Nepal is visited by many tourists every year. And every year one of their main motive is to trek. The country is famous for it’s wonderful, thrilling landscapes that makes it the trekkers dream destination. Here are list of the best trekking destination that Nepal has to offer.
The Annapurna Nepal region is most popular trekking region in Nepal, attracting over 75% of all trekkers annually. Annapurna is a series of peaks in the Himalayas, a 55km long massif of which the highest point, Annapurna I, stands at 8,091m, making it the tenth highest summit in the world and one of the 14 ‘eight thousanders’. Located at the east of great gorge cut through the Himalaya Mountains by the Kali Gandaki River, which separates it from the Dhaulagiri massif.
The Annapurna massif contains six major peaks over 7200m. They are Annapurna I(8091m) ranked tenth, Annapurna II(7937m) ranked sixteenth, Annapurna III(7555m) ranked 42nd, Annapurna IV(7525m), Gangapurna(7455m) ranked 59th and Annapurna South(7219m) ranked 101st. The name Annapurna comes form sanskrit which literally means “full of food” and represents a feminine form. But according to Hinduism, the name suggests Goddess of the Harvests. It means, the universal and timeless kitchen-goddess..the mother who feeds. Without her there is starvation, a universal fear.
The Annapurna region is located to the north of Pokhara, where the spectacular diversity of Nepal appears at its finest. The deep valleys and high mountains encircling the giant Annapurna mountain embrace a wide range of peoples and terrain. The landscapes range from subtropical jungle to a high, dry land resembling the Tibetan plateau. This is one of the most popular trekking regions which as the tamest areas with very good hospitality and services on the way.
There are three major trekking routes in this region: to Muktinath, to Annapurna Conservation Area Project, and the Annapurna circuit. The Annapurna circuit is one of the several world-class treks. These peaks are the world’s most dangerous mountains to climb, with a fatality to summit ratio of more than 40%. The other two are less strenuous as well as effectively safe. You can choose any of the trekking routes, depending on your wish and desire for thrill. But all in all, the experience in any of these routes is fabulous. Annapurna in itself is a thrilling journey and anything there is nothing but worthwhile.
Jomsom trek is one of the most popular trek in the Annapurna Region. Resided on the north of Pokhara, it gives a spectacular view of Nepal’s diverse culture and geography at its finest. It is one of the most liked trekking region in Nepal. It isn’t complicated and gives you the experience you wont forget. This classic favorite trek starts with a long climb to and then descends to the world’s deepest gorge, on the Kali Gandaki River, going all the way from rhododendron forests to the beginning of the Tibetan plateau.
It is also among the tamest areas, with excellent lodges lining the main routes. On the way the trail will be shared with trains of burros and ponies traveling to Mustang and other areas, which makes traveling around this path more safe and fun. Since, it is a major trade and trekking route, so there are facilities for trekkers almost every hour all along the trek. The best part is that these hotels are well-equipped and will provide with the best service.
This trek will not only give you the most amazing view of mountain ranges and landscapes but you will also have the chance to encounter unique cultural people who practice their ancient traditions even today. This gives you a taste of Nepali culture and habitat along with the opportunity to mingle with the people. The maximum altitude reached on this trek is 3800m and can be completed by anybody with a moderate level of fitness.
If you are an enthusiast and want a trekking adventure around the outskirts of Nepal, yet not a tough one, then Jomsom trek is perfect for you. You can also take side trips from the Kali Gandaki valley, to either the 1950 French Annapurna base camp to the base camp for Dhaulagiri. The views are to die for and the route actually crosses to the other side of the main Himalayan ranges for some unusual views of the northern flanks. A trekking guide is highly recommended although the paths aren’t so difficult. It is only for your safety and well being.
A trek around Dhaulagiri is challenging. The sixth highest mountain in the world, Dhaulagiri lies north-west of Pokhara culminating to its highest point at the eastern end. The trekking around the massive 8,167m/26,745ft involves snow and glacier walking. It is perfect for those who have a sense of adventure and can handle the unexpected. The mountain range is nothing but magnificent. The name itself means ‘white mountain’ and it lives up to it. It is nothing like anything you would have experienced.
Trekking in this region means an exploration of the wild. This recently reopened region has long kept secrets which is one of its biggest fascinating element. One of them includes the Gandaki Gorge, the deepest Gorge in the world. The Dhaulagiri trek includes some fifteen peaks about 7000m. With some mountaineering knowledge and a recommended guide this adventurous journey can be a joy ride. There is so much to explore and the beauty of this region is pleasantly surprising. However, the entire trek is relatively strenuous.
Magdi Glacier, Dhaulagiri Base camp(4750m), French Pass(5360m), the highest point of the trek, including the several peaks such as Putali Himal and Tukuche Peak gives the trekkers an excellent view of Dhaulagiri range. After crossing French pass comes a hidden snow valley that not everyone gets to witness everyday or even in their entire life. It gives you a heavenly taste of white world. The Dhampus peak between Tukuche and Thapa peak is another heavenly spot in the trip.
There are many trekking agencies that will provide you with the service of an explicit trekking adventure. They are all around Kathmandu valley and to make it even easier and convenient for you, they have online service or you can visit them in their website to know about the facilities, cost and furthermore. The duration of the trek usually lasts for 16,18 or even 22 days. This actually depends on your time and interest. It is for sure that the journey will be an experience of your lifetime and you will share it with everyone. It is important that you choose a reliable and trustworthy agency that will definitely assist you with an experienced and professional guide.
Kanchenjunga is the world’s third highest summit. Situated on the eastern border of Nepal, such trilling place is found nowhere else but in Nepal. The Kanchenjunga trekking is the trek to the Base camp of the world’s third highest peak, standing 28,198ft tall. This trek is one of the most popular ones among the tourists and also one of the least explored one.
The trek allows you to witness a diverse geography as well as an opportunity to get engaged with the community that resides there and their culture and lifestyle. This trek is a tough one. It is challenging and strenuous, making it perfect for those who are looking for a real trekking adventure. Although there are plenty of trekking areas in Nepal, all very popular and wonderful, the Kanchenjunga trek is a step ahead. This area is declared as the gift of the Earth, full of alpine grasslands, rocky outcrops, dense temperature and sub-tropical forests and low river valley.
This enchanting area offers the excellent display of flowering glory of rhododendrons, orchid, lilies, primula and many other floras. The must see of this reason is Kanchenjunga Conservation Area spread in an area of 2,035 sq km. It has a rich diversity of wildlife including snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, musk deer, red panda and others. Impheyan, pheasant, red-billed blue mangpie, shy dronggo are the major birds found here.
Very few westerners have traveled to this remote area and have experience the serene scenery of this place. If you wish to be one of them, then the best season to trek the rarely touched trails is February to May and September to November. The total time consumed by this trek is usually from 19 to 27 days, depending on the plans and programs of the agency you sign up for. The days of travel also depends on your own plans and interest as well as time. This high altitude Himalayan trek will be an experience of your lifetime. It should be one of your must do things on the to-do-list before you die.
The Langtang valley is located only 19 miles north of Kathmandu, closer to the border of Tibet. It is the closest one could get to the massive snow capped mountains from Kathmandu valley which makes it one of the favourite trekking regions for many people, both locals and foreigners alike. The valley is dominated by Langtang Lirung standing 7246m, the highest peak in the area. The fact that it is easily accessible along with the visual treat of breathtaking mountain scenery, makes it popular.
The Langtang trek starts from Syabru besi after a 9 hours drive from Kathmandu. Following a trail upstream Bhote Koshi river through ethnic Tamang villages, green forests and the wide spread Kyangin valley surrounded by snowy peaks from all four sides, takes up to Kyangin at 3800 meter. This is where one gets the opportunity to ascend Kyangjin Ri(4350m), from where the 360 degree mountain views are truly heaven. Then after, the trek finds its route back down the valley to Syabru Besi declaring the end of the wonderful journey.
With the delightful scenery to observe and the wonderful cultural, geographical and bio- diversity set in this region, it isn’t surprising that it is one of the most desirable tourist destination. The trekking can last from 11 to 20 days, depending on your time table and interest. It also differs from trekking agency to agency and the trail that the guide leads you in as well. The trek isn’t considered a strenuous one on the difficulty level, but it still remains challenging as it reaches an altitude of 3800m at Kyangjin.
The Langtang trek is open any time of the year except during monsoons. But the best months to take up this journey is in April and May, as the experts believe. This is probably the most wonderful trekking region considering the difficulty, accessibility and the pleasant treat of a good trekking it gives. If you are looking forward for a trekking experience in Nepal, this one must be considered. You wont regret it. All you have to make sure is that the trekking or traveling agency that you have signed up for is a reputable and reliable one. They will take care of your needs and provide you with the best service.
Makalu trekking is one of the most popular trekking destination in Nepal. It is protected by the Makalu Barun National park and Conservation Project, set up in 1992. The park covers 2330 sq km altogether. This includes the fifth highest peak in the world, Mt. Makalu.
It is also home to other mountains, Mt Chambling(7319m) and Mt. Baruntse( 7129m). The mountains are a restricted area, however, the trekking is allowed in Arun Valley and to the dense forest, alpine meadows and up to the Barun glacier and to the base camp, from where the spectacular view of Mt. Makalu can be witnessed. The trekking around the Makalu route itself is extraordinary. With the attractions like Great Himalayan peaks , snowy villages, mighty rivers, the trek is a heavenly experience. It never fails to impress it’s visitors, both foreigners and natives alike.
The trekking in Makalu region is best in April to May and late September to October. The trek usually lasts from 20 to 25 days. This depends in the plan and program of the respective travel agency you sign up with and also with your own time and interests. Regardless of how many days your trek lasts, the fun is the same. There is no compensating on that. The best part of the Makalu trek is that it is one of the most remote and unfrequented areas of Nepal i.e. the Barun valley. It lets you explore some of the less witnessed and untouched parts. Some of the richest and most diverse plants and animals in Nepal reside in this areas and hence, makes the journey even more exciting and unexpectedly pleasant in every corner and turns.
Manaslu is the world’s seventh highest peak standing 8156m tall. This area, situated close to the Annapurna massif, was only opened for trekking in 1992. This is one of the finest trekking routes, providing spectacular beauty along the border of Nepal and China. Trekking around Manaslu offers a unique opportunity to experience a reasonably UN-walked trails and untouched regions of Nepal, making the journey even more especial. Since, this region of Nepal is visited by very few trekkers, it makes the journey even more exclusive and unspoiled.
Located in west-central Nepal, the 177km trek around Manaslu is popular among all trekkers. especially those who are strong walkers. It provides the best that Nepal has to offer: fantastic mountain scenery, spanning altitudes from 375m to 5,300m. The untouched trails around Manaslu is a fascinating one along with the three peaks known as the ‘Japanese Peaks’ ascending along Budhi Gandaki river and through contrasting worlds of Lho, Sama gaon(3,450m) and crossing the highest point of the trek Larkya La (5,213m), which is a mere 8km from Tibet border. In the west is Himlung Himal(7,126m), Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru(6,981m) and Annapurna II(7,937m). From Larkya La, the descent is steep and usually snow covered upto Tanbuche.
The trekking trails and routes vary from agency to agency and guide to guide. But most of all, they are similar to each other, differing only in time and stay. The trekking can last from 18 to 25 days depending on the trail the guide follows and your time and interest as well. But the time and stay does no wrong to the experience you will gather. Manaslu in itself is rich in culture and geography, that nothing can hamper your joy ride. The majestic Himalayan ranges in this area consists of cultural diversities and natural scenery with high altitude, magnificent glacier, lakes and fascinating flora and fauna, all features of this region, have made it one of the most well liked places of Nepal.
It is a restricted area requiring special trekking permit to get entry into the region for foreigners. It is important that the agency that you choose for the trek is a reliable and reputed one. There are many fake and unregistered agencies around Kathmandu. Make a detail research and know as much as you can about it’s background before making any commitment. With a good agency to take care of your needs and providing the best service, the trekking experience will be one of your lifetime.