Nepal offers some pretty stunning views of brooding mountains and swirling fog. It is also home to some of the tallest mountains in the world, hence its trekking popularity.
If you’re considering voyaging to the South Asian land for an adventure trip, our guide to the best treks in Nepal aims to help you make up your mind.
Everest Base Camp Trek
It makes sense to start with the daddy of all treks, doesn’t it?
The Everest Base Camp trek attracts 30,000 people a year, making it the most popular in Nepal. It’s no wonder why when you get to see Mount Lhoste on trek as well as pass by Buddhist monasteries and Sherpa villages.
However, how much you see depends on how much climb you have in you. For example, getting to see Lhoste on trek means you’ve got to climb up Kala Patthar which includes an altitude of over 5,500 metres.
Often the most popular treks are the most popular for a reason. Everest Base Camp certainly applies to this general rule and the iconic trek follows the original route from 1953 as well as providing incredible views of Everest.
Lovers of high altitudes will relish the chance to complete this twelve-day trek. Climbing from 2,800 metres to 5,300 at Everest Base Camp is a challenge to be proud of.
Annapurna Circuit Trek
Regarded as one of the most beautiful treks not only in Nepal, but in the world, the Annapurna Circuit trek is truly something special.
It is the second most popular in Nepal and it is the electrifying scenery and its richness in diversity that makes it so. Beginning in sub-tropical meadows, ascending into gorgeously impressive alpine peaks and eventually reaching Thorung La Pass at a whopping 5,416 metres.
As you can imagine, reaching such an altitude comes with great difficulty if you’re unprepared.
We would strongly suggest that due to the length of the trek alongside the high altitude, you develop your stamina and fitness. This way, you can fully enjoy the experience.
While road construction in the past two decades has had an impact on the trek, do not let it put you off. Trekking through rice terraced paddy fields to glacial environments is appealing – and you can’t deny it.
Manaslu Circuit Trek
The Manaslu Circuit trek attracts less than 2,000 adventurers per year; something unusual considering its scenic abilities. However, we imagine it’s down to the fact that many people enjoy serious rigour when trekking in Nepal.
Passing through eight climatic zones, just like the Annapurna Circuit above, the Manaslu Circuit is extremely clever. It ends up winding its way around eight Himalaya peaks and in the process, providing stunning scenes.
This trek passes over the Larkya La Pass, standing at over 5,000 metres tall. While it is often thought of as one of the most drastic passes in the country, it shouldn’t but any beginners off.
In fact, this trek is perfect for beginners due to the lack of severeness in all areas. Of course, some of the altitude may get to you. But, if you’re prepared for it, then it shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
Langtang Valley Trek
Fans of culture, you’re up!
The Langtang Valley trek takes you through one of the most jaw-dropping valleys in the world. On this trek, you become one with lush vegetation, forceful streams and subjugating mountain peaks.
Basking in culture and history, the Langtang Valley was discovered by a lama – not the animal; a teacher of Tibetan Buddhism – who was pursuing a straying yak.
Don’t be fooled with the Langtang Valley’s distance from Kathmandu. It is only 19 miles from the capital city of Nepal, yet one of the most off-the-beaten-track you’ll find. Civilization as you know it will be far, far away.
Completing this trek by staying in tea houses for the whole time is possible. However, for those who prefer not to – you can choose your own way of doing things.
Poon Hill Trek
The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek – more commonly known as the Poon Hill trek – is a short little blessing.
Most of the classic Nepal treks take up two or three weeks of sheer perseverance and dedication, whereas this trek is the complete opposite. In fact, the Poon Hill trek can be completed in four days, but most people complete it in five.
As well as this, it is one of Nepal’s least physically-demanding treks – hence making it perfect for beginners, families or retirees. It is also suitable for the wanderers with little time on their hands too.
Following a deep gorge with a stunning river, the Poon Hill trek‘s highest altitude (3,210m) may sound disappointing compared to Everest Base Camp, but there are still beautiful sights to be seen. From the top, you can seethe peaks of Dhaulagiri, Annapurnas and Machhapuchchre.
Gokyo Lakes Trek
We are suckers for a lake trek…
The Gokyo Lakes trek is one of Nepal’s hidden gems. Once you find it, though, it shines as bright as a diamond.
If you want to trek in peace and tranquility while encompassing the seemingly mythical wonders of the Everest Base Camp trek, this one is for you. You’re taken off the beaten path and diverted from the attention of the crowds on this stunning route.
Trekking to the Gokyo region and returning on the Everest Base Camp route allows you to admire five stunning aquamarine holy lakes surrounding the mountains. Not to mention that upon your ascent of Gokyo Ri (no less than 5,000m), the peaks of Everest, Lhoste, Makalu and Cho Oyu greet you like new friends.
This trek really is something special and the best alternative to the Everest Base Camp if you ask us.