How to Choose a Trek in Nepal?

  • Aug 17, 2020
  • Rajesh Thapaliya

Nepal is a small country in South Asia between two big countries China and India. It is a landlocked country with lots of hills, long-ranged Himalaya to the northern part from east to west and flat fertile lands to the south. It is one of the most popular Himalayan trekking destinations in the world. So, there are hundreds of different trekking routes where millions of trekkers are coming from different countries every year to visit.

Trekking in Nepal
Everest region trek

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How to choose a trek in Nepal? You can find them on the internet search. But, choosing the right trek plays a big appearance for a successful mountain trip. Choosing a trek in Nepal depends on your interest, time frame, physical fitness and the budget. If you are the first time trekker, elderly or going to trek with family, you can choose a short and easy trek. The base camp treks are for regular and intermediate trekkers. But the adventure treks are for extreme and advanced trekkers. You can find some trekking packages that suit you and which will be easy to plan your mountain trip. So, Pick one from available packages below.

How to Choose a Trek in Nepal - Short and Easy Trek

Short and easy trek in Nepal
Short trek in Annapurna region

Short and easy trekking in Nepal is the trail with 2 - days to a week long. These trekking packages have not extreme high altitude and freezing temperature so you can do this type of trek during all season. But trekking in Nepal in summer is not so good.

Short and easy trekking trails don’t take trekkers to the mountain base camps. But, These trekking packages offers beautiful views of long-ranged mountains. These trekking routes offer comfortable hikes compared to moderate and adventure trekking trails. These trek packages offer View of farming terraces, river valleys, green hills, vegetation, traditional villages and much more attraction to the trekkers. Here, you can see the bag of the short and easy treks below. So it will be easy to choose your desired trekking destination.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill trek has a massive number of trekkers compared to the other trekking trails in Nepal. This trek is doable by all type of trekkers and offers one of the best views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif from a close distance.

Ghorepani Poon hill was more popular as Ghorepani Ghandruk circuit trekking. It is famous as Ghorepani Poon Hill trek or Poon hill trek now. There is a hill station called Poon hill from where you can see unblocking sunrise and amazing Mountain View. It named after a tower made for the memory of Tek Bahadur Poon and named as Poon hill.

This trek can be done from 2-5 days itinerary starting from Nayapul. 2 days trek drives direct to Ulleri and treks to Ghorepani on the first day. You will enjoy the view from Poon hill and trek back to Ulleri or Hile from where you can drive back to Pokhara. This trekking itinerary is rush one so, if you can walk fast and don’t have enough time, you can use this itinerary.

3 - days Ghorepani Poon hill trek will be slightly less rush than doing it in 2 days. You can follow the regular itinerary until Ghorepani taking two days. You will drive to Nayapul from Pokhara and trek to Tikhedhunga or Ulleri on the first day. After that, you will trek to Ghorepani on the next day and enjoy the view on the following morning from Poon hill and trek back to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara. The last day trek will be a long descend, which can be a cause of knee pain. Four days trek itinerary will be the best if you are worried of knee pain from a long downhill.

There are two different itineraries of 4 days Ghorepani Poon hill trek itinerary. Either you can make a circuit via Ghandruk or return the same way If you would like to make a circuit trek with four days trek itinerary, it can be a tiring day with a hike to Poon hill and a long day trek to Ghandruk. So, five days Ghorepani Ghandruk circuit trek is more comfortable and relaxed. It is a regular trek itinerary which is following by most of the trekkers.

Everest View Trek

Everest view trek is also known as Everest panorama trek. It is the shortest available trek in the Everest region. It is a week or eight days trek from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. If you have not enough time to trek to the base camp or scare with altitude sickness, Everest view trek is a perfect trek to see the world’s highest mountain and explore the region.

Everest view trek starts with a flight to Lukla and leads through the main trail to the Everest base camp. You will trek to Phakding after you land at Lukla airport on the first day. After that, you will hike until Tengboche passing Namche Bazaar than back to Lukla and fly out to Kathmandu.

You will see massive snow-capped mountains such as Kusum Kangaroo, Thamserku, Amadablam. Lhotse, Nuptse, and other beautiful mountains including the Everest on this trek. Not only the mountains, wildlife, vegetation, rivers, waterfalls and much more natural beauties can be seen on this trek. You even can do this trek during winter not only in autumn and spring. But summer is not recommended.

Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal trek
Badal Danda

A new and beautiful trekking trail in the Annapurna region is Mardi Himal trek. It is a short trek but, the highest elevation of this trek is over 4000m above sea level. Mardi Himal trek can finish in 5-7 days from Pokhara to Pokhara. This trek offers one of the best views of Annapurna massif, beautiful valley, long-ranged edge and much more natural beauties.

Driving from Pokhara to Kande, the trek begins and goes to Deurali on the first day. After that, you will trek through a dense forest of rhododendron, pine, oak and other big trees around 4 hours to forest camp. Then you will ascend to low camp passing rest camp and trek to Badal Danda and high camp. After spending a night at high camp, you will trek towards Mardi Himal base camp via upper viewpoint. Badal Danda and upper-viewpoint are the places which offer amazing views.

After enjoying the view of Mardi Himal trek, you will start descending a few days to Siding or Phedi to finish the trek and drive back to Pokhara.

Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang valley trekking trail was affected terribly by an earthquake in 2015. But it is rising now with a better facility. Langtang valley trek is about a week or eight days long trek from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. It is the nearest short trek from the capital city on Nepal which takes trekkers to closer to the big mountains.

Driving on public or private transport from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi the trek starts. Langtang valley trek goes through the Langtang national park following Langtang river valley. There are more than 300 – spaces of the birds in this national park. So, Langtang national park is a great place for birdwatchers.

You will trek to Lama Hotel on the first day of this trek and trek to Langtang village and Kyanjin Gumba at the end. Exploring with beautiful views from Kyanjin Ri or Tserko-Ri, you will trek back to Syabrubesi following the same trail and drive back to Kathmandu.

Gosaikunda Lake Trek

Gosaikunda lake trek is one of my best trek in Nepal. Although, there are fewer trekkers than above listed short trekking trails of Nepal. If you are looking for a panoramic mountain view, birds, cultural monuments, glacial lakes and more natural beauties, you can blindly choose this trek.

Gosaikunda lake trek goes a little bit higher elevation compared to the other treks but, it is not that difficult. This beautiful trek begins from Kathmandu driving on a public bus or private transport to Dhunche and trek to Thulo Syabru, Lauribinayak and Gosaikunda. After exploring with beautiful lakes, you will descend to Dhunche and drive to Kathmandu. This trek can be done 6 to 7 days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu.

View from Lauribinayak and walking to this place on the third day of this trek is unreal. Gosaikunda is a pilgrimage site of Buddhist and Hindu people so there will be a big festival in august and lots of pilgrimages go here for a religious propose.

Tamang Heritage Trek

A new and Tamang cultural trek in Langtang region is Tamang heritage trek. There are fewer trekkers compared to the other treks in the Langtang region. Tamang heritage trek can be done in a week or a few days more. This trek provides cultural feelings of this region with beautiful mountain views.

Tamang heritage trek also begins as Langtang valley trek driving to Syabrubesi. Langtang valley trek goes right from Syabrubesi but, this trek goes the left climbing a big hill to Goljung. After reaching Goljung, you will trek on a flat road until Gatlang.

After spending a night in this big Tamang village, you will trek to Tatopani. There used to be a natural hot spring but, there is no more hot spring after the earthquake in 2015. Then you will have a short trek to Nagthali, which is the best hill station of this trek and see beautiful panoramic mountain views.

The next morning, you can hike to the viewpoint which takes around 3-4 hrs both way and trek down to Thuman and Syabrubesi. After staying the last night of this trek in Syabrubesi, you will drive back to Kathmandu.

Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

Chisapani Nagarkot Trek
View from Nagarkot

Chisapani Nagarkot is a short and easy trekking trail near Kathmandu valley. This trek is 3-4 days and the nearest short trek from Kathmandu. If you have less than a week holiday in Nepal and don’t want to go higher elevation, this trek is suitable. October to December is the best time for this trek but, you can do this any time.

Chisapani Nagarkot trek offers a long-ranged panoramic mountain views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gauri Shankar, and some peaks of the Everest region on a clear day. Not only the mountain views, terraces, green hills, valleys and traditional villages are the attractions of this trek.

Around an hour drive to the north from the city centre, the trek begins with ascending trails to Chisapani passing some traditional villages. After spending a night in this place, you will trek to Nagarkot the next day. from here you can see unblocking sunrise and lots of high mountains. You can finish the trek hiking to Changunarayan and driving back to Kathmandu from Nagarkot or trek further until Dhulikhel adding one extra day.

Dhampus Sarangkot Trek

Dhampus Sarangkot trek is a bit far from Kathmandu but, it is closer to Pokhara. It is the shortest available trek in the Annapurna region. Dhampus Sarangkot is a three days trek which is in lower elevation. If you have a week holiday and would like to trek easy with the decreased elevated area, this should perfect.

Dhampus Sarangkot trek starts with a drive to Phedi or Ghattekhola and treks to Dhampus on the first day. After that, you will trek to Sarangkot which a long day trek around 6 hours. Sarangkot a hill station which offers panoramic mountain view of Annapurna and Manaslu range with the best sunrise. After enjoying the view from Sarangkot, you will hike a few hours to Pokhara or can fly with paragliding.

How to Choose a Trek in Nepal - Moderate Levelled Trek

Everest base camp trek
Everest base camp

Intermediate trekkers can enjoy with moderate levelled trekking trails. The trekkers who trek through the mountain route often, these trekking trails are acceptable for them. Base camp treks are on this category which goes 4000m elevation to 5000m or a bit higher elevation without any high pass.

The Everest base camp trek, Annapurna base camp trek, Langtang Gosainkunda trek, Gokyo valley trek and a few more others are the example of this type of trek. Let’s check the elemental information of available moderate levelled trekking trails in Nepal which are pretty famous.

Everest Base Camp Trek

The most popular trek in Nepal is the Everest base camp trek. The most popular trek in Nepal is the Everest base camp trek. This trek is recommended by Lonely Planet that the ‘4th best trek in the world.’ Mt. Everest is the highest mountain in the world so, to visit its base camp and see it from a closer distance, there are thousands of trekkers coming to Nepal every year. Everest base camp trek can be done with basic physical training and having some mountain trekking experience. The trekking trail to the Everest base camp is not very difficult but, the altitude can make a bit difficult to the trekkers.

Everest base camp trek is in the east from Kathmandu which connects by a short flight to Lukla. After landing at Lukla airport, the trekking trail leads to the base camp through Phakding, Namche, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and Gorakshep. It is a 12 - days trek from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. Six days trek plus two altitude practice rest days take you to the base camp. Then, three days trek back to Lukla before flying out to Kathmandu. See more blogs and information about Everest region trek here.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Amazing Annapurna base camp trek is also famous as Annapurna sanctuary trek. This trek is in the Annapurna conservation area in the Annapurna region. Annapurna base camp trek will have fewer chances of getting altitude sickness.

10 - days Annapurna base camp trek itinerary is regular. But it has an available plan from 6 days and can be extended up to 12 days. This trek is in the west from Kathmandu and closer to the third and beautiful lake city Pokhara. The trek begins with a short drive to Nayapul and treks to Tikhedhunga or Ulleri on the first day. After that, you will trek to Ghorepani and visit Poon hill from where you can enjoy panoramic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna massif.

Further, you will trek to Tadapani, Chhomrong, Dovan, Deurali then Annapurna base camp. Annapurna base camp trek brings you very close to high mountains and see amazing Annapurna glacier. After exploring Annapurna base camp, you will trek back the same way until Chhomrong and descend to Jhinu Danda where you can enjoy with a hot bath in a natural hot spring. Spending the last night of Annapurna base camp trek in Jhinu Danda, you will trek more to Siwai or Nayapul from where you can get transportation to reach back to Pokhara.

Gokyo Lake Trek

Gokyo lake trek
Gokyo lake

If you have heard Ghoko valley trek or Gokyo Ri trek, don’t be confused! It is the same as Gokyo lake trek. This trek is also in the Everest region. Gokyo lake trek is an alternative Everest base camp trek which is with a similar time frame. Everest base camp trek is more popular than Gokyo valley trek but, this trek offers better views. More number of high mountains, beautiful big glacial lakes and the biggest glacier of the Everest region are the main attractions of this trek.

Gokyo lake trek also leads with a flight to the same place where trekkers fly in. After that, the trail also leads through the base camp part till 4th day and splits left valley climbing towards Mong hill. You will trek through a beautiful Dudhkoshi valley and pass Dole, Meshmmermo and other small towns before reaching Gokyo. Exploring tranquil Gokyo lakes and 360° mountain views from Gokyo Ri could be one of the best Himalayan experience and a lifetime memory.

You will trek back the same way back from Gokyo or go over Renjo La pass. You can see a similar view from Renjo La top as Gokyo Ri.

Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

Are you looking for a long trek above two weeks and can be done with a low budget? If yes, Langtang Gosaikunda trek should be the best option. This trek has one high pass but, it is lesser than 5000m of elevation. Langtang Gosaikunda trek is a combined trek of Langtang valley and Gosaikunda lake trek.

You can do this trek from two different directions. Starting from Sundarijal and finish in Syabrubesi or Starting from Syabrubesi and finish in Sundarijal as an opposite way. Starting from Syabrubesi, visit Langtang valley and Gosaikunda to end the trek in Sundarijal is a regular itinerary which is following by most of the trekkers. Using this way is a lot easier with less climbing.

Mountain views from Kyanjin Gumba and Lauribinayak are unreal. Gosaikunda Lake and other lakes are amazing during this trek. This trek covers two different national parks such as Langtang national park and Shivapuri Nagarjun National park.

How to Choose a Trek in Nepal - Adventure or Strenuous Trek

Everest high passes trek
Kongma La pass

Are you a trekker with advanced physical level and regularly trekking to higher elevated trekking routes? Well, there are some adventure trekking packages in Nepal which can be in your hit list. Adventure treks are usually strenuous levelled trek which will be very difficult for the intermediate trekkers.

Adventure treks are usually long treks and need to have more than two weeks holiday. Everest high passes trek, Annapurna circuit trek, Manaslu circuit trek and Kanchenjunga circuit trek are popular adventure trekking trails in Nepal.

Everest High Passes Trek

Everest High passes trek covers 3 - major high passes in the Everest region. It is one of the most intrepid lodge treks in Nepal. But rather than doing all three passes at a single time, you can do one of them or two instead covering all if you don’t have enough time. Those high passes which include on this trek are Kongma La pass, Cho La pass and Renjo La pass.

All available high passes from this 3 - passes trek are over 5000m of elevation above sea level. It is, of course, not an easy trek but it offers one of the best adventure Everest trek experience. This trek goes through the Sagarmatha national park flying into Lukla. You are better to have three weeks of holiday for Nepal to do this trek.

Everest high passes trek covers beautiful view of the Everest Himalaya, tranquil lakes, big glacier, and all-natural and cultural beauties. Four highest peaks out of 8 mountains above 8000m can see from this trek.

Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho-Oyu are those highest mountains. Not only the mountains, glacier and lakes, but you can also see wildlife, birds, vegetation and much more other natural beauties.

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna circuit trail has more sum of trekkers during each high trekking season. There is the road construction now and reducing the number of the trekkers now than a few years back. But still, there are hundreds of trekkers go to this trail every day in autumn and spring.

Annapurna circuit trek offers different sceneries every day and every single hour. This trek begins from lower than 1000m of elevation and goes up to 5416m. Throng La pass is the highest point of this trek which is the massive high pass in the world.

Annapurna circuit trek can do from 12 days to 16 days as a half circuit and a full circuit trek. The half circuit trek ends with a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and the full one also ends in Pokhara but, you need to walk a few days more through Ghorepani Poon hill trail.

World’s highest lake Tilicho remains in this region. So, you can visit this lake adding a few more days with regular Annapurna circuit trek. This trek is also beloved as Throng La pass trek which you will cross. Also, people say around the Annapurna trek because you will trek around Annapurna mountains.

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit trek
Larke la pass

A rising adventure trek in Nepal is Manaslu circuit trek. This trek is in a restricted area, so you need to issue a special trekking permit from the department of Nepal immigration office. An only convinced number of trekkers are allowed to this trekking trail each year because it is a protected area.

Lots of trekkers are attracting with this trekking trail nowadays after the road constructed on Annapurna circuit trekking trail. Manaslu circuit trek also has a high pass Larke La which makes this trek more adventure. Larke La pass can be a little bit difficult if there is snow but without snow should not be much difficult.

Trekking to Manaslu circuit starts walking from Sotikhola after a few hours drive from Kathmandu. This trek is about 16 days but, it can be done in 12 days if you drive from Dharapani when you arrive in Annapurna conservation area. Visiting Birendra lake on exploration day from Samagaun is worth it. You can see Marmot in this trek which you can’t see in other trekking trails in Nepal.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek

Kanchenjunga circuit trek is a lengthy adventure circuit trek in Nepal. It is located in far eastern Nepal and takes a few days to drive to reach the starting point of the trek. Because of the long driving journey or not regular flights from Kathmandu to connect with the trek, it is less famous than other high passes trek.

You need to drive around 24 hrs to Taplejung from Kathmandu to start the trek or fly to Biratnagar and Suketar. You can have regular flights to Biratnagar from Kathmandu but not to Suketar. So, Drive to Taplejung could be better than waiting for aviation to Suketar. Starting to walk from Taplejung, you can trek either way visiting the north base camp first before crossing Miring La and Sele La or the south base camp first. Mt. Kanchenjunga has two base camps, as mentioned above. There are not proper lodges as other regular commercial trekking trails. So, you will get a place to sleep in a small lodge most of the nights. Foods are also very primary that you can find the Nepali dishes, bread and noodles mostly on the trek.

Off the Beaten Tracks – How to Choose a Trek in Nepal

off the beaten track trekking
Indigenous peoples trail

The trekking packages listed above are the treks with lodges and foods well facilities. But, there are numerous trekking routes in Nepal where you have to sleep like in a house, community-based lodge or homestay and get primary foods available. These trekking are not long, challenging and highly elevated.

Off the beaten tracks trekking trails are some in the famous trekking region because those trails are not well-known and newly opened. Not famous doesn’t mean that it is not lovely. These are beautiful trekking destination but some facilities that you can get from a regular trekking route, which you may not get from these.

Trekkers coming from luxury life and going to these areas could not feel much comfortable. But, it depends on the desire of the people. If you would like to have real rural experience and looking for the treks which have fewer trekkers, these off the beaten track trails could be perfect.

Mohare Danda Trek, Khopra Danda trek, Jyamrung trek, Gorkha trek, Indigenous peoples trail and a few more others are available off the beaten trekking trails in Nepal. This type of treks is very cheap trekking destination compared to the other regular commercial trekking routes in Nepal.

Conclusion

Trekking in Nepal and the Nepalese Himalaya is a challenging physical activity. So, a meaningful thing while choosing a trek in Nepal comes with your physical stamina, the time duration of your holiday, the budget that you would like to spend and interest. Even if you are a usual hiker that hiking a long-distance and multi-day trek at home, trekking in Nepal still could not be painless. It can be more difficult to trek on high altitude but don’t give up.

You can choose a trek in Nepal from listed trekking packages above which suits you. The information provided with each trekking packages here is primary knowledge. So, you can find the links of every trekking bag with it where you can get full idea and itinerary which help you to know more about those trekking packages which you would like to do.

Hope, this post on how to choose a trek in Nepal makes you easy to pick your pice. And you know about different levelled trekking trails with it. You can share this post with your friends after reading, which can be meaningful and helpful also for them.

Rajesh Thapaliya

Rajesh Thapaliya

Namaste! I am Rajesh, Nepal travel blogger providing Nepal travel tips to the travellers who are planning to travel Nepal and know about Nepal.

I am a tourism service provider in Nepal So far, I have been to the Nepalese Himalayan base camps as a tour leader and collected lots of information about the Nepalese Himalayas. You can find my experiences in my travel blogs so it may make a lot easier you to travel to Nepal.

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I was born in the countryside and finished my high school from there. After my high school, I came in Kathmandu and started to work as a trekking porter then I improved my English and started to work as a trekking guide at the same time I was a university student. While I was working as a tour leader, I visited all the Himalayan base camps in Nepal and collected lots of information about these areas. So my work inspired me to write and provide information about travelling Nepal to the visitors.