Nepal is a beautiful country with snow-covered peaks, medieval temples, unique cultures, enchanting hill villages, and jungle wilderness. Tucked between the steamy plains and the high Himalayas, Nepal is a paradise for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts.

With trodden trails, diverse landscapes, warm hospitality, and some of the world’s most iconic mountains, Nepal is easily the world’s best travel destination. From walking in the foothills of some of the highest peaks in the Himalaya to a day-long hike in the outskirts of the cities, the trekking trails of Nepal are well-suited for both novices as well as experienced trekkers.

Every year, Nepal attracts thousands of trekkers from all around the world. The remote trails combine towering peaks, high passes, beautiful scenery, cascading waterfalls, rare wildlife, distinct cultures, and rustic lifestyles of the mountain.

Home to Himalaya’s most iconic massifs, including Mt. Everest, Annapurna, Kanchenjunga, Manaslu, Lhotse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu, Nepal is also the ultimate destination for mountain lovers. Nowhere else on earth can you walk through the mountain trails and enjoy the breathtaking mountain scenery, hot meals, cozy teahouses, and warm hospitality of the people.

While it is difficult to choose an absolute best from so many available trek options, there are few exceptional routes among these. Here’s the list of the 25 best treks in Nepal to help you decide which of these suits you the most.

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Treks in Everest Region

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Everest Base Camp Trek

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1. Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp is a classic trek that has held its reputation as one of the fascinating walks in the Himalayas. Embarking on the journey with a scenic flight to the world’s most extreme airport at Lukla, this adventure takes you to the foot of the world’s highest massif, Mt. Everest.

Miles away from daily luxuries and heavy traffic, Everest Base Camp Trek is truly an opportunity of a lifetime. This trek is excellent for trekkers who are looking to enjoy the close-up view of some of the most scenic mountains in the world. At the staggering elevation of 5,545 meters, Kala Patthar marks the highest point of the trek. Along with the spectacular mountains, trekkers also get to explore the ancient monasteries, traditional villages and experience the Sherpa hospitality while trekking to Everest Base Camp.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp

  • Trek to the lap of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world.
  • The ancient monastery at Tengboche.
  • The famous Sherpa villages and their hospitality.
  • The vantage point of Kala Patthar at 5,545 meters.
  • Breathtaking spectacles of the mountains, including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Nuptse.

Outline Itinerary of Everest Base Camp

DayDescriptionAltitude from (Meter)Altitude to (Meter)Trekking Duration
1Fly to Lukla (2,800 meters ) and Trek to Phakding1,4002,6523-4 hours
2Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar2,6523,4405-6 hours
3Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar3,4403,440-
4Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche3,4403,9565-6 hours
5Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche3,9564,3804-5 hours
6Acclimatization Day at Dingboche4,3804,380-
7Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche4,3804,9384-5 hours
8Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep and Excursion to Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters)4,9385,1606-7 hours
9Hike to Kala Patthar (5,643 meters) and Trek to Pheriche5,1604,3717-8 hours
10Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar4,3713,4406-7 hours
11Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla3,4402,8007-8 hours
12Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu2,8001,40040 mins

2. Everest High Passes

Everest High Passes

Everest High Passes Trek is another exhilarating adventure in the heart of the Khumbu valley. This off-beat trek takes you across three high Himalayan passes of the Everest region — Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La Pass. To traverse across these high passes over 5,000 meters in a single take is quite a challenge, even for avid trekkers.

Along with the passes, this spectacular journey comprises of high valleys, traditional villages, centuries-old monasteries, splendid mountain views, and unique Sherpa cultures. You’ll also get an opportunity to hike to three most popular vantage points of the Everest region at Kala Patthar, Gokyo Ri, and Chukung Ri. With the panoramic view of some of the most spectacular mountains, these viewpoints also reward the trekkers with the spectacles of lakes, glaciers, and icefalls.

Highlights of Everest High Passes

  • Cross over the three high passes of Khumbu — Kongma La, Cho La, and Renjo La Pass.
  • Hike to the three popular viewpoints at Kala Patthar, Gokyo Ri, and Chukung Ri.
  • Relish the turquoise lakes of Gokyo along with a breathtaking panorama of the mountains.
  • Experience the local culture and remote mountain lifestyle.

Outline Itinerary of Everest High Passes

DayDescriptionAltitude from (Meter)Altitude to (Meter)Trekking Duration
1Fly to Lukla (2,800 meters) and Trek to Phakding1,4002,6523-4 hours
2Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar2,6523,4405-6 hours
3Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar3,4403,440-
4Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche3,4403,9565-6 hours
5Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche3,9564,3804-5 hours
6Acclimatization Day at Dingboche4,3804,380-
7Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche via Kongma La Pass (5,535 meters)4,3804,93810 hours
8Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep and Excursion to Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters)4,9385,1607-8 hours
9Hike to Kala Patthar (5,643 meters) and Back to Lobuche5,1604,9386-7 hours
10Trek from Lobuche to Dzongla4,9384,8303 hours
11Trek from Dzongla to Gokyo Valley via Cho La Pass (5,420 meters)4,8304,8008-9 hours
12Acclimatization Day at Gokyo Valley4,8004,800-
13Trek from Gokyo Valley to Marlung via Renjo La Pass (5,464 meters)4,8004,2107-8 hours
14Trek from Marlung to Namche Bazaar4,2103,4405-6 hours
15Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla3,4402,8007-8 hours
16Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu2,8001,40040 mins

3. Gokyo Ri Trek

Gokyo Ri Trek

Gokyo Ri Trek is by far the best alternative option to the classic Everest Base Camp. Although this is a less commercial trek, it is equally rewarding with plenty of marvels of the Himalayas. Trekking through the remote trails of Gokyo is quite strenuous, but the spectacles of turquoise lakes surrounded by mountains and glaciers are worth the effort.

Although the viewpoint of Gokyo Ri is slightly far from Kala Patthar, most of the dedicated trekkers argue that the vista from the summit of Gokyo Ri is far more rewarding. Situated at an elevation of 5,360 meters, Gokyo Ri rewards the trekkers with the rare sight of four 8000ers — Mt. Everest (8,848 meters), Makalu (8,463 meters), Lhotse (8,516 meters), and Cho Oyu (8,201 meters) along with the picturesque view of Gokyo lakes and Ngozumpa glacier.

Highlights of Gokyo Ri Trek

  • Walk on the shore of six turquoise glacial-fed lakes of Gokyo.
  • Hike to Gokyo Ri for the breathtaking sight of Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Lhotse
  • Explore the vibrant town of Namche Bazar, the ancient trading hub of Khumbu.
  • Walk along the moraine of Ngozumpa Glacier, Himalayas’ largest glacier.

Outline Itinerary of Gokyo Ri Trek

DayDescriptionAltitude from (Meter)Altitude to (Meter)Trekking Duration
1Fly to Lukla (2,800 meters) and Trek to Phakding1,4002,6523-4 hours
2Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar2,6523,4405-6 hours
3Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar3,4403,440-
4Trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole3,4403,6805-6 hours
5Trek from Dole to Machhermo3,6804,4704 hours
6Trek from Machhermo to Gokyo Valley4,4704,8004 hours
7Excursion to Gokyo Ri (5,357 meters) and back to Gokyo Valley4,8004,8004 hours
8Trek from Gokyo Valley to Dole4,8003,6806-7 hours
9Trek from Dole to Namche Bazaar3,6803,4405-6 hours
10Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla3,4402,8007-8 hours
11Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu2,8001,40040 mins

4. Everest Panorama Trek

Everest Panorama Trek

Everest Panorama Trek is ideal for trekkers who are short on time but are willing to experience the taste of the Himalayas. This trek provides an opportunity to traverse through the heart of the Everest region within just a week.

Beginning at Lukla, the adventure takes around three days to reach the village of Tengboche. This small village is home to the largest Buddhist monastery in the Everest region and is surrounded by the religious and cultural ambiance. Although Tengboche is the midpoint to the classic Everest Base Camp Trek, the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains from this village is simply astonishing.

Highlights of Everest Panorama Trek

  • One of the exhilarating flight to the Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla.
  • Visit the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Khumbu at Tengboche.
  • Majestic view of Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, and Lhotse.
  • Explore the famous Sherpa Capital at Namche Bazar.

Outline Itinerary of Everest Panorama Trek

DayDescriptionAltitude from (Meter)Altitude to (Meter)Trekking Duration
1Fly to Lukla (2,800 meters) and Trek to Phakding1,4002,6523-4 hours
2Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar2,6523,4405-6 hours
3Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazar3,4403,440-
4Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche3,4403,9565-6 hours
5Trek from Tengboche to Monjo3,9563,8706 hours
6Trek from Monjo to Lukla3,8702,8004 hours
7Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu2,8001,40040 mins

Treks in Annapurna Region

5. Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna Base Camp is hands down the most commercial treks in the Himalayas of Nepal. Often regarded as the Holy Grail of backpackers and mountain enthusiasts, this trek incorporates diverse landscapes, cascading waterfalls, scenic views, unique Gurung culture, and wildlife. Along with the excellent walk, this trek also offers a close-up view of Annapurna, Hiunchulli, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, and Machhapuchhre.

Annapurna Base Camp is a moderately challenging trek that requires 7 to 12 days to complete. Just a few hours away from Pokhara, the starting point of this trek is easily accessible via road transportation.

Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp

  • The rare privilege of exploring two different base camps — Annapurna Base Camp and Machhapuchhre Base Camp.
  • Spectacular 360-degree view of Annapurna ranges, Machhapuchhre, and Hiuchuli.
  • Cleanse your body in the natural hot spring at Jhinu.
  • Insight into the unique culture and lifestyle of Gurungs at Ghandruk.

Outline Itinerary of Annapurna Base Camp

DayDescriptionAltitude from (Meters)Altitude to (Meters)Trekking Duration
1Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara1,4008006-7 hours
2Drive to Nayapul (1,070 meters) and Trek to Ghandruk8001,9405-6 hours
3Trek from Ghanruk to Chomrong1,9402,1706-7 hours
4Trek from Chomrong to Bamboo2,1702,3104-5 hours
5Trek from Bamboo to Deurali2,3103,2303-4 hours
6Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp3,2304,1305-6 hours
7Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo4,1302,3107-8 hours
8Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda2,3101,7605 hours
9Trek to Nayapul (1,070 meters) and Drive to Pokhara1,7609006-7 hours
10Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu9001,4006-7 hours

6. Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit is arguably the most popular trek in the Annapurna Sanctuary. Since it officially opened for foreign travelers in 1977, this trek has captivated thousands of trekkers from all over the world.

Annapurna Circuit Trek provides trekkers with an opportunity to revolve around the entire mountain of Annapurna in an anti-clockwise direction. Starting at 800 meters, the adventure of Annapurna Circuit takes you up to 5,416 meters at Thorong La Pass. This variation offers massive diversity in the landscape and culture. Walking along the ever-changing terrains, quaint villages, and high passes decorated with the picturesque sight of the mountains makes this trek truly an adventure of a lifetime.

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Trek across one of the highest navigable passes — Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters.
  • Visit the holy Hindu pilgrimage at Muktinath.
  • Glorious sunrise with 360-degree vistas of the mountains including Annapurna, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri from Poon Hill.
  • Traverse through the world’s deepest gorge at Kali Gandaki.
  • Submerge in the natural hot springs at Tatopani.

Outline Itinerary of Annapurna Circuit Trek

DayDescriptionAltitude from (Meters)Altitude to (Meters)Trekking Duration
1Drive from Kathmandu to Khudi1,4008008 hours
2Trek from Khudi to Sirung8002,2206-7 hours
3Trek from Sirung to Jagat2,2201,3006-7 hours
4Trek from Jagat to Dharapani1,3001,8607-8 hours
5Trek from Dharapani to Chame1,8602,7105-6 hours
6Trek from Chame to Pisang2,7103,3005-6 hours
7Trek from Pisang to Manang3,3003,5406-7 hours
8Acclimatization Day at Manang3,5403,5405 hours
9Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka3,5404,1103-4 hours
10Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi4,1104,6003-4 hours
11Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass (5,140 meters)4,6003,7107-8 hours
12Trek from Muktinath to Marpha3,7102,6705-6 hours
13Trek from Marpha to Kalopani2,6702,5305-6 hours
14Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani2,5301,2006-7 hours
15Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani1,2002,8506-7 hours
16Trek to Nayapul (1,070 meters) via Poon Hill (3,210 meters) and Drive to Pokhara2,8509007-8 hours
17Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu9001,4006-7 hours

7. Annapurna Panorama Trek

Annapurna Panorama Trek

Annapurna Panorama, popularly known as Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, is one of the shortest and easiest walks in the heart of Annapurna Sanctuary. As you can complete the entire adventure in 5 to 7 days, this trek is perfect for travelers who have limited days but want to experience the beauty of the Himalayas.

Annapurna Panorama Trek not only offers the panoramic mountain views but also rewards the trekkers with a deep insight into the Gurung culture. Poon Hill serves as the major attraction of Annapurna Panorama Trek. The early morning hike to this vantage point allows you to behold one of the most exhilarating sights of your lifetime. The golden sunrise peeking over the towering pinnacles of Annapurna is undoubtedly one of the rarest views in the Himalayas.

Along with the mountains, this trek route incorporates diverse landscapes, traditional villages, authentic Gurung cultures, and unique traditions.

Highlights of Annapurna Panorama Trek

  • Hike up to one of the most famous viewpoints of the Himalayas at Poon Hill.
  • Explore the beautiful Gurung village at Ghandruk.
  • Walk in the shades of blooming Rhododendron forest.
  • Enjoy the spectacular panorama of Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, and Hiunchuli.
  • Experience the incredible hospitality of the Gurungs.

Outline Itinerary of Annapurna Panorama Trek

DayDescriptionAltitude from (Meter)Altitude to (Meter)Trekking Duration
1Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1,070 meters) and Trek to Tikhedhunga9001,5706-7 hours
2Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani1,5702,7505-6 hours
3Hike to Poon Hill (3,210 meters) and Trek to Tadapani2,7502,5004-5 hours
4Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk2,5001,9403-4 hours
5Drive from Ghandruk to Pokhara via Nayapul (1,070 meters)1,9409005-6 hours

8. Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek is regarded as the hidden gem of the Annapurna region. Located eastwards of the popular Annapurna Base Camp, this trek offers an authentic trekking experience in a relatively short time. Commercially opened as a teahouse trek in 2012, the trails of Mardi Himal are far less frequented compared to other classic treks of Nepal.

This trek incorporates verdant rhododendron forests, terraced fields and high valleys along with the extraordinary views of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna. The journey takes you through the shades of dense forest, and the surrounding landscape changes abruptly into a rough mountain trail in the higher reaches of the trek. This trek is well-suited for both experienced trekkers as well as novice travelers who are willing to take on the challenge of high altitude trek in the Himalayas.

Highlights of Mardi Himal Trek 

  • Trek through the remote and less frequented trail, far from the massive crowd.
  • Relish the up-close views of snow-capped mountains including the famous Machhapuchhre and Annapurna South.
  • Experience the rich Gurung cultures and their warm hospitality.
  • Walk along with the ever-changing landscapes and rugged mountain terrain.

Outline Itinerary of Mardi Himal Trek

DayDescriptionAltitude From (Meter)Altitude To (Meter)Trek Duration
1Drive from Pokhara to Kande (1,770 meters) and Trek to Deurali9002,2005-6 hours
2Trek from Deurali to Low Camp2,2002,9007 hours
3Trek from Low Camp to High Camp2,9003,5855-6 hours
4Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500 meters) and Trek back to High Camp3,5853,5855-6 hours
5Trek from High Camp to Siding Village3,5851,7506 hours
6Drive from Siding Village to Pokhara1,7509002-3 hours

9. Dhampus Village Trek

Dhampus Village Trek

Dhampus village is a traditional Gurung settlement in the lower region of Annapurna Sanctuary. Short yet rewarding, Dhampus Village Trek is widely known for its astonishing sunrise view peeking over Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Dhaulagiri.

Starting your adventure at Pokhara provides an excellent opportunity to explore the vibrant ambiance of the city. Whether you choose to relax on the shores of pristine Phewa Lake or test your endurance by partaking in the adventure sports, this city offers massive choices for the adventure enthusiasts. Additionally, Dhampus Village Trek takes you to a popular viewpoint of Pokhara at Sarangkot. This vantage point offers a 360-degree panorama of the glistening mountain peaks.

Highlights of Dhampus Village Trek

  • Relatively short and comfortable walk in one of the most popular trekking regions.
  • Relax on the shores of Phewa Lake and explore the city of Pokhara.
  • Enjoy the breathtaking sunrise from the viewpoint of Sarangkot.
  • Witness the splendid panorama of the Himalayas from the Dhampus.
  • Indulge with the Gurung communities and get to know their culture.

Outline Itinerary of Dhampus Village Trek

DayItineraryAltitude from (Meters)Altitude to (Meters)Trekking Duration
1Drive from Pokhara to Phedi (1,130 meters) and Trek to Dhampus9001,6503-4 hours
2Trek from Dhampus to Sarangkot1,6501,6005-6 hours
3Trek from Sarangkot to Pokhara1,6009003-4 hours

10. Ghandruk Village Trek

Langtang Valley Trek

Short, comfortable, and gratifying, Ghandruk Village Trek is ideal for those who have limited time but are still not willing to compromise on the beauty of the Himalayas. Widely known for its culture, history and warm hospitality, Ghandruk is a beautiful Gurung village located in the lap of Annapurna.

The sight of the mountains from the village is simply awe-inspiring. The up-close view of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, and Hiunchuli is one of the major highlights of the trek. Additionally, Ghandruk village endures a sense of historical and cultural ambiance. Also, the warm hospitality of the locals is second to none.

Highlights of Ghandruk Village Trek

  • Hike through the enchanting rhododendron woodland of the lower Annapurna region.
  • Explore the marvelous city of Pokhara — one of the most popular tourist hub of Nepal.
  • Close-up view of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, and Hiunchuli.
  • Explore the quaint village inhabited by Gurungs and Magars.
  • Visit the ancient Gurung museum of Ghandruk.

Outline Itinerary of Ghandruk Village Trek

DayItineraryAltitude from (Meters)Altitude to (Meters)Trekking Duration
1Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1,070 meters) and Trek to Ghandruk9001,9405 hours
2Explore Ghandruk1,9401,9406-7 hours
3Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul (1,070 meters) and Drive Back to Pokhara1,9409005 hours

Treks in Langtang Region

11. Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley Trek

Trek to Langtang Valley Trek is another thrilling adventure located just 61.8 kilometers north of Kathmandu. Although this trek is easily accessible from the capital city, the trails of Langtang are comparatively quieter with only a few travelers making their way to this region.

The trek passes through diverse landscapes, traditional villages, high valleys, ancient monasteries, and cascading waterfalls. Langtang Valley Trek is excellent for mountain enthusiasts. Most of the route is decorated with the outlook of Langtang Lirung, Jugal Himal, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa, and Ganja La Pass.

Langtang National Park is the abode to some of the most exceptional flora and fauna. On a lucky day, you might spot some of the rare wildlife including red panda, snow leopards, Himalayan tahr, and musk deer.

Highlights of Langtang Valley Trek

  • Relatively comfortable and accessible trek with authentic Himalayan experience.
  • Magnificent scenery of Langtang Lirung, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Jugal Himal.
  • Hike to Tserko Ri, a vantage point at 5,000 meters.
  • Explore the ethnic Tamang villages.
  • Opportunity to spot rare wildlife including red panda, snow leopard, and musk deer.
  • Visit the centuries-old monastery at Kyanjin Gompa.

Outline Itinerary of Langtang Valley Trek

DayDescriptionAltitude from (Meter)Altitude to (Meter)Trekking Duration
1Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi1,4001,5507-8 hours
2Trek from Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel1,5502,3806-7 hours
3Trek from Lama Hotel to Mundu via Langtang Valley2,3803,4306-7 hours
4Trek from Mundu to Kyanjin Gompa3,4303,8703 hours
5Excursion to Tserko Ri (5,000 meters)3,8703,8705-6 hours
6Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel3,8702,3806-7 hours
7Trek from Lama Hotel to Syabru Besi2,3801,5506-7 hours
8Drive from Syabru Besi to Kathmandu1,5501,4007-8 hours

12. Gosainkunda Trek

Gosainkunda Trek

Gosainkunda Lake is a famous Hindu pilgrimage site that holds great religious significance, especially to the devotees of Lord Shiva. The 6-day adventure to this Holy glacial lake is designed for those who want to experience the feel of the alpine zone but only have limited time for the trek.

Starting the adventure with a drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche, this beautiful trail passes along several small settlements, amazing landscapes, dense forests, and occasional streams. The route to this sacred lake navigates through steep ridges and high passes offering a stunning mountain view of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Dorji Lakpa, and Himal Chuli.

If you’re planning to trek to Gosaikunda, it is advised to do so during the full moon day at the end of August to witness the festival of Janai Purnima. During this time of the year, thousands of devotees march to this holy lake to celebrate the festival.

Highlights of Gosainkunda Trek

  • Stand at the shores of sacred Gosainkunda Lake.
  • Visit the ancient monastery at Shin Gompa.
  • A short and moderate walk in the Langtang region.
  • Relish the incredible snow-capped mountains.

Outline Itinerary of Gosainkunda Trek

DayDescriptionAltitude from (Meter)Altitude to (Meter)Trekking Duration
1Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche1,4001,3007-8 hours
2Trek from Dhunche to Shin Gompa1,3003,3304-5 hours
3Trek from Shin Gompa to Gosainkunda3,3304,4605-6 hours
4Trek from Gosainkunda to Chandanbari4,4602,0005 hours
5Trek from Chandanbari to Dhunche2,0001,3005-6 hours
6Drive from Dhunche to Kathmandu1,3001,4007-8 hours

13. Helambu Circuit Trek

Helambu Circuit Trek

Helambu Circuit Trek is an easy and short walk in the heart of the Langtang region. This trek takes you through the unfrequented trekking routes in one of the most popular trekking regions of Nepal. The trails of Helambu Circuit Trek promises lush rhododendron forests, captivating mountain views, cascading waterfalls, remote wilderness, and a glimpse of Hyolmo culture.

Helambu Circuit is a low altitude trek ideal for amateur trekkers who are looking for an escape from the busy schedule and experience the rustic lifestyle of the mountains. The route meanders through the rice terraces and dense forests of Shivapuri National Park as well as Langtang National Park. On a lucky day, there’s also a possibility of encountering the rare red panda along the way.

Highlights of Helambu Circuit Trek

  • Relatively short and accessible trek from the capital city, Kathmandu.
  • The remote trails of two national parks — Shivapuri National Park and Langtang National Park.
  • Witness the unique culture and rustic customs of Hyolmo people.
  • Opportunity to see rare wildlife, including red panda.
  • Low altitude walk that is well-suited for novice travelers.

Outline Itinerary of Helambu Circuit Trek

DayDescriptionAltitude from (Meter)Altitude to (Meter)Trekking Duration
1Drive to Sundarijal and Trek to Chisapani1,4002,3005 hours
2Trek from Chisapani to Kutumsang2,3002,4467 hours
3Trek from Kutumsang to Thadepati2,4463,6506 hours
4Trek from Thadepati to Tarke Ghyang3,6502,5606 hours
5Trek from Tarke Ghyang to Sermathang2,5602,6103-4 hours
6Trek from Sermathang to Melamchi Bazar2,6108463-4 hours
7Drive from Melamchi Bazaar to Kathmandu8461,4003 hours

14. Tamang Heritage Trail

Tamang Heritage Trail

Tamang Heritage Trail is a community-based trek that provides a peek into the conventional lifestyle of Tamangs, the mountain dwellers of the Langtang region. Although this trek is easily accessible from Kathmandu, the remote villages of this region are untouched by modern civilization.

Along with the cultural experiences, this trek offers beautiful scenery of the countryside, terraced farmland, lush green forests along with the Himalayan panorama. This trail also provides the opportunity to experience the authentic Tamang culture and lifestyle by staying in a typical homestay and eating local delicacies.

Highlights of Tamang Heritage Trail

  • A community-based trek with cultural and societal experience.
  • Bathe in the natural hot spring at Tatopani.
  • Overnights in welcoming homestays at Briddim and interaction with the locals.
  • Enjoy the marvelous view of towering pinnacles.

Outline Itinerary of Tamang Heritage Trail

DayDescriptionAltitude from (Meter)Altitude to (Meter)Trekking Duration
1Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi1,4001,5507-8 hours
2Trek from Syabru Besi to Gatlang1,5502,2005 hours
3Trek from Gatlang to Tatopani2,2002,6076-7 hours
4Trek from Tatopani to Thuman2,6072,4006 hours
5Trek from Thuman to Briddim2,4002,3456 hours
6Trek from Briddim to Lama Hotel2,3452,4706 hours
7Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang Village2,4703,4306-7 hours
8Trek from Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa3,4303,8704 hours
9Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel3,8702,4706 hours
10Trek from Lama Hotel to Syabru Besi2,4701,5506-7 hours
11Drive from Syabru Besi to Kathmandu1,5501,4008-9 hours

Treks in Mustang and Manang Region

15. Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek

Trekking in Upper Mustang is a rare privilege to explore the mystical land, the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Lo. Once a forbidden realm, this region preserves its distinctive culture and tradition that is almost identical to that of Tibet. Sitting in the rain shadow area of the Himalayas, the trail of Upper Mustang is dry and arid, surrounded by the unspoiled natural ambiance.

The barren terrain of this region is dotted with captivating settlements, old monasteries, and colorful prayer flags festooning the chortens. You also get to witness the ancient caves located impressively high in the rocks. At Lo Manthang, you can still see the medieval royal palace surrounded in monasteries like Thugchen Gompa that was built in the 15th century. Keep in mind; you need to acquire a restricted area permit to get access to the kingdom of Upper Mustang.

Highlights of Upper Mustang Trek

  • Explore the ancient Buddhist Kingdom of Lo Manthang.
  • Trek through the remote trails of Trans-Himalaya.
  • Witness the distinctive culture and rich tradition closely tied to Tibet.
  • Located in the rain shadow area, this trek is an excellent monsoon trek.
  • Excursion to Thungchen Gompa, a 15th-century monastery.

Outline Itinerary of Upper Mustang Trek

DayDescriptionAltitude from (Meters)Altitude to (Meters)Trekking Duration
1Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara1,4009006-7 hours
2Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni9002,8003 hours
3Trek from Kagbeni to Chele2,8003,0506-7 hours
4Trek from Chele to Syangmoche3,0503,4756 hours
5Trek from Syangmoche to Ghami3,4753,5005 hours
6Trek from Ghami to Charang3,5003,5604 hours
7Trek from Charang to Lo Manthang3,5603,7705 hours
8Excursion to Chhoser Cave3,7703,7703 hours
9Trek from Lo Manthang to Drakmar3,7703,8006-7 hours
10Trek from Drakmar to Ghiling3,8003,8605-6 hours
11Trek from Ghiling to Chuksang3,8603,0505-6 hours
12Trek from Chuksang to Jomsom3,0502,7155-6 hours
13Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara2,71590030 mins
14Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu9001,4006-7 hours

16. Lower Mustang Trek

Lower Mustang Trek

Lower Mustang Trek is ideal for trekkers who are short on time but are willing to experience the stark beauty of the mystical land of Mustang. This moderate walk takes you through the barren trails of the Himalayas that borders the Annapurna massif. Once part of an ancient trade route to Tibet, the lower region of Mustang is far more established compared to the upper section of the region in terms of accessibility, comfort, and affordability.

Additionally, this trek offers a unique culture and landscapes with a marvelous view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. It also rewards trekkers with the opportunity to visit the sacred Hindu and Buddist pilgrimage of Muktinath. Unlike Upper Mustang Trek, you do not require the restricted area permit to trek in this region.

Highlights of Lower Mustang Trek

  • Witness the well-preserved Tibetan Buddhist culture.
  • Visit the holiest Hindu pilgrimage at Muktinath.
  • Relish the rare northern face of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
  • Explore Lupra — an antique village.
  • Luxuriate at the city of Pokhara and relax at the shore of Phewa Lake.

Outline Itinerary of Lower Mustang Trek

DayDescriptionAltitude from (Meters)Altitude to (Meters)Trekking Duration
1Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara1,4009006-7 hours
2Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom9002,7203 hours
3Trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni2,7202,9006-7 hours
4Trek from Kagbeni to Jharkot and Visit Red Gompa2,9003,5196 hours
5Trek from Jharkot to Muktinath3,5193,7105 hours
6Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom via Lupra Valley (2,790 meters)3,7102,7204 hours
7Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (900 meters) and then to Kathmandu2,7201,4005 hours

17. Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley Trek is a hidden gem tucked between two most commercial trekking regions of Nepal, Manaslu and Annapurna. Untouched by the modern advancements, trekking in the remote valleys of Nar and Phu is truly an opportunity of a lifetime. The secluded trails of Nar Phu Valley comprise of snow-capped mountains, high passes, narrow canyons, glaciers, remote villages, old gompas, and unique cultures.

Commencing from Besisahar — the start-point of Annapurna Circuit, the route swiftly diverges from a buzzing town into remote and isolated valleys. Passing through deep gorges and narrow canyons, most of the trail of Nar Phu is decorated in colorful prayer flags and mani walls. The most strenuous section of this trek is to climb over the Kang La Pass at 5,240 meters.

Highlights of Nar Phu Valley Trek

  • Hike across Kang La Pass at 5,240 meters.
  • Walk through the remote valleys of Nar and Phu.
  • Spend a night at the ancient monastery of Nar Phedi.
  • Enjoy the fascinating sight of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu.

Outline Itinerary of Nar Phu Valley Trek

DayDescriptionAltitude from (Meters)Altitude to (Meters)Trekking Duration
1Drive from Kathmandu to Koto via Besisahar (820 meters)1,4002,6008 hours
2Trek from Koto to Meta2,6003,5606-7 hours
3Trek from Meta to Phu3,5604,0806-7 hours
4Acclimatization day at Phu4,0804,080-
5Trek from Phu to Nar Phedi4,0803,4907 hours
6Trek from Nar Phedi to Nar Village3,4904,1103 hours
7Trek from Nar Village to Ngawal via Kang La Pass (5,240 meters)4,1103,6508 hours
8Trek from Ngawal to Pisang (3,300 meters) and Drive to Besisahar3,6508204 hours
9Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu8201,4005-6 hours

Treks in Manaslu Region

18. Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the classic walks that has long been considered the best in terms of scenery and cultural diversity. Protected as a restricted area by the government of Nepal, this Himalayan classic route witnesses relatively less number of trekkers compared to Everest or Annapurna.

Combining the cultural experiences along with the magnificence of some of the world’s highest massifs, this trek offers an authentic feel of the Himalayas. The walk passes several traditional villages with varied landscapes that offer a picturesque view of Manaslu and Annapurna. The trail eventually leads you to the icy path of Larkya La Pass, which most likely will test your endurance at the elevation of 5,135 meters.

Highlights of Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Avoid the crowd in the secluded trail of Manaslu.
  • Massive diversity in landscape extending from subtropical forests to the high mountain pass.
  • Walking across the icy trail of Larkya La Pass at 5,135 meters.
  • Ever-changing culture and lifestyle of the Manaslu region.

Outline Itinerary of Manaslu Circuit Trek

DayDescriptionAltitude from (Meter)Altitude to (Meter)Trekking Duration
1Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat (941 meters)1,4008158-10 hrs
2Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola8159006-7 hours
3Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat9001,3706-7 hours
4Trek from Jagat to Deng1,3701,8656-7 hours
5Trek from Deng to Namrung1,8652,6306-7 hours
6Trek from Namrung to Samagaon2,6303,5256-7 hours
7Acclimatization Day at Samagaon3,5253,525-
8Trek from Samagaon to Samdo3,5253,8504 hours
9Acclimatization Day at Samdo3,8503,850-
10Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala3,8504,4604-5 hours
11Trek from Dharmasala to Bhimtang via Larkya La Pass (5,135 meters)4,4603,5908-9 hours
12Trek from Bhimtang to Tilije3,5902,3005-6 hours
13Trek from Tilije to Dharapani (1,860 meters) and Drive to Besisahar2,3007607-8 hours
14Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu7601,4005-6 hours

19. Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley is often dubbed as the hidden Shangri La in the heart of the Himalayas. Located east of Manaslu, the rugged trail to this valley provides a sense of remoteness and raw wilderness. Home to the Tibetan descendants, also known as Tsumbas, the holy land of Tsum Valley remains unspoiled from modernization.

This trekking region is extensively rich when it comes to cultural and traditional values. Fantastic ancient monasteries and colorful chortens embellish the entire trail under the shades of towering Ganesh Himal. Additionally, Tsum Valley Trek also rewards the trekkers with a broad panorama of the snow-capped mountains, including Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Churke Himal, and Himal Chuli.

Highlights of Tsum Valley Trek

  • Captivating cultural and natural encounters along the trail.
  • Enjoy the panoramic sight of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Churke Himal, and Himal Chuli.
  • Explore the remote wilderness of the hidden valley of the Manaslu region.
  • One of the most exhilarating camping adventure in the Himalayas.

Outline Itinerary of Tsum Valley Trek

DayDescriptionAltitude from (Meter)Altitude to (Meter)Trekking Duration
1Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat (941 meters)1,4008159-10 hrs
2Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola8159006 hours
3Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat9001,3707 hours
4Trek from Jagat to Lokpa1,3702,2405-6 hours
5Trek from Lokpa to Chumling2,2402,3866 hours
6Trek from Chumling to Chekampar2,3863,0315-6 hours
7Trek from Chekampar to Nile3,0313,3617 hours
8Excursion to Mu Gompa3,3613,3615-6 hours
9Trek from Nile to Chekampar3,3613,0316 hours
10Trek from Chekampar to Gumba Lundang3,0313,2006 hours
11Excursion to Ganesh Himal Base Camp3,2003,2008-9 hours
12Trek from Gumba Lundang to Lokpa3,2002,2405-6 hours
13Trek from Lokpa to Jagat2,2401,3706 hours
14Trek from Jagat to Machha Khola1,3709006 hours
15Trek from Machha Khola to Soti Khola9008156 hours
14Drive from Soti Khola to Kathmandu8151,4009-10 hours

Treks in Western Nepal

20. Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek

Wild, remote, and mystical, Upper Dolpo Trek is hands down one of the most challenging walks in the Trans-Himalayan region of Nepal. The dessert-like landscapes of Dolpo pass through high passes, deep valleys, ancient monasteries, and narrow canyons of the far west.

Shey Phoksundo National Park shelters abundant of flora and fauna, including the rare snow leopard. From one of the world’s highest settlement at Dho Tarap to the sensational sight of Phoksundo Lake, Upper Dolpo is one of the most beautiful walks in the Himalayas.

The trek also takes you through three high Himalayan passes above 5,000 meters at Kang La (5,360 meters), Saldang La (5,200 meters), and Jeng La Pass (5,090 meters). Therefore, the strenuous route of Upper Dolpo demands serious commitment and is ideal for experienced trekkers.

Highlights of Upper Dolpo Trek

  • Explore the mystical land in the Trans-Himalayan region.
  • Visit the centuries-old Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Dolpo.
  • Explore the village of Dho Tarap, the world’s highest settlement.
  • Hike across three high passes over 5,000 meters — Kang La Pass, Jeng La Pass, and Saldang Pass.
  • Stand at the shores of the pristine lake of Shey Phoksundo.

Outline Itinerary of Upper Dolpo Trek

DayDescriptionAltitude from (Meters)Altitude to (Meters)Trekking Duration
1Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj1,40015045 minutes
2Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2,499 meters) and Trek to Dunai1502,1403-4 hours
3Trek from Dunai to Ankhe2,1402,1305-6 hours
4Trek from Ankhe to Sulighat2,1302,0505-6 hours
5Trek from Sulighat to Phoksundo Lake2,0503,6115 hours
6Acclimatization Day at Phoksundo Lake3,6113,611-
7Trek from Phoksundo Lake to Phoksundo Khola3,6113,7505 hours
8Trek from Phoksundo Khola to Phoksundo Bhanjyang3,7504,7177 hours
9Trek from Phoksundo Bhanjyang to Shey Gompa via Kang La Pass (5,360 meters)4,7174,5006 hours
10Acclimatization Day at Shey Gompa4,5004,500-
11Trek from Shey Gompa to Namduna Gaun via Saldang La Pass (5,200 meters)4,5004,8007 hours
12Trek from Namduna Gaun to Saldang4,8003,6205 hours
13Trek from Saldang to Yangze Gompa3,6204,9605-6 hours
14Trek from Yangze Gompa to Sibu4,9604,5606 hours
15Trek from Sibu to Jeng La Phedi4,5604,9006 hours
16Trek from Jeng-La Phedi to Tokyu Gaun via Jeng La Pass (5,090 meters)4,9004,2095 hours
17Trek from Tokyu Gaun to Dho Tarap4,2094,0405 hours
18Acclimatization Day at Dho Tarap4,0404,040-
19Trek from Dho Tarap to Tarap Khola4,0403,8006 hours
20Trek from Tarap Khola to Khanigaun3,8003,1505 hours
21Trek from Khanigaun to Tarakot3,1502,5375 hours
22Trek from Tarakot to Dunai2,5372,1406 hours
23Trek from Dunai to Juphal2,1402,4993 hours
24Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj (150 meters) and then to Kathmandu2,4751,4002 hours

21. Phoksundo Lake Trek

Phoksundo Lake Trek

Phoksundo Lake Trek, also known as Lower Dolpo Trek, is a moderate walk in the wilderness of the far western region of Nepal. This trek passes through dense pine forests, scenic landscapes, raging rivers, several gompas, and ever-changing villages. The significant highlight of this trek is the captivating deep-blue Phoksundo Lake, the deepest lake of Nepal. If you have extra days, it is worth spending a day or two at the shore of this mesmerizing lake admiring the emerald hue of it.

Additionally, the trek also takes you to the southern bank of the lake where you get to explore the village of Ringmo. This small village offers a rare opportunity to get a close look into the unique Bonpo culture. If you’re planning to trek to Phoksundo Lake, autumn and spring is the ideal time to walk the rough and barren trails of this region.

Highlights of Phoksundo Lake Trek

  • Visit the 900-year-old Bon monastery at Tshowa Gompa.
  • Witness the ancient Bon Po tradition and Tibetan Buddhist culture.
  • Stand next to Nepal’s deepest lake at Shey Phoksundo.
  • Enjoy the sight of splendid Jharana Waterfall.

Outline Itinerary of Phoksundo Lake Trek

DayDescriptionAltitude from (Meters)Altitude to (Meters)Trekking Duration
1Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj1,40015045 minutes
2Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal (2,499 meters) and Trek to Dunai1502,1403-4 hours
3Trek from Dunai to Chhepka Village2,1402,8385-6 hours
4Trek from Chhepka Village to Chunuwar2,8383,1306-7 hours
5Trek from Chunuwar to Ringmo3,1303,6403 hours
6Excursion to Phoksundo Lake3,6403,640-
7Trek from Ringmo to Chhepka Village3,6402,8387-8 hours
8Trek from Chhepka Village to Juphal2,8382,4996 hours
9Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu2,4991,4001 hour

22. Rara Lake Trek

Rara Lake Trek

Rara Lake Trek is a unique adventure. It an opportunity to walk among the dedicated trekkers who tread on the off-beaten tracks of western Nepal. The trek begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj followed by another short flight to the remote airstrip of Jumla.

This adventure promises isolated trail into the Rara National Park, a natural habitat for plentiful wildlife including Himalayan black bear, leopard, musk deer, and Himalayan goral. This trek also takes you to the shore of mesmerizing Rara Lake and rewards you with the opportunity to relish the sight of Nepal’s highest lake. Along the way, you will be walking in the presence of towering mountains, enchanting forests, pristine lakes, and barren landscapes of western Nepal.

Highlights of Rara Lake Trek

  • Enjoy the spectacular sight of Rara Lake, the largest lake in Nepal.
  • Explore the pleasant woodland of Rara National Park.
  • Opportunity to spot the rare wildlife and birds in the trek.
  • Walk along the rugged trail of western Nepal.

Outline Itinerary of Rara Lake Trek

DayDescriptionAltitude from (Meters)Altitude to (Meters)Trekking Duration
1Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj1,40015045 minutes
2Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla1502,54020 minutes
3Trek from Jumla to Chere Chaur2,5403,0556 hours
4Trek from Chere Chaur to Chalachaur3,0552,9805 hours
5Trek from Chalachaur to Sinja Valley2,9802,4907 hours
6Trek from Sinja Valley to Ghorosingha2,4903,0506 hours
7Trek from Ghorosingha to Rara Lake3,0503,0106 hours
8Explore Rara Lake3,0103,010-
9Trek from Rara Lake to Pina3,0102,4406 hours
10Trek from Pina to Bumra2,4402,8505-6 hours
11Trek from Bumra to Jumla2,8502,5405-6 hours
12Fly to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu2,5401,4001 hour

Treks in Eastern Nepal

23. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

The remote mountain trails of the Kanchenjunga Circuit are ideal for the dedicated trekkers who enjoy the raw wilderness of the Himalayas. Located in the north-eastern part of Nepal bordering Tibet and Sikkim, this trek provides a rare opportunity to reach both southern as well as the northern base camp of the world’s third-highest massif, Mt. Kanchenjunga.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is a challenging adventure in the Himalayas of Nepal. The route of this secluded region offers an incredible view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and Jahnu Himal. Along with the scenery, you also get to witness the multicultural aspect of Sherpa, Limbu, and Rai people and their rustic mountain lifestyle. Protected as a conservation area, Kanchenjunga is home to interesting flora and fauna, including the elusive snow leopard, blue sheep, and musk deer.

Highlights of Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

  • Experience the classic Himalayan adventure in the eastern belt of Nepal
  • Trek to both northern and southern base camp of Kanchenjunga
  • Kanchenjunga Conservation Area’s abundant wildlife, including snow leopard, blue sheep, and musk deer
  • Spend the night camping on the lap of towering mountains

Outline Itinerary of Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

DayDescriptionAltitude from (Meters)Altitude to (Meters)Trekking Duration
1Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur1,400931 hour
2Drive from Bhadrapur to Taplejung931,8206 hours
3Trek from Taplejung to Chirwa1,8201,2707 hours
4Trek from Chirwa to Lelep1,2701,8607 hours
5Trek from Lelep to Amjilosa1,8602,5108-9 hours
6Trek from Amjilosa to Gyabla2,5102,7304 hours
7Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa2,7303,5954 hours
8Acclimatization Day at Ghunsa3,5953,5957 hours
9Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen3,5954,1004 hours
10Acclimatization Day to Kambachen4,1004,1008 hours
11Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak4,1004,7854 hours
12Excursion to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp4,7854,7859-10 hours
13Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa4,7853,5956 hours
14Trek from Ghunsa to Sele La3,5954,2904 hours
15Trek from Sele La to Cheram4,2903,8709 hours
16Trek from Cheram to Ramche and Trip to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp3,8704,5806-7 hours
17Trek from Ramche to Torongding4,5802,9956-7 hours
18Trek from Torongding to Yamphuding2,9952,0807-8 hours
19Trek from Yamphuding to Khebang2,0801,9105-6 hours
20Fly from Khebang to Khamdime1,9101,5005-6 hours
21Drive from Khamdime to Bhadrapur1,5009310 hours
22Fly from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu931,4001 hour

24. Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp Trek

The thrilling adventure of Makalu Base Camp Trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to the tiny airstrip of Tumlingtar. The trek in the lower reaches starts with a pleasant walk through rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, and terraced farmlands. However, once you trek beyond Barun Valley, the route becomes quite tougher with steep uphills along the granite cliffs and glaciers.

Makalu Base Camp is a challenging and strenuous trek in the eastern Himalayas of Nepal. This trek demands serious effort and is more suitable for experienced trekkers. The highest point of the trek is Makalu Base Camp at an elevation of 4,870 meters. Standing at the foot of Mt. Makalu, the base camp offers breathtaking sights of Lhotse, Chamlang, and Kanchenjunga along with the extraordinary Kangshung face of Mount Everest. This trek winds through Makalu Barun National Park and combines incredible mountainscapes, rugged trails, distinct cultures, and rare wildlife.

Highlights of Makalu Base Camp Trek

  • Relish the breathtaking view of Mt. Makalu, Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Chamlang, and Kanchenjunga
  • Walk in the densely forested area of Makalu Barun National Park and Conservation Area.
  • Witness the distinct Rai and Sherpa culture and their rustic lifestyle
  • Discover the rare wildlife, including Himalayan Tahr and red panda

Outline Itinerary of Makalu Base Camp Trek

DayDescriptionAltitude from (Meters)Altitude to (Meters)Trekking Duration
1Fly from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar (394 meters) and Drive to Chichira1,4001,9804-5 hours
2Trek from Chichira to Num1,9801,5606-7 hours
3Trek from Num to Seduwa1,5601,5006-7 hours
4Trek from Seduwa to Tashigaon1,5002,1004-5 hours
5Trek from Tashigaon to Khongma Danda2,1003,5006-7 hours
6Acclimatization Day at Khongma Danda3,5003,500-
7Trek from Khongma Danda to Dobate3,5003,5006-7 hours
8Trek from Dobate to Yangri Kharka3,5003,5576-7 hours
9Trek from Yangri Kharka to Langmale Kharka3,5574,4105-6 hours
10Trek from Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp4,4104,8707-8 hours
11Explore Makalu Base Camp4,8704,870-
12Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangri Kharka4,8703,5576-7 hours
13Trek from Yangri Kharka to Dobate3,5573,5006-7 hours
14Trek from Dobate to Khongma Danda3,5003,5005-6 hours
15Trek from Khongma Danda to Tashigaon3,5002,1004-5 hours
16Trek from Tashigaon to Seduwa2,1001,5004-5 hours
17Trek from Seduwa to Num1,5001,5605-6 hours
18Trek from Num to Tumlingtar1,5603946-7 hours
19Fly from Tumlingtar to Kathmandu3941,40050 mins

Treks Around Kathmandu Valley

25. Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

Chisapani Nagarkot Trek is one of the shortest trekking routes around Kathmandu valley. The gentle walk through the densely forested trails is perfect for novice trekkers who are looking to experience the beauty of nature. This trek offers a walk through beautiful forests, cascading waterfalls, stunning views, terraced farms, and traditional villages.

Starting from Sundarijal, the final destination of this trek is at Nagarkot. A significant highlight of the trek, Nagarkot is a beautiful hilltop located east of Kathmandu. This small hill station offers stunning views of sunrise and sunset over the panoramic mountains like Annapurna range, Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, and Manaslu.

Highlights of Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

  • Relatively short yet rewarding treks close from the capital city, Kathmandu
  • Hike through the shades of pine and oak forest in Shivapuri National Park
  • Witness the awe-inspiring sunrise and sunset from the hilltop of Nagarkot
  • Enjoy the panoramic view of Annapurna, Langtang Lirung, Manaslu, and Ganesh Himal
  • See the cascading waterfalls at Sundarijal

Outline Itinerary of Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

DayItineraryAltitude from (Meters)Altitude to (Meters)Trekking Duration
1Drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1,350 meters) and Hike to Chisapani1,4002,1755-6 hours
2Trek from Chisapani to Nagarkot2,1752,1756-7 hours
3Trek from Nagarkot to Bhaktapur (1,350 meters) and Drive to Kathmandu2,1751,4005-6 hours

Best Time to Trek in Nepal

If you’re willing to go trekking in the high Himalayas of Nepal, we highly recommend you to do it during Spring (March, April and May) and Autumn (September, October and November). These seasons are the most favorable time to go trekking anywhere in the mountain trails of Nepal.

The weather conditions during this time of the year tend to stay consistently moderate, making it perfect for long trekking hours. During these seasons, the sky tends to stay clear and less clouded. This means you can enjoy the outstanding views of the surrounding landscapes and towering mountains. During spring and autumn, the commercial trekking routes like Everest and Annapurna are massively crowded with thousands of trekkers heading out for the adventure.

Except for a few challenging treks, you can also go trekking in most parts of the country during winter (December to February). However, winter brings harsh weather and extreme cold, especially in the higher reaches of the Himalayas. The trails are mostly filled with snow, making it more challenging to walk. In the case of excessive snowfall, the high passes of the mountain might be closed. If you’re planning to trek in Nepal during winter, make sure to pack warm clothes and a sleeping bag.

Monsoon (June to August) is considered the least favorable time to trek in Nepal. The route in monsoon is mostly wet and slippery, causing high risk of landslides. However, it is suitable to trek in rain shadow areas like Upper Dolpo and Upper Mustang during this time of year. Make sure to carry water-resistant clothes and jackets to stay protected from the rain showers while trekking in monsoon.

Here’s a table indicating the average temperature and rain precipitation of some of the major cities of Nepal:

LocationElevation (meters)Average Minimum Temperature (°C)Average Maximum Temperature (°C)Annual Rainfall (mm)
Kathmandu1,40010.123.61505
Pokhara90013.125.33474
Biratnagar8016.228.91898
Nepalgunj15015.431.61175

Packing List for Trekking in Nepal

Here is the list of essentials you must pack before heading off in the Himalayas of Nepal:

Bags:

  • Daypack
  • Backpack
  • Duffel Bag

Clothing:

  • Trekking Trousers
  • Trekking Shirt
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Down Jacket
  • Thermal Layer
  • Waterproof Shell Jacket
  • Breathable Underwear
  • Sports Bra

Footwears:

  • Trekking Boots
  • Trainers/Sandals
  • Thermal Socks
  • Hiking Socks
  • Gaiter

Head Wears:

  • Beanie
  • Sun Protection Hat
  • Buff/Neck Gaiter

Hand Wear:

  • Inner Gloves
  • Outer Gloves

Important Accessories:

  • Trekking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Basic Medical Kits
  • UV Protection Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Trekking Towels
  • Headlamp
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Sunscreen/Lip Balm
  • Toiletries
  • Camera
  • Portable Chargers

Guided or Independent — How to Trek in Nepal

Guided Trek

While backpacking has become the modern-day trend in tourism globally, guided treks still hold the stature of hassle-free experience in the wilderness. If you book the trip through a travel company, they tend to handle all the details such as itinerary, route navigation, potential campsites, transportation, accommodation, and food. For most trekkers, less hassle while trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal means a much more relaxed way of traveling.

In addition to that, having an experienced guide in the remote mountains provide a sense of safety and well-being. They also provide a proper insight into the surrounding mountains, local flora, fauna, culture, and lifestyle of the people.

If you’re an amateur traveler and are short on experience in the wilderness, guided treks are potentially the best option for you.

Pros:

  • Safe and comfortable
  • Hassle-free
  • Saves time and energy
  • Expert assistance
  • Employment opportunities to the locals
  • Deeper insights into the local culture, lifestyle, and places

Cons:

  • More expensive
  • No luxury of changing the itineraries
  • Less adventurous

Independent Trek

Independent trek is a great way to explore any place as it provides a sense of freedom over many aspects while traveling in a foreign land. Trekking without a guide means handling all the responsibilities, making all the arrangements, and carrying your backpack.

While trekking independently may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it certainly is well-suited for avid adventurers who do not mind taking risks and a little discomfort.

Traveling on your own gives you more control as you can alter your itineraries, choose your accommodation, travel at your own pace, stop when you feel like, and take side trips as you please. However, an independent trek will most likely be less comfortable than the organized tours. It can be complicated to handle the entire logistics of the trek by yourself.

If you choose to travel without a guide, make sure to learn a few Nepali words and the local culture of the place.

Pros:

  • Relatively cheaper
  • Sense of confidence and self-reliance
  • Choose your itinerary
  • More adventurous

Cons:

  • Slightly risky and unsafe
  • Takes a lot of time and energy
  • Independent treks can be arduous
  • Might have to deal with isolation and loneliness

Insurance for the Trek

Whether you’re going on a short hike or lengthy trek in the Himalayas, travel insurance is a must-have, especially while heading to a country like Nepal. As most of the treks in Nepal involve long hours of walking in the high elevations, altitude sickness, hypothermia, food poisoning, sprained ankles, and respiratory infections are common issues.

If any of these happen to you while trekking above 4,000 meters, you would not want to spend days or weeks walking back to Kathmandu for treatment. You’ll need a helicopter evacuation to travel back to the city as soon as possible. A helicopter evacuation alone can cost you a minimum of USD 5,000 without including the in-flight medical services or hospital treatments. Apart from this, you may come across several unforeseeable circumstances like accidents, theft, natural disasters, and trip cancelation.

Therefore, having proper travel insurance can compensate for the hefty bills if you come across these difficult situations. It is vital to remember that not all insurance companies cover the necessary costs in their policy. So, make sure to buy proper travel insurance that comprises of medical expenses, helicopter evacuation, accidents, natural disasters, and trip cancelation over a certain altitude that you’re traveling.

Useful Tips for Trekking In Nepal

The journey to the Himalayas of Nepal is truly one of the best experiences on earth. From breathtaking mountainscapes to the unique cultures, Nepal is an ideal destination for backpackers and adventure enthusiasts. However, it is essential to put significant forethought before heading off to the mountains. Lack of preparation and planning can spoil the entire experience in the Himalayas.

Here are a few things you should know before trekking in the mountain trails of Nepal:

Fitness is Essential

It is crucial that you maintain your physical fitness before heading off to the mountains of Nepal. Whether you’re going for a short hike or a challenging trek, you must stay fit enough to walk long hours at high altitudes.

Engage in cardio-oriented exercises like jogging, cycling, swimming, and hiking for at least 3 to 4 days a week before the trek. If you consider hitting the gym, we advise you to focus on your core and legs in particular.

Stay Hydrated — Drink Plenty of Water

Since you’re most likely going to walk for 5 to 7 hours every day while on the trek, your body will lose a massive amount of electrolytes and dehydrate quickly. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated on the trail.

It is convenient to carry a water bottle and fill it up every morning. On average, it is advised to drink 4 to 5 liters of water every day while trekking in the Himalayas.

Acclimatize Properly — Prepare for Acute Mountain Sickness

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a common condition while trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal. It is vital to maintain your pace and acclimatize well before trekking to higher elevations.

Rushing the itinerary may cause serious trouble as your body may not get sufficient time to adapt to the thin air of the Himalayas. Walking at the most comfortable pace and having occasional rest days for acclimatization helps to reduce the chances of Acute Mountain Sickness.

Carry Enough Cash

Apart from the major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, there are very few places where ATMs are available in the country. So, it is convenient to carry plenty of cash for the trek and not rely on the ATMs.

Additionally, we recommend you to carry the local currency as it will be much easier to pay the bills in the teahouses.

Stay Alert of Yaks and Mules on the Trail

In the Himalayas, yaks and mules are the major transports that carry the supplies up and down the mountains. While trekking in the rugged trails of Nepal, you’ll come across plenty of these animals.

In case you see any of these approaching you, dodge off their way and stay to the mountainside for your safety. Never stay towards the cliffside as they may accidentally push you down the cliff.

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Conclusion

Whether you’re embarking on a short trek or a month-long adventure, Nepal is an ultimate paradise for trekkers and mountain enthusiasts. Although a small country, the diverse topography of Nepal offers a variety of options for trekking.

Trekking in Nepal is truly one of the most incredible experiences offering beautiful mountain views, high passes, glacial lakes, rustic villages, unique cultures, and royal hospitality. Choose any of the 25 Best Treks and you will make memories that will last a lifetime.

Basu Panday

Basu Panday started his journey in tourism and hospitality as a support staff 17 years ago.

He has travelled all the Himalayan region as trekking staff and trekking guide, and have climbed 6000+ meters several trekking peaks in the Himalaya. He often leads trips in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. He had travelled to many other countries such as Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Romania, Lithuania, Greece, Denmark Spain, Australia and the USA for promotion of Nepal’s tourism. 

After working as support staff, then tour and trek guide, he eventually fulfilled his desire to start his own company, Nepal Social Treks and Expedition, in 2006.

Basu is friendly and he is the one who answers most of your trip questions. So if you have any inquiry about our trip, don't be shy. Write to us.

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