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10 Best Treks in Nepal

Nepal has some of the most enormous trekking destinations in the world. The treks in Nepal attract thousands of adventure seekers every month. The followings  are 10 best treks in Nepal which you may consider before planning your holidays.

 

1. Gokyo Lake Trek

Looking down on the lake and village of Gokyo from Renjo La

Like the Three Passes Trek, the Gokyo Lake Trek shares significant sections with the classic Everest Base Camp Trek but takes you into a valley west of Everest. Its main attraction are the beautiful lakes at Gokyo, at around 5,000 meters. From there, trekkers can climb Gokyo Ri (5,357m /17,575 ft), a rocky peak with one of the best expansive views on Mt Everest.

Getting to the trailhead: a 30-minute flight Kathmandu to Lukla.

Fast facts
Min. duration 17 days
Max. elevation 5483 m / 17,984 ft 
(Gokyo Ri)
Start/finish Lukla/Lukla
Difficulty Challenging
Trek style Teahouse

2. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

 
Dramatic mountains views en route to the amphitheater of the Annapurnas

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes you deep into the Annapurna Massif to the foot of Annapurna South. The scenery is quite different from most other classic treks because the views are less expansive and more vertical: you find yourself looking almost straight up to see the mountains towering above you.

Getting to the trailhead: a 25-minute flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, followed by a 2-hour drive; or an 8-hour drive from Kathmandu.

Fast facts
Min. duration 16 days
Max. elevation 4130 m / 13,550 ft
Start/finish Nayapul/Nayapul
Difficulty Moderate
Trek style Teahouse

3. Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp Trek is among the most famous treks in the world. It certainly deserves its reputation thanks to its history, its great views and the Sherpa culture you experience during the trek. However, since the trek is so popular, its main trails tend to be quite crowded. This is why we list other treks in the Everest region (Three Passes Trek and Gokyo Lakes) higher on our list. Yet despite the crowds, Everest Base Camp continues to be a great trek that deserves to be listed among Nepal’s best treks.

Getting to the trailhead: a 30-minute flight Kathmandu to Lukla.

Fast facts
Min. duration 17 days
Max. elevation 5,550 m / 18,204 ft 
(Everest Base Camp)
Start/finish Lukla/Lukla
Difficulty Challenging
Trek style Teahouse

4. Upper Mustang Trek

The arid valley of the Upper Mustang Trek features a distinct landscape compared to almost all other treks in Nepal. With its many shades of brown and crumbling sandstone cliffs, this region lies in the desert rain shadow of the Himalaya. Mustang used to be its own kingdom, and its strong Tibetan-influenced traditions make this a culturally very interesting trek.

Getting to the trailhead: you'll need to take two connecting flights: Kathmandu to Pokhara (25 minutes), and Pokhara to Jomsom (20 minutes).

Fast facts
Min. duration 12 days
Max. elevation 3810 m / 12,500 ft
Start/finish Jomsom/Jomsom
Difficulty Moderate
Trek style Teahouse

5. Langtang & Gosaikunda Trek

With three 5,000m+ passes, the extremely remote Langtang follows centuries-old trading routes leading trekkers through surreal landscapes. You’ll meet Yak herders who lead rural lifestyles that are increasingly rare in our connected world. Read more about Langtang Gosaikunda Trek.

Getting to the trailhead: you'll need to take two connecting flights: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (90 minutes), and Nepalgunj to Juphal (45 minutes).

Fast facts
Min. duration 17 days
Max. elevation 4600m / 15,088 ft 

Start/finish Juphal/Juphal
Difficulty Very challenging
Trek style Remote (camping)

6. Kanchanjunga Circuit Trek

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is one of the most challenging treks in Nepal because of its sustained elevation, spending 3 days in a row trekking over snow above 5,000m without an easy way down. That said, if you have experience and are up for the challenge, this trek is an unforgettable adventure that takes you into the heart of some the highest mountains in the world.

Getting to the trailhead: a 25-minute flight Kathmandu to Pokhara followed by a 2 hour drive; or an 8-hour drive from Kathmandu.

Fast facts
Min. duration 29 days
Max. elevation 3600 m / 17,585 ft 

Start/finish Darbang/Marpha
Difficulty Very challenging
Trek style Remote (camping)

 

7. Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek has become more accessible since new lodges were built in 2010. It earns the top spot in this list because the trek has all the great features you’d expect from a classic Himalayan trek—deep lush valleys at lower elevations, amazing views of 8,000m peaks, and a 5,000m+ pass crossing—all the while remaining largely unspoiled by visitors.

Despite its rising popularity, the Manaslu Circuit still feels very remote, and has fewer trekkers than the more established classic treks of Nepal.

Getting to the trailhead: an 8-hour drive from Kathmandu.

Fast facts
Min. duration 18 days
Max. elevation 5135 m / 16,842 ft 
(Larkya La pass)
Start/finish Soti Khola/Besisahar
Difficulty Challenging
Trek style Teahouse

8. High Passes of Everest Trek

The High Passes of Everest Trek takes you over three 5,000m+ passes and is the best way to truly experience the Everest Region for those who have the time to spend 3 weeks on the trail. The trek includes sections of the Everest Base Camp Trek, but offers even more spectacular views of the giants in the heart of the Himalaya as you cross the Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La passes.

Getting to the trailhead: a 30-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.

Fast facts
Min. duration 20 days
Max. elevation 5,550 m / 18,204 ft 

Start/finish Lukla/Lukla
Difficulty Challenging
Trek style Teahouse

 9. Nar Phu Valley Trek

The Nar Phu Valley Trek is a real Himalayan wilderness experience that is as unforgettable as it is spectacular. The area opened to visitors relatively recently, in 2002. Tucked between the more visited Annapurna and Manaslu regions, Nar Phu is a true hidden gem that offers trekkers a rare opportunity to explore unspoiled valleys that feature a mix of raw Himalayan nature and ancient Buddhist culture.

Getting to the trailhead: a day-long drive from Kathmandu via Besisahar to Koto.

Fast facts
Min. duration 9 days
Max. elevation 5240 m / 17,200 ft
Start/finish Koto/Pisang
Difficulty Challenging
Trek style Remote (rustic lodges)

 

10. Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit trek is another quintessential Himalayan trek that has lost a bit of its character due to the crowds, and, in this particular case, recently constructed roads. The roads that have reduced the “unspoiled” part of this trek to about 12 days of hiking. Despite all that, the trek remains a great adventure with the crossing of the 5,416m Thorong La pass.

Getting to the trailhead: a 25-minute flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, followed by a 2-hour drive; or an 8-hour drive from Kathmandu.

Fast facts
Min. duration 20 days
Max. elevation 5,416 m / 17,769 ft 
(Thorong La Pass)
Start/finish Bhulbule/Jomsom
Difficulty Challenging
Trek style Teahouse
 
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