Nepal lies almost in the middle of the Himalaya and while it’s a small country it hosts 8 of 14 of all the world’s highest mountains over including Mount Everest 8,848m. Nepal has attracted trekkers from around the world since the 1960s when Col Jimmy Robert’s organized the first commercial trek. Trekking has been the leading activity of tourists in Nepal and thousands take to the Himalayas, some doing a few days of hiking while others take on a month-long trek through valleys and high mountain passes. Here, we’re selecting the top 10 best Treks in Nepal.
The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the classic and most popular treks to the base of the highest peak in the world, the Mt. Everest 8848m. Apart from Mount Everest, you will also be able to see the magnificent Mt. Lhotse (8516m.), Mt. Makalu (8462m.), Mt. Nuptse (7861m.), and Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m). Besides taking you closer to the world’s highest mountain, this adventure will also give you a great insight into the local Sherpa culture and the true experience of what is living in the high Himalayas. Walking along the footsteps left behind by Hillary and Tenzing will also allow you the best opportunity of seeing the beautiful mount of Kala Patthar (5,550m.) which is also known as “The black rock” and feel the adventure offered by such an experience.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is waiting for you, reaching 8598 meters the world’s third-highest peak lies over Nepal’s eastern border with Sikkim. It was first climbed in 1955 by the British climbers Joe Brown and George Band. Kanchenjunga trek lies in one of the most remote parts of the Himalayas, which is beautiful with unspoiled wilderness and boasts some of the most impressive mountain scenery on Earth. Kanchenjunga trekking takes us from the rice and tea growing tropical lowlands to the high glaciers, which tumble from the peaks surrounding Kanchenjunga and visits both south and north face Base Camps.
This is really two treks that can either be done separately or together. As the Everest Base Camp trek, this one offers a great trail and fabulous tea house lodging for those looking for a little comfort. If you have just four or five days the trek to Poon Hill is one of the best short treks in the Himalayas and offers fantastic closeup views of Annapurna. If you have a little more time making the journey to Annapurna Base Camp lying in the famed Annapurna Sanctuary where you can see a fantastic view of the south face of Annapurna I (8,091 m/26,538 ft) the 10th tallest peak in the world. The route approaching the base camp provides great views of the hanging glaciers and sheer cliff face of Machapuchare (6,993m/22,943ft) known locally as “Fishtail” or the Matterhorn of Asia.” Fish Tail is sacred to the locals and off-limits to climbers.
Upper Mustang is a sacred area of Nepal’s Mustang District situated in the other hidden side of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges. This area is used to be a Kingdom of Bhote/Thakali community until Nepal was declared a newest secular and Republican Country in 2008. Lo Manthang was the capital of Ex. the Mustang Kingdom. Mustang is divided into two parts: the Upper Mustang and Lower Mustang. The area is restricted because of the historical and religious monuments and the natural and geographical diversity which are meant to be protected as their importance is essential for the nation. Snowy Horizon had organized several Teahouses and group camping trekking in the Upper Mustang area which lies in the North-West part of the western region of Nepal.
The three passes and peaks trip is the ultimate and complete trekking experience in Everest region. Truly a traverse of the entire Everest region trip fits best to the ambition of trekkers who intent on crossing the high altitude passes with hiking the smaller peaks without the commitment of any technical climbing skills. Purely a challenging trekking holiday. The three pass trek is a strenuous hike which climbs 3 peaks linking the four distinct valleys of Bhotekoshi, Gokyo, Khumbu and Imja tse of the entire Everest region, the world most popular trekking destination. Crossing the rugged high passes of Renjo la (5388 m), Cho La (5380 m) and Kongma La (5535 m) with the climbing the three peaks of Gokyo Ri (5483 m), Kalapathar (5545m) and Chukung (5550 m) provides incomparable and unforgettable trekking experience in Nepal.
Langtang Valley Trek, this beautiful trekking region is the third most popular trekking area in Nepal after Annapurna and Everest region. This fascinating area located towards the north of Kathmandu at 60 km, offers a great combination of moderate and adventurous walks that leads to the high alpine valley in the close backdrop of high snow-capped peaks, in the spring season the forest of this area is alive with rhododendrons, magnolia and other wild alpine flowers. We offer an excellent journey to Langtang Valley which includes magnificent landscapes in complete harmony with nature and in the laps of the high central Himalayan range of mountains. This adventure leads to fascinating green valleys & gorges while offering you the time to marvel the traditional culture & Buddhist religion and discover the pristine forest. This is also the area of the elusive red pandas and trekking in the close backdrop of the high Langtang Himal & Jugal mountain range.
A land of turquoise lake with a perfect blend of Cho-Oyo in the background, feeling like in mountain heaven. One can only capture this feeling after having done Gokyo Lake’s Trek. Our Gokyo lakes trek takes you right into the heart of Sherpa homeland. Visit the territory of unsolved mysteries like the Yeti, the abominable snowman. A place where blue turquoise lakes which are set like jewels on the mighty Himalayas. Gokyo valley is nothing else than nature’s paradise inhabited by a diverse fauna like the beautiful Brahamini ducks floating on the surface of Gokyo lakes. It is at Machhermo village that one lady from Khumjung encountered with Yeti as she was grazing her yaks. She got unconscious and later when she woke up, she found two of her yaks dead. The story sepreaded like a wildfire and the incident proved the presence of the Yeti, the abominable snowman in the area. The Sherpa’s still believe there is a Yeti in this part of the Himalayan range.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the world’s most famous treks. It is considered as one of the busiest trek routes and starts with a “crowded” road extending up to the valley of Besisahar. The trail is meander but easy, to begin with, then the path connects the valley of the Marsyangdi River to the Kaligandaki. Thorung La (5416m) is the highlight of the trek and it is from where you can see a beautiful landscape of the gigantic Himalayas. “And pass through subtropical to the alpine region”? Diverse ecosystems, cultures and beautiful landscapes of lush paddy fields and oak forests are all over the way in the Kaligandaki-the world’s deepest gorge, which is where this walk won its fame. Also, the Annapurna Circuit trek offers an extraordinary panorama of Annapurna (8,097m.) including, Dhaulagiri (8,167m.), Lamjung, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, Tukuche peak and many other stunning peaks.
Helambu Trek is an easy and popular trek close to the Kathmandu Valley. Langtang national park is the first Himalayan national park of Nepal established in 1971. Moreover, visitors who have limited time but are still looking for a real Himalayan experience may find this trek as one of the best choices. Helambu is home of Hyolmo. The word ‘Helambu’ comes from the Tibetan word “Hyolmo”. This is the gateway to the Langtang region which is not very far from the Kathmandu Valley. We start our hikes from the west of Sundarijal along a scenic trail. Sundarijal is a small dam and hydroelectric power station in the northeast of Kathmandu. Trekkers do not need previous trekking experience because it does not reach an elevation of more than 3600m. Helambu Trekking is one of the finest trails to explore the Tamang and Sherpa culture with the scenic mountains views such as Langtang (7,227 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m) and Lakpa Dorje (6,966 m).
Upper Dolpo Trek route is a remote area near the Tibetan border. It was opened for trekkers only in the late eighties in Nepal. Until then the area was closed for foreigners. In his book ‘The Snow Leopard’, Peter Mathesons describes his journey through the beautiful land of Dolpo. Nepal’s first English subtitle movie and Oscar-nominated ‘Himalaya’ or ‘Caravan’ was also shot in this region. Upper Dolpo is a region of mystical beauty. And its remoteness adds to the sense of adventure among its visitors. The customs and traditions seem here are quite similar to those of Tibet. It is one of the restricted trekking regions of Nepal. It’s required a special permit. The special permit charged USD 500 for the first ten days. And the additional US $ 50 each day after previous 10 days. The group should at least have two people to get trekking permit for this trek. A single person will not get trekking permit in this region from the trekking permit immigration. The Area of the park is 3,500 square kilometres of Land.