Nepal is one of the world’s leading destinations for trekking and adventure travel, with hundreds of miles of trails that pass through remote valleys, friendly villages and amongst the highest mountains in the world. Factors to consider when looking at trekking options in Nepal include the popularity of the area, number of days, trek style and pricing. Here are five recommended treks, with a range of lengths, difficulties and locations to get you started.
Ghorepani Poon Hill
The Ghorepani Poon Hill route is an ideal trek for those seeking the beauty, culture and hospitality of the Annapurna Region in a short period of time. The trail winds its way through bamboo forests, up hillsides with incredible views and is full of rest stops and teahouses, featuring delicious food and comfortable accommodations. Be sure to catch the stunning sunrise at Poon Hill, which looks out over the Annapurna range.
Days: 5 | Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Annapurna Dhaulagiri Panorama Trek
This fairly new trek begins on the well-traveled route to Ghorepani and Poon Hill before turning north and descending into a densely forested valley. The trail climbs up a ridge called Khopra Dande to a stone teahouse, nestled between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South offering stunning up-close views of the mountains. Extend the trek by taking an extra day to visit a sacred lake at almost 13,000 ft, at the foot of Annapurna South.
Days: 10 | Difficulty: Moderate
Everest Base Camp
If you’re looking for an isolated experience, the popular trek to Everest base camp might not be for you. But the incredible landscape, friendly Sherpa villages and jaw-dropping mountain views make up for that. Choose this trek if you’re looking to explore the Sherpa culture, are interested in Everest climbing history or just want to see the close-up views of the world’s tallest peak with your own eyes.
Days: 12 | Difficulty: Moderate
Easily accessible from Kathmandu, the Langtang Valley trek is a relatively short, low-altitude trek great for those looking for culture, beautiful landscapes and a less physically demanding trek. The route winds its way up a valley to a basin at the foot of Langtang Ri (23,638 ft), which sits close to the border of Tibet. The Langtang region was dramatically affected by Nepal’s devastating April 2015 earthquake, but is still open to trekkers with the hope that tourist’s dollars will help the region recover.
Days: 7 – 21 | Difficulty: Moderate
Manaslu Circuit Trek
Considered one of the best treks in Nepal, this route circumnavigates Mt. Manaslu (26,759 ft), the 8th tallest mountain in the world. The high point of the trek reaches Larkya Pass, offering unhindered views of Manaslu. This trail meanders through remote and secluded valleys, perfect if you are looking for an adventurous and challenging journey.
Days: 11-22 | Difficulty: Hard