Best Viewpoints of Nepal
“The best view comes after the hardest climb.”
Reaching to the viewpoint and getting to witness the exceptional beauty of Mother Nature after trekking high passes is like getting prize after hard work. You feel euphoric as you reach to the amazing viewpoint and the natural beauty gets you caught up in rapture. Nepal, a mountainous country is a home to 8 of the 14 highest mountains in the world including the world’s highest Mt. Everest. To catch the glimpse or to get the best views of such mighty peaks, you have to commit yourself to trekking for several days to reach viewpoints. In Nepal, there are many such viewpoints and no list of viewpoints can ever be complete. Considering the fact that views are subjective and not everyone agrees on what the best viewpoint is, here is a list of amazing viewpoints of Nepal in no particular order. If you are a trekking enthusiast and nature admirer, you should consider reaching to some of these viewpoints if not all.
1) Kala Patthar (5,643m)
It is the top or the highest viewpoint in Nepal. Kala Patthar is literally translated into ‘black rock’. Located on the south ridge of Pumori in the Himalayas, Kala Patthar is a notable landmark popular for the closest possible view of Everest without requiring technical climbing skills. Though you reach the base camp, you cannot see the Everest from there because of its structure. You have to climb Kala Patthar to catch the awe-inspiring close up view of Everest. Apart from Everest, other peaks that can be seen from the viewpoint include Nuptse Nup II, Pumori, Amadablam, Changtse and Lhotse. The trekking trail of Everest Base Camp Trek, Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek and Everest High Passes Trek takes you to Kala Patthar by climbing nearly an hour from Gorakshep.
2) Gokyo Ri (5,357m)
Gokyo Ri (Gokyo Peak), a notable peak in the Everest region owing viewpoint that offers amazing view of Everest. Compared to Kala Patthar, view of Everest is slightly farther away but still amazing to take your breath away. Some trekkers even prefer this viewpoint over Kala Patthar as it offers views of more of the surrounding peaks including 3 additional eight thousanders namely Cho Oyu, Makalu and Lhotse. Our Gokyo Ri Trekking takes 13 days to accomplish beginning from Kathmandu and returning back.
3) Poon Hill (3,210m)
Poon hill, one of the most visited viewpoints of Nepal is located above Ghorepani village in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The viewpoint is popular for mesmerizing sunrise views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. It is relatively easily accessible and the viewpoint can be reached by trek of about 3-4 days from Pokhara. Beginning from and ending at Kathmandu, our Poon Hill trek takes 9 days to accomplish.
4) Khopra Ridge (3,660m)
Khopra ridge (Khopra Danda) satisfies well to those who are seeking for rare viewpoints. It offers spectacular views and you don’t have to share the views with large number of people. It owes another great viewpoint in Annapurna region offering the outstanding views of Dhaulagiri (8,167m). Khopra ridge trek is a great alternative to the popular and crowded Ghorepani trek. The viewpoint can be reached by 6 days of trekking from Pokhara.
5) Nagarkot (2,195m)
If you have limited time schedule and want to enjoy Himalayan views staying close to Kathmandu, then consider visit to Nagarkot. Located on the top of a hill, Nagarkot village is just 32 km east of Kathmandu in Bhaktapur District. A hill station at Nagarkot is popular and renowned for its magnificent views of Himalayan ranges of snowcapped peaks including Kanchenjunga in the east, Khumbu ranges, Manaslu, Langtang ranges, Dorje Lakpa and Dhaulagiri in the west. Nagarkot can be reached by just an hour drive from Kathmandu.
6) Sarangkot (1,600m)
Sarangkot village, one of the famous tourist destinations of Nepal is located on a mountain ridge, 5 km from Lake Side in Pokhara. Sarangkot offers splendid views of peak ranges and beautiful settings of Pokhara valley. The major peaks that can be viewed from Sarangkot are Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna II. Trekkers reach the viewpoint to catch mesmerizing sunrise from the soaring peaks or sunset. The amusement of witnessing sunrise or sunset from there is inimitable.
7) Tengboche (3,860m)
The place Tengboche got its name from the largest monastery (gompa) in Khumbu region, Tengboche Monastery. Lying above Sherpa capital Namche Bazaar, Tengboche offers outstanding views of Ama Dablam which is considered as one of the most impressive mountains in the world by many because of its beauty and exposure not altitude. Other peaks that can be seen are Tawache, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Thamserku. To get to Tengboche, it requires 4-day trek after reaching Lukla from Kathmandu by flight.
8) Pikey Peak (4,065m)
The last but not the least viewpoint in this list is Pikey Peak which offers mesmerizing encompassing view of Everest and other surrounding peaks. Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the two mountaineers to summit the Everest first claimed that this viewpoint is his best for the view of Everest. It is slightly away from the big peaks which gives an advantage of more stretched and encompassing views. In addition to Everest, you can also witness Dhaulagiri to the west and Kanchenjunga to the east. Pikey Peak trek is an off the beaten path trek through the lower Khumbu region. Pikey Peak trek requires about 8 days beginning from and ending at Kathmandu.