A trekkers dreamland, Nepal offers some of the best views and treks in the world. But a good trek requires proper planning and a strong understanding of the experience level of trekkers. That said, any trekking route in Nepal ensures a brilliant experience packed with the locals’ cultural hospitality, mountain views like never before, and an overall break for the soul which can rarely be found anywhere in the world. To understand your route choices better, we have rounded up some of the best ones for you to pick from.
Everest Base Camp: If you’re in Nepal and an experienced trekker, you must head over to this one. From giving you closer views of the world’s highest peak to checking out lovely turquoise waters from the Gokyo Ri viewpoint, you are bound to fall in love with the beauty of Nepal’s signature trek. Consider your path to be filled with adorable views of Sherpa villages and gorgeous sunsets that look straight out of a movie.
Ghorepani/Poon Hill: This one is for beginners. A less-challenging trek that is available all year round, the Ghorepani route is almost circular and runs like a loop. Leading up to Poon Hill, you will get to experience hot springs and interesting villages as part of your trip. And the reward for reaching all the way to the top lies in the picturesque sunset that you get to witness from the top of the Poon Hill peak.
Annapurna Sanctuary: With legendary stories that claim divine presences of goddesses Annapurna and Gangapurna there, this trek will leave you spellbound with its natural beauty. Starting out from Pokhara, your trail will allow you to check out the Gurung villages at lower-altitudes. Higher up, you can see the wonderful views of the fish-tailed Machhapuchhare, mountain bamboo forests, and waterfalls that will have your heart.
Jumla to Rara Lake: A short trek that takes about nine days, the Jumla-Rara trail is set in the wild west of Nepal. Throughout the trek, you’re bound to run into authentic cultural visits with some of the locals, do some wildlife spotting, and find mind-blowing forests – all of it leading to the unmatched views of Nepal’s biggest lake, the Rara Lake.
Gokyo Lakes: While you may be able to see bits of these during your Everest Base Camp trek, a trekking trail dedicated solely to the Gokyo Lakes is also a popular choice amongst tourists. It promises to show you a chain of six lakes that not only have the clearest waters that mirror your reflection but also consist of the highest freshwater lake system in the world.
The Royal Trek: This trail gets its name from the 1980s visit of Prince Charles. The Prince of Wales climbed through rice fields and bamboo forests in the region with 90 friends of his at the time. Similar to the Poon Hill trek, The Royal trek too, is perfect for older visitors or beginner trekkers. It offers its best views between October to November or March to June thanks to clear skies and lake views.
Langtang Valley: Even after being hit severely in the 2015 earthquake that shook Nepal, the Langtang Valley was quickly restored and brought back to its original, beautiful state. The trek is closest to Kathmandu and a relatively shorter one too. It can be completed in about a week and comprises of sceneries including oak trees and beautiful holy Buddhist shrines.
Manaslu: Longer and built for the experiences group of trekkers, the Manaslu mountain trek leads to views of the world’s eighth-largest peak. It’s one of Nepal’s secrets that has been gaining a lot of popularity in recent times. In this short while, it has also been dubbed ‘Best Teahouse Trek’ as it is stocked with teahouses – most of which offer great services.1