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Top 10 Best Trekking Routes In Nepal

Trekking Routes In Nepal

Apart from housing some of the highest mountain peaks and breath-taking views in the World, Nepal is particularly popular as it offers a vast variety of trekking routes. Nepal is famous for adventure and trekking. The terrain of the Nepalese Himalayas offers a number of stunning trekking routes. It is rather unfair to name just one trek in Nepal as the best. In fact, the perception of “the best” is actually very subjective and depends on person to person. The best treks in Nepal for the one can be found by looking at the one’s preferences over the features offered by the trekking.

The best trek for one can depend on his/her choice of difficulty, the number of days for trekking, budget and trek style, etc. Here we have listed down the ten best treks in Nepal based on popularity, scenery, culture, and price.

Top 10 Best Trekking Routes In Nepal

#1 Everest Base Camp Trek:

everest base camp trek

Everest Base Camp is in the mouth of everyone and Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the popular treks in the world. This trek will surely give an awesome experience for any trekker. Trekking to Everest Base Camp is one of the most popular activities among people who visit Nepal for a holiday. A breath-taking flight to Lukla airport, stunning Himalayan scenery, world’s biggest desert-like glaciers, high thrilling trekking passes and warm, hospitable Sherpa culture together with hundreds of years old monasteries are main attractions of Everest Base Camp. Buddhist monasteries, prayer walls, and monuments, Sagarmatha National Park, wildlife such as musk deer, blue sheep, Himalayan tahr, barking deer, blood pheasant, Tibetan snow-cock, crimson-horned pheasant, domestic beautiful animal Yaks are seen on the way. The trek will take you through wide areas of stunning landscapes, ethnic settlements, years old Buddhist monasteries at Monjo, Namche, Tengpoche and Panboche, and ultimately to the midst of towering peaks including but not limited to Ama Dablam, Kang Tega, Nuptse, Thamserku, Kusum Kanguru, Pumori, Lhotse, Lobuche, Island Peak, Makalu and breathtaking Everest itself.

Max Elevation 5,600 m, Kala Patthar
Days 12 Days
Trekking Difficulty Medium
Remoteness Not Remote  (High number of trekkers per year)
Pricing Medium (USD spent/day)
Best Season March to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse
Restricted Permits No
Required Permits TIMS

#2 Annapurna Circuit Trek:

annapurna circuit-trek

If trekking is your first love, then the Annapurna Circuit Trek is an adventure in the wilderness you don’t want to miss, at any cost. This is a memorable hike that circumnavigates the Annapurna massif, displaying some of the most astounding scenery on the planet. Annapurna Circuit is one of the most famous trekking routes in Nepal. The trail traverses a variety of terrain and explores the rich cultural and natural diversity of the Annapurna region. The trek offers an amazing view of the Annapurnas, Macchupucchre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Langtang Himal. The route for Annapurna Circuit Trek was just opened in 1977. It is also known as a classic Himalayan trek. Annapurna circuit 14 days trek provides an amazing vista of Annapurna (8,097), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Lamjung, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre (6,993m), Tukuche peak etc. You will enjoy the ranges of views during the trek as it starts and finishes in the lush foothills of the Annapurna, scattered with different settlements. We will feel the spectacular change as we go into the barren scenery of the Tibetan highland where the way of life becomes mostly Buddhist.he path reaches its highest point at Thorung La pass (5416m/17769 ft), touching the edge of the Tibetan plateau.

Max Elevation   5,416 m,  Thorong La Pass
Days 14
Trekking Difficulty Moderate
Remoteness Not Remote
Pricing Cheap (USD spent/day)
Best Season March to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse
Restricted Permits No
Required Permits ACAP, TIMS

#3 Manaslu Circuit Trek:

Manaslu circuit Trek

Manaslu area was sealed and just opened in the early 90s to the foreign visitors and it has been controlled area to protect its fragile natural resources and cultural heritage and to promote ecotourism to improve the livelihood of the local people in the Manaslu Conservation Area. Manaslu trekking offers a spectacular view through the gorge of the Budhi Gandaki.  Manaslu region is an isolated and long been undamaged by modernity. Trekking tour in this isolated area has been extremely popular from last few years. Those trekking enthusiastic searching for ‘Wilderness and authentic Culture’ experiences have started to bypass the ‘Annapurna’ and hike the Manaslu route instead. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is an extremely remarkable trek flaunting remarkable panoramas of the peaks on the Nepal-Tibet border. The trek goes around the stunning Mount Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world, and reaches its highest at Larkya Pass which offers magnificent views of Manaslu.

Max Elevation 5115m at Larkya Pass
Days 15 Days
Trekking Difficulty Hard
Remoteness Remote
Pricing Medium (USD spent/day)
Best Season March to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Guesthouses & Lodges
Restricted Permits Yes
Required Permits ACAP, MCAP, RAP

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#4 Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

annapurna base camp trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a trip that introduces us to an exceptional ecosystem that’s well balanced and on this trip we experience the beauty of Mother Nature at its real best. The Annapurna base camp trek is one of the beautiful treks in Annapurna area. The fabulous mountain scenery & the rich cultural diversity traverses across a wide spectrum of lush rural farmlands and pretty villages. The Annapurna base camp trek is one of the most popular treks in the world. It literally brings you face to face with an eight-thousander – for a moderate-difficult trek, this is incredible! The fascinating Annapurna massif includes the world’s tenth highest peak. Annapurna I (8,091 m) holds an almost fatal attraction for mountaineers. The trek is the perfect blend of superb natural scenery and rich cultural diversity of Annapurna region. Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp is a spectacular, breathtaking walk that rewards trekkers in many ways.

Max Elevation   4,320 m, Annapurna Base Camp
Days 10
Trekking Difficulty Moderate
Remoteness Not Remote
Pricing Cheap (USD spent/day)
Best Season March to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse
Restricted Permits No
Required Permits ACAP, TIMS

#5 Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking :

ghorepani poon hill trek

A short and essay trek in Annapurna region and the hike up to Poon Hill popularly known as Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek offers dissimilar vistas of Himalayas crosses passing rice fields and terraces. The trek itself presents Manaslu, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri views along the route with blooming rhododendron flowers. Classic mountain treks in Nepal generally require two or three weeks of your time, but one of the great things about the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is that it can be accomplished in as little as four days, however, most people take five days. Apart from being a great introduction to trekking for non-trekkers, as well as providing a fantastic experience for those with little time, the main drawcard of the trek is the beauty and diversity of the scenery: one minute there is lush vegetation, the next, terraced rice fields and then alpine areas. All along the trek, the highly-attractive fluted peak of Machhapuchhare (Fishtail Peak) dominates the skyline. The trek is exceptionally beautiful during the spring when the rhododendron forest is in bloom with the panorama of the high mountains on the vista. The spectacular sunrise view over the panorama of Annapurna range is the highlight of the trek.

Max Elevation 3,210 m, Poonhill
Days 5
Trekking Difficulty Easy to Moderate
Remoteness Not Remote
Pricing Cheap
Best Season March to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse
Restricted Permits No
Required Permits ACAP, TIMS

#6 Langtang Valley Trek:

langtang valley trek

The trek is situated in the Langtang Valley, nearby Kathmandu city. It is the perfect destination for someone who wishes to trek to the Himalayas but is looking for a relatively easy route with shorter walks and lower altitude. The region is a narrow valley located on the border of Tibet. This region is inhabited by Tibetans and Tamangs. The holy lake Gosaikunda, many Himalayan peaks like Langtang-ri, Langtang Lirung, Dorge Lhakpa Peak gives immense beauty to this region. Also, the valley is famous for experiencing a different lifestyle, customs, and tradition of Himalayan people. This region gives an opportunity to explore Langtang National Park, villages, climb small mountains and to visit glaciers. The area is famous for its natural beauty and wonderful climate with superb snow-capped mountain views. However, the Langtang Valley is almost devoid of visitors these days as the people of Langtang are continuing to rebuild their lives after the 2015 earthquake. Survivors of the landslides caused by the earthquake were forced to leave the valley, but now they have come back to reclaim their homeland, rebuild their homes and re-establish their farms. After detailed surveys of the land structure of this region, it was declared safe region to travel to and got some international attention as one of the must travel destinations of the world.

Max Elevation 4,984m, Tserko Ri
Days 10
Trekking Difficulty Moderate
Remoteness Not Remote  to remote
Pricing Cheap (USD spent/day)
Best Season March to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse
Restricted Permits No
Required Permits TIMS

#7 Upper Mustang:

Upper Mustang Trek

Mustang, a former Himalayan Kingdom, is considered the last bastion of Tibetan culture. A great option if looking for unique Tibetan culture together with beautiful landscapes. Upper Mustang Trek to the hidden paradise of Mustang is fabulous tour that visitors experience ever best holiday trip in their life in Nepal. Upper Mustang; described as a mystique valley and the last forbidden kingdom in Nepal was just opened for foreigners in 1992. Trek to Mustang allows the travelers to witness heavenly beautiful Trans-Himalaya landscape, ancient Tibetan Buddhist shrines such as Stupas, Chhortens, Kaanis, Prayers walls, centuries-old monasteries and interact with Tibetan like people makes the trip most lifetime memorable. The region’s isolation from the outside world has contributed to a highly preserved Tibetan culture and unspoiled nature. Mustang lies in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri massif creating a ruggedly arid land surrounded by rocks in all kind of colors and impressive formations.

Max Elevation 3,810 m, Dhakmar
Days 14
Trekking Difficulty Moderate to Hard
Remoteness Very Remote
Pricing High (USD spent/day)
Best Season March to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse
Restricted Permits Yes
Required Permits ACAP, RAP

#8 Gokyo Ri Trek:

gokyo ri trek

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. With its alluring side glens, turquoise lakes, the country ’s biggest glacier and an arc of snow mountains, the Gokyo valley is the most attractive region in the Khumbu. The Gokyo Ri Trek is an exceptional trek to the Gokyo valley through forests filled, numerous suspension bridges, scenic ridges with shrines on top, charming little hamlets, the alpine valleys and glacial moraines. The views of the five Emerald Lakes together in the shadow of the majestic mountain peaks in the Gokyo Valley are the main highlight of the Trek. The trek offers the fabulous view of the wonderful ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung located in Khumbu region. This is an ultimate trek for seeking exclusive adventure and scenic grandeur.

Max Elevation    5,357m, Gokyo Ri
Days 12
Trekking Difficulty Moderate
Remoteness Remote
Pricing Medium (USD spent/day)
Best Season March to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Teahouse
Restricted Permits No
Required Permits TIMS

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#9 Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek:

kanchenjunga base camp trek

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a chance to reach the base camp of the world’s third tallest mountain on a remote mountain trail ideal for trekkers who enjoy the solitude. Located in the far north-eastern corner of Nepal, Mt. Kanchenjunga is considered to be one of the most beautiful mountain massifs in the world. The name Kanchenjunga means ‘Five Treasures of the Great Snow’ which is in reference to the five summits that make up Kanchenjunga.  You will see a wide range of scenery from lush, tropical jungle through to rhododendron, chestnut and oak forests and then at higher altitudes into the alpine zone. You will see a range of Nepalese culture and lifestyle from Rai and Limbus to Tibetan Buddhist villages. As the trail gains elevation, the striking views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Kanchenjunga, four of the worlds five highest mountains make the trek amazing wonderful. The region is the home to some of Asia’s most exotic wildlife. Approaching Yalung glacier and crossing a series of passes, the views become more glorious.

Max Elevation  5,160 m, Lapsang Pass
Days 20
Trekking Difficulty Difficult
Remoteness Very Remote
Pricing High (USD spent/day)
Best Season March to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Camping
Restricted Permits Yes
Required Permits KCA, RAP

#10 Upper Dolpo:

upper dolpo

Upper Dolpo is truly a hidden gem of Nepal with its Tibetan style villages, stunning barren landscapes, and picturesque mountain peaks. The region holds a centuries-old culture untouched by the modern world. The trail requires the crossing of the three high passes  Nagdalo La (5350m), Shey La (5000m) and Jeng La (5110m)involve long climbs and long descents. The trekking in this region is very challenging, but it is highly rewarded with the most stunning landscapes, spectacular mountain views, and an insightful cultural exposure. The mystique and uniqueness of the Upper Dolpo region was manifested by Peter Matthiessen in ‘The Snow Leopard’ written in 1979. Nepal’s first English subtitle movie and Oscar-nominated Himalaya or Caravan was also shot in this region. Upper Dolpo is a region of mystical beauty. And its remoteness adds to the sense of adventure among its visitors. The customs and traditions seem here are quite similar to those of Tibet. It is one of the restricted trekking regions of Nepal. It’s required a special permit. Dolpo is the most beautiful and least developed district of Nepal. So, travelers rarely visited this area because of high passes trail. It passes through beautiful valleys, interesting places, local settlements, gigantic mountains and greenery forest of pines, Rhododendrons, Oaks etc. The main highlights of the trek is an ancient, spectacular landscape, mesmerizing Shey Phoksundo lake, isolated villages of Ringmo and the centuries-old monasteries. Phoksundo is the deepest lake of Nepal with its 145m depth according to a survey by the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology.

Max Elevation    5,250 m, Kang La Pass
Days 22
Trekking Difficulty Moderate
Remoteness Very Remote
Pricing High (USD spent/day)
Best Season March to May and October to November.
Accommodation Type Camping
Restricted Permits Yes
Required Permits RAP
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