The Himalayan Kingdom Nepal offers a number of the best treks in Nepal’s Himalayas. Those trekking trails are two nights 3 days to one whole month and are easy to challenging. Lower elevation to the extremely high passes stand trekking in Nepal is so popular; because of the uniqueness of the landscapes, mountain view, and culture and tradition.
As the adventure land; Nepal has other many adventure activities such as mountain expeditions, mountain biking, rafting, bungee jumping, zipline, rock climbing, etc. So that Nepal is the territory of the numerous adventure activity; and the paradise of the adventure lovers
Mountain adventure tourism is the prime attraction of Nepal. Along with mountain adventure, there are other activities also; similarly famous such as city tours, jungle safari, adventure sports, and many more. However, most of the people visit Nepal for a trek on Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu, Mustang, etc. Each trekking regions have its uniqueness and diversity. Although the similarity is the spectacular views of the snowy peaks.
As a trekking guide, I have been on these trekking trails multiple times by leading groups. Sometimes I made solo trips as well because I love to explore new things and love to be in the mountain and nature. Among all those treks where I have been, my personal favorites are Upper Mustang and Dolpa Trek.
I love these trekking areas because these treks are completely different from the Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang treks. But I am sure if you are a trekking lover then your favorite treks in Nepal might be different. And here is the list of the best treks in Nepal according to popularity, length, cost, and diversity.
Everest Base Camp Trek
The Everest region is known as the Khumbu region too. There are many popular trekking routes such as Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Pass Trek, Gokyo Lake Trek, Everest Panorama Trek, etc. Among these trekking itineraries, the best and most popular trek is Everest Base Camp Trek. Because the world-renowned travel magazines and online travel platforms recommend this trek as one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world.
Another fascinating fact, the of the Everest Base Camp Trek is to fly one of the most dangerous airports in the world Lukla Airport. Furthermore, this region is inside the Sagarmatha National Park and this national park is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Nepal. Everest base trek can do of various lengths but the standard and normal itinerary are 11 nights and 12 days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu.
Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
|Day 1||Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding|
|Day 2||Phakding to Namche Bazar|
|Day 3||Namche Bazar to Khumjung Village and back to Namche Bazar|
|Day 4||Namche Bazar to Tengboche|
|Day 5||Tengboche to Dingboche|
|Day 6||Dingboche explore|
|Day 7||Dingboche to Labuche|
|Day 8||Labuche to Gorekshep to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorekshep|
|Day 9||Early morning hike to Kalapatter and trek down to Pheriche|
|Day 10||Pheriche to Namche Bazar|
|Day 11||Namche Bazar to Lukla|
|Day 12||Fly back to Kathmandu.|
Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang Trek is a trek that offers different scenery than other popular and best treks in Nepal. Mustang, especially the Upper Mustang was the Last Himalayan Kingdom in the history of Nepal. And the capital of this forbidden kingdom was in the walled city of Lomanthang. And surprisingly, still, there is a king and he used to be the supreme personality of the region.
Trekking to the upper mustang was only open in 1992 for the outsider, just two years after I was born (hahaha). Since then, there each year thousands of trekkers trek to explore this beautiful land. But still, the upper mustang is restricted and requires a special permit, and the permit costs USD 500 per person for 10 days. More than ten days need to pay per day an extra USD 50 and to obtain a permit needs a minimum of two people.
The standard Upper Mustang Trek Itinerary
|Day 1||Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni|
|Day 2||Kagbeni to Chaile|
|Day 3||Chaile to Syangbochen|
|Day 4||Syangbochen to Tsarang|
|Day 5||Tsarang to Lomanthang and explore Lomanthang|
|Day 6||Lomanthang to Chhoser village and back to Lomanthang|
|Day 7||Lomanthang to Dhakmar|
|Day 8||Dhakmar to Syangbochen|
|Day 9||Syangbochen to Chhusang|
|Day 10||Chhusang to Muktinath|
|Day 11||Muktinath to Jomsom|
|Day 12||Jomsom to Pokhara fly back.|
Manaslu Trek (Larke Pass Trek)
Manaslu Trek is another great trek in Nepal and it is very famous among adventure lovers. The classic Manaslu Circuit Trek is very prominent for its natural and cultural beauty of the region. The reason for that is every year several trekkers visit Manaslu Conservation Area as the Manaslu Trek and Tsum Valley Trek. Even some pedestrians combine these treks in one time as the longer version of Manaslu Trek.
This trek is also one of the restricted treks and it requires a special permit and a government-trained license holder trekking guide. Like Everest and Annapurna region treks, this trek also offers the outstanding vista of the giant Mt. Manaslu and other stunning mountain peaks. However, this trek is considered the less touristic trekking trail and off the beaten track. Exploring this remote locality will give you the reality of the mountain lifestyle.
Manaslu Round Trek Itinerary
|Day 1||Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola|
|Day 2||Soti Khola to Machhe Khola|
|Day 3||Machhe Khola to Jagat|
|Day 4||Jagat to Deng|
|Day 5||Deng to Namrung|
|Day 6||Namrung to Lho Gaun|
|Day 7||Lho Gaun to Samagaun|
|Day 8||Rest day (Explore Birendra Lake and Sama Gaun)|
|Day 9||Sama Gaun to Samdho|
|Day 10||Samdho to Dharmasala|
|Day 11||Dharamsala to Bimtang (Pass Larke 5106m)|
|Day 12||Bimtang to Khorsani Bari|
|Day 13||Khorsani Bari to Dharapani|
|Day 14||Drive to Besisahar and then Kathmandu|
After completing the Manaslu Trek if you have more time you can continue the Annapurna Circuit Trek too.
Annapurna Circuit Trek / Annapurna Round Trek
Inside the Annapurna Conservation Area, there are many treks among these treks Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the best treks in Nepal. This trek is one of the world-class treks and moreover known as the Annapurna Round Trek and Thorong La Pass Trek. In Nepal’s Himalayas, there are abundant trekking passes, the most popular one is the Thorong La Pass. The elevation of this pass is 5416m above sea level and is called the widest pass in the world.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is a full package trek, which means there are it starts at lower altitudes and ends after crossing Thorong La. Panoramic mountain sceneries, mixed culture, Himalayan Buddhism, and mixed traditions are the part of the full package of this trek. Walking in the shade of the Annapurna Massive and just below the world’s highest Tilicho Lake is the characteristic of this trek.
Nowadays there is a motor road to Manang and Khangsar from Besisahar. For the reason that the classic Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary almost vanishes. And you can start your journey to Thorong La from several points. Here is the normal Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary after the built road in this region.
|Day 1||Drive from Kathmandu/ Pokhara to Jagat|
|Day 2||Jagat to Dharapani|
|Day 3||Dharapani to Chame|
|Day 4||Chame to Pisang|
|Day 5||Pisang to Manang|
|Day 6||Manang rest day|
|Day 7||Manang to Yak Kharka|
|Day 8||Yak Kharka to High Camp|
|Day 9||High Camp to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass.|
|Day 10||Muktinath to Jomsom via Lubra village|
|Day 11||Drive or fly back to Pokhara|
On the same holiday if you want to explore Tilicho Lake then add three more days like this.
|Day 1||Manang to Shree Kharka|
|Day 2||Shree Kharka to Tilicho Base Camp|
|Day 3||Hike up to Tilicho Lake and back to Shree Kharka|
|Day 4||Shree Kharka to Yak Kharka.|
Langtang Trek / Langtang Valley Trek
Langtang valley trek is also one of the world’s class treks in Nepal. Comparatively shorter than Everest base camp and Annapurna Circuit Trek but the attraction of this trek is similar to other treks. As the Upper Mustang, this region also reflects the sameness of Tibetan culture in Nepal. Although the people of the Langtang are Nepalese.
Langtang valley trek is inside the Langtang National Park and to do a trek to Langtang requires an entry permit from the National Park. This trek is rich in natural beauty, cultural diversity, and the variousness of flora and fauna. These elements make Langtang Trek one of the best treks in Nepal. And because of the popularity of this amazing trek, each year thousands of international trekkers trek there.
This trek is the third-best trek in Nepal after Annapurna Base Camp and Everest Base Camp. Even Langtang Trek is widely known as the short but beautiful trek nearby the capital city Kathmandu. Also, this trek can combine with Tamang Heritage Trail Trek and Gosainkunda and Helambu Trek.
The normal Langtang Valley Trek Itinerary
|Day 1||Drive from Kathmandu to Syaprubesi|
|Day 2||Trek from Syaprubesi to Lama Hotel|
|Day 3||Lama Hotel to Langtang Village|
|Day 4||Langtang Village to Kyangin Gumpa|
|Day 5||Hike up to Kyangin Ri and Trek back to Lama Hotel|
|Day 6||Lama Hotel to Syaprubesi|
|Day 7||Drive back to Kathmandu.|
Nar Phu Trek
Nar Phu is a hidden gem inside the Annapurna conservation area. So that trekking to that hidden Valley is called Nar Phu Trek. As like other treks this trek also offers the mindblowing snowy peaks views, landscapes, local lifestyle, culture, and tradition of those local communities. There are only two massive village-like Nar Village and Phu Village, these villages are unique and have their own identities.
And this trek is also one of the restricted region treks; fewer touristic because of the requirements of the special permit and a trekking guide. If you are looking for a less tourist but startling trekking trail then Nar Phu Trek is one of the best treks in Nepal. Normally trekkers need to purchase 7 days trekking permit and which is more than enough to explore the whole region.
Nar Phu Trek is not only a natural and cultural trek, but it’s also an adventurous trek. Because trekkers have to pass the Kangla Pass 5320m above sea level. And the trails are extremely dangerous in some parts and if there is snow then it’s difficult to pass the Kangla Pass.
Nar Phu Trek Itinerary
|Day 1||Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar and again drive to Jagat|
|Day 2||Jagat to Dharapani|
|Day 3||Dharapani to Koto|
|Day 4||Koto to Metha|
|Day 5||Metha to Phu Gaun|
|Day 6||Explore Phu Gaun|
|Day 7||Phu Gaun to Nar Village|
|Day 8||Nar Village to Nawal via Kangla Pas|
|Day 9||Nawal to Dikur Pokhari|
|Day 10||Dikur Pokhari to Besisahar drive and back to Kathmandu|
Even this trek can combine with Annapurna Circuit Trek or Tilicho Pass Trek (Mesokantala Pass) to reach Jomsom. Mesokantala is another great trekking pass inside the Annapurna Conservation Area.
Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi Himal Trek is newly opened but getting popular very quickly because of the extraordinary views of the mountains peaks. This trek is the alternative to the Annapurna Base Camp Trek because the Mardi Himal Base Camp trek offers a better view than the ABC Trek. Also, this trek is shorter than the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
This trek is suitable for every age group because the final destination of this trek is just under 4500m altitudes. Growing necessary infrastructures such as hotels, restaurants, resting places, and proper walking trails. These are good signals for the betterment of the Mardi Himal Trek. The breathtaking mountain and surrounding views are the reasons to become this trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal.
This trek can start from different places like Phedi, Landruk, Naudanda, Kande, and Sodding. But the favorable starting point is Kande and the ending point is Sidding. Because you will ascend slowly and descend gradually.
The famous Mardi Himal Trek Itinerary
|Day 1||Drive from Pokhara to Kande and trek to Australian Camp|
|Day 2||Australian Camp to Forest Camp|
|Day 3||Forest Camp to High Camp|
|Day 4||Hike to Mardi Himal Base camp and trek down Badal Danda|
|Day 5||Trek down to Sidding via Low Camp and drive back to Pokhara.|
Kanchenjunga Trek is one of the best treks in Nepal because of the realistic and artistic beauty of the region. Located in the eastern part of Nepal and is the base camp of the world’s third-highest peak. The diversity of flora and fauna is another fact that marks Kanchenjunga Trek as a great trekking trail in Nepal. And this trek is considered the most challenging trek in Nepal.
This trek is for those who are seeking a bit long and challenging walk into the Himalayas. Furthermore, it gives various atmospheres each day; from very low land to the alpine landscapes and surroundings. Sleeping over 5000m above sea level and having weird dreams and waking up multiple times. These all can experience during this trek.
Kanchenjunga Trek Itinerary
|Day 1||Flight to Jhapa Bhadrapur and drive to Ilam|
|Day 2||Drive to Taplejung and trek to Mitlung|
|Day 3||Trek to Chirwa|
|Day 4||Trek to Sekethum|
|Day 5||Trek to Amjilossa|
|Day 6||Trek to Gybala|
|Day 7||Trek to Gunsa|
|Day 8||Rest day in Gunsa|
|Day 9||Trek to Khambachen|
|Day 10||Trek to Lonak|
|Day 11||Trek to Pangpema|
|Day 12||Trek to Kambachen|
|Day 13||Trek to Gunsa|
|Day 14||Trek to High Camp|
|Day 15||Trek to Taeram via Mirgin La Pass|
|Day 16||Trek to Ramche|
|Day 17||Trek to Tortung|
|Day 18||Trek to Yamphudin|
|Day 19||Trek to Mamanke|
|Day 20||Trek to Kande Bhanjyang|
|Day 21||Trek to Lali Kharka|
|Day 22||Trek to Suketar|
|Day 23||Drive or flight to Bhadrapur/ Nepalgunge|
|Day 24||flight or drive back to Kathmandu|
Best time to do trekking in Nepal.
If you want to have the best trekking experience in Nepal then you have to choose the right time. Otherwise, you will have a miserable holiday adventure in the Himalayas of Nepal. That is why planning to do the right trek in the right season is very important. In Nepal four different seasons – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Among these four seasons need to choose the best season to do a trek in Nepal. And the best seasons for trekking are spring and autumn.
The spring season – March, April, and May
As universally accepted that the spring season is the king of the season. During this season the weather will be clear and the temperature will be suitable for hiking in the mountains. This means there is a chance to have a blue sky, a clear mountain, and an enclosing view. The best part is that during the spring season there are blooming the colorful Rhododendron flower all one the Himalayan forests. Which adds extra elegance to your journey to the Himalayas.
The Autumn season – September, October, and November
The autumn season is the second-best trekking season in Nepal. As like the spring season; the weather will be crystal clear and the temperature will be perfect to hike in the mountains. That is why this season is the best time to do trekking in Nepal. Also, this season is the season of festivals and celebrations in Nepal. So if you want to have a promising trekking experience then chose the best time.
Nepal is an empire of mountain and mountain activities; especially trekking and mountain climbing. Most of the trekking trails offer an incredible mountain glimpse, very unique cultural phenomena, and religious beliefs. These elements make those treks the best in Nepal. Nepal has numerous trekking trails and all those trekking trails are categorized differently. As a trekking guide, I choose the up-listed are the best treks in Nepal.