Top 7 best treks in Nepal

Are you looking forward to trek in the majestic Himalayas of Nepal? We have made your search hassle easier by narrowing it down to the top 7 best treks in Nepal anyone can opt for. Stop what you’re doing and make your choice. The mountains are expecting you.

In the sixties, the word “trekking” was merely unknown in Nepal and now it is what the country’s prominent for. Largely tens of thousands of adventurers visit Nepal solely to conquer the Himalayas. The wanderlust drives them towards the summit no matter how tough the journey. This is your time away from the mundane chaos and a step closer to the refreshing nature. The surprising trails and undiscovered sites with breath taking views will rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. You will realize your strengths, weaknesses and modesty as you start to perceive that you are solely a small drop in the ocean. Leave your worries and doubts in the comfort zone and step out into the world of learning, building new relations and awe-inspiring views.

Even though a small country, Nepal has astounding topographical and geographical attributes. Diversity of trekking rails ranges from days to weeks or 59m above sea level to 8848m.  However, the confusion to choose a destination might still prevail as the country is home to numbers of majestic Himalayas, majorly eight of the fourteen highest mountains in the world. The wide range of choices might cause bewilderment, so here are our top 7 best treks in Nepal for you to decide your next incredible adventure.

#1 Everest Base Camp Trek (5545m)

Top 7 best treks in Nepal - Everest base Camp Trek

The classic Everest Base camp trek is one of the strenuous yet significant treks of Nepal. The infamous Mount Everest (8848m) is the dream destination of adventurers because its glory is experienced up close in full bloom, no wonder it is one of the top 7 best treks in Nepal. The 16 days trek encompasses of 5-8 hours of walk through the rocky paths, high altitude and slopes accompanied by delightful views along the way. Making you way from the Dudh Koshi and Imja river to the highest and majestic Kalapatthar viewpoint, biggest glacier Khumbu and the longest Ngozumpa, Kongma-la pass, Cho-la Pass and Renjo-la pass are the major highlights of the trek just to name a few.

Similarly, you will visit the Hillary Museum and Tengboche Monastery and enjoy the ethnic Sherpa lifestyle in Namche Bazaar. Every year more than 40,000 people enjoy this trek which corresponds to approximately 100 people daily. The trek starts from Lukla; you take Kathmandu-Lukla flight and ends in Lukla itself.

#2 Annapurna Base Camp Trek (4210m)

best treks in Nepal - Annapurna Base Camp

This 14 days trek is perfect for the travelers looking to experience the ethnic culture and enjoy the nature. One of the most loved, Annapurna base camp trek stands at 4130m promising thrill with twists and turn. Not only does this trek indulge you in for an adventure, it also provides you the serenity of walking through the lush rhododendron and bamboo forests. If you are curious about the ethnic Nepali lifestyle, this trek lets you wander around Ghandruk where people from Gurung and Magar ethnicity live exhibiting their local culture.

 As the Annapurna base camp trail is deprived of certain facilities, the rural and authentic lifestyle of the villagers is still constant. You will observe the locals farming, which is still the main occupation in the area. This trekking rail is on our list of the top 7 best treks in Nepal because of the stupendous view of the Mt Machhapuchhre and Annapurna shining picturesquely making the lengthy and tiring walk worthwhile.

#3 Annapurna Circuit Trek (5416m)

Top list of treks - Annapurna Circuit

Next on our list of top 7 best treks in Nepal is Annapurna Circuit Trek, a blend of culture meets nature. This strenuous yet naturally rewarding 14 days trek will awe struck you with the beauty of the Muktinath Temple, the scared pilgrimage for the Hindus and Buddhists and Jomsom where you can experience the ethnic Thakali lifestyle. Keep your mind ready for the Thorong La pass, the highest pass in the world where you can enjoy the magnificent views the Annapurna Region has to offer.

Top 7 best treks in Nepal - Manang Village

Similarly, the deepest gorge in the world Kaligandaki gorge with its isolated and wild surrounding will astound you. You might want to sturdy your heart’s core for these adventures. Also, keep your palettes ready for the juiciest Apples in the lovely village Marpha, Nepal’s apple capital. The trek ends in Pokhara, the liveliest city where you can relax and enjoy the Phewa lakeside. 

#4 Langtang valley trek with Gosainkunda (4600m)

Langtang valley trek

Langtang-Gosainkunda trek is one of the comparatively difficult yet picturesquely rewarding treks. The 16 days journey might be demanding but the tranquil Gosainkunda Lake is bound to make up for it. Beautiful snow capped mountains, monasteries and Chortens can be explored and enjoyed along the way which makes every step valuable. In cultural retrospect, Langtang is known for their Tibetan Buddhist values hence giving you a traditional experience.

Also, the Gosainkunda Lake has its spiritual and religious beliefs as it is a famous pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists. It is believed that Gosainkunda Lake rids you of all your sins so; many people pay a visit for religious purpose. Langtang-Gosainkunda is in our list of top 7 best treks in Nepal because of its diverse beauty and cultural abundance. Travelers wishing to dive into the trekking world with a gist of adventure meets spirituality would love this trek.

#5 Manaslu Circuit Trek (5220)

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu the eight highest mountain of the world has been a favorable choice of most of the trekkers. The Manaslu Circuit Trek allows you to enjoy the amiable charm of the forests along the way and the rivers enchant you with its cascade. Several floras can also be seen during peak seasons in this region. Also famous for their wildlife, you might be able to see mountain goats, blue sheep or Pika.

Larky La Pass being the highest point on the trek at 5167 meters, the trail is wild and secluded so the numbers of trekkers is also comparatively low in regards to other treks.

However, the tea houses along the way are as cozy as ever. Similarly, the locals are from Nepalese and Tibetan ethnicities and are just as warm and generous. The 14-17 days Manaslu circuit trek, even though one of the physically challenging has made it to our top 7 best treks in Nepal because of the beauty of the Mt. Manaslu, Cheo Himal, Annapurna II and the sub tropical forests that you can encounter along the way.

#6 Mardi Himal Trek (4200m)

Mardi Himal Trekking

The only less challenging and quick treks on our top 7 best treks in Nepal is the 11 days Mardi Himal Trek. If you are a beginner in the world of trekking then this is the perfect one. This fairly new route situated in the Annapurna region is rich in its beautiful forestry and Rocky Mountains. This trek takes about 5-7 days and is slowly gaining interest of travelers due to its iconic views of the Machhapuchre, Mardi, and Hiunchuli. The fresh and exquisite Rhododendron forests will accompany you through the winding and rocky roads. This trek starts from Pokhara and ends at the same place so you have ample time to relax in the beauty of the city. People with tight schedules can opt for this short yet thrilling escapade.

#7 Upper Mustang Trek (4210m)

Mustang Trekking

Mustang the hidden kingdom of Nepal is the final gem in our top 7 best treks in Nepal. For generations, it has secluded itself from the rest of the world keeping its culture intact. Matter of fact, it is an honor to be able to visit Mustang because of the rich culture they still behold. The vintage lifestyle of the mountain people and a chance to spend time in this highly confined region is a one in a lifetime experience you should not miss out on. This trek takes 15 days or more which starts and ends in Kagbeni.

Following the Kali Gandaki valley and climbing above the walls you will get to see the scattered habitation of the people in Mustang. Although a mountainous region, it is more close to a desert as there is little cultivation. Also, it tends to get windier and dustier at times. Still, the surrounding views of the mountains and traditional style houses will keep your heart at peace. Whether you go for sightseeing around the village or bike around the dusty hills, your time at the last forbidden kingdom will be unforgettable.

Here at NHT we believe that time spent travelling is time preserved. With every step you take you learn, understand and realize so much about yourself and the environment around you. Every new hurdle you undergo is a new lesson learned. And every place you conquer, you take a fragment of it with you. So, make up your mind, pack your bags and get ready for new adventures. If you’re a trekking fanatic, the above mentioned top 7 best treks in Nepal are just a step away. Choose one or decide to visit them all, Nepal Hiking Team is ready to assist you with your every move.

About Author

Balaram Thapa, an executive director at Nepal Hiking Team had a long journey before making NHT one of the revolutionary tour operators in this competitive field of Tourism. He finished his Bachelor’s degree in Travel and Tourism from Tribhuwan University in the year 2000.

He started his career as a trekking support staff in 1998 and gradually earned a status of trekking leader. He has trekked several trekking routes such as Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, Everest, Kanchenjunga, Mustang, Makalu, etc. Thus has immense knowledge about the trekking routes of Nepal. Alongside this, he has also organized several tours to Bhutan and Tibet as a tour guide. He has traveled to Germany, France, Switzerland, Poland, Italy promoting Nepal’s tourism.

After earning lots of experience in this field, he wanted to explore his own business ideology. He along with his brother- Ganga Raj Thapa start their own company, Nepal Hiking Team in 2009. He is friendly and works side by side with the staff inspiring and motivating them. He is an expert travel consultant and handles all the concerns of travelers regarding their trip. He inspires people to travel new and unique destinations and implement the same ideology on himself as well.

He started his journey 22 years ago and has immense experience in this field. His passion for traveling has made his 22 years of working journey, a precious phase of his life. And he plans to continue doing this and add more years in it.

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