5 Best Trekking Destinations in Nepal

  •   2017-02-17  |  nepaltraveller.com

Nepal is a mountaineering paradise. Over 200,000 trekkers come to Nepal every year.

Since there are so many trekking destinations, it’s quite hard for one to choose the best. There are short treks that finish up in a week time and there are some that takes as long as 3 weeks. The treks difficulty level depends accordingly too. Here’s a look at 5 popular trekking destinations in Nepal that might help you out.

1. Annapurna Base Camp

ABC as it’s commonly known, is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. It gets over 90,000 trekkers every year. Lying at an altitude of 4,300m the base camp will give you a chance to stand face to face with Annapurna which stands at a staggering 8,091m. The best thing about the place is you can come here during any season and can also be done independently. But most don’t advise the months of Dec-Jan due to the risk of avalanches, whereas they say the best time to come here is March-May and Oct-November.

The trek will start from Pokhara which itself is a pretty magical destination. The trek lasts about 7-10 days depending on how much one can walk a day. It’s also the shortest trek in Nepal that will take you along great trails and stunning landscapes. At an average, you’ll probably walking 7 hours a day which is doable in my opinion. During the spring months, you’ll get to see the rhododendrons in full bloom which gives the trek an additional charm.  

2. Langtang

The Langtang region is the closest Himalayan region to Kathmandu. A few hours drive and you’re practically there. As its just south of the Tibetan border, the place is sandwiched between great peaks in the north and smaller peaks in the south. The place also stands out for its numerous glaciers and lakes, the great Gosaikunda being one. This trek also offers different cultural insight as it takes you past monasteries and local villages which is highly influenced by Tibetan traditions the.

The trek starts off at Dhunche and will take you along the remote parts of Nepal. The best time to come here is spring and fall, but if you want to come here during the winters, you can. Since this is a short trek, it’s most likely you won’t be walking more than 5 hours a day. Safe to say it’s a pretty easy trek that takes you as high as 4,900m. This trek also offers varieties of rhododendron, bamboo forests, splendid waterfalls and snow-capped Himalayas that make the trek one of the most diverse treks in the country.

3. Everest Base Camp

It would be a surprise if you haven’t heard of Everest, the highest peak of them all standing at 8,848m. So if you’re looking for an adventure of a life time, you better come here and take on this challenging trek that takes you along 4 mountain passes in roughly 18 days. But mind you, this is one of the hardest treks in the country that takes you as high as 5,500m – certainly not for the faint hearted. Again as mentioned above spring and fall are the best time to get here.

Your journey to Everest base camp starts with a flight to Lukla, which is home to one of the scariest airports in the world. This where your trek starts, beginning at Phalding and climbing towards the Sherpa capital of Namche. There will be a gap days to acclimatize as breathing might get difficult as you get higher. What’s exciting about this trek is it takes you along the remote, diverse and secluded part of the country where you can enjoy the scanning peaks and the pristine natural environment. As you’ll be pretty high up, you only have to walk around 4 hours a day. During this trek you’ll also pass along the Ngozumba Glacier, which is one of the widest glaciers in the Himalayas.  The trek also gives you a good opportunity to get to study the unique Sherpa culture a bit more closely. You have the opportunity to go up Kala Pathar [5554m] from where you can get an awesome view of the Himalayan giants which will literally numb your senses with breathless admiration that beholds the eye.

4. Upper Mustang

Upper mustang until 1992 was forbidden, which is where it got its name - the Forbidden Kingdom. This trek takes you into the hidden world of the Tibetan civilization. Till date this part of Nepal in unscathed and if completely different to other parts of the country which makes this trek fascinating. It starts from Jomson and takes you along treeless and barren landscape walking at an average of 6 hours everyday.

You can come here anytime of the year. Though during the winters it might get a bit tough so I’d say during October is the perfect time to visit the forbidden kingdom.

You get to witness a lot of things along the way including the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri ranges. Unadulterated Tibetan landscapes with lush rice fields and Hindu shrines with cliff hanging monasteries are just the tip of the iceberg. You’ll also get a breathtaking views of the moon and stars during the night along the rugged mountains that reach up to the skies.

The Upper Mustang trek is untouched by the outside world or the Chinese cultural Revolution, 16th century monasteries still remain active to preserve this magnificent trans-himalayan kingdom, with their unrivalled thankas, mandalas and deities.

5. Kanchenjunga

The above mentioned treks are a piece of cake compared to this. Firstly it takes 2 days to get to the point from where your trek starts. And counting the time you leave Kathmandu and come back, the duration the trek is likely to be around 20 days. Most of the days you’ll have to walk around 7 hours, which is why only seasoned trekkers should opt for this.

For those who don’t know, Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak in the world standing at 8,586m. The trek starts from Taplejung from where the trail goes north towards Ghumsa and up to Kanchanjunga base camp which lies at an altitude of 5,143m. It also takes you along the conservation area which is one of the least populated area in Nepal. It is also believed that this is home to the endangered snow leopard and red panda living in the high altitude wet-lands.

In the above trekking destination you’ll find lodges and small hotels to spend the night, but here you’ll have to camp in a tent. But overall this is a great trekking trail in a very secluded area of the Himalayas.

Shashwat Pant is a content writer at Nepal Traveller. He is writer by day and a dreamer by night. He loves to spend time discussing about sports and Geo politics.