10 Best Trekking Routes in Nepal
- Mar 17, 2020
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Trekking in Nepal is one of the most popular things that many tourists loved to do. Here, we have mentioned the 10 best trekking routes in Nepal. Nepal, the beautiful country situated on the lap of Himalayas, is a well-known destination in the world tourism map with a distinct image of its own. The country with distinct floras and faunas, variation in the culture, is amazingly famous for more than a thing in the world. Apart from being the country of multi-culture, multi-language, multi caste, Nepal is also famous for its lustful green Himalayas, adventurous trekking trails, beautifully snow-capped mountains and amazingly diverse culture.
As Nepal lies on the lap of Himalayas, it has amazingly rocky trails with beautiful settlements in it. These trails are popularly known as Trekking Trails and Routes. As Nepal has the world’s top 8 mountains, people from all over the world come here for either Trekking or Mountaineering. If you are planning to come to Nepal for one of these activities, then we suggest you go through some of the best treks in the world. Here are the 10 best trekking routes in Nepal which you should definitely don’t wanna miss if you really loved this adventure activity:
Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base camp is one of the world’s popular trekking routes of the world. This trek is designed to fulfil the dreams of many people to experience the historic route to the base of the world’s highest mountains. It is a popular trekking destination for trekkers since its very first expedition in 1953. It is famous for beautifully snow-capped mountain peaks, big glaciers and sharp ridge-lines of the Everest Himalayas. This trek is the heart of the Khumbu region as well as an amazing destination for Hiking to have a perfect answer for its remarkable beauty of "Roof of The world". It is a 12-14 days trek. The first point starts from Lukla, which is at 2828 metres. The trekking ends at 5545 metres, which is at Everest Base Camp.
Where you will get to see the breathtaking view of the world’s highest mountain, The Mt. Everest. You will get to see Mt. Everest 8,848m, Mt.Thamserku, Mt. Kantega, Mt. Amadablan 6,812m, Mt. Lhotse 8,516m, Mt. Nuptse 7,855m, Mt. Pomari 7,161m, Mt. Kwangde-Ri, Mt.Makalu 8,463m with more than 150 mountains randomly during the route which gives greater exposure to Alpine lovers.
Everest Base Camp Trek starts after having a 35m flight from Kathmandu. During the flight time, you will see the amazing view of rivers, hills and highlands all the way to Lukla. Which is at 2,828 m. altitude. You will get to see some rare wild animal like Musk Deer, Deer, Blue sheep, Thar, snow leopard etc. You can see different species of Birds like Danfe, Monal, Kalij Himalayan Pheasant that will add more colour during your trek. Everest Base Camp Trek has more exciting topography of the mysterious land of the Great Himalayan Range. Physically, it is quite challenging to get there but once you are fully prepared, you will have the most amazing times of your life. After reaching the Everest Base Camp, you will move towards Kala Patthar at 5555 meters.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp is the other amazingly perfect trekking route of the world. This Annapurna Base Camp trek is an amazing mixture of splendid natural scenery and rich cultural diversity. It is a 10-day trek where you will get to see the amazing mountains of the world.
This is one of the most beautiful treks that combine easy walking with majestic scenery and a mix of cultures unmatched by any other treks in Nepal. The ethnic villages of Ghandruk (HQ of Annapurna) and Chhomrong are the most intimidating villages trekkers encounter during the trek.
Beginning the trek from lowland pastures and cultivated fields, the trails of the trek soon get into the deep forests of oak, bamboo and rhododendron. The trail finally stumbles across moraines and reaches Annapurna Sanctuary from where you will see undeniably beautiful and unimaginable panoramic imagery of the serene surroundings. You will get to see the Himalayan beauty of Machhapuchhre, Himchuli and other surrounding peaks that takes you to the entrance of Annapurna Sanctuary, or the gateway to Annapurna Base Camp.
More importantly, you will get to see the amazing tribal villages, get in touch with the beautiful people as well know their lifestyle closely. And you will also get to see the rare floras and faunas in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project.
Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit is one of the most popular treks within the Annapurna mountain range. It is about 300 km long and rises to an altitude of 5416 m. Annapurna Circuit trek first became accessible to the world of adventure travellers as recently as 1977, when the Nepalese Government derestricted the Manang Valley which had previously been closed on account of its proximity to the Tibetan border.
The Annapurna Circuit Trekking route encircles the Annapurna Range, a collection of massive, snow-covered summits, many over 26,000 feet.
While walking on the Annapurna circuit trekking route, you will encounter 17,000-foot passes, glaciers, the world’s deepest valley, pine forests, rice paddies, tundra, remote villages, and ancient monasteries. Most of the trekking start up the Marsyangdi River, then continue north in the wooded Manang Valley through Chamje, Pisang, and Braga (or other villages in the valley). You must take your time initially, getting used to the elevation. Midway through the trekking, you will encounter 17,771-foot Thorong La Pass which is one of the most formidable passes in Annapurna Circuit Trekking.
This is crazy to suggest starting up the pass in the middle of the night. But when you clear the pass at daybreak, the reward for your questionable sanity is a breathtaking view of the world’s tallest mountains glowing in the pastel light of dawn. Also, the weather at the pass is not so good in the late afternoon. On the other side of the pass, it is a steep descent to the Hindu and Buddhist shrines at Muktinath (12,500 feet). From there, you pass through the Kali Gandaki Gorge, a rugged valley three times as deep as the Grand Canyon. As you descend the Kali Gandaki towards Pokhara, there are continuous views of 26,796-foot Dhaulagiri and other 20,000 peaks in the Annapurna. Take time to enjoy the view, as Pokhara is the last stop on the Annapurna Circuit Trekking before returning to Kathmandu.
Langtang Valley Trek
The other amazing trek you should not miss is Langtang Valley Trek. Langtang valley is a region in the Himalayas of Nepal to the north of the Kathmandu Valley and bordering Tibet. The Langtang National Park is located in the area as the main attraction. About 4,500 people live inside the park, and many more depend on it for timber and firewood. The majority of the residents are Tamang.
Langtang valley trekking is also called the valley of glaciers trek. Langtang is the closest place where you could get the massive snow-capped mountains and beautiful glaciers. This valley is located only 19 miles north of Kathmandu. The whole valley is dominated by Mount Langtang Lirung (7246 m)and offers pine forest, swift mountain streams, rugged rock and snow-capped peaks, grassy down and meadows. It is a 10 days Langtang trek.
The people living in the highlands of the Langtang region are certainly Nepalese but being the descendants of the Tibetan origin, they look like the Tibetans. Hence, the Langtang region is one of the most popular trekking regions for those wishing a short trek from Kathmandu into the Himalayas influenced by Tibetan lifestyle. Moreover, accompanied by the varieties of rhododendron, bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls and the snow-capped Himalayas make the trek one of the most diverse.
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Poon Hill trek is very popular trekking in Nepal. Popularly known as Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. It is the unparalleled experience of gaining an adventure as well as glancing the unique traditional culture of Gurung and Magar communities.
Enjoy the glimpse of early sunrise on the high hills of Poon. Along with that, the Poon hill is the perfect place to glance at the stunning view of the Annapurna ranges, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre. Also, this trekking is equally preferred by bird watchers as well as those who want to step the footprints in the narrow trails of nature. On this particular short moderate 5 day trek, one can experience three different ethnic groups. An altitude change from 990 m in Pokhara to 3250 m at Poon Hill, and a gradual change in vegetation as we ascend up.
The region also hosts diverse environments, subtropical lowlands, stunning valleys, bamboo, oak, and rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, windswept desert plateaus, and the towering Annapurna Mountains.
Gosaikunda, a lake situated at about 4380 meters above sea level falls under Dhunche-Gosainkunda-Helambu trekking route. One of the most popular trekking routes. It is a 10-day trek. The major attractions in this trek include the Lauri Binayak climb, Gosaikunda, a very sacred lake for Hindus and unique culture and traditions. The trek starts from Sundarijal, 14 Km from Kathmandu and ends at Dhunche, The headquarter of Rasuwa District. During the entire trek, you can observe an excellent view of the Langtang range and besides that, you can also see the mountain range from east to west i.e. from Everest to Annapurna. The trail is not so hard but sometimes the climb is very steep making it more adventurous. This trek is moderate but in some places, the trail is a bit challenging.
Along the trail are small villages with shrines and monasteries and delightfully hospitable people whose origin is linked more to Tibetan culture. Gosaikunda at 4000m provides magnificent views of Langtang Lirung (7246 m) and Ganesh Himal. For an intense and spiritual experience, time your visit on the August full moon and you will encounter thousands of Hindus and Buddhist pilgrims trekking up to bathe in the cold waters of the lake. Hindus believe that Lord Shiva created the lake and bathing here will wash away all their bad karma. The trail from here will take you over Laurebina pass (4610m) down to Tharepati and Chisapani before the final descent to Sundarijal.
If you wish to visit the most beautiful lake in Nepal and go trekking there, nothing is better than visiting Rara. Rara, a popular destination with a hidden treasure route in Western Nepal for trekkers. The glimpses of culture and scenery on the way are quite different from the rest of Nepal. Situated in high altitude, you can find the lake surrounded by Rara National Park with pine, spruce and juniper forest. The views of snow-capped Himalayan Peaks enhance the attraction of trekkers.
A journey to Rara lake is one of the most incredible and fascinating treks in all the Himalayan range lie northwest of Kathmandu in the remote area of Karnali. If you are looking for wilderness and solitude travel, this trek is an ideal choice. The route is very much ‘off the beaten track’ and affords glimpses of cultures and scenery very different from the rest of Nepal. The clear, high altitude lake of Rara, which mirrors the snow-capped Himalayas is ringed with blue pine, black juniper forest and Himalayan cypress. Lake Rara is a popular serenity pilgrimage for Nepalese. In summer rainfall is low, and ideal for trekking. In the winter there is often snow on the ridge surrounding the lake, in the autumn season trekkers are rewarded with a profusion of alpine flowers.
Rara Lake is five kilometres long and two kilometres wide and is the largest lake in Nepal. The National Park is one of the best places in Nepal to see wildlife: musk deer, leopards, Ghoral, tahr, Himalayan black bear, and the rare red panda are all native. The park is also a bird watcher’s delight, especially during November and April when many species of birds visit during their seasonal migration. The trek begins with a flight to Jumla over an hour flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Rara Lake (Rara Taal) is the biggest lake of Nepal. It lies in Rara Village Development Committee, Mugu District, Karnali Zone in Western Nepal and falls under the Rara National Park.
Rara Lake lies at an altitude above 2,990 meters (9,810 ft) above sea level covering an area of 10.8 km2. The Lake having a length of 5 kilometres and a width of 3 kilometres has a maximum depth of 167 metres (548 ft). The main occupation of the people living around the area is agriculture. People also rear goats and extract medicinal herbs and sell them for their living. Thakur society is dominant in the community. Thakur Baba’s Temple is situated in the southeast corner of the lake. Local people believe that the god Thakur shot an arrow to open the passage of the lake reducing the damage caused by flooding. You can either stay at a hotel or go for homestay which is relatively cheap compared to Hotels. You will definitely see and feel like heaven once you are there.
Upper Mustang Trek
Mustang, also known as the desert of Nepal, is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Every year thousands of people come here to see the amazing natural beauty and the culture. Upper Mustang Trek is yet another beautiful experience one should definitely not miss. Upper Mustang, with topography and culture resembling Tibet, has many unique features and attractions.
Mustang is the ancient Himalayan Kingdom which lies in the northern central part of Nepal and at the top of the Kaligandaki River. Upper Mustang consists of two distinct regions: the southern part and the northern where the languages, culture and traditions are alike to those of the Tibetan people. Upper Mustang is considered one of the most interesting and picturesque places in Nepal. The whole area has an isolated and mystical feel to it, enchanting and inspiring visitors to this region.
The major attraction of the Upper Mustang is the walled city of Lo-Manthang. Trekking in Mustang was officially opened in 1992. It allows limited numbers of trekkers each year in order to protect and conserve the local Tibetan tradition and the fragile environment. A trek into this fabled forbidden kingdom of vast, arid valleys, eroded canyons, ochre valley, yak caravans, colourful mud-brick houses. The backdrop of majestic mountains of Nilgiri, Tukuche, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri makes your medieval walled kingdom Mustang trekking a very special one. You will see huge caves where once many Buddhists monks gained their spirituality and Moksha. You will feel like you have entered into the place of salvation once you have entered the caves. It is an 18 days trek, which we are sure will be the best times of your life.
Manang (3540m) is one of the largest villages in Manang district and one of the last trekking stops for trekkers walking the famous Annapurna Circuit trek. From Manang, the route continues to Thorung La (pass) at 5.415 meters above the sea level which connects Manang district to Mustang District by providing a route between the town of Manang and the village Muktinath. This trail to Muktinath has been used by the locals for hundreds of years to transport huge herds of sheep and yak in and out of Manang.
This classic 14 days Manang Valley Trek around the famed Annapurna Massif till Jomsom offers the most diversity of any trek in Nepal. The fascinating ethnic groups each with their own language and incredible views of many of the Himalayas will be your great experience. Trek follows the tropical rice paddies and moss-laden rhododendron forests to Tibetan fortresses clinging to rocky cliffs.
Starting with a drive to Besisahar we ascend along the Marshyangdi river valley. We pass beneath snow-capped Annapurnas II, III and IV and a range of 6,000m peaks stretching north to Tibet. Crossing Thorang La pass (5418m) to reach the holy shrine of Muktinath and the trip finishes at Jomsom with taking a flight to Pokhara. You must definitely not miss the Thorong La, and also the hospitality of the amazing people there. You will surely love to come back again.
Chisapani Short Trek
Chisapani is a popular region for its culture, diversity and amazing mountain trails. This route is especially suitable for the domestic and foreigner tourists who cannot trek in the alpine mountains or are on a short visit to Nepal. The route starts at Kathmandu Sundarijal and ends at Kavre Panauti, The four-day trek is 76 km and involves a total 24 to 30-hour walk in 4 days.
Chisapani Nagarkot Trekking is certainly one of the best hikes around Kathmandu valley. Which gives you the first taste of trekking in the Himalayas. Chisapani Nagarkot Trek is able to give you some outstanding views of the Himalayas. Most people bled Nagarkot trekking with other tour or safari packages so that their vacation is properly fit with different holidays. For people not having enough time for longer treks, Chisapani Nagarkot Trekking is able to give some experiences. Though the mountain views on the trek are quite far, it’s pleasing for many first time visitors to Himalayas or people haven’t done other longer treks. Starting from Sundarijal then to Chisapani and Nagarkot and finally Changunarayan, this trekking is also doable in the opposite way.
The Chisapani Nagarkot Trek is an excellent trekking route for visitors with families. Best for the short term holidaying people and trekkers looking for excellent trekking experiences next to Kathmandu valley.
Trekking in Nepal is considered as one of the best activities done in the world. If you are an avid traveller and thinking of doing some adventurous activities, pack your bags and make Nepal your next travel destination. We are sure, you will have the best days of your life and each moment will be unforgettable.
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