Trekking in Nepal | 15 Best Treks in Nepal Himalayas
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Now, a glimpse of the 15 Best Treks in Nepal that Nepal Hiking Team recommends! Our collection of trekking summits includes bucket list destinations like the Himalayas trekking peaks.
1. Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Escape the Ordinary | Duration: 7-14 Days | Moderate | Max. 4210 meters | Teahouses | March-May/Sept-Dec.
The Annapurna Base Camp is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. Embark on a trek that you’ll never forget. This trek takes you to majestic mountain vistas like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Machhepuchhre, and Hiunchuli through the Himalayan landscape of the Annapurna Ranges.
You will have an opportunity to pass through awe-inspiring glaciers, stay on the banks of pristine rivers, cross mountain pastures, and see mules carrying supplies to remote villages.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is considered easy to moderate, exposed to only a few challenges caused due to high altitude.
- Spectacular sunrise views from Poon Hill (3210 m)- a popular viewpoint
- Rest and revive by the lakeside in Pokhara
- Explore the ethnic groups of Gurung and Magars
- Enjoy the hot springs in Jhinu Danda at the end of the trek.
Annapurna Base Camp is highly commercialized and unsuitable for travelers looking for off-beat-trek adventure. It is considered one of the busiest trails in Nepal due to the popularity of treks.
A trail between Hinku cave and Deurali is avalanche-prone, so you may have to take a longer route when required for safety reasons.
2. Everest Base Camp Trek
Worth Wilderness Escape | Duration: 12-15 Days | Moderate | Max. 5,545 meters | Teahouses | March-May/Sept-Dec.
Mount Everest, the earth’s highest mountain at 8,849 m above sea level, is the most popular climbing destination globally.
Everest Base Camp is the first accomplishment for climbers looking to summit Mount Everest, a pride of the Khumbu region in north-eastern Nepal, famous for its spectacular mountain peaks and local inhabitants (Sherpas).
Along the trail, the views are so scenic that they let you witness the untouched, unique flora and fauna, local customs and traditions, and views of mountains and lakes. That is probably why it is considered one of the best treks in Nepal.
The Everest Base Camp Trek starts with a 30-minute flight from Kathmandu to one of the shortest runways in the world, Lukla, that will further en route to your Everest Base Camp experience.
- Hike to Kala Patthar at 5,545 meters- panoramic view of the Himalayas
- Serenity nature in Namche Bazar
- A visit to the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu Region- Tengboche Monastery
- Cozy unique teahouses
- Local Nepalese and Sherpa Cuisines
Flight delays or cancellations to or from Lukla are possible due to bad weather conditions. Also a chance of altitude sickness.
Departures can be private or in groups (big/small); we can be flexible to make the trip suit your preferences and stamina.
3. Upper Mustang Trek
Escape the Extraordinary | Duration: 10-17 Days | Moderate | Max. 4200 meters | Teahouses | March-May/Sept-Dec.
Upper Mustang Trek is Nepal’s ultimate gateway to the mysterious world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang, also called Lo, once forbidden and isolated from the rest of the world for decades. The spectacular tanned red cliffs and hills of Mustang will enchant you with its beautiful landscape.
Upper Mustang is accessible all year long except in winter. Starting from the village of Jomsom, which passes along an ancient salt caravan route, you will reach Lo Manthang, which stands at 3,840 m. This remote area is divided into Upper and Lower Mustang.
- Witness – 10,000 sky caves
- Explore ancient cave civilizations and sky burials. Visit the oldest monasteries in Upper Mustang Valley.
- Mustang region- Rainshadow area ( excellent to escape the monsoon season)
- Visit Muktinath- sacred shrines for Hindus and Buddhists
The Upper Mustang Region can get windy in the middle of the day, making the trek extra challenging. The region is a restricted area, which means you are not allowed to trek in Upper Mustang independently.
Check out the Complete Upper Mustang Trek Guide
4. Manaslu Circuit Trek
Explore the Extraordinary | Duration: 12-14 Days | Strenuous | Max. 5110 Meters | Teahouses | March-May/Sept-Dec.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is Nepal’s worthwhile trek, bringing you a classic trek in Nepal Himalayas. Discover the magic of nature, rugged landscape, and ancient culture, which makes it one of a kind. It has become increasingly popular but remains remote and unspoiled.
Although the trek can be completed in 12 days, if you are looking forward to an off-beat route, it can be extended up to 18 days, including an additional side trek to Tsum Valley.
Compared to most teahouse trekking in Nepal, Manaslu Circuit is strenuous. The trailhead can be reached by vehicle, which minimizes the cost of domestic flights and delays.
Features (Check – Top 18 Reasons to consider the Manaslu Circuit Trek)
- Cross Larkya La Pass is among the world’s highest passes at 5,106 meters.
- Relish yourself in the terrific views of peaks, including Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Lamjung Himal, Budhi
- Himal, Himal Chuli, Peak 29, and Larkya Peak
- Explore Tibetan culture and traditions
Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the few trekking destinations in Nepal that fall under restricted areas. Hence, you must obtain a special restricted area permit (RAP) to access this route.
Independent trekkers are not allowed to travel in this region. Some of the trails are rocky and remote, making trekking difficult.
5. Annapurna Circuit Trek
Discover the Magic | Duration: 7-15 Days | Strenuous | Max. 5416 Meters | Teahouses | March-May/Sept-Dec.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered one of the best and most fascinating Trekking in Nepal. The wonder of remote communities, ancient monasteries, and mist-shrouded valleys will leave you in awe. Add to your experience of knowing the facts of attractive villages of Manang, Chame, Pisang, Jomsom, and more.
Although the trek is challenging and requires a high level of physical fitness, the sense of accomplishment will leave you speechless.
- Learn about the lifestyle in Nepalese mountain communities.
- Walk across – Thorong La (5416 meters) – the world’s highest mountain pass
- Visit Muktinath’s holy Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site
- Explore ancient monasteries
- Walk across Kali Gandaki Gorge- the world’s deepest gorge
- Enjoy beautiful views of peaks, including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Annapurna, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Throng, and Kangaru.
Note: Discover 25 top highlights of the Annapurna Circuit Trek and its features.
Like ABC and EBC treks, the ACT trek is expected to be crowded in spring and fall. The risk of altitude sickness is likely, as you will be walking at elevations above 5,000m.
If you plan to take this trek during the monsoon season (June/July/August), you may face delays due to poor road conditions, landslides, and rockfalls.
6. Annapurna Panorama Trek
An unforgettable experience is full of unique emotions in the most authentic nature!
Duration: 4-5 Days | Easy | Max. 3210 Meters | Teahouses | March-May/Sept-Dec.
Hike to Hill trek – An unforgettable experience of unique emotions in the most authentic nature! Immerse yourself in the best short trek in Nepal, also known as the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek.
Enjoy pleasant walking among the magnificent landscapes, rhododendron forest, local villages, and classic viewpoint in Poon Hill.
Spring will be at its best when the rhododendron is in full bloom, so don’t miss out on a chance to immerse yourself in Nepal’s Spectacular natural scenic view.
The Annapurna Panorama Trek is short, easy is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, including first-time trekkers.
All you have to do is to prepare your backpack and leave for an unforgettable experience full of unique emotions in the most authentic nature!
- Catch glimpses of some stunning Himalayan peaks, including Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, and Singa Chuli.
- Explore the traditional village of Ghandruk
- Witness the Gurung culture.
The trail has become heavily commercialized, and it will likely be very crowded during peak trekking seasons. This route will not be ideal for those looking for a natural, remote experience.
7. Mardi Himal Trek
Take only the memories; leave your footprints in the wilderness of nature
Duration: 5-8 Days | Easy/Moderate| Max. 4200 Meters | Teahouses | March-May/Sept-Dec.
Mardi Himal Trek is a trek that is less strenuous and shorter Treks in Nepal. This trek is just for trekkers who wish to relish nature’s beauty. At the same time, multi-day or multi-week backpacking hiking experiences are perfect for anyone searching for a more moderate hike.
The trail takes you past picturesque scenery of hillsides, cliffs, raging rivers, and a forest covered with rhododendrons when in bloom. This trek offers you opportunities to extend beyond the trail and create your walking adventure and try out rock climbing and fishing.
Hence, if you are a beginner, this trail might be an excellent choice to experience Nepal’s true wilderness.
- Walk by diverse and off-the-beaten-path ways.
- Closer mountain view of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, and Hiuchuli.
- Enjoy your time at homestays and teahouses
- Experience local culture in-depth
Mardi Himal has become significantly more popular, making the trails somewhat crowded during peak seasons.
8. Langtang Valley Trek
In all things of nature, something marvelous captivates your soul for ages
Duration: 7-8 Days | Easy – Moderate | Max. 5050 Meters | Teahouses | March-May/Sept-Dec.
The Langtang Valley Trek is a short and popular trek in Nepal, perfect for beginners and those hoping to warm up before a more strenuous adventure. Dominated by the Langtang Himalayas, the trail runs through rhododendron forest, yak pastures, high alpine meadows, and bamboo forests, alongside waterfalls and stunning snow-capped mountains which lead up to the mountain settlement of Kyanjin Gompa.
The valley faced a lot of damage during April 2015 earthquake; however, the resilient locals have rebuilt and are back to business now. If you visit Nepal for the first time, this trek may be perfect with its off-beat track and pristine countryside views.
- A hike to Chorkari Ri (5050m)
- Enjoy the views of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Ganja La, Langshisha Ri, and Kimshung.
- Explore the beautiful village of Kyanjin.
- Enter the Langtang National Park
- Immerse yourself in the majestic flora and fauna, local cheese factories, Himalayan pheasants, deer, bears, and elusive red panda
Note: Discover the top 15 reasons to consider the Langtang Valley Trek
The only way to get to the trailhead is by land. Roads are not always in ideal condition, with many potholes and bumps. Certain trek sections are prone to landslides, so you may have to divert your route.
9. Everest High Passes Trek
Over the mountains and stopping by the woods is a reward when you think of this trek.
Duration: 17-18 Days | Strenuous | Max. 5545 Meters | Teahouses | March-May/Sept-Nov
The Everest High Pass Trek is one that you wouldn’t regret adding to your bucket list. The trek is technical and strenuous compared to other treks in Nepal. This is because the trek is an extended version of the Everest Base Camp Trek with three mountain passes over 5,000 m, giving you the ultimate Everest experience.
Also Known as “Three Pass Trek,” it’s a complete mountain delight offering an adventurous journey of your lifetime. You will be crossing three exhilarating Himalayan passes; Renjo La (5,345 m), Cho La (5,420m), and Kongma La (5,535 m). The majestic mountain peaks of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Lhotse are a delight to your eyes.
On this trek, you can experience the breathtaking views of the highest peaks, visit the base camp of Mt Everest and bluish Gokyo lakes, hike to high viewpoints like Kala Patthar and Gokyo Ri, and also walk by the world’s largest glacier Ngozumpa will be full of thrill and excitement. Seize it in your memories!
- Enjoy views of Khumbu Glacier.
- Learn about the vibrant Sherpa culture.
- Visit Khumbu Region’s oldest monastery, Tengboche Monastery.
The trek can be challenging as you cross several passes over 5,000 meters. High fitness levels are required, and this trek is not recommended for beginners.
10. Upper Dolpo Trek
Go on a date with mountains, and walk by Shey Phoksundo lake ( a turquoise blue lake)
Duration: 18-23 Days | Strenuous | Max. 5,350 Meters | Camping/Teahouses | April to Nov
The Upper Dolpo Trek, one of the most remote treks in Nepal, is strenuous and challenging. However, upon reaching the top, beautiful panoramic views and stretching out to exquisite terrain, high passes, deep passes, valleys, freshwater lakes, and snow-capped mountains will capture your attention. Much of the culture found in Upper Dolpo is reminiscent of Tibet and Buddhist culture.
Indeed, you will get the feel of being in the wilderness. The 800-year-old Shey Gompa, an ancient establishment, promises to heighten your insight into the mysteries of the land of Dolpo and its culture, a massive draw for many people. Good physical fitness is required!
- Enjoy the pristine Phoksundo Lake
- Watch Nepal’s highest waterfall, Suligad Waterfall.
- Learn about ancient BonPro religion and culture.
- Snow leopards and musk deer to Himalayan blue sheep.
Upper Dolpo is very remote, and good physical fitness and trekking experience are required. The region requires additional restricted area permits for Lower Dolpo and Upper Dolpo. These permits are relatively expensive when compared to other treks in Nepal.
11. Makalu Base Camp Trek
Get a taste of real adventure | Duration: 18-20 Days | Strenuous | Max. 5,700 Meters |Teahouses | March-May/Sept-Nov
The Makalu Base Camp Trek, a trek to the foot of the world’s fifth-highest peak, will challenge your adventurous spirit. Nevertheless, it is a journey that will leave you in awe with its arduous trail, scenic beauty, and magnificence of nature.
Situated in the Mahalangur Himalayas of Eastern Nepal, the trail of this trek is one of Nepal’s best secret adventures. You will be able to admire the majestic Mt Makalu rising tall right in front of your eyes and cross through several notorious yet beautiful high passes like Shipton la and Keke la on the route.
This trek is one of the most diverse and awe-inspiring journeys that offers you a wonderful opportunity to explore the unique cultural heritage of the Rai and Sherpa people and the exceptional floral & faunal richness of the Barun River Valley. That’s probably why this trek falls under the 15-best treks in Nepal.
- Get mesmerized by the magnificent views of other peaks like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Baruntse.
- Enjoy the lush scenery of Arun valley.
- Enter Makalu Barun National Park.
- Walk by the gorgeous rhododendron forest and witness the beautiful cliffs and hanging glaciers alongside several spectacular waterfalls.
Makalu Base Camp Trek is considered one of Nepal’s most challenging and remote treks and requires good physical fitness with a regular exercise routine. You will require a National park permit, local permit, and TIMS card to trek in the Makalu region.
12. Kanchenjunga Trek
Admire the five treasures of snow; Gold, silver, precious stones, grain, and holy scriptures.
Duration: 22-24 Days | Strenuous | Max. 5,150 Meters | Guesthouses/Hotels | March-May/Sept-Nov
The KBC Trek will give you the authentic feel of the Himalayas and amuse you with its undisturbed natural attire and diverse biodiversity.
Although intriguing to many, this trek only attracts a few travelers due to its remoteness and off-beaten trail. In terms of difficulty, this trek is graded as strenuous and one of the most challenging treks in Nepal.
Walk in the shadows of the world’s third-highest peak, the Kanchenjunga region, located in Nepal and India. On this trek, you will be enthralled by the beautiful landscape, high-altitude alpine forests, glacial moraine, etc. This trek will also show you the cultural diversity of Nepal.
- Be captivated by the stunning Yalung glaciers and panoramic view of Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Everest.
- Encounter rare birds and animals like snow leopards, musk deer, Himalayan black bears, red pandas, etc.
- Learn about the unique cultures, traditions, and lifestyles of the Rai and Limbu ethnic groups.
- Set foot in Kanchenjunga Conservation Area.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is restricted, so you must be trekking in groups of at least two people and have a trekking guide. The journey takes you to high altitude and keeps you there for quite a long time, exposing you to risks like intense cold weather, altitude sickness, and so on.
13. Everest Gokyo Lake Trek
It’s not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
Duration: 14-15 Days | strenuous | Max. 5,360 Meters | Guesthouses/Hotels | March-May/Sept-Dec
The Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is the perfect choice if you are not up for the traditional Everest Base Camp Trek. Strolling through the heart of the Himalayas, this trek will take you to experience the most astonishing and exciting journey of your life.
The high mountains gliding above Gokyo Valley will give you an exquisite view and take your breath away. Its wild landscapes, exhilarating lush slopes, and rocky summits won’t disappoint you either. That’s probably why Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is considered one of the best treks in north-eastern Nepal.
- Walk through the tropical forest home to Himalayan Tahr, musk deer, and snow leopard.
- Exploration of wildlife habitats, birds, and natural vegetation.
- Witness the biggest glacier in the Khumbu region, the Ngozumpa Glacier.
- Hike through the scenic forests of Sagarmatha National Park.
- Relax at the shore of the world’s highest freshwater lakes in Gokyo valley.
Everest Gokyo Lake Trek requires you to train physically and mentally before the trek. As you climb up the elevation, the possibility of altitude sickness will increase abruptly.
14. Pikey Peak Trek
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by.
Duration: 8-9 Days | Easy-Moderate | Max. 4302 Meters | Teahouses | March-May/Sept-Dec
Pikey Peak Trek is one of the most underrated treks in the Everest region of Nepal. With less to no traffic, this trek will take you on a remarkable journey that showcases an authentic picture of the rural villages on the foothills of the great peaks.
It is a fairly easy to moderate trek, perfect for anyone looking to enjoy some of the best views of the Nepalese Himalayan landscape in a short amount of time.
- Explore the ancient Buddhist monastery of Thupten Chholing.
- Savor the unique culture of the Sherpa community.
- Enjoy the splendid sunrise and sunset views beyond the Himalayas of Nepal.
- Delve into the unspoiled beauty of nature along the trail.
Pikey Peak Trek is one of the recently opened short treks in the Khumbu region. Unlike many other popular treks in Nepal, you do not require a trekking permit for Pikey Peak. The trekking trail does not reach any major conservation area or national park.
15. Langtang Gosaikunda Trek
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
Duration: 12-16 Days | Easy-Moderate | Max. 4600 Meters | Guesthouses/Hotels | March-May/Sept-Dec
Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek is one of Nepal’s most famous treks. It is an easy to moderate trek. The scenic landscape, the walk along the Langtang river, and the mesmerizing view of Gosaikunda lake during this trek will undoubtedly ease your mind at peace.
On this trek, you will witness the magnificent lakes surrounded by snow-clad, charmingly glorious mountains. The trail of this trek is also one of the prettiest among the many treks in Nepal that’ll make you forget the hustles and bustles of your busy concrete city life.
- Explore Langtang National Park.
- Visit the infamous cheese factory in Langtang.
- Witness the several beautiful waterfalls along the trail.
- Encounter several wild animals and rare birds.
Langtang Gosaikunda Helambu Trek will require you to get a permit to enter Langtang national park. You don’t need to be an experienced trekker to go on this trek. Having said that, if you’re a beginner, you might get altitude sickness as you go up the trail.
You asked, and we answered.
1. When is the best time to Trek in Nepal?
So, you have decided on the destination for your next trek. But, now the question that pops up is when should you visit Nepal for trekking? Well, this can be a tough decision.
But this is why we are here to help you. Every season has its advantage and disadvantage. It is up to you to decide which month you prefer despite the challenges.
The best time for trekking is Spring- March-May, and Autumn- September- December. If you want to read further and focus more on the pros and cons of the best time for trekking, do check out this blog. It has all the information that you’re looking for!
2. Teahouse or Camping Treks?
The next question that you might have is whether you should go for teahouse trekking or camp trekking, right? Before jumping into this topic, let us first know the meaning of these two treks.
In teahouse trekking, you will hike all day, lodge at a guesthouse, have your meals, and stay there for the night.
On the other hand, on a camping trek, you will be hiking, and at night you will be sleeping at your camp, and the dinner will also be prepared by the cook assigned for your trek.
If you want to know more about these two types of treks, we recommend you read this blog.
3. What are the easy Treks in Nepal?
There are many options if you want to trek along an accessible route.
4. What are the Best short treks in Nepal?
There are many short treks in Nepal for 3-14 days. These treks are perfect for beginners and especially those with limited time. Read this blog to get a clear picture of the short treks in Nepal.
5. Can you guide me to the best treks around Pokhara?
One might get overwhelmed with too much information and options. Therefore, we have refined your search and gathered the best treks around Pokhara. Here is the list,
6. Can you recommend the best treks in the Everest Region?
The Everest region has many routes you can choose from. Some of the best treks in that region are:
7. What are the Best Hikes Around Kathmandu?
If you want to hike around Kathmandu, we want to recommend some spots. Some of the best hikes around Kathmandu are,
If you want to look for more options, check here.
Nepal is a timeless trekking destination filled with adventures for all travelers. Although a small landlocked country, it has much to offer than beautiful landscapes and mountains. Amazing Nepal offers an authentic experience of joyful travel and the adventure of a lifetime.
We at Nepal Hiking Team can make your travel fun, safe and worthwhile. We have an extensive list of other destinations outside this list if you have not already found something that fits your travel plans.
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