mountain vistas are complemented by visits to Sherpa villages, homes and monasteries offering you an insight into the quiet but, culturally vibrant Sherpa way of life.
Langtang Valley Trek
Langtang valley trek is a comfortable trek for that is willing to enjoy the panorama view of white snowcapped mountains within a short time and this trekking region is closer to Kathmandu than other trekking regions. The Langtang valley is aptly called the valley of glaciers here; mountains rise soaring toward the sky. The valley offers pine forest, swift mountain streams, rugged rock and snow-capped peaks, grassy downs, and meadows strewn with daisies and wild animals. In the upper part of the valley, there are snow ridges spanning angry torrents, high passes enveloped in mist tiny lakes of crystalline brightness and glaciated mountain giants. Once you enter the Langtang valley you flutter buddies prayer flags, brightly painted. Easy and comfortable access to the Langtang valley trek, just after the monsoon, this trek gives superb views of the great peak of Langtang Lirung (7246m) which dominates the upper valley and straddles the Tibetan border.
In springtime, it is an ideal place to spot birds and flowers in Nepal. According to a legend, a lama following a runaway yak discovered the valley, hence the name -Lang (Tibetan name for YAK), Tang (more currently Dhang means to follow). There are good opportunities for moderate climbing excursions here, you should allow some extra days for exploration of the extensive glacier system. Our return route takes us past the holy lakes of Gosainkunda, an important place of pilgrimage, and over a high pass that brings us almost to the edge of Kathmandu valley itself.
Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu circuit trek – walk through the culturally rich unspoiled ethnic villages and dense forest with gorgeous Himalayan flora and fauna on the backdrop of the breathtaking mountain range of the Himalayas are the main attraction on this trip.
Rising 8,163m, Mt. Manaslu lies just east of the famed Annapurna Region and shares a border with its northern neighbor Tibet. Opened to trekkers recently, Manaslu’s unsurpassed beauty and rich cultural traditions offer the dedicated trekker a genuine adventure. This trekking trail offers brief glimpses into the simple lives and ancient ways of the area’s inhabitants.
Here the trekking is moderately strenuous with ample opportunity to stop, relax and catch your breath amidst a land seemingly lost in an earlier era. In a few days, the Himalayas disappear from view as you descend into the Gandaki River Valley and proceed upstream. The Gandaki River is fed by innumerable rivers and waterfalls, and the rushing, rumbling tumult of the frigid waters accent the silence of towering pines and lush bamboo groves.
During the day, the sun shines with clear intensity, while the nights are a bit colder. Moreover, villages and people become less frequent as the trekking becomes fairly strenuous. At this point, you are more likely to pass a yak, cow or sheep along the trail, rather than a person. Following Larkya Bazaar, the trail rises to over 5,200m as you cross the Larkya Pass under the glow of soft, winless moonlight and twinkling stars. Buttressed by peaks reaching over 6,500m and covered by snow year-round, Larkya pass commands your utmost energy and respect.
Having crossed the pass, you will quickly descend through an area whose vegetation is at once both alpine and tropical. Long-needled pines are draped in soft, fine ferns. Maples and elms share the ground with bamboo. Frigid, rocky streams are beached by cotton-white limestone sand, and glacier lakes glisten with an aqua-blue green. The colors, sights, silence, and sounds embrace every turn of this gently sloping section of the trail.