Top 10 Best Treks in Nepal
Trekking in Nepal is an experience that will easily surpass one’s imagination. The immense beauty of this country is what makes it a spectacular place to travel. As such, Nepal is often referred with titles such as “heaven on earth”, “trekker’s paradise”, and similar other connotations. The land here is diverse, composing a unique terrain structure designed with mountains, hills, rivers, and lakes. Especially when it comes to the mountains, Nepal homes the great Himalayas; a family of some of the world’s tallest mountains and numerous other snow clad beauties.
Trekking in Nepal can take various forms. One can simply choose to explore nature, or delve into the rural regions and experience the unique culture. The vast variety of options makes trekking possible for all types of trekkers. Some of the most popular treks in Nepal are Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Manaslu Trek, etc. Thus here are ten best treks one must try in Nepal.
Kathmandu Valley View and Cultural Trek is one of many treks that gives you a beautiful experience of the mountains within a short distance from the Kathmandu Valley. This short and easy 6-day trip begins from an early morning drive to Sundarijal from where the real trek begins. You take the route from Sundarijal towards Shivapuri National Park, Chisapani, Nagarkot, Bhaktapur, and drive back to Kathmandu. The cultural aspect of this trek is reflected from the rural villages you come across and the ancient heritage sites of Kathmandu valley you will visit during your trip. The amazing scenery of the valley with the mountains sheltering above from viewpoints like Nagarkot and Chisapani is the major highlight of this trip. The cost of this trip is USD 599 per person.
Anybody who has heard of the Everest definitely wants to enjoy the region with their own eyes. The Everest View Trek is for those who want to experience the adventure but seek an easier way to do so. On this trek, you get to witness mountains such as the Mt. Everest (8848m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7861m) and many more beautiful mountains. This trek also takes you through several Sherpa villages where you get to learn about their ancient culture and traditions. The 8-day Everest View Trek starts with an adventurous flight to Lukla. From here, you trek to Phakding and Namche Bazaar. From Namche, you hike up to the Everest View Hotel where you enjoy the panoramic views of the Himalayas! The cost of this trek is USD 899 per person.
For those who are hungry for adventure, Everest Base Camp trek is the ultimate option. The trek is a great way to traverse around the Khumbu region and experience the Himalayan terrain. You come across several Sherpa and get to learn about their lifestyle and culture. Enroute, you also enter the Sagarmatha National Park- a UNESCO world heritage site known for its beautiful biodiversity. Finally, close up view of the Mt. Everest (8848m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Lhotse (8516m) and many more along with the Khumbu icefall and glaciers are the major highlight of this trek. This trek begins with an adventurous flight to Lukla, from where you trek along the route: Phakding, Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, Chhukung, Lobuche Gorakshep and the Everest Base Camp. The Everest Base Camp trek is a 15-day journey which costs USD 1299 per person.
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is amongst some of the most popular trekking choices. This trek takes you to the laps of the world’s tenth tallest mountain- Mt. Annapurna I (8091m). The major highlights of this trek are the mountains that you will witness including Annapurna (80091m), Machhapuchhre (6997m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), and Lamjung Himal (6983m) among others. On the trek, you can also enjoy the cultural experience in the Gurung and Magar villages. The journey begins with a scenic drive/flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. From Pokhara, you drive to Nayapul where your trek begins. You walk along the route; Birethanti, Ulleri, Ghorepani, Poonhill, Chuile, Sinuwa, Deurali and finally Annapurna Base Camp. The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a 10-day trek which costs USD 599 per person.
Although situated very near Kathmandu, Langtang valley is pristine and rests untouched by modernization in its tranquility. The Langtang Valley trek takes you along the Tamang and Tibetan villages sheltered by the great Langtang Lirung (7227m). Whilst on this trek, you also get to explore the beautiful Langtang National park that homes rich biodiversity providing habitat for various rare animals. As you walk along the unbeaten trails of Langtang, you witness views of mountains such as the Langtang (7227m), Gauri Shankar (7134m), and Jugal Himal range. The journey begins with a scenic drive to Sybrubensi from Kathmandu, where the trek commences through the route: Lama Hotel, Langtang village, Kyanjin Gompa, Tserko Ri (4984m), Lama hotel, Sypru village, Dhunche and back to Kathmandu. This 9-day trek costs USD 550 per person.
Phulchowki hike is a short but rewarding hike that lies just near Kathmandu. This hike is a perfect way to get away from the busy atmosphere of the city and relax in the company of nature. The Phulchowki hike is a wonderful way to connect with nature and enjoy the great scenery of the diverse landscapes. The Phulchowki hike begins from the Godavari, where you start hiking uphill through subtropical forests of Oak and Rhododendron. Atop the Phulchowki hill, you can see mountains such as Langtang Lirung (7227m), Jugal range, Gauri Shankar (7134m) and many more. On a clear day, it is also possible to sight the Everest and Annapurna ranges. The 1-day Phulchowki hike can be done within a day and costs USD 120 per person.
The Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing plus Nagarkot Sunrise view trek is a perfect blend of cultural and natural elements to form a short yet beautiful trek. The ancient cultural heritages of Kathmandu and the magnificent views from Nagarkot combine to make up this wonderful trek. Kathmandu has seven of the ten UNESCO world heritage sites in Nepal. You can visit all seven of these sites and delve into the history of each site. Afterward, you make your way towards Nagarkot where you grab a mesmerizing view of the sunrise over the mountains in Langtang, Ganesh, Jugal and Gauri Shankar ranges. Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing plus Nagarkot Sunrise View trek is suitable for those with limited time. Moreover, it can also be done by anyone with decent physical fitness.
The Kathmandu-Shivapuri National Park and Nagarkot hiking trip take you around a wonderful series of trails extending from Kathmandu to Nagarkot through Shivapuri. The trek begins as you drive to Shivapuri which is located towards the northern fringes of Kathmandu Valley. The Shivapuri National Park consists of a diverse bundle of flora and fauna which is an absolute delight to experience on the hike. Finally, as you reach Nagarkot, the views of mountains with the sun rising over them are mesmerizing. Some of the prominent mountains you can witness during this trip are Langtang (7227m), Ganesh (7422m), and Gauri Shankar (7422m) among others. Since the hike is fairly easy, it can easily be done by individuals with average physical fitness.
The journey to the foothills of the Manaslu is a challenging one and presents an adventurous journey, covering spaces of the Manaslu Conservation Area. The company of mountains such as Manaslu (8163m), Himlung (7126m), Shringi (7161m), and Cheo Himal (6812m) along the trek is also quite endearing. The Tsumba and Tibetan culture along the trekking trails also offer interesting insight into their culture, traditions, and lifestyle. The journey begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. Henceforth, the trek begins and takes the route along Machha Khola, Jagat, Deng, Samagaon, Samdo, Dharamsala, Larkya La Pass, Tilije, Jagat and back to Kathmandu. The highest point of this trek is at Larkya La Pass (5,160m), from where you get mesmerizing views of Cheo Himal (6812m), Himlung Himal (7126m), Himalchuli (7893m), and the Annapurna II (7937m). The 15-day Manaslu Trek costs USD 1299 per person.
Mustang Trek explores the ancient trade route between Nepal and Tibet lies towards the north of the Annapurna region. The ancient walled city of Lo-Manthang is the major highlight of this trek. From historic cultural heritage to scenic views, this trek has charms that will enhance your experience. You can also get views of mountains in Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri ranges along the trek. The journey begins with a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom where the trek begins through the route: Kagbeni, Chele, Geling, Charang, Lo-Manthang, Gumba, Samar, Kagbeni, Jomsom, and back to Pokhara. The trails of Mustang are off-beaten thus offer an isolated travel experience. The trails take you through the diverse desert-like landscapes and barren lands where you can find mysterious caves, artistic monasteries, and a rich cultural presence. The 15-day Mustang Trek costs USD 1700 per person.
Amongst numerous trekking options, above mentioned treks, are some of the best choices. Each trek has its unique trait and rewards its challenger with mighty gifts. All these treks are a generous blend of natural and cultural attractions to all the travelers. No matter which trek you choose, trekking in Nepal is bound to be one of your greatest experiences ever!