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Top 10 best treks in Nepal

Top 10 best treks in Nepal

Trekking in Nepal is a lifetime experience. The Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Nepal are among the best trekking trails in the whole world. But, Nepal has many other off-the-beaten trekking paths like Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, Tsum Valley Trek, Upper Dolpo Trek, and many others with unspoiled flora and fauna, exotic cultures, mesmerizing mountain views, traditional villages, and rarely beaten mountain trails.

Nepal also has many trekking trails like Upper Dolpo and Shey Gumpa Trek, Upper Mustang Trek and many more that can even be trekked in rainy seasons. These trekking trails fall in areas with little precipitation because of their geographical barricade of mountain ranges, called rain-shadowed regions; for those reasons, it is possible to trek even in the monsoon season.

Here we have prepared a list of the 10 best Nepal Treks in Nepal. So prepare yourself to go on the most promising adventure-Trekking in Nepal!

A brief table view of 10 best treks in Nepal

Trip Name Trekking DaysDifficulty LevelBest time to visit
Everest Base Camp Trek 16 DaysModerateMar- May and Sep-Nov
Annapurna Base Camp Trek 11 DaysModerateMar- May and Sep-Nov
Upper Mustang Trek 17 DaysModerateMar- May, Sep-Nov and Jun- Aug
Annapurna Circuit Trek 21DaysModerateMar- May and Sep-Nov
Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek25 DaysDifficultMar- May and Sep-Nov
Tsum Valley Trek 19 DaysModerateMar- May and Sep-Nov
Upper Dolpo and Shey Gumpa Trek28 DaysDifficultMar- May, Sep-Nov, and Jun- Aug
Langtang Valley Trek 11 DaysModerateMar- May and Sep-Nov
Manaslu Circuit Trek  18 DaysDifficultMar- May and Sep-Nov
Makalu Base Camp Trek 22 DaysModerateMar- May and Sep-Nov

1. Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek; one of the 10 best treks in Nepal
Photoshoot at the Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp trek takes you to the foot of Mount Everest at 5,364 m (​17,598 ft). The trek begins at Lukla airport and follows the Dudh Koshi River up to Namche Bazaar-a quirky marketplace at the highest elevation. After that, the trek is days long up to the Base Camp and passes through places like Syangboche, Tengboche, Dingboche with mesmerizing view of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Everest, and other vistas throughout the way.

The Everest Base Camp trek is not only about reaching near the world’s tallest peak but also experiencing the Himalayan Buddhist culture and getting a closer look at the life of the world-famous mountain climbers (the Sherpas). Further, the trial lies in the Sagarmatha National Park, which is also a world heritage site. 

Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Embark on a thrilling flight with scenic views from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Visit the antique Tengboche Monastery at 3,870m (12,697ft)
  • Walk to the foothills of the world’s highest mountain, Everest, at 5364m / 17599ft
  • Savor the panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Everest, from Kala Patthar

Everest Base Camp Trek Facts

Arrival CityKathmandu
Departure CityKathmandu
No. of Days15-18 days
DifficultyModerate
Max. Altitude5,545m/18,193ft
Best SeasonSpring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and November)
AccommodationLodge, Tea houses or Tents

2. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The Annapurna region in Nepal is one of the most diverse and popular options for trekking. The region has trek options suitable for everyone. Among them, the trek to Annapurna’s base camp, at 4130m/13549ft height, is a real treat for trekking enthusiasts. The Base camp has promising view of Annapurna I, Annapurna II to Gangapurna and Annapurna III. 

Annapurna Base Camp ; one of the 10 best treks in Nepal
Annapurna Base Camp

The Annapurna Base Camp trek has the most well-groomed itineraries among all other trekking routes in Nepal. And that is precisely why it is among the first choice for first-time and solo trekkers. Further, the trail passes through diverse landscapes and beautiful surroundings with rich mountain vistas, terraced fields, quaint Gurung villages, and a wide variety of flora and fauna. 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Explore the quaint Gurung villages and the local ethnicities
  • Hike to the base camp of Mt. Annapurna
  • Walk the stone steps and bridges throughout the off the beaten trail
  • Hike to Machhapuchhre base camp on the same route

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Facts

Arrival CityKathmandu
Departure CityKathmandu
No. of Days11- 15 days
DifficultyModerate
Max. Altitude4,210m/ 13,550 ft
Best SeasonSpring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)
AccommodationLodge, Tea houses or Tents

3. Upper Mustang Trek

Also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom, Upper Mustang in Nepal is a true wonderland. Until 1990, tourists were not allowed to enter Mustang, but as soon as the doors opened in Mustang, it became a popular travel destination because of its unique landscapes. Upper Mustang Trek also falls among off-the-beaten trek paths in Nepal.

Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang Trek

The trail passes through thousand-year-old monasteries, unexplored caves, scenic beauties of different landscapes. The adventure covers the world’s deepest gorge in Kali Gandaki to the highest regions of Lo-Manthang valley, with panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and many other peaks. Further, another major attraction in the Upper Mustang Trek is the mustangi people, who have unique cultures and traditions.

Upper Mustang Trek Highlights

  • Trek in the remotes trans-Himalayan region of Nepal
  • Traverse the solitary trails through the treeless landscapes
  • Soak in the magnificent views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri
  • Gear up for a unique cultural experience in the Last Forbidden Kingdom


Upper Mustang Trek Facts

Arrival CityKathmandu
Departure CityKathmandu
No. of Days15-17 days
DifficultyModerate
Max. Altitude3,810m/ 12,501ft
Best SeasonSpring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)
AccommodationLodge and Tea houses

4. Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna region in Nepal is one of the most popular trekking regions in the whole world. And Annapurna Circuit trek is just the right choice to explore the beauty of the Annapurna region. This is a long trek for travelers wishing to circle the Annapurna massif reaching the zenith at Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft).

Along the Annapurna Circuit; ; one of the 10 best treks in Nepal
Along the Annapurna Circuit

The trekking trail also offers fabulous mountain views of the Annapurna region from Poon Hill, one of Nepal’s most popular hill points. Moreover, Annapurna Circuit Trek also passes through Manang, Jomsom, and the Muktinath regions that gives a closer look at the diverse Nepalese landscape and culture.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights 

  • Trek along the captivating Annapurna circuit trail
  • Reach the zenith of the trail at Thorong La Pass
  • Traverse through the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge
  • Enjoy the diverse Nepalese landscape and culture
  • Savor the splendid views of the Himalayan peaks throughout the trail

Annapurna Circuit Trek Facts

Arrival CityKathmandu
Departure CityKathmandu
No. of Days20-22 days
DifficultyModerate
Max. Altitude5,416m/ 17,770ft
Best SeasonSpring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)
AccommodationLodge, Tea Houses

5. Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trekking in Nepal is another popular trek. The trek circles the world’s 3rd highest mountain, Kanchenjunga, 8,586m standing in the far northeastern corner of Nepal bordering Sikkim. 

Trekking Around the Kanchenjunga Circuit
Trekking Around the Kanchenjunga Circuit

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek trail passes through the remote areas of the Himalayas in the eastern region of Nepal. Since it is one of the off-the-beaten trekking paths in Nepal, The trail is peaceful and less crowded. Moreover, you will be rewarded with a unique insight into the Nepali rural lifestyle and rich culture. In this trek, you will also get to experience all the climatic variations Nepal has to offer, from steamy jungles to jumbled glaciers.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Experience the solitary trails in the remote eastern regions of Nepal
  • Appraise the alluring mountain massifs in the world
  • Marvel at the magnificence of Mt. Kanchenjunga
  • Be in awe at the unique sights of the rural Nepalese lifestyle

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Facts

Arrival CityKathmandu
Departure CityKathmandu
No. of Days22-26 days
DifficultyModerate
Max. Altitude5143m/16874 ft
Best SeasonSpring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)
AccommodationLodge, Tea houses or Tents

6. Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley in Nepal is a beautiful hidden secret of Tibetan Buddhists lying at the edge of one of the most secluded Himalayan valleys. The area was restricted until 2008, so it hasn’t been long since it opened to travelers. The region is still less explored and exploited than other touristy areas, with less beaten paths than the more popular regions.

Tsum Valley Trekking
Tsum Valley Trekking

The trek to Tsum Valley takes you into the majestic surroundings of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges. The region was once a part of Tibet and still looks completely different from what you will find elsewhere. While on the trek, we pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people, and visit the ancient Gumpas of the region such as Rachen Gumpa, Mu Dephyudonma Gumpa.

Tsum Valley Trek Highlights

  • Experience the majestic blend of Tibeto-Nepalese culture
  • Visit the famous Kyimu Lung, a pilgrimage circuit in the central Himalaya, known for its center of learning and meditation.
  • Witness the preserved steps of the great Buddhist Yogi Chyuchin Milarepa, who meditated in the caves of Piren Phu. 
  • Explore the unique and historic monasteries, including Rachen Gumpa and Mu Gumpa

Tsum Valley Trek Facts

Arrival CityKathmandu
Departure CityKathmandu
No. of Days18-19 days
DifficultyModerate
Max. Altitude3,700m/12,140ft
Best SeasonSpring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)
AccommodationLodge, Tea Houses

7. Upper Dolpo and Shey GumpaTrek

Upper Dolpo and Shey Gumpa Trek is one of the most beautiful treks in the remote areas of Nepal. It is also among the off-beaten trek paths, very rarely visited by outsiders. The trek passes through many huge mountain ranges and over the Numala pass at 5,400m till you reach the Phoksundo lake at Ringmo village, which lies in the Phoksundo National Park.  

Upper Dolpo and Shey Gumpa Trek
Upper Dolpo and Shey Gumpa Trek

The trek also explores the surrounding snow peaks of the Kanjirowa Himalayan range and the amazing sights of Crystal Mountain at Shey Gumpa while following the ancient Trans Himalayan Trade route. The adventure begins by encountering exciting places, people, small villages, valleys, and a serene forest of pines, oaks, and colorful rhododendron.

Upper Dolpo and Shey Gumpa Trek Highlights

  • The rare beauty of Dolpo’s majestic hills despite the barren landscapes. 
  • Cross a few high Himalayan passes and enjoy the vast and tranquil beauty of Phoksundo Lake. 
  • Explore the land where Nepal’s first Oscar-nominated movie – The Caravan, was based and made on.
  • Enjoy the spectacular view of Numala Bagala passes on the way to Dho Tarap.

Upper Dolpo and Shey Gumpa Trek Facts

Arrival CityKathmandu
Departure CityKathmandu
No. of Days26-28 days
DifficultyModerate
Max. Altitude4,900m/16,072ft
Best SeasonSpring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and November)
AccommodationLodge, Tea houses

8. Langtang Valley Trek

The Langtang Valley Trek in Nepal is one of Nepal’s most promising trek trails that has a lot to offer. The trail passes through verdant pine and bamboo forests, green farmlands, mountain streams, rugged rock, snow-capped peaks, grassy lawns, and meadows leading to the famous Kyanjin Gompa.

Trekking in Langtang Valley
Trekking in Langtang Valley

The Langtang valley, which also goes by the Valley of Glaciers, is best known for Mount Langtang, which stands at the elevation of 7,227 m. Trekkers can see the spectacular mountain views of Dorji Lakpa, Mt. Gaurishanker, Mt. Ganesh, Yala peak, Naya Kanga, and several other vistas throughout the trails. Further, the specialty of Langtang Valley Trek also includes small villages inhabited by Tibetans, Tamangs, and Sherpas.

Langtang Valley Trek Highlights

  • Enjoy the solitary trek in the lower region of the Langtang Valley
  • Traverse amid local villages and verdant forests to Kyangjin Gompa
  • Appreciate the breathtaking sunrise views from Tserko Ri
  • Experience the rich cultural exploration of the local people in the Himalayas

Langtang Valley Trek Facts

Arrival CityKathmandu
Departure CityKathmandu
No. of Days11 days
DifficultyModerate
Max. Altitude5,000m/16,405ft 
Best SeasonSpring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)
AccommodationLodge

9. Manaslu Circuit Trek 

Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you close to the eighth highest peak of the world, Mount Manaslu (8163m). It is also one of the off-beaten trekking paths in Nepal, where you get to explore the unexploited natural beauty and secluded solidarity of the Manaslu region.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking
Manaslu Circuit Trek

The main highlight and highest point on the Manaslu Circuit trek is the ‘Larkya La Pass,’ one among the most dramatic passes crossing the Himalayas. The top of Larkya La provides astounding panoramic views of Manaslu, Cheo Himal, Himal Chuli, and Himlung Himal. Further, the trek also gives a chance to witness the region’s rich local heritage and biological diversity. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights

  • Enjoy the sublime views of the Himalayan peaks
  • Experience the blend of Nepalese and Tibetan cultures in the local villages
  • Hike up to Larkya La Pass, the highest point of the Manaslu trek
  • Discover the diversified unspoiled ecosystems throughout the trekking trail

Manaslu Circuit Trek Facts

Arrival CityKathmandu
Departure CityKathmandu
No. of Days16-18 Days
DifficultyModerate
Max. Altitude5,160m/16,930ft.
Best SeasonSpring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)
AccommodationLodge


10. Makalu Base Camp Trek

Makalu Base Camp Trek takes you to the base camp of the world’s fifth-highest Mount Makalu (8841m). The trek offers panoramic views of the highest mountains, such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Chamlang, Mt. Baruntse, and other Himalayan mountains. 

View of Mount Makalu
View of Mount Makalu

The trail falls in the Makalu Barun National Park, which is a part of a huge international protected area. A large variety of common as well as endangered flora and fauna are protected in the region, including rhododendrons, orchids, snow leopard, red panda, musk deer, wild boar, wild yak, Himalayan tahr, and more than 420 varieties of bird species. So, the trek overall is a complete package filled with adventure and scenic beauty.

Makalu Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Explore high-altitude terrains, snow-clad landscapes, and ethnic Himalayan lifestyle. 
  • Mesmerizing natural surroundings and rich flora-fauna abound.
  • Polished granite cliffs capped by hanging glaciers, overflowing with waterfalls. 
  • Explore one of the most unfrequented trekking routes of Nepal.

Makalu Base Camp Trek Facts

Arrival CityKathmandu
Departure CityKathmandu
No. of Days20-22 days
DifficultyModerate
Max. Altitude4,870m/15,978ft.
Best SeasonSpring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, November, and December)
AccommodationLodge

Some other popular short treks in Nepal

Nepal has all sorts of options for trekking trails. For folks on a tight schedule, who still want to see the hills and mountains of Nepal, there are many short trekking trails that range from 3 to 10 days. Some of the popular short treks in Nepal are Balthali Village Trek, Ghorepani  Poonhill Trek, Ghandruk Trek, Khopra Dada Trek, Mardi Himal Trek to name a few.

View of Annapurna Range from Poon Hill
View of Annapurna Range from Poon Hill

These short trails are the perfect options for busy travelers keen to explore the magnificent Himalayas in a short time. Further, these are also among the easy treks in Nepal, which are just the right options for the beginner trekkers who are getting started with trekking.

Frequently Asked Questions About Trekking in Nepal

What is the best time to trek in Nepal?

The autumn and spring seasons are the best time to trek in Nepal. The months of September, October, and November in autumn offer excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views. At the same time, the months of March, April, and May in spring offer different varieties of wild flora blossoming of the rhododendrons alongside the mesmerizing view of mountains. Further, both seasons have moderate temperatures perfect for trekking.

Despite the best seasons, trekking in Nepal has different perks in different seasons. In winter, you get to see a winter wonderland in Nepal like nowhere else. As for the rainy season, it is a wise choice to avoid muddy trails. But there are many trek options in the shadow zones which do not get rain very often. 

Is it safe to trek in Nepal?

Yes! Nepal is a very safe option for trekking and any other travel activities. Nepal does not have any ongoing civil war or religious conflicts. Further, Nepalese locals in the villages are very hospitable and friendly. In fact, some people may come across as overly excited to welcoming and pleasing their guests.

Going on a trek is not the same as a walk around the park. So you need to be careful about many things. The biggest hurdle while trekking on the Himalayan trails in Nepal is the altitude, and of course, you need to come prepared for that, both physically and mentally.

Can you trek in Nepal without a guide?

There is no specific rule that requires trekkers to trek with guides. However, it is a wise decision to trek with a guide. The guides are professionals who know about the trekking trail better than anybody else. With guides on the side you can explore places more properly.

There is also the safety factor; traveling with a company is always a safe option. The guides know the area well enough to prevent any kind of accidents. Further, guides are also aware of weather conditions and the necessary precautions while trekking at high altitudes.

How much does it cost to trek in Nepal?

The cost of trekking in Nepal varies as per the service, itinerary, and the operator you choose. To put in numbers, the cost ranges from about US$100 to US$200 per day per person. There are luxury packages that offer the best services and run on the costlier side, whereas there are also feasible options with simple services.

The overall cost to trek in Nepal is a lot less than going on a beachside vacation. The cost of living in Nepal is much less than in most countries globally. So the services in Nepal are affordable options even for those who are traveling on a budget.

What are the things to do in Nepal? 

Nepal is best known as the top destination for mountaineering and trekking. However, the Himalayan nation has a lot to offer to its visitors. Along with Himalayan beauty, cultural, architectural, and geographic diversities are the major tourist attractions in Nepal. It is diverse in terms of its mesmerizing natural beauty and intriguing cultural aspects. 

Nepal is also rich in terms of cultural heritage. It is home to various UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the birthplace of Buddha- Lumbini, Durbar squares in Kathmandu Valley, Sagarmatha National Park, to name a few. Further, Nepal is one of the most well-known destinations for adventure sports like water rafting, bungee jumping, sky diving, and many more.

Plan Your Trip

Trekking in Nepal is a complete package to explore the best of Nepal’s natural beauty. Nothing beats strolling from teahouse to teahouse under crystal-clear Himalayan skies as the mesmerizing mountain peaks tower over you. If you are planning a trekking trip in Nepal, you can connect with our travel experts, who will help plan your tailor-made trips to your dream destination. 

About the author

A leading adventure & tour operator in the Himalayas since 1992, Himalayan Glacier Adventure & Travel Company® is the number. 1 guide service adventure choreographer on Mount Everest Base Camp and beyond. Continuing its decades-old legacy, Himalayan Glacier is a little different from other adventure & tour operators. Each of our holidays is truly a tailor-made package which we design for all ages, groups, families & solo travelers. We have veteran mountaineering leaders who have been into this industry for several decades. So, we offer you complete choice and freedom to explore the real pleasure of traveling.
2 Responses
  1. Ashish Dwivedi

    Hi, my name is Ashish too. I want to do EBC as well. I am on holidays between 4th and 20th July. I wonder if it is possible during this time. cheers,

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