Best trekking routes in Nepal 2020
Kanchan Shrestha | December 30, 2019
Nepal is one of the best travel destinations in the world for trekking purposes. There might rarely be any alternative destinations when it comes to trekking like in Nepal. Nepal is a home to many high mountains that rises above the elevation of six, seven and eight thousand. Eight out of the ten highest mountains in the world lies in Nepal. The world’s highest mountain –Mt. Everest stands tall dominating the skyline of this country. The trail to these mountains offers plenty of options for trekking. Nepal has varieties when it comes to trekking. From easy, moderate, difficult to strenuous, Nepal has it all. It is a destination suitable for all – from amateurs to novice trekkers. So, if you are fond of mountains and are looking forward to trekking, then there is no better option on the planet like Nepal.
Trekking in Nepal is more about mountains but there is much more than that to any trekking experiences in Nepal. Nepal is blessed with geographical diversity. The geography of Nepal extends from flat plains, tropical forests, hills to alpine pastures and mountains. The trail to the mountains traverses through various astonishing locations like local villages, farmlands, forests, hills, alpine pastures, rivers, lakes, glaciers and many more. Walking through the villages allows you to get some insights on local folks, their culture, tradition, and lifestyle. Nepal is a multiethnic, multilingual, multi-religious and multicultural nation. It is regarded as a common garden of four main castes and thirty-six sub-castes people. Each group of people has its own unique culture, custom, festivals, languages, and lifestyle. So, the fact reflects the cultural richness of Nepal. And, one can explore the richness as they walk through the trekking trails of Nepal.
So, if you are planning to visit Nepal in 2020, then we – Himal Eco Treks have listed out some best trekking routes in Nepal 2020. If you are a first time visitor or are looking forward to some real trekking experiences in Nepal, the list might be of great help to you. Choose the suitable trekking journey to make the most of your days in Nepal.
Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular, most cherished and amongst the top trekking destinations of Nepal. Everyone must be aware of where this trek takes us. It takes us to the Everest Base Camp, the base camp of the world’s highest mountain – The Everest. The adventurous walk to the world’s highest mountain enhances the glory of the journey. However, the journey is not just limited to this. It’s a classic combination of wild routes to the high mountains, traditional mountain people, their culture and lifestyle, icefalls, glaciers, influence of Tibetan Buddhist religion, Himalayan ecosystem and many more. The journey starts with a thrilling flight to Lukla. Then the trail drops down to the Dudhkoshi River and slowly ascends up through Sherpa villages to Sagarmatha National Park. We pass many villages on the way to Namche. From Namche, the trail climbs up to the Tengboche monastery and then to the high pastures of Dingboche and Lobuche. Finally, the trail leads us to Everest Base Camp via Lobuche. Kalapatthar is a beautiful viewpoint near base camp that offers some captivating views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Thamserku, etc.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek takes you to a heavenly place to unleash the raw appeal of wild mountains. Have you heard about Annapurna Base Camp? Also, known as Annapurna Sanctuary, the place is often regarded as a natural paradise. Situated in the western part of Nepal, the trek starts from the picturesque city of Pokhara. From Pokhara, we take a short drive to Nayapul and follow a trail along the foothills of Annapurna. The trail traverses through various ethnic villages, farmlands, crop fields and terraced fields to Annapurna Conservation area. We walk passes the dense forests of rhododendron and ascend up to alpine pastures. Further, we climb up to Macchapucchre Base Camp and start heading towards Annapurna Base Camp. The base camp offers some close-up views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Hiuchuli, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Macchapucchre and many more. Watching snow-clad mountains rise tall one over the other is truly an incredible experience. Moreover, the trek is an opportunity to get some insights on local people, their culture and tradition. It is also an opportunity to discover wildlife and unique floras amidst the jungles of the conservation area.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is a challenging trek that takes us around the Annapurna massif from the deepest gorge of the world – Kaligandaki gorge to the highest pass – Thorong La Pass at an elevation of 5416 meters. The trek also includes some interesting places like Poonhill and Muktinath temple. The trail takes us to experience the geographical and topographical variety. We traverse from the deepest gorge and pass various villages, terraced farmlands, lush hills, forests and alpine forests on the way to alpine pastures and no tree area. As we walk through the route, we will be rewarded with some breathtaking views of mountains in Annapurna Himalayan Chain that includes Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna I, Mt. Annapurna II, Mt. Annapurna III, Mt. Annapurna IV, Mt. Annapurna South, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Machhapucchre, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Lamjung Himal, Tukuche peak, Tilicho peak and many more. the trek is also an opportunity to get some insights on the Tibetan Buddhist lifestyle, traditional people, culture and way of livelihood. Nevertheless, mesmerizing sunrise-sunset views at Ghorepani, hot water bath in natural hot springs of Tatopani are the other attractive features of the trek.
Ghorepani is a short and easy trek to the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is suitable for people of any age group and involves no risk of altitude sickness. The trek starts from the foothills of Annapurna and traverses through the lush hills, forests, farmlands and ethnic settlements to the beautiful Gurung village of Ghorepani. The village lies in the backdrop of Annapurna massif and offers some amazing views of mountains. Poonhill is another attraction of this trek that offers some mesmerizing views of sunrise/sunset amidst the panorama of the Annapurna range. This easy trek offers everything that the Annapurna region can offer in the shortest time possible. The trek is worth it.
Langtang valley is one of the most accessible trekking routes near to the capital city of Kathmandu. It takes us to the Langtang valley – a beautiful valley that was completely destroyed by the massive earthquake in April 2015. However, the valley has been reconstructed and is now open for trekking purposes. Langtang region is considered to be the best place for admiring the beauty of mountains and unique landscapes that resembles that of Tibetan plateaus. The trail traverses through Langtang national Park and some unique Tamang villages influenced by Tibetan Buddhist culture. In the valley, we can visit an old monastery, cheese factory, and Tamang/ Sherpa villages. Kyanjin Ri is an amazing viewpoint in the valley that offers some incredible views of Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa and other mountains in the Langtang range. Kyanjin Gompa is an old monastery in the valley that attracts many visitors to the valley.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the best treks in Nepal. It takes us around Mt. Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world that rises tall at an elevation of 8163 meters. Though the trek has gained a lot of popularity, it is still able to maintain its remote and off beaten path. It’s an outstanding Himalayan trek that traverses through lush hills, profound valleys and traditional settlement areas to the alpine region to cross a high mountain pass that offers some astounding views of mountains and mountainous terrain. The journey starts from traditional villages, farmlands and sub-tropical jungles at lower elevation regions to climb up along lush hills and valleys. The trail ascends up to the alpine region and then to Larkya La pass at an elevation of 5100 meters. Crossing the pass is a challenging aspect of this trek that offers some magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu along with other neighboring peaks.
Everest view Trek is a short trek to the Everest region of Nepal. As it name depicts, the trek is all about viewing the grandeur of mighty Mt. Everest with other neighboring peaks in the range. This trek follows the route of Everest Base Camp up to the Tengboche monastery. The highest point of this trek is 3870 meters at Tengboche. The trail offers some breathtaking views of mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Tawache, Mt. Thamserku and many other peaks in the range. We walk pass traditional Sherpa villages as we traverse through Sagarmatha National Park which is an opportunity to get acquainted with local people and know about their unique culture and lifestyle.
Rara Lake Trek takes us to the biggest and deepest freshwater lakes in the backdrop of beautiful Himalayas. The lake lies at an altitude of 2990 meters amidst Rara National Park, a park that spreads over Jumla and Mugu districts of Nepal. The trail to the lake is off the beaten nature and the region is untouched by any kind of modernization. The conservation area of Rara National Park is home to many rare species of floras, faunas, birds, and butterflies. Various rare species like musk deer, Himalayan black bear, leopard, Himalayan goral, red panda and pheasant have been noticed in that area. In September 2007, the lake was declared as a Ramsar site. Therefore, Rara Lake Trek is an opportunity to explore the unexplored sections of Nepal to discover the magnificence of Mother Nature in its best form.
These are some of the best trekking routes in Nepal 2020. If you are planning to visit Nepal in 2020, make sure that you pick any one of the treks in the above list. It will help you experience the surreal beauty of Nepal and mountains. To make the most of your trek, do not forget to remember your reliable travel companion – Himal Eco Treks. We are here to escort you throughout the journey.