Nepal is a small South Asian country tucked in the lap of the Himalayas. Nepal has always been blessed with natural beauty and the abundance of hills and mountains has been appreciated by locals and foreigners alike throughout the years. Tourism and Hospitality are considered to be one of the main sources of income for Nepal. Welcoming tourists and the way Nepal does it has been praised globally for years and years now. From the thrill junkies to religious folks, Nepal has provided tourists with all sorts of satisfaction. From rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, bungee jumping to paragliding, cycling, hiking, and trekking; Nepal has been a major destination for tourists. Here we will discuss some of the best trekking trails that Nepal has to offer.
Best Trekking Trails in Nepal
Everest Base Camp Trek
With Nepal boasting eight of the ten tallest mountains in the world, it is of a little wonder that Everest Base Camp is on the top of the list. It has a total length of 103.33km or 64.20 miles. It is situated at an altitude of 6499m. Located in the Sagarmatha National Park near Khumjung, Province 1, it is recommended for thrill-seekers and experienced hikers. The trail is primarily used for trekking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from February until October.
Another one of the trails located in the Sagarmatha National Park, Gokyo Lakes is a heavily trafficked out and back trail. It is located at an elevation of 6527m near the Chaurikharkha, Province 1. The total length of this trail is 91.7km or 56.9 miles. It offers a mesmerizing view of lakes however it is only recommended to experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for trekking and backpacking and is best used from September until November.
Annapurna Circuit Trek
Considered to be one of the hardest yet the best circuit in Nepal, Annapurna Circuit Trek is also one of the longest trails. With a total length of 220.0 kilometers or 136 miles, Annapurna Circuit provides plenty of adventures like backpacking, trekking, cave explorations, waterfalls, hot springs, and plenty more. It is situated at the Annapurna Conservation Area near Taghring, Gandaki Pradesh, Nepal and has an elevation of 18,427 m. It can be considered dangerous and is only recommended to experienced hikers.
Poon Hill Trek
Presently, Poon Hill Trek is one of the most famous circuit treks amongst the people of Nepal. However, it is equally famous with the tourists as well. Only 177km from the capital of Nepal, and also one of the shortest trek circuit with 10.3km of length.
It has come into the spotlights of hiking and trekking lovers in recent years. Poon Hill Trek is a point to point trek circuit with an elevation gain of 1475m. It is considered to be somewhat difficult. The best months to hike this trail is from March till July.
Located in Thumi, Gandaki Pradesh, Manaslu Circuit has the seventh-tallest mountain in the world. Sitting at an elevation of 15,800m, the 175.1 kilometers long trail is moderately trafficked. It is a point to point trail and ofter considered for hiking, trekking, sight-seeing, waterfalls, rivers, and backpacking. It is also accessible year-round. Thus, you need not worry about freeing up the schedule.
One of the closest hiking routes from Kathmandu, this beautiful trail starts directly from Kathmandu and ends in Kakani. The trail is also relatively easy and has only a slight incline. So, it will not be too difficult to ascend the trail. It is only 25 kilometers in length and once on top, it boasts one of the best views of Kathmandu Valley. It sits at an altitude of 2000m.
Another of the hiking/ trekking trails in Nepal that is near to the capital is Nagarkot trail. It has to be one of the most famous trails for the local people of Kathmandu Valley. It is a relatively short trail (28 km) and will require around five hours to complete. Starting from Sankhu and ending in Nagarkot, people usually hike here for the view of the sunset and the sunrise. However, the resorts, food, and Nagarkot towers are also quite well known.
Three Passes Trek
Three Passes Trek is a 180.1 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located in the Sagarmatha National Park, near Chaurikharka, Province 1, Nepal. Located at an altitude of 12,863 m, this trail is famous for its backpacking, nature trips, and trekking. However, it is only recommended for very experienced hikers.
Finally, we’ve come to an end of our list of Best Trekking Trails in Nepal. I’ve listed out short trails for hiking as well since they are admired by locals and also tourists from around the globe. “Heaven is a myth, Nepal is real” is a saying that has been sung for centuries, and looking at the trails and the sights they behold, it is easy to see why. Nepal has the best landscape for hiking and trekking and it would be an honor for citizens like us to welcome everyone to experience Nepal. I can guarantee that no-one will be disappointed.