12 best treks in Nepal you need to experience – only carry-on luggage
The best hikes in Nepal always seem to provide clues to fearsome, adrenaline-charged, record breaking hikes to Mount Everest (understandably – in Nepal, there are 8 out of the 10 highest mountains in the world), but what surprises Most people are that there are so many Nepal, than only icy, rugged mountains.
For starters, you probably need your swimwear and nothing but the lightest clothing, since they are the thickest winter coats.
We visited Nepal, where temperatures seemed to rise well above 40 ° C. In fact, for the most part, we did not have to unpack the thick winter clothes we had packed and lived in shorts and T-shirts.
Long story short – part of Nepal and really hot and part of it is really cold. However, the good thing is that it is a wonderful place for hiking, no matter what kind of hike you make.
Mount Everest, Annapurna and all the other Himalayan mountains also mean that Nepal has become a traveling hotspot over time. The nature of the hikes varies from the extreme hikes such as the Everest hikes.
To help you on your happy walk, here are 12 of the best treks in Nepal that are worth visiting.
1.) Mount Everest Base Camp
You can not talk about hiking in Nepal without starting with Mount Everest. Although Nepal, with its almost 9,000 meters, houses impressive mountains, Everest is the highest mountain in the world.
And yes, I know, that says the obvious, but it's this sheer height (and the summing up challenge – if only partially) that makes it easy to become one of the most popular hikes in Nepal.
Suffice it to say that climbing the Everest Summit is less a hike and more of a climb (and it requires almost incredible skill, perseverance, and a bit of luck that is used for a good move), so the next best thing (always still beautiful is challenging) is a hike to Mount Everest Base Camp.
The South Base Camp takes about two weeks to hike. This route is usually headed by a sherpa who will show you the fastest and safest way to camp. From here you have the opportunity to enjoy the majestic view of the highest mountain in the world! It is truly one of the best treks in Nepal if you are (and capable of) a great challenge.
It is worth repeating that you should ALWAYS pay attention to your local guide and never just go away or decide to do it alone. It can be a safe, rewarding, and quite funny hike, but only if you do it sensibly and respectfully – to the environment and to the abilities of your body. (You might think this is the obvious, but we've met someone in Nepal who has decided to do it alone, just to go part of it and be woken up by a dog spending hours and hours on his face licks and then finally gave up the hike and went home)
2.) Mount Everest View Trek
For those who want to claim climbing a part of Mount Everest, but still have too little time, this is a good hike as it takes less than half the duration of the base camp, yet is rewarded with a magnificent view.
Suffice to say, the relative ease of this walk is a major reason why it is one of Nepal's best treks for travelers looking for a balance between exploring the local culture and going out in nature.
3.) The Annapurna Circle
This is another multi-day hike that lasts 12 to 14 days. In contrast to the Mount Everest hike, this is a rather moderate hike, but it increases over 400 meters in altitude.
Here you will find unparalleled views of the magnificent Himalayan mountains and have the opportunity to travel across the widest pass in the world, the Thorong La Pass.
4.) The Poonhill hike
This is one of the best treks in Nepal, if you have limited time to experience the Himalayan hiking experience! This stunning hike takes only six days on average and still provides the ultimate mountaineering experience!
The highlight is the climb to Poonhill Peak, an ideal place to enjoy a sunrise or sunset.
Then there is the village of Pokhara (see more of our time here and here) for a wonderful meal at the Moondance Restaurant and Bar. If you want to relax those tired muscles, a massage (followed quickly by drinks) is available at the Jiva Cafe & Spa absolutely recommendable.
5.) The Langtang walk
If you have a week, this is a moderately strenuous walk that represents a further balance between nature and culture. Surrounded by the beautiful backdrop of the Himalayan Mountains, you will pass a number of ancient Buddhist monasteries, some of them even close up.
The Tibetan influence is very strong here, which is not surprising given its proximity to Tibet. There are a number of rural villages that can also be visited so you have the opportunity to get to know the local culture.
6.) Gokyo Ri
This walk takes about twelve days, but is far more peaceful and free of travelers than Everest or any of the other popular routes.
The absolute treasure, however, are the five emerald green lakes along the route. As the name suggests, these lakes are an almost ethereal, magnificent turquoise tone. They are also a wonderful place for camping or for a long, well-deserved break.
7.) The Upper Mustang Trek
Follow an ancient salt caravan route through the foothills of the Himalayas and experience one of the best treks in Nepal for those seeking a glimpse into the days of ancient Buddhism.
This hike will take you back to the past as you drive through a series of Buddhist villages largely isolated from the outer community. You also have the opportunity to visit the ruins of ancient palaces, such as those in Lo Mangthang.
8.) The Ghandruk hike
This is a relatively short hike that takes an average of three days.
You will get a spectacular view of the Annapurna Mountains along your happy path, but the real highlight will be reached after you have climbed the (many) stairs to the village of Ghandruk locals before you return.
9.) The Jomson Trek
This hike, located in the Mustang region, is considered one of the best treks in Nepal due to its striking resemblance to vast Tibetan landscapes.
The walk takes about five days, and along the way there are numerous guesthouses where you can rest for a few hours (you might find it best to alleviate your expectations of the luxury front).
10.) Kathmandu Valley Trek
Take five to eight days to complete this amazing hike. Chances are that you will arrive in Kathmandu and after a few days in the city (be sure to visit these places), you will explore the mountainous areas outside the famous city and have the opportunity to visit some Buddhist shrines and historic villages.
As you walk along the Kathmandu Valley Rim, you will be greeted by one of the most spectacular scenery in the world with breathtaking views of the mountains (including Mount Everest on clear days).
11.) The Tamang Heritage Trail
This is a relatively new hike in Nepal, so do not expect 5-star hotels or chic restaurants along the way. What you can expect, however, is an incredible opportunity to explore the cultural heritage of the Tamang people.
The Tamang have lived in these mountains for thousands of years and many of their practices have not changed over time.
Not only can you buy a variety of Tamang handcrafted carvings and jewelery (souvenirs to choose from when shopping), there are also many ways to stop and swim in a hot spring to soothe these walking pains directly from the bones.
This short, relatively easy hike, which is located in the Godavari region, will take you to Phulchowki, which is one of the best treks in Nepal, at over 2,500 meters, for breathtaking views of the Kathmandu Valley.
As one would expect from the name (translated:Hill of flowers"), The path is flooded with beautiful flowers in spring and summer.
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