Lying on the lap of the Himalayas, Nepal is one of the best culturally, historically and naturally beautiful countries of the world. It is a country of phenomenal landscapes and its population consists of very friendly and ever-smiling people.
Water from its ever calming and at the same time tumultuous rivers has seen all that has ever happened. Its river, flowing from the top of the world – the Himalayas, has been the source of life and a greater source of inspiration for many people in this country.
Not only its rivers but the tales of this mystical land are seen and sung by the tallest mountains in the world. It has 8 out of 10 tallest mountains in the world along with Mount Sagarmatha (Everest), the tallest of them all. Nepal also has the world’s deepest gorge – Kali Gandaki (1200m) and the highest lake – Tilicho Lake (4919m).
Not only is Nepal rich in the landscapes but it also has one of the richest cultures and traditions. There are a total of one hundred and twenty-nine (129) spoken languages in this country. It’s the capital city, Kathmandu is also known as the city of temples which resembles the abundance in cultures and traditions in the country. Nepal also has the densest concentration of World Heritage sites with 7 of those sites at a radius of 7 kilometers in its capital city – Kathmandu.
With these many amazing places to visit and travel to, you must be very eager to go and check out all of these places. Whether you are a domestic tourist or an international tourist, you shouldn’t miss out on any of these places.
But unfortunately, it is not possible to do that in a single visit and we here at Green Society Adventures understand you.
To cover one of the types of places to visit in the country, we have short-listed the top 10 best trekking routes in Nepal. Check out this list and if you ever feel like traveling to any of these places, we would be very happy to become your travel companion by providing everything you might need during your visit there.
Here is the list of the top 10 best trekking routes in Nepal.
- Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest base camp trek is the best trekking route of Nepal. Many tourists are it domestic or international, find it the most beautiful and amazing trekking routes of the country, and that is the reason it ranks in our top 10 best trekking routes in Nepal.
Everest base camp trek starts from Lukla, which is just a 25 minutes flight away from the capital, Kathmandu. The mesmerizing view of the Gokyo Lakes, Khumbu Glaciers, Himalayan ranges such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse., Mt. Cho-Oyu are the rewarding landscapes view you get in this trek.
Apart from these, you also get to see different glaciers, hanging icicles and other glamorous terrains. Along-side these beautiful landscapes, you get to see the typical Sherpa culture and antique monasteries such as the Tengboche monastery. Another major point of attractions in this is trek include Namche Bazar – a gateway to Mount Everest, Kala Patthar – the highest point of the trek and a vantage point for the Everest view and the Hillary school – established by Sir Edmund Hillary himself, in Khumjung village.
2. Annapurna Circuit Trek
The second trekking route in our list is the Annapurna circuit trek. It lies in the foothill of the entire Annapurna range and traverses a variety of terrain in the Annapurna region. This circuit trek, makes the trekkers explore the rich natural and cultural diversity.
The mountain scenery this trek includes is Annapurnas, Macchapucchre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Langtang Himal. Along-side the beautiful view of these Himals, we walk through the land of Lamjung, Manang, Jomsom and Muktinath region and also the world’s deepest gorge – Kali Gandaki(5571m).
Annapurna circuit trek begins at Besisahar or Bhulbhule in the Matshyangdi river valley and concludes in the Kali Gandaki Gorge. The trek reaches its highest point at the Thorung La pass(5416m), touching the edge of the Tibetan plateau.
Annapurna circuit has often been voted as the best long-distance trek in the world, as it combined, a wide variety of climate zones from tropics at 600 m to the artic at 5416 m. And also includes the cultural variety from Hindu villages to the Tibetan culture.
3. Manaslu Circuit Trek
The Manaslu circuit trek revolves around Mount Manaslu (8163 m) which is the eighth(8th) the highest mountain in the world.
This circuit trek involves the scenic view of the Himalayas, cultural heritage sites which include old monasteries, diverse mountain flora and fauna, extensive forests along with Hindu and Tibetan style culture and traditions of people.
Manaslu circuit trekking route is diverse, remote, secluded and includes protected wildlife, rhododendrons and, wildflowers.
The highest point during this trek is Larkya La Pass (5106 m) passed through the Budi Gandaki river and various mountains. This includes mount Himchuli (6441 m), Manaslu (8118 m), Ganesh Himal (7422 m) and many more. Due to these many beautiful landscapes, cultural diversity, extensive forests, and many wildlife, Manaslu circuit trek is on 3rd of our list of top 10 best trekking routes in Nepal.
4. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, also known as the Annapurna sunrise trek is a classic Himalayan trek in the Annapurna region. It is an easy and short trek and is best suited for people who want to experience trekking with beautiful scenes but have limited time.
The trek begins from Nayapul which is a 45-minute drive from Pokhara city. This trek allows the trekkers to view the mountains such as Annapurna South (7219 m), Machapucchre (6993 m), Himchuli, Dhampus peak, and many other tall peaks.
This trek involves walking along the terraced farmlands along with the beautiful rhododendron forest and, villages of ever welcoming and smiling indigenous tribe – Gurung villages. The trek is quite beautiful in the spring when the Rhododendron forest is in bloom.
The main attraction of this trek is the spectacular view of the sunrise over the Annapurna range and snow-capped peaks from the top of the Poon Hill (3210 m) – maximum elevation during the trek. All these beautiful things create a deep and ever-lasting impression in the trekkers’ mind and memory.
5. Langtang Valley Trek
Langtang Valley Trek also known as The Valley of Glacier trek, is a popular trekking region in the north of Kathmandu valley. Langtang valley trek is also popular for red pandas and snow leopards.
This trek is about exploring the beautiful villages, natural and cultural diversity and the beautiful trails offering breathtaking views of Langtang mountain range.
The trek begins from Syabru Besi, progresses along the Langtang village and ends at Kyanjin Ri (4773 m) – the highest point during the trek. During the entire trek, trekkers are rewarded with the mesmerizing walk along the banks of the Langtang river.
Langtang valley trek traverses through the Langtang National Park, crossing various Tamang villages like Rimche and Lama Hotel and reaches the Langtang valley. Langtang National Park conserves various species of animals such as Himalayan black bear, Himalayan Thar, Rhesus monkeys, and Red pandas.
The indigenous people of this region are Tamangs whose culture closely represents that of Tibetan culture. This trek follows the path through series of forests of rhododendron, oaks, pine, and bamboo, passing through the narrow gorge of Langtang River and alpine grassland of Kyanjin Gompa where the glacier meets the meadow.
6. Upper Mustang Trekking
Upper Mustang is the remote trekking region south to Kagbeni with Tibetan influenced culture. The best part of this trek is the untouched and centuries-old cultures and landscapes which is due to its isolation from the world.
The 16th-century Buddhist monasteries and the caves carved into the cliff walls in mustang is among the few magnets that draw many tourists into this region.
In the trek, you will have a panoramic-views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and the other Himalayas. The trek starts from Jomsom – where you can travel to in flight. It enters into the treeless zone of the rainshadow of Nepal traversing through the world’s deepest gorge – KaliGandaki and the valley of Lo Manthang also known as the city of walls.
On the trail, treeless barren landscapes, glaciers, steep rocky trail up and downhill and many peaks offer an amazing view and experience to the travelers. With these many things to offer to the travelers, Mustang is a hidden paradise in Nepal.
This is a must trek for those who are craving to explore the fascinating landscapes and the rich Tibetan culture.
7. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
This trekking is a journey to the base camp of the world’s third-highest mountain, Mount Kanchenjunga also known as the “Five Treasures of the Snow”. The trekking route lies in the eastern border of Nepal.
Kanchenjunga provides a great opportunity to experience remoteness, amazing mountain views, mixed flora and faunas and tumultuous flowing rivers from the mountains, traditional villages and the cultural beauty of Eastern Nepal. That being said, this trek is not for the faint-hearted.
The trek starts from the Taplejung district and followed by the trek to Chauki through the villages of Mitlung, Ghunsa, Khambachen, and Lhonak to Pangpema (5140 m) which is the base camp for the expedition. There are four main glaciers that radiate from the peak.
This region is home to some of Asia’s most exotic wildlife. The trek offers the unspoiled wonderful nature and the local culture of Rai and Limbus – the major ethnic people residing in the region.
8. Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers both walking and drives to take you to the base camp of Mount Annapurna. The trail passes through the Ghorepani Poon Hill, Tadapani, Deurali and finally, reaches the base camp.
The trek allows enjoying the majestic view of the Himalayan ranges that include Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre. Also, the KaliGandaki river which is very famous for rafting lies in this trekking region. There are some trekking routes like Mardi Himal trek that have recently opened but are gaining very quick popularity among the travelers.
The trek also takes you through the beautiful villages of Gurung and Magar people in the far-off locations of the region. This provides you with good insight into the lifestyle and culture of these ethnics groups of the country.
Annapurna Base Camp trek offers the travelers, the majestic and close views of the Himalayas like Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (7041m), Macchapucchre(6998m), Mt. Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Mt. Himchuli, Lamjung Himal, Tukuche peak (6920m) and many more.
Other major highlights of the trek include hills and dense forests with Rhododendron, pine, oak and bamboo trees, rivers (Chomrong and Modi), cattle, waterfalls, and so on.
9. Gokyo Ri Trek
Gokyo Ri (5537 m) is the highest peak in the Khumbu region of the Nepalese Himalayas. It lies in the Solukhumbu district – eastern Nepal. Gokyo valley is a valley of iced lakes and glaciers. The trail passes through the Rhododendron and oak forests with diverse flora and fauna. Another beautiful attraction of this trek is the waterfalls that are mostly frozen.
Gokyo Ri trek offers the amazing panoramic view of four peaks – Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Cho-Oyu. The trek enables the travelers to enjoy the view of five Emerald Lakes in the shadow of the majestic mountain peaks I the Gokyo valley.
With all these glaciers, lakes, Himalayan ranges, forests, and waterfalls, Gokyo Ri is one of the must travel places in the country. The Gokyo Ri trek can be done as a part of the Everest Base Camp trek or can be done solo in the Gokyo valley.
10. Upper Dolpo Trek
Dolpo is a high altitude, remote and culturally Tibetan region in the far-western mountains of Nepal. The Dolpo region has centuries-old cultures untouched by the modern world. The trail includes stunning barren landscapes, picturesque mountain peaks, beautiful lakes, prehistoric and remote villages, rich flora and fauna, Buddhist monasteries and people with mixed Tibetan and Nepalese cultures and traditions.
The upper Dolpo trek starts from Juphal (2285 m) followed by stride passing through Dunai, Tarakot, Sanu her village and beautiful Phoksundo lake. Phoksundo lake lies in the Shey Phoksundo National Park – the largest National Park of Nepal. During the trek, it requires crossing through three high passes Nagdalo La, Shey La, and Jeng La.
The trail provides the traveler with the stunning view of Dhaulagiri and Tibetan peaks, Shey Gompa – 800 years old monastery, snow leopard, blue sheep and Shey Phoksundo Lake which is in the Phoksundo National Park.