Ask the Experts: The Top 5 Treks in Nepal

Expert in the field, Mark Whitman from Kandoo Adventures, shares his top five treks you must do in Nepal.

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With eight of the ten highest mountains on earth located in Nepal, it’s easy to see why this tiny mountain nation draws over one million trekkers to its borders each year. 

Jagged peaks soar high into the sky as trekkers make their way through forests and deep valleys, crossing swaying bridges and wandering through small villages.

With such an abundance of options, which trek is right for you?

Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp Trek is by far the most popular trek in Nepal. The route receives over 30,00 hikers every year and takes approximately 12 days to complete.

Trekkers walk along the stunning Khumbu Valley, taking in the authentic villages and monasteries on their way towards the tallest peak on earth.

The view of Everest from Kala Pattar is one of the best views in the world and undoubtedly one of the best moments is getting up close to the infamous Khumbu Icefall.

Check out EBC Trek Guide for more.

Everest Base Camp. Photo credit: Mark Whitman, Kandoo Adventures

Gokyo Lakes Trek

The Gokyo Lakes Trek is a favorite among serious trekkers. If the classic Everest trail seems a little too tame, then the Gokyo Trek might just be for you.

While the destination remains the same, the route deviates significantly.

Trekkers are taken on a loop into the Gokyo valley where they visit the 5 holy lakes and ascend over Cho La Pass – one of the most stunning passes in all of Nepal.

This route is far quieter than the classic route and takes on average 3 more days.

Gokyo Lakes. Photo credit: Mark Whitman, Kandoo Adventures

Annapurna Circuit

Often described as one of the greatest treks on earth, the Annapurna Circuit is an epic adventure over three long weeks.

The trek is most notable for the sheer variety of scenery the route passes through.

You begin in sub-tropical meadows before ascending up through rhododendron forests, alpine hills, and finally into semi-arid terrain.

The highest point is at Thorung La Pass (5,416m), where you’re greeted with 360 degree vistas that will stay with you a lifetime.

Annapurna Circuit. Photo credit: Mark Whitman, Kandoo Adventures

Manaslu Circuit

Relatively unknown, the Manaslu Circuit is far quieter than either the Annapurna or Everest regions.

Although it receives less than 2,00 trekkers annually, the Manaslu Circuit is quite possibly the greatest trek in Nepal.

The route winds its way up through 5 climatic zones and takes in 8 world-famous peaks!

The highlight of this stunning trek is Larkya La pass, which, at over 5,000m, is one of the most dramatic passes in the Himalayas.

Be warned though. This is a high-altitude trek which should only be attempted by experienced trekkers, with altitude sickness an important consideration.

Set aside at least 2 weeks to complete the circuit.

Langtang Valley Trek

Described by travel writer Bill Tilman (1898-1977) as "one of the world's most beautiful valleys”, the Lantang Valley Trek has earned an exceptional reputation among trekkers.

This is one of the easiest treks in Nepal and offers hikers the chance to see stunning mountain scenery without going too far.

Accessible to adults and children, the Langtang Valley Trek offers an exceptional mix between scenery and cultural heritage.

Located near Kathmandu, this trek is definitely worth a try if you’re short on time or just starting out.

This article was written by our partner Kandoo Adventures in collaboration with Mountain IQ.

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  • josecball said

    great article there. annapurna circuit & manaslu circuit might be the best treks to do in nepal but these treks does require the good physical fitness right. For absolute beginners these treks could be hard to achieve. For absolute beginners ghorepani poon hill trek, panchase village trek might be an option.

  • Sanjeeb rajbhandari said

    Manaslu Circuit is probably my best ones. It is such a stunning route and lesser trekkers. Must try one if you are looking for adventure and nature.

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