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Top 10 Best Treks in Nepal

Hey, Do you want to do a trek in Nepal and not sure which are the best treks in Nepal for you? Well, Nepal being the paradise for trekkers, this is not an easy decision. Nepal is capable of satisfying any kind of trekker from beginner to professional. Each trek of Nepal is unique from others and is best in its own nature. Every year, more than 200,000 trekkers from all over the world visit Nepal. The unique terrains, trails, culture, traditions, and rewarding beauty of Nature are why they come to Nepal. Once you do the trek in Nepal, you will surely come next time. So, it is very difficult to distinguish one best trek however, we listed down the 10 best treks based on popularity, price, and scenery:

Top 10 Best Treks in Nepal:

  1. Everest Base Camp Trek
  2. Upper Mustang Trek
  3. Langtang Valley Trek
  4. Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  5. Annapurna Round Trek
  6. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
  7. Manaslu Trek
  8. Makalu Base Camp Trek
  9. Dhaulagiri Round Trek
  10. Upper Dolpo Trek

1. Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest-Base-Camp-Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek

Maximum Elevation: 5545m, Kalapatthar
Trek Category: Adventure
Trek Duration: 14 days
Accommodation Type: Teahouse
Best Season: February-May, October-December
Trek Permits: TIMS, Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
Trekking Restrictions: No

Everest base camp is the most reputed and the most trekked trekking route of Nepal. This trek is a lifetime experience as it takes us to the base camp of the World’s highest mountain along with the rewarding views of four out of the top 6 world’s highest mountains. Nevertheless, walking through Sagarmatha National park, we can experience the traditional Sherpa Culture, glaciers and glacial lakes, monasteries, and Sherpa museums.

Everest Base Camp Trekking Highlights:

  • Trek to the World’s Highest Geographical Structure Mt. Everest.
  • Jaw-dropping views of four (Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Cho-Oyu) out of the top 6 highest mountains in the World.
  • Visit Gokyo lakes, one of the high altitude lakes in Nepal, and Khumbu Glacier.
  • Sagarmatha national park is the home of Musk deer, Snow Leopard, Himalayan Tahr, and Bark deer.
  • Namche Bazaar, a historic trading center of the Khumbu region also famous for homemade yak cheese and butter.
  • Tengboche Monastery.
  • Kala Patthar, a mighty viewpoint of Mt. Everest.
  • Small Tibetan settlements with unspoiled culture and traditions.

2. Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang

Maximum Elevation: 3840m, Lo Manthang
Trek Category: Moderate
Trek Duration: 15 days
Accommodation Type: Tea House
Best Season: March-May, September-November
Trek Permits: TIMS, ACAP, Special Permit for Mustang
Trekking Restrictions: No

Upper mustang trek is one of the best treks in Nepal attracting the eyes of numerous internal and external visitors with its unique geographical structure. Being the part of Tibetan plateau, this place is a great example of the geographical diversity of Nepal. This hidden kingdom was restricted for visit till 1992 and still, you need special permission to visit. Locals are preserving the tradition and culture for hundreds of years and this trek is a great opportunity to experience it firsthand. The mysterious caves, ancient monasteries, and mountain views of some of the renowned mountains are the major attractions of this trek.

Upper Mustang Trek Highlights

  • Mountain views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri.
  • Lo Manthang, capital of Kingdom Lo and the home of King.
  • Old monasteries and mysterious caves.
  • Firsthand experience of Tibetan Lama Buddhism along with unspoiled culture and traditions of Locals.
  • Trans-Himalayan geography is totally different from the geography of the rest of the places of the country.

3. Langtang Valley Trek

Stupa-in-langtang-region
Beautiful stupa in Langtang region

Maximum Elevation: 4984m, Cherko Ri
Trek Category: Moderate
Trek Duration: 09 days
Accommodation Type: Tea House
Best Season: September to December
Trek Permits: TIMS, Langtang National Park Permit
Trekking Restrictions: No

Langtang Valley trek is also one of the best treks in Nepal to the amazing landscapes of Langtang National Park. This trek is a complete rollercoaster ride as we climb from Syabrubeshi to Tesrko Ri. The small teahouses and settlements on the way welcome us with their unique Tibetan Culture and Traditions. Also, nature welcomes the trekkers with the best it can give. The mountains views of Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Ri, Ganesh Himal can be seen during the trek. The roaring Trishuli river, oak, Rhododendron forest, and the amazing landscapes add peace to one’s soul. The beautiful Kyanjin Gompa locating itself in between the mountains is a great place to be at. The amazing viewpoint of Tserko Ri offers some of the most panoramic views we can expect.

Langtang Valley Trek Highlights:

  • Chance to experience Tibetan culture and tradition first hand.
  • Kyanjin Gompa, A vintage point and a religious place surrounded by mountains from all directions.
  • Tserko Ri, A majestic viewpoint offering some of the best views of mountains and landscapes.
  • Chance to get closer and witness ice-walled mountains like Langtang Lirung, Langtang Ri, Dorje Lakpa, and Ganesh Himal.
  • Ancient monasteries, Gompas, Prayer flags, and mani-prayer walls.

4. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Mountain View During Trek

Maximum Elevation: 4200m, Annapurna Base Camp
Trek Category: Moderate
Trek Duration: 14 days
Accommodation Type: Tea House
Best Season: February-May, September-December
Trek Permits: TIMS, ACAP
Trekking Restrictions: No

Annapurna Base camp Trek is a popular trek leading you to the base camp of the World’s 10th highest mountain, Annapurna South. Attracting numerous visitors from in and outside the country, this trek is one of the best treks in Nepal. The alpine forests decorated by blossoms of rhododendron make the trail pretty. The journey is a beautiful game of hide-and-seek with mountains. Looking upside, you can witness the snow-walled mountains smiling at you. Nevertheless, this trek is rich in surrounding views, Culture, and traditions, wildlife, floras, and faunas.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Highlights:

  • Trek to the foothill of Annapurna south, 10th highest mountain in the world.
  • Rewarded with the mountain views of Nilgiri, Machhapuchchhre, Himchuli, and Dhaulagiri.
  • Chance to witness culture and traditions closely as the trails pass through many beautiful villages.
  • If you are fancy, dress in traditional Gurung dress in Ghandruk.
  • Bless yourself with the heavenly sunset and sunrise amidst Annapurna Range at Poon hill.
  • Taste the authentic Nepali Cuisine.
  • The journey is a walk on the trails decorated with colorful Rhododendron forest.

5. Annapurna Round Trek

Amazing View during trek

Maximum Elevation: 5416m, Thorang La Pass
Trek Category: Moderate
Trek Duration: 17 days
Accommodation Type: Tea House
Best Season: September-November
Trek Permits: TIMS, ACAP
Trekking Restrictions: No

Annapurna Round Trek is a moderate-level journey that introduces us to the Beautiful nature of the Annapurna region. It takes us to the two-rain shadow valley of Kaligandaki and Marsyandi river to one of the highest altitude pass Thorang La. Also, it takes us closer to the world’s 10th highest mountain along with renowned mountains of the country. A rewarding trekker with a jaw-dropping view of Manaslu and Dhaulagiri, this trek is a dream of the mountain and adventure lovers. Apart from mountains, the Annapurna round trek carries great cultural, traditional, and religious significance too. Muktinath temple, a sacred place of salvation is one of the most admired pilgrimage sites of Nepal.

Annapurna Round Trek Highlights:

  • Chance to witness the world’s 10th highest mountain in the world along with Manaslu and Dhaulagiri.
  • 108 carved taps and the eternal flame of Muktinath.
  • Climb one of the highest passes in the world, Thorang La Pass (5416m).
  • Kagbeni, a gateway to the upper mustang and trading hub of this region.
  • Passing through many beautiful settlements, this trek is a great chance to know about the culture and traditions of locals.
  • Verities of floras and faunas can be seen during the trek.

6. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Mountain View During Trek

Maximum Elevation: 5143m, Kanchenjunga Base Camp
Trek Category: Adventurous
Trek Duration: 21 days
Accommodation Type: Tea House
Best Season: March to May
Trek Permits: TIMS, KCAP, RAP (Kanchenjunga Restricted Area Permit)
Trekking Restrictions: No

Kanchenjunga Base camp trek is a long journey in rarely trekked trails to the untouched beauty of far-west Nepal. Kanchenjunga being the third highest mountain in the world with an elevation of 8586 m is the main attraction of this trek. Also, the world’s 5th highest mountain, Mt. Makalu can be seen during the trek. The landscapes, culture, traditions, and vegetation here are completely different from the other part of the country. Kanchenjunga Conservation Area is a wildlife paradise and home to Himalayan Black Deer, Snow leopard, Musk deer, Red panda, and many more.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek Highlights:

  • Trek to the base camp of the world’s 3rd highest mountain, Mt. Kanchenjunga.
  • Splendid panorama of the unique landscape of the far-west of Nepal along with the mountain view of Makalu and Lhotse, the world’s 5th and 4th highest mountain respectively.
  • The vegetation, culture, and traditions of this region are completely different from the rest of the country.
  • If you are lucky enough, you can be welcomed with the wildlife friends like Himalayan Black Deer, Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Red Panda, etc.
  • Chance to be closer to the unspoiled beauty of Nature trekking on rarely trekked trails.

7. Manaslu Trek

Manaslu Trek

Maximum Elevation: 5160m, Larkey La Pass
Trek Category: Adventurous
Trek Duration: 16 days
Accommodation Type: Tea House
Best Season: March-May, September-November
Trek Permits: TIMS, MCAP, ACAP
Trekking Restrictions: No

Manaslu trek is a classic, adventurous, and definitely one of the best treks of Nepal. Mt. Manaslu being the 8th highest mountain in the world is the main attraction of this world. One can enjoy the variation of the trails in this area is as it takes us through delightful meadows, rocky cliffs, blooming forests, and the George of Budhi-Gandaki river. This trail is often less crowded than other trekking trails. Starting the trek from the elevation of 730m, this trek takes us to the elevation of 5160m at Larkey La pass. If you have done the Annapurna trek already, then this trek can be the perfect alternation.

Manaslu Trek Highlights:

  • Trek to the foothill of the 8th highest mountain in the world, Mt. Manaslu.
  • Climb Larkey La pass, 5160m.
  • Passing through many beautiful villages, we can observe the culture and lifestyle of the Himalayan people closely.
  • Enjoy the panoramic views of mountains like Himchuli, Ganesh Himal, Nemjung, Gyang Kyang, etc.
  • Enjoy the variation of the trails and vegetation.
  • An unusual encounter with wild animals like Himalayan Tahr, Snow leopard, and Blue Sheep.

8. Makalu Base Camp Trek

Rhododendron Forest and Mountain View

Maximum Elevation: 5250m, Makalu Base Camp
Trek Category: Adventurous
Trek Duration: 22 days
Accommodation Type: Tea House
Best Season: March-May, September-November
Trek Permits: TIMS, Makalu Barun National Park permit
Trekking Restrictions: No

A long and adventurous journey closer to the world’s 5th highest mountain in the world. Remoteness and adventurous trails inviting less visitor comes up with untouched beauty of the nature. Living the life with basic needs of life however smile on your face witnessing the white mountains right in front of your eyes smiling back to you. You can experience the vast difference in the culture and traditions there. The unique landscapes, vegetation and surrounding along with the surprise of geography, mountains, nature’s beauty is at its peak. Climbing the high passes like Shipton La, you can check your physical endurance and adjustability with nature.

Makalu Base Camp Highlights:

  • An adventurous journey to the base camp of the world’s 5th highest mountain.
  • Rewarding views of some of the highest mountains like Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, etc.
  • Climb the high altitude passes like Shipton La and Keke La.
  • Walk around the Makalu Barun National Park enjoying the different species of floras and faunas, lush forests, and landscapes around it.
  • Chance to have an eco-friendly encounter with exotic animals including Red Panda, Snow Leopard, and Musk deer.
  • Experience the unique culture and traditions of ethnic groups Sherpas and Rai first-hand.
  • Enjoy the adventurous and less-trekked trails in seclusion.

9. Dhaulagiri Round Trek

Trekkers Capturing the moment during Trek

Maximum Elevation: 5360m, French Pass
Trek Category: Moderate
Trek Duration: 18 days
Accommodation Type: Tea House
Best Season: March-June, September-November
Trek Permits: TIMS, ACAP
Trekking Restrictions: No

Dhaulagiri round trek is one of the best treks in Nepal to the 7th highest mountain in the world. This trek is rich in culture and tradition as well as the natural beauty. The amazing landscapes and unique geography are increasing the visitor’s day by day in this region. The lush forests are the home to the many wildlife animals and different species of birds. The trails pass through different roaring rivers, glacier, lush forests and beautiful settlements.

Dhaulagiri Round Trek Highlights:

  • A journey to the heart of some of the highest mountains in the world including Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, Muktinath Himal, Putali etc.
  • Climb some of the high passes like Dhampus pass & French pass and get blessed with the glowing view from there.
  • A great chance to witness wild animals like Red Panda, Musk Deer, Himalayan Tahr and Leopards along with different species of birds.
  • Enjoy the unique culture and tradition of ethnic groups like Thakali, Magar, and Gurung.
  • Walk along the deep Kaligandaki George, deepest gorge in the country.

10. Upper Dolpo Trek

Settlement in Upper Dolpo region

Maximum Elevation: 5320m, Nriwa Pass
Trek Category: Adventure
Trek Duration: 27 days
Accommodation Type: Tea House
Best Season: March-May, June-August
Trek Permits: TIMS, National Park & Restricted area entry permit
Trekking Restrictions: No

Upper Dolpo trek is one of the challenging treks to the far-western region of Nepal. The untouched beauty of this region comes with the unique and unfamiliar Tibetan Plateau. Trekking through the largest National park in the country, we can have the chance to witness wide species of wildlife animals, birds, and butterflies. This is a long journey that takes through the deep valley to high passes, beautiful forests, and different settlements. This trekking area was restricted to visitors and opened for tourism in 1989. Bordering with Tibet, the culture and lifestyle of locals are influenced by Northern neighbours. Also, the majestic Shey-Phoksundo is one of the attractions of this trek. The ancient Shey Gompa at the foothill of holy Crystal mountain is another main source of attraction.

Upper Dolpo Trekking Highlights:

  • The remote settlements highly influenced on culture and lifestyle by Northern neighbor Tibet.
  • Shey-Phoksundo Lake, the deepest lake in Nepal.
  • The largest National park of Nepal, Shey-Phoksundo national park.
  • Shey Gompa, the 800 years old gompa at the foothill of the holy crystal mountain.
  • Chance to witness some of the rare wildlife animals including Snow leopard along with different species of birds and butterflies.
  • Climb high passes like Nagdalo la, Shey la, Jeng la, Mo la, and Nriwa pass.

Conclusion:

Nepal is one of the best trekking destination of the world as we can find varieties of treks perfectly suitable for all kind of trekkers. The best treks of Nepal highly depends on what kind of trekking you are searching for.