Annapurna Base Camp How do you choose the top 5 trekking destinations in Nepal? That depends on who you ask! It is not just about the number of trekkers but also about what the destination offers to them. So, this article will only be talking about the top 5 treks in Nepal that offer more than just spectacular views and an arduous trek.
The place must have something more – an experience that one can learn from and cherish for life. The choice of the top 5 treks in Nepal includes Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Helambu Trek, and Upper Mustang Trek.
Why choose Nepal for Trekking?
Have you heard of The Himalayas? Mount Everest? If you are at all familiar with these names, then you may be interested to know that they are part of a region called Nepal. So why should one choose Nepal as a vacation destination then? The answer is simple.
Nepal offers an unparalleled adventure that cannot be found anywhere else on earth. Home to some of the world’s most magnificent mountains, pristine waterfalls, and thriving wildlife, adventurers can truly get their money’s worth when it comes to experiencing all that Nepal has to offer. Here is our list of must-see destinations for trekkers
Trekking to Everest Base Camp
Ever since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were first able to set foot on top of Mount Everest, it has been a dream for many to visit. The actual base camp is located at an altitude of 17,600 feet but getting there can be tricky. We know that you are not afraid of a little adventure which is why we recommend trekking to Everest Base Camp. It’s a long trip but so worth it as you’ll be able to see multiple other mountain ranges as well as rare flora and fauna while walking alongside ancient Sherpa villages.
Trekking Annapurna Base Camp
Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of those places you can’t miss visiting when you are in Nepal. Annapurnas, which include 11 peaks that rise over 7,000 meters above sea level and 10 over 6,000 meters above sea level, is just a four-hour drive from Pokhara.
The trail usually takes between 15 to 20 days and passes through some famous tourist attractions like Ghorepani Poon Hill and Tatopani Hot Springs. You can do a lot of fun things as part of the Annapurnas Base Camp trek including rafting, bungee jumping, or just sightseeing.
Trekking Manaslu Circuit
The spectacular Manaslu Trek is without a doubt one of, if not, THE most amazing trekking experiences on earth. It is considered one of Nepal’s best treks and offers an opportunity to climb 7 different peaks over 6 days.
From Ghandruk to Annapurna Base Camp and Tukuche, there are views all around that will leave you breathless, including Himalayan giants such as Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091 m), Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m), and Mt. Machhapuchhare (6997 m). The route passes through lovely villages and offers some great terrain which gives you wonderful opportunities for breathtaking photography!
Trekking Gokyo Ri
The Gokyo Lake trail is to Everest Base Camp what a warm-up jog around a block is to running a marathon. The 15 miles, almost all of which are above 13,000 feet, are not technically challenging—but they’re great for conditioning your body for more strenuous trekking ahead.
This route takes trekkers from Namche Bazaar at 12,000 feet up to Gokyo Ri at 18,700 feet; you can expect gorgeous views of Mount Everest (if it isn’t shrouded in clouds) and neighboring Cho Oyu during your first day on the trail. Gokyo Ri is also home to an excellent lodge that has indoor plumbing and serves hot showers—unlike most other lodges on these treks.
Trekking Island Peak
The Island Peak is one of the famous trekking destinations of the Everest region. The trek starts from Syangboche and ascends steeply to cross Cho La Pass (5350m) after 4-5 hours, and then descends towards the base camp of Mt.
Everest. On May 25th, 1960 an American team was attempting to climb a new route on Mount Everest from Tibet when stormy weather forced them to bivouac at 6400 meters (20,700 feet) with no tent or food. Several Sherpas volunteered to descend to get help, but three died before reaching safety.
In Nepal, it’s all about trekking. The most iconic spots, such as Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp are both located here. To explore more than one of these fantastic trekking destinations on your next trip to Nepal, we recommend you take a longer multi-day trek that can be done from Pokhara or Kathmandu.
These tend to be less expensive and much safer than doing single-destination treks. You can then choose between Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp depending on where you want to stay for a night or two before completing your trek. You’ll have another opportunity to experience these fantastic locations without having to pay for transportation costs by including them in your multi-day journey.