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Nepal is a paradise for trekkers. It offers some of the best treks in the world. Some are more commercialized, like the Everest Base Camp Trek, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and the Annapurna Circuit Trek, and some are pretty underrated, like the Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, the Manaslu Circuit Trek, and the Upper Mustang Trek.

Almost all of the treks in Nepal pass through conservation areas and national parks, so the trekkers have to issue the permits necessary to experience amazing treks in Nepal. Every trek in Nepal, whether a base camp trek or any peak climbing trek, passes through rough terrain, and trekkers have to hike for several days and hours each day. Ultimately, the sense of achievement after the trek is second to none.

As mentioned earlier, there are several unique trekking destinations in Nepal. Some are easy and suited for beginners, while others are incredibly challenging, especially if you decide to trek in the off-season. You must consider many factors during your trekking, such as Travel insurance, documents, permits, hiring guides and porters, food and accommodation, etc. In this blog, we will get to know some of the best treks in Nepal and some crucial factors you have to pay attention to during your trek. So let’s get into it.

Best Treks in Nepal

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is among the most popular treks in Nepal, if not the most popular trek in the world. Many people from all over the world visit Nepal to indulge in the adventure of the Annapurna region. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is located in the Annapurna Sanctuary in the north-central part of Nepal. The trek starts in Pokhara and takes you to several towns, such as Jomsom, Sinuwa, Dovan, Bamboo, Deurali, etc., ABC, before finishing back in Pokhara.

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The Annapurna Base Camp Trek’s total distance is about 110km, which means the ideal days to cover the entire trek range from 10 to 12 days. However, during your ABC trek, there is generally one or two days of acclimatization, and you will only trek for 5-6 hours per day. So, if you don’t put an acclimatization day and increase the trek time to 7-8 hours daily, the trek can be completed in just six days.

Pros

  • One major pro of ABC trek is the chance to experience stunning adventure with majestic scenery.
  • During this trek, you will have the chance to meet different ethnic people from Thakali, Magar, Gurung, Loba, and Manange.
  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek is easy to moderate level difficulty and perfect for beginners.
  • ABC Trek is not in a remote area, so the accessibility of transportation and other services is more straightforward.

Cons

  • The overturning of the crowd is rapid in the ABC trek, making the trek less peaceful.
  • You may not get accommodation spaces due to overcrowding in hotels, teahouses, and lodges.
  • During the ABC trek, you will reach an altitude of over 4000m, which increases the risk of altitude sickness.

Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek is the most popular trek in Nepal. Many trekkers and climbers worldwide want to come to Nepal to climb Mount Everest or visit the base of the highest mountain in the world and try to reach Everest Base Camp. Although many consider the EBC trek relatively easy, especially for veteran trekkers, it still poses some challenges for beginners.

The base camp lies on the southern slopes of Mount Everest and can be accessed by Tibet. During your EBC trek, you will visit unique villages and towns like Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Dingboche, Tengboche, Gorakhstep, and KalaPatther.

The Everest Base Camp Trek is about 130 km round trip and takes at least 10 to 12 days to complete. Furthermore, you have to trek for 6-7 hours daily. The EBC trek can also be curated to even more days by adding a few more side itineraries or decreasing the duration by reducing the trek duration.

Pros

  • Explore the stunning surroundings of the Khumbu region.
  • Experience majestic mountain views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nurse, and Cho-Oyu.
  • Indulge in the cultural immersion of Sherpa people.
  • Visit unique places like Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Kala Patthar, Gorakstep, etc.

Cons

  • Since the EBC trek is quite popular and commercial, it is in high demand and cheaper than other treks.
  • The chance of altitude sickness is relatively high as you must trek higher than 4000m.
  • The EBC trek, especially during the peak season, is very crowded, especially on trek trails, teahouses, and lodges.

Upper Mustang Trek

Trekking in the Upper Mustang area of Nepal requires a restricted permit due to its location in the Mustang district, right in the middle of the Annapurna Circuit.

Pros

  • Trek through one of the most beautiful regions in Nepal.
  • Explore different unique caves, monasteries, and meditation spots for Buddhists.
  • You can trek the Upper Mustang region during monsoon season as well.
  • Learn more about the Tibetian Buddhist culture.

Cons

  • You need to issue the restricted area permit via your trekking agency.
  • You can only trek compulsorily to the region if you have two trekkers and one guide.
  • The risk of altitude sickness is high during the Upper Mustang Trek.

Everest Three-Pass Trek

The Everest Three Passes Trek is a fantastic hike in Nepal’s mountains. You can walk on famous trails and find hidden places in the Khumbu region. On this trek, you go over three super high passes: Kongma La Pass (5,535/18,159ft), Cho La Pass (5,420m/17,782ft), and Renjo La Pass (5,340m/17,520ft). The Everest Three Pass Trek is among the most extended treks, lasting 20 days. 

Pros

  • Everest Three Pass Trek allows you to see and explore three excellent passes in Nepal.
  • The three-pass trek takes you to the beautiful but remote Sherpa villages.
  • Stunning views of skies and mountains

Cons

  • Everest Three Pass is one of the most challenging treks in Nepal.
  • It is among the most famous treks in the world, so it is pretty crowded.

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek is another popular trek in the Annapurna region. It passes through the Annapurna Conservation Area through several unique places and towns, such as Jomsom, Kagbeni, Muktinath, and Jhinu Danda. ACT distance is about 160 to 230km, and the total trek duration ranges from 12 to 22 days.

Pros

  • The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a complete trek filled with natural beauty and scenes from start to end.
  • You will find many teahouses and lodges during this trek, so you don’t have to camp or tent.
  • Meet Magars and Gurungs and learn their new culture, traditions, rituals, and festivals.

Cons

  • The trek distance and duration are pretty long, which might make trekkers fatigued,
  • The chance of altitude sickness is relatively high during your ACT trek.

Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley Trek is one of the underrated treks in Nepal. It is often regarded as a hidden gem. It is also the nearest trek from Kathmandu, only 137km from the capital. Langtang Valley Trek is relatively short, from  77 km to 80km. It only takes about 6-7 days to complete this trek.

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Pros

  • It is one of the most stunning treks in Nepal, with unadulterated natural beauty.
  • One of the most accessible treks in the country.
  • Find diverse terrains, landscapes, and places to explore.
  • Quiet and peaceful trekking destination.

Cons

  • Altitude Sickness is quite common for trekkers of the Langtang region.
  • Since the Langtang region is not as developed, the amenities are limited.

Best Time to Trek in Nepal

Trekking in Nepal is on the bucket list of every trekker worldwide. To truly appreciate the finest treks in Nepal, it’s crucial to wait for the optimal time to embark on your trek. Many trekkers often questioned clarification on the perfect time to trek in Nepal. The most common way to measure Nepal’s ideal time to trek is by seasons. Just like in other parts of the world, there are four seasons in Nepal: Summer, Winter, and Spring. Two seasons are peak seasons, meaning they are ideal for trekking, whereas the other two are off-season, as they are unsuitable for trekking. Here are the details:

Spring Season

The spring season is among the best for trekking in Nepal. It starts in March and ends in May. The major attraction for hiking in Spring is exploring the trails above 3000m filled with magnolias and rhododendrons. The temperature is quite warm in the lower altitudes; at higher altitudes, it becomes mild during the day and closer to the freezing point at night. The early days of Spring are a bit chillier due to the pre-winter season, and May also brings little rainfall.

Autumn Season

Like the Spring, the Autumn season is ideal for trekking. It begins in September and lasts until November. Some trekkers even believe the Autumn season is more pleasant and suitable for trekking in Nepal, mainly because of the stunning views of the skies and mountains. The leaves are green and amber due to rainfall in the previous seasons, so the surrounding trails also become brownish-golden when they reflect the golden sunrise and sunset. 

Monsoon season

Nepal experiences a lot of rain during the rainy season, from June to August. The excessive rain makes the trails wet and slippery, making it challenging to scale the steep ascents. Furthermore, due to the damp and moist conditions of the trails, there are lots of insects and leeches. The risk of natural disasters is also relatively high during monsoon season as floods and landslides are common. Hence, it is clear that trekking high altitude in monsoon could be better, but it’s a good time to go on treks and tours to Tibet and Bhutan and certain areas like the Upper Mustang Trek, Nar-Phu Valley Trek, and Dolpo Region.

Winter Season

Winter is another off-season for trekking, implying it is not the ideal time for trekking. The main problems for trekking in the winter are the intense cold and the freezing temperature at high altitudes. The winter season in Nepal begins in December and lasts until February. Snowfall is common and relentless in higher elevations, so your trekking route might get blocked. There is also a high risk of natural disasters like snowstorms, blizzards, and avalanches.

Accommodation

Accommodation is essential during your trek in Nepal. When you first arrive, you will be in city areas like Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Ramechhap. In these city areas, you can stay in budgeted lodges or standard three-star hotels, which are more expensive than other common ones.

However, as you climb the altitude, the fancy hotels and lodges decrease, and the teahouse trekking starts. After you leave Namche Bazaar, you will trek from teahouse to teahouse. The teahouse is a small home of the local family with some rooms. 

The rooms are small but comprehensive, with twin beds and attached rooms. In the peak season, you might have to share a room with other trekkers and use the same bathroom. Some teahouses offer extra services like hot showers, charging ports, and internet services for free, while you might have to pay extra for other services.

Trek Difficulty

The Best Treks in Nepal range from easy, moderate, to even challenging levels. Some treks, like Everest and Annapurna Base Camp Trek, are far more accessible and have less difficulty. A few more treks, like the Kanchenjunga Trek, Upper Mustang, and Upper Dolpo Trek, are tricky, especially for beginners. Here are some factors of trekking that influence the trek difficulty:

Altitude Sickness

One significant factor influencing the difficulty of any high-altitude trek is altitude sickness. Altitude sickness arises when the body fails to adapt to the low oxygen levels at a high altitude, especially after an elevation of 3000m. If your body suffers from altitude sickness, it shows symptoms like nausea, headache, fever, and loss of breath.

Distance and Duration

Another factor that influences the difficulty of the trek is the distance and duration of the trek. If the duration is long, the trekkers must cover a longer distance each day, which causes fatigue.

Dynamic Weather

The weather is very dynamic at higher altitudes, especially during the least ideal trekking season, the monsoon and winter. So be sure to trek in the perfect season; otherwise, you will suffer from relentless snowfall and rainfall.

Rugged Terrains

The best treks in Nepal have different terrains, from low to high altitudes. The terrains at lower altitudes are easy to trek mainly because roads are accessible, but as you trek at high altitudes, you trek through peaks and valleys and slippery snowy peaks and mountains. These terrains become even more difficult if you trek in the winter and monsoon seasons with constant rainfall and snowfall.

Conclusion

Hence, these are some of the best treks in Nepal. Due to these trekking destinations, many trekkers and tourists visit Nepal to explore many regions of Nepal. Before going on the trek, it is essential to prepare for it. You must research the foods, accommodation, and the ideal time for trekking Nepal.

We hope our blog provides information on some of Nepal’s best trekking destinations. Contact our trekking agency if you want other services, such as touring, helicopter, peak climbing, and mountain climbing.

FAQs

The trekking cost in Nepal varies depending on the region, difficulty level, and duration. Commercial treks are generally more expensive than less popular ones.

Does trekking in Nepal need a permit?

Yes, most treks require a trekking permit. You must issue at least two or three trekking licenses, often TIMS cards, National Park Entry Permits, and restriction permits when trekking in a restricted region.

Is Travel Insurance required for trekking in Nepal?

You need travel insurance if you plan to trek or climb mountain in Nepal. While accessible holiday tours don’t require it, personal travel insurance is essential for any adventure activities in Nepal.

Can a female solo trekker trek in Nepal?

Nepal is a safe destination for female solo trekkers. If you are trekking in Nepal as a solo female traveler, you will get a separate room in the teahouses and lodges.

Is Hiring a guide compulsory during the trek in Nepal?

Since April 1, 2023, the Nepal Tourism Board and the government of Nepal have made a new rule that every trekker must hire at least one official guide during trekking in any region of Nepal.

Tej Bahadur Gurung

With an experience of almost two decades, founder Mr. Tej Bahadur Gurung has established Nepal Alternative Treks as a widely recognized and reliable tourism operator. His degree in Tourism Studies and devotion to the sector has given him in-depth knowledge about trekking, climbing, cultural, and geological aspects of the country. He is a pioneer in introducing the concept of ‘off-beaten tracks’ and ‘alternative routes’ as well as treks and tour packages surrounding it.

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