Top Ten Most Popular Treks in Nepal

  • Last Updated on Oct 7, 2022

Nepal is naturally and historically a beautiful country located in mid-Asia which has phenomenal landscapes which offer various most popular top 10 best trekking routes. It is a country of ever smiling 28.98 million people and the highest mountains- 8 out of top ten, keep their head high as high as Mount Everest. Furthermore, fascinating and glorifying places, as well as its natural, historical, religious, and cultural beauty, makes Nepal one of the best destinations for the explorer. “Despite the presence of oodles of mud, lotus flaunts its beauty in an ultimate manner”. It’s the saying that perfectly fits for the country because despite every obstacle country has stood up and has been continuing its journey towards making it a more beautiful destination for tourists across the world. There is a saying 'guest are god 'in Nepal which reflects in their behavior as well.

Nepal Trek Adventures stand here to serve many trekking and tours packages for the travelers who are planning their holidays to spend in the lap of Himalayas. The most popular trekking route in the world is Everest Base Camp Trekking, which is of minimum 5 days up to 25 days including all beautiful parts of Everest region. In average yearly 35000 to 50000 people visit this area. Most of the trips to Everest are fully guided and organized the tour with full packages basis. But you can also find private group tour and fixed departure group joining treks in Everest.

Likewise, second best trekking region in Nepal is Annapurna, which offers many different packages including Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit- Thorong la Pass with Muktinath temple and Jomsom Valley and more. The main attraction of Annapurna Region is Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, which is famous for Sunrise and Sarangkot for sunset view. To charm the view of Annapurna Himalayas one can always plan a day trip, 5 days, week or up to 3 weeks to capture the beauties queen Annapurna beholds. Besides these two regions, we have more special restricted trekking routes like Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit and Upper Dolpo which are also on the list.

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Best Top 10 Most Popular Trekking Routes in Nepal Himalaya

Here, we have included 10 most famous trekking itineraries for our valuable guest in order to make them easy in selecting the best one for their incredible holidays in Nepal.

1. Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek is the grand opportunity to explore the path set by pioneers Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenjin Norgay Sherpa through their journey in 1953 during summiting the highest peak of the world, Mt. Everest (8848m). It provides the view of beautiful Gokyo Lakes, Himalayan Glaciers one of which is Khumbu Glaciers, Himalayan ranges such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Ama Dablam, and many more. It also makes the travelers close to new and astonishing vegetation, flora and fauna, and people of the Sherpa community with their own cultures, religions, traditions and their lifestyle. All these features of the region have made it more interesting and demandable. Most of the people around the world go for trekking to this base camp which also has made it more popular day by day and popped its name on the top of the list of trekking routes in Nepal. Everest Base Camp Trek is the grand opportunity to explore the path set by pioneers Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenjin Norgay Sherpa through their journey in 1953 during summiting the highest peak of the world, Mt. Everest (8848m). It provides the view of beautiful Gokyo Lakes, Himalayan Glaciers one of which is Khumbu Glaciers, Himalayan ranges such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Ama Dablam, and many more. It also makes the travelers close to new and astonishing vegetation, flora and fauna, and people of the Sherpa community with their own cultures, religions, traditions and their lifestyle. All these features of the region have made it more interesting and demandable. Most of the people around the world go for trekking to this base camp which also has made it more popular day by day and popped its name on the top of the list of trekking routes in Nepal.

2. Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna circuit trek is another remarkable trek that takes you around the Annapurna region reaching the height at Thorong La Pass at the altitude of 5,416m (17,769ft). During this trek, we walk through the land of Lamjung, Manang, Jomsom and Muktinath region, and world’s deepest Kali Gandaki gorge with Annapurna I rising to 8091m at east and Dhaulagiri rising to 8167m at the west which provides the closeness to diverse Nepalese landscapes and cultures. This trek ends at Poon Hill which offers the scenic view of two mountains Annapurna and Machapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain).  All these extreme features and numbers of trekkers (approximately 95000 yearly) have made it one of the top trekking routes in Nepal.

3. Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit trek offers you the scenic view of the Himalayas, cultural heritage sites, diverse mountain flora and fauna, extensive forests along with Tibetan style culture and traditions of people. The highest point reached during this trek is Larkya La Pass (5213m) passed through Budi Gandaki River giving the attractive view of Himchuli, Manaslu (8118m), Ganesh Himal, and many more. This rewarding, adventurous, and thrilling trek provides pristine moments in the Himalayas enjoying the snowy horizon around. Because of all these features, this trek is becoming more popular and making its name rise upper and upper with the numbers of visitors of about 15000 yearly.

4. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, also known as Annapurna Sunrise Trek, is the trek best suited for people who want to experience trekking but have only limited time.  Ghorepani is the village of northern-central Nepal in Myagdi district in Nepal situated at the height of 2874m (9429ft) within Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA). It is mostly visited to view the epic moment of sunrise and snow-capped peaks from the top of Poon Hill at the height of 3210m (10531ft). This trail leads through the beautiful rhododendron forest, streams, heterogeneous landscapes and lush vegetation which will create the deep impression in trekkers’ mind and heart. All these reasons have made this trek more mesmerizing and do once one.

5. Langtang Valley Trek

This trek is also known as The Valley of Glacier Trek, offers the wonderful view of mountains on either side, pine forests, rivers and mountain streams, rugged rocks and snow-capped peaks. Here is also situated Langtang National Park which conserves the species of animals like Himalayan black bear, Himalayan Thar, Rhesus monkeys, and Red panda. Yeti is also said to be observed by many trekkers. The majority of people residing here are Tamang (Tibetan descents) with their own and different to others culture, architect, costumes, and dances. Besides, this trek follows the path through series of forests of rhododendron, oaks, pine, and bamboo passing through the narrow gorge of Langtang River and alpine grassland of Kyanjin Gompa where the glacier meets the meadow. All of the scenarios around create the illusion of being in heaven which has made it one of the best treks in Nepal.

6. Upper Mustang Trekking

Upper Mustang is the remote trekking region south to Kagbeni with Tibetan influenced culture, thousand years of old monasteries, caves, local tribes and scenic beauty of different landscapes. The adventure starts from Annapurna Conservation Area entry from Kagbeni passing through the world’s deepest gorge Kaligandaki and world’s highest region Lo-Mangthang valley. On the trial, treeless barren landscapes, glaciers, steep rocky trail up and downhill, and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and many more peaks are also the major attractions. It is a restricted area trek. Another surprising aspect of this region after the people with different lifestyle is that it is used to be said previously that all the brothers in a family are married to a single girl, i.e. a practice of polyandry.

7. Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Lying on the eastern border of Nepal, Kanchenjunga provides the great opportunity to experience remoteness, fantastic mountain vista, assorted flora, and fauna, spectacularly flowing rivers from mountains, traditional villages, local diverse culture. All these natural and cultural beauties of the region make it the better place to visit at least once a lifetime. This third highest peak of the world (8585m) itself means “Five Great Treasuries of the Snow” although it has seven main summits. This journey starts from flight to Taplejung (Suketar) and followed by the trek to Chauki through the villages of Mitlung, Ghunsa, Khambachen and Lhonak to Pangpema (5140m) which is the base camp for expedition attempting the North Face of Kanchenjunga II and the peak of first part of the trek.

8. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp trek offers both walking and drives. The trail passes through Ghorepani Poon Hill, Tadapani, Deurali and finally, reaches the base camp. This trek falls on this list as it offers the beautiful and close views of the Himalayas like Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (7041m), Fishtail (6998m), Mt. Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Mt. Himchuli, Lamjung Himal, Tukuche peak (6920m) and many more. Being the tenth highest peak of the world is also simply a big explanation for the mountain. Other features of the trek which make it more ideal are hills and dense forests with rhododendron, pine, oak and bamboo trees, rivers (like Chomrong and Modi), cattle, Waterfalls, and so on.

9. Gokyo Ri Trek

Gokyo Ri (5537m) is the highest peak in Khumbu region of the Nepalese Himalayas. It is located on west side of the Ngozumpa glacier, the largest glacier in Nepal and the largest in the Himalayas. It provides the splendid panorama of four above 8000m peaks i.e. Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Cho-Oyu. The stone houses and the settlements in such a huge height also make it more special. All the glaciers, lakes, Himalayan ranges, forests, small or big waterfalls have made it like a heaven in this lonely planet and of course, on ninth position holder in our list.

10. Upper Dolpo Trekking

Dolpo is a far-flung region bordered by Dhaulagiri and Churen Himal Ranges in east and south and is categorized in two parts, upper and lower. Lower Dolpo provides the remarkable view of snowy peaks, beautiful lakes, prehistoric and remote villages, rich flora and fauna, Buddhists monasteries and people with mixed Tibetan and Nepalese cultures and traditions. Upper Dolpo trekking starts from Juphal which is followed by stride passing through Dunai, Tarakot, Sanu her village, beautiful Phoksundo Lake (popular factor of this region) which is the part of Shey Phoksundo National Park (largest National park of Nepal). The area is categorized as one of the World’s Natural Hidden Wonders as it is surrounded by rocks, forests, and snow-capped peaks, most amazing wildlife including blue sheep, the Serow, and Snow Leopard. Last but not the least, standing applause goes for upper Dolpo trek for providing such a beautiful eye-catching panorama for the lifetime.

Anuja Sharma

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