The terrain of the Himalayas offers number of stunning trekking routes. It will be unfair to name just a few of it as the best because each of the treks has its own unique adventure and incomparable beauty. Here are the 10 most amazing treks in Nepal in no particular order.
Mount Everest’s daunting summit soars so high that trekking to its 5365 m high base camp is still an adventure of the highest sort. The trek to Everest Base Camp is famous for its majestic mountain peaks, vast glaciers, and razor sharp ridgelines of the Everest Himalayas. This 12 to 14 days trek starts from Lukla through the high Khumbu Mountains before finally arriving at the foot of the Everest. You will be passing through beautiful Everest High Passes, roaring Dudhkoshi River, renowned Namche bazaar, serene Imjatse valley, several holy stones with prayer flags, and throughout the way you will be accompanied by the beautiful Himalayan vista. After reaching the Everest Base Camp, you will move towards Kala Patthar at 5555 meter. The breathtaking view of splendid Mount Everest from Kala Patthar will make the few meters of ascend worthwhile.
2. Annapurna Base Camp Trek:
The trek to Annapurna Base Camp has long been seen as the best trek in the world. There are very few treks that combine so many different landscapes and bring you so close to the base 8,000 m high peaks in a short period of time as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This trek is the perfect blend of splendid natural scenery and rich cultural diversity of Annapurna region. Wandering through the Himalaya in Nepal, the trail takes you through mountain villages, over high passes, and through picturesque valleys, before eventually arriving at the base of mighty Mount Annapurna. The trek is filled with nature’s magnificence as you pass through the rich fauna and flora with pleasing view of the Annapurna Range. While trekking through the rich rhododendron and oak forest, you get to relax in hospitable Gurung and Thakali villages, and explore diverse Himalayan culture. Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp is a spectacular, breathtaking walk that rewards trekkers in many ways.
3. Annapurna Circuit:
Annapurna Circuit Trek traverses the most implausible mountains and glaciers of the Annapurna Conservation Area. The trek snakes through various terrains, from jungle to high alpine, through lush valley and up to arid peaks passing villages dominated by rich Buddhist culture through the world’s deepest gorge. The trek gives opportunity to explore rich Himalayan cultures as you will encounter various holy sites , most notably Muktinath Temple , holy site for both Hindus and Buddhists The snow-capped mountains, mist-shrouded valleys, isolated communities and remote monasteries during the trek will inspire those who are yearning for an ultimate experience. The thrill of walking back down the great Kali Gandhaki Valley, the deepest gorge on earth, with Annapurna and Dhaulagiri towering some 8000 meters above will be awe-inspiring.
4. Upper Mustang
Mustang, the forbidden kingdom, is one of those few places in the world that has survived a very close-niche life. The isolation from the rest of the world helped the people of Mustang to preserve their rich culture and lifestyle. The trek traverses remote villages that once served a blooming trade route between Nepal and Tibet. The trek through Lo Manthang, capital of Upper Mustang, boasts rare medieval Buddhist arts and exotic culture. The whitewashed settlements, surrounded by fields of barley, filled with several impressive small monasteries and colorful prayer flags, reflect the abiding Buddhist culture. Mustang has striking terrain of a semi-arid desert with deep ravines and rock shelves, fringed with snowy peaks. Hidden behind the majestic Himalayan ranges, Mustang is filled with beautiful trekking zones. This is a must for the one yearning to explore the rich Tibetan culture.
5. Around Manaslu Trek:
The Classic Manaslu Trek is known for its isolated and most challenging trek. The trail around the majestic peak is perhaps one of Nepal’s “Best Kept Secrets”. The journey passes through fabulous mountain panorama, authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style villages, culturally fascinating vicinity of ancient Buddhist monasteries and irrefutably challenging passes. Manaslu Circuit Trek is a beautiful trek flaunting remarkable panoramas of the peaks on the Nepal-Tibet border. This high altitude valley of pristine Himalayan ranges is definitely alluring to anybody who is looking for an audacious trek.
6. Ghorepani Poon Hill:
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is relatively easy and includes walking along streams with no risk of altitude sickness. The beauty of the trail is not discounted by its ease. The whole of Ghorepani is densely forested with beautiful rhododendron trees. It is magnificent to see these forests in bloom during spring with the panorama of the high mountains on the vista. The magnificent mountain scenery of Annapurna range and the rich ethnic Gurung villages justify the popularity of Ghorepani Poon hill trek.
7. The Langtang Region:
Langtang, the valley of glaciers, is one of the nearest trekking destinations from Kathmandu and is an unparalleled combination of natural beauty and cultural riches. Despite the nearness to Kathmandu, the Langtang Region is as wild as any other Tibetan highlands with tranquil rural landscape. The trek explores beautiful villages inhibited by the Tamangs, who hold their own unique culture and lifestyle. This trek allows you to climb small peaks and see the beautiful glaciers at a relatively lower altitude. Once you reach the valley, the mountain panorama looks exceptionally stunning. The Langtang trek offers glimpse of some of the oldest monasteries in the country, vibrant Himalayan Buddhist culture and plenty of yak herds on the alpine meadows.
8. Mt. Kangchenjunga Circuit
Mt. Kanchenjunga trek is a journey through wild high-mountain terrain. It is said to be a long and challenging walk around the third highest mountain in the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga. The trek goes deep into the secluded mountain ranges of Nepal’s border with Sikkim and Tibet. The less accessible vicinity of the trail explores the environs around Kanchenjunga. You will experience the rich and diverse Nepalese culture and life-style as you pass through Rai and Limbu villages to Tibetan Buddhist villages. The terrain with jungle reserves the shelter of some of the Asia’s most exotic wildlife. Tucked away in the remote northeast corner of the country, the almost complete lack of tourist infrastructures and unspoiled exposure to wonderful nature makes this thrilling adventure rewarding.
9. Rara Lake Trek
Rara Trek is a thrilling experience served by the far north western side of the country. Within the trek confines lie the Rara National Parks where the country’s largest lake, Rara Lake, can be found. Rara National Park flourishes in coniferous forest and is the perfect habitat for exotic fauna. The trek takes you to off beaten path to give you glimpses of culture and lifestyle of villages very different from the rest of the country. Along the mountain trails and a series of picturesque villages, you reach the magnificent bank of Rara Lake. The beautiful high altitude lake is surrounded by alpine meadows and forests of pine, spruce and juniper, and magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas in the background
10. Gokyo Ri Trek
The trek to Gokyo is an astounding trek that provides a superb opportunity to have an eyeful view of the magnificent Mount Everest at close range. The trek offers the fabulous view of marvelous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung located in Khumbu region. The trek passes through lush rhododendron and birch forests filled with exotic wildlife, numerous suspension bridges, scenic ridges with shrines on top, charming little hamlets, the alpine valleys and glacial moraines. The trek gives opportunity to visit the six sacred lakes of Gokyo valley whilst getting closer to witness the typical lifestyle and unique cultures of the Himalayas. This is an ultimate trek for those running short of time but seeking exclusive adventure into wildest mountains.
Each one of these treks gives you those once in the lifetime adventure that you will be proudly replaying in the mind for rest of the life. Filled with Himalayan cultural and spiritual experiences, exotic wildlife and vegetation, and stunning panorama of the mountains, treks in Nepal are undoubtedly packed with variety of pleasant experiences.