Top 10 trekking destinations in Nepal
1. Everest base camp
Everest base camp is one of the best trekking destination in the world. It is the journey to the highest peak in the world. The trekking route feels mesmerizing with river valleys of Khumbu. It also offers a chance to explore the alpine environment.
You will see the wonderful sceneries of beautiful mountains. The experience of the culture of Sherpas in the Himalayan region is the best part. All these traditions are to take a spiritual journey to the mountains. Also, Sherpas are well known for their special ability to climb the mountains. They are helpers for foreign climbers. Khumbu being the river valley of Mount Everest, you will be able to see amazing views of the valley. Besides that, Khumbu also haunts the Sagarmatha National Park that is under UNESCO. On the way to Everest Base Camp, you will see many trekking landmarks like Namche bazar, Kala Pattar and Tengboche. Namche bazar is also called the gateway of Everest base camp and Tengboche the spiritual hub. Kalapattar gives the chance of sightseeing of Everest for tourists during sunrise. This is the journey that one should go at least once in their lifetime. The trek is not the most difficult one as the natural beauty that you will be able to experience is amazing.
2. Annapurna circuit trek
Annapurna circuit trek is an adventurous trek. It is one of the best treks in Nepal. The Kali Gandaki River separates Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain. It takes 12-14 days to trek the Annapurna circuit. The best season to trek is on autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May).
The neighboring district of Annapurna is Mustang, Lamjung, Manang, and Myagdi. People visit Annapurna due to its beautiful natural views. For example, Mountains, landscapes, frozen rivers, culture, and tradition. On the way of our trek, series of mountains like Annapurna and Machapuchhre will come across. And also the Annapurna, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri. This trek route also leads us toward Hindu holy sites Muktinath. This trek route circles the entire Annapurna range which is roughly about 300km. The highest point of the trek is at 5419 m in Thorung La. In winter it cause some issue so Thorung la remain closed as it will cover with snow. We can get the side view of Tilicho Lake which is the highest altitude lake at 4919 m. The route starts from Besisahar and ends in Tatopani. Guides and Sherpas will help us to carry your baggage if you face any difficult situation. Trekkers may face some health issues due to harsh weather and high altitude. So we must be ready for this kind of situation to see the breathtaking scenarios.
3. Langtang Valley Trekking
Langtang Valley Trekking, located 61 km north from Kathmandu. It is home to many beautiful Villages where glacial lakes are a part of their life. The trek includes the ups and downs of hills with a gradual increase in altitudes every hour you walk. It is one of the most influential places to trek in Nepal and at a height of 4773 meters when we reach Kyangjin RI. Trekking on the way you will find the Tibetan influenced culture everywhere. The hospitality of Tamang people will be the most helpful thing. Many new monasteries are now located in the way.
Due to the Earthquake of 2015, many villages and monasteries required serious repair. Now after some years all the places is been fixed and maintained and now are safer for trekking. The trek starts with a trip of many days which may come as challenging for most of the people. Especially people who are at the beginner level.
The best season for trekking Langtang is spring and autumn as it will be easy. But in winter seasons it may become difficult to trek due to rainfall. The other reasons could be, intense cold, and unexpected winds. So trekkers need to come prepared if they want to trek in the winter season especially.
4. Upper Mustang trekking
Start your trekking journey in the most untouched part of the country Nepal. Upper mustang is also called as the Last Forbidden Kingdom. The tourist was free to visit this place until the late 1990s only. People of here live as we could imagine the lifestyle of centuries ago or that we would see in televisions.
In Upper Mustang you will come across treeless landscapes like a desert. The beautiful view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and other Himals is the best part. Very few plants that grow in dry land are grown here. The weather here can be very windy and stormy in the afternoon. Way on our journey, the treeless landscape will make you dehydrated fast, so water is must here. After so much of hard trek, you will see the hidden caves and monasteries that are like a reward to your hard work.
Upper Mustang is a very less traveled part of Nepal, so you should have a good endurance capacity to trek. This is because of the food and accommodation problems. Even it is a bit difficult place to trek, the amazing view that you get after reaching there would be the best. This can be your most wonderful experience.
5. Dhampus Trekking
If you are looking for a short trekking Destination, Dhampus Trekking is one of them. the trek of 3 days in Pokhara valley which is north of Pokhara valley. Its highest altitude is 1750 meters as it gives the best viewpoint from the top. There are top 3 viewpoints: Dhampus, Naudanda, and Sarangkot. Trekking here gives a beautiful view of natural landscapes, mountains, and inner silence. This beautiful journey begins from Phedi village. It is 30-45 minutes’ drive from the lakeside of Pokhara Valley.
After coming out of the jungle to reach Dhampus you will be able to experience and see the beautiful view of Mt. Machapuchhre which is 6991 meters in height.
It is also called the fishtail Mountain. The various species of birds after 2 hours of hiking is the wonderful thing. On the way of our trekking, you will come across the lifestyle of Gurung culture. You will also come to know about their daily lifestyle. In a short time, you will also realize that most of the people you will come across are Hindus and Buddhists. People in short holidays will enjoy this trekking journey even more. The natural beauty of architecture remains unaffected even though it attracts many visitors.
6. Manaslu trekking
Manaslu is the world’s 8th highest mountain with a height of 8163 m which is in Nepal. The circuit offers an amazing view of Mount Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. As this trek is new, fewer people visit Manaslu as compared to the Everest trek and Annapurna trek. So it is less crowded. Alone the way, you will encounter the Hindu and Tibetan-style culture. The hospitality of the people is the most helpful thing.
The trek is very remote but trekkers don’t need to worry about their food and shelter as it is fast accessible. As the Manaslu trek is within the restricted region of Nepal, it requires permit access. Due to this solo trekkers are also not allowed. The circuit trail starts from driving 128km from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. It may take 6 hours to 8 hours depending on the vehicle. Then followed by the very long Buri Gandaki River which has many suspension bridges. Moving further you will come across all the natural beauty that Nepal has to offer. The jungle starts from a subtropical region where the elevation is low. Then we move towards the high elevation above Larkya La which is 5100 meters / 17,000 feet.
Chisapani is in the outskirt of Kathmandu valley. It is the best place to visit for trekkers who have limited time. Also, who is not in absolutely good health condition to travel long treks in Nepal. It could be an idol short vacation of 3 days. The trek runs through the hill surrounding Kathmandu valley. We can see a snow cap mountains and green hills, beautiful villages from Chisapani. It takes around 5 to 6 hours to do hiking from Kathmandu valley to reach Chisapani. The trek began from Sundarijal which is one of the famous places of Kathmandu. Then by trekking through woodlands, we move toward Chisapani between the routes. We also get to see Shivapuri National Park then we head toward Nagarkot. Nagarkot is the hill station located on the eastern edge of Kathmandu valley. From here we can get an amazing view of sunrise and sunset views of Himalaya. The village consists of mixed culture and people of Brahmins, Gurungs, and Sherpas. It is possible to see Mount Everest to the Northeast and Annapurna to the northwest. We will get to see Everest, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Gaurisankhar and Langtang valley. We can spend 2-3 days to explore this place in detail. This trip provides an opportunity to explore the beauty of nature. Also the beauty of the rural part of Nepal with so many beautiful mountain views.
8. Rara Lake
Rara Lake is in the far western region in Mugu district of Nepal. It is the biggest and deepest freshwater lake that lies at an altitude of 2990 m above sea level. It has become one of the most popular destinations for tourists. Thousands of visitor comes to visit this place from all around the world. The view of snow cap Himalayas, a glimpse of culture and scenery attracts the tourist. It is one of the challenging trekking. The most suitable visiting time is from September to October and from March to May. But from December to March the temperature falls below the freezing point. As a result, it blocks the way to the lake and from April to June it is warm. The people living in this area do agriculture, rear goats and extract medicinal herbs. Rara Lake also has a rare national park and various flora and fauna. Trekking in this route, we will see beautiful villages of Gorusingha, Jaljala, and Sija. The trekking starts from the capital city Kathmandu and takes you to Jumla. At last, it ends at Tranquil that is at Rara Lake. You can experience quite different beauty of nature and scenario from the rest of Nepal. You can experience the culture and lifestyle of people living in Jumla. You can enjoy the breathtaking view of various mountains and sceneries. It will give you the most memorable experience of your life.
Ghandruk is a beautiful town in the Kaski district in Pokhara. It is the wonderful trek one can do from Pokhara. It offers a fantastic view of three mountains: Annapurna, Himchuli and Machapuchhre. Ghandruk is the short and sweet trekking place for tourists. It is only 2000m high and it also has the clean footsteps till the top. This trek starts from the Phedi and eds up at Tikhedhunga. It provides a beautiful view both up and down of the hills and that's amazing! The amazing thing about Ghandruk is the Gurungs living there with different lifestyles. Their culture and tradition is the part you don't want to miss. You will not only be able to see their magnificent cultures but also be able to get involved in it. Ghandurk also gives a horse-riding chance for tourists. You will be able to eat their traditional food and also take pictures with them. It is one of the traditional ways of Gurungs. I would recommend this trek for the people who want to experience many things at a very short interval of time. The best thing about this trek is that you will not get any difficulty. You will be able to enjoy every moment of the trek.
10. Gokyo Lake Trekking
Gokyo Lake has the Himalayan ranges that include Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, and Ngozumpa Glacier. The important part is the Gokyo valley has a collection of stoned houses. Also the meadows on the shore of a great lake, Dudh Pokhari. The trekking begins from Lukla Airport, and we head down to the Dudh Koshi River.
Nepal has some of the best trekking spots in the world with so much natural beauty. It can be the nature that you have never seen before. Above are some of the top 10 destinations.