Many hikers believe Nepal has the best treks in the world.
There are, however, a few regions that are ubiquitously considered the cream of the crop. Feet Do Travel share the 5 best treks in Nepal.
The word “Everest” speaks for itself, and the Everest Region is one of the most famous trekking destinations in the world.
The Everest Base Camp Trek takes 16-18 days to complete and is regarded as the ultimate trek in this region, if not the world! While its immense popularity may be to some trekkers’ dislike, it certainly has an upside with various conveniences such as comfortable lodges, hot showers, even Wi-Fi, although this may be interpreted by some as a sign this trek has lost some of its authenticity.
The breathtaking views of the world’s highest mountain are impossible to adulterate by any modern-world whims.
This trek also gives you the invaluable chance to (almost) literally walk in the footsteps of famous mountaineers to the roaring sounds of the Dudhkoshi River.
Another famous trek in this region is the Three Passes Trek which takes 20 days to complete, taking you through three of the world’s highest navigable passes.
If you are considering this trek, for further research read 5 Things No One Tells You About Hiking to Everest Base Camp.
Located in north western Nepal, and blessed with 14 peaks above 7000m, the Annapurna region may be the most popular trek in this astonishing country.
Despite its spectacular abundance, the Annapurna region does have a trek that is universally considered as the jewel in its crown - the Annapurna Circuit Trek. How can it be any other way – hiking the Annapurna Circuit basically means circumnavigating the entire region! It takes 13-15 days to complete, and as if to solidify its place as the undisputed number one even further, it boasts boundless views of some of Nepal’s other most coveted regions, like Manaslu, Langtang Himal, Dhaulagiri, and more.
One of the Annapurna Circuit Trek’s main contenders is the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, a.k.a. the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, which takes 9–11 days of traversing vast valleys of majestic glaciers, before finally culminating at the heart of the Annapurna.
The Manaslu region is characterized by the physical challenges it poses, which is why many adventurous trekkers with a particular affinity for pushing themselves find it particularly rewarding. It’s also celebrated for its tea-house trek.
During the 14 days it takes to hike the Manaslu Trek, people will walk through large, snowy hills that go up and down like gigantic waves. Many consider this trek a worthy alternative to the Annapurna circuit, if not a better one, as long as you can handle its physical demands.
It’s no wonder that trekking Manaslu without a guide is forbidden, and there are various checkpoints that ensure this rule is followed.
This region is truly fascinating, even for Nepal’s lofty standards. Despite being very dry, Upper Mustang, hidden behind the Himalayas, is somewhat reminiscent of a mysterious oasis, just waiting to be discovered. This area didn’t open for trekking until 1992, and few places have managed to stay away from the passage of time in the way Upper Mustang has.
The region is great for those looking to dabble into the culture, unadorned beauty, and mystic atmosphere of Tibet. Upper Mustang is known as the “Mini Tibet of Nepal.”
Hiking the Upper Mustang Trek over 14 days takes you to Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang, and what makes it so satisfying is to see happy locals who welcome trekkers with hospitality and warmth.
This is another region where the Tibetan influence is palpable, as it’s basically on Nepal’s border with Tibet and Sikkim.
The main difference between the Kanchenjunga region and Upper Mustang is the landscape, which is lusher and more diverse, filled with lakes, mountains, and forests.
Trekkers need to bring supplies, and enough to last for 20 days as the area is generally isolated and uninhibited.
Nepal is what trekking dreams are made of, and choosing any one of these five routes will be a bucket list tick off for any serious adventure traveller.
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