Top 10 Treks of Nepal
Kanchenjunga Base Camp
Kanchenjunga Base is the Camp which attracts even the non – trekkers, despite of it being one of the remotest treks around. Mt. Kanchenjunga standing proudly at a height of 8,586 meters; is the second highest of Nepal. This mountain which happens to be second highest in the world, is a home to Rai and Limbu ethinicities of Tibet whose villages make a marked presence of different cultures which one gets to see on the way high up the hill.
It takes maximum of 28 days to reach the heights of Kanchenjunga if you take the longest trek. In case you take Tsum Valley it will add an additional 5 days. The trip which is filled musk deer, red panda and snow leopard treks all along the way begins from Taplejung. The treks begin from September 1st every year and end at the beginning of November.
Permits are required for this trek include RAP and KCA.
It’s a beautiful valley if you go on this trek with former desert Kingdom of Mustang showcasing itself in almost the entire route. Being a geographically sensitive area, restricted permits are given to the trekkers. It’s good to be here with its 16th century Buddhist Monastery, Tiji festival in Lo Manthang and beautiful caves. Once you reach here look out for beautiful parallel paths which run on the two side – basically ancient trade routes. To be here you need to buy a minimum of 10 days permit. In order to reach here, you need to fly above the deepest gorge in the world between Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri.
The trekking trip for Upper Mustang begins from Jomsom and begins from the month of August and lasts till mid of October every year. It also opens up in month of April depending on the weather conditions.
Permits required for this trek include ACAP and RAP.
Three Passes Trek
Three Passes Trek is not a fun at all and one needs to have bones for this one. Being the world’s tallest peak, this high altitude filled with Sherpa culture, this trek is something Nepal is known for.
This one of the best treks around the globe, is filled with a number of trekkers. Trekking through Solo Kumbha via Kongma La, Cho La and Rondja La; it’s heaven’s beauty on earth. It’s one of the best places on earth which showcases Sherpa life in full bloom. So, as you enjoy the surroundings to get in face to face with Everest. Beginning from Namche Bazar, it has a elevation of 5335m. This trek is open from September till October.
Manaslu Circuit Trek
Also called the NEW ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT, it’s a teahouse kind of trek which calls for people who are naïve at trekking. The superb climate, high mountains and the background scenery is something which attracts people from around the globe. This trek goes around Mt. Manaslu which is also the 8th highest mountain in the world standing at a height of 8,156 meters. Interestingly its good for people who do not prefer much crowd. Its highest point is at Larkya Point from where one can easily see the tip of Mt. Manaslu. Open not long back, it’s an extension to Manaslu Circuit Camp.
This trek has also a variation called Tsum Valley which adds to another 5 days trek. If you wish you can add this to your initial trek.
The entire trek opens in the month of September and requires permit ACAP, MCAP, RAP with minimum off 2 people as individuals are not allowed.
If you ask, you will find out that Dhaulagiri trek is one of the most sought after treks by trekkers. However It Is Also One Of The Most Challenging Treks Of Nepal With Lot Of Curves And Steep In It. So, if you are a ardent trekkers, prefer to think about it. As there is glacier crossing in dhaulagiri trek, it is recommended that one takes ice – axe and crampons along with them. From here one can easily see the ANNAPURNA RANGE. A little risky, its good one for the trekkers with more than 5 years of trekking experience.
With a n elevation of 5360 meters above sea level, it opens after February 15th of each year.
Annapurna trek is for every himalayan trekker as it passes through a number of local villages giving an insight of villages of Nepal. It is also the trek which gives good surrounding views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Langtang Himal, Annapurna and Macchupucchre. A slow walk around the hills and sipping evening tea is one of the best attractions of this place.
It opens in the end of August and closes around mid of September.
Rara Lake Trek
It’s a beautiful lake, just around Nepals’ largest lake with lots of Pine, Spruce and Junipers to charm its visitors. The trek begins at Jumla crossing through areas filled with black bear and must deer habitations before reaching Rara. Rara stands at a height of 2990 meters. It’s a good site for camping and even high school graders can enjoy the treks along with their parents. (It must be noted only high school graers without parental guidance are not permitted to go on this trek).
Annapurna Base Camp
If you wish to be in a place which is surrounded by mountain cliffs and nothing else, then you need to be here. Its’ a very old trek and even the non – trekkers have heard about it. Commonly a combination of Ghandruk and Ghorepani is chalked out with this trek to get the best trekking experience of Annapurna base camp. Standing at an elevation of 4130 meters above sea level, it requires ACAP and TIMS permit.
Makalu Base Camp
This trek is filled with what you can expect in heaven – cool scenery with flowers and greenery all around. It’s a place which stands between Mt. Makalau (world’s 5th highest mountain), Lhotse, Everest, Baruntse and Chamlang in the surrounding area. It winters its really chilly here. It’s a trek good only for hard trekkers and not the naïve ones. Standing at a height of 5517 meters, it requires TIMS permit. It begins in October every year and closes in February.
Langtang Valley Trek
It’s a trek which takes you on the paths of Langtang Valley. Short, beautiful, amazing, it’s filled with natural beauty. Lower altitude treks make it really a place to be in even for casual trekkers. If you are not a trekker or a first time trekker, then you take this easy trek but cutting it short. It offers spectacular view of Langtang Ri, Annapurna and Makalu.