7 Best Treks in Nepal That You Simply Can’t Miss

Shriradha | Mon, 12/04/2017 - 04:15 | 742 | Nepal, Trekking and Hiking Tours, nepal adventure trip, Nepal treks, trekking in nepal, Treks in Nepal

Located on the Southern slopes of the Himalayan mountain ranges, the landlocked country of Nepal is frequented by thousands of adventurists from everywhere to get a taste of the Himalayan madness that they’ve heard so much about! Every year mountaineers, rock climbers, mountain bikers flock to Nepal in a bid to explore its sensational beauty and it's expansive mountain ranges. Home to 8 of the highest mountains in the world, which includes literally the mother of all peaks, The Everest, our resident mountain experts at GDA swear by Nepal as a one-stop adventure spot for people who like living on the edge!

When it comes to trekking in Nepal, it has one of the most hassle-free processes. The trekking community in Nepal is huge as well and you’d find many mountaineers who simply couldn’t leave this paradise and ultimately came to call this country their home. Here, listed below are a few of the best of treks in Nepal and some vital stats and information about them to make your trek planning in Nepal easy peasy. These trails have gone down in the glorious pages of mountaineering and have remained there for decades. If mountains call out to you and adventure whispers in your ears, these would be the perfect way to make your Nepal trip further memorable.

 

1. Everest Base Camp

Trek to Everest Base Camp

Everest is one of those great feats that we believe everyone in the world has grown up learning about, hearing all about the exploits of the great mountaineers of the world and remains glorious in history. What if you could retrace the steps through this history? Yes, the Everest base camp is a chance for that, to follow the footsteps of many great names in the history of mountain climbing. Along-with Sherpa villages and beautiful Buddhist monasteries you will also find adrenaline pumping high passes and The Dudh Koshi River, Namche Bazaar etc.

Details

Minimum Time Taken to Reach- 12-14 Days

Difficulty Level- Medium Best Season- March-May/ October-November

Accommodations Available- Teahouse

Restricted Permits- No

Required Permits- TIMS (Transportation Injury Mapping System)

 

2. Manaslu Circuit

Manaslu Circuit Trekking

It is one of the classic Himalayan treks that treats you to amazing panoramic views of the 8000m peaks along Nepal-Tibet border and glorious lush valleys. Mount Manaslu holds the place for the 8th highest mountain in the world and due to its diverse route to enriched topography has been recognized as one of the best treks in Nepal. It was a remote trail without much traffic which changed to some extent after a few accommodations popped up along the way. With soothing natural sceneries, you will also come across a confluence of Hindu and Tibetan cultures in the villages along the way.

The highlight of the route is the challenging pass of Larkya La at an elevation of 5100m (17,000ft). Compared to others, it is comparatively a bit on the secluded and remote side and hasn’t seen as much footfall as them. But no doubt, Manaslu is one of the deserving #1 placeholders. Before diving into the details I should also tell you that this route requires you to have a partner and a certified Nepali guide. Without these, you won’t have the permit for the trek. A good way to go about this is exploring adventure travel programs like the ones provided by GoDiscoverAbroad and stay worry-free and leave it on us!

Details

Minimum Time Taken to Reach- 13-15 Days

Difficulty Level- Moderately Hard

Best Season- March-May/October-November

Accommodations Available- Teahouses

Restricted Permits- Yes

Required Permits- MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project), ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) and RAP (Restricted Area Permit)

 

3. Kanchenjunga Base Camp

View from Kanchenjunga Base Camp

As the third highest peak in the world, it shared its glory and beauty with its close neighbors, India and China (the autonomous region of Tibet). The trails of Kanchenjunga is home to some indigenous ethnicities of Tibet whose villages you will come across on your way up. Kanchenjunga also boasts of some of the most exotic Asian Wildlife which therein adds an edge and intrigue to it. This route takes you through the lap of nature, exploring rich native culture making it one of the best treks to take up on your travel to Nepal. Being an extremely remote trek like the last one you are required to have at least one partner along-with a certified local guide.

Details

Minimum Time Taken To Reach- 20-25 Days

Difficulty Level- Difficult

Best Season- March-May/ October-November

Accommodations Available- None. Camping equipment or camping services required

Restricted Permits- Yes

Required Permits- KCA (Kanchenjunga Conservation Area), RAP (Restricted Area Permit

 

4. Annapurna Circuit

Trekking in the Annapurna Circuit

Namely, one of the most famous trek routes of Nepal, The Annapurna Circuit holds some of the most beauteous mountains ranges and breathtaking elevated views of expansive peaks. One of its highlights is the topographical diversity where the trek starts through deep jungles and takes you up to luxuriant valleys and towering peaks. Being considered as one of the best mountain trails in Nepal, The Annapurna Circuit gets substantial footfall every year. Beyond its natural diversity, The Annapurna circuit route also takes you through many ethnic villages which reflect on the cultural diversity.

Details

Minimum Time Taken to Reach- 12-15 Days

Difficulty Level- Moderate to Hard

Best Season- March-May/ October-November

Accommodations Available- Teahouse

Restricted Permits- No

Required Permits- ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) and TIMS (Transportation Injury Mapping System)

 

5. Upper Mustang

Upper Mustang Trek in the Himalayas

Yet another famous trail that sits on the top of the list of people traveling to Nepal from abroad. The Upper Mustang region has its own distinctive features and is a completely different experience from the other treks. Hidden behind the Himalayan ranges, the area of Mustang is a fantastic combination of arid desert and rocky sandstone cliffs, the many shades of brown make it a sight to behold. It is also said that Mustang used to be a Kingdom of its own accord and has been home to culturally rich Tibetan ethnicities which makes the journey along the route furthermore interesting. Given that Upper Mustang trail constitutes a sensitive area you are needed to have a partner and a guide or a porter accompanying you to get your permits.

Details

Minimum Time Taken To Reach- 12-14 Days

Difficulty Level- Moderate

Best Season- March-May/ October-November

Accommodations Available- Teahouse

Restricted Permits- Yes

Required Permits- ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project), RAP (Restricted Area Permit)

 

6. Three Passes Trek

The exciting Three Passes Trek

The name really does justice to the what this route is all about. As it says, it’s three times the thrill of a single trek covering 3 passes as high as 5000m each. It is one of the most satisfying and rewarding journeys, not just because of its 3 weeks long trail but it also leads you to a vantage point where you will be standing face to face with the tallest peak in the world. It also allows you an opportunity to get close to the Sherpa community whose villages you’ll be coming across along the way.

Details

Minimum Time Taken to Reach- 18-20 Days

Difficulty Level- Difficult

Best Season- March-May/ October-November

Accommodations Available- Teahouses

Restricted Permits- No

Required Permits- TIMS (Transportation Injury Mapping System)

 

7. Dhaulagiri Circuit

Trekkers in Dhaulagiri Circuit

For some common and amateur trekkers, it is their Everest. The Dhaulagiri Circuit is not for the faint-hearted. For adventure enthusiasts traveling to Nepal, this has always been on the top of their lists due to the challenging aspects of it. It includes spending 3 days on a snowfield at the elevation of 5000m which may even get extended depending on your speed.

A respected favorite among local Nepali guides, this trail takes you into the heart of some of the highest mountains in the world while taking you through adventure-filled glacial crossings and high passes. Although guides are not necessary for the trip, you should only opt to do it without one if you have prior experience in mountaineering. So if you think you have it in you and you’re up for the challenge, what are you waiting for?

Details

Minimum Time Taken to Reach- 15-18 Days

Difficulty Level- Strenuous, Very Difficult

Best Season- March-May/ October-November

Accommodations Available- None. Camping equipment or camping services required.

Restricted Permits- No

Required Permits- ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project)  

 

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to trekking hotspots in Nepal. If you are an adventurist planning for a gap year abroad; or simply a traveler searching for the perfect destination for some blood pumping experience somewhere overseas, then Nepal is the destination for you. So what’s keeping you? Begin your adventure journey and book yourself on a GDA trip to Nepal, TODAY!

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