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    Blog > Trekking Articles > Top 12 Best Treks

    in Nepal Snapshot

    Top 12 Best Treks in Nepal Snapshot

    Overview

    By Trekbooking posted on November 18, 2014 5:35 am

    Going trekking in Nepal? Lets help you with a snapshot overview of whats likely the

    twelve best treks in Nepal. At least, they are currently the most popular treks in Nepal,

    based on number of trekkers.

    Every year Nepal attracts +200,000 trekkers. That also means that every year +200,000

    people are faced with the hard choice of selecting which trekking destination to explore in

    Nepal. Lets face it this is not an easy choice.

    How odd it may sound the decision of choosing your favorite trek might actually be easier

    made in your home country (likely with proper internet connection also) than in the bustling

    trekking and tourist area, Thamel, where hundreds of trekking agencies inevitably will offer you

    different opinions as to which trek is the best trek in Nepal.

    Worst case, some opinions offered by local trekking agencies might be more profit driven than

    anything else. Best case, youll receive good but likely different pieces of advice from various

    prudent trekking companies in Kathmandu. Because which trek is actually the best in Nepal?

    While some may believe theres an ultimate answer to that question it does literally come down

    to your own personal trekking preferences. Let us exemplify with a few relevant aspects of

    trekking which you need to consider, before being able to zoom in on THE best trek in Nepal,

    for you personally:

    1. What level of trekking difficulty are you seeking?

    2. How many days do you have available for trekking in Nepal?

    3. Looking for a remote trekking destination, or, will a touristy one be okay as well?

    4. Are you a budget traveler or is price less relevant for you?

    5. During which season(s) are you trekking in Nepal? (some treks are not recommended during

    the monsoon and winter season)

    6. Looking for remote and hard camping treks (also sometimes named adventure treks) or the

    simpler guesthouse treks?

    7. Are you alone, or with someone? Some treks in Nepal have Restricted Permits and hence

    requires a minimum of two people, and the company of a Nepali guide or porter.

    Companies Companies Destinations Destinations

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  • and finally its Trek Facts.

    Hopefully this best treks in Nepal crash-course will assist you further with selecting your

    favorite trekking destination.

    1. EVEREST BASE CAMP 12/13 days, +25,000 trekkers/year

    Great trekking terrain! Youll stand face-to-face with the worlds highest mountain Mountain

    Everest (8,850m), and see multiple other majestic peaks. Youll also meet the Sherpa people,

    renowned for the climbing skills. In short, fantastic trekking experience.

    Highlights

    Stand face-to-face with Mt. Everest and experience Everest Base Camp itself.

    Kala Patthar at 5,600 meters, a vantage point providing fantastic views of majestic peaks

    such as Nuptse, Lhotse, and Mount Everest

    Great trekking trail and excellent mountain landscapes

    Lowlight

    Youll trek up and down on more or less the same trail.

    Trek Facts

    Trekking Difficulty: Level 3 Medium difficulty

    Remoteness: Not Remote (due to the number of trekkers)

    Pricing: Medium (#USD spent/day)

    Best Season: March-May and October-November

    Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges

    Restricted Permits: No.

    Max elevation: 5,600 m, Kala Patthar

    Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Yes.

    Compare prices for Everest Base Camp

    2. ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT 13/14 days, the entire Annapurna Region +100,000

    trekkers/year

    Good trekking terrain. Great Himalayan scenery. Comfortable trek with lots of tea-houses. In

    recentyears road building has taken place along some parts of the trek, unfortunately

    decreasing the overall trekking experience.

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  • Highlights

    Crossing the worlds widest pass the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meter

    Diverse trekking terrain as a result of high difference in altitudes varying from 760 m to

    5,416 m

    Developed trek giving a high degree of comfort

    Lowlight

    Road building next to the trail at some parts of the trek.

    Trek Facts

    Trekking Difficulty: Level 3 Medium Difficulty

    Remoteness: Not Remote (due to the number of trekkers)

    Pricing: Cheap (#USD spent/day)

    Best Season: March-May and October-November

    Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges

    Restricted Permits: No.

    Max elevation: 5,416 m, Thorong La Pass

    Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Yes.

    Compare prices for Annapurna Circuit

    3. ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP 9/10 days Part of the Annapurna Region, +100,000

    trekkers/year

    Annapurna Base Camp (4,320m) will allow you to stand face-to-face with the worlds most

    dangerous mountain to Climb (not trek) Annapurna I (8.091 m). Only having 10 days for

    trekking this trek is without doubt a great option.

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  • Highlights

    An authentic and real trekking experience, considering the rather short trekking duration.

    Great trail and landscape, the closer you get to Annapurna Base Camp.

    In close proximity to the city Pokhara, also worthwhile exploring after the trek.

    Lowlight

    The trail has quite a few stairs

    Trek Facts

    Trekking Difficulty: Level 2 Moderate

    Remoteness: Not Remote

    Pricing: Cheap (#USD spent/day)

    Best Season: March-May and October-November

    Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges

    Restricted Permits: No.

    Max elevation: 4,320 m, Annapurna Base Camp

    Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): No. Normally too much snow. Risk of avalanches.

    Compare prices for Annapurna Base Camp

    4. POONHILL TREK 5-7 days, Part of the Annapurna Region, +100,000 trekkers/year

    Poonhill (3,210 m) offers great views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain Ranges. Its a

    great trek for a sneak-peak into the trekking world. Highly recommended if only a few days

    available for trekking in Nepal.

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  • Highlights

    Sunrise atop Poonhill with a fantastic panoramic view of the Himalayas

    Cultural trek, especially Ghandruk, an antique and culturally rich villag

    In close proximity to the city Pokhara, also worthwhile exploring after the trek.

    Lowlight

    The trail has quite a few stairs

    Trek Facts

    Trekking Difficulty: Level1/2 Easy to Moderate difficulty

    Remoteness: Not Remote

    Pricing: Cheap (#USD spent/day)

    Best Season: March-May and October-November

    Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges

    Restricted Permits: No.

    Max elevation: 3,210 m, Poonhill

    Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Yes.

    Compare prices for the Poonhill Trek

    5. LANGTANG TREK 7-13 days 13,000 trekkers/year

    The best trek in Nepal, if only having 7-8 days available. Situated in the North towards Tibet

    Langtang is a good trek offering cultural insights such as monasteries, local villages, and an

    opportunity to select and hike you own preferred 4,984 m peak.

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    Reaching atop Tserko Peak at an altitude of 4,984 m.

    A 100% authentic trekking experience, even if only going for 7 days!

    A culturally rich trek highly influenced by Tibetan traditions.

    Lowlight

    The trail is almost the same up and down.

    Trek Facts

    Trekking Difficulty: Level 3 Moderate difficulty

    Remoteness: Not Remote-Remote

    Pricing: Cheap (#USD spent/day)

    Best Season: March-May and October-November

    Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges

    Restricted Permits: No.

    Max elevation: 4,984m, Tserko Ri

    Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Yes.

    Compare prices for the Langtang Trek

    6. MANASLU TREK 15 days 6,500 trekkers/year

    The Manaslu trek officially opened for trekking in the early 90s, a cutural trek par excellence,

    and without a doubt one of the best treks in Nepal. An appropriate name might be Anaslu as

    this trek is likely to take over the popularity of the infamous Annapurna Circuit trek. Highly

    recommended.

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    The day of crossing the Larke Pass a day of challenge and full adventure!

    The entire trail diverse, remote, and secluded, enriched by very different topography as

    a result of varying altitudes 600 m to 5,135 m. Youll walk in a circuit and hence the trail

    will keep on changing, until its end.

    The cosy village of Samagaun from where youll also visit Manaslu Base Camp.

    Lowlight

    The word has spread that Manaslu is indeed one of Nepals best treks. Accommodation

    may be therefore be scarce, especially during high season Oct and Mar-April.

    Trek Facts

    Trekking Difficulty: Level 4 Hard

    Remoteness: Remote

    Pricing: Medium (#USD spent/day)

    Best Season: March-May and October-November.

    Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges

    Restricted Permits: Yes. You have to be minimum 2 trekkers and accompanied by a

    Nepali Guide or Porter.

    Max elevation: 5,115m, Larke Pass

    Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): On and off, but mostly Yes. The obstacle is the

    day of crossing the Larke Pass at an altitude of 5,135 m.

    Compare prices for the Manaslu Trek

    7. EVEREST BASE CAMP 3 PASSES TREK 18 days Part of the Solu Khumbu region,

    +36,000 trekkers/year

    Looking for an adventure of a lifetime? This is the ultimate Everest quest. It is a long and

    challenging trek with 4 passes to climb. ALL efforts are, however, rewarded by stunning peaks,

    pristine nature, and excellent trails.

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  • Highlights

    Crossing each of the 3 passes is a challenge, and a great adventure. Kong Ma La

    represents the biggest challenge of the 3 passes.

    Fantastic trekking trail remote, diverse and secluded. Youll be walking in a circuit so

    the trail will just keep on changing.

    Crossing Himalayas widest glacier the Ngozumba Glacier an exciting trespassing.

    Lowlight

    Good question. Were in doubt ourselves if there is one!

    Trek Facts

    Trekking Difficulty: Level 4 Hard

    Remoteness: Very Remote

    Pricing: Medium (#USD spent/day)

    Best Season: March-May and October-November.

    Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges

    Restricted Permits: No.

    Max elevation: 5,540m, Kong Ma La Pass

    Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): No. The 3 passes are not passable during Winter.

    Compare prices for the Everest Base Camp 3 Passes Trek

    8. GOKYO 12 days Part of the Sulu Khumbu Region, +36,000 trekkers/year

    Situated just west of the Everest Base Camp trek the Gokyo trek is a great alternative if looking

    for fewer tourists and more remote nature. The five Emerald Lakes together with majestic

    mountain peaks is at the core of this trek.

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  • Highlights

    The cozy and beautiful village of Gokyo. If possible, spend an extra day there!

    The 5 emerald green lakes of the Gokyo region.

    Gokyo Ri a peak and vantage point providing the best panoramic view of the

    Himalayas! (compared with all other treks in Nepal)

    Lowlight

    Unless also crossing the Renjo La Pass, its almost the same trail up and down.

    Trek Facts

    Trekking Difficulty: Level 3 Medium difficulty

    Remoteness: Remote

    Pricing: Medium (#USD spent/day)

    Best Season: March-May and October-November

    Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges

    Restricted Permits: No.

    Max elevation: 5,357m, Gokyo Ri

    Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Yes.

    Compare prices for the Gokyo trek

    9. UPPER MUSTANG 14 days 3,000 trekkers/year

    Mustang, a former Himalayan Kingdom, is considered a last bastion of Tibetan culture. An

    otherwise traditional camping trek which is now available via conveniently spaced

    guesthouses. A great option if looking for unique Tibetan culture together with beautiful

    landscapes. Recommended!

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  • Highlights

    The Mustang areas capital city Lo Manthang

    Treeless and barren landscapes

    A journey full of cultural inputs and Tibetan traditions

    Lowlight

    Relentless afternoon winds can be a challenge.

    Trek Facts

    Trekking Difficulty: Level 3,4 Medium-Hard

    Remoteness: Very Remote

    Pricing: High (#USD spent/day)

    Best Season: March-May and October-November

    Accommodation type: Guesthouses & Lodges

    Restricted Permits: Yes. You have to be minimum 2 trekkers and accompanied by a

    Nepali Guide or Porter. The Restricted Permit for Upper Mustang costs USD 500 for up

    to 10 days and USD 50 for each day hereafter.

    Max elevation: 3,810 m, Dhakmar

    Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Yes.

    Compare prices for the Upper Mustang Trek

    10. UPPER DOLPO 22 days 1,900 trekkers/year

    Its a hidden gem filled with cultural impressions Tibetan style villages, barren landscapes,

    mountain peaks, and fertile rice terraces. Its expensive but also fantastic. The mystique and

    uniqueness of the Upper Dolpo region was manifested by Peter Matthiessen in The Snow

    Leopard written in 1979.

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  • Highlights

    The secluded Shey Phoksundo lake and the Shey Gomba monasteries

    High and secluded Himalayan valleys, resembling the Tibetan plateau

    Superb view of the Kanjirowa Himal mountain

    Lowlight

    Its a very remote area and as a result you will spend up to 4 days travelling to and from

    the trek, having Kathmandu as a starting point.

    Trek Facts

    Trekking Difficulty: Level 3 Medium difficulty

    Remoteness: Very Remote

    Pricing: High (#USD spent/day)

    Best Season: March-May and October-November

    Accommodation type: Camping

    Restricted Permits: Yes. You have to be minimum 2 trekkers and accompanied by a

    Nepali Guide or Porter. The Restricted Permit for Upper Dolpo costs USD 500 for up to

    10 days and USD 50 for each day hereafter.

    Max elevation: 5,250 m, Kang La Pass

    Accessible during Winter (Dec-Jan): Not advisable. Too remote and too cold. Crossing

    the Kang La Pass is likely not possible.

    Compare prices for the Upper Dolpo Trek

    11. KANCHENJUNGA 20 days 650 trekkers/year

    Camping adventure trek of a life time. Youll be visiting one of the most rural regions in Nepal,

    surrounded by absolute pristine nature. Its a hard and long trek and should only be done by

    rather fit trekkers. Go there!

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