The number of treks available for you to explore are endless, which can feel overwhelming when planning a holiday. Here we have compiled a list of the best and most popular trekking in Nepal. Each adventure has its unique features, from various mountain ranges to differing cultures for you to experience.
Everest Base Camp Trek
- Standing at the foot of the tallest mountain in the world
- Watching the sunrise from Kala Patthar
- Following the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa
- Frequent flight delays from Kathmandu to Lukla due to poor weather conditions
- This trek is not suitable for beginners, a trekking experience is necessary
- The high altitude means there is a risk of altitude sickness
Everest Base Camp Trek is easily the most popular trek, taking you to the base of the world’s highest mountain and also providing an incredible experience in Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO Heritage Site. Everest Base Camp Trek is perfect for those looking for adventure with some trekking experience. As you trek through the park, you will experience beautiful forests, various forms of wildlife, rushing Himalayan rivers, green hills, glacial moraines, and the rich Sherpa culture.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC)
- An opportunity to learn about and enjoy the rich Gurung culture
- Stunning views of Machhapuchre (Fishtail), and the entire Annapurna range
- Enjoy the Jinu Danda hot springs at the end of the trek
- There is an increased chance of altitude sickness due to the elevation of base camp
- This trek is rather commercialized and is not ideal for those looking for an isolated, quiet trek
The ABC trek is another one of the most popular treks in Nepal, for good reason. Trekkers will experience a massive variety of flora and fauna, waterfalls and also learn about life in rural Nepal. As you exist the forests, you will experience the magic of the Annapurna Sanctuary. This 14 day trek is rich in both culture and nature and you will surely enjoy your experience.
- Experience dense forests and trek further into the desert-like region to cross high passes
- Appreciate the beauty deepest gorge in the world, the Kaligandaki gorge
- Visit the spiritual hub of Muktinath, a pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists
- Appropriate acclimatization days are required to avoid altitude sickness
- High passes can pose additional challenges for inexperienced hikers
The Annapurna Circuit Trek encircles the Annapurna Mastiff and crosses two river valleys. Depending on where motor transportation is used, it can range from 160 to 230 kilometers long, allowing you to personalize the adventure. Going through several important spiritual places, trekkers get to learn about life in the mountains in addition to Hindu and Buddhist culture.
- This is a relatively short trek for those with little time
- A great way to experience the Annapurna range with fewer crowds compared to ABC
- Watching the sun rise over Machapuchare, Hiunchuli, and Mardi Himal
- Extended uphill climbs can be challenging for beginner hikers
Mardi Himal has been open to international travelers since 2012, however, this does not mean it will not be enjoyable. This trail crisscrosses beneath the fishtail-shaped peak of Machapuchare, past high pastures, incredible viewpoints, and quiet guesthouses, enjoyed by those looking for the path less traveled.
- Experience one of the least traveled areas in Nepal
- Enjoy desert-like landscapes filled with rich Buddhist culture and gombas
- Learn about ancient kingdoms and trading routes that resemble Tibetan culture and geography
- This trek is quite challenging due to altitude and the dry, harsh climate in Mustang
- Winter is not an ideal time to travel to this region due to heavy snowfalls
- Upper Mustang is not recommended for beginners, as there are many ascents and descents that are difficult
This trek is challenging but very rewarding as travelers explore ancient kingdoms, enjoy incredible views and learn about the old-fashioned lifestyle of locals. The flight to Jomsom and trip to Kagbeni are also frequently highlighted. This region is difficult to get to and is a real treat for those willing to take the time to travel here.
Manaslu Circuit Trek
- Appreciate the incredible views of Manaslu, Himlung Himal,Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II
- Enjoy the peacefulness on the off-the-beaten-track trails along the banks of Soti and Machha Kola
- Trekkers reach the altitude of 5,106 meters, which poses significant risk of altitude sickness
- This is one of the most strenuous treks in Nepal and only experienced trekkers should attempt it
The Manaslu Circuit Trek, taking 12-14 days and lying in the Manaslu Conservation Area, is quieter than many more commonly known trekking routes in Nepal. However, the trail offers opportunities to view all forms of wildlife and landscapes.
- Enjoy the flora and fauna of the well-preserved Langtang National Park
- Explore Kyanjin Gompa and surrounding areas
- Walk through yak pastures and enjoy watching these high-altitude creatures
- Roads and trails during monsoon season can be prone to landslides, making travel somewhat difficult
- The highest point on the trail is Chorkari Ri, at 5050 meters and altitude sickness should be watched for
The Langtang Valley trek is great for beginners or those looking for a short trek close to Kathmandu. With broad ranges of mountains, pastures and lush forests there is truly something for everyone. The valley is truly stunning from snow-capped mountain peaks to locals welcoming travelers back after rebuilding from the 2015 earthquake.
Each of the treks listed above have their own unique features, and there is truly something for everyone. No matter which trek you choose, you will be delighted with the stunning mountain views and friendly people wanting to share their culture.