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Trekking In Nepal: Nepal’s best treks and hikes

Trekking in Nepal

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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 2016 and 2017.

#01 Everest Base Camp Trek (12-15) Days, 25,000 Trekkers/Year

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.

Overview

Max Elevation 5,545 m, Kala Patthar
Days 12-15 Days
Trekking Difficulty Moderate to Challenging
Remoteness Not Remote (High number of trekkers per year)
Pricing/Cost Medium (USD spent/day)
Best Season Mid February to May and September to December.
Accommodation Type Teahouse, Sherpa Guesthouses
Permits Sagarmatha National Park
Required Permits TIMS
Accessible During Winter (Dec. to February) Yes
Accessible During Monsoon (June, August) Yes

#02 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

#03 Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lakes 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

#04 Manaslu Circuit Trek 14 Days, 6,700 Trekkers/Year

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

#05 Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek 4-7 Days, +100,000 Trekkers/Year

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

#06 Annapurna Base Camp Trek 10-12 Days +100,000 Trekkers/Year

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

#07 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

#08 Langtang Valley Trek 7-13 Days 9000 Trekkers/Year

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

#09 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.

#10 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.

Trekking Information

What is Trekking?

Trekking is an Afrikaan word that literally meaning “pull, travel”. Trekking is an adventure activity involving multidays walking holidays in the Himalayas. Trekking can be done walking on a variety of terrains, through the rugged trails, jungles, villages, terraced fields and valley. Depending upon the altitude how much high you go, trekking can be easy or challenging. Simply, its a challenging hiking that requires to be physically and mentally fit walking a long days across the Himalayan path. It is also known as backpacking which involves carrying your own bag packs with a guide or independent.

Trekking Types

Tea House Trekking

Tea House Trekking is also known as lodge trek. Teahouse trekking along the main trails is the most common style, with decent lodges in every settlement (and between), it is possible to trek in comfort with minimal preparation, and equipment and support.Trekkers are dependent upon many tea houses and locally available inns along the trails. Along the trek you will have some best facility available and some are very basic so it requires compromising with your consideration and keeping in mind sense of adventure. Trekking in this way minimizes the costs and is less affected by diverse weather conditions.The main areas for these treks are Everest/Khumbu, Langtang and Annapurna. Since 2010, the Manaslu Circuit Trek has become possible without camping in tea-houses; it also offers some comfort on some of the harshest terrain on earth. All of our treks are accompanied by local guides who lead trekker/s in the regions where there is access to local inns. A porter is also arranged if & when necessary to carry equipment relevant to the trip. Teahouse is popular choice of trekkers and very easy too but best option to observe Nepalese lifestyle. There are frequent lodges / teahouse in the most popular trekking routes where trekkers can stop where ever they want for meals / accommodation according with their time frame. On trek you are guided by an English-speaking Sherpa guide, assisted by Sherpa staff. All main baggage is carried by porters, yaks or horses / mules.

Camping Treking

Camping Trek is one of the classic styles of trekking in Nepal also known as fully organized trek. Trekkers are fully dependent on locally hired staff which makes up a pretty large outfit since not only the trekkers’ personal gear needs to be carried but also the group equipment and food. The classic style of trekking in Nepal and can be conducted almost anywhere in the country. Camping trekking is fully organized and supported with a team of guides, cooks, sherpas and porters to accompany you. Camping treks, however expensive they may be, has its own unique rewards offering a truly enjoyable experiences for visits to more remote regions where no tea houses or local infrastructures are available. The cook will prepare all the meals during the camping trek. Trekkers need to carry only a small bag as required for the day. At night, tents for dining, sleeping and ablution are provided and set up. Mattresses, sleeping bags, tables and seating are arranged by staff. All the necessary trekking gears; food, fuel and other goods are carried by the porters. Camping treks are typically done in the regions of Kanchenjunga, Dolpa, Makalu, and Manaslu. The typical days of camping trek also follows the same as tea house trekking as timetable and the foods will we cooked by well trained cook. At camping spot some of our staff team likes to sing song and dance too or some places mother group of local community may come to perform their local culture show. Food on trek is a mixture of Western and local dishes and there is plenty of it, and plenty of choice. Foods are so good that even sometimes our trekker’s warned us to take our cook to their home.

Trekking Permits

A trekking permit issued by the Department of Immigration is required to trek in any part of Nepal, except the most popular areas of Annapurna, Khumbu and Langtang/Helambu. Those areas were declared permit-free in 1999. The joy was short-lived, though, as a new system called TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) was recently created for those three areas. Be sure you have a TIM’s card with you when trekking independently or organized. Several National Parks and Conservation areas like ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) and Sagarmatha National Park (Everest area) require trekkers to pay an entrance fee. Restricted areas require the old trekking permit (but not the TIMS card), which are obtainable only through the organizing trekking agent for areas like Dolpo, Mustang, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga and other similar areas. Nepal trekking fee is not requiring for regular routes of Annapurna, Langtang and Annapurna. Trekking to these region is only requires TIMS fee (Trekking Information Management System) and conservation fee. TIMS fee costs about US $ 10 for the organized trek through the recognized agency and US $ 20 for individual trekkers.

Trekking fee can be paid in Nepalese currency. Notwithstanding anything written above the Indian Citizen can pay in Nepalese currency equivalent to US Dollars and to get a group trekking permit an application form with other relevant document should be submitted through any registered trekking agency of Nepal.

Trekking Grades

Trekkers without previous experience are offered a diverse range of easy treks. The easy trek involves no difficult climbing or ascents to high altitudes and is usually less than a week & suitable for everyone. Medium treks are more challenging than easy at this altitude; you will be rewarded with close-up views of bigger mountains. The medium treks are also considered to have full access to teahouses at altitudes less than 4000m.Medium-hard these treks ascend to altitudes up to 5000m and involve some steep climbing, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Hard Trek All expeditions are based on camps and will go above the tree-lines where the snow-line is fully evident up to altitudes above 5000m. One needs to be fully fit for ventures of this kind & the rewards are phenomenal. Wilderness treks these are the most challenging treks with some technical climbing to peaks above 6000m. One must have experience of climbing above 5000m levels to perform these types of treks Wilderness Treks are for trekkers who wish to explore the unseen and unspoiled regions of Nepal.

Trekking Equipments

Personal: A pair of hiking/trekking boots, A pair of slippers, Five pairs of woolen socks and three pairs of cotton socks, Two pairs of poly pro socks, One light long underwear bottom, One medium long underwear bottom, A pair of climbing and pile pants, Two medium poly pro shirts, One light woolen/fleece sweater, One pile jacket, One down vest, One down sweater/jacket, A pair of light wind Gore-Tex jacket and pant, A pair of woolen hat and Sun hat, A pair of glacier glasses, A pair of Gore-Tex glove shells with liner or ski gloves, A pair of woolen gloves, A Swiss Army knife, A trekking pack of 3000 cubic inches capacity, Two Sun screen lotion SPF 10 to 30 and 1 Sun screen stick SPF 10 to 30, Books, walkman and music tapes (opt), An one-liter water bottle, A pair of trekking poles (opt), One torch with enough sets of batteries, Two large and strong waterproof duffel bags with lock (17x13x32 inch), Two rolls of toilet paper (opt), One trekking baggy pant (opt).

Toiletry Items and Personal First Aid Kit Box: Towel, biodegradable soaps, per-moistened novelettes, wash cloth, sunscreen, lip balm, and any additional personal items such as toothbrush, comb, etc. Be advised to check with your doctor. Suggestions: aspirin or ibuprofen, Pepto Bismol, Band aids/bandages, moleskin, scissors, tweezers, tropical antiseptic, anti-acid tablets, laxative, water purification tablets.

Other Necessary Items: Photo equipment with plenty of film and spare batteries, reading/writing materials, postcards of hometown and/or photos of home and family to share with Nepalese people, safety pins, sewing kit, zip lock bags for small items, large plastic bags to line duffel and protect any down items.

volunteer and Trekking in Nepal

Nepal is the wonderland in the world consisting of world’s eight highest mountain peaks, beautiful landscapes, amazing culture and pristine Himalayas. So, it has been a popular destination for trekking for the adventure lovers around the world. Every year, thousands of tourist visit the Nepal Himalayas enjoying adventure walking.

Along with the trekking, many trekkers do volunteer in the remote villages, dedicate their time for locals and help to develop the infrastructure in the villages. Volunteering are of different methods, you can volunteer in school, hospital, agricultural fields and help directly. You can either volunteer before the trek or after the trek. Volunteering gives you full satisfaction and an unique experience.

Treksbooking.com operates charity treks to help the remote village children for the education, health and sanitation. Spend some days with innocent children and be friend with them, you will have an incredible experience.

Volunteering Opportunities in Nepal

Teaching English in a School Farming in a Village (Eco-Tourism, Agro-Tourism) Skill Orientation Training (Community) Health Post Volunteer

Best Time to Visit Nepal/Trekking in Nepal Seasons

Autumn Season is considered as the best season for the trekking in Nepal. Due to no any rainfall to disturb Nor the excess heat like that in summer this season is considered to have the excellent weather condition for trekking. In addition to this the excellent weather condition leads to the mesmerizing view of the mountains. As the monsoon rain usually hits between June and September and cold creates difficulty in between January to March, they are not considered as the right time for the trekking. However each of the seasons have something different to offer. Let’s talk about different seasons and their uniqueness in the trek in Nepal.

Autumn season (September to November)

Autumn Season is the best season for the trekking in Nepal. Due to moderate temperature, clear sky and tantalizing view of the mountains this season is most preferred as the trekking season.

Trekking in Nepal in September
Trekking in Nepal in October

October is the mid peak season for Trekking in Nepal. This busy month falls in Autumn season of Nepal, the perfect time to go Trekking in Nepal.

October month remarks the best spectacular views of sunrise, sunset, villages, landscapes, mountains and valleys. This is the time of biggest festivals of Nepal – Dashain and Tihar. So, trekkers will have opportunity to explore the mountains along with celebration of great festivals.

As the busiest season of the year, more than 200,000 trekkers go for trekking in Nepal in October each year. This is because of weather, climate, abundance of flora and fauna, great Nepalese hospitality, tantalizing views of mountains and clear skies. The trails get crowded, airlines, transportation, hotels and restaurants are busy during this time, as everyone wants to visit this time for trekking.

Weather, Climate and Mountain views in October

So, what will be weather like during trekking in Nepal in October. This might be your question in your mind. Well, we said previously that October is the main trekking season with the moderate type of weather and climate. There will not be so much cold and hot during day and night. Monsoon rain, are you thinking of it, then NO!!!. This is time that falls after the monsoon season in Nepal. There will not be raining but expect snowfall at higher altitudes above 5000m in Himalayas.

It’s a warm days and cool night during October. The days are shorter, sun rise at around 5:45 and shines at around 5:30. So, weather could be cool. The temperature goes up to 12-15 degrees at daytime and 5-7 degrees up to 3000m. But expect less temperatures above 3000m and bring warm cloths.

Are all the Trekking trails accessible during October?

Yes, there will not be any obstacles for trekking in Nepal during this time. All the trekking trails during October are accessible and open. Some of the best trekking trails like Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Gokyo Trek, Everest View trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Poon Hill Trek, Kathmandu Valley trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Langtang Helambu Trek, Manaslu Trek, Langtang Gosaikunda treks are some popular trekking trails that are crowded during this time. Choice is upon you, whether you go on less crowded trekking trails or high traffic hiking routes.

Want more information about Trekking in Nepal in October, get information about everything you need to know here.

Trekking in Nepal in November

Is trekking doable in November? this might be the question for you. If you are planning for Trekking in Nepal and choosing November month to go, here we have information that you need for planning for hiking trip.

Before marching for November trekking in Nepal, you need to know following things

  • What is the weather like in November for Trekking?
  • What are the best treks during November in Nepal?
  • What cloths are needed for November trekking?
  • Is tea houses on the trails opened during November?
  • Are the permits available in November?
  • Do I need travel insurance for Trekking in November?

Got these points, these are the most essentials things to be noted.

November is the last month of Autumn season and best for trekking in Nepal. It is the excellent time of the year for hiking with the pleasant weather, crystal clear views of mountains. Atmosphere is so good to experience after the monsoon comes to an end.

Winter Season (December to February )

Winter Trekking in Nepal

If you are thinking of trekking during winter in Nepal, you will be doing good. Winter is not so bad for trekking in Nepal. Fewer crowds, clearer mountain views, beautiful scenery, winter in Nepal will be outstanding.

The best winter treks in Nepal are Poon Hill Trek, Kathmandu Valley Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Chitwan Chepang Siraichuli Hill Trek, Everest View Trek and Ghandruk Trek.

You can trek to lower areas upto 4000m easily during winter. The temperature will not be so colder but expect below 0 degrees during winter in these places.

If you are planning to popular trekking areas like Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp and Manaslu, you can make it even in winter. Due to high popularity, tea houses in these areas reamin open. But make sure to pre-book for accommodation and food before you go.

Trekking in Nepal in December

Are you planning to trek in Nepal in December? If yes, know in details about weather, climate, best treks, pros and cons doing trekking in Nepal in December.

December is the beginning month of winter season in Nepal. The weather gets colder and you feel chilly in higher altitudes. The days and nights are colder but you mark the excellent views and sunny warm days.

The days are shorter during December and the temperature drops down drastically at higher altitudes. As you ascend, so much you get cold.

Still, you can do the popular trekking during December. Some trekkers prefer December trekking and feel comfortable.

The high altitude treks like Upper Mustang, Dolpo and Simikot will be not safer for trekking and receive high snowfall.

The 1 week treks like Everest View Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Poon Hill Trek, Sundarijal Chisapani Nagarkot Trek can be done during December.

Trekking in Nepal in January
Trekking in Nepal in February

The Mid winter season, february month is not so good for trekking in high Himalayas in Nepal but if you are interested and don’t have time to trek in other trekking seasons, then you can join Trekking in Nepal in February.

February is good time to trek in low altitude trekking destinations like Ghorepani Poon Hill, Kathmandu Valley, Langtang Valley, Mount Everest, Jomsom Muktinath and Panchase. Go for short and easy trekking to these destinations.

February is the dry winter season. There will be possibility of little rain and snow so you need to pack for warmer gears.

Trek cost will vary (could be less than trekking in peak seasons like Spring (March – April – May) and Autumn (September – October – November) according to the trekking style what you choose from solo independent with a guide and porter and an organized group trek.

Spring Season (March to May)

The season is suitable for high altitude treks rather than low altitude treks as the temperature is pretty warm in low altitudes whereas in high altitude treks the temperature is comparatively moderate.

Trekking in Nepal in March
Trekking in Nepal in April

April is the most busiest month of the Spring – the second best season for trekking, tours, adventures and peak climbing in Nepal. The middle month of the spring season (March, April and May), this month is the peak trekking month of the season. Trekking after the chilling cold, winter season and before the monsoon kicks off, the season marks the blooming of the colorful flowers and trees. All the trekking can be accessible during April in Nepal.

Expect warmer weather 20+ degree in the mountain area but may fall around 5-7 during night. Occasionally, rain with the hailstones, thunderstorms and windy days can occur. Trekking accommodations in all parts of the trekking trail will be open during the month, somewhere the tea houses may be over-booked.

Trekking in Nepal in May

Planning for Trekking in Nepal in May? here are some travel ideas that may help you finding the best trekking trips and information which you are looking for. May month is the last month of the spring season and the Pre-monsoon get starts with the less rainfall. Trekking in Nepal Himalayas is still possible during the may month as there is no much rainfall. You will get a variable weather in a single day with the clear mornings and cloudy afternoons.

Also Visit: Nepal Trekking Season/Best Time to Visit Nepal

While going for trekking in Nepal, you will experience a great variety in the temperature and weather conditions with the increment of altitude and you know Nepal Trekking involves the geographical diversity from lower altitude to higher altitude. May, may be the right time for you to trek as the days are sunny as compared to the rainy days and there will be comfort to hike in high altitudes.

May Trekking Tips

  • Bring rain proof jacket and backpack rain cover.
  • Dress light in layers.
  • Visit the Himalayas in early may.
  • Expect 25 degrees at day time and around 9 degrees at night at elevation upto 2000m.
  • Eat less but healthy food.
  • Bring excellent cameras, may is the best month for photography.

Weather and Temperature in May

May is the starting of summer (pre-monsoon) month with the hot temperature. The temperature may vary with the variation of trekking altitudes but the average temperature at night is between 8-12 degree celsius whereas at day time, it rises upto 25-28 degree celsius. It may fall to minus in the Himalayas at higher elevation.

What equipments to bring to trek in May?

Check for all the trekking gears before processing for trekking. Good trekking boots, trekking poles and rain gear is highly recommended.

Is trekking accommodation open in may?

May is still the busiest season of Nepal trekking and expedition so trekking accommodation on the trails are open during May in Nepal.

What will be the trekking costs during May in Nepal?

The trekking cost (Food and Accommodation) varies depending on the trekking trails on which you are planning to go. The tea house trekking is a little bit cheaper than the off the beaten camping treks.

The cost of food depends upon which you like to choose, local food (Dal, Bhat) will be cheaper with comparison to international food. In general, $30 will be enough for a day for food and accommodation during trekking. The trekking cost depends upon the transportation, TIMS Card, Permit and Guide charge.

Festivals and Public Holidays in Nepal in May

on the first day of May, International Labour day is celebrated in Nepal as public holidays. There is another popular buddhist festival called Buddha Jayanti during may in Nepal. This year Buddha Jayanti is on April 30. In upper mustang, there is another important festival of Buddhist people called as Tiji Festival in May. This year, it falls on 12, 13 and 14 may at Lo-Manthang.

Events

Every year Nepal hosts Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon as the worlds highest marathon on May 29th crossing the Sherpa trails of Khumbu valley. The event has been initiated in honor of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary on the day they ascended Mount Everest in 1953. The marathon will be of three categories, extreme ultra 60 km, full marathon 42 km and half marathon 21 km as per the choice of runners. Register yourself on the event as it is truly a once in a life time experience.

While you are planning for trekking in Nepal 2018/19, we have some recommendations for you to consider

Upper Mustang Trek Upper Dolpo Trek Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Kathmandu Valley Trek/Short Trekking around Kathmandu

Summer/Monsoon Season (June to September)

Monsoon Trekking in Nepal

These are the months with the rainy season which involves monsoon rain with heavy rainfall making the trekking difficult. Trekking to Tibet and desert areas of Nepal like Upper Mustang, Dolpo valley, Annapurna Circuit (Manang Area) and Humla Limi Valley are the best alternative for trekking in this season.

Trekking in Nepal in June
Trekking in Nepal in July
Trekking in Nepal in August

How to prepare for trek in Nepal?

Trekking is all about enjoying and refreshment. So, there is no hard and fast rule for the list of preparations you need to do while trekking. But some level of physical and mental preparations is needed. You are about to walk on the steep hills, snowy areas, high altitudes so you need to be mentally prepared as well as some level of physical preparations are needed. So, continual physical exercise and aerobics can aid a lot. In addition to this the proper shoes and clothes should be taken according to the duration and type of your trek. Most importantly make sure the books you take during the trek is not completely new. As the new boots may cause blisters which may ruin your trek.Some treks have fluctuation in the day and night temperature so you have to take your clothes accordingly. And remember taking more of your accessories may become heavy cause you difficulty during your trek.

Altitude Sickness Information

The major problem that the trekkers face in the high altitude treks is altitude sickness. It is sue to the deficiency of oxygen in your body due to the thinness in air due to the high altitude .The symptoms include Headache, poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue, dizziness, which may lead to blurred vision, severe headache and constant vomiting. Be aware of the symptoms and immediately after the symptoms is seen stop your ascend and contact to the trained medical personnel and take the required medicines. But some of the preventive measures can be performed beforehand. Drinking water frequently, ascending slowly, Proper sleep, warm clothing during the trek can be the preventive measures for the altitude sickness problem.

4 Useful Tips for a successful Trekking Holidays in Nepal

According to the variation in geographical altitude, trekking in Nepal has categorized as the easy, moderate and challenging treks. Trekking in Nepal itself a adventure holiday activity popular in Nepal. While going for Trekking to Nepal Himalayas, you need to know some tips that may be useful to you for your successful trekking holidays in Nepal.

Keep Walking

While going for trekking to Nepal Himalayas, you need to be physically and mentally fit. Trekking in Nepal involves walking about 6-7 hours a day on a Himalayan rugged path so the first step for trekking will be stretching of your legs and walking that gives you physical strength to hike up to Mountains.

Get a health check up

Before making decision to trek in Nepal, you need to check yourself physically and mentally. If you have heart diseases, asthama, you can not hike to Himalayas or walk for long time so physical check up is needed to get rid of high altitude sickness risk.

Choosing of best hiking shoes

When you are physically and mentally fit for trekking, you need to have the good shoes that will be comfort and easy to wear. You can buy the good boots in Kathmandu and Pokhara shoes store.

Hire a government certified and experienced Trekking guide

Trekking solo is banned in Nepal and for successful trekking holiday, you can hire an experienced trekking guide either independent/freelancer or from a trekking agency in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Top 5 Tips For Cheap/Budget Trekking in Nepal Himalayas

Are you a budget traveler and looking for cheap trekking holiday packages in Nepal? this blog post may help you planning your trip in Nepal. Trekking in Nepal Himalayas is not expensive as much as you think. You can minimize the cost of trekking, if you avoid luxury things that you can compromise for. You can even save your money if you apply some smart tips here for you.

#1 Stay in a Budget/Tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu

There are many budget hotels in Thamel, Kathmandu that have minimum hotel amenities of 24 hour hot/cold shower, free wifi and attached bathrooms. These hotels room will cost around USD $8 to USD $10 in average (peak season and off season). If you go outside of the Thamel, just 20 minutes far, you can find the guest house or homestay cheaper than that of Thamel hotels. But, you need to share the bathroom and there may not be 24 hour hot/cold shower. If you are traveling in a group, the cost may be somewhat less.

#2 Hire a Trekking Gear (Either in Kathmandu to in Pokhara)

When planning a trekking trip to Himalaya, you need to pack as much light as you can. Simply, take the things that really needed for trekking in Nepal. So, you don’t need a lot of gears for trekking and hiking. Just pack some cloths (check for trekking season and weather), boots and a backpack which are really needed. If you are traveling in a budget, hiring a trekking gear is a good option for you. In Nepal, renting a trekking gear (Kathmandu/Pokhara) is easy. Check out our blog about Trekking Gear in detail.

#3 Light and cheap Trekking Food

If you are thinking of cheap food in the Himalayas, bring some of it yourself. The food in Himalayas is expensive in comparison of Kathmandu or Pokhara. There might not be supermarkets and cheap shops as in Kathmandu. So, carry some chocolate bars, cereals, muesli, instant noodles, biscuits, dried fruits and powder milk, coffee. These things are light and easy to carry with you on your backpack.

#4 Independent Trekking in Himalaya

Hiking a guide instantly is a good idea to minimize your trekking cost in Nepal. If you go on package from the Trekking agencies, the cost may be high. So, to save your money, hire a trekking guide and porter by yourself. Another best way to save your money is to hike alone without a guide, for this you need to take a trekking map and there are everything on online or take a help of Trekking in Nepal Apps. But trekking in Nepal Himalayas without a guide is strictly prohibited by Nepal Tourism Board and Nepal Government.

#5 Find Cheap Air Tickets to Kathmandu and from Kathmandu

The cost of trekking will be high, when the air ticket fare is high so if you have much time then find the cheap air tickets online that you may get instantly in a last-minute deals. Trekking in Nepal during off-season will be best for cheap air tickets and low price transportation. You may have chance to grab the promotional fares during Winter and Monsoon season in Nepal.

Equipment needed for trekking in Nepal

Most of the time the necessary equipment for the trek is provided by your travel agencies according to your package. But still you have to prepare something for yourself. One of the important thing is the sleeping bag and tent which is most probably provided to you. In addition light but warm jackets can be preferable. You can carry a 1 liter water bottle for yourself. For remote treks the torch light can be of great help in case of delay. The shopping can be done in the suitable place of Kathmandu and Pokhara. You can carry a stick too with you and water proof cover for your bag should not be missed during the trek.

How to hire a guide in Nepal

The trekking guide is generally provided by the travel agencies as well as the hotels you stay or you can search for the independent guide. The average cost for the guide is 15 to 30 USD per day. There is only little difference between hiring the guide from agency and from outside. Hiring a guide outside costa about $15 but you can split the cost if it is for two or more of you. For the trekking in Everest and Langtang region hiring the guide from Kathmandu is better whereas for the trekking in the Annapurna region hiring the guide from Pokhara is much better.

Trekking Guide License in Nepal

Govt issuing license to 1,500 porter guides from today – 4th November 2018 update The department of Tourism is issuing trekking porter guide license today who have completed basic training. For the trekking porter guides, a minimum academic qualification of School Education Examination is required to obtain a guide license. But this provision have blocked to many porter guides who do not have basic academic qualification of grade 10.

In 2014, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation had decided to provide license to the porter guides if they completed trekking guide training from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM) or Nepal Mountain Academy (NMA).

Guides without academic qualification of grade 10 used to be known as illegal in the trekking so the guides who do not have qualification but working a long time as porter had been demanding the license since years.

So, this decision have made to address their demands and minimize the illegal trekking guides. This decision probably secure the trekking job of porter guides and they will get facilities like insurance, legal permission and proper wages.

10 Things Not To Miss While Trekking in Nepal

1. Magnificent Mountain views: Nepal being a Himalayan country, the magnificent views of Himalayan ranges is seen even in the short and medium treks. The world’s greatest mountain ranges can be viewed in the short trekking distance from Kathmandu and Pokhara at the classical viewpoints like Nagarkot and Sarangkot. So, you better not miss it. In long treks you get to reach at the base of those enormous mountains and experience its beauty and greatness.

2. Sunrise: The enormous beauty when the first ray of sun strikes the mountains and evolving sunrise through the hills cannot be explained in words. Many people go the classical viewpoints near Kathmandu and Pokhara to experience the sunrise. So, do not miss it while trekking in Nepal. Early morning trek of 2-3 hours can reach to the viewpoint with the tantalizing view if sunlight. Kalapatthar, Gokyo Ri, Nagarkot, Poon Hill, Sarangkot are the best viewpoints for sunrise over the Himalayas.

3. Art and Culture: Experiencing the ancient art and culture can be an important aspect of your trek. Trek in Nepal is full of Hindu and Buddhist art and culture which have great historical and religious importance. Most of the trek in northern Nepal is full of ethnic Tibetan culture with lots of monasteries where you can rest and meditate during the trek.

4. Lifestyle of People: Nepalese are poor but very hardworking people. During the trek you encounter typical Nepalese village. You can observe the day to day lifestyle of people .What do they do for living. You can also observe the unique culture and tradition of people. Homestay programs—which is available in most of the treks, helps a lot in understanding lifestyle of people.

5. Local Dishes: The widely taken food in Nepal is rice and roti with daal and vegetables and many local veg and non-veg dishes. Moreover different villages have something unique variety of dishes to offer. So, do not limit yourself to the western food during your trek. Delicious Nepali dishes are there in your way. Grab it!

6. Homestay: In lots of the trek in Nepal there are homestay programs in which you eat and stay in the house of local people during your trek. This type of programs helps you to have the opportunity to experience the new lifestyle, new types of dishes and moreover you can observe the socio-economic and cultural aspect of Nepalese society.

7. Biodiversity— Plants: Nepal has a unique biodiversity unforgettable for every nature lovers. Magnificent landscapes and the juniper and rhododendron forest on the way make your trek more valuable. Different species of trees as you ascend in the dense forest can be one hell of an experience. If you are interested in botany Nepalese forest consist of a lot of rare medicinal herbs which you may encounter during your trek.

8. Biodiversity—Animals: As Nepal is Himalayan country rich in biodiversity, lots of the rare Himalayan animals can be encountered during your trek. Do not expect that level of biodiversity in animals in short treks. But in the long and rarer type of trek you may encounter with the various Musk deer, Blue sheep, and Red panda and if you are lucky enough you may also encounter the tracks of snow leopard on your way.

9. Paragliding: If you are searching for more adventure than paragliding can be the best option. You can trek all the way to the top and glide down through paragliding. This can give you a new experience and lot easier than walking all the way down. But the facility is not available everywhere. It is available in Godhawari and some hills of Kathmandu valley as well as Sarangkot and some hills of Pokhara valley.

10. Festivals and Events/Ceremonies: Nepalese have a lot of festivals which differ according to the ethnicity and society. Generally Nepalese culture and festivals have certain level of uniqueness in it which you cannot find anywhere else. The various ceremonies like marriage are also very unique and different. So you might as well experience some level of uniqueness from our festival and ceremonies. For this you can consult your guide about it or do some research man!

Trekking in Nepal 2019

Planning a trekking in Nepal 2019? the top 10 best treks in Nepal lists may help you planning your favorite trip in Nepal. You may contact any of the government registered Nepal trekking Companies for your trekking holiday plan.

For this, you can google typing Trekking in Nepal keyword where you will see the lists of Nepal trekking companies, contact them visiting their website and drop your inquires in their mail. Have the best deal.

Trekking in Nepal 2020

Visit Nepal 2020

For Visit Nepal 2020, Nepal Government has planned to develop new tourism products with adequate infrastructure. The five major tourism products clusters be Culture, People and Heritage, Cities and Leisure, Outdoor and Adventure, Religion and Pilgrimage and Nature and wildlife. All the possible tourism destination and areas will be a tourism hub and promoted as new tourism destination.

After the grand success of Visit Nepal year 1998 and Nepal Tourism Year 2011, Nepal government has announced 2020 as another Visit Nepal Year. To make Visit Nepal year successful, Visit Nepal Campaign 2020 was introduced in 2015. Before, the Government of Nepal was announced 2018 as Visit Nepal but it was postponed to 2020.

Nepal was devastated by the Earthquake in 2015. The tourism of Nepal afterthat badly affected resulting in less flow of tourists. So, to increase the number of travelers and spread the message that Nepal is ready to welcome tourists in the world, Visit Nepal Year 2020 campaign was introduced.

Visit Nepal Year 2020 Logo

News and Updates

Govt to promote 100 new tourist destinations

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. – Treksbooking.com Team

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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!

    1. treksbooking.com

      Thank you remo.

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