Below is my list of favorite villages from the most popular treks in Nepal.

1. Manang (3.519m) – The Jewel Of The Annapurna Circuit

You arrive in Manang after about 5/7 days into the Annapurna circuit trek. After spending time hiking through lush, tropical forests, in the lower parts of the circuit, you arrive in this truly mountain village, surrounded by mountains and with the Gangapurna glacier hanging above it. This is where you should stop for acclimatization before heading for the Thorong-La pass. There is no shortage of treks around: Ice Lake hike, Gangapurna lake hike, Tilicho Lake trek.While here, don’t miss on the delicious Yak Burger at the Mountain View Lodge. You also have two trekker’s shops here and a cinema.

If you are interested to trek in this area check out our packages:  Annapurna Circuit Trek    Tilicho Lake Trek   Annapurna Base Camp trek   Gorephani-Poonhill trek

2. Namche Bazaar (3.440m) – The Gate To Everest Base Camp Trek

Namche Bazaar is probably the most well know village because it is the place where people doing the Everest Base Camp trek acclimatize here. Here you find the highest Irish Pub in the world. It is also an excellent place to bargain for some good products in the weekly Saturday market. If you are craving some good Yak cheese (as I was), this is the place to find it. From above Namche you can admire Everest, the highest mountain in the world. It is a steep hike up to Everest View Hotel (3.880m). Don’t miss the Sagarmata National Park Visitor’s Center as the free alternative to the Sherpa Heritage museum for wonderful pictures of the valley and useful information about the evolution of the area.

If you are interested to trek in this area check out our packages:  Everest Base Camp trek   Everest three high passes trek    Everest View trek

3. Kyanjin Gompa (3.800m) – The Most Picturesque Village On Langtang Valley

The Langtang valley was the hardest hit by the Earthquake in 2015. Most of the houses here and the Gompa have been destroyed. With external and internal funding, most of it has been rebuilt. You will find here, not only a beautiful village sitting at the feet of the impressive Langtang Lirung peak (7.227m) and its glacier but new and comfortable guest houses, a cheese factory and hot showers. Apart from the Kyanjin Ri and Tserko Ri peaks you can also have a walk along the valley. There are no more guest houses beyond the village and you can delight in wild scenery, where you will only meet yaks and horses. If you are up for more serious mountaineering, you can hire here guides and tents and head for Yala Peak (5.500m) or for the more challenging Naya Kanga peak (5.844m).

If you are interested to trek in this area check out our packages:  Langtang/Goisaikund trek   Langtang Valley trek   Ganja-La Pass trek   Naya Kanga Peak climbing

The author :Cristina Podocea is a Romanian adventuress in love with Nepal who has spent many months hiking around the Himalayas. She loves writing as much as she loves trekking therefore she decided to share some of her photography and knowledge on our blog, since she used our services extensively. Follow her on her Facebook page (Cristina Podocea) and Instagram account (@Unsettledfeet).

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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