Trekking in Nepal

by Audrey on January 12, 2017

Trekking in Nepal is one of the best experiences that the world of travel has to offer. You’re spoilt for choice as the country lies in the lap of the Himalayas and is home to some of the most beautiful, authentic and adventurous treks on the planet. From the gravity-defying heights of Mt. Everest to being surrounded by iconic peaks at the Annapurna Base Camp, here are 3 great treks in Nepal, gems that truly deserve every moment of your time.

Nepal-mountains

Everest Base Camp Trek

  • Number of Days: 12 – 13 Days
  • Maximum Elevation: 5600 m
  • Accommodation: Lodge and guesthouse
  • Difficulty: Medium

Trekking all the way to the top of the highest mountain in the world is easily the most memorable thing you could ever do, but that’s easier said than done and certainly not possible without months, possibly years, of professional training. The next best thing that you could do is visit Everest Base Camp, known to offer the best views of Mt. Everest. This beautiful adventure introduces you to the best of trekking in Nepal as it takes you past sleepy Sherpa villages and untouched Himalayan beauty to present the most exclusive experience in the country. The highest point of this trek is Kala Patthar, which rises to a height of 5600 meters and offers the best possible views of iconic peaks such as Lhotse, Mt. Everest and Nuptse. The trail is excellent right through and standing face to face with the world’s greatest peak is an experience that stays with you for life. The best time to embark on an Everest Base Camp Trek is between October to November and March to May.

Annapurna Base Camp 

  • Number of Days: 9 – 10 Days
  • Maximum Elevation: 4320 m
  • Accommodation: Lodge and guesthouse
  • Difficulty: Medium

Although not as popular as its counterpart in Everest, the Annapurna Base Camp trek is famous as the longest short trek in the county, a phenomenal experience that offers some of the best views of the Machapuchare, more popularly called the Matterhorn of Asia. Upon reaching the sanctuary, one is completely surrounded by a ring of mountains, with some of the tallest peaks showcased in the best possible light. The hike up the Modi Khola canyon is equally spectacular and there’s a hot spring at Tadapani to enjoy as well! The closer you get to the base camp, the more beautiful the trail becomes, and this is as real as any trekking experience can ever get. The best time to embark on an Annapurna Base Camp trek is between October to November and March to May.

Poonhill Trek

  • Number of Days: 5 – 7 Days
  • Maximum Elevation: 3210 m
  • Accommodation: Lodge and guesthouse
  • Difficulty: Easy

The Poonhill Trek starts from Pokhara and introduces you to some of the biggest peaks of Nepal without ever making you embark on a long, tedious journey. The sunrise views that Poonhill itself has to offer are among the best scenes on the planet, and you’re also treated to the sight of peaks such as Annapurna II, Machapuchare and Hiunchuli along the way. The Poonhill Trek is also rich in antiquity and culture, as it brings you closer to ancient villages such as Ghandruk, a traditional Gurung village that is full of neatly lined slate-roof houses, wheat and barley terraces and a beautiful culture. The hot springs of Tadapani are a part of this trek as well. If you only have a few days to spend in the country, this is probably the only trek you need. The best time to visit Poonhill is between October to November and March to May.

Planning to go trekking in Nepal? What’s that one trek you simply cannot miss out on? Let us know using the comments below.

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