Who would not want to explore and seek adventure? Who would not want to experience nature in all her glory?
Nepal welcomes thousands of trekkers each year, and this number is only increasing. The country has many wonderful places for trekkers to explore without breaking the bank. There are a variety of Budget Trek Packages available that will not compromise your adventurous experience of the mountainous country.
Some very popular and rewarding budget treks are the Everest View Trek, Pikey Peak Trek, and Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek among many that will be covered below.
Everest View Trek
This affordable mini trek combines the natural beauty of the Himalayas by giving trekkers a wonderful view of the Everest and other Khumbu mountains like Mount Cho Oyu, Mount Lhotse, Mt Ama Dablam, and Mt Nuptse.
Trekkers have the opportunity to learn about the unique culture and tradition of the Sherpas, who are famous for their strength and endurance of high altitudes. The trekkers will have to fly from Kathmandu to Lukla from where they make their way to Namche Bazaar and then higher to Everest View Point.
The Everest View Trek can be completed in a week’s time and depending on the package and prices range from USD 750-1000 per person.
Everest Panorama Trek
The Everest Panorama Trek is a scenic trek that is short and easy. The trek gives trekkers splendid views of many glorious high peaks like Mount Everest, Mount Amadablam, Mount Lhotse, and many more.
It also takes trekkers through the renowned Sagarmatha National Park and many quaint villages. The highest altitude is the Tengboche Monastery at 3860m which is an important ancient monastery
It can be completed in one week. The price range is quite affordable at USD 750-1000 per person.
Short Annapurna Basecamp Trek
This short trek includes adventures at the foothill of the world’s tenth tallest mountain—Mount Annapurna. This trek is slightly challenging as the highest point of elevation is 4130m above sea level.
Trekkers will have to fly to Pokhara from where they will begin this short and adventurous trek. Then, the journey continues to Machhapuchhre Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp. Peaceful views of various snow-capped mountains and glaciers are rewards for trekkers. They can even enjoy the hot springs at Jhinu.
The average Short Annapurna Base Camp trek can be completed within two weeks and costs around USD 800-1000 per person.
Pikey Peak Trek
Pikey Peak is said to have the best view of Mount Everest, as claimed by Sir Edmund Hillary himself. The maximum elevation is around 4300m. Along with a gorgeous view of the Everest, Pikey Peak also offers a majestic view of the sunrise and sunset, and breathtaking views of the Khumbu region which is known for its abundance of mountains like Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Dhaulagiri.
Along with a scenic experience, the trek also provides a cultural experience as this trek will give an up-close look at the lives of the Sherpas. This short trek can be completed within ten days and costs a total of USD 600-1000 per person.
Being so close to Kathmandu valley, it is quite accessible. Helambu trek also takes trekkers through the Shivapuri National Park which homes a wide variety of birds and rare species of orchids.
The trek also goes through spectacular villages that allow trekkers to get an authentic experience of the Sherpa lifestyle without having to reach the Everest region. The trek is relatively at a low altitude with the highest point being, the Tharepati pass, at approximately 3600m.
This trek is typically a week-long and costs usually range from USD 500-750 person.
Langtang Valley Trek
Langtang trek is relatively easy and less busy than other popular treks despite being such a beautiful place located approximately 20 miles north of the capital. The maximum elevation of the trek is approximately 5000 meters.
The main attractions of this trek are the Langtang Lirung, Langtang Ri, Langshisha, Dorje Lakpa, and Ganja La peaks. The beautiful valley is composed of pine and oak forests, beautiful landscapes, and ancient monasteries to soothe the eye. Trekkers get the chance to pass through the Langtang National Park, allowing them to spot rare animals and birds such as the red panda and ibis bill.
The trek usually takes 10 to 12 days, but can also be completed in a week. All this costs about USD 600-800 per person.
Tamang Heritage Trek
Tamang Heritage Trek will take trekkers through a culturally rich trail between the Ganesh Himal and Langtang range. The maximum altitude of the trek is 3165m.
Trekkers get the chance to understand and experience the rural lifestyle of the Tamang people. The trek starts with an eight-hour drive from Kathmandu to Sybrubensi. The trail takes trekkers to amazing places that revel beautiful sceneries painted by forests, mountains, rivers, and ancient monasteries while also catching a glimpse of different species of plants and animals.
This trip generally lasts for 10 days and costs range from USD 700 to USD 900 per person.
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek
The Ghorepani-Poonhill Trek is a popular trek in the Annapurna region which means that trekkers get an amazing view of the Himalayas.
The view from the top of Poonhill is what attracts many people as it boasts a panoramic view of the Annapurna range and the Dhaulagiri range along with a spectacular view of the sunrise and sunset. Poonhill takes an hour to climb and is the highest point of the trek at 3210m.
This trek usually takes 4-5 days, but can be extended to a week. It can cost anywhere from USD 325 to USD 700 per person.
Ghandruk Dhampus Trek
This is a trek in the very popular Annapurna region as well. It is a comfortable low-altitude (2055m) trek that gives trekkers the chance to experience breathtaking flora and fauna, landscapes, and diverse cultures.
Dhampus is a lovely little village located to the north of Pokhara known for its picturesque view of Mount Macchapuchhre and the Pokhara Valley. Ghandruk is a village located in the Annapurna region that gives trekkers a wonderful view of the famous Annapurna range. It is also a famous Gurung settlement that shows off its rustic, traditional buildings.
The trek is usually a week-long and costs around USD 600-800 per person.
Ruby Valley Trek
The Ruby Valley Trek takes trekkers on an adventure to the rarely explored regions of Ganesh Himal for 10-14 days. The maximum elevation of the trek is 3900 meters.
During this trek, trekkers get to witness the beauty of Ganesh Himal which is said to have large deposits of rubies and many other mountains like the Langtang Lirung, Boudha Himal, and even the famous Pasang Pass. The trek takes trekkers through many ethnic villages of Gurung and Tamang settlements and provides opportunities to explore their lifestyle and culture.
Costs can vary but the most common price range is USD 500-800 per person.
In a country like Nepal, there are many breathtaking places that one can visit on a budget. The country is truly a goldmine for trekkers, and gold has never been this rewarding and economical at the same time. However, some packages come at a price that is too good to be true. Prospective trekkers should always do in-depth research before trusting any company to experience the best that this bewitching country has to offer.