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6 of the most beautiful treks in Nepal

6 of the most beautiful treks in Nepal

The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal (to call it by its official name) is a landlocked country in South Asia located along the Himalayas and bordered to the north by China and to the south, east, and west by India. The region is known for its beauty and its spectacular mountains – it’s home to eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including Mount Everest (the world’s highest point). A mecca for intrepid trekkers and adventurers, here are 6 of the most beautiful treks in Nepal where you can succumb to the endorphin inducing, all-pervading sense of calm that comes with this rich part of the world…

Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp Trekking

The Allure of the mighty Everest has enticed travellers for decades and now it’s more accessible than ever. Not that the Everest Base Camp Trek is not a challenge – it is 12 days walking after all and in high altitudes complete with rocky terrain and steep inclines but nothing surpasses the sense of achievement when you reach the base of the highest mountain in the world. Once you arrive in Kathmandu take some time to explore the region before taking a breathtaking flight to the mountainous town of Lukla where you can see Everest looming in the distance. Then your adventure begins with snaking, long trek paths, you will encounter monasteries, colourful homes and teahouses perched precariously on the hillside. Every time you turn around there will be other awe-inspiring views that will imprint itself on your mind for evermore. Trekking to Everest Base Camp should be at the top of everyone’s bucket list.

Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill trek

Poon Hill trek is perfect for anyone who has limited time in Nepal and looking for a relatively easy trek with the same spectacular views as its bigger brothers. To make the most out of this vista, climb Poon Hill as the sun rises. The route starts and finishes in Nayapul, looping around Ghorepani and Ghandruk trek offering the intense and unique serenity that epitomises traditional Nepali life. Stay at friendly teahouses, tackle the challenging climb of Ulleri, follow the river, stroll through stunning rhododendron forests and watch monkeys play in the jungle greenery. Most importantly- try the local Nepali delicacies like mo-mo dumplings or sample the exceptionally good coffee. The experiences on this beautiful Nepal trekking route will provide you with happy memories and stories to tell for years to come, a truly unforgettable trip into the heart of the Himalayas.

Tamang Heritage Trek

Tamang Heritage Trail Nepal

The beginning of the Tamang Heritage Trek is just a short drive from Kathmandu so it is a convenient trip for the time-constrained. The local Tamang communities live a traditional lifestyle that offer a friendly welcome to passing travellers and are happy to share their rich culture. As the trek meanders through the breathtaking mountain scenery, you will experience pretty villages, terraced fields and bathe natural hot springs. A perfect trip for those who enjoy totally immersing themselves in local culture, ancient customs and traditions.

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu has formed a natural barrier between Nepal and the Tibetan plateau and is one of the babies of the group with trails only opening in 1992. Easily one of the most scenic treks in Nepal, this serene trekking area offers beautiful wilderness surroundings and allows visitors get up close and personal with the eighth highest mountain in the world. The beauty of the Manaslu Circuit Trek is that it incorporates indigenous villages, natural wonders and some of the best panoramas in the world. It is a high altitude trek, so not one for the faint-hearted but offers the perfect elements for thrill-seekers and adventurers. Feel your troubles melt away as you fully immerse yourself in this magnificent, mountainous wonderland.

Gokyo Lake Trek

Gokyo Lake Trek

Buried deep, high up in the mighty Himalayas, there is a system of fresh water lakes known as the Gokyo lakes, they are immensely sacred and hold huge significance in the Hindu and Buddhist religions. The Gokyo Lake Trek blends spirituality with natural beauty and physical exertion. There are remarkable views of the Ngozumpa Glacier and of course peaks at the infamous “eight-thousanders” like; Everest, Lhotse Shar, Makalu and Cho Oyu. This stunning trek takes you through Sherpa land where elements of the Buddhist religion reverberates in the atmosphere, take in the prayer flags and pass the memorial sites before reaching the world’s highest water lake system. Here it is all about reflection and the trappings of modern society are nowhere to be seen.

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu valley is an extraordinary, remote, unspoiled area of Nepal. The local people of the region live an ancient lifestyle whose ancestors constructed the stunning, ornate monasteries predominant on this trek. This route certainly takes you off the beaten track and away from the tourists tackling the more popular trails, it takes you into the heart of the Himalayas and to the heights of Kang La Pass and Thorung La Pass. The Nar Phu Valley trek is a newly opened route (2003), where there is so much to explore in this untouched wilderness, from remote, traditional villages and the glistening waters of some Himalayan rivers to colourful rhododendron and pine tree forests and an abundance of indigenous wildlife. This is a once-in-lifetime opportunity to enjoy an adventurous camping extravaganza in a totally unspoiled territory.

So there you have the 6 most beautiful treks in Nepal, offering something for everyone! No matter what your goal or your reason for being there, there is no escaping the truly awesome experience of clambering around on the roof of the world!

With itchy feet, an inquisitive nature and an ardent wanderlust, Emma Clair has always been a traveller at heart. Hailing from the Emerald Isle she calls a tiny coastal town near Dublin home, but has lived in a few countries including Saigon, Vietnam where she resided for over a year. She counts supping on Bloody Marys on a rooftop in Manhattan, downing Singapore slings at the Raffles Hotel, daring a paraglide on the Grand Cayman, spending an exotic Christmas in Malaysia and exploring the Angkor Wat Tomb Raider-style as her all time favourite travel moments. Although, she’ll always have a special place in her heart for the city where she makes her annual pilgrimages – Paris, her true city of lights.


  • Pradip Karki

    29 March, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Great Blog. Highly informative.
    Trekking in Nepal is like a heaven on earth. The mesmerizing beauty of the Nepal Himlayas is just breathtaking.
    All these treks are gems of Nepal. Along with the scenic mountain view, amazing landscape and conserved wildlife, you can experience the unique diversity of culture and lifestyle of the people. Specially, Sherpas, with a few difference, the culture, lifestyles, customs and rituals of Sherpa resemble Tibetan.

  • Bijay Shrestha

    26 January, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    The Best Trek i love in Nepal is the Poonhill Trek. The trek is the trail of the most popular trek Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It’s a short but a beautiful trek worthy of doing. And the Sunrise is the Main attraction that the trek offers.
    Loved the Images.

  • Bibek Adhikari

    6 January, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Indeed, these are some of the best treks in Nepal. The northern section of Nepal is unexplored yet, as there are no roads. the only possibility to get there is through trekking. However, due to lack of proper infrastructure it is even difficult for travelers to get there.
    Love the pictures.

  • Rajesh Thapaliya

    7 August, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Really nice tips of Nepal trek as an adventure and non-adventure packages Emma. Yes, Nepal is one of the great countries for trekking lovers. There are hundreds of trekking routes including these.

  • Marchus Shane

    24 July, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Probably, from my point of view if the weather goes on our favor then “Poon Hill Trek” will be the best around this for the beginner traveler. And for those who want to do the adventurous trek then what else would be rather than “Everest Base Camp Trek”.

  • Dilip

    22 October, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Really nice list Emma, Nepal has more than hundred options for trekking, wherever you go you will find new adventures. Among them, this six trekking is most do trekking in Nepal. Very recommended for new trekkers who want to get close to Nepali culture.

  • Nipendra Maharjan

    24 August, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Poonhill is the best short hiking destination to the backpackers in my opinion. I had completed this trek in just three days from Pokhara. I starts from Nayapul and finished at Dhampus. It was really a great hike of mine


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