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5 Best Routes for Trekking in Nepal

  • 28-Jan-2022
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Nepal is a medium-sized country offering thousands of trekking options and the best travel destinations to the Himalayan foothills. From Kanchenjunga to the east, trekkers can choose to trek on the bases of Api and Saipal in the westernmost parts of the country. From a single day's hike to the hilltop to three months long, all kinds of the great Himalayan trekking trails are available inside the territory of 147181 sq. km. 

Not only limited to this still, more than 415 mountains are also already permitted to climb; seeker-loving extreme adventure and challenges have such more options too. Around more than thousands of people move towards the Nepalese Himalayas every year for trekking, climbing, exploring nature's hidden gem. 

While trekking, hikers are welcomed and greeted by fascinating nature and the locals' unique cultural traditions. Each trekking destination has its unique values, traditional and cultural performances, living lifestyle, making trekkers amazed and never tired of learning and exploring each precious moment.

In this era of the virtual world, you may have already explored and live-out this nation virtually. But, don't just see it artificially but prefer to experience the gem of actual events plan physically for your next holiday to Nepal to witness its hidden reality. 

If I begin to list the best trekking routes in Nepal, pages will run out. However, Everest, Langtang, Manaslu, Annapurna, and Upper Mustang are the utmost and most famous regions where most trekkers wish to travel. In addition, Dolpo, Humla, Rara, Kanchenjunga, and Makalu are authentic and precise routes for off-beaten lifetime experiences. Here, I have chosen some of the most popular trekking routes if you're planning to trek in Nepal. 

1. Everest Base Camp Trek Everest

The Everest base camp trek is the best trekking destination in Nepal that leads you to the foot of the world's tallest peak on the planet-Mt. Everest (8848.86m above sea level). Starting this journey after the short scenic mountain flight to Lukla, passing Sherpa settlements, dazzling and fresh vegetation, a wide range of flora and fauna of Sagarmatha National Park, different sacred sanctums with long mane walls, monasteries, chortens, gompas, stunning sceneries of world-class peaks, rivers, pristine waterfalls, and large valleys before stepping foot to your ultimate destination-the EVEREST BASE CAMP (5364m above the sea level). You will reach EBC after an 8-9 day upward hike from the Lukla runway. Encircled by the majestic Himalayas, Everest Base Camp, you will see the breathtaking sceneries in your every step. 


Standing high at Kalapatthar (a morning hike from your last teahouse), trekkers will be fascinated to see the stunning, eye-catching sunrise over giant peaks. High elevated peaks like Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhoste, Mt. Lobuche, and the entire Mahalangur Mountain range. The first kiss and strike of sun rays over those sky-touching peaks look like something has changed from black and white to colorful. 

2. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

After Everest Base Camp, trekking to this planet it's 10th most elevated peak. Annapurna (8091m) is one of the best trekking destinations in Nepal, which owns worldwide popularity with full of adventure and challenges among the trekkers throughout the globe. Trekkers feel overwhelmed by seeing the smiling faces of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massifs, lustrous backwoods and wide range of wildlife of Annapurna Conservation Area, blossoms of rhododendrons (in spring), stunning small ethnic settlements with different cultures and traditions, lifestyles, and environment of traditional rice fields, cultivated lands, river gorges, hospitable and ever-smiling and goodhearted people, and a plethora of religious monuments and temples. Your real journey starts from Nayapul- a two-hour drive from Pokhara. Reaching Pokhara takes a 6-7 hours' drive or 25 minutes scenic flight from the capital-Kathmandu. 


Truly, trekking Annapurna is a rare chance to explore two base camps, i.e., Machhapuchre Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp, which have close-up and breathtaking views of two of the top 10 tallest peaks (Mt Dhaulagiri-7th and Mt. Annapurna-10th) in your single journey. 


Another one is a lower elevated trek than Everest Base Camp, Manaslu Circuit, and other elevated journeys that reach only 4130m above the sea level, making lower risks of Acute Mountain Sickness and comfortable for beginners. 

3. Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek, one of the typical finest and most trekked destinations, rounds the Mt. Annapurna ranges in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. The most stunning high elevated journey of the entire Annapurna Region, hikers, will reach 5416m at Thorang La during their trekking course. 


As you begin your journey from Benshihar enriched with the cultural and traditional settlements of Gurung ethnic, lustrous vegetation full of apple orchids, rhododendron forests, and following the banks of Marsyangdi river, stunning mountain sceneries, rocky ridges, valleys, large meadows, religious shrines. Ultimately, we will reach Thorung La-one, of the world's broadest and most famous passes, before descending to Pokhara. 


As the elevation varies enormously during your trek to Annapurna Circuit, trekkers need to be aware and take care of Acute Mountain Sickness. Therefore, it would be best to devote some of your trekking time for acclimatization purposes. Plenty of side trips are available too during this trip. Nar Phu Valley, Tilicho Lake, Ghorepani Poonhill are some of the major options you can adjoin with this that add even thrill to your trip. 

4. Manaslu Circuit trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek is the round journey to the world's 8th loftiest peak in north-central Nepal.A great alternative to Annapurna Circuit and Everest Base camp trek. Manaslu Circuit trek takes you to the less-visited and peaceful trails full of dozens of small ethnic villages and traditional customs of local people that are apart from this hectic modernization, pollution, and development.


Two conservation areas, Annapurna and Manaslu, have a wide range of flora and fauna, distinct vegetation, local culture and traditions, and semi Tibetan lifestyles. Ready to walk in the large fields, narrow paths, river canyons, and dense backwoods with novice and lifetime experiences every moment. 

Your real trip starts after an 8-9 hours' scenic drive to Soti Khola from Kathmandu. Machha Khola, Jagat, Philim, Deng, Ghap, Lho Samagaon, Samdo Larkya La, Bhimthang, and Dharapani are significant landmarks of this trek. Starting the journey from the sub-tropical atmosphere, you progressively soar to the alpine climatic zone during your hike leaving the plains and rocky ridges, extensive pasturelands, with awe-inspiring and breathtaking mountain views of Himalayan ranges from Mansiri to Annapurna. 


Remember one important thing! Trekking Manaslu solo is not possible as it falls under the restricted region of Nepal. You need to hire a license holder guide authorized by the government. If you trek through a local trekking agency, they shall manage every nitty-gritty for you.

5. Langtang Valley Trek

One of Kathmandu Valley's nearest famous trekking destinations, Langtang Valley Trek offers stunning and majestic views of snow-capped mountains nestled in the Langtang Mountain ranges, including Langtang Ri Ganesh Himal, Ganjala Peak, Langsisa, Jugal Himal, and Langtang Himal. 


A bona fide experience of Tibetan Buddhism, ethnic Tamang settlements, flourishing rhododendrons, pine, fir, and oak forests, crossing alpine pastures, and exploring the diverse range of wildlife and vegetation of the Langtang National Park can be witnessed throughout the journeying course. 


Various religious spots include Kyanjin Gompa, Langtang Gompa, Mane walls, Chortens, monasteries, fluttering prayer flags, long mane walls, etc., you can witness in your short journey to Langtang valley.


The destructive earthquake of 2015 had destroyed Langtang valley badly. But most of them are already renovated.


 So, these are some of the most delicate routes for trekking in Nepal, offering you pleasing and life-changing experiences. 

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