Rich culture, breathtaking scenery, varied cuisine, intricate handicrafts – the gems that Nepal has to offer are immense. Yet, one of its offerings stands far above the rest. The top thing to do in Nepal is obviously trekking. The Himalayas in Nepal have some of the most spectacular trekking routes in the world.
Treks in Nepal can be altered to suit all kinds of trekkers. Regardless of whether you are an experienced trekker or a novice. Do you want to take in the views with a little bit of comfort? Then there are luxury lodges for you. There are treks that focus as much on culture as scenery. And if you want to experience the Himalayan life in full authenticity, then there are homestays and lodges.
So for the adventure junkie in you, here we present 5 Most Famous Treks in Nepal that you must experience :
1. Tengboche Everest View Trek
If you aren’t used to steeply high altitudes but still wish to see the breathtaking mountains up close, the Tengboche Everest View trek is ideal for you. The Tengboche village and the monastery after which it is named provides some of the most panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains, including the well-known peaks Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. It is a minimum 5-day trek, starting from the nearest airport of Lukla to Namche Bazaar. While you stop at Namche Bazaar to get acclimatized to the altitude, you can also soak in the rich Sherpa culture of the region.
Best time to visit : spring (March-May) or fall (October-November)
Maximum cost : 1500 USD
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2. Everest Base Camp Trek
If you are an experienced trekker, well adjusted to high altitudes, you can consider the Everest Base Camp trek. The trek starts after the gut-wrenching flight to Lukla, and then makes its way from Namche Bazaar and Lobuche up to Everest Base Camp at around 5,400m. On the way, pass-through rhododendron and pine forests, white ice lakes and stone caves. At the highest point, Kala Pathar, you will be at just over 5,500m – a height that allows to you experience breathtaking views of the whole region. the Everest base camp which offers the close-up view of the ethereal Everest, Khumbu glacier, and Khumbu icefall.
If you’re in a situation where time is limited and money isn’t an issue, consider adding a helicopter ride into one of these itineraries. Not only will this shorten the trip significantly, but you’ll have unforgettable views that can’t be had any other way.
Best time to visit : pre-monsoon (February, March, April and May) and post-monsoon (late September, October, November and December)
Cost : 1300 USD (helicopter included)
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3. Annapurna Circuit Trek
The Annapurna Circuit Trek has been described as a “life-altering” trek by those who have successfully completed it. It goes from Kathmandu to the marvellous little hamlet of Pokhara, then following the Marshyangdi River to Besisahar. On suspension bridges, you cross and re-cross the magnificent gorges carved by the river before reaching Manang, the largest village on the route. It is here that the preparation for the most difficult aspect of the trek starts. The Thorung La pass is the highest point of the trek. Crossing the pass is no simple task, which is why this trek is generally recommended to those who have a fair bit of
understanding of the process. Once the pass is crossed you begin descending until you reach Jomsom where the trek ends.
If you have time consider spending some days relaxing on the shore of lake Pokhara before you head back to Kathmandu.
Best time to visit : October – early December and late Feb – April.
Cost : 800 to 1000 USD
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4. Langtang Valley Trek
If you are looking for easy, off-beat trekking routes, you can’t find a trek more perfect than the Langtang Valley. It is one of Nepal’s lesser-known trekking roads and requires no prior experience. It is an 8-day trek that is sure to stun you with the incredible views of the snow-capped peaks of mountains like Langtang Ri, Langtang Himal, Langsisa and Ganjala Peak. It also provides a first-hand experience of the Tibetian Buddhist Culture.
As you walk along with the rhododendron forests, you can stop along the way to collect blessings at old Buddhist shrines such as Langtang Gompa and Kanjanjin Gompa.
Best time to visit – Autumn (September to mid-December)
Cost : 700 to 1000 USD
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5. Balthali Village Trek
The Balthali village trek is recommended to those who want a deep-dive into the traditional rural life of Nepal but are facing a bit of a time crunch. It is a simple 3-day trek, ideal for families, with no risk of the issues that often occur at high-altitude treks. It is a short drive away from Kathmandu and passes through small farming villages. Here you can witness the lush-green terraced farms, ancient temples, and pine forests with the snowy peaks of the Himalayas framing the background.
Best time to visit – Ideal all year round. But March to May and Sept to Dec are more pleasant.
Cost : 450 USD
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So with all these wide varieties of options, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience in Nepal. Just make sure you have your trekking prep and research complete, rest assured, Nepal is guaranteed to leave you spellbound and mesmerized.