Nepal: Trekker’s paradise
Having the world’s highest mountain the world along with many sky-searing peaks, Nepal is a country-sized arena for all adventure lovers.
Nepal’s Himalayas offer a wide variety of treks, whether it’s a creaking glacier or mountain passes, you can do it all on top of that you get to enjoy the cultural jewels of that region with your trekking partner or someone you meet on the route, which you definitely will.
Nepal has got a fantastic trekking infrastructure so all you need to do is fly in, get your trekking permit, and voila you are good to go, the hardest part for you would be to decide where to go, trust me you will be spoiled for choices.
Northern reaches of Nepal have snowy peaks, ranging from 7132m Mount Api to 8586m Kanchenjunga. But most of the trekkers love to trek the Everest Base camp or they love to do a trek around the beautiful Annapurna Range.
These are the ones that really test your trekking skills and your endurance, but there are a lot of trekking options available, some starting right inside the capital, Kathmandu. So here is an overview of the trekking possibilities from Nepal’s top trekking regions.
View, Bragging Rights, Sherpa Culture, Creature Comfort
The main approach route for ascents of Mount Everest starts from the high altitude valley of Solukhumbu, specifically Namche Bazar, this tent city is one of the most famous trekking spots around the world, which means a lot of trekkers.
During the peak trekking season, up to 1000 trekkers arrive in a small airstrip of Lukla. But a lot of trekkers mean better infrastructures for those trekkers.
Along with comfortable lodges, you will find modern-world luxuries like Wi-Fi internet, hot showers, and even a snicker bar are all available up to the base camp.
On the trek, you get to see ancient monasteries like Tengboche Monastery, yeti relics, and some gobsmacking views, plus you can have some side treks to Mount Ama Dablam, glacial lakes, and other summits.
Everest Base Camp (16 Days)
The trek starting from Lukla takes you to onto the flanks of Everest, with some of the best views of the world.
Three Passes Trek (20 Days)
Gokyo, Khumbu, and Imja valleys over three of the world’s highest passes are linking the Everest
Views, High Passes, Comfortable Accommodation, Apple PJ
Boasting 14 peaks that go over 7000m, including the 10th highest mountain on earth, Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna Massif lies in the North of Pokhara.
There are trails to the peak from both south (Annapurna Sanctuary) and north (Annapurna Circuit) along with some top-of-the-line infrastructures along the route, also making it famous as Apple Pie Trail.
This is one of the most accessible regions, which along with some classic views of Machhapuchhare and Annapurna South makes it Nepal’s most popular trekking route.
The ten-day trek to Annapurna Sanctuary, which goes through dozens of smaller trails through stonewalled mountain village north of Pokhara, is almost as popular.
On the other hand, you can take a detour through parched high-altitude deserts, where you can learn a thing or two about Tibetan Buddhist Culture.
Annapurna Circuit (18 Days)
This trekking route circles around the massif and crosses Thorung-la pass
Annapurna Sanctuary (10 Days)
This trek takes you right into the heart of Annapurnas, through valleys iced by glaciers.
Langtang, Helambu, and Manaslu
Closer to Kathmandu, Traveller Camaraderie, Low Elevation, Mountains and Monasteries
After being hit by the Earthquake of 2015, Langtang and Helambu were in a bad shape, but nothing can keep Nepal down for long, now the lodges are better than ever before, offering some of the best treks closer to Kathmandu.
Instead of a mountain flight, a short bus ride will take you to the trails leading to the Langtang Valley and way too many side trails through the surroundings.
There are trails that exceed 3870m where you need rest days to acclimatize to the rise in altitude.
Offering some of the best Himalayan scenery, as good as Mount Everest and Annapurna but with way less crowd, Manaslu is one of Nepal’s best-kept secrets.
Side trips to Tsum, where you will get to know some interesting things about Tibetan Culture.
Langtang Valley Trek (7-9 Days)
A classic short trek that takes you to Kyanjin Gompa is merely a short distance from Kathmandu.
Around Manaslu Trek (16-18 Days)
Through the shadows of Himlung Himal (7126m) and Manaslu (8163m), this route goes through valleys well off the beaten paths.
Peace and Quiet, Empty Trails, Wildlife Watching, Up close with Kanchenjunga
In contrast to the trekking routes around Everest, Langtang, Annapurna, the east is basically untouched. Drinking tea on the lower slopes, or camping in the high altitudes, you are the judge of what you want.
Instead of munching on Apple Pies and accessing your Facebook through Wi-Fi, you get some unparalleled views of Kanchenjunga (8686m).
One of the best things about trekking through the east is the spring rhododendron blooms and Tongba, the millet beer which is served in wooden tankards.
Kanchenjunga North (18-20 Days)
This route takes you through a camping climb in a remote alpine village.
Makalu Base Camp (13 Days)
This route takes you through the countryside with a lot of rustic teahouses.
Mountain Lakes, Monasteries (a lot of them), Trekking off the map, Wilderness.
A trekking route full of pristine wildlife and scenery, clear mountain lakes, and ancient Buddhist kingdoms.
These routes are only accessible through mountain flights, so you will have to get yourself a helping hand from a trekking agency. You will love to communicate with the communities in these areas, as they have been touched only lightly by the modern world.
The most common drop-off point is an airstrip in Dunai and Jumla. You will get to see crystal clear lakes like Phoksundo and Rara.
Beni to Dolpo (12 Days)
This route takes you through a legendary trail through the high valleys of Dolpo, where you will see more Himalayan blue sheep than humans. It’s also the home to the elusive snow leopard.
Jumla to Rara Lake (9 Days)
This is a short trek where you will go through the scented forest full of Himalayan Wildlife.
Hope this information helps you to further decide on all the trekking options you have got.