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Top 20 Best Treks in Nepal

Top 20 Best Treks in Nepal
13/Aug/2022

Top 20 Best Treks in Nepal allows wide travelers to choose the right types of adventure holidays around Nepal Himalayas. As Nepal is one of the foremost and leading countries for various sports activities. Nepal with the world’s 8th highest peaks makes one of the most sought countries for trekking and exotic adventure destinations.

The country offers a wide range of trekking and various adventures, from 8,000 meters base camps to high Himalayan passes crossing. Truly, a country of great bio-diversity from low warm sub-tropical of Terai belt to cooler mid-hills. Extends towards a colder arctic zone of ice and glaciers within a mere distance of 150 k.m. Makes Nepal a unique country on earth, besides the dramatic scenery of landscapes, the local culture is equally fascinating to experience.

Visitors to Nepal can choose a wide range of exotic destinations from moderate, adventurous to challenging trekking. From a few days of walks to more than a week, and continue trekking for two-three weeks duration. The country offers treks from popular busy trails to off-the-beaten tracks. Staying overnights in the comfort of mountain lodges or tented camping, where all types of travelers can enjoy.

 We’ve compiled The Top 20 Best Treks in Nepal For 2022 

01 Ghorepani and Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a short and moderate-grade destination around the high cooler hills of the southern Annapurna Himalayan range. Located in Nepal Far Mid-West around Annapurna Himalayas, the trek starts and ends at beautiful Pokhara city. The walk takes you about two days climbing up the hills from low warm paddy fields to an alpine cooler climate. The trail follows through a lovely forest of rhododendron and pine tall trees, reaching the lovely village of Ghorepani.

A moderate settlement of Poon, Magar people the hill tribes of Western Nepal, from Ghorepani after an overnight stop. Staying in the comfort of a nice cozy lodge, next early morning an hour climb to Poon Hill at 3,210 m. The highest point of the trek offers glorious sunrise views, along with a panorama of the world’s three highest peaks. Namely Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and the whole range of

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Annapurna Himalayan peaks with majestic Machhapuchare Himal, the famous Fish-Tail peak. From Ghorepani, an alternative route through the large village of Ghandruk brings you back to scenic Pokhara. 

02 Annapurna Base Camp Trek 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek (ABC) is one of the remarkable and coolest walks of a week duration. The only 8,000 m base camps in all Himalayas with great facilities of a nice cozy lodge. Located at the height of 4,130 m in the heart of Annapurna Sanctuary, a scenic and exciting trek. Starts with a short drive from the beautiful Pokhara city heading North West to a near small farm village at Jhinu.

The walk leads to climbing on paved stone steps to Chomrong, the last permanent village on the route to Annapurna base camp. A lovely village populated by the Gurung the hill tribes of Annapurna Himalayas interwoven with Buddhism religion. From Chomrong on the road to Annapurna Base Camp, a walk leads down and ups towards cool rhododendron and pine forest. Then reach Modi River gorge at Bamboo a place with a few nice lodges, following the river gorge to Deurali.

A climb leads to MBC (Machhapuchare Base Camp) right beneath the towering North Face of Fish Tail peak the Machhapuchare Himal. Where the Annapurna Sanctuary starts on a high plateau enclosed by an array of Annapurna ranges of peaks.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

An easy walk on a slow uphill path to Annapurna Base Camp right in the heart of massif Annapurna Himalayas. Enjoy the panorama of snow peaks in the comfort of a nice lovely lodge, right beneath the world’s 10th highest Mt. Annapurna. Return journey downhill on the same route to Chomrong village, from where one can take an option to various destinations. As well as ending the trek on the same spot where you started earlier.

03 Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal is another smaller trekking peak of Nepal, located within the great Annapurna Himalaya range. Located Nepal Mid-West right beneath the staggering Machhapuchare Himal or Fish Tail, one of least ventured destinations.

But slowly gaining popularity due to its scenic views, as well the shortest trekking of a week duration. Where walk leads at the height of 4,500 m at Mardi Himal View Point high ridge. Overlooking the tremendous panorama of Annapurna peaks that surround the top of Mardi Himal Viewpoint. The walk begins and ends at scenic Pokhara city, enjoyable trekking around the hidden corners of the Annapurna Himalayas.

04 Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular and famous adventure destinations around the whole Himalayas range. A trek of two weeks or less depending upon the start and end of trekking. As the motorable road has reached Manang valley, and on the other sides of Mustang area also.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking is an enjoyable walk spending overnights in a nice lodge around lovely villages on route overnight stops. The views of Annapurna, Manaslu, and Chulu’s peaks are seen along the first part of the journey. On reaching high Manang valley, surrounded by towering snow peaks of Chulu’s and Annapurna peaks, with time to explore. Visiting traditional mountain villages adorned with lively colorful cultures of Buddhism in the backdrop of high snow peaks.

Annapurna Circuit Trek

From Manang village on the higher trail with a steep climb on top the highest point of the adventure. Reaching Thorang-La Pass at 5,416 m high, offers a mind-blowing panorama of Damodar, Chulu’s peaks with Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himal.

Thorang-La Pass is the boundary between Manang and Mustang districts, where a downhill trail leads to Muktinath in the Mustang area. Muktinath is a holy site with temples and monasteries, a sacred pilgrimage site for Hindu followers. From Muktinath either walk downhill to the nearest road head reaching Pokhara or take a hitch hike in between. Where walk and drive lead to scenic Kaligandaki valley past Jomsom town and beautiful Marpha and Tukuche villages.

Reaching low warm Tatopani village, a place with a natural hot spring to enjoy from Tatopani, a climb to Ghorepani village. Enjoy the hike to Poon Hill for stunning sunrise views and panorama of the Western Himalayas. Then end the trek heading down to Bhirethati for a short drive to Pokhara, where the trek concludes.

05 Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang, is located Far West Nepal on the old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route between Nepal and Tibet / China. The whole Mustang area is an extension of the Tibetan Far South West plateau, with dry and windswept landscapes.

Although an arid and barren terrain, but one of the most picturesque countries to experience, and the local immense culture. Upper Mustang’s main highlight is to explore the former walled kingdom of Lo-Manthang, with a medieval-era town setting. Upper Mustang is a restricted area of Nepal, where all visitors require special permits to enter from Kagbeni village.

Upper Mustang Trek

In the early days when it was opened for outside visitors in 1992. A full trek of 10 / 11 days from Jomsom to Jomsom town, but since the motorable road has reached. At present travelers hardly walks to designate overnight stops or destinations, rather take the comfort of a jeep drive. On drive takes less than a week covering the Upper Mustang region with Lo-Manthang from Jomsom to Jomsom town.

06 Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek is another great adventure that leads beneath the world’s highest peaks at 5,364 m at Everest Base Camp. One of the most popular adventure destinations after Annapurna Region, a trek of fewer than 2 weeks.
An enjoyable walk through lovely Sherpa villages, and reaching the famous Namche Bazaar the hub of Khumbu and Everest area. From Namche takes you to beautiful Tengboche and its majestic monastery, surrounded by an array of snow peaks. Facing views of Everest, Nuptse, and Lhotse attractive Ama Dablam peak, the walk continues reaching scenic Imjatse valley at Dingboche. The adventure then heads towards higher arid and barren terrain to Lobuche, Gorakshep, and Everest base camp.

Everest Base Camp Trek

Enjoy dramatic scenery of arctic zone landscapes within remorseless fields of ice and glaciers with close views of Khumbu Icefall.  Everest base camp trek includes a climb to high Kalapathar Hilltop at 5,545 m. offers a mind-blowing panorama of giant peaks with the closest views of Mt. Everest, and the return journey to Lukla.

Everest base camp trek involves both ways panoramic and short flights both ways from Kathmandu, Lukla to Kathmandu. An adventure of 11/12 days or more spending in nice lovely lodges of various standards from budget to luxury comfort.

07 Gokyo Lake & Everest Base Camp via Cho-La Pass Trek  

Gokyo Lake & Everest base camp is another wonderful adventure to enjoy once in your lifetime experience. Takes you to high Khumbu valley after walking from the famous Lukla, Namche Bazaar on entering Sagarmatha National Park.

The park is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site enriched with exotic flora/fauna and the world’s highest peaks. An exciting place to be a high-altitude walk on leaving the main trail from Namche Bazaar onwards. Reaching Gokyo valley and its beautiful glacial lakes, facing views of the world’s 6th high Mt. Cho-Oyu.

Gokyo Lake Trek

At Gokyo climb to Gokyo-Ri viewpoint hilltop offers a panorama of the world’s 4 highest peaks. Namely Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho-Oyu with the whole of Gokyo scenic valley with Nepal longest Ngozumpa glacier.

From Gokyo adventure leads to crossing high Cho-La pass at 5, 420 m then reaching the eastern side of Khumbu. Joining on the main trail to Everest base camp, as the walk leads past Lobuche, Gorakshep then reaches Everest base camp. After an enjoyable time at base camp, climb to high Kalapathar at 5,545 m, facing tremendous views of snow peaks. Facing the closest and superb views of

Mt. Everest, and then walk downhill on the main trail. Where walk leads to scenic Pheriche valley to Pangboche and then to a beautiful spot in Tengboche surrounded by an array of snow peaks. With time to visit the impressive monastery and walk back to Namche onwards to Lukla for a flight to Kathmandu.

08 Everest Three High Passes Trek

Everest Three High Passes Trek is a great adventure for hardy veteran trekkers and adventurers, as well as beginners. The trek covers all scenic areas of the Khumbu and Everest region taking more than two weeks of exciting walks. An adventure traverse from one scenic valley to another beautiful area.

Crossing over 5,000 m high passes, Kongma-la, Cho-la, and Renjo-La with a visit to Everest base camp. As well climb on top of Kalapathar rocky hill, the highest point of the adventure at 5,545 m high. Facing Mt. Everest at close distance, and reaching the scenic Gokyo valley and its serene glacial lakes. At Gokyo takes you on top Gokyo-Ri for excellent views of the world’s four highest peaks.

Namely Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Mt. Cho-Oyu with Nepal’s longest Ngozumpa glacier.  Then finally crossing the last Renjo-la pass to reach Thame village on the western end of the Khumbu area. From Thame on the main trail to Namche Bazaar and ending the trek at Lukla, for flight back to Kathmandu.

09 Tengboche Everest Panorama Trek

Tengboche and the famous impressive monastery, add to the charm of the small settlement of Tengboche at 3,867 m high. A moderate adventure of little more than a week, from Lukla to Lukla where Tengboche Everest Panorama starts and ends. A perfect trek for all from beginners, and family to school/college groups, as well as for a corporate executive. From Tengboche, one can enjoy a glorious panorama of Everest, Lhotse, and Nuptse with majestic Ama Dablam.

Short Tengboche Trek

10 Pikey View Point Hill Trek

Pikey View Point Hill Trek, is quite different from other normal and mainstream trekking, on off the beaten tracks. Far and away from villages and main trails around the hidden pockets of Solu-Khumbu district and southern hills of Everest.

An exclusive trekking adventure of more than a week takes you on top 2,515 m / 8,251 feet high. Offers stunning sunrise along with a spectacular panorama of the Himalayan range of peaks with Mt. Everest, and Makalu as far as Kanchenjunga.

A great scenic hilltop to enjoy tranquil surroundings amidst a beautiful forest of rhododendron, pines, and fir trees. The trek starts and ends at Phaplu a nice small Sherpa village adorned with Buddhist prayer monuments.

11 Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley Trek is the third most popular trek of a week duration and the closest Himalayan destination from Kathmandu. A moderate-grade adventure starts from the village of Syabrubesi after an exciting drive from Kathmandu. Langtang valley to Kyanjin is one of the most magnificent walks through the beautiful woodland of rhododendron and pines. On leaving the tree lines reach the beautiful and scenic Langtang valley at Kyanjin enclosed by an array of peaks.

Langtang Valley Trek

Where one can explore high viewpoints for a breathtaking panorama of surrounding picturesque scenery with snow-capped peaks. Great scenic and cultural walks are suitable for all types of people and age groups, where altitude gains gradually. The highest point is at Kyanjin Gompa 3,749 m / 12,371 feet.

12 Langtang Valley & Gosainkunda Trek

Another exciting adventurous trek is Langtang valley and Gosainkunda Trekking, a combination of scenic Langtang valley and holy Gosainkunda pond. The trek starts from the traditional Tamang village of Syabrubesi after an exciting drive from Kathmandu of 6 hours journey. Walk first takes you to beautiful Langtang valley at Kyanjin, having time to enjoy a scenic hike to high viewpoints.

From Langtang valley, the route diverts towards the high Gosainkunda holy glacial pond at 4,381 m high. After enjoying the dramatic views on a climb to Gosainkund, facing Langtang, Ganesh, and Manaslu Himal, as far as the Annapurna range. Gosainkunda is sacred for Hindus, where once a year a festival held thousands of devotees and pilgrims visit. Taking a holy bathe in the pond, the belief is that it washes the sins of a hundred lifetimes. From Gosainkunda adventure leads to a high pass of Gosainkunda or Laurabinaya at 4,609 m. A long descent reaches a cool shade of serene towards the Helambu area, around the eastern side of the Langtang Himal range.

Walk on high scenic ridges to Chisapani, a small settlement that offers grand sunrise and sunset views over Himalayan peaks. Slowly the walk ends heading downhill towards the North Eastern valley rim of Kathmandu. A short drive brings you back to your hotel in Katmandu, after a wonderful adventure on the Langtang valley & Gosainkunda trek. A total trek duration of 12 nights and 13 days including drives both ways.

13 Tamang Heritage Trail Trek

Tamang Heritage Trail Trekking is located around the Langtang Himal range within the district of Rasuwa. Which is on route to Nepal and Tibet / China border, as well to Langtang valley and Ganesh Himal area. A moderate grade walk of little more than a week, an ideal soft adventure suitable for all types of visitors.

A great interesting country and cultural walk exploring from one heritage village to another Tamang settlements. Trekkers can witness and soak into the ancient cultures and customs of Tamang, the ancient indigenous mountain tribes of Nepal.

Tamang Heritage Trek

The walk leads to lovely cultural and traditional villages of Gatlang, Tatopani, and Thuman through high Nagethali Hill 3,165 m. Where one can enjoy tremendous views of dramatic landscapes with snow-capped peaks as far as Annapurna Himalayas. Includes Manaslu and close views of Ganesh and Langtang Himal with some peaks of Tibet across the border. Visitors on Tamang Heritage Trail trekking will be delighted to stay in community Home Stay huts and cottages. Enjoying the local authentic and traditional foods, in the harmony of a lovely culture of Buddhism lively heritage.

14 Ruby Valley Trek

For trekkers in search of hidden corners of Nepal Himalayas, and who wants to be away from main popular trekking trails. Ruby Valley will be the best and perfect choice, which is not far from Kathmandu to start the trek. Yet it is unknown to many wide-world travelers the remote pockets of beautiful Ruby valley.

Due to the nature of its pristine wilderness with a close backdrop of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. Where trekkers have to spend overnights in a tented camp, which will be carried by the local trekking company. Providing full camping equipment followed by trekking staff, cook and guide as well porters.

The trek follows from rural towns and villages and beyond towards high scenic hills and through lovely forest. Reaching around beautiful Ruby valley and climb high up to Sing-La hilltop and a pass. Which is at 4,045 m, the highest point of the adventure, facing a spectacular panorama of the Himalayan range of peaks. Adventure of two weeks trekking where drives involve both ways to start and the end the wonderful Ruby Valley Trekking.

15 Manaslu Circuit Trek  

Manaslu Circuit Trekking is a restricted area of Nepal, it was closed to outside visitors for many past decades. Which was opened for foreign travelers from 1992 onwards, where a special permit is required to enter Upper Manaslu. Manaslu Circuit trekking might be a fresh country, but slowly becoming one of the most popular adventure destinations. For the last few decades, since it opened its doors for foreign visitors, enjoyable scenic and cultural walks.

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Where adventure leads around the massif Manaslu Himalaya range, and over a high Larke-La Pass at 5,106 m. The pass forms the boundary of the Gorkha and Manang districts, where the trek ends at Dharapani village in the Manang area. Mt. Manaslu stands as the world’s 8th highest peak at 8,163 m high in between massif Ganesh and Annapurna Himalayas. A trek of more than two weeks takes you to the lovely villages of Jagat, Lo, and Sama-Gaon. Before crossing Larke-La pass and a long descent to Dharapani village, and then a drive back to Kathmandu.

16 Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum valley is another fresh new destination, as well as a restricted area of Nepal that opened to the outside world in 2008. The last Himalayan Shangri-La, where walk leads to the hidden valley of happiness around Tsum. Far beyond northeast of Gorkha district and Manaslu Himalayas, on the back of massif Ganesh Himal

Walk for some days on the same trail of Manaslu Circuit trek, then from Lokpa onwards. Where route diverts east towards a remote and isolated Tsum Valley in the land of Tsumbas. The highlanders of Tsum, which falls on the old Trans Himalaya Caravan trail to Tibet. The villages and people of Tsum follow strong Buddhism cultures similar to their Tibetan predecessors.

An interesting and exciting walk to Tsum Valley exploring the traditional villages of Chumling, Chokang Paro, and the Nile. Then reaching the remote settlement of Mu Gompa the highest and last village of Tsum Valley at 3,700 m high.

Tsum Valley Trek

Having time to explore the local cultures in the backdrop of the mighty peaks of Ganesh Himal. Includes an array of snow peaks with dramatic landscape views, after a wonderful experience, a walk leads to Rachen Gompa. Then returning on the same trail where the trek ends heading downhill to a low warm village at Machha-Khola. An exciting drive brings you to Kathmandu, after a great marvelous adventure around Tsum Valley.

17 Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu base camp treks lead you to the beautiful valley of Arun around low warm farm areas, heading towards cooler hills. Reaching within scenic Barun valley enriched with exotic flora and fauna then at high Makalu Base Camp. Exciting trekking on and off the beaten tracks away from main villages for a week. Within complete isolation of mountain wilderness of towering snow-capped peaks of Makalu, Barun Himal with views of Mt. Everest.

Makalu base camp at 5,250 m high, a stunning place enclosed by an array of snow peaks. The trek starts and ends at Tumlingtar, and involves both ways scenic flights from Kathmandu and exciting drives.

18 Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking is located on the Far Eastern rim of Nepal Himalayas. Mt. Kanchenjunga stands as the world’s 3rd highest peak at 8,586 m and 28,169 feet high. An adventure visiting and exploring it’s both South and North base camps, an exciting trek of more than 3 weeks. One of the longest treks around Nepal Himalayas involves flights and driving both ways to start and end the treks.

The walk leads to ever-exciting places from the lovely town of Taplejung at Sukhetar and then around rural farm villages. As trek heads further beyond human settlement reaching Kanchenjunga south base camp at Tseram.

The second part of the journey leads to crossing over the passes of Tshele-La and Mirgin-La to reach the nice village of Ghunsa. Then the trail leads towards Pang-Pema at Kanchenjunga North Base Camp at 5,150 m. The highest point of the adventure and then downhill on an alternative route to Taplejung taking a drive to Ilam. A town famous for its vast Tea-Garden and then down to low warm Terai for an exciting flight back to Kathmandu.

19 Lower Dolpo and Phoksundo Lake Trekking

Enjoy the adventure around the Far Western region of Nepal Himalayas, one of the most exciting trekking. Walking around Nepal’s largest national park of Shey-Phoksundo enriched with flora/fauna, in the country of snow leopard.

Lower Dolpo Trek

A great journey of two weeks treks visiting isolated villages of Lower Dolpo and lovely settlements. Crossing high passes of Numa-La and Baga-La above 5,000 m reaching beautiful Phoksundo Lake at Ringmo village.

Lower Dolpo and Phoksundo Lake Trekking are one of the most wonderful adventures around Far Western Nepal. The adventure to Lower Dolpo includes a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Jhupal, and back on the same air route.

20 Rara Lake Journey and Hike

Rara Lake a journey and hike, leads to Nepal’s largest Rara Lake, located around Far West of Karnali Zone. A beautiful country to enjoy a holiday of less than a week, a serene peaceful hike to high Murma Hill at 3,780 m. The highest spot of the journey faces grand views of Rara Lake and its magnificent surroundings.

The walk leads to the calm and scenic Rara Lake, situated at 2,990 m high, and the lake is 10.8 sq. km. The largest Lake in the country, a wonderful place to enjoy a short day walk around, surrounded by lovely forest.

  • Paul Thomas says:

    Just trekked Manaslu in May.
    Looking forward to another trek, maybe in 2024
    2018 anapurna base camp
    1999 poon hill
    1996 lantang
    I am 68 years old
    Avid daily walker but not a mountainer

  • Hello Paul It’s good to hear from you that you have been to Nepal many times. You had a beautiful trek in Nepal and you are planning to back again to Nepal for Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It’s one of the fascinating journeys in Nepal. Please visit the Annapurna Base Camp Trek’s link for more details and information. https://www.nepalhightrek.com/activities/annapurna-base-camp-trek/

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