Friday, 31 May 2019

Top 15 Best Treks in Nepal

Trekking is one of the most adventurous journeys on the planet. The first thing that probably comes to mind when thinking about Nepal is the beauty of the Himalayas. After all, Nepal is known as “the land of the Himalayas” and is home to numerous mountain peaks, including the world’s highest mountain peak- Mount Everest. It is a country of wonderful blends of many unique cultures together with quintessential Himalayan beauty. Moreover, the nation, more often than not, has been associated with thrilling and bountiful treks and hikes for a long time. Every year, thousands of travelers from over the world visit Nepal to do popular trekking journeys like the Everest Base Camp Trek and the Annapurna Base Camp Trek among many others.

As a matter of fact, when it comes to trekking- Nepal is a bottomless cornucopia of amazing and idiosyncratic destinations, isolated river valleys and natural wonders that ornament its terrains. Combine that with the rich multiculturalism that Nepal is brimming with- and the nation is sure to be on every adventure-seeker’s list. As such, here are the top 15 best treks in Nepal-

1 Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek
Sunset on the Mount Everest, Picture from Gokyo Ri.

Mount Everest- as no need of introductions, is without a doubt, one of the most daunting Himalayan peaks on the planet. Correspondingly, the Everest Base Camp Trek is also one of Nepal’s most popular trekking journeys. It is undeniably one of the most memorable trekking experiences in the country. It takes place in the Khumbu region, and encompasses the best aspects and features of that region. Highlights of the journey include the Sagarmatha National Park, the vantage point of Kalapatthar and many ethnic Sherpa villages like Namche Bazaar and Tengboche among many others.

2 Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp 4230m

Second only to the Everest Trek in terms of popularity is the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. As the name itself suggests, it takes place in the gorgeous Annapurna region of Nepal. Coincidentally, almost half the number of visitors of Nepal end up visiting the Annapurna. The region’s natural beauty is definitely unprecedented, and the trekking journey to the base camp of Mount Annapurna perfectly encapsulates this aspect. This journey gives the trekkers a chance to really immerse themselves in the beauty of the natural trans-Himalayan environment of the region along with enjoying the rich Magar and Gurung culture that thrives there.

3 Everest Base Camp Trek with Chola Pass Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek with Chola Pass Trek

The Everest Chola Pass Trek is a more technical trekking journey, but is perfect for seasoned trekkers when it comes to alternate trekking in Nepal. It provides grander views of the western Himalayas of Everest, and lets trekkers enjoy the crossing of an amazing mountain pass.

4 Kanchenjunga Trek

Kanchenjunga Trek

One of the most pleasant features of trekking in Neal is the array of mountain peaks you can choose from for trekking. Similarly, the Kanchenjunga Trek is a journey that falls under the off-the-beaten-paths trail. The adventure lets trekkers enjoy the unique scenery of the glaciated Kanchenjunga Peak situated over the shadowy valleys and rich floral acreages.

5 Rolwaling Trek

Rolwaling Trek

The Rolwaling Tashi Lapcha Pass is a mountain pass situated between the Gaurisankar Himal and the Rolwaling Peak. It is a more difficult trek that needs a bit of previous trekking experience to do, but the thrill is quite grand. Trekking through the Juniper and rhododendron forests to finally cross a high mountain pass of the Khumbu is a journey that just screams “Grand Adventure”!

6 Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Among the many options for trekking in Nepal, the Annapurna Circuit is one of the classiest. This journey takes the visitors beyond the natural sight-seeing and presents unique Nepali culture up-close. Trekkers can experience the nation’s rustic mountain life like never before. The trek rises up to 5,400 meters, and even touches the peripheries of the Tibetan plateau. One of the major highlights of this trek is the Thorong La Mountain Pass.  

7 Gokyo EBC trek with Island Peak Climbing

Gokyo EBC trek with Island Peak Climbing

Peak climbing and trekking in Nepal fall under a more strenuous adventure. Nevertheless, if you want to have a peak climbing streak under your belt, then Island Peak Climbing is a great start. The Island Peak is also known as Imja Tse and it presents a wild snowy terrain that is quite unbelievable. Correspondingly, from the summit of the Island Peak, you can enjoy beautiful views of Mount Lhotse and the Makalu Himal.

8 Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the most mildly famous teahouse treks in Nepal. This is also a challenging trek that presents a rugged Himalayan topography of the remote Manaslu region of the nation. Furthermore, one of the many highlights of this trekking journey is the popular Larkya La Mountain Pass. Trekkers can enjoy the beautiful village of Sama situated beneath the Tibetan Pass and crowned by the majestic Manaslu Mountain.

9 Rara Lake Trek

Rara Lake Trek
Rara Lake, Picture Credit – Nepali Times

Trekking in Nepal is a matter of enjoying the terrain’s many natural treasures as much as the Himalayan ornamentation. As such, one of those treks is the gorgeous Rara Lake Trek of Nepal. The lake is a cerulean body of water that supports the Annapurna region’s diverse floral and faunal species. It is a lively trek that presents the region’s Tharu culture along with the chance to enjoy the biodiversity and wildlife of the Annapurna.

10 Helambu Trek

Helambu is among the many beautiful destinations of Nepal. Trekkers should definitely not miss out on the beauty of this region as it presents magnificent views and sights of an unadulterated environment, along with a chance of enjoying the Buddhist culture of the ethnic people. Likewise, the place is famous for its sweet apples and artistic Buddhist pilgrimage sites.

11 Tamang Heritage Trail

Tamang Heritage Trail

The Tamang Heritage Trail is a culturally rich experience of trekking in Nepal. The trail lies in between the Langtang and the Ganesh Himal. It is also one of the more easier trekking trails of the nation. As such, it is generally suited for first-time trekkers. The trail takes the adventurer through the Nepal-and-Tibet borderland and presents gentle circuit routes. The trek is also popular for its portrayal of terraced farmlands and peaceful villages. Among the many highlights of the trek is the hot spring at Tatopani. Trekkers can dip in the hot spring and relax themselves amidst the lush environment of forest village.

12 Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley Trek

The Tsum Valley is situated against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh and the Buddha Himalayan ranges. Like the Tamang Heritage Trail, the Tsum valley Trek is also suited for novice trekkers. Correspondingly, the valley presents a dainty panorama of the Himalayas along with a diverse Buddhist and Limbu culture. Not only is the Tsum Valley Trek an adventurous journey, but it is also a spiritual escapade.

13 Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek

The Upper Dolpo Trek is an experience that covers the Great Himalayan Trail of the nation. Richly loaded with authentic Tibetan culture, Upper Dolpo is an isolated region that presents a purely untouched natural environment unlike anything else in the country. One of the many highlights of Upper Dolpo is the Shey Phoksundo Lake among alienated valleys lying among high rugged boulder-mountains.

14 Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek

As mentioned, trekking in Nepal is a combined adventure of cultural riches and natural beauty. Such a perfectly blended combination provides Nepal its unique quarter for treks and hikes that is different from the rest of the world. Identically, Upper Mustang is one of the most exotic regions of the country. It presents trekkers with amazing rock formations and hidden monasteries that span back centuries.

Equivalently, Upper Mustang also presents the chance to experience one of the last unsullied Tibetan Buddhist culture in the world. The region has managed to preserve its heritages and traditions as they were centuries back with little change. Thus, it is a rich cultural journey of exotic practices and distinctive land terrain of arid environments and deep gorges and canyons.

15 Annapurna Poon Hill Trek

Annapurna Poon Hill trek

The Annapurna Poon Hill Trek is also among the easier trekking journeys of Nepal. It takes trekkers to the famed Gurung villages of the Annapurna like Ghorepani and Ghandruk. However, one of the most amazing highlights of this trek is the vantage point of Poon Hill- one of the most popular and sought-after vantage points not only in the Annapurna, but the whole f Nepal. From Poon Hill, trekkers can enjoy a panoramic view of the entire Mount Annapurna massif along with its neighboring peaks. Usually, visitors hike to Poon Hill from Ghorepani early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise view amidst the Annapurna Himalayas. It is an experience that surely gets engraved in the minds for many years!  

In conclusion, Nepal is a destination that is a paradise for adventure seekers and leisurely travelers. Trekking in Nepal is an opulent journey that lets one immerse themselves in the allure of Himalayan essence and vehement wildlife. It is a must-visit destination for all globe-trotters seeking cultural dexterity, an uncurbed Himalayan tapestry and ever-florescent wildlife.

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