Nepal is one of the best places in the world for trekking as the beautiful Himalayas stretching from East to West tailors many different types of trekking routes. These different trekking routes suit the taste of all kinds of trekkers. From short hikes to circuit treks, Nepal has all kinds of adventure in store for people all over the world.
Those who like short treks can take on the famous Ghorepani Poonhill trek taking a maximum of 10 days to complete. However, for those who want to explore more, there is Annapurna Circuit trek that can be done in 19 days. There are some treks like the Indigenous People trail and Tamang Heritage trek that specifically focus on the ethnic cultures of the respective regions.
Overall, the best time to do trekking in Nepal is from March-May and September-November as the weather is stable and is not prone to any extremities. Here are 10 of the best treks to do in Nepal:
The trek to Everest Base Camp, the highest base camp in the world, is a breathtaking and adventurous journey. On average, it takes about 15 days to complete the trek but, trekkers can shorten or extend the trek. En route, along with Everest, mountains like Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Makalu, etc., can be seen. Sherpas are the dominant community of this region. The route is graded difficult because of its high-altitude profile (the highest point at 5,554m). The average cost per day can go up to US$ 100.
The Pikey Peak is where Sir Edmund Hillary stated that he could see the best view of Everest. Due to this reason, some trekkers travel East of Kathmandu to see the breathtaking view. The trek takes five to seven days depending on flexible itineraries. It is a newly introduced route where trekkers can see stunning views of mountains like Mount Everest and other mountains in Everest region, alongside enjoying the local culture. The difficulty grade is easy for this route. The estimated daily cost is US$ 80.
Langtang Valley is the nearest trekking destination from the capital Kathmandu. The trek to this small valley is ideal for people who want to explore the mountain terrain within a week. From stunning landscapes to the heartwarming culture of the local people, this trek provides a rustic experience to trekkers. The route is graded moderate as it follows gradually increasing altitudes. The average daily cost is about US$ 70.
Through this trek, trekkers can get an insight into one of the major dwelling communities of Nepal, the Tamangs. The Tamang Heritage Trek takes about 10 days to complete. The route lies in between the Ganesh Himal and Langtang range. Trekkers can see amazing views of both these mountain vistas. There are places like Gatlang, where trekkers can enjoy the Tamang culture as well as the Mountain View. The difficulty grade is easy to moderate for this route. The daily average cost can go up to US$ 70.
Ghorepani Poonhill trek is probably the most famous short trekking route in the country. Due to its easy accessibility and short itinerary, this route is flowing with trekkers all year round. The main highlight of this trek is Poonhill (3,210m), providing excellent views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and many other magnificent peaks. It is recommended to visit this place during sunrise and sunset as the view is breathtaking. The difficulty grade is easy for this route. The daily average cost can go up to US$ 60.
After Everest base camp, the Annapurna Base Camp is probably one of the most sought out camps by trekkers. The trek starting from low hills takes trekkers to the foothills of the majestic Annapurna via rhododendron forests and rustic villages. En route, trekkers can see Dhaulagiri, Machhapurchhre, etc., and at the basecamp, they can view the Annapurna up close. On average, the trek takes 11 days but, it depends on the trekker’s speed as well. The route is graded moderate as some parts can be steep and slippery. The average cost per day is US$ 85.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is the perfect trek for those who want to explore more of what the Annapurna region has to offer. On average, this trek takes about 19 days to complete and is filled with natural beauties from the mountains to the foothills brimming with forests. This trek gives trekkers the chance to see more rustic villages and amazing views of the Annapurna range. The route is graded moderate to difficult as the trail varies throughout the trek. The daily average cost can go up to US$ 90.
A trek to the holy destination, Muktinath, and the haven for apples, Jomsom should be in every trekker’s bucket list. It takes 2 weeks to complete this trek and the route goes through Lower Mustang. Trekkers can see many monasteries and temples throughout the route, which are significant to both Hindus and Buddhists. The Annapurna region also looks breathtaking in this route. The route is moderately difficult. The daily average cost is estimated to be US$ 75.
The majestic kingdom of Mustang opened its gates to the public in the ‘90s and since then, has been a popular destination for both local and international tourists. It takes about 16 days to explore the whole region. The arid region has many scenic views of valleys and villages. The highlight of the trek is the persevered Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition as Mustang used to be a part of Tibet. The route is moderately difficult. The estimated daily cost of this trek can go up to US$ 100.
Dhampus Trek :
The Dhampus trek is one of the easiest treks of the western region as it can be done within 2 days. The trek’s final destination is the tranquil Dhampus village, which is dominated by the Gurung community. The 3 hours trek on the first day takes trekkers to farmlands, lush vegetation, and rustic houses with the mountains like Annapurna in the backdrop. It is the perfect trek to do with families. The route is graded easy as it is a one-day short trek from Pokhara. There are homestays where trekkers can experience the Gurung culture first-hand. The daily average cost is US$ 45.
From breathtaking nature to diverse cultures, Nepal is a country filled with exceptional beauty that is one of a kind. From East to West, the country offers various kinds of trekking routes that satisfy a wide range of travelers. Thus, Nepal is the dream destination for backpackers and trekkers who want to have a lifetime experience.