Nepal is one of the most beautiful countries in the world & Trekking in Nepal should be on your wishlist. This is a complete beginner guide that will help you to start planning your trekking in Nepal.
Nepal is known as the country of Mount Everest, the highest peak of the world as well as the land of Lord Buddha. Moreover, Nepal is listed as one of the most visited countries with stunning beauties.
Here, we are going to explore everything about expedition, cultures, and mostly about best-trekking destinations & things you need to know before visiting Nepal.
Trekking in Nepal Overview
Many of you may not know that Nepal is a country of the Himalayas with the world’s eighth highest peaks namely Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Annapurna. There are so many options to trek around Nepal.
Trekking in Nepal can be classified according to time, budget, difficulty levels, etc. It’s your choice on what kinds of trek do you want just like short-trek, long-trek, etc.
Popular Trekking Routes in Nepal
There are multiple popular trekking destinations in Nepal. Most people are willing to trek Everest Base Camp Trek & Annapurna Base Camp Trek which are top-rated trekking destinations for visitors around the globe. We will try to list them below.
Trekking in the Everest Region is a lifetime dream because of the beauty it offers. Everest Region is located in the eastern part of Nepal. Everest Region provides a variety of trekking with mountainous scenery that is mind-blowing.
In this eastern region, sherpas are the people who live over the mountain and are known as the tiger of snow. Sherpas served as the guide in these extremely high attitude mountains & guide to climb the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest.
Also Read: Accommodation Guide for Everest Base Camp
|Everest Base Camp Trek||15 Days||5,545 m||Sep-Nov & Mar-May||Moderate|
|Everest Base Camp Gokyo Trek||19 Days||5,555 m||Sep-Nov & Mar-May||Difficult|
|Everest Kalapathar Trek||7 Days||5,550 m||Oct-Nov & Mar-May||Difficult|
|11 Days||3,867 m||Mar-Aug & Sep-Dec||Easy|
|Tengboche Trek||12 Days||3,867 m||Oct-Nov & Mar-May||Easy|
|Everest Panorama Trek||15 Days||3,880 m||Oct-Nov & Mar-May||Moderate|
|Everest Three Pass Trek||22 Days||5,550 m||Oct-Nov & Mar-May||Difficult|
|Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek||26 Days||5,550 m||Oct-Nov & Mar-May||Difficult|
Missing Annapurna Ranges while trekking in Nepal is like missing everything. Annapurna Trekking offers a glimpse of 8000 meters summit with a picturesque view.
Various ethnic groups are working on this route from Hindus to Tibetan Lamas. Annapurna Region Trekking is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. Experiencing Annapurna Routes will be worth remembering.
|Annapurna Base Camp Trek||19 Days||4,130 m||Oct-Dec & Mar-May||Moderate|
|Annapurna Circuit Trek||24 Days||5,416 m||Oct-Dec & Mar-May||Difficult|
|Annapurna Panorama Trek||13 Days||3,210 m||Oct-Nov & Mar-May||Moderate|
|Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek||7 Days||3,867 m||Mar-Aug & Sep-Dec||Moderate|
|Kaligandaki Valley Trek||16 Days||3,760 m||Oct-Nov & Mar-May||Moderate|
|Mardi Himal Trek||15 Days||4,500 m||Oct-Nov & Mar-May||Moderate|
The North Side of Kathmandu is where Langtang is situated. If you are interested in an easy, moderate trek, then it is possibly the best trekking region for you.
Langtang Trekking Region offers great scenery with the beautiful Himalayas. Langtang Region is less crowded than Everest & Annapurna Regions where it offers peaceful trekking.
|Langtang Valley Trek||13 Days||4,984 m||Oct-Dec & Mar-May||Moderate|
|Langtang Gosaikunda Lake Trek||18 Days||4,984 m||Oct-Dec & Mar-May||Moderate|
|Gosaikunda Lake Trek||12 Days||4,910 m||Oct-Nov & Mar-May||Moderate|
4. Mustang Region Trekking
Mustang District is a part of Gandaki Province situated on the Northside of Nepal. Jomsom is the headquarters of this Mustang District.
Mustang trekking is much more challenging as it surprises the visitors with an instant beauty of culture & a pleasing view of this region. Mustang used to be the separate Kingdom of Nepal until 2007.
Mustang Region Trekking offers two regions for trekking. One of them is the Upper Mustang Trek, and another one is Lower Mustang Trek.
|Upper Mustang Trek||16 Days||3,800 m||Sep-Dec & Mar-May||Easy|
|Upper Mustang Trek||10 Days||4,984 m||Oct-Dec & Mar-May||Moderate|
Manaslu Region offers a panoramic view of the mountains, landscapes which is located in the rural area of Nepal.
|Around Manaslu Trek||18 Days||5,160 m||Sep-Dec & Mar-May||Difficult|
|Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek||21 Days||5,100 m||Oct-Dec & Mar-May||Difficult|
Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world with 8,163 meters in height.
Besides these listed trekking routes, many unlisted routes are less crowded and a very fantastic one.
- Kalinchowk Trekking
- Sailung Trekking
- Saipal Himal Trek
- Dhorpatan Trek
What to Expect
You can expect many things while trekking in Nepal. There are so many options for trekking. You can book your tickets to Nepal according to your budget, time, destinations, etc. You can also choose short-trek, long-trek comforting your interest.
All of you know that Nepal is a country of the Himalayas and you can expect the picturesque view of mountain ranges.
The high ranges mountain summit is going to blow your mind, and it is worth visiting Nepal. You can explore mountains above 8000 meters from a variety of angles according to time and weather.
Language & Culture
Nepali is the official language in Nepal, and English is the secondary language. You can speak English while traveling to Nepal as most people understands the English Language.
Nepal is a colorful garden of 36 ethnic groups and 4 castes. Although Nepal is a secular state, most of the people are Hindus followed by a low percentage of Buddhist and very few percent of Muslims.
While trekking in Mountain Regions, Sherpas are the people who guide you while trekking in Nepal. They follow Buddhism as the main religion.
Wildlife tourism is the main attraction in Nepal. Nepal is rich in wild diversity with a large variety of plants and animals can be found.
Wildlife is categorized into two classes. One is Common, and another one is protected. To protect diverse fauna, Nepal has established a number of National Parks.
You can visit Chitwan National Park for Elephant Ride where you can observe a variety of species like the One-Horned Rhino, Bengal Tiger, Gharial, etc. Chitwan National Park is the first National Park of Nepal with 932 km2 listed on World Heritage Sites. Besides this, there are more protected areas for endangered species.
Protected Areas in Nepal
|Chitwan National Park||Shuklaphanta National Park|
|Langtang National Park||Banke National Park|
|Sagarmatha National Park||Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve|
|Rara National Park||Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve|
|Shey Phoksundo National Park||Annapurna Conservation Area|
|Khaptad National Park||Kanchanjunga Conservation Area|
|Bardia National Park||Manaslu Conservation Area|
|Makalu Barun National Park||Api Nampa Conservation Area|
|Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park||Gaurishankar Conservation Area|
|Parsa National Park||Krishnasar Conservation Area|
What Not To Expect
There are a few things you should not expect while traveling to Nepal. As Nepal is a developing country, you need to care about things since it is not well developed in every aspect.
You are probably wrong if you are thinking of luxury while traveling or trekking in Nepal. You can find luxurious hotels in major cities while on trekking trails, you need to cope up with what is available.
It means you don’t have to sleep in miserable conditions. The lodge or Accommodation house owner will offer you a single bed, good food, a hot water shower, etc.
Kathmandu and Pokhara are well-developed cities in Nepal. You can find good WiFi, food, etc., but while on trekking trails you should not expect WiFi or something like that.
In the city area like Kathmandu & Pokhara, you can easily find popular cuisines. But on trekking trails, it is difficult to find great restaurants. You need to manage what is given in Tea houses or in small hotels.
To make your journey successful, you must take care of a few things while trekking in Nepal. You need to book tickets early and confirm it. Check if the weather is suitable for you to travel.
Find the best time to visit Nepal. Moreover, you need to have the proper gear for trekking in the Himalayas areas.
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