• Modified on Oct 3, 2022

Nepal is the only country in the world to have eight of the world's ten highest peaks. Nepal is noted for its adventure, natural beauty, cultural and social values, as well as its diverse languages and cuisine. The Himalayas remain an enthralling enigma recognized for how magnificent they become at greater elevations. And it will be skewed if only one person is named the finest hike route. Choose from our most popular Nepal treks in 2022 and 2023.

Every trekking route is spectacular in its own way. However, by studying the features offered by these treks, you can find the perfect trek for you. You have the freedom to choose from a variety of treks ranging from easy to tough. You can change your trek itinerary depending on the number of days you want to go, your budget, and your hiking style. The majority of treks are done in Nepal because of their popularity. Also, cultural values, accessibility to lodging, and most importantly, budget.

Nepal is home to some of the world's most breathtaking hikes. Nepal's top treks are listed here, ranging from old like Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, and Langtang to up-and-coming treks like the Manaslu Circuit and the Nar Phu Valley. If you want to go trekking in Nepal, keep reading to find out which trek is right for you.

This list was last updated in May 2021 to reflect the most recent conditions. The majority of the treks on this list take between two and three weeks to complete. All of these treks provide breathtaking landscapes and a close look at the Himalayan native cultures. The information provided below will assist you in determining which journey is appropriate for you.

 

Destination  Duration                                   Highlights
       
Everest Base Camp Trek  14 days       See the highest peak in the world
Annapurna Circuit Trek  12 days  Walk across the Annapurna Region
Chisapani- Nagarkot Trek  3 days  Valley's most well-liked treks
Manaslu Circuit Trek  14 days  Less crowded trek
Upper Mustang Trek  16 days  Explore Tibetan culture, Chorten, caves
Upper Dolpo Trek  19 days  hidden valleys with rain shadow region
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek  18 days  Less crowded trail in eastern Nepal and the 3rd highest peak in the world
Gokyo Valley Trek  12 days  Freshwater lake systems and wetlands at higher altitude
Makalu Base Camp Trek  18 days  Untouched area

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Everest Base Camp Trek

Maximum Elevation: 5,364 m/17,598 ft.
Trek Duration: 14 days
Trek Category: Moderate
Accommodation Type: Teahouse
Best Season: March-May and October-November
Trek Permits: TIMS, Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit

The Everest Base Camp Trek is one of Nepal's most scenic and popular trekking routes. We travel through Khumbu Valley as part of the renowned Everest Base Camp Trekking, which allows us to take in the unending beauty of the Sagarmatha National Park surroundings.

You will also enjoy the breathtaking views of the four highest mountains in the world, including Ama Dablam (6,812 m), Thamserku (6,608 m), Lobuche (4,940 m), and many others. These mountains are Mt. Everest (8.848.86 m), Mt. Lhotse (8.516 m), Mt. Makalu (8.470 m), and Cho Oyu (8.201 m).

The sound of birds and animals as well as the echo of air struck into the Himalayas can be heard as you enter Sagarmatha National Park. Danfe (Himalayan monal), pheasants, musk deer, mountain goats, and even snow leopards may be seen.

As you investigate the regional culture and traditions of the native Sherpas and discover the spiritual connection with the Himalayas, you will also encounter some of the world's highest villages.

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Maximum Elevation: 5,416 m/17,700 ft.
Trek Duration: 15 days
Trek Category: Moderate
Accommodation Type: Teahouse
Best Season: March-May and October-November
Trek Permits: TIMS, Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit

The foothills of the Annapurna range are traversed by the stunning Annapurna Circuit Trek. Because of the breathtaking mountain peaks, challenging passes, varied terrain, and numerous civilizations, thousands of people make this journey.

Since the wilderness and natural beauty are still preserved and unaltered in their most natural state, the Annapurna Circuit Trek felt like a journey back in time. While trekking the Annapurna Circuit, you'll come into contact with a wide variety of plants and animals as well as various Himalayan human settlements.

You will also get the chance to go to a village with preserved Thakali and Gurung culture that is built to look medieval. The majority of the trials are influenced by Buddhism, and they move through exquisitely made trials that have mani walls and fluttering prayer flags.

Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

Maximum Elevation: 2,175 m
Trek Duration: 3 days
Trek Category: Moderate
Accommodation Type: Teahouse, Hotels
Best Season: March-May and October-November
Trek Permits: Shivapuri National Park

Chisapani-Nagarkot is one of the valley's most well-liked treks. Along the route, you will be walking through hardwood forests that are always green. The humid environment also keeps you feeling energized as you walk.

In Sundarijal, a small village north of Kathmandu, it usually begins. This will appeal to people looking for a scenic, slightly more difficult hike from the valley.

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Maximum Elevation: 5,106/16,752ft
Trek Duration: 16 days
Trek Category: Moderate to Difficult
Accommodation Type: Teahouse, Hotels
Best Season: March-May and October-November
Trek Permits: MCAP, ACAP, RAP

Everything you would anticipate from a traditional Nepalese trek is present on the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The best features of this walk are the breathtaking scenery and up-close encounters with locals and their ancient culture. The trek's main objective is Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in Nepal.

Despite its stunning natural surroundings, Manaslu has many cultural similarities to Tibet. The upper Manaslu Region is dominated by Bhotia ethnic groups, while Gurung ethnic groups predominate in the central hills.

The trek can be extended to 21 days with a side trip to Tsum valley for those with more time and who want to discover more of the Manaslu region.

Upper Mustang Trek

Maximum Elevation: 4,280m/14,042ft
Trek Duration: 16 days
Trek Category: Moderate to Difficult
Accommodation Type: Teahouse
Best Season: March-May and October-November
Trek Permits: ACAP, RAP


The Mustang region is an arid land of severe earthen colors, situated in the enormous rain shadow cast by the Himalayan ranges, primarily the Annapurna massif and Dhaulagiri. The vistas of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and the other Himalayas will be breathtaking.

The monarchy has been abolished in this territory, which was once a royal stronghold. Behind the medieval walls, the robust palace still stands. During the 2015 earthquake, the majority of its components were damaged. It's as if you're looking through a time machine to a centuries-old era.

They have little interaction with people outside of Nepal and have been successful in protecting their distinctive cultural heritage. You can enter the secret world of the former Buddhist kingdom of Mustang in Nepal by taking the Upper Mustang Trek. The early history of Lo Manthang is enhanced by myths and legends rather than recorded facts.

 

Upper Dolpo Trek

Maximum Elevation: 5,350 m
Trek Duration: 16 days
Trek Category: Difficult
Accommodation Type: Teahouse, Camping
Best Season: March-May and October-November
Trek Permits: RAP

One of the most secluded treks in the Himalayas is the Upper Dolpo Circuit Trek, which is situated in western Nepal. The Upper Dolpo walk is a grueling ascent into the hidden valleys of the rain shadow regions.

You can experience nature in its most pure form at Dolpo. The entire district is moved by yaks, mules, and horses. The vast mountain range of the Upper Dolpo trip is revealed as you cross the Bagala pass, Num La pass (5190m), and Kagmara La pass (5115m).

On your way to Upper Dolpo, you'll pass through some of the highest communities in the world. Here, people live at elevations up to 4000 meters. You get to experience their amazing, Tibetan-influenced Buddhist heritage and culture.

 

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Maximum Elevation: 5,100m/16,732ft
Trek Duration: 20 days
Trek Category: Difficult
Accommodation Type: Teahouse, Camping
Best Season: March-May and October-November
Trek Permits: KCAP, RAP

The lengthy and amazing Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek in Nepal takes you to both the north and south base camps. Trekkers to the remote, less visited Himalayas, where beautiful valleys and the breathtaking Himalaya Mountains are found.

In addition, there are countless summits dispersed among 6,000–8,000 mountains. Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), Everest (8,848.86 m), Makalu (8,481 m), Kambachen (7,903 m), Janu (7,710 m), Jongsong (7,483 m), Kabru (7,353 m), Tent Peak (7,365 m), and Twins (7,350 m), as well as Chang Himal, are among the stunning peaks that you will view (6,802 m.).

Trekkers will gain awareness of the customs and knowledge of the various local people's groups on the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. At lower altitudes, it's possible to see people from many different regions of Nepal. We'll pass past the renowned for their courage Limbu and Rai towns as we ascend higher.

 

Gokyo Valley Trek

Maximum Elevation: 5,435 m/17831 ft
Trek Duration: 13 days
Trek Category: Difficult
Accommodation Type: Teahouse
Best Season: March-May and October-November
Trek Permits: SNPP, Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit

One of the most difficult and exciting treks in the Everest region is the Gokyo Valley Trek. The Gokyo Valley Trip offers a different route from the standard Everest Base Camp trek while still offering plenty of breathtaking vistas of the magnificent Himalayas.

The walk travels through rhododendron and oak woodlands with a variety of flora and fauna. The waterfalls that are mostly frozen are interesting. The valley protects numerous freshwater lake systems and wetlands at higher elevations.

 

Makalu Base Camp Trek

Maximum Elevation: 4,900 m./16,076 ft.
Trek Duration: 13 days
Trek Category: Difficult
Accommodation Type: Teahouse, Camping
Best Season: March-May and October-November
Trek Permits: MBNPCAP, TIMS

The Makalu Base Camp Trekking is the world's fifth-tallest summit, standing at an elevation of 8463 meters. The Makalu base camp hike can be rather challenging at times, depending on your level of physical fitness.

Due to its remote location, Makalu Barun National Park has intact ecosystems. The great variation of altitudes in these locations is thought to be responsible for the high diversity of flora and fauna. For experienced hikers and nature enthusiasts who want to stay in a quiet, untouched area rather than follow the crowds, this is a lengthy, difficult, and strenuous excursion. Sherpas reside in higher mountainous regions, while Rais reside in lower altitudes.

Additionally, you will get to experience some of the best civilizations and see rarely seen vistas of some of the world's biggest mountains, including Everest. The Rai people, an ethnic group mostly found in the hills of eastern Nepal, are the first inhabitants of the warm, terraced fields where the walk begins.

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