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9 of the Best Mountain Treks in Nepal

A paradise remains a dream for many, but Nepal, a nation known for its beauty, is not far off from being a very close second. Wandering through luscious green forests, trekking through picturesque rivers, and enjoying gorgeous mountain scenery are just some of the reasons why so many adventurers return to Nepal. 

Many peeps visit Nepal for the beauty of the mountains, striving to climb or trek in the Himalayas, while others are fascinated by the culture of the city of Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara, or any other, while still many hope to achieve spiritual awakening. Furthermore, Nepal can be all of those things whether you want a life-changing experience, an adrenaline rush, or a cultural experience.

Whether you’re an adventurer, an explorer, or just a trekking enthusiast from Nepal or any other corner of the world, you’d be happy to learn about all the amazing trekking destinations in Nepal. So, explore our list of Nepal’s top attractions to learn about the best places to visit in Nepal for trekking purposes.

If you’re in a hurry, we have compiled a shortlist of some of the best trekking routes in Nepal. Hopefully, this will help you decide on the trekking destination for you.

  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  • Langtang Trek
  • Trek to the Everest Base camp
  • Makalu Base Camp
  • Manaslu Mountain Circuit Trek
  • Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek
  • Trek to the Shey Phoksundo Lake
  • Nar Phu Valley Trek
  • Trek of the Gokyo Lake

The trekking trails mentioned above are sure to make for a great trip. However, if you’re not convinced yet, let’s discuss them a bit more.

Annapurna Base Camp trek 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a classic trekking route in Nepal that introduces you to the skyscraping mountaintops, the gorgeous range of landscapes, and the lush Rhododendron forest. Trekking the Annapurna mountain range base camp would be ideal if you seek a holiday and enjoy mother earth’s gifts and experience a physically and spiritually fulfilling journey.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May (Mild Weather) and from late September to early December (Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately 15 days
  • Starting Point: Nayapul
  • Maximum Altitude: 5416 meters at Thorong La Pass
  • Trek Permits: ACAP, TIMS
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse and Homestays
  • Difficulty: Moderately Difficult

Langtang Trek

A trekking trip to Langtang is one of the most rewarding activities in the Langtang region. The quaint mountain villages, varied climatic conditions, and inspiring and challenging walks provide a memorable experience.

A short distance from Kathmandu, you will be able to see glaciers and snow-capped mountains, as well as pine forests, stony streams, boulders, grasslands, and wide pastures. You will also have panoramic views of Mount Langtang-Ri, Langtang Himal, and Gajala Peak.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May (Mild Weather) and from October to November(Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately eight days
  • Starting Point: Syabrubesi
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,984 meters at tserko Ri
  • Trek Permits: No
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse 
  • Difficulty: Moderately Difficult

Trek to the Everest Base camp

The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of Nepal’s most popular trekking routes. Many tourists visit Nepal to enjoy the captivating mountain views of the Sagarmatha region. The trek begins in Lukla, a short flight from Kathmandu.

Along with Sherpa culture and antique monasteries, you will explore different glaciers and have the opportunity to see hanging icicles and beautiful landscapes on the route.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May (Mild Weather) and from October to November(Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately 14 days
  • Starting Point: Lukla
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,600 meters at Kala Patthar
  • Trek Permits: TIMS, Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse 
  • Difficulty: Moderately Difficult

Trek of the Makalu Base Camp 

Due to its remote topography, Makalu Base Camp is a less frequent trek route. The trek takes you to the foothills of 8481 meters at Makalu, the world’s fifth-highest mountain. Throughout the trek, a short flight from the capital will take you to Tumlingtar, whence you will pass through the vibrant forests of Rhododendrons, and along the way, you will spot the Rai community living in the lower elevations, as well as the Sherpas who live in the higher mountains.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May (Mild Weather) and from October to November(Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately 20 days
  • Starting Point: Tumlingtar
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,250 meters at Shersong Ridge
  • Trek Permits: TIMS, Makalu Barun National Park Permit
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse 
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Manaslu Mountain Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is popular and physically demanding in Nepal. However, it offers uplifting mountain scenery and a great series of jungles that head into the wild. In this trek, you can witness epic views of the Himalayas while crossing many suspension bridges as you trek around Mount Manaslu, which is the eighth-highest peak in Nepal. 

  • Preferable Season: From March to May and from September to December
  • Trek Duration: Approximately 14 days
  • Starting Point: Soti Khola
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,160 meters at Larkya Pass
  • Trek Permits: TIMS, MCAP, and RAP
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse 
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

In all likelihood, trekking to Kanchenjunga is one of the best things to do in Nepal. It is an amazing adventure that takes you to the third-highest peak in the world. The hike then takes you to the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, a place where endangered species can be seen.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May and from October to November(Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately 21 days
  • Starting Point: Mitlung
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,250 meters at Shersong Ridge
  • Trek Permits: RAP, TACAP
  • Accommodation Type: Camping 
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Trek to the Shey Phoksundo Lake

There is no doubt Shey Phoksundo Lake is one of the most beautiful freshwater lakes in Nepal because of its turquoise waters. The crystal-clear water is as if nature is being painted on a stunning canvas. 

In addition to visiting the pristine lake of Phoksundo, the remote portion of the trek in Nepal gives you a glimpse of Nepal’s preserved culture and Tibetan culture around the Dolpo region and the spectacular Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri ranges.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May and from October to November(Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately nine days
  • Starting Point: Juphal
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,589 meters
  • Trek Permits: RAP, TACAP
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse 
  • Difficulty: Moderately Difficult

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Trekking in the Nar Phu Valley starts from Jagat along the popular Annapurna Circuit Trail and branches off to Koto in an off-the-beaten-path, high-altitude valley containing ancient villages. The trek offers people unique Himalayan and Tibetan culture and a wide variety of Buddhist cultures in the Trans Himalayas and High plateau rock formations and glaciers.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May and from October to November(Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately 18 days
  • Starting Point: Jagat
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,416 meters
  • Trek Permits: RAP, ACAP
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse 
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Trek of the Gokyo Lake

After Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal, Everest Gokyo Lake Trek is the most sought-after trek among trekkers and adventurers. This hike offers breathtaking views of the four highest peaks in the world at the same time: Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho-Oyu, and Mt. Lhotse.

  • Preferable Season: From March to May and from October to November (Cold Weather)
  • Trek Duration: Approximately 12 days
  • Starting Point: Tumlingtar
  • Maximum Altitude: 5,357 meters at Gokyo Ri
  • Trek Permits: Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit
  • Accommodation Type: Teahouse 
  • Difficulty: Difficult

As a whole, trekking in Nepal is one of the most popular adventures in the world. Every trek in Nepal has a unique trail and offers a variety of experiences; however, the nine best treks in Nepal mentioned above are based on the popularity of the trails among visitors.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival & Departure transport via private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals per day throughout the Trip(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation during the trek.
  • Nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B.
  • Guide and a porter with Insurance, food, and accommodations.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara valley with a car and tour guide
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • TIMS card (Trekking information management system) is like a permit.
  • All needed government tax/vat.

Cost excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and US$ 30 for 15 days; you should get a visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks, items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, missing meal, WIFI Porters, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters

After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.

We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.