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TREKKING in NEPAL – The Ultimate Guide to the Best Hikes

Nepal is known globally for its picturesque mountains. Especially known to most is the mighty Mount Everest, and a lot of people travel from all over to capture a glimpse of the world’s tallest peak.

However Mount Everest is just a small fraction of what there is to discover in Nepal, with some of the most unique teahouses, monasteries and friendly locals you will come across anywhere on the planet.

The Himalaya is the ‘spine’ of the country, and what lays within will truly change the way you look at the landlocked Asian nation.

For those that love adventure, the best way to explore this country is on your own two feet, by trekking in Nepal.

From the lush forests of Helambu to the desolate peaks of the Upper Mustang, hiking in Nepal is extremely diverse.

There are literally so many options when it comes to choosing what hike to go on, so I have put together a comprehensive, ultimate guide to treks in Nepal in order to get you on your way to something amazing!

Letdar Trekking In Nepal

Views of Letdar – Trekking in Nepal.

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Trekking in Nepal – The Ultimate Hiker’s Guide

Nepal offers short treks up to 5 days, medium treks up to 12 days and long treks for the adventurous kind where you can be out in the wilderness for up to 20 days or more.

I’ve trekking here on multiple trips and often get a lot of questions about accommodation and food, and some people think that Nepal can’t offer much in the way of luxuries.

Well in fact Nepal has some of the most warming teahouses where you can sit down and share stories with the locals over a hot cup of tea and a plate of momos.

Everywhere you go, every trek you go on, you are bound to be invited to stay at someone’s house or teahouse. Nepal’s hospitality is just awesome, and so are its treks!

So without further ado, let me share all of my knowledge to help you make your epic adventure of hiking in Nepal easier to organise.

Tsarang Gompa

Tsarang Gompa.

When To Go – The Nepal Trekking Season

That’s a very good question and there is no definite answer. Personally I prefer to hike in Nepal at the end of the season when numbers of people on the trail have dropped by at least half.

Each of the listed months is a guideline as weather in the Himalaya and Nepal can change very rapidly so use this as a guide. The Nepal trekking season varies from year to year by days or even weeks.

Here’s a brief guide for each trek listed;

  • Everest Base Camp: October to December and February to May
  • Three Passes Trek: October to November and March to May
  • Gokyo Trek: October to December and February to May
  • Annapurna Sanctuary Trek: October to May
  • Annapurna Circuit: October to November and March to April
  • Mardi Himal: October to November and March to April
  • Upper Mustang: May to October
  • Around Dhaulagiri: Very weather dependent all year round due to avalanche danger.
  • Manaslu: Mid-March to May and October to Mid-December
  • Inner Dolpo: May to October
  • Kagmara La: March to October
  • Kanchenjunga: October to November and March to May
  • Helambu Circuit: October to April
  • Great Himalayan Trek: Starting time generally October

Guided Or Independent – How To Hike In Nepal

Many hikes in Nepal require the use of guides and porters such as Inner Dolpo, Kanchenjunga and Upper Mustang due to the areas being restricted.

However, places such as the Annapurna Conservation Area and Everest Base Camp do not require guides.

If a particular hike requires a guide there really is no way around it, you must use a guide and porter in order to undertake the hike.

It is best to organise your Nepal trekking tour before you get to Nepal to save time and avoid the confusion of finding a trekking company in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Guides are awesome to trek with and are full of knowledge even though it might cost you a bit more, it is well worth it.

In my opinion it’s worth going on a guided trip when trekking in Nepal.

It’s important to keep in mind too that no matter what trek you do, you’re probably going to have to get a Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) permit. Read more about it here.

Mustang Hiking In Nepal

A typical day hiking in the Mustang.

The Best Treks in Nepal by Region

Nepal offers a vast selection of different regions to which contains a multitude of trekking routes to do in Nepal; I have established a list that covers the best hikes in each of these regions.

For easy reference I will group each of the hikes to their location in Nepal.

Everest Region

  • Everest Base Camp
  • Gokyo Trek
  • Three Passes Trek

Annapurna Region

  • Annapurna Panorama Trek (Poon Hill)
  • Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
  • Annapurna Circuit
  • Mardi Himal


  • The Mustang Trek

Western Nepal

  • Phoksumdo Lake to Shey Gompa Trek
  • Kagmara La Trek

Eastern Nepal

  • Kanchenjunga Northern Trek

Langtang, Manaslu and Helambu

  • Helambu Circuit Trek
  • Around Manaslu

Yak Kharka

Yak Kharka.

Khumbu Valley Treks – Everest Region

These are some of the most popular treks in the Khumbu Valley, which includes the famous Everest Base Camp hike.

Everest Base Camp

  • Time: 16 days
  • Difficulty: Medium to Hard
  • Elevation: 5,545 metres
  • Start / Finish: Lukla to Lukla
  • Permits: TIMS card, Sagarmatha National Park permit
  • Accommodation: teahouses

Everest Base Camp Trek is to most the pinnacle of trekking in Nepal; a must for most avid hiker’s bucket list. But what makes this hike so good and why do so many travel to the Khumbu Valley for this hike?

Mount Everest, or Sagarmatha to the Nepalese, as you might know is the tallest peak in the world, with countless expeditions taking place to summit Everest since 1953 when Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary became the first to do so.

Mount Everest is one of the most amazing natural sites you can see anywhere in the world, and access to Everest’s basecamp is becoming a whole lot easier, which now attracts more people than ever.

Getting to Everest Base Camp (EBC) all starts with a hair-raising flight to Lukla from Kathmandu to which you literally fly into the side of a mountain.

But don’t worry these pilots are some of the best in the world and safety comes first.

From Lukla, there are a few options as acclimatisation becomes a priority due to Lukla’s altitude, so opt for 1 or 2 days rest in town before beginning the hike.

As you fly from Kathmandu’s altitude of 1,400 metres to Lukla’s altitude of 2,860 metres in a short period of time, the chance of altitude sickness may be low but you have to take all precautions.

From Lukla, the hiking begins!

As you will notice along the trails, there are many teahouses and guesthouses to stay at, but in peak periods they can become very busy.

A little trick of the trade is to send one of your porters ahead (if using a porter) to check if there are any vacancies available, because the last thing you want is to be sleeping outside in the cold.

Also make sure to have your TIMS card registered before leaving Lukla!

On your EBC trek things start to get more exciting as you head deep into the Khumbu Valley, where for a few days you can base yourself in Namche Bazaar for further acclimatisation so this gives you the opportunity to explore side routes.

When acclimatising, my best hiking tip is called “go high, sleep low” which basically involves hiking above the altitude of where you will be staying, having a look around for an hour or two then descending back to the altitude you will be sleeping at.

Trust me it works a treat.

While in Namche Bazaar, be sure to check out Namche Gompa where you can hear monks chanting mantras on a daily basis both morning and evening.

If possible spend at least 1 day in Tengboche which is 4 hours hike from Namche Bazaar due to changes in altitude.

Once you leave Tengboche the views start to get pretty unreal with Ama Dablam peak and Imja Tse (Island Peak) peaking their heads out the clouds to the right of the trail while Cholatse towers above from the left.

To get some extraordinary Himalayan views, opt to do the difficult trek to Ama Dablam Base Camp which will add another 5 hours to your day.

Ama Dablam is one of the most picturesque peaks in the Khumbu and one of the most iconic in the world due to its unique shape.

Dugla to Lobuche provides you with your first glimpses of true giants of the Himalaya with Pumori, which tops out at 7,165 metres.

After Lobuche you will come across a side route which opts to trek to Kala Pattar (4 hours return).

Kala Pattar offers the best views of Mount Everest, and sorry to spoil it for you, EBC won’t offer anything near the views that Kala Pattar will.

So what to expect at EBC?

You can see the Khumbu icefall which is one of the most notorious glaciers in the world for all the wrong reasons.

You can also see the camp itself which is the main place where mountaineers come to acclimatise before making their way to advanced basecamp and onwards to the 8,848 metre summit of Everest.

Mount Everest Prayer Flags Unsplash

Prayer flags and Mount Everest. Photo by Kalle Kortelainen on Unsplash.

Three Passes Trek

  • Time: 20 days
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Elevation: 5,535m
  • Start / Finish: Lukla
  • Permits: TIMS card, Sagarmatha National Park permit
  • Accommodation: teahouses and tents

Three Passes Trek is considered as one of the hardest treks in Nepal before you start getting into the realm of trekking peaks.

Starting in Lukla you follow the same trail as if you were heading along the route to Everest Base Camp.

The Three Passes Trek consists of three mountainous passes over 5,000 metres to which you will spend a good part of the trek above 5,000 metres, so make sure you are 100% committed before taking it on.

Himalayan trekking doesn’t get any better than this!

Starting with Kongma La at an altitude of 5,535 metres, this will be your maximum altitude for the trek unless you decide to be really adventurous and add Kala Pattar which rises another 10 metres above Kongma La.

Once you have reached Lobuche, this is the junction village of which one way goes to Everest Base Camp and the other continues towards the next pass of Cho La.

Cho La is the coldest pass on the trek so it’s always good to ascend as early in the morning as possible before clouds start to roll in.

Cho La reaches an altitude of 5,420 metres before descending into a lush area of meadows prior to entering the village of Tagnag.

The last major ascent on the Three Passes Trek is Renjo La maxing out at 5,345 metres and the views are guaranteed to amaze with Everest, Lhotse and Makalu all of which are in the top 5 highest mountains in the world!

For the remainder of the trek, altitude continues to decrease making things a whole lot easier as you approach Lukla to where the trek ends.

Sun Sitting Trekking In Nepal

Sitting in the sun.

Gokyo Trek

  • Time: 12 days
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Elevation: 5,360 metres
  • Start / Finish: Lukla via Phortse
  • Permits: TIMS card, Sagarmatha National Park permit
  • Accommodation: teahouses

Gokyo Trek is an alternative to Everest Base Camp and only really sees hikers who are on the Three Passes Circuit.

Gokyo is a return track trek meaning you come back the way you came but don’t worry, everything looks different when you walk in the opposite direction.

The highest altitude you will get to on this trek is a nice 5,360 metres making it crucial that you put together acclimatization practices so opt for a rest day in Lukla before hiking to Namche Bazaar for another rest day or two.

From Namche Bazaar, the hike follows the same path as the Dudh Kosi River which will lead you to the first major pass of Mong La (3,975 metres).

After Mong La, the length of days spent on the trail becomes less due to altitude to which you will average 2-3 hours due to the trail rapidly increasing in altitude.

As you approach Gokyo, Cho Oyu, the 6 th tallest mountain in the world reaching a massive 8,201 metres becomes visible directly ahead of the trail.

What makes this trek so unique is there are a series of lakes dotted throughout the landscape the first being Longponga Tsho followed by Tarujung Tsho and Dudh Pokhari which is located at Gokyo.

Once you have arrived at Gokyo, allow for at least 2 to 3 days rest before turning back and heading for Lukla.

There are some pretty awesome opportunities to see some of the most majestic mountains in the world such as Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and Makalu (which are also within the top 5 highest mountains in the world) and these can be seen by taking a side route to Gokyo Ri (4 hours return).

Another option for a side trip is to Scoundrels Lookout which is 5 hours return, taking you to the origin of the river Dudh Kosi which is considered as highly sacred.

Returning to Lukla there is an alternative route via Phortse which can take up to 7 hours, where you can visit The Khumbu Climbing Centre run by the legendary Conrad Anker.

Here locals are taught alpinism and mountaineering skills making it safer for them to work and operate in the mountains. From Phortse to Lukla via Namche Bazaar, allow for 2 days.

Annapurna Massif

The Annapurna Massif.

Annapurna Treks – Annapurna Region

The second most popular region for trekking in Nepal is the Annapurna Region.

Home to some incredible treks, like the Annapurna Circuit and Poon Hill, you will have tonnes of opportunities for hiking adventures.

Annapurna Panorama Trek (Poon Hill Trek)

  • Time: 6 days
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Elevation: 3,210 metres
  • Start / Finish: Birenthanti to Phedi via Poon Hill
  • Permits: ACAP permit and TIMS card
  • Accommodation: teahouses

The Annapurna Panorama Trek is your classic guesthouse to guesthouse trek with stunning views of The Annapurna’s, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhare.

Despite being considered as one of the more easy hikes in Nepal, The APT is truly beautiful complete with lush rainforests of Rhododendrons which are unique to this particular area and when in full bloom, hiking amongst these trees is an amazing feeling.

The APT is known for its many stone steps and which you will experience from Hille to Ulleri with a very steep section taking up to 2 hours.

Opt to stay at Kamala Guesthouse in Ulleri as the views during sunrise are breathtaking.

Ulleri to Ghorepani consists of a generally easy and slippery ascent which can be completed in 2 days but if you have time restrictions can be done in one day.

Ghorepani is positioned at the foothill of Poon Hill which is highly popular with tourists.

Poon Hill offers you some incredible views and the best way to see the Annapurna’s is to get up really early i.e. 330am.

Ghorepani to Poon Hill can take anywhere between 30 minutes to 1 hour so allow enough time to ascend to the summit of Poon Hill (3,210 metres).

If the weather is clear you’re in for a treat!

On leaving Ghorepani, things go straight up to Duerali La followed by a trekking along a narrow ridge to Banthanti which incorporates stunning Rhododendron forests along Luprung Danda.

Banthanti to Tadapani is a whole lot of ups and downs and during the wet can be quite difficult due to some of the tracks not being maintained.

Tadapani offers glorious views of Machhapuchhare and is also a great place to stop for lunch before pressing onto Ghandruk.

Ghandruk is a place you want to spend at least 2 days exploring because just WOW! I thought the views from Poon Hill where amazing but Ghandruk is just a whole lot of next level.

Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare all surround the village followed by a direct view up the Modi Khola to Annapurna Base Camp.

Getting out of Ghandruk is not entirely fun as the descent will most likely give your knees a good work out (take it slow) followed immediately by an ascent to Landruk.

After this, it’s all easy as Landruk to Pothana or Australian Camp is all flat or ‘Nepali flat’ as the locals will say.

Australian Camp to Phedi is quite straight forward and will offer views of Machhapuchhare as you descend down to Dhampus and Phedi.

From hear you can arrange for a pick up back to Pokhara or a bus which will take 1 to 2 hours depending on road conditions and mode of transport.

Machhapuchhare Poon Hill Trek

Incredible Machhapuchhare on the Poon Hill Trek.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

  • Time: 10 days
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Elevation: 4,130 metres
  • Start / Finish: Phedi to Annapurna Base Camp to Naya Pul
  • Permits: ACAP permit and TIMS card
  • Accommodation: teahouses

This demanding trek encapsulates you and places you in the midst of some of Nepal’s finest mountains.

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a 10 day trek through contrasting environments of Rhododendron forests of Pothana and Ghandruk to the alpine climates of Annapurna Base Camp.

Alongside Annapurna Panorama Trek, the AST is another opportunity to see Nepal’s mountains and villages with relative ease compared to some of the more demanding hikes like the Annapurna Circuit and Everest Base Camp.

Once you are past Landruk, you enter into a valley surrounded by massive Himalayan peaks and this during periods of heavy snow can cause avalanche risks so always check with local guides to ensure your safety.

At Chhomrong, ensure you have adequately have had enough time to acclimatize as altitude after you leave increases by over 2,000 metres.

Prior to reaching Annapurna Base Camp you will come across Machhapuchhare Base Camp which really is just a small village and this doesn’t mean you can climb Machhapuchhare because it is a sacred mountain and climbing is strictly prohibited.

Half way along into your trek is Annapurna Base Camp which is the gateway to a variety of trekking peaks such as Pisang Peak (6,091 metres) and Singu Chuli (6,501 metres) which are both difficult climbs requiring advanced mountaineering skills.

ABC is a pretty cool place to hang out with early mornings being clear and crisp with exceptional Himalayan.

There are a few chortens and stupas to visit in ABC and one in particular is dedicated to one of the most famous mountaineers to ever live, Anatoli Boukreev who was a leading figure in the rescue on Mount Everest noted by John Krakauer in his book, Into Thin Air.

On returning to Pokhara, there are a few options which arise once you come to the junction at Taglung and head for Ghandruk for the night because views here are just unreal!

Ghandruk to Naya Pul drops over 1,000 metres of descents so just take your time as you don’t want to damage your knee.

Once at Naya Pul, jeeps are generally not too expensive so don’t pay any more than 600 rupees for a jeep (sharing with others) or 300 rupees for a bus.

Manang Nepal


Annapurna Circuit

  • Time: 12 to 18 days
  • Difficulty: Medium to hard
  • Elevation: 5,416 metres
  • Start / Finish: Besi Sahar to Jomsom
  • Permits: ACAP permit and TIMS card
  • Accommodation: teahouses and guesthouses

The Annapurna Circuit is Nepal’s gem and there’s no questioning it.

It’s the trek that everyone with a passion for hiking and the outdoors come to put themselves amongst some of the world’s finest landscapes and its true, the Annapurna Circuit is truly one of the worlds must hikes and sorry to those who think Everest Base Camp Trek is the best, you’re wrong.

The Annapurna Circuit is just so unique as you transition from subtropical forests to the high alpine pass of Thorung La and then down into the Kali Gandaki which is a rain shadowed, Tibetan influenced part of Nepal.

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Starting in Besi Sahar (best accessed from Pokhara) the hike slowly begins to ascend and this will gradually happen until you reach Thorung La.

The first real challenge occurs at Pisang with a rather steep ascent to Upper Pisang which can take up to 5 hours but the views become pretty awesome with Annapurna II trailing off to the left and Pisang Peak trailing off to the right.

If you have a decent amount of time on the trail, allow for the side route to Tilicho Tal which can be completed in 2 days.

At Tilicho Tal, expect breathtaking views of Gangapurna reaching a massive 7,454 metres while the reflections of the surrounding mountains beam of the surface of Tilicho Tal.

Upper Pisang to Manang, things start to get better if you decide to take the high route to Ngawal as this route elevates your views allowing you to see both Annapurna II and III.

Manang to Letdar is another one of those days where everything just goes up so just go with the flow and take your time as the next few days are sure to test out how well you have acclimatized.

Letdar is the last place at a calm 4,230 metres before you ascend above the magic 5,000 metre line. After Letdar, a short 2 hour hike brings you to Thorung Phedi (bottom of Thorung La) so make take the opportunity to rest here until you are satisfied you can safely cross Thorung La.

The day has come to cross Thorung La and the best way to safely cross is by checking with local guides and weather conditions before crossing.

Annapurna Trekkers

Nick, David and Tim in Annapurna.

The best time to cross is early morning as conditions in the mountains will be calmer before the sun rises, but don’t go too early as the chances of getting lost on the pass are higher.

In bad conditions, snow can be quite deep making the pass very difficult if you are not experienced in the mountains.

At the top of Thorung La, you will notice the landscapes begin to change as you cross over into the Kali Gandaki.

Once you arrive at Muktinath, you’ll find yourself 1,600 metres lower than that of Thorung La.

Muktinath is a popular place to stop otherwise Kagbeni, known as the gateway to the Upper Mustang is one of most unique places you can stay will on the Annapurna Circuit.

Either option you choose, the environment and climate will have completely changed. The Kali Gandaki is the deepest gorge in the world meaning most of the valleys and mountains here don’t receive anywhere near as much rain as the Annapurna region would.

At Eklai Bhatti (sometimes spelt Ekle) follow the direction of jeeps and motorbikes to Jomsom which is a rather large town based on the edge of the Kali Gandaki with stunning views of Nilgiri Himal.

If you are having any difficulties with yourself or others in your group, Jomsom will be your last chance for direct flights back to Pokhara otherwise for a short period, you keep following the main road to Pokhara until you enter back into the mountains at Rato Pani.

If you decide to continue, you won’t be disappointed as the circuit links to Ghorepani where you can witness a stunning sunrise from Poon Hill.

From Ghorepani to Naya Pul, allow 2 days of relatively downhill walking. The last 2 days consist of hiking through lush Rhododendron forests alongside pristine waterfalls and hillside villages such as Ulleri.

From Ulleri to Naya Pul, allow 3.5 to 4 hours and this is where you finish the Annapurna Circuit!

Getting back to Pokhara can be done by hiring a jeep. Expect to pay 300 to 600 rupees for a shared jeep.

Annapurna Circuit Upper Pisang

The Upper Pisang on the Annapurna Circuit.

Mardi Himal

  • Time: 5 days
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Elevation: 5,587 metres
  • Start / Finish: Mardi Pul to Mardi Himal to Mardi Pul
  • Permits: ACAP permits and TIMS card
  • Accommodation: teahouses (lower altitudes) and tents

Mardi Himal is an uphill challenge bound to test you and your fitness to the maximum when trekking in Nepal.

Mardi Himal takes you to the upper foothills of Machhapuchhare to an impressive altitude of 5,587 metres.

Keep in mind that Mardi Himal is not a popular route taken by trekkers and the track at some places could be overgrown or affected by natural elements.

Most of this trek is purely up until you reach Mardi Himal and have to come back down. Kumai approximately half way along the ridge to Mardi Himal provides a good place to pitch a tent and rest up before continuing the trek.

Views from halfway along the ridge are breathtaking with exceptional views of Manaslu, Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna’s.

From Kumai to Basecamp, allow 2 days of steep trekking. Before the summit push on Mardi Himal, you will need to ensure you locate the correct trail leading up to the col.

If need, there is room to pitch a tent at 4,650 metres as from this point, steep slopes of snow and ice lead to the summit of Mardi Himal so crampons will be needed.

If you are planning to summit Mardi Himal, make sure to check with local guides about the conditions on the summit before attempting the summit. Mardi Himal and the summit is one of the harder trekking routes in Nepal.

Return the same way you came. Getting back to Pokhara can be done by hiring a jeep and expect to pay 300 to 600 for a shared jeep.

Mardi Himal Yak

A yak on the Mardi Himal trek.

Trekking In The Mustang – Mustang

Don’t miss out on hiking in the Mustang region of Nepal as well, home to one of the best treks in Nepal!

Upper Mustang Trek

  • Time: 10 days
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Elevation: 4,325 metres
  • Start / Finish: Jomsom to Lo Manthang to Jomsom
  • Permits: ACAP permit (generally just a small fee), TIMS card and a $500 USD fee for the first 10 days and $10 USD per day after the 10 days.
  • Accommodation: teahouses

Pronounced ‘Moo-Stang’ , this trek is possibly the most unique of all treks in Nepal due to its harsh landscapes, dry, bare mountains with a covering of fresh snow on the top.

The Mustang Trek takes you through some of Nepal’s oldest Tibetan styled villages where you will encounter some of the friendliest people in all of Nepal.

Hiking in Nepal doesn’t get any better than this! The Mustang Trek is one of, if not the best trek in Nepal.

Technically the trek begins in Kagbeni as it remains the official checkpoint where you need to have your permits checked before heading off into the Mustang.

But we are going to start back at Jomsom merely because it is such a strange place. Jomsom is located at the foothills of Nilgiri Massif, a massive 7,061 metre mountain which is just awesome.

The first section of the hike trails along the Kali Gandaki River to the Kagbeni which is the gateway to Lo Manthang.

You’ll need to spend your first night in Kagbeni just to become familiar with the altitude as the altitude hits 2,800 metres.

While in Kagbeni, be sure to check out Kag Chode Thupten Samphel Ling Monastery and opt for a monastery tour which will cost about 50 rupees.

Just as you leave Kagbeni, turn around and look back over the town as the contrast between the rice fields of Kagbeni with the clash of the towering white peak of Nilgiri.

Kagbeni to Chhusang is about 3 to 4 hours and is relatively flat with a few steep scree descents near Tangbe.

Chhusang is situated right along the Kali Gandaki and is a spot known for fossicking especially that of Ammonites.

While in Chhusang, be sure to visit the Mentsun Khang Gompa high above the Kali Gandaki which will add an additional 2 hours to your trek.

One of the issues with hiking in the Mustang is the midday dust storms which are not pleasant to hike in, so don’t forget to pack a buff and sunglasses.

If you make it to Chhusang while conditions are calm, a further 45 minutes to 1 hour along the trail is Chele (sometimes spelt Chaile) which is a high 3,010 metres up and over looks Chhusang and further down the Kali Gandaki.

There is a section of trail which requires crossing a narrow stream on the Kali Gandaki via a dodgy metal bridge extending some 40 metres.

Once you cross, look immediately above the bridge where you will see a series of high caves (a bit like windows) about 1,000 feet into the side of the red walls.

One of the most famous climbers and adventures today; Cory Richards and a team of scientists climbed this wall in order to see what lay inside these caves for National Geographic.

Sky Caves Mustang

Sky caves of the Mustang.

Chele to Shyangmochen or Syangboche is one of the longest days on the trail so be prepared for an awesome but tiring day.

Chele to Shyangmochen is the first real test with a continuous gradual ascent passing the cliff side village of Ghyakar to Samar, which is a beautiful little village based around apple orchards which is also ideal for a lunch break.

If you can get your hands around some of the freshly picked apples, they are seriously delicious.

As soon as you leave Samar, it’s up and down through gorges for the next 45 minutes until you come to a flat section of earth which trails to your first vantage point of the Tibetan Plateau.

Instead of taking the high road to Shyangmochen opt to take the trail down into the Tangmar Chu to visit one of the most remote monasteries in Nepal, Chungsi Cave which is built into the side of a cave thousands of feet high.

The monk we met during our hike used to live in Sydney and decided he wanted to go to Nepal to become a monk! Chungsi cave to Shyangmochen is another hour further up the valley.

Anita Hotel is one of most warming and friendly teahouses in The Mustang and one of only 3 in Shyangmochen.

I said not long ago that Chele to Shyangmochen is one of the longest days on the trail…I may have lied.

Shyangmochen to Tsarang (Charang) is a big one which can be easily managed by stopping at Ghemi for lunch, good luck finding your way out of Ghemi as it is quite like a maze.

After Ghemi, you will walk alongside the longest Mani wall in Nepal, before ascending to Choyo La (3,870 metres) which requires steep climbing along fields of loose rock.

Choyo La offers a brilliant look at the Tibetan Plateau.

From here, follow the long, winding road until you come across a Gompa on the outskirts of Tsarang which is home to Dzong Gompa perched precariously on the Tsarang Khola.

Straight out of Tsarang you descend into the Tsarang Cha which you will cross again later in the trek, followed by a relatively easy but long and flat hike past Sungda Chorten which is a lone chorten built to show the border between Tsarang and the Kingdom of Lo.

Continue following the road to Lo La sitting at 3,950 metres also boosting brilliant views of Lo Manthang and Nepal/ Tibetan border.

Lo Manthang is probably the most unique towns in the whole of Nepal due to its massive walls circling the city.

Inside the walls is the Chode Gompa, Choprang Gompa and the stunning Thubchen Gompa situated in the centre of the city.

If you have a bit of downtime, coffee is funnily a thing in Lo Manthang with various cafes spotted throughout the walled city.

After a few days rest in Lo Manthang, it’s time to take the high route out of the city to Chogo La which is the highest point on the trek reaching 4,325 metres.

If you are lucky enough, you can share a pot of tea with a monk at Ghar Gompa which just above the banks of Tsarang Chu and learn about the history of the monastery and why it is connected to Dhakmar.

Ghar Gompa to Dhakmar is just stunning as you traverse sections of rich red and orange eroded cliffs until you enter the town of Dhakmar under a banner of highly strung prayer flags.

Dhakmar by day might not look appealing but during sunrise and sunset, Dhakmar is the one place you want to experience.

Dhakmar to Geling is a viable option leaving Geling to Chhusang and Chhusang to Kagbeni for the last 3 days which consists of much of the same route back except you can take the high pass from Shyangmochen to Samar which would save a few hours and avoid heading back down to Tangmar Chu.

To finish your trek through the Mustang, finish in Jomsom for an 18 minute flight back to Pokhara or a 9 hour jeep ride.

The Mustang Trek requires a restricted area permit which is $500 USD for the first 10 days then an additional $50 USD per day afterwards.

Kagbeni Upper Mustang

Gorgeous views over Kagbeni in the Upper Mustang.

Western Nepal

Home to some of the most difficult treks in Nepal, don’t miss the western part of the country if you’re an experienced hiker.

Around Dhaulagiri Trek

  • Time: 16 days
  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Elevation: 5,250 metres
  • Start/ Finish: Beni to Marpha
  • Permits: 2,000 rupees ACAP permit and TIMS card
  • Accommodation: teahouses (lower altitudes) and tents

This trek is not for the faint hearted and should only be attempted if you have advanced trekking skills.

Around Dhaulagiri is bound to test your skills over a period of 16 days with various sections requiring the use of crampons like on French Pass and Dhampus Pass.

Around Dhaulagiri offers some of the finest hiking experiences in this part of Nepal along with stunning views of the Dhaulagiri Massif being the 7 th tallest mountain in the world.

Around Dhaulagiri despite being difficult is one of the best Himalayan treks to do.

Before attempting this trek, make sure to check with local guides and ensure that your porters and guide are suited to hiking in such conditions as anything over 4,500 metres is subject to avalanches.

Around Dhaulagiri will also require camping at high altitude in very cold conditions so your gear will have to be high quality.

Dhaulagiri Road

Dhaulagiri from the road.

Phoksumdo Lake to Shey Gompa Trek

  • Time: 7 to 10 days
  • Difficulty: Medium to Hard
  • Elevation: 5,160 metres
  • Start / Finish: Jomsom, Dunai or Tarap
  • Permits: TIMS card, restricted area permit, Shey Phoksumdo National Park permit
  • Accommodation: teahouses

Shey Gompa and Inner Dolpo is one of the most elusive places to visit let alone hike in Nepal which lays further west than The Mustang Valley.

This area has only been opened to visitors since 1992 and it has proven to be one of the most stunning treks although very demanding in Nepal with Shey Gompa and the Crystal Mountain.

The 2015 earthquake dealt damage to some of the older buildings so check with local guides before considering this hike.

The hike consists of a relatively high average altitude which peaks out at 5,160 metres on Sehu La while Tsakang Gompa further along the trail sits cautiously on the edge of a cliff.

Once you reach Shey Gompa at a lower altitude of 4,390 metres where apparently inside there are not any significant artefacts but it’s the age of the building that becomes the reason why people come to visit. Shey Gompa is 800 years old.

A lot like the Mustang Trek, Inner Dolpo requires a restricted area permit which is $500 USD for the first 10 days then an additional $50 USD per day afterwards.

Ponies In Mustang

Ponies in the Mustang.

Kagmara La Trek

  • Time: 4 days
  • Difficulty: Medium to Hard
  • Elevation: 5,115metres
  • Start/ Finish: Kaigaon to Sumduwa
  • Permits: TIMS card and Shey Phoksumdo National Park Permit
  • Accommodation: teahouses (basic)

One of the shortest hikes in Western Nepal, Kagmara La Trek is a difficult and rewarding adventure leading you to stunning mountain views as you head up to an altitude of 5,115 metres.

One of the reasons for trekkers to come to this particular area is to see the elusive snow leopard while waterfalls and blue sheep make an appearance the closer you get to Kagmara Phedi.

Getting to Kagmara La Trek can be done by flying to Jumla then joining onto to a section of trail connecting Jumla to Dunai.

When you arrive at Kaigaon, it’s time to get some altitude under your feet! At Kagmara La, there is an awesome opportunity to see the peak of Kang Chunne (6,443 metres).

Getting back to Jumla can be achieved by looping around to Dunai and then back to Jumla via Kaigaon.

Dhaulagiri Light

Golden light on Dhaulagiri.

Eastern Nepal

Eastern Nepal is of course home to some more epic trekking choices.

Kanchenjunga North Trek

  • Time: 18 to 20 days
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Elevation: 5,140 metres
  • Start / Finish: Basantapur to Suketar
  • Permits: $10 USD per week, per person
  • Accommodation: informal teahouses (local houses)

Kanchenjunga is the 3 rd tallest mountain in the world peaking at a massive 8,586 metres and what better way to explore this mountain than to trek around it.

Due to Kanchenjunga being way east of Kathmandu, the only way to trek here is with a company who has experience in this area.

It is however possible to hire a guide and porter without the hassle of going through a larger company.

Kanchenjunga North Trek requires a fair bit of skill due to the continuous high climbs and steep descents which will take you through Rhododendron forests, along narrow ridges with spectacular mountain views even the east face of the distant Everest Range.

Pang Pema to Kambachen proves to be the ultimate days hike in Kanchenjunga with glorious mountain views of peaks over 7,000 metres including Kanchenjunga and Pyramid Peak.

Dhakmar Sunrise Hiking In Nepal

Dhakmar sunrise.

Langtang, Helambu & Manaslu Region

If you want to get more off the beaten path in Nepal, check out these treks.

Helambu Circuit Trek

  • Time: 6 days
  • Difficulty: Easy to Medium
  • Elevation: 3,640 metres
  • Start / Finish: Sundarijal
  • Permits: TIMS card and Shivapuri National Park pass
  • Accommodation: teahouses (basic)

Helambu is only 2 hour’s drive via jeep or motorcycle from Kathmandu and promises forests of lush Rhododendrons, crystal clear waterfalls along with beautiful Himalayan views.

Helambu is a pocket of green and what better way to explore than to set out on a 6 day hike which is bound to give you a dose of healthy nature.

Helambu is surrounded by a series of khola’s (rivers) which all seem to flow towards the trail resulting in plenty of bridge crossings.

Helambu is known to most as the place where Guru Rinpoche visited especially south towards Melamchi Ghyang which is a stream. However, Helambu was affected by the 2015 so check with guides before starting this trek.

Caves Of Dhakmar

Caves of Dhakmar.

Around Manaslu Trek

  • Time: 16 to 18 days
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Elevation: 5,100 metres
  • Start / Finish: Besi Sahar
  • Permits: Restricted Area which requires a restricted area permit, ACAP and MCAP permit and a TIMS card
  • Accommodation: Teahouses

Manaslu is the 8 th highest peak in the world and is regarded as a trek just as good as that of the Annapurna Circuit.

Unfortunately during the 2015 earthquake much of the trails and infrastructure were damaged as I am aware, efforts are being put forward to restore this beautiful trek.

Around Manaslu is a culmination of steep climbs, ancient gompas and monasteries and Mani walls all with stunning views of some of the most breathtaking mountains in Nepal with the Manaslu Himal dominating the northern part of the trek as you traverse the border of Tibet into the Annapurna Conservation Area.

Despite the earthquake damage to the trail and teahouses, Manaslu is on the rebound so check with local guides and authorities on the current situation as this trek in Nepal is a must.

Chhungsi Cave Mustang

Chhungsi Cave in the Mustang.

The Great Himalayan Trail (Nepal only)

  • Time: 150 days (Nepal section only)
  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Elevation: Anywhere up to 5,400 metres
  • Distance: 1,700 kilometres
  • Start / Finish: Kanchenjunga to Darchula District (east to west)
  • Permits: Check with Nepal Tourism on what permits are needed
  • Accommodation: teahouse, guesthouse to tents.

Want to do it all? The Great Himalayan Trail runs through Nepal but traverses Pakistan, India, Bhutan and Tibet for the Greater Himalayan Trail.

However, the Nepal section of the hike is possible to complete trekking from east to west through most of the trails mentioned in the above.

For further information head to to sign up to one of the greatest hikes on earth!

Chele Sunrise Upper Mustang

Sunrise at Chele in the Upper Mustang.

Tips for Trekking In Nepal

Nepal for a lot of people including myself is the ultimate destination for anything hiking and mountaineering with endless trails to explore.

With my past experiences of trekking in Nepal, I will share with you my best tips to get you through your hike!

Pack Accordingly

I have seen so many people pack gear that simply will not be used on their hike. I simply look at my gear and ask myself “what are the chances that I actually use this?”

If I have any doubts that I will not use it, I leave it behind to save space and weight.

And always have the best backpack for hiking you can find.

Train, Train, Train

Nepal is no walk in the park. I have seen so many situations where someone who has never walked further than 10 kilometres at sea level then one day attempt a hike at altitude.

This is the same at Everest with people paying big sums of money to climb the mountain without ever having used crampons or ice picks.

The harder you train, the easier you will find it and less stress you will put on your body. So where to start? Grab a back pack and put some weight in it and go walking.

Whatever you do, DON’T buy your gear when you get to Kathmandu and then go hiking.

There is nothing worse than putting on a new pair of shoes then hitting the trail immediately resulting in blisters.

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Prepare your gear months in advanced to save the hassle of looking for gear in Nepal.

Listen To Your Guide

If you choose to have a guide accompany you on a trek in Nepal, listen to what they have to say.

Guides are very well trained are able to respond to any situation and 99% of the time they know best.

Dhakmar Porter

A porter hiking through Dhakmar.

Go Easy

Altitude and going fast just don’t go hand in hand. If you are attempting to do Thorung La or Everest Base Camp, take it easy as there is less air higher up than there is at sea level.

The slower you go up and more frequently you rest, the better your body will be in adapting to the thinner air.

Drink Up

You may be thinking that this is stupid but when conditions are colder, you tend to drink much less.

Dehydration and altitude are a terrible mix so to avoid this, bring something that you can mix in with your water to encourage yourself to drink more.

If you have drunk enough fluids, your urine will be clear meaning you are hydrated.

Take Your Own Water Bottle

Recycling isn’t really a thing in Nepal so you will need to take your own water bottle. I bought a Nalgene water bottle 2 years ago in Kathmandu and I still use it to this day.

I have taken it hiking on the Larapinta Trail, Annapurna Panorama and Upper Mustang Trek and I still use it on a regular basis. It cost me $4.

Team Work Wins

Hiking at altitude can bring on Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS and can sometimes be hard to spot.

AMS can only be diagnosed when discovered by your guide or another person in your group as you may not be aware you are having any difficulties at altitude.

The sooner AMS is diagnosed, the quicker you can act to relieve the symptoms.

Waterfalls Ghorepani

Waterfalls to Ghorepani.

What To Pack For Hiking In Nepal

Various treks in Nepal require different equipment and gear so when you are packing your own, check weather forecasts and altitude.

I am going to list the essentials for the hikes listed above so no need to worry about things like crampons and ice picks unless you are attempting the Dhaulagiri Trek and Great Himalayan Trail.

  • Thermal clothing
  • Down jacket
  • Wind stopper jacket which can double as a rain jacket if good quality
  • Buff for protecting your face from wind and regulating temperatures that go into your lungs
  • Beanie
  • Sunglasses are a must as the higher you are up, the higher UV levels the more glare there will be plus sunglasses protect your eyes from wind and dust
  • Socks; you can never have enough socks when hiking.
  • Hiking pants
  • Snow gaiters are fantastic for places like Thorung La if the snow is deep
  • Gloves are a must. When buying gloves make sure you have the outer shell which ideally are waterproof and the inner parts made from warmer materials
  • Hiking boots; make sure they are waterproof and breathable
  • Sleeping bag; teahouses are warm places but there is nothing more satisfying than having your own sleeping bag. Make sure your sleeping bag has a silk liner aswell!
  • Sleeping mat; a compact sleeping mat is always a must if sleeping in a tent
  • Dry bag is an essential item if you are carrying camera gear. Nepal is known for its monsoon rains so a dry bag is essential to keeping your gear bone dry
  • Hiking bag; make sure your bag is a comfortable fit and you are used to wearing it before heading off on a trek
  • Tent; in peak season in Nepal especially Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit treks, teahouses can be full everywhere you look so having a compact tent in case of situations like this can be very handy
  • Hiking poles help distribute weight from your bag to your poles and help you balance. One hiking pole instead of two can be used especially if you have multiple cameras like me
About the Author – Calumn Hockey

Started travelling in 2010, so far reaching the trails of the Upper Mustang, Nepal, scaled Mount Ollivier, New Zealand (first ascent of Sir Edmund Hillary), got hot chilli in my eye in Vietnam, chased by a pack of wild monkeys in Singapore, stupidly climbed the Eiffel Tower, France in shorts and a shirt while it was raining and 6 degrees while in Venice, Italy I managed to get lost in order to get found while in Central Australia my best friends were camels. My passion burns for culture and exploration as I would say “I think I’m quite ready for another adventure”. Check it all our on my photography website and Instagram.

Best Hiking in Nepal

Nepal hiking surely attracts numerous trekkers where they select to hike before they pass away. Nepal has a large quantity to mark out trekkers, hikers and mountaineers by its higher elevated glacier blue lakes, alpine flower pasture and snow capped Himalayas with its glaciers and icefalls.

Nepal is the bulk perceptible fabulous country in south Asia and many trekkers feel admiration due to why? That photograph- abundant pastureland minor tributary of a stream and glacial river which is very clear and transparent, an inhabitant of alpine fauna favor by snow-covered Himalayas- that’s Nepal.

Experience through the wilderness Nepal is difficult than trekkers imagine, numerous quantities of hiking routes which guide to endless number of charming awesome mountain top. Below I will write down a report of the top treks and hikes in Nepal, Nepal trekking routes , a place from where travelers can observe the natural beauty of Nepal’s snow Himalayan peaks. Hikers have selected picturesque glacial treks and important notes inside.

The best treks in Nepal are considered which provide the extraordinary landscape of Himalayas. That is considered from higher Himalayas pass crossing to the hill’s hikes.

Nepal is formulated with 77 districts and each region has self-tradition, territory and natural attractions. There are 8 principal 8000m Himalayas which together with the 72 mountains more than 7000m and thousands of Himalayas more than 5000 meters and 15% of Nepal lots of Himalayas and lots of hiking can be chosen here. Nepal is highly recommended by the lonely planet travel forum so many trekkers have a genuine question: which is the best hiking in Nepal?

The supreme Multiday hiking and trekking in Nepal:

Selection from the 20 different multi-day hiking to design trekker’s best hike in Nepal or the extensive distance hiking in Nepal is neither very easy nor very demanding.

Traveler’s very difficult matters is to pick out which hiking trails in Nepal to go! Below are the top Himalayas for hiking in Nepal. From the information below, trekkers are willing to choose the best idea to hike in Nepal absolutely according to topography, elevation, length of holiday and the scenery they love.

1. Hike to South Everest Base Camp Nepal

EBC Hikers Spending Pleasing Time at Everest Foots

EBC Hikers Spending Pleasing Time at Everest Foots

When trekkers are thinking in mind for hiking in Nepal or world, the supreme of the hiking the tallest Himalayas in the earth: Mt. Everest comes in first on the bucket list.

Multi-day trekking in the Everest base camp pioneer aspiring hikers to few soul-stirring and many-sided riverscape and landscape in the Himalayas. Is very clear that Everest base camp hikes are the glorious trekking tours in Nepal, looks like the most famous alps trekking in Europe but due to higher elevation of Nepal Himalayas there is more risk of AMS. Trek in the Everest holidays own 131km/81.4 miles in roundtrip and definitely lengthy hike for many trekkers. Hikers will be trekking on alpine Himalayan Hiking routes with 4500-meter elevation achieved over the 7 days hikes and downhill in 3 days respectively.

The hiking background of Mt. Everest Base camp originally began just after Sir Edmond Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbed Mt Everest in 1953 AD. They are willful to explore the routes to climb Mt. Everest and success at the summit then trekking to Everest base camp and around this region starts.

Regions: Khumbu region Nepal.

Difficult Level: Moderate to Difficult due to steep downhill and uphill.

Length of Trekking: 7 to 12 Days (5 to 8 hours every day)

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2. Upper Mustang Hiking:

Spectacular View of Mustang Region Captured during Upper Mustang Hike

Spectacular View of Mustang Region Captured during Upper Mustang Hike

Probably a very high-priced and favored Himalayas region hiking in Nepal is Upper Mustang. Trekkers do not need to submit like an expedition. Upper Mustang Hiking is familiar for the summer hiking treks in Nepal, possibly Nepal’s most attractive off the beaten kingdom where trekkers can explore the historic architecture and different topography.

Nepal has numerous Himalayas to hike but Upper Mustang furnishes the chance for adventure lovers to explore and encounter Nepal’s lower alpine meadows. Trekkers will not have a similar experience or trek to another region like Annapurna or Everest. Trekkers are appealing to explore different cultures in Lo Manthang. Hikers take an unbelievable adventure through the enchanting scene all year round but the best time is spring and summer.

Upper Mustang is not far from Pokhara Nepal which you can surely research. From Pokhara, just 20 minutes flight until Jomsom and the hike begins and the hiking to upper Mustang route is well marked but with a knowledgeable guide and reputed government listed company necessary to travel there for international hikers.

Region: Annapurna region

Difficulty level of trek: Moderate

Length of trekking: 7 to 10 days.

3. Poon hill Hiking:

Poon Hill Hiking

Hiker of Poon Hill Enjoying the Nature

The Ghorepani hiking region in Nepal represents the paradise of Nepal Hiking. The Poon Hill hiking route is recognized for magnetizing principal nature Photographers, Beginners hikers as well as flower researchers. Ghorepani Poon hill trek occurs to be one of the admired regions for hikers in Nepal and the best cause is its breathtaking vistas, scenery and culture.

For the Poonhill trek, trekkers can select different trails depending on their holiday duration from short to long. But the traditional hiking route to Poon hill starts from Nayapul and clockwise finishes at Ghandruk. This awesome 5 days trek offers plenty of snow-capped peaks, and a series of Dhaulagiri ranges along with the brave Gurkha village, Ghandruk with numerous wonderful vegetation and farmland.

This Ghorepani hiking circuit is only a 51-kilometer trek and is classified as easy hiking in Nepal. Hikers can start from the Modi Khola river valley in Birethanti and within 2 days reach the small Poon Hill. The place Poon Hill in sunrise and sunset is majestic for those hikers who like to explore eye-catching scenes with pre-breakfast hiking in morning 4 am from Ghorepani.

The sunlight reflects in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayas along the rhododendron flower forest in spring. So many flower photography hikers around the world join these Nepal trekking tours in springtime.

The famous villages to observe in the Ghorepani region are Poon Hill, Tadapani, and Ghandruk. Ghandruk Hiking gives an opportunity to hikers to observe the charm of countryside brave soldiers, and take local photography tours with their costumes and their local hospitality.

4. Annapurna Base Camp Hiking:

Fishtail View from Annapurna Base Camp Hike

Fishtail View from Annapurna Base Camp Hike

ABC Hiking is one of those trekking routes in the Annapurna region of Nepal where it advises hiking in spring and autumn. Annapurna Base Camp Trekkers summit 4130 m base camp and follow the single routes to go and back from and up to Chhomrong. Regularly its moderate level hiking trails and one of the nearest base camp hikes from Pokhara Nepal. Unlike other teahouse treks and camping treks, the trek route of Annapurna Base Camp trek houses well-established accommodations.

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Trekking duration differs from 1-7 days short hike starts from Nayapul without Poonhill or 10 days trekking route starts from Birethanti along the Poonhill and after the base camp trek ends near Pokhara Phedi.

During the Post Autumn period or winter better with a captivating background of the scene covering all the trails until the summit of Annapurna Massif. All rocks are covered by snow so rarely hikers are not able to reach ABC because of an unrecognizable route.

Mt. Annapurna is the superior 10th highest climbing Himalayas in the Annapurna regions. During Pre-monsoon and post-monsoon, the Fishtail and Annapurna offer the best scene in Nepal.

Not Enough Holiday? We have 5-7 days Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek .

5. Dhampus and Sarangkot Hiking:

Typical House at Dhampus Sarangkot Hiking Route

Typical House at Dhampus Sarangkot Hiking Route

Sarangkot and Dhampus is not a high Himalayas but observing the high Himalayas scenery from here. Dhampus Hiking is the gratifying short 1 to 3 multi day hiking from Pokhara. Even if it’s not in the higher Himalayan trekkers need to prepare hiking boats and other soft hiking gears to hike in this part. Sarangkot and Dhampus situated in the lower part of the Annapurna regions.

Dhampus Hiking begins from the Phedi village with stony uphill hikes through cultivated fields, subtropical forest region, and remarkably elongated Himalayan ranges of Annapurna with sacred mountain Fishtail. The hike ends near Sarangkot which is advantageous for paragliding and sunrise after the longer trekking from Dhampus to Sarangkot.

For 1 day hikers this Dhampus Sarangkot hike is the longest but probably the supreme hikers in Pokhara which can be finished in 7 to 8 hours and around 20 kilometer uphill, downhill and gradual trek routes. The highest point is Dhampus 1653 meter almost equal to another highest point Sarangkot 1605 meter both offer eye-catching scenes of Himalayas, Fewa Lake and Pokhara valley. So please bring your Camera, Mobile because it’s Nepal’s paradise for Photographers.

6. Kanchenjunga Base camp Hike

Teahouse at Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Hiking Trail

Teahouse at Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Hiking Trail

Kanchenjunga is the third tallest Himalayas in the earth, soaring to a majestic 4730meter ASL. Oktang is glorious and alongside the Kanchenjunga south glaciers and Khumvakarna Himalayan ranges so due to this cause it’s one of the best hikes in Nepal.

Few years ago due to transportation facilities, very few hikers hike Kanchenjunga and Makalu base Camp but now Kanchenjunga hiking becomes one of the cozy, and peaceful hikes for ice and rock climbers as well as mountaineers with all who are eager to relish their own in Nepal Himalayas. There are two different trails to reach two Kanchenjunga base camps and are not necessary for climbing expertise. Good physical fitness trekkers can finish this trek.

Kanchenjunga is recognized for having its charming, miraculous Huts, and Homestay throughout the Himalayas which are made over the rocky cliffs. If hikers love this kind of hiking route you can choose the Kanchenjunga trek. Kanchenjunga hiking trails are open all year round but spring and autumn is the best time to hike Kanchenjunga.

Trekking Kanchenjunga is a very long day during the route and especially tiring so please do not forget to make ready some dry foods, snacks and energy bars. Due to the lack of trekking shops in this whole region be well prepared for hiking gear. Trekking boots must be waterproof because this route has thousands of streams in the trails without bridges and with suspension bridges.

Many tea houses and lodges have no fireplaces and good accommodation in Kanchenjunga hiking routes so be well prepared with good quality sleeping bags. Due to the highly protected region hikers can hike only with reputed traveling companies and with local guides and porters.

7. Mardi Himal Hiking:

Mardi Himal hiking located in the highest points above Pokhara city of Nepal and other demanding hikes and almost straight uphill and straight downhill.

Mardi Himal trek is an assurance to provide trekkers 180- degree Himalayas vistas if you hike in the best weather and best season. With genuine hiking gear that you can buy or hire in Pokhara or bring by your own from your home and the knowledgeable trekking guide make your trip more enjoyable.

Hiking in the Mardi Himalayas requires 6 to 7 hours each day

Mardi Himal hikers need a moderate level of physical fitness to trek over Mardi Himal high camp. Normally for 40 kilometer hiking trails they make within 5 days so 8 to 8.5 kilometer each day required to hike. Please do not trek Mardi in summer due to the Himalayas to be blanketed by the mist and clouds in this period of Year.

8. Chisapani Nagarkot 3 day Hiking:

View of Namo Buddha During Chisapani Nagarkot Hiking

View of Namo Buddha During Chisapani Nagarkot Hiking

Chisapani Nagarkot hiking is an ideal Kathmandu hiking with eye-catching scenery as you reach Nagarkot 2175 meters ASL. Like other hills around Kathmandu, hikers are covered by the Nepal Himalayas not only by elevations but the beautiful landscapes that you observe with your open eyes.

Most Hills in Nepal have numerous hiking routes according to grade. Himalayas are very far from other hiking routes in Kathmandu but from Nagarkot few Himalayas look very close due to its best sunrise viewpoints near Kathmandu.

From Changunarayan few hikers can hike within 2 hours but the trekkers who like to hike more days they can choose Chisapani routes and finish in Dhulikhel which is next to Nagarkot.

Langtang and Dorge lakpa Himalayas can be observed with best weather which is snow covered and icy. Another main part of Nagarkot hiking is to observe the countryside landscape and villages.

Normal level of physical fitness hikers can hike Nagarkot. The routes are well marked and categorized as easy hiking routes in Nepal. Only a few sections of treks are a bit challenging.

Sundarijal to Chisapani 10 km, Chisapani to Nagarkot 22km, and Nagarkot to Dhulikhel 11m so total 42 Kilometer in 3 days hiking which take around 5 to 7 hours each day. Sundarijal and Dhulikhel are just a few hours driving from Kathmandu and are hiking starting and ending points.

Do you prefer multi-day hiking around Kathmandu? Join this three-day Kathmandu hiking .

9. Tilicho Lake Hiking:

Religious Shrines Captured During Tilicho Lake Hike

Religious Shrines Captured During Tilicho Lake Hike

Location: Annapurna Region

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

Distance: according to starting point and Throng pass options.

Tilicho is one of the highest altitude lake in the world and hiking Tilicho is relaxed for the experienced trekkers with a pleasant diversity of long hiking for keen adventurers. Tilicho Lake can be hiking during spring, summer and autumn but not in winter due its trek rough is so steep and covered by snow in winter. Tilicho Lake hike is forever amazing with its extraordinary clean freshwater lakes frontier by snow Himalaya’s peaks, alpine flowers and grassland, alpine faunas like Yaks, Mountain goat, Himalayan Thar and Blue sheep with Snow leopards.

The prime of the Tilicho hike is the 3 best lakes named Gangapurna, Ice Lake, and Tilicho itself. So this trek is classified as one of the best hiking routes of all the years. The passionate photographer and alpine hikers The Himalayas of Annapurna and Tilicho reflect on the freshwater lake which is super transparent clean water more cleanly than mineral water that comes from glaciers. Every lake gives different natural landscapes and scenery and enormous inequality of sunlight and reflects.

The hike of Tilicho began from Besisahar a few years ago until the road construction not made in the Annapurna circuit hiking routes which are just 5 to 6 hours driving from the capital of Nepal Kathmandu. In that period Tilicho hiking used to be complete with long weeks of hiking with many up and down trails. Tilicho lake and Thorong La hiking takes you through one of the highest passes of Nepal, Throng pass which is a paradise for many trekkers’ dreams.

Three lakes’ scenery is totally different and few trekkers do not make their return back to Manang and Annapurna circuit trek because they like to cross Mesokanta pass and touch the way in Jomsom and flight back to Pokhara.

Starting a trek from 720 meters and reaching 5416m and back to 1070m from different round trails perfectly provide the alpine landscape to subtropical landscapes in each and every corner and Himalayas also very close to far distances.

10. Annapurna Circuit Hiking:

Milking of Yak on the Annapurna Circuit Hiking

Milking of Yak on the Annapurna Circuit Hiking

Hiking around the Annapurna circuit and Annapurna glacier is a variation of changes of views completely different from others hiking in the Himalayas of Nepal? Many hikers well-liked the natural glacial admirations. This hike offers a lot of glaciers like Annapurna2, Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna 4 which are surely marvellous real miracles.

The Annapurna round hiking is 210 kilometers and all of the scenery was eye-catching. Many trekkers start their hike from Dharapani and finish trekking until Muktinath. From there they can drive to Jomsom or Tatopani depending on their holidays. Either they can complete their hikes in Jomsom or Nayapul. The middle part is so dusty thus hikers escape those routes.

Short Hiking in Annapurna or Long Hiking in Annapurna?

The travelers who like to explore the apple garden and taste apple products can hike up to 2 hours to Marpha village which is also the meeting point for Dhaulagiri Circuit Treks with French Pass.

Normal hiking duration for this route is 10 to 15 days if they erase the dusty parts which is the best choice according to our experiences. Even though the hike is of 6 hours duration, many hikers take a long time because they love the natural wonders and capture them in cameras which is eye-catching.

At the ultimate part of the route, Natural hot spring Tatopani is situated at the bank of Kali Gandaki River. We warmly request hikers to take a hot spring natural shower in Nepal after their trip. Spring is best for flower travelers whereas autumn is best for stable weather and clear skies.

11. Everest View Hikes:

Helicopter Landing at Everest View Hike

Helicopter Landing at Everest View Hike

We are pretty sure that hiking in Nepal is the supreme and hiking Everest view till Khumjung Hillary Village is the win target for short Everest hikers.

Nepal tourism board officially named this route Everest panorama view hike which brings trekkers on the base of Everest regions which offers stunning scenes of Everest Himalayan ranges with subtropical pine forests.

The Everest View Trek offer the pine forests and rhododendron flowers in the Sherpa village sides. Namche offers the world highest Marathon every year from Everest Base Camp to Namche village 42.5km.

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This hiking brings trekkers at the elevation of 3880m named Everest high altitude star hotel made by Japanese. Everest view hotels offer the vast scenery of Khumbu region villages, glaciers, icefalls, Everest and Lhotse Himalayan ranges with stunning sunrise. From the lower elevation of 3440m stay this hike suitable for lower Himalayan walkers and photographers.

To expand the hiking days, the route of Gokyo Lakes trek via Thame and renjo la is a best option.

12. Gokyo Lake and Gokyo RI Hike:

View of Everest from Gokyo Ri Hike

View of Everest from Gokyo Ri Hike

Location: Khumbu region near Cho Oyu

Khumbu is one of the special choice destinations in Nepal treks. Many hikers trek here and surely fall in love with Gokyo Lake and its peak because of the special view of Mt Everest and the cleanest blue glacial lakes.

Third Gokyo Lake is surely one of the most gorgeous freshwater lakes in Nepal and to hike till here requires to take a tiny airstrip flight until Lukla and trek 6 days in alpine high altitude regions. Hike from Lukla will take you 42km approximately to reach Gokyo Lake. When trekkers reach the destination the refreshing freshwater lake with a clean atmosphere makes them feel like they are in real heaven.

When you reach Gokyo lake the next morning you can sunrise and hike around lake and Gokyo peak for the best view of four eight thousand Himalayas scenery. They are Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu. After back from sunrise, hikers hike back from the same trails to Lukla or they can extend their trip through Mt. Everest base camp, Everest three Passes or Renzo la pass. Some trekkers hike Gokyo RI for sunset and next day they can hike around Ngazumpa glacier which is the largest glacier in the world or Mt. Cho Oyu base camp for best glacier photography.

13. Langtang Valley Multiday hike/Trek:

Inspiring Quote and View at Langtang Valley Hike

Inspiring Quote and View at Langtang Valley Hike

Location: Langtang region near Kathmandu

Level: Easy to moderate

Best period: Spring and autumn.

This Nepal Hike starts with a wide-ranging Himalayan scenery of Langtang valley and Tserko RI. The terrific 360 degree all-embracing scenery of Langtang Lirung and Langtang Peak always shows admiration for the trekkers.

Trekkers who like to explore the extension trip can go to Gosainkunda Lake or Helambu hiking routes from there. Furthermore, Tamang Heritage Trail trek is also the favored trek extension in Langtang Valley.

14. Gosaikunda Lake Hiking:

On the Way to Langtang Gosainkunda Hike

On the Way to Langtang Gosainkunda Hike

Gosaikunda trek is quite far from Langtang Valley Hiking. It’s a familiar mountain hikes in Nepal which starts from Syabrubesi and is a 7 hour drive from the capital of Nepal-Kathmandu.

This hike follows a similar hiking route until Langtang valley and then back to Thulo Syabru and finally reaches Gosaikunda. After the holy shower there, many hikers back through the trail to Helambu and Melamchi Bazaar.

But the people who just love to hike Gosaikunda can go directly without trekking to Langtang either from Syabrubesi or from Melamchi after the Lauribinayek pass 4610m. If you are a religious hiker, Gosaikunda trek gives you the added benefit of Mountain scenery with religious aspects.

15.Gokyo lake And Cho la pass Hiking with Everest base camp:

Hiking Guide giving Pose at Chola Pass Hiking Summit

Hiking Guide giving Pose at Chola Pass Hiking Summit

Gokyo RI and Everest base camp hike is the superior list of prime hiking destinations in Nepal as well as in the world. It’s surely the best trekking route in Nepal and the people who love to hike must know its name. It’s not too easy to do hikes like walking in a park. It’s categorized as one of the difficult hikes in Nepal. For many hikers dreaming to catch its glorious view from the summit of Chola pass, Everest Base Camp as well as Kalapatthar and Gokyo. The views are astonishing in this 17 days in Nepal.

The Gokyo RI is one of the iconic natural peaks just alongside Mt. Cho-Oyu due to its natural wonders.

Even though Cho la pass is classified as difficult hiking, it’s no doubt with a small prior trekking experience and some information about AMS can help to complete it. With the hospitality of well-recognized trekking Sherpa’s, strong porters who help to carry your heavy luggage, with normal physical fitness and our best information around 90% hikers summit already.

It’s very risky without a guide or prior mountain skills and information to trek here. Some tourists died due to their lack of information and forced trek without the holiday durations. But Chola pass trek is not the deadliest multi day hiking in Nepal like Dhaulagiri hiking routes with French pass.

Trekking to Chola pass takes 8 to 10 hours and some steep sections with ice. We will suggest all trekkers bring microspikes and good hiking boots with Gore-Tex or waterproof but climbing equipment not essential for this hiking.

Cho La Pass trekking is not scary but for the awesome Himalayan scene with lakes, glaciers and icefalls. This hike is surely worth it for all international and domestic alpine trekkers. Probably Gokyo RI, Cho-La Pass and Everest Base Camp, Kalapatthar hike is Most beautiful hike in Nepal as well as the earth no doubt.

16. Manaslu Treks

17. Makalu Base Camp trek

18. Tsum Valley Trek

19. Mera Peak Hiking

Mera Peak Climb is the trekking peak adored by many adventure enthusiasts.

20. Pikey Peak trek

Essential information to recognize prior hiking to Nepal

Multi-Day hiking in the Himalayas in and around the earth might possibly be dangerous as the Himalayas have their own weather and climate change suddenly.

In the short duration the weather will be sunny and blue skies and in a few minutes it will be heavy snowing or foggy. Clouds cover all the mountains and can be raining quickly.

Restricted and protected regions of Nepal can be travelled through reputed trekking companies in Nepal. Like Upper Dolpo trek, Upper Mustang Trek, Tsum valley and so on.

Hiking Everest is riskier than other parts due to the flight to Lukla airport being more risky and canceling the flight instantly due to weather. There are few cases of aeroplane accidents. When flight occurs from Kathmandu the weather is clear but after 30 minutes when going to land it will be bad and can cause accidents sometimes.

Hike to the Himalayas in Nepal is more risky due to AMS sickness that means few hikers are unable to adapt to the altitude and oxygen level. So take precautions and consult with an experienced guide before hiking there. Otherwise, altitude can kill which makes your holiday worse as well as family sour forever due to your hiking holiday in Nepal.

Best or Supreme time to Hike Nepal

Suitable and appropriate hiking period in Nepal normally all year around but pre-monsoon and post monsoon are the supreme periods.

In the peak season like April and October find the lodges in higher elevations and busy hiking routes a bit troublesome like Mardi Himal, Annapurna Base camp and Everest Base Camp a few villages.

Sunrise View in Nepal Himalayas Hiking

Sunrise View in Nepal Himalayas Hiking

Pre-monsoon period is a more warm and suitable time for flower and photography whereas Post Monsoon period is another trekking seasons in Nepal due to clear skies and many festivals occur in this period.

In winter we suggest hiking at lower elevation until 3500 meters. The reason for this is piles of snow covering the higher passes makes it quite impossible for trekking. Furthermore, due to excessive cold tea houses are closed.

Monsoon period is the best time to visit off the beaten less rainy parts of Nepal like Upper mustang and Dolpo regions.

How to survive with altitude in Nepal Himalayas?

Nepal Himalayas are the highest mountain in the world that mean mountain sickness or higher elevation associated problems can occur. When Multiday hikes over 2500 meters ASL you need to think positive first you will hike just normal hiking like lower elevations.

Hiking rapidly does not allow your health a suitable time to adapt to altitude and oxygen, which means hikers do not acclimatize with the oxygen and pressure. Stay hydrated, hiking slowly and take enough rest and relish the scenery are the precautions.

The categorization of altitude sickness is very arduous so it can be compared just with your hiker mates. If you feel some symptoms please do not hesitate to share with your hikers partner or hiking guide.

If you hike alone you must go back to lower elevation as soon as you can.

Nepal Hiking Gears:

We already mentioned above that the Himalayas’ weather and climate change instantly so the chief moral is to prepare hiking layers. Due to temperature changes rapidly in the Himalayas, you need to prepare proper clothes according to climate and weather.

For the best trip to Nepal, be prepared with clothes that protect your body from moisture and temperature which can be managed by layer to layer clothes. We will give you short clew for the Himalayas packing gears. But please message travel experts before flying to the Himalayas regions of Nepal. Hiking guides in Nepal help you and check if you have prior gear or not before starting Nepal Himalayas Hiking.

1. Gore-Tex Hiking Boots

2. Gaiters if you trek higher Himalayas pass in winter.

3. Three jackets (Downjacket-10degree, Raincoat, Windproof jacket, Winter coats)

4. Exterior trekking trousers and waterproof pants.

5. Polar underwear.

6. Woolen socks, few pairs according to your trekking duration.

7. Trekking poles.

8. Beanie and Buff.

9. Very best quality UV protective sunglasses.

10. Sleeping bag (-10 degree)

11. Water bottle (2 is appropriate for hot and cold water separately)

12. Crampons or Micro spike for high pass Trek and winter treks.

13. High protective -50 SPF sun cream and lip care.

14. Headlight or Torchlight with contingency batteries.

15. Some First Aid Kits (some experience guide and reputed company brings with Oximeter)

16. Few pairs long sleeve and short sleeve hiking T-shirts

17. Few trekking pants short and long.

18. Few hiking socks.

19. Sandals for teahouse wear.

20. Good quality gloves

22. Personal snacks.

23. Few reading materials and Playing cards.

Note: Do not forget to consult a Nepal Hiking expert before preparing gear. Because due to Hiking season and Hiking route and destination, trekking durations, elevations and hiking gears are different.

Nepal Hiking Tips and essential information:

Please be well prepared for the hiking:

Please tell your friends and family about your hiking route before visit Nepals’ hiking route, Company and guide because you will go for the awesome holiday trip in your lifetime.

Bring sufficient Local currency with you:

Nepal hiking has been well organized for many decades but Himalayas regions are very remote without bank and money exchange facilities. Credit card or MasterCard you cannot use. Bringing local currency is only the choice to Hiking in Nepal Himalayas.

Stay Hydrated:

During your multiday hiking in Nepal you must be hydrated so bring sufficient water in your day backpack instead of bringing water in porter’s luggage. Nepal Himalayas spring water is very clean but contains many minerals. Few people can adapt to this water without medicine. Please bring water purification pills or buy mineral or hot water to keep oneself hydrated.

Love nature and do not take tension.

Hiking multi-day in Nepal Himalayas region can be tough but very pleasure with recompense with beautiful natural topography and hospitality. Twinkle yourself and be smile with teams.

Alluring natural Beauty at Everest Hiking Route

Alluring natural Beauty at Everest Hiking Route

Best Hiking trip lifetime:

Even if you are professional hikers or although you went several trails in the world for hikes, Nepal is surely the best place among them. Do not just hike and hike or not concentrate yourself. Grab the chance you get it. Consult with guides for local culture, make many photographs for your future memory.

How to travel inside Nepal?


There are no train facilities in Nepal.


Till Today Nepal has just 1 international airport named Tribhuvan international Airport in the capital city of Kathmandu Nepal.

If you are trekking in the Everest region, you can take a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla or Kathmandu to Phaplu.

If you want to go trekking to Kanchenjunga you can fly either Kathmandu to Suketar, Kathmandu to Biratnagar or Kathmandu to Bhadrapur. The best suitable option is Kathmandu to Suketar if you find the flights.

Those who desire to trek Annapurna can take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

For those willing to hike Dolpo, you can take a flight to Nepaljung. From there take a flight to Jhupal and vice versa when returning.

Buses are more suitable backpacking trips options in Nepal for reaching the hiking starting points. If you are trekking to Annapurna circuit, you can drive to Besisahar. If you trek ABC Camp, take a bus to Pokhara or Nayapul. If you trek Kanchenjunga, take a bus to Taplejung. And return respectively.

Private vehicle:

Private vehicles are more suitable options after flights. Hikers have more flexibility in time and routes with private vehicle options. Depending on trek start points, a car or 4 wheel jeep are available in Kathmandu and major cities.

Tourist Bus:

Tourist buses are available only from Kathmandu to Pokhara and return among the several trekking routes. Other hiking routes and tourist buses are not available.

Food and Alcoholic drinks in Nepal:

Many tourist restaurants are available in major cities and touristic places like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, and Lumbini. Busy trekking routes also offer many food options. Mostly Nepali Meal Dal Bhat (a set of Rice, Vegetable, Soup of different beans, Pickle, Different curry, a dry bread-papad with veggie or meat) available all over Nepal. That meal is a buffet for all domestic or international hikers with a single price.

Alcoholic drinks are very expensive in Nepal. We will warmly suggest not to drink alcohol in higher elevation Nepal hiking. Like 1 bottle of beer costs US$ 6 to 10. A glass of wine will be US$ 10 as well in touristic restaurants.


In a nutshell, we suggest that beginner hikers opts for the Dhampus Sarangkot 3 days hiking route near Pokhara. Whereas for moderate trekkers we suggest to hike Annapurna Base Camp or Everest Base Camp.

Summer season hikers are suggested to choose Dolpo treks. Upper Dolpo hiking route bless you with more attractions than that of lower Dolpo treks.

For the professionals we will suggest Manaslu Circuit, Chola pass or Annapurna Circuit Treks. For peace and quiet trekkers, Kanchenjunga hiking is the best option.

Best Beginner Treks in Nepal from 3-8 Days

You don’t need extreme altitudes or serious mileage to trek in the Himalaya. Nepal also offers a variety of beginner treks with beautiful views and glimpses of the local culture, all taking a week or less to complete. Read on for the best beginner treks in Nepal.

Nepal Beginner Trekking

First things first. In Nepal—or anywhere else, for that matter—a trek, by its very definition, isn’t exactly “easy.” Hiking is a physical activity that requires some level of exertion, of course. In Nepal, famous for its mountainous landscapes, an “easy” hike is relative. All treks in Nepal feature some kind of a climb, ranging from slight to steep.

So what are local guides talking about when they refer to a beginner’s trek? What makes a trek easy?

It may have to do with altitude. If a trek is at a higher altitude, it must be shorter in length, or relatively flat, in order to be considered appropriate for beginners. A hike that is not too long, not too steep, not at a very high altitude—or some combination of these factors—is what earns it a position on the list. Here are the best treks for beginners in Nepal.

Balthali Village Trek (3 Days)

On the trail near Panauti

On the trail near Panauti

On the edge of the Kathmandu Valley rim, this has been rated one of Nepal’s best short treks. It’s low in altitude, it takes just three days of walking, it features amazing views out to the Himalaya Range in the distance, and the trailhead is just an hour’s drive from central Kathmandu.

The first day’s hike takes about three hours at a moderate pace. On day two, you’ll reach Balthali and its beautiful Namo Buddha stupa. The final day’s trek will take you along a dirt road, through little hamlets and past terraced fields, to the Newari town of Panauti, all pink bricks and curved wooden temples. From here, you can join a 4×4 ride back to Kathmandu having experienced one of the best short treks in the country.

Here are some useful details and a full itinerary for the Balthali Village Trek.

Ghandruk Trek (3-4 Days)


Homes amid a hilly forest around Ghanduk

At only three to four days long, this is one of the shorter treks you can do in the lower Annapurna. You’ll enjoy views of the Himalayas and visits to pretty mountain villages full of tea houses, but you won’t be using up your whole Nepal vacation to see and experience those sights.

The trailhead starts in Phedi, which is less than an hour’s drive from Pokhara. From there, you’ll get to experience the vibrant and friendly heritage village of Ghandruk, and you may get to know the Gurung people who live there. The village is also known for its views out to some of the tallest mountains in the world, including Hiunchuli and Machapuchare (also known as Fishtail). Each day will involve between two and a half and four hours of trekking, and you won’t go higher than beyond 6,365 feet above sea level.

For more information on the Ghandruk Trek, here’s a detailed article all about the trip.

Pikey Peak Trek (7 Days)

Pikey Peak

Staggering views at Pikey Peak

If you’ve always dreamed of seeing the world’s tallest mountain but you’re short on time, the Pikey Peak Trek is for you. In fact, famed mountaineer and explorer Edmund Hillary reportedly said that that the view from Pikey Peak out to Everest was his all-time favorite.

You can take a leisurely seven days to go from Dhap to Phaplu. You’ll still need to be in good shape though, as you’ll be doing between four and nine hours of hiking every day.

Aside from seeing Everest and the impressive Numbur Himal range, on this trek you’ll get to visit important Buddhist monasteries, gompas (Buddhist fortifications), and stupas (mound-like constructions that serve as places of meditation). You’ll hike up to Pikey Peak for sunrise, and among the tangle of prayer flags at the summit, you’ll take in 360-degree views from the Annapurna to Kanchenjunga. As an added perk, you’ll be able to stop in Ringmo, a place known for apple orchards and apple pie.

To reach the start and end points of the trek, you can either take a 30-minute flight or a seven- to eight-hour jeep ride each way.

Panchase Trek (4 Days)

You can see Bhadaure on the Panchase Trek

Views from the trail along the Panchase Trek

Taking about four days, the Panchase Trek is great for families and travelers who don’t have enough time for a longer trek. Starting near Pokhara, each day of this trek involves three to four hours of trekking through a protected forest that’s filled with over a hundred kinds of orchids. The schedule means you can dedicate the rest of your time to enjoying the views of epic mountains that reach more than 26,000 feet into the sky, like Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri. You’ll also have plenty of time to take National Geographic-worthy photographs and to enjoy time in the local villages like Bumdi, Panchase Bhanjyang, and Bhadaure, which is also where you’ll spend your nights.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek (5 Days)

Poon Hill viewpoint

Gathering to watch the sunrise from Poon Hill

This is one of Nepal’s most popular short treks for good reason. Over five days, you’ll get to experience the iconic viewpoint at Poon Hill and the heritage village of Ghandruk—known for its commanding views of Annapurna South and Fishtail—as you hike through local villages and rhododendron forest through the lower Annapurna region.

This is a relatively easy trek compared to Nepal’s higher-altitude options. That said, you should be in good shape to really enjoy this adventure: the second day involves a four- to five-hour hike and a steep climb up a stone staircase made up of 3,381 steps. As you go from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani, you’ll be gaining 4,550 feet of altitude, which is also something to consider.

One of the nice things about this trek is that the gateway city is Pokhara, a half-hour flight or a six-hour drive from Kathmandu. Pokhara, a trekkers’ hub that’s set on Phewa Lake, is an ideal jumping-off point. From Pokhara, you’ll be dropped off at nearby Nayapul, where the journey officially begins.

Solu Trek (6 Days)

Stupa and prayer wheels in Junbesi village

Stupa and prayer wheels in Junbesi village

The excellent Solu trek takes you into the lower Everest region. The trek takes six days, and it takes place at a relatively low elevation, so you don’t have to be at peak fitness for this adventure. Along the way, you’ll spot monasteries, take in incredible views of Everest, and get to know a thing or two about the local Sherpa culture.

Langtang Trek (8 Days)

In the Langtang Valley

Kyangjin Gompa in the Langtang Valley

With its relatively relaxed pace, easy access from the capital, and magnificent views out to the Langtang Himalaya and across to Tibet, the Langtang Valley trek is a favorite for many. On this eight-day route, you’ll trek through deep forests, alpine meadows, and yak pastures before heading up, up, up for views of the surrounding mountains. You’ll also get to experience local Tamang culture, and you’ll be helping support the local communities who have been working hard to rebuild in the valley following the devastating 2015 earthquake.




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