Nepal’s Best Trek: The Definitive Guide (2018)

 

When it comes to planning your trekking in Nepal Himalaya, I'm sure you've heard enough about how rich in mountains Nepal is and why it hosts some of the world's best treks

If you're looking for information that you can use to find out which treks in Nepal is the best match with your interests, then you'll find this guide is useful.

 
 

#1. EVEREST THREE HIGH PASSES: Ultimate High-Altitude Journey

The challenging Everest Three High Passes trek is simply the most scenic trek in Nepal Himalaya requires crossing the three most hair-raising passes over 5,000m/16,000ft.

This ultimate high-altitude journey rising from Lukla to Chhukung, crossing the Kongma La at 5,535m/18,159ft with magnificent view of Makalu.

Magnificent view of Mt Makalu near Kongma La pass - Everest Three High Passes

Magnificent view of Mt Makalu near Kongma La pass - Everest Three High Passes

After the first pass, it turns westward to Lobuche and Everest Base Camp before continuing over the Cho La at 5,420m/17,782ft to Gokyo valley where one of the most epic viewpoints of Gokyo Ri lies.

Standing at epic viewpoints of Gokyo Ri admiring the glacial highway and the turquoise lakes of Gokyo before heading toward the last Renjo La pass at 5345m/17,536ft back to Namche Bazaar.

 
Everest Three High Passes Overview
Length 17-20 days
Max Elevation 5,535m/18,159ft at Kongma La pass
Difficulty Hard-Extreme
Best Season October to November, March to May
Trekking Style Teahouse in excellent condition
Permits Sagarmatha National Park entry permit, TIMS Card
Start/Finish Lukla
Highlights Sherpa cultural, Tengboche Buddhist monastery, three high passes, epic views in Gokyo Ri and Chhukung Ri
 
 

#2. ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT: One of Nepal's best classic Trek

 

The Annapurna Circuit has long been one of Nepal’s classic trek, offering both cultural variety and landscape diversity experiences.

Trail winds through terraces farmland climb through lush forest to Tibetan-influenced villages, crosses dramatic pass of Thorung La at 5,416m/17,769ft into the desert-like Trans-Himalayan region where the barren landscape of Mustang come into sight.

On top of Thorung La - Annapurna Circuit Trek

On top of Thorung La - Annapurna Circuit Trek

This three weeks trek offer amazing views of the north side of Annapurna, excellent side trips to high-altitude glacier lake of Tilicho, Hinduism pilgrim site at Muktinath, Buddhist pilgrim site near Manang.

Despite road building in the Kali Gandaki valley part of the trek, but with new alternative has been found this trek is one of the longest and rewarding mountain walks in the Himalaya.

 
Annapurna Circuit Trek Overview
Length 12-18 days
Max Elevation 5,416m/17,769ft at Thorong La
Difficulty Hard
Best Season October to November, March to April
Trekking Style Teahouse in excellent condition
Permits ACAP, TIMS Card
Start/Finish Chame or Besi Sahar/Jomsom or Nayapul
Highlights Traditional village culture, important Hinduism pilgrimage sites, high passes, amazing mountain scenery
 
 

#3. UPPER MUSTANG: Last lost Tibetan Kingdom

The scenically dramatic landscape in Upper Mustang Trek does not like anywhere else in Nepal, barren brown and yellow eroded hills and cliffs set against white snow peaks.

Barren wind-eroded hills set against white snow peaks - Upper Mustang

Barren wind-eroded hills set against white snow peaks - Upper Mustang

Due to the region closure to outsider till 1992, it has retained deeply traditional Tibetan villages and monasteries, sky caves and one of the best medieval fortresses in the world.

By taking this trek you will following the footsteps of ancient salt traders, Tibetan Khampas warriors along the Kali Gandaki route through the arid desert-like canyon of Upper Mustang to the ancient Tibetan kingdom of Lo Manthang, lies north of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himal.

 

Restrictions: Upper Mustang restricted area permit: 500$ per person for 10 days with every extra day 50$/person, the party should have at least 2 people and accompany by a registered agency

Upper Mustang Trek Overview
Length 9-12 days
Max Elevation 4,325m/14,189ft at Chogo La
Difficulty Medium-Hard
Best Season May to October
Trekking Style Teahouse in good condition
Permits TIMS Card, ACAP, Mustang Restricted Area Permit
Start/Finish Jomsom
Highlights Tibetan village culture, The walled city of Lo Manthang with four ancient Tibetan monasteries, dramatically lunar landscape, sky caves
 
 

#4. MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK: Off the Beaten Track

 

The trek around Manaslu, the world’s eight highest mountain offer one of the most awesome mountain scenery on earth plus exciting trekking experiences.

The steep and rough trail follow the salt-trading route to Tibet along Buri Gandaki with some part of the trail hanging on cliffside, the dramatic high passes crossing at the Larkya La 5,100m/16,732ft, the Tibetan villages of Nupri with long mani walls, building-sized prayer wheels and chortens, with a side trip to hidden Tsum Valley you have one of Nepal’s best trek.

Shayla village in Manalsu Circuit Trek

Shayla village in Manalsu Circuit Trek

Restrictions: Manaslu Circuit requires trekking with a registered agency with a party from two people, the permit fee is 70$/week (then 10$ per day) from September to November, 50$/week (then 7$ per day) other time of the year. Tsum Valley restricted-area permit is 35$ per week from September to November and 25$ per week during the remain months.

 
Manaslu Circuit Trek Overview
Length 12-18 days
Max Elevation 5,135m/16,847ft at Larkya La
Difficulty Medium-Hard
Best Season October to Mid-December, Mid-March to May
Trekking Style Teahouse in good condition
Permits TIMS Card, ACAP, MCAP, Manaslu Restricted Area Permit
Start/Finish Arughat/Besi Sahar
Highlights Tibetan village in Nupri, Tsum valley, Rimbu Buddhist monastery, high passes
 
 

#5. KANGCHENJUNGA NORTH BASE CAMP TREK

 

The three weeks long remote journey to Kangchenjunga North Base Camp climbs on the steep and narrow trails through remote alpine valleys, magnificent forests with impressive views of Kanchenjunga (8,586m/28,169ft), the world's third highest peak.

Kangchenjunga bordering between Nepal and India is undoubtedly one of the most epic treks in the entire Himalaya.

Vista of Kangchenjunga .jpg

Tips: Don’t forget to try the hot beer known as Tongba made by the Limbu of eastern Nepal.

Restrictions: Kangchenjunga Restricted-Area permit is 10$/per week, available for a group from 2 people going through a registered agency

 
Kangchenjunga North Base Camp Trek Overview
Length 12-18 days
Max Elevation 5,140m/16,863ft at Pang Pema (Kangchenjunga North Base Camp)
Difficulty Medium-Hard
Best Season October to November, Mar to May
Trekking Style Teahouse in simple condition
Permits TIMS Card, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, Kangchenjunga Restricted Area
Start/Finish Basantpur/Suketar (Taplejung)
Highlights Limbu village culture, the amazing vista of Kanchenjunga – five treasuries of the great snow
 
 

#6. UPPER DOLPO TREK: Hidden Tibet

 

This truly adventurous trek into the heart of Dolpo is one of Nepal’s classic mountain journeys.

The trek cover part of Snow Leopard trek named after the title of Peter Matthiessen's The Snow Leopard.

This trek passing through lush meadows to spectacular Phoksumdo Lake, crossing snow-covered high mountain passes towards Shey Gompah and the legendary Crystal Mountain, passing exotic Tibetan-style villages, heading to remote high-altitude desert scenery with colorful yark caravans.

Yak caravan crossing Shey La pass in Upper Dolpo

Yak caravan crossing Shey La pass in Upper Dolpo

Restrictions: Dolpo restricted area permit start with 500$ per person for 10 days with every extra day 50$/person, the party should have at least 2 people and go through an organized agency

 
Upper Dolpo Trek Overview
Length 15-21 days
Max Elevation 5,290m/17,355ft at Numa La
Difficulty Medium-Hard
Best Season May to October
Trekking Style Camping Trek
Permits TIMS Card, Shey Phoksumdo National Park Permit, Dolpo restricted area permit
Start/Finish Dunai/Dunai or Jomsom
Highlights Truly Tibetan village culture, High passes, Pilgrimages: Crystal Mountain, Shey Gompah, Epic views: Phoksumdo Lake
 
 

#7. DHAULAGIRI CIRCUIT TREK: Challenging remote journey

 

The Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek traverses through rural countryside, enormous lush forests to remote hidden valleys, crossing over two high passes over 5,000m with magnificent vistas of the north face of Dhaulagiri I the 7th highest peak in the world.

This challenging journey takes in the demanding French Pass, the sense of true wilderness, the scenic landscape with great diversity and regards as many adventurous trekkers as all-time-favorite treks.

Scenic Marpha village mark the finish point of Dhaulagiri Circuit

Scenic Marpha village mark the finish point of Dhaulagiri Circuit

 
Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek Overview
Length 12-18 days
Max Elevation 5,360m/17,586ft at French Pass
Difficulty Hard-Extreme
Best Season October to November, March to May
Trekking Style Camping Trek
Permits TIMS Card, ACAP
Start/Finish Beni/Marpha or Jomsom
Highlights Challenging high passes, remote country, great landscape diversity
 
 

#8. MAKALU BASE CAMP TREK

 

The challenging trek to Makalu Base Camp is one of Nepal’s unsung treasures.

This wilderness journey passing through Arun and Barun valley to some of the most impressive high-altitude landscape and epic viewpoints offering the views of Mt Makalu (8463m) 5th highest peak in the world and the eastern of Everest range.

Trail winds through unspoiled country leave a real sense of isolation and devotion to the mountain life.

On the way to Makalu Base Camp

On the way to Makalu Base Camp

 
Makalu Base Camp Trek Overview
Length 13-20 days
Max Elevation 4,800m/15,748ft at Makalu Base Camp
Difficulty Hard-Extreme
Best Season October to November, March to May
Trekking Style Basic teahouse
Permits TIMS Card, Makalu-Barun National Park
Start/Finish Num
Highlights Epic views, base camp views, remote
 
 

EVEREST BASE CAMP: No 1 Trekker's Bucket List

 
High mountain walk to Everest Base Camp

High mountain walk to Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp Trek simply follows the trail has been used by great mountaineers like Edmund Hillary and Tengzing Norway.

Trail climbs through high-mountain villages of the famous Sherpa and foothills of many Himalaya giant to the Khumbu glacier and Everest Base Camp, where most of climbers start their odyssey toward the highest peak on earth.

This high-altitude journey offers breathtaking views of not only Everest but other impressive peaks: Ama Dablam, Pumori, Lhotse, Nuptse… all are higher than the clouds, its no surprise that the Everest Base Camp trek is number one on bucket list of many people.

 
Everest Base Camp Trek Overview
Length 11-16 days
Max Elevation 5,643m/18,514ft at Kala Patthar
Difficulty Hard-Extreme
Best Season October to December, February to May
Trekking Style Teahouse in excellent condition
Permits Sagarmatha National Park entry permit, TIMS Card
Start/Finish Lukla
Highlights Sherpa culture, Tengboche Monasteries, Amazing mountain scenery
 
 

ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK

 

The comfortable teahouse trek of Annapurna Base Camp is the shortest way to gets right into the heart of the mountain where the 360-degree view of the Annapurna Range reveal.

The impressive snowfields of the south face of Annapurna I (8,091 m / 26,545 ft) the tenth highest mountain in the world will leave you breathless.

Annapurna Base Camp with amazing mountain views

Annapurna Base Camp with amazing mountain views

Aside from amazing mountain views, the trek offer landscape diversity: lush rhododendron and bamboo forests, iced valleys and scenic Gurung villages lot of stone steps!

 
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Overview
Length 7-12 days
Max Elevation 4,130m/13,550ft at Annapurna Base Camp
Difficulty Medium
Best Season October to November, March to April
Trekking Style Teahouse in excellent condition
Permits ACAP, TIMS Card
Start/Finish Nayapul or Phedi/Nayapul
Highlights Traditional Gurung village culture, epic views of Annapurna massif
 
 

Conclusion

As you saw, this Nepal's top 10 trek, each have it own highlights.

But before you get started on your planning trip to Nepal, maybe you you have a question I’d like to hear from you.

Name *
Name

Share…

 

RELATED POST

 
Top