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Top 9 Trekking in Nepal
Before 1949, the Majestic beauty of Nepal was not accessible to everyone. Finally, in 1949, the then-Nepal Government opened the frontiers to the rest of the world.
As the first visitor, a British adventurer named Bill Tilman managed to acquire approval from the then King to make several treks throughout the country’s most mountainous regions. After Tilman’s travelled to Nepal, a Frenchman, Maurice Herzog, followed his path by visiting Nepal and trekking the Annapurna. As a result, he was the first climber who climb the Nepalese Himalaya mountain, the Annapurna I (8091 metres), in 1950, the 10th highest mountain in the world. Soon after, he explored Nepal and climbed the Annapurna Himalaya, and the concept of Trekking in Nepal spread worldwide. Then visitors began travelling to the country to explore its natural beauty and climb the mountain peaks.
The world has the 14 highest mountains above 8000 metres, and 10 of them lie in the Nepalese Himalayan range. In 1953 And Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay scaled Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. By 1964, the climbers climbed all these 10 Himalayan peaks above 8000 metres.
Colonel Jimmy Roberts, a former Gorkha Officer, was the first to realize that trekking activities would be attractive for tourists in Nepal. So, in 1964 as the first Nepalese Trekking Agency, he officially formed ‘Mountain Travel‘. Later, the Nepalese entrepreneurs started to follow his path by forming new trekking companies. That is why there are more than 1000 trekking agencies in Nepal now.
Trekking vs climbing
Trekking is less physically demanding than climbing and offers more opportunities to explore the Himalayan Mountains’ beautiful landscapes. Because of this, you will find more trekkers than climbers travelling to Nepal. Additionally, Nepal is more than its mountain and landscapes. Moreover, Nepal is culturally rich in its history, which travellers can explore while on a trek.
The Importance of Trekking in Nepal
Trekking has become an important and backbone industry in Nepal’s economic development. It boosts the nation’s economy, generates job opportunities, and helps national GDG. Similarly, the tourism industry is essential to Nepal because it supports alleviating deprivation and poverty in the country, especially in rural villages. In addition, tourism development supports and enhances its people to obtain greater social equity and equality for those grassroots people. And it provides much-needed employment in the most popular trekking regions with foreign travellers.
According to statistics provided by the Nepal Tourist Board (NTB), more than half a million tourists visit Nepal every year to experience what Nepal offers. Most of those travellers visit the country to join a trek.
Top 9 Trekking Places in Nepal
No. 1: Everest Base Camp Trek (EBC), among the top 9 trekking in Nepal
This two-week exciting trek takes you to the base camp of Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. EBC trek is one of the ultimate destinations and a dream that every expert traveller worldwide wants to fulfil. Many foreign trekkers visit Nepal every year for the EBC trek because this trek has its charms that attract many travellers around the world. Trekking to EBC will be one of the most beautiful memories and experiences in a lifetime because this trek escorts you for a close-up view of Mt. Everest. Similarly, you will see other high peaks like Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu (8201m), and Makalu (8481m), which are certified as the top 10 tallest mountains in the world.
EBC is a tough and challenging trek compared to other treks as it is located at a high altitude. Therefore, Trekkers and travellers should be prepared and trained physically and mentally before signing up for this trip. In addition, due to lower levels of Oxygen in higher altitudes, you might face altitude sickness. So, you must go slow and ensure that your body receives enough nutrients.
Trekking Season for Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest has got four seasons. However, Spring (March, April and May) and Autumn (September, October and November) are the best seasons for trekking as the sky is clear. The weather is moderate, and you will get the best shots during this period.
How your journey begins
Your adventure towards the base camp starts with an exciting flight to Lukla, the “Gateway to Everest.” As you reach your Lukla, you will trek through the famous villages of Phakding and the capital of the Everest region – Namche Bazar. Moving on, you will trek towards Tengboche Monastery, located on the top of the mountain ridge, which reflects the prominent local culture. After that, you will continue your trek, moving towards Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep and then to the Everest base camp, the final destination. Finally, after exploring 360-degree panoramic views of the Himalayas from Kala Patar, you will head back to Lukla and then to Kathmandu, concluding this Everest Base camp trek.
No. 2: Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), among the top 9 trekking in Nepal
The trek leads you to perceive the beauty of the glorious Himalayas. Unlike other highland treks, it is one of Nepal’s easier, shorter and considerable favourable trekking. This trekking indulges the most splendid view of the Annapurna range, Machhapuchre(Fishtail), Hiuchuli and Dhaulagiri range, and diverse wildlife and rich culture. ABC trek should be on the list of trekkers seeking to trek in Nepal because it would be the most amazing trek ever.
Trekking Season for Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Although trekkers go for the trek in all four seasons, Spring (March-May) is the best season to trek at the Annapurna Base Camp. Because, in spring, the weather is fairly good and clear. Trekkers can expect a clear view, and the forest is full of red Rhododendrons, the national flower of Nepal. Also, who does not want to observe waterfalls? On this trek, trekkers can enjoy beautiful waterfalls and peaceful and healthy hot springs in Jhinu.
Trekkers, who are curious about Nepal’s culture, can gain knowledge and share cultural experiences on the trek. While visiting the beautiful and popular villages of Ulleri, Ghorepani and Ghandruk, trekkers can meet local people from different ethnicity, especially the Gurungs and Magars, who are famous for the Gurkha regiment.
Mountain View Point
On this trek, Ghorepani Poon hill is the best place to observe the sunrise view, Annapurna Mountain ranges, and other snowy peaks.
Selecting the Annapurna Base Camp trek is like doing two trekking at a time since Machhapuchhre Base Camp is on the way to ABC. Moreover, the deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki, escorts this trek. This trek could be quite difficult for some trekkers, but it is worthwhile.
No. 3: Kanchenjunga Base Camp, among the top 9 trekking in Nepal
Kanchenjunga is uncovered on the far eastern side of Nepal and is preserved under the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project. And Mount Kanchenjunga is one of the world’s most beautiful peaks. And the word Kanchenjunga is a word from the Tibetan language, which means “Five gems of The Great Snow”, which embodies the five summits as gold, silver, precious stones, Grain and the Holy Scriptures.
Flora and Fauna
Trekkers can sprinkle the different species of flora and fauna on the trek. Nepal’s Government has protected the region under a conservation area.
Kanchenjunga is considered one of the most famous treks in Nepal. However, due to the lack of infrastructure of trekking trails and lack of good facilities of accommodation, this trek is less popular than the classic Everest Base Camp trek and Annapurna Base Camp trek. Nevertheless, as of now (25 August 2022), many tea houses are available for trekkers on the trek routes. Likewise, some varieties of good foods are also available.
Importantly, it is to know that the Kanchenjunga area is a controlled zone. So, a licensed holder guide and at least 2 trekkers are required to manage important permits for the trek.
Trekking Season for Kanchenjunga Base Camp
Similar to trekking seasons on other treks, the trek in Kanchenjunga is favourable in Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). The weather is reasonable, steady and warm, and the atmospheres remain clear, which helps you enjoy the magnificent landscape views. On the other hand, summer (June-August) is monsoon season in Nepal, which may develop risk to trek. Likewise, trekking in winter (December-February) is also could be risky. It is because the trails are normally covered with snow, and it’s extremely cold during the period.
No. 4: Upper Mustang, among the top 9 trekking in Nepal
Among many treks in Nepal, Upper Mustang is one of the best treks in Nepal. It is a remote and isolated region of Nepal, the former kingdom of Lo. The Lo Manthang is one of the most preserved places in the world. Until 1992, it was restricted to Western and European
People call this Mustang region the mountain desert of Nepal. It is because the region offers its magnificent landscapes. Ame Pal, in 1380, built the territory, and with the help of warriors, it remained isolated from the 14th century. Such isolation from the outside world allowed this place to preserve its culture, tradition, and heritage. So, to this date, we can observe the same Buddhist monasteries and Gompas built at that time.
The Upper Mustang trek is easier compared to other treks. Any age group travellers can travel here with no difficulty. It is not so well known to tourists, so there are fewer trekkers, but the trekking to Upper Mustang is a lovely trek you will never experience. You will get to explore the hidden world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang. LOBAS, the residents of Upper Mustang, has a very similar culture, language and tradition to the people of the neighbouring country, Tibet. You will be indulged in their culture and lifestyle once you reach there.
Trekking Season for Upper Mustang or Lo-Manthang
Spring (March-May) and Autumn (October-November) are the best seasons to trek in Upper Mustang. Also, the climate is very moderate, and the sky is clear in these seasons. However, the weather in December and January is extremely cold here. So it is almost impossible to trek at that time. Unlike other treks, you can trek in monsoon (May-July) as the rainfall is not heavy here during the period. Importantly, you will enjoy a three-day event, the Tiji festival, at that time.
No. 4: Langtang Valley trek, among the top 9 trekking in Nepal
It is one of the easygoing, cheaper and shorter treks into the Himalayas, dominated by the Tibetan lifestyle. The valley is located north of Kathmandu, offering thrilling scenery of high Himalayan peaks, diverse landscapes, ancient monasteries and the unique culture and tradition of the locals. This trek falls under the top 10 trekking in Nepal, classic Everest Base Camp (EBC), and Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), a few to name.
Langtang Valley is also well known as the “Valley of Glaciers” because many breathtaking glaciers are present in the valley along with peaks such as; Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Jugal Himal and Ganja La Pass. Nepal government appointed the Langtang valley as the Langtang National Park in 1971. The valley is home to different flora and fauna. If you are lucky enough, you may see some wild animals like Red Panda, Langur, Musk Deer, Snow Leopards etc. and birds such as the Himalayan Monal, White-winged Redstart and the Snow Partridge.
Trekking Season for Langtang Valley
Unlike other treks, trekking to Langtang is feasible throughout the year. However, Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November) are the best time. The weather is moderate, warm, and clear skies in these seasons. It will help you get spectacular views of the mountains. On the other hand, Monsoon and Winter are the least favourable for trekking since this region has landslide-prone areas.
Moreover, the weather is unpredictable in the Himalayan regions. As a result, you might suffer from altitude sickness as you move to a higher altitude. So, you must be cautious about it and keep yourself hydrated.
The devastating earthquake in 2015 destroyed the livelihood of the locals. So, due to the devastation, they had to leave that place. However, due to heavy reconstruction and renovation, the Nepal government has re-opened for travellers.
No. 6: Manaslu Circuit trek, among the top 9 trekking in Nepal
It is one of the off-beaten and isolated treks in comparison to Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp. However, this trek is equally demanding and impressive as other classic treks. The Manaslu region is rich in biodiversity, including varieties of cultural diversities. Similarly, it offers picturesque scenery of Himalayan peaks, fascinating high-altitude glacier lakes and rare flora and fauna.
The 14 days Manaslu Circuit trek rewards you with unbelievable landscapes, magical places and Tibetan Buddhists’ rich culture and tradition.
Trekking Season for Manaslu Region
The Spring season (March to May) and Autumn season (September to November) are the best seasons. Because the weather in these seasons is more moderate, it remains stable and has clear skies. So, you can get the perfect views of mountains and landscapes.
On the other hand, monsoon (June to August) and winter (December to February) are not advisable seasons to trek her. Because you have to walk through landslide-prone areas, it will be tricky to walk in winter.
Walking to a tremendous altitude, you should be physically and mentally fit and prepared.
You may experience an Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as the amount of Oxygen will get lower and lower as you ascend to higher altitude. In addition, the Manaslu Circuit trek is a trek to a restricted region. Therefore, you need to book the trek through a registered trekking agency in Nepal.
And importantly, you need MRAP (Manaslu Restricted Area Permit), MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Permit) and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) to trek in the region.
No. 7: Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri Trek, among the top 9 trekking in Nepal
This Gokyo Trek is an amazing adventure towards the Himalayas, a perfect alternative trek to the traditional Everest Base Camp Trek. It offers magnificent views of Himalayan peaks along with different lakes and glaciers.
Some trekkers choose Gokyo lake and Gokyo Ri Trek in addition to Everest Base camp Trek. This trek rewards you with awe-inspiring views of Himalayan peaks, including those above 8,000 metres- Mount Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu and Makalu. Moreover, you will enjoy the beauty of this hidden valley with the lush green forests of rhododendrons, Magnolia, Oaks, Firs, etc. Also, you will witness the largest glacier in Nepal, the Ngozumpa glacier, with beautiful villages, locals and their rich culture and tradition.
Trekking Season for Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri
Like other Nepal treks, the Gokyo Lake trek is not a year trekking destination. So, Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are good trekking seasons. The weather in Spring and Autumn is the best as it is moderate, stable and warm. The skies are clear most days, offering the splendid scenery of the mountains and lakes. But, on the other hand, winter (December to February) and Monsoon (June to August) are not favourable for trekking. Because the routes are not only covered with snow but also frozen glaciers in the winter. And the sky will be foggy in winter, too. Similarly, the weather will be foggy in monsoon, too, and the routes will be slippery and wet. So, this makes your trekking difficult.
No. 8: Upper Dolpo Trek, among the top 9 trekking in Nepal
It is a wonderful trek to off-beaten paths, unexplored trails, isolated regions and the mysterious wonderland of Nepal. It lies just behind the Mount Dhaulagiri Himalaya ranges and is linked with Tibetan Plateau. Upper Dolpo is incredibly beautiful with a handful of natural beauties, arts and architecture, culture and tradition. It gives the travellers one of the best options for their destination to travel. Pristine Phoksundo Lake and 800-year-old Shey Monastery are natural and cultural sites that are the trek’s main attraction.
Similarly, the special rewards for travellers here are the lush meadows, deep valleys, views of Dhaulagiri, amazing Tibetan culture and magnificent and rare wildlife, including snow leopards.
This 24 days trek is long and may exhaust you, but awe-inspiring vistas of Nepalese and Tibetan Himalayas win against your tiredness. Despite being bare and dry, Upper Dolpo has fast-flowing rivers, gorgeous waterfalls, high passes, deep river gorges and beautiful settlements with ancient art and architecture. Nepal’s largest national park, Shey Phoksundo National Park, is here. It protects the habitats such as snow leopards, rare Himalayan Blue sheep, Himalayan Black bears, Goral etc. On the other hand, The unique Tibetan culture flashes within every settlement of Upper Dolpo that follows Tibetan Buddhism. You can also witness the trail’s Chortens, Mani walls and prayer flags.
Trekking Season for Dolpo Region
The weather is warm, and the temperatures are pleasant. The sky is clearest, with minimal chance of snowfall in the spring (March-May) and autumn (October-November) seasons. Therefore, this period is appropriate to trek in the Upper Dolpo Region like other treks in Nepal.
Upper Dolpo is a remote, poor and underdeveloped area with fewer numbers of tourism infrastructures. Although in the late 80s, the Nepal government opened the region to visitors, the region is still considered a restricted area. And requires a special permit which is quite expensive. It’s US$ 500 per person for 10 days. In addition, a backpacker or individual traveller is restricted. A group of two or more are required to trek in this area.
Trekking to the Upper Dolpo Region is much more challenging than other treks as the trails are mostly steep and descents are strenuous.
Therefore, Trekkers require great physical strength, stamina and great willpower because the trail leads to three high passes. They are Nagdola La (5350m), Shey La (5000m) and Jeng La (5110m). It involves long climbs and exhausting descents. This trek is not for beginners but a once-a-lifetime experience for the pro-trekkers.
No. 9: Annapurna Circuit Trek, among the top 9 trekking in Nepal
The trek is considered one of the most famous treks in Nepal, traversing through various terrains in the region with awe-inspiring scenery of the Himalayan peaks, diverse ethnic groups, beautiful lowlands and villages and farms. Situated at an elevation of 5416 metres, the Thorong La Pass is one of the major highlights of this trek. Throughout your journey, you will walk to the shadows of the region’s massifs, amazed by the breathtaking scenery.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is an adventure that offers you captivating views of the seventh highest Dhaulagiri (8167m). tenth highest Annapurna I (8091m), Machhapuchre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, and Tilicho peak along with the different settlements of Tibetan, Brahmin, Chhetri, Thakali and Gurung people. Trekking to Annapurna would be mystical and mythical as you would be rewarded with an aspect of the world’s deepest gorge- Kali Gandaki Gorge.
Trekking Season for Annapurna Circuit Trek
March (March, April, May) and autumn (September, October, November) are the most recommended periods for all Nepal treks, including Annapurna Circuit Trek. The weather is warm, with moderate temperatures and a clear sky, which helps the trekkers to trek peacefully.
Monsoon (June, July, and August) is not advisable, but there are trekkers this season too. The temperature drops due to rain at lower altitudes and sponges are seen. There are some landslide-prone areas on the route, and most days are cloudy.
Winter (December, January, and February) is also not advisable because of heavy snowfall. But if you are experienced in winter trekking, you can go for it. However, Thorong La Pass may be closed due to heavy snowfall, making you return from the same track.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is treated as moderate in difficulty and does not require experience. However, it would be best to fit mentally and physically to do this trekking. In addition, you should be cautious about AMS (Altitude Mountain Sickness) as you will pass through one of the world’s highest passes at the elevation of 5416m.
Overall, this 17-day long trek in the land of the Himalayas will be an amazing lifetime experience for beginners as well as professionals. So, join us and trek to create wonderful memories and experiences in the land of the Himalayas.