I have been a travel enthusiast for a long time now. I desperately wanted to travel abroad but because of my studies in Nepal, I could hardly consider an international trip.
Once, while browsing social media, I saw some beautiful panoramic shots captioned: “Popular treks in Nepal”. I immediately looked them up online to find their exact location.
Nepal is often compared to Switzerland for its natural beauty and mountains. Nevertheless, a lot of trekking destinations remain unexplored. The hills that have been every Nepali’s playground have not yet been commercialised.
This is how I began exploring some popular treks in Nepal. Here is my top 5 list, based on their natural beauty and number of visitors.
1. Annapurna Base Camp Trek
‘’Annapurna’’ takes after the Sanskrit words ‘’Anna’’ and ‘’Purna’’ that mean ‘’fulfilling with food’’.
The Annapurna base camp is at an altitude of 4,130m (13,550 ft), which is a glacial bowl. The finest time to visit is from March to May and from October to November.
The jaw-dropping beauty of these Himalayans is difficult to convey in writing. The best part about a lot of treks in Nepal, including the Annapurna Base Camp, is the fascinating local settlements (Gurung and Magar primarily). It also has a diversified terrain and extensive views of the surrounding moutain range. Another specialty is journeying along the world’s widest mountain pass – the Thorong La pass.
2. Mardi Himal Trek
The parent range of the picturesque and pristine Mardi Himal is the Annapurna range itself.
It is an accessible hiking trail around the Annapurna massif with tours starting from both Kathmandu and Pokhara. The best time to trek in the Mardi region is from March to May, and in October or November. It begins from Kande/Landruk/Ghandruk and sits at 4,500m (14,760 ft).
3. Upper Mustang Trek
With its rugged landscapes, cultural legacy, and an ancient trade route between Nepal and China, the Upper Mustang Trek is a dream-come-true for trekking lovers.
It is so fortunate that we’re able to visit it nowadays because all access was restricted up until 15 years ago. Still, you need a government-registered trekking agency to get the permit for it.
Trekking in Upper Mustang is incredible and it can push your physical and mental boundaries. It is advisable to visit the area in spring or autumn and avoid the risky winter season.
4. Everest Base Camp Trek
The Everest Base Camp trek is an absolute must for any trekking enthusiasts. It is located at 5,364m (17,600 ft), just about 3,500m (11,500 ft) below the highest peak on our planet: Mount Everest.
In fact, Nepal boasts eight out of the top ten highest peaks in the world.
The inhabitants of Everest and many other Himalayan regions like Sherpas will assist you with their unmatched hospitality.
5. Ghorepani Poonhill Trek
This is a lovely introductory trek for those who are lacking the confidence or experience for longer adventures. It is a three-day experience that offers a taste of the Himalayas even to travellers who have a limited time in Nepal.
Soaking the sunrise with the stunning panoramic views of the Annapurna range is an unmatched pleasure.
Shristi is a travel enthusiast who loves the spontaneity of adventures and loves to write about them on Heaven Himalaya. She is a positive yet introverted writer who explores personal growth on every journey. Shristi feels alive by getting lost in the magical world of books or traveling to different places.