Trekking basically means going on a long journey on the hills, mountains for several days, typically on your feet. Trekking can be adventurous, can help you get closer to nature and help to create some of the best memories of your lifetime.
Trekking in Nepal is very popular. Nepal is home to eight of the ten highest mountains in the world and has some of the most beautiful hills. So, there are numerous trekking trails which are popular among both the novice and the seasoned trekkers.
According to the nature of the trekking trails, the trekking routes can be categorized into 3 parts, namely: Easy, Moderate and tough trekking trails.
Most of the routes pass through different types of landforms like plains, ascending and descending hills and some through glacier gorge, and some within high cross paths. Each trekking route passes through at least one big settlement of local ethnic groups. You can enjoy and experience their lifestyle, culture and traditions.
Trekking in Nepal is an adventurous journey to the heart of the mountain. The thrilling up-close views of mountains can be seen from the trekking routes. People from around the world come to Nepal to witness the highest peaks, enjoy the local hospitality and to make lifetime memories.
There are routes that are easy to follow and packed with trekkers and there are others less known and less easy to follow. There are routes where you can reach to by vehicles or by aeroplane and there are others where you just have to walk.
To ease your query, here are some of the best trekking routes on Nepal categorized based on its difficulty.
1. Easy Trekking Routes
According to the nature of landforms and trails, some of the trekking routes are considered to be easy. These trekking routes are limited to 2000m altitude and the trails are well built and hence, less strenuous. For the beginner trekkers, the easy trekking routes are perfect.
The trekking trails are nearer to the city area, so you can easily go back if you need to.
Here are some of the easy category trekking routes available in Nepal.
Chisapani Nagarkot Trek
Chisapani Nagarkot trek is one of the easiest route available in Nepal. It is named after Prince Charles. The area of Chisapani Nagarkot trek lies in the Shiva-Puri-Nagarjuna national park. This trekking path is perfect for people of all ages. It is also a short route. The highest elevation of this trek (Kalikasthan) is in the altitude of 1730m. You have to walk only around 4 to 5 hours each day. On a clear day, you can view the mountain ranges from this route. Mountains like Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Langtang, Mt. Machhapuchhre(Fishtail) can be viewed.
Nagarkot Dhulikhel Trek
This is the shortest and most comfortable trek. Anyone can trek this route, no trekking experience is needed. You start at Nagarkot and after 3 days of very few hours of walk daily you will reach Dhulikhel.
The maximum elevation in this route is 2170m at Nagarkot. Nagarkot is famous for viewing sunrise and sunset, along with the stunning mountain vista of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shanker and many more. Even though you are still in Kathmandu valley(the capital of Nepal), you will experience the trail through the forest. If lucky, you might encounter some wildlife like birds and small mammals during your trek.
Dhampus Village Trek
Magnificent views of Annapurna mountain range is one of the attractions of the Dhampus Village Trek. Dhampus is a small Gurung village. Your journey begins from Pokhara . Hereon, you trek for 2-3 hours to reach the trail to Dhampus. It is an easy trek with the maximum altitude of 1700 m.
The total 3 days trek will give you some experience of trekking. It is an easy trek and suitable for anyone even people who have never trekked before.You can not only enjoy the natural beauty of the place but also you will get a chance to get close to the local villagers and their preserved culture.
2. Moderate Trekking routes
These trekking routes are neither easy nor tough. If you do not have enough time for a long trek but willing to trek on mountains, these treks are the best treks in Nepal for you. It will give you the experience of walking in high altitudes of around 3500m to 4000m. You also get to view amazing and up-close view of the snow-capped mountains if you ascend towards the altitude.
These trekking routes are best for the first time trekkers or travellers who seek a bit of adventure. You will get to witness the different landforms of Nepal from the green hills to the rocky mountain trails in these moderate trekking routes.
Here are some of the best moderate trekking routes available in Nepal.
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Trekking Days: 10 Maximum Elevation: 3210m. Accommodation Type: Teahouse Required Permits: ACAP, TIMS card
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the well-known short trekking routes. It is the most recommended trek for first time trekkers and is an ideal trek for those who do not have much time and are on a budget. The Trekking route lies in the Annapurna Region and is part of the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Any age group can trek this route. The trekking journey starts with a short drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. After some days of walk, the trekking trail leads you to Poon Hill (3210m) which is a great viewpoint to see the Magnificent view of Mount Annapurna I, (8091m), Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (7041m), Mount Machhapuchhre (6998m) and many others. The view of the remarkable sunrise from Poon Hill is listed as one of the top 100 things to do before you die.
You will find a distinct village of Gurung ethnic group on the way. The beautiful, typical, traditional houses are the main attraction of the villages in this trekking route.
This trek is enough to make an incredible memory to carry with you. Exploring the nature and being connected with the rural lifestyle, culture, and tradition of the locals is the best part of this trekking.
- 360 degree panoramic views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri and other snowcapped peaks from Poon Hill (3210m)
- Amazing and glorious sunrise and sunset view from the viewpoint of Poon Hill.
- Beautiful snow river “Madi River”
- Lifestyle and culture of local Gurung and Magar ethnic groups
- Diverse vegetation and landforms
Langtang Gosaikunda Trek
Max Elevation: Tserko Peak (4984 m) Trekking Days: 14 Accommodation Type: Teahouse Required Permits: TIMS card
Langtang Gosainkunda Trek is one of the best treks in Nepal. This trek gives you both natural and cultural experience. One of the major highlights of this trek is Langtang Valley and another is holy lake “Gosainkunda”.
Starting from a scenic bus drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, you will be trekking from Syabrubesi to Langtang valley and then to the sacred lake, Gosaikunda It is a sacred lake for both Hindu and Buddhist.
Incredible views of different snow-capped mountain ranges like Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Annapurna will be a part of your journey. You get to witness the varied landscapes Nepal has to offer.
The trekking route is little tough for first timers but not an impossible one. The trails are not that steep but a change in altitude may affect you so you should keep that in mind.. You should not skip acclimatization day on the altitude as it might lead to altitude sickness. Precautions and preparation will make your journey successful and more comfortable.
- Sacred Lake of both Hindus and Buddhists, Gosaikunda (4380m)
- Lifestyle, tradition, and culture of locals in the remote area, Langtang Valley
- Buddhist monasteries like Shin Gompa (3330m) and Kyanjin Gompa(3870)
- Diverse terrains from evergreen forest to barren glacier moraines
Annapurna Base Camp
Maximum Elevation: Annapurna Base Camp (4090 m) Trekking Days: 8/10+ days Accommodation Type: Teahouse and Camping Required Permits: ACAP, TIMS card
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is recognized as one of the world’s best trekking routes. It offers you the magnificent panoramic views of Annapurna Himalayan range together with other mountains of Nepal like Dhaulagiri(8167m), Nilgiri (7061m), Manaslu (8156m), Lamjung Himal and many more.
Your trekking journey starts from the beautiful city, Pokhara. This trekking trail passes through rivers, forests, bamboo bushes and some settlements of locals(Gurung and Magars) which finally leads you to your final destination, Annapurna Base camp.
You will find a wide range of flora and fauna, distinct culture, lifestyle, scenic landscapes, diverse terrains in this trekking route. These are the major factors that make it unique and the best trekking trail.
This Unique and amazing trek to Annapurna Base Camp can be done throughout the year. The route can be trekked during monsoon too because it lies in the rain shaded area of Nepal. Hence, there is very less possibility of downpour in this trek, making it safe during monsoon as well.
- Impressive sunrise view from Poon Hill.
- Panoramic up-close view of The world’s highest mountains like Mount Annapurna I
- (10th) and Mount Dhaulagiri (7th)
- Varieties of flora and fauna
- Remarkable Mountain and glacier lake’s views from Annapurna Base Camp
- Hot springs
3. Tough Trekking routes
Usually, these types of trekking routes require a long duration to reach the destination. The average trekking days for these routes will be more than 12 days and the destinations will be around 5000m in altitude.
These strenuous treks will be difficult for first-time trekkers and is not suitable for all age groups. The steep and rocky trekking trails will make these treks difficult but it adds to the whole adventure of these types of the trek. You will also be rewarded with amazing and breathtaking sceneries of mountain vistas.
Since you will be ascending towards higher elevation, you will have to stop for an acclimatization day in different places and altitudes. These stops reduces the risk of altitude sickness and gives your body a chance to balance the environment to step ahead in high altitude traveling.
In high altitude, the low atmospheric pressure and low oxygen level in the air will imbalance your body metabolism and you will get sick. You should maintain your diets and hydrate yourself continuously from the lower altitude to get prepared to reach your destination in higher elevation of around 5000m without any complication.
As Nepal is a mountainous country, there are plenty of tough and mountainous trekking routes available in Nepal. The tough and adventurous trail is a paradise for a true trekker. Here are some of the best and tough trekking routes in Nepal for the adventure lover.
Everest Base Camp Trek
Maximum Elevation: Kala Patthar (5600m) Trekking Days: 12/14+ days Accommodation Type: Teahouse Required Permits: TIMS card
Witnessing the highest peak of the world “Mount Everest” is the dream of every nature lover. The adventurous way to make your dream come true is to trek across the hills and mountains to Everest. Everest Base Camp Trek is the most popular trekking route among the entire trekking routes of the world.
Trekking starts from Lukla through Namche Bazaar which leads you to Everest Base Camp. On the way to your destination, you not only view the beauty of nature, the breathtaking mountain sceneries but also the lifestyle, culture, and religion of people living on these mountains.
It is the world’s highest trekking route. Your trek here starts from 2860m altitude (Lukla) and ascends up to 5500m in Kala Patthar. Due to its height, acclimatisation stops are of the absolute importance for a comfortable, sick-free experience.
However, you can trek in the Everest region in every season. The best time to trek Everest Region is September to November and March to May. If you are trekking in other seasons, make sure you have the specific gears need for that particular season as well.
In spite of being a remote mountain area, the Everest Base Camp Trek route has all the facilities you need while trekking.
- Hike to Kala Patthar (5500m)
- Exploring Tengboche and Pangboche monastery
- Wonderful up-close view of Mount Everest (8848)
- Witness the lifestyle of mountain people
Annapurna Circuit Trek
Maximum Elevation: Thorong La Pass (5416 m) Trekking Days: 20 Accommodation Type: Teahouse Required Permits: TIMS card, ACAP
Annapurna Circuit Trek is known as the best trekking route of Nepal and is the trekker’s most happening stop. Annapurna Circuit means to trek around Mount Annapurna, encircling it. It is the most appropriate site for the adventure seeking trekkers. Thousands of trekkers trek this route every year.
Your trekking journey starts from Besisahar. You will be walking along the Marshyangdi River, terraced fields and small villages. Incredible scenic views in this route greet you with its dazzling attitude.
You will get the opportunity to explore the local culture and tradition in this trek. You will find diverse ethnic groups in the villages of this trekking circuit.
The trails lead you through the dry region landscape from temperate forest zone. The lower region of the trail is temperate and the higher region falls in rain shaded areas. Hence, there is less rainfall in this region making it perfect for trekking in monsoon as well. The sacred temple of both Hindus and Buddhists, Muktinath (Lo Manthan) is one of the highlights of this trek. Hot spring on the way will provide relief from the strenuous walk.
This 20 days long trip will be a rewarding one and will provide you with a number of unique, lifetime experiences.
- Manang, Tilicho lake, caves & monasteries
- Crossing the world’s widest pass Thorung La.(5400m)
- Diverse trekking terrain
- Hindu and Buddhist temple Lo Manthang (Mukti Nath)
- Hot spring at Tatopani
Everest Three Pass Trek
Maximum Elevation: Kala Patthar (5545m) Trekking Days: 20 Accommodation Type: Teahouse Required Permits: TIMS card
There are several trekking routes available in the Everest Region. Everest Three Pass Trek route is one of the more adventurous trekking routes in this region. Being a world heritage site, thousands of trekkers from all over the world come to the Everest Region to visit and experience the adventure of a lifetime. The Three Pass Trek is an appropriate trekking package for those trekkers who intent on crossing the high altitude passes and are not unwilling to try climbing up technically. It is a challenging trek.
Climbing 3 crests is the major tasks to do on this trek. The three crests connect the four valleys of Bhote Koshi, Gokyo, Khumbu and Imja Tse of the whole Everest Region. Crossing the three bumpy high passes of Kongma La (5535 m), Cho La (5380 m), Renjo la (5388 m) along with climbing the three crests of Gokyo Ri (5483 m), Kala Patthar (5545m) and Chukung (5550 m) makes for an extraordinary and long-term trekking experience in Nepal.
Your trekking journey starts from Lukla. Hereon, you follow the Dudh Kosi valley ascending towards Namche bazar. You may get confused about your proper trekking trails from here, so you should use a proper and detailed map there or ask the locals or you might end up getting lost there.
You get to explore the lifestyle, culture, tradition of the people who have made the mountains their home. There are several settlements on this route dominated by the Sherpa ethnic community.
During the three pass trek, you can see the spectacular and wonderful views of the renowned mountains like Mount Everest, Mount Lhotse, Mount Cho-Oyu, Mount Nuptse, Mount Pumori and many more mountains from the top of Kalapathar and Gokyo –Ri.
The trek is really strenuous and tough. Since the trek is difficult and time consuming, acclimatization in different stops is a must to balance your body in the high altitude. Any negligence in this area can result in altitude sickness.
- Incredible mountain flight of Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight
- Visiting historical Tengboche Monastery (Largest monastery of Khumbu region)
- Magnificent and glorious sunrise from Kalapathar
- Explore the unique culture of the Sherpa people
- Crossing truly adventurous passes (Kongmalai 5535m, Chola 5360m, Renjola 5385m).
Trekking is the best way to experience nature and its beauty and boldness. Being closer to nature will refresh your mind. It will help you forget every frustrating thought that comes to your mind and fill your mind with peace and serenity. The above mentioned trekking routes are some of the most recommended and the best trekking routes in Nepal. All the trekking routes available in Nepal are extraordinarily admiring, this is why people from all over the world wish to travel here on their vacation. If you are a first time trekker or a seasoned trekker to visit Nepal, the country will leave you wanting more. You will definitely wish to get back to Nepal for your next vacation to experience a lot more of the trekking trails and the numerous adventures they have to offer.
Trekking in Nepal helps you create astonishing and memorable experiences. You can join the trek that is suitable for you. All of the treks mentioned here are the best ones that offer their own unique experiences and adventure.