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The best treks in Nepal

The Himalayan Kingdom of 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 an 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 for 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 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.

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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 best treks in Nepal

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 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, about 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 is 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

The best treks in Nepal

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. For 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)

The Manaslu 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 the 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

The best treks in Nepal

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 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 this 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

Trekking to Langtang Valley

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 of 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 Trek - Trekking in Nepal

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

Mardi Himal Trek is newly opened but getting popular very quickly because of the extraordinary views of the mountain 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

The best treks in Nepal

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.

In conclusion

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.

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