5 Treks You Shouldn’t Miss in Nepal

Nepal is overfilled with natural beauty. From the highest peak of the world: Mount Everest to the highest freshwater lake in the world: Gokyo Lakes, Nepal is full of diverse natural attractions.

Trekking is one of the best ways to experience the natural and cultural beauty of Nepal. You can see different landscapes, mountains, forests, rivers, gorges, and lakes. when you come for trekking here.

There are many routes that you can choose to trek in Nepal: from east to west!

You might be wondering which route to take from the several treks available.

To help you choose, here are five treks that you shouldn’t miss in Nepal.

1. Everest Base Camp Trek

Needless to say, Everest Base Camp is the most popular trekking route of all time. Over 40,000 trekkers visit there each year!

In this trek, you can reach Kala Patthar which is the nearest point to the highest peak in the world!

But that’s not only it. It is an amazing experience throughout the journey. You can experience the beauty of nature in various ways.

You walk through the green lustrous forest. If you a there in March or April, then you can see Rhododendrons in bloom all the way. Rivers, gorges, waterfalls, and bridges add immense beauty to the journey.

You pass through many villages on the way. You can meet the Sherpa people and experience their culture and their warm hospitality.

Along this trek, you can watch the breathtaking panorama of mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Pumori, and Mt. Thamserku.

For this trek, you will be in the Sagarmatha National Park, So, you might be lucky to see Red Pandas, Musk deer, and Snow leopard.

This trek is a must if you come to Nepal.

One of the best thing about this trek is, you can even access it in the winter season as the sky is clear of any clouds. There will be fewer people during the winter as it is off-season.

Difficulty Medium
Total Days 13 Days
Average Walk* 5.5 hours a day
Maximum Walk: 8 hours a day
Maximum Elevation: 5,545m, Kala Patthar
Required Permit: No

2. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp is another popular trekking route in Nepal. You start the trek to the 10th highest mountain in the world: Annapurna, from Pokhara.

In this trek, you can see the majestic range of Annapurna. Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Tent Peak, and Gangapurna.

The Machhapuchhre Base Camp on the way will give you the best scenery of Mt. Machhapuchhre (aka Fishtail).

You will walk alongside the rushing rivers. Suspension bridges and bridges made of bamboo will add in a thrill to your adventure.

The best part of this trek is, there will be greenery from start to end. The hills, trails, the path, everything will be green. You might see some yellowish green grass as you ascend higher.

That’s not all.

The contrast of snow-capped white mountains with green valleys and white rivers will take your breath away.

During the spring and summer, there will be different colored flowers. The hills will be full of various colors of rhododendrons.

Annapurna Base Camp is drier than other treks. So, you are even good to go for the trek there during the monsoon season. Alternatively, you can try the Annapurna Circuit Trek instead! 

You can also get to meet the Gurung community and understand their culture.

Do not miss this trek if you are a nature lover. The green lush hills and clean air will heal your soul.

Difficulty Medium
Total Days 10 Days
Average Walk* 5 hours a day
Maximum Walk: 8 hours a day
Maximum Elevation: 4,130m, Annapurna Base Camp
Required Permit: TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)

3. Langtang Valley Trek

Very few people know about the Langtang Valley Trek as it is in remote area than Everest Base camp or Annapurna Base Camp.

It has the most beautiful valley with the most tragic tale. After the seconds of the earthquake in 2015, the entire village in the Langtang valley collapsed due to the avalanche!

Locals have rebuilt the village now and are ready for you. The teahouses and hotels there can accommodate a couple of hundred people. Along with the accommodation, you can also get Nepalese food. Also, International dishes like Continental, Tibetan, Indian

You can help the residents out there by promoting the trekking to Langtang valley. You can meet the Tamang people and experience their Buddhist culture as well.

During this trek, you will walk under the altitude of 4,000 meters except for the climb to Tserko Ri (5,000m) for the sunrise view. And you will have mesmerizing walk past the antique monasteries of the region.

Rhododendrons and bamboo forest will envelop you. You will trek along the rumbling waterfalls, crossing the gurgling rivers.

Different snow-filled peaks like Langtang Lirung, Langtang Ri, and Dorje Lakpa will surround you with its beauty.

The trek passes through Langtang National Park, so expect to meet some of the wildlife there. Himalayan Pheasants, Deers, and Red Pandas. live here.                                                           

Difficulty Medium
Total Days 8 days
Average Walk* 6.5 hours a day
Maximum Walk: 9 hours a day
Maximum Elevation: 5,000m, Tserko Ri
Required Permit: TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)

4. Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the hardest treks to do. The Larke La Pass is one of the hardest passes in Nepal, making this trek challenging.

Along with the Larke La Pass, on the 12th day, you are expected to walk for 10 hours from Dharmasala to Bimthang. So, you need to be physically and mentally ready for this expedition.

Don’t you worry, the reward exceeds the hard work.

You can get to see different mountains along the way: at least 10 which exceeds 6000 meters mark. You can see Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Ganesh Himal, Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Annapurna II and many more.

Rivers, waterfalls, suspension bridges, glaciers, and lakes will add great dramatic effect. Expect to see Yaks, Blue Sheep, Antelopes, Himalayan Goral, and Langoor.

There are also ancient writings and Buddhist carvings on the stones along the way. So, you can understand more about Buddhist culture and history in Nepal.

Few people know about this trail or want to challenge it. So, the trail will be quite empty. You will have the tail and scenery to yourself.

As the trail lies in Manaslu Conservation Area, you need to get different kinds of permits to trek this circuit.

If you have the strength of heart, mind, and body, challenge this trek!

Difficulty Hard
Total Days 15 Days
Average Walk* 4 hours a day
Maximum Walk: 10 hours a day
Maximum Elevation: 5,100m, Tibet Border
Required Permit: RAP, MCAP, ACAP and Tsum Valley.

There must be a minimum of two trekkers with a Nepali guide/Porter to get the permit.

5. Upper Dolpo Rara Lake Traverse Trek

Upper Dolpo Rara Lake Trek is the complete package for the people to experience a wide variety of  Trans-Himalayan Buddhist culture and natural beauty.

From one of the hottest place in Nepal, Nepalgunj, up to the cold Tibetan border. From the barren rocky land to the greenery. From Tibetan to Nepali culture. You can experience everything!

Upper Dolpo trek falls in a hard trek category. There are four high passes to cross as well, which are in between 5,000 and 5,500 meters. You ascend the hard rocky trails along with the donkeys carrying your luggage. So, you need to increase your strength and stamina before you challenge this trek.

During the trek, you can see the turquoise freshwater Phoksundo Lake surrounded by the barren hills. The glaciers, lake, mountains provide incredible scenery that will last a lifetime.

You can experience different cultures of the people there and try the local specialties like Yak milk.

After the trek to Upper Dolpo, you start your trek to the Rara lake (2990m): largest and deepest freshwater lake in Nepal. The beautiful turquoise lake lies between the dark green lustrous hills.

Rara lake is a miracle. It changes up to 3 colors in different time of the day:  morning, day and evening.

If you go there in March or April then your trail will be full of different shades of rhododendrons.

This lake lies in Rara National Park. So if you are lucky, you might get sights of Musk deer, Muntjac, red panda, Himalayan Black bear, otter, and snowcocks.

You will need two permits to go to the Rara lake. For the permit, there must be a minimum of two trekkers and a Nepali guide/porter.

Difficulty Hard
Total Days 22 days
Average Walk* 3 hours a day
Maximum Walk: 9 hours a day
Maximum Elevation: 5,360m, Kang La Pass
Required Permit: RAP and Rara National Park permit

There must be a minimum of two trekkers with a Nepali guide/Porter to get the permit.

So, what are you waiting for? Select a course that you like and pack your gears. You will not regret the journey.

*Note: The average hour for the walk is taken as per mode (frequently occurring hours per day).