The massive northern wall of snow-covered Himalayas distinguishes Nepal as a marquee. Travel destination in the world. As such, most of the tourists arrive in Nepal to take on a Trekking adventure in the Himalayas. Trekking in Nepal offers out-of-the-box experiences to the remote locales in the mountainous region of the country. Taking you past adventurous Trails, heart-warming Nepali hospitality and diverse ethnic culture make the experiences more sublime. Add that to the picturesque views of some of the tallest mountains on Earth and you have got yourself glorious adventures in the country.
Treks in Nepal come in a different variation to serve the desires of the trekkers. Teahouse treks are the most popular ones where Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek,Ghorepani Poonhill Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek stand out among others. Here, you stay at local teahouses and lodges for food, accommodation, and enjoy other essential services. Similarly, camping treks require you to spend the nights in tents under the open sky. Alternatively, some trekking packages also offer an off-the-beat experience a waits in the form of Dolpo, Rara, and Dhaulagiri Circuit treks.
Trekking in Nepal can also be done according to the length of the trips. While short ones are for the trekkers in a time crunch, the longer ones allow you to revel in the beauty of Nepal for an extended period. Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, and Everest Panorama Trek are shorter treks which can be completed within 2 weeks. Similarly, the GHT Trek, Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, and Upper Dolpo are some of the longer ones.Dilemma to choose a trek for your vacation might be a bit too overwhelming; so, here are 7 of the must-do treks in Nepal.
A whirlwind experience of beautiful landscape, marvelous monasteries, rough terrain, and spectacular mountains, Everest Base Camp trek takes you to the base camp of the Mt. Everest (8848m). Following the footsteps of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hilary,the trek is a mix of natural beauty and immersing Sherpa cultural affair.
Explore the beautiful Khumbu region as beautiful views of Everest (8848m), Nuptse (7861m), Lhotse (8414m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Kusum Kangaru (6367m), and other mountains add to the Himalayan Sherpa culture. Trekking along the Dudh Koshi River and Sagarmatha National Park, trekkers make a brief stop at numerous Sherpa Villages. Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Lobuche are a few of the instances. As you traverse along the Khumbu Glacier, you arrive at the Everest Base Camp (5364m). Hike to Kalapatthar adds even more charm as you witness a panorama of the Himalayas in the Everest ranges including the Mt. Everest (8848m) itself. A return trip brings you back to Lukla which closes the curtain on the trek with a scenic flight to Kathmandu.
Trekking along with a diverse array of terrain, the Round Annapurna/ Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you around the Annapurna massif. While experiencing exotic Tibetan culture, the trek crosses one of the biggest passes in the world, the Thorung La Pass (5416m). Enjoy this trek through favored geography as you explore Tibetan-influenced villages and beautiful mountain peaks including Annapurna (8091m), Machhapuchhre/ Fishtail (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m), and Dhaulagiri (8167m) among others. Beginning from Bhulbhule, the trek ascends to the arid lands of Manang and settles at Jomsom. Theron, the trek makes a circle as you head to Ghorepani and conclude at Pokhara. The Gurung culture, traditional practices, and endearing homestays are the highlights of the trek. Be it a glorious view of the sun rises from Poon Hill, or the visit to Muktinath Temple, Round Annapurna Trek should be your calling.
Only a few trips can top the trek of the forbidden kingdom of Lo Manthang. Upper Mustang Trek takes you north into the high altitude arid region of Nepal and opens the door to a pristine wilderness. The trek is a marvel of culture and ancient monasteries in the rain-shadow area of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.Formerly the Kingdom of Lo, Upper Mustang is a region heavily influenced by neighboring Tibet. A trek of this region takes you past remote villages oozing with a unique beauty and Tibetan locals. Admire their culture and hospitality as you stop at villages of Kagbeni, Ghami, Dhakmar, and the historical walled city of Lo Manthang. Explore the historic palaces, esteemed monasteries, and the mysterious sky caves as you make the most of your stay at Lo Manthang. Vast valleys and the Kali Gandaki gorge offers exciting adventure while the snowcapped mountains Nilgiri (7061m), Annapurna (8091m), and Dhaulagiri (8167m) guide you.
Upper Dolpo Trek (The Hidden Treasure of Nepal)
An off-beat trek in the north-western Himalayas of Nepal, the Dolpo trek offers a perspective into the remote Dolpo locales. This trek takes you across the dusty landscape with little to no vegetation with red outcrops and jaded hills making up most of the landscape. Most of the trek will involve camping as you travel through the most pristine environs in Nepal. The trek also explores the Shey Phoksundo National Park and the Phoksundo Lake while rewarding with an incredible array of biodiversity. Traversing across remote villages,the trek takes you to the Crystal Mountain and crosses passes like the Kang La Pass (5350m) and Sele La Pass (5096m). The trek also offers insight into the lifestyle and culture of the Bon Po followers. Visit the villages of Namgung, Saldang, and Dho Tarap to further add a bit of charm to the adventure. Coupled with a visit to Shey Gompa and highest settlements on Earth, Upper Dolpo Trek is truly an enriching experience.
A combo of wilderness trekking and spiritual journey, Langtang Gosainkunda Trek culminates with at the sacred lake of Gosainkunda. The trek also explores the illustrious Kyanjin Gompa and takes a detour along the rhododendron forests to reach the Gosainkunda Lake system.
Located fairly close to Kathmandu Valley, the trek begins at Syabrubensi. This trip allows for an understanding of Tamang lifestyle paired with treks past forests of lovely rhododendron and pine. After exploring the Kyanjin Gompa, you follow the Langtang 1river and head towards Thulo Syabru. Crossing over Laurebinayak pass (4610m), it offers panoramic views of Langtang Valley and the surrounding Himalayas. The trail takes settles at the sacred congregation of Himalayan lakes including Gosainkunda, Bhairav Kunda, and Saraswati Kunda. The best part is a chance to explore rare wildlife including red panda and snow leopard in the Langtang National Park.
Tilicho Lake Trek with Annapurna round (circuit) Trek
Tilicho Lake Trek with Annapurna Base Camp is a combination of two treks; namely, Tilicho Lake Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek. First trekking to the highest lake in the world, Tilicho Lake (4920m), the journey retraces its step and heads to the Annapurna Base Camp. Sharing the region of Annapurna Circuit Trek, the Tilicho Lake Trek with Annapurna Base Camp begins at Besisahar. Picturesque treks follow as you explore the serene wilderness to the north of the Annapurna ranges. Coupled with stops at the gorgeous villages of Manang and Khangsar, the trek settles at the Tilicho Lake. Tibetan culture is evident on these trails where you get to explore numerous monasteries as well. Retracing the steps back to Besisahar, the trek reaches the Annapurna Base Camp via Chhomrong and Dovan. Beautiful views of Annapurna (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Manaslu (8156m), and Hiunchuli (6441m) add to the experience as you trek through rhododendron forests. The thoroughly mesmerizing Gurung culture and hospitality play a crucial role as you make the trip to the base camp and back. All in all, the Tilicho Lake Trek with Annapurna Base Camp is a Himalayan adventure of the highest stature.
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek
The most challenging of this lot, Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek offers a trekking experience unlike any other. Ideal for those seasoned trekkers, this trail takes you to the base camp of the 7th tallest mountain on Earth, Dhaulagiri I (8167m).This trek, predominantly a camping trek, takes on an off-the-beaten-path trail through numerous base camps along the way. With a trail formed along seldom cited Myagdi River, it offers a chance to climb Mount Dhampus (6060m). Like most treks in Nepal, Dhaulagiri Circuit trek offers first-hand views of some of the highest peaks in the world including Dhaulagiri I (8167m) and the Annapurna range. Overall, the trail leads you into exploring villages and pastures to cross Chhongardan Glacier, Glacier Camp, French Pass (5360m), and Dhampus Pass (5244m). But the thoroughfare will lead to Dhaulagiri Base Camp (4740m) which offers breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri’s south face. Ultimately, this challenging trek explores the rarely traveled trail to mold you into an experienced trekker. While it might feel like you need to venture out for all 7 highlighted trekking packages, some require prior experience and grit to overcome challenges. Trekking through the glorious foothills of the Himalayas, these treks offer a distinct taste of adventure as you trek along with ethnic cultures of Nepal. Start off with a popular one and move on to more testing challenges. The best part is, it’s 2019 and that too the beginning, you have the whole calendar year.