If you are really interested to explore the unspoiled flora and fauna, intriguing cultures and villages, excellent mountain views and alpine wilderness, and off- the-beaten mountain trails then the top 7 hidden treks in Nepal are suitable to satiate the dreams of trekking in the Himalayas.
Upper Dolpo Trek, a trek very rarely visited by travelers, is one of the most beautiful treks in the remote Himalayan region of Nepal. The hidden trek begins encountering interesting places, people, villages, valleys and forest of pines, oaks and rhododendron of Dolpo region. Dolpo region situated in between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri Himalayan range is the highest inhabited land. The region has Nepal’s largest national park and conservation. Phoksundo National Park sustains an abundance of wildlife, including Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep and the elusive Snow Leopard. The region is also home of a fascinating race of Tibetan speaking people as well. Overall, it will be a trek for enjoying fascinating mountain vistas, witnessing Buddhist Gompas, and immersing into the unique culture of the people living in the region.
Dhaulagiri Trek, one of the top hidden treks in Nepal, is a challenging trek in the region of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m) – the seventh tallest mountain in the world. The rarely visited trek also crosses two high passes – the French pass (5,240m) and the Thapa pass (5,155m) and also involves glacier walking. The trek in the remote alpine region will be accompanied by the spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Thorong peak, Annapurna and Kali Gandaki River with the world’s deepest gorge. Apart from the wild nature, the trail also offers an opportunity to interact with Nepal’s ethnic people such as the Gurung, Chhetri, and Magars.
Lower Dolpo Trek, well known for remote Himalaya experience, passes through Shey-Phoksundo National Park with spectacular mountain scenery, Buddhist monasteries and yak caravans. The remote Himalayan mountains and centuries’ old intact culture of Dolpo region is well presented in the Oscar nominated movie Caravan. Now this is the time to go beyond movie presentation to explore the real spirit of Dolpo through following the hidden paths of the region. In addition to exploring Dolpo culture and barren landscapes resembling with Tibetan Plateau, the trek also lets you an opportunity to visit at Phokhsundo – one of the deepest Himalayan lakes in the world, and discover the traditional Salt Trade Route between Tibet and Nepal which is almost all the time full of Yak Caravans.
Kanchenjunga Trek, perfectly suitable for nature enthusiasts, is a long adventure trip to the most remote and beautiful area of the Himalayas in Nepal. At 8,586m, Kanchenjunga is the world’s 3rd highest mountain. Located in the far northeastern corner of Nepal, it is considered as one of the most beautiful mountain massifs in the world. The name Kanchenjunga means five treasures of the great snow which is in reference to the five summits that make up Kanchenjunga. Since, the trip is in the comparatively virgin region of Nepal, it rewards the trekkers a unique insight into Nepalese rural lifestyle and rich culture only available in the region.
Makalu Trek, one of the least visited mountain trails in Nepal, takes you to the yard of Mt. Makalu – the 5th tallest mountain in the world. While on the trail, you will enjoy the fascinating views of the highest mountains such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Chamlang, Mt. Baruntse and other Himalayan mountains along with Makalu (8481m) itself. Likewise, the hidden trek covers the famous landmarks of Makalu Region – Makalu Barun National Park, Barun Valley, and provides a chance to encounter with a large variety of endangered flora and fauna and bird species in the region.
Rara Lake Trek, another remarkable hidden trek in Nepal, takes you to the surroundings of Rara Lake walking through the less beaten trail of western Nepal. The trek is popular for providing the off-the-beaten-path experiences with total wilderness and cultural encounters. The complete wilderness trek eventually yields the trekkers the stunning views of the pristine Rara Lake and Rara National Park. The pristine lake, the biggest one in Nepal, lies at an altitude of 2980m surrounded by pine, spruce and juniper forests and snow capped mountains on the skyline. Adding to this, Rara National Park is also known for rare animal like the gaur, musk deer, yellow-throated martin and a wide variety of birds.
Tsum Valley Trek, the amazing hidden trek for cultural encounter, helps to discover the secret Tibetan Buddhist lying at the edge of one of the most secluded Himalayan valleys. The Tsum Valley region is still less exposed in comparison to other touristy areas and therefore relatively virgin. This hidden trek takes you into the majestic surroundings of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges. The region once being part of Tibet looks completely different from what you find elsewhere. While on the trek, you also pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people. For the best, it will be a trek for exploring tremendous cultural landmarks of the less exposed region.
Besides popular trekking destinations, nature has given Nepal tremendously beautiful regions that have still to be explored. The hidden or less explored regions in Nepal are also par-excellent in excelling unique travel experience. Exploring those regions by following the off-the-beaten paths, a traveler in the Himalayas gets an incredible adventure trekking experience.