Blossoming rhododendrons, snow-capped peaks, perennial streams of freshwater rivers, and the joyful smile of provincial locals. Want to capture all these glorious experiences? Pack your bags and travel to Nepal! Comprising of the vast diversity in geography, culture, and wildlife, trekking in Nepal lets you experience the rural lifestyle of the rustic environment in the Himalayas. In addition, you can observe some of the highest mountains in the world, in this tiny nation. So, let’s dive into the three best trekking routes in this delightful Himalayan country.
1. Manaslu Circuit Trek
The Manaslu Circuit Trek route is among the newest trekking destination that receives fewer travellers.
Observe the Sherpa culture along with visiting ancient monasteries on your way. In this trekking route, you walk alongside Budi Gandaki Gorge. Several ice water lakes, suspension bridges, and glaciers are there to make your trip unforgettable.
You get a closer view of the world’s 8th highest mountain, Mt. Manaslu (8156m). Other tall peaks in this area are Himal Chuli (7893m), Thulagi Chuli (7059m), etc. Most of the trails are made with narrow walkways beside steep and rugged cliffs.
- Walk inside Manaslu Conservation Area (1,663 km2), home to 30 species of mammals, 110 species of birds and other creatures
- Trekking from Soti Khola (730m) towards Philim (1,570m), Dharmashala (4,480m), Larkya La Pass (5,160m) and reach Dharapani (1,860m)
- Exploring Birendra Taal, Ponkar Taal, Pungyen Gompa and walking beside Marsyangdi River
- Watching the gorgeous beauty of Ganesh Himal to the East and Annapurna Mountain Range to the West
- Crossing several suspension bridges over Yaru Khola, Ghatta Khola, Deng Khola, and other rivers and streams
2. Everest Base Camp Trek
This trekking route is the best of its kind. Not only does it lets you get the closest look to the Mt. Everest (8,848m), but also land and take off at the most dangerous airport in the world.
The trekking route passes through verdant rhododendron forest, thick layers of Khumbu glaciers, and culturally rich Sherpa villages. The Everest region receives about 35,000 yearly visitors, making this one of the most preferred trekking routes in the world.
Along the trek, you can enjoy the delicious meal prepared by the local Sherpas in the region. Apart from the tallest mountain in the world, you get to watch Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Makalu and other magnificent peaks during the trek.
- Landing at and taking off from the Lukla Airport (2,860m), world’s most dangerous airport
- Exploration of the historical trading hub and the gateway of Everest, Namche Bazaar (3,440m)
- Visiting the oldest monastery in the Himalayan Region, Tengboche Monastery (3,867m)
- Watch the panoramic view of Mahalangur Mountain Range from Kala Patthar (5,643m)
- Trekking inside Sagarmatha National Park (1,148 km2), home to snow leopards, red pandas, musk deer, and other Himalayan mammals
3. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Want to experience walking beside off-the-beaten trails, lush forests, and waterfalls? Poon Hill Ghorepani Trek is an easier option that satisfies your travel hunger. It provides an elegant sunrise view of the mighty snow-capped Annapurna Mountain Range.
The trek requires you to walk over a series of steep staircases. However, you won’t have to carry lots of trekking gear and sleeping arrangements. You can do this trek throughout the year without any risk of avalanche or heavy snowfall.
- Can complete the trek in just 3 days by experiencing the local lifestyle of the hilly region
- Starts from Nayapul (1,010m) and leads towards Tikhedhunga (1,525m), Ghorepani (2,850m) and finally to Poon Hill (3,210m)
- Observe the panoramic view of Mt. Dhaulagiri I (8,167m), Mt. Annapurna (8,091m), and other mountain ranges
- Explore the quiet and lively village of Ghandruk (2,000m), resided by Gurung, Magar, and Thakali communities
- Walking inside Annapurna Conservation Area (7,629km2) increases the probability of encountering wild Himalayan Creatures
So these are some of the most praiseworthy trekking routes in the country. Feel free to check them off your bucket list.
Furthermore, if you’re planning to start a vlog related to travel, then there is no other place than Nepal to kickstart your aspirations. Pick up a camera, pack your bags and let nature be your guide.