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Top 20 Best Treks in Nepal (2019 Updated)

Trekking in Nepal
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Trekking in Nepal Overview

Nepal, being home to the world’s highest mountain peaks including Mount Everest, Trekking in Nepal is the popular activity for trekkers who want to visit and explore its beauty.

Most of the Nepal visitors go for hiking to the popular trekking regions like Everest, Annapurna, Langtang and Manaslu. Trekking is the one of the best things to do and not to miss in Nepal.

Over 8,000m from sea level, Nepal has 8 out of 14 highest peaks in the world, so it has been a fascinating destination for adventure lovers for spending their holidays.

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, Everest Base Camp Hiking, Langtang Valley walking, Gokyo Lake Trek, Everest Base Camp via Jiri, Langtang Gosainkunda Trekking, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Himalayan sunrise view tour, Upper mustang trekking, manaslu circuit trek, upper dolpo trek, rara lake trek, jomsom muktinath trek are some most demanded trekking trails in Nepal.

Here in this blog article, we have listed some best treks on the basis of trekkers choice, difficulty, trekking duration, trekking cost, trekking style and availability. These Nepal Trekking Packages has been picked-up as per the clients reference in 2017 and 2018.

Short and Easy Treks (One Week 1-7 Days)

As a traveler, you would like to travel within the time and not against the terms and conditions of time, keeping this in our mind, we have prepared short treks for you where you need at least 2 to 9 days. The best thing you can have from this trek is you will see the snow-capped Himalayas, experience unique culture, and visit important historical monuments.

Below information on treks will tell you what you are going to see, enjoy, and feel.

Nagarkot Trek – 1 Day

Nagarkot is the best place for glimpses of sunrise over the Himalayan peaks, villages, farming lands, rhododendron forests and best sceneries. You will hike to an elevation of 2195m with an hour drive from Kathmandu for either sunset or sunrise. There are many hotels, resorts and restaurants of your budget type to sleep a night.

Lwang-Ghalel Trek – 3 Days

The trek is 2 to 3 days moderate trek to the lwang village at the altitude of 1550m. You can visit the tea garden, village and cannoying site. The splendid view of the Machhapuchhre mountain and homestay program in the gurung village is the major attraction of this trek. You can observe tea garden, cannoning site and also involve in the daily activities of the villagers.

Pokhara Ghandruk Trek – 3 Days

Ghandruk is the beautiful village rich in culture and nature situated nearby Pokhara valley. The abundance of Gurung community, you will explore the beautiful panorama of snow capped mountains just infront of you, imagine how would you will be feeling when you see the beautiful sunrise views over the mountains and you will catch it from your lodge window in the morning.

Shivapuri Trek

The trek is 3 to 4 days moderate trek starting at Kakani, Kathmandu through the Shivapuri National Park. Ganesh himal, Langtang and Jugalhimal are the Himalayas seen during the trek. The trek ends in Nagarkot followed by a four hour drive back to Kathmandu.

Katmandu Valley Trek

Starting Point: Katmandu
Duration: Minimum 4 Days

This is a short and easy trek without high altitudes, but which has a viewpoint to offer you the view of 7000 to 8000 m peaks, such as Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gauri Shanker, Everest, Dorje Lakpa, and Annapurna Ranges.

On the first day of this trek, you drive from Katmandu to Sundarijal and trek to Chisapani, situated at an accessible and average altitude. Chisapani offers a picturesque, panoramic, and favored view of The Himalayas. Next day, you will walk to Nagarkot, seeing ice-white mountains and then to Dhulikhel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has ancient and national monuments. Following day, you will fly to your desired destination. Culturally, scenically, and exactly, this short trek has all the ingredients that you need.

Everest View Trek – 5 Days

Trek to the Everest following the Hillary Tenzing hiking trail is the every trekkers dream and Everest view trek will provide you this opportunity with the close up views of Mt. Everest along with other mountain peaks, glimpses of sherpa villages, culture, yaks and visiting the sacred Buddhist monasteries. All these experiences you are collecting in a five days trekking to Everest.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek 5 Days

Poon Hill Trekking
Relatively short and easy treks in Annapurna Region, Ghorepani Poon Hill Hiking trail is most popular and demanded walking holidays in Nepal. Providing opportunity to view the mountain sunrise from Poon Hill (3210m), the trek is the best option for exploring Mount Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and other Himalayan peaks. Beginning from Nayapul, the trek commences the path via terrace fields, bank of river, crossing suspension bridge, coloful rhododendron forests and authentic ethnic villages to Ghorepani Poon Hill from where you will explore the fascinating sunrise view over the Annapurna range.
Overview

Required DocumentTIMS, Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)

Max Elevation 3,210 m, Poon Hill
Trekking Difficulty Easy to Moderate
Remoteness Not Remote (high number of trekkers/year)
Pricing Budget/Cheap (USD spent/day)
Best Season Mid February to May and September to December.
Accommodation Type Teahouse, Mountain Lodges
Accessible During Winter (December, February) Yes
Accessible During Monsoon Yes

Medium Trek (Two Weeks 7-14 Days)

Mardi Himal Trek

It is the 7 to 8 days trek which starts from Kande—about 1 hr. drive from Pokhara . It is moderately difficult trek with the maximum altitude reaching 3550 meters. Initially the trek begins with marvelous Rhododendron forest and finally the wonderful panorama of the entire Annapurna range as well as the fishtail mountain can be viewed from the top.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek 8-10 Days

Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Most popular trekking trail among the trekkers, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is probably the top 10 hiking trail in Nepal as well as in the world. Providing the close-up views of soaring snowcapped mountain peaks like Annapurna I, Gangapurna, Annapurna South, Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna base Camp trek passes through the riverbank, through rhododendron forests and beautiful landscape.
Overview

Required DocumentTIMS, Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)

Max Elevation 4,320 m, Annapurna Base Camp
Trekking Difficulty Moderate
Remoteness Not Remote (high number of trekkers/year)
Pricing Medium/Cheap (USD spent/day)
Best Season Mid February to May and September to December.
Accommodation Type Teahouse, Mountain Lodges
Accessible During Winter (December, February) No, Risk of Avalanches
Accessible During Monsoon No

Langtang Valley Trek 7-10 Days

Langtang Valley Trek
Langtang valley trek is the most popular trekking trail after trekking in Annapurna and Everest regions. The moderate type of trekking, langtang valley trek is the fascinating hiking trail through the ethnic tamang villages, rhododendron forests and river bank. The massive earthquake on april 2015 triggered an avalanche in Langtang Valley where 250 people were reported missing. Visiting Langtang valley this Autumn season will be a great opportunity for you to help the earthquake affected people and rebuild the village. Now at present, the trekking route to langtang valley is ready for walking.
Overview

Required DocumentTIMS, Langtang Conservation Area Permit

Max Elevation 4,984m, Tserko Ri
Trekking Difficulty Easy to Moderate
Remoteness Not Remote (medium number of trekkers/year)
Pricing Medium (USD spent/day)
Best Season March to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse
Accessible During Winter (December, February) Yes
Accessible During Monsoon Yes

Rara Lake Trek 10-12 Days

It is 10 to 12 days moderately difficult trek beginning from Jumla one hour flight from Kathmandu. The trek takes you through the beaten path of black bear and musk dear habitat through the rural villages up to the lake shore of Rara at the altitude of 2990 meters. You can still ascend and continue your journey through the dense forest to the elevation of 3710 meters.

Long/Challening Treks (Three Weeks and + Trek)

Manaslu Circuit Trek 14-16 Days

Manaslu Circuit Trek
The wilderness trekking, Manaslu Circuit Trek is also the top treks in Nepal and most popular teahouse trekking for tourists who want to explore the remote mountain village, beautiful landscape, glorious mountains and rich culture. During the trek you will be exploring Mount manaslu (8163m), tibetan culture and lifestyle, red panda, snow leopard, yaks, birendra lake, manang valley and insight manaslu and annapurna conservation areas. Beginning from Arughat, sama gaon crossing Budhi Gandaki river, trek takes you to the Larkya La pass (5271m).
Overview

Required DocumentTIMS, Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP), Restricted Permit

Max Elevation 5,115 m, Larke La Pass
Trekking Difficulty Moderate to Challenging
Remoteness Remote
Pricing Medium (USD spent/day)
Best Season Mid February to May and September to December.
Accommodation Type Teahouse, Mountain Lodges
Accessible During Winter (December, February) No
Accessible During Monsoon No

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest base Camp Trek
Trekking to the foothills of world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, Everest Base camp Trekking is the most popular trekking trail in Nepal. Walking along the footsteps of legends Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, the trek provides the opportunities to explore the mountain vista, sherpa villages, glacier moraines and the beautiful landscapes. Starting from Kathmandu – Lukla flight, the trek passes through the Namche, Tengboche, pangboche, Gorekhshep and kalapatthar, the trek leads you to the world’s best trekking trail, Everest Base Camp.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Hike to the lap of world’s highest mountain Mount Everest.
  • Kathmandu Lukla Scenic Flight.
  • Exploration of Sherpa village (Namche Bazaar – Gateway to Mount Everest), Tengboche Monastery.
  • Meet with courageous Sherpa people.
  • Witness of world’s highest mountain peaks (Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu).
  • Hike through Khumbu Himalayan Glacier.
  • Hike to Kala Patthar – the highest view point of the trek.

Facts about Everest Base Camp Trek

Duration of the Everest Base Camp Trek: 12-15 days.

Best Time to Everest Base Camp Trek: Trekking from March to May (Spring Season) and September to November (Autumn Season) are the best months for Everest Base Camp Trek.
But you can also trek Everest base camp also in winter and monsoon.

Everest Base Camp Trek Route: Lukla – Phakding – Namche Bazaar – Tengboche – Dingboche – Lobuche – Goraksheep – EBC – Kala Patthar – Pheriche – Namche Bazar – Lukla.

Everest Base Camp Trek difficulty: One of the most popular treks, EBC trek is challenging and crowded. Risk of altitude sickness is high for beginners. Training and working out before departure is highly recommended. Don’t worry; you will have your guide to help you in any matters related to your safety and altitude sickness.

Everest Base Camp Trek Cost: Medium

Everest Base Camp highest elevation: 5,545 m, Kala Patthar, Everest Base camp height is 5364 m.

Everest Base Camp Trek accommodation: Teahouse, Sherpa Guesthouses

Everest Base Camp Trek Permits: Every trekker who wants to trek Everest Base Camp must have permit of Sagarmatha National Park. This permit costs NRs. 3000 plus an additional tax of 13%. You can get Sagarmatha National Park permit from Nepal Tourism Board located in Kathmandu. You can also get it from Monjo. You need to show this permit before you enter to Sagarmatha National Part at the checkpost.

Everest Base Camp Trek distance: 130 km

No. of Trekkers per year: 25000

Annapurna Circuit Trek 13-15 Days,  +100,000 Trekkers/Year

Annapurna Circuit Trek
Ranked as one of the best treks in the world, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is the most popular trek in Annapurna Region. This three week long adventure trekking holiday trail takes you to the most beautiful places that you might have dreamed in you life to do once before you die and this is possible in Nepal with 16-18 days trekking. Starting from Besisahar, this moderate trek traverse the hiking route through Dharapani, Chame, Manang, Thorong La Pass, Muktinath, Jomsom, Tatopani, Ghorepani Poon Hill and nayapul.
Overview

Max Elevation 5,416 m, Thorong La Pass
Trekking Difficulty Moderate to Challenging
Remoteness Not Remote (High number of trekkers per year)
Pricing Medium (USD spent/day)
Best Season Mid February to May and September to December.
Accommodation Type Teahouse, Mountain Lodges
Permits Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)
Required Permits TIMS
Accessible During Winter (December, February) Yes
Accessible During Monsoon (June, July) Yes

Everest Gokyo Lake Trek 16 Days, 1,800 Trekkers/Year

Gokyo Lake Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake is the most popular trekking adventure in Everest Region after Everest Base Camp Trek. You will be trekking on the world’s most fascinating path through which you will explore the world’s highest mountain peaks like Mount Everest, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Cho-oyu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and many other peaks that ranges from 6,000m to above 8,000m. The main highlight of this trek is the view of glacial gokyo lake, famous sherpa colorful villages, buddhist monastery, namche bazaar and flora and fauna insight sagarmatha national park.
Overview

Required DocumentTIMS, Sagarmatha National Park, Pasang Lhamu Gaupalika

Max Elevation 5,357 m, Gokyo Ri
Trekking Difficulty Moderate to Challenging
Remoteness Remote
Pricing Medium (USD spent/day)
Best Season Mid February to May and September to December.
Accommodation Type Teahouse, Mountain Lodges
Accessible During Winter (December, February) Yes
Accessible During Monsoon No

Makalu Base Camp Trek 17 Days 1500 Trekkers/Year

Makalu Base Camp Trek
Makalu base camp trek is the wilderness trekking trail taking you to the base camp of world’s fifth highest peak, Mount Makalu. Least popular trekk in eastern Nepal, Makalu base camp trek offers the best views of Mt. Chamlang, Mt. Baruntse, Mt. Everest along with Mt. Makalu situated in the Makau-Barun National Park. This is the camping trek as there are no availablity of tea houses throughout the trail.
Overview

Required DocumentRestricted Permit

Max Elevation 5,250 m, Shersong ridge
Trekking Difficulty Challenging
Remoteness Very Remote (less number of trekkers/year)
Pricing High (USD spent/day)
Best Season March to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse+Camping
Accessible During Winter (December, February) No
Accessible During Monsoon No

Dhaulagiri Trekking

Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trek
Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trekking is the wild, off-the-beaten and remote area of the Nepal Himalaya which offers the best exploration of nature and culture taking you to the base camp (4,700m) of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8166m) – the seventh highest peak of the world. Starting from beni, this off-the-beaten trekking circumbulates the Mount Dhaulagiri encountering the Himalayan flora and fauna. The trek provides you the opportunity to view the Mt. Annapurna, Dhampus peak, Mt. Nilgiri along with Mt. Dhaualgiri.

Upper Mustang Trek 14 Days, 4300 Trekkers/Year

Mustang Trekking
The upper mustang trek brings you the experience of majestic beauty of Himalayas along with the touch of untouched Tibetan culture. Geographically the land is an extension of the Tibetan plateau, characterized by windy and arid valleys, eroded canyons and unique stratified rock formations .The people in Upper Mustang are of Tibetan origin, migrated from Tibet centuries ago, and belong to Bhotias and Loba communities. They practice Sakyapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. Upper Mustang is perhaps the only place to see Tibetan culture in completely undisturbed state. The houses and monasteries in here have medieval look and unique local architecture.

Overview

Required Document TIMS, Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), Special Permit

Max Elevation 3,810 m, Dhakmar
Trekking Difficulty Moderate to Hard
Remoteness Very Remote (less number of trekkers/year)
Pricing High (USD spent/day)
Best Season March to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse, Mountain Lodges
Accessible During Winter (December, February) Yes
Accessible During Monsoon Yes

Highlights

  • The splendid beauty of Himalayan range—north of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
  • You can learn rare medieval Buddhist arts ancient Tibetan villages and their exotic culture.
  • The barren landscapes which may be unique compared to other treks in Nepal.

Lowlight

  • The evening wind can be challenging.

Least Visited Treks

Upper Dolpo Trek

It is about 25-27 days difficult trek. Upper Dolpo is the high altitude typical Tibetan region in the western part of Nepal. The trek is full of ethnic Tibetan art and culture. Reffered as the Forbidden Kingdom it is closed for foreigners and only permitted through the expensive and restricted permit. So, this trek is lot expensive than other treks. The trek begins from Juphal (2285m) and passes through gigantic mountain ranges over the Numa La Pass (5190 m) and you finally reach Phoksundo Lake inside the Phoksundo National Park. Unforgettable passes, great view of landscapes, special untouched Tibetan culture are the major highlights of the trek. In addition to this abundant Himalayan wildlife like Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep, and a very rare Snow Leopard makes the trek very precious.

Nepal’s Popular Trekking Areas

Nepal, the land of mystic mountains, landscapes, culture and serene beauties is the top most destination for trekking holidays. The geographical regions Hilly and Mountain areas are the best for hiking and trekking with the stunning views of magnificent giant snow capped peaks. If you love the adventure then you can’t miss the mountains as they are the synonyms of each other and offers the excellent experience to the trekkers.

While talking about the trekking destination, mostly Everest Region, Annapurna Region, Langtang Region and Restricted region comes first as per the interest of trekkers throughout the world. So, here we are going to provide you the information of these places.

Everest Region

Everest Region or Khumbu region is the ultimate destination for those trekkers who want to be in the foothills of world’s most fascinating mountain Mt. Everest and Everest Base Camp Trekking has been voted as #1 trekking trip in Nepal and is one of the top ten best trips in the world. You will not only have the trekking adventure but also have the opportunity to meet the legendary Sherpas, have the glimpses of stunning landscapes, scary Kathmandu Lukla Flight and visit the world heritage site, Sagarmatha National Park.  Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Amadablam, Mt. Makalu are the mountains, you will view from a close-up.

  • Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Gokyo Lakes Trek
  • Everest Three High Passes Trek
  • Everest View Trek
  • Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek
  • Everest Base Camp via Jiri

These are some popular trekking trail in Everest trekking area.

Annapurna Region

Another the most popular destination, Annapurna Region is gaining its popularity nowadays because of the best treks situated here. Being the home to World’s top 10th mountain peak, Mt. Annapurna this trekking region is the first choice of trekkers. The trip length ranges from few days to few weeks depending upon your interest.

  • Annapurna  Base Camp Trek
  • Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • Poon Hill Trek
  • Upper Mustang Trek
  • Mardi Himal Trek
  • Tilicho Lake Trek
  • Jomsom Muktinath Trek
  • Kopra Ridge Trek
  • Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Trekking Trail

These are some popular treks in Annapurna trekking area. These trekking trails are busy with the crowd of trekkers during the peak seasons from March to May and September to November.

Langtang Region

Langtang trekking area is the third most popular trekking region in Nepal. Popular for its stunning landscapes, unique culture and festivals and the scenic mountains, this trekking region is different than others. Gosainkunda lake, helambu valley, langtang valley, Kyanjin Gompa are the most visited site in the area. Situated near to Kathmandu valley, the trekking trips are short and easy as compared to other regions. You can travel in a local bus from Kathmandu to Syabrubeshi, this is how you can save your budget.

  • Langtang Valley Trek
  • Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trek
  • Helambu Trek
  • Kyanjin Ri Trek
  • Tamang Heritage Trail Trek

These are some famous trekking trail in Langtang trekking area.

Other Remote Area Treks

Nepal has some unique remote destinations that are categorized as the restricted region for the foreigners. For trekking to restricted region, you need to have a special permit and minimum a group of 2 persons with a guide. This area offers both tea house trekking or camping trek.

  • Manaslu Circuit Trek
  • Tsum Valley Trek
  • Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
  • Upper Mustang Trek
  • Makalu Base Camp Trek
  • Upper Dolpo Trek
  • Lower Dolpo Trek
  • Humla Simikot Limi Valley Trek

These are the popular remote area treks in Nepal.

Conclusion/Final words

There are other many trekking routes in Nepal which you can’t miss while you are in Nepal. These are short listed trips that receive high number of visitors yearly. We may have missed some popular trekking routes here in this lists. Please commence your views on the listed trips and suggest us your experience here on the comment box. We will cover your suggestions in our next blog. Thank you for reading Top 10 Best Treks in Nepal blog article.
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(7) Comments

  1. Norafiqin Hairoman

    This is great! My fiance is a big fan of trekking and he would love to visit any one of these!

    1. treksbooking.com

      Thank You Norafquin. Please contact us if you need help planning a trek in Nepal.

  2. Tracey

    All of these treks sound incredible. The scenery must be out of this world. I suffer terribly with altitude sickness – even at relatively ‘low’ altitudes, so I don’t think it is something I’d be able to do unfortunately

  3. Heather

    EBC would be absolutely amazing to do one day! Definitely a bucketlist adventure!

    1. treksbooking.com

      Thank you Heather, adding a comment. Yeah, Everest Base Camp trek is one of the world’s most fascinating trek in Nepal. EBC trek is the most popular and top treks in Nepal. If you have any plans to visit EBC, please drop your inquiry to us.

  4. remo

    Very informative post. Even more so for adventure junkies like me. Seeing all these pics make me want to go there right now!

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