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8 Best Trekking Routes in Nepal To Travel – Travel and Leisure

No doubt, Nepal offers some of the most spectacular treks in the world. Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and Annapurna Circuit Trek are popular trekking routes in Nepal. Or indeed, all over the world. But there are other, lesser-known trails that are just amazing. No matter if you love nature, do photography, or discover mountains on foot: a trip through the Himalayas is one of the best ways to get to know the country. This not only allows you to get in touch with nature. It also helps in recharging the body, mind and soul in a breathtaking setting. The Himalayas in Nepal awaits you for a lifetime. All you have to do is choose the trek that suits you the most.

Everest Base Camp Trek

On this trek, you experience the magnificent world of the towering Himalayan peaks. Enjoy spectacular views of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Lobuche. The 130 km long trek offers many attractions along the way. Discover the natural beauty of traditional villages, Sagarmatha National Park and ancient monasteries. Stay in tea shops that provide accommodation and have the opportunity to connect with fellow trekkers from around the world. Everest Base Camp Trek is moderate, but you need to be fit, healthy and well prepared.

Everest Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

If you have not visited the Himalayas yet, Annapurna Base Camp Trek (4,130 m) is the perfect first trek. Enjoy breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Annapurna 1, Machapuchare and Himchuli. Get a glimpse of the traditions of the mountain communities. Above all, experience the most diverse flora and fauna from tropical forests to snow-capped peaks. Your journey takes you through spectacular valleys, long suspension bridges and past beautiful waterfalls. At the end you will climb thousands of stone stairs to reach the higher altitudes. It requires stamina and strong leg muscles, but the beauty of the scenery is worth every step. To recharge, local teahouses serve all types of dishes from traditional to western cuisine. When going down, take a break at the comfortable hot springs of the Jhinu Danda.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

If you are looking for an easy trek, then the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek may be your choice. This trek in Annapurna Sanctuary is also called Annapurna Sunrise Trek. As the name suggests, it offers beautiful sunrise views of the Himalayas. The risk of altitude sickness is low, as the maximum height is “only” 3,210 meters. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is great for short treks without compromising the views. Consider this trek if you are on a tight schedule as you can reach the top within a few days. For accommodation, there are lots of guesthouses along the way. Technically, the route is not difficult. In summary: Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek offers accessible, but still stunning views compared to other treks. There are three good reasons that this trek is one of the best trekking routes in Nepal.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Gokyo Lake Trek

This trek is your choice if you are a mountain enthusiast who loves a challenge. The extended version of Everest Base Camp Trek takes about 16 days and requires stamina. During the first part of your journey, you will discover Gokyo Village, Gokyo Valley and the magnificent Gokyo Lakes. Located at an altitude of 5,000 meters above sea level, these lakes are the highest freshwater lakes in the world. Climb the top of Gokyo Ri at 5,357 meters, leaving the lakes behind. From there, stunning views of Everest and other peaks await. Your next destination is Everest Base Camp via Gorakshape. Enjoy more amazing views at the bottom of Mount Everest before heading to Kala Patthar for the Sunrise Panorama. With its blue lakes and breathtaking scenery, this Himalayas journey is one of the best trekking routes in Nepal.

Gokyo Lake Trek

Gokyo Lake Trek

Makalu Base Camp Trek

The Makalu Base Camp trek takes you to the Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area. Mount Makalu (8,481) is the fifth highest mountain in the world. However, this 16-day trek is less crowded than other famous treks. There is a reason for this: it is difficult and far to travel at an altitude of more than 4,500 meters. In other words, the trails are steep, the areas are wooded and the ascending and descending are long. But efforts stop: stay in touch with nature, discover unique culture, and enjoy panoramic views of Mount Everest, Mount Makalu and Mount Lotus. For food and accommodation, the tea house is all you need. This journey is a dream come true for nature lovers who want to look towards the world forest of the Himalayan Mountains. Due to its natural beauty, this trek is one of the best trekking routes in Nepal.

Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp Trek

Langtang Valley Trek

The Langtung Valley or the so-called “Valley of Glaciers” lies north of Kathmandu on the border of Tibet. Langtang Valley is the closest trekking area from Kathmandu. Compared to other treks in the Khumba or Annapurna region, the elevation is low (up to 3,800 meters). Therefore, the Langtang Valley trek (around a week) is not as challenging as other high altitude treks. Also, it offers amazing views of the Langtang Mountains. Trekkers can explore the culture of Sherpas and Tamangs, as well as the influence of Tibetan Buddhism. The flora and fauna are diverse and very rich, as the region is home to species such as black bear, red panda or Himalayan Tahr. The Langtang Valley trek is an easy trek. However, you need some stamina to walk for 5 to 6 hours a day.

Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu circuit trek is a long trek of about 2 weeks at the base of Mount Manaslu. Many trekkers choose it as an alternative to the Annapurna circuit as it is less busy. The view of the snow capped peaks, deep valleys and glacier lakes is breathtaking. The trail – a former salt trading route – leads you through the traditional Tamang and Sherpa villages. You’ll walk along the banks of the Berry Gandaki River, crossing countless bridges and hiking up and down before reaching the Staples Trails. The journey aims to cross the Larkia La Pass at 5,135 meters. The Manasalu area used to be a restricted area, but it has been opened up to trekkers in recent years. Please note that a special permit is required for tracking in this area. Its natural beauty, forest and stunning scenery make this trek one of the best trekking routes in Nepal.

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a world famous trek and one of the best trekking routes in Nepal. In fact, it is known as the best long distance trek in the world. For a good reason: On this trek, you pass through all climatic zones from the tropical climate to the Arctic at Thorong La Pass (5,416 m). The long trek is challenging, but the majestic view of the Annapurna range (8000 m peaks) is worthwhile at every step. Take a day’s tone in Manang, a picturesque village with magical mountain panoramas. 

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Discover areas like Mustang and Caskey. To get a glimpse into Tibetan and Hindu culture. Enjoy the nature to the fullest. Feature articles to reduce the risk of altitude sickness, most trekkers do anti-clockwise circuits (elevation is slow in that direction).

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