Despite being a small country Nepal provides with the wonderful trekking destinations. From flat to High snow-capped mountains, this country has diverse Landscapes that provide you with the heavenly experience. What we call the best trekking route depends upon many things. Here is the list of 5 best trekking routes to explore in Nepal in no particular order considering different aspects such as duration, difficulty, budget and the views you get, etc.
EVEREST BASE CAMP TREKKING
Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most popular trekking routes of Nepal that takes you to the foothills of the highest mountain in the world. Everest Base Camp trekking lets you explore the diverse landscapes that range from the low mountains covered in green forests to the high rocky Himalayas covered in snow. This trekking is a wonderful opportunity to get a close-up view of Mt. Everest and many other high peaks such as Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam etc. Apart from these wonderful landscapes, you get to explore the interesting culture, tradition and lifestyle of the indigenous Sherpa Community. They are known for their Tibetan Buddhism influenced culture and mountaineering skills. You will encounter many renowned monasteries and gompas along the way. Visiting these monasteries will let you have better insight regarding their culture. Exploring the wildlife in Sagarmatha National Park is one of the major experiences to have in the Everest region where you will get to witness many of the rare animals.
Everest Base Camp trail is well marked and there are teahouses for accommodations run by local Sherpas. So you can complete the solo trek as well. The trek can be completed in 12 days to 20 depending on your pace. Everest Base Camp trekking is the best way to experience the majestic beauty of the Himalayas.
ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREKKING
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also one of the best ways to explore the beauty of the Nepali Himalayas and landscapes at its best. Annapurna Base Camp Trek region is rich in diverse landscape, flora and fauna. Starting from a beautiful city Pokhara this trekking takes you to the south base camp of the Annapurna. Along the way, you get an amazing view of the Annapurna Massif, Machhapuchhre and many other mountains. These trekking rewards you with some beautiful experiences along the way such as sunrise view over the Himalayas from Poonhill, Diving into Jhinu hot spring, exploring the culture, lifestyle and traditions of the Gurung and Magar people who reside in these areas etc. The trail passes through dense jungles of rhododendron, oak and pine trees by the river. The serene environment of the Annapurna region surely gives you one of the best experiences.
This trek is relatively easy as compared to Everest Base Camp as the altitude is lower and the trail is also not that difficult. As this area is the home of many wild animals and birds this trekking is a wonderful opportunity to explore the wildlife and birdwatching. This area offers almost everything you would expect from Nepal.
ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK
If you are not in a rush, Annapurna circuit trek is the best way to explore a wide range of diversity of Nepalese terrains. Starting from Kathmandu, you pass through river valleys, ridges and reach to the rocky and snowcapped mountains of the Himalayas. Some of the major highlights of this trek are Tilicho lake (highest elevated lake), Muktinath temple (One of the most famous Hindu pilgrimage sites), Manang valley (Culturally rich) etc. The jungle along the way varies from tropical, subtropical to alpine where you can catch a glimpse of some of the rare animals and birds. You will pass through many villages of a multi-ethnic community. Most of the area is dominated by the people whose culture is heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. You get to explore many Gompas and monasteries inspired by Tibetan Architecture. The view of the Mountains, landscapes, waterfalls, rivers etc will keep you motivated and refreshed. This trek is a wonderful opportunity to explore nature and culture at once.
MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK
Manaslu Circuit trek will take you to the pristine and unexplored region of Nepal. This trek route was recently made available for trekking. This trekking route has gained much popularity in recent years because of the amazing landscapes, diverse nature and culture. Being less crowded, this trek is ideal for those who want to enjoy the beauty of the Himalayan region in Solitude. You will have to cross dense forests to get to the final destination with the spectacular view of the mountains such as Manaslu, Nilgiri, Buddha Peak, Mt. Hiunchuli etc on the backdrop. The view of these mountains gets better and more amazing as you walk towards them. You have to do the guided trek as the Manaslu region is restricted zone but the price range of this trek is relatively low as compared to other popular destinations. It takes around 15 to 20 days to complete this trek normally and the trek is considered to be strenuous. You have to be physically fit to do this trek and ready to keep yourself away from luxurious treats to enjoy this thrilling experience of Manaslu region.
UPPER MUSTANG TREKKING
Upper Mustang Trekking lets you explore the forbidden Kingdom of ancient Buddhist. You need to have guided trekking to explore the upper mustang region. However, it is one of the best places to explore in Nepal because of unique landscapes, weather conditions and history of this place. Starting your trek from Jomsom will get to explore many beautiful villages such as Kagbeni, Chele Sangboche, Ghami all the way to Lo Manthang. The view of Mustang draped by many mountains is mesmerizing. You get to learn deeply about the history of this forbidden kingdom and the ancient sky caves that can be seen in this area. Apart from this unique barren valley of upper mustang, you will get to enjoy usual amazing views of the snowcapped mountains, landscapes, rivers, waterfalls etc. As the landscapes and the culture highly resemble of Tibet, you might feel like visiting Tibet while traversing in this area.
Upper Mustang is a great destination to explore the diverse culture, history and landscapes of Nepal.