By: Nasir Rizwan
Throughout the global literature, Nepal has been an icon of pristine paramountcy. It says, whoever visits Nepal leaves a part of him in the alluring meadows of the Himalayas. China and India completely bound the small country of Nepal, and despite that, it stands apart for its unrivaled beauty. Today we will discuss the 5 Most Beautiful Treks in Nepal that so far have captivated the imaginations of avid climbers and travel enthusiasts.
Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp is a world-renowned trek that is on the wish list of every novice and hardcore climber. The trek takes you insightfully close to the undisputed crown jewel of the Himalayas, passing through the Khumbu region and the historic towns of the Sherpa community.
The Everest Base Camp Trek is 13 days of trekking through glacial moraine, alpinist lakes, and high reaching passes. The difficulty level is challenging, but that doesn't mean it's limited to only experienced hikers. The trek is optimized in such a way that even beginners can experience and enjoy it (read Staying Safe in Nepal) without having to worry about altitude sickness.
The journey starts from Kathmandu with tourist sightseeing opportunities, followed by an ever-of-its-kind flight to Lukla. You'll officially start your trekking journey from Lukla, and from beginning to end, you'll venture through breathtaking views of forested hills, mountainside villages, and stark cliffs. And as the terrain gets steeper, it only becomes more secluded and seductive with each step you take.
The distinct fusion of absolute wilderness and rich cultural heritage will keep you awed throughout the Everest Base Camp trek. Trekkers have to pass through low-lying valleys and witness the native settlements of ethnic tribes. There are numerous historic monasteries and traditional landmarks like Kala Patthar and Khumbila mountain (God of Khumbu), and the prayer wheels alongside that undeniably only add beauty to the trek. You will continue to trek through the Khumbu glacier to reach the long-awaited Everest Base Camp. From there, you can witness four of the six highest peaks– Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516 meters), Mt. Makalu (8,470 meters), and Cho Oyu (8,201 meters), and many other snow-capped peaks. Along with that, you can stop by local settlements for the occasional chit-chat over a cup of tea as you listen in to the folks of the Himalayas.
The Everest Base Camp Trek is a complete adventure packed with 360-degree panoramic views of far-stretched mountains, thrilling ascents (max. altitude 5,550m), and unique cultural exposures. If you haven't made up your mind yet, Everest Base Camp should be on top of your trekking list in Nepal.
Ghorepani-Poonhill Trek is an all-season attraction that fulfills your adventure cravings for astounding exposure to the mystical side of the Himalayas. The best part about this trek is that it is comparatively short (about eight days) and is suitable for every age group.
The Ghorepani-Poon Hill trek is situated in the Annapurna region and is famous for its all-year-round surprises for trekkers. The surroundings will excite you with snowy fields in winters, and summers will fascinate you with veiled moss trails and lush greenery.
The trek begins from the serene town of Pokhara (which is famous for its mouth-watering Nepalae cuisines and tourist attractions). Before heading onwards from Pokhara, you can try a boating experience in serene Fewa Lake or pay tribute to the brilliant-white Peace Pagoda. After refreshments and sightseeing in Pokhara, the track takes you through blooming rhododendron forests, terraced paddy fields, yogi still lakes, majestic waterfalls, and crosses flag-festooned bridges to reach the foothills of Poon Hill. The trek is acclaimed for other reasons, like the intriguing sunrise and sunset from Poon Hill, for which people trek for days to experience. Not only that, you will make your way through ethnic villages like Bhanthati, Uller, Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, and get along with hospitable Gurung locals who will be more than happy to welcome you in tea lodges over a lunch or a cup of tea or coffee.
Furthermore, the captivating sights of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt Annapurna, and Manaslu ranges will be engraved in your memory forever. Developed walking tracks, easy accessibility, lush fields, natural wonders, and low altitude (3,210m) make the Ghorepani-Poon Hill trek an absolute visit if you have limited time and are looking for an easy short trek in Nepal.
Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek is a classic, unexplored, and out-of-the-world trek with its wonder-filled quests around the 8th highest mountain of the world in northern Nepal. The trek offers insightful sightseeing of Annapurna massif with chances to experience raw nature and spot rare wildlife species.
The trek is a two weeks long (15 days) adrenaline pusher in the Manasulu Conservation Area, which comprises sheer wilderness and unbelievable natural vistas that have everything for everyone in all four seasons. Unlike Everest Base Camp Trek, the Manaslu Circuit trek is comparatively less crowded and more remote, allowing you to experience the wild more thoroughly. You can even take a side trail for more privacy.
Manaslu Circuit Trek makes its way through the quaint town of Soti Khola, which is spanned across water-filled rice fields. The trek is accompanied by the gushing Budhi Gandaki River, passes beyond rugged pathways into sloping mountainous tracks, and traverses through suspension bridges and tropical forests into the snow-covered Himalayas to reach the lonely Larkya La Pass (5,106m).
Moreover, undoubtedly being one of the most beautiful treks, Manaslu Circuit Trek is for the people who have a high will of challenging themselves and live to experience adventure. If that's what defines you, Manaslu should be your foremost preference.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek
After Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the most sought trek in Nepal, mainly because of its diverse landscapes in the remoteness of Annapurna massif, alpinist Tilicho Lake, world's highest pilgrimages, coupled with challenging trails that take you through vast and rapid rivers, primeval woodlands and sloping tracks.
Annapurna Base Camp trek is a 19-day absolute trekking challenge that brings out the best from the participants. Despite the difficulty levels, many female solo hikers have traveled to Annapurna Base Camp all by themselves (must read If you're a woman traveling solo in Nepal).
Soon after starting your trekking journey from Khudi, you'll be shadowed by gigantic mountains which will guide you into the meadowy fields, yak pastures, low-lying tropical valleys, pine forests, and deserted terrain. And yet, such obstacles add a sense of achievement to your journey upon reaching Tilicho Lake at 4,949m, whose ocean blue ambiance will arouse you for momentary applause. Moreover, the options are never less; you can retreat into the world's highest monasteries of Hindus and Buddhists or sit peacefully in the winsome company of Annapurna (I-IV), Mt Dhaulagiri, Muktinath Peak, Mt Manaslu, Mt Khangsar, Mt Nilgiri, and Tilicho Peak.
The adventure options do not end here. If you're carried away by the cold thin air on Annapurna Base Camp Trek, consider soothing your aches by a warm dip in the hot springs of Tatopani or an afternoon visit to the Muktinath temple (also known as the temple of five elements).
To conclude, Annapurna Base Camp Trek is made for you if you're one of the rare travelers who travel hard, deep, and within. Annapurna trek will charm you with remoteness, panoramic Himalayan views, cultural and historic landmarks, tasty dal bhat, which is Nepal's favorite dish, and tea lodges.
Langtang Valley Trek
Langtang Valley Trek has its reverence for being in close proximity to Kathmandu. Sensuous natural vistas, sublime valleys, historic sites, Tibetan lifestyle, dove white mountains, and some dozen impressive glaciers define our esteemed Langtang in a nutshell.
Langtang is a nine-day trek of medium difficulty that any age group can embark on. The expedition was a popular tourist attraction until the 2015 earthquake, which swept away the whole of Langtang village, but it was recently opened for tourists to enjoy this beautiful trek. The whole trek is an experience of its kind to the tourists looking to explore Nepal. There are valleys that lead to scenic woodlands hosting mystic waterfalls and hot springs, and when trekkers are still unfulfilled, the ornate monasteries grab their attention towards themselves.
This short trek starts from Kathmandu with promising sights of sky stabbing Langtang Lirung (7,246m), Kimshung (6,781m), and Langshisha Ri (6,370m). The tracks are comparatively in good condition, and you'll enjoy the company of blooming subtropical forests with hot springs and high-reaching waterfalls until you reach the thousand years old ethnic tribes of the Tamang, Sherpa, and Newari, whose presence in such seclusion is a miracle to unveil.
To conclude, Langtang Trek is one of the best short treks in Nepal that is beautiful beyond description and offers backpackers sightseeing of natural persona, cultural richness, and remoteness at ease.
From Everest to Annapurna to Southern Nepal, each area has different attractions, limitations, and time to complete. There are plenty of beautiful treks in Nepal that call for colorful souls to explore and rejoice in its natural beauty and rich culture.
If you're planning a trip or you're uncertain about what trek best matches you and your group, feel free to contact our support team, who will be more than happy to advise and help you to plan your next trekking visit to auspicious Nepal.