Nepal is known as the best destination in the world to go trekking. It is home to eight of the world’s fourteen tallest peaks. One of which, is Mount Everest, the highest peak on the earth. Here is what we believe are the best treks in the country.
1. Everest Base Camp Trek
When it comes to trekking, Everest Base Camp Trek is the trek to go. Your trek will take you through various villages leading you up to the highest peak on earth. During this rewarding 12 day experience, you will encounter the world’s most beautiful scenery. Worth noting is that people with average fitness can comfortably do this trek.
2. Everest Panorama Trek
The Everest Panorama Trek is known to be shorter and not as difficult as some of other treks on this list. However, the scenery is still breathtaking including amazing views of Mount Everest. You also still get to encounter local villages and their culture.
3. Gokyo Lake Trek
Gokyo Lake Trek is a popular alternative to the Everest Base Camp. The trek is located west of the Everest Base Camp among five stunning lakes. Highlights of this trek include views of the Ngozumpa Glacier (the biggest glacier in Nepal), Mount Everest, as well as some other mountain peaks such as Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Mount Makalu. The five lakes you will see are of a beautiful emerald green color.
4. Annapurna Base Camp Trek
On a clear day, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek provides 360 views of peaks such as Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Machapuchre, and Lamjung Himal. The trek begins alongside rice farms and passes through various villages as you make your way up the trek. The best time of the year for this trek is Fall and Spring.
5. Annapurna Panorama Trek
Annapurna Panorama Trek is great as it provides the same beautiful scenery and cultural experience as many of the other treks yet without as of a demanding physical activity as some of the other treks on this list. This makes this a suitable trek for those traveling with their families. This trek is known in specific for its breathtaking sunrise views over peaks such as Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchchhre, and Himchuli; check the photo above. You can add on to your experience by participating in activities like going on a Chitwan Jungle Safari and rafting on Seti River.
6. Upper Mustang Trek
The Upper Mustang Trek takes trekkers to an isolated Trans-Himalayan mountain region referred to as the “forbidden kingdom.” Before 1992 foreign visitors were not allowed to enter the kingdom, but it is now open to all given that you acquire the necessary permits. Your endpoint of the trek is Lo Manthang. Lo Manthang is a town of narrow alleys, hidden chortens (Buddhist Monuments), and long walls with prayer wheels.
7. Langtang Valley Trek
The Langtang Valley Trek is a magnificent trek through a valley of glaciers. While still having views of the snowcapped mountains, you will trek through forests, rugged rock, streams, grass fields and more. Kyangjin Ri will be the highest point of your trek and therefore offer the best views of the area.
8. Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek is a popular alternative for the Annapurna trek just without massive crowds of tourists (at least for now). This trek usually takes about 14 days and goes around Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world. Just beware that this trek is considered “restricted” and therefore can only be accessed if you have the additional permit required and are traveling with a registered tour-guide.
9. Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trek
If you look at the photo above you can already tell that this is one of the world’s most picturesque treks. Taking part of this trek requires both time and for you to travel to one of the most remote parts of eastern Nepal. However, if you do choose to do this trek it is well worth it! Along the way you will enjoy a range of scenery and you may even come across wildlife such as musk deer and blue sheep (yes, blue sheep!).
10. Makalu Base Camp Trek
Makalu is the world’s fifth highest peak. The Makalu Base Camp Trek offers great views of glaciers, but what makes this trek even more special is that it provides a rare view of The Kangshung Face which is the east face of Mount Everest. At the Makalu Barun National Park you will see thousands of species of plants, tons of mammals, and over 400 species of birds. Similar to the Kanchanjunga Base Camp Trek, this trek is quite remote.
Whatever trek(s) you choose to go upon, it is worth noting that you should be vegetarian during your journey. Meat is carried up by porters so by the time it is served to you it will be getting old. Also, make sure to always cover up from the sun and not to rush yourself or you may end up with altitude sickness.
This useful information has been shared by Nepal Hiking Team a leading travel agency in Nepal that specializes in trekking, tours, peak climbing and adventure activities throughout Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan.
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Updated: August 5, 2016