15 Best Places to Trek in Nepal

  November 17th, 2019


From short distance hikes nearby the vibrant cities to month-long walks into the wilderness of the Himalayas, trekking in Nepal is truly a rare privilege that will last a lifetime. With towering peaks, quaint villages, ancient monasteries, diverse culture, rare wildlife, and spectacular landscapes, Nepal embraces plentiful things to keep your feet moving.


Home to some of the highest massifs on earth, Nepal has long earned its eminence as the nirvana to backpackers and trekkers. Even for novice trekkers with minimal experience, trekking in Nepal is most likely to be affordable, accessible, and unforgettable.
While there are plenty of options to trek in Nepal depending upon time, level of difficulty, duration and personal choices, here’s the list of 15 Best Places to Trek in Nepal.

1. Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Fly to the world’s most adventurous airport, Lukla.
  • Namche Bazaar — the Sherpa capital of Khumbu and the gateway to Mt. Everest.
  • Tengboche Monastery — Khumbu's largest monastery.
  • An excursion to Kalapathar to sight some of the highest mountains on the planet.
  • Khumbu Glacier
Everest Base Camp is undoubtedly the most visited trekking destination in the foothills of Mt. Everest, the world’s highest mountain. This trek ventures through the classic route across the famous Khumbu region surrounded by the high Himalayas. Everest Base Camp trek is ideal for travelers looking to savor the close-up view of some of the world’s highest mountain — Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Makalu. The journey of Everest Base Camp trek starts with a scenic flight to Lukla and traverses through the famous Sherpa settlements of Namche, Khumjung, Tengboche, and Gorak Shep. This trek offers an exceptional opportunity to travel through the Himalayan land of Sherpa tribes over the footprints of some of the most legendary mountaineers on earth.

Trip Facts
Trek Duration: 12-14 days
Available Mode of Trip: Teahouse/ Camping/ Luxury
Trekking Difficulty: Moderate
Maximum Elevation: 5,600m at Kalapathar
Best Time to Travel: Autumn (Sep to Nov) & Spring (March to May)
Remoteness: Not Remote
Price: Medium
Required Permit: TIMS & Sagarmatha National Park Permit
Restricted Permits: No
Accessibility during Winter: Yes

2. Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Crossing Thorong La Pass at 5,416m — the world’s highest navigable pass.
  • Tilicho Lake — one of the highest altitude lake on earth.
  • Traverse through the world’s deepest gorge — Kali Gandaki Gorge
  • Muktinath Temple — one of the most sacred pilgrimages for Hindus and Buddhists.
  • Explore the famous villages of Jomsom and Kagbeni.                
Annapurna Circuit is by far the most diverse treks in Nepal — ranging from subtropical forests to high Himalayan plateau. This classic trek revolves around the entire Annapurna massif and culminates in Thorong La Pass at the elevation of 5,416m. Walk along the world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki, and explore the rich natural diversity along with scintillating views of Himalayan giants including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, and Langtang.

Trip Facts
Trek Duration: 14-15 days
Available Mode of Trip: Teahouse/ Camping
Trekking Difficulty: Moderate
Maximum Elevation: 5,416m at Thorong La Pass
Best Time to Travel: Autumn (Sep to Nov) & spring (March to May)
Remoteness: Not Remote
Price: Medium
Required Permit: TIMS & ACAP
Restricted Permits: No
Accessibility during Winter: Yes

3. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

  • Overnight at the foothills of Annapurna South.
  • Steal the glimpses of some of the highest massifs of the world — Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre.
  • Ghandruk village — the heartland of Gurungs.
  • A relaxing hot spring at Jhinu.
  • The diverse landscape and cultural essence
 Annapurna Base Camp is the most popular trekking destinations on earth. With the perfect blend of landscape and culture, this trek is considered as the holy grail to the backpackers and adventure lovers from all around the world. The journey to the base of the majestic Annapurna comprises of diverse culture, tradition, terrain, and wildlife along with the magnificent glimpses of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and Hiunchuli.

Trip Facts

Trek Duration: 10-14 days
Available Mode of Trip: Lodge/Camping
Trekking Difficulty: Moderate
Maximum Elevation: 4,320m at Annapurna Base Camp
Best Time to Travel: Autumn (Sep to Nov) & Spring (March to May)
Remoteness: Not Remote
Price: Cheap
Required Permit: ACAP & TIMS
Restricted Permits: No
Accessibility during winter: Yes

4. Langtang Valley Trek

  • An excursion to the vantage point of Tserko Ri at the elevation of 4,984m.
  • Langtang National Park.
  • Kyanjin Gompa — an old Buddhist Monastery.
  • Langtang Lirung Glacier.
  • Incredible cultural insights of Tamang inheritance.
Langtang Valley trek has long been one of the most popular treks due to its extensive landscape, culture, tradition, and wildlife. Despite being relatively close in the distance to Kathmandu, trekking in Langtang Valley combines dense forest, high alpine meadows, yak pastures, rivers, glaciers, monasteries and high peaks bordering Tibet. Culminating at Tserko Ri with a 360-degree view of the picturesque valley and mountains — Mt. Langtang-Ri, Langtang Himal, and Gajala Peak, Langtang Valley is truly a fascinating experience in the Himalayas of Nepal.

Trip Facts
Trek Duration: 10 days
Available Mode of Trip: Teahouse/ Camping
Trekking Difficulty: Moderate
Maximum Elevation: 4,984m at Tserko Peak
Best Time to Travel: Autumn (Sep to Nov) & Spring (March to May)
Remoteness: Not Remote
Price: Cheap
Required Permit: TIMS
Restricted Permits: No
Accessibility during Winter: Yes

5. Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Crossing Larkya La Pass — the highest elevation point in the trek.
  • Remote and unspoiled trails with plenty of wildlife.
  • Wander off along the pristine valley of Budhi Gandaki River.
  • Spectacular views of Manaslu, Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, and Kang Guru.
  • A unique blend of Nepalese and Tibetan culture.
Manaslu Circuit trek is far less crowded in contrast to other popular treks in Nepal. This trek indeed remains a remote adventure in the wilderness that encompasses all the aspects of a classic trek in Nepal. From epic scenery to high Himalayan pass, Manaslu portrays the best that the Himalayas of Nepal has to offer. The trails of Manaslu Circuit trek circumambulates around Mt. Manaslu displaying unique landscapes, diverse culture, beautiful sceneries, mountain vistas, ancient monasteries, and typical lifestyles.
Note: This trek requires a minimum of two trekkers accompanied by a Nepali guide/leader or a porter.

Trip Facts

Trek Duration: 15 days
Available Mode of Trip: Teahouse/ Camping
Trekking Difficulty: Challenging
Maximum Elevation: 5,115m at Larkya La Pass
Best Time to Travel: Autumn (Sep to Nov) & Spring (March to May)
Remoteness: Remote
Price: Medium
Required Permit: MCAP, ACAP & RAP
Restricted Permits: Yes
Accessibility during Winter: Yes (but not recommended)

6. Upper Mustang Trek

  • Lo Manthang — the Last Forbidden Kingdom of Nepal.
  • Mystifying cave dwellings and semi-arid terrains.
  • Deep insight into ancient Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Centuries-old monasteries.
  • Beautiful view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and surrounding Himalaya
Upper Mustang Trek is a journey of rare privilege beyond the Himalayas overfilled with ancient Buddhist monasteries, Tibetan cultures, cave dwellings, and stunning Himalayan ranges. The trek in the hidden valley offers fascinating landscapes and centuries-old cultures in one of the remote trekking destinations of Nepal. Opened for trekkers in 1992, Upper Mustang is relatively strict when it comes to geopolitics and customs of the region remaining isolated from the outside world.
Note: This trek requires a minimum of two trekkers accompanied by a Nepali guide/leader or a porter.

Trip Facts

Trek Duration: 14 days
Available Mode of Trip: Teahouse/ Camping
Trekking Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
Maximum Elevation: 3,810m at Dhakmar
Best Time to Travel: March to November
Remoteness: Very Remote
Price: Expensive
Required Permit: ACAP & RAP
Restricted Permits: Yes
Accessibility during Winter: Yes

7. Upper Dolpo Trek 

  • Shey Phoksundo Lake — the deepest lake in Nepal.
  • Phoksundo National Park — Nepal’s largest national park.
  • Shey Gompa — the ancient monastery subsistence for 800 years.
  • Kang La & Saldang La — the high passes of the region.
Explore the hidden valleys and remote yak caravans with the view of Dhaulagiri and Kanjirowa Himal. 
The hidden valley and the barren landscape of Dolpo will never cease to amaze the travelers. From the tranquil waters of Phoksundo Lake to the ancient Shey Gompa, Dolpo is truly a hidden gem in the Himalayas. Traverse past the traditional Tibetan-style villages, crossing over several high Himalayan passes, and yak caravans. Explore the highest settlement in the world at Dho Tarap. In short, challenging yet rewarding trek.
Note: This trek requires a minimum of two trekkers accompanied by a Nepali guide/leader or a porter.
Trip Facts
Trek Duration: 22-25 days
Available Mode of Trip: Camping
Trekking Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
Maximum Elevation: 5,250m at Kang La Pass
Best Time to Travel: Autumn (Sep to Nov) & Spring (March to May)
Remoteness: Very Remote
Price: Expensive
Required Permit: RAP
Restricted Permits: Yes
Accessibility during Winter: No

8. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

  • Traverse to the base of Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world.
  • Experience the glacier walk en-route to Yalung Glacier.
  • Sele La, Sinion La, and Miring La — the high passes.
  • Savor the awe-inspiring view of Kanchenjunga and Makalu.
  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. 
Kanchenjunga Circuit trek is far less traveled compared to most of the treks in Nepal. The walk to the foothills of Kanchenjunga, the world’s third-highest peak, offers a rewarding natural beauty with unspoiled culture and lifestyle of the Himalayas. Kanchenjunga is home to some of the most exotic wildlife in all of Asia. This adventure transpires deep in the wild secluded Himalayan terrain surrounded by pristine nature.
Note: This trek requires a minimum of two trekkers accompanied by a Nepali guide/leader or a porter.
Trip Facts
Trek Duration: 20 days
Available Mode of Trip: Camping
Trekking Difficulty: Challenging
Maximum Elevation: 5,160m at Lapsang Pass
Best Time to Travel: Autumn (Sep to Nov) & Spring (March to May)
Remoteness: Very Remote
Price: Expensive
Required Permit: TIMS
Restricted Permits: No
Accessibility during Winter: No

9. Gokyo Valley Trek

  • An excellent excursion to Gokyo Ri to relish the Himalayan panorama.
  • Ngozumpa Glacier — Himalaya’s longest glacier.
  • Gokyo Lakes — 5 pristine lakes in the mountain.
  • Glimpses of four 8000m massifs — Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu.
  • Scenic flight to Lukla airport.
Gokyo Valley trek is an alternative route to the classic Everest Base Camp trek. The journey to the pristine valley of Gokyo along with the sparkling blue lakes and the awe-inspiring mountain sceneries is considered as one of the most memorable walks on the Himalayas. The trails of Gokyo valley are relatively less busy offering a deep insight into the local lifestyle accompanied by the incredible sight of the icy rivers, glaciers, and the snow-capped mountains. The Himalayan spectacle from the viewpoint of Gokyo Ri is often argued to be better than that from Kalapathar with a wide-angle view of Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Lhotse.
Highlights
Trip Facts
Trek Duration: 12 days
Available Mode of Trip: Teahouse/ Camping
Trekking Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
Maximum Elevation: 5,357m at Gokyo Ri
Best Time to Travel: Autumn (Sep to Nov) & Spring (March to May)
Remoteness: Remote
Price: Medium
Required Permit: TIMS & Sagarmatha National Park Permit
Restricted Permits: Yes
Accessibility during Winter: Yes

10. Mardi Himal Trek

  • Remote and off-the-beaten trails in the Annapurna region.
  • Hike up to Mardi Himal Base Camp.
  • Close-up view of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Mardi Himal.
  • Traverse through the shades of lush Rhododendron forests.
  • Relatively easy yet exhilarating trekking experience.
Mardi Himal trek is a newly commenced trekking destination in the lap of the Annapurna region. With very limited trekkers making their way to the Mardi Himal Base Camp, this trek is often regarded as the hidden gem in the Himalayas of Nepal. Outstandingly located at the foothills of Mardi Himal and Nepal’s most iconic mountain, Machhapuchhre, Mardi Himal trek offers an authentic trekking experience with isolated villages, dense rhododendron forests, and stunning mountain vistas. 
 
Trip Facts
Trek Duration: 5-7 days
Available Mode of Trip: Teahouse
Trekking Difficulty: Easy
Maximum Elevation: 4,500m at Mardi Himal Base Camp
Best Time to Travel: Autumn (Sep to Nov) & Spring (March to May)
Remoteness: Not Remote
Price: Cheap
Required Permit: TIMS & ACAP
Restricted Permits: No
Accessibility during Winter: Yes

11. Makalu Base Camp Trek

  • Travel across the foothills of Makalu — the 5th highest mountain in the world.
  • Sight the unique view of Mt. Everest (Kangshung face) along with the breathtaking spectacles of Lhotse, Chamlang, and Kanchenjunga.
  • Explore the cultural valley of Kulung.
  • Makalu Barun National Park.
  • The sporadic sight of Red Panda — one of the rarest wildlife in Nepal. 
Makalu Base Camp trek is a remote trekking destination that encompasses the best of the Himalayas — isolated trails, vibrant farmland, rich cultures, rare wildlife, and several 8,000 meter-plus massifs. This less-frequented path to the base of the 5th highest mountain in the world, Mt. Makalu, is an ideal choice for avid trekkers who relish a challenge. The trek offers ample hidden wonders with spectacular waterfalls, granite cliffs, glaciers, and mountain scenery including the Kangshung face of Mt. Everest.
Trip Facts
Trek Duration: 20 days
Available Mode of Trip: Teahouse/Camping
Trekking Difficulty: Challenging
Maximum Elevation: 5,250m at Shersong Ridge
Best Time to Travel: Autumn (Sep to Nov) & Spring (March to May)
Remoteness: Very Remote
Price: Expensive
Required Permit: TIMS & Makalu Barun National Park Permit
Restricted Permits: No
Accessibility during Winter: No

12. Nar Phu Valley Trek

  • Explore Nar and Phu villages — Annapurna’s most remote and unspoiled trekking region.
  • The trek combines massive peaks, high passes, pristine glaciers, narrow canyons, remote villages, and unique Tibetan cultures.
  • Savor the scintillating glimpses of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Himlung Himal, and Tilicho Peak.
  • Cross over the high Himalayan passes — Thorong La Pass and Kang La Pass.
  • Chance to witness the rare wildlife, Snow Leopard. 
Nar Phu Valley trek is truly an experience of the Himalayan wilderness in the off-the-beaten trails of Nepal. Nestled between Manaslu and Annapurna regions, Nar Phu is undoubtedly a hidden jewel with a rare opportunity to traverse the unspoiled valleys that exhibits the rawness of Himalayan nature and the ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture. The remote valleys of Nar & Phu comprise of giant peaks, high passes, glaciers, narrow canyons, lush forests, unique rock formations, and ancient monasteries.
Trip Facts
Trek Duration: 12-18 days
Available Mode of Trip: Teahouse/Camping
Trekking Difficulty: Challenging
Maximum Elevation: 5,416m at Thorong La Pass
Best Time to Travel: Autumn (Sep to Nov) & Spring (March to May)
Remoteness: Very Remote
Price: Expensive
Required Permit: ACAP & RAP
Restricted Permits: Yes
Accessibility during Winter: Yes

13. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Highlights
  • Poon Hill — one of the most famous viewpoints of Nepal.
  • Panoramic view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Gangapurna, and Lamjung Himal.
  • Ghandruk village — indulge in the rich culture of Gurungs.
  • Traverse through the densely forested areas with crimson blossoms of rhododendrons.
  • An excellent trek in a relatively short duration in the Annapurna region.
Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is relatively easier and shorter in comparison to most of the treks in Nepal. Located in the famous Annapurna region, this beautiful trek offers you the opportunity to explore the ethnic Gurung village with the flaunt of terraced farms and rhododendron forests. The popular vantage point of Poon Hill rewards the trekkers with the stunning sunrise along with the sight of the serene mountains. Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is an ideal choice for the people with a limited number of days.

Trip Facts
Trek Duration: 5-8 days
Available Mode of Trip: Lodge/Camping
Trekking Difficulty: Easy
Maximum Elevation: 3,210m at Poonhill
Best Time to Travel: Autumn (Sep to Nov) & Spring (March to May)
Remoteness: Not Remote
Price: Cheap
Required Permit: ACAP & TIMS
Restricted Permits: No
Accessibility during winter: Yes

14. Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

  • A short trek away from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city.
  • Shivapuri National Park.
  • Hike through the cool shades of the lush green forest, serene streams, and tranquil atmosphere.
  • Beautiful sunrise and sunset from the famous hill station in Nagarkot.
  • Spectacular mountain ranges including Everest, Manaslu, Annapurna, Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa and Gauri Shanker.
Chisapani Nagarkot trek is a short yet spectacular trek around Kathmandu valley. Traversing through the lush evergreen forest via Shivapuri National Park, this trek is a perfect blend of nature, wildlife, and rustic lifestyle of the countryside. Chisapani Nagarkot trek exhibits the picturesque panorama of Manaslu, Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Gaurishankar along with the distant glimpse of Mount Everest. This trek is an excellent choice for novice travelers willing to enjoy the scenic walk around the valley.
Trip Facts
Trek Duration: 3 days
Available Mode of Trip: Teahouse
Trekking Difficulty: Easy
Maximum Elevation: 2,175m at Nagarkot
Best Time to Travel: August to May
Remoteness: Not Remote
Price: Cheap
Required Permit: Shivapuri National Park Permit
Restricted Permits: No
Accessibility during Winter: Yes

15. Dhampus Village Trek

  • Hike across 3 popular viewpoints of Nepal — Dhampus, Sarangkot, and Naudanda.
  • The astonishing sight of the Annapurna range — Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV along with the glimpses of Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu.
  • Lifestyle and cultural insights of Gurung inhabitants.
  • Relax in the serenity of Pokhara, one of the most beautiful cities in Nepal.
Dhampus village trek is a fairly easy and short trek to a small settlement only 23 km north-west to the famous city of Pokhara. Dhampus Village trek traverses through 3 incredible lookout points — Dhampus, Sarangkot, and Naudanda offering the most ravishing sunrise and sunset with the colossal Himalayas in the backdrop. This trek offers a stunning sight of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and Hiunchuli. Dhampus is also an ethnic Gurung village which allows the trekkers to witness the rustic lifestyle and deep cultural insights of Nepal.

Trip Facts
Trek Duration: 5 days
Available Mode of Trip: Teahouse
Trekking Difficulty: Easy
Maximum Elevation: 1,650m at Dhampus
Best Time to Travel: Autumn (Sep to Nov) & Spring (March to May)
Remoteness: Not Remote
Price: Cheap
Required Permit: TIMS & ACAP
Restricted Permits: No
Accessibility during Winter: Yes

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